Last known Union Switch and
Signal "DW" wigwag in the US still in service!
Mark Springer caught it in action in May, 2006.
|Gordon Garrett sends this photo (below) of what
may be the only surviving US&S wigwag in the wild. Until now it was thought
that none existed except in museums and private displays. While
the photo was not taken recently (the building in the background has
since been demolished), Gordon visited this spot during mid January and testifies
that the wigwag is still alive and well. This is pretty big news and
we hope to have more photos of this rare beast soon. It is located
on 3rd Street in Joplin, Mo. on the former Frisco line. Frisco was known
for using this type of wigwag. Not only is this the last known US&S wigwag,
it is also the last wigwag left in Missouri.
Updated photos (above) by Eric Schmelz on May, 2006.
Photo by Gordon Garrett
This wigwag was retired in the late 2000's, exact date unknown.
This one was located on 116th and Chandler, just NE of
Libery. This was an ex-CB&Q
WRRS Harpes style wigwag. The line is now owned by BNSF and sees one local
per week, on Thursdays. This branch now terminates in Kearney, MO.
photo and info by Deek Deitrick
|A westbound BNSF vehicle train blasts around the curve
at Camden, MO. Camden is located along the BNSF-NS joint trackage east of
Notice that this signal has a fairly new mast. I am looking for detail photos and pictures of this wigwag in it's original configuration. If you have any, please email me.
Another view taken around June of 2000.
Photos by Bryant Kaden.