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Partial Wigwags


What does that mean?  Well, occasionally you run across a signal that is slowly being dismantled or just plain falling apart... Or it's being "parted out" by railfans. This usually occurs on branch lines that are no longer in service. I have three examples here, but would like to get more photos of these if possible.



Lansing, Michigan
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Gregg Pullano sends this photo of what's left of a WWRS wigwag in Lansing,
Michigan. It is located on Isabell St. on a Norfolk Southern branchline.

(12/04)



Mattoon, Ill
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The remnants of a WRRS Wigwag are located on S. 17th St. near Walnut St.
in Mattoon, Illinois. This is part of the now abandoned ICRR Mattoon
District line. A portion of the line exists to serve local businesses in
and near Mattoon. With the exception of the US45 crossing the rest of
the signals on what is left of this line have had their lights removed .

Photo and info by Dave Hudson (10/00)



Los Angeles, CA

I don't have a lot of info yet on this particular line, though it seems
to be an old SP spur that ran parallel to Exposition Blvd. in L.A.
I'm guessing that this line is a remnant of the Pacific Electric,
judging by the type of wigwag cantilevers that remain here.
The following pictures were sent in By Ralph Squillace, taken
at 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Streets along Exposition. Some rail remains
as well. If you know more about this line, please email me.

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2nd and Exposition
2nd and Exposition
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3rd and Exposition
3rd and Exposition
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4th and Exposition
4th and Exposition
David Morgan adds more info on this line:

"The wigwags along Exposition Blvd. were along P.E.'s Santa Monica Air Line. This was later known as S.P.'s Santa Monica Branch. I rode a P.E. streetcar along this line, in the last week of service, in 1953. S.P. provided freight service along this line, until about 8 or 10 years ago."



Emeryville, CA

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Well this isn't exactly a "partial"...or dismantled wigwag...but it sure took quite a beating! This one once stood at the very end of the ATSF "Backyard Line" in Emeryville, right near the espee mainline. These tracks have since been removed and paved over for a new shopping center. This picture was taked during the late '80's. Sorry for the poor quality image, but this is what happens when you sit on a roll of slide film for almost 10 years before having it processed. I'd forgotten I even took this picture! I'm still wondering if anyone took advantage of the situation here...if you know what I mean.


Eureka, CA
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It seems that all of the "partial" wigwags come from the Northwestern Pacific! Here's one just sent in by Harry Marnell (check out his website) of the wigwag in Eureka. It's located on the NWP in Eureka at the private crossing into the Chevron distributor at 3401 Christie, just southwest of Bayshore Mall. It's on the main line about 2 miles south of Eureka yard. This is one of the coolest pictures I've seen yet! Somehow somebody managed to yank the banner off, leaving behind the pole and light housing. Still trying to figure this one out! That would be a solar panel on top. Sure makes for a wild silhouette image!

This wigwag was finally removed in early 2006. More info here...


St. Helena, CA

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This wigwag is missing it's banner. It's located in St. Helena, Ca. on Deer Park Road (I believe). This is the former Southern Pacific Napa branch. The Napa Wine Train now runs from Napa to St. Helena, with the end of the line about a mile before this point. The line originally ran all the way to Calistoga. This portion of the line still has it's rails, but probably hasn't seen a train for several years. Photo from 1996.
Mike Davis writes in and tells us that this has been removed.  (8/99)

San Rafael, CA

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Here we see what's left of a wigwag in San Rafael, Ca. Basically just the stand and cantilever. This was located on the Northwestern Pacific line that is not in service now. It's just a few blocks from the San Rafael station downtown. It was finally removed as of early '99. The Northwestern Pacific recently said in a press release that any existing wig wags on the line will probably disappear soon. Parts are too hard to come by.

      Know of any others? Please let me know so I can display them here!



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7/10/99

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