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Museum wigwags/Chattanooga
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga, TN


Steve Smith found these two Magnetic Flagmen in the paking lot
driveway at the Chatanooga Choo Choo museum/hotel in
Chattanooga, TN. in January 2009. He's not sure, but suspects that
they do not operate. Looks like they took some liberties with their
banner color scheme as well. (but who knows - isn't there a prototype for everything?)

Steve tells about what he found...
...Recently (actually this past fall) I was traveling with Work 
and recorded these views of two "Basket" Type Magnetic Flagman Wig-Wags 
mounted and on display on either side of the railroad line entering the 
Hotel Complex Parking lot of the Famous Chattanooga Choo Choo in 
Chattanooga TN. I'm not sure if the Wig-Wags are operable but I'm 
guessing not, it's been sometime since the rails in to the Hotel 
complex has seen service and the Wig-Wag side doors look to have been 
removed recently for what ever reason (I hope not vandalism). One of 
the Wig-Wag Banners is painted Yellow with a Black band across the face 
right over the center light and not sure how prototypical this is, and 
the other Wig-Wag has the Lighted Banner option where the bottom half 
of the banner is hollow to enable the lighting from the center light to 
also light small lenses mounted in the letters of the word STOP across 
the bottom portion of the Banner. 

Some detail shots of the two Flagmen...


All photos by Steve Smith - January 2009

For more info, here's a link to their website.


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