Photo by Ty Henshaw
Both signals, I was told, came from the Southern Pacific. The Semaphore was serving in the Delano area prior to removal. I have no idea where the wig wag served. The semaphore is fully functional and only sits on the motor box instead of the two stacked boxes commonly seen with these signals.
The wig wag was in great shape and only required some painting and cleaning to get it working again. The cantilever was purchased some years ago and the mast was purchased from my local pipe supplier. The base is a regular Griswold signal base (not a rotating stop sign type). I figured this base is the next best thing since Griswold purchased the company at some point. I am still on the hunt for the Magnetic Signal box base ideally - but those are hard to come by.
The Big Bear wig wag is controlled by my iPhone. I use a small transformer for the power which is plugged into a WiOn (wifi controlled outlet). The WiOn outlet has an app for the phones. So not matter where I am, I can turn on the signal and give it some exercise. :)
B case before sandblasting and powder coating.
restoration, with mechanism.
on the bench.
motor box on the way to Big Bear.
in the back seat.
form ready for concrete.
after installation. Ty used a Griswold signal base.