Chuck purchased this from a Southern California swap meet in 1986. He was told that it came from Pacific Electric. He has included the serial number (type KCC #10430) and would like to get more info on where exactly it came from.
Close up of front reveals chip missing from
armature dust cover above flag holder casting.
"Here are some operating shots. I purchased
this wigwag from a fellow I met at Orange Empire Railroad Museum in the
early 80's. He lived in the south bay area of Southern California
and had a stack of wig wags he had gotten from the Torrance shops of the
Pacific Electric when the shop was closed. It was in operating condition
when I purchased it. I was living in Southern California at the time and
we were planning a move to Northern California
Several months ago a heavy wind plus a partially rotted
pole resulted in the signal falling some 15 feet to the pavement.
A friend in a local welding shop created a new shaft for the target, I
repainted the whole thing and mounted one new lens. Another
friend gave me a seven foot piece of heavy 3 1/2 inch steel galvanized
pipe. The same welder attached the old base to the new pipe and I
was in business. The pipe slides into a sleeve mounted
A friend, Michael Patris, an avid Mt. Lowe Railroad authority, is in the process of developing a museum in the mountains above Pasadena and Altadena in Southern California dedicated to the wealthy visionary Thaddeus Lowe, the Mount Lowe Railroad, operated in it's later years by the Pacific Electric Railway. Thaddeus Lowe at the turn of the century constructed this wonderful tourist incline and trolley system complete with three hotels above Altadena in the mountains of Southern California. Major flooding and the automobile caused the line to be abandoned in 1938. The mountain peak close by was renamed Mt. Lowe. The wig wag will go to his museum when we tire of country living."
Photos by Chuck Wilson (12/00)