Re: Blue "Tank Car Connected" Sign


True. In some cases they just used an actual blue flag or blue lantern at night (aha! that's why some lanterns have blue lenses!).

In other cases, a piece of sheet metal was painted blue, hand lettered and bolted onto some sort of stand that would clip onto a rail by the shop. The specific wording on the signs is a rather recent development.

Now they have specific signs for specific applications and some signs are red not blue and they have blue flashing strobes, etc., etc., etc.

Violating a blue flag was, and still is, a firing offense.

-- John

--- In, Tony Thompson <tony@...> wrote:

John Sykes wrote:
That is one type of "Blue Flag" protection. Take a look here:
Lots of fun toys for the 12" to the foot railroad enthusiast.
Might be worth pointing out that these images are of OSHA-standard signs, long postdating this list. Before 1960, signs were different -- and not standard.

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