Can't find my sign!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by cidchase, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Would y'all look at this scan and tell me what the "P" sign means???
    I think I know these:
    "W" - whistle post
    "X" - multiple grade crossing (used under the "W")
    "S" - speed limit
    Double numbers - Pass./ Freight speed limits (approach)
    Also I'm unsure about the angled speed limit signs. I saw one place refer to them as "high speed" signs. Is that a limited Resume Speed sign?
    Could not really find a comprehensive dictionary of these signs. I found a lot of partial info
    but nothing complete. If anyone sees a site that lists all these signs, let me know!:)

    "sees a site" he he (groan)

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  2. train1

    train1 Member

    'Derail' is sometimes just a square sign with a 'D'.

    I'll take "P' for Passing siding (?) Alex !!
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I think that some of it at least will depend on the particular railroad and/or country you are looking at. For example, many crossbucks say "railway crossing" in Canada, and different roads use different types of yard limit signs.

    Do you know the origin of these signs, or are they a "generic" set?

  4. Torpedo

    Torpedo Member

    Each road seems to have had its own ideas regarding how its signage should look. Some used angled speed limit signs. The Milwaukee Road had speed limit signs like those shown in the scan: post end cut on an angle to match the post, while the free end was cut off square.
  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    "P": crew rest stop...:D
  6. Torpedo

    Torpedo Member

    According to, some roads used a "P" sign mounted on the mast to indicate a permissive signal.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    When I saw this post, I couldn't help but think of the country comedy album series "Here's Your Sign." I was expecting that you were going to tell us about doing something stupid and then not being able to find your sign!
  8. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Andrew, this is a scan of a sheet of Blair Line HO signs. They even come with posts
    to mount 'em! Not bad looking signs. I think I might use the Mountain Man's "Crew Rest Stop" suggestion!:D

    Hey Russ, that sounds about right! Only thing is, ya gotta do something to be able
    to do something stupid, and my layout work has been real scarce lately! I'm getting
    ready for a month in Changshu (not a pleasure trip, and the better half is stayin' home,
    bummer), so I might not have good access to the Gauge for a while; they tell me the
    internet access over there is sloooww, but I'll let y'all know how things go. I hear there
    are still active steam locos in China, I'll keep the camera handy!!:thumb:

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