What are they???

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by dmiller12, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. dmiller12

    dmiller12 New Member

    March 2006 issue of MR. Pages 48-49

    What are the numerous pipes hanging on what looks to be two yardarms above the steam locomotive for? I have seen these in photos before but never knew what they were for.

    Thanks! Dan
  2. mhdishere

    mhdishere Member

    I don't have the issue with me, but from your description it sounds like a telltale. This was a boom over the tracks with ropes, chains or tubes connected by chains hanging over the track. Back in the days when railroaders might ride on top of a car, these things would alert them to the fact that they were approaching a bridge, tunnel, or something else with low clearance so if they got hit by the ropes they'd better get low right now or they'd get scraped off the top of the car.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Good call mhdishere! I just checked the issue and that is indeed what Dan is describing.
  4. dmiller12

    dmiller12 New Member

    Thank you both! I really appreciate it! Happy Railroading!


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