Railroad Links:


Trainman's Webpage- This person lives in Canada, and is one of my regulars. He's got a little of everything, although the most signal stuff is on his Flash movies. Check out his flash movies! Changed to a "C" rank due to inactivity.


Dans Wig-Wag Survivors Site- Although I have the newer signals, wig-wags were the thing before these signals. Dan explains more in his site, why they are being replaced and where the few remain. Also mentioned here are the very rare Griswold signals. This site would get a B because he updates only once per 2-6 months, but it gets an A because there's so many pictures, and the site has been around for a long time...Even longer than my site.


FRA Office of Safety- This huge site doesn't contain signal pictures, but just about information about any crossing (90%) in the U.S. This site is the source of my accident reports, and my daily train counts. This site gets a B rating because the site does go down from time to time.


Grade Crossing information in Ohio- A database site identical to the FRA safety link listed above. This one is a little different. You can do a search and if you're lucky, you can see photos of the crossing!

Grade Crossing information in Illinois- Another database similar to the link found above, but for Illinois crossings! Photos are also available on many crossings.


Forgotten NY Signals- If I read this correctly, I think this small signal website is run by a female railfan. There are some old pictures as well as a few 12" crossing signals. Hasn't been updated in years.


Outdoor crossing signals- Someone built an outdoor train layout and has a few signals for it. There's even a wigwag! There are also some movies to download to watch. However they have no sound. The lack of sound, and signals gets this site a firm C.

Roll Models Inc.- Very good looking scale model signals, including wigwags, Griswold type A signals, gateless, and gated signals, which have all L.E.D. lights. The Extrememly high price (from $450 for a gateless, to $2,750 for a gated signal) gets this site a firm B rank. I would've put this site at a C rank, but I really like these signals. Bring the price down to $100 to $1,000! $5,500 for two gated signals is way too much money!


Railroad Controls Limited- A link submitted to me on October 22, 2003. A pretty good site. The video section and the solutions gallery are worth viewing. They also have a database like the FRA website, but they work with them instead of going on their own.

Changed from an A to B rank due to dead links.


Abandoned Texas Railroad- An interesting site showing an abandoned railroad including abandoned railroad signals on a road that doesn't exist.


Junction Valley Railroad- A hobby shop/train park located in Bridgeport, MI. Only open during the summer. Due to only one crossing having signals at this time, this page gets a B rating, and will stay at that rank, because they wouldn't run the trains and train signals for me when I went there on January 29, 2005.


Los Angeles Live Steamers- This "museum" in Los Angeles has quite a few signals. Although there is a lot more material on this website, the link above will take you to the signals themselves.


Railroad Stuff- One of the few websites out there still offering railroad crossing signals and parts for sale. A must see for any signal collector!


Trainsignals.com- One of the few companies that make scaled railroad signals for your backyard, museum, or for whatever reason you need signals for. They also make block and wigwag signals too!

General Signals Electronic Bell Patent- A webpage showing that starting in 1981, that electronic bells were starting to be invented. This may intregue more people involved in electronics, but I can't make this page out very well.


FROGRAIL- A list of places to go and see trains in Northern Arizona. A few include Williams, including the Garland Prairie crossing where you can see the Kingman/Seligman line divide to the Phoenix BNSF line. The lack of pictures and updates gives this site a C.


BONEHEADS 1- Stupid people who challenge to beat a train at a grade crossing. LOTS of signals are on this page. This is worth a definate check-out.


BONEHEADS 2- More of the same. Still lots of signals to see.


BONEHEADS 3- More of the same. Still lots of signals to see.

All three bonehead sites get A's because it's very cool site.

Railroad Crossing Studies of Florida- An interesting site into seeing just who will do anything at a railroad crossing. There are over 50 videos of stupid people doing stupid things at a couple of railroad crossings, but there is no sound, so that's the reason for the "B" rank.


You Know When You're A Railfan- A funny webpage talking about if you're a diehard railfan. I fall in a few categories myself, especially the grade crossing ones.


Ironwood Technologies- A weird site dealing with railroad accident re-enactments. If you click onto "Recent Cases" on the left side of the screen, you can see 8 reports of accidents, some of them so stupid, that some people shouldn't be signal maintainers. This site gets a B rank due to no pictures of signals, but is good other than that.


http://www.trainweb.org/brettrw/- Over 500 pictures of trains themselves. As of this writing, 17 signal pictures have been found.


http://www.visi.com/~jones/layout.html- A good train layout with some real good looking signals. Kind of looks like the NJ International type only painted white instead of black.


http://www.railpictures.net- A big railroad picture site with over 203,000 photos. Not all of them are signal pictures, but this quite a high number of them on there, including the in-famous 12 tracks photo.
I dropped this site from an A down to a B, because gtw4070 has tried sending in some pictures, and almost have been rejected, due to some dumb reason. They're being real jerks about cropping, and brightness issues, so BEWARE!!!


http://www.rrpicturearchives.net- A huge site with over 1,000,000 pictures online covering all of the lower 48 united states. Unfortunately, there aren't many signals on the site though. The high amount of pictures, despite not enough signals gets this page a very firm A rank.


www.michiganrailroads.com- Another big site with lots of pictures. Not too many crossings though... Because of that, the link gets a B rank.

http://photos.nerail.org- A link sent into me by andrewp52000@yahoo.com showing a lot of train pictures, including a lot of signals in the Northeast part of the U.S.


http://www.alabamarailfan.com- I really enjoyed looking at these signals. Quite a few of these have no gates, which are my favorites. There aren't many signal pictures on this website.


Signalogic Systems - One of the best designs of HO sized railroad signals in the world. Location is in Canada.



Railroad Signs- A good site showcasing crossbuck, railroad crossing warning signs, as well as street names. You can get signs for O, G, 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 scale. They do look pretty professional, and do offer rare black crossbucks. I almost gave this site an A, but the lack of HO and N scale signs brought this down to a B.
(BTW: If you want HO and N scale signs, go to my Signs part of the site to make your own.)


Custom Signals- A pretty good maker of block and crossing signals for O scale.These look like these are very high quality.This link takes you right to the signals instead of the homepage.


Berkshire Junction- A website that sells crossing signals as well as telephone poles. They even have Z scaled lighted signals! The lack of 50 pictures would get this site a B, but because it's so cool, it gets an A rating.


Railroad Crossing History- A page from Union Pacific Railroad that has a bit of a history of how crossing signals were invented and a idea of how they work. Wigwags and flashing signals are covered. This page gets a firm B rating.

Railroad Signal Manufacturers:



Western Cullen Hayes- Been around since 1855. They make 8" lights, and even 8" L.E.D. lights! They also make L.E.D. gate lights as well! Their electronic bells aren't that good, especially the first type, but their mechanical bells make up for it. Formerly called Western Railroad Supply (WRRS) which made mini-mechanical bells. Created the first model 10 crossing gate on June 26, 1936.
A very top-notch signal company. One of my favorite signal companies out in Today's market.


Safetran- Been around since the 1920s. Makes a bunch of stuff, from crossing signals to color light signals. They do make 8" lights, but not L.E.D. lights. They do not make 7" gate lights anymore, unfortunately.


Due to the fact that too many of their best signal bells have been discontinued (to my knowledge), and no mention of the type 3 on their website, This site gets a "C" rank, but this is just for lights and bells. Most of their other equipment seems quite flawless, including their cantilevers and their 12"x24" lights.


Union Switch & Signal- Been around since 1881. Makes lots of stuff. Unfortunately, they don't make 8" signals anymore, and they don't talk to railfans. They did make the teardrop bell however. I personally wouldn't choose this company, just because they sell too many modern items. I've been told their customer service is a bit better than Safetran, so I brought the link up from a C to a B.


General Signals- How long they've been around is unknown. They make a lot of signal products, including crossbucks, gates, retractable gate mechanisms, electronic bells, and even traffic light lenses! Their electronic bells are very popular with BNSF, and CSX just to name a couple.
The reason for the B rank is because they don't make mechanical bells anymore. They do continue to make 8" lights and 8" L.E.D. lights though. They also do reply to railfans, although they don't release a lot of information.


G.E./Harmon- Been around since 1880. They make locomotives, such as the Dash 9, but they don't make much signal parts. The only parts I know that exist are 12" L.E.D. lights, but that's about it. Modern Industries was bought by Harmon.


Alstom/Aurora- Been around since 1904. Makes colorlight and searchlight signals, as well as 8" and 12" L.E.D. and L.E.D. gate lights. I've seen their Aurora gate lights popping up all over Arizona. This company used to be known as General Railway Signals (GRS) in the past. It's unknown if they make crossing signals themselves anymore. I was unable to tell from their website.
Rated a "B" because one L.E.D. light costs $404. Their gate lights cost $259-$300 for three.


LEDTronics- A website that sells 8" and 12" L.E.D. crossing signal lights. The price of $275 is steep for just one light though. The steep price of the lights gets this page a B rating.

Fabricated Metals- A signal manufacturer. They sell cantilevers, mechanical, and electronic bells, mast signals, 8" and 12" lights with L.E.D. This site gets gets a high "B" rank until more information can be obtained on this manufacturer, such as more bell information, and such.
Safe-Crossings- A crossing gate manufacturer . They sell crossing gates that extend as they lower. At the upward position, the gate is 20 feet long, but when it lowers, it can go out as far as 50 feet!

Lincoln Industries- A division of Progress Rail Services. There's a lot of signal stuff, that's being used by them for a lot of new signal installations. They do make ball L.E.D. lights in 1/4 sections in case part of the light fails.

The site gets a "B" rank because they don't make 8" lights and bells. They do make gated and non gated signals!

RECO- Makers of crossing gates, crossing gate guards, and 4" gate lights seen all across the U.S. They do NOT make 7" gate lights though.

Non-Railroad Links:


Diagrams of Road Signs- Part of the Wikimedia Commons category. This link takes you to lots of diagrams of road signs that exist in the United States, including many state highway graphics. Definately worth a look around.
MUTCD- Want to know more about road signs, and see the latest MUTCD? Go here.


Arizona Roads- Click here for the history of Arizona Roads and highways. Some features include: History of roads since the early 1900's, extinct roads, funny and unusual signs. This person rarely updates, so I decided to change the link from a B to a C.


Highway Route Markers- Kind of like the Alphabetical sign link below, but this site shows route markers from all over the world. This site gets a "C" because the website hasn't been updated with anything new for a long time.


The Great International Highway Makeover- Don't like the current colors/shapes of state and Interstate highways? This page shows what people would design for their state or states. The lack of updates gives this site a C.


Alphabetical Index Of Signs- A huge list of road signs you find while driving around. Some are signs only used in Arizona and California. I've changed this site to a "C", because he's sticking some disclaimers on his site, and won't give out clean road sign images.

Field Guide to American Traffic Signs- A new site created in November 2010 showing some unusual road sign graphics, even some with the old 1920s block font! *NEW*


Road Sign Math- A website sent to me by the Administrator of Road Sign Math. Kind of a weird website about how to get mileage markers to come out equal. Kind of fun for a brain teaser for those long car rides.


School Bus Galleries- Josh Baumann from the Texas signals has once again built another website. This site is on school buses and different types of buses used all around the U.S.


Radio Margaritaville- This website has Jimmy Buffett music that you can listen to as well as many more things to explore, and for the record, yes I'm a parrothead, and have been a parrothead all my life.


NWS Flagstaff: Check here for my latest weather. Click on Prescott for my latest weather.


Prescott News: Check here for the latest news around my area. Most news around here is junk, so that's why this newspaper site gets a C.


digits.com- The provider of my counter on my homepage. Lack of choosing the counter you want, and scrunching numbers when over 10,000 hits gives this site a B.