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GNMT76
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Posted - 08/15/2020 :  5:07:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm looking for a guidebook, website or other reference source that interprets and describes the uses, functions and placement of the multitude of static, trackside railroad signs and their symbols found on the prototype across the U.S. If they happen to be line-specific, I model the Great Northern in the transition era. I found no such information on the GNRHS site.

What do you recommend?

Thanks.

Edited by - GNMT76 on 08/16/2020 1:50:02 PM

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jbvb
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Posted - 08/16/2020 :  07:22:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Many might be explained in a contemporary GN Rule Book. Others might be found in an 'Employee Timetable'. The GN probably had several different ETTs, each covering one or a few Divisions of the railroad.


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GNMT76
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Posted - 08/16/2020 :  1:12:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

Many might be explained in a contemporary GN Rule Book. Others might be found in an 'Employee Timetable'. The GN probably had several different ETTs, each covering one or a few Divisions of the railroad.



Thanks for the leads. Where does one get such publications? What are ETTs?



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jbvb
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Posted - 08/16/2020 :  2:53:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Railroad paper dealers have mostly done their business at tables at train shows, but some also have on-line presence; search for 'Railroadiana'. Those I know personally are in New England and unlikely to have much stock of GN materials. A dealer in your area might be able to refer you to one in GN territory (rule books and ETTs get into circulation when employees don't turn them in at retirement or when a new version is issued). 'ETT' is a common abbreviation for Employee's TimeTable (frequently used by RR historians).


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jbvb
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Posted - 08/16/2020 :  3:01:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For the signs themselves, most RRs maintained a set of Standard Plans for items used along the right of way. nmro.org offers downloadable scans of B&M standard plans (along with track charts, valuation documents etc.); these include Clearance Diagrams and other information about where signs could/should be placed. He may also have other RRs; I haven't looked. I don't know exactly how other RRs did it, but the Standard Plans idea was common, if not universal by about 1910.


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GNMT76
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Posted - 08/16/2020 :  8:55:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

Railroad paper dealers have mostly done their business at tables at train shows, but some also have on-line presence; search for 'Railroadiana'. Those I know personally are in New England and unlikely to have much stock of GN materials. A dealer in your area might be able to refer you to one in GN territory (rule books and ETTs get into circulation when employees don't turn them in at retirement or when a new version is issued). 'ETT' is a common abbreviation for Employee's TimeTable (frequently used by RR historians).



Thanks, JB.



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