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Caution Optional » Blog Archive » More local signal spotting

More local signal spotting

Now I don’t know if this bumper crop of signal spottage was simply serendipity or was due to my signal frame of mind (was driving out to pick up a mystery signal artifact) and heightened signalsense. Either way I came across a couple of tasty pieces within a few miles of my driveway that I hadn’t seen before.

While I had previously noticed that this was a Marb controller when I had passed by it before on numerous occasions, I never had a camera with me and certainly didn’t notice it was one of the older models.
Marbelicious
And I definitely never before noticed the sexy little octagonal pole holding up that two way cluster. Hubba hubba!!

A short two hours later (*&!^#%!# upper Manhattan traffic) I was approaching Western Long Island and came across this rather aesthetically challenged signal mount.
Swollen pole

And approaching the town of Cedarhurst, I passed by a gaggle of these wonderful old neon Winkomatic ped heads still in service:
NY Winkomatic
Obviously left overs from the sixties, their days appear to be numbered as the local DPW (or is it NYDOT?) was marching up the Boulevard corner by corner replacing signals with new craplastic ones.

On the return trip I decided to dodge the triborough and GW bridge traffic, so I took the Belt Parkway through Brooklyn to the Verrazano Bridge. It was a real stormy day and I was impressed by the waves breaking onto the walkway that runs along the parkway (Bensonhurst or Dyker?) .
Splashy
On an unrelated note, the Verrazano is a beautiful bridge but the MTA believes they’re keeping us safe by prohibiting any photography of the bridge. :-( So please do not follow this link.

Safely back in Jersey (ha!), I opted to take a shortcut through Hackensack and came across this rather fetching restored GE streamline installation:
Hackensack GEs
Note how they’ve had to modify the doors on the red and green sections to fit the LED inserts. This is a wonderful example of Northern NJ signal mounting from the fifties and sixties. I’m glad to see these signals kept in service. Though with the proposed MUTCD changes calling for a complete changeover to 12 inchers, who knows for how long. :-(

So all in all it was a great signal day. And when I have certain loose ends tied up, I’ll post more info about my mystery artifact. :-)

2 Responses to “More local signal spotting”

  1. Willbird287 Says:

    Those winko-peds often still have the green neon for walk too! I always forget to bring a camera when I am though that way…it’s a shame they are disappearing…

  2. admin Says:

    Yup, these had the greens working too. While I hope they avoid replacement as long as possible, I’m quite surprised they’ve lasted as long as they have. Which reminds me, I’ve got to snap some pix of some 9″ worded peds around here before they’re gone…

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