The Traffic Signal Museum

This page features Four Way Beacons.

All of these pictures are animated gifs and may take some time to load completely. Hold your mouse over each picture for a brief description of each signal. Click on any of the 3 section Crouse Hinds 4 way pictures for a brief history about that signal.


W.S. DARLEY 4 WAY CAUTION/STOP BEACON TRAFFIC SIGNAL

To see the CAUTION lens in the Darley four way beacon, move your mouse over the picture. Click on the picture to learn more about this Darley signal.

This is a Caution beacon. Usually found out away from the city at intersections that are not busy enough for a traffic signal. There are no accurate archives to date Darley signals by, but it is known that they were produced starting sometime in the 1920's. Older Darley 4 way signals only had one bulb per section serving all 4 lenses in that section. This resulted in three section Darley signals having red lenses on the top on two of the four sides and green lenses on the top on the other two sides with yellow in the middle all the way around. Newer Darleys did have reflectors with one bulb per lens like most other traffic signals so that red lenses could be on the top, and all the green lenses on the bottom, on all four sides.

CROUSE HINDS TYPE D 4 WAY CAUTION/STOP BEACON TRAFFIC SIGNAL

1 section Crouse Hinds 4 way signal Here is another Caution beacon. I found the body for this beacon for sale from one person and got the top and bottom from someone else and put them together to make this signal. This one is made by Crouse Hinds and can still be found in places in New York state. It is known as a type D. I was surprised to actually locate 3 of these near my own area in Michigan during 2002. To see the Stop side of the beacon, put your mouse over the picture. Then click on the picture if you would like to see some pics of what this signal looked like before I restored it.

G.E. 4 WAY STOP BEACON TRAFFIC SIGNAL

G.E. 4 way beacon signal

This is my third 4 way beacon. It was made by G.E. This beacon was in very good condition when it was acquired which made for a fairly easy job in restoring it. It has been repainted and new cloth door seal has been put on. A cloth rope like material was used for before rubber became widely used to keep the weather out of old signals. For more info and pictures of this signal click here.


EAGLE 4 WAY CAUTION/STOP BEACON TRAFFIC SIGNAL

Eaglelux 4 way beacon with cutaway visors

This is my fourth 4 way beacon. Most older 4 way beacons including all of the others in this collection have cutaway visors. When this beacon was acquired, it didn't have any visors. So I decided to get a set of each type of visor for it to change its look. It certainly looks different with tunnel visors! The red side of the beacon can be seen by putting your mouse on the left picture.


CROUSE HINDS TYPE M 4 WAY STOP BEACON TRAFFIC SIGNAL

Crouse Hinds Type M 4 way beacon signal

This is my fifth 4 way beacon. It was made by Crouse Hinds. This beacon was in good condition when it was acquired, except for the paint job being fairly weathered. Crouse Hinds made M type signals from the late 50's until about 1966. The older D and DT type signals were much more ornate than the type M. The body of the M was actually made from a modified type D/DT mold. M and D/DT 4 way signal sections can be stacked and will fit together perfectly, although it would look rather unattractive to a signalfan! To see more pics of this beacon click here.



CROUSE HINDS TYPE M 4 WAY
2 SECTION BEACON TRAFFIC SIGNAL

Here is my 6th 4 way beacon. It is the same type as the one above, but with 2 sections so you get a bouncing ball or a wig wag effect. It also sports a quick disconnect hanger, which is my only one in this collection. This hanger has a terminal strip in it so the signal can be "unwired" and removed without having to remove the hanger and wiring to the controller.

 


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