This page features Four Way Signals.
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CROUSE HINDS TYPE T PAGODA PORTHOLE 4 WAY SIGNAL
||Here is a Crouse Hinds type T
pagoda porthole 4 way signal. This signal was made from 1922-1925. The
body of it is one solid casting. The roof is removable and is made of cast
iron. The rest of the body is cast aluminum. This signal was in pretty
good condition for it's age. The parts inside the signal that hold the
glass reflectors were made of steel and were rusty. I found some rust
remover and soaked all of the reflector holders in that and then repainted
them. The body, doors, visors and roof of the signal were all powder
coated. This signal weighs 137 pounds!
CROUSE HINDS DT 2 SECTION 4 WAY SIGNAL
Put your mouse on the animation above to put the signal into flashing 4 way stop mode! I personally never have seen any signals like this actually in use and figured it was a thing of the past BUT there
were still some signals WITHOUT the amber indication still in use in New York
around 2000. Another use of 4 way signals in this configuration is 4 way stop or stop/caution beacons with a wig/wag effect like with rail road crossing signals. There would be two lenses of the same color on each side and they flash back and forth creating a wig/wag effect between the top and bottom
lenses as shown here.
This is an unusual looking signal but in the very early days of traffic signals
a lot of them were made without the amber section that we are familiar with these days. A clearance time was still needed though so this was achieved by
both the red and green lights on for 3 or 4 seconds to show that the signal was about to give the right of way to the opposing traffic direction.
CROUSE HINDS DT 3 SECTION 4 WAY SIGNAL
The pictures here are of the same signal, just taken at different times. Put your mouse over either
picture to animate them. Click on
either picture to learn more about this signal and how
it was restored.
EAGLE 4 WAY SIGNAL #1
||This Eagle four way was won on Ebay. It came from a seller in Ohio. It was in such
good shape that it was left in original condition. Put your mouse over the left picture to
make it sequence. You can view an animation of this eagle 4 way signal being disassembled by clicking
here. The animation is made from 45 separate pictures, so it may take some
time to load completely.
EAGLE 4 WAY SIGNAL #2
||This 4 way came from Royal Oak,
The city of Royal Oak used many of this type of 4 way up until the mid 1990's.
Note the visor configuration is the same as the pictures of Eagle
clusters from Oakland County. A retired city worker from Royal Oak had
this signal in his basement for many years. It became part of The Traffic
Signal Museum in July of 2006. Put your mouse over the picture to make the
CROUSE HINDS ART DECO 4 WAY CLUSTER
A group of signals in a set up like this is called a cluster. This set up is not a true 4 way signal, but it seems appropriate on this page since it is a 4 way cluster. Click here if you would like to see what these signals looked like when
they were received and the process of restoring them. Put your mouse over the picture on the right if you would like to see the signal sequence.
WILLIAM POTTS 4 WAY SIGNAL REPLICA
||Here is a
replica of the first 4 way signal ever built. The original
Potts 4 way now hangs in Henry Ford Museum. The colors are hard to see
in the picture, but it is animated to show how this signal
sequences. It is controlled by a modified P3 from Lights
To Go. The true sequence of the original signal is unknown. The sequence of the animation on the left is based on what
was seen at the museum in 2003. The museum had the
original only lighting up 2 lights, the bottom one and the middle one,
then back to the bottom again. The original sequence could have been as
shown in the animation or it could have been as
TOP (red & green)
TOP AND MIDDLE (red & green with
yellow - yellow indicating a change was about to occur)
BOTTOM (green & red)
BOTTOM AND MIDDLE (green & red with
yellow - yellow indicating a change was about to occur)
then back to the beginning.
To see photos of the original and of how
I built my replica, click
Since the original posting of the Potts replica, the sequence has been
changed. A different custom controller chip was made by Lights
To Go so the yellow indication stays on with the red/green (depending
on which side is being viewed) as the right of way is about to be changed. To
see a video clip of this new sequence, click
SOUTHERN AUTOFLOW 4 WAY SIGNAL
This 4 way was made by The
Southern Switch Co, of Shreveport, La. They were originally a maker
of electrical devices. This particular signal design was made in the
late 1940's. This signal came with only 3 visors. They were cutaway style. Southern
Autoflow signals are not very common so I opted to replace the hard to
find original visors with modified Eagle tunnel visors. Put your mouse on
the picture to make the signal sequence. You can see what
this signal might have looked like with its original visors on
Signalfan's web site. To see more of this signal, click
MARBELITE 4 WAY SIGNAL
This 4 way was made by
Marbelite. It is a very sharp looking
signal! It has unusual visors that look like a combination of tunnel and
cutaway visors. Many signal collectors refer to these visors as tunnaway
visors. The lenses and reflectors are all glass. The lenses look similar to
large bead smiley lenses used by Crouse Hinds, except obviously, no smile.
There is a logo on the lens. It is a capital M with a lightening bolt going
Put your mouse on
the picture to make the signal sequence. To read a little recent history of this signal click
HARRINGTON SEABERG 4 WAY SIGNAL
This is the oldest 12 light four way
signal in this collection. A guess would have this signal being made in
the 1920's. That is just a guess though. Harrington Seaberg
eventually became Eagle Signal. Eagle had operations in Moline Illinois at
one time and the round port hole doors on this signal also say Moline
Illinois on them. There are a lot of similarities between this signal and
other signals of this era. The roof is a perfect match to the roof on the Darley
4 way beacon in this collection. The four sides of this signal are
each one solid panel, not sections like four ways that were made later.
Darley signals had port hole doors that had to be completely removed from
the signal in order to change a light bulb. The port hole doors on this
signal have hinges, preventing the signal tech from accidentally dropping
the door on the ground. Most of the command lenses in this signal are
Crouse Hinds lenses, but they fit the era of this signal. Put your mouse on
the picture to make the signal sequence. Click
here to see some before - during - after pictures of this signals
GENERAL ELECTRIC 4 WAY SIGNAL
Here is a General Electric 4 way signal. This signal is similar to the
General Electric 4 way beacon in this collection. If you want to see more pictures of this signal click
here. Put your mouse over the picture to make the signal sequence.
DARLEY 3 BULB 4 WAY SIGNAL
||Here is Darley 4 way. Darley
made many variations of 4 way signals. Single bulb beacons, 4 bulb
beacons, 2 bulb 4 ways (red, green lenses only) 8 bulb 4 ways (red,
green lenses only) 3 bulb RYG 4 ways and 12 bulb RYG 4 ways. This is a 3
bulb RYG signal. It has one bulb per level or section, so on the main
street sides of the signal, the lenses are arranged normally with red on
top and green on the bottom, but on the side street sides, green and red
are in reversed positions. To the left is an animation of the signal
sequencing with both the main street and side street views. Thank
you Bear for doing the animation for me!!! You can also view a
video of the signal sequencing here.
This signal is the only signal in this collection that has an original
controller mounted in the bottom of the signal. To see pictures of the
here. You will notice that green Darley lenses are more green than
other green lenses in other signals.
MASTER 4 WAY SIGNAL
Here is a Master 4 way signal. This
signal originally served in the small town of Bluffton, Ohio. It was taken
out of service in 2011 and then listed for sale on Craigslist.
The lenses are type E, which look very similar to Marbelite long bolt
lenses and Crouse Hinds large bead smiley lenses (without the smile). To
see some before/after pictures of this signal click
SINGER 4 WAY SIGNAL
Here is a Singer 4 way signal. This
signal is believed to have served in Henderson, Texas. It did not see much
street service and is in very nice original condition. Singer made traffic signals in the 1970's so this 4 way is likely the "youngest" one in this collection. Sargent Sowell, TSI
and Teeco 4 ways are all almost identical to this signal. The Singer name
is cast into the roof of this signal. This signal came with poly lenses,
but I changed them out for glass Kopp 4777 or sawtooth lenses. Sawtooths
were seen in TSI and Teeco signals.