The Traffic Signal Museum

G. E. 4 Way Beacon

This is a 4 way beacon made by G. E.

GE 4 way beacon

Below are a couple of pictures of it before it was repainted. The exact age of this signal is not known, but it could have been made in the 1930's or 1940's. Econolite took over G. E.'s signals in the 1950's so this signal is probably at least 50-55 years old.

before

before

The lenses in this signal are all red and are original glass with the GE logo embossed on the front of the lens.
The reflectors in this signal are made of glass and unlike any other glass reflectors I have seen in traffic signals. They have a very unique shape to them as you can see below.

reflector

reflector back

A unique feature of G. E. 4 way signals is the option of a light being installed in the bottom of the signal. Some have said that this was so a policeman could be easily seen directing traffic at night if there was a problem with the signal.

bottom light

When this beacon was acquired, it did not have a light or lens in the bottom. A round piece of aluminum was installed if the bottom light option was not needed. I took a modern reflector and frame and retrofitted it in the bottom with a flat clear railroad lens. Below is a picture of the reflector setup.

retrofit

I decided to take advantage of the light in the bottom of the signal and hung the signal above the stairway to my basement in my home.

where it's at



Page originally posted on 3-21-2003.

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