Here are some of the railroad signs in my collection. Please click on the photos for close up views.
SHOOFLY ONE MILE
This sign was located on the Santa Fe Railway in Anaheim, Ca. where they were building a new highway overpass. For those not familiar with this term, a shoofly is basically a "detour" of track around a location that is having construction on the normal rail route of travel (such as a new overpass or tunnel).
These two signs were recovered from an old Rock Island branch line to Pella, Iowa after it was abandoned in 1980. "W" is commonly used to indicate "Whistle" for the grade crossing. MP 114 was the end of the branch from then until just a few years ago, when the entire branch was abandoned. Both of these signs sport a good quantity of bullet holes!
Some mileposts and other signs from the Santa Fe Railway. In the left photo, the Derail sign is an old one found in a dump at Cajon Pass, Ca. ATS was found along the surf line in California. MP 165 is located at the station in Fullerton, Ca. This sign was found dumped under an adjacent overpass after a new trackage and grade project (sign was replaced with one attached to the passenger platform). MP 22 is from the Santa Fe's Redlands branch, and in the center and right photo, MP17 (showing signs of lots of target practice!) and the speed limit 15 sign were located along the long abandoned Lake Elsinore branch.
Signs warning not to trespass on railroad property. left sign from Fullerton, Ca. and right sign from Montrose, Co.
On the left, a great old sign from a Santa Fe Railway highway crossing signal. On the right, an old crossing sign found in the dirt at Cajon Pass on the SP.
On the left- Cross bucks and 3 tracks sign from the Rock Island taken down after abandonment of Pella, Iowa branch (ex-Keokuk Branch).
On the right- Old advance highway crossing sign.
Sign from a depot along the old Rock Island.