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  • This is a crossing signal I created several days ago

    Railroad Crossing Signal with 12x20 clear L.E.D.s 5 with green light gif 1

    Railroad crossing signal that lights up green and both lights flash red

    Do you remember those old toy railroad crossing signals with the red and green lights? Okay that doesn't pertain much to this although they were signals with one red light and one green light. But they're signals that couldn't be used on real crossings.

    My signal, though, has a bit of a twist to it. One of the light housings has a green light that's lit up all the time when there is no train coming. But both light housings flash red lights! How is that possible?

    The light that lights in green unless a train is coming has bi-colored L.E.D.s and covered by clear lenses instead of pre-colored lenses, which wouldn't work for a signal like this or else the light behind the lens will be lit in a funny color unfit for crossings.

    How this works is the green light stays on when there is no train coming and is a solid green. But when a train is about to come, the red light on the other light housing will flash a few times but the green light will stay on. The reason the green light stays on even while the red light is on is to serve the same purpose as a solid yellow traffic signal, to slow to a stop or "caution." Then a few seconds after the red light starts to flash, the green light will give way to the second red light and this signal will function just like real crossing signals, double-red alternating flashing lights. Then when the train has cleared the crossing and no other train is approaching, the double flashing red lights will turn back into a single solid green.

    Bells, if present, would ring once the red light started flashing even with the green light still on but will shut off once the red lights cease.

    Gates can definitely be used with this signal. If there are gates, they will go down after both red lights start flashing (although should they start going down once both red lights start flashing?) And they will remain down until the train clears the crossing and no second train is on the way and then raise back up while the red lights are still flashing and once the gate is back in its home position, the double-red will turn back to single green.

    I'm still debating what to do about the crossing gate light function when this signal activates. Do I turn the gate lights on while the green light is still on or when the green light turns off? And should the gate lights be solid, flashing, or solid then flashing? What I mean by "solid then flashing" is when the red signal light starts to flash as the green light stays on, the crossing gate lights all light up solid, but when the green light gives way to double-flashing red, the gate lights (except for the light at the tip of the gate) flash alternately along with the signal lights before the gate goes down.

    I was thinking the crossing gate lights function as they really do (solid tip light, flashing two other lights) even when the green light is still on.

    If gates and bells are at a crossing together, the following functions can happen:

    - Bell rings when red light starts to flash and then goes silent once the gate is down and stays silent for the rest of the session

    -Bell rings when red light starts to flash until the gate is down, but then rings again when the gate goes back up until the gate is up and green light comes back on.

    - Bell rings when red light starts flashing until before the gate goes back up

    -Bell rings from the time the red light starts flashing to the gate is back up and the green light turns on.

    Obviously gate-less versions of this signal are less complicated.

    And these can come in the form of over-head cantilever signals. But I found a way for a red light-green light signal to work effectively at a railroad crossing and make it so that not just one light flashes but two red lights flash.

    This signal is not real and isn't meant to replace the existing signals.

    I have another one like this, except this one has a mechanical bell and you can see the green light change right to a red light instead of being blank between the appearance of green light and red light.

    Railroad Crossing Signal with 12x20 clear L.E.D.s 5 with green light 2

    On this signal, you can see the green light change right to a red light!

    I have other red light green light signals but they're not as interesting or, whatever word I'm looking for, as these two signals.

    Rail Crossing Signal, Green, Green Red, Red Sequence gif

    One method of how a red light-green light signal can work.

    With this one, there are no flashing lights, only solid lights, but I shouldn't have to explain how this signal works and what should be done when this signal acts the way it does. Basically just proceed when only the green light is on, slow to a stop when both the red and green light are on, absolute stop when red light is on and green light is off.

    This one is a little more like the two top signals in this message.

    Rail Crossing Signal, Green, and Flashing Single Red Sequence(Incandescent) gif

    This signal is kind of like all the above signals. It has one red light and one all green light that is solid. On this signal the red light turns on while the green light stays on but the red light flashes. After a few flashes of the red light the green light will time out and the red light will flash meaning of course"absolute stop." This only has one red light.

    The last two signals I showed you are lit with incandescent lights. The following is an L.E.D. version of one of the last two signals

    Rail Crossing Signal with 12x20 L.E.D. Red and Green Lights gif 2

    And the L.E.D.s have pre-colored lenses. But in order for both lights to be red, and one of them to be red and green, the lens has to be clear and the L.E.D.s have to be able to light up in more than one color. Hate to imagine what would happen if L.E.D.s lit in green behind a red lens or lit in red behind a green lens.

    One more thing, the light that's always red doesn't exactly need a clear lens, it can just have a red lens, but it would make the signal look kind of silly if it had one red lens and one clear lens.

    Any questions or comments (concerns even) on the red light-green light crossing signal(s)?

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  • Hello,

    We have not met before, but my name is Jay, an administrator over at the Famous in Love Wikia. I'm here to ask if I can adopt the Siren Wiki ( and gain bureaucratic and administrative rights there. It's a wikia I know you've abandoned and haven't updated for about three years now, but I would actually like to take it over. As I hope you know, "Siren" is the name of an upcoming TV show that would be part of the Freeform TV channel/network, and I really want to update the wikia to make it an official member of the ABC Family/Freeform wikia community, which includes Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Beyond, etc.

    I hope you read this message ASAP and go back to the Siren Wiki to appoint me as the new head. Please do not hesitate - I am extremely qualified to run the wikia, as I have the experience, knowledge, and determination. A previous person, MammatuatusFiend or something like that, was never appointed a bureaucrat or did any edits on the Wiki.

    I hope I don't bother you with this message, as I find contacting you and you going back to the Siren Wiki and upgrading me as a bureaucrat/admin on much easier than the long pain of the Wikia Adoption Request and Process.

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    • Thank you Henry! Siren is redesigned and prepared for our upcoming TV Series!

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    • Awesome! =D

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  • Hi, I'm writing to request being demoted from being moderator on this wikia. I'm probably going to regret asking this but I ask this because I don't spend that much time on this Wikia (and am kind of glad I don't, not because I don't like it here but because I can get addicted to the internet if you know what I mean, I'm addicted to Deviant Art for goodness sake!) 

    But anyway, I'm not very dedicated or devoted to this site and I would be considered disqualified to be an moderator on this site. I'm also not that good asserting authority, I'm too nice and too soft.

    You don't know this but another Wikia I also go to, The Loud House Wikia, takes these kinds of things seriously (I tried to find an example but they're too hard to find, I guess they haven't had this problem in a while) and when a member, supposing to be a moderator is inactive, other members propose demotion of the moderators and give reasons why, namely their inactivity.

    So unless you insist I stay a chat mod/ discussions mod, I think I should be removed from this position and this position should be given to someone more qualified (but hopefully someone you can trust and someone almost as nice as to nicer than me, but firm none-the-less.)

    I'll still contribute from time to time but my services are poor on this wikia.

    Thanks for understanding

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  • I just found out that General Electric/Harmon makes electronic railroad crossing bells, and get this: They are almost similar to the Western Cullen Hayes electronic bells!  At least that's what is said on this link

    This is a close-up photo

    I guess W.C.H. isn't the only railroad manufacturing company that makes those hour-glass electronic bells! I wonder if the Harmon bells sound any similar.

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  • Union Pacific and CSX locomotive November 18, 2016 1

    Union Pacific locomotive 4961 and CSX 215

    Hi, I know you're busy but I have some locomotive pictures from my railfan trips on November 18 and December 2 I'd like to show you and hope you can help me with.

    I know I showed some of these before.

    Union Pacific and CSX locomotive November 18, 2016 2

    Union Pacific loco 4961 with CSX 215

    Union Pacific and CSX locomotive November 18, 2016 3

    CSX locomotive on a Union Pacific train and Union Pacific tracks!

    The next four pictures are from a diferent train that came later that day.

    7th Avenue 11-18-2016 19
    7th Avenue 11-18-2016 20

    These are the locomotives at the head of the train. The following two are of the end locomotive.

    7th Avenue 11-18-2016 30

    End locomotive. Number 6276

    7th Avenue 11-18-2016 31

    Locomotive 6276 at the end of the train.

    Another train and at a different crossing. This is the only picture I have of this train.

    6th Street 9th Ave 11-18-2016 07

    Union Pacific 4849

    The following is the last train I got that day.

    6th Street 9th Ave 11-18-2016 09
    6th Street 9th Ave 11-18-2016 10

    The following were taken December 2, two weeks after the preceding were taken.

    6th Street 9th Ave 12-02-2016 04
    6th Street 9th Ave 12-02-2016 04 (Zoomed in omitted picture)

    I thought this was locomotive 4444 but now I'm not so sure. The second picture of this locomotive is a more zoomed in photo compared to the one before it, the second picture focuses more on the train itself.

    6th Street 9th Ave 12-02-2016 05

    Union Pacific Locomotive 4628

    Same train.

    The following pictures show another train that came right after the ones pictured above ended so the next train is a second train! The gates didn't go back up after the first train passed because this one was on the way!

    6th Street 9th Ave 12-02-2016 11

    Union Pacific Locomotive 7976

    Locomotive 7976 but I cannot tell if this is an AC4400CW, C40-8, or ES44AC

    6th Street 9th Ave 12-02-2016 12

    Locomotive 7976 with 5478

    But I didn't just post these to show these off, but I was wondering if you knew which of these were which. I know, or at least I think some of these are SD90/43mac locomotives but the rest I cannot tell and I don't want to post these on the wrong pages. You know locomotives better than I do so I was wondering if you had any suggestions.

    I have more locomotive pictures from December 2 but I won't post them until a later day.

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  • I just thought I'd let you know a man named Patrick Harris informed us that his photo of the auto rack car was used without credit. He wants us to credit him or remove the photo.

    I'm going to give him the credit for his photo and see where it goes.

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    • Alright, thanks for the help, Will. As you can see, I've been busy with school and work, so my editing free time is very limited right now.

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    • That I can understand, I've been through college and work myself, college longer so I know how demanding it can be.

      I'm not going to be on this wikia much either, I know I'm a moderator but I don't always feel like editting or spending a lot of time on this wikia. Even now I don't feel so good.

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  • Union Pacific Locomotives approaching Main Avenue

    Two Union Pacific locomotives. Photo taken October 13, 2016 by WillTheArthurandBusterFan5050

    I took this photo yesterday while out on a rail-fanning trip and I thought I'd show this to you.

    This looks like one of my favorite types of locomotives, then again I must have it mistaken for another locomotive I might like more.. I'm not locomotive Savvi so I cannot say which one this is. I know however the lead loco is 8082 but I don't know the number to the second locomotive.

    But I just thought I'd show this to you, and I wanted this photo on this Wikia.

    I normally don't take pictures of trains, more into crossings but I decided to take a crossing-free photo of a train, although this is heading toward a crossing. I have another photo of these two locomotives.

    Main Avenue 10-13-2016 14

    Crossing Main Avenue in Tucson, Arizona

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    • And hey, this wiki is about Trains AND Locomotives, not just one or the other like my old wiki!

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    • I took a few more locomotive pictures. These were taken two weeks ago today.

      Union Pacific and CSX locomotive November 18, 2016 1
      Union Pacific and CSX locomotive November 18, 2016 2
      Union Pacific and CSX locomotive November 18, 2016 3

      CSX locomotive on a Union Pacific train and Union Pacific tracks!

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  • This sounds crazy of me but I've been thinking of GP40-2 locomotives, as used on the Rocky Mountaineer being good commuter rail locomotives.

    Why I would think that way? Because like the MP36PH diesel locomotives, they too have four windshields. That and they're used for passenger trains, at least some as far as I know, including the aformementioned Rocky Mountaineer. Actually that's the only passenger rail I know using those locomotives. These are some of my sources:

    Pond 5 Video: Mind you it's not a commuter train it's a tourist train, well, you already knew that.

    Websites pertaining to the Rocky Mountaineer that I've stumbled on or visited:





    But would these really make good commuter rail locomotives or am I just thinking crazy? I probably am, and for all I know they're not that friendly to the environment and are not clean locomotives (I don't know very much about these locos). They look good to me but are they good, for commuter rail, since commuter trains run lots of trains in a day and it be a best idea to use cleaner and more efficient locomotives on a commuter train. 

    Maybe using GP40-2s on commuter trains isn't such a good idea. Well, nothing says I cannot imagine/fantasize them being used on commuter rail, but I'm not sure it's good to use them for real. Well actually they can but not on a lot of commuter trains. They do have four axels/ eight wheels, which is better for passenger rail than six-axle/ twelve-wheel locomotives, and they are used on passenger trains but that doesn't make them good for commuter trains.

    Metrolink and UTA Frontrunner would be good, or look good with these locomotives, at least in my imagination. And commuter trains I make up. And I have some artwork/fan-art ideas, which hopefully you'll get to see in the not-too-distant future.

    These locmotives are also like the F59PH locomotives, the F59PH-not-I locomotives, at least to me, except for these differences:

    - The F59PH locomotives, the F59PHI's too, have three windshields. The GP40-2s have four as mentioned.

    -The GP40-2 locomotives have walkways on the sides, the F59PHs, like F40PHs, P40s/42s, F59PHIs, MP36PH, etc, don't have walkways, although I don't know if I can call them stream-lined.

    Something Else About GP40-2 Locomotives

    If I'm not mistaken, I believe there are at least two kinds. 

    -This one, I believe these are similar to the ones used by the Rocky Mountaineer but this is a different railroad, GFRR I think. Or

    OMLX 4200 (ex-CN) GP40-2L

    What Will calls the F59PH-like locomotive, though it's not an F59PH

    -And this one Another example (first locomotive picture)

    Rio Grande (DRGW) GP40-2

    What Will calls the GP38-like locomotive

    Unless I'm missing something, there seem to be two locomotives with the same name but different physical appearances. The first one looks almost like the F59PH locomotives, only it has four big windows, and the second one looks more like the GP38 locomotives, with four windows but two big middle windows and two smaller windows to the sides.

    So if I was to say GP40-2 locomotive to someone, even someone who knew about trains, how would they know which one I was talking about? Say I wanted the GP40-2 locomotive that looks almost like the F59PH locomotives, but the person I was talking to either didn't know which locomotive I wanted or assumed I wanted the one that looked like the GP38s.

    As I was typing this, I did read this article, well I skimmed through it and missed a few sentences and maybe I have more research to do, but when mentioning or refering to the GP40-2, how do I tell the difference between the two?

    To recap, I'm calling this one the F59PH-like locomotive: and to be more specific, using the Rocky Mountaineer, which is prettier in color in my opinion (The Lead Locomotive, not the second one!)

    And this one the GP38-like locomotive: Same link as the very previous link I sent except now I'm talking about the second locomotive. And to be more specific,

    Personally I prefer the F59PH/MP36PH like locomotive.

    I hope this made sense to you.

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  • Siemens Charger locomotives

    As I was posting pictures, well, artwork on my newest blog about black and yellow crossing gates, I happened to see this photo of this locomotive and took interest in this of all the locomotive pictures I saw. The "Siemens Charger Locomotive"

    These kind of remind me of the new electric locomotives Amtrak is now using on Northeast Corridor, only they're single-cab and no pantograph (the part that goes up to the overhead wires)

    What road-name are these? Amtrak? Well, they look like Amtrak to me judging by the blue face, the mostly silver body, red pinstripe, and dark grey bottom,

    I think what interests me is that these might be passenger locomotives and I'm almost sure they are, and they sort of look like locomotives used outside the U.S. but I know they're used within the U.S.

    It also looks like they're connected to an Amtrak P42, which you can only see part of toward the right of the photo.

    Well, in order to learn more about these, better look them up and research these. But these look kind of like this locomotive to me  I also posted this because I wanted easy reference to it although I could post it on my profile page and I wanted to comment on this.

    I just found out the electric Amtrak locomotive I'm refering to is also from Siemens, the same place the "Charger Locomotive" is from!

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    • Commenting on the Amtrak locomotive, I've seen Amtrak's Phase III genesis Engines and the didn't look a thing like this. I mean they had the red white and blue tri-stripe but they didn't have black-faces like this one does, although this is not much skin off my bones, I actually kind of like it, but Amtrak's Phase III Genesis locomotives didn't look like this, they looked like this:


      Well, that's what their F40PH locomotives looked like so I' shouldn't complain. And some of Amtrak's other Genesis equipment was dressed with Phase I and Phase II schemes and the locomotives had black faces. Should we call them "Bandit Locomotives?" I mean "bandit" is not a positive word but that's what Johnny Quest's dog was named. Well maybe that's not a good idea, that will give people a bitter taste in their mouths.

      I may comment on the other stuff later.

      By the way, let me show you one more of my favorite locomotives, the one they call the Pepsi Can locomotives:  Ahhh yes I love these so! I never got to see these in person though and never will unless they bring them back but at least I have an HO scale model of this locomotive, only it's numbered 510 and plan to have artwork of such.

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    • Again, I ment to post the URL but the picture came up instead.

      It's basically this,_Sparks,_Nevada,_1998. JPG but I broke the URL up so the text would post and so anyone seeing this will know where the picture came from. (Don't click the URL, copy and paste it and the JPG together and put it in the address bar and splice the URL back together.)

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  • I'm just going to show you the pictures I drew.

    Cochise Railway Passenger Train Drawing 001

    William's Cochise Railway Passenger Train, A Train for Southeast Arizona

    Cochise Railway Train Drawing 002

    More of the Cochise Railway Train (with more cars showing)

    Cochise Railway at Four-Quad Crossing

    Cochise Railway train going through a crossing.

    For more information on this,

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    • I see what you mean. It's been a long time since I played with LEGOs and agree you have more freedom and control this way. (I would build crosing gates out of lego blocks and I used to build improvised trains out of LEGOs when I was a kid) 

      I never had a real LEGO train set.

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    • Yeah, I actually never had a real trainset either, but I just bought some motors and went to town. I can show you some pictures if you want.

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