What a terrific railroad sign -- it is older porcelain enamel on steel, declaring a strong warning in dark blue and white to railroad workmen.
It is double sided, and a great display size 7 inches high and 17 inches long. There are two mounting holes for top hanging. Please look at our pictures -- we've shown several photos of both sides. The white is the underlying color that was baked on first.
CONDITION: Extremely good with only very minor chipping around the two mounting holes, and very minor chipping around the very edges. NO spots of enamel loss anywhere on either face. There are NO bends or twists.
The white is slightly discolored in a couple of places where the sign must have been exposed to the weather, and water/rain running down it washed rusty metal color down onto the lettering. We have NOT attempted to clean this !!
RAILROAD USE: Blue signals -- signs or lanterns -- were a critical means to signify that there was trouble, and repair and/or maintenance was being done. The primary concern was for worker safety.
Quoting from one of our railroad rulebooks: "A blue signal, displayed at one or both ends of an engine, car or train, indicates that workmen are under or about it; when thus protected it must not be coupled to or moved. Each class of workmen will display the blue signals and the same workmen are alone authorized to remove them. Other equipment must not be placed on the same track so as to intercept the view of the blue signals, without first notifying the workmen."
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