Private Crossing Sign

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Private Crossing Sign

Post by rob216 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:29 pm

Not sure if this is the right place for this. But I have just gotten a private crossing sign that came from the Reading Railroad. Does anyone know what the correct coloring is for the sign. I have seen pictures of black lettering with a white background or white lettering with a black background. Here is a link to the sign that I own. ... M00021.jpg
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Re: Private Crossing Sign

Post by Franklin Gowen » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:12 pm

Hello, Rob. Nice find you have there! :-)

I wasn't too optimistic, but I made the effort of thoroughly checking my 1922 Philadelphia & Reading operating department rulebook. There is no mention of such a sign, or what its period appearance would have been. I wish I knew the correct color scheme, too - good luck.
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Re: Private Crossing Sign

Post by glennk419 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:18 pm

Rob, great acquisition. Most of the cast iron signs I seem to recall were black with white lettering. The exceptions would have been the public grade crossbucks and associated signage which were black on white, station signs (white on blue) and oval close clearance, etc which were black on yellow.

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