Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place platform

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Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place platform

Post by drumz0rz » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:09 am

I semi regularly take the PATH over to the WTC from Exchange Place. On my last crossing, a red light began flashing at the very end of the station a few minutes after the previous train departed and a few minutes before the next arrived. I've never seen it illuminated before like that. The station attendant at the end of the platform was also looking at it quizzically. Someone told her something over the radio and she responded (I was too far away to hear what they said). The signals were all green. The next train arrived with the light still flashing, I got on and we departed for, and arrived at the WTC as normal without incident.

Anyone know what that flashing red signal is? I think it has another small indicator light below it (like the signal on the westbound platform telling the engineer if the switch is sending him to Grove or Newport).

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Re: Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place plat

Post by Terry Kennedy » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:10 am

drumz0rz wrote:I semi regularly take the PATH over to the WTC from Exchange Place. On my last crossing, a red light began flashing at the very end of the station a few minutes after the previous train departed and a few minutes before the next arrived. I've never seen it illuminated before like that. The station attendant at the end of the platform was also looking at it quizzically. Someone told her something over the radio and she responded (I was too far away to hear what they said). The signals were all green. The next train arrived with the light still flashing, I got on and we departed for, and arrived at the WTC as normal without incident.

Anyone know what that flashing red signal is? I think it has another small indicator light below it (like the signal on the westbound platform telling the engineer if the switch is sending him to Grove or Newport).
If it's what I think you're describing, it's a "Hold for orders" signal. They usually have an "O" plate below the single lens. They see a lot less use in modern times, since everyone has a radio. In some cases I've seen them blinking, it has been because somebody bumped a switch on the board and triggered it.

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Re: Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place plat

Post by Thomas » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:48 pm

Terry Kennedy wrote:f it's what I think you're describing, it's a "Hold for orders" signal. They usually have an "O" plate below the single lens. They see a lot less use in modern times, since everyone has a radio. In some cases I've seen them blinking, it has been because somebody bumped a switch on the board and triggered it.
What does bumped a switch on the board mean?

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Re: Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place plat

Post by lirr42 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:46 pm

Thomas wrote:What does bumped a switch on the board mean?
They flipped the switch by accident.

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Re: Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place plat

Post by OportRailfan » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:39 am

I've also seen this flashing at the east end of the lower platform at Newark Penn, just west of the Dock Bridge span, coming out of the station. Seems to make sense as a train orders light.
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Re: Flashing red light, end of Eastbound Exchange Place plat

Post by 25Hz » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:34 am

So, effectively it's a "hold button"?
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