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Those huge black levers in the Lincoln Depot ticket office picture

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As a youngster, I rode the interurban with my mother many times to Peoria.  The Lincoln Depot was an exciting place to explore, and to wait for and watch the trains. If Iím not mistaken those  gigantic back levers in the Depot ticket office may have been to switch the positions of the semaphore(s) just outside the office on the station platform. Iím pretty sure there was a semaphore there.  

 

There was another semaphore on the road to Lincoln Lakes for the Lincoln Sand and Gravel switcher. That semaphore was controlled by a long system of rods and levers that ran a distance along the side of the road.

 

 

They were the 40ís and 50ís means of train control, used to signal the engineer whether the switch was open or closed. They could also be used to tell the engineer if he needed to stop for passengers. 

 

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I am anxious to see this part of Lincoln once again become a valuable Lincoln historic sight.

 

Roger Boss

 

Editorís note: The levers in question can be seen at the bottom of Album 1.
 

Mayor Keith Snyder offers a walk-through tour of the Lincoln Depot

[Posted August 23, 2014]

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