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To the editor:
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.
[to top of second column in this letter]
I am anxious to see this
part of Lincoln once again become a valuable Lincoln historic sight.
Editorís note: The levers in question can be seen at the bottom of
Mayor Keith Snyder offers a walk-through tour of the Lincoln Depot
August 23, 2014]
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