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Right of Way Signs

February 1st, 2001

Over the years, the New Haven Railroad used a number of different styles of signs along its right of way. Such signs were used to mark railroad property ("Private Property"), proscribe behaviors ("No Parking"), warn the public of potential hazards ("Danger High Speed Trains"), and present information to railroad workers ("Structures Along This Track Will Not Clear Man On Top Or Side Of Cars"). If you look carefully along the former New Haven Railroad's right of way, you can still find a few of these old signs in place. In most cases, they are in deplorable condition, having been neglected for over 30 years. All signs from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Wooden SignThe earliest signs were made of wood. Of standard design, they were about 38" wide by 26" high and 2" thick. The signs were built up from many pieces of wood and often had a separate beveled border. The lettering was usually stamped into the wood to make the signs easier to repaint.

Sheet iron signs replaced wood during the 1940s and 1950s. Again of standard design, they were about 36" wide by 24" high and 1/8" thick. The signs were usually painted using the silk-screen method with white paint applied first as a base coat and black paint applied on top.Large Iron Sign

Small Iron SignSmaller sheet iron signs, about 18" wide and 12" high, were often used at public areas such as passenger station parking lots during the 1940s and 1950s.

During the 1960s some signs utilized 3M's "Scotchlite" reflective material. Such signs were made of sheet aluminum, 24" wide by 24" high. The reflective "Scotchlite" was bonded to the aluminum using a special press at the sign shop in New Haven, CT and the lettering was applied using the silk-screen method. Very few reflective right of way signs (like this example) were marked with the railroad's name, initials, or logo.Scotchlite Signs


January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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