Railway Items On Display at Heritage Park

Signal Light: Signals to the approaching train.
Red – stop.   Yellow – caution.     Green – proceed.

Control Box: Provided power to adjacent signals.

Bumping Post: Designed to stop unauthorized movement of a railroad car beyond the rail end. Bumping posts engage the coupler and draft gear of a moving car and transfer the force of impact to ties, rail and ballast, bringing the car to a safe stop. It was manufactured by the Dominion Wheel and Foundries Limited.

Motor Car: This “speeder” manufactured by Fairmont Railway Motors of Minnesota could move work or inspection crews along the track more quickly than the smaller cars.  In the late 20th century they were replaced by pickup trucks with auxiliary “hi-rise” wheels.

Mile Board: Indicates the distance to or from the station.

Push Cart: Utilized by various crews for moving track material (spikes, wire, rail anchors, tie plates) or maintenance-of-way tools between sites. Larger versions could be loaded with ties and pulled by a motor car.

Section Car: Used by section men to transport workers along the tracks with their tools and track supplies. More supplies could be carried on the trailer.


Track Dolly:

Dispatcher’s Box: These were placed along the track to communicate with section crews. Men could call to check where the train was and when it would be expected.

Flanger Sign:  indicate to the men in charge of snow plows and flangers where to raise the flanging blades to clear switches, crossings, etc.

Yard Limit Sign:  (to be installed) Yard limits are not a physical boundary of the yard proper. Within yard limits, trains or engines are authorized to use the main track.

Half Moon Stop Blocks: Used in factories and rail yards to stop runaway cars. The front wheels of the car could run up and over the block, thus stopping the car.

Switch Stand: The green target plate showing, indicated the track was “Line straight ahead”. If the train was to cross over to the other track the brakeman got out and threw the switch to the red (yellow) target plate. After the train cleared the points he would switch it back for the next train. In rail yards they did not switch back each time. Oval targets are for main track switches, round for yard switches. 

Baggage Trucks: Used to move baggage and small freight to and from the rail cars or to a freight shed. This large truck below was originally used at the Sharbot Lake station.

This smaller one was used in Ottawa.

Crossing Flashers: Warns vehicles on the road of approaching or moving train.

Turntable Motor: The train drove onto the track in the centre of the turntable. The motor sat at the side with gears, which when engaged with the outside of the turntable, rotated the track and the train until it was pointing in the right direction. Initially the motor was driven by steam but later by compressed air.

KP Rail Collection:   Some of these sections of rail were unearthed by MetalCraft Marine Inc. of Kingston, at their site on the K&P trackbed along the Inner Harbour, near the old Kingston station. The lighter rail was lifted from the water near the Sharbot Lake government dock.

Trackmobile: This gasoline-powered tug manufactured by the Whiting Corp. is used for moving railway cars on the track. It has road wheels as well as steel wheels, so it can move from track to track, and be stored off the track.  Its hydraulic coupler lifts the car slightly to transfer weight to the little Trackmobile, giving it the traction necessary to move a heavy car.

Information supplied by Gary Cooke, former railroader, of Sharbot Lake.

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