How about some new photos?

Where’d this guy go? Still here. Just fixed some PHP and SQL errors a few of you reported – So how about some new photos already? Sure – Lets start with a group of Westinghouse Signalling (of London) photos of their Westronic Remote Control system, bound in a book titled:

Neat stuff … Enjoy!

Happy guy at the controls….

More bits coming soon – some random groups of prints from slides, photos from the Batesburg, SC plant, and some other goodies. Stay tuned!

Albums that all begin with “S” – Shop, Solid State, and Special Photos.

Just in time for Turkey day ….    Three more albums for you to browse thru instead of watching those boring-ass parades on the telly all day.

Shop Photos – all sorts of miscellaneous items, machines, close ups, and code equipment.    Many of these photos can be seen in various bulletins and pamphlets .   Pictured is a 510 code demo setup – complete with a B60 machine for the office and cabinet to display controls  and simulate field indications.   Neat!


Solid State State Systems – transistorized boards, code equipment, computer boards.  Some of these photos are repeats seen in other books  – industrial controls, pipeline, etc.



Special Photos – Illustrations, line drawings, miscellaneous photos, and closeups – all bound in one chapter that didn’t seem to fit in with any of the others.    Many of these can be seen in various US&S literature over the years too.


With these updates, this completes all scanning and posting of the books in the current collection.    Unless I missed something, which is possible.   And it only took 6 years!   Hopefully more groups or books may surface over time – if you have any  and would kindly share, I’ll put your name up in lights and credit you.

I hope to start adding some other bits of USS history to this site now – maybe some catalogs, UD notes, signal engineer articles, not sure yet.   We’ll see in coming months.

Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words over the years!   -Rich

Industrial Control Systems

Six books of Industrial Control Systems photos are scanned and online.   The majority of the photos are of pipeline control equipment – along with an album of Readall Readouts and Crystal and Miniature relays.   There’s also an album of Rectifiers  that I almost forgot about.   And along with all the Switches albums from last week, you’ll have plenty of photos to waste your time browsing thru.  Enjoy!

Wow – 1750 photos in two weeks.   Where did I find all this free time?  Two words – Ankle Surgery.  So if you find any glaring mistakes – it may be related to the painkillers  (both prescribed or served over ice.)      Kindly drop me a note and I’ll correct…

Carrier Telephones

Happy New Year!   More photos and updates are coming soon…. and in fact this update has been over a year in the making.   Here’s two “then and now” photos of Union Switch’s Carrier Telephone equipment – the office carrier phone and a portable field phone.    Union Development –  Number 252 explains the history and application of this equipment.     Both require 110V AC as they contain tubes and operate at a frequency of 35 kilocycles.    When clipped onto a DC code line, clicking can be heard during a code cycle.    When clipped onto a carrier code line (such as US&S 507), I can barely hear the 15.3 kilocycle transmitting frequency switching on and off during a control code.     The indication frequency of 24kHz is too high for a  human ear – however it probably drives the local dogs crazy.  🙂




Holiday Signal Photo Bonanza….

Final update for 2013 are three volumes of books labeled “Signals” – for when you need to escape the inlaws and family to browse the internet.   There may be some duplicate photos – we’ve seen some of the Cincinnati Union Terminal photos before under E.P. Interlockings.  But they’re still worth another look as this is the way US&S organized them.  There’s a lot of other gems too, like these:


Under the wires on the Reading Company, Philadelphia. Diamond Street tower in the background, looking north.

Automatic Signals on the P.R.R. near Seward, PA.  (7-11-1933)

Automatic Signals on the P.R.R. near Seward, PA. (7-11-1933)

Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Relay Cases & Houses

Too hot outside to work in the signal garden – so here’s another batch of photos.  “Relay Cases & Houses” consists of five books of relay cases, relay houses, air compressors, and interior shots of racks and relays

Someday, when I wire up a Reading Co. field location of 506A code for Yardley interlocking,  I hope it turns out something like the photo above.  Finding a used relay house close by, that won’t cost an arm and a leg to transport, will be the real challenge.  Wiring it all up is the easy part.  🙂

Springtime update

Some new albums can be found under Radio, Telephone, Infomat, Automatic Car ID, AFO, etc.

10114If you’ve ever wondered what the way-side gear looked like that could read those multi-colored barcodes still found on some older rolling stock, look no further than here.









Another  album is entitled WABCO Radio, which includes photos of all sorts of radio gear – like this portable Carryphone:



You’ll also find photos of Audio Frequency Overlay equipment, Portable telephones, and a bunch of other goodies including updates to the BARTD album under Subways and photos of US Steel’s Columbia-Geneva Automatic Train Operation.