Saturday, January 19, 2008

Wigwag donation

Wigwag donation
Originally uploaded by SeabeeCook
Keith Berry, left, accepts the donation of a one-of-a-kind railroad crossing wigwag to the El Dorado County Historic Museum by Frank Morse. A self-described "ferroequinologist," Morse purchased the signal at the Diamond Springs flee market in 2006.

The signal was probably built in the shops of the Diamond and Caldor Railway in the early 1920s, according to Morse. It warned motorists of approaching logging trains at the Grizzly Flat Road grade crossing near Coles Station.

Berry represented the museum as a commissioner of the museum's five-member advisory commission. He also serves as vice-president of the El Dorado Western Railway Foundation.

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