Stopping Trains at Fires Near Railroad Tracks
To successfully cope with fire in buildings situated near railmail tracks often necessitates occupying the tracks with hose lines and apparatus, and many sections of hose have been cut and apparatus damaged by the failure to stop passing trains in time to avert such damage. Men posted on the tracks each side of such a fire, with lanterns, robs the fire-fighting force just that much of its available personnel.
In times of emergency all railroads use railroad fusee signals which burn red for either five or ten minutes, to warn approaching trains and avoid loss of life and property. A new style of railroad danger signal for fire departments has recently been perfected by the Central Railway Signal Company, Needham Heights, Mass. It is essentially a double fusee signal, requires no matches for ignition and burns with a brilliant red light for twenty minutes. One of these emergency train stop signals is intended to be planted in each main line track, 1,000 feet both sides of the fire. The signals are packed twelve in a stout, waterproofed box, convenient for carrying on apparatus.
These signals can also be used for stopping street traffic in the event of sudden obstructions, such as a burst water main, and for all other purposes where a quickly available signal is required.