Signals and Signs: Railroad Safety
January 30, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Created by the National Railroad Museum, Signals and Signs: Railroad Safety highlights the innovations railroads implemented to improve railroad safety. After a history of railroad accidents caused by faulty and unclear signals and a lack of regulatory laws in the United States, the public called for better regulations. Railway companies implemented their own safety procedures by using signs and signals to communicate clear operating standards, reducing collisions, and promoting an injury-free environment. This exclusive exhibit gives Museum patrons an up-close look at some of the equipment the railroads developed to enhance safety including wigwags, semaphores, and the strong arm from the 75th Street Tower in Chicago, Illinois.