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Oldest signals surviving in your area
« on: October 03, 2015, 10:24:36 AM »

For me in SE Pennsylvania I saw a few ancient CH Art Decos here and there but they got replaced ages ago, I even found an ornamental Eaglelux around Bristol, but that got replaced last summer unfortunately. As of 2015 the oldest I can find are 1970s-era mast-arm installs with 12" Eagle Flatbacks, if not that then slightly newer McCain, Durasig, and TCT installations from the early to mid 1990s.
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2015, 12:19:52 PM »

The oldest signals in my immediate area are these 1980's/90's GTE signals.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.3773697,-87.4700165,3a,75y,180.47h,93.08t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1skHd6iJCH1tepyEiZuSZ3CA!2e0!5s20090701T000000!7i13312!8i6656

The oldest signal in my county that I can think of. This install originated from the 1950's/60's.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5865982,-87.3188251,3a,15y,303.87h,89.94t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s8YrE91yTfmUU7VlZi3DkEw!2e0!5s20090701T000000!7i13312!8i6656

Unfortunately over time, vehicles kept taking out certain signals and they were no longer replaced. I assume one of the controllers died since one intersection is in flash mode and the other is completely dark. No need to replace the signals when one of the controllers is dead. You can play around with the street view to see what these signals looked like when they were in service. Anything from 2011 and back shows them in service. There are two intersections connected to each other, as well as to the railroad crossing, so when one intersection goes down, they both go down.

An Email from the City of Gary said these signals are to be replaced at both intersections, so their days are numbered.

My last one is in Miller, Indiana (Incorporated by the City of Gary). They are Winkomatic Walk/Don't Walk colored bulb signals. They are also from the 60's I believe. Pardon the street view camera distortion, but you get the idea. As bulbs burn out, they stay out for good. Pedestrian signals in the City of Gary are for the most part no longer maintained.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.6144733,-87.2611838,3a,15y,273.02h,85.92t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1syLGrjf1qboC_akcTcD8dhg!2e0!5s20130801T000000!7i13312!8i6656

If you want to look for more, pretty much every signalized intersection south of the one I linked has Winkomatc Ped signals like the one shown above.
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2015, 07:58:26 PM »

The oldest signals in my immediate area are these 1980's/90's GTE signals.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.3773697,-87.4700165,3a,75y,180.47h,93.08t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1skHd6iJCH1tepyEiZuSZ3CA!2e0!5s20090701T000000!7i13312!8i6656


AFAIK, GTE did not first manufacture its first signals until the 1990s, so it is safe to assume those heads are from that decade.
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 08:10:36 PM »

A lot of the traffic signals in my town date back primarily to the 1990s. The oldest traffic signal that remains is a 1970s Crouse-Hinds type R unit.

New York City, on the other hand, still has a lot of Marbelite traffic signals in use that are well over 30 years old. Most of them are of the TE-19408 model, in which was in production from the mid-1960s until the time the company stopped production (including all other models) around 1978 or so.

There are some scattered, though, that date back to the early 1950s. They're Marbelite flat-top heads. They're few and far between in New York City.

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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 08:38:21 PM »

The oldest signals in my immediate area are these 1980's/90's GTE signals.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.3773697,-87.4700165,3a,75y,180.47h,93.08t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1skHd6iJCH1tepyEiZuSZ3CA!2e0!5s20090701T000000!7i13312!8i6656

AFAIK, GTE did not first manufacture its first signals until the 1990s, so it is safe to assume those heads are from that decade.

I think you're right. I have a few GTE signals from US 30 that were removed during the signal upgrades from Ohio to Illinois. All 3 of them (2 doghouses, one 3 section signal) are date stamped from the mid to late 90's. I was thinking of one of the Econolites I got that has a date stamp from 1986.
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2015, 10:53:48 AM »

Anyway here is a picture of one of the 1970s-era Eagle flatback mast-arm installs I was speaking of, these are in Chester, but got replaced;

Here's a Philly 70s-era installation, it got slightly retrofitted with new Pedestrians;


Here's an ancient artifact, this is a CH Art Deco from the 1940s!
[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/78714504@N03/19884849969/in/pool-1281948@N23]]
Copy the link if you wanna see

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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2015, 12:58:44 PM »

In my area? Probably the Darley 3-way in Fort Payne, AL.
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2019, 10:16:21 PM »

Here are a few of the oldest signals that Iíve seen in my area:
Lansing, MI (Eagle Flatback clusters and old pedestrian signals): https://www.google.com/maps/@42.7345401,-84.5260621,3a,88.212822y,-5.951656h,89.629814t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s2tXi4VSnTkWDsQ0lVvyqlw!2e0
East Lansing, MI
Econolite Short-Groove signals (at least I think thatís what they are): https://www.google.com/maps/@42.7341670,-84.4750053,3a,46.651707y,6.749643h,91.762871t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sjtIORXw1mTewEZ3iKrh7WQ!2e0
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2019, 10:41:36 PM »

The oldest signals in the Salt Lake City area are probably these ones at 6200 South and Holladay Blvd. To my knowledge, that is the only intersection in the state controlled by diagonal span-wire signals. In addition, these are the only 12-8-8 signal heads I know of in the state, with 8 inch arrows no less!

A few blocks west of there is this set at 2300 East. While these aren't as exciting as the ones at Holladay Blvd, they look much older than pretty much anything else you'll see in the valley today.
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2019, 11:06:34 AM »

Copied from the Places that have extremely old signals thread:

These signals in Rutledge/Ridley (Delaware County), PA at the intersection of Morton & Swarthmore Aves. are probably the oldest signalheads near where I reside.  These are probably from the 1960s or early 70s at the latest.

In my hometown of Marblehead, MA at the intersection of Atlantic Ave. (MA 129) & Clifton Ave.; two of these signalheads are the original ones when this intersection became signalized circa 1970-71.  If one clicks back to earlier GSVs; one sees the original older signalheads.  As a kid, I remember when these were first erected (back then, I didn't live too far away from this intersection).
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Re: Oldest signals surviving in your area
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2019, 11:58:34 AM »

I have no idea in Orlando, I am curious if anyone knows. Its hard to tell as so many of the installations are done so poorly.

In Gainesville I believe the oldest is these: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.6390885,-82.3434384,3a,15y,18.21h,94.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sXtiuYRx1BkqxROcntE1bOQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
A telltale sign is they are yellow, which hasn't been used in Florida in quite a long time. They're coming to an end though, as they are currently installing mast arms at that intersection, so they should be decommissioned within a few months, but still operable today.
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