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Introduction to North American Railway Signaling
Bisset Rowbotham Thurston Burkhardt Powe
North American Rwy Signal
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2014-05-14 16:26:23
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Introduction to North American Railway Signaling

by Kendrick Bisset, Tony Rowbotham, Dave Thurston, Rob Burkhardt, Jeff Power, & Jim Hoelscher.


New from Brian Solomon: Classic Railroad Signals: Semaphores, Searchlights, and Towers

Companion volume by the same author: Railroad signaling

More about railroad signals and signaling: Railroad Operation & Railway Signaling

Signal history - see also: Safety on the Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story


Softcover, 224 pages, 8.5x11, b/w photos, drawings, schematics, plans.

"Introduction to North American Railway Signaling covers the basics of signaling philosophy and techniques. This is the book to reach for if you need information pertaining to signaling systems used in the various rail transportation modes in North America: freight, main-line passenger service, commuter, light-rail, and heavy rail transit. It presents the underlying principles behind modern day signaling practices for the many systems integrated together to keep railroads running safely and efficiently.

"This book details fundamental concepts necessary in the design of railway signaling systems and presents the appropriate equipment used throughout North America to make these systems work. Where pertinent, mode-specific effects on basic signaling principles and techniques are described.

"Introduction to North American Railway Signaling is ideal for signal designers and engineers; locomotive engineers; signal managers; operating supervisors and managers; or anyone wishing to learn more about the application of various signaling systems employed in today's railroads.


• Railway Signaling
• The Elements of a Signal System
• Track Work
• Switches
• Wayside Signals
• Relays and Relay Logic
• Train Detection
• Block Signaling Interlocking
• Remote Control and Control Centers
• Cab Signals and Automatic Train Control
• Grade Crossings
• Defect Detectors
• Lightning and Surge Protection