Lake Superior Railroad Museum celebrates new signal exhibit

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The Lake Superior Railroad Museum celebrated a new exhibit with a dedication event Tuesday evening. Guests were invited to a cocktail hour and ceremony for the newly constructed signal exhibit in the museum’s Center Square.

Lead volunteer, Scott Parker, gave a presentation on the history of railroad signals and discussed the building of the exhibit.

“We fulfilled a grant from BNSF Foundation and then also some contributions from Canadian National Foster Trucking to have a display that explains how US railroad signals played us a role in safety throughout the year,” Scott Parker saidy. “So [the event shows] the evolution of safety signals, controling train movement from the late 1800s up until currently.”

Over 30 volunteers were honored for their hours of work on the project.

The exhibit is meant to showcase how railroad signals have evolved over time. What started out as a flag or lantern has now developed into a more sophisticated, high-tech program. The exhibit is fully interacted and demonstrates how the trackside signals change colors to deliver different messages to passing train crews.

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