THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

MANITOBA JUNCTION
Northern Pacific Railroad

by John Hinson

Manitoba Junction
Photograph 6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

A view from the platform at Manitoba Junction, looking along the Northern Pacific main line towards St Paul, past the signal cabin which was part of the station buildings. The station was situated between Detroit Lakes and Fargo, and was a junction for Winnipeg, across the Canadian border. Manitoba Junction was an exchange station only, and had no road access.

Smash signal at Manitoba Junction
Photograph 6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

A westbound freight passing over the junction with the branch to the Canadian border.

There are a number of interesting signals in this picture:

Interior of Manitoba Junction
Photograph 6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The cabin was provided with the ubiquitous US&S frame. The locking appears to covered by a tarpaulin, but of interest are the metal cases above connected by rods to the rockers. These are likely to be contact boxes controlling the electrically powered three-position semaphore signals.

About the photographs

Additional notes by Mike Brotzman.


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