THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

TENSTRIKE
Northern Pacific Railroad

by John Hinson

Tenstrike station and cabin
Photograph 1962, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

Tenstrike was a typical wayside station as found on single lines of the North Pacific Railroad, and was located between Bemidji and International Falls.

The only signal visible is the block signal suspended above the cabin which is rotated parallel to the line to indicate clear for both directions. This signal would be turned to face trains if they were required to stop for block purposes or issue of orders. When this picture was taken, the station was not staffed for block purposes and the cabin was, effectively "switched out".

See Manitoba Junction for a view of this type of signal showing stop.

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