SOLD: This is an authentic Railroad Stop Sign found in Colorado to the side of a rail that had been replaced. This is also known as a Blue Flag (although flags are no longer used); blue meaning “stop” by the railroads. The sign (8.5″ high x 15.5″ wide) has been upcycled by mounting it on reclaimed wood (18.25″ high 21.75″ wide) as collectible wall decor. It is ready to hang by the two sawtooth picture hangers that have been added to the back reinforcement panel.
This sign pays homage to the men and women who work and have worked to maintain our railroads.
According to www.trn.trains.com, “A major consideration in railroad operation is the maintenance that must be done on the rolling stock and track… to maintain cars and locomotives, workers must get on, in between, and under them. The workers are thus placed in a very hazardous environment – an unexpected movement of the rolling stock could lead to personal injury or death. In recognition of this danger, the railroads have adopted blue flag/blue signal protection rules for employees. Violation of blue flag protection is one of the most serious rule infractions a railroad employee can commit. Disciplinary action for such a violation is suspension from duty, and sometimes dismissal.”
This stop sign with quite worn reflective letters is not metal and ‘believed’ to be the lighter-weight, rubberized vinyl used for interior and/or exterior display. ‘Believed’ to be because the mounting hardware attached to the side of the sign appears to be consistent with an exterior pole mount. One of the three magnetic wheels/rollers remains intact. This information was garnered from the US Department of Transportation Guidelines for the Specification of Blue Safety Flags in Railroad Operations. Please ask questions and I will do my best to provide answers.