Articles about my lights

Links to articles that have been written about me and my lights. Always looking to have someone who can write better than me come and take a look at them and write about them.

Clinton Record Article August 2019

Utica Observer Dispatch Article March 2019

Exploring Upstate Blog February 2019

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Rome August 2018

Visited Rome with some signal enthusiasts in August. There are some nice lights still up in Rome. Plus, they take very good care of them and they have all been repainted over the years.

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West Thomas Street and North George Street. A Crouse Hinds Art Deco signal with a wagon wheel on the bottom. This Marbelite controller looks to be in good shape. We;re not sure what is inside because there was no noise coming from it.


 

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North Doxtator Street and West Liberty Street. Another Marbelite Controller. Still a mechanical one since you can hear the cams moving inside. A nicely taken care of Crouse Hinds D/DT Fixed 4 way signal is at this intersection also.

Utica Signal Hunt August 2018

Went out with a group of signal enthusiasts on the hunt for some old signals. I was aware of their locations, some I haven’t seen in a few years. It was good to see some old stuff still up!!

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Varick Street & Columbia Street, Utica, NY. The pedestal bases are the only ones surviving in Utica. There were 2 other intersections that I remember having these up until the mid 1980’s.

 


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Whitesboro Street and Court Street, Utica NY. 2 of the sides on the 4 way cluster act as pedestrian signals. This intersection is near the old Utica Psychiatric Center. It is a timed intersection without any pedestrian detection.

Also, another old Utica “Snow Emergency” signal. These would flash when there was a snow emergency in Utica. Meant, no parking on any city streets. They were controlled by either the central fire station or a neighboring fire house. There is a firehouse approx 1/2 mile away. These lights haven’t worked in over 20 years.


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Oneida Street at Master Garden Road & Holland Ave. Pretty odd intersection and signal. 2 of the 3 sides on this cluster flash red in place of solid green. There are 2 other roads at this intersection that have a stop sign so you need to look and see if they are coming through the intersection when you have the flashing red.

Here’s a video of it also.


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This odd signal at Bleecker Street and Wetmore Street in Utica has been here forever. There used to be a fire house (Station 6) here and I guess it was to give you a heads up if the fire truck was enroute to a call. How this has survived so long is a mystery. It looks like it was just shoved into the red head. there is a LED in there now also.

Marbelite 4 Way Signal

Here’s the Marbelite 4 Way signal along with a couple of Crouse Hinds Type M singles that came when I got the Type D.

They all fit in my car too lol.

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These are some more childhood signals of mine. These were at a cross walk intersection on Genesee Street, Village of New Hartford for many years. When I moved there, there was a Crouse Hinds Type D there and was replaced by a Marbelite in the early 1970’s. This crosswalk was here when this was a school crossing.


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This is the setup in the wild in 2014 when I took this picture. I ended up with the Marbelite and the 2 single Crouse Hinds signals. When I was a kid, I would sit and watch these lights change. It fascinated me. Plus, I would help the school crossing guard when I was at school during lunch, and press the crosswalk button so the light would change. So it’s pretty neat that I was able to acquire some signals that I “played” with when I was a kid.

Here’s a photo of it with the rest of it’s friends in the basement.

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Lit and hooked up to the basement controller

Utica/Rome Traffic Signals

This page will have photos and descriptions of some of the signals around my area. Most are from the City of Utica, NY.

Corner of Broad Street and First Street, City of Utica, NY.
January 2015

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Utica, NY Corner of Broad and First Street

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Utica, NY Corner of Broad and First Street

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Corner of French Road and Seward Ave. Utica, NY
January 2015

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Crouse Hinds Type D with 12″ Arrow

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This signal has been here for as long as I can remember. Everything is just the way it has pretty much always been, except for LED’s, an LED arrow, and a new controller which replaced the original one in 2014. This also show the old Snow Emergency Beacon that use to be on the main roads in Utica and would flash whenever there was a snow emergency. They haven’t been functioning since the late 1990’s.

Intersection of Bleecker Street and Mohawk Street, Utica, NY. January 2015

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Another classic Utica, NY Signal. Crouse Hinds Art Deco with an added on 8″ arrow for left turns. This has been there again, as long as I can remember. There was a Porthole up there in some earlier picture from the 1950’s that I’ve seen, but thats before my time.