What is the Siskiyou Line without lower quadrant semaphores? This photo, taken in the late 1980s between Oakland and Sutherlin, shows an interesting situation. Behind us is the Oakland siding, and a train is just pulling into the siding at the far end, so the train straddles the block, causing both the near and distant signal to be up.
In front of us, less than a mile away, is the Sutherlin siding, with a train pulling through its far-end turnout, and so that train, too straddles the block, causing both the near and distant signal to be up.
Oakland (Oregon) and Sutherlin sidings are less than a mile apart, so both sets of signals have near and distant arms. A more typical arrangement is to have the two arm signal with its back to each end of a siding, and the departing signal only has one arm.
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