Posted 2 years ago
Here's the first (I think?) item I've shown from my "traffic control" collection. This large (and heavy!) cast aluminum weatherproof box measures about 14"d x 16"w x 30"h. It was manufactured by the Crouse-Hinds Co. of Syracuse, NY, major manufacturers of *all sorts* of industrial electrical equipment since the early days of electricity, their name is cast into its door in a fabulous art-deco font/style. [note, the keyhole cover (which swings to either side so the key can be inserted to open the box) is an unpainted 'reproduction' of its original]
This box was originally installed on a streetcorner somewhere in Ohio (I believe?) sometime in the 1950's or thereabouts, where it would have controlled the traffic lights at one simple intersection with basically nothing more than red/yellow/green signals controlling one 'main street' and one 'cross street'. All the various mechanisms/wiring seen inside it actually comprise a pretty simple 'bare-bones' model of this machine...they were often found with many more actual "parts" inside, to allow them to control more complicated intersections, automatically change their timing patterns, react to actual traffic in 'real time', or interact with the next control box down the street on the next corner. Most of its 'timing functions' are controlled by the mechanisms on a swing-out portion, (LH side in last pic) the rest of the stuff mounted to the inside of its back includes the actual wiring connections for everything, a very heavy-duty 'light flasher unit', and a 24hr timeclock.
Obtained from a fellow traffic equipment collector a couple years ago now, this controller cabinet now sits in my computer room between a pair of 8" signal lights (similar vintage or newer, by another company) that came from a different collector. I wish CW allowed video clips to be shown along with still photos -- it truly is lots of fun to watch its moving parts "go", and it also makes a distinctive (and most satisfying) <RRRrrrRRRrrrCLICK> noise when it cycles to change the lights. <lolol>