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This page features FAQ's about my collection as well as traffic signal/ sign collecting in general. For other questions about traffic signal systems in "the real world" go to my FAQ's page on Traffic Signals.Net

Q: How did you get started collecting traffic signals?

A: Check out my bio page for information on this question.


Q: I would like to start a traffic signal collection too! How can I start?

A: Starting a traffic signal collection is not as easy as it may sound. Many patient years of searching and "being in the right place at the right time" is required. Some cities auction off the old equipment at a city auction, but usually contractors and scrap dealers are the ones that are invited. Many times the public just can't buy a signal off of the street. I do have a couple of sources on my links page for surplus traffic signals. It is probably the easiest way to obtain one! Another idea is to purchase one from several sources listed in my Web ring or on my links page under the heading "Traffic Signals and Signs Available to the Public". Also, try e-Bay and do a search...many signals and signs can be found there.


Q: What is your most favorite signal that you have in your collection?

A: I like them all, of course! But if I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be my Wiley signal from San Francisco. I really enjoy seeing the electric lights and mechanical banners move as they sequence from STOP to GO. The signal also makes me nostalgic for the simpler era of traffic control. A close second would be my Crouse-Hinds fixed face command lens signal, followed by the other 4-ways in the collection.  Another favorite is my Econolite 8" two way pole mounted signal with bent-tube neon pedestrian signals.  These represent signals I remember well during my childhood.


Q: How do you mount your traffic signals?

A: Most traffic signals after 1950 use 1-1/2" pipe fittings to mount to the top and bottom of each signal. The pipe, pipe nuts, nipples, and flanges can be found at any hardware store. The only work required is painting the difficult galvanized pipe.


Q. How can I find out more about traffic signals and how they operate?

A: Go to, or check out some of the other resources listed in my links page. You can also find more answers to signal questions in the FAQ's there.


Q.  Where is the Museum of Traffic Control located?

A: The museum is located in Pella, Iowa about 42 miles SE of Des Moines.


Q.  How can I visit the museum?

A: The best way to contact me is via e-mail. The museum is open most evenings and weekends by appointment only.



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