The Northwest Railway Museum is responsible for five railroad crossing signal systems. With limited project work and just occasional component failures, the Museum only rarely purchases replacement parts. So it came as quite a surprise to learn how much consolidation and change in the railroad signal industry has taken place in the last few years: now many signal components are supplied by Siemens Rail Automation, and nearly everything is made to order. So instead of purchasing parts "off the self," a new assembly was ordered. About six weeks later, it arrived on a truck ready for installation.
The installation was completed in a few hours and the system was tested. Costs totaled more than $6,000 and were fully reimbursed by the vehicle's insurance carrier. Now the Snoqualmie Parkway signals are back in service and ready for the upcoming operating season!