Wisconsin & Southern Wig Wag Retrospective

At one time the wig wag signal was the standard grade crossing protection.  Now the type is all but extinct.

I learned a few weeks ago that Wisconsin & Southern had finally removed the last of these classic American signals on its former Chicago & North Western line to Reedsburg, which had survived at Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Over the years, I’d photographed wig wags at various locations in Wisconsin.

I made these photographs at Baraboo with John Gruber in February 2008.

Using a Canon EOS3 with 20mm lens, I used a relatively slow shutter speed to help convey the classic motion of the wig wag signal. Fuji chrome slide film.
Using a Canon EOS3 with 20mm lens, I used a relatively slow shutter speed to help convey the classic motion of the wig wag signal. Fujichrome slide film.
Fujichrome slide film.
Fujichrome slide film.

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