Traffic Light II
Nick's Traffic Signal Collection
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VEHICLE and PEDESTRIAN DETECTION IN MY COLLECTION
This is the first signal in my collection. I received it in 1997. It is a trapezoid style Eagle flatback from the early 1960s. The signal is in all original condition other than a new red lens, which replaced the original cracked one.
It's part of the Side Street THRU display in the Basement Intersection and is Video Actuated.
The red remains on unless there is a call for a green.
This was the second signal in my collection, received it in 1998. It is from August of 1990.
Its part of the Side Street Display of the Basement Intersection and the walk display is serviced by pushing the green pedestrian button on the 3M's pole.
EAGLE DURASIG 12 INCH PED SIGNAL
ECONOLITE LONG GROOVE
MICHIGAN FLASHING RED LEFT TURN SIGNAL
This was the first signal I bought online in 2001. It is an 1956 Econolite Long Groove. It came with a complete set of Kopp TL4777 lenses.
I updated it to function as the old Michigan standard flashing red ball left turn signal and swapped out the green for an 8 inch arrow.
It has its own detection "zone" picked up by the video camera on Side Street.
If the cameras don't pick up left turn calls, the green arrow skips.
3M MODEL 1-31 PROGRAMMABLE SIGNAL
In 2002 I recieved my first 12 inch signal, a programmable signal made by 3M. This particular signal was manufactured some time in the 1980s.
The body is in original shape, but the visors were repainted yellow with a black underside. The signal also has a new green diffuser and new 150 watt lamps. It was the most difficult signal to mount to a pole as well.
This signal now operates in the "main street" movement in my collection.
This is the Left Turn signal on the Main Street Display of the Basement Intersection. It is the new four-section standard for pocket left turns with a permissive Flashing Yellow Arrow display.
The signal itself is a 1998 Eagle DuraSig with GE GT1 LED arrows in it.
It is video actuated, and currently the only vehicle detection operating on the Main Street display.
It will skip the green arrow if there are no calls.
EAGLE DURASIG FLASHING YELLOW ARROW
LEFT TURN SIGNAL
This signal I received from my boss two jobs ago. He had it lying in the shop I worked at and I stumbled upon it on the storage loft. He let me take it and I cleaned it up, restored it and mounted it to a pole.
It is a 1948 short-fin Eaglelux that served proudly in the city of Detroit.
These are the pedestrian signals for the Main Street display of the Basement Intersection.
The one on the left is an Eagle DuraSig 9 inch I won in Ohio at the 2010 Traffic Signal Collector's Meet. It was in rough shape but was cleaned and repainted a nice gloss black.
The one on the right is an ICC countdown signal with a Quixote LED module. It hails from Los Angeles and has been repainted gloss black as well.
Both pedestrian signals are crosswalk-button serviced by the crossing button on the Econolite's pole, shown below.
This is the newest signal in my collection and one of the most high tech available...it is also my favorite traffic signal.
Built upon the old Optisoft platform, and with significant changes to the design, these are a complete update to the age-old 3M and McCain programmable signals. The signal has a steerable LED array that is programmable over Wi Fi from Intelight's software. Instead of masking directly onto a lens with tape like a 3M, this could be done on a smart phone standing at the intersection.
The interior has room for a wide variety of electronic technology including built in cameras, 48 volt DC module, and a communications modem that runs over the existing wiring. It is capable of dimming and recording diagnostic information, that can then be downloaded from the signal to the software in order to view things like voltage use, length of time an LED fixture was on, or what happened prior to failure.
The Intelight was manufactured sometime in 2009
CROUSE HINDS TYPE M FOUR WAY
This camera picks up left turning calls on the Main Street display
ELECTRONIC STEERABLE BEAM
THE CONTROLLER SYSTEM
This is the brain for my collection. It is a NEMA TS2 Type 1 cabinet I bought the parts for and upgraded an old TS-1 setup. The equipment communicates on a high speed communication bus and information is recieved, transmitted and replied 100 times a second. The controller "talks" to the backpanel by sending datastreaming to the Bus Interface Units, the devices on the left side of the backpanel, left of the switchpacks.
Datastreaming is another word for computer language, or "TS2 Frames" When the controller sends information, it expects the BIUs to reply with an "OK, we got it!" message. This is how TS2 works.
Monitoring in a TS2 cabinet replaces the old Conflict Monitor with a Malfunction Management Unit (MMU) which is an enhanced monitoring device with the capabilities to communication, respond, and reply to the other components in the TS2 cabinet.
What lacks in a TS2 cabinet that is in a TS1 cabinet is a direct 24 volt line. The 24 volt supply, and other regulated power is generated by a cabinet power supply, the box on the very top right of the cabinet.
The machine to the left of the power supply is the Video Processor that analyzes the input from the video cameras and places calls based on what the software picks up. Its configured with laptop software. The cameras plug in on a panel in the lower right side wall of the cabinet, and the detector inputs from the controller terminate on the left side wall.
The cabinet is equipped for Ethernet communications and Closed Loop control. Its fully actuated with several time of day plans including traffic responsive coordination and overnight flashing. It's about as state of the art as it comes for NEMA.
Controller--------Eagle EPAC M52
MMU-------------EDI MMU 16LE
Power Supply---Eagle CPS-102
Video Processor: Peek VIDEOTRAK PLUS
Load Switches: Various EDI, TSC, and TCT
BIUs: EAGLE BIU-100, and BIU-200
This signal is my first and only four way, I recieved it in the summer of 2006 from a collector out in Pennsylvania.
I fully restored this signal in 2006. Its tied in to both the Main Street and Side Street movements in my collection, The side street is displaying red in this picture, and the main street is displaying green.
It is definitely one of my favorite signals in the collection.
This camera picks up calls for THRU as well as LEFT turn movements on the side street display. It is set up for two detection zones.
This crosswalk button places calls for walk service on the Main Street display, the 9" DuraSig and ICC countdown peds.
It is not clear who made this button, I believe its a Pelco product. Standard ADA fare with 2 inch diameter actuator.
This crosswalk button services the Walk display on the Side Street display, which is the 12 inch DuraSig ped.
It is the latest design of the BULLDOG pressure sensitive buttons made by Polara. It chirps when activated and the LED blinks confirming a pedestrian call.
I have been collecting traffic signals and related equipment for over 15 years. This page showcases my traffic signal collection, the basement intersection display, and the detailed controller system I run.
MAIN STREET PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS--
9 INCH EAGLE DURASIG
16 INCH ICC COUNTDOWN