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    Default A Tale of a "Tail Tell" sign

    Here's some fun Railroad/English Slang trivia for you, and possibly something realistic to model on your layout as something realistic to the era... and a great conversation piece!

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    Actually, they were called "tell tales," and that's the correct nomenclature. Tail tells or whatever the blogger thinks they are called is not correct.

    See link and scroll to "T": http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/glossry1.Html

    BTW, the Freeman Hubbard mentioned atop the page was the longtime editor of "Railway Magazine."

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    Thanks for the corrective information.

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    Please delete this thread due to the inaccuracy of the OP.

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    I wouldn't recommend deleting the thread. It DOES contain some useful information.

    Incidentally, here's the definition from the website referenced by Paul:
    "TELLTALES—Any device that serves as a warning. Specifically the row of strips hanging down a short distance in front of a tunnel or low bridge to inform trainmen who are riding car tops that they'd better duck"

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    'Course, telltales are obsolete now. Federal law prohibits anyone from riding atop moving equipment.

    But they are certainly a neat detail and one that can give a lot of oopmh for not much cost.

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    Telltales are also used by sailors. Strips of yarn or cassette tape near the leading edge of sails to indicate attached airflow, and thus optimum sail trim or course in relation to the wind.

    Not to be confused with telltails - when the cat sneaks into the bedroom (where she is not permitted) and hides under the bed, leaving her tail visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Telltales are also used by sailors. Strips of yarn or cassette tape near the leading edge of sails to indicate attached airflow, and thus optimum sail trim or course in relation to the wind.
    Ah, so that is what those are called. I understood the function, but didn't know the name.

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    we also used them on landing craft .

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNMatz View Post
    Please delete this thread due to the inaccuracy of the OP.
    Naw, don't take it so hard. You were, akin to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, "misinformed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Naw, don't take it so hard. You were, akin to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, "misinformed."
    I was not misinformed, I made a spelling error in the OP which prompted you point out that my spelling or wherever I got it from was incorrect.
    The forums here used to be informative and filled with active modelers that were polite and welcoming. These forums no longer even have the same feel to them @Bryan.
    That's sad to see this.

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    As Paul said, don't take it to heart. I, for one, am glad you made the original post. . I had no idea what those things were or what was their function. Something one doesn't see in Europe with those high voltage wires over the tracks. Thank you!

    I also have enjoyed the light hearted and also informative replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNMatz View Post
    The forums here used to be informative and filled with active modelers that were polite and welcoming.
    Hmmm, an interesting thought, but far as I can tell, everyone who made a post or added a "Thanks" on this topic is an active modeler.

    If you are offended that I offered a correction to an error in railroad terminology (and I understood you to be simply repeating bad information you had garnered elsewhere). . .well, I suppose that's a choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNMatz View Post
    Please delete this thread due to the inaccuracy of the OP.
    Let me know if you’d like the original post title updating (PM me).
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