6 Responses

  1. Rose says:

    Fabulous, Emily!

  2. Steve Barry says:

    Great restoration! Keep up the good work.

  3. Hank says:

    Emily, thanks to your reminiscence, I remember waiting at the gate for my train to be readied. I saw a uniformed gentleman, title unknown, roll down the previous train banner, open the cabinet, store the old, fetch the new, close the cabinet, and roll up “my” train’s banner. For no good reason, I suddenly felt all was right with the world and I was going home. College aged kids were (are?) weird…LOL

  4. Lee says:

    I believe the banners were still in use as late as the 1980s. They were replaced by Solari signs, which in turn were replaced by today’s electronic signs.

    The New York Central even prepared banners for special chartered trains.

    In April, 1964, IBM chartered a train to take reporters to Poughkeepsie for the announcement of the System/360 computer. A photo (from the Computer Museum) of the gate shows a special banner for the press train.


    At the 2013 National Train Day event, Metro North displayed a gate sign for the 20th Century Limited:

  5. Bob says:

    Chatham restored!

  6. Jay Rosenthal says:

    This is absolutely amazing and the restoration looks great! I agree with your decision to restore the original paint to Chatham- it’s what I would’ve done, too. I grew up using the Pawling and North White Plains stations and am still fond of the Harlem Line. If you’d ever be willing to part with this particular roll banner, please let me know. I’d be very interested.

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