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George H. Vollmuth
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Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is a brick trolley station in upstate New York built in 1900 with a slate roof. I believe the slate for this roof was quarried in Poultney, Vt., although I'm not certain. Interestingly, the slate on the roof of the side facing where the trolley tracks were located has a red coloration while the slate on the side of the roof away from the tracks is green. The wood roof under the overhang is painted to match - that is, red on the track side and green away from the tracks. My question is was there a significance to this color arrangement? That is:

* Was the red slate and red paint used on the track side to signal danger and green slate and green paint used on the passenger entry side to signal relative safety? or
* Was this combination simply an arrangement the designer found attractive based on the color options of slate available at the time?

It seems unusual to have a station painted and roofed in two different colors unless there was some significance to this. Although given how aesthetic sensitivities change, perhaps this was completely natural at the time. The only railroad buff I've contacted so far hadn't encountered this before but didn't think it was related to safety.

Any light you may be able to shed on this would be most appreciated! Thanks for your time and consideration.

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