Crouse-Hinds Type DT Signal

ch01One of the first traffic lights I ever bought was this circa 1950 Crouse-Hinds Type DT.  These were manufactured over a relatively long span; originally known as the “Type D” in the 1930s and ’40s, then as the “Type DT” in the early to mid 1950s. The D/DT model is widely regarded as one of the best-looking signals ever made, and most collectors, even the younger ones, have seen at least a few of these in service. So, it’s no surprise that most vintage signal collections include at least one.

The D/DT models came with either removable sheet metal visors or solid cast visors, as this one has. The original lenses in my signal were Crouse-Hinds “small-bead smiley” pattern lenses. I replaced the smileys with a set of (older) Crouse-Hinds STOP, CAUTION and GO command lenses.  I also added a reproduction finial made of a plastic/resin material.  The brushed-on yellow paint is in very nice shape, so I did not bother repainting the light.