Crouse-Hinds Type DT Signal

One of the first traffic lights I ever bought was this circa 1950 Crouse-Hinds Type DT.  These were manufactured over a relatively long period. Originally known as the “Type D” in the 1930s and ’40s, then as the “Type DT” in the early to mid 1950s, these are very popular with collectors, just as they once were with transportation departments across the country.

The D/DT models have an open sectional design that is capped off at the ends with finned plates, and is all held together with a pair of tie rods. They came with either removable sheet metal visors or solid cast visors integrated with the doors, as this one has.

Although the yellow paint looked great, the itch for a silver signal, like these Type D signals in New Brunswick, finally took over, and I repainted it in silver in May 2020 while on COVID furlough.

The result came out great (see photos below). I’ve swapped a variety of lens sets into this light over the years. It is currently hosting a lens set consisting of old Marbellite No. 6540 green and amber, and a Ruleta E90 red.