Minnesota's Griswold Banner Signals

This is a list of all known remaining Griswold crossing signals in the state of Minnesota, excluding museums and private collections.

Updates and corrections welcome; last updated February, 2020.

In the Twin Cities, the Edina, Brookside / Yosemite Ave Griswolds were replaced sometime in 2014 or 2015; the St. Louis Park, Walker Street pair was replaced on April 23, 2015. 

BNSF's at 22nd Street in Minneapolis were almost certainly the last pair of Griswolds in operational service with operating stop signs anywhere. Rotating stop signs were in place on October 21, 2016, but gone the morning of November 1. They were replaced by modern crossing protection in or shortly before January 2020.

Minnesota Commercial's on Taft Street in Minneapolis came down in August, 2016. Their last set, in Minneapolis on Franklin Ave SE, was removed in the summer of 2017.

The set protecting the exempt Canadian Pacific (ex MILW/SOO/CP/I&M/ICE) at County 60 / 4th Street in Faribault were removed in late September, 2019.

In outstate Minnesota, the Skally Line, Cliffs Erie, TCWR Granite, and ICE Owatonna signals are no longer in place; Hibbing has the only known holdouts outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

As of October, 2016, Hibbing still has 4 pairs of Griswolds, but, all of the rotating stop signs have been removed.

Active Lines

There are only five pairs of Griswolds remaining along active rail in Minnesota; four(!) in Hibbing, one in Robbinsdale.

Hibbing, 1st Ave E

Hibbing, 3rd Ave E

Hibbing, 5th Ave E

Hibbing, 13th Ave

Robbinsdale, 45th 1/2 Ave

  • BNSF Monti Line, ~1 train daily
  • Verified August, 2016
  • Google Map

Exempt

There are still a few holdouts along lines that are functionally dead; two along CP's unused MN&S line in Burnsville and Lakeville, and another on an unused UP spur in Plymouth.

Burnsville, 155th Street

  • CP's ex-MN&S Line (no traffic at this time; line is functionally abandoned)
  • Google Map

Lakeville, 172nd Street

  • CP's ex-MN&S Line (no traffic at this time; line is functionally abandoned)
  • Google Map

Plymouth, County Road 6

  • Exempt (no traffic at this time; spur it's on is functionally abandoned)
  • Stop signs still in place
  • Verified September, 2016
  • Google Map

Griswolds Outside of Minnesota

There's not too much information online about extant Griswolds elsewhere, though of what's out there, Jerrold Crawford's page is probably the best (even though it hasn't been updated in ~15 years). He lists one at 1227 Old Bayshore Hwy, San Jose, CA, but Google Streetview shows it coming down between February 2009 and February 2011. Likewise, the pair at 2561 E D St, Tacoma, WA, disappeared sometime between July 2008 and July 2012. 

For some additional background on the Griswold Signal Company, see my article in the November 2018 issue of Railfan & Railroad, "Meet the Griswolds."

South Dakota had one on the EE in Valley Springs on 487th Ave, though it was removed by August 2017 when I went to check on it myself.

Iowa had a few left along the former M&StL near Steamboat Rock as recently as 2014 (S 1st / State 56 Street in Steamboat Rock ;State 56 north of Steamboat Rock); aerial imagery confirms they've since been removed.

Wisconsin had one on an exempt stretch in Sheboygan at Union and Business, confirmed in place in June, 2017.

In April of 2018, I stumbled across this thread on rxsignals.com, which includes the following additional signals: