You may thank Edward Hines for this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_N._Hines
I did not know that! Thanks! Doogie
That is so cool. Thanks. I retired from running my counties signs and signal shop. Bet that works more often than our paint truck.
In Soviet Russia the line paints you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORznkr8zvKI
WOW, that is a odd setup. I was in the sign and paint department at my job but never did the painting.I was supposed to be transferred over to signals because of my electronics degree but liked sign work out in the county and stayed with that. Sign truck 1057 Union county.
The fellow that ran the center line paint machine for about 35 years is a friend of mine. He often tells the story of the cat that was in the center of the road and he just double yellowed it and went right on,not missing a beat.Turns out it was a small town mayors wifes cat and he tried his darnedest to get Tommy fired but never could. Center line feline we called it:>)
Very clever how they have that flange mounted on the R.F. wheel to keep the distance from the edge to the center-line even. And is that wood in the windshield instead of glass?
Wow, can we say "Low shoulder" or "NO Shoulder"? There's a real 'edge' on that road!
If he drops that car off the edge of the road the white line will no longer be centered.
There was a fellow in a small town who applied for the job of painting lines on their roads. The road supervisor said he would give him a try for one week to see how he did and if he performed well he would hire him on full time. The first day the supervisor was very pleased because the man painted 2 miles of lines, the second day the man only painted 1 mile of lines the third day the man only painted 200 feet of lines so the supervisor called him in to the office to inquire why every day the amount of work was falling off. "Well" the man explained..."I keep getting farther and farther away form the paint bucket!"
A review of early line painting patents, some highway line painting apparatus have their origins with a fertilizing spreader circa 1908.
How would you like to be the poor guy on the cart with his back to oncoming traffic, today with all the text and drive drivers....
With a flange as large as that, I don't think keeping the car "in line" with the outer edge is a problem. No matter which way he turns the steering wheel, that huge flange is gonna grab the pavement edge. His real problem would be getting the vehicle off the road I would think.
I don't see the usual bunch of supervisors standing around like you see today.
Maybe those you do see are company reps demonstrating their product.
In CA the roads are maintained by CALTRANS.
The joke is: How many workers does a CALTRANS truck sleep?
The picture is interesting. I was under the impression that the "white lines" wern't common until much later, maybe the late 30's ?
Am I under the wrong impression ?
Bud, I don't know, but back in 1977 drought, I drove the old highway that was under Shasta Lake, and wherever the silt was off the road, you could see a single white stripe down the middle.
BTW, that was an adventure! Can't do it today, even if the lake drops that much again, as it had last fall & I looked; one bridge had silted up under it and the river was going over the old road (actually had cut a channel through it). Oh Well. . .
Wish I could find the old pics and post them here with the new pics. The one showing the mud against the bridge, back in '77 the bridge was 10' in the air there! It was raining when I took these, so can't tell you if the white stripe was still there.
In this last pic, you can see how the silt is even over the top of the bridge. Back in '77 this was all nice and clear.
Edward N Hines started with the Wayne County Road Commission in 1906. He conceived the center line in 1911. He is also responsible for the Wayne County Park now known as Edward N Hines Drive Park.
When you come to the Old Car Festival be sure to take a drive. The Nankin Mill, on the drive, is one of the Ford Industries buildings.
That would work fine on a concrete road with a smooth edge. Nowdays many roads are asphalt and the edge varies sometimes it has a paved shoulder, but the edge is not straight and smooth.