This is the old Watchman’s shanty, also known as the Signal house.
It was here that a signal, mechanical or electrical device was erected beside a railway line to pass information relating to the state of the line ahead to train/engine drivers. The driver interprets the signal’s indication and acts accordingly. Typically, a signal might inform the driver of the speed at which the train may safely proceed or it may instruct the driver to stop
This shanty was moved here from another town, and donated to the town for restoration to enhance the town’s tributes to the Rail Trails, walkways along the old railway (Ontario and Western Railway) tracks for the locals and seasonal visitors.
Photographed in Mountaindale, New York, USA