MP:  0708.84

 

Created June 9, 2016

 

Total Accidents:   0
Crossing DOT #:  639633J
TOTAL DAILY TRAINS:   2  ( ESTIMATED)

 

Page created by: freebrickproductions

 

This crossing is located on the ATN Birmingham Subdivision.

 

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Overviews of the crossing.
The first signal.

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It has a Safetran base.
It also has a Safetran gate mechanism.
The lights are Safetran 12x24 inch lights as well.

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The bell here is a General Signals Type 2 electronic bell.
The gate lights are NEG gate lights.
The second signal.

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The mast splits just above the gate mech.
The base is a US&S base.
This signal has a WRRS gate mechanism!

The mast is split in Pictures 13 and 14 because railroads, such as the Seaboard Air Line, did this and other similar things back in the days of wooden (wishbone) gates so the lights wouldn't be hit by the gate arm.

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The front lights are US&S 8 inch lights.
The rear lights are WABCO 8 inch lights.

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The DOT tag.
The bell on this signal is a US&S Teardrop bell, which was the last working one in the state!

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This signal has more NEG gate lights on it.
The relay case.
Track views. Picture 27 looks east towards Church Street in Ragland. Picture 28 looks west towards Sanie Road in Margaret.

 

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A return trip on 4-3-19 catches the crossing in action!

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For whatever reason, although not the most obvious in these photos (watch the first video below), the WRRS gate mech begins to lower well after the Safetran gate mech has begun to lower.

 

However, as the bell on each signal shuts off when the respective gate has lowered, this allowed the Teardrop to remain on longer, so I wasn't complaining!

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ATN Z390 rolls through with an SD40R leading an ex-BN SD40-2!

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The train passes and the gates begin to rise.

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The WRRS gate mech takes slightly longer to raise than the Safetran does.

 

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A second return trip on 6-28-19, with another railfanner (Chuttlely) catches the crossing in action again, this time with slightly better lighting on the old SAL signal!

 

The only change at the time was that the WRRS gate mech had been fixed, and began to lower at about the same time as the Safetran gate mech.

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ATN Z390 rolls through again, this time with a pair of SD40-2s for power. The leader was ex-HCLX while the trailing engine was the ex-BN, once again.

 

The person seen in Picture 65 was a signal maintainer, who was out flagging the crossing for the train, along with making sure that the signals were working.

Apparently there had just been a malfunction recently at the time, so we didn't think much of it. Unfortunately, in hindsight, it became quite clear that it was just a sign as for what was to come...

 

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A third return trip on 10-10-19 shows a pretty major, and unfortunate change, to the crossing!

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The old SAL signal was replaced entirely!
The new signal has a Progress Rail base.
A WCH gate mechanism.

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The emergency information.
The lights on this signal are all WCH 12x24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs.

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The bell on this signal is a WCH Type 4 e-bell.
This signal also uses RECO LED gate lights.
This signal remains mostly unchanged.

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The only thing it had added was GE Uniform Look LEDs in all of its lights...
Track views. The foundation for the SAL signal was actually laying along the line in the distance in Picture 84.

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The old relay case is still here.
The crossing activates! Both bells now ring until the signals shut-off, interestingly enough.

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ATN Z390 comes through, this time with the ex-BN SD40-2 leading!

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The train passes and the gates once again begin to rise.

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Pictures 1-28 were taken on 5-25-16.

Pictures 29-60 and the first video were taken on 4-3-19.

Pictures 61-66 and the second video were taken on 6-28-19.

Pictures 67-118 and the third video were taken on 10-10-19.