Pictures 1-12 were taken on March 22, 2009.
Pictures 13-37 were taken on March 14, 2015.
Pictures 38-52 and the 1st video were taken on December 19, 2015.
The 2nd video was taken on December 16, 2017.
All pictures and videos were taken by Tommy McGowan.
This crossing is located on the BNSF Chillicothe Sub with UP having trackage rights on it as well.
Overview of 2 new gated signals facing east.
Overview facing west.
The western signal.
The eastern signal.
Why the heck are there 2 bases here??
The relay bungalows in the northwest quadrant.
These signals were installed in early
2009 replacing a pair of crossbucks with yield signs. The wayside
signals replaced another set of wayside signals installed in 2003 to
the south! What the heck BNSF?? By May 2009, the extra base was removed.
In late 2009, the telegraph poles in between the main tracks were removed.
Sometime between 2013 and 2015, the gate striping was changed to the newer block style.
When I took the next the set of photos below in March 2015, BNSF was
filling in the ditch between the 2 mains and were going to install
sidings for trains waiting to get into the Logistics Park intermodal
center to the north. Presently, trains will often sit on the east
track just south of the crossing to not block any other crossings
waiting for permission to the enter the yard. They often sit for
long periods of time and tie up precious mainline space and with BNSF
running very high priority UPS and intermodal traffic through here
everyday, this creates quite an obstacle for them.
In December 2015,
the project was completed, with the 2 main tracks now right next to
each other, the old EB main converted to a siding, and 3 more siding
tracks added. A new relay bungalow was installed in the southeast
quadrant and the old wayside signals have been removed, replaced with
newer ones. Once again, the old signals here lasted only 6 years!
As for the signals themselves, the crossbucks and track signs were
replaced, and blue DOT signs were added. This road is now called
Seco Rd., but I'm gonna keep calling it Murphy Rd.
Photos of the overhaul.
As of late 2017, the old relay bungalows are still in place.