Pictures 1-21 were taken on December 22, 2010.
Pictures 22-44 were taken on March 16, 2015.
The video was taken on December 14, 2015.
Pictures 45-51 were taken on November 25, 2016.
Pictures 52-77 were taken on November 19, 2017.
The 2nd video was taken on
All pictures and video were taken by Tommy McGowan.
This crossing is located on the UP Joliet Sub.
Overview of 2 gated signals protecting a field crossing facing east.
These signals replaced a pair of
crossbucks in the early 2000s. Originally the gates had 4" WCH
incandescents, but they were replaced with Aurora LEDs around
2009. This was one of the few crossings to retian the original
gate savers past 2012.
In November 2016, I noticed a new relay bungalow was installed with wires surrounding the crossing.
Photos of the progress.
By April 2017, 2 new signals were installed and the relay bungalow
was removed. The new signals have much longer gates on them to
cover the whole "road" as opposed to installing a full quad gate
Also, for some completely inexplicable reason, the new DOT signs on the
signals have the wrong number on them. I looked the number they
have, 195367J, and it's for a crossing in Trimont, MN!
Overview of the new signals facing east.
Overview facing west.
The western signal. Again, I have no idea how it got these DOT signs for the crossing in Minnesota.
The new eastern signal.
The new relay bungalow in the northwest quadrant.
This has the correct DOT number, as opposed to the signs on the signals...
Note in the 1st video below the train does not blow its horn for the
crossing. Since this is techncially a private crossing in the
middle of nowhere, trains are not required to honk here, but I'm not
going to label this crossing as a quiet zone since some trains do honk
for these crossings. I guess it depends on the engineer.
Also, note in the 2nd video that the crossbuck on the eastern signal is
now dangling upside down. The top bolt must've come undone.