Pictures 1-26 were taken on January 8, 2011, by SantaFebuff.
Pictures 27-57 were taken on December 19, 2015, by Tommy McGowan.
Pictures 58-70 and the video were taken on February 7, 2017 by Tommy McGowan.
This crossing is located on the UP Joliet Sub.
Photos from January
2011 by SantaFebuff showing a then brand new installation with 2 gated
signals and 1 pedestrian gate. These were installed due to the
opening of UP's Global IV intermodal yard. These replaced a pair
of mid 2000s WCH signals with 2 E Bells, gate mechanisms, 12"x24" 1st
Gen LEDs, and Aurora LED gate lights. These new signals at the
time had WCH E Bells that were mounted below the lights. Also,
note the pedestrian gate had a Safetran base and Safetran gate
mechanism at the time.
By 2013, the WCH E Bells were replaced with NEG E Bells.
In 2012 or 2013, the gate holders were replaced on both main signals.
Between 2013 and 2015, the pedestrian gate was replaced by a newer one with a Siemens base and Siemens gate mechanism.
The western signal's gate and the end of the eastern signal's gate were replaced.
Overview of the updated setup facing west.
Overview facing east.
The updated eastern signal.
The updated western signal.
The newer pedestrian
gate. I'm guess the old one was hit by a truck, since it seems
very odd they'd replace it so soon, and given that it would soon be
In August 2016, the crossing was
closed for about a week, and during that time, the eastern signal was
moved due to the addition of a 2nd main track and was also moved closer
to the road. Initially, the block gate striping had been removed
and the gate was left with just the older style striping, but by early
2017, the gate was changed to the newer style striping. The western signal's gate appears to have been replaced too.
By early 2017, 2 new quad signals were installed awaiting activation, as well as 2 new pedestrian gates.
Overview of the update in progress facing west.
Overview facing east.
Rear views of the new quad signals going in.
The new eastern pedestrian gate.
The new western
pedestrian gate. It's so weird seeing the "old" pedestrian gate
being replaced by another almost exactly like it.