Page updated by Crossingman18 (Blackstorm18000@yahoo.com)

 

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This is one of the few gated crossings that the state of Maine has. Anyways, there are a lot of them due to pedestrian gates. There are three 12"x24" signals (although the FRA only mentions 2 signals, not 3), with one Safetran mechanical bell that can barely be seen on the left signal on picture 1. All lights are Safetran 12"x24" incandescents.

 

Picture 1 faces West. Picture 2 faces SouthWest. Picture 3 faces North. Picture 4 faces South.

 

According to FRA records, the crossing used to be gateless until 1986 when the rail line belonged to CN.

 

Facing West.
A look at the side street and pedestrian signal.
Safetran 12X24 incandescent lights on the West signal.
A Safetran gate mechanism on the West signal.
Facing North, heading towards West Elm St #1
The other pedestrian signal. It has a single gate light!
The pedestrian signal's Safetran gate mechanism.
The relay bungalow.
The crossing DOT is on the bungalow.
Facing East.
The Safetran mechanical bell.
The East signals Safetran gate mechanism with a pedestrian gate arm missing!
The east pedestrian signal with a single gate light as well.
A look at the side street signal again. The rear lights are really high!
Facing South. A former Grand Trunk Passenger Station!

 

A return trip on July 13th, 2014 shows no changes have been made since being here in 2006.

 

The crossing in action, and the gates go down!
St. Lawrence & Atlantic is crossing long hood forward!
The single hopper crosses.
The gates go back up!

 

On July 15th, 2015 I was able to catch the crossing in action as St. Lawrence & Atlantic return from Portland from the Boston Baked Bean Company with a single empty hoppper. A video is below of the crossing in action!

 

This was very important to get this crossing in action, because in 2016, St. Lawrence & Atlantic cut a section of track out at Danville Junction and now no one runs this track. Maine Department of Transportation still own the track apparently, so its why the crossing remains active, though I wont know for how much longer. The only purpose this track served was for St. Lawrence & Atlantic to run a single hopper full of dried beans to the Boston Baked Bean Co. in Portland. However, this hurt St. Lawrence more, because they were not making much, if any profit from running a single hopper to and from the factory while maintaining the line, signals, etc. That's why St. Lawrence abandoned this part of their line.