Northern Signal
Southern Signal
Bell:GS Type 3 E Bell
Base: Siemens Double Sided
Safetran Double Sided
Main Lights: 2 pairs of 12"x20" Safetran incandescents
2 pairs of 12"x20" Safetran incandescents
Light Bracket:
Gate Lights: 4" NEG incandescents
4" RECO incandescents
Gate Mechanism: Siemens
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Crossbuck font:
Normal font
Normal font
Bell Cycle: Rings only while the gates are lowering N/A

Pictures 1-35 and the 1st video were taken on September 25, 2014.
Pictures 36-38 were taken on May 1, 2015.
Pictures 39-40 were taken on October 1, 2015.
Pictures 41-46 were taken on May 26, 2016.
The 2nd video was taken on March 26, 2017.
The 3rd video was taken on April 29, 2017.
Pictures 47-69 were taken on April 30, 2017.
Pictures 70-81 and the 4th video were taken on August 30, 2017.
Pictures 82-94 and the 5th video were taken on July 10, 2018.
All pictures and videos were taken by Tommy McGowan.
This crossing is located on the NS Chicago Line.

Overview of 2 gated signals facing north.
Overview facing south.
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The southern signal.
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The northern signal.
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The relay bungalow in the southeast quadrant.
The grade is rubber and asphalt.
Track view facing west towards Poorman Rd.
Track view facing east towards Coen Rd. #1.
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Action shots from a WB empty crude oil and WB roadrailer train.
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On May 1, 2015, we see the white DOT signs were replaced with blue ones.
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On October 1, 2015, we see the grade was resurfaced.  It's still rubber and apshalt.
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In May 2016, we see the DOT signs were turned to face forward, and a sign of major change to come here.
NS is working on building a second connection track between the Chicago Line and Cleveland District, making this and the other connection basically a universal crossover between the 2 lines, and as seen in 45 and 46, the far west end of the connection will be right at the crossing, so expect new crossing and wayside signals to come here.  I will try to keep the progress documented throughout the year.

By March 2017, a new signal was erected just south of the old southern signal.  I didn't get pictures of it at that time, but you can see it in the 2nd video below.  A new bungalow was also installed in the NE quadrant.
By mid April, that signal was taken back down to make it easier for work crews to get to the new connector track.
By late April, the northern signal was replaced with a brand new signal.  The GS Type 3 on it was not yet hooked up.

Overview of the mixed setup facing north.
Overview facing south.  Not sure why they didn't move those power lines.
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The new northern signal.  Note the track signs says 3 tracks.
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The new southern signal laying just off the road.
The gate from the old northern signal sitting next to the bungalow.
A new crossover going in to the east.
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And another to the west.
The new relay bungalow in the northeast quadrant.
New pieces of track for the new connector.
Alternate view of the mixed setup.
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The light on the old signal is still turned to the side.
Another look at the new track.
A distant view of the Cleveland District.
One last look at the mixed setup.

By August 2017, the new southern signal was installed on the old signal's foundation.  This was a temporary install to get the old Conrail signal gone.  The old gate was transferred over as well.
The old relay bungalow was also removed.  There was also a bare mast installed just south of the southern signal were it would eventually be moved to.  It had a double sided Safetran base.

Overview of the updated setup facing north.
Overview facing south.
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The new southern signal.  Note the Siemens base.
The northern signal's 3 Tracks sign was temporarily replaced by a 2 Tracks sign.

By July 2018, the track work in the crossing was completed, thus the southern signal was moved to its final position, and its gate was replaced.  Both 2 Tracks signs were replaced with 3 Tracks signs.

Overview of the final setup facing south.  The power poles were finally moved as well.Overview facing north.
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The newly moved southern signal.  Oddly enough, the double sided Safetran base from the bare mast was kept.  The Siemens base is now gone.
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The returned 3 Tracks sign on the northern signal.
The new grade for the connector track.
The main tracks' grades were also resurfaced.
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The connector track now connects the mainline.
A look down the connector track towards the Cleveland District.
The new wayside signal for the connector track.