Sharon Boulevard, Dora, AL
Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:42 pm
*originally recorded on 11-13-20*
Signal on the left: 1.5 pairs of Safetran 12x24 inch lights, 1 Safetran 12x20 inch light, a General Signals Type 2 electronic bell, a US&S Model 95 gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12x20 inch lights, a US&S Model 95 gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
After seeing H-BIRMEM leaving the BNSF East Thomas Yard in Birmingham, I chased it on up to this crossing in Dora, where we get to see it in much better light.
This crossing is another nice one, featuring what appears to be a pair of old Frisco-era signals, with the one on the left being from WABCO and the one on the right appearing to be a 70s Safetran signal. Not entirely sure which one's newer, but I'm going to guess it's the right-hand one.
The signals were probably mostly unchanged up until the early 2000s, when BNSF upgraded all of the equipment on both signals: each signal got newer Safetran 12 inch lights (far side was all 12x24s, near side is all 12x20s), US&S Model 95 gate mechanisms, and the bell was replaced with a General Signals e-bell. The next change came sometime between 2008 and 2014, when the far signal was moved onto a new foundation much closer to the tracks. The crossing remained relatively unchanged for several years after, but sometime recently, BNSF came through and made some changes to the far signal: its WABCO base replaced with a Safetran one, one of the lights had a 20 inch background installed on it, and the bell was replaced with a used-General Signals Type 2 e-bell.
Either way though, this is still a pretty nice crossing (IMHO), so I'm glad I recorded it.