Pictures 1-9 were taken on March 24, 2008.
Pictures 10-36 were taken on December 19, 2015.
Pictures 37-63 were taken on November 20, 2017.
The video was taken on November 10, 2019.
All pictures and video were taken by Tommy McGowan.
This crossing is located on the UP Pequot Line.
from March 2008. These signals are literally all Safetran,
including bells, lights, gate mechansisms, bases, and gate lgihts.
On June 22, 2015, an EF-3 tornado
struck Coal City, and its path came very close to this crossing.
Parts of the crossing, including the gates, were damaged. One
light on the western signal was replaced with a 1st Gen WCH LED, the
eastern crossbuck was replaced, and one of the blue DOT signs which
were added in 2014 went missing. Since this line is basically
defunct, UP hasn't bothered putting new gates on the signals or
installing a new DOT sign on the eastern signal. The old gates
are still sitting to the side damaged beyond repair. You'll
notice the houses under repair and snapped trees in the background of
many of the images below.
In 2017, a new logistics center in
Coal City started being built and will be served by this line. As
such, UP is upgrading this dormant track with new ties and other
various track improvements, and also they've upgraded all of the
crossings between Braceville and the new facility, including this
one. New signals were installed as well as a new bungalow.
Despite new signals being here, this
crossing is still hard to get on video, as the local normally does not
run up to this crossing. However, on November 10, 2019, a ballast
train came up the line, and pulled up far enough to activate this