I was in Fort Wayne earlier today and on my way back home, I noticed that NS crews had put in a new signal at Edgerton, Indiana on the old Nickle Plate. I also noticed that a new signal was put in at Archbold, Ohio on the Chicago Line. Does anyone know if this is just a few signals being replaced or is NS phasing out the old signals and replacing them with new signals.
Upon further review....the 2 block signals being replaced aren't @ Edgerton. 1 is 1/4 mile E in Ohio, the other is @ Morgan Rd near the big pit. DOES THIS MEAN THE END OF OUR 2 MAST SIGNALS ON THE E END IN OUR AREA??? I certainly hope not! I also wonder iif these will be continuously lit up (not dark as they are now when nothing is in the block). Also there are 2 MOWs sitting in the siding @ Edgerton (but not a single grainer to be found). NS continues to push ahead into the future w/the Fostoria. Now if we could just get them to use 765 out there to test the new signal system
Now that you mention it, the signals that I noticed were east of Edgerton and I did notice NS crews working over by the pit. I mentioned that I saw a new signal put in at Archbold, and unfortunately, it replaced a signal very similar to the 2 mast signal that you mentioned. As far as what you said about getting the 765 to run on the line to test the signal, count me in as someone who would like to see that happen.
NS seems to be slowly replacing the intermediate signals out there. Between DA and North Findlay they went from three intermediate blocks to two, so they may be doing that out in your area too. I am sure that they will catch up with the big bracket masts too. Get your pictures now. I got mine a few years back.
Slo progress is being made on Brobst Rd (not Morgan as previously stated) at the E end of the big pit. It looks as if gates might be coming to the crossing as many stone trucks now use it as a shortcut to the pit. I, of course, will keep you'all posted on the progress. Only 3 crossings remain unprotected on the Fostoria here in E Allen territory, so I expect that to change soon.
Bagged signals are now up and in place. Old intermediates (blocks) are still being used. Saw workers @ all 3 unprotected crossings today, as well as @ NH E end. Roussey Rd crew was working on the passing siding switch. Looks like more track work will be coming. Trains continue to run on slo orders through here on intervals when ground crews are on breaks.
Back-to-backs are replacing the blocks @ Amish airport (Casad). Don't like it at all. Will miss looking back to check the opposing at Berthand Rd when we pass by. The good news is that they are between the track and the road, so are close enough to see when wx is bad. The mast @ Dawkins has had it! Will miss it too, but its the price of progress.
B to B at Brobst Rd is up and operating. Casad sigs are still bagged. Sideliners are going up @ Rousey. I regret to inform you that our last mast in E Allen days are numbered. Rots and rots of big rigs are there to dis it. Just won't look like the NKP anymore.
New b to b signals are up and operating at Casad today. Lineside posts are gone! (Looks so different.) Work continues at Roussey Rd on the linesides there. B to b isn't working correctly @ Casad-both directions are indicating approach.