In this rather sad April 1988 view looking east on the all but abandoned former PRR main, the semaphore signals are forever set to stop on the Panhandle at 75th Street Tower. Amazingly those signals stayed silent sentinels until the early 90's. The tower is behind the trees in the background. Doug Davidson photo with permission
GP40-2 3354 leads a 4 unit light engine set eastward past the gantry signal at State Line at 15:40. This was the last classic signal gantry left on the B&A and with the single-tracking of the B&A became redundant and was removed, hated to see it go!
The last train of the day has 6176 leading SESP through CP 140 in Hinsdale, MA. at 16:31. Tripped the shutter just as the train was entering the block, catching the approach-lit signals just starting to light up.
One of the good things about automatic block signals, of any kind, was that they gave warning about oncoming traffic running against the current. Semaphore 318.1 has "dropped" to caution for just that reason. And now you know where the expression "signal dropped" comes from, if you didn't already.
The last of the "junk" has been loaded, and with that the Conrail era at Berea is done. New railroad, new trains, and now new signals "signal" that time marches on, but now a small part of an important Conrail junction has been saved through the efforts of the CRHS.
A little more Conrail is due to disappear soon, the ex NYC/PC/CR signals at Berea tower in Berea, Ohio. Shot last week on my way to the monthly safety meeting at Rockport, you can see the new signals are up but not yet facing the tracks. In all 3 sets of former Conrail signals will fall in this project- the e/b home signal bridge (out of the frame to the left), the cantilever seen to the left of the tower, and the w/b home signal mast (behind the tower). That's a newer signal up front in this view that guards the entrance from the NS main to the CSX ex Big 4, the "Toledo Connecting track" IIRC, and as a general rule used for little other than detour moves between the 2 railroads.
Piece by piece the railroad morphs into sameness....
CP Golly on the Akron Branch in Stow, Ohio was a signal to alert the train crew of hot journals and dragging equipment. This signal was to be viewed by the caboose crew who would then stop the train if a problem was detected. This was one of the ways it was done before the advent of talking detectors. It is located about 3 miles south of CP Hudson which was where the branch wyed off the Cleveland Line. Although the wye at Hudson is still used today to spin power, the branch between there and Akron has been OOS since the early 90's. It's amazing this signal has survived intact- even the lens isn't busted out. Photo taken March 20th, 2009.....a true Conrail survivor for sure. Summit County owns the right of way and rail these days, it's future is cloudy at best.
The sun hasn't risen far enough to get all the way into CP 123 at 06:53 as TV8B slithers into the new interlocking in Chester, MA. This location had been the eastern limit of Rule 291 signaling over Washington hill when the route was still double track/ABS. Note the naked signal masts in the middle distance which once held the Automatic Block signals.