Posts Tagged ‘signals’

Getting Lucky

August 9, 2019

At first glance this might appear to be another run of the mill image of an Amtrak train.

It’s the southbound Saluki rushing through Pesotum, Illinois, on its daily trek from Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois.

But take another look at that intermediate signal. It is displaying two indications simultaneously of clear and stop.

I probably could not have planned this image if I had tried. I just happened to catch the signal head as it was transitioning from one signal indication to another and, apparently, green comes on a millisecond or two before the red goes out.

Those baggage cars, by the way, are not carrying anything. They are on the train to meet a Canadian National mandated minimum axle count.

Rapidly Vanishing Scene

June 5, 2019

Workers have been steadily removing the venerable Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals from the Norfolk Southern mainline between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Photographer Edward Ribinskas traveled to Altoona and vicinity last month to catch the eastbound Pennsylvanian passing the signal bridge in Summerhill.

If you look in the distance you’ll see an eastbound NS freight coming on the near track. Fortunately for Ed, his timing turned out to be just right in getting this scene.

Coming and Going in Trenton

December 23, 2018

A northbound Amtrak train has a signal to depart the Trenton, New Jersey, station while a southbound is entering the station during a busy moment in May 2016.

Aside from serving dozens of Amtrak trains, Trenton is also a terminus for trains of New Jersey Transit and SEPTA.

I made a connection here between an NJT train I had boarded at the Newark Liberty Airport station and a SEPTA train bound for Phildelphia’s 30th Street Station.

I found it interesting that decades after installation by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the position light signals continue to be used.

Generations of Motive Power

February 20, 2017

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Amtrak train No. 4 is departing from the station in Naperville, Illinois, and is about to cross over to the center track for the run into Chicago.

I made this image of the motive power consist because I found it interesting how there are three distinct locomotives represented.

On the point is a P40DC locomotive with the fading stripes that are original to those units, but which proved to be short lived on Amtrak.

In the middle is a P32-8 wearing its striking and original livery that proved to be unique to these locomotives.

And the third unit is an F40PH in the Phase III livery. At the time, F40s were still commonplace, but starting to fade from the roster.