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Post by RDJ » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:50 pm

Construction on the Chicago District.
Photo taken at Scott Rd grade crossing.

Has anyone heard anything about adding a second track?

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Post by Steve Bryan » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:23 pm

I read on another thread somewhere that they are extending the end of the double track at Hadley to the siding at Dunfee.

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Post by Bob Durnell » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:30 pm

By the looks of the roadbed they put in, it appears to me that the extended Hadley Siding will stop a little short of East Dunfee. This picture is looking west From West Hamilton Road, and it looks like the siding will end between there and Noyer Road, one road west.
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Post by rrnut282 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:02 pm

Bob Durnell wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:30 pm
... it appears to me that the extended Hadley Siding will stop a little short of East Dunfee.
About how short? It would make little sense to have a short stretch of single main, depending upon that length and geological obstacles.
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Post by Bob Durnell » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:10 am

I would say it's about a mile. Maybe they want to keep the two sidings distinctly separate.
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Post by JBlauz » Mon May 27, 2019 4:42 pm

Update on the track work.
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West of W. Hamilton Rd.

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Post by JBlauz » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:44 pm

New additions.
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New signal east of Hadley Rd.
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New signal box and PTC antenna east of Scott Rd.
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New signal box and PTC antenna west of W. Hamilton Rd.
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New track being laid east of W. Hamilton Rd.

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Post by RDJ » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:06 pm

New signal tower appeared at Thomas Rd grade crossing.

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Post by Bob Durnell » Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:27 am

There is a new one on the ground at Junction awaiting installation too. Curiously, NS has had a couple of what appear to be brand new signals of the older type in storage at East Wayne. One wonders if these won't eventually go to scrap without ever being installed. I guess they could be used in a non-main line location.
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Post by alcochaser » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:17 pm

RDJ wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:06 pm
New signal tower appeared at Thomas Rd grade crossing.

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Not surprising. Even though those are relatively new signals. They have been found to have a critical defect.

These used a cable system to crank up and down the heads. The maintainer would keep a drill like device which would insert in a hole at the bottom. This would engage a lug to run the cables to bring the heads down to the bottom.

However before long, corrosion would cause the cables to snap.
Since the cables are what hold the heads in the up location this would cause the signal heads to come crashing down. Trains have come on these setups and found all the heads (still functioning) at the bottom of the crank up mast.

This is obviously a serious issue. And since there is no way to remotely sense when this happened, the FRA ordered NS to WELD the heads in the up location. So now you need a bucket truck to service the signals.

This combined with the fact the system could never support three signal heads, has lead to their demise.

Cranking the heads down would also require the signal be taken out of service. So instead of climbing up and replacing a burnt bulb under traffic, the maintainer would need the entire track section OOS.

I think the ones in East Wayne were removed from Four Mile. Maintainers keeping parts you know.

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