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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Now That's More Like It

What has continued to shock me in the current round of re-signaling is how much perfectly good hardware is simply scrapped for no apparent reason.  Sometimes its as if the railroads just liking to be contrary, replacing bridges or cantilevers with masts, or masts with cantilevers and bridges.  Often the old stuff is just a bucket of rust, other times it is barely 1 or 2 decades old with several more left in it.  Well I noticed this little photo taken on a former ATSF main line where a classic ATSF steel beam signal gantry was outfitted with brand new Darth Vadar type heads.  Yeah its not as nice as the original semaphores, but at least they made some use of the existing infrastructure.

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