First up is the former Southern Pacific Capitol Corridor between Oakland and Sacramento. This is home to many former S&P target type color light signals and in what counts as good news none were removed since 2012.
DAVIS interlocking, which has the relay logic and unit lever emergency control panel inside the former interlocking tower, is still a searchlight and pole line plant with no new signals in evidence.
|Hangin in there.|
Moving on over the Donner Pass UP is in the process of converting the double track ABS segment on the western slope into CTC.
On the pass itself past SWITCH 9 the three searchlight signal bridges at MP 172, 174 and 176 are being replaced by a pair of Darth gantries.
|Catch it while you can.|
|New signals to be replaced.|
Kinda good news in Utah where the two track DRG&W main east of Helper has not had the resignaling project begin and the new signals installed between Helper and Grand Junction have only been cut in on the far western end.
|Two years and still not in service.|
|Now Amtrak trains can be delayed in block.|
On the Moffat Tunnel sub many of the signals have already been replaced, but a clump of surviving searchlights hang on in the Byers Canyon and Granby area.
Moving all the way to Nebraska the signals on the Omaha Sub are still mostly searchlight due to its secondary nature, but perhaps more surprising is that the searchlight signals on the Creston Sub in Iowa are still in place despite Darth Vaders having been up in 2012. Wierd.
|Both BNSF and UP seem to bite off more than they can chew.|
One thing that has changed is that the single track ABS west of Ottumwa has been replaced with CTC.
|No more operating against the current of traffic.|
|Some signals go up faster than others.|
A few straggler searchlight gantries east of Galesburg have also been removed as the third track has gone into service.
In a major blow the searchlights at AURORA interlocking are also being replaced.
|These signals are transit accessible?|
|Photographable from METRA.|
Well that's its for te Cephyr trip report. Soon to follow the Capitol Limited report.