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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Throw Away Society

So NS is slowly re-signaling it's former N&W lines in Virginia and West Virginia, that's not anything new.  What is interesting was something I saw in a pair of photos.  At Farm, WV, NS is replacing a number of new NS style Darth Vader masts with...newer NS style Darth Vader masts.

Just goes to show that it doesn't matter how new the signal is, how new the wiring is or even if PTC is being installed or not.  It's simply cheaper to install and test in parallel instead of cutting a signal over to a new batch of wires.  This is a bit baffling given that new signal installations have terminal boxes at the base to make that sort of changeover cheap and easy, but I guess buying new is cheaper and easier. 

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