Compared with other recent NS re-signaling projects that have continued through multiple calendar years, the PRR signaling on the lower 20 miles of the Port Road were replaced in about 6 months. Not only were the remaining PRR position light signals replaced, but NS also decided to convert the cab signaled line to Rule 562 operation, eliminating four automatic signal locations and converting another to a controlled point. Of course I don't need to tell you all of the changes that took place between PERRY interlocking on the NEC and CP-MIDWAY because NS is nice enough to publish comprehensive change documentation that also includes all possible signal aspects.
|The once and future CP-MINNICK|
|This mast has been moved around the curve.|
At CP-TOME we see the same thing with Approach Medium and Approach Limited that we saw at CP-MINNICK. Also, both signals have been moved 800 feet closer to the turnout to consolidate the interlocking limits.
|Old CP-TOME extended interlocking limits.|
Moving on the photogenic PRR automatic signals at MP 6 have been removed along with the less accessible signals at MP 9. Between them CP-WEST ROCK got the typical treatment.
|A casualty of Rule 562.|
The un-signaled Pilot siding was upgraded to a signaled siding with Medium Speed turnouts in the same fashion as the Harbor siding was in 2012. Not sure if the new signals are masts or cantilevers. Beyond that the MP 15 and MP 18 single track automatics were both removed and CP-MIDWAY was re-signaled in the standard fashion.
|Will be interesting to see where NS put the new signals for CP-PILOT|
In addition to the details I mentioned above, the other interesting note was the continued survival of the Rule 261/CSS segment between CP-MIDWAY and CP-SHOCKS. This was re-signaled in 2012 before NS decided to go for Rule 562. I had previously noticed 'C' boards going up at the re-located CP-WEST HARBOR, but have not heard anything about an actual 562 conversion. Seems a bit of a waste on what is still a pretty new signal installation.
|Were they expendable?|
Finally, let's not forget old CP-JEB, although not covered in these builtin orders, was also re-signaled at some time in the recent past (probably when STELL to SHOCKS went 562). While this might mean the end for all amber PRR position lights on Class 1 freight railroads, I can confirm that CP-PENNROSE in Philadelphia still has a few.
|The winner of the winner of the 1930's PRR low grade signaling hunger games?|