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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Last C&O Main Line Signal Bridge and Covington CPLs Fall

Well a major holdout of classic signals is now gone.  Just south of the Ohio River on the route of Amtrak's Cardinal, the juncton of the former C&O and L&N main lines had featured both B&O and C&O signals until just a few weeks ago.  One of these, at NX Cabin, was the last C&O signal bridge left on the old C&O Main Line between Newport News and Cincinatti.

This island of signaling had survived because it was involved in a re-signaling programme in the 80's or early 90's and was lower down on the priority list.  The main attraction was KC junction, which feature a number of 5 orbital CPL's and some strange hybrid C&O signal bridges that were refitted with B&O CPLs during the re-signaling process.  The ones coming off the former C&O main line were notable for their comically large sun shade.

KC junction also featured a massive 3 story L&N interlocking tower, but it was demolished sometime within the last 10 years.  I do not know the state of the CPLs at the adjacent OB Cabin (Ohio Bridge) or A interlocking in Cincinatti, but the smart money is that they have also been removed.

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