|ATS inductors partly hidden in the snow below Metra UP-Northwest Line Signal 48.|
This means that there is still a window of time for fans to get out there and document the trackside component of the ATS system as installed by the CNW, especially on the Northwest line with its three track arrangement on the UP Harvard Sub. At this point ATS is still in service on portions the former Santa Fe "Chief" transcontinental route between Chicago and LA, the Surfliner route between Fullerton and San Diego and the New Jersey Transit RiverLINE where it functions as a positive stop enforcement device at interlockings. Currently UP is undergoing a dispute with METRA over operation of the former CNW commuter routes with UP looking to offload responsibility. As the North and Northwest lines see minimal freight traffic, an outright sale to METRA could keep the inductors in place for many years to come. The Southwest Chief route in New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas has the ATS system "out of service" for over a decade, but the equipment left in place due to general disinvestment in the line.
|ATS inductors at CY tower in Chicago.|