Browsing Tag: railroad signals

    The Abandoned Railroad to Nowhere
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    The Abandoned Railroad to Nowhere

    November 30, 2019


    hello ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 here, your road archaeologist update video this is that same seaboard
    oh my God look at this 1958 ALPA construction thanks
    ok so original seat boards birth facing north and face himself let’s see it ends right
    there it doesn’t go further than that that Bush you can see this is a great neighborhood
    so concertina barbed-wire dies dowdy skies what more can you ask for the end of the road yeah there’s no way
    I’m gonna go into city yeah go in I can see like about 50 feet through that
    little hole right there but I am NOT gonna go in it’s probably a king cobra
    python or something in them and then this is facing south I’m going to include a Google Maps into
    this location so you guys can follow along I remember on at the end of this
    intersection over there that way West it was a bowling alley cloverleaf
    lanes in 1997 where I would come to the ball and I remember looking this way and
    seeing cross bucks right over there such is not the case anymore you can’t even
    tell where they were placed longer sometimes well this grass was just rusty
    tight really yep there used to be another
    track over here loading dock wheel stops however we do not see any rail when I go on a historic Ariel come and
    see the latest or the earliest state that they have here and when it was gone so right on the other side of that bush
    there is the what used to be the CSX main it’s currently the known as the SS
    party a South Florida Regional Transportation Authority track they
    maintain their tracking all the crossings are used by try rail CSX and
    Amtrak part of it just kuzey there it seems
    like yeah it’s like half a quarter of a jacuzzi
    this is the extent of my of my adventure into here remember this is looking back more hope you liked the video guys let me
    know ething at the bottom subscribe if you haven’t it there notification boss
    you can add alerts to my videos on Wednesdays and Sundays thank you as
    always bye bye

    CSX Signal & Railroad Crossing Storage with Spur Florida
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    CSX Signal & Railroad Crossing Storage with Spur Florida

    September 1, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m over here at Riviera Beach right next to Highway 710 Florida And I just saw, aside from this spur over here, This is a storage for CSX. I’m going to show you now where they store all their crossing gates and signal boxes. That’s where I was earlier. Over there, on the other side of the fence. Standing right over there and here we go. A CSX no trespassing sign. Signal boxes here. Foundations and bases for crossings gates. Oh Opa Locka, look at that! signal boxes and then over here we get to the nitty gritty. crossing gates and cross bucks. See some crossing gates there. oh look signals! The Darth Vaders. See inside the bases there. see all the connections. It’s like finding buried treasure huh? This one is resting in peace over here. Rolls of wire there. OK ladies and gentlemen, Please subscribe like, or share! And I thank you very much for viewing. take care, bye bye

    Amtrak Night Train & Railroad shack and Signals
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    Amtrak Night Train & Railroad shack and Signals

    August 28, 2019


    train horn train horn train horn This is Folkston, Georgia ladies and gentlemen take you up close so you can see the signals as far as I can without trespassing Alright guys, please subscribe, like, or share Thank you for viewing, bye bye

    Malfunctioning Railroad Crossing Lights & CSX Train
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    Malfunctioning Railroad Crossing Lights & CSX Train

    August 28, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is where today’s video takes place. You’ll see on the left you have Highway 710. To the right you have North Lake Blvd with the pavement marking and the crossing in the background. And then you see that CSX Train Q453 is going to be heading East bound. And as the crossing is down you’re going to see that the lights malfunction quite a lot. So here comes the video. Sit back and enjoy. Ready, set, go! That right there was the first glitch. Comment below how many you see throughout the entire video. WC Hayes signal base WC Hayes gate mechanism I believe those are Safe Tran lights. This is track view East Track view West. Please Subscribe or Like! Over and out.

    Abandoned Railroad Tour Miami Florida
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    Abandoned Railroad Tour Miami Florida

    August 26, 2019


    good morning ladies and gentlemen I’m
    over here at North West 75th Street Commerce Park in Miami Florida
    and I’m gonna show you guys on a former FEC industrial spur give me one second
    let these cars pass so this year is facing a southeast and that’s where it
    came through that opening there you can see, this were visible
    remnants are he’s kind of in the way right so it went
    into there. See, let me show you here yeah that’s private property so I’m not going in there
    right now I’m gonna show you where it lead to. you join me in a car ride buckle up for safety okay so yeah we said that’s facing
    southeast and that’s facing north west right. Aw man, all these freeking cars They don’t let anyone film in peace anymore
    what’s this world coming to okay so then there you have the track just
    goes into there and then so right now I’m headed south on Northwest
    75th Avenue right it came through there under, well
    this overpass was built recently but it that little grass grassy bridge
    right there, that used to be a railroad the spur that went over there were first
    showed you and then this here is North West 25th Street this is one of the main
    arteries in Miami. Actually in Doral, so I’m waiting for
    this light to turn green Ok green light now we’re gonna be heading east on
    North West 25th Street so there is that bridge I showed you and then it came
    into here you can see some of the ballast so then it curved over there
    behind those pine trees then curved eastward and it headed towards the main,
    UPS right there we’re coming up on North West 72nd Avenue you can see the sign North West 72nd Avenue probably too much backlight okay now we’re
    gonna be making a right on North West 72nd Avenue okay
    right on northwest of 72nd Avenue and then this is what that curve that I
    showed you so it came in through here I actually yeah I made a video here, a month
    or two ago so you can see the ballast and then here I’m gonna show you the
    tracks on that side so this is Northwest 22nd Street and I’m
    gonna make a u-turn and this is still, there’s still part of
    the track here well I think this part might be unused but nonetheless you can still see the rails see, right over there all right you guys please subscribe or
    like thank you very much for viewing over and out

    Upside Down Cross buck & Abandoned Railroad
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    Upside Down Cross buck & Abandoned Railroad

    August 26, 2019


    Guys, check this out. This is a wrongly placed cross buck by CSX Look at the milepost right there. and then look at how they put the crossing. They put it upside down. Incredible huh? Then, over here there’s a abandoned spur. Apparently this is a interesting. Yeah guys, it’s fenced off about 50 feet down the road. Look at the rail spikes. It’s an old SCL line. See if I could Well this line is still connected to the mainline. I have a another video which I did on that side I’ll include the link to it. But yeah guys, let me give you one more shot of the wrongly placed cross buck. I don’t know if its even worth it to call and report this because its obviously abandoned so This is what the other side of the crossing looks like guys. Please subscribe or like! Thank you very much for viewing. Over and out.

    Reading Canadian Railroad Signals part 2: Single and two headed signals lower music
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    Reading Canadian Railroad Signals part 2: Single and two headed signals lower music

    August 24, 2019


    In the first video of this
    series, we laid the foundation for reading railroad
    signals with the basic three-headed railroad
    signal. If you haven’t watched that video yet, you need
    to watch it first to follow along in this video. Now, these signal heads are
    attrociously expensive: some $20,000 or more! So do the
    math: if you’re lighting up 100 miles of track
    with CTC lights, in BOTH directions, with signals
    every two miles? It adds up in a hurry! That track for the most part is
    just straight, high speed track. There are no
    switches or sidings. So to save on costs, the railroad
    will remove 1 or 2 of the heads. Remember how the
    two lower lights were red as placeholders? Well
    the signals are exactly the same, you’ll just
    imagine the placeholders, which I’m going to
    leave in this picture, with the two heads
    faded out to help you remember how to read the signal. This is a clear signal. Proceed
    at track speed. This is a clear to stop signal.
    Proceed at track speed, preparing to stop at next
    signal, which will be a stop signal. A flashing yellow on this light
    is NOT a slow signal. why? Because remember –
    this is the same as a three headed signal, but with
    the two lower heads removed, so this is the high
    speed signal head. Do you remember what a flashing
    yellow on the top head was? Advance clear to stop. We
    can proceed at track speed, next signal will be a
    clear to stop, the second signal will be a stop
    signal. Now – one thing to clarify
    before we get into the reds. When signals are stacked
    above each others like this, or this, that means
    that signal is under direct control of Rail Traffic
    Control. if the heads are staggered, they are
    NOT directly controlled by RTC, they are
    controlled by the automated CTC system itself. The
    lights are controlled by relays reading the
    traffic on the rails. Single head masts are generally
    not controlled by RTC, they are simply controlled
    by the automatic system. The single headed
    signals that are controlled by RTC have an A
    plate on them. Whether right or not, I always likened
    this to an ABSOLUTE signal. So if a single head is red, that
    is a STOP AND PROCEED signal. You stop, then
    proceed at restricted speed. BUT if the
    signal has an A plate, that is an ABSOLUTE stop. You
    stop at that signal and wait until it changes or RTC
    gives you specific, written permission to
    pass that signal. You remember how I talked about
    the system being designed as fail safe? the CTC
    system is tripped by the train making an electrical
    connection across the rails, which are connected
    to an electrical circuit. If that electrical
    circuit is broken in any way – a broken rail or
    broken wire for instance, the CTC lights all
    turn RED. So this can be a real problem if
    your super expensive train has to stop
    every two miles because there’s a problem with the
    system! Time is money, and we get paid to ship cargo,
    not park the cargo on the rails! So, they put an R
    plate on the signal mast. This is a cheap failsafe
    upgrade to the pre-existing system. If the
    signal is red, the R plate upgrades it from a stop
    and proceed signal to a restricting signal – the train
    still has to be on the lookout for other trains,
    broken rails, etc…, but now we don’t have to stop at
    the signal. If the R plate falls off, or is
    covered in snow, then the red signal reverts back
    to the safer “stop and proceed” signal. It’s a fail
    safe upgrade. Now, the R plate is sort of like
    our red lights on multi-headed systems. It’s a
    placeholder – you ignore it EXCEPT when the signal
    is red. Basically, you look for the most permissive
    signal. The only signal the R plate could
    possibly improve would be the stop signal. All other
    signals allow you to go at track speed, which is faster
    than restricting speed. So the R plate would
    upgrade the red signal to a restricting signal. At all
    other times, it is ignored. With two-headed signals, there’s
    a number of combinations you could see, but
    liken it back to our 3-head system. The second
    head represents the second head on the three headed
    signal. so imagine that the third head is there,
    only as a red placeholder which you would
    ignore, and ALL of the signals are exactly the same as
    the three headed signal. So here is your clear signal. This is advance clear to stop signal. This is a clear
    to stop signal. If both heads are red, the
    position of the heads now tells us what to do next: If
    the heads are positioned vertically, this
    signal is controlled by RTC who is instructing you to
    STOP and NOT proceed. If the heads are staggered, that
    is the automatic system indicating there’s
    something going on up ahead – most likely another
    train. You must stop at this signal, then you can
    proceed at restricted speed. Okay, that wraps up this
    segment. you’ve now learned the basics of the
    foundational three headed signal, the two headed and
    single headed CTC railway signals. In the next
    video we’re going to introduce advance speed signals.

    Railroad Crossing Removed Before and After 1,000 Subscribers Special
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    Railroad Crossing Removed Before and After 1,000 Subscribers Special

    August 22, 2019


    hello ladies and gentlemen
    we’re here at South West 56th Street Miller Drive in Miami Florida
    right there is a South Miami senior high and here you can see that there’s no
    longer any pavement markings right so this was the site of the former
    railroad crossing on the FEC branch line that came from the Miami International
    Airport which is north and north is that way this would have been track view north
    right I’ll go over there in a second but let me show you what we got over here
    so this was the foundation for the cantilever right here which was where the
    screws were you got four over here this is a huge Cantilever and then here are the
    cut wires this was for the
    pedestrian crossing gate and then this was the power source the meter was and here was the relay case you know cut rebar right here and this
    tree grew right where the relay case was pretty tall tree right so this here was track view South this track was approximately put in around 1928 it’s currently a hiking trail here you can see it’s a 13 minute bike
    ride to University of Miami going east and it’s eight minute bike ride to the
    Bird Road Arts District going west which is left and then I’m
    gonna take you to the north side they’re crossing just show you the back side of
    the meter here oh wait before I go to the north side I found an old crossing
    gate and old rails you yeah remember I said in 1928 I know if you guys can see
    this says I era something in 1925 right here it says 1 nine-two-five 1925 and then the old crossing gate right
    here I should’ve crossed before we got
    everybody anf their mom coming so this here’s facing west make a quick run for it and this here’s facing East there’s a South Miami high and let me
    see on this side okay yeah here’s our ex cantilever foundation spot this
    side it’s much less visible than the other side, here you got one once we put
    off right there it’s a total of 8. 4 and 4 here
    oh here you got where the wires used to be right there the PVC crossing gate for the pedestrians over
    here I would normally wear sneakers if I go exploring but today since I’m just
    here street side sandals will do just fine and then this is like I said track
    view north I’ve seen some old images on historic
    aerials.com and old maps online.org that show that there was a connection
    between this line and the sa-l there let me correct that there appeared to have
    been a correct connection between the FEC and the SAL way back when You can look it up yourselves and make a determination. So here we see the no trespassing FEC Railway sign we see another crossing gate that the red and white
    had faded on it and then the concrete cross ties that act as a fence over
    here alrighty guys please subscribe or like thank you very much
    over and out

    Abandoned Railroad Crossing Missing Sign
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    Abandoned Railroad Crossing Missing Sign

    August 12, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is another abandoned railroad crossing here in Homestead, FL. This is SW 256th ST. Facing West. This is facing East. And here we can see the crossing sign and then the pavement marking. Or what’s left of the pavement marking. You could see the imprint of the X and barely the R. As I walk toward the crossing, you’ll notice that this one on the right side has no cross buck left And this shrubbery is almost overtaking it. In a few more months, it’s going to be completely covered. This is track view South over here. This is a former SAL track that was built in the 1920’s in an effort to bring tourism to Homestead. This is the crossing at 256th St. And off in the distance there you can see Diamond Fertilizer, which was one of the last customers on this line. That’s that white yellowish building off to the left there. Track view South. And then this is Safetran lights over here. cross buck and Safetran signal base I believe This is track view North. facing Miami. And you see the wooden SCL cross ties over here. Here is also a Safetran signal base. E dinger up top. relay case. This is again, Oh! Look at the wooden crossing this is pretty old too. characteristic of the SCL days. Okay guys, please subscribe, like, or share. Thank you very much for viewing. Take care, over and out.