Battle Street Railroad Crossing (AL 21), Talladega, AL



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Signal on the left: 5 pairs of Harmon 12×20 inch lights with Union Pacific LEDs, a General Signals Type-2 electronic bell, a WCH gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 5 pairs of Harmon 12×20 inch lights with Union Pacific LEDs, a WRRS mechanical bell, a WCH gate mechanism, an NEG gate light, and a pair of L&W gate lights.

The train is a CSX local that had just dropped off some cars and the crossing is owned by the East Alabama Railway (EARY).

Eagletree Lane Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL and a Crossing Malfunction



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Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Modern Industries 12×24 inch lights.
Signal on the right: 3 pairs of WCH 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs and a General Signals Type-2 electronic bell.

For those of y’all who haven’t been keeping up with the update videos on this crossing, the signal on the right is brand new and was installed a few days ago.

Lily Flagg Road Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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The HMCR’s new engine, HMCR 9554, an ex-CSX/L&N U23B, had trouble climbing the hill, which is why it took it about 2 and a half minutes to reach the crossing from the initial crossing activation.

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights.
The bell is a Safetran mechanical bell mounted on the relay case.

It was pretty neat seeing an ex-L&N engine on an ex-L&N line going through some old L&N signals.

Holmes Avenue Railroad Crossing #2, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 3.5 pairs of Federal Signal 8 inch lights with WCH 1st Generation LEDs and 1 Federal Signal 8 inch light with a WCH 2nd Generation LED.
Signal on the right: 2.5 pairs of Federal Signal 8 inch lights with WCH 1st Generation LEDs, 1 WRRS 8 inch light with a WCH 1st Generation LED, and a Federal Signal mechanical bell.

Since I hadn’t recorded this crossing in a while, I decided to go back here for another recording.

James Record Road Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 1 pair of RACO 8 inch lights, 1 Harmon 8 inch light, and 1 Harmon 8 inch light with a WCH 2nd Generation LED.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of RACO 8 inch lights.
The bell is a Safetran mechanical bell on the relay case.

Here we have NS A85 switching the Huntsville International Airport Intermodal Terminal.

Glad to see the signals here still have their 8 inch lights. Nothing has changed since I saw it last year.

Hobbs Road Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 3 pairs of WCH 12×24 inch lights and a WCH electronic bell.
Signal on the right: 3 pairs of WCH 12×24 inch lights.

This was the last crossing I caught the HMCR at. I also caught them at Green Cove Road, but that was just them doing some switching, and I’ll use the videos from that in another video for another channel.

Cleveland Avenue Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL in the snow!



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Eastbound signal: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran Type 2 electronic bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Westbound signal: 1.5 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, 1 Safetran 12×20 inch light, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

Since NS A81 had to go through this crossing twice, I decided to get over to this crossings and record it since you rarely see trains on the yard track at this crossing. As you can see, I was just barely able to get to this crossing before it activated. The only recent change here that I’ve noticed has been that the fading gate arm on the nearer signal was replaced with a new one.

Moores Mill Road Railroad Crossing #1, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a dying Safetran mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
Far median signal: 1 pair of Safetran 12×20 inch lights.
Near median signal: 1 pair of Safetran 12×20 inch lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a Safetran mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

Went out railfanning this afternoon, with the intent on recording some older crossings on the NS Memphis District East End. This was the first train that I caught: NS 362 with an ES44DC leading a Dash-9 and an ES44AC.

Nothing much has changed at this crossing since I was last here. Both of the gated signals are still 1990s installs, while the median signals are still the newer replacements. The bell on the far side is still dying it seems, though it sounds better than it used to. The crooked crossbuck on the right-hand signal still remains as well. Surprised that NS hasn’t ever fixed it…

Bob Wallace Avenue Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 4 pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights and a WRRS mechanical bell.
Signal on the right: 6 pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights.

I heard the HMCR running from my house today so I went out to catch them. I recorded from this side of the crossing because the lighting was better.

Julian Road Railroad Crossing, Chattanooga, TN



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Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a WCH mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a dying WCH mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

This was the only other train I caught today, and it wasn’t anything too interesting. It was CSX Q144 with just a CSX ET44AH leading a Union Pacific AC45CCTE, though the trailing engine was UP 8000, which is neat, I guess.

The crossing is rather cool though. Not only is it an almost pure 1990s CSX install, it also has two mechanical bells and all incandescent lights! Rare to see a gated crossing on the CSX like this these days! This crossing is actually just north of the Georgia state line as well.

HMCR 8933 goes through Bob Wallace Ave. Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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You can see a few idiots go through the crossing. I believe there is a preemption malfunction at 0:13.

Right-hand signal: four pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights and a WRRS mechanical bell.
Left-hand signal: six pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights.

Segers Road Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, an Invensys Rail gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a General Signals Type-2 electronic bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

This was the only train I caught today, and it was my first train of the year! Just like last year, this was also a coal train with a BNSF SD70ACe leading, but it had a bit more of an interesting lash-up: the BNSF SD70ACe was leading an NS SD70ACe and the DPUs were an NS GEVO and a BNSF SD70MAC!

I also finally got a recording of this crossing! Unsurprisingly, the bell is a General Signals Type 2.

Old Highway 20 Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL Crossing Tour



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This is the only crossing in Limestone County, AL on the NS with a mechanical bell, and is only one of two in the county with a mechanical bell. This is also within Huntsville’s city limits.

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