Meridian Street Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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*originally recorded on 10-15-17*

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and NEG gate lights.

This was the other train I caught yesterday. It was NS 736 with a BNSF ES44AC and an NS SD70ACe pulling and a BNSF ES44AC and a BNSF SD70ACe on the DPU.

As you can see, nothing has changed at this crossing since I was last out here.

Young Road Railroad Crossing, Shop Springs, TN



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*originally recorded on 10-13-18*

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Modern Industries 12×24 inch lights and a General Signals Type 2 electronic bell.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Modern Industries 12×24 inch lights.

After getting the train in Brush Creek, we were going to try and get him at the Sparta Pike (US 70S) crossing in Watertown, but just barely didn’t make it in time. So instead, we opted to head over to this crossing so that Ethan could get a recording of it himself, and I set-up on the opposite side from where I recorded last time.

Brush Creek Circle Railroad Crossing, Brush Creek, TN



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*originally recorded on 10-13-18*

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs, a General Signals Type 2 electronic bell, and a US&S relay case.

After documenting the rest of the crossings in Cookeville, Ethan and I went on over to this crossing to let him get a better video of it. However, we did have to wait a couple of hours due to how long of a distance there was between Cookeville and Brush Creek, which wasn’t helped by one of the F7Bs failing and needing to be restarted between here and Cookeville. I probably could’ve recorded the other side of the crossing, though I wanted to get some good shots of the train so I set-up my camera on this side again. Either way, it’s always nice to record this old Tennessee Central-era signal, especially with how it’s mounted to the relay case for the crossing.

CR 657 Railroad Crossing, near Notasulga, AL



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*originally recorded on 10-17-18*

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs, a GE electronic bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.

After catching the train in Auburn, I chased it west over to just east of Notasulga, where I got to see it meet an eastbound train waiting on this westbound to come through.

This crossing was a high priority for me, despite having pretty modern signals. The reason is entirely for the bell, as this crossing features the only GE E-bell in the state of Alabama! As far as I know, CSX is the only Class I railroad here in the US to have ever used these bells, and they didn’t use them for very long, though there’s still a few scattered across the country on the lines CSX owns. A few other railroads and light rail lines probably used these as well, though the only one I’m aware of is a light rail line up in New Jersey. According to the FRA, these signals here were installed in about 2011, and replaced a pair of crossbucks. Just east of here is where a spur breaks off of the siding track and heads into a quarry. The spur crosses AL 14 (seen in the background) at a crossing with a pair of gated signals, though I didn’t get a change to record them, as I didn’t see any trains heading through it.

Cunningham Drive Railroad Crossing, Opelika, AL



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*originally recorded on 10-17-18*

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

After the westbound mixed went through Notasulga, I knew the eastbound that it met was going to be head east soon, so I went on over to this crossing to catch him. It was another mixed freight, with a pair of ES40DCs leading an AC44CW.

This crossing was one I had tried several times to record back in 2015, none of which were successful, so I’m finally glad to have gotten a recording of it! The left-hand signal appears to be from the A&WP or SBD, with the bell having been installed by CSX in the 1980s. The right hand signal and the lights on the left-hand signal were installed by CSX in the 1990s. Both bells sound a bit rough, though it’s rather nice getting to record a gateless CSX crossing with incandescent lights and two mechanical bells, especially here in Alabama! It appears the signals have gotten a bit of paint since I was last here as well. There’s a bridge that was right behind me along Cunningham Drive that was closed at the time I was there, as they were finishing up replacing it. I had to move my camera back a bit in the beginning to let the dump truck seen through as well.

Alexandria Highway (TN 53) Railroad Crossing, Brush Creek, TN



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*originally recorded on 10-13-18*

Signal on the left: 3 pairs of WCH 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs, a General Signals Type 2 electronic bell, a WCH gate mechanism, and NEG LED gate lights.
Signal on the right: 3 pairs of WCH 12×24 inch lights with WCH 2nd Generation LEDs, a General Signals Type 2 electronic bell, a WCH gate mechanism, and NEG LED gate lights.

This was the third crossing Ethan and I went to. The signals themselves aren’t the most interesting signals along the NERR, as they appear to have been installed in 2014 to replace a pair of gateless signals dating back to the L&N (which had an MI mechanical bell and some MI 12×24 inch lights that replaced the original lights put up by the L&N), likely the original ones installed here when TN 53 was realigned to bypass “downtown” Brush Creek. However, it is worth noting that this crossing is the farthest east you’ll find gated signals on the NERR.

8th Street Railroad Crossing, West Point, GA



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*originally recorded on 10-17-18*

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, 3 pairs of Harmon 12×24 inch lights, a RACO mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
Signal on the right: 6 pairs of Harmon 12×24 inch lights, a RACO mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.

I tried to get the eastbound at this crossing, but wound up just missing it, However, said eastbound also had to stop at the siding just northeast of town to meet a westbound, so I went back to this crossing and set-up. The westbound came through shortly after and it was another mixed freight, this time with an ES44AH leading a pair of AC44CWs.

This crossing was another high-priority one for me, as it features something a bit rare: a pair of RACO bells! These bells and the masts they’re mounted on undoubtedly date back to the original A&WP install here, though the right-hand gate mechanism was replaced sometime in the 1980s by the SBD, and CSX replaced the cantilevers, lights, and other gate mechanism in the late 1990s or early 2000s. However, the two RACO bells have managed to hang on, so that’s very nice to see, though they do get a bit weak while ringing when the gates are lowering. The front mast lights on the far signal are also spread very far apart, due to a utility pole that’s located right in front of the signal. I had also set-up my camera right underneath a tree, whose leaves kept getting blown into my shot. After a while, I just ripped off the offending leaves so they wouldn’t keep disrupting my shot. US 29 is seen on the other side of the crossing

CR 83 Railroad Crossing, Cusseta, AL



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*originally recorded on 10-17-18*

Signal on the left: 4 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran Type 2 electronic bell, a WCH gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.
Signal on the right: 4 pairs of Modern Industries 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran mechanical bell, a WCH gate mechanism, and RECO LED gate lights.

After catching the eastbound in Opelika, I chased it east towards this crossing to record it. I thought I’d have less time to set-up than I did, and since I was parked on this side of the crossing, I remained over here. The sky was also cloudy when I set-up, but the sun came out just before the crossing activated, making the shot even more backlit.

However, the signals themselves are pretty nice. They appear to some SBD Safetran signals, though at some point in the 1980s CSX replaced the Safetran gate mechs with a pair of WCH ones. Later on, in the mid 2000s, the mechanical bell on the far signal (likely a Safetran mechanical bell), was replaced with the Safetran Type 2 that’s there now. Not entirely sure when the Modern Industries lights here were installed, though likely around the same time that the WCH gate mechs were.

Oakwood Avenue Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL



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*originally recorded on 5-24-18*

Signal on the left: 5 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a WCH mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 5 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

Went back out on May 24th and caught a few more trains. This was the first train that I caught: NS 362 with a Dash-9 leading another Dash-9, an SD60E, an SD70ACe, a Dash-8, yet another Dash-9, and three ex-CN SD60Fs heading for the ACWR in North Carolina. Certainly some interesting power!

There have been no changes to this crossing since I was last here, though I did record it from the opposite side this time around.

Church Street Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL Times Out & Gate hits Car



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Hadn’t really intended for this video to be a crossing video, so I’m not gonna put any crossing info in the description (check the next video that I’m about to upload if you want to see what this crossing has, or look at the link below). I had been expecting NS A81 to just pass through the crossing, but didn’t expect them to stop. However, due to them stopping, I was able to quickly turn around and get set-up to record this crossing. In fact, I likely wouldn’t’ve even uploaded this video had had I not recorded the gate landing on the guy’s car at the beginning.

3-8-18 Church Street (AL 144) Railroad Crossing Update, Ragland, AL



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Also, it appears that the southern signal has a background and visor meant for a WCH light on one of the Safetran 12x24s, while the northern signal has a background and visor meant for a Safetran light on the WCH 12×24.

Here’s how the crossing used to look:

Church Street Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL with an ex-Santa Fe engine!



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Signal on the left: 1 pair of 12×24 inch lights, 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, an Invensys gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 1 pair of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a WCH mechanical bell, an Invensys gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

This was the other train I caught today, and it was easily my best catch (along with the reason I went out railfanning today), as it was NS 201 with an NS ES44DC leading, a BNSF ES44C4 right behind the NS engine, and an ex-Santa Fe Dash-9 trailing third out! Even though the ex-Santa Fe warbonnet wasn’t leading, it was still great to see no matter what. Also, the newest engine is stuck in the middle as well, as the BNSF ES44C4 is only a little over a year old!

Also, this is my first time recording this crossing since March of last year, it appears!

Church Street Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL with the Blue Circus Train



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*Recorded on 1-3-16*

Signal on the left: 1 pair of 12×24 inch lights, 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, an Invensys gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 1 pair of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a WCH mechanical bell, an Invensys gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

And here’s my favorite catch of the day, The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Blue Circus Train departing Huntsville for Tampa, FL!

Church Street Railroad Crossing #1, Huntsville, AL



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Signal on the left: 1 pair of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, a WCH mechanical bell, an Invensys gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 1 pair of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, an Invensys gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.

I went back out railfanning after I had uploaded the previous two videos, since I heard that 22N had an SD90MAC leading and it had gotten through Decatur about half an hour before I left. The block signal by Holmes Avenue turned red shortly after I arrived at this crossing, and I ended up catching NS 732 for a second time.

Church Street Railroad Crossing Update 9-15-18



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Well, this was a bit unexpected…

Here’s how the crossing looked before the upgrade: