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.

Great Salt Lake & Salt Lake City, Utah (Desert Empire) ~ 1938 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

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‘Railroad tour through the state of Utah, stopping off at many natural attractions and in Salt Lake City…’ Also covers Great Salt Lake, Ogden, and grain and sheep farming.

Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound.

Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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Salt Lake City, often shortened to Salt Lake or SLC, is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 189,314 in 2012, the city lies in the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a total population of 1,175,905. Salt Lake City is further situated in a larger urban area known as the Wasatch Front, which has a population of 2,328,299. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin (the other being Reno, Nevada), and the largest in the Intermountain West.

The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and several other Mormon followers, who extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named “Great Salt Lake City”—the word “great” was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature. Although Salt Lake City is still home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), less than half the population of Salt Lake City proper are members of the LDS Church today.

Immigration of international LDS members, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913, and presently two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, intersect in the city. Salt Lake City has since developed a strong outdoor recreation tourist industry based primarily on skiing, and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is the industrial banking center of the United States…

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was a U.S. railroad company. The railroad started as a narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rio Grande was also a major origin of coal and mineral traffic.

In 1988, the Rio Grande’s parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad; several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

The Rio Grande was the epitome of mountain railroading, with a motto of Through the Rockies, not around them and later Main line through the Rockies, both referring to the Rocky Mountains. The D&RGW operated the highest mainline rail line in the United States, over the 10,240 feet (3,120 m) Tennessee Pass in Colorado, and the famed routes through the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge. At its height, around 1890, the D&RG had the largest operating narrow gauge railroad network in North America. Known for its independence, the D&RGW operated the last private intercity passenger train in the United States, the Rio Grande Zephyr.

At the end of 1970 it operated 1,903 miles (3,063 km) of road on 3,227 miles (5,193 km) of track; that year it carried 7733 ton-miles of revenue freight and 21 million passenger-miles…

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:

Runaway Deer Enters Church [ORIGINAL VIDEO]

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A runaway deer enters a church in Bakersfield, Ca

Austin Nevada – Part 2 “The Way It Was Grand Tour”

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It all started in 1862 when a pony express ride by the name of W.H. Talcott’s horse kicked up a rock at the mouth of pony canyon which turned out to be high grade silver and gold ore. This led to a silver rush by the time the mid 1860s rolled around this town boasted a lumber mill, saloons, brothels, assay office, banks, hospital, hotels, telegraph station, four hundred houses and at least 10k residents. Although floods, fires and elements have erased a large portion of this living ghost town what does remain are some of the finest structures in the wild west such as its frontier churches. Austin held the Lander County seat for many decades it also brought millions of dollars in silver revenue and for a short time hosted the Nevada Central Railroad. This was a town that boasted the good, bad and the ugly everything from epidemics to axe yielding men and frontier justice. Austin not only has one of the oldest saloons/hotels in the state but one of the last Greek revival court houses in the nation and one of the oldest operating Nevadan newspapers that still exist today. Today life has slowed down in Austin to about 200 residents. Many shops thrive on tourism and the sale of there jewelry. Life in this canyon dates back to 3,500 years ago when the Shoshone used Pony Canyon to hunt and sustain themselves. We welcome you to journey with us as I take our friends and viewers to the way it was!

Railroad Crossing Upgrade or Downgrade ? What is it ?

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Railroad Crossing Upgrade or Downgrade ? What is it ? As you can see in the old Google Maps Street view, some time between 2007 to 2011, this crossing was changed drastically. They removed the cantilevers and installed crossing gates. My question is: Is this an upgrade or a downgrade? I’m unsure of what the answer is myself. I’d love to hear what you think; please comment below! This is the SCFE South Central Florida Express train track that runs through Clewiston and up North to Moore Haven and beyond.

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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!

Norfolk Southern Local A81 at Huntsville, AL Depot – NS 3397

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NS Local A81 is eastbound at Church Street next to the Huntsville passenger depot. The train is moving slow, having just started after working the Huntsville and Madison County Railroad interchange.

The Huntsville passenger depot was built in 1860 by the Memphis and Charleston. It’s now primarily used as a city operated event building that can be rented for private functions, although groups can book tours. The ruins of the even older freight depot (burned by a wino) is across the tracks from the passenger depot.

The ex-Conrail SD40-2 is NS 3397

Main Avenue Railroad Crossing, Bowling Green, KY

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This was the only train I saw on October 6. That day, I went up to Bowling Green, KY once again so I could document more crossings. There, when I was documenting, I saw a signal turning for a southbound, so I setted up at this very nice L&N install! This crossing here has 2 WRRS Mechanical Bells!! Something that I don’t see everyday either! When the train came through here, it was a local freight. But at least I got this very interesting L&N install here!!

Crossing Info:

Signal on the left: 2 Pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights, a Safetran Gate Mechanism, A mixture of RECO LED and incandescent gatelights, and a WRRS Mechanical Bell

Signal on the right: 3 Pairs of WRRS 8 inch lights, a Safetran Gate Mechanism, RECO LED Gatelights, and a WRRS Mechanical Bell

Main Avenue
Bowling Green, Kentucky

CSX 6413 – GP40-2
CSX 2227 – Road Slug

Filmed October 6, 2018

Camera used: iPhone 6S

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

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A panel discusses the true story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them. Ed Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, moderates Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom; Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University; and Adam Rothman. A book signing will follow the program.

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.

5 Most Haunted Places in Tennessee

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Tennessee: it isn’t all Elvis and the Grand Ole Opry (though those things are pretty awesome). There are more than a few creepy places and weird stories in this southern state. Here are 5 of my favorite haunted places in Tennessee.

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