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  1. Yard Limit

    Amtrak 184, The Phase IV Heritage Unit, Semaphores, and Scenery!

    Amtrak has five locomotives that commemorate the 40th anniversary of Amtrak service and these are painted to resemble past phases of Amtrak paint schemes. Amtrak 156 Phase I P42DC Amtrak 130 Phase II P42DC Amtrak 145 Phase III P42DC Amtrak 184 Phase IV P42DC Amtrak 822 Phase III P40DC Amtrak...
  2. CSX Monon Semaphores

    CSX Monon Semaphores

    CSX is in the midst of installing new hooded tri-light signals on the CSX Monon line south of Lafayette, IN. I shot this photo of a northbound backlit of course at Romney, IN.
  3. Hard to believe...

    Hard to believe...

    but this IS a "vintage photo", according to the guidelines. Amtrak tr. 192 is eastbound past one of several semaphores still in service in the Groton, CT. area on Feb. 12, 1982. The "blades" would last another 4 years before being replaced and, yes, the ubiquitous Amtrak...
  4. The Victor and the Vanquished

    The Victor and the Vanquished

    In December 1997, a BNSF BARPAS is northbound at Stronghold, California. At the time, the signals protecting the diamond with UP's Modoc Line were the last active semaphores on a Class I mainline in California. Replacements for the blades were installed and waiting to be cut in. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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