Norfolk Southern Begins Berea Signal Installation

A boom truck prepares to lift the new signal heads up so they can be fastened to the mast, which has already been installed. (Photograph by Dan Davidson)

An eastbound NS train passes by as a boom truck prepares to lift the new signal heads up so they can be fastened to the mast.

The signals are off the ground and being lifted toward attachment to the mast. (Photograph by Dan Davidson)

The signals are off the ground and being lifted toward attachment to the mast, located on the south side of the tracks. Note that that there is a signal head for westbound trains headed onto the 4 Lakefront track.

The signals have been attached to the mast and now crews must complete electrical work before the signals can be swung out over the tracks and placed into service. (Photographs by Dan Davidson)

The signals have been attached to the mast and now crews must complete electrical work before the signals can be swung out over the tracks and placed into service. (Photographs by Dan Davidson)

Norfolk Southern crews begin installing new signals in Berea on Monday (June 22) to serve westbound trains on its busy Chicago line. This is the former New York Central mainline between Chicago and New York.

The new signals are located just a few yards west of BE tower and will replace two existing signal masts that have been around since the days of steam. These are located in approximately the same location as the new signals, which are mounted on a cantilever structure.

It took several hours to get things properly installed. The main challenge was that the signal structure did not face in the proper direction for the crews to attach it to the upright mast. After turning it 180 degrees, the crews were able to raise it and put it into place. Now comes all the electrical work and testing before the signals will be turned 90 degrees over the tracks and placed into service.

The two old signals will be coming down soon. Eventually, NS is expected to replace the signals used by eastbound trains at Berea at the west edge of the interlocking plant. Signals at milepost 192 are also expected to remain in place. NS has already installed new signals at CP Max (formerly CP 190).

Some information in this post was provided by Dan Davidson.

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