W&LE Completes Siding at Creston

The new siding at Creston in a view taken Brooklyn Street at the west end of the siding. (Photograph by Richard Jacobs)

The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway has finished installation of a 6,900-foot siding at Creston to provide a badly needed place for trains to pass on the Brewster Subdivision between Brewster and Spencer.

The siding has powered switches and signals. The view above shows a red aspect on the signal. It does not mean “stop” in the usual railroad parlance. It only means that the signal has not been activated by an approaching train.

The signals are activated by a tone generator from an approaching train. This switch has a specific code. The switch at the other end of the siding has a different code. The signal aspect will go “green” for normal (straight through alignment) and “Aaber” for reverse (switch lined for the siding). This system is prevalent at many W&LE locations.

Richard Jacobs

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