New Signals Going Up in Berea

The new signals for the Toledo connection stand ready to be turned and placed into service as a westbound tanker train passes on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern with the Interstate heritage locomotive in the consist.

The new signals for the Toledo connection stand ready to be turned and placed into service as a westbound tanker train passes on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern with the Interstate heritage locomotive in the consist.

Soon, these signals heads will be turned.

Soon, these signals heads will be turned.

The old and the new even if the old dates back to the Conrail era. The Type G signal heads have performed well over the years.

The old and the new even if the old dates back to the Conrail era. The Type G signal heads have performed well over the years.

During the Conrail era, the Toledo connection in Berea was a busy piece of railroad. But use of that track all but ended after Norfolk Southern and CSX divided Conrail in 1999.

But the connection remains in place because the railroads have an agreement that each can use the other’s tracks even if that seldom occurs.

In recent weeks, crews have been busy installing new signals in Berea, including modern Safetran signals on the Toledo connection.

Reportedly, the work is part of a project to enable CSX to have control of its own tracks through the CP 194 interlocking. At present, NS controls the interlocking even through CSX trains do nothing more than pass through.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

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