C&O Sentinels Still Standing in Fostoria

The C&O style block signals still protect eastward movements over the Norfolk Southern tracks in Fostoria on the Pemberville Subdivision.

The C&O style block signals still protect eastward movements over the Norfolk Southern tracks in Fostoria on the Pemberville Subdivision.

Stack trains did not exist when these signals were put up decades ago.

Stack trains did not exist when these signals were put up decades ago.

Photographers who like older railroad block signals have been scrambling in the past few years to make images of training passing those veteran sentinels.

Class 1 railroads have been active of late in replacing signals that have stood for decades and whose design reflected the heritage of the long-time owner of the line.

Some signals have even been associated with a particular railroad. So it is with the Chesapeake & Ohio. It is not that the signals used by the C&O were unique, but they did have a look about them that said C&O.

CSX has been replacing the C&O style signals along the ex-C&O mainline between Toledo and Columbus. The former C&O signals are now all gone in Marion and some of them have been replaced in Fostoria.

But not all of them. The eastward home signals on the CSX Pemberville Subdivision for the diamonds with Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District were still standing when I visited Fostoria in late June.

If CSX has plans to replace these signals, it is not evident. No new masts or support structures were in place next to the C&O signals.

In time, the C&O signals will probably be removed. As the old adage goes, get your photos while you can.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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