As the conversation continues as to when railroads will finish installing and turning on positive train control, an Erie, Pennsylvania, newspaper has given a glimpse of how progress is going or not going in northwest Pennsylvania.
The Erie Times-News said Norfolk Southern plans to build 16 wireless communication towers along about 45 miles of track in Erie County that will be used to monitor train positions and automatically slow or stop trains to avoid a collision.
NS plans to build PTC towers in Erie and Girard and the townships of Springfield, Girard, Fairview, Millcreek, Lawrence Park, Harborcreek and North East
The Erie PTC tower will be constructed west of the Cascade Street and Downing Avenue intersections.
A CSX spokesman told the newspaper that his railroad has not yet determined where PTC towers will be built in the Erie region.
“We haven’t yet completed engineering studies in the Erie area to determine if we will need additional radio towers,” said Rob Doolittle. “We have some radio towers in place that we use for the PTC system, too, whenever possible.”
A Canadian National spokesman said his railroad has not proposed any local sites for PTC towers on the former Bessemer & Lake Erie.
CN, CSX and NS recently said they won’t be able to implement their PTC systems systemwide by the 2018 deadline, but indicated they expected to be finished by 2020.