One in a periodic series of images that I made last summer.
I wound up at this rural grade crossing on the Toledo District of Norfolk Southern by happenstance.
We were checking out potential sites to photograph a train even through there were no trains that we knew of to photograph on this line.
The crossing is near Williston, Ohio. I immediately liked this location because it had that quality of a place that time forgot.
The block signals in the distance guard the east end of Williston siding and are the search light type signals once common on the Nickel Plate Road.
Off to the side of the tracks is a pole line. Yes, the wires don’t seem as connected as they once were, but along many mainlines the pole line has been removed altogether.
Searchlight signals and pole lines remind me of another time. I have memories of riding in the backseat of my Dad’s car going and the road running parallel with railroad tracks.
I remember seeing searchlight signals and pole lines. You can still find those in some places, but they are not as common as they used to be.