RAILROAD SIGNALS of the U.S.


DIAMOND CROSSING PROTECTION
PENNSY crossing the B&O
Canton/East Baltimore MD

 

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The photos below were taken in 2005, and are from a diamond at the south end of Penn-Mary Yard in east Baltimore (Google Earth picture at bottom of the page). 
The crossing is between a tail track which comes off of the former PRR/Conrail, now NS Canton Yard that crosses the CSX "below" Penn-Mary Yard. 

Thanks to Michael Watnoski for turning me on to these signals, I've lived in Baltimore since 1966 and didn't know about these until 2005.

This diamond also appears on MAP10 of my Baltimore Railfan Guide, altho the link will bring you back to this page.


    1      The first set is a single unit signal, sitting on top of a 3" pipe, about 5 feet high.  Judging from the wiring leading up to the signal, which is (was) in plastic conduit, I don't think the lights work anymore.  We didn't see any of them lit.  This signal uses a standard US&S head, the kind that shows up on Pennsy and N&W PL signals.  The last picture is a similar signal on the far side of the diamond.

               

            


    2      This signal, a double set of the US&S heads, protects CSX freights crossing the diamond.  Just prior to the diamond, two tracks come together, that is the only reason we could see for the double light.  Again, since these things are pretty much aimed at the ground, I don't believe they light up any more.  In the middle shot, you can see how things are rusting apart and the lens is ready to fall out.

       


    3      The following signal guards a single CSX track at the diamond.

           


Here are a couple of shots of the other signals and the whole diamond.  The left shot are the two sets of CSX signals on the far side of the diamond.  The middle picture shows the two close CSX signals and the diamond.  The right shot is a CSX freight that was working the Seagirt Marine Terminal.

       


The above shot is from www.bing.com/maps and below is a Google Earth picture of the diamond area.
Aerial shots captured using Techsmith's Snagit.


 


 


Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

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