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Around the Baltimore-Washington Area

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Click a photo to see a larger view. Please send your comments and corrections to Steve.



Cabling

Cabling
Mile: Date: 2018
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

This exposed trackside communication cabling was new. Subsequent to the photo it may have been enclosed within a box.


Trompe-L'oeil

Trompe-L'oeil
Mile: Date: 2005
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

Per Wikipedia, "Trompe-l'il (French for 'deceive the eye') is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions." So, maybe this view of CSX 542 looks out a window, or maybe not.


Fortress

Fortress
Mile: Date: 2019
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Map: Topographic Maps

"The gate broke." - "We have a spare."
"It comes up short." - "No problemo!"

Actually, I admire an inventive, make-do hack. The gate does keep out vehicles.


Circuitry

Circuitry
Mile: Date: 2019
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Map: Topographic Maps

A railroad's signals and switches require more equipment that one might realize. This view shows only a small portion.


Circuitry 2

Circuitry 2
Mile: Date: 2019
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Map: Topographic Maps

Here's a little more. Some of this has operated for over half a century.


Battery Backup

Battery Backup
Mile: Date: 2018
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Map: Topographic Maps

Temporary power outages aboard passenger cars are handled by battery backup.


Underground

Underground
Mile: Date: 2018
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Map: Topographic Maps

"Might this be the accessway that parallels the Penn Line? I'm not sayin'." - G.E. Jr.


Joint Bar

Joint Bar
Mile: Date: 2008
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

Where B&O strap rail segments met, a joint bar helped hold the pieces together.


Spirit of Safety

Spirit of Safety
Mile: Date: 2019
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Map: Topographic Maps

I have found online no other pictures of this, nor any other, Team CSX flag.


Warning Blocks

Warning Blocks
Mile: Date: 2004
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

Each set of grade crossing signals gets their own "block" and own comm frequency.


Custom Shed

Custom Shed
Mile: Date: 2016
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

Another inventive solution.


Railfan Cabin

Railfan Cabin
Mile: Date: 2005
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

Off-the-grid living doesn't have to mean going without trains.


Clips

Clips
Mile: Date: 2017
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Map: Topographic Maps

Everything a track worker needs, well, almost.


Ecology

Ecology
Mile: Date: 2018
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Map: Topographic Maps

CSX Transportation Emergency Spill Kit For Petroleum Products. Nice to see CSX has prepped for such events.


Switch Cube

Switch Cube
Mile: Date: 2017
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

I have seen only one Aldon Switch Cube, and this is it. Perhaps they are more common elsewhere.


Ends of Train

Ends of Train
Mile: Date: 2017
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Map: Topographic Maps

Formerly a caboose followed at the end of a train; for some time now instead an End of Train (EoT) is hung on the last car to confirm that, yes, no cars were lost in transit, as well as to make the last car more visible. Like a mini-windmill, the unit converts brake system air flow into electricity that powers a blinking light as well as a radio that signals the crew. These are also known as as FREDs (flashing rear-end devices).


Stop Signs

Stop Signs
Mile: Date: 2017
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Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

I've never seen any of these blue Stop signs deployed.


Lightning Arrestors

Lightning Arrestors
Mile: Date: 2017
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Map: Topographic Maps

All the metal of a railroad attracts lightning like, well, a lightning rod. Special circuits and breakers are needed to protect signals from a lightning strike's power surge.


Rectifier

Rectifier
Mile: Date: 2017
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Map: Topographic Maps

A rectifier converts alternating current, used for long distance transmission of electricity, to direct current which powers many types of electronics. Selenium rectifiers were the mid-20th Century choice for high-current applications, but in most equipment have since been supplanted by silicon diodes.


Turntable Control

Turntable Control
Mile: Date: 2015
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Map: Topographic Maps

If you need your locomotive to face the other way, you roll it onto a turntable, then spin it around via a control like this.

Affixed are red Dymo labels. Speaking from experience, never bring home a Dymo label maker and let your kids play with it, unless you like having your TERLIT, and dog, and everything else in your place labelled.


garden train

Garden Train
Mile: Date: 2018
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Thomas and Friends don't have anything on this home grown version.


Telephone the Tower

Telephone the Tower
Mile: Date: 2004
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Of the many trackside telephone shacks/boxes in the region, this was the best preserved. Dial 49 for HX Tower, 92 for WB Tower - those were two sometimes scribbled inside these boxes. The letter H is on the 4 button, X on the 9, etc.

I am surprised this is not a rotary phone. There was only a brief period between the introduction of 1) DTMF (pushbutton) telephones, and 2) on-board radio that obviated such trackside telephonic communication.


B&O-era Sign

B&O-era Sign
Mile: Date: 2018
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Map: Topographic Maps

Of the many speed signs around, this is/was one of only a handful left dating to the B&O's era of circular signage.


Patrons Only

Patrons Only
Mile: Date: 2018
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Map: Topographic Maps

This old sign is at a rail station parking lot, but "patrons" might refer to customers of nearby businesses.


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