Pennsylvania Railroad Position Signal Lights…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

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These ex-Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals @ CP S. Miller on the ex-Pennsy Buffalo line near Millersburg, Pa. may be on the endangered list when the new PTC laws take effect.

With the PTC deadline now pushed back to 2018, now is the time to get those exotic signal systems from the classic railroads of yesteryear.

If you’re not familiar with PTC, here’s your crash-course in less-than-a-minute…. It stands for Positive Train Control and basically it dictates that any rail line that carries passengers and/or hazardous cargo must have the PTC system installed on it. That in turn means that these rail lines will have to say goodbye to the classic signalling systems still guarding many of them.

On the Sunbury line that I spend most of my time stalking that means saying sayonara to the searchlights. Down here @ CP S. Miller on the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Buffalo line that means parting ways with the Position Signal Lights.

While these unique signals can be found all over ex-Pennsy lines, places I can confirm that they still stand are on the Buffalo line, around Harrisburg and even on the famously busy Pittsburgh line.

So if you’re railfanning a line that hasn’t yet been upgraded to accept PTC rejoice in all that you still have but now you know. Get up, get out and go shoot those classic signals while you still can.

Pennsylvania Railroad Position Signal Lights…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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