Unloved and Unnamed Orphan Signals at Roanoke

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Mon Nov 13 04:03:55 EST 2006

"As you say, they were switch indicators for the crossovers at "606". The one for eastward movement was located between the EB Running Track and the ladder at the east end of the "Big Hopper" yard. It was just west of the "Long X Over" switch from the ladder to the EB running track. The Long X Over would let westbound trains enter the big hopper yard into only tracks 18, 19 and 20 while humping operations were going on from tracks 11 through 17.
When running east on the EB/RT if the signal was green you could proceed, if it was red you had to stop and wait for a hand signal from the 606 Switchman."

As I was pressed for time before going out the door, let me add that there was also a crossover from the EB to WB running tracks also in this immediate area that also controlled what aspect this indicator displayed.
Jimmy Lisle
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