B&O Indy Line Semaphores 1999




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Published on Dec 9, 2009

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In 1999, we followed CSX' ex-B&O Cincinnati-Indianapolis main line westward to photograph the soon-to-be-removed upper-quadrant semaphores. Note the tri-light "Darth Vader" signals already in place at some locations.

The first shot is of the overpass at Connersville, Indiana, where the B&O crosses over the Whitewater Valley Railroad.

After that, we see various sets of semaphores as we head west.
0:06-0:36 - Glenwood, Indiana
0:37-1:04 - Mauzy, Indiana
1:05-1:21 - Rushville, Indiana, which was once served by FIVE railroads. A Nickel Plate branch and Big Four branch paralleled each other from the north. The Big Four crossed the B&O and headed south to North Vernon, while the NKP merged up with the B&O. The Big Four was abandoned in 1973, while the NKP was severed north of Sexton in 1989. The NKP is now a short line called the Honey Creek Railroad and runs from the B&O interchange north to the grain elevator in Sexton. An ex-Conrail SW-7 sits in the grass. A PRR branch left the St. Louis main line at Camblestown, and came into Rushville from the northeast, crossed the B&O and headed for Columbus, Indiana. It too, is long gone. In addition to the B&O, an interurban once paralleled it from Connersville to Indianapolis.

1:22-1:36 - Arlington, Indiana
1:37-1:46 - Gwynneville, Indiana. Note the interurban substation across the tracks.
1:47-1:49 - Morristown, Indiana, where a wig-wag signal was located until 1996.
1:50-2:13 - Fountaintown, Indiana where a semaphore sits adjacent to a B&O CPL.
Still photos of this tour can be found here:
All of these semaphores were replaced within a year of our visit.


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