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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr77100/... All of these semaphores were replaced within a year of our visit.