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Railroad Pole Lines
Photos showing the railroad pole lines. The pole line used four basic electrical circuits - telegraph, telephone, signaling, and power. Modern technologies of fiber optics, microwave, radio, satellite, and computers have been replacing the pole lines.
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Photo ID: 772426

Amtrak train #3 flies down the former Santa Fe towards Albuquerque, NM. Seen here passing history on a pole, the Southwest Chief doesn't mess around. Also note, the westbound semaphore for the mai... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Levy, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 201
Train ID: Southwest Chief #3
Photo Date: March 30, 2021


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By: Cadden Zank

Added: May 21, 2021

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Photo ID: 769122

J780 navigates the curves and grades of the west end of the Indiana Sub.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Sparksville, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 2653
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: April 14, 2021


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Apr 14, 2021

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Photo ID: 769025

Classic code line poles still stand in service along the Lake State Railway, framing southbound Z127 as it splits the searchlight signals at Munger Road near Highland, Michigan. A pair of EMD SD50... (more)

Railroad: Lake State Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD50-3
Location: Highland, Michigan, USA
Locomotive #: LSRC 6355
Train ID: LSRC Z127
Photo Date: April 03, 2021


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By: mtnclimberjoe

Added: Apr 13, 2021

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Photo ID: 768503

J780 throws up some oil smoke and lights up the CPL's at West End Butlerville.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Butlerville, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 2505
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: April 08, 2021


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Apr 08, 2021

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Photo ID: 767141

A pair of GP40's are singing in the rain as J780 accelerates out of Butlerville in a downpour.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Butlerville, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 6926
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: March 18, 2021


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Mar 25, 2021

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Photo ID: 766456

J780 has a decent consist in tow as it blasts through Medora on the former B&O Indiana Sub.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Medora, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 6926
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: March 18, 2021


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Mar 18, 2021

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Photo ID: 765156

Canadian National's GT Heritage Unit leads a BCOL C40-8M across the CFE and NS Chicago District mains in Valparaiso, IN.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70M-2
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CN 8952
Train ID: Z149
Photo Date: March 04, 2021


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By: Eric Blankenmyer

Added: Mar 05, 2021

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Photo ID: 764847

NYC began an ambitious program in the late 1950s to convert its multiple track mainlines to CTC. This included the Toledo-Elkhart mainline through Bryan, OH. CP 341 controlled the crossing with ... (more)

Railroad: New York Central
Locomotive: Signal
Location: Bryan, Ohio, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: October, 1990


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By: Indigo

Added: Mar 02, 2021

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Photo ID: 761245

J780 reverses into EE Butlerville on the CSX Indiana Sub. Old relics of the B&O still guard this territory.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP40-3
Location: Butlerville, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 6511
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: January 26, 2021


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Jan 26, 2021

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Photo ID: 758418

On May 20, 1990, Burlington Northern 2nd 107 cruises west along the pole line at Shabbona, Illinois, on the C&I line between Aurora and Savanna.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP39M
Location: Shabbona, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 2827
Train ID: BN 2nd 107
Photo Date: May 20, 1990


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Dec 28, 2020

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Photo ID: 757921

Five NC&StL F7's in the lead of a long manifest, preparing to leave Memphis, Tennessee on February 15, 1959. A Hugh Comer photo, from my collection.

Railroad: Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Locomotive #: NCStL 822
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 15, 1959


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By: Roger Lalonde

Added: Dec 23, 2020

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Photo ID: 757529

Norfolk Southern train 68N, an as-needed Chicago, IL to Corning, NY frac sand train passes the derelict code line poles in Dale, NY as it makes its way east.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD75I
Location: Dale, New York, USA
Locomotive #: CN 5748
Train ID: NS 68N
Photo Date: November 08, 2020


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By: jacksong1218

Added: Dec 19, 2020

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Photo ID: 754752

Q576 slows to walking pace as it approaches the CMPA diamond in North Vernon. CPL's and telegraph lines are visual reminders of what the Indiana Sub used to offer railfans.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: North Vernon, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 3053
Train ID: CSX Q576
Photo Date: November 19, 2020


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Nov 20, 2020

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Photo ID: 754072

One of my favorite shots and experiences of the Lake State was this Z127 hammering back towards Wixom here at Buckhorn Lake Rd. The train is loaded down with a hefty 131 cars and 7300 tons. These ... (more)

Railroad: Lake State Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: South of Holly, Michigan, USA
Locomotive #: LSRC 6354
Train ID: LSRC Z127
Photo Date: October 08, 2020


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Nov 13, 2020

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Photo ID: 751341

Perhaps The Very Last Time. Metrolink cabcar SCAX 671 leads test train 501X slowly through the community of Glendora as it passes the now inactive, canteliver signal bridge here on the Pasa... (more)

Railroad: Metrolink
Locomotive: Cab Car
Location: Glendora, California, USA
Locomotive #: SCAX 671
Train ID: Metrolink 501X
Photo Date: April 28, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Oct 18, 2020

Views: 1,189
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