More B&O CPL Signals Fall

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More B&O CPL Signals Fall

Post by CG Tower » Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:28 am

The signal and switch project between Hopple Street and Colerain Ave in Cincinnati is almost complete. On Monday, April 26, all of the new switches and signals will be activated and the old signals removed. This includes the origianl 1927 era signal bridge at RH Tower.

More classic signals fall...

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Post by WNYRailfan » Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:15 pm

Are the original signals being donated to a museum or historical group?

Why discard historical signals. :)


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Post by hutton_switch » Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:46 am

WNYRailfan wrote:Are the original signals being donated to a museum or historical group?

Why discard historical signals. :)

The B&O RR Historical Society has a dwarf CPL signal that they hope to make functional again that was retrieved from the tearing up of ROW between Fairmont and Wheeling, WV. I would think that any person or organization interested in saving any signal could get such a historical piece if their timing is right to take the appropriate action before these either make it to a scrap dealer or landfill.
Wade Rice
Member, B&O RR Historical Society
Daniel Willard (1860-1942) and Jervis Langdon, Jr. (1905-2004) - Two of B&O's best presidents and managers!
President Leonor Loree (1858-1940) brought the B&O into the 20th century!


Post by dkgrubb » Fri Jul 02, 2004 8:41 am

If any one wants a picture or two, I know there is a CPL still up at the Brunswick, Maryland yard, and there is also one just out of Grafton, West Virginia. Hope some one can get to them before they are gone.

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Post by MR77100 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:27 pm

Are there CPL's still standing east of Greenwich, OH? Are they still there in Sterling? What about on on the B&O in Toledo?


Post by Trainheartedguy » Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:51 pm

dkgrubb wrote:If any one wants a picture or two, I know there is a CPL still up at the Brunswick, Maryland yard
There are actually 2 within view of the parking lot, I took a few shots of one of them today while it was on, Ill post one maybe when I get them online. As for museums getting them, supposedly the Brunswick Museum supposedly has one in a storage building (I havn't yet seen it) that was from Point of Rocks. they want to have it set up along the side of the museum biolding, and have it operating to show when the museum is open, but as of now finances aren't available. there is also one on display (Non operational) in the park down the street from the museum.

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Post by RailMike » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:03 pm

In Washington DC, there's a stretch of the Orange Line of the Metrorail (subway) that runs between two active freight lines: Pennsy on one side (with still-standing catenary towers), and B&O on the other. Near the Deanwood station on the Metrorail it has long been possible to see two CPL structures, at least one of which having that classic finial on top. But when riding the Metro last week, what did I see adjacent to the CPLs? A shiny steel signal gantry with new signals pointed sideways. These signals were the traditional r-y-g lights, with the unique feature of having one common visor stretched over all three lenses.

Looks like we're about to lose yet another set of CPLs. The overhead gantries over the B&O tracks near Union Station seem to still be intact, though. The old main line still had CPLs when I took an excursion there a few years ago.

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Post by mc367 » Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:02 am

CPL's can still be found on most of the Magnolia Cut Off, although a few have been replaced. In Cumberland there are still a few in the yard as well as Mexico Tower, and the old West End out to Grafton still has the CPL's. Never saw any during an October trip on the Mountain Sub, but we only made it as far as M&K.



Post by MC8000 » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:43 am

Are the CPL's still on the B&O Toledo line south out of Toledo? Have any of them been replaced between Toledo and Deshler?

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Post by Sam Damon » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:29 am

There is still an old CPL or two (turned sideways) on the approach to the Bellaire, OH Ohio River Bridge.

Perhaps a historical society or two might be interested in preserving them?

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Post by Malley » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:49 pm

The CPLs at Shoo Fly, Pinkerton and Markleton are now gone. So are ANY signals at Shoo Fly and Markleton; one was moved west to Ft. Hill, and the other was simply eliminated.
Cited places are on the line over Sandpatch, between Rockwood and Confluence.

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Post by CSXT 700 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:14 am

The B&O from Perrysburgh, south to at least I think (IIRC) Lima, are mostly still CPL's. A few here and there, have been replaced, but mostly, and largeley, they are still there. Also from Greenwich/Boyd, most are still in place all the way to Warwick, but east of there, not shure.


Post by scooter3798 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:56 pm

There are still quite a few CPL's in place between Washington and Pittsburgh. A good many of them being east of Cumberland. Most along the Magnolia cutoff are readily accessable as well (Paw Paw, Carothers, Magnolia, Hansrote, Etc.). Between Cumberland and Connellsville a good number have dissapeared though, Rockwood just went about two or three months ago. Near Connellsville and to the west there is still a nice group, Greene Jct., Broadford, Jacob's Creek to name a few.



Post by Alco83 » Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:36 am

I have heard that CSX is on the war path trying to take down CPLs as fast as they can... :( If interested I certainly wouldn't wait to get any photos.

Post by » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:19 pm

:( I saw CPLs going down on the Philly sub .They are in Harve De grace MD . I grew up in this area . I used to go to Magnolia west Va every summer .We had a cabin right next to the tracks in Magnoilia . Loved to sit & watch those CPLs . Anyone know if the cabin still there? Anyhow I live in Cecil county Md .I drive to the old B&O holly tree every Sunday morning to see the CPLs there Id hate to see them go down . I am trying to buy one for my yard lol. Anyone know where I can get one?

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