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Guiding Amtrak's Cardinal During a Signal Failure (editor's title)

Trackwalkers on a foggy night
On a foggy night in the New River Gorge, CSX employees guide Amtrak train No. 51, the westward Cardinal, into the station at Prince, West Virginia. On its run from New York to Chicago, the train was delayed by damaged signal wires. Signal systems employ the 'fail safe' principle, meaning the signals are designed to stop train movements when problems arise. In this case, to minimize delays, the CSX dispatcher allowed the train to proceed after the men walked ahead to check for broken rails and other obstructions. The top of the image features traditional signal hardware typical of that installed by CSX predecessor Chesapeake & Ohio. C&O signaling practice favored large cantilever signal bridges used to center the signal heads over the specific tracks on which they governed train movements. Here, the signals for both tracks display the red over red aspect, which indicates "stop."
Source Scott Lothes, Corvallis, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Prince, West Virginia; Temporal, April 2004
Rights Scott Lothes
Date Created 2004-04-30
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Extent 6.3 megapixel RAW file
Location Prince, West Virginia
Creator Description Scott Lothes grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, and has a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years as the assistant editor of an engineering magazine, and then spent two years living, traveling, and teaching English in Asia. He won the 2003 Trains magazine photography contest and was co-winner of the Center's 2006 Creative Photography Award. Lothes has been studying railroads in literature for several years, and hopes to continue those studies in graduate school.
Collection Scott Lothes Collection
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