Friday, January 25, 2013
Metra's Southwest Service branch to Manhattan, Illinois. This former Wabash mainline is now truncated just south of downtown Manhattan, nearby the former junction with the Milwaukee Road's Gary line – now a spur to a chemical tank farm loadout. Besides an NS local Metra runs several trains daily to and from this now-branchline terminus – and fully equipped with CTC signaling at that. Since the McHenry branch is dark I thought I'd borrow some inspiration from this former route of the Bluebirds to allow for some twinkling red, amber and green lights – at least at the interlockings. I also plan to interlock the lift (access) bridge, which will kill power to the approach tracks – hopefully keeping trains from plunging off into the great void below.