We kick off with Amtrak Train 19, the southbound Crescent, arriving at the Greensboro, NC station with P40DC #824 and P42DC #13. I think this is the first time I have ridden behind a P40 outside of the NEC.
Seven hours later the same Train 19 departs the Gainesvile, GA station on a Diverging Clear signal indication at MIDLAND interlocking. The old Southern cantilever had still not been replaced and as the train passes some hints to how the relay logic works was exposed.
The first of three trains I caught on the Abbeville sub was this doublestack intermodal headed by C40-8W #7705.
The engineer hits the horn as CSX C40-8W #7705 and AC4400 #457 passes through Bogart, GA at the former Abbeville Sub MP 510 signal location.
A pair of CSX AC4400's, #82 and #237, pass by the same location with an eastbound mixed freight.
When the light was a little better I opted for a still photo of CSX SD70MAC #4817 and ES44AC #912 with a unit grain train in tow.
The new MP 511.9 automatic signal lit up for an approaching train.
The new signal is adjacent to the previously existing "Athens" defect detector and a highway crossing. Hmmm...hope they don't run too many inboard bearing trucks on this line.
The approaching train was lead by a pair of Union Pacific road freights, ES44AC #7759 and C44-9W #9793, lead freshly painted CSX GP38-2 #2783. Here they whistle for the Cleveland Road crossing in Bogart, GA with a westbound mixed freight train. Hope it doesn't rain since some of the steel coil cars are uncovered. The detector marked the train length at over 5000 feet.
Something happened to the train shortly after it passed causing the 5120 signal to remain lit up at Approach. The TCS style signaling allow intermediate signals to "float" if another movement has not been lined. If you recall the old 5110 signal had a yellow lamp on its lower head for Y/Y Advance Approach due to a new interlocking being installed which created a short signal block. The new signal has a green lamp for Approach Medium indicating that the Athens siding has been signaled and extended to the "new" Pilgrims Pride interlocking. The re-signaling project also removed the MP 513 signal replacing three shorter blocks with two longer ones.
Heading back on Train 20 it was a foggy night at the Gainesville Amtrak station.