Friday, June 25, 2010
Chesapeake & Ohio Color Light Signal
This old C&O signal was discarded in a massive CSX signal modernization program in West Virginia. The signal, manufactured by the Union Switch & Signal Company (US&S), model R-2, and put in service by the C&O in 1947, was originally installed on the mainline in West Virginia. I have been guided through the restoration and installation by friends Matt Crouch, Mike Mullins and Scott Greathouse who are knowledgeable of C&O signal practices. Charlie Long is a long time friend whose company is always enjoyed and treasured. Charlie eagerly supports this signal restoration project with hard work. Felix Guavara, our grandson, is a joy to be around and is a hard worker. He has helped me avoid several mistakes. Charlotte was always ready to help when I got myself into a corner. Rick Johnson, Jr. did the impossible in obtaining a ladder platform and milepost number sign for me. It has been restored and made operational to represent the signal for westbound trains at Gobbler's Knob, milepost 172.5 on the James River subdivision.