An era has officially ended at one of Chicago's major railroad crosstrack junctions on the Southside. After many years of being the "Last" manually controlled steam era junctions with old fashioned manual semaphore signals in America...Chicago's Brighton Junction has officially closed. The junction now has automatic block signals and state of the art technology today. The operators little shanty is now padlocked, and the old semaphores have been dismantled and removed from the site. The gray morning skies today pretty much sum up My mood. It was like paying ones respects at a wake.
The Norfolk Southern Railroad is currently exploring the possibility of making the shanty and signals, into a future museum display somewhere in the near future. I hope it happens soon.
The red stop signs have since been removed from this location as well. An era has ended.