The old steam era manual semaphore signals that used to operate at Brighton Junction. Chicago Illinois. September 2006.
Originally uploaded by Eddie from Chicago
I took this photo during an early September 2006 visit to Brighton Junction. located on an elevated embankment near the intersection of South Archer and Western Avenues where Chicago's Brighton Park and adjoining Mc Kinley Park neighborhoods met, for many years this junction was a technological hold out from the steam era.
This photo was taken during it's last full year of operation, for the old steam era manual semaphore signals that guarded the crosstracks of the Canadian National's former Illinois Central / pre 1972 Gulf, Mobile & Ohio mainline, and the Conrai's former Penn Central / pre 1968 Pennsylvania Railroad "Panhandle" line.
On the weekend of July 3rd, 2007, the Canadian National Railroad converted this junction to automatic block signal operation with tall overhead girder signal bridges, and new crosstracks.