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November 28, 2012
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Oct 24, 2012, 8:40:35 PM
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CP OV by sullivan1985 CP OV by sullivan1985
On a foggy night, a pair of searchlight signals protect the entrance to the east end of CP OV. At this location, the single main track and the controlled siding merge and pass below the town of Otisville, NY in one of the longest tunnels east of the Mississippi River.
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panasqueira Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect shotĦĦ
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The-Navigators Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you take pictures like this with the beams of light?
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The slight fog in the air really helps. Any fog, smoke, or other particulate matter will give you this effect. The length of the exposure also helps. Sometimes lengthy exposures are needed to get even the slightest beam depending on the conditions.
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The-Navigators Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'll have to keep an eye out...
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Excellent capture! Exposure and colors are perfect, and the fog adds a nice mood to the overall composition. Outstanding work!
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Your comments are always appreciated! These signals might be gone by 2015 so I had to document them in some kind of a special way.
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
You're welcome. It's always a pleasure to see your images. I like the fact that you're documenting these signals before they are all gone. We've lost so much vintage signal equipment. It used to be easy to tell a railroad by the signals, but no more. Safetrans and accountants made sure of that. Now, one looks like another.
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
An interesting note, Canadian Pacific has been replacing signals on the Delaware & Hudson, however they are only replacing the structures. The original silver US&S H2 heads are then reattached to the new stainless bridges. I thought it was a nice touch.
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
That is a nice touch. Now, if we could just convince Safetrans to create a modern CPL or Searchlight with LEDs that look like vintage equipment. Personally, I think that CPLs are the safest signals out there because they provide a simultaneous color and position aspect that, in essence, gives the Crew a double verification of the block ahead. I'm surprised that CPLs never really caught on outside of the Pennsylvania, N&W and B&O.
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amtrak still uses PRR style position lights on what they own of the Northeast Corridor between New York, Washington, and Harrisburg. They are called "Color Light Positions" for whatever reason. Who knows why they changed the wording around. They come with LEDs too. This has its ups and downs though. While super bright, they don't produce enough heat and it is common for snow and ice to build up in the lenses. With the good comes the bad I guess.

I was a wee tyke, but there used to be Searchlights all over the place when I was growing up in New Jersey. I became very fond of them. It's sad to see them go. Easy to read, super bright, and mechanical failsafes.
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