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Re: MTC Sub CTC Update - October 2017
Glad someone got that final Track Authority - historical, for sure. I was able to catch the first train to operate under CTC control - L533S - at Pound Road north of Richmond coming out of that big sweeping curve (Eveland Curve). Still find it an interesting placement for a signal. If you hike to the apex of that curve, you can't really see that SB signal until you are right on top of it - at least at ground level. Might be entirely different from the engineers vantage point however. Soon to be 60 MPH territory. Also caught the 2nd train to operate, M385, at beautiful downtown Colombus. The place lost much of it's charm when the elevator, now a commercial woodlot, was leveled a few years back. Interesting subdivision in that of the 70 grade crossings on the line, you are now able to see signals (if not multiple signals) from every single one of them - Detroit to Port Huron. The down side (for railfans), in the last 24 hours the radio has just about gone silent aside from the detectors and the Flint yardmaster assigning tracks in town - and even he will disappear in the coming weeks.
With regard to the Chesterfield Industrial Spur, the original was the maze of tracks that served the large Ford trim plant (later Metro Aluminum) south of 23 Mile Road. What's left is dormant. The railroad now refers to the old PolyOne track (Schaller metal) that Don mentioned, as the CIS.