Three Pines Road
Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad
Updated October 21, 2000
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| Still fully functional after 80 years on the
job, the wig wag swings away during CORP Signal Maintainer Rick Perry's
As seen in this picture and the one below, Three Pines Road curves sharply on both sides of the track. In spite of the stop signs, drivers often speed through the crossing oblivious to the tracks. Sad as it is to see this ancient signal replaced, the safety of the traveling public is at risk here and CORP is to be commended for installing a full set of lights and gates.
|MAY 13, 2000
This view looking towards Merlin (railroad south) shows the layout of the equipment. In the foreground is a Style B Semaphore case currently being used to house the control devices for the Wig-Wag. The case to the left has just been set and will house the controls for the new gates and lights. Note the stop signs and cross bucks on both sides of the tracks as well as the single Wig-Wag.
|Looking north shows all the equipment plus a green cover is just visible in the center near the bottom of the picture. This houses the end of the conduit bored under the road through which track wires, and wires for the lights and gates will run.|
|May 23, 2000
Rick has dug a trench (yes, by hand) for
the new track wires. Here he's splicing the underground wires with
the bond strand wires going to the rail. The black ABS pipe is a
riser or "bootleg" to house the splices as the wire comes out of the trench
and goes to the rail.
||May 24, 2000
The Harmon HXP-3 electrical components (right side of case on the shelf) have been installed in the new case and connected. Today the electronics were fired off and control the Wig-Wag temporarily. In another case of ironic contrast on CORP, year 2000 technology is mated with a 1920 signal.
|June 13, 2000
Power poles for other new signal installations down the line are loaded on CORP's hi rail boom truck. The railroad contracted out the 120V electrical service work, but needs to assist the contractor set the poles in inaccessible locations.
| The crew from Midvale Electric sets the
pole for new power service. Until this service is connected, the
Wig-Wag will continue to operate from the 120 V. wires on the Pole Line
which is fed to the new case through the old Style B case in the background.
While this was going on, the boom truck was sitting on the track to the left and had shunted the circuitry setting off the Wig Wag. The banner swung back and forth and the bell clanged for over half an hour. (And your photographer thoroughly enjoyed the sights, sounds and irony of it all.)
|Autumn, 2000 Update||The Three Pines Road Wig-Wag received a reprieve and will be left
in place through the winter of 2000-2001 until its replacement is available.
The Style B case has come out with power fed to the new case from the pole shown above.
All pictures and captions Copyright 2000 by Larry Tuttle
Thanks to Rick Perry and the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad
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This manifest assembled on May 24, 2000
With pickups added December 3, 2000