.Thank you! Very helpful.
Ah great. This is a station south of the City of Richmond.FA is a tower location initials, prior to CTC and two way radios, the railroads had occupied towers along the right of way that controlled sectors of track, FA is the Morse name for that tower. Each tower along the railway had a unique two letter code, made it easier for the dispatcher to give orders for trains along the route.
That certainly makes sense even though there is something I remember called Head checking which was more of a examination of the rail rather than an automatic detector.HC is High Car Detector. Making sure the car is not too high to fit under bridges, tunnels, etc.
That certainly makes sense even though there is something I remember called Head checking which was more of a examination of the rail rather than an automatic detector.
Learn something new everyday😄
Same way with the FA designation naming Towers along the road. I first started out as a railroad engineer training and qualifying the old Reading and Pennsylvania Railroad, I worked for the regional rail division of SEPTA in the '80s, I was promoted to a tower operator and we used to name our Towers when Towers were used, by the interlocking, Wayne Junction, Holmesburg Junction, Grundy, Zoo, media etc etc we never assigned numbers to a tower and that was back with the old Book of Rules before form D's we would issue actual train orders from the dispatcher.
Again, you learn something new everyday.
Zoo interlocking was always the largest interlocking in the world, it's called Zoo because it's near the Philadelphia Zoo.I visited Zoo tower (viewed it through the fence). Probably the biggest tower I’ve ever seen! Last I heard it was still in service. Here in Ohio the last open tower is the Cleveland Drawbridge.
Defect Detector, Hot Box Detector and I'm not sure what HC is, I've never seen that before in work.
DE = Dragging Equipment detectorDefect Detector, Hot Box Detector and I'm not sure what HC is, I've never seen that before in work.