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RITS: Re: [Railway-Signaling] Axle Counters?
This was posted on the Railway-Signaling board and I thought it was of
interest to RI fans as it covers operations over the UP bridge into Omaha:
In a message dated 10/22/00 9:47:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time, PRRNKP@aol.com
<< During my tenure with the Rock Island I was assigned to the TM at Council
Bluffs in 12/56. I visited the UP tower that controlled movemnts across the
Missouri R. into Omaha. Since many RRs used this bridge an axle counter was
used to determine "wheelage" charges.
Before a signal could be cleared for a movement, the respective RR axle
counter was cleared and activated. I believe the train director read and
recorded the total axle counts on his train sheet after each movement was
completed. As I recall there were seperate counters for UP, RI, C&NW, CGW,
Wabash, MILW, IC, plus maybe CB&Q.
Best regards, Ben F. Anthony >>
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