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Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby jrgerber » Tue May 30, 2017 2:24 am

Someone asked a while back about train frequency through Waterloo IN, I went yesterday from 8am-2pm and caught 16 trains in six hours which is not bad for a holiday. I used to tell people that Waterloo saw about 80 trains per day, but I think that is high. 60-65 more like it? I did not catch a single CP train.
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby dinwitty » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:48 pm

Waterloo is the mainline between New York and Chicago of the New York Central/PennCentral/Conrail/NS. It has always been a train watchers hot bed. They fly thru Waterloo full speed. We used to train watch at the Waterloo station in the late 60's. Shot some film then on 8mm.
Since there were crossovers nearby and down the ways and it was dispatcher controlled, any kind of setup could happen, normal left right trains, reverse direction, or a train chase either way. Number of trains isnt quite the only kind of action there. Watch the signals you might guess what the next action setup might be. We would run over to Bud's and get a malt or something, he ran trailer food stop nearby, he was a little bit speech impared, but no dummy, running a business like that. Wonder what around there now. Haven't been there a long while, and the depot has been moved around and its back in action as the station stop. The station had its bay window busted off in an accident it had, but someone has restored the bay window.
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby hoborich » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:18 pm

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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby hoborich » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:58 pm

I stopped in Waterloo in April, on the way back from Florida. The station is now an Amtrak station. They have done a nice job restoring it. Lots of trains through there, just minutes apart, then, maybe a half hour wait. Mostly intermodels. Kinda boring. Trains still blow the horn, but I noticed the crossing gates just come down silently. No bells. Never saw that before. I might take a road trip down there and Butler if we get some decent weather before winter.


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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby jrgerber » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:19 am

waterloo signal bridge.jpg
Saw a post by Notch 8 that this was coming down.
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby Toppysager » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:44 pm

jrgerber wrote:Someone asked a while back about train frequency through Waterloo IN, I went yesterday from 8am-2pm and caught 16 trains in six hours which is not bad for a holiday. I used to tell people that Waterloo saw about 80 trains per day, but I think that is high. 60-65 more like it? I did not catch a single CP train.


Waterloo is upwards of 80 on busy days; probably around 70-75 during weekdays. It'll max out at around 85-86 with CP traffic.
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby justalurker66 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:55 pm

jrgerber wrote:Saw a post by Notch 8 that this was coming down.

Yep. The replacements have been in place for a few years. It is just a matter of NS getting that far down the line from where signals have already been replaced (407 to Chicago is done and NS has been working across Ohio as well).
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby Toppysager » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:52 pm

justalurker66 wrote:
jrgerber wrote:Saw a post by Notch 8 that this was coming down.

Yep. The replacements have been in place for a few years. It is just a matter of NS getting that far down the line from where signals have already been replaced (407 to Chicago is done and NS has been working across Ohio as well).




Yeah they're up to 344 as of 3/28
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby hoborich » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:47 pm

I'm seeing several CPs every night on the Chesterton Railcam and they have to come through Waterloo to get on the Wabash. Probably stop there for a while in a couple weeks on the way home from Florida.
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Re: Waterloo Frequency

Unread postby jrgerber » Wed May 09, 2018 7:42 am

Signal is now gone and also a piece of NYC history.

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