South Shore Double Track

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The diamond replacement was completed earlier this week. These photos show where the old diamond was removed and the new signals controlling South Shore traffic across the diamond (all new signals are lit and the old signals are gone).
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The new eastbound signals will be able to display "approach diverging" for trains bypassing the platforms downtown.

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The curve at Tennessee is complete.
20221105-11thSt-Tennessee.jpg
Paving is complete at Wabash and the street should be able to open. (Monday?)
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Paving is also complete for 11th St from Franklin St to Michigan Ave. (The thin top coat needs to be placed but the road could be driven on if it were open. Some curbing and intersections including the Clay St crossing have not been completed.) With the opening of Wabash Ave, Franklin St will close for the replacement of track 1 at the crossing.
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Mon Oct 31, 2022 8:08 pm
A new cantilever signal has been placed just east of Clay St to control eastbound traffic at the end of the double track.
Photo taken from Clay St.
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20221113-11thSt-Franklin.jpg
Franklin St closed ... track removed and crews well on the way to being able to pave and reopen the intersection (something they need to do to be able to do the same at Washington St before the weather turns bad). I am surprised to see ties being laid for the gauntlet turnout instead of panels.
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West of town the main line has been realigned to connect to the new track 2. Trains are now running (when they run) on track 2 from near Michigan Ave all the way west past Waverly Rd west of Dune Park. Track 1 is effectively out of service (and physically disconnected except at Tamarack). When the work in this curve is complete Track 1 will have two gaps ... one at the 11th St station and one at Dune Park.
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Further west on the east side of Gary the old Miller train station has now been removed.

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11th St is now paved from Michigan Ave to Franklin St with the final layer complete from Spring St east.
The westbound signal has been placed at what will be CP 33.4 at the east end of 11th St. Catenary has been placed to a point just west of CP 33.4 on track 1.
Amtrak finished their work at 10th St.
Sheridan is almost ready for asphalt (although Franklin is more ready).
No noticeable changes at Beverly Shores.
Track 2 has been built straight past Tremont without turnouts.

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Snapshots from Sunday - Franklin open, Washington closed. Photos are at Franklin
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11th St Station - Platform ramps are in place and work on the warming shelters has begun. Paving of 11th St is nearing Ohio St.
20221124-11thSt-Station1.jpg
Signal bases are in place for the eastbound gauntlet signals (both will be left of the track each controls).
20221124-11thSt-Station2.jpg
Sheridan Ave close to reopening (another coat of asphalt is needed).
20221124-10thSt-Sheridan.jpg

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Starting this weekend in Michigan City on 11th St ... First two photos from Chicago Ave, the third from Franklin St.
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South Shore Freight passing through during my visit to 11th St Station
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The east end of the station and the view from the finally opened Ohio St.
Note there will be a sidewalk with a row of lights next to the track at this end of the station - not a low platform. The high platform on track 1 is four cars long. (The high platform on track 2 is eight cars long.)
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Heading west ...
Beverly Shores now has a new porch - at a higher level than the platform. Mind the step!
20221204-BeverlyShores.jpg
Dune Park's second platform lights have been placed. Ties are being placed next to the high platform for the new gauntlet tracks.
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Workers were seen in several places along the line on Sunday.
All crossings except Washington and Chicago in Michigan City have reopened.

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