New crossover easier to use

A new crossover that allows trains to be inbounded and their rail cars to be humped was added to the West Receiving Yard’s South Thoroughfare during a week in June. The crossover can be lined by crews with the push of a button.

New crossover

Cutting-edge equipment added

Belt Junction, a crucial interlocking with a high volume of Metra traffic, was upgraded with new programmable logical controllers (PLCs) that can be adjusted online. The previous versions required hardware changes.

Safety enhanced at busy crossing

A cantilever, gate and signal bungalow are being added to the 73rd Street crossing, which is part of an industry track. 

Chief Engineer Scott Schiemann said the active warning and control devices will enhance safety for train crews and the general public in the busy commercial area.