- Apr 24, 2007
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I except there will be no surface crossing as this can become a 4 track corridor with trains every 5 minutes in the next 2 decades. A walkway bridge will be built over the tracks as been the safest way to cross the track and not killing some fool trying to out run a train crossing the surface track.Exactly. Signalling components may hang around for decades because it isn’t worth ripping out the part that’s no longer needed. No different than the electrical outlet behind your sofa that you don’t use any longer because you rearranged your furniture. It just sits there. Railway circuitry can be “jumpered” to simulate the removed components…. eg a track switch is torn out, the circuitry still “sees“ that the switch is lined and locked (and never changes state) when it is long gone.
I have some difficulty believing that the Brampton diamond will be directly replaced with a walkway or bicycle path. Presumably when the trail is designed and built, there will be considerable attention to appropriate crossing protection. That’s a little more complicated than just pulling out the diamond and replacing with paving. That’s a bit of an apples and Oranges to Davenport.
It was easy removing the West Toronto Diamond as CP upgraded the signals system for the block when the new 4 track bridge went in and after GO started to go under CP corridor. Same thing is supposed to happen for the Davenport Diamond from what I was told by ML.