Next, we move to the westbound home signals for CP274, all of which are visible in this image looking west out of staging. Tracks here are S5 in the immediate foreground to the left, then S4, S3, S2, and finally S1 all the way to the far right.
Single-head dwarfs guard the entrances to CP274 off S5, S4, and S3, due to the fact that the best aspect a crew can get out of staging is a slow clear (green) from these tracks. Since all three of those tracks must pass through the #5 switch, which is a diverging move, that is the best aspect.
However, since on S2 and S1 trains do not necessarily need to diverge, a better signal aspect can be displayed, which requires another head on the dwarf signals. Green over Green allows for a 'clear' aspect. Seen here, S2 west is displaying green over flashing red, 'Medium Clear' for a westbound move from S2 to Track 1 west.
While we were able to get CP274 cut in in just one night, just like CP277, this belies the amount of work that was completed - CP274 is significantly larger than CP277, and so required much more work with both signals and switches. While I worked to wire signals and Nick entered data into the CATS software and JMRI in the computer, Jack worked on the other side simultaneously, and wired switches to the SE8c. This extra effort was absolutely essential to finish the work in one night.
Summer is slow to arrive this year in New Jersey, but progress on the Onondaga Cutoff is benefiting from that!