May 28, 2014, will always be remembered as an important date on the Onondaga Cutoff - the date that the CTC was completed on the main line of the railroad! Thanks to immeasurable assistance from Nick and consulting from Jack, CP282 entered service today and the results are something I am pleased with. Especially the long-awaited signal bridge for the westbound home signals at CP282:
Appropriately, the signal department installed black bags on the signal heads of the old manual signals so as not to confuse crews approaching CP282. At a future operating session, a work train will be assembled to come out and remove the signals; until then, we can see past and present at the same time. Scenery will improve the look of these locations, and now that the signals are installed and working, it's time to start scenery in earnest.
From now on, the Mohawk Dispatcher will be able to see and authorize all movements on main tracks on the entire railroad. The signals here are all linked to each other and block detection via the computer, just as the rest have been, and so the main track on the entire railroad is now dispatcher controlled.
I must admit this is a milestone that ranks near the top of anything I have ever accomplished in this hobby - it is something I have dreamed of for more than 25 years. Prototype operation of this railroad requires a working signal system, and now, we have it!