RAILTHON 2011: 36 Hours at Berea, OH

On Friday-Sat July 1-2 2011, the CRHS held it's 2nd "RAILTHON: 36 Hours at Berea, OH."  Turnout was fantastic and so was the train traffic.  With the CRHS party tent in full gear, the whole Conrail Shoppe, a live scanner feed, and a large screen television featuring a real time dispatcher display of the entire Berea interlocking via ATCS, railfans lived it up!  Several individuals met the extreme challenge and conquered the Railthon this year!!! We survied a freak dust-devil generated next to Berea tower, and dodged a few rain drops in the early morning hours of Sat, but most of the time the sun was shining and the skies were clear.  An estimated 150+ individuals filtered in and out of Railthon all weekend long.  Thanks to everyone that supported the event, donoated to our cause, and came out to enjoy the CRHS trackside in Cleveland.  Here now, are some of our favorite moments from RAILTHON 2011: 36 Hours at Berea, OH.

Berea Interlocking ATCS Dispatcher Display

What was going on at Berea on NS and CSX at exactly 4:18pm and 46 seconds on Saturday July 2, 2011 you ask? Take a look at this ATCS diagram. One can see that a westbound CSX train is halfway through Berea and is getting ready to knock down a green signal (bottom line), while above, an eastbound NS train is on the move on track 2. Sitting on the north control siding in the northwest quandrant of Berea is a coal drag (with C40-8 helpers on the rear!), while just east of Berea, a stopped general merchandise train is waiting at CP 191 for a train ahead of it to clear, so that it can enter Rockport Yard. Wow! ATCS is fantastic. We can see everything thats going on and everything that's coming, all without leaving the comfort of our lawn chairs! This display was broadcast in conjunction with a scanner feed on a large wide screen TV for all to view in real-time in the tent. Definitely not your ordinary historical society!

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