PNR RailWorks installed an advanced centralized traffic control (CTC) system and upgraded safety protection at 21 VIA Rail crossings on the Chatham Subdivision.
Over an 18-month period, a dedicated S&C crew installed an advanced centralized traffic control (CTC) system and upgraded safety protection at crossings on a 56-kilometer portion of VIA’s Chatham subdivision, located just across the border from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, and extending northeast to Chatham.
This subdivision has operated with no signal system and limited crossing protection since passenger service began in 1853. The upgrades will transform the “dark territory” into a route with a state-of-the-art CTC system and modern crossing protection featuring a constant warning system for VIA Rail trains traveling at speeds up to 100 mph. Work began in PNR RailWorks’ S&C shop in Guelph to wire 23 bungalows and then install them along the route. The crew worked in the field to run local cable for each bungalow and to install the accompanying grade crossing gate protection at each of the subdivision’s 21 crossings. The next step was to install the CTC system, which included new bungalows and switch machines at a new siding that was constructed at Stoney Point.