A few weeks ago I chose to use my Sunday railfan day to visit Ridgefield South. My main goal for the visit was to make another photograph of a train and the cantilever signals which protect the Ridgefield South crossovers. With PTC on its way these signals won’t be around forever. So far there are no signs of replacements being installed but you know it will happen. For now things are status quo there.
Bigger changes are afoot. Ridgefield wants to install an overpass and eliminate the two crossings in town. In addition a new bridge would be built across Lake River to access the S Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The second step would eliminate the “Wildlife Crossing” just north of the crossovers and potentially cut off all public access to this location. That is surely years away, but as we all know time can get away from us sometimes.
Northbound Vancouver-Everett Manifest train passes underneath the cantilever signals protecting the crossovers at Ridgefield South on BNSF’s Seattle Subdivision.