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Lynn


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The Crossover of Lynn is located at milepost 632.7 on the Provo Subdivision.When heading west, once trains get to Spring Glen (0.3 miles east of Helper), theyenter a Two Main Track (2MT) territory, meaning there are two mainline tracksthat run (in general) parallel to each other. Like cars, trains generally follow the"right-hand" rule, meaning the right-hand track is the track a train should run on.In 2MT territories, track one is the westbound or southbound track (depending on whether the tracks runs north/south or east/west) and track two is the eastbound ornorthbound track.

Lynn is the first crossover west of Helper. It is somewhat unique in that trainscan crossover from either track 1 to track 2 or vice versa. Generally, there is onlya single crossover from one track to the other.


Picture 1
I always try to get at least one picture of the silver control box at any ofthe sidings or crossover I shoot. Here is the control box for Lynn, which is locatedin the middle of the two crossovers.


Picture 2
This is a shot taken around 10 o'clock in morning late in May 2001. The pictureis looking down track two, through the crossover to track one. This crossover wouldbe used to put trains on the "wrong" track. That is, any train that ran through thiscrossover would no longer be following the right-hand rule.


Picture 3
Taken from the far west end of the crossover, this shot looks east toward Helper.Notice both signals have two searchlights, as you can crossover from eithertrack to the other. The crossover in the foreground in this picture crosses trainsover to the "correct" track. That is, it crosses them over so they follow theright-hand rule.


Picture 4
Here is the points for the crossover that runs from track 1 to track 2 fromthe current view. On occasion, Amtrak 6 will be run east on track 1 to pass slowmoving coal traffic. Because the depot at Helper is located on track 2, Amtrakwould be run through this crossover to be on the correct track upon arriving inHelper.


Picture 5
A different prospective of the silver control box is seen in this picture.Soldier Summit has quickly become one of my favorite spots for train chasing. Thescenery is awesome and it is a different experience chasing trains over two maintracks! Hidden behind the pole on the left side of the picture is Castlegate.


There is a wonderful outcropping of rocks directly above Lynn. There is arough trail that winds its way up the mountain and ends up above the rocks. It is NOTrecommended that you climb the rock face! It is vertical and very dangerous! Onceabove the crossover, you can hang almost directly above track one. This spot is anideal spot for shooting both eastbounds and westbounds. The next three picturesdemonstrate the view from the rocks. All three of the following pictures were takenaround 3 o'clock in the afternoon.


Picture 6
This shot looks east back toward Helper. In addition to the tracks, notice USHighway 6 curving along the canyon to the right, opposite the tracks. Also note thewell-known landmark of Castlegate in the distance in the upper right hand corner ofthe picture. Below is the east end of the crossover from track 1 to track 2, whenheading westbound.


Picture 7
Taken from the same place as the previous picture, this shot looks to the west,up the canyon. Here you can see the control box located in between the two crossovers,and the crossover from track 2 to track 1 further west.


Picture 8
Just a slightly different perspective from the last picture, you can see the riverslightly better in this shot. From Lynn, the tracks continue up the canyon toward thesiding of Kyune, followed by Colton Crossover, before reaching Soldier Summit.


LYNN STATISTICS
Subdivision.. Provo
Milepost..... 632.7
Crossover.... Both Directions
Speed........ 30-30
Dispatcher... DS-78
AAR.......... 23 (160.455)
House Track.. None
Branches..... None
Grade Xing... None
Access Road.. Dirt Road Off US 6 (Railroad Property)

EAST SIGNALS
Main 1............ Approach Lit
Main 2............ Approach Lit

WEST SIGNALS
Main 1............ Approach Lit
Main 2............ Approach Lit

Date Added: 5/28/2001
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