middle siding signals

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Wed Apr 19 06:54:21 EDT 2017

I believe the attached photo may show the West end of the middle siding at
Villamont (confirmation would be appreciated).  My question concerns the
East-bound signals that are visible.  The signal for the East-bound main is
capable of displaying the RESTRICTING aspect while the one for the
West-bound main is not.  In my understanding, one reason for the
RESTRICTING aspect was to allow a train to proceed without coming to a
complete stop on  a grade where it might have been very hard to start
again.  Since this stretch is signalled for bi-directional running, why
would the signal for the West bound main not also be capable of showing
RESTRICTING?  It seems like the grade would have been the same for
East-bound movements regardless of which main they were using.  Any
Thanks, Jim Cochran

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