The slow-motion action resulting from a malfunctioning crossing gate continued at Ashland on April 25th with Amtrak's northbound Carolinian, led by P42 192. As the Carolinian passed the station and resumed normal speed, it passed Q173, a hot intermodal led by ES44DC 5391 and C40-8W 7321. The parade of trailers increased speed noticeably as the locomotives passed by the misbehaving crossing and got out of town.
Shortly after Q173's passage, a CSX signal maintainer finally arrived and made quick work of getting the errant gates back in working order and the trains resumed normal speed. Next up was Amtrak's Northeast Regional 195, led by P42 175. Apparently 195 didn't have too many passengers to discharge this day as it didn't linger in the station too long.
Close behind 195 was the southbound Silver Star, sailing through town at full speed behind P42s 22 and 181. This was the first time I had seen the Star running with its consist reversed to put the sleepers at the rear of the train. About 25 minutes later, the Auto Train hurried through town behind a trio of P42s - 184, 133, and 69.
A little while after the Auto Train, the northbound Palmetto showed up behind P42 183. Finally, another Amtrak train wrapped up my visit as Northeast Regional 99 pulled up to the platform behind P42 205.