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AUGUST   1

Thanks to a vast amount of contributors and viewers; July's "hit numbers" set an all time record....Three people looked at the site in July up from two in April........HA

Lets start the month off with Carl Wallenmeyer's short study of North Yard in Danville. An update with multiple photos requires a lengthy dissertation , I guess.

Illinois............................*North Yard    Danville    C&EI

North Yard was mixed in with a place called Cory and Danville Jct. Photos 15 and 16 will explain.  The Wabash, C&EI and the P&E were the players here.

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A "short" list of photos means a "short"(by Wally's standards) comment about  North Yard/Cory/Danville Jct. I may have to open a separate column just to handle Wally's comments !!!!!

This crossing was in Danville north and east of the main business district. C&EI and P&E crossed here. Crossing dates to the 1872 building of the C&EI predecessor Evansville, Terre Haute and Chicago. A sharp curve took the C&EI line through the passenger station to the north with the tracks on the south end of the station and the P&E crossing controlled from the tower. We could not find a permit for the interlocker so presume the crossing did not conform to IR&WC rules. C&EIRHS records show the interlocking in service in 1903. The track chart published by C&EIRHS does not agree with the available photos and the other data in their account seems to be before a full interlocking of the crossing. Cory would later be part of the plan to interlock both Danville Junction and North Yard crossings. The North Yard panel had a dual line-up feature that transfers control of Danville Jct. from North Yard to Cory. Cory has a small lever to reverse before anything can happen. When both operators are in sync, Cory can clear a signal for the P&E, east or west. Only Cory can actually clear a signal for the P&E. Once the move is complete, during normal operations, Cory returns the signals to normal, the control lever to release position and control is returned to North Yard. North Yard controls all Wabash and C&EI signals at North Yard and Danville Junction. Cory was the double track line of the C&EI crossing the single iron of the P&E. The C&EI was the junior road at the crossing so IR&WC rules would place the burden of the interlocker on them. The 1922 C&EI seniority roster listed three shifts as "Operator-Leverman" for Cory. A NYC record titled "Small Signal Plans, Ohio Division, Illinois Division, Southern Region" gives more details. The document for Cory is revision #3, 9/25/67, shows the plant controlled by a panel machine located at North Yard. The C&EI is operated by CSX, the P&E, gone.
.......Wally Mattes

AUGUST    2

One pic sent via Dale Martin.  BTW....Is California still there?

“Go to the state of California and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

California..........................Hobart  Los Angeles       SP?

Two shots from DR. Wizard himself......Steve Salamon

Indiana.......................Newman  Richmond   1   2           PRR

Newman was at the west end of the Richmond Station and (I think) controlled the west end yard leads for Richmond Yard. It also controlled the junction of the Pittsburgh-St Louis main line with the lines to Logansport and to Grand Rapids, MI. There also was a connecting track which led down the hill to the C&O. Newman had a USS electro-pneumatic plant.

AUGUST   3

Nine towers, four of them new and one diagram. All are off the Boston and Albany (NYC) and all were sent by Geoff Hubbs. Geoff wrote the comments too.

Massachusetts......................*SS 4  Boston   1   2      

                                             *SS 7   Boston  

                                               SS 10  Allston

                                               SS 35  Palmer

                                             *SS 43  West Springfield

                                               SS 45  Westfield

                                               SS 55  North Adams Jct   Pittsfield

New York............................*SS 60  State Line  photo  diagram

                                               SS 65  Chatham

SS 35: Palmer protected the crossing of the Central Vermont RR.

SS 45: Westfield was the crossing of the New Haven Holyoke Branch.

SS 55: North Adams Junction was the start of the North Adams Branch. We believe the old tower is in the background and the newer one in front.

SS 60: State Line had the connection to the New Haven State Line branch.  The switches and signals were on the NY side of the border, but the tower was in Massachusetts.

SS 65: Chatham was at the north end of the Harlem Line.

AUGUST     4

Here is my monthly allotment of the Henry Wilhelm tower stuff.
Following them will be six more by Mike Brotzman.

Massachusetts...................*Ashmont Terminal  Boston

                                           *OH (Oriental Heights)  Boston

                                           *SS 8  Boston   B&A(NYC)

                                           *Waltham  B&M

Tennessee...........................*12th Ave  Nashville  NC&ST.L 

Ashmont Terminal : The Boston Elevated Railway (BERy) was a streetcar and rapid transit railroad operated on, above, and below, the streets of Boston, Massachusetts and surrounding communities. Founded in 1894, it eventually acquired the West End Street Railway via lease and merger to become the city's primary mass transit provider. Its modern successor is the state-run Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which continues to operate in part on infrastructure developed by BERy and its predecessors.....Wikipedia

OH : The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad was a 3 ft. narrow-gauge passenger-carrying shortline railroad between East Boston and Lynn, Massachusetts, from 1875 to 1940...Wikipedia

12th Ave : NC&STL stands for Nashville, Chattanooga and ST. Louis Railway, predecessor to the ACL, or  SCL or something !! 

Six more from Mike Brotzman

Pennsylvania........................KI Jenkintown   1   2   3   4   5   6

The vintage 1930 tower contained a ~39-lever US&S electro-mechanical machine and an early GRS 3-lever remote control console for the crossing at NK Bethayres.  The Reading remote controlled both in 1966.  Subsequent custodians of the property gave it a flat-top roof, realigned the tracks to replace the moveable point frog with a crossover switch, closed off the end of the inbound platform, and trimmed the signal from a 3-unit limited speed signal to a SEPTA flashing green wink light. KI  was closed 4/7/65. KI was a Reading tower......Rob Mandeville

I think the Jenkintown tower started to be called JENK.  It was remote to WAYNE in the 1960's.....Mike Brotzman

Hey hung up old Mr. Normal, Don't try to gain my trust. 'Cause you ain't gonna follow me any of those ways. Although you think you must.

AUGUST   5

Three from Dale from Alabama Martin....One is a New Haven tower !!!!!!!

Connecticut.................SS#38  Stamford     NH

Pennsylvania.............*Perikiomen Jct. Valley Forge  1   2   RDG


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