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MAY  2

The below five are this months installment of the work(s) of Henry Wilhelm. And they came via John Garofalo.

Maine...................................Tower A  Waterville     MEC

                                            *Tower B  Waterville     MEC

                                            *DJ  Danville Jct             MEC

DJ : Grand Trunk Western(GTW) Portland/ Montreal line crossed Maine Central's (MEC) Portland/Bangor line.
Shel Lustig

Massachusetts....................*SS Q 384  Somerset Jct.     NH

                                           *SS Q 386  Somerset Draw    NH

MAY  7

May 8 1945 is when the Teutonic Knights surrendered to the Allies. It took England, USA and 160 divisions of Slavs  to whip a country the size of Texas.

Today I have five towers and four diagrams all new an all New Haven.

The New Haven must have had the most towers per mile of any Class 1 (I count at least 252 total). The SS numbering system started at SS 1 Harlem River in the Bronx to SS 188 Broadway in Boston, then up to SS 237 on the Hartford -Danbury -Waterbury -Air Line- Midland Lines. Each branch had a prefix from B to Y (ie, B for Maybrook Branch, D for Canal Line, J for Norwich & Worcester, M for Providence & Worcester, etc).
Geoff  Hubbs

Massachusetts......................*SS#237 (Broadway)   Boston

                                             * 0-364 Framingham
                                                   photo  diagram

Rhode Island.....................*SS#126  Wood River Jct.
                                              photo  diagram

                                           *SS K-314  Water St.  Providence
                                               photo  diagram

                                          *SS K-315 Seekonk Draw  Providence
                                               photo  photo  diagram

MAY   10    Mothers Day

With my saintly mother passing in 2013, you guys on here are the only "mothers" I know now.

Illinois....................................75th ST      Chicago    1    2

Neither pic shows the tower very well but it is there.

Picture one : Standing between the mains, looking eastbound, at about 72d Street, Chicago, Ill.  The switches are into 59th Street yard to the rear of us.  In the distance, a train, on either the BRC or Wabash RR, is crossing at the B&OCT RR 75th Street interlocking.  This interlocking provided a connection with the BRC which enabled the 55th Street and 59th Street yards to interchange with the BRC Clearing yard, about four miles distant.  On the right, the B&OCT RR continues to parallel the PRR. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Picture two : Looking eastbound, at 71st Street, Chicago, Ill.  The mains are to the left, curving along side and then paralleling the B&OCT RR (right) toward 75th Street interlocking in the distance.  Note the the fixed distant signal just beyond 71st Street.  A crossing watchman was kept on here after the gates were electrified, due to the amount of switching moves.  The vacant area to the left of all tracks was sold to a developer, Mary Lee Homes, resulting in PRR's consolidation of its pole line with ConEd in order to vacate the property.  This was done near the end of 1963, and new homes were constructed there.  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

                          Washington Heights  Chicago   1   2

Picture one : Looking eastbound, at the eastbound home signal for Washington Heights interlocking, Chicago, Ill.  The signal is utilizing three horizontal yellow lights to display STOP.  Eventually all of the PRR position light home signals were converted to display two red lights for this aspect.  The mains are on our left, the switch is into the siding and team tracks on our right.  The first street crossing is 103rd Street, the next is Vincennes Ave.  To the right of the signal is the M/W section house.  On the extreme right, the CTA bus barn.  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Picture two : Looking eastbound, at Washington Heights interlocking, 103rd Street, Chicago, Ill.  Owned and operated by the Rock Island Railroad, this plant controlled the crossing of the PRR and the Rock Island main line.  Interchange was effected just east of the interlocking.  The station, on the right, was jointly owned by the two railroads.  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

MAY   12

Pennsylvania......................AP(Apollo)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7

The tower AP was destroyed twice, by wrecks of trains moving onto the bridge adjacent to AP, attempting to cross the Kiskiminetas River to go into the town of Apollo, which was on the opposite side of the river from AP tower (and from the West Apollo passenger station, also on the Conemaugh Division main line).  The first wreck occurred on November 10, 1923, and converted the tower into kindling, as shown in photos 4,5 and 6.  The fate of the operator is unknown to me.  The second occurred on May 15, 1941, and resulted in burning some of that kindling; the operator survived by jumping from the tower. Photo 7 shows this.  I am attaching a press wire photo of the aftermath(photo 8) Gary C Rauch

Mr. Rauch is a new contributor and has more to share.

MAY   13

Ten pictures and two diagrams of C tower( and C related stuff) at East Conemaugh Pennsylvania. All were taken by Chip Syme, fellow engineer.

                         1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

                               C diagram    JW diagram

C stood at MP 273.2 on Pennsy's Philadelphia to Pittsburgh Line
All MP's are reckoned from Philly. Picture 3 shows AO at MP 271.2. It was controlled remotely from C. JW(MP 274.5) was another remote CP controlled by C. Picture 7 gives a general "lay of the land" view of C. The tower was drab and very utilitarian by Pennsy standards. I'm assuming that this replaced an earlier version of the tower. If anyone knows anymore about C please write to illuminate me.......Arthur Jacob Arshawsky 

Und das wollen wir tun, so es Gott anders zult.

MAY      14

More of the Gary Rauch collection.

Pennsylvania....................DR  Derry  1   2   3      PRR

DR was on Pennsy's Philadelphia to Pittsburgh Line. It was at MP 307.8 (distance from Philly.)

MAY    14

Illinois..........................*24th St. Chicago  PRR x CWI x GM&O

I'm guessing it was a Chicago and Western Illinois tower. Feel free to email with any information about this place.

MAY   15

Ask and you shall receive. I asked about C tower in PA, if there was an original one.....well here it is and it came via Gary Rauch.

                             C  East Conemaugh PA   1918

Continuing with PRR towers in Pennsylvania, here are 8 shots of JN(Emporium Jct). All were taken by Gary C Rauch, from 1968.

                                1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8

Picture two shows the trainmaster's office.

JN was on Pennsy's Harrisburg to Buffalo Line. It was at MP 150.0 (miles from Erie PA) The Emporium Secondary started here too. JN also controlled Linore which was a block station for northward movements on #1 track only. The diagram shows it much better than I could explain.......PC ETT #3...1969

MAY  15

Indiana............................Ames  Crawfordsville     P&E(NYC)

Photo came by way of Vern Sargent.

This is what Ames used to look like. Someone said after it was knocked down the top portion was not damaged so they used it as the one story new version of the tower. Compare the old verses the new and I would say that story was correct. I've also included a profile of Ames so I would not have to retype all that info. I worked the P&E during the summer of '74 and I remember being in the tower many times. Too bad I was not a rail fan in those days and armed with a camera. 

MAY  16

Four more from Joe Stefanelli's PRR Collection. George Marx and  Carl Barneyback  have been a tremendous help with these shots and captions.

Illinois......................91 st ST   Chicago     1    2 

Photo one : Looking eastbound from a window in Beverly Junction tower, Chicago, Ill.  A forest preserve borders on the right, and ahead is the Rock Island RR 91st Street interlocking. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Photo two : Looking eastbound  at 91st Street interlocking, at the intersection of 91st Street and Hermitage Ave., Chicago, Ill.  This plant was owned and operated by the Rock Island RR, and controlled the crossing of the PRR and the Rock Island Blue Island suburban line. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

                             Beverly  Jct.   Chicago    1    2 

Picture one : Standing between the mains, looking eastbound, at the eastbound home signals for Beverly Junction interlocking, about 89th Street, Chicago, Ill.  This interlocking controlled the crossing of the PRR and the B&OCT, and the junction of the B&OCT with the Rock Island RR. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Picture two :  Looking eastbound, at Beverly Junction's Westbound home signals, about 90th Street, Chicago, Ill.  Unique to the Chicago Terminal Division, the tower was situated outside of its interlocking limits, a point that led to some confusion among the uninitiated.  Eastbound from this point, we are leaving secondary track and entering manual block territory.  Just ahead is the Rock Island 91st Street interlocking  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Pennsylvania.... More of C tower from Gary C Rauch    1     2  

Photo two shows how C met its demise.

MAY    17

Three diagrams and six pics; 4 of them new from Geoff Hubbs.

Canada...............................*Lenoxville  GT X CP      CP?

Iowa...................................*2nd ST   Sioux City      CNW

Indiana.................................Ames  Crawfordsville    NYC

Kentucky..............................RU  Russell      C&O

Louisiana.............................*Hollywood      T&P

New York.............................Fremont(FN)  Fresh Pond   LIRR

                                             *Hunt  Portage       Erie

                                               WH(White House)    PRR

Ohio.......................................Boulevard   Toledo    TT ?

So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise.You better see right through that mother's eyes.

MAY     20

New York...........................SQ  Emmons Ave. Manhattan Beach

MAY   22

Pennsylvania.......................RA Race  Philadelphia  1   2    RDG

Two diagrams from new contributor Rich Demoske.

MAY    23

Gary Rauch is climbing aboard the "diagram express". Here are three diagrams all in Indianapolis and all PRR. Sorry Geoff..lol

Indiana....................................Pine  

                                                Thorne

                                                 Woods

The diagram for Pine says PB&W Railroad. My Mafia connection in Chicago wanted to know what that was. Of course I had no idea. I asked my tower mentor. His answer :  A few years ago we looked at a diagram of Ames tower and had the same question arise. PB&W was a surviving corporation able to acquire the assets of the PRR lines west and convey those assets to PC for the merger. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Company who was the holding company of the PCC&StL and many other lines west and the stock ownership was held by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Wally Mattes...undisputed tower guru for Indiana and now obviously, a PRR expert !!!!!!!!

.......and about 20 acres of ground including a graveyard........to which now all but Stella and I have retreated.

MAY    24

More from Chip Syme or his collection.

Indiana.................................Junction (JU)   Ft Wayne    PRR

Ohio......................................Mace  Massillion      PRR

                                             *McGearys 

                                               McKinley          PRR

Pennsylvania..........................MG        PRR 

Junction : The Grand Rapids and Indiana (GR&I) a Pennsy subsidiary started here. The line from Richmond to Ft. Wayne which connected at Adams tower was NOT the GR&I. To be brief, The GR&I leased it from the Pennsylvania and GR&I guys held seniority and rights on this line but it was PRR. It had a USS IS&F machine with an E-8. 56 levers ,25 used.

Mace :  B&O and PRR crossed. It was more complicated than this. Built in 1892....mechanical machine, S-8 add on.

McGearys : Homeworth, Ohio was the first station south of Alliance on the C&Ps (PRR) Marietta Branch. Never heard of the term/ name McGeary, but Ill check it out on one of the very old Official Guides at the Archive on Wednesday. That might have been the start / end of double track to / from Alliance............Shel Lustig


McKinley : like Mace, built 1892, B&O and Pennsy crossed.


MG : Built during WWII to add flexibility to the heavy traffic on Horseshoe curve. MG stood for "Middle of Grade"

MAY      25

Pennsylvania.....................R  East Pittsburgh   PRR

                                       1   2   3   4   5

These are photos taken by Union Switch and Signal on September 10, 1930.  The photographer named the location as Brinton, but I see that the interlocking diagram calls it East Pittsburgh, so that is what to call it! There are views looking eastward and westward, both distant, and cropped to better show the tower.  There is also a photo of the interlocking machine. The Edgar Thomson Steel Works of U.S.Steel (called ET) is in the background of the westward view.......Gary Rauch

R tower was at MP 341.6 (from Philadelphia) on Pennsy's Philly to Pittsburgh Main.

MAY      26

Kansas...............................PD Peabody  1   2   RI x ATSF   RI

Maryland..........................*CO  McKenzie   1   2       B&O

This was the junction of the Patterson Creek cut-off with the Cumberland-Keyser main line.

MAY   28

One pic from Chip Syme, the other two, part of his collection.

Ohio...............................Leetonia(SB)  1   2    3       PRR

Leetonia stood at MP 63.2 (from Pittsburgh) on Pennsylvania's main line to Chicago. Erie's  Niles to Lisbon line crossed here. Leetonia was built in 1891. It had a USS electro-mechanical  machine was an S-8 add on. Returning home from Pittsburgh after taking tower pics in 2002, Jeff Gast and I stopped in Leetonia. The tower had been bought and moved onto a lumber yard a block or two from where it stood. The owner of the lumber place (and tower) had restored the outside. He said we could take all the pics we wanted and opened it up so we could go inside......Dan Maners

But I laughed to myself at the men and the ladies. Who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.

MAY   30

Pennsylvania...................Leetsdale   1   2        PRR

Leetsdale was at MP 15 on PRR's Pittsburgh to Chicago Line. Take note of the Texaco sign on the extreme left in picture 2.



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