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APRIL    1

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 A big "Thank You" to my viewers. March's hit numbers set a new record. Part of it might be the big lock down this country is under.  The following were submitted by Geoff Hubbs and a very diverse group of towers it is. Continue to look at the site. The CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci said it had curative powers.

Illinois..............................KJ(Kinmundy)    IC x C&EI(MoPac)

Kansas............................*Ottawa Jct.         ATSF

Massachusetts................*Salem      B&M

New Jersey......................Jersey  Delair         PRR

New York......................*Ghent       B&A

                                        JV  Johnsonville    D&H

                                       *Lead  Long Island   diagram   LIRR

                                         P&L Jct.     LV

Pennsylvania...................*BQ   Bellewood        PRR

                                          JN  Emporium        PRR

Anyone with any comments about above towers, please send it.

You know I've seen a lot of people walking 'round with tombstones in their eyes.

APRIL    2

Indiana...........................Ft. Wayne Crossing   diagram

Here is the interlocking chart of The Grand Trunk Crossing on the PRR in Valparaiso, IN. that the GTW called Ft Wayne Crossing, circa 1966.  When the GTW operator thought it was ok to delay one of our trains, the Ft Wayne Line dispatcher would get on the Elkhart Dispatcher's wire and tell HF (South Bend) to hold all GTW trains and then turn around and tell Hartsdale to hold all GTW trains at Maynard.  After a few minutes, miraculously our trains at Valparaiso were moving again.  This was one of the benefits of the merger in 1968.  George  Marx



                                        Hick(HC)  Gary     NYC

The following photos AND commentary are from Geneva May Short; an industrial photographer and a longtime friend of Carl Barneyback. Carl has her collection and if anymore tower related material is there he will share it with us.

                                          Photo 1

Interlocking control "Model Board" (control panel) at NS "HICK" tower, 2011.  On board, West toward South Chicago (EJ&E), Whiting (CSX), and Chicago (NS) from top on left, East toward Lakefront Yard (IHB), Gary (EJ&E) and Elkhart (NS) from top right, and South toward IHB RR lower left. All of this is now remote-controlled by dispatchers elsewhere; "HICK" (originally HC on the New York Central) is now "CP 503". Interesting features include: Conrail-era "C&S" (signal department) padlocks securing the panels (required to prevent unauthorized modifications; I believe this is a federally mandated security measure to prevent tampering in case of an "incident"), the operator's reading glasses on the table lower left, and the ultra-low budget humidifier (aluminum pan of water set on top the radiator lower right). Beige box on table in front of ample paper towel supply is a "line" box to speak over the dispatcher's "wire" (like an intercom, only over hundreds of miles - in this case, stations from Chicago to Dearborn, Michigan). Desk microphone (to left of glasses on side table) is connected to a marine-frequency radio for communication with Lake Boats and barges moving through the Indiana Harbor canal; the operator at HICK also controlled a set of draw bridge (controls for those out of view to left).  This panel actually controls three interlockings, "HICK", CP 502, and CP 100 (the last one formerly Indiana Harbor interlocking on the former Chicago Indiana and Southern, now Indiana Harbor Belt) - Geneva May Short.

                                        Photo  2

Interlocking control button panel at NS "HICK" tower, 2011. This is a close-up photograph of the "HICK" (how it got that name I'll never know) interlocking station control station. The operator there, who has since been replaced by "modern" technology, controlled three interlockings: "HICK" (503), 502, and 100. Additionally, the operator was a bridge tender controlling (when I visited there) two drawbridges over the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal. From what I remember, the buttons worked like this: First, the operator would select the interlocking he wanted to work: 503, 100, or 502. The odd-number buttons were to select a switch; once selected, the "NOR" or "REV" buttons would select Normal or Reverse on the switch position. The even-numbered buttons (green ones) would select a signal to clear. The START button sent the chosen "command" to the interlocking, causing the lights on the "panel board" to flash on the appropriate devices until they were properly set-up, then the lights would burn steady to indicate the switch or signal was in the desired status. Additional buttons below, some of which are missing, were for "location cancel" (reset the panel), SM ON and OFF (snow melter), and MC ON and OFF (maintainer call). I don't remember what the ACK button was for - Geneva May Short.

                                        Photo  3

NS (former NYC) Double track drawbridge over the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal, East Chicago, Indiana; view looking west from HC "HICK" Tower, 2011 - Geneva May Short.

APRIL  3

This bunch came via Dale from Alabama Martin. Anyone with any comments about these towers..send it in.

California.............................*San Bruno      SP

Florida....................................TN  Tampa     SCL

Illinois..................................*St. Anne   1   2   NYC x C&EI

Michigan.................................Tesch

Pennsylvania..........................*Sharon      Erie

Tesch : Soo Line’s Twin Cities / Sault Ste. Marie line with a CNW branch out of Escanaba......Shel Lustig

Sharon : P&LE’s Ferrona Branch crossed the Erie.....Shel Lustig

St. Anne : NYC's hot Cincinnati to Kankakee via Indianapolis Line crossed the C&EI.......Wolfgang Gerhard  

APRIL  4

The following four are from Joe Stefanelli's collection. They are pictures taken of the Pennsylvania railroad BY a PRR commissioned photographer. In three of them the tower is very distant and in the case of  "R" just a sliver of the tower in the extreme  right side is visible. But they have historic value. The pics came via Carl J Barneyback.

Illinois................................21 st  ST.  Chicago

Looking Westbound, at Alton Junction, or 21st St. interlocking, Chicago, IL. The brick tower housed the operator. The tiny frame shanty at the base of the lift bridge was South Branch block office, the Division Post, the limit of the PRR dispatcher's authority on this line. Movement Westbound from here to Chicago Union Station was under the rules and authority of that company, over the South joint Tracks, a distance of about a mile and a half. The bridge over the South Branch of the Chicago River, was owned and operated by the PRR, which also maintained the South Joint Tracks Westbound to 12th St., where CUS Co. took over. The PRR 12th St. coach yard, and Polk St. freight house lay beyond the bridge, adjacent to and East (R) of the main line. PRR Chicago Division, circa 1954.

                                         *22nd ST(AJ)   Chicago

PRR (PFW&C) main line looking westbound, at bridge 465.85 over Archer Ave., in Chicago, IL.. The small shanty ahead as its sign attests, is 22nd St. or "AJ" block office, which handled three switches, movement over which was governed by hand signals. The "W" sign hung out on the side of the shanty told the crew of the next incoming passenger train that they will be unloading from the West side of the train. The switch on the left is to #4 track. PRR Chicago Div. ca 1954


                                           Englewood    Chicago

PRR (PFW&C) main line looking Westbound, in Englewood interlocking, Chicago, IL. A 100 lever frame Saxby & Farmer mechanical machine controlled the crossing of the PRR by the Rock Island main line. There also was a connection for interchange between the PRR and the CRI&P RR. The tower was owned by the PRR, operated by the Rock Island. Note the inner home signals for passenger train stops. The bridges beyond the diamonds are 460.74, over 63rd St. The railing around the upper windows on PRR towers was to support a person who was washing them.  PRR Chicago Division 1954.  PRR company photo, J. Stefanelli collection.



                                      *R(AJ)    Chicago

Standing adjacent to 22nd st."AJ" block office (R) Chicago, IL. At milepost 466 (from Pittsburgh), we are looking Westbound at the home signal for Alton Jct., or 21st St. interlocking. This plant was owned and operated by the Chicago and Western Indiana RR whose rails, after crossing those of the PRR curved and closely paralleled them Eastbound up to 47th St. The interlocking controlled the crossing of the PRR by the IC RR, C&WI RR, and the AT&SF Ry. Connection with all the stations for the exchange of passenger traffic with the PRR was made here. The AT&SF Ry. passenger yard is on the right. The overpass is 466.01, over 22nd St. PPR Chicago Div. ca 1954

We took a little bacon and we took a little beans And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

APRIL    5

Five track charts and a new tower today. SS 227 was sent by Dale Martin, the other diagrams are courtesy of C J Barneyback. The two pics of Day were taken by Chip Syme.

Connecticut.........................SS#227   Putnum    New Haven

Pennsylvania......................*Day  1   2   diagram      Enola   PRR

                                             J(Lemo)  Lemoyne    PRR

                                             Kase  Sunbury    PRR

                                             SF Sunbury   PRR

Day tower controlled in an out of the East End of Enola Yard  The Enola branch started here as well........Chip Syme

As with any picture(s) I post any comments or corrections are welcome, even if there is already posted comments.

APRIL   5

Additional information has come to light about Corning and Grosvenor towers; both in Ohio. For your convenience I'll re post the pictures here in addition to the information.


Corning, OH, was a terminal on the T&OC, that's Corning Target, I think it was called.  The Z&W  (Zanesville and Western) is curving in from the left to the right and the T&OC main is straight.  This was located at the north end of Corning Yard.  Corning was the home of a roundhouse, shops, etc., at one time a joint operation between the T&OC and the K&M (Kanawha and Michigan)..........Dave White  

The Zanesville and Western was previously the Columbus, Shawnee, and Hocking, built from the Ohio coalfields through Columbus and up to Sandusky, Ohio.  The NS Sandusky District is the north end of this route and only portions of the line east of Columbus still exist, primarily between Columbus and Thurston, OH.  It was split up in something like 1900, I'd have to look.......Dave White


Grosvenor Tower is the crossing of the B&O across southern Ohio and the K&M, later the NYC, of course.  It was just to the west of Athens, Ohio, the college town, home of Ohio University, actually my alma mater.  I was in that tower one time during third trick.  If I would have had to pick which railroad would be there today, I would have never thought the B&O would be gone while the NYC remains as a short line, the Kanawha River, a WATCO property.......Dave White

APRIL    6

This set came via Carl Barneyback. With the exception of two, all were taken by Geneva May Short. As you may remember she was the one who did the photography and commentary on Hick tower for my April 2 update. Here is more examples of her work. Towers Perry and Virginia were the only two of this group that were not photographed by her. Those two were shot by Ester Fairchild.

Connecticut...................SS#55(Burr Road)    Bridgeport   NH

Indiana...........................Haley(HY)  1   2   3  Terre Haute  C&EI

Maryland........................Perry  Perryville      PRR

Ohio...............................Ironville   Toledo       NKP?

Pennsylvania..................Day   Enola               PRR

Washington DC..............Virginia                 PRR

Ironville :  Ironville Tower controls the interlocked crossing of the Toledo Terminal Railroad and the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad on the east side of the City of Toledo.  It is at the west entrance to W&LE's Homestead Yard. Ironville was assigned "VI" as its telegraph designation.......Geoff Hubbs

APRIL     8

Five towers, two of them new, from the late Henry Wilhelm. They came via John Garofalo, an ex New Haven operator.

Maine...............................AR(Alford RD.)  Biddeford    B&M

                                        *F  Fairfield       MEC

                                          J Royal Jct.    MEC

Massachusetts....Lowell Jct.        B&M

                          *SS#K-308  Slades Ferry Draw  Fall River   NH

Atten. John Garofalo, Geoff Hubbs, Rob Mandeville, or really ANYONE that can help. Are the two listings I have for Lowell MA.....Are they the same tower? Maybe the black and white is an earlier  version of the color shot. Lowell :  b&w   color


finitum  non capax infinitum

APRIL      8

Illinois..........................*Johannott   tower   diagram

Johannott plant was where the Chicago Terre Haute & South Eastern (Milwaukee) line south from Faithorn (southern outer limits of Chicago area) to Terre Haute and on toward Louisville crossed the C&EI Judyville branch which ran from Rossville, ILL to Judyville, Ind.....C J Barneyback



APRIL    9

Ohio.................................Bricker   1   2         PRR

Bricker was built in 1946. It controlled a set of crossovers and a siding known as Black Run. It also had a small CTC panel. The building was much larger than what it needed to be because Pennsy planned on expanding CTC control from the tower. Due to one reason or another it never materialized.
Morgul the friendly Drelb

APRIL      12

Happy Easter, what is left of it. People are being fined and threatened with jail for going to church yet they are releasing sex offenders and other untermensch because this might help with the virus crisis .....Only in America !

Some more of the PRR photos. AS I said March 15, most tower shots are very far away but they have great historic value and they show how the tracks figured in the layout of the interlocking.

Illinois................................12th ST.    1     2    3    Chicago

This might only be a block station but...........

picture 1 : Standing between the mains, looking westbound, at Rockwell Street (12th St) non-interlocked crossing, Chicago, Ill. The track in the foreground is the B&OCT RR Forest Park branch (later Altenheim Subdivision).  On the far left is a C&NW Ry spur, while just ahead three C&NW tracks cross PRR heading East (R) to the Wood St. yard.  Hand signals to proceed here were "color coded": white for B&O, yellow for PRR, green for C&NW.  Note the array of flags at the switchtender's shanty door on the left.  The shanty on the distant left, just beyond the viaduct, is the (C&NW) Taylor St. switchtender.  J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, ca. 1953, PRR photo, J. Stefanelli collection.

picture 2 : Looking westbound, on the westbound main, at Rockwell St. (12th St.) non-interlocked crossing, Chicago, Ill.  To the right is the B&OCT RR wye track with its distinctive "stop sign" board.  To the right of that is the C&NW RY stop board (left-hand running).  PRR crews operated the switches on this side of the crossing, for movement over the PRR only.  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR photo, PRR Chicago Division, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

picture 3 : Standing beside the Eastbound main (L), looking eastbound, at the eastbound stop-boards for Rockwell St. (12th St.) non-interlocked crossing, Chicago, Ill. On the right is one of the C&NW tracks to Wood Street Yard.  The C&NW utilized a few movable point frogs on this side of the crossing.  The bridge is 310.09 over Taylor Street - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.                           
                           
                           26th ST    1   2    Chicago

I have a close up of 26th ST. in the main body of the site and I posted the same shot on March 15( If your not too lazy to scroll up and look!!!)

Picture 1 : Looking westbound, on the eastbound main, near 26th St., Chicago, Ill.  The switch leads to the Illinois Northern Ry. yard and the "wall track" ahead.  The interlocking tower controlled the crossing of the PRR, B&OCT RR, and the CR&I RR by the IN RY.  The train on the right is on the CR&I RR.  PRR Chicago Division, ca 1953, PRR photo, J. Stefanelli collection.

Picture 2 : Standing between the mains, looking westbound about 27th Street, Chicago, Ill.  The switch in the foreground is into the storage track, and the running track ties in just ahead.  On the left is the 26th Street yard of the Illinois Northern Ry., and on the right, its enginehouse and shops.  The IN Ry. served the adjacent International Harvester plant.  The area was known as Mud Lake, as the South Branch of the Chicago River once flowed across here.  PRR Chicago Division, ca 1953, PRR photo, J. Stefanelli collection.

In 1914, as long as the German people thought they were fighting for ideals, they stood firm; but as soon as they were told to fight for their daily bread, they preferred to give up the game.

APRIL  13

Three more of the PRR shots.

Illinois............................36th Street    Chicago

This too might be a block station.

Standing between the mains, looking westbound, at the 36th Street block office, Chicago, Ill.  The block office is the small wooden shanty, the cinder block building to the left being the section house.  Probably the slowest job on the division, but it required an operator because train orders had to be copied with the B&OCT.  He controlled movements between the GM&O RR and the B&OCT RR on the north wye, just ahead in the photo.  The crossing was not-interlocked, trains required to stop, then proceed on signal indication.  Note the outdoor levers controlling the lone semaphore. Operator J. Tomisek remembers:  "One of the first jobs I worked. I can still recall the good aroma of the nearby Campbell Soup Co. on cold winter nights."  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

                                     Ash ST.  1   2         Chicago 

picture one : Looking westbound, at the eastbound outer home signal bridge for the AT&SF RY and the IC RR at Ash Street interlocking, Chicago, Ill. The track at the left is the South wye from the PRR, joining the AT&SF eastbound main just ahead. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

picture two :  Standing between the running track, left, and the mains, right, at the Ash Street interlocking westbound home signals, Chicago, Ill.  Located at about 31st Street where the PRR, B&OCT RR and the CR&I RR were crossed by the AT&SF RY and also the IC RR, who operated and maintained the interlocking.  The switch on the left led into the Campbell Soup Co. and other industries. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

There not making the skies as blue this year......wish you were here.

APRIL   14

These are ALL C&WI (NOT to be confused with the C&IW!)

The Chicago & Western Indiana was the Erie and C&O's entrance to Chicago and also provided access to Dearborn Station for Santa Fe, C&EI, Grand Trunk Western and N&W. It was mostly torn up by 1980.......Geoff Hubbs

The Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad (reporting mark CWI) was the owner of Dearborn Station in Chicago and the trackage leading to it. It was owned equally by five of the railroads using it to reach the terminal, and kept those companies from needing their own lines into the city. With the closure of Dearborn Station in 1971 and the Calumet steel mills in 1985, the railroad was gradually downgraded until 1994 when it became a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Corporation......... Wikipedia

ALL the following via Geoff Hubbs.

Illinois...........................15th St.  1   2

                                       16th  St.

                                       40th St.

                                       47th  St.

                                       74th St.

                                        81st  St.

                                        Taylor St. Yard

APRIL   15

Five more PRR photos. All Chicago

Illinois..............................49th Street    1    2    

Picture one : Standing on the eastbound main, looking westbound, at 49th Street interlocking, Chicago, Ill.  Here the B&OCT RR crossed the PRR, then continued adjacent to it westbound.  The white building in the distance is the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.  The "caboose hop" is on the joint switching track.  - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

picture two : Standing between the mains, looking westbound, at 49th Street interlocking, Chicago, Ill.  This junction was operated and maintained by the B&OCT RR.  The switch to the right is the joint switching track (B&OCT RR, CR&I RR) maintained by the PRR. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection. 

                                       Dolton  

Looking eastbound, at Dolton interlocking's eastbound home signal, about 140th Street, in Dolton, Ill. One of the larger "armstrong" interlockings in the area, it controlled the crossing of the PRR by both the Indiana Harbor Belt RR and another set of mains, which constituted the south end of the Chicago and Western Indiana RR and the north end of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois RR. It also controlled the crossing of those mains by the Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal RR and the IHB RR.  This plant was owned and operated by the PRR.  The train appears to be westbound on the IHB RR. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

                                     Riverdale

Looking at the eastbound home signals for the Riverdale interlocking, about 131st Street in Riverdale, Ill.  This plant was owned and operated by the Illinois Central, whose tracks are on the overhead.  The tower controlled the crossing of the PRR by the Blue Island (later BARR) Subdivision of the B&OCT RR.  The entrance of the B&O's underpass can be seen on the extreme right.  There was also a connection from the IC down to the B&O, interlocked, with a hand thrown crossover from the B&O to the PRR. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection. 

                                       West  Pullman

Looking eastbound, at West Pullman interlocking's home signal, about 120th Street, Chicago, Ill.  The switch is a crossover into the siding, which continued westbound to about 115th Street.  The Chicago West Pullman and Southern RR connected here, to the siding, and the interchange averaged around 15,000 cars annually.  The interlocking, owned and operated by the PRR, controlled the crossing of it by the Illinois Central RR electrified Blue Island suburban branch.  Joe Stefanelli's trackmen have their motor car on the siding. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Kind-a like sugar, kind-a like spices, kind-a like, like what you do.

APRIL   16

Two from Noah Caplin, a new contributor. More of his stuff coming.

West Virginia........................Z  West Keyser 

Maryland..............................Viaduct(ND)  Cumberland  

APRIL     18

Well well well me droogies. I have a big RU Ohio update today and tomorrow another fairly large one. Sit in your easy chair with a glass of knifey moloko laced with vellocet, synthemesc  and drencrom and enjoy the site. It is real horror show.

Eight black and whites from the master himself.

Ohio.........................RU Sterling  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8

APRIL     19

 My spell check is not working for some reason. Please write to me about any spelling errors, if YOU can spell....I sure as H can't.

Diagrams

Connecticut......................SS# F-279    Middletown

Indiana..............................Indiana Harbor(NYC)

Minnesota.........................Mississippi St.   St. Paul

                                          Westminster   St Paul

Ohio...................................RU  Sterling

                                           Wabash   Toledo

Pennsylvania.....................XC  Erie The town not the railroad


Photos

ALL are PRR.

Pennsylvania.....................CM   Pittsburgh 

Ohio..................................Delphos  1   2  

                                          Mansfield

                                          Rockville  Mingo Jct.

                                         Yellow Creek  Wellsville


Denn er nimmt sich ja nicht der Engel an, sondern des Samens Abrahams nimmt er sich an.

APRIL    21

Illinois.................................Champaign   photo  diagram

This chart is the proposed layout of the plant at Champaign, dated 1906. I do not think it varied too much from the way it was acutally built. Champaign was very similar to Homewood Illinois as far as the architecture is concerned. These towers along with others of similar design were some of the most handsome towers ever built. Champaign and Homewood,  was an Illinois Central facility.

APRIL  21

Diagrams

Florida.................................Jacksonville Terminal :

                                             Towers   A   B   C

Kentucky..............................Patio  Winchester

New York.............................U  Grand Central Terminal

Ohio......................................BS  Bellefontaine

APRIL    23

I have a rare treat for you, I hope.  I have two shots of  Greensburg tower in Indiana. Picture one is how most of us remember the tower. That pic alone is rare enough as the tower did not last past the 1950's? I'll have to consult my Indiana tower guru Wally Mattes.  Picture two shows the tower prior to 1912. This shows the tower with a mechanical "bed" There was a fire in the coaling station in 1911 and it set the tower on fire too.The second version used a GRS relay electrical plant. Again, I'll have to confer with Wally Mattes but I believe that the first version of the tower used the telegraph symbol "GB" while the later one used "GN" These pics came via Mike Hayes. Thanks Mike for finding these rare gems. I have provided a map from a 1946 rail atlas which will give you the lay of the land. It was a pure New York Central(prior Big Four) facility.

Indiana...........................Greensburg   photo  photo   map

APRIL    25

TOWERS

Indiana............................Vance(MU)    Muncie    NYC

NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line crossed the NKP and PRR's Matthews Br. In later years it controlled Walnut Street.
It had an IS&F machine with a P-8 add on. 44 levers, 20? used.
Wally Mattes

Kentucky.......................... *FS

                                          *Henderson   diagram

Carl Barnyback apologizes for the poor quality of these pics. I included the diagram because this is the stretch of track between FS and Henderson. These were L&N towers.

Wisconsin...........................Saunders  Dewey    CNW

DIAGRAMS     

Illinois................................Auburn

Massachusetts....................Tower C  East Somerville    B&M

New York...........................P East Rochester  diagram  blueprint

Pennsylvania.....................Palmyra    RDG

                                           Sunbury(SF)     RDG

Virginia..............................AY  Richmond

Illinois................................I know this is not in alphabetical order but because of the amount of text I put it last. It is a picture from the Taylor Signal Company catalog. This is the machine they used in Chicago at Rock Island's 16th Street tower in 1902. For your added interest I added a brief over view of the Taylor company and some of the towers that used Taylor interlocking machines as the company changed names. This is not an exhaustive list.

John Taylor, of Piketon, Oh. had patented several devices for railway dispatching. He approached officials of the B&O Southwestern in 1889. The meeting ended with a promise by Taylor to design an electric interlocking system. He produced a prototype system and demonstrated it in Chicago in 1889. Deemed too lightweight for railroad use, his patron urged him to visit a mechanical plant in Indianapolis in 1890. Mr. Taylor returned to Clillichothe Ohio and built a new machine in the B&OSW shops. By 1891 it was installed  at east Norwood, Ohio. The nucleus for the General Railway Signaling Company had been formed. GRS was a merger between Taylor-Sergent, Hall and Pneumatic Signal Companies and was headquartered in Buffalo, NY., later moved to Rochester..Wally Mattes

Alstom Signal Co., a British firm purchased the GRS Co. in 2004 and continues to operate as far as I know. The early GRS machines were manufactured to the Taylor plan and it wasn't until about 1910 that the machine was redesigned.....Wally Mattes

Taylor Switch & Signal Co. [1889 - 1896]
                       East Norwood, OH 1889
                       Englewood, IL 1896

Taylor - Sargent Signal Co. [1896 - 1900]
                       Boyd [ New Albany ], IN 1898
                       Nortonville, KY 1899

Taylor Signal Co. [1900 - 1904]
                       Eau Clare, WI 1901
                       LaSalle Street Terminal, Chicago , IL
                      16th & Clark St , Chicago , IL
                       Limedale, IN 1902
                      South Englewood, IL

General Railway Signal Co. [1904 - 2004]
                      East Norwood, OH 1904

Wally Mattes

WHEW !!!!!!!!!!......That should hold you guys till the middle of August.

APRIL    26 

Illinois....................Brighton Park 

Picture one  Standing between the mains, at the GM&O diamonds, looking westbound, at Brighton Park non-interlocked crossing, about 37th Street in Chicago, Ill.  Ahead is the tiny shanty which housed the PRR 36th Street block operator.  - J. C.
Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Picture two  Looking westbound, beside the westbound main, at Brighton Park non-interlocked crossing, Chicago, Ill.  The cross-track nearest us is the south wye between the B&OCT RR and the GM&O RR.  The tracks curving in from the right are connections from the B&OCT.  The industry in the distant left is the A. Dickinson Co.; on the right, the Campbell Soup Co. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

Picture 3  Looking westbound, at Brighton Park crossing, Chicago, Ill.  This junction was non-interlocked, and operated by a PRR switchtender.  All trains were required to stop, then proceed on signal indication.  The signal nearest us controlled movements on and across the south wye between the B&OCT RR and the GM&O RR.  The next signal controlled both the PRR and the B&OCT RR crossing the GM&O RR.  The mains, on our left, were secondaries of assigned direction, also controlled by this Brighton Park switchtender, between 49th Street and Western Avenue interlockings. - J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, PRR photo, ca 1953, J. Stefanelli collection.

.......shes given' me the excitations  

                                          APRIL   28

Eight towers, four new ones....from Geoff Hubbs

California..........................College Park   SP

Iowa.................................*Belle Plaine   CNW

New York.........................*BX  Bloomingburg     NYO&W

Pennsylvania......................BK Buchannon Jct. Meadville   Erie

                                          *ES  Lancaster       PRR

Texas.................................*Tower 75 Amarillo    ATSF?

Wisconsin..........................*Central Ave. Superior     GN

West Virginia.......................WR  Wheeling     B&O  

Tower 75 was an electric plant. Closed in 1986 razed in 1990.
Railroads that crossed......CRI&G(Chicago Rock Island and Gulf
FW&DC(Ft. Worth and Denver City)
P&SF(Panhandle and Santa Fe) (ATSF)

info from this great site. http://txrrhistory.com/towers/index.htm

I'd link it but I'm too stupid to do it......I HATE COMPUTERS !!

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