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NOVEMBER   1

Seven shots by Mike Brotzman. Number Seven is of particular interest. The first floor and roof line of the tower are barely visible (over the top of the train in the middle) but the photo screams PRR with the signal bridges sporting Pennsy style signals.  

New York...................Hall  Jamaica  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  LIRR

NOVEMBER   2

Two new towers. Both were sent by Bill Haines. Mr. Haines is an ex operator working for the Erie Lackawanna and then for Conrail.

Ohio.....................................*HN   Hagenbaugh      PRR

                                             *Woodstock      PRR

Both towers were on PRR's Columbus to Chicago/ Indianapolis Line via Bradford between Urbana and Milford Centre. (That is the way the PRR spelled center, the English way) HN was at MP 42.1 (from Columbus). I'm not certain if it was a true interlocking or just a block station/train order office. I do know back in the Conrail era it was a temporary block station for a short period of time. Pete White worked this assignment. Some of the guys got together and hung a "Hagenbaugh" sign, complete with PRR keystone, on the block station trailor. Someone from upper management saw the sign and demanded it be removed immediately.  Then there was the night of the "railroad slide show in the tower" incident..but that is for another time.

I know virtually nothing about Woodstock. Does anyone out there know? If you do PLEASE send the information my way. Very little information and/or comments have come my way over the last few weeks. I miss this stuff and I think my "lookers" miss it as well.

Don't forget to VOTE tomorrow !!!

NOVEMBER    2

New York.........................NW  North White Plains  1   2   NYC

Here are two photos of NW Tower at North White Plains on the Harlem Line (former NY Central - now Metro-North). These photos were taken in March, 1978.  The tower has been demolished and the interlocking is now controlled from Metro-North's Operations Control Center in Grand Central Terminal.......Noah Caplin

NW stood at MP 23.9, from New York.

If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?

NOVEMBER   3

Pennsylvania..................*NX  Newtown Jct. Philadelphia  RDG

The Reading Company was not very precise in naming their branches.  Conrail, then SEPTA and CSX applied their own names for their operations.  This photo looks north on the Tabor Branch which was built to connect two components of the system. Verging off to the right is another connection to a predecessor which never made it beyond Newtown; thus the name of the junction, but not the name of the line.  A later connection up that route lent its name to this one, the New York Short Line. Finally, coming in from behind on the right is the Low Grade, a freight bypass of busy Wayne Jct.  Today, a single CSX track comes up the Low Grade and out the Short Line with nary a switch.  The remaining tracks are now the SEPTA main line with their single track Fox Chase line diverging parallel with the CSX.  The 1914 interlocking was a 35-lever Federal electric machine which lasted until 1966; the tower still stands......Rob Mandeville

NOVEMBER     4

Seven towers, one new, all taken by Scott Wertans. Sent via Geoff Hubbs.

Massachusetts.........................D  Gardner  1   2     B&M

New Jersey..............................Port Morris      DL&W

                                                 WC  Waldwick    Erie

Ohio.........................................Mansfield    PRR

                                                  Martel      Erie

Texas......................................*Tower 87  Houston     SP

West Virginia............................NI  Prince      C&O

Mansfield : Mansfield was on Pennsy's Pittsburgh to Chicago Line. It was 175.3 miles from Pittsburgh and the Erie crossed here. It was opened on January 10, 1892 and retired in November 1979. It used an electro-mechanical machine with an S-8 add on. There also was a 4 lever table top machine.....Dan Maners

Three towers stood in Mansfield; all of them within sight of each other. Mansfield (above) where the Erie crossed the Pennsy. B&O Jct where the B&O crossed the PRR and MD where the Erie crossed the B&O.......John Jacob Raskob

Martel : NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line ran parallel to Erie's main line from Burt tower in Galion Ohio(MP80.3) to AC tower in Marion(101.5)(mileposts are from Cleveland) The two railroads decided that both railroads (Erie/NYC) would use the NYC for Eastbound traffic while the Erie would handle Westbound traffic for both roads. At MP 87.7 stood Martel. NYC's Toledo and Ohio Central(T&OC later called the Eastern Branch) crossed both railroads here. Martel also controlled Martel West at MP 89.0. NYC used the call letters "RN" at Martel.......Dan Maners

Tower 87 :  At Tower 87 the Houston, Belt and Terminal (HB&T) crossed the TN&O (Texas and New Orleans) later the Southern Pacific(SP). It had a mechanical machine and was retired in 1982. Again......here is the link to a great website on Texas Towers.

Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized.

NOVEMBER    6

This will be food for thought for this weekend. Five towers, all new. All but one are Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) The other is my beloved Southern. One is from North Carolina the rest are from South Carolina. This is my Wilhelm allotment for this month. I was going to post them after they called the election but I might be waiting till Hell freezes over.

North Carolina.........*BI  Biltmore  Asheville   Southern

South Carolina..........*Magnolia  Charleston    ACL  

                                   *Southern Connection   Charleston  ACL

                                   *Town Creek   Charleston     ACL

                                    *Vardell   Charleston    ACL

SEE.......Even an ole redneck like me is diverse. First I had MS tower in Indiana now I have a BI tower in NC !!!!!!........LOL
Yeah Yeah.......Before I get 100 emails about it; I already have two BI towers  listed. One is in Massachusetts the other in Delaware.

NOVEMBER  7   4:30 am

Working around the clock to please my viewers......Yeah, right.

The above Wilhelm stuff was going to be my only entries for this weekend but then these babies came to light. It will take a bit to process and post so I'll have to piecemeal them out to you.

Ohio..............................Alvordton(U)  NYC x WAB    Wabash

Pennsylvania.................Wye  Hollidaysburg     PRR

West Virginia................*MV       PRR

NOVEMBER    9

A small mish mash of stuff.

Illinois......................Otto(BX)        IC

Indiana.....................11th St. diagram  Indianapolis   IURY(Belt)

                                  Prospect St.  diagram  Indy    IURY(Belt)

                                *UN  Auburn Jct.       B&O

Pennsylvania.............Forge     PRR

Ohio..........................Alvordton   NYC x WAB     Wabash

Otto : I think its call letters were BX.

11th St. : I don't think there ever was a tower here. Wally and I are guessing that at most there may have been a switchtender here. But it has to do with towers/dispatching and railroading so it was included.

Prospect St. : When you are heading west out of Hawthorne if you go to the right(north/northeast) this is called Hamilton. I have a photo of Hamilton that Wally took but you'll have to wait for his tower book to come out. Going to the left this way is called Prospect. As long as I can remember it has been under remote control from Belt Crossing (it is noted on the diagram) Now the switches are manual and it has been simplified through here. Wally has checked records as far back as when Joe Bite Me had control of his faculties (IF that ever was) and could not find any evidence of a tower here......Edward Teach

UN : Rare shot of UN(Auburn Jct.) For no more than what happened here the tower seemed rather large. As I like to say; the players here were B&O, NYC, PRR. Wally knows much about this place and maybe he could, if he could confine it to 400 paragraphs, explain it to my viewers. UN had a USS mechanical plant with 88 levers, 54 of them used.

Forge : Stood at MP 220.9 from Philly and Pennsylvania's  Pittsburgh to Philadelphia Main.

With the exception of one or two of you the corrections and/or comments have virtually stopped. Have I po'ed everyone off ??
So please.....If you know anything about ANY of the towers I've posted.....well; you know what to do.

And finally.......Carl Wallenmeyer, you know Multi Photo Wallenmeyer, is home recovering from a heart attack and bypass surgery. He is OK but would appreciate prayers. I would say thoughts but mere THOUGHTS do nothing but PRAYERS do !!!

NOVEMBER    12

Six nice(as opposed to bad)photos from Mike Brotzman. I want to take a moment to thank Mike for turning over to me a VAST amount of tower pics for me to post. He makes Carl Wallenmeyer look like a piker in the sheer volume of photos. His photos are like what GOD said to Abraham about his descendants.......More than all the grains of sand in the world!!!! 

Indiana............................Hick   East Chicago  1   2   3   4   5   6

Hick controlled the movable bridges and cross overs. The players here were NYC, B&O,EJ&E and IHB. Hick used a GRS pistol grip machine, 144 levers 70? used. Hick was a NYC tower and its call letters were "HC".....Wally Mattes

NOVEMBER    12

A couple of late minute arrivals that were just begging to be posted. How can an inanimate object "beg" ?????

Indiana................................UN  Auburn Jct.     B&O

Pennsylvania......................*Miles  Milesburg     PRR

Miles : This modern structure replaced the tower in 1945; the CTC machine it housed replaced a few more.  The operator here controlled the length of the Bald Eagle Branch between Lock Haven and Tyrone, some 50 miles with 5 passing tracks and a junction. Conrail operated the line until 1984 before turning it over to a short line.The signaling didn't last and the building has been demolished..........Rob Mandeville


NOVEMBER   13

Two pictures from Bob Durnell. He is a member, along with me of an Indiana railroad site. With today's railroad scene "sterile"  he has turned to the historical side of it. Mr. Durnell's main interests are depots and towers.

Indiana...............................Griffith

There's been many a picture taken and much written about this almost legendary place. The tower has been moved, but not that much, and is being preserved. Griffith was an Elgin , Joliet and Eastern tower with the call letters "GF". It hosted the following railroads; EJ&E, C&O, Michigan Central (MC)(NYC), GTW, and the Erie. It used a GRS Pistol grip machine with a TCS add on.

                                          Walkerton

B&O tower with the call letters "KN" The B&O, NKP and NYC's Kankakee Belt crossed here. It was once a three story structure. It had a National Style A machine with 96 levers, 52 used. 

NOVEMBER  14

November marks nine years to the day I started this site. And as I say every year; I'm just the guy that labels and posts the pictures. 90% of the credit goes to you guys that have contributed pictures, comments, corrections and criticisms which I immediately delete. I might be off by a few in either direction but last count shows I have 1,990 separate towers listed. Keep sending and commenting. I don't have a big glitzy update to commemorate this auspicious occasion but I think you'll enjoy it.

Pennsylvania...........................UN   New Castle Jct.    B&O

                                     1    2    3    4    5 

UN Tower was located near West Pittsburg PA.  UN sat at the east end of The B&O's New Castle Yard.  From the east it controlled the movement of all trains east and west to and from the P&W Sub.  These included the westbound trains from Connellsville (and points east that were slower and lower priority)  McKeesport and  Glenwood (Pgh) that terminated at New Castle Jct.  Add to that mix all the trains to and from the Buffalo Div to Butler, Punxsutawney, Dubois, Buffalo and Rochester.  These trains diverged to the North at Eidenau Jct. near Harmony, PA.  This had a wye for Eastbounds to Glenwood and Westbounds to UN and New Castle.  They went North Via the Butler Subdivision and then on Northward to Punxsutawney (onward north) to the Buffalo Division at WS Tower located in Wadsworth, PA.  UN also handled east and west bounds that used trackage rights on the P&LE.  These were the faster trains.  UN was a very busy place back in the day.  It closed in the mid 90's.  The Beaver Valley Railway Historical Society acquired the building and dismantled it in half and moved it to  Mahoningtown and reassembled it for display....Ross Jack

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God.

NOVEMBER     16

Pennsylvania...........................WS  Wadsworth  1   2     B&O

WS was a block station as opposed to a true interlocking. It played an important part of the railroad scene for that area. (see below) For only being a block station I have more information about WS than I sometimes do for a real tower. Besides it gives me an excuse to post that neat power lashup (GP 40/GP 30/GP9)
Bob Durnell provided the model identification of the locomotives. I don't know a GP 35 from an SD 9.

 WS was the telegraph call for Wadsworth PA.  At one time there were 2 railroads there.  The Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh B&O took control of in 1932 and the Pittsburgh & Western which B&O controlled from the very late 1800's.  In later years the P&W Line became the B&O's Northern Sub Division running from Mt. Jewett to WS Tower.  The original P&W route ran from Allegheny,  A part of Pittsburgh north side to Mt Jewett PA..  At MT Jewett and WS Wadsworth both of these B&O lines of BR&P & P&W lineage met. The P&W was aka the Northern Subdivision.  In 1964 the Northern Sub was severed between Parkers Landing and Knox.  After that it was operated from Butler to Parker Via WS and Mt Jewett to Knox.  The northern end is abandoned and torn up and for the most part a bike trail.  The south end is used 5 days a week to and from Petrolia via WS..............Ross Jack

Photo #2 shows an eastbound freight train, the ESSP (Empire State), passing WS Tower.  The train is on the Main Line First Subdivision, and is en route to Buffalo, NY.  The track in the foreground is the Northern Subdivision, originally a narrow gauge railroad that wound through the forests of northern PA, rejoining the Buffalo Division main line at Mount Jewett, PA.  At the time of this photo, a portion of the Northern Subdivision had been abandoned, and B&O was running the remaining segments as two stubs from the Buffalo Division main line.  The southern segment served several refineries along the Allegheny River which kept a couple of local crews busy.......Steve Salamon 

Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.

NOVEMBER    20

Seven towers, three of them new and one diagram. All came from Geoff Hubbs.

Illinois..........................A5 (Pacific Jct)  Chicago      MILW

                                       photo   diagram

New York.....................CB Jct.(Cuba)         Erie

                                      SS#50  Seneca ST.  Buffalo      NYC

                                      SS#65 Suspension Bridge    NYC

Pennsylvania................C&M Jct  Dubois  BR&P(B&O)

                                    *Otts  Warren          PRR

                                    *Viaduct  Peale        NYC

South Carolina............*Yemassee   1   2        ACL

CB Cuba : I only had photos of the building which housed the CTC equipment, until now. Great shot of the tower with Erie locomotives.

SS#65 : Shot of the tower, the bridge and at least two other railroad buildings AND the depot in the background. While not the most complicated series of tracks; a great deal was going on here.

NOVEMBER   24

This and that from several sources.

Iowa..............................*Ankeny       CNW ?

Illinois.............................Leighton   1   2   EJ&E x Soo  EJ&E ?

Indiana.............................South Whitley   PRR x NKP    PRR

                                          Templeton   NYC x NKP    NKP

Ohio..................................PA Peoria    Erie x TOC(NYC)  Erie

Texas...............................*Tower 34   Taylor    MKT

West Virginia...................*Hawks Nest      C&O

Ankeny : The Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern traction line crossed the Chicago and North Western.

South Whitley : Pennsy's Logansport to Columbia City crossed the Nickel Plate. It had a USS IS&F machine with an S-8 add on. 16 levers, 8 used. Call letters were "SY" Located at MP47.1 miles from Logansport.

Templeton : NYC's Chicago line went from Indianapolis north to Altamont (MP169.5) where they had trackage rights on NKP's Frankfort IN to Peoria Line. At Templeton(MP191.9) the lines went their separate ways. Mileposts are from Cincinnati. Templeton was a NKP tower, call letters were "MD". It had a USS electric machine 20 levers, 12? used.

Tower 34 : The MKT(Katy) and the International Great Northern (IGN) crossed. It had a mechanical plant.

To all of you; Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We've been told that only 6 people are allowed to meet for Thanksgiving Day, but 30 people for a funeral. With this, I announce that we will be holding a funeral for our pet Turkey named "Butterball" who will pass away on November 26, 2020. Refreshments provided.

 Oregon's governor can't bring law and order for 4 solid months to Portland but is willing to call in the police(whom they want to de fund) to arrest people for having Thanksgiving gatherings with more than X amount of people.

NOVEMBER    27

Illinois..................Spaulding  Elgin  1    2    3    EJ&E x MILW

Ohio......................CG  Columbus Grove   DT&I x B&O

                               KN  Lepsic  1    2   DT&I x NKP      NKP

                               Mounds(MU)  PRR x NYC       PRR

Wisconsin..............North Milwaukee    1    2        MILW

KN : West Leipsic (KN) : The Lima Northern was built north from Lima with the goal to reach Toledo in competition with the CH&D. Calvin Brice, a US Senator appointed by Ohio in 1891 was not a friend of the CH&D and held various other railroad properties. He promoted and built the LN and by 1896 they built through Leipsic to Malinta where they used Clover Leaf tracks to reach Toledo . The CR&T Annual report for 1896 shows an interlocking at the DT&I - NKP crossing. I looked at other sources and found the tower on a Sanborn map in the southwest quadrant of the crossing. So that means there were two different towers at this crossing. The first must have been built with the original construction of the Lima Northern. It may have been a condition of allowing the crossing. The Nickel Plate was built through here in 1882.......Wally Mattes

This is supposed to be the panel from  ATSF/RI UD tower in Joliet IL. Is this correct ?  Thanks



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