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We'll start off  October with two sets from Mike Brotzman.

OCTOBER    1

Illinois............................Corwith  Chicago  1   2   3   4   5   6

Virginia...........................GN   Greendale    1   2   3   4

At Corwith the Santa Fe crossed the GM&O. It was a ATSF tower......Trey Kunz

I see you've noted that Corwith was a Santa Fe tower.  As an IHB train dispatcher I worked with the Corwith tower operators a lot as they had de facto control over the "Alton" between Corwith and "Argo" (C&A or "Canal" as we called the Alton-IHB crossing at Summit, ILL).  To my knowledge those operators were Alton/GM&O/IC/ICG/CN, not Santa Fe, but you would want to talk to one to be sure.  I don't personally know any.  Of course it could have been one of those "split" towers with an Alton operator on some shifts and a Santa fe operator on others.  When the tower was cut over to remote control it did go to BNSF.......Carl Barneyback

GN was an RF&P tower....... Trey Kunz

OCTOBER     3

Here is my monthly allotment of Henry Wilhelm's photos. Three of them are new an as usual they came via John Garofalo.

Maryland...................*VO  Weverton         B&O

New Jersey...................RK  Bound Brook       CNJ

New York...................*GM Grasmere SI (Staten Island Railway)

Virginia.........................Riverton Jct       N&W

                                     *Roanoke       N&W

RK  New Jersey : RK Bound Brook MP 31.8 on the CNJ mainline was the junction with and north end of the Reading's NY Branch.  The tower was destroyed in a 1969 derailment (shown in 2nd photo) and replaced with a trailer. The interlocking was later remote controlled and removed completely in 1987.......... Geoff Hubbs


OCTOBER       4

Six towers, four of them new and three diagrams. All from Geoff Hubbs and all New York Central.

Illinois......................*JC  Grayville    

                                    Henry St. Alton

Indiana......................*CI  Anderson   CIRR x NYC

                                     Porter(PO)  photo    diagram

New York.....................GJ  Gardenville

                                      SS#1 Erie Blvd.  Syracuse

                                      *SS#20  Wayneport

                                       *SS#98  Rensselaer

Ohio...............................Grosvenor    photo  diagram

JC Illinois : JC was at MP141.6  on NYC's Cairo Line. Railroaders pronounced it KAY ROW.  Mileposts are from Danville IL. The IC crossed the NYC here. I think it went automatic in the late 50's? Photos of JC are rare.

Porter Indiana : Originally the crossing of the NYC (LS&MS) Main by the Michigan Central main from Detroit.  The C&O (Pere Marquette) also entered from the northeast.  The Michigan Central passenger trains were moved from Central Station to LaSalle Street in 1957 and the Michigan Central west of Porter became the Ivanhoe Branch. The diamonds were removed soon after and the tower was closed and demolished in 1985.
Geoff Hubbs

Information about any of the above towers would be greatly appreciated.

With Major Lawrence mercy is a passion; to me it is merely 
good manners.

OCTOBER   5

The following were sent by Dale Martin....from Alabama

Kansas..................................*Columbus Wye   1   2    info

Two lines of the Frisco crossed the MKT. The info deal was not written by a railroader or a rail buff, but there is enough stuff there that you get the picture.

Ohio.....................................Custer       PRR

                                              Edison      NYC

                                              RN  Ravenna       B&O

Pennsylvania.........................Wood   Homewood    PRR

Custer was at MP70.0 (from Pittsburgh) on PRR's Pittsburgh to Richmond line. There was a siding here and Custer also controlled East Custer at MP 69 and Scio at MP 75...Dan Maners

Additional information on RK  NY, See above Sep. 3

TISHREL 18  5781

I seem to have awaken Steve Salamon out of his dogmatic slumber. Here are five shots and  and a short tome for each one. All are Pittsburgh and Lake Erie (P&LE)

Pennsylvania.......................CP 3  (CH) McKees Rocks  1   2   3

The P&LE installed CTC on most of its railroad during the 1960's.  P&LE's timetable No. 12 of October 28, 1962 lists CH and FM towers as manned interlockings, 24 hours a day.  In Timetable No. 13 of April 28, 1963, these locations no longer show as manned interlockings, indicating they were closed sometime between the dates of those timetables.  Prior to the CTC project, P&LE had a four-track main line at both of these locations.  The CTC project, and the decline of passenger service, allowed two of the main tracks to be removed.  After completion of the CTC project, P&LE began identifying the interlockings on their railroad as "CP" locations, in the style of New York Central, which in the 1960's had majority ownership of P&LE.  The interlocking at CH Tower became CP3, and the interlocking at FM Tower became CP5.  P&LE put signs on the towers with the CP designation, even though the towers had been closed.

Both of these buildings are gone.  I'm not sure when FM (CP5) was demolished.  CH Tower (CP3) lasted at least into 2002, when you photographed it, but it is gone today. 

Photos 1, 2 and 3 are of CH Tower (CP3) at McKees Rocks, PA.  I believe this tower was built circa 1950, replacing an older tower, but have not yet been able to find any documentation or photos.  This tower was at the east end of P&LE's vast facilities in McKees Rocks, that included eastbound and westbound freight yards, locomotive shop, two complete roundhouses, extensive car shops, and the ancillary storehouses, offices, and utility buildings that were typical of such complexes.  This tower was at milepost 3.5 on P&LE's main line between Pittsburgh, PA and Youngstown, OH.  Milepost 0.0 on the P&LE was at the P&LE station at downtown Pittsburgh.  P&LE's headquarters and offices were also in that building.  Photo 1 is looking west toward the yards and shops, on November 14, 1981.  In photo 2, an eastbound train is departing the yard, on July 28, 1983.  Photo 3, from May 6, 1983, is looking east, showing the P&LE's commuter train to College, PA that operated until 1985.  

                           CP 5 (FM)  McKees Rocks

CP 5 (FM) Tower at milepost 5.7 (CP5), at the west end of the McKees Rocks complex.  Date is September 6, 1982.  The two tracks closest to the tower are the P&LE mains, while the track on the far right is the PC&Y (Pittsburgh, Chartiers & Youghiogheny) to Neville Island.  The PC&Y was half owned by the P&LE and PRR/PC.  At this location, the PC&Y curves away from the P&LE to cross the Back Channel of the Ohio River to reach Neville Island, a five-mile long island in the Ohio River, that was loaded with industry.  P&LE crews also had rights to use that bridge, which was accessed by the interlocked crossover from the main line.

Here is Henry Wilhelm's shot of CP 5(FM) 1928.

                          CP 10 (MR) Montour Jct.   Coraopolis

Photo is of MR Tower at Montour Junction, milepost 9.8 west of Pittsburgh.  Date is September 6, 1982.  This was where P&LE interchanged with the Montour Railroad.  The hoppers on the right were stored on one of the old main tracks.  The active main tracks were on the other side of the hoppers.  I'm not sure when this tower closed.  The earliest employee timetable that I have, from 1955, does not show this location as an active tower, suggesting that the interlocking here may have been controlled by another location by that time.  The interlocking here became CP10 after completion of CTC in the 1960's.  Appears the railroad was still using the building for some purpose at the time of the photo.  I don't know if this building remains today. ALL photos and comments are from Steve Salamon.

OCTOBER   7

Massachusetts.......................Buzzards Bay      New Haven

Below photo by Noah Caplin; diagram by Geoff Hubbs.

New York...............................Harold   New York    LIRR(PRR)

                                                 photo   diagram

Harold was a Long Island RR tower built in 1908 at MP 3.7 east of Penn Station New York.  To the west are 4 joint PRR (now Amtrak)- LIRR tracks and 2 LIRR passenger tracks to Long Island City as well as a LIRR freight track.  To the east are 4 LIRR main tracks, 2 Port Washington tracks and the New Haven (now Amtrak) Hell Gate Line to Boston. All tracks have 3rd rail and catenary............Geoff Hubbs

The tower and electro-pnuematic interlocking machine were replaced by a new brick tower and all-relay interlocking in 1987.  The interlocking is now undergoing major reconfiguration for the East Side Access connections to Grand Central Terminal.
GH

Her style is new, but the face the same. As it was so long ago.
But from her eyes, a different smile Like that of one who knows.

OCTOBER    10

Pennsylvania.......................Baldwin  Eddystone  1   2   3   PRR

Baldwin was at MP 11.7 (from Philadelphia Suburban Station) on Pennsy's Philly to Washington Main.

OCTOBER     11

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

Now she gets her kicks in Stepney, not in Knightsbridge anymore.


OCTOBER   12

Four choice black and whites from Dave Oroszi.

Ohio..........................High Street   Columbus   1   2   3   4   PRR

If only 11 million people have Obama-Care, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed? Will an additional 13 million people be randomly shot?

OCTOBER      18

Here is a small this and that

The machine at 47th ST. It was a Chicago and Western Indiana (C&WI) tower.

Illinois..............................47th ST.    Chicago   

Indiana............................*JR   Terre Haute  1   2  diagram

JR was located in NYC's depot in Terre Haute.  You can see the operator's "bay" in picture one along with the silhouette of JR's train order signal. After the Penn Central merger a physical connection was put in to swing the NYC over to the Pennsy. I have posted some of this before but the photos here expalin FAR better than I could. Map  PC connection  Ringo

JR had a USS Type F Model 14 Machine. As of Dec. 14 1967 it had 15 levers with 8 being used. Type F model 14's could be electro-pnuematic or as in this case just plain electric.
Wally Mattes

Here is an example of the above mentioned machine.

Below are two diagrams from State Line Tower, Indiana. As I have mentioned before it was the largest mechanical interlocking in Indiana if not the entire USA. To repeat....State Line's Machine was a National Style A with 224 levers. The players here were C&WI, Erie, B&OCT, IHB, EJE, NKP and Monon. What a place !!!!. The hand drawn diagram is made by the late Richard Carpenter. He was the guy that published all those Rail Atlas's that showed railroads from past years.

                          State Line 1     State Line 2

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.


OCTOBER    20

Fifteen pics all from Scott Wertans ; sent via Geoff Hubbs.

Canada.............................Cabin D  Toronto

                                          Ladysmith   British Columbia

Massachusetts.................*Fitchburg            B&M

Maryland...........................Cassatt  Pokomoke      PRR

New Jersey........................Denville           DL&W

                                          Greendell        DL&W

                                          WC  Waldwick      Erie

New York..........................BD  Binghamton      Erie

                                          East Binghamton     DL&W

                                          FA  Oneonta    D&H

                                          HO  Horseheads     Erie

                                          SS#2  Syracuse      NYC

                                           WC  Salamanca    Erie

Ohio..................................Burt(BU)  Galion     NYC

Pennsylvania.....................R  Allentown     CNJ

Delray Michigan will close on November 16. This is the last CSX manned tower.

This really isn't tower stuff BUT....................................................

I just now noticed the number of the engine at R tower. This engine (6999) and the 6998 were the only two built by the PRR. Their original numbers were 8588 and 8589. They were built in 1953 for service on the 5.89 % grade on Madison Hill, Indiana and were equipped with rail washers. The model designation was SD 7, in Pennsy language they were ERS15a. Somewhere down the line they were modified and  renumbered as 6950 and 6951 with model designation ERS15ax.  Into Penn Central they had the numbers changed to 6998 and 6999........John Cipollina

OCTOBER   21

Pennsylvania...........................BO(Bird)   Birdsboro     RDG





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