The site is set up with a state by state listing. Towers are in alphabetical order under states. Some had different names depending on which railroad crossed at that point. Where this happened the tower is listed by just one entry. For instance Colsan was also known as Bucyrus and UR on the NYC. Some of the tower names are unknown to me so they are listed by town name only. When more information comes to light I'll be posting the correction.
Most towers were different in their looks. Some were beautiful two or three story structures others were no more than one story,one room shantys. Others were in conjunction with a station or yard office. Some tower designs were standard to a particular railroad. Pennsy towers built in the 1940's and 50's looked like miniature castles with their roof crenallations. Others like Kouts IN.,Junction IN. and Upper Sandusky OH. had similar architecture. No hard and fast rules apply to any railroad towers. Many C&O towers were brick with an "overhang" or massive bay window. IC's Homewood tower has a similar design to the C&O. In later years C&O built solid one story brick structures. Most C&O towers if not all were called "cabins". Former CCC&STL towers stood on stilts; years later many bottoms were closed in. Morgan tower in Ohio is a good example.
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