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JULY  1

New Jersey.................NK 1 2  Newark     LV

JULY  1

Maryland..................*16th St.  Baltimore        PRR

New York.................*OG  Owego    Erie

Pennsylvania............*BQ  Lackawaxen    Erie
                                 *BY  Bethlehem     RDG
                                   KI  Jenkintown     RDG

JULY  19

More diagrams from Geoff Hubbs. All are NYC in New York State. The ones with a + have an accompanying picture on the site.

New York.....................+A   Albany
                                        B   Albany
                                        D   Rensselaer
                                      +SS#1  Albany
                                        SS#1  Grand St. and Fifth Ave.  Troy
                                        SS#7  Carmen-Schenectady
                                        SS#8  1  2    Schenectady
                                      +SS#30   Utica
                                      +SS#31   Utica
                                        SS#98          Rensselaer 
                                        SS#99/100   Rensselaer
                                        SS#101        Rensselaer

JULY  30

The following nine shots were submitting by Chris Kunz. All expect Alto were taken in Springfield IL. I have known Chris for upwards of 30 years. He is a close friend and a fellow railroader. He currently works for the CP out of Elkhart  Indiana. He is Trey Kunz' brother. Trey was one of the guys that helped me get this website off the ground.

Illinois.........................Iles  1 2 3 4 5  

Iles was a Gulf Mobile and Ohio design but staffed by the Wabash. GM&O crossed Wabash' Decatur to Kansas City line. Amtrak #300, The State House", had the honors of being the very last train to pass a MANNED Iles tower.(picture 5) The tower closed in June 1994.

                                  Ridgely  1 2

CIM(Chicago Illinois Midland) and the GM&O crossed here. B&O had trackage rights into Springfield here as well. It was a GM&O tower. After the ownership had changed hands a few times; Ridgely was the last manned tower on the Union Pacific(UP). It closed in June 2010.

                                  Shops

The CIM and Wabash crossed here.This was the same Wabash line that crossed at Iles. B&O had trackage rights here too. It was a CIM tower. It closed in 1988.

Pennsylvania.............Alto  Altoona  pure PRR !!

Chris Kunz, Alan Buck, and I(the great Dan Maners) took an Amtrak trip from Indianapolis to Altoona on the last weekend before CSX's hostile takeover of our beloved Conrail. Chris and I were both CR employees at this point. After "split date" I went with CSX; Kunz got "drafted" to work on the better railroad; Norfolk Southern. Chris and I wore our Conrail company shirts with pride and dignity on this trip.



AUGUST   1

I'm thinking(hard for me to do)  about having ex operators submitting stories about your experiences working the towers. They could be mere reflections or about a serious situation or funny things that happened. Being a railroader myself I image the comical stories would far out number the other stuff. I will leave your name and maybe location out of it. Send them in; I'm waiting!!!

Iowa.................................9th Street   Clinton     CNW

Illinois............................*Galva 1 2   CB&Q x RI    CB&Q

Indiana.............................Burnett   CEI x NYC    NYC
                                       *HX (Sloan)  1 2 3
NYC's  Danville IL to Chicago line crossed a branch of the IC. Very rare pictures.

New Jersey.....................*Dock  Harrison    PRR
                                         UD  DL&W
I have removed the listing of Dover and now have it listed under it's telegraph call "UD". This is a rare inside shot of UD. Russell Ruff is the operator.

New York........................*Tower 3  Troy  1 2       NYC 

Wisconsin........................Clyman Jct.      CNW

AUGUST  2

 Seven diagrams via Geoff Hubbs. Six have accompanying pictures. All from Buffalo

New York..................BC        
                                   DM 
                                   FW
                                   RB
                                   SS#47
                                   SS#48
                                   SS#49          

Five pics from Henry Wilhelm via John Garofalo

Maryland....................*JA  Union Crossing       PRR
                                   *North Point                    PRR

West Virginia.............DK  Huntington               C&O
                                 *HO  Huntington               C&O
                                   KX  Kenova                     N&W

AUGUST  3

I have six diagrams and one tower on tap for you. All except SS#52 have corresponding pictures.

Indiana..........................Bend  South Bend  NYC x GTW   NYC

Maine...........................SS#52  Washington     B&A

Maryland......................Hager Hagerstown      PRR

New Jersey...................XC(Excee) Cranford   CNJ

Pennsylvania................Grundy Bristol          PRR
                                     Morris Morrisville     PRR
                                     Steel  Bethlehem       CNJ

AUGUST  3

First installment of "Tales from the Tower" has been submitted by Robert Anderson. He was an operator working for the Milwaukee and Burlington Northern. I posted it pretty much "raw".

Indiana.........................*Pierceton        PRR

 Very rare shot. Pierceton stood at MP 350.8 (west of Pittsburgh) on Pennsy's Ft. Wayne Line. It was approximately 8 miles east of the tower at Warsaw IN. To the best of my knowledge no one crossed here; it handled cross overs. The old depot at Pierceton still stands and serves as a trendy bar/restaurant. Photo came via Roger Zimmerman.



AUGUST  4

Illinois...........................*61 st Street  1  2  3  4  5   NYC x RI

The New York Central and the Rock Island split here. Picture one is from the tower when steam ruled. Pictures 4 and 5 were taken after a fire and the operators were using flag and hand signals to route trains through the plant. It was a RI tower.

Pennsylvania....................*JD (Conpit)
                                           MG
                                           View  Duncannon

ALL PRR

AUGUST  5

Ohio...............................Crest(US)  Crestline

Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh to Chicago(Ft. Wayne Line) crossed New York Central's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line(B Line) The tower was built by PRR but staffed by NYC.

AUGUST   8

Captains log stardate 8.8.18

Four new towers and six diagrams; via Geoff Hubbs. Mr. Hubbs is having a momentary lapse of reason and is getting his hands dirty by submitting stuff from the "other" railroad.....PRR

New Jersey.....................*Hudson  Harrison  1 2 3
                                         Jersey  Delair
                                       *Karny  Kearney  1 2
                                       *Lincoln  Metuchen  1 2
                                         Midway
                                      *Union Rahway 1 2

Two pictures and text by Gary Minor

Ohio...............................Glen Jean Waverly 1  2

Sometime around 1960 or 1961, the DT&I got trackage rights over the N&W's Scioto Division bridge, rather than maintaining their own bridge. You can tell in the first shot that the DT&I diamond and track has been removed and you can see the DT&I bridge in the distance on the right. In the second shot, the DT&I connection should curve to the right in the picture, the tower was located in the southeast (correction, I wrote southwest) corner of the diamond, as you can tell in your first shot. That connecting track still exists today, I believe that Norfolk Southern still uses just a bit of the old DT&I, which was eventually abandoned from Washington CH to Ironton. Also, I would hazard a guess that the tower has been closed by this time, it just looks like it to me and I know that the DT&I connecting and all the signals and remote controlled switches were added to the dispatcher's traffic control machine in Portsmouth. Glen Jean was closed and I believe demolished not very long after. Gary Minor via email


AUGUST   13

Indiana.....................Kraft  Indianapolis       PRR
                               *Stockyards 1 2  Indianapolis   IURY
                                 Vigo  Terre Haute  NYC x PRR   PRR

Pennsylvania.............Beck(OB)               PRR
                                 *Bell                         PRR
                                   Hunt Huntingdon    PRR
                                   SG    Johnstown      PRR
                                   UY   Aspinwall      PRR

AUGUST     16

Ohio.........................Wheeling Belleview 1 2

Two more shots from Pat Sweeney.
                                                          

AUGUST     21

Ohio.......................Orrville     PRR

Nice shot from Pat Sweeney. Tower has been moved to a railroad museum in Orrville. I hope they have the resources to restore the tower.

AUGUST    24

Ohio.............................WR Walbridge  Toledo       PRR

Nice b&w shot of the tower by the master himself; Dave Oroszi.
Although taken in 1977 it still wears a PRR sign. WR controlled the crossing of the PRR, C&O and the Toledo Terminal. The interlocking machine was a USS model 14 electro-pneumatic with a 59 lever frame.

AUGUST  27

Indiana......................*Frankfort  1  2  3

Three more photos by Pat Sweeney.

Frankfort tower protected the crossing of the Monon and the THI&E(Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern) This could be the first tower I have posted where an electric line crossed a steam line. The THI&E was pulled through here shortly after WWII. The tower was built, owned and staffed? by them as well. The reason for its size was in addition to the interlocking machine it had a waiting room for passengers and it served a few other functions too. It has been "fixed up" and used as the Administration building for the Clinton County Fairgrounds. I'm not sure when it was moved from its original site to this location but Wally Mattes guesses it was in the 50's. The original site of the tower was not very far from where it stands today. There was another tower known as Frankfort in the town of Frankfort; it was a shanty and it protected the NKP, PRR and Monon.

AUGUST   27

Illinois......................*Streator  1  2  3   ATSF x WAB   ATSF

Rare shot of Streator from William Shapotkin's collection.

AUGUST   28

I have seven diagrams and three towers for you today. All diagrams have accompanying pictures on the site. All except Scioto were furnished by Geoff Hubbs. Thanks to him I have over 200 track diagrams. They have made wonderful additions to the site. Judging by the email responses you are enjoying them as much as I have. The particulars such as who crossed whom,  etc. are spelled out on the diagrams. I'll give town name and owner though.

Illinois...........................Englewood Chicago            PRR

Indiana..........................Bart  Hobart                        EJE
                                      Plymouth                            PRR
                                      State Line                           C&WI

New Jersey...................Cooper 1 2  Camden           PRR
                                     MJ East Burlington             PRR

Ohio.............................Scioto  1  2  Columbus       NYC?

Pennsylvania................Easton                               Lehigh Valley

AUGUST     29

Welcome new contributor Dave Damp to the site. He sent two inside shots of Esplen tower. Pennsylvania's  former Panhandle Division holds a special place in Dave's heart as his grandfather, great uncle and great grandfather all worked out of Scully Yard.

Esplen...........................1 2  Pittsburgh            PRR

AUGUST   30

Illinois...........................A2 Western Ave.  Chicago   Milwaukee

Great "arty" black and white shot of the levers and model board. Picture by Dominic Morrone. Dom is now in his mid 40's and I have known him since his was in his early teens. He is one of the best photographers I know. A2 is still open. They have been talking about closing it for the last 10 years but it still manages to solider on.  Dominic Morrone; that is a good Irish name, right????......LOL

SEPTEMBER   5

Ohio........................Mace  Massillion  PRR x B&O   PRR

Mace is where Pennsy's Pittsburgh to Chicago Line crossed B&O's Warwick OH. to Bridgeport OH. line.




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