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JANUARY   1

OK....Let's start the year with more Erie towers....Save one GY, it is New York Central

New York.....................BD  Binghamton  1  2
                                     CB Jct.  Cuba
                                     DV Falconer  1  2  3
                                     GY  Geneva
                                     NE Niobe  1  2

Pennsylvania...............BK Buchanan Jct. Meadville  1  2  3
                                    Bruin Shenango   1  2  3
                                    XN  Shenango  1  2

JANUARY    3

The last installment(maybe) of Scott Wertans Erie stuff.

Ohio.............................Mansfield
                                     Martel  1  2
                                     RU Sterling  1  2  3
                                     SJ Lima  1  2  3
                                     SN Leavittsburg  1  2  3  4

New Jersey.................*WR West Arlington

JANUARY   8

Six photos from a new photographer; John T. Eagan JR.

Illinois..........................Dolton        PRR

Much happened here and I'm probably not 100% correct on what. If not somebody will correct me. PRR, BOCT, CWI, IHB,
and CE&I crossed here.

Indiana.........................Calumet  East Chicago     IHB
EJ&E, BOCT and IHB crossed here. It used a National Style A machine with 96 levers, 45? being used.

                                      Haley  1  2    Terre Haute   CE&I
New York Central's Indianapolis to St. Louis Line crossed Chicago and Eastern Illinois Chicago to Evansville line. In the first picture we are looking north on the CE&I. The tracks to the left is the NYC's double main. The track arrangement was changed a few years ago after the tower closed and traffic from the combined lines is still heavy. The tower was moved a few feet back and is preserved, along with Spring Hill Tower, at the Wabash Valley Railroad Museum. There is a link to their page under "restorations". Haley used an electric GRS pistol grip machine; 40 levers, 34? being used. Its call letters were HY. Picture two shows a rare view of the backside of the tower.

                                     Hartsdale  Schereville     PRR
Pennsy's Panhandle route crossed EJ&E. NYC's Danville line crossed overhead(the bridge in the background) but there was provision to come down the hill and make an interchange with the EJ&E. I did this once when I was working the Danville line back in September of 1973. Hartsdale used a USS IS&F machine with an S-8 add on. 72 levers 30 used.

                                  Walkerton     B&O
B&O's main line from Baltimore to Chicago crossed NYC's Kankakee Belt which crossed NKP's  Indianapolis to Michigan City Line. The tower was once three stories tall. It used a National Style A machine, 96 levers, 52 used. Its call sign was KN.

JANUARY  9

Found this slide I took under my stash of.......Well....Never you mind WHAT it was under !!!!!!!!!!     Enjoy

Indiana..........................Haley

JANUARY   10

Do we really need any more pictures of Morgan? I have 23 currently posted but a few more won't hurt. These new ones are from Kirk Reynolds. More of Morgan to follow.

Ohio.............................Morgan  Quincy  1  2  3  4

The DT&I's Flatrock MI to Ironton OH line crossed NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line. It's call letters were QC

JANUARY  12

Oh "Dale from Alabama" !?.......Here are two diagrams and seven pictures and eight of them are New Haven !!!!

Illinois........................16th ST.  Chicago   C&WI
                                  
New York...................Fremont  Fresh Pond
                                   SS#4 Oak Point
                                  *SS#22(Shell) New Rochelle  1  2                                 
Rhode Island...............SS#141 Cranston  1  2
                                   *SS#156 Boston Switch Central Falls
                                     SS K-313 East Providence

JANUARY  14

Pennsylvania...............*C&M Jct.    DuBois
                                      FC  Falls Creek
                                      WI  Brockway

Three towers off the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh(BR&P)
The B&O absorbed the BR&P in 1932 for increased access into New York State.  Their towers were very handsome structures and were built to last. They look very similar to New Haven interlockers.

JANUARY  15

Five new towers from the Henry Wilhelm collection.

Florida...........................*A Jacksonville Terminal        JT
                                       *Ardley Drawbridge Ardley   FEC
                                       *BS Jacksonville Terminal     JT
                                       *Iris                                        SAL
                                       *Jupiter Drawbridge Jupiter   FEC

JANUARY   16

New Jersey...................County  New Brunswick         PRR
                                     Orange                                     DL&W
                                     UD Dover                                DL&W

New York...................*Bliss  Long Island           LIRR
Bliss may be a block station rather than an interlocking but I posted it anyway.

                                  *SS NS (New Scotland)  Voorheesville   
The operator and the machine were in the depot. The station was shared by the New York Central and the Delaware and Hudson.
The photo looks eastward. West of the diamonds, the NYC (x-West Shore) went to 3 tracks.

                                  *SS RJ  Rotterdam Jct.        NYC
“RJ” at Rotterdam Jct. : The photo looks westward and is near the west end of the plant. The track diverging to the left is the West Shore main which stayed on the south side of the Mohawk River to Utica. The 2 main tracks  of the Hoffmans Branch curve to the right in the distance to cross the Mohawk River and connect with the Mohawk Division mainline.


Pennsylvania...............SR  Susquehanna                Erie

JANUARY  19  2:24 AM

Six more shots of Morgan !!! All from Kirk Reynolds. These  are dedicated to my friend, Mike Silvers, an ex operator. Morgan was like a second home to him so I know he will get a big kick out of them. The last four shots will bring back some pleasant memories too. A big snow storm is coming here and where you live too, Mike.......This will give you something to do while snow bound. 


Ohio........................... 1    S-8 machine
                                    2    Human interest shot
                                    3    Don Addis
                                    4    Don Addis ?
                                    5    Charlie Swabb
                                    6    Carl  McIntire handing up the  "flimsys" to the rear end of the INTO(Indianapolis to Toledo)


JANUARY    29

Massachusetts............SS #22  Framingham  1  2    NYC(B&A)

New York...................GS   Syracuse     NYC
                                  *QS  Crescent      D&H
                                    NW  North While Plains   NYC
                                    SS #8  Schenectady   NYC
                                  *SS #99  Rensselaer    NYC

Ohio............................OD(Ore Dock) Ashtabula      NYC

Pennsylvania..............Slateford Jct       DL&W

JANUARY  31

Indiana.....................*Switz City      PRR

Rare photo........PRR's Indianapolis to Vincennes line crossed the IC. I THINK it was was their Indy to Effingham IL branch. The Monon snuck (I know that is not a real word) in here somehow.


FEBRUARY     2

Illinois......................*River Branch Jct. Chicago  1  2  3    PRR

Indiana......................Whiting  1  2       PRR

There were two Whitings in Whiting.....One was PRR with the call letters "FO". The other was NYC with call letters "MS". Actually it was called MISS tower but it was liberated and was renamed MS.

                               *Indiana Harbor Canal   1  2  3      PRR

There were at least three Indiana Harbor towers...One was EJ&E
The other two were Pennsylvania. One was called Indiana Harbor; the other they added "canal" to its name.

New Jersey...............MR Matawan   diagram

Geoff Hubbs sent these after securing permission to to so. The two shots of Indiana Harbor Canal are Paul Geiger shots. I did not know Paul that well but he was always present on the nights I gave my annual tower show to the Marion Ohio group back in the early days. And what a character he was !!!! With him in attendance there was no shortage of comments and stories. Morning Sun Books contains many of Paul Geiger shots and one of them, "Trackside in search of Towers and Trains" , is nothing but Geiger pictures. Mr Geiger was a tower operator too. He started with the Pennsy, then Penn Central and ended his flamboyant career with Conrail. Paul died on 22 July 2007 of cancer.

FEBRUARY     4

Washington.................*Black River  Seattle  1  2   Milwaukee

A new tower from the West Coast. Photographed  by John Carr.
Check out John's website.   http;//www.carrtracks.com

FEBRUARY    4

Wally Mattes(the undisputed tower guru for Indiana and my mentor, up to a point!!!) sent me this article. The piece is about them moving RU tower. RU was a C&O tower in Russell Kentucky.  Pages  1  2 
I hope you find it interesting........If not then....well I can't say THAT on a family website.
 
                                                                
FEBRUARY     5

Some really good stuff on tap here. First a diagram of Dolton IL. from 1944.  This was an extensive plant with 172 levers. As Paul Geiger quipped; "The other end of the machine was in a different time zone".

Illinois.............................Dolton diagram

I was perusing one of my external hard drives and in the Stormy Daniels folder I came(no pun intended) across these gems among other things.Unfortunately they are ALL NYC towers. Just Kidding, Geoff and Shel !!! More to follow sometime down the line. Four new towers in this batch and one maybe new.  Email me and for a small fee I'll send the "other" pictures I discovered !!!!!!!!!

Ohio................................Alvorton

Alvordton is located just south of the Michigan State Line and was where the CN crossed the Wabash Detroit / Kansas City mainline. The photo is especially striking because of the original CN caboose on the train. This shot is of the original tower built in 1893. It was destroyed by fire in 1916. A new tower replaced it in 1917 and it was relocated on the other side of the quadrant. 



                                      *BJ Bay Jct.  Sandusky

It was a 4-way junction with the LS&MS mainline being crossed by The Big Four’s Mad River & Lake Erie and the PRR’s Columbus / Sandusky lines; 4th carrier was the NKP’s Lake Erie & Western which was on the south side of the LS&MS and crossed the PRR.

                                       BS  Elyria

BS at Elyria is “Elyria Jct” and was where the Sandusky Division (which became the mainline) diverged from the Old Main (which became the Norwalk Branch).The scene faces westward and the train appears to be an excursion of some type with only a single baggage car and no RPO, or possibly a detour.

                                      *Carlisle  Jct.

This is where the Cincinnati Northern(CN)(NYC) Jackson Michigan to Cincinnati Line crossed NYC's Burt to Cincinnati Line. In the picture the tracks running from top to bottom is the CN. If you follow the CN you can see in the distance another tower. This was where B&O's Cincinnati to Toledo line crossed the CN. The call letters for the B&O tower were "CR" The call letters for Carlisle Jct. were "FA?" I am a bit mystified as to where the photographer was standing when he took this shot. Seems to high for a signal and too low for an airplane. My thanks to DR. Jim Brown, James Gumbert and even Mike Silvers got into the fray, for provided the information about this place. James Gumbert sent a map to help clarify things.

                                      *Drawbridge 1  2      Dayton

Yes Virginia, there was a drawbridge in Dayton; across the Miami River. There was a canal through here long ago; hence the need for a drawbridge. It was used by the Erie, Baltimore and Ohio and the New York Central. The Pennsylvania ran to the south of this location. The Erie and NYC elevated the tracks in 1930/1931. B&O's tracks were elevated in 1956. These maps might help clarify things. 1  2  Thanks to Shel Lustig, Bill Haines and Mike Silvers for the above information.

                                       *Fremont

This was on the old LS&MS mainline (later called the Norwalk Branch) which ran between Elyria Jct. and Millbury Jct.. and was replaced by the mainline across Sandusky Bay. The tower protected the crossing of the Lake Shore Electric RR interurban.  The LSE was abandoned c. 1938 and presumably that’s when the tower went away. FREMONT / LSE XG – This was one of those oddballs that did not appear in the station listing or show an office call in the Employee Timetable.


                                       *JU  Oak Harbor

OAK HARBOR / “JU” – Shows in the Emp. TT as “Signal Station”, open continuously. It was located .4-mile west of the Oak Harbor Station which would put it between the W&LE overpass and the first grade crossing. I’ll check further to see if this cabin remained until the TCS came c. 1960. This was where the line went from double-track to 4-track  westbound.

JU did indeed last till the cut-over of CTC in 1957.  The building was built to same general specs as MN signal station just west of Edgerton. ....Terry Miliczky


Thanks to Sheldon Lustig of the New York Central Historical Society for providing the information on the above towers, except Carlisle Jct and Drawbridge.

FEBRUARY    6

This is for the really hardcore tower guys. This diagram shows how the tower name should be applied to the interlocking. Down to the dimensions of the sign and the types of paint to be used. Even the type of wood the sign is made of is specified. Ryan Krengel, a railroad brother and good friend, sent this to me. He has many of these but I am only going to show one as they are all the same; only the tower names are different. Gard tower was on NYC's Indianapolis to St. Louis Line at MP. 227.9 (distance from Indpls.) It controlled a siding prior to CTC installation. 


FEBRUARY   7

These diagrams are of towers that stood on the Indianapolis Union Railway(IURY) known also as the "Belt" here in Indy.
Most were no more than one story shantys  and they used home built interlocking machines, but they were interlockings. All except Panhandle Jct. have corresponding pictures. They were all located in Indianapolis.    They come from the collection of A. Ryan Watson.

Indiana..........................Churchman  Ave.
                                      Panhandle Jct.
                                      Stockyards
                                      Van Jct.

FEBRUARY    10

I have many things to post. I will start with a batch of diagrams.
Diagrams marked with a + have no corresponding picture on the site. Sent to me via Geoff Hubbs.

Illinois..........................61st Street       Rock Island/NYC

Maryland.......................Landover       PRR

Ohio.............................+Dayton Union Station
                                       Mingo Jct.                    PRR
                                       Swan Creek  Toledo     NYC
                                       Tates Point  Dayton      NYC

Pennsylvania..................UY  Aspinwall             PRR

Wisconsin....................+Central Ave. Superior  Northern Pacific

FEBRUARY   11

Towers only in this second round via Geoff Hubbs.

Indiana.........................Gridley      NYC

This is where NYC's  Cleveland to Indianapolis (Line B Line) double tracks diverged. They came back together at Taft, today MP. 251 which was remoted to Gridley when Taft was closed. PRR's Richmond Branch crossed Number One track at Gridley and prior to 1931 the Central Railroad of Indiana was figured in here too. Wally Mattes was trying to explain it to me but I am far too stupid to grasp it. It had a USS IS&F machine with 40 levers, 22 used.

North Carolina...................*Pomona  Greensboro    Southern

New Tower and new state listing added

New Jersey..........................WH  White House  1  2     CNJ

The pictures are from a 1931 railroad gazette. I separated the two halves of the page so you could see the tower better.

New York............................JV Johnsonville  1  2     B&M

Same deal as above. This is the first version of JV.

                                            SS#71  Barrytown       NYC

Ohio...................................QD(Quaker)  1  2  Collinwood   NYC

Picture 1 shows an earlier version of the tower. The view is looking westward down the Lakefront mainline. The bridge in the distance is the original Cleveland Short Line which leaves Collinwood on the north side of the mainline and then crosses over to its elevated alignment. The industrial buildings beyond the CSL are the Kuhlman Co. interurban / streetcar plant. Since the CSL was opened c. 1911 and the CUT(Cleveland Union Terminal) project was 1929-30, that pretty well dates the photograph. The CUT right-of-way will diverge to the left just beyond the tower. It may not have had the call letters "QD" early on. This is under investigation.
Shel Lustig provided the above information.

                                          Ridgeway  1  2        NYC

The TOC(NYC) Toledo to Columbus line crossed NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis line..The B Line in railroad parlance. The tower was formerly  known as Hayes with the call letters "WA"

FEBRUARY    11

Five new towers from the late Henry Wilhelm sent by John Garofalo. It is nice to see some "new blood" in here as far as seeing interlockings from other railroads. Not that I am tired of seeing NYC, B&O, NH and PRR but these are a nice change of pace.

Florida...............*Moncrief         ACL

Georgia..............*BJ   Atlanta       Central of Georgia
                           *Callahan         ACL/SAL
                           *Folkston         ACL
                           *Waycross ACL/Waycross and Southern(W&S)

FEBRUARY     12

Here is a link to towers in Texas. Not only does it have an exhaustive list of the interlockings,  in many cases rare pictures accompany the items on the list. A rich source of information.



FEBRUARY     15

The above website has graciously allowed me to post these shots of Tower 112. They provided the information about the tower too.

Texas..............................*Tower 112  1  2   San Antonio

In 1917, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT, "Katy") railroad funded the construction of the San Antonio Belt & Terminal (SAB&T) Railway (and then leased it for 99 years) to provide switching services among railroads in the San Antonio area. One of the primary customers for the SAB&T's services was the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (GH&SA) Railway, a property of the Southern Pacific (SP) system that was eventually merged into the Texas & New Orleans (T&NO) railroad, SP's principal operating company in Texas. Tower 112 was established on December 30, 1919 as a 39-lever mechanical interlocker at a crossing of the SAB&T and GH&SA railroads in southeast San Antonio. The GH&SA line was (and remains) the famous "Sunset Route", now operated by Union Pacific.

FEBRUARY   17

Illinois...............................Bellwood      CA&E

Tower is an electric line tower on the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin

FEBRUARY   18

Just when I thought that Geoff Hubbs had sent the last diagram he could possibly send........Here are 15 more, all Erie(well two are Erie Lackawanna) from his seemingly inexhaustible collection. The ones marked "P" means there is a corresponding photo on the site. Two photos are of the inside panel at Grove St.

New Jersey.......................BE  Passaic
                                     P  BR  Croxton  1  2
                                     P  Granton Jct.(GR)
                                         Grove St.  Jersey City  1  2  3  4
                                     P  Mountain View
                                         QS Jersey City  1  2
                                         Terminal  Jersey City  1  2

New York.....................P  DM  Buffalo
                                     P  FW   Buffalo
                                     P  MQ   Campbell Hall  1  2

The diagram for Mountain View says the interlocking machine is a Johnson machine. To over simplify........this means the locking bed was under the levers, not behind them.

FEBRUARY    23

The following is a short blurb about the relocation project in Dayton Ohio. It is in connection with Drawbridge tower.

By far the most ambitious project in Dayton during the Great Depression was the elimination of railroad crossing at street level in the city. With Dayton located mostly on flat land and served by four railroads, it was inconvenient having to wait for trains that ran through many of the city’s main streets. The plan was to elevate the railroad tracks, thus allowing cars to pass under the trains as they roared through Dayton.
In 1926, Dayton’s citizens approved an $8 mil bond issue for the project. The rest of the $23 million was provided by the railroad companies who entered the city. Work for laying track began on March 5, 1930. Although by this time the city was having financial problems, the money from the bond issue had been set aside, which enabled the work to continue. B & O Passenger Train #59 was the last train that passed over the street level tracks on September 1, 1931. The old rails were taken up the next day. Text by Curt Dalton

Image: Traffic backs up for the final time at the busy intersection of Main and Sixth streets as the last train chugs through downtown Dayton at street level.

The short story and picture came by way of Bill Haines.

FEBRUARY    25

Illinois.........................Rose   Chrisman         NYC

Rose is the crossing of  NYC's  Paris IL to Danville line and B&O's Indianapolis to Decatur Line. The photo says CH&D. The Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton. This was before the B&O bought it, leased it or swindled it out of someone. It's call letters were RS. According to NYC Employee TT dated 10/30/60 it shows it open. Employee TT dated 4/30/61 it shows it as an automatic interlocker.
 

FEBRUARY     27

Massachusetts................SS#53  Hinsdale              NYC

New Jersey.....................WD(West End) Jersey City 1  2  DL&W

New York.......................DM  Buffalo           DL&W
                                       Erie 3(EL-3) Tonawanda       NYC
                                       SS#59 North Tonawanda       NYC

Pennsylvania..................Lehighton      LVRR
                                       Zoo Philadelphia      PRR

MARCH  4

Indiana..........................JD(Judd)    LaPorte          NYC

The picture is from a set the LS&MS made to train the crews working east from Chicago. The location is actually LaPorte, the first interlocking at the Chicago & West Michigan (C&O) crossing of the line from New Buffalo, MI. to LaCrosse IN. The rebuilt tower was called JD, Judd. The view looks east from west of the downtown.....Wally Mattes
This tower stood on the South East quadrant....The new tower was on the North East quadrant. 

Ohio.............................*BD   Baybridge    NYC
                                     *CO   Port Clinton 1  2   NYC
                                       Fairborn  1  2     NYC

MARCH  4

Illinois...........................Indiana Ave.  Chicago

Another transit tower from Bill Shapotkin's collection.

MARCH   5

Nine towers, five of them new, off the New York, West Shore and Buffalo(NYWS&B) It became part of the New York Central in 1885. Geoff Hubbs secured permission, (I HOPE he did!!) to use these pictures  from John Ham's book....."All Along the West Shore"

New York....................... AK    Clarks Mill
                                         CD    Canastota
                                       *CT    Chittenango
                                       *GY   Newburgh
                                       *KI     Kingston
                                         KY   Kingston
                                       *Mortimer  Jct.
                                       *Q  Ravena
                                         YD  Oneida

MARCH  5

Five new towers, two of them being pure transit towers, from the Henry Wilhelm Collection.

New York.....................SS#2 Sands ST.  New York City  BMT
                                      SS#4 High ST.  New York City   BMT

The above two are the two transit towers I mentioned. They are Brooklyn Manhattan Transit (BMT)

Tennessee.................Chattanooga Station Company(CSC)  1
                                 Chattanooga  Station Company(CSC)  2
                                 New Line    Tennessee Central

MARCH  9

Indiana.............................*Fairmount  

Very rare shot. Sent to me by Dale Martin. The old Chicago, Indiana and Eastern got taken into the PRR fold, when, I'm not certain. The Big Four route that crossed here was NYC's  old Michigan Branch, called the Marion Branch under Conrail.

MARCH  10

Ohio...............................*LaRue   1  2        NYC(Big Four)

Another fairly rare tower. LaRue was on NYC's  Cleveland to Indianapolis line, approximately 114 miles from Cleveland.

MARCH   11

New York....................*Chicago ST.  Buffalo Terminal 1 2  LV

Ohio..............................East Columbus(NY)       B&O
                                      GN Columbus  1  2        NYC
                                      Mounds                          PRR
                                      Tower A Cincinnati       CUT

Rhode Island.................SS#151 Promenade ST. Providence  NH

MARCH   15

New Jersey................*Tuckahoe    PRSL(Atlantic City RR) PRR

This 2009 shot shows the mostly restored tower. It did survive as an active tower into the Conrail era.

                                  *Wildwood  Jct. 1  2   PRSL(PRR)

The mechanical interlocking machine was behind the row of windows at the north end of the station. Open only seasonally, the operating rods were disconnected from the switches and signals at the end of summer. PRSL stands for Pennsylvania- Reading Seashore.....pictures and info by Rob Mandeville

MARCH  22

Ohio.......................Carlisle  Jct.

                               Tates Point (SI)  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Shots 6 through 9 are from MDC. The Miami Conservancy District is a river management agency operating in Southwest Ohio to control flooding of the Great Miami River and its tributaries. It was organized in 1915 following the catastrophic Great Dayton Flood of the Great Miami River in March 1913, which hit Dayton, Ohio particularly hard. Shot 6 shows the original Tates Point along with its original location.



                          

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