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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.

Another interesting side note to pictures 4 and 5.  The shots of Tates Point that show the RDC are interesting as this was one of the few long-haul Budd Car assignments. The “Miami Valley Beeliner” operated a Cleveland / Cincinnati round-trip,260 miles each way after the loss of the mail contract on these 2 schedules. This was cut back to one-way CLE to CIN, and the RDC was sent back to CLE on the rear of #16 “Ohio State Limited” as  deadhead equipment. If the RDC was not available, substitute equipment was a GP-9 and 1 or 2 coaches...Shel Lustig NYCHS

MARCH  27

More diagrams sent via Geoff (Mr. Diagram) Hubbs.

Canada..........................BX St. Thomas Ontario       NYC

Indiana...........................Bend(HF) (MC Crossing)  South Bend

This diagram is of a place called Bendix, NX. It was west of Bend , HF as the chart stated about 1/4 mile. The Michigan Central branch from Niles crossed the NYC main line here. The interlocking was included in the HF machine by 1934 and NX tower was then closed. The actual name was Cherry Street but the call NX(Niles Crossing) seems correct. I am trying to validate the Cherry Street name, not yet gospel. Two other South Bend towers were included in the HF machine, Arnold Street , GTW crossing and the II&I crossing. There was a tower at the spot the diagram shows and most of the track remained into the HF tower plant.
info by Wally Mattes.

Maryland........................Bowie    PRR

New York.......................SS#33 Chili Jct.     NYC

Only diagram posted that does not have a corresponding picture.

Ohio................................Crestline(Crest)(US)  1  2  PRR

Pennsylvania...................J(Lemo) Lemoyne        PRR
                                         JD(Conpit)         PRR
                                         MJ Minooka Jct.     CNJ
                                         Park Parkesburg
                                         Thorn Thorndale  1  2    PRR

MARCH  29

Indiana...........................Warsaw    1  2

Two pictures of Warsaw taken during the Conrail era and NOT taken by Dave Orozsi or Geoff Hubbs !!!!!!!!!!!! This could be a watershed moment for this site. Look here for tower information.

APRIL    3

I have six towers, four of them new, and one diagram. All are from John Garofalo's  NRHS and private collection. All are NYC towers with one exception. My heartfelt apologies to Shel and Geoff for allowing a PRR(LIRR) tower  to "contaminate" this posting of NYC towers.

New York....................*C  Albany             NYC
                                     *D  Albany             NYC
                                     *JE  Jamaica         LIRR
                                     *JO Woodlawn  1  2  3      NYC
                                       SS#100  Rensselaer         NYC
                                       SS#101  Rensselaer         NYC

JO Tower.......At one time the New Haven crossed the NYC at grade..A flyover, according to Geoff Hubbs exhaustive research, was built between 1910 and 1915. Picture two shows a NH train on the flyover and on the extreme left there is a NYC commuter on the Harlem Line.


APRIL        9

Massachusetts...........Tower 1 South Station Boston  1  2  B&A

Missouri.....................Tower 1 St. Louis        TRRA

New Jersey..................Port Morris      DL&W
                                  *VN Easton and Amboy Jct. Perth Amboy
                                    WC Woodbridge Jct.(Wood) Perth Amboy

New York..................4th Street   Brooklyn    IND 
                                   Cass St.(ZY)  Hornell       Erie
                                 *SS#39  New Highlands      NYC

Ohio..........................*BR  East Collinwood        NYC

Pennsylvania.............AR  Gallitzen        PRR

Notes to above pics.

Tower 1 Missouri is an inside shot. St.Louis Terminal Station was built in 1894. Tower 1 was a wood structure. After it burned it was replaced with the brick tower. I'm not certain to when this happened. At its height, the station combined the St. Louis passenger services of 22 railroads, the most of any single terminal in the world. In the 1940s, it handled 100,000 passengers a day.  All this done with late 19th/ early 20th century technology. With all our GOD cursed I Pads and computers we could not design such a thing today. Although I have to use a computer to put this site out. 

4th Street in New York is a Transit tower. IND stands for Independent Subway.

The guy in the picture(WC) is Bill Burke. This is how "selfies" were meant to be taken. Camera on tripod; with a timer !!!!!

APRIL   18

Now don't get all in a panic......I do not normally post shots like this but it is tower related. And the photographs are by Carl Wallenmeyer....you know the guy that sent me millions of tower pics back in 2017. AND my "hit numbers" are in the toilet for this month. Carl has part of the machine from St. Francis tower in Wisconsin. He has incorporated it into his model railroad. He has rigged it up so by manipulating the levers it can set signals and switches. The point where the Milwaukee crosses the Beloit, Janesville and Northern(a fictitious railroad) he is calling "St. Monica".

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APRIL  20

Eight diagrams from Geoff Hubbs, one picture from Doug Leffler. If not for Geoff the postings would have been very thin over the last few months.

Ohio..................East Columbus(NY)  B&O x NYC     B&O
                          GN Columbus  NYC x NYC      NYC
                          Grandview(BJ)  Columbus  NYC x NYC x PRR
                          Miami Crossing  PRR x NYC      NYC
                          Mounds(MU)   PRR x NYC        PRR
                          Olentangy(HV) Cols.   NYC x PRR x C&O 
                          Scioto(LM) Columbus  PRR x NYC x C&O
                          Sugar Street  Lima   PRR x DT&I    PRR
                          Worthington   NYC x NW       NYC

MAY    1

Indiana.....................Handy   NKP x NYC           NYC

This picture of Handy was shot just a few days ago by Bill Gustason. He has given me permission to use some more of his pictures. I will post more when time permits. It is sad to see the tower in this shape. Handy was originally a wooden structure. Someone told Wally Mattes that the original was torn down by a tornado. He has done some research on this and he can find nothing to back this up. But something had to happen to make NYC replace it with a brick structure. Maybe it burned or was destroyed in a wreck. Or maybe it was replaced as part of a general re hab project. This is where the Nickel Plate's Peoria to Frankfort IN. crossed NYC/s Danville IL to Chicago Line. According to my 1968 Penn Central timetable it was automated even then. It used a USS/IS&F machine with 36? levers, 24? used. Its call letters were "DY".

MAY  1

More diagrams............Enjoy

Illinois..........................KX   Kankakee

Indiana.........................Altamont
                                     Lafayette Jct.
                                     Sheff
                                     Templeton
                                     Vine  Shelbyville

Kentucky.....................MN  Louisville

Pennsylvania................MG

MAY     2

Ohio........................Miami Crossing    NYC

Pennsylvania...........Klapperthal       RDG

Here is an article from Railway Signal about the rebuilt tower at Croton New York on the NYC.  page 1  page 2  page 3

MAY   7

Florida.................*Nelson Draw West Palm Beach       SAL

New York..............FH  Bronx        NYC
                             *LA (Livingston Ave.)  Albany      NYC

LA  was located on the lower level at the north end of the Albany Station. It controlled NYC movements to / from the Bull Run Yard across the D&H double-track mainline. The NYC lead track connected with main tracks 3 & 4 at the bottom of West Albany Hill.  Shel Lustig NYCHS

                               SS#1  Albany           NYC
                             *Tower A Penn Station  New York     PRR

MAY  11

Indiana.........................Ford Street   Richmond       PRR

The tower stood between Newman(west) and Glen(east). I was calling it Center St. but I believe Bill Haines said it was called Ford St. If the name is incorrect I'll hear about it. It looks newer than Newman or Glen, so I don't understand why they built the tower, which obviously controlled all those crossovers in the picture, then decide it was not needed. I'm guessing they gave control of Ford St. to either Newman or Glen. Hard to believe the mighty Pennsylvania made a mistake !!!!!!!!!!!! I think Mike Silvers will get a big kick out of seeing this tower.   

                                      JO  Seymour  PRR x B&O    B&O
This is where Pennsy's Indianapolis to Louisville line crossed B&O's St. Louis Line. Picture submitted by Roger Ruddick. He procured it from some Historical Society. He raised the question of why its call letters were JO. I didn't know...."I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked The Beatles, I asked Timothy Leary but they couldn't help me either". Someone on a tower website speculated that the former name of the PRR through here was the Jeffersonville and Indianapolis and the former B&O line was known as the Ohio and Mississippi. Taking the first initials and.........JO. That is not set in stone but it seems perfectly plausible to me. The operator in the photo is Hubert Myron.

Wisconsin.....................Saint Francis      CNW

This photo was taken by the legendary Tom Donahue. I have a handful of Mr. Donahue's tower shots on the site. The man in the picture is another legendary rail photographer....Bob Malinoski.
The low building on the lower left is the division superintendents office.....LOL

MAY  13

Iowa.............................*Whitebreast  near Des Moines    CNW

Michigan......................*Schoolcraft     GTW X NYC     NYC

Two new towers for today. At Schoolcraft the Grand Trunk crossed NYC's old line....I think. Wally was explaining to me but as usual, due to my inability to understand most things,....well you know the rest........This will give Shel Lustig something else to investigate since it is New York Central.......Enjoy the pics anyway.

MAY   14

Eleven diagrams; all are Pennsylvania except SS#22. It is New Haven. Diagrams marked with + have no accompanying photo.

Indiana................................Van(MR)   Logansport

New York............................SS#22 (Shell)   New Rochelle

Ohio.....................................CP  Alliance

Pennsylvania........................Cly
                                             Esplen
                                           +JN  Emporium
                                             Mifflin
                                           +RG  Radebaugh
                                           +Wall  Denholm
                                              York

West Virginia........................Weirton Jct.

MAY    16

Indiana...........................DX   Indianapolis  NYC x IURY   NYC

Rare shot of the first version of DX, which stood for Dearborn Crossing. NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis crossed the Indianapolis Belt (IURY) You would need a machine gun to be in this neighbor today.

MAY    17

I received a cd today filled with tower pictures. The photographers name is Chip Syme. Mr. Syme was an engineer for PC/CR/NS. He started is career in June of 1969 and retired in 2009. He worked out of Minerva Ohio and then in 1982 was forced to work in Conway PA. till retirement. He had the privilege of training his son-in-law as an engineer under Conrail and his own son under Norfolk Southern. Not all pictures were taken by him, some are part of his collection. I will piecemeal them to you as time permits.

With the exception of Newton Falls, all towers are Pennsy.

Ohio...........................Alum Creek  Columbus
                                   B&O Jct. Mansfield  1  2  3
                                   Big Run  Millbrook
                                   Bradford
                                   Brady Lake diagram
                                   Graham  1  2  3
                                   Newton Falls(HN)
                                   Wandle  Canton  1  2

I'm not sure if the diagram for Brady Lake IS Brady Lake. On the diagram it just says Brady and the symbol that represents where the interlocking stood it says Hudson. I'll let you guys sort it out.

MAY  18  Saturday 3:28 AM

OK.......Let's talk about AR, in beautiful downtown Gallitzen !!!

Pennsylvania..................AR Gallitzen  1  2  3  4  5  6    PRR

Added a third picture under B&O Jct.....above.

MAY    18

Indiana..........................DX  diagram (CP 280)

From the Conrail area.....1998

                     

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