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JUNE   1

Four shots of a new tower, from Chip Syme's collection.

Ohio...................................*Hudson  1   2   3   4       PRR

Hudson was the junction of the 2 PRR lines: The Cleveland & Pittsburgh (C&P) mainline Cleveland to Alliance, and the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C) via Akron and Orrville. The CA&C was the route of the Akron doodlebug shuttle that had the horrendous head-on collision at Cuyahoga Falls on 7/31/40 with a steam-powered eastbound freight when the doodlebug ran past the meet point. Only the doodlebug’s engineer and conductor survived as both jumped just before impact. The “bug’s” gas tank blew upon impact, and the passengers had been thrown forward and could not escape. The CA&C lasted as a through freight route into PC but that ended c. 1972-4 when Hurricane Agnes (?) caused flooding which cut the line south of Orrville. The B&O mainline had trackage rights over the CA&C through Akron to Warwick.....Shel Lustig NYCHS

JUNE    2

Five more from Henry Wilhelm via John Garofalo.

Maine..............................*MF  Mechanic Falls        MEC

New Jersey........................BR  Croxton        Erie

New York........................*HW  Valley Stream        LIRR

                                         *Van Cortland Park  New York    IRT

Pennsylvania....................*RS  West Philadelphia    PRR

Van Cortland Park is a Independent Rapid Transit(IRT) tower. I have it filed under the Transit & Electric listings. 

JUNE   3

Just when you (and I !!!) thought we'd seen the last of Carl Wallenmeyer. Well, res ipsa loquitur. Carl found a box with more tower stuff. This small batch is of Oakland City Indiana. The Southern(yes Virginia, Southern did run through the bottom of Indiana) crossed NYC's Evansville and Terre Haute line, after the PC merger called the E&I(Evansville and Indianapolis) Carl apologizes for the poor quality of this round of photos. Maybe he borrowed George Marx's "crappy Soviet Camera"...Just Kidding George !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oakland City is not to be confused with Oakland City Jct where the same NYC line crossed and interchanged with the AW&W(Algers, Winslow and Western). Oakland City was obviously in the station and used a GRS 6 lever machine. More of Carl's stuff is "in the wings". On top of all this; it is an interlocking new to the site.

Indiana.......................*Oakland City  1  2  3  4  5     NYC

JUNE     4

More from Multi Photo Wallenmeyer. All kidding aside; I'm very happy that he, and a few others, just didn't take one picture of the tower and call it a day. Most towers are gone and I'm glad he did a thorough "study" of the places he visited. Today I have eight shots of Wyton tower in Danville Illinois. I worked the Peoria and Eastern (P&E) the whole Summer of 1974. I remember going by Wyton quite a number of times and picking up orders from there too. Following the pictures I have a brief expose of the tower.  As I've said before this is brief by Wally Mattes's standards!!!!..........Dan Maners

Illinois............................Wyton  Danville  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 

Illinois Railroad & Warehouse Commission record shows a new interlocker locker in 1907. The name on the permit was Danville. That plant was a GRS electric machine. We found no other references or documents to tell of the details of the original plant. Also crossing here was an interurban railroad, an electric line incorporated as the Champaign, Urbana & Danville Traction Co. in 1903. The company had a prior right over the Big Four and was included from the start in the new interlocking plant. The traction line was later folded into the Illinois Terminal Traction Co. The junction was built as a full wye connection; the east leg was the P&E to downtown Danville to the east. The west leg was to Hillary yard. The south leg was pointed to Westville and on south to Mt. Carmel. The traction line cut across both wye tracks south of the P&E and ran parallel to the P&E. NYC records on Wyton show a 24 frame, GRS electric machine in 1946. The downsizing of the junction with derails removed in 1940 show that 20 levers would suffice. The Illinois Terminal left the Danville market in 1953 and their track was promptly removed. The new machine would remain in service until Conrail downgraded the line from mainline to a secondary track......Wally Mattes

If all the people of Chicago had been of this sort, we would have drank foul water all our days.

JUNE   6   Operation Neptune (D Day)

If things don't settle down here soon we might be headed for a D Day of our own !!!!!!

Today we have a new contributor, Steve Salamon. I have known Steve for a few years and now that he is retired from a 38 year railroad career, he is starting to send a few photos  my way.  Steve is primarily a railroad structure shooter rather than a train photographer. He has coauthored books on the B&O and the Western Maryland. There Steve, have I sucked up to you sufficiently to entice you to send more pics???  HUH ????  just kidding......Enjoy this first round of Salamon's pics.

Pennsylvania..........................SG   Johnstown      PRR

West Virginia.........................MY Maryland Jct. Ridgeley  WM

                                               1   2   3

JUNE    7

Twelve diagrams from, guess who ?!?!, Geoff Hubbs. Well ten are from Hubbs, Nero and Calumet Park are from Carl Barneyback. This time I'm going to do things a little different. Instead of just posting the diagram I'm going to include a picture of the tower. This will save you the annoyance of looking at a diagram and then going to the main body to see a picture. Write and say if this does, or does not meet your approval. If it doesn't I'm still going to do it anyway.

Illinois........................Calumet  Park  diagram

                                    Champaign   diagram

                                     Farmer City  diagram

                                     Mt. Carmel   diagram

                                     Wyton  diagram

Indiana.........................NE(Nero) (Pine Jct)  diagram

                                     Oakland City   diagram

                                      Vigo  diagram

Ohio..............................Alvorton  diagram

                                      BJ  diagram

                                      HN(Sands)   diagram

                                      West Sharon   diagram

JUNE   7

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

Photo one : Looking westbound, at the westbound home signals for River Branch Jct. interlocking, about 98th Street, Chicago, Ill.  At some 3600 feet in length, it was probably the longest plant on the Chicago Division at the time.  The Calumet River divided it in two, the lift bridges being a part of the interlocking.  The operator here also remotely controlled the interlocking at Colehour Jct., about a mile to the east.  Retired maintainer and Local Chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Ray Migler said the bridge operation was divided between the B&B Dept on days while the T&S Dept handled the remainder.  Note the two-way "high" signals on track #3 (left) to facilitate movements to and from the SC&S at Colehour Jct.  The small structure on the extreme right is the Western Union Telegraph Co. Avenue "M" testhouse; their cables used our duct line facilities from here to Englewood.  -  J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, ca 1954, PRR photo. J. Stefanelli collection.

Photo two : Looking westbound, inside of River Branch Jct. interlocking's east half, about 97th Street, Chicago, Ill.  The tracks from left to right are:  PRR Calumet River Line, #3, #4, #1, and #2.  Structures, from left to right are:  Norris Grain Elevator, relay house, PRR #2 bridge (tracks 3 & 4), "CR" tower, PRR #1 bridge (tracks 1 & 2), NYC RR bridges, tower, and generator house, B&OCT RR bascule bridge, and on the extreme right, the 95th street roadway bridge, all spanning the Calumet River.  According to Chuck Shive, retired signal maintainer, the small shanty adjacent to the NYC generator building housed the motor car used by the men who maintained the outlying signals, the "automatic men".  -  J. C. Tomisek, PRR Chicago Division, ca 1954, PRR photo, J. Stefanelli collection.

Like the castle in its corner in a medieval game. I foresee terrible trouble and I stay here just the same.

JUNE     9

Eight shots of a kind of neglected Big Four tower. Good Stuff

Indiana...........................Cobb(CB) Coal Bluff    NYC

                                   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8

Cobb stood at mp 59 on NYC's Indianapolis to St. Louis Main. The B&O had a coal branch that crossed here. It once was a CE&I branch but due to a number of reasons, mainly bankruptcy the line was sold to the B&O in 1922. The B&O abandoned it around 1966. Wally Mattes and I took a driving trip(as opposed to taking Wally's private railroad car) from Indianapolis to Terre Haute  in 2012 to visit the Wabash Valley Railroad Museum. We stopped at everyplace where a tower once stood. We found the four concrete pads that were the base of Cobb and there were some connecting rods lying in the grass.............Dan Maners 

JUNE   10

Another small mish mash of towers. The pictures of NA are from ex operator Carl Barneyback. Look how clear, crisp and well composed the shots are. These certainly were not taken with George's....no, I'm not going there today. I've teased him enough.
The other two pics came via Dale Martin, ex New Haven !!!! operator. Mr. Martin is getting the hang of it. Nice big full size pictures and interesting too, even if one of them IS New Haven.
We are not sure of GA in Pennsylvania's location and of its heritage. It looks like a B&O or possibly an Erie tower. Write to me and set me correct.

Connecticut...........................SS#38  Stamford        NH

Pennsylvania.........................GA  Garrett       B&O

West Virginia........................NA  Martinsburg  1   2   3    B&O

GA Tower at Garrett PA. was on the west slope of Sand Patch, and was the junction with the low-grade Quemahoning Branch from Rockwood.  The tower also controlled the junction with the Berlin Branch that once served numerous coal mines between Garrett and Berlin, PA.  The tower was on the south side of the tracks.  According to Charles Roberts, in his book "Sand Patch, Clash of Titans", GA Tower was taken out of service between 1960 and 1962 because of the demise of the Quemahoning Branch and diminishing traffic from the Berlin Branch.  The tower was re-sided at an unknown date......Steve Salamon


JUNE     11

Four towers today from the camera of Steve Salamon. And oh those E-33's in Penn Central livery going by Landover. Its like having a buxom, blue eyed, blonde saying "YES".

Maryland.................... Big Pool  1   2   3       WM

                                     Landover      PRR

Missouri......................Tower 3 (Santa Fe Jct) Kansas City   KCT

Pennsylvania................BK(CP 3Y)  Becks Run       P&LE

BK was also known as CP3Y after P&LE completed installation of CTC on their main line in 1968 and closed almost all their towers.......Steve Salamon

Landover was on PRR's  Philadelphia to Washington DC Main at
mp 128. 8 (from Suburban Station in Philly) There was a branch line from Landover down through Anacostia and Virginia Ave. to RF&P's Potomac Yard.......Stephanie Clifford

Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary....... but we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

JUNE    13

 #ALLINTERLOCKINGSMATTER........     
.......from the ones that were housed in depots, or were in obscure locations, to the ones that were no more than one room shantys.

Here are two sets from Carl Wallenmeyer.

Tennessee........................*Amqui   1   2   3   4   5   6       L&N

                       L&N  Depot  South End  Nashville

                              1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8

Here is Amqui, TN. Nothing crossed here, this is the junction of the main track from Louisville and the Henderson Division from Evansville.  From here it is double track into Nashville.

Amqui tower still exists. I understand Johnny Cash owned it for awhile, then it was pretty much left to vandals for awhile. When I was in Nashville two years ago a friend took us to its present location, again near the CSX tracks.  A volunteer group has done a good job of restoring it. I didn't get to see the machine upstairs. I understand it also was damaged and they are trying to find parts to restore it.  If I wasn't 600 miles away I'd be helping their efforts.....Carl Wallenmeyer 

JUNE     14

Illinois.................................QX  Sterling      CB&Q

JUNE  15

Added a nice commentary by Steve Salamon about "GA" tower, updated June 10. It is only a few sentences but it is packed with information.

By The Way.....Is the virus still plaguing the USA? The only thing on the news on BOTH sides of the political spectrum is about rioting and looters(oh excuse me "alternative shoppers") I guess all this upheaval has caused the virus to disappear. Anyway; its more fun to look at my great website !!!!!!!

JUNE     17

Nine towers with four of them new. all in New York and all Long Island Railroad, a PRR subsidiary. These are from the collection of Dave Keller but they came via Geoff Hubbs. He must of run out of tower diagrams so now he is sending tower pictures. Pay attention to Draw; it looks like it could fall into the water at any given moment. LIRR obviously adopted  NYC's philosophy of deferred maintenance.Just kidding Geoff and Shel 

New York.........................*Beach  Hamilton Beach

                                            Divide  Hicksville

                                           *Draw(HJ)  Rockaway

                                           *HU  Rockaway

                                            Jay  Jamaica

                                           *MP  West Morris Park

                                             Nassau  Mineola

                                             Pond  Fresh Pond

                                             Port  Freeport

Tell us what you've seen in faraway forgotten lands, where empires have turned back to sand.

JUNE  18

I'm happy I received these shots of Harold. The one I have posted is not very good. The two below were taken by Rob Mandeville. Rob is one of my "go to" guys for photos and information on railroad stuff east of Ohio.

New York............................Harold  New York   1    2    LIRR

Harold was at mp 3.7 miles from New York on Pennsylvania's
New York to Philadelphia Main Line. I believe as part of its "duties" it led into PRR's massive Sunnyside passenger yard.

JUNE   18

A beautiful glass plate negative image of a new tower, DB and off my beloved Southern Railway. Dale Martin keeps sending better and better stuff. Soon I won't be able to make fun of him anymore.

Tennessee..............................*DB  Oakdale    Southern 

Southern....."Gives a green light to innovation"

JUNE   20

Illinois.................................Wabic  Decatur   WAB x IC   WAB?

Wabash crossed the Illinois Central and the Pennsylvania had trackage rights over the IC at this point too. Pennsy's Terre Haute to Peoria line went as far as Maroa where they ran on IC tracks to Hervey City approximately 27 miles before getting back on their own rails. This took them through Decatur IL and past Wabic....which stands for WABash IC......Dan Maners  

JUNE     21

Maryland........................BX(Brooklyn)  Baltimore   1   2  B&O

This tower was on the Curtis Bay Subdivision at the west end of Curtis Bay Yard, south of downtown.  It was also called Brooklyn Tower, as it was in an area of Baltimore that was known as Brooklyn. Appears that the interlocking had been eliminated at the time of these photos.  It was listed as an active interlocking in my 1974 Maryland Division timetable, so the tower closed sometime between 1974 and 1988.........Steve Salamon

JUNE     24

Illinois....................................Pana(PA)   1   2          NYC

Odd to see an extra story on Pana. Does anyone know when it was reduced to two stories?  The four players here were IC, B&O, NYC and CE&I. Pana was 167 miles from Indianapolis on NYC's Indy to St. Louis Main.

JUNE     24

Illinois.................................Lenox(M)  Mitchell      NYC

Ohio.....................................AC  Marion  1   2      Erie

JUNE   25

Alabama...............................North Athens       L&N

JUNE     26

Maryland.............................*RV  Baltimore  1    2          B&O

RV was at the west end of the Locust Point and Riverside complex in Baltimore. The tower was closed at the time of the 1975 photo.  I am not sure when it closed.  It was shown as an active tower in the 1969 Baltimore Division ETT, but no longer showed as active in the 1974 Maryland Division ETT.......Steve Salamon

If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?

JUNE    27

Alabama............................*Birmingham Terminal     SOU

Taken in 1918, this tower was later replaced with a simple block building in the north end of  the station. This tower was located in the north end as well, but between the tracks.....Dale Martin


Tammuz  7  5780 (June 29 2020)

Six pictures and three diagrams. All sent by Geoff Hubbs
 
Diagrams :

California................Mission  Los Angeles  picture   diagram

Illinois....................A2(Western Ave)    Chicago

                                              picture   diagram

                                 Mayfair  Chicago    picture  diagram

Towers :

Illinois.................................*Glen Carbon   NKP x CNW  CNW

Indiana.................................*Westport    NYC

Kansas.................................*Emporia  Jct.     ATSF

New York..............................MQ Campbell Hall   Erie

Pennsylvania.........................DJ  Erie      NYC

                                               MK  McKeesport      B&O

Westport : Nobody crossed here but the Milwaukee came into Westport and then had trackage rights on the NYC..Wally Mattes

To keep in silence I resigned. My friends would think I was a nut. Turning water into wine. Open doors would soon be shut.





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