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SEPTEMBER    2    Labor Day

It is hard to believe it is Labor Day already. The older you get the faster time seems to move. I did not feel well enough to attend my families Labor Day picnic but I feel good enough to update !!!! OK, enough of my whining. I have 26 towers on tap for you today with 8 of them being new.

Illinois........................Burnham(BN)  1  2  3  5     PRR

Much happened at Burnham and is far too complicated to sum it up in a few sentences but I believe the players here were PRR, NKP, CWI, CSS&B and the IHB. George Marx, an ex PC operator, took these shots. He apologizes for their poor quality. In his own words, "the photos were taken with a crappy Soviet made camera". Had the pictures been taken with a camera made in the Fatherland or in the Imperial Empire of Japan, they would have been alright......MY words.

                                  *MX      Monee         IC

Michigan..................Carleton 1  2  C&O x DT&I x PRR   C&O

                                  Wayne Jct.   C&O x NYC     NYC

Minnesota................*West DM&IR Jct.

Missouri...................*Truman Bridge  1  2  3  4       KCT

New Jersey.................Tuckahoe       PRSL(PRR)

New York...................Bliss(BS) Long Island City    LIRR(PRR)

This is the only time I have seen a spiral staircase on a tower. Walkerton IN. had one but it was on the inside. Eagle eye Mike Silvers, an ex operator, commented on it too.

                                  *Kendall Southport  1  2       PRR

                                  *RF(Crawford Jct)     NYO&W

Ohio..........................DA  Arcadia      LE&W(NKP)

Oklahoma................*North Tower  Muskogee

Pennsylvania...........*Gravel Place    DL&W

This was the former interchange between the DL&W and the WB&E(Wilkes-Barre and Eastern) railroads near present Mill Creek Road an used a mechanical interlocking. There were connections to a roundhouse used for helper locomotives. In 1942, the towers at West Henryville and Analomink were replaced by electric interlockings, remotely controlled from the Gravel Place tower. The equipment at Gravel Place was moved to another tower (in East Stroudsburg) in 1950; thereafter Gravel Place was unmanned......Wikipedia

                                   MO   Cresson        PRR

                                   Wawa  1  2       PRR

Texas..........................*6  El Paso   1  2          SP

I have had this discussion before but......It was a Texas state law that towers were to be numbered rather than named, naturally in the order they were built, regardless of what railroad was building them. Just a little odd fact that I hope you would find interesting.....If you don't then nuts to you!!!!.......lol
6 opened in 1903.

SEPTEMBER    4

Six more from George Marx.....again apologys for the poor camera.

Indiana.........................FO  Whiting   PRR x BOCT  1  2  3  PRR

I don't normally post pictures without tower or tower stuff in them but I do occasionally make an exception. Picture one shot from the tower shows a C&O caboose. Picture three is the only inside shot I have of the inside of FO.

                                     Hartsdale  PRR x EJ&E  1  2  3   PRR

Hartsdale used a USS IS&F machine...........72 levers,30 used.

The call letters for Hartsdale were "JG" for the PRR and "HD" for the NYC.

SEPTEMBER     5

Indiana......................Bend(HF) South Bend  NYC x GTW  NYC

Diagram of Bend from 1964 

SEPTEMBER     7

Five new towers taken by the late Henry Wilhelm.

Pennsylvania..................*Kips   South Danville     PRR

                                        *Montandon       PRR

                                        *OG  Montgomery     RDG

                                        *Raven  Wolverton     PRR

                                        *Watson  Dewart       PRR

SEPTEMBER     8

California.....................*Amoco  Santa Monica

Amoco tower is just into the 4 track speedway between LA and Watts. Specifically between LA and Slauson Jct. Local Watts cars and freight switching on the outer tracks,with express on two center mains. While not in Santa Monica the SM Air line crossed here. Also the tower controlled moves to Butte St Yd.
Robert Anderson

Illinois...........................Burnham  PRR

Yet ANOTHER shot of Burnham.


New York......................*36th Street Brooklyn

I'm guessing this is NYC. Maybe Shel can shed some light on this.

SEPTEMBER    9    Monday 2AM

New Jersey.......................*Hackensack      NYS&W


Pennsylvania...................*Emaus Jct.     RDG

Emaus Jct. is in Emmaus PA, the junction of the Perkiomen and East Pennsylvania Branches.  There are many stories about how the town got the extra M......Rob Mandeville

SEPTEMBER    10

Indiana........................Veedersburg   P&E(NYC) x CA&S  NYC

Rare shot of Veedersburg. The Chicago, Attica and Southern, at least at this point, became part of the Nickel Plate System(NKP)

Missouri......................Tower 6  Kansas City   KC Terminal 

It appears the tower and additions to the station have been freshly constructed.

SEPTEMBER     12

Nine track charts and one new tower from Geoff Hubbs. The ones marked + do not have a corresponding photo.

Illinois..........................Burnham       PRR

Yet another addition to the Burnham files !!!!!!!!

Indiana..........................MY  Avon         NYC

Great chart of MY in 1960, right after the yard opened. This pre dates them adding a siding that now runs the entire length of the yard, ending at CP AN where it goes to double track. Also note that South Hunt connection has not yet been constructed. It came after the PC merger. 

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

New Jersey.................+Manhattan Transfer     PRR

Manhattan Transfer in NJ preceded Hudson Tower and was where steam changed to 3rd rail before catenary was installed


New York....................Harold(H)  New York    PRR

                                     JV  Johnsonville     B&M

Ohio..........................+Olive  Toledo    PRR

A picture of Olive is another tower I have been looking for for a long time. At this point I'd welcome a picture of it even if it was taken with George Marx's Soviet camera !!!!!!!!!!!!........LOL

Pennsylvania...............Beck(OB)  Becks Run         PRR

                                   *Monon  1  2   Pittsburgh          PRR

SEPTEMBER      14

Illinois..........................Farmer City   IC x P&E(NYC)     IC

                                     West Pullman   IC x PRR      PRR

West Pullman was on PRR's Cincinnati to Chicago line (Panhandle) at MP 296.1.....distance from Cincy.

Indiana.........................ND(Highland)  C&O x Erie x NYC

Highland had a USS IS&F machine, 52 levers, 24? used. It was a NYC tower. It stood on the Central's Danville to Chicago line approximately seven miles from the IHB.

George Marx, you know the guy with the "Soviet camera", has been sending me some track charts dated 1905. They are primarily of NYC's Danville line. It will take a while to resize, label and post but they are coming. Don't worry, these are beautiful scans......George's scanner is NOT Soviet !!!!!!!

I watched part of the Democratic debates on Thursday and listened to Sleepy Joe, Commissar Sanders and Pocahontas wanting to give away all this money on stuff. I think my website should be subsidized too; hell, its only $16.95 a month. $16.95 is just a spit in the ocean compared to millions, perhaps billions of dollars. I'll be appealing to them soon for relief.   

SEPTEMBER     16

Illinois.........................Englewood    PRR x  CRIP(Rock Island)

The NYC ran parallel to the RI then curved and ran parallel to the Pennsy but did not cross either one. They all used the same station though.      

SEPTEMBER      17

Two track diagrams from George Marx's collection. Interesting they are calling Calumet, East Chicago. More of his stuff later. Between George and Geoff Hubbs I'll soon have a track chart for every interlocking in America. Not that I'm complaining, I'm very grateful for them.........Not for George or Geoff but for the diagrams......JUST KIDDING. These charts are from 1905.                    

Indiana......................Calumet  East Chicago  

                                   Indiana Harbor


SEPTEMBER      24

I have the gout again. I'm being punished for making fun of George and Geoff's track chart contributions and for George's  Soviet camera. I have much to post so be patient.

SEPTEMBER    26 

I had a phone conversation with Zelensky ,Ukraine's President today and we have come to an agreement. He will allow my site to be viewed in his country IF I post Ukrainian railroad towers. A true quid pro quo.

I have fourteen tower diagrams for you today. All are from 1905 and all on NYC's Danville to Chicago Line. As a bit of background; this line was constructed shortly after the the turn of the last century. Its main purpose was to handle the coal from the coal fields of Southern Illinois to the steel mills in Gary and Chicago. It was mostly double track and the railroad owner was the Indiana Harbor Railroad. The Indiana Harbor Belt came later and the NYC(Big Four) eventually took it over. I start with a timetable page; the green dots show where the towers stood. It is from 1973, by this time some of the towers were long gone. They are in station order from north to south. These are the diagrams I promised you on September  17. They  are from George Marx's collection.

                                         map

                                 Indiana Harbor   1  2

                                 Grasselli

                                 Gibson(GB)

                                 Osborn

                                 Highland(ND)

                                 Hays

                                 St. John

                                 Schneider

                                 Morocco   1   2

                                 Kentland

                                 Sheff

                                 Handy

                                 Stewart

                                 Sloan(NX)

   
TISHREI  1   5780 (October 1 2019) Second day of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

I am still not feeling very well and I have a big backlog of STUFF. I will put it out as long as the drugs hold out !!!!!!!!!

Indiana..............................Plymouth  (P)  PRR x PRR x NKP       PRR

I have a profile of Plymouth in the main body of the site.

OCTOBER    3

Three shots of a new tower for the "Transit & Electric" column.
These were taken by William Shapotkin. This was the route of the famous "Skokie Swift" According to Bill the tower was removed from service in 1946 and was razed in 2005.

                                   Skokie   1  2  3    CTA

OCTOBER     4     3:30 AM

In addition to having the gout, and  my ever increasing dependency on "pharmaceuticals"; I also am plagued by insomnia. So at this late(or early) hour, I figured I would do some updating. Four of the following items are diagrams. 

Illinois.......................21st Street(Alton Jct) 

                                   Beverly  Jct.   1   2     PRR?

                                   Ford Street

Indiana......................LaCrosse

                                  Race  Logansport


New Jersey..................UD(Dover)        DL&W


OCTOBER   4

Four towers, three of them new. I have provided a timetable page from 1969 and a brief overview by the photographer of what happened.

                                   
                  Delmarva timetable page PC  ETT  1969

Delaware.....................*Clayton  1   2

                                      Harrington

                                     *Seaford   1  2

Maryland.....................*Cassatt

Railroad operations on the Delmarva Peninsula were all PRR.  The main route terminated with a car ferry across Chesapeake Bay to the Norfolk area, a feature which probably doomed the line to remain a relic of early 20th century signalling into the Conrail era.  Clayton and Harrington were junctions; Seaford, a table interlocking in the station at that time, was both a junction and a moveable bridge; Cassatt wasn't much more than a bridge.
Rob Mandeville 

OCTOBER    4

Louisiana.........................*East Monroe   IC x MP        IC 

OCTOBER  6

Twelve towers, eight of them new.

Illinois............................B 35  Elgin             MILW

                                      *Bixby    GM&O x MP       GM&O

Michigan......................*20th Street  Detroit       NYC

New York...............A Tower  1  2  Penn Station New York PRR

                                       Campbell Hall     NYO&W

                                      *MS Middletown   NYO&W

                                      *RX  Burnside      NYO&W

Pennsylvania.................Arsenal   Philadelphia      PRR

                                       Bryn Mawr      PRR

                                     *Creasy       PRR

                                     *Mill Creek Jct.  Port Carbon    RDG

                                     *Norca Catawissa  1  2        PRR 

NOTES :

A Tower in New York City at Penn Station was completely covered over when the Post Office built an annex in the 1930s.

Norca tower was the crossing of the PRR Wilkes Barre and the RDG Catawissa Branches.  The tower was destroyed by a wreck and fire 1/25/49 and the replacement shack with a table interlocking went in service 2/9/49.  It lasted until 1972 or 1973 when an automatic interlocking was installed. The call sign for Norca was "RT".......Rob Mandeville


Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

OCTOBER    8

Ohio......................Rave Ravenna   1  2  3          PRR

Three shots from Chip Syme. I have many Chip Syme photos or photos from his collection to post. I will  piecemeal  them out over the next few weeks/months.

OCTOBER   17

Sorry I have not posted for a while. I am preparing my  annual presentation for the Marion Ohio club meeting for Oct. 19. Things SHOULD be back to normal on the 21st.

OCTOBER    21

Tower Night at Marion Ohio went very well. I presented first followed by Bill Haines, then Rich(I can't spell his last name) showed tower shots from the late Joe Slanser. It was a tower orgy. Thanks to everyone who attended.

New York......................GY Geneva     NYC

OCTOBER    24

Delaware........................*Greenwood 

Illinois.............................Hoopeston     CE&I x NKP

New Jersey....................*Washington

New York......................*Stanley  1  2  3  4  5     Lehigh Valley


Stanley was the crossing of the PRR Williamsport / Sodus Point line and the LV branch from Geneva to Naples. The PRR also had the branch from Stanley to Canandaigua which had through passenger service from Philadelphia to Rochester via the NYC from Canandaigua......Shel Lustig

More on Stanley : Stanley, on the PRR's Elmira Branch was a crossing with a Lehigh Valley branch and also a junction with the Canandaigua Branch.  Passenger service on that branch was discontinued in 1956 and the track a few years later.  In July 1963 the tower's operation was cut back to an interlocking only; the operator no longer participated in the railroad's manual block signal system. The end came in 1966 or 1967 when an automatic interlocking was installed.......Rob Mandeville

Greenwood : Returning to the PRR's main route down the Delmarva Peninsula, Greenwood was the crossing of the Queen Anne's Railroad which had an east-west route across the state. Since the early 20th century, the PRR controlled everything down the peninsula through leases.  The notation on the photo refers to the Maryland, Delaware & Virginia Railway crossing with the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad.  Those precise names date the picture to between 1902 and 1918.  The cross-state route was abandoned in the 1930s.......Rob Mandeville

Washington :  Washington was on the DL&W's Old Road, a junction with routes to Phillipsburg and to Hampton.The town was bypassed in 1911 by the new Lackawanna Cutoff but the route to Phillipsburg remains today.People smarter than I think there were two towers there at one time.....Rob Mandeville & Geoff Hubbs

This may be the last post till next month. I need to step away from this for a few days.

NOVEMBER    1

Towers

Illinois............................NX Chenoa     GM&O x TP&W

Minnesota......................Newport  levers  model board    MILW

Newport was unique in that this was on joint Rule 251 keep left with joint ownership of tracks as well.Milw and CBQ each main. Unique too it is manned by the Dispatchers of this 20 mile segment.(1st and 3rd tricks,Milw. 2nd and relief tricks CB&Q). Train orders issued to adjoining towers and also delivered by hoop here. Orders written and repeated back in usual train order book,but if delivered done with carbons thru the flimsies into the book. The dispatcher was a leverman too. Got to work this tower, both rules exams were required from both roads.(the Milw one was harder). The levers pictured here are mixed up additions from St.Croix Tower,Hastings,MN.upon demolition there. Permission was secured from B&B dept, raiding party was mustered with tool boxes for salvage and spare parts. Both Saxby stuff. Bob Anderson ex op.

Model boards

Indiana...............................Calumet

                                           Clarke Jct.

                                         +East End Gibson

                                          MS(Whiting)

                                           Hohman Ave.

+ no corresponding picture on site. Applies to above and below.

Diagrams

Illinois...............................Tuscola        IC

Indiana...............................Preston     Terre Haute      Milw

Pennsylvania.....................Kase  Sunbury

                                        +MC Monongahela

                                          PG  Duquesne

                                          R  East Pittsburgh

                                          Rockville

                                          SG  Johnstown

                                          SO  South Fork

                                          SZ  Trafford

                                          WK  Swissvale

Tennessee.........................Aulon     L&N        

Preston was a Milwaukee tower but was staffed by the Pennsy.

All above towers were PRR unless noted.     

NOVEMBER     3    2:45 am

Hey baby it's a quarter to three. I feel I'm in the mood.

Delaware........................*BI   Blackbird Staion

Illinois.............................Argo

                                         Ramsey    IC x NKP        IC

Kansas............................Holliday      ATSF

New Jersey......................MC  Montclair    1   2       DL&W

                                        Mountain View       DL&W

                                        Orange  1   2            DL&W

New York.....................*Tower 2  Troy     B&M

Ohio................................JX  Mulberry Jct.     NYC

Pennsylvania...................Landis(NV)  Landisville     PRR

West Virginia..................R  Cherry Run        B&O 

Tower 2 in Troy New York was part of a bigger complex.

photo  First: SS-1 is correct. The photo looks North at the Troy Union Depot, and Tower 2 is visible in the distance. This tower controlled the south end of the 7-track station and a pair of main-track crossovers.

photo  2nd: The close-up of Tower 2 with the northbound B&M train looks southward towards the Depot. This tower controlled the north end of the Station and the south connection to the Green Island / Troy & Schenectady line. It is identified on the signal diagram as GRAND ST. SIG. STA.

photo  3rd: There was also Tower 3 which controlled the North connection to the Green Island line.  This tower is identified on the signal diagram as FIFTH AVE. SIG. STA.

All 3 towers were part of the Troy Union RR which was jointly owned by the NYC, D&H, and B&M.
above notes by Shel Lustig

Note on Orange NJ :
 The freight house in Orange is still there and has been the material center for NJ Transit's Signal Dept for the last 35 years or so.  The shell of the tower is there but no one seems interested...........Geoff Hubbs

NOVEMBER    4

Ohio...........................Morgan(QC) Quincy   NYC x DT&I  NYC

Add this one to the 5,328 pictures I already have of Morgan.

I am starting a new page. It is called "Additional Tower Material" Anyway......This is a catch all page and will have maps, rate tables for operators, some interesting train orders, diagrams for CP points, and some suggestive pictures I took of my girlfriend back in 1986.......Well, maybe not.  

NOVEMBER     4

Here are two rate tables for operators. One for the Chicago Terminal, the other for part of the Logansport Division. Both are from the mid 1920s

       Chicago Terminal      Logansport

This is a table for the call letters for towers on the Toledo Div.

        Toledo Division calls

Don't panic.......This stuff, while interesting, will not take away from the main focus of this site.....ie pictures of towers. I think it will enhance your viewing pleasure. The above material is from George Marx's collection. 

NOVEMBER   5

Illinois............................Harrison Street   Chicago

Chicago was once so busy and had so many passenger trains it required more than one "union station" to handle it. Harrison Street was at Chicago Union Station. This station was used by the PRR, CB&Q, MC(Michigan Central), Chicago & Alton, and the Milwaukee. It was signaled by the Pennsy.

Iowa................................West Tower  Waterloo

The Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern electric line crossed the IC. Picture taken in 1952. Both pictures came via Dale from Alabama Martin.   

NOVEMBER   4

Indiana........................Elm  Logansport

Elm was an automatic interlocking but at one time there was a shanty that controlled the "plant". During this time it is what operators and "those in the know" called a non interlocked interlocking. Although not a true tower I want my site to include all things tower related. I'll let George Marx explain it. I have included the diagram and a timetable page to help clarify things.

In an effort to address your question of how Elm St operated, I dug out my 1934 Logansport Division Timetable (attached) to see what if any Special Instructions were in effect for Elm at that time.  First, it is shown as a Block Station (attached) and it was manned continuously.  It is not shown as an interlocking station as you can see (attached) but under Non-Interlocked Crossing, you'll see "Logansport - Wabash" (attached), but does not say Elm.  There was no other Wabash crossing in Logansport so I now assume the Elm operator controlled the crossing as part of the Block Station.  There had to have been a reason for this arrangement.  Elm had a block operator rather than a trainman evidently because they controlled the block, gave permission and issued Form Ks to trains.  I believe another clue as to why it was a block station is also in the timetable.  There were Manual Block System rules in effect between Elm and Van (attached), with both Elm and Fort being block stations.  Fort was part time and when it was unmanned, Race controlled it.  Maybe your audience can explain why the PRR in Logansport had that short distance under MBS.  I assume it helped manage conflicting movements and improved operating flexibility.  On the PRR they allowed both Absolute and Permissive blocks in MBS and the timetable would designate where it was in effect.   In my day, the Pan Handle from Beverly Jct to Bernice was MBS, with Permissive blocks being allowed.  Non-interlocked crossings historically had a positive stop, requiring both a highball and a semaphore indication to proceed.  The Penn Central shows Elm at MP 197.5, the PRR shows it at MP 197.5, so they are one and the same. I have also included the PC TT #4 from May, 1970 (attached) to show where Elm was designated an automatic interlocking.  So as my interlocking chart indicates, Elm became an automatic interlocking in 1962, with preferential control for PRR from Race and for the Wabash from the Peru dispatcher office.............George Marx ex operator.

                             Diagram     Timetable 

NOVEMBER    6

Six diagrams from George Marx.

Illinois........................75th St.(Forrest Hill)(Belt Crossing)  

Indiana.......................Clymers

                               + Kenneth

                                   Kent

                                   Lakeville

                                + Maynard

The ones marked have no corresponding picture but towers once stood there and seeing shots of them would be extremely rare. I would dare say that Al Sharpton would vote Republican before anyone finds pictures of these towers.  

NOVEMBER   7

Indiana.......................*AY Aynes  Aylesworth            PRR

Congratulations to Gary Rauch for identifying one of the towers on my unknowns page. Below is a brief overview of AY.

This is near the crossing of the Kankakee River on the PCC&StL (Panhandle) side of the Pennsy. I would bet this is the tower in Dave's photo at Aynes near Aylesworth, In. To me the construction details could be at any PRR location after 1910. We will never find a permit though I know from reading there was a coal and water station so locomotives could enter Chicago full of coal. There was a center siding from Kouts and that terminated at Sandy Hook , the coal station. Aynes was west of that complex. That all ended with steam though the right of way at and west of Kouts still had the double mains spaced so a student of Indiana railroads could see the probability of the old timetable track designations being true, a center siding. I never went back to the Kankakee River crossing east of the town of Aylesworth , it would require a considerable hike and in my day the tower was long gone. That is where the water station was. My bet is with Gary on the Logansport Division, PCC&StL. For the sake of argument, on the Indianapolis division was another "AY", Atterbury (Wye)...........Wally Mattes

Believe me...........the above IS brief for Wally !!!!!!!!!!!!

Timetable page.......Aynes is close to the bottom

NOVEMBER    7

Wisconsin.......................*Bancroft 

NOVEMBER   8

One tower and five diagrams for you today.

North Carolina.................*Boylan    Raleigh  SOU X NSRR

Three interesting things about Boylan : 1) it is a new listing. 2) This is the second tower I have under North Carolina towers 3) It was a picture sent by Dale Martin that wasn't the size of a postage stamp !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diagrams

Illinois..........................Riverdale

                                      West Pullman

Indiana..........................Kentland

                                    +Redkey

                                      Ridgeville

Notes : I do not have a picture of Redkey on the site. I have only seen one picture of it in my life an even then it was in the background. Redkey went automatic in 1951.

I posted a diagram of Kentland on September 6. That one was from 1905. This one is from 1966.

At Riverdale(looking at the picture and diagram) the Illinois Central goes overhead but,according to the diagram the IC maintains and operates the tower. I'm guessing the IC once crossed at grade and when the overhead was built it kept ownership of the tower.
The IC at Riverdale would deliver and pull from the Acme Steel plant daily.  They would shove off the elevation onto the Pan Handle westbound main and pull into Acme using the interlocking switch you see in the diagram. The PRR got into Acme west of the plant at a hand throw.......George Marx



NOVEMBER   9

Connecticut......................SS#44 Berk South Norwalk

Oh Oh..........I'm posting another New Haven tower !!!!!
This tower has been fully restored and is part of the Sono Switch Tower Museum. And it is in its original location.

NOVEMBER   10

Illinois.................................*AX  Manteno         IC

Massachusetts.......................AY  Ayer           B&M

NOVEMBER   11    Veterans Day

Remember our brave men and women who fought and died for America.

Most railfans get confused about Brighton Park and how all tracks figure in and so on. Brighton Park is a good example of a non interlocked crossing but the signals were interlocked. I think it now totally under the control of a dispatcher. Here is a picture of it and two diagrams.

                         photo  diagram1946  diagram

This is a great sketch I found on the web from 1946  that shows the two Brighton Parks, west of 59th St Yard on the PRR and west of Ashland Ave on the Chicago Junction (CJ).  Cabin A is the one that remained until 2006. It was manned by a PRR trainman.  It was a location that had trainmen who lost a limb and were given a job for life as part of their settlement.   Cabin B involved train orders on the B&O CT and was manned by a PRR Block Operator.  When I became an operator in 1968 first trick at Beverly Jct was owned by George Broderick who was also the Local Chairmen of the operators.  George was working Cabin B in the early 1960s and was found asleep in his pajamas by the Division Superintendent and the very next day the job was abolished.  George retired around 1973-1974.  Both locations had levers.  The levers in Cabin A were inside the shanty but they were outside for Cabin B.  Cabin A had levers for the CJ, B&O CT and PRR semaphores. All the tracks also had stop signs.  The C&A (IC) had actual signals when I was trainmaster but looks like stop boards in 1946.  The story I heard when I first became a block operator in 1968 was that the PRR wanted to swap crafts and put the operators in Cabin A and trainmen in Cabin B and even though the trainmen were fine with it, George refused to do it and subsequently lost the job.  Now we know why he refused to give it up.  Slept all night and probably had a day job elsewhere.

That area is reflective of how busy it was industrially and how much traffic moved through that corridor.  The PRR Pan Handle required two mains and a runner because of all the industry and interchange that moved in the area.  At 35th St was a large Campbell Soup Plant with a yardmaster and at 16th St was Ryerson Steel, with industries all along the way.  The industries continued to CUS.  Those connections to the CJ at Brighton existed because the Chicago Junction Railroad switched the Chicago Stock Yards and everyone wanted access to that.  When I was trainmaster there first time in 1989 the only connection was to the B&O CT while the runner on the Pan Handle and the third main on the CJ were gone....George Marx

NOVEMBER   11

The Apocalypse must be near. Two of my unknowns have been identified within a week. Tom DeWinter was the identifier of this one.

Ohio..............................*North Excello(NX)        B&O

This is B&Os North Excello tower (I think call letters NX) in Middletown , Ohio .  It was on the Middletown Sub. where the line to connect with the NYC main line (and their at grade connection into Armco Steel) diverged.  It was next to Lind Yard. It was consolidated with the Lind Yard office into a new joint building replacing the old tower and yard office.  Today, it controls Needmore Yard in Dayton and also North Lima Yard in Lima .........Tom DeWinter

NOVEMBER  12

Delaware..........................*Middletown    PRR

Not much information about this place. Rob Mandeville believes this was another tower on the Delmarva Line. Attached map shows a place called Middletown(2 station places above Clayton) It shows nothing here so tower must have been removed long ago. Any other info about here would be welcome.

Indiana........................Griffith   photo of tracks

Who didn't cross here would have been a better question. The players here were: C&O  EJ&E  ERIE  GTW  MC(NYC)

                                     Warsaw  NYC X PRR      PRR

New York...................*Manhattan Beach     LIRR

Less is known about here than Middletown.



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