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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   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

The third picture of B&O Jct.......The tracks in the foreground is the Erie crossing the PRR. There was a tower here called Mansfield, but it is behind the photographer. B&O Jct. is in the background in this shot.

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

MAY    18

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

From the Conrail area.....1998. Thanks "BourdonBoy" for letting me post this.

MAY  19

Pennsylvania...................Wampum Jct.         PRR

MAY   21

West Virginia..................MK  Rowlesburg  1  2        B&O

Two picture of MK taken on its last day of operation, Dec. 4 2010. What a wonderful Christmas gift to be out of a job 21 days before Christmas. You think they could have waited till after the first of the year before the hammer fell. But after all we are dealing with Chicken Sh*% Express !!!!!!!!!

MAY   27  Memorial Day

Indiana.............................*Lena       NYC

Nobody crossed here, was just a set of crossovers and a water stop. My NYC ETT dated 1952 shows no tower here. Lena was at MP 48.7 approximately 10 miles west of Greencastle. Photo via Vern Sergent.

MAY   29

Two more from Chip Syme

Pennsylvania.................Banks  1  2        PRR


JUNE  1

Pennsylvania..................Alto  Altoona        PRR

Probably the most recognized and most photographed tower in America. This was only natural for a tower that stood on the "Standard Railroad of the World" !!!!!

           1  2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15 

JUNE    4

A small batch, with two new ones, via Geoff Hubbs.

Georgia..........................*Fort Valley    Central of Georgia

Indiana.............................IU Indianapolis   IURY

New Jersey.......................Hoboken Terminal          CNJ   

New York........................*SS#1 Grand Street Troy 1  2     NYC
                                          XO Mechanicville  1  2     D&H

Ohio..................................Bannon  Columbus    N&W

Pennsylvania.....................Q  Hyndman      B&O

NOTES:

           Fort Valley.....I don't know if the tower was moved to its present location or the tracks went away around it. It got a new lease on life now that it is being used as a business.

           IU............As many of you know, IU is currently having the asbestos removed and will be dismantled. Many rail fans were up in arms about it but saving the tower was impossible for about a half dozen good reasons. The color of the levers meant something.....In this case the white levers were out of service. Red were signals, blue were switches and black were locks.

          Hoboken Terminal...........This new tower replaced the old one in 1981. It is still standing but unmanned.

           Bannon........This is the first version of the tower, dated 1919. New York Central crossed the Norfolk and Western.


JUNE  6   75th anniversary of D  Day

Five towers, two of them new, from Henry Wilhelm. All are PRR and all were shot in May 1932.

Pennsylvania.................Hunt(GC) Huntingdon

                                     *JC(Glass)  Mill Creek

                                       Mifflin(M)

                                     *Park     Tyrone

                                       Port(MS) New Port

JUNE     9

Five more, one new, from either Chip Syme or part of his collection. All towers are former Pennsylvania RR.

Indiana.........................Adams(DE)  Ft. Wayne     

Ohio.............................Big Run(BR)  Millbrook     
                                     Bricker

Pennsylvania................Antis
                                    *Bridge  Oil City 

Big Run.....Shows the tower before it received that fake brick, cancer friendly asbestos treatment.

Antis.......The tower is seen in its Penn Central livery.

Bridge stood on PRR's Chautauqua Branch ending at Bridge mp 138.4 Oil City Pa., started at FW tower in Buffalo. The other end of Bridge mp 132.5 is on the Allegheny Branch from Pittsburgh.
Chip Syme

JUNE     10

Wally Mattes my tower guru was down at my home for a few days. I have not met anyone who knows more about towers than him. He is writing a book about towers and was down in Indianapolis doing some research , hence the visit to my humble abode. We took a day trip to follow the B&O between Indianapolis and Cottage Grove. We made a brief stop at the White Water Valley railroad museum at Connersville and he snapped a few shots of Dearborn(XN) tower. They have restored it, inside an out, keeping it pretty much how it looked "in the day". He has taken hundreds of tower pics but he wants to wait till the book is published before I can post his gems on here.....which is perfectly understandable.   photo  photo   
                                        

JUNE    11

More pictures from Chip Syme and his compatriots. FN diagram came via Geoff Hubbs.

OHIO...................Custer                      PRR
                             Dunkirk                   PRR
                             FN(Heath)  1  2       B&O

Custer......stood at MP 71(miles from Pittsburgh) on Pennsy's Pittsburgh to St. Louis Main. No one crossed here, just controlled a series of cross overs.

Dunkirk......Stood at MP 236.4(again from Pittsburgh) on PRR's hot Pittsburgh to Chicago(The Ft. Wayne Line) There was a set of crossovers and a westward siding here too. Dunkirk also controlled a CP called Dola, MP 238.7) There was an eastern siding here. If that wasn't enough......NYC's "Western Branch" (Stanley(Toledo) to Ridgeway and on to Columbus and south) crossed here as well. In the Penn Central era, Dunkirk controlled CP 63 on the Western Branch...Milepost from Toledo. Although this was NYC trackage we were all one big happy family under PC....extreme sarcasm dripping from my keyboard. The reason Dunkirk looks so new is that the original tower was destroyed in a train wreck during WWII. A troop train was meeting another freight or passenger train when a cylinder head blew off  and caused a derailment and knocked the tower down. Dunkirk was replaced by Pennsylvania's standard "little castle" design. There is more, if you haven't committed suicide, got bored, or went over to look at your favorite Stormy Daniels site yet.....The tower is still standing..I remember going by here when I was an engineer on an Indianapolis to Toledo pool......THE END !!!!!

FN(Heath)........On Pennsy's Main line between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, from First Street MP 157.5, again from Pittsburgh, to US Tower in Columbus MP 190.4 the PRR ran over B&O tracks. Even though it was B&O the Pennsy signaled and dispatched this line.This seemed only fair as the PRR/PC ran upwards of 30 trains a day compared to a small handful by the Baltimore and Ohio. FN was at MP 161.9. New York Central's Eastern Branch, from Stanley to Thurston, crossed here too. It was a B&O tower and according to a friend of mine, Ed Lenio, a Heath native, it had B&O operators too.

PENNSYLVANIA............Bruin   Shenango     PRR

Bruin.......Stood at MP 82.again from Pittsburgh. Erie's double Main crossed Pennsy's  E&P Branch. There was a siding on the PRR too at this point.

                                       JD(Conpit) New Florence     PRR

JD.........located at MP 290.6 from Philadelphia.

JUNE   14

Nine diagrams and one new tower photo. All from Geoff Hubbs.

Illinois..............................*49th St. Chicago  photo  photo
                                           Washington Heights  Chicago

Indiana...............................Avilla
                                           Clarke Jct.   Gary
                                           Hamlet
                                           Kendallville

Ohio...................................Colsan(UR)  Bucyrus
                                           Upper Sandusky

Pennsylvania......................Landis Landisville

JUNE  18

If I NEVER see another picture of MO again, it will be too soon.
I didn't think anyone could top "Multi picture Wallenmeyer" but he has been topped. All kidding aside....Check out these great shots of MO by Chip Syme.

Pennsylvania..................MO   Cresson    PRR

           1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14 

                               15   16   17   18   19   20

JUNE    23

Indiana.........................Union City   PRR x NYC      NYC

Union City was 198.8 miles from Cleveland and is one tenth of a mile of the Indiana/Ohio state line. NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis line crossed Pennsy's Columbus(via Logansport) to Chicago line. Like most crossings it was a diamond configuration. NYC had approached PRR many times asking if they could put in one of those deals where the crossing railroad merges onto the crossing line for a few car lengths  then "swings" off. Maintenance is less costly not having diamonds to pound. Pennsylvania kept resisting even after PRR derailed here in May 1967, tearing out the crossing. In the Penn Central era  they wanted to make it an essential route for Columbus to Indianapolis and from Cincinnati to Elkart traffic via Union City.  They may have run traffic this way for a while but for one reason or another it never was fully utilized. The PRR line through here was pulled years ago but NYC's "B line" (as it is popularity known) is still a fairly busy route for CSX. The D&U (Dayton and Union) a B&O predecessor line came in here as well. There was a connection between the NYC and B&O and that was part of the interlocking too. There is a stub track that is signaled that still exists. I've been told that this is former B&O track. The tower was remoted as early as 1969 to Ansonia.  Even though Union City was an electric plant and thus more modern, it was far easier to equip a "rod plant" (Ansonia) for a remote electric plant than vice versa. Also Ansonia was still needed to hand up train orders on the TOC. Union City tower still stands and for a while it was open. They now have an M&W lock on the door. Even with all this it is free of graffiti and going to where the operator was, there is no trash in there although the interlocking machine is gone. Says a lot for small town America. CSX is willing to sell it for a dollar but are insisting that it be moved off of railroad property. The town of Union City does not have the money to move it so it will probably suffer the fate of most towers. After I typed all this Geoff Hubbs sent a diagram. This will explain visually far better than I could type.

Ohio............................Sugar St. Lima  PRR x DT&I     PRR
                                    Summit(SI) Columbus     B&O
                                    Town Newcomerstown     PRR
                                     Upper Sandusky  PRR x C&O   PRR

Town is where Pennsy's Pittsburgh to Indianapolis line(via Columbus and Richmond IN)line crossed their Marietta Branch.


JUNE    24

Illinois.............................Lemoyne    CW&I

Diagram of Lemoyne......I have a pic of it on the site. Pictures of this tower and now the track chart are very rare.

Indiana..........................*Kimmell       B&O

 Kimmell was on the former B&O(now CSX) Main, west of Albion. Wally Mattes said it controlled one of five lap sidings on the B&O (in Indiana) The tower remained as late as 1939, he thinks. The tower remained this long because this was one of the locations where the B&O "harvested" the bottom of a nearby lake. The mud taken from here was very rich in pulverized limestone, one of the five components for making cement. This was a very brisk business until we started buying limestone mud from China !!!!!!!!!!!............JUST KIDDING...............put your flaming torches and clubs away.

                                       LaCrosse       PRR

LaCrosse was at MP 246.6 on Pennsy's Cincinnati to Chicago Line. The Monon crossed here and at one time the Chicago, Attica and Southern(C&AS) came in here too. It had a USS/IS&F machine...68 levers 59 used.

                                      Walkerton(KN)      B&O

This is the first version of Walkerton. B&O's hot Chicago main crossed the NKP and NYC's Kankakee Belt. The B&O line now CSX is still a very busy route. A short line runs the NKP today. It used a National Style A machine........96 levers, 52 used. Updated information......Wally Mattes said that the above information applied to the brick structure. The wooden tower used a National Switch and Signal Style A machine with 52 levers, 43 used. The breakdown was as follows...B&O 25 levers, NYC, 7 and the LE&W(NKP) 11.

JUNE   26

Mike Silvers will go comatose when he sees this picture !!!! Picture came via  Pat Livingston. I have know Pat for 40 plus years. He is an ex operator/train dispatcher/official under PC/CR/Amtrak.

Indiana.........................Dunreith(DN)      PRR

Dunreith was at MP 148.9, from Columbus. He also controlled the sidings East and West Dublin and Dublin. It had a USS/IS&F machine with 40 levers, 20? used. The LE&W(NKP) crossed Pennsy's Richmond to Indianapolis line.

JUNE   29

Illinois.........................Kensington  Chicago      IC

Picture taken by Pat Sweeney while on a junket to Chicago. This is where the South Shore and the NYC(MC) breaks off/joins the Illinois Central at 113th Street in Chicago.
 

JULY     1

Ohio..........................Carney  Springfield   DT&I x NYC   NYC


JULY    3

Four diagrams from Geoff Hubbs.

Ohio..............................Ansonia(A)

                                      Grafton(G)

                                      Martel(RM)

                                      Morgan(QC) 


JULY   4

Have a wonderful 4th of July.  Fly your Betsy Ross flags !!!!

Five more diagrams from Geoff Hubbs.

Indiana..........................Delco   Anderson

                                      Massachusetts Ave.  Indianapolis

                                      Union City

                                      Vance   Muncie

                                      Walnut Street    Muncie

JULY   6

Pennsylvania...............C&M  Jct.  DuBois     BR&P(B&O)

                                   *Eagle  Bald Eagle        PRR

                                     FC  Falls Creek     BR&P(B&O)

                                   *JN  Emporium       PRR

                                     WI  Brockway       BR&P(B&O)

JULY   8

I have updated information about Walkerton......see above.


JULY   11

Pennsylvania..................G   Germantown(Philadelphia)

Rob Mandeville emailed me with information as to location and linage. He said it was a Reading tower. Thanks Rob; it is refreshing that at least one person looks at this site.......LOL


JULY     12

Ohio........................East  Columbus(NY)      B&O

                                Summit(SI)  1   2   Columbus    B&O

Three black and whites from the master.


JULY     15

Oh Bayard, my Bayard.

Ohio...........................Bayard(BY)   PRR x PRR     PRR

                     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

The track chart (9) shows what line crossed etc.



                  

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