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FEBRUARY     16

I literally crawled to the computer. I'm still very ill......it makes me ill to even sit here in the computer chair. I'm not saying it for pity.....it is just the way it is. I've been in bed so long my legs look like FDR's ........You know.way before there was a Socialist Sanders there was one called Franklin Roosevelt.
ANYWAY.............Give me a few more weeks before I can start posting again..........Don't abandon me YET !!!!

FEBRUARY     20

Just posting to see if I can remember how to do it. I should be better soon as I'm now on a Hydrocodone-Prednisone "cocktail". This should prove to be interesting, being high and having "roid rage" at the same time. As a side note I did go to the hospital on Dec. 28. That did not fair so well. The attending physician talked with a German accent and had Argentina plates on his Mercedes.

Ohio................................Bates Toledo     TT x B&O          B&O

Toledo Terminal(TT) I believe this led to Rossford Yard on the B&O. Doug Leffler took the photo. He is an excellent photographer and in a shameful act of self promotion.....Mr. Leffler and I have been asked to give presentations at the October Penn Central Historical Society. Maybe I can save a bit of my pharmaceuticals for the show. Nothing like being out of your mind to give a show. No worries, Shel Lustig will be there to pull my butt out of the fire !!!!!!!!!!! Right Shel ????   

Then I told you 'bout a kid, now he's married to Mable.

FEBRUARY       22

Some rare stuff on tap today. I have a big backlog so it will be a while till I'm ready to pull my finger from the dyke (and I don't mean Megan Rapinoe) to let the flood loose. To the guys that sent stuff , you will be ignored in the order received.......Just Kidding

Indiana.........................*Bolivar

Bolivar was where the Erie's main line crossed the NYC's Michigan Branch(Marion Branch)......It used a USS/IS&F 36? levers, 24? used. It was built in 1914, its call letters were BO, and it was an Erie tower.

                                       CX     

CX was in Goshen. It was pure NYC with its Marion Branch hooking into their New York to Chicago main. Profile of CX. Built in 1907.

                                     *Granger

I know very little about the tower...It was a Grand Trunk facility.
Build date was 1905.

                                     *North Manchester

Pennsy's Logansport to Columbia City Line crossed NYC's Marion Branch. It was a PRR tower, call letters NM. Built in 1915. Additional info Feb. 24.....The explanation would require a few paragraphs but the gist is that North Manchester was built but never opened......Wally Mattes

                                        Ridgeville

PRR's Columbus to Chicago (Panhandle) crossed the Richmond to Ft. Wayne line, often erroneously called the GR&I. That argument is for another time and place. It used a USS relay machine. 

                                        Warsaw

Profile with the tower info. Picture shows depot. Built in 1905.

With the exception of Ridgeville the above pics were sent via Mike Hayes. He is a new contributor. The information provided was a joint effort between Wally Mattes, Mike Hayes and Dan Maners, who ever the H he is !!!!

Ohio................................*Corning

I know nothing about this place. Can anyone help???????

                                       Swan Creek   Toledo    NYC

Great black and white study of the tower by Doug Leffler.

Dave Oroszi sent me these two towers to be identified. Odd day indeed when Dave Oroszi needs MY help !!! Picture one named YA looks like a NYWS&B tower. Compare with this picture. The architecture looks very similar.   The New York, West Shore and Buffalo railroad ran from Weehawken NJ to Albany then to Buffalo New York. When NYC took it over is unknown to me. This is New York Central stuff Shel.....Help me out.

I can't get a read on this one. BX.......I need this one id too.

Across the streams of hopes and dreams where things are really not.

FEBRUARY        24

A mish mash from Dale from Alabama Martin.

Illinois...........................Tuscola  B&O x CE&I x IC       IC

Michigan....................... MA  Lansing  

Mississippi.....................Winona

New York.....................*MA  Mayville  1   2         PRR?

Pennsylvania................*BV(Belle Vista) McKeesport   P&LE

BV was P&LE, where the Monongahela branch joins Youghiogheny branch, also known as (CP 15Y), the B&O did have trackage rights on the Youghiogheny branch...Gary Hinkle



                                       Eldo  Altoona     PRR

                                       Forge    PRR

                                      Slope  1   2         PRR

                                      Works  Altoona     PRR

Virginia.........................Gordonsville      C&O


FEBRUARY     26

Ohio.....................Yellow Creek(CK)  Wellsville  1  2  3  4  PRR

Yellow Creek tower mp 23.4 is on the Cleveland Line, Cleveland, Oh mp 123.6 to Rochester Pa. mp 0. At this point the track also swings to the south west along the Ohio River to Mingo Jct mp 20.2. Yellow Creek is named after the Yellow Creek at that location that dumps in the Ohio River....Chip Syme



MARCH     1

Ah.....modern drugs are a true wonder. It seems the worst is over so I'm ready again to "open the gates". If you got STUFF........Send it !!!!

Today I have 19 pictures taken by Mike F Dunne. Mr Dunne is an ex operator off the Indiana Harbor Belt(IHB) The pictures were submitted by Carl J. Barneyback another ex operator. Mike and Carl are associates of George Marx so I'm expecting a lot of stuff to post......By The Way....Mr. Dunne used a good camera to take his pictures not a "Soviet one" !!!!!!!....Sorry George, I couldn't resist that. 

Illinois.............................Calumet Park   1   2  

Not 100% sure of players here but I think it was the BOCT, IHB, NYC(MC) and the SC&S(PRR).....This is referred to as the "Bernice Cut-off". I believe it was a Pennsy facility.

                                        Dolton

Who did NOT cross here would be a shorter answer. Again I'm not 100% sure but the railroads involved were PRR, BOCT, IHB, C&EI and CWI. It was a PRR/PC/CR facility until 1996 when the IHB took control of the tower. I was lucky enough to have been in Dolton and saw its 172 lever machine. As Paul Geiger once quipped "the other end of the locking bed was in a different time zone".

                                  Harrison St.  Chicago Union Station (CUS)

                                  River Branch Jct.  1  2  3  4  5  6    PRR

River Branch was approximately 14 miles east of CUS. If you look at  picture 2 of River Branch Jct, look to the lower right side and that building was where the NYC CR operator ran the NYC interlocking.  The last picture taken in 1980 shows the interlocking renamed CP-455.  That of course will later become CP-509........George Marx



                                *South Branch Bridge  1   2      PRR

South Branch was a little over a mile east of CUS. Its call letters were "W". South Branch and River Branch were on PRR's New York to Chicago Line.......Hestor Prynne

Indiana.........................Grasselli   East Chicago   1   2   3   4

Railroads crossing at Grasselli were : IHB, EJ&E and BOCT. It used a National Style A machine, 96 levers, 40 used. It was an IHB tower, call letters "RA"........Wally Mattes

                                     Osborn   1   2   3 

The IHB crossed the NKP. The tower stood one mile south of Gibson Yard. It used a National Style A machine, 58 levers, 40 used. It was an IHB tower with the call letters "RN"..........Wally Mattes


MARCH   2

Three towers two of them new and a new state listing added. These came via Dale Martin.

Arkansas...........................*HH  Little Rock     MoPac?

New Jersey..........................Cooper  Camden       PRR

Pennsylvania.....................*SF  Gallitzin      PRR   

.......till another stream is forded and we reach the Great Beyond.

MARCH    5

Sorry for not posting sooner....I've been despondent since Steyer, Klobuchar and BUTTigieg dropped out of the race. The real capper was when Bloomberg bowed out........GEEZ  OK OK enough.

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

Add these to the ones posted on March 1. The "tracks" picture shows the arrangement at Calumet Park plus a short dissertation from operator George Marx.

For me this picture captures a moment in time that I will never forget.  When Mike Dunne took this photo in 1973 the Michigan Central was long gone and the IHB was king through the interlocking.  Even though it was a PRR controlled tower, you spent most of your time and effort with the IHB.  It was a very busy place and in its past had a leverman.  The operators desk faced eastward towards the SC&S but when you turned left that was the view you saw.  Calumet Park had a lot of meaning to me.  I broke in as operator in 1969 and worked it after only posting one day.  For my second day the regular operator marked off and I was elected to run it.  I was helped by the second trick operator at Hohman Street, Richard Lee.   As a result I manged the shift without incident.  In 1975/1976 I was the train dispatcher who worked when it caught on fire and burnt to the ground.  The operator on duty came on the wire and said the tower was on fire, what should I do?  I told him to get the hell out of there, which is exactly what he did, jumping out the second floor window and breaking his leg.  It was another tower we lost, making three on the old PRR Chicago Terminal that I am aware of, Maynard, Burnham and Calumet Park.
George Marx

                               CR (Calumet River)  1   2       NYC

Pic 1...I'm sure there aren’t a lot of pictures of CR on the NYC so this one has some value.  I wish it was a better shot but I suspect Mike took it only as part of his photos of River Branch Jct.  His dad and my father in law was a bridge maintainer and bridge operator on the PRR and ran the two PRR bridges.  In 1980 the tower had been closed for close to 20 years but the tower was part of the building that housed all the machinery for operating the bridges.  CR of course stands for Calumet River.
George Marx

Pic 2....This is also from Mike Dunne, not sure when it was taken but John Ryan claims 1980.  Again, I wish the image captured more of the tower but you only see it on the left.  The B&O tower was a draw bridge type where the PRR and NYC were lift bridges.  BOCT trains came off the BRC at South Chicago, ran under the PRR and NYC and came up the hill just west of the tower.  It had universal crossovers and a siding.  The B&O ran passenger trains this route (same as the ones that crossed the PRR at Beverly Jct).  By the way, the B&O bridge was always failing to operate when we wanted to make a lift for a boat....George Marx

                                     *EC 59th ST. Chicago  1   2   diagram

This may be  block station as opposed to a true interlocking but..
Oh well.

                                        KX    diagram

                                        River Branch Jct. inside

Ohio................................Meeker diagram

MARCH   5

Six diagrams from George Marx Collection.

Indiana..............................Delong(MD)

                                          Dyer

                                          Hibbard

                                          Reynolds

                                          State Line

                                          Van(VR)


MARCH       6

Five towers, four of them new from the late Henry Wilhelm, sent via John Garofalo.

Massachusetts.....................SS# 0-351   Whittenton Jct.   NH

                                           *SS# 0-352  Attleboro Jct.     NH

New York..........................*CA Cabin  Valley Stream       LIRR

                                           *HA Cabin  Lynbrook      LIRR

                                           *OW  Tarrytown         NYC

MARCH     8

Ten pictures, three of them new sent by Geoff Hubbs..Remember that guy???...MR. Track diagram.

Canada.........................Chatham  Ontario    C&O x CP   C&O?

                                   *Hagersville  Ontario   NYC x CN   NYC?

New Jersey...................PU Phillipsburg  1   2       CNJ

                                      Waldo  Jersey City       PRR

                                      Weston(WX)  Manville       RDG

New York......................Dunton  Jamacia        LIRR

                                       DV Spuyten Duyvil       NYC

South Carolina.............*D Cabin  Denmark         SCL?

West Virginia................*Coaldale           N&W

Let’s toss a bumper down our throat before we pass to Heaven, and toast “The trim-set petticoat We leave behind in Devon.”

MARCH    8

Ohio...........................*Holgate  1   2   B&O x NKP      B&O

MARCH    10

Five shots of NS tower in Lima, including three  nice inside shots, all taken by fellow railroader Chip Syme.

Ohio...........................NS  Lima  1  2  3  4  5   PRR x B&O/NKP

Pennsy's hot New York to Chicago Line (The Ft. Wayne Line) crossed B&O's Cincinnati to Toledo Line.The Nickel Plate had trackage rights over the B&O at this point too. Note that one of the PRR mains is gone. Mike Silvers, an ex operator and a good friend, told me today that he worked NS in 1994/1995. He said traffic was enough to keep you moderately busy even with the Pennsy being down to one track. Part of the traffic was moves in and out of B&O's yard here in Lima. This track diagram of NS might answer a lot of questions.

MARCH     10

We are on an NS jag so lets keep going. Here are five black and whites taken by Dave Oroszi   1   2   3   4   5

MARCH   13

Seven towers, two new ones, an one diagram.

Illinois..............................61st ST.  Chicago  1  2   NYC x RI

Massachusetts.................*Bedford     B&M

Not sure if that was the towers name or not.

                                        *Salem   NH
 
I need the SS number of this New Haven tower.

New Jersey........................Waldo Jersey City diagram

Waldo was located just east of the PATH (formerly H&M) Journal Square station in Jersey City.  Somewhat to the east, PATH's two tracks emerge from their tunnel between the two tracks of the Jersey City Branch. Just east of the station, Waldo tower controlled crossovers among these tracks and the PRR's parallel freight line, the Passaic & Harsimus Branch.  PATH has its own interlocking controlling their 4 platform tracks and yard tracks.  Waldo tower also controlled switches and signals at the west end of the station where the PATH traffic joined the Jersey City Branch to continue on to Newark.  In this 1968 version, the Jersey City Branch to the east is gone; passenger service was discontinued in 1961 and some tracks were repurposed.  With the Penn Central merger a month later, the Passaic & Harsimus Branch was repurposed into a connection with the NYC.
Rob Mandeville
I posted a picture of Waldo on March 8.

                                           West Haddonfield (Vernon)    PRR

Ohio..................................Grosvenor   NYC x B&O    NYC?

Pennsylvania.....................NC  Newberry

The caption says NY&S railroad.....Can anyone enlighten me ?

Virginia..............................JD  Clifton Forge     C&O

The tower closed in 1957.......Otmar Von Verschuer

MARCH  13

Trainorder issued by George Marx while working hard at South Branch Bridge....Chicago IL

MARCH   14

Illinois................................Dolton   1   2   3   4   5        PRR

Notes  Picture 1 : Now for a few Interior views of Dolton Junction, ILL, in its final days.  IHB disassembled the tower in 2017, if I remember correctly.  We hired a "building recycler" to remove the tower literally board by board with the intent to reuse as much of the structure's material as possible.  The locking bed went to scrap, unfortunately, as it was too huge for preservation, but we saved some levers and the contractor resold all the wood that wasn't rotted.  The model board and most of the timers went to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana (also home of IHB Grasselli Tower in its entirety).  I think they got some relays too.

Picture 2 : Timer panel which was on the southeast wall of the tower.  In the lower right corner of the panel one can see a silver handle; the label above reads "CHICAGO WESTERN & INDIANA TRAINORDER SIGNAL" (yes, that's how it reads).  That order board was long gone by the time I got to the IHB in 1995 but the switch lasted until the tower closed. In a previous email I sent the "Model Board" in its final form; compare this much simplified layout with earlier ones.  Remote control installation at "CP 107" (Indiana Avenue crossovers, hand-throw until the early 2010s) also removed the west end of the plant from Dolton's territory and gave it directly to the IHB train dispatcher.

Pictures 3 4 5 : Few photos have surfaced of the Bowels Of The Towers...here are some of Dolton's electrical nervous system, located on the ground floor of the tower along the northeast wall.  These cabinets contained the relays, rectifiers, transformers, and other gizmos which made the monster tick.  As you can see, the IHB fellas took pride in their work and kept the area tidy til the end......Above notes by Carl Barneyback ex IHB operator..."he's a smooth operator" !!!!!!

As an added fun fact Dolton, at the time built, was the largest Saxby and Farmer (S&B) HORIZONTAL  locking bed interlocking in the country. State Line was bigger but it was a National Machine with a VERTICAL  locking bed......Wally Mattes

When the locking bed was vertical and located under the floor of the levers this type of arrangement was known as a "Johnson Machine"........J  Charles Twilight 

                              Washington Heights    Rock Island

The station at Washington Heights was jointly owned by the Rock Island and PRR and that Pan Handle passengers used to run past it on its way to CUS via the north joint tracks.       George Marx

Indiana...............................Dyer  diagram

                                           NE(Nero)  Gary    NYC x B&O

NE used a GRS pistol grip machine,121 levers.......Wally Mattes

Pennsylvania......................Wye   1   2    Hollidaysburg  

MARCH   15

Illinois...............................*26th ST  Chicago

Illinois Northern RR 26th Street interlocking Chicago, Ill., ca. 1953, view westward between PRR (PCC&StL) and B&OCT tracks.  Plant was  B&OCT maintained, IN operated; only these two lines had track circuits and interlocking here.  The other two patrons, PRR and CR&I, were governed by stop boards and non-interlocked signals.  

Finally a picture to go with the diagram. This picture was taken by PRR photographers. It is part of Joe Stefanelli's Collection but came by way of C J Barneyback. Carl has lots more of these gems to share with you along with a line or two of information about the tower. I trust you will find the text for these towers as interesting as I do.

MARCH     16

Geoff Hubbs sent this very diverse(and you know how I embrace diversity !!!.....YEAH RIGHT) group of towers. Anybody with any comments about them please feel free to chime in.

New Jersey...............................WR  West Arlington    Erie

New York..................................DM   Buffalo     DL&W

                                                 *Hall   Jamaica            LIRR

Ohio.........................................*Dundas      B&O

Pennsylvania............................*Tannery       LV

Texas........................................*Tower 15   Hearne     MP

Virginia......................................AF  Alexandria  1   2     RF&P

Washington DC..........................C   Washington DC   

West Virginia..............................DY   Iaeger          N&W

Type in Texas Railroad Interlocking tower. This site is great and is a wealth of information about Texas Towers.

MARCH      17

Some very rare gems for you today.

Indiana...................................*Otis        LS&MS(NYC)

Otis, Indiana, on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, office call "HM", at the crossing of the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago (Monon) Michigan City "Third District" line, view eastward, 11 July 1906 from a set of LS&MS Valuation Photographs.

                                              Porter(PO)   NYC x PM(C&O)

Interlocking at Porter/Norwood, Indiana, view westward on Lake Shore and Michigan Southern at junction of Pere Marquette and Michigan Central, 11 July 1906, from a set of LS&MS Valuation Photographs.  According to employee timetables this location was apparently identified as Norwood on the LS&MS (and later NYC) for many years before it became Porter.  Note that at the time the LS&MS was set up for "left-hand running".

                                             Wire(WR)    LaPorte

"C" at LaPorte, Indiana, on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern at the crossing of the Lake Erie and Western (later Nickel Plate), view westward, 11 July 1906, from a set of LS&MS Valuation Photographs.  This location was later remote-controlled from "JD" at LaPorte.  As late as 1920 this tower had the office call "C" but by 1928 was changed to "WR" for reasons unknown.

Michigan..............................*M&N Bridge Manistee  1   2 

Two photos of the interlocked, train crew-operated swing bridge at Manistee, Michigan over the Manistee River, at one time on the south end of the Manistee and North Eastern (later Pere Marquette, then C&O, now short line Marquette Ry.), July 2013 The above notes are from C J Barneyback.

I used to walk in the shade with those blues on parade.

MARCH    18

Nothing but diagrams and NOT from Geoff Hubbs or George Marx. C J Barneyback wants in on the fun too, so here they are.

Illinois............................A 2 (Western Ave.) Chicago    MILW

Indiana.............................Ivanhoe  Gary      NYC

Michigan..........................Cedar Street Lansing    GTW?

                                          North Yard  Detroit    NYC

                                          Schaefer   Detroit      NYC

                                         Short Cut Canal  River Rouge

Ohio..................................Hallett Toledo    Ann Arbor

                                          Stanley  Toledo     NYC

Short Cut Canal.....I was totally unfamiliar with this place so I made some inquiries of a very small handful of people. Everyone responded (rare) and so I had to eeny meeny miny moe which person would provide the explanation. Don't be offended if I did not publish your answer. Must be getting soft in my old age; offending someone never bothered my conscience too much !!!!

This interlocking is known as Short Cut Canal Bridge.  It was originally a DT&I interlocking built by Henry Ford.  I have also included my friend Dale Groh in this email as he is an expert on this area.

 In 1972 this bridge and the former DT&I trackage north of the bridge were acquired by the Delray Connecting RR (where I was employed at the time).  The DC was owned by National Steel, which controlled Great Lakes Steel.  Later Great lakes Steel and the DC were acquired by US Steel.  (Dale is a retired GLS and USS railroad employee).  Because the steel mill was running bottle runs over this bridge on CR and former DT&I (now CN) trackage, the FRA mandated that railroad operating employees be FRA certified.  Thus, the DC took over operations of the bottle runs and all steel mill interplant operation.

 Interestingly, regarding the operation of the bridge, before the Short-Cut Canal was dug by Henry Ford, the NYC had an interlocking tower just south of the Rouge River, which was named Zug Island.  While visiting the Allen County Historical Society in Lima, Ohio years ago, I looked at a valuation negative for that tower.  I have regretted ever since that I did not request them to make a print of it for me!

Dale wrote an article on this bridge, which appeared in the GTWHS publication,The Semaphore.

This is one of only three manned interlockings still operating in Michigan!
 
The Short Cut Bridge was built in 1922 by the DT&I during the Henry Ford era to allow the widening of the Rouge River for large ships to transit to the Ford Rouge Plant (DT&I approached Ford for a loan to construct this bridge, instead he bought the company). To our knowledge, the tower has always been staffed by Delray Connecting Railroad Employees with the maintenance done by DT&I and GTW up until sometime during the 1980's, at which point DCRR took over full operation of the bridge. The ex DT&I mainline is on a long term lease from GTW to Great Lakes Steel and the track is maintained by DCRR. The signals and Interlocking and Grade Crossing are maintained by GTW, CSA, and DCRR depending on where it is located.........Chuck Geletzke and Dale Groh

MARCH    19

Four towers, two new for you gentlemen today.

New York...........................River Jct.          Erie

Ohio..................................*Boyd  Greenwich            NYC

BOYD in Greenwich, Ohio is where the Big Four Cleveland to Galion mainline crossed the B&O’s Pittsburgh / Chicago mainline. Oddly, the trackage  was completely rebuilt as part of the CSX portion of Conrail with a new slow-speed connection in the SE Quadrant and a medium-speed double-track connection in the NW Quadrant. The original AC&Y mainline that crossed the Big Four at HILES in New London and was parallel and adjacent to the Big Four to Greenwich where it separately crossed the B&O at GN was replaced by trackage rights over Conrail and CSX....Shel Lustig  NYCHS

                                            Hallett   Toledo  1   2  Ann Arbor RR

Wisconsin.........................*Tregg       CNW

MARCH     21

One good thing I can say about the virus.....since most places  including hair salons are closed; within three weeks we'll all know woman's true hair color !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is going to be it for a few days. I need to ingest "something"
and just relax for a while. Please continue to send emails.

Illinois................................Dolton   1   2   

GREAT shots of the levers. Lovingly captured by  ex operator,
C J Barneyback

This is an unknown from 1966. Seldom do I post an unknown that it gets id ed (is that a word??) The dwarf signal ( called 'em pots on the PRR) is definitely CNW.  

The "something" is taking hold already........Like I said, give me a few days to ah, er, relax. 

To do good to mankind is the chivalrous plan, And is always nobly requited;
Then battle for freedom wherever you can, And, if not shot or hanged, you’ll get knighted.

MARCH     23

The following pictures AND text , with one exception by me, are from Robert Anderson. He is an ex operator from Minnesota. Robert has submitted a few items in the past. ALL photos are in Minnesota.

                                   Chestnut Street   St. Paul    1      

Improved view of Milw Chestnut St.Tower St.Paul,MN actually in service. Through the window was this USS&S CTC panel,under direction of Milw LaCrosse DS. Upon closure of tower, the panel here was moved to St.Paul Yd office and modified to reflect double to single tracking to section from Chestnut St. to Merriam Park on the diagram.    REA.

Check out the kid window peeping. I would want to be spying on some pretty woman not looking at some grizzled, grumpy, old tower operator !!!!!!!! 

                                    West Hump

BN West Hump DS panel next to East Hump panel. Unlike east panel that has nothing to do with the Northtown Hump Yd, this panel in addition to main lines around yard to and replacing Coon Creek Jct tower, did control the hump bowl ladder under yardmaster direction.(bottom row of speed switches). Coon Creek is on part of panel right.  The hump names come from these are located in the "penthouse level" of the Hump Tower,Mpls,MN.........REA

                                       St. Croix  Hastings   1   2   3  

Some close ups of bell cranks for direction changes of rod pulls and compensators for expansion. These happen to be at MilwRR St.Croix Tower Hastings,MN.     REA.

                                     St Croix  Hastings    1   2   3

Day of removal of diamond and wiring of replacement CTC bungalow for St,Croix Tower,Hastings,MN. and all towers WWD to Mpls. Result was East Hump Tower Dispatcher panel. Worked all the towers individually, then all collectively. A kind of unique experience. Now done in Fort Worth.    REA.

                                      Newport

Alternate view of EWD home signal Joint Milw/CB&Q(BN) tower Newport,MN.  This is Rule 251 keep left running. The WWD main track is on the right and just past the crossover, the RI main diverges right to Des Moines,IA.  REA



.........imprisoned by the way it could of been.

MARCH     24

A handful of this and that.

Indiana................................JO  Seymour   B&O x PRR   B&O

B&O's Cincinnati to St. Louis line crossed PRR's Indianapolis to Jeffersonville(Louisville) Line. In my early days of railroading they would occasionally call me off my home district to work those Indy to Jeff runs. The trains were called IL 4 (Indy to Louisville) With the exception of a few road locals these were the last road trains to originate out of Hawthorne Yard, ex PRR. I remember passing by the tower here in Seymour.

Louisiana...........................East Monroe  1   2     SP  

New York...........................X Olean     Erie x NYC?       Erie

Pennsylvania....................*Annville(NV)  1   2   diagram     RDG

For the telegraph historians, it kept its call "NV" until 1969. Annville was one of those mechanical interlockings squeezed into the ticket office when a 3rd track was added. I took this one the same day in 6/1975, a few years after it was out of service.  The other two images are purloined off the internet but their sources are identified.............Rob Mandeville

                                          J(Lemo) Lemoyne      PRR

This was the only crossing on the PRR where two electric lines crossed AND the diamond was a 90 degree angle.
George Leroy Parker

now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.

MARCH    25

Indiana.................................Lapaz  diagram after being remoted

according to George Marx the tower closed in 1965.


APRIL    1

Due to a number of factors ALL my emails have been deleted. If you have sent something to be posted; please resubmit.

 A big "Thank You" to my viewers. March's hit numbers set a new record. Part of it might be the big lock down this country is under.  The following were submitted by Geoff Hubbs and a very diverse group of towers it is. Continue to look at the site. The CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci said it had curative powers.

Illinois..............................KJ(Kinmundy)    IC x C&EI(MoPac)

Kansas............................*Ottawa Jct.         ATSF

Massachusetts................*Salem      B&M

New Jersey......................Jersey  Delair         PRR

New York......................*Ghent       B&A

                                        JV  Johnsonville    D&H

                                       *Lead  Long Island   diagram   LIRR

                                         P&L Jct.     LV

Pennsylvania...................*BQ   Bellewood        PRR

                                          JN  Emporium        PRR

You know I've seen a lot of people walking 'round with tombstones in their eyes.

APRIL    2

Indiana...........................Ft. Wayne Crossing   diagram

Here is the interlocking chart of The Grand Trunk Crossing on the PRR in Valparaiso, IN. that the GTW called Ft Wayne Crossing, circa 1966.  When the GTW operator thought it was ok to delay one of our trains, the Ft Wayne Line dispatcher would get on the Elkhart Dispatcher's wire and tell HF (South Bend) to hold all GTW trains and then turn around and tell Hartsdale to hold all GTW trains at Maynard.  After a few minutes, miraculously our trains at Valparaiso were moving again.  This was one of the benefits of the merger in 1968.  George  Marx



                                        Hick  Gary     NYC

The following photos AND commentary are from Geneva May Short; an industrial photographer and a longtime friend of Carl Barneyback. Carl has her collection and if anymore tower related material is there he will share it with us.

                                          Photo 1

Interlocking control "Model Board" (control panel) at NS "HICK" tower, 2011.  On board, West toward South Chicago (EJ&E), Whiting (CSX), and Chicago (NS) from top on left, East toward Lakefront Yard (IHB), Gary (EJ&E) and Elkhart (NS) from top right, and South toward IHB RR lower left. All of this is now remote-controlled by dispatchers elsewhere; "HICK" (originally HC on the New York Central) is now "CP 503". Interesting features include: Conrail-era "C&S" (signal department) padlocks securing the panels (required to prevent unauthorized modifications; I believe this is a federally mandated security measure to prevent tampering in case of an "incident"), the operator's reading glasses on the table lower left, and the ultra-low budget humidifier (aluminum pan of water set on top the radiator lower right). Beige box on table in front of ample paper towel supply is a "line" box to speak over the dispatcher's "wire" (like an intercom, only over hundreds of miles - in this case, stations from Chicago to Dearborn, Michigan). Desk microphone (to left of glasses on side table) is connected to a marine-frequency radio for communication with Lake Boats and barges moving through the Indiana Harbor canal; the operator at HICK also controlled a set of draw bridge (controls for those out of view to left).  This panel actually controls three interlockings, "HICK", CP 502, and CP 100 (the last one formerly Indiana Harbor interlocking on the former Chicago Indiana and Southern, now Indiana Harbor Belt) - Geneva May Short.

                                        Photo  2

Interlocking control button panel at NS "HICK" tower, 2011. This is a close-up photograph of the "HICK" (how it got that name I'll never know) interlocking station control station. The operator there, who has since been replaced by "modern" technology, controlled three interlockings: "HICK" (503), 502, and 100. Additionally, the operator was a bridge tender controlling (when I visited there) two drawbridges over the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal. From what I remember, the buttons worked like this: First, the operator would select the interlocking he wanted to work: 503, 100, or 502. The odd-number buttons were to select a switch; once selected, the "NOR" or "REV" buttons would select Normal or Reverse on the switch position. The even-numbered buttons (green ones) would select a signal to clear. The START button sent the chosen "command" to the interlocking, causing the lights on the "panel board" to flash on the appropriate devices until they were properly set-up, then the lights would burn steady to indicate the switch or signal was in the desired status. Additional buttons below, some of which are missing, were for "location cancel" (reset the panel), SM ON and OFF (snow melter), and MC ON and OFF (maintainer call). I don't remember what the ACK button was for - Geneva May Short.

                                        Photo  3

NS (former NYC) Double track drawbridge over the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal, East Chicago, Indiana; view looking west from HC "HICK" Tower, 2011 - Geneva May Short.





 

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