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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)

A Reading tower.  Ex operator Robert Anderson added these few tidbits........
Very interesting inclusion of G Tower Germantown PA.  Rare enclosed disk signals,Circa 1890.  White or colored light over no,white or colored disks for aspects. In addition to the interlocking arrangement, the block signal battery circuits were wired thru the "Hall"Electromagnetic Actuator. Dinosaur stuff. Stop was small red light over red disk. Proceed was white light over no disk. This is for "Home" signal."Distant" signal added Caution, yellow or green light over yellow or green disk.



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.

JULY     17

New Jersey...................Brown  Camden

Pennsylvania and Reading used to cross then became a junction point after the South Jersey lines merged. It was a Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line tower. (PRSL)(PRR). It was built in 1934......Rob Mandeville 

JULY    19

Ten diagrams.....from Geoff Hubbs.

Illinois............................Charleston(CO)         NYC
                                       Midland(A)   Paris     NYC
                                       Wood River     Illinois Terminal
                                       WR  Granite City      TRRA

Indiana...........................Belt Crossing  Indianapolis     NYC
                                       Burnett                                     NYC
                                       Cobb(CB) Coal Bluff               NYC
                                       DX Indianapolis                      NYC
                                      Greencastle(GD)                       NYC
                                       IU Indianapolis                        IURY

The diagram of Cobb is from 1967. It shows no crossing of the B&O. Obviously it was gone by this date....A revelation for me.
Here is a picture of Cobb from 1965 and even then it shows the B&O in a state of hard rust.

JULY     22

As most of you know two towers in Indianapolis bit the dust last week. Here is one shot of the demolition. IU would have been demolished sooner but they had to clear it with Al Gore and AOC to make sure there would be no environmental concerns !!! I will be posting more as soon as I get some credit details worked out.

MY at Avon Yard was razed a few days ago. I have a couple of MY shots "in the day" along with a profile of the tower. I have no shots of its demise. Going on CSX property is too risky. Rail fans are probably shot on sight.

             IU     MY    MY   profile

JULY     30

New Jersey.....................Center  Camden         PRR

Center tower, at the confluence of the PRR and its subsidiaries at the east end of the Camden, Broadway station.  (The Reading's subsidiary was encountered downstream a bit at Brown tower.)  When that area was massively reconstructed for PATCO's Lindenwold High Speed Line, they built their control center at that approximate location and called it Center Tower (though many of us referred to it at New Center Tower).
Rob Mandeville

Nebraska...........................*Columbus      CB&Q

AUGUST    3

fifteen towers, five of them new from three different sources.

California....................Dayton Ave.  Los Angeles      SP

What a grand structure, solidly built and with its name and company etched in the facade. With the terrible homeless situation in LA  maybe some of them could move into this place.

Illinois.........................Mendota  CB&Q  x IC x MILW     CB&Q


                                    Normal   Alton(GM&O)  x  IC      IC?

The stand alone tower and depot were razed in the teens or the twentys. The operator and interlocking were housed in the new depot. Rare shot.

                                *West Pullman Chicago   PRR x  IC      PRR

West Pullman was located at MP 296.1(from Columbus Ohio) on Pennsy's Cincinnati to Chicago Line(Panhandle)

Indiana.......................Stewart   NYC x  CE&I         NYC

Inside only shot. Very rare picture. The tower stood on NYC's Danville to Chicago Line  at MP 90.1.......distance from Indiana Harbor.

Kansas......................*Topeka    Rock Island

Michigan..................Trowbridge   C&O x GTW       GTW

Shows the new structure and the old one.

Minnesota.................CK  Winona  1  2  3     CNW

New York.................*PB  Portageville       Erie

Pennsylvania............*Bergen Marsh Hill       PRR

                                   BK(CP 3Y) Pittsburgh    P&LE

                                  *KR  Latrobe  1  2         PRR

AUGUST    9

New York.....................Divide  Hicksville       PRR

This is what Divide looks like today,with its elevated tracks.Here is the old Divide for comparison.

AUGUST     10

Five new towers from Henry Wilhelm's past photo jaunts.

Pennsylvania.................*Allens South Williamsport      PRR

                                       *CT   Keating       PRR

                                       *DF   Driftwood    PRR

                                       *HY    Huntley       PRR

                                       *WG  Williamsport    RDG

Appy Polly Loggy( If you seen Clockwork Orange you will know what that means) to Shel and Geoff for all the Pennsyvania and Reading stuff. There is a small consolation though....That is a New York Central train in the picture of CT. Why is unknown. Maybe Shel can do some research on this. I would but I'm too lazy !!!!

AUGUST    11

Four new towers; three with diagrams. Bringing back bad memories of my New Haven meltdown of 2016.....I have included a NH tower too !!!!

Connecticut.................*SS#110   Waterford      NH

Photo taken in 1958/59. This was New Haven's only DL 109 that had the McGinnis paint job.....Dale Martin

New York....................*F  1  2  3  Long Island City   PRR
                                   
                                     *Q 1  2        "         "       "         "

                                     *R 1  2        "         "       "         "

AUGUST    16

Eleven towers, two of them new, for you today. Five are from Chip Syme's collection, with him taking three of them. ALL are PRR towers.

Indiana.......................Newman    Richmond

Newman controlled the west end of Richmond yard and the passenger tracks. There was an interchange track that led to the C&O too. Sad to see this place now...nothing left except a single but fairly busy main line for my beloved Norfolk Southern. Newman used a USS pneumatic machine.........36? levers.

                                  Woods  Indianapolis

Woods was at MP 1.6(from IU depot) on PRR's Indy to St. Louis Line. IURY(Belt) crossed here. At one time the Belt was four tracks at this point. Woods had a USS S&F 68 lever machine with 32? being used.

Ohio........................Crestline(US)   Conrail renamed it Crest

Pennsy's  Ft Wayne Line crossed NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line. It must have being freshly built. You can see the old tower in the right of the picture. Although it was built by PRR it was staffed exclusively by the New York Central.

Pennsylvania..........*Pennroad    Shippensburg

 According to my Penn Central ETT dated 1969 Pennroad was at MP 41.6 (from Harrisburg) It shows a connection with the Reading and it controlled "Spring", a block limit station at MP 29.1 and "Wood", a block station and train order office at MP 50.3.

                                Rose  1  2   Altoona

It does not look like one but according to my PRR ETT dated 1967 it was an interlocking. I'm guessing it might have been a yard office and/or had offices for trainmaster(s)  and roadformen. It may have used to house crews at their away from home terminals. Maybe it was used as a dentition camp for NYC men the Pennsy took as prisoners during one of their epic battles with each other. Surely someone will email me and set the record straight.

                               *WE    Juniata

I can find nothing about this place.......Again need some help.

                              Wagner   Carnegie

                              Works  1  2   Altoona

West Virginia........Weirton Jct 


Sorry I have not updated for a couple of weeks. I am getting over a bad bout(is there ever a good one?!?!) of the gout. I have a small backlog of stuff to post but it won't be done till September.
Thanks for your patience; don't give up on me YET !!!!

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




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