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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


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  NYCHS

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 "Supplemental  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   5

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    map        LIRR

The Manhattan Beach LIRR had a Manhattan Beach line that ran from Manhattan Beach Jct on the Bay Ridge Branch (this is how the New Haven car floated across the NY harbor) to Manhattan Beach on Coney Island.  The branch was abandoned in 1935...I'm guessing the tower was at the junction or at the Manhattan Beach end..........Map and text by Geoff Hubbs


NOVEMBER    14

To the day, today marks the 8th year this site has been online. My heartfelt thanks to all of you that have been contributors. I was going to list some of the names but I was afraid I would leave someone out so just a blanket thanks will have to suffice. I had no idea that the site would grow into what it has become. Person after person keeps stepping up to the plate and offering photos, track diagrams, other tower related stuff, advice(which I ignore) and corrections. I have 14 towers for you today, 7 being new postings. One of the towers, Winona, is not only a new listing but it is/was in a state I had no listings for; Mississippi. With the addition of the seven new towers this brings the total number of SEPARATE towers listed to 1839. The total number of pictures is over 4,000. Again, Thanks to all of you for making this site what it is.

Connecticut.........................SS#85   East Haven   NH
                                            SS#104    CT River Draw    NH

Massachusetts....................SS#45  Westfield       B&A

Mississippi.......................*Winona        IC

North Carolina...................Boylan  Raleigh  1  2      SOU 

New Jersey.........................Dock  Harrison        PRR

                                         *GB Greens Bridge       LV

New York........................*Chenango Forks    DL&W

                                        *Cherry Valley Jct.      D&H

                                          MO Mott Haven Jct. Bronx    NYC

                                        *N(Norca)  Cooperstown Jct.    D&H

                                        *WN  Schenevus      D&H

Pennsylvania.....................LV  Bethlehem          LV

Tennessee........................*Aulon   Memphis             IC

NOVEMBER    17

Six diagrams today.   + no corresponding picture.

Illinois............................+12th St.(Rockwell)       Chicago

                                        +26th ST(IN Crossing)    Chicago

Indiana..............................Anoka  Logansport

                                          Bunker  Hill

                                          Hartsdale

                                           Kouts

                                           North Judson

notes :

12th St.(Rockwell Street) was a non-interlocked crossing with a BOCT switch tender.  It was the largest non-interlocked crossing in America. The PRR Pan Handle ran through there to the North Joint Tracks to Chicago Union Station.  At one time the PRR ran passengers that route to CUS.  The North Joint Tracks had many industries and there was a yardmaster at Damen Ave who handled that work.  Today, much of that industrial area now has condos and hip restaurants. The Pan Handle between 15th St and Western Ave would get sold to the CNW and became the Rockwell Line.

IN Crossing (aka 26th Street) had an IN(Illinois Northern) operator.  It was a non-interlocked crossing for the PRR Pan Handle and the Chicago Junction Railroad, and an interlocking for the BOCT and IN.  The IN switched a massive International Harvester Plant.  When the International Harvester Plant closed down, the crossing became an automatic interlocking for all the roads. The Illinois Northern (IN) was a small switching railroad owned by International Harvester.

Bunker Hill must of really been a sleepy place - it became an automatic interlocking in 1942.

The PRR Operator at Kouts controlled Wilders Interlocking remotely where the Monon crossed the Erie.

Diagrams and notes by George Marx.

NOVEMBER    18

Wisconsin...............Washington  ST. Milwaukee  MILW X CNW

                         1   2   3   diagram   information

A new contributor, Thomas Manz, sent me this STUFF. Lots more to follow. "There comin' out of the woodwork"

NOVEMBER     19

Minnesota...........................Oakland      CB&Q

A little side story(as opposed to a BIG side story) to Oakland :

I snapped the Oakland Tower shot about 1974. The Rock Island trains still looked good then. They  folded in 80. These "Rocket Freight " transfers to GN NP and Milw on this Q/Milw joint operation lived up to their names. You could put one out 5 mins ahead of the varnish no sweat.The fastest freights in the Twin Cities as the crews were very motivated,you know,the 100 mi day X 2 or even 3 trips = $$$. The towers were from East to West : St.Croix(Milw QM) Newport(Milw w/Q 2nd and relief dispatchers RT), Oakland(CB&Q OA), Hoffman Av(Milw NY) and Division St(CB&Q DS). BTW: all kept their Morse keys till the end. The old timers that had Telegraphers school required, were lightning fast. We had phone circuits for us gringos.
Robert Anderson....retired operator

NOVEMBER       20

I have one tower that needs identification. Plus this will give you guys an alternative to watching the impeachment bulls&*#  Is ANYONE actually watching this ????????

                                      photo

 This looks like a typical tower that stood west of Indiana, maybe in Iowa, Wisconsin........You tell me.

NOVEMBER      20

Indiana..........................Clarks Hill           NYC

Clarks Hill was at MP 158.2 (from Cincinnati) on New York Central's busy Cincy to Kankakee  Line. The Nickel Plate (Clover Leaf) crossed here. It  had a USS S&F machine......28 levers, 24 used. Clarks Hill was one of those locations where the operators had equal rights to those positions. NYC had first and third shifts and NKP had second and the relief shifts. Its call letter was "W"........Wally Mattes/Dan Maners

NOVEMBER   21

Indiana...........................JB  Lena      NYC

I have taken the listing for Lena down and re posted it as "JB"
It stood approximately 48 miles from Indianapolis on NYC's Indy to St. Louis Line. Nobody crossed here , it had a set of crossovers and it was a water stop. This is a rare shot and I thank Michael Eert for it.

NOVEMBER    22

Illinois.............................*Odin   B&O X  IC        IC?

Michigan..........................*Thompsonville         PM?

Minnesota..........................Newport  trainsheet 1   trainsheet 2

Wisconsin..........................Cut Off  Milwaukee  1  2   diagram

Odin......Illinois Central's Chicago to New Orleans Line crossed Baltimore and Ohio's Cincinnati to St. Louis Line....Shel Lustig

Thompsonville......Ann Arbor crossed the Pere Marquette.

NOVEMBER   24

I want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. Be with family and friends, enjoy a nice holiday meal and look at my site rather than watch football.

I have eight diagrams and five towers for you today. The diagrams will be first, then towers. And ALL diagrams have corresponding pictures too !!!!!!!

Diagrams :

Illinois.............................55th St.

                                         Argo

                                         Blue Island

                                         Chicago Ridge

                                         UD Joliet

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

                                         Grasselli
                      
                                         Osborn(RN)

Towers :

Indiana............................Brant   Indianapolis       NYC

                                        Dearborn           B&O

                                        KD    Indianapolis         NYC

                                        Milan           B&O

Ohio................................Piqua   B&O x  PRR          PRR

Notes :

Brant was at MP 3.5 (distance from Indianapolis) The Peoria and Eastern (P&E) shared tracks with the NYC from their yard  at (Moorefield) MP 2. The P&E was a NYC subsidiary so I'm guessing this arrangement was amicable. Looking at the photo the tracks veering off to the right was the Central's busy Indianapolis to Kankakee Line. The track running straight was the P&E. Today there is but one track left running from here up to 86th St. but thankfully there is enough industry on this line to justify a two shifts a day, five days a week yard job(s) to handle it. The P&E is still in for another half mile or so. There is a tank car company on that short piece of track that requires five days a week service. The P&E is accessed by a hand throw on the other side of 10th St. (the road crossing in the photo) Brant had a GRS NX machine, 12 levers , 8 used. Operators and those in the know call the NX device an "entrance/exit machine". The call letters for Brant was "MF". I could say someone really funny about that, but I won't.........Eric Von Falkenheim

 Originally Brant was called Moorefield  Jct. hence the call letters "MF".......Wally Mattes

Dearborn was in Lawrenceburg. B&O's Cincinnati to St. Louis Line crossed a NYC branch from Lawrenceburg to Aurora, approximately 7 miles in length. Dearborn was a B&O facility and its call letters were "XN". It used a USS S&F machine with 24 levers. The tower now resides in restored splendor at the Whitewater Valley Museum in Connersville IN...Linda Lovelace

KD was at MP 1.8, seven tenths of a mile west of IJ tower and
a little under 2 miles east of Brant. The B&O had trackage rights from IJ to KD and then had access to their yard, also called Moorefield. The Indianapolis Union Railway(IURY) or commonly called the Belt crossed here. In the picture to the extreme left is part of the B&O yard. The pasenger train pictured is one of those Indy 500 trains that the P&E ran as a shuttle between Union Station in Indy to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They only ran during May and the day of the race  naturally. KD was a GRS relay electric plant with 24? levers, 20 used. The picture shows pipelines coming from the tower though. I'll have to confer with Wally Mattes for an explanation. Most of the time it is easy to guess why the call letters of a tower were what they were. "KD" is a mystery. The best guess I have heard is that it stood for "Kankakee Division".......Henry VIII

Milan is pronounced ME LON in Italy but to us Hoosier hicks it is MY LAN. Anyway, Milan stood at MP 42.6 (distance from Cincinnati) on B&O's Cincy to St. Louis Line. Nobody crossed here but there were crossovers and a siding. In the steam days there was a pocket for helper engines for assistance for the severe east bound grade. It had a USS S&F machine, 16 levers, 8 used. As a non railroad side note and coming from me who is not even remotely interested in sports.......Milan with a population of 1,150 and with only 161 kids in the entire school won the 1954 state basketball championship. The movie "Hoosiers" was based on the "Milan Miracle".......Dan Maners

Piqua.....I'm too tired of typing to type much on Piqua. Pennsy's Columbus to Chicago Line "Panhandle" crossed B&O's Cincinnati to Toledo Line (The Mike Silvers Line) It was a PRR tower.

DECEMBER    1

another mish mash with six new towers and one electric line tower...ID'ed with a +

Delaware.............................Clayton  1  2           PRR

Illinois..............................*Mackinaw Jct.        IT

                                          +Tower 12      Chicago

Indiana.................................WR  Huntington       Erie

Kansas................................*AG  Augusta      ATSF

Massachusetts....................Buzzards Bay (U-416)  1   2    NH

Michigan..........................*Malta   C&O x Pere Marquette  C&O

New Jersey......................*Franklin      DL&W

New York........................*16th Ave.     New York

                                           MS(Main St.) Middletown  1  2  3

                                           PD   Patchogue       PRR

                                         *PT  Lynbrook        LIRR

Ohio..............................Ohio City  1  2  Erie x NKP x NYC  Erie

notes :

MS......Main Street(MS) in Middletown NY (Orange County) The Erie had access to the NYO&W here for their Pine Bush Branch. Tower was removed in 1932 and replaced with dwarf signals. The NYO&W Dispatcher in Middletown Station ran the operation after that. To the left of the caboose is the former location of MS Tower. Erie bought the former NYO&W line here to continue service to Pine Bush NY.
Dale Martin....retired NEW HAVEN !!!!! operator

16th Ave. : I looked up 16th Street Junction in Brooklyn......   ..definitely not NYC.  Also called Kensington Junction where the South Brooklyn Railway joined the Prospect Park & Coney Island Ry. The tracks were elevated in 1919 eliminating the grade level junction. The line became the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit), then BMT (Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit). It is now NYCT's F or Culver subway Line.....Geoff Hubbs

Mackinaw Jct. : Illinois Terminal(IC) line from Peoria split with one leg running to Bloomington; the other running to Springfield
The building in the photo was a combination of a passenger station, power house and where the operator was. In 1953 passenger operations ceased on the Bloomington segment and the line was abandoned. The tower stood until around 1968 and was razed in the late 60's or early 70's. Some freight and passenger service was headed by "Geeps" so this disqualifies this as an "Electric and Transit Line" only tower. This may not even be a true interlocking..........Barry Lennon  

DECEMBER     2

Illinois............................Pana       C&EI

The NYC, IC, C&EI and the B&O were all players here. The photo shows the tower when it was 4 stories high. In this state it would have to qualify, in my humble opinion, as one of the ugliest towers that ever stood. Hallett in Toledo would be a good contender to that title too. Pana used a GRS Electric machine with a 97 lever frame. Photo submitted by Bill Haines.

Massachusetts................*SS#232   Walpole      NH

FINALLY.....Dale Martin submits a picture that is not only a new tower but it is full screen size too !!!!!!!!!!!! Too bad it is a New Haven tower. (private joke) The interlocking was inside the station. 

Ohio................................NS     Lima          PRR

Pennsylvania's Chicago to Pittsburgh line crossed the B&O. The NKP had trackage rights on the B&O at this point too. Doug Leffler shot this beautiful black and white picture.

DECEMBER     3

Connecticut..........*SS#108(Niantic River Draw)  Niantic

                               SS#110  Waterford

Massachusetts.....*SS#0347   Cotley Jct.

                            *SS#0349(Tremont ST.)  Taunton

Rhode Island.......*SS L321(India Point Draw) East Providence

                                      photo     diagram

This is the last batch from the late Henry Wilhelm for 2019. All five are NH Towers.They were sent by John Garofalo who along with Dale Martin are ex New Haven operators.

DECEMBER   5

Sorry for not updating yesterday. After hearing the news that Kamala Harris had dropped out of the 2020 Presidential race, I was too distraught to work on my site.....LOL OK, now that I'm off of suicide watch here are three black and whites from Dave Oroszi.

Indiana...........................Union City         NYC

Ohio...............................Ansonia       NYC

                                       BS  Bellefontaine           NYC

DECEMBER      9

My hosting company was down for maintenance all weekend thus no updates.

Illinois..........................*Montgomery        CB&Q

Indiana..........................*La Otto         PRR

Kentucky........................Patio  Winchester       L&N

Michigan......................*Tesch

New Jersey....................Essay(SA)  South Amboy     CNJ

Ohio..............................PE  Painesville          N&W

                                      Spafford  diagram

West Virginia..............*MY Rigely           WM

La Otto stood at MP 73.7(from Logansport) The GRI(PRR) crossed PRR's Logansport to Vandale(Columbia City) Line.

Spafford stood at MP 166.2(from Cleveland) on NYC's Indy to Cleveland Line(Bee Line) For a point of reference Spafford was approx. 13 miles west of Morgan. Sorry this is only a diagram, pictures of Spafford are exceedingly rare. Diagram was sent by Ryan(Kris) Krengel, a fellow rail buff, railroader and personal friend. He apologizes for the poor quality. 

DECEMBER    11

Eleven towers, seven of them new, and two diagrams. Four of them are Canadian. Little Justin Trudeau is not very happy with America since mean, bully Trump twisted his arm into paying Canada's fair share of their  NATO bill.....Too Bad............LOL

Canada.......................*E&O    Attercliffe    Ontario

                                   *Hurdman  Ottawa  Ontario    1   2

                                   *Ladysmith   British Columbia                                

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

                                   *Hadley  Jct.         SP

Illinois........................*Lincoln            IC

                                    *Pinkstaff          NYC

Massachusetts..............SS#232  Walpole        NH

New Jersey..................Manunka Chunk (U)        D&LW

                                    Vernon(HI) West Haddonfield    PRR

New York..................*BX  Bluff Point     D&H

Pennsylvania..............NQ  Norristown     PRR

Pinkstaff was on NYC's Cairo Line. It was 96.5 miles from Danville IL. I'm guessing its function was to to control what you see in the photograph. Pinkstaff  shows as a station call in my 1958 ETT. When it went away, I do not know. SHEL??? This is a NYC tower; look into it for me please.

Manunka Chunk......Photo shows the tower after the 1913 flood.

I have two tower listed under Vernon and two under West Haddonfield. Are these one and the same? Rob Mandeville, Geoff Hubbs, Robert Staples....I need your expertise on this. If they are the same "Some velvet morning when I'm straight"  I'll make the necessary corrections.

DECEMBER     15

I am back to being really sick, and not just mentally, AGAIN. Please hold off on emails with stuff to post. I have some new stuff from George Marx but it might be a few days, possibly week(s) before this can be done. In the meantime may each and everyone of you have a very Merry Christmas.






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