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NOVEMBER   2

New York.................*B     Albany        NYC
                                   NK   New York City     NYC

Two photos from Jim Shaughnessy via Geoff Hubbs. Mr. Hubbs pulled a few strings to get permission to post these.

As per tradition.......November marks the seventh year this site has been online. I'll say, or type it again; this site could not exist without all the people that send me stuff to post. Thanks to all of you for making this site what it is. Very little credit goes to me. I merely collect the material, label, and then post it. I may be off a few in either direction but last count shows I have 1,726 separate tower listings. In addition to the pictures and charts I deeply appreciate the corrections you guys send my way. I want the information on here to be as accurate as possible. Again...Thanks so much to all of you.  

NOVEMBER   5

Ole "Rip Van Shapotkin" woke up and sent me one track chart and 15 towers; five are new.

Illinois....................91st ST.  Chicago  1 2 3 4  PRR x RI      RI
Pennsy's "Panhandle" crossed the Rock Island. Sometimes called Beverly Hills sometimes Rock Island Crossing. In the background in picture one is Beverly Jct. where the Panhandle crossed the BOCT.

                              *Arthur 1 2 3  CE&I x PRR    CE&I
Chicago and Eastern Illinois crossed Pennsylvania's Peoria Branch.   

                                 Cheneyville    MILW
Finally; a picture of how it looked "in the day".

                                 HM  Elmhurst     CNW
                                 Hoopeston    LE&W(NKP) x CE&I
                               *Lemoyne  Alton x BRC
In the background is Nerska tower where the BRC crossed the ATSF.
                              
                                Mazon   ATSF
                               *Neoga    IC x NKP
                                 North Cairo  IC x GMO x NYC
                               *Talmadge  CE&I x  MILW       MILW
                               *Windsor   WAB x NYC
New York Central's Indianapolis to St. Louis Line crossed The Wabash line from Bement. After the Wabash crossed at Windsor it went to a place called Shumway where it split. One line went to Altamont, the other to Effingham.

NOVEMBER  7

Illinois........................Beverly Jct.  diagram
This diagram applies to both Beverly Jct. and 91st Street.

                                   Effingham  PRR x IC       IC
This is before they moved the interlocker into the depot.

New Jersey.................Dock Harrison         PRR
                                   Hunter Newark        PRR
                                 *Orange                     DL&W

NOVEMBER  8

Ohio...........................*North Dayton Dayton  1  2        B&O
North Dayton was situated on the north end of Dayton Yard, I think that is why it is called North Dayton !!! Going north this where double track went down to single. This was B&O's Dayton to Lima Line. If you were going the other way it would be Lima to Dayton. Did I say Dayton enough times?????  Its call letters were "BC".

West Virginia..............*Benwood        B&O

                                                                    
NOVEMBER  9

New York.................*Niagara Jct.  1 2 3        Lehigh Valley

The one story brick building in picture 2 is what replaced the two story structure in picture 1. Both were taken in the same year.

NOVEMBER  12

More track diagrams from the Conrail era from Geoff Hubbs. All but Roseville Ave. have accompanying(Thank GOD for spell check) photos.

New Jersey.....................BS(Broad St.) Newark         DL&W
                                       Roseville Ave.       DL&W
                                       UD Dover              DL&W

Hey Rob......I'll be awaiting your laundry list of corrections to the above with baited breath !!!!!!    LOL Just teasing Rob.

NOVEMBER  13

Five new towers from the late Henry Wilhelm sent via John Garofalo, another ex operator off the New Haven. And all in Florida !!!

Florida..........................*13th ST.    Tampa                 SAL
                                      *Carbur                                  ACL
                                      *Drexel                                  ACL
                                      *Felicia                                  SAL
                                      *HO Dunnelton                     SAL

NOVEMBER   15

Illinois...........................NY Nelson              CNW

Missouri.........................Tower 1 St. Louis  1  2

New Jersey......................Kearney Jct.      DL&W

New York........................SS#46 Depew  1 2 3       NYC 

Wisconsin........................Waxdale      CNW                  


NOVEMBER   17

Illinois.............................MJ(Pence) Momence  1  2  3  4

MJ was where NYC's Kankakee Belt crossed CE&I's Chicago to Evansville Line. The Milwaukee connected onto the NYC, crossed the diamonds then broke away from the NYC. It was more complicated than that with a line coming down from Delmar etc etc. MJ was a CE&I tower. The original wood structure burned in the late teen's ,early twenty's and was replaced by the tower you see here.

KISLEV  11 

These are diagrams from Chip Syme's collection. Mr Syme was an engineer for PRR/PC/CR. I have met him at different railroad historical society's and he SEEMS to be an OK guy.....He has to be a great guy....He worked for the Pennsy!!!!


Ohio..........................B&O  Jct.   Mansfield   B&O x PRR
                                  Bayard
                                  Big Run  Millbrook
                                  CP Alliance
                                  Fairhope Canton

Pennsylvania............Wood Homewood Jct.

NOVEMBER  19

Between Chip Syme and Geoff Hubb's diagrams I'll be busy till Hanukkah. Here are nine more charts from the Conrail era. Q tower is the only one I have no corresponding picture of. I know I ended a sentence with a preposition but....Oh well........My 8th grade English teacher has long passed to her reward.....or punishment....... so I'll get no corrections from her.

Illinois......................HN East St. Louis Exermont
HN called HN Cabin. B&O x PRR x Alton and Southern(A&S)
Trey and I were up in this tower in 2001. The track diagram will explain where each railroad ran to and from.
                                 Q    East St. Louis    TRRA
                                 Willows  East St. Louis
Trey and I were up in this place; same day in 2001 on our way to photograph towers in Kansas City. A very accommodating TRRA guy gave us the grand tour.  Southern x TRRA x B&O x PRR. The tower is in an extremely bad neighborhood and we were unprotected as Illinois does NOT recognize Indiana CCWs. It is now under TRRA control and I heard a rumor that it is now closed. Can anyone confirm this? It was built in 1898 primarily to handle the anticipated high levels of traffic for the Worlds Fair in St. Louis that year. It used a Taylor Electric machine quite innovative for its time. The same type of Taylor machine was used in AC tower in Marion Ohio. Amazing.....running trains in 2018 with 19th century technology.    

Ohio.......................Cold Springs  Springfield           NYC
                               Graham  Youngstown                 PRR
                               JM Ashtabula Harbor                 NYC
                               Joyce Ave. Columbus                 N&W
                               NP Ashtabula                              PRR

Pennsylvania..........MU(Milton) RDG x PRR           RDG

Illinois...................HM Elmhurst                              CNW

NOVEMBER   23

Pennsylvania.............NB New Brighton         PRR

We are looking west on the Ft Wayne Line ex PRR’s Eastern Div (PFW&C). You are looking at NB tower mp 28.1 ( New Brighton ,Pa ) River St on the right, the Fallston Bridge going across the Beaver River on the left and the First Presbyterian church steeple at 300 12th th street New Brighton, Pa  across the street from the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe.  The tower is listed in Eastern Div TT #3 042526. The two center tracks are from the Low Grade coming from New Castle and/or Youngstown Oh.
Chip Syme

Thanks Chip for identifying this tower on my "Unknowns" page and providing the information.

NOVEMBER   29

Iowa........................*Short Line Jct. Des Moines  1  2  3    RI

Illinois.......................Lenox  Mitchell   1  2       NYC

Missouri....................Tower 1 St. Louis      TRRA

New Jersey..............*WY  Bayway         CNJ

Ohio.........................BK(West Jct) 1  2        B&O
                                 Mace  Massillion         PRR
                                 Orrville                        PRR
                                 Wall                             PRR

Pennsylvania...........NS  Layton  1  2           B&O

Virginia...................JR Broad ST. Station  Richmond

NOVEMBER   29

Illinois......................Linden Linden Terminal Chicago 1  2  CTA

New tower for the Transit and Electric column.

NOVEMBER  30

Ohio............................Leetonia
                                    Wandle  Canton

Pennsylvania...............Jacks Run  Bellvue
                                     West Conway

DECEMBER   1

Minnesota..................St. Cloud   NP x GN       NP


DECEMBER    4

Illinois.........................Lenox  Mitchell                NYC
                                    Pana  diagram                   CE&I
                                  *Q  East St. Louis               TRRA

Missouri....................*Carroll St. St. Louis  1  2        MP
                                  *Grand Ave St. Louis  1  2       MP
                                  *K Pacific                                 MP

The above shots are from a book published by the TRRA Historical Society on TRRA towers in the St. Louis area. Geoff Hubbs secured permission to use them.

DECEMBER    5

West Virginia..................*Newburg  1  2

Just a few items; if I may......Of course I may; this is MY site and I can do whatever I want!!!!! That was very mature of me, was it not???  With Newburg being added this brings the total separate tower listings to 1,726.  November 2018 had the highest amount of hits in the whole history of the site......Thanks for "looking".

It is still three weeks away but I want to wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas. I hope all of you enjoy this wonderful holiday season.

DECEMBER   9

Florida......*Gary Gary photo              ACL
                  *Manatee River Drawbridge  Bradenton  1  2  ACL
                  *Oleander            SCL-FEC
                    TN  Tampa        ACL
                  *Uceta                 ACL


DECEMBER  11

Today in 1941 was the day dear ole Uncle Adolf and "eye tie" Mussolini declared war on the United States. I wonder if they still teach that in American class rooms anymore?? I shudder to think WHAT they teach anymore.

ANYWAY............

Indiana........................Hohman Ave.   Hammond

Who didn't cross here would be a better question. The Indiana Harbor Belt(IHB), the Monon, NYC(MC), Erie, Nickel Plate and the C&O were all players here. It had a GRS pistol grip electic machine with 110 levers, with 65 being used. It was owned by the IHB. Its call letters were HO. After it closed funding was raised to preserve the tower but it fell through or something. It was eventually torn down. Jon Roma believes the tower was closed in 2001. In the end the tower was staffed by Conrail personnel on behalf of the IHB.  

New Jersey....................*DU  Dumont                NYC
                                       *Summit                        DL&W
                                         UD   Dover                  DL&W

I am counting Summit as a new tower because even though I have many shots of the inside and drawings of the original tower (when the water tank for steam engines stood on top of the tower) this is the first picture of the tower that I have received. This is the second version of the tower.

New York........................JV Johnsonville              B&M
                                       *SS#101  Rensselaer        NYC
                                       *SS Erie 3 Tonawanda     NYC

DECEMBER  12

Illinois............................Logan Square  Chicago     CTA

New tower for the Transit and Electric column. Located in Chicago the tower was closed in 1970 when the CTA extended the "L" northwest from Logan Square to Jefferson Park. 

DECEMBER   16

Ohio............................Scioto  Columbus  1  2  3

DECEMBER  23

Ohio......................M&C Jct.(MC) Middletown  1  2      NYC

DECEMBER   24

Indiana..................Warsaw(KS)  1  2         PRR

New York Central's  Michigan Branch(renamed Marion Branch under Conrail) crossed Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh to Chicago Main. It used an electro-mechanical USS IS&F machine with an S-8 add on; 36 levers, 12 used.

DECEMBER  25

Ohio...........................Piqua(NA)            PRR

B&O's  Lima to North Dayton line crossed Pennsylvania's  Columbus to New Paris, via Bradford Line. Very nice Penn Central in the fog shot.

Pennsylvania..............C East Conemaugh       PRR

Two more great B&W's from Dave Oroszi. Enjoy the pictures and Have a Merry Christmas. Of course I doubt if anyone will be looking today anyway...... If anyone is.........This will show who the REAL tower aficionados are.

DECEMBER   27

Illinois......................Midland  Paris             NYC

At Midland(call letter "A") NYC's  main line from Indianapolis to St Louis crossed  PRR's Terre Haute to Peoria line. NYC's  Mt. Carmel line, The Cairo line (pronounced KAY ROW on the railroad) crossed 3 tenths of a mile east of the tower. It was controlled by Midland too. Midland also controlled in and out at the east end of Paris Yard. I remember seeing the tower when I was working the Mt. Carmel Line back in December of 1973. Hard to believe that was 45 years ago this month.

DECEMBER    31

Lets end the year with an Erie orgy. Scott Wertans took the pictures but they came via Geoff (Mr Diagram) Hubbs. For the ones that will contribute to my site, I wish  a safe and prosperous New Year. To the ones that don't.....A plague on your house.


New York.....................Cass St.   Hornell
                                      FS Elmira  1  2  3  4
                                      HO Horseheads Elmira  1  2  3
                                      River Jct.  1  2  3
                                      Suffern(SF)
                                      WC  Salamanca
                                       X Olean 1  2  3  4

JANUARY   1

OK....Let's start the year with more Erie towers....Save one GY, it is New York Central

New York.....................BD  Binghamton  1  2
                                     CB Jct.  Cuba
                                     DV Falconer  1  2  3
                                     GY  Geneva
                                     NE Niobe  1  2

Pennsylvania...............BK Buchanan Jct. Meadville  1  2  3
                                    Bruin Shenango   1  2  3
                                    XN  Shenango  1  2

JANUARY    3

The last installment(maybe) of Scott Wertans Erie stuff.

Ohio.............................Mansfield
                                     Martel  1  2
                                     RU Sterling  1  2  3
                                     SJ Lima  1  2  3
                                     SN Leavittsburg  1  2  3  4

New Jersey.................*WR West Arlington

JANUARY   8

Six photos from a new photographer; John T. Eagan JR.

Illinois..........................Dolton        PRR

Much happened here and I'm probably not 100% correct on what. If not somebody will correct me. PRR, BOCT, CWI, IHB,
and CE&I crossed here.

Indiana.........................Calumet  East Chicago     IHB
EJ&E, BOCT and IHB crossed here. It used a National Style A machine with 96 levers, 45? being used.

                                      Haley  1  2    Terre Haute   CE&I
New York Central's Indianapolis to St. Louis Line crossed Chicago and Eastern Illinois Chicago to Evansville line. In the first picture we are looking north on the CE&I. The tracks to the left is the NYC's double main. The track arrangement was changed a few years ago after the tower closed and traffic from the combined lines is still heavy. The tower was moved a few feet back and is preserved, along with Spring Hill Tower, at the Wabash Valley Railroad Museum. There is a link to their page under "restorations". Haley used an electric GRS pistol grip machine; 40 levers, 34? being used. Its call letters were HY. Picture two shows a rare view of the backside of the tower.

                                     Hartsdale  Schereville     PRR
Pennsy's Panhandle route crossed EJ&E. NYC's Danville line crossed over head(the bridge in the background) but there was provision to come down the hill and make an interchange with the EJ&E. I did this once when I was working the Danville line back in September of 1973. Hartsdale used a USS IS&F machine with an S-8 add on. 72 levers 30 used.

                                  Walkerton     B&O
B&O's main line from Baltimore to Chicago crossed NYC's Kankakee Belt which crossed NKP's  Indianapolis to Michigan City Line. The tower was once three stories tall. It used a National Style A machine, 96 levers, 52 used. Its call sign was KN.

JANUARY  9

Found this slide I took under my stash of.......Well....Never you mind WHAT it was under !!!!!!!!!!     Enjoy

Indiana..........................Haley

JANUARY   10

Do we really need any more pictures of Morgan? I have 23 currently posted but a few more won't hurt. These new ones are from Kirk Reynolds. More of Morgan to follow.

Ohio.............................Morgan  Quincy  1  2  3  4

The DT&I's Flatrock MI to Ironton OH line crossed NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line. It's call letters were QC

JANUARY  12

Oh "Dale from Alabama" !?.......Here are two diagrams and seven pictures and eight of them are New Haven !!!!

Illinois........................16th ST.  Chicago   C&WI
                                  
New York...................Fremont  Fresh Pond
                                   SS#4 Oak Point
                                  *SS#22(Shell) New Rochelle  1  2                                 
Rhode Island...............SS#141 Cranston  1  2
                                   *SS#156 Boston Switch Central Falls
                                     SS K-313 East Providence

JANUARY  14

Pennsylvania...............*C&M Jct.    DuBois
                                      FC  Falls Creek
                                      WI  Brockway

Three towers off the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh(BR&P)
The B&O absorbed the BR&P in 1932 for increased access into New York State.  Their towers were very handsome structures and were built to last. They look very similar to New Haven interlockers.

JANUARY  15

Five new towers from the Henry Wilhelm collection.

Florida...........................*A Jacksonville Terminal        JT
                                       *Ardley Drawbridge Ardley   FEC
                                       *BS Jacksonville Terminal     JT
                                       *Iris                                        SAL
                                       *Jupiter Drawbridge Jupiter   FEC

JANUARY   16

New Jersey...................County  New Brunswick         PRR
                                     Orange                                     DL&W
                                     UD Dover                                DL&W

New York...................*Bliss  Long Island           LIRR
Bliss may be a block station rather than an interlocking but I posted it anyway.

                                  *SS NS (New Scotland)  Voorheesville   
The operator and the machine were in the depot. The station was shared by the New York Central and the Delaware and Hudson.
The photo looks eastward. West of the diamonds, the NYC (x-West Shore) went to 3 tracks.

                                  *SS RJ  Rotterdam Jct.        NYC
“RJ” at Rotterdam Jct. : The photo looks westward and is near the west end of the plant. The track diverging to the left is the West Shore main which stayed on the south side of the Mohawk River to Utica. The 2 main tracks  of the Hoffmans Branch curve to the right in the distance to cross the Mohawk River and connect with the Mohawk Division mainline.


Pennsylvania...............SR  Susquehanna                Erie

JANUARY  19  2:24 AM

Six more shots of Morgan !!! All from Kirk Reynolds. These  are dedicated to my friend, Mike Silvers, an ex operator. Morgan was like a second home to him so I know he will get a big kick out of them. The last four shots will bring back some pleasant memories too. A big snow storm is coming here and where you live too, Mike.......This will give you something to do while snow bound. 


Ohio........................... 1    S-8 machine
                                    2    Human interest shot
                                    3    Don Addis
                                    4    unknown operator
                                    5    Charlie Swabb
                                    6    Carl  McIntire handing up the  "flimsys" to the rear end of the INTO(Indianapolis to Toledo)
 

                                  



                                

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