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JUNE   1

Four shots of a new tower, from Chip Syme's collection.

Ohio...................................*Hudson  1   2   3   4       PRR

Hudson was the junction of the 2 PRR lines: The Cleveland & Pittsburgh (C&P) mainline Cleveland to Alliance, and the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C) via Akron and Orrville. The CA&C was the route of the Akron doodlebug shuttle that had the horrendous head-on collision at Cuyahoga Falls on 7/31/40 with a steam-powered eastbound freight when the doodlebug ran past the meet point. Only the doodlebug’s engineer and conductor survived as both jumped just before impact. The “bug’s” gas tank blew upon impact, and the passengers had been thrown forward and could not escape. The CA&C lasted as a through freight route into PC but that ended c. 1972-4 when Hurricane Agnes (?) caused flooding which cut the line south of Orrville. The B&O mainline had trackage rights over the CA&C through Akron to Warwick.....Shel Lustig NYCHS

JUNE    2

Five more from Henry Wilhelm via John Garofalo.

Maine..............................*MF  Mechanic Falls        MEC

New Jersey........................BR  Croxton        Erie

New York........................*HW  Valley Stream        LIRR

                                         *Van Cortland Park  New York    IRT

Pennsylvania....................*RS  West Philadelphia    PRR

Van Cortland Park is a Independent Rapid Transit(IRT) tower. I have it filed under the Transit & Electric listings. 

JUNE   3

Just when you (and I !!!) thought we'd seen the last of Carl Wallenmeyer. Well, res ipsa loquitur. Carl found a box with more tower stuff. This small batch is of Oakland City Indiana. The Southern(yes Virginia, Southern did run through the bottom of Indiana) crossed NYC's Evansville and Terre Haute line, after the PC merger called the E&I(Evansville and Indianapolis) Carl apologizes for the poor quality of this round of photos. Maybe he borrowed George Marx's "crappy Soviet Camera"...Just Kidding George !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oakland City is not to be confused with Oakland City Jct where the same NYC line crossed and interchanged with the AW&W(Algiers, Winslow and Western). Oakland City was obviously in the station and used a GRS 6 lever machine. More of Carl's stuff is "in the wings". On top of all this; it is an interlocking new to the site.

Indiana.......................*Oakland City  1  2  3  4  5     NYC

JUNE     4

More from Multi Photo Wallenmeyer. All kidding aside; I'm very happy that he, and a few others, just didn't take one picture of the tower and call it a day. Most towers are gone and I'm glad he did a thorough "study" of the places he visited. Today I have eight shots of Wyton tower in Danville Illinois. I worked the Peoria and Eastern (P&E) the whole Summer of 1974. I remember going by Wyton quite a number of times and picking up orders from there too. Following the pictures I have a brief expose of the tower.  As I've said before this is brief by Wally Mattes's standards!!!!..........Dan Maners

Illinois............................Wyton  Danville  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 

Illinois Railroad & Warehouse Commission record shows a new interlocker locker in 1907. The name on the permit was Danville. That plant was a GRS electric machine. We found no other references or documents to tell of the details of the original plant. Also crossing here was an interurban railroad, an electric line incorporated as the Champaign, Urbana & Danville Traction Co. in 1903. The company had a prior right over the Big Four and was included from the start in the new interlocking plant. The traction line was later folded into the Illinois Terminal Traction Co. The junction was built as a full wye connection; the east leg was the P&E to downtown Danville to the east. The west leg was to Hillary yard. The south leg was pointed to Westville and on south to Mt. Carmel. The traction line cut across both wye tracks south of the P&E and ran parallel to the P&E. NYC records on Wyton show a 24 frame, GRS electric machine in 1946. The downsizing of the junction with derails removed in 1940 show that 20 levers would suffice. The Illinois Terminal left the Danville market in 1953 and their track was promptly removed. The new machine would remain in service until Conrail downgraded the line from mainline to a secondary track......Wally Mattes

If all the people of Chicago had been of this sort, we would have drank foul water all our days.




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