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MAY  1

Illinois.........................*Bridge Jct Joliet  1 2 3 4 5 6 7   EJ&E

Carl strikes again!!!!!

MAY  6

Illinois..........................MC  Joliet  1 2 3 4 5 6 7    NYC?

                                      Spaulding  Elgin  1 2 3 4 5 6 7  MILW
MILW x EJ&E

More from Carl.

MAY  12

Indiana.......................Dunreith  1  2   PRR x NKP     PRR

Shows the tower in its last gasp of life. Pennsy's Columbus to Indianapolis Line crossed a branch line of the Nickel Plate. Approximately 40 miles east of Indianapolis. Dunreith used a USS S&F  40 lever machine; 20? used. East of the tower was the "Dublin complex", 2 sidings one on each side of the double track. Dunreith controlled those too.

Virginia........................*Carolina Jct. 1  2

Controlled the Virginian’s crossing of the ‘old’
Norfolk Southern Railroad (As opposed to today's Norfolk Southern Railway) main. Located North of the NS ‘Carolina Yard’, as well as the crossing, it controlled access/interchange between the Virginian, the Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line, the N&W and NS's Carolina Yard.Built in 1946, replacing a two-story wooden tower. Carolina Junction Tower still stands: 2018.
                                     
                                     *Coleman Jct.  1  2

(Also known as ‘Coleman Place') Controlled the Virginian’s crossing with the ‘old’ Norfolk Southern’s (PRR trackage rights) line from the PRR’s carfloat at Little Creek. Built in 1946, replacing the original two-story wooden tower. Coleman Junction Tower still stands: 2018. While built by VGN, the tower was staffed by NS personnel.
                                  
                                     *South Norfolk

Controlled the Virginian’s first crossing of the N&W in the Tidewater area.
Located North of N&W’s Portlock Yard, this Tower was built in 1946, replacing a two-story wooden tower. In 1949, The Virginian Railway ordered a GRS all relay interlocking for South Norfolk. It would control 10 switches and 14 signals. South Norfolk Tower was demolished in 2012.


                                     *Tidewater Jct.

Controlled the Virginian’s crossing of the ‘old' Norfolk
Southern Railroad line between Norfolk Terminal Station an Virginia Beach, as well as the Virginian's switch from single track (To cross the bridge) to dual track. Located just South of former Rt. 44 and just North of the  Virginian's Elizabeth River bridge.Built in 1946, replacing a two-story wooden tower. Tidewater Junction Tower was demolished in 2003 (Date unconfirmed).

The above eight towers were photographed by Micheal Dye.He provided the text too. Keep in mind that references to the Norfolk Southern refer to the old railroad known as Norfolk Southern not the railroad we call NS today.

MAY  12

Indiana...........................IJ diagram  Indianapolis    NYC

 This came via "Dale from Alabama" At least it isn't New Haven related !!!!!!

New York.......................Johnsonville  B&M (Boston and Maine)
                                       SM 1 2  Castleton   NYC

Nice shots sent by Geoffrey Hubbs. Two are his photos.

MAY  18

Indiana............................*Midland  1 2 3

Extremely rare pictures of Midland. Monon's Wallace Jct. to Victoria branch crossed Milwaukee's Terre Haute to Westport branch. All above towns are in Indiana. Wally Mattes said the tower was closed as early as the mid 1950's. I was lucky to get these pictures. Midland was a Milwaukee tower.

MAY  19

Illinois..........................Rondout 

Inside shot of the panel; taken by William Shapotkin. He has contributed many pictures in the past. I met Bill in person on May 13th. He was in Indianapolis giving his Nickel Plate show to the Rail Fans of Indianapolis (RFI) and me being a member  I was in attendance. He is quite the character.....I mean this in a good way. Rondout was pure Milwaukee.

MAY  20

Pennsylvania...............Bridge 60  1 2  Scranton         DL&W
                                    Mattes Street    Scranton         DL&W
                                    PQ 1 2  Nesquehoning             CNJ
                                    S 1 2 3 4 5  East Stroudsburg   DL&W
                                    Tobyhana                                  DL&W

The above eleven were submitted by Pat Sweeney. Pat is a great photographer,a fellow rail fan and a personal friend. As opposed to an impersonal friend? 

MAY  21

More diagrams from the CONRAIL era.  All information relating to city, type of machine used, levers, etc. is on the diagram.  They are a wealth of information. Thank Geoffery Hubbs for sending.

Indiana...........................Haley          C&EI

Michigan........................Beaubien ST.     MC(NYC)
                                       BO                       MC(NYC)
                                       Bridge                 NYC
                                       FN                       MC(NYC)
                                       Milwaukee Jct.    NYC

Ohio...............................AC                      Erie
                                     *DB  1  2              NYC
                                       Frankfort St.       NYC
                                       NA                     B&O
                                       QD                      NYC
                                       SN                      Erie      

MAY  23

Pennsylvania..................Alto        PRR
                                       J(Lemo)  PRR
                                       MG         PRR
                                       S  1 2      DL&W

MAY  24

Pennsylvania................Alford                           DL&W
                                   *CA  Clarks Summit       DL&W 
                                   *FO   Factoryville           DL&W
                                   *Kingsley                        DL&W
                                   *WA Wangaum               Erie

The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western(DL&W)had some very handsome, well built towers......Enjoy these four Lackawannas  plus one Erie.          

MAY  25

Illinois.......................*84th St. Central Park Ashburn Chicago

Indiana.....................*10th St. Michigan City  CSS&B x NYC
                                 *Bourbon
                                 *Bunker Hill   PRR x LEW(NKP)
                                   Delong(MD) Erie x PRR
                                 *Dillon Stillwell  WAB x NKP
                                 *Dyer  EJ&E x Monon
                                 *Lakeville  WAB x PRR
                                 *Larwell
                                 *Michigan City Monon x C&O(PM)
                                 *Munster GTW x Monon
                                 *NA Alida B&O x Monon
                                 *RO Wellsboro  GTW x B&O x C&O(PM)
                                 *St. John  Monon x NYC     

Fourteen postings from William Shapotkin's collection; thirteen of them being new entries. (This is what the asterisk signifies !)
Most are very obscure places.  

MAY  26

Three Conrail era diagrams and two new towers from Geoff Hubbs.

Indiana...........................Hick

Massachusetts................*SS28/SS M-334  Worcester  B&A/NH

Michigan........................Delray
                                       West Detroit

The tower photo shows an interesting situation. Two separate towers on two separate railroads. And Dale.....Another New Haven tower!!!!!

MAY  31

Indiana......................*Grovertown             PRR

                                  *Kankakee                 Erie?
Yes Virginia; there is a Kankakee Indiana...The tower looks Erie but 'm not sure the Erie was that far north in Indiana. NKP had a line that went through Kankakee.

                                    *OM  Morrison       PRR
OM or Morrison was 2.1 miles west of Plymouth. There were 2 long sidings that the tower controlled. It was remoted  to Plymouth in the 1930's and renamed West Plymouth.

                                   RO  Wellsboro  GTW x B&O x C&O(PM)
RO used a National Style A machine. 52 levers, 45 used. It was a B&O tower.

                                   Walkerton(RN)  B&O x NYC x NKP
New York Central's Kankakee Belt crossed here. It was a B&O tower and the picture shows it when it was three stories tall. It used a National Style A machine, 96 levers  52 used. It is still standing.

MAY  31

More diagrams from the Conrail era from Geoffrey Hubb's collection.

New York....................DV   Falconer
                                    NE    Niobe
                                    X      Olean
Ohio............................Deforest
                                    North Warren
Pennsylvania...............BK Buchanon Jct. Meadville
                                    Bruin  Shenango
                                    CM  Columbus Jct.
                                    MS  Corry
                                    XN  Shenango

MAY  31

New York...................*NJ  Newburgh Jct.  1 2 diagram   Erie
                                     SK  Selkirk 

JUNE  5

Illinois........................Cheneyville  Milwaukee RR

Inside shot of Cheneyville from 1915 when it was a full blown tower. The Milwaukee tore down quite a few towers and replaced them with one story shantys. I'm not sure why this was done. Maybe as a cost cutting measure? Webster IL, Cheneyville IL. Humrick IL. and West Dana IN. received this one story "treatment". The "armstrong" machines were replaced by home built electric plants.

                                 Starnes  Springfield     Wabash

The IC, Wabash and the Illinois Terminal crossed here. The IT was electrified at this point and it was abandoned in the early 60's.

New Jersey...............*Kearny Jct.    DL&W

More Conrail era track diagrams.

New Jersey.................NK  Newark                     LV

Pennsylvania.............NS(Norris) Norristown     RDG
                                   Oley  Reading                   RDG

Oley used an NX machine, sometimes called an Entrance/Exit machine. These were made by General Railway Signaling(GRS)
The operator saw what track the train was on for the inbound move and decided what track was going to be the outbound route. He then pressed a button and the machine determined what route the train was to take within the plant and lined all switches appropriately. 

JUNE   7

It has been brought to my attention that someone is downloading pictures from this site, making black and white prints and then selling them on Ebay. I did not give this guy permission to do this. I would strongly advise my contributors to look at Ebay and see if any of your pictures are up for sale. After you have logged into Ebay you can find this stuff under "railroad towers". His Ebay handle is russtygold(21865) and he is from Australia. One of my contributors saw his stuff for sale, wrote Ebay and the "offender" took them down. If it doesn't bother you then take no action. There is very little I can personally do about it seeing virtually all the pictures on the site are not mine. So technicality I have no "rights" to them. I can't tell Ebay to take an image down that I don't "own". Email me have you have any questions.

JUNE  8

Ohio...........................Alexis  Toledo                 NYC
                                   Grandview  Columbus     NYC
                                   New Paris                         PRR

Three model boards obviously NOT taken when the towers were open. These are part of the collection in the Marion OH depot.
Photos are from Dan Maners. He is a nobody from no where and I post an occasional picture of his on here so I won't have to listen to him snivel and whine about how none of HIS pics ever gets posted on the site.

JUNE  9

More diagrams from Geoff Hubbs. ALL are CNJ. All but two have the picture of the tower. Look through your archives see if you can come up with a picture. The ones that do have photos are marked with a +

New Jersey...................GN Lanes Crossing North Branch
                                    +WH  White House

Pennsylvania...............FQ Mountain Park  Wilkes-Barre
                                    Franklin Jct.  Ashley  1  2
                                    HX Palmerton
                                    MS(MO) Mineral Springs
                                    SX  Hudson 1  2
                                    UN White Haven
                                  +Union St.  Allentown
                                     VN Allentown Yard  1  2
                                     Y East Penn Jct. Allentown  1 2

JUNE  10

Illinois........................*Branch Jct.  north of Centralia     IC

This is where IC's Chicago Line split with the Charter line. That is the Chicago Line veering off to the right.

                                     Watseka   1  2    C&EI x TPW

Two pictures, one insde, of the tower before they moved it into the depot. Both Branch Jct. and these two of Watseka are rare.

JUNE  10

New York....................FA  Oneonta    D&H

Pennsylvania................Easton diagram
                                    *IA  Bennington     PRR
                                     
IA is probably a block station as opposed to a true interlocking but wow, look how well built and proud it looks like any true Pennsylvania structure.

JUNE  13

Pennsylvania..................*Pitt  Pittsburgh                   PRR
                                         S 1 2 East Stroudsburg      DL&W

JUNE  22

More diagrams from Geoff Hubbs. This time they are all B&A Boston and Albany. Some have no corresponding tower picture. These are marked with a +

Massachusetts..................+SS#4  Albany St. Boston
                                         +SS#5  Berkeley St. Boston
                                         +SS#6  Huntington Ave.  Boston
                                           SS#9&10 Allston
                                           SS#15 Riverside
                                         +SS#26 Worcester
                                           SS#28  Worcester Rd. Worcester
                                           SS#42  West Springfield
                                         +SS#45   Westfield
                                           SS#55   North Adams Jct. Pittsfield

New York.........................SS#65&66  Chatham

JUNE  30

More diagrams from Geoff Hubbs. All are NYC and they cover the Harlem Line between White Plains up to and including GCT Grand Central Terminal. Diagrams marked with a + have a photo of the tower on the site.

New York...................BG Botanical Gardens Bronx
                                 +DB Harlem River Drawbridge
                                   JO Woodlawn Bronx
                                 +MJ(SS#1) Mott Haven Bronx
                                 +MO Mott Haven Jct Bronx 1 2 3 4
                                 +NK 106th St. New York
                                 +NW North White Plains
                                   RK Crestwood 1 2
                                   U Grand Central Terminal  1 2 3
                                   VO Mt. Vernon

JULY  1

New Jersey.................NK 1 2  Newark     LV

JULY  1

Maryland..................*16th St.  Baltimore        PRR

New York.................*OG  Owego    Erie

Pennsylvania............*BQ  Lackawaxen    Erie
                                 *BY  Bethlehem     RDG
                                   KI  Jenkintown     RDG

                                                

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