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SEPTEMBER   5

Ohio........................Mace  Massillion  PRR x B&O   PRR

Mace is where Pennsy's Pittsburgh to Chicago Line crossed B&O's Warwick OH. to Bridgeport OH. line.

SEPTEMBER  27

Pennsylvania................MO Cresson             PRR

West Virginia................QN  Quinnimont      C&O

OCTOBER  5

Illinois.......................Webster  MIL x TPW      MIL

This only the 3rd picture I have ever seen of Webster. This is the tower that protected the crossing of the Milwaukee and the Todelo, Peoria and Western. To save money Milwaukee razed many of their big two story brick towers and replaced them with one story, wooden shantys. Very rare shot.


OCTOBER  8

Illinois.........................*Henrietta  1 2 3 4   CNW x MIL  CNW?

New tower.....Chicago and Northwestern crossed the Milwaukee.
According to Bill Shapotkin the CNW line was gone by 1942.

OCTOBER   9

Illinois......................47 th ST     Chicago
                                *Stockland   MILW
                                *Streator

New Jersey..............*Granton Jct.  North Bergen

Pennsylvania.............Union St.  Allentown

OCTOBER  10

Indiana.....................Adams                  PRR

New Jersey..............*PB Park Place Newark
                                *Waldo Jersey City    PRR
                                *Z Jersey City Terminal Jersey City   PRR
PB and Z are diagrams only.

Ohio........................ Alum Creek Columbus    PRR
                                 Big Run Wooster     PRR
                                *Erie Crossing  Cleveland    PRR
PRR's main line between Alliance to Cleveland line crossed Erie's line from Youngstown. It used a 48 lever Type S-8 electro- mechanical machine. It was staffed and maintained by PRR  but ownership was owned by both the Erie and the Pennsylvania.
After being damaged by a derailment, Erie Crossing was remoted to Harvard Tower, less than a mile away. This happened in 1977.
                               Estry(CN) Van Wert         PRR

OCTOBER 11

Pennsylvania.............WK  Allentown       CNJ

Picture taken by Mark Rabenold sent via Dale from Alabama Martin. Photo was taken around 1972.

OCTOBER  21

Connecticut...................*SS#227  Putnam   New Haven RR 

Illinois...........................Pana  NYC x IC x CE&I connection

OCTOBER  22

Ohio............................RH  Cincinnati               B&O
                                  *Xenia 1  2  3

West Virginia.............NA  Martinsburg  1  2  3     B&O 
                                 *SX  Parkersburg                  B&O

The above eight are from Dave Oroszi. Shot in beautiful black
and white!!!!!!!!


OCTOBER  22

Ohio........................Erie Crossing Cleveland  PRR x Erie   PRR

OCTOBER  23

Ohio.......................Loveland  1 2 3 4   B&O x PRR      PRR

B&O crossed PRR's line from Xenia to Cincinnati (C&X Branch) It also controlled a siding(Foster) approximately 4 miles to the north. As a side note.....If you look closely at picture one; a few feet down from the "Loveland" sign you will see a small rectangle. This is how high the water crested during the Big Flood of 1913.  

OCTOBER  26

Ohio..................Tates Point(SI) 1 2 3  NYC x B&O    NYC

Tates Point was at mile post 205.7(miles reckoned from Cleveland) on the Burt(Galion) to Cincinnati Line. It also controlled CP 206 and a siding called Sand Cut(MP 210.6)

I want to thank the Marion Ohio railroad club for allowing me to present my annual tower show to them on October 20. For the last few years every Oct. meeting there is "Tower Night", with all presenters showing nothing but towers. According to member Bill Haines(an ex operator) these tower nights draw the biggest crowds. I am humbled to be a part of this. Believe me humility is a hard quality to find in a hard headed German as myself!!!!!
After my show Dave Oroszi presented and two others followed.
I have been doing this for upwards of 20 years and have enjoyed every minute.

A special thanks to Dave Oroszi for allowing me to post his tower photos on my site.

Personal note to Mike Silvers(another ex operator) You wanted some shots of Tates Point........Here they are.....Enjoy

OCTOBER  28

Indiana.......................Glen  Richmond east end of yard    PRR

                                   Pine  Indianapolis     PRR

In this shot you are looking west on Pennsy's Richmond line toward Indianapolis. Pine stood at MP 185.3(distance from Columbus) Approximately 5 miles behind the photographer(east) is Thorne and looking west is IU Station and IU tower.The two tracks are PRR's double main and the track immediately to the left is B&O's Decatur IL to Cincinnati via Indianapolis Line. B&O's State Ave. Yard is on the left; Pennsy's Pine Yard is on the right. Hawthorne Yard can be accessed here too. Out of sight a set of crossovers takes(or took) you across the B&O to a  double set of tracks leading up a hill to Hamilton Jct. There you crossed the IURY(Belt) and into the west end of Hawthorne; PRR's main yard in Indy......Understand??.....Good; I don't. Pine was a combination operator/yard office. It used a USS table top machine with three levers. All switches were hand lined by the operator but he needed controls for the signals. It was a train order office too. Anything else???..Oh yeah....it had a bathroom too!!!!!!!!

OCTOBER  28

Illinois.......................West Cabin East Dubuque     IC?

I had this listed in Iowa but "Iron Eyes" Shapotkin showed me the error of my ways.

OCTOBER  28

Alabama..............13th ST. Birmingham       L&N

Tennessee............*Easton Jct.                        L&N
                            *Monfort                            L&N
                           *North Athens                     L&N

North Athens in Tennessee MIGHT be the same tower that I have listed as Athens in Georgia. Compare the photos and tell me. Maybe some closet L&N expert will step up to the plate. Until "higher authority" endorses or confirms my listing, I will have it as a new tower in TN. They do look very much alike but they were both built to a standard Louisville and Nashville plan.

West Virginia............KV Kenova                C&O

OCTOBER  30

Nine diagrams and five tower pics are on tap today. I am particularity keen on Valley Jct. in Ohio. This is where NYC's Whitewater Branch broke away from their(at one time) busy Cincinnati to Indianapolis Main. I have seen only one or two pictures of this place. This Dick Balwin shot is a real treat. It is clear,well composed and in color. Note the steamer on the right with white lines through the numbers. The next stop for her is the scrapper. Wade tower stood at the west end of Riverside Yard in Cincinnati.

New Jersey.................Weston(WS) Manville        RDG
                                    West Trenton                      RDG

Ohio...........................*Valley Jct.                         NYC
                                     VY(Valley Jct.)Youngstown 1 2 3  Erie
                                     Wade Cincinnati     NYC
                                     Xenia 1  2               PRR

Pennsylvania..............BY(Lehigh) Bethlehem       RDG


                                     GN  Lurgen             RDG
                                     Lebanon Valley Jct. Reading      RDG
                                     Nice Nicetown             RDG
                                     Race St. Philadelphia    RDG
                                     Wayne Jct(WS) Philadelphia    RDG

OCTOBER  31

Three more diagrams via Geoff Hubbs.

New Jersey..................Dock   Harrison        PRR
                                    Hunter  Newark        PRR
                                    Lane                          PRR

OCTOBER   31

Illinois....................*Knowles  MILW x IC       MILW
                                Walz  Danville 1 2 3  MILW x CE&I  MILW

Wisconsin...............*MJ Superior   Soo x GN      GN?

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 1,708 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    WAB 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 it 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
The 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.


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