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MARCH  1

Indiana.....................Gridley   diagram

New York.................GD  Glenwood       NYC

Ohio.........................Alexis  interior shot

MARCH  2

New York..............*SS 1             Albany
                               *SS 27  1 2   Rochester
                                SS  30          Utica
                                SS  31          Utica
                                SS  49           Buffalo
Enjoy this collection of "Water Level"  towers. NYC really went all out with these babies. Handsome and built for all eternity, of course THAT didn't work out !!!!! These shots were taken and submitted by Geoff Hubbs, a new contributor.

Pennsylvania.................*Echo
                                        Glenwood Jct.
                                        GN(Laughin Jct.
                                      *Greene 1 2 3
                                      *MU Eidenau 1 2
The above 8 shots are all B&O; Taken by Mark Vinski.

MARCH  3

Pennsylvania..................Eye  Corry                PRR
                                     *MJ(Mercer Jct.)        B&LE
                                       WD   Wildwood       B&O
                                       Wood  Homewood   PRR
                                     *X   Calley                 B&O
More from the Wilhelm collection; all from July 1931.

MARCH  3

Indiana..................Ivanhoe Gary NYC x EJ&E x IHB     NYC
This tower had a USS machine with an IS&F E-8 add on. It had 48 levers with 41 used. IH were the tower's call sign.
                           *Vandale  Columbia City    PRR
Finally a picture of Vandale that I was allowed to post!!!!! This is where PRR's Logansport to Columbia City line "hooked" into Pennsys Ft Wayne Main. It utilized a USS machine with a P-8 add on. It had 60 levers with 18 being used. It's call letters were CU.

Pennsylvania.........*NS  Layton        B&O

Washington DC......Virginia       PRR

These are Mark Hinsdale shots. Mark is a long time contributor and a great photographer.

MARCH  3

Ohio.......................Tiffin diagram
This shows the track arrangement(s) at Tiffin a bit better than the railroad's chart. Sent to me by "Dale in Alabama" Martin

MARCH  4

Connecticut....................SS 102  Old Saybrook      NH
A New Haven tower Dale!!!!!!!!

New Jersey.....................Queen  Plainfield             CNJ

New York.......................FA 1 2  Oneonta              D&H
                                     *Niagara Jct.  CTC panel  Lehigh Valley

Ohio................................Olentangy  1 2 3  Columbus    NYC
Also know as HV(Hocking Valley)   NYC x PRR x C&O crossed

Pennsylvania...................JU   Bethlehem         CNJ
                                        MU  Milton               RDG
                                        Q      Hyndman          B&O
Another installment by Geoff Hubbs.

MARCH  5

Illinois............................Farmer City  IC x NYC(P&E)
Indiana...........................Burnett   CE&I x NYC                      Will the person or persons that sent me these pictures please contact me so photo credit can be given.

MARCH 14

Illinois..........................Carmi   L&N x NYC     NYC
I explained the track layout in detail a few months ago. This photo is of the tower before they moved the interlocker to the depot. Here is a diagram of the place.

MARCH 15

New Jersey....................Tower A   Jersey City        CNJ

New Jersey....................B        Jersey City
                                      BV     Bayonne
                                      NA     Newark
                                    *QR     Roselle
                                      WO    Mauers
                                     XC      Cranford
These shots are from the College Park Maryland Archives via Bill Reutelhuber. All are CNJ towers.

MARCH 15

Minnesota....................*Chestnut St. 1 2  St. Paul        MILW
                                    *Coon Creek                              NP
                                    *Staples                                      NP
                                    *St. Cloud  1 2                           GN
Four new towers from a new contributor, Robert Anderson. Bob was an operator on the Milwaukee and then BN. He went to train dispatching after the towers closed.Bob is now retired. I have added his name to the Hall of Fame.

Chestnut Street used an electric USS machine. There was a CTC panel in here as well. It controlled from here to South Minneapolis. The Rock Island and Chicago Northwestern were joint users too.

Coon Creek was north of the Twin Cities. Great Northern's line to Duluth split here. This was a NP/GN operation.

MARCH  16

I recently "acquired" ( I love a juicy euphemism) some tower track diagrams. These are from the Penn Central era. Most are 3,4,5 sheets long. Even the one sheeters (is that a word?) are just a tad too big for my scanner.

Ohio...............................AC
                                       BS (Bellefontaine)
                                       Burt
                                       Ridgeway
                                       Shelby
 
MARCH  19

Ohio.............................Hamler 1 2   B&O x DT&I      B&O
                                     KN 1 2 Lepsic  DT&I x NKP   NKP
                                     XN  Lepsic   B&O x  NKP       B&O
These five nice b&w shots are from long time contributor Doug Leffler.

MARCH  21

Indiana.....................*ED  Jct. drawbridge 1 2 3   Hammond
Erie and NKP crossed the Grand Calumet River. It also controlled between Holman Ave. and State Line towers. It had a Taylor machine; 36 levers, 20? used. The Monon crossed the same river on a separate lift bridge just a few yards from ED

                                Griffith  1 2
Much happened here. EJ&E, GTW, Erie, NYC and C&O all played their part. It had a GRS, pistol grip electric machine with 56 levers. Griffith was an EJ&E tower.

                                 HY 1 2 3 4  Hammond  
The C&O had trackage rights on the Erie into Chicago. The Chicago and Western Indiana (CWI) dispatched it though. HY also controlled in and out of Hammond Yard. It had a USS IS&F machine with an E-8 add on.

                                  Kouts (DN)   PRR x Erie     PRR
Kouts used an electric USS machine. It had 56? levers, 24? used.

                                  ND Highland   NYC x  C&O x Erie
ND had a Union Switch and Signal(USS) International Saxby and Farmer(IS&F) machine........52 levers, 24? used.

These shots are from Michael Dye's collection. Mike's grandfather took the pictures. He was a signal gang foreman for the Erie/EL/CR.

MARCH  22

Indiana...................Massachusetts Ave.  Indianapolis
This is a view of the tower rarely seen, taken from street level. The NYC curved to the right and went on to Toledo and Cleveland.  If you sent straight; this is how the Monon and Nickel Plate got into Indianapolis. Mass Ave used a GRS NX machine with 20 levers. NX was the technical name, most called it an "entrance/exit" machine. Under my "abbreviations and glossary" it gives a brief explanation of an how an NX machine operated.

                                Newton 1 2 Laketon  Erie x PRR     Erie
Newton is where Erie's Buffalo to Chicago main crossed Pennsy's Logansport(Van tower) to Columbia City(Vandale tower) Line; sometimes called the "Eel River Line". Towards the end of PRR ,pre Penn Central, the line did not see much traffic and it was open by train order only. It had a USS IS&F machine with 40 levers, 14 used.

                                 Wilders  1 2 3  Erie x Monon     Erie
No pictures of the tower but three shots of the diamond. At this time Wilders was remote controlled from Kouts tower.

New York................*HC(Hempstead Crossing) 1 2  Garden City
                                *Garden  1 2  Garden City
                                *Hollis  Queens
Three new towers and by a new contributor, Bill Bellmer. All these are off the Long Island Railroad(LIRR) a subsidiary of the mighty Pennsylvania. HC was taken out of service and removed in 1939. They replaced it with a shanty(shameful for the Pennsy) and named it Garden. 

MARCH  23

Indiana......................DA(Decatur) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7      Erie
At DA Erie's main, NKP's Clover Leaf and PRR's Ft. Wayne Branch crossed. This was Pennsy's Richmond IN. to Ft. Wayne line. Many people erroneously call this the GR&I. I'm quite sure I'll get a million emails telling me I am wrong on this but that argument and explanation is for another time. At first the crossing here was not interlocked. Erie growing tired of stopping here with every train approached PRR and asked to put in an interlocking. Erie even agreed to pay for the building and pay the operators and maintenance costs. The "Standard Railroad of the World" still said "no". The argument went all the way up to the Supreme Court of Indiana and Erie won out. DA had a USS IS&F machine; 40 levers, 32 used. The first two shots were, wrongly, labeled as GS in Kingsland. Credit "Eagle eye" Rob Mandeville for spotting the error. It would take an act of Congress to renumber the pictures for GS below so that explains why they start with 3.

Indiana.......................GS  Kingsland   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
The Erie and Nickel Plate crossed at this point. The Ft. Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Co., an electric line, crossed here too but it was not interlocked. They still had to call GS on a call box and get his permission to cross. Then there was a procedure for lining derails and bow toward Mecca and several other things they had to do to cross. When the tower was in full swing it was the Erie that had the lions share of traffic. Now the great Erie is completely gone and the ex NKP, now NS, sees quite a few trains here. The tower had a USS IS&F machine
36 levers, 32 used. GS was an Erie tower.

MARCH  23

New York....................*Dunton  west of Jamaica
                                     *Jay
Jay was west of Jamaica and controlled Morris Park Yard leads in an out. Both towers are LIRR. 

MARCH  24

Ohio...........................Ansonia  1 2 3 4 5 6 7       NYC
The call sign for Ansonia was "A". It was located 189.7 miles from Cleveland. NYC's Cleveland to Indianapolis line crossed NYC's Jackson MI to Cincinnati Line, called the Cincinnati Northern(CN) "In the day" there were provisions for running traffic east bound from the B Line to south bound on the CN. There was a small industrial yard here and Ansonia controlled in an out for it as well. After Union City tower closed, its control panel was moved to Ansonia. 

                                  Morgan  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Whew.....For amount of pictures of the same tower Jay Williams could give Carl Wallenmeyer a run for his money!!! Jay has been taking railroad pictures for years dating back to when the B&O chartered its first line in 1832.Well, maybe not THAT far. Both above sets are from Mr. Williams. Morgan tower was located at MP 153.5(miles from Cleveland) in Quincy. It's call letters were "QC". This is where the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton(DT&I) crossed New York Central's Cleveland to Indianapolis Line. Railroaders and rail fans alike call this the B Line. Even Steve Hipes (Mr. B Line himself) cannot explain why this name is used.

These two sets of pictures are dedicated to Mike Silvers. Mike is not only an ex operator but a fellow railroader and a good friend. Mike spent many a shift working these towers.

MARCH  24

Minnesota........................*14th Ave. north    Minneapolis  Soo 
                                         *Crystal
Crystal was in Crystal MN. The Soo Line crossed (GN) Great Northern's Minneapolis to Monticello sub.
                                         Hoffman Ave. 1 2  St. Paul
The tracks here were owned by the Milwaukee and the CB&Q; six tracks, three each. They were jointly used by the RI, CGW, CNW, GN and NP. Yard leads came out to Hoffman  in addition to a full set of crossovers in both directions. This was a Milwaukee facility using the call letters "NY". Seldom do I post a non tower picture but who could resist a view from the tower of this BN freight.

MARCH  26

Pennsylvania................*HF Cross Cut             PRR
                                     *JU  Lawrence Jct.       PRR
                                     *UA New Castle Jct.    B&O
                                       UN West Pittsburgh    B&O
                                     *Wampum Jct.              PRR

The following was written by John Fuller and it answers the Vigo/Ringo at Terre Haute Indiana questions far better than I could. Here is an overall diagram.

Vigo - on April 28, 1968 the new connection was put in service.  Vigo Tower closed and job moved. The small metal building (Vigo 1) was strictly temporary job.  Main purpose was to control hand throw switch located at west side of Wabash River Bridge.  The new single track connection swung over to the east bound main.  The switch was installed to access the remainder of the west bound main that ended at Macksville...converting it into a siding.  By the October 1968 employees timetable the switch had been automated from Union CTC. Vigo was then moved to the wooden building at east end of PRR East Yard. This version of Vigo was eventually renamed "Chase".

Ringo opened during the construction of the new connection.  JR in the NYC depot was closed about the same time.  Ringo gained control of the crossover...he might have had a desktop machine but I don't really know.  The job was in service at least a year I think...would need to check employees timetables which I don't have beyond 1968.  It was a train order office.  It was a manual block office for east bound movements off ex NYC since there was no choice but to run them on west bound main to Haley or Preston.  The only crossover at Ringo was from east bound main to west bound main/new PRR connection.

APRIL   1

"Erie fever" seems to have gripped this site. In keeping with this theme here are a few diagrams and pictures of Erie stuff.

First some diagrams.

New York.........................BD  1 2  Binghampton
                                         Cass St. 1 2  Hornell
                                         FS(5th St)    Elmira
These charts are from the Conrail days and were provided by Geoff Hubbs.

More pictures from Michael Dye.

Indiana.............................Hamlet  
Pennsy's Pittsburgh to Chicago line crossed NYC's "Kankakee Belt". It had a USS IS&F machine with an S-8 add on. 48 levers, 21 used.
Hamlet was a PRR tower NOT Erie.

New York....................*CB  1 2 3 4   Cuba

Ohio..............................HN  1 2 3 4  Kenton   Erie x NYC
Sometimes called "Sands"
                                     *KN 1 2  Kenton  Erie x TOC(NYC)
KN tower was destroyed in a derailment and then remoted to HN
    
New York state is now a separate column.

APRIL  4

New York.....................Suffern(SF) diagram      Erie
                                     XO Mechanicville          D&H
Both were submitted by Geoffrey Hubbs. He has tons of  tower diagrams for me to post. I will get to them as time allows.

APRIL  4

Erie fever is still raging....Here are a few diagrams,all Erie.The ones that have a + are diagrams only.....no tower picture on the main body of the site but I want to post anything tower related. I think most of you will find them very interesting, as I did. All are New Jersey. The six diagrams below are from William Sheppard. Bill was an operator, working for the EL/CR/SRNJ. Thanks Bill for sharing.

                                 +DB  Kearny
                                   HX  Hackensack Draw
                                 +NX  Draw Newark
                                   Ridgewood Jct(WJ)
                                   WC Waldwick
                                 +WR West Arlington

I found this hiding in my files, source unknown.

New York.....................Hollis(IS) diagram

APRIL  5

What the New Haven was for me in 2016 the Erie is in 2018. Private joke. Dale Martin will understand.....anyway...more Erie diagrams via Geoffery Hubbs.

New Jersey..................BJ  Rutherford
                                    XW  Paterson

New York..................+GP  Goshen
                                  +NJ   Newburgh
                                  +WX Sparrowbush

APRIL  5

"Ask and ye shall receive". They're comin' out of the woodwork.
Michael Dye and Geoffery Hubbs have created an Erie Monster. Now William Nadasky is getting into the act with 2 diagrams and two pictures. The photos are of HX tower. I had a diagram but no pictures of HX....I do now. Mr. Nadasky worked HX tower in the day, now he is the lead crew caller for the NJ Transit. But I'm not going to be completely satisfied unless Dale Martin or Carl Wallenmeyer "weigh in" with something Erie oriented.

New Jersey.....................BD/BV/FH   diagram    CNJ
OK OK....It is not Erie but this is a track diagram published when the new bridge was put in service requiring three new towers to be established. I believe my viewers will find this extremely interesting. I posted this diagram under my listing for BV(Hook)
                                     Hack diagram
                                     HX 1 2
 
APRIL  6

Captains log, stardate 4.6.18. North American Interlockings is in the grip of Erie Fever. I would welcome a New Haven tower at this point even if Dale Martin sent it!!!! All kidding aside, this recent influx of Erie stuff is very impressive. I'm grateful that Michael Dye, Geoffery  Hubbs and William Nadasky have been digging into their personal stash.

Indiana...........................Griffith   EJ&E
Read up to March 21 get a short biography of the tower. This picture just shows a maintainer but I decided to post because too many times,me included, we leave the human interest part of railroading out of our shots. Now please, don't start sending every people picture you guys have taken unless someone has a picture of Stormy Daniels in her Corvette waiting for a train(no pun intended!!) to clear at a road crossing.

New York.......................CB  Cuba     Erie
I forgot to post this one last month so here it is. John Kennedy would have called this place Cuber. Nobody under 60 years old will get THAT one.

Ohio...............................HN  Kenton   Erie

                                       Ohio City(RE)  1  2    Erie
The Erie,NYC and NKP all crossed here. Ohio City was once a stand alone tower. Then they built a tower on the second story of the depot. They eventually got rid of that and moved the operator to the first floor. Nothing remains here today.

                                       SJ  1 2  Kenton   Erie

APRIL  7

Seven diagrams and one picture; and not an Erie in the bunch. Well maybe Hack IS. Trying to verify Hack's heritage has been as confusing as running down you-know-whos birth certificate. Geoff Hubbs sent these.

New Jersey...............CY  Newark      CNJ/PRR
                                 Elmora  South Elizabeth    PRR
                                 Essay 1 2 3 South Amboy  PRR/NY&LB
                                 Hack  Hackensack Draw
                                 WC  1 2  Woodbridge Jct.(Wood) CNJ/PRR

APRIL  7

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the Erie; Carl Wallenmeyer felt compelled to jump into the fray. I'm a tad disappointed that he didn't send any Erie stuff. All was forgiven when I saw these shots including  inside views.

Indiana....................Judd(JD)  LaPorte   NYC x C&O   NYC
Judd is where NYC's main crossed C&O's(Pere Marquette) New Buffalo to LaCrosse Line. Judd also controlled "Wire" a crossing less than a mile east of Judd. Nickel Plate's Michigan City Line crossed NYC's main here. Wire was once a separate tower. Judd used a USS IS&F machine with an S-8 add on; 96 levers,67? used.

                              Porter(PO) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
NYC crossed NYC(MC) and the C&O(PM) There once were diamonds here but the plant was rationalized but it still required a interlocker. It used a National Style A machine, 52 levers. The levers used on an "armstrong plant" were color coded and consistent within the same railroad. The color code did vary slightly from railroad to railroad. Since Porter was a MC(NYC) facility the following governed. White meant not used or spare. Red was for signals and blue was for locks.

                               Willow Creek(WC) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Willow Creek saw the crossing of the B&O,Wabash, and the New York Central(Michigan Central. It utilized a USS, IS&F machine with a M-8 add on. 44 levers, 26? used. It was a NYC tower.
 
APRIL  7

New York.......................*Park  1 2  Floral Park    LIRR
                                        *Queens Queens Village  LIRR
Two new towers, both off the Long Island Railroad(PRR)      

APRIL  8

New Jersey.....................BV(Hook) Bayonne              CNJ
                                       HX Hackensack Draw           Erie
                                       RG Red Bank                         CNJ
                                       XC(Excee)Cranford               CNJ
                                     *XW  Paterson                        Erie

New Jersey is now in a separate column.

Minnesota........................St. Cloud  1 2 3 4 5   GN x NP    GN

Wow, I feel slighted when "Multi photo Wallenmeyer" sends only five shots of the same place!!!!!!

APRIL  9

Minnesota...................Westminster 1 2  St. Cloud     GN


GN tower using GRS electric machine. Controls long plant from down the hill complex at 7th St to near tower wye and entrance/exit to CNW.

Wisconsin.....................Grand Crossing  LaCrosse    MILW

APRIL  10

New Jersey...................Hoboken Terminal          DL&W
                                     Summit 1 2                      DL&W
                                     WC  1 2 3 4                     Erie
Summit used a Model 14 machine. Pictures 2 3 4 of WC show the restored tower. I will try to post the link if not I'll just post the address to the society that saved the tower.


New York...................Suffern(SF)  1 2                       Erie

APRIL  12

Minnesota.....................Curry 1 2  

Although not a true interlocking Curry was an interesting deal. Below are the details in Bob Anderson's words.

Here was a unique situation. BN created a manual block station. Joint  Milw/CB&Q(BN) was Rule 251 keep traffic left on account of grade. Milwaukee east bound track over a mile separated here between St.Croix Tower(Hastings MN)and Newport Tower MN went out of service for steel gang for 4 months. Each track signaled ABS in one direction per track. With one track for both directions,against the current and 10 miles,they broke it into two 5 mile blocks. Here is the resulting block temporary tower/trailer complete with battery powered train order signal. Great 1st trick duty 6a-2p during summer.  2nd trick shut it down at 10p. This hasn't happened before or again and with CTC now never will.    
 Bob Anderson.

APRIL  16

Wisconsin...................*Prescott 1 2 3

 Replacement of swing to lift bridge control tower on the Prescott WI
side of St.Croix River(confluence of Mississippi River). State line border, Burns MN across the river. This tower is interlocked with CTC. St.Croix Tower 3 miles west was interlocked with it. Now is BNSF
CTC.
This is the Prescott WI BN  replacement swing to lift bridge
control panel with interlock to BN CTC dispatcher board,right side.
Here is what the GRS CTC dispatcher board looked like then in BN Northtown Minneapolis Yd. Dispatcher had to send commands to bridge operator's panel for the bridge to operate; about 45 miles away. It's probably a CRT display in Fort Worth,TX BNSF now.  The lower track on the diagram is the old Milwaukee now CP coming over from Hastings,MN.
           Text and photos by Bob Anderson

APRIL  17

Minnesota....................Westminster

This Mike Cunningham photo shows the track arrangement. 

APRIL  22

Illinois...........................Savanna     MILW
Newer version of the tower; taken by Mike Cunningham.

Minnesota...................*Tower E-14   Minnetonka     MILW
Very rare picture of this obscure tower. 

APRIL  28

More diagrams from Geoffrey Hubbs. All are Central of New Jersey (CNJ)

New Jersey....................PU 1 2    Phillipsburg

Pennsylvania...............Catasauqua
                                     JU   Bethlehem
                                     MJ Minooka Jct.
                                     Penn Haven Jct.
                                     PQ  Nesquehoning
                                     R former WR  1 2 3  Allentown
                                     WK   Allentown

APRIL  29

Connecticut.................SS#112 Fort Yard New London  NH!!!

New York...................*Cortlandt Jct.        LV
                                      VC  Van Etten      LV

Pennsylvania................*New Milford           DL&W
                                     *West Hallstead        DL&W

APRIL  29

Iowa............................Mills 1 2 3 4 5  CRIP x IC   IC
                                  *Waterloo  1 2 3 4

Wisconsin..................*Medary   MILW x CNW     MILW

Not only is Medary a new tower to the site but it is the first time in recorded history when "Multi Photo Wallenmeyer" took ONLY ONE SHOT of the tower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Whats the story Carl? Camera run out of film? Railroad cops ran you off ? Local hooligan tried to steal your rail fan friendly Ferrari ?

APRIL  30

Illinois..........................Mendota 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Now there's the Carl we all know and love with 11, count 'em 11 shots of Mendota !!!!! The shots are good enough that I might forgive you for sending just one measly picture of Medary. Now regarding Mendota....The CB&Q, IC, and Milw. all crossed here.

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!!!!!

Remember our war dead on Memorial Day  May 28

                        

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