With the Hoboken tower behind, former EL U34CH 3366 (CR 4166) readies to pull out of Hoboken terminal in August, 1977. The busy CR-operations at Hoboken have all EL in sight, with Comet I cars stretching into the distance awaiting assignments out of the terminal.
View looking west on Conrail's Porter Branch (former Michigan Central)at the crossing with EJ&E at Ivanhoe Tower in June 1992. The train at the far right is on the IHB main to Gibson. Also take note of the NYC era tower sign as well.Â Doug Davidson photo with permission
Still painted entirely PC green, LEMO Interlocking Tower controlled traffic coming across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg Station, the Ex-Cumberland Valley Line to Hagerstown, and the Port Road/Northern Central Branch. In 1988 the tower was removed from the site by the Lancaster Chapter of the NRHS and re-located to the Strasburg Railroad where it has been restored to its former Pennsy appearance.
Lima 'NS' Tower, 1987. Last open tower West of Pittsburgh on the PRR Fort Wayne Line, open until 1995. Armstrong Machine, last in Ohio, was active until its closure. Junction of Fort Wayne line with CSX (B&O) Toledo Subdivision and NS (NKP) Lima District. Photo collection of Eric Kretz.
Probably the saddest thing I watched while living in Cresson was the demolition of MO tower on Dec 7th, 1998. Several good efforts were put forth to save it, but it was just too far gone to move. Very few people were there other than the demo team to record this event, but a local innkeeper spotted the old blocking device board and managed to have the crew pick it out and save it. I believe the train board went to the Railroaders Museum in Altoona earlier. Very few PRR towers remained around Conrail by this date, so it was indeed sad to lose historic MO.
This is Nero Tower on Conrail's Chicago Line (former NYC; LS&MS). Pine Junction on the B&O is behind the tower, while the EJ&E Gary - Griffith mains cross overhead on the bridge. Photo taken in November 1979, Doug Davidson photo with permission
Pence tower in Momence, IL that guarded the diamond of the ex NYC Kankakee Secondary with the ex C&EI UP Villa Grove Sub on July 6, 1991. This tower was torn down in 1997. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection