Friday, March 31, 2017

McCool Junction: Aban/EJ&E vs. CSX/B&O

(Satellite, Track Diagram)      The EJ&E Porter branch is now the Prairie Duneland Trail.
Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers (click the marker for more information)

Scott Griffith posted
1945 diamond at McCool IN. with the B&O.

Ken Durkel commented on the above posting
Looking west with McCool Road in the foreground. M.D. McCarter photo.
Ken Durkel also posted
McCool, Indiana. Now part of Portage. B&O/EJ&E crossing. Train is eastbound, McCool Road is the grade crossing. M.D. McCarter photo.
Ken Durkel commented on the above posting
A summary of some comments by Wayne Hudak and Daniel Kopack on another Ken Durkel posting have some history of the junction and J line:
The B&O came through McCool in 1874. The J ended at McCool in 1888 and was finished to Porter in 1893. Originally, the Indiana portion of the J was to build from Valparaiso to the IL state line. They considered going to LaPorte.
Ken Durkel commented on the above posting
Another at McCool.
Ken Durkel also posted
McCool, Indiana. M.D. McCarter photo. Westbound B&O.

Ken Durkel commented on the above posting
And one more as a westbound moves across the EJ&E Porter Branch. Again an M.D. McCarter photo that I have.
Matt Lasayko Thanks for posting those pictures. When did that tower close?

Ken Durkel I think around 1964, at which time control of the interlocking was given over to the B&O dispatch in Akron.

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