|Zachary C. Gillihan posted|
All, I am looking for more information on this board, thinking Chicago area and possibly Lake Forest? Anyone have any photos of it in service?
Jon Roma As best as I can tell, the tower was built by the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee interurban when they built their Skokie Valley bypass route circa 1925.This explains the peculiar appearance compared to the typical C&NW interlocking tower. I believe it was built by CNS&M but that C&NW exercised their prerogative as senior railroad to man the tower.
The interurban abandoned in 1963, and the plant was simplified accordingly.
Incidentally, C&NW parlance was Tower "KO", not "KO" Tower.
I do not have a closing date for "KO", but I believe its end came around 1986 after C&NW had dropped timetable and train order operation, replacing it with Direct Traffic Control.
|Zachary commented on his posting|
Looks like a hell of place at one time!!
|Russ Fierce commented on the posting|
Here's a picture I found. Looks like much more recent.
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|