Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers, which has links to another photo and a track plan.
|Josh Lemier posted|
Here in our new cover photo we see Erie Lackawanna PA's lead a manifest past the tower at Burnham, Illinois on June 17, 1967.
Photo Credit To Paul Enenbach.
John Fuller's 1970 photo shows there was a connector or industrial spur that cuts diagonally across the NKP and SC&S tracks. Paul's photo above implies that track connects with the C&WI.
A problem with these historic aerial photos is that, unless they have laid fresh ballast, it is hard to find tracks. It looks like the tower is in the lower-right corner of the red rectangle and a shadow in the upper-left corner. But the tower and shadow don't align quite right. So I'm not sure of the exact location of the tower.
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Bob Lalich Flickr|
|John Morris posted|
Things were still looking pretty good on the Erie-Lackawanna as this Also C425 leads an eastbound fast moving Piggy-Back train past Burnham tower. The engine has just crossed the PRR's Bernice Cutoff. This was Chicago and Western Indiana trackage at the time of this July, 1968 photo. (John Morris photo)
|Mike Breski commented on his posting|
|safe_image for a Jon Roma 7-photo album including some interior shots|
One of the more unusual and minimalistic interlocking plants I visited was Conrail's infamous "Burnham trailer." The trailer was quickly placed into service by Penn Central to replace the original tower that burned down as the result of a furnace malfunction during the winter of 1975-76. The operator on duty at the time of the fire had to jump from a second floor window to escape the blaze.
During the same period, nearby Calumet Park Tower (also an ex-PRR facility) burned down – this allegedly by a disgruntled former operator who had been fired for Rule G violations. As Calumet Park was a more vital junction for PC/CR and other railroads, a replacement plant was quickly constructed and remote controlled by Hohman Ave. Tower in nearby Hammond, Indiana.
Likely because of these two fires, every Conrail tower I subsequently visited was equipped with a fire escape in the form of a rope ladder.
A picture of the ill-fated original Burnham tower at an earlier date by Marty Bernard is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/129679309@N05/24788606731/. [see below]
The trailer was presumably considered a "temporary" structure – but it wound up serving close to 20 years before being retired in favor of an automatic plant.
The Burnham trailer's control panel is not the only one I've encountered with a hand-made control panel, but it IS the only one I ever encountered with hand-carved leather decorations.
|Marty Bernard Flickr, Public Domain|
EL 812 E8A With Train #5, The Lake Cities, at Burnham TowerNote PA-1 or -2 behind E-unit. Here the CSS&SB, C&WI and NKP crossed the SC&S (PRR). Note the South Shore Overhead on March 31, 1964
A Roger Puta Photograph
Paul Enenback has a 1967 photo of a southbound Pennsy about to cross the CSS tracks.
John Eagan Flickr 1974 Photo of an Erie train