Thursday, January 14, 2016

HO Tower: NS/NKP vs EJ&E

Ken Durkel posted
Ken's comment:
Porter Branch, looking timetable east at HO Tower. EJ&E/NKP crossing. Taken at the Linda St. crossing. Includes the EJ&E/NKP interchange track.Taken in 1983.
See Bart Tower (EJ&E vs. Pennsy) for maps as to how the now abandoned EJ&E Porter Branch crossed NKP and Pennsy. Bart Tower is in the background of this picture. So Ken is looking Northeast and is standing at about 5th Street.

Ken later posted the above picture again with the comment:
Looking timetable east down the EJ&E's Porter Branch in Hobart, Indiana in 1983. The line was still active at the time but any traffic was sporadic at best. The tower was HO, and controlled the crossing with the Nickel Plate Road. HO Tower was actually closed in 1958, and control of the interlocking was given over to Bart Tower, seen in the extreme background at the PRR crossing. But though closed in 1958, HO Tower stood right up to the end of the Porter Branch, which was abandoned and torn up in 1985.

Ken Durkel posted
Ken's comment:
Although this is shot more from a NKP view, this is the EJ&E/NKP diamond at Hobart.. This was shot closer to the end of the "J" Porter branch. Maybe 1984, or 1985 just before the line was ripped up. The gons on the right are on the interchange track, but make no mistake, there was no interchange going on here at this time. If I remember right, the gons were part of an NS MOW train that they shoved there at the time. HO Tower would be immediately to my right. Looking east.
Matt Lasayko posted
Matt's comment:
A sad time for the porter branch. Taken Just north of HO tower where the J crossed the NKP In Hobart IN. Photo credit unknown. I would have loved to have saved these. Especially the EJ&E property marker at the bottom of the pile.
Note that you can see Bart Tower in the background. So this view was taken a little northeast of the first view.

Update:
Ken Durkel posted
The Porter Branch as it was being ripped up in 1985. Looking timetable east at HO Tower in Hobart at the ex NKP crossing. The diamond has just been removed.
Ken Durkel posted
From May,1979, a westbound NS leaves Hobart with HO Tower in the background. This tower was actually deactivated in 1959, and control went to Bart Tower, but HO Tower stood right up to the end of the Porter Branch. It must have had some importance as far as electronics go in remoting to Bart. But I really have no guess as to why it stood, closed, for more than 26 years without being taken down.

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