|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.
|Dennis Stanczak posted
Handing up the orders at KO Tower, Lake Forest IL on the C&NW New Line. This was from 1978 or 1979 and remains one of my favorite photos from my youth.
You can see the tower near the bottom of this aerial.
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP