NorthAmericanInterlockings: Wilhelm Garon
no Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers
The 1952 historic aerial is best because new ballast had been spread on the B&OCT track and it shows up as a white line.
The two lines above the "A" of Athletic Field was the NYC railroad. Today they are owned by NS. MS Tower not only controlled the crossing and connection with NYC, it controlled the crossing and connection with the original B&O main into Chicago (next tracks north) and the connection with the EJ&E (northernmost tracks). [Trainorders, railroad.net]
|1980 Whiting Quadrangle @ 1:24,000|
[The 1953, 1960 and 1968 maps are similar. None of them show the towers nor the connections from B&OCT to NYC and to B&O.]
|One of seven images posted by Jon Roma|
"This was just a lucky grab shot. It is the only time I ever saw any activity on the B&OCT Whiting Branch north of the refinery. You are correct that most of the traffic on the Lake Sub headed for East Chicago, actually Pine Jct. on the far west side of Gary."
Evidently the tower had been removed by 1982 because according to Haynes' track diagram and Wilhelm's photo (see links at the top), it should have appeared in the right side of this photo. Also, a sign on the signalling equipment cabinet indicates CP450, which also implies the tower is gone. I've learned that when a junction was converted from local tower control to remote CTC control, it was given a Control Point number based on the nearest mile marker. CP450 was the original number based on millage from Pittsburgh. By 1982 the conversion to use miles from Buffalo had happened and this was really CP505.
In fact, the tower was closed in Oct 1969 and torn down in Aug 1972. [Trainorders]
1980 Jeff Stack Flickr
p 156 of The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway by Dave McLellan and Bill Warrick has a 1906 photo of the tower looking east with the B&OCT tracks crossing five NYC tracks. The tower was electrified in 1905 replacing a manual plant. The EJ&E tracks were the Lake Shore & Eastern back then.
The fact that the original Whiting Tower (B&OCT vs. Pennsy) is gone because the Pennsy route was abandoned and CP505/CP450/MS controlled the crossing and connections with NYC, B&O and EJ&E explains why this map labels the junction of the B&OCT with three railroads as simply WHITING. I presume the other reason this is treated as a single junction is that the B&OCT must arrange to cross all of the affected railroads before it takes a train through this junction. Today, the B&OCT track is abandoned starting just south of of 119th Street. So this junction no longer exists.