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Altoona Area Interlocking Towers

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Towers and Interlockings on the Main Line
Name
in 1942
Tel. Call Milepost Built Remoted
to Alto
Building
Construction
Machine
Type/Size
Function Configuation
in 1952
Notes
Gray 223.3 n/a Junction of Bald Eagle branch
Bell DI 230.0 12/2/1903 n/a 2 story, brick & frame, 16' x 18' 6" EP; 23 lever frame Connections to east end of WJ (Homer) receiving yard and Bellwood Brch 10 sig, 9 sw, 1 lock, 3 spare Trainphone, renamed Bell 2/19/1942, unmanned 1955-1961, closed 1962-63
Antis EF 232.1 12/23/1903 6/11/81 2 story, brick & frame, 16' 2" x 18' 3" EP; 23 lever frame Split up the passenger and freight mains 7 sig, 7 sw, 8 spare spaces, 1 spare lever Trainphone, renamed Antis 2/19/1942
Homer n/a 234.0 2/28/74 2/28/74 Never a tower at this location n/a Rose connecting track to "Rose" n/a New interlocking blt 1974
Works RO 235.5 rblt 7/20/1916, rblt 11/19/1973 12/1/1973 2 story, frame 10' 9" x 21' 2 EP 11 and 23 frames Passenger mains east of station, connection to South, yards, and freight mains 14 sig, 20 sw, 9 spare spaces Renamed Works 2/19/1942
9th St n/a 2 story, frame EP 11 or 23 lever frames Freight mains between Works, South, and Alto Moved into RO 7/25/1935
10th St FG 10/1915 1/25/1935 EP 23 lever frame Passenger mains (3 and 4) east of station 8 sig, 10 sw, 2 tr, 1 spare lever, 2 spare spaces Out of service 1/1/1972
14th St 5/3/1933 EP 11 lever frame Passenger mains (3 and 4) west of station 5 sig, 6 sw, 0 spaces Out of service 1/1/1972
Alto JK 236.7 rblt 9/28/1915 n/a 2 story, frame, 14' 6" x 24' 8" EP 27 lever frame All mains west of station and connection to H&P Brch 9 sig, 10 sw, 8 spare lever Renamed Alto 2/19/1942, out of service 6/16/2012, Trainphone
Slope BO 237.2 4/23/1903, rblt 12/20/1948 6/7/1965 2 story frame 14' 6" x 21' 6" EP 23 lever frame Split the passenger and freight mains 9 sig, 10 sw, 1 traf, 3 spare spaces Renamed Slope 2/19/1942, out of service 6/16/2012, Trainphone
GY GY 239.5 n/a Intermediate interlocking n/a Out of service 6/22/1949
IA IA ~242.5 n/a Intermediate interlocking n/a
MG MG 243.5 6/18/1944 n/a 2 story brick EP 23 lever frame Intermediate interlocking 4 sig, 6 sw, 2 traf, 11 spare spaces Out of service 6/24/1994

Towers in the Yards or Secondary Tracks
Name
in 1942
Tel. Call Miles from
Bell
Built Building
Construction
Machine
Type/Size
Function Configuation
in 1952
Notes
Homer WJ 0.9 5/11/1903 2 story, stone 22' 6" x 22' 6" Pushbutton & 4 model 6 Hump control west end of WJ receiving yard 3-12 button machine-yard; 4 dwarf signals Assistant YM
Furnace WH ~1.5 11/1/1905 2 story, frame office bldg Pushbutton machine & bake oven Switch control for class yard 2-12 button machines, 14 sw, 10 sp, 1 dwarf signal
Farm ND ~2.1 1 story, frame Bewtween eastbound class and departure yards n/a Gone by 1952
House AL ~2.9 7/15/1906 2 story, frame 8' x 10' 1" Mechanical 6 lever frame West end lead tracks for East Altoona Enginehouse 5 sw, 1 sp Model 6 for 3 dwarf signals Gone by 1952
WN 2 story, frame Gone by 1942?
Rose RV 4.0 11/17/1907, rblt 10/16/39 2 story office bldg EP 47 lever frame East end of westward advance yard, west end of WH class yard 12 sig, 31 sw, 2 spare levers, 2 spare spaces Renamed Rose 2/19/1942; remoted to Alto 4/1/1974
Scales JS 4.8 9/17/1900, rblt 1927 2 story, brick office bldg Puchbutton machine and bake oven Hump between yards and the weigh scales 3-12 button machines, 2 hump signals Assistant YM
GD Gone by 1942?
South SS 5.5 rblt 2/24/1905 2 story, frame 15' 6" x 17' 4" EP 47 lever frame West end of yard, south side 13 sig, 32 sw, 1 ck, 1 spare space Assistant YM, out of service 5/1/1971
Eldo EL 3.0 from Alto 2 story, frame
Wye SN 6.3 from Alto
Holly WI 7.5 from Alto
Frank F 10.2 from Alto
- Some info from "Altoona and the Pennsylvania RR, Between a Roar and a Whimper" by Betty Wagner Loeb


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