Richmond IN/PRR Newman Tower

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Richmond IN/PRR Newman Tower

Post by Notch 8 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:54 pm

Freight switching, January 13, 1974
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Re: Richmond IN/PRR Newman Tower

Post by rrnut282 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:48 am

So many iconic elements in this photo.
1. A fixed hoop for the operator of the tower to hand up orders without risking standing too close on a curve where long cars will overhang more.
2. 40s vintage end-cab switcher still toiling away.
3. Even with icicles hanging off, the engineer has the window open. It might be to see hand signals from the conductor/brakemen, but he wouldn't see much in this curve.
4. A section man sweeping out a switch on a siding complete with weeds after a snowfall. It looks like something went down the straight track as the snow is cut next to the rails. I say section man, union rules being what they were, I doubt it would be the junior brakeman from the switch crew. It definitely wouldn't be the tower operator, they didn't want them away from the telegraph/phone/radio that long.
5. Twin dwarf signals on the mains. Normal practice is to have full-sized signals on the main. As this is just outside the passenger station and where the yard leads branch off the main, I assume most trains were going slow to enter either the yard or station.
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