Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

by John Hinson

61st Street tower, Chicago
Photograph 9/6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

61st Street was the end of the four-track section from the Chicago terminal at La Salle Street. In this view, looking towards Chicago, the Rock Island lines are nearest the tower, and the New York Central line to the right. Behind the photographer, it is only a short distance to Englewood station, with its 100-lever tower controlling the crossing with the four-track Pennsylvania Railroad.

The timber-built tower opened in 1898.

Inside 61st Street tower
Photograph 9/6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

Inside the tower, a mechanical frame (probably manufactured by the Union Switch & Signal Co.) works the points. This is, intriguingly, surmounted by an inverted power frame by GRS, which controls the signals.

The track layout diagram is mounted on the end wall.

Additional notes by "The Lemming" and Ken Swiderski

About the photographs

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