Pennsylvania Railroad

by John Hinson

Burnham tower
Photograph 10/6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

At Burnham, the Pennsylvania railroad single line between South Chicago and Bernice crossed three other companies' lines. The first was the CSS&SB electrified double-track, just visible in the right-had distance in this view looking towards Chicago, with an electric suburban train approaching. The second, in the centre of this view, was the Chicago & Western Indiana double track, in the centre of the view. The third was the Nickel Plate railroad double track, in the left of this picture. And just beyond there, it was joined by a Baltimore & Ohio single line which had also run parallel with these other tracks.

All of this was controlled from this unassuming timber-built tower.

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