THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

HOBOKEN TERMINAL
Delaware, Lackawana & Western Railroad

by John Hinson

General view of station throat
Photograph 8/50, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

Hoboken terminal Tower controlled the New York terminus of the Delaware, Lackawana & Western Railroad. The extensive carriage sidings for this busy station can be seen on both sides of the line.

Hoboken Terminal Tower
Photograph 9/60, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

A closer view shows the rugged, yet attractive, architecture of the tower. On the left is a twin-head searchlight signal.

The interlocking machine inside Hoboken Terminal tower
Photograph 9/60, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

Inside the tower, we find a 155-lever Union Switch & Signal Company electro-pneumatic interlocking machine controlling the layout at the terminus and the six electrified approach tracks.

Station Dispatcher's Control Board at Hoboken terminal
Photograph 9/60, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

This picture shows the Station Dispatcher's Control Board in the tower at Hoboken terminal. Above the desk are rotary-type train describers, whilst the signal indicators at the top indicate on which line trains are entering the station.

Hoboken Terminal tower was closed and demolished in 1984 to make way for a new four-storey tower. The new signalling was all-electric, with GRS model 5 switch machines (point machines) and SafeTran signals. That tower was closed, after a life of only nineteen years, in early July 2003.

About the photographs

Additional notes by Mike Brotzman.


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