THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

SAVANNA
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad

by John Hinson

Savanna tower
Photograph 4/60, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

This timber-built tower controlled the entrance to the Burlington company's freight yard at Savanna. Here, looking west, the yard can be seen to the right of the main line beyond the signal gantry. At the far end of the yard, the line curves to the right and crosses the CMStP&R ("Milwaukee") line on the level. That company's own freight yard can be seen in the distance on the far right of the photograph.

Interior of Savanna tower
Photograph 4/60, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The interior view shows the ubiquitous Saxby-style frame made by the Union Switch & Signal Company. Forty levers are provided to work what is (as can be seen on the diagram mounted above the levers) a relatively simple layout.

The device on the table on the right is the ultimate in modern technology - a teleprinter machine.

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