Location: Toledo, OH - Alexis Tower

NYC Alexis OH Tower NYC Alexis OH Tower Alexis Tower Alexis Interlocking Tower was at the crossing of the NYC Detroit line and the Ann Arbor/ PRR and Pere Marquette lines heading north and northwest out of the city. This was a NYC tower.

Photo info/credit: Top, Alexis Tower on the north side of Toledo, Ohio.  This tower protected the crossing of both NYC main lines to Detroit as well as the Ann Arbor Railroad and the C&O.  In its heyday, the tower also saw trains of the Pennsylvania Railroad. 1983. 2nd photo, the interlocking plant in Alexis was a combination of "strongarm" type, as well as two additional electric interlocking machines (green units).  These may have controlled nearby interlockings such as "K", just south of Alexis. 1989. [Both, Charlie Whipp]; 3rd photo an Ann Arbor railroad train passes Alexis Tower (under Conrail ownership) in 1979. Charles Geletzke Jr. photo.


Time Line

1917, The MC had an towerman-operator here around-the-clock. [TRT]

1923. January 13. A rear end collision on the Pere Marquette here kills two and injures four.  ICC Report [PDF]

1925. The Michigan Central adds 12 electromechanical levers to this interlocking. [RSC-1925]

Location: Toledo, OH - Alexis Tower

NYC Alexis OH Tower NYC Alexis OH Tower Alexis Tower Alexis Interlocking Tower was at the crossing of the NYC Detroit line and the Ann Arbor/ PRR and Pere Marquette lines heading north and northwest out of the city. This was a NYC tower.

Photo info/credit: Top, Alexis Tower on the north side of Toledo, Ohio.  This tower protected the crossing of both NYC main lines to Detroit as well as the Ann Arbor Railroad and the C&O.  In its heyday, the tower also saw trains of the Pennsylvania Railroad. 1983. 2nd photo, the interlocking plant in Alexis was a combination of "strongarm" type, as well as two additional electric interlocking machines (green units).  These may have controlled nearby interlockings such as "K", just south of Alexis. 1989. [Both, Charlie Whipp]; 3rd photo an Ann Arbor railroad train passes Alexis Tower (under Conrail ownership) in 1979. Charles Geletzke Jr. photo.


Time Line

1917, The MC had an towerman-operator here around-the-clock. [TRT]

1923. January 13. A rear end collision on the Pere Marquette here kills two and injures four.  ICC Report [PDF]

1925. The Michigan Central adds 12 electromechanical levers to this interlocking. [RSC-1925]

Bibliography

The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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