DJ of DJsTrains
May 13, 2022
Worked as a Train Order Operator for the B&O 50+ years ago. At various times I worked CH Tower at Haselton and OW Tower at Ohio Jct. as well as temporary train order offices at Youngstown passenger station and at Tube Works Crossover just West of the B&O Yard office at Haselton. CH Tower was just West of the non-interlocked multiple railroad crossing at Center Street where trains were moved on the Hand Signals of the Train Director position. B&O Haselton Yard was just West of CH Tower. Ohio Jct. was on the West side of Youngstown and in addition to directional passing sidings controlled access to the Lake Branch to DeForest Jct. (Warren, OH) and on to Painesville.
Needless to say this was all before Youngstown became the poster child for the Rust Belt.
WOW! WHAT AN AWESOME RESUME AND MEMORIES! I hope you took pics or maps, diagrams.
No pictures or maps - just my minds eye of the memories.
First night I was sent to work Haselton - pouring rain in October or November. Instructions I has said something about making at turn at 'Al's Bar' or some similar type location. Pouring rain and I couldn't find it, finally ended up at the P&LE Yardmasters office at Gateway Yard and he gave me better instructions. Employee parking was on the North side of about 7 or 8 tracks, Haselton tower was on the South side of those tracks and you had to wal across them to get to or from the tower. The tracks rain main line trains for B&O, PRR, PLE and Erie. With Erie being the prior rights carrier and all the rest having come later. The Erie would come out of YST with hot bottle loads of molten metal to be taken to the YST facility in Warren, OH about 15 miles away. All the railroads crossed each other and move across each other on hand signals from the Train Director at Center Street.
Erie with the hot bottles didn't operat to Center Street - they crossed each of the other carriers on sets of crossovers - that the Erie could open at ANY TIME without regard to the movements of the other carriers.
Fun was had by all.