Interlocking: North Yard Tower, Detroit, MI

North Yard Tower Detroit MI Inside North Yard Tower North Yard Tower Detroit MI North Yard Tower Detroit MI North Yard TowerNorth Yard Tower Detroit MINorth Yard Tower Model Board North Yard Tower was located at the southbound entrance to North Yard, on the Michigan Central's Bay City branch. This was the interlocked crossing of the MC Bay City branch and the Detroit Terminal's belt line just south of East McNichols Avenue. The tower was staffed by a MC operator.

Photo info: Top, North Yard Interlocking tower. This was also the southbound entrance to North Yard, a yard which served auto plants in the area and an interchange with the Grand Trunk Western. North Yard was an "armstrong" interlocking plant. 2nd photo, inside the North Yard tower in 1985. [Charlie Whipp]. 3rd photo, the last day, last shift at North Yard on February 25, 1986. The signal maintainer at the left is disconnecting power from the model board and is decommissioning the plant. [Both, Charlie Whipp] 4th photo, Penn Central 7956 with a lash up of power, pulls by North Yard Tower in 1973. [Mark Hinsdale]. 5th photo, a view of North Yard Tower in the late 1980's. Note that the crossing has been removed. [Charles Geletzke Jr. photo. 6th photo, the track diagram at North Yard tower in 1944. [Drawing from blueprints in the State of Michigan Archives. [Dale Berry]. 7th photo, the model board at the tower in 1964. [Charles Geletzke Jr.]

Location: 42o24.974'N / 83o02.124'W.


Notes


Time Line

1912. The railroad commission approves plans submitted by the Michigan Central proposing a full interlocking and derailing switch and signal system at the crossing of the Detroit Terminal railroad and the Bay City branch of the MC at North Yards. [MCR-1912] 

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

1935. North Yard Tower communicated on Grade Lines 2 (3 long, 1 short) and 3 (4 short). Also on Grade Line 2 were Beaubien Street (1 long, 2 short), Belt Line Junction (2 long, 3 short), Milwaukee Jct. (1 long, 3 short), West Detroit (2 short), and Vinewood Avenue switch tender (1 long, 1 short). Also on Grade Line 3 was the Belt Extension Yardmaster (1 long, 3 short), Belt Line Jct. (1 short, 1 long), and Forest Lawn Tower (1 long, 2 short). [MC Detroit Yard EE Timetable No. 76]

1986. The tower was closed on February 28, 1986.

Interlocking: North Yard Tower, Detroit, MI

North Yard Tower Detroit MI Inside North Yard Tower North Yard Tower Detroit MI North Yard Tower Detroit MI North Yard TowerNorth Yard Tower Detroit MINorth Yard Tower Model Board North Yard Tower was located at the southbound entrance to North Yard, on the Michigan Central's Bay City branch. This was the interlocked crossing of the MC Bay City branch and the Detroit Terminal's belt line just south of East McNichols Avenue. The tower was staffed by a MC operator.

Photo info: Top, North Yard Interlocking tower. This was also the southbound entrance to North Yard, a yard which served auto plants in the area and an interchange with the Grand Trunk Western. North Yard was an "armstrong" interlocking plant. 2nd photo, inside the North Yard tower in 1985. [Charlie Whipp]. 3rd photo, the last day, last shift at North Yard on February 25, 1986. The signal maintainer at the left is disconnecting power from the model board and is decommissioning the plant. [Both, Charlie Whipp] 4th photo, Penn Central 7956 with a lash up of power, pulls by North Yard Tower in 1973. [Mark Hinsdale]. 5th photo, a view of North Yard Tower in the late 1980's. Note that the crossing has been removed. [Charles Geletzke Jr. photo. 6th photo, the track diagram at North Yard tower in 1944. [Drawing from blueprints in the State of Michigan Archives. [Dale Berry]. 7th photo, the model board at the tower in 1964. [Charles Geletzke Jr.]

Location: 42o24.974'N / 83o02.124'W.


Notes


Time Line

1912. The railroad commission approves plans submitted by the Michigan Central proposing a full interlocking and derailing switch and signal system at the crossing of the Detroit Terminal railroad and the Bay City branch of the MC at North Yards. [MCR-1912] 

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

1935. North Yard Tower communicated on Grade Lines 2 (3 long, 1 short) and 3 (4 short). Also on Grade Line 2 were Beaubien Street (1 long, 2 short), Belt Line Junction (2 long, 3 short), Milwaukee Jct. (1 long, 3 short), West Detroit (2 short), and Vinewood Avenue switch tender (1 long, 1 short). Also on Grade Line 3 was the Belt Extension Yardmaster (1 long, 3 short), Belt Line Jct. (1 short, 1 long), and Forest Lawn Tower (1 long, 2 short). [MC Detroit Yard EE Timetable No. 76]

1986. The tower was closed on February 28, 1986.

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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