Queen Tower's last day in use?

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Queen Tower's last day in use?

Postby Roadgeek Adam » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:25 pm

I went to visit Queen Saturday afternoon in Plainfield, which was rumoredly "demolished". Do we know when Queen was last used for its built & intended purpose? I've assumed because its in pretty good shape maybe the late 80s, early 90s.

And because if people are interested, the shots from Saturday:

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Re: Queen Tower's last day in use?

Postby GOLDEN-ARM » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:29 pm

Located just east of the Plainfield station was 'Queen' tower. Named after New Jersey's queen city, Plainfield. The tower controlled the crossovers and the entrance to the small yard.
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Re: Queen Tower's last day in use?

Postby Bethlehem Jct. » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:26 pm

That tower screams 50's or 60's utilitarian inspired architecture, as plain as any elementary school built in that era. The Blue Comet Website has a pic of it from (I assume) the 70's.
http://www.thebluecomet.com/cnjQueen.jpg
It's almost a dead ringer for the former CNJ STEEL Tower in Bethlehem, which was built in the 50's.
http://www.thebluecomet.com/crSTEELtower.jpg
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Re: Queen Tower's last day in use?

Postby Roadgeek Adam » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:14 am

Fine and dandy, however, when was it last used for the purpose of getting into the yard? (MM/YYYY)
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