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Question about tower on Lowell Line

Postby path18951 » Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:59 pm

On the Lowell Line, as you leave Lowell Station headed south, there is a tower on the west side of the tracks. I believe it is before North Billerica Station. Does anyone know what the name of this tower was? Is it still in service?
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Tower

Postby Porter Sq » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:09 am

This tower is at the former junuction of the NYNH & H I have no idea if it is still used for any real purpuse to this day.
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Question about tower on Lowell Line

Postby path18951 » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:11 am

What does NYNH and H stand for? I assume the NYNH is for New York New Haven. Am I correct? Also, any idea what the name of the tower is?
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question about tower on lowell line

Postby eddiebear » Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:31 am

New York, New Haven and Hartford. It got to Lowell on a backwoods, cross country branch built as Framingham and Lowell, acquired by Boston, Clinton, Fitchburg & New Bedford, in turn the Old Colony, then the NYNH & H. This was a busy freight route once.
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Re: Question about tower on Lowell Line

Postby 130MM » Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:52 am

path18951 wrote:What does NYNH and H stand for? I assume the NYNH is for New York New Haven. Am I correct? Also, any idea what the name of the tower is?


That is Lowell Tower. Now used as a maintenance HQ.

The "H" stands for "Hartford."
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Postby path18951 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:18 pm

Thank you all for your help. One last question:

When was the tower closed as a block station? The answer both in years and under which railroad.

Thanks
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Lowell Tower Closure

Postby GP40MC1118 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:59 pm

Lowell Tower, Lowell, Ma,

Located at Bleachery Interlocking, Gorham St.

Controlled Willows East to Lowell Jct, NHML to South Lowell,
Northern Main to Nashua South.

Lowell proper-direct wire CTC machine, remainder coded CTC.

Retired in 11-02-84 in portions. Stony Brook first to go.

Now used as Signal Dept headquarters.

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Postby SnoozerZ49 » Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:07 am

Lowell Tower as dave alludes was a B&M structure. There was however a New Haven RR operators desk on the rear wall of the tower. The tower sits inside a wye that forms the New Haven's line south to Framingham and beyond ( as the original Old Colony RR.) The New Haven line was not a signalled line so southbounds probably received their train orders at the tower.
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Postby Noel Weaver » Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:55 am

SnoozerZ49 wrote:Lowell Tower as dave alludes was a B&M structure. There was however a New Haven RR operators desk on the rear wall of the tower. The tower sits inside a wye that forms the New Haven's line south to Framingham and beyond ( as the original Old Colony RR.) The New Haven line was not a signalled line so southbounds probably received their train orders at the tower.


New Haven Railroad timetables listed Lowell as a 24 hour office. There was not enough New Haven Railroad work there to justify a New Haven
operator there so the separate desk for New Haven railroad operation was
so that the operator (a Boston and Maine operator) could go over there to
handle New Haven railroad matters as needed.
There were a number of former New Haven Railroad junction points where
the operator (regardless of the company he actually worked for) handled
train orders, blocking and other matters for more than one railroad.
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Postby Rockingham Racer » Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:54 pm

It was known as BO tower in B&M days. While we're naming a few, Lawrence was FA, and Ayer was AY.
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Postby ST214 » Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:28 pm

Fitchburg was FB.

This New Haven line crossed the MBTA Fitchburg line at the West Concord station Inbound end of the old depot was where the diamond was. You can tell by looking across the road and into the trees that something was there at one time, and that's what was there.
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Towers

Postby GP40MC1118 » Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:57 pm

East Deerfield was WX
Salem was SA
Waltham was OD
Winchester was Q

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Postby SnoozerZ49 » Sun Jan 09, 2005 5:12 pm

Ayer Tower was "G"
Fitchburg Tower was "BX"
In Boston the area now known as "FX" was formerly the home of Tower "C"
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