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Tower A

Postby theseaandalifesaver » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:55 pm

Is the old B&M Tower A that's right outside of North Station still in use?
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Re: Tower A

Postby BostonUrbEx » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:19 pm

As I understand it, it is manned only by the bridge operator. There is still a whole bunch of circuitry and gadgetry related to the interlocking, but it is all automated/remote controlled by dispatch now.
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Re: Tower A

Postby eubnesby » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:54 am

I ride the train past this tower pretty frequently, and there is usually a guy looking out the window toward the bridge when the train crosses it, with some kind of microphone. I would presume that's the bridge operator. However, the poor thing looks to be in terrible shape.
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Re: Tower A

Postby eustis22 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:04 am

the windows need to be fixed and that brace against the wall needs to be removed...perhaps a GoFundMe restoration project.
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Re: Tower A

Postby boatsmate » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:25 am

yes it is very much still in operation, there is an Bridge operator there 24/7 365, to open and close the bridge when needed. per US Coast Guard regulations.
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Re: Tower A

Postby TomNelligan » Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:12 pm

Tangential question... are the other North Side drawbridges (on the Eastern Route and Rockport branch) still staffed by live human beings on a regular basis, or are they remotely operated?

eustis22 wrote:the windows need to be fixed and that brace against the wall needs to be removed


But hopefully without having the whole thing collapse into a pile of bricks! That brace does sort of raise questions about Tower A's structural stability.
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Re: Tower A

Postby KB1KVD » Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:46 am

All of the north side east route draw bridges are manned. Gloucester, Beverly and Saugus are manned year round. Manchester is only manned from mid may to early November.
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Re: Tower A

Postby sery2831 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:49 pm

Tower A signal tower is going to be replaced with a new structure when the draw bridges are replaced. The Boston and Maine Tower A concrete part of the building is supposed to be saved and incorporated into its replacement.
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Re: Tower A

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:50 pm

Sery, have you heard one way or another whether the interlocking will be redesigned in tandem with the draw replacement? I know interlocking redesign, perhaps with medium speed switches, is being considered.
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Re: Tower A

Postby sery2831 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:00 pm

I have not heard of speed upgrades. But it would only help outbound traffic, as the way North Station is set up currently it will be all slow speeds going into Boston. If they were to signal the tracks like South Station that would change things. But I prefer not have signals there!
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Re: Tower A

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:16 am

Several images courtesy of Boston Sand & Gravel's photo gallery. http://www.bostonsand.com/photo-gallery ... ery/page/1

Date unknown: http://www.bostonsand.com/wp-content/ga ... hoto_1.jpg

Date unknown: http://www.bostonsand.com/wp-content/ga ... hoto_2.jpg

June 1984: http://www.bostonsand.com/wp-content/ga ... e_1984.jpg


Interesting things to be seen include tent city and the removal of North Station piers following fire, piggyback operations, cement cars (as opposed to only aggregate) at Boston Sand & Gravel, and the switch/spur to Charlestown Navy Yard.
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