I forwarded the Ray Ruff Picture to a friend of mine here is his reply:
The picture is definitely Ray Ruff, and is definitely Denville Tower. Although it is too dark to see the model board, the picture above it is the catenary diagram. At Denville the electrified Morristown Line (M&E) joined the non-electrified Boonton Line. The route was “straight” from the Boonton Line West toward Dover. The M&E was the diverging route. Only the electrified tracks are shown in color on the diagram.
I broke in at Denville during my first E-L summer, 1968, but then wound up working on the Erie side most of the summer (WJ, HX, WC). I did put in quite a bit of time at Denville during the summers of 1969 and 1970. At that time, there were 3 main Tracks coming off the Boonton Line from the North numbered 3, 1 and 2. Track 2 ran directly in front of the Tower and all of the Greenwood Lake/Boonton scoots that stopped at Denville had to use Track 2 as it had the only platform. Tracks 1 and 3 were through tracks and were separated from 2. The M&E had 2 main tracks 1 and 2. The M&E was double track ABS. West of Denville, as far as Dover, there were 2 Main Tracks CTC (TCS as the EL called it). There was also a wye track which came off Boonton Main 3. It was a remnant of the old Rockaway Branch, and all of the switches on both ends of the wye as well as the stub of what would have been the Rockaway MT were powered. I did not work at Denville during my other summers (1971, and 1972) and during one of those years Boonton mains 1 and 3 as well as the wye were all removed.
The plant was simplified to 1 Main Track coming off the Boonton Line which connected to the 2 mains of the M&E with a pair of crossovers West of that. In the picture there are many white levers. These are all of the former switches which were retired when the rest of the original plant was removed. The picture would have been taken sometime after the mains and wye came out.
I did not know Gary Kuipers, but I did get to know the Ruff brothers pretty well. I’m sorry to hear that they passed away. Ray Ruff (in the picture) was the quieter of the brothers. He was very nice but did not do much talking. He worked the Swing (Relief) job at Denville all of the years that I worked for the EL. Russell, on the other hand, loved to tell stories. Before working in the towers he had been in Train Service on the EL and gave some chilling renditions of trying to pilot a switch job that was being shoved through the Jersey Meadows in a deep fog, and trying to remember where the absolute signals were before it was too late. Russell worked a real interesting Tower job which was commonly called “The trip around the world”. It basically picked up the tag days from various Towers, plus sold tickets at Mountain Lakes on Mondays (the only day the ticket office was open).