I believe that FORD was torn down & its interlocking remotely operated from SHORE prior to the Penn Central era. I will have to check my PC employee timetables and see. SHORE lasted so long in part because of the Atlantic City service which (for a short time, anyway) featured AEM7s with an Atlantic City-bound push-pull consist stopping on the NEC main (!!), uncoupling & running onto a pocket track, then a F40PH diesel backing down & coupling up, and the train reversing onto the Delair Bridge for its trip to the seaside resort. A.C. service opened in the summer of 1989. I am not certain when after that time SHORE was finally closed and the interlocking taken over by the CETC facility at 30th St. Station.
I took many photographs of and around SHORE in early 1995. Though it was closed by then as a block station & trainorder location, the old wooden tower still looked decent (though not great) on the outside. Now, 12 years later, it is a graffiti-coated eyesore.
Not sure where you heard the rumor about it being moved to Strasburg - to the steam railroad, or to the RR Museum of PA? Strasburg already has J Tower (from Lemoyne) at the west end of its boarding platform. They restored it at considerable cost and is open for tours for an extra admission fee. For that reason alone, I have my doubts that they'd be looking for another such crumbling ruin to sink $$$ into. As for the museum, they appear to have their bucks stretched pretty thin these days, what with the renovation of the outside display yard and the "musical chairs" nature of multiple car/engine restorations going on. Did you read this in a railfan publication, or was it passed to you via word-of-mouth?
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