Pennsylvania Railroad "BF" Tower

Pennsylvania Railroad "BF" Tower (HMIVA)

Location: Bradford, OH 45308 Miami County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 7.829', W 84° 25.386'

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The Bradford or "BF" Tower was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad circa 1929, at the important site of Bradford Junction. It replaced an earlier wooden tower that stood to its west. From this building, operators controlled the movement of every train, aligned track switches, set the track side signals, and relayed messages to the crews in the locomotive and caboose of passing trains. The tower originally housed a desk, telegraph equipment, and the all-important railroad clock. Its core housed many steel throw-arms, known as Armstrong levers. These were hand thrown, connecting track switches and signals via pipes throughout the junction area. The operator telegraphed other outlying towers and dispatching centers in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis and Logansport, Indiana. Railroad telephones appeared during the late 1920s and radios just after World War II. The tower was closed January 3, 1984. This is an example of the once common railroad interlocking tower that dotted railroads throughout Ohio and the United States.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number21-55
Year Placed2007
Placed ByBradford Ohio Railroad Museum and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 719556 N 4445423
Decimal Degrees40.13048333, -84.42310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.829', W 84° 25.386'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 49.74" N, 84° 25' 23.16" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 573-599 E Main St, Bradford OH 45308, US
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