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switch tower& signal tower buildings
Posted by RANDY PRUTZMAN on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 9:31 AM

good morning everyone 

im trying to find building plans for switching control tower and a signal tower building for my ho scale layout so i can scratch build them my era is 1955 to 1962 union pacific freelance layout  

thank you

Randy

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 5:31 PM

Hi, Randy 

Welcome

One of the first places I like to look for all things U.P. is Utah Rails . net

Here's some of the drawings from the UP standards book. I didn't specifically see a signal tower in here but if you browse the site you may find enough information to get some ideas.

https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Union-Pacific/CS-Book/

Grant tower may not be what you are looking for (Shared with D&RG) but some photos, anyway.

http://utahrails.net/utahrails/grant-tower.php

And another site with some good info and photos of signal towers:

http://www.rrsignalpix.com/tower_ridgely.php

Hopefully others will chime in with some more information,

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by zstripe on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 5:49 PM

Randy,

Welcome To The Forums:

Here's another link to some.....not all UP.....But some interesting ones. They should give you a description about them if You click on the photo.

There are millions of free photos out there.....try some Google searches..

https://www.pinterest.com/xbowler/switch-towerstowers-in-general/?lp=true

Take Care! Big Smile

Frank

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Posted by j. c. on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 10:50 PM

here is one

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/tx0720/

another one

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/pa1908/

have many more but there in old model mags. and cant post them here if you pm me your email i can scan and send them to you.

 

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Posted by jeffhergert on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:31 PM

Tower B (still standing) in Omaha, NE. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dwdavidson/28620153725/in/photostream/ 

I believe besides controlling Omaha Union Station, it had at one time the UP's Bridge Subdivision dispatcher office.  The caption mentions Omaha Towers A and C being gone.  Partially true.  Their upper stories are gone, but the ground floor bases still survive and I believe have electrical gear for the signal system.  At least C does, they even put a new roof on it.

If you can find a copy of "The Railroads of Omaha and Council Bluffs" by Kratville, there are pictures of some of the UP's towers in the area.  At one time, UP had 2 interlocking towers on the Iowa side and 6 (including the 3 at US) on the Nebraska side in the Omaha area.

Jeff 

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