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Whippany in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box”

Circa 1911

 
 
Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 27, 2015
1. Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box” Marker
Inscription. Replica created with the assistance of A. P. Kirby, Jr. Foundationí

(Inscription above the bronze plaque)
Pennsylvania Railroad Standard Watch Box, Circa 1911 (Replica). On the Pennsylvania Railroad, what we commonly called a “Crossing Shanty” was known as a “Watch Box”. Watch Boxes were placed at grade crossings until automatic crossing gates became common toward the middle of the 20th Century. Crossing Watchmen operated the manual Crossing Gates and used a Stop Sign to control traffic at the crossing. Watchmen were also required to inspect passing trains for defects; report engineers who failed to properly sound the whistle or ring the bell at the crossing and were expected to keep the crossing area clear of snow or other debris that might interfere with safe operation.
 
Erected 2003 by Whippany Railway Museum.
 
Location. 40° 49.369′ N, 74° 24.729′ W. Marker is in Whippany, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Railroad Plaza. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany NJ 07981, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania Railroad Standard Telephone Booth (here, next to this marker); I Am Steam Locomotive No. 385

Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box” image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 27, 2015
2. Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box”
(a few steps from this marker); Earle Richard Henriquez-Gil, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); 56-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R.R. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Iron Works (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Melville Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hanover Veterans Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Settlement of Whippanong (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Whippany.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Tractor next to the Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 27, 2015
3. Tractor next to the Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box” Marker
Whippany Railway Museum building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 27, 2015
4. Whippany Railway Museum building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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