Pennsylvania Railroad “Watch Box”
(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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 40° 49.369′ N, 74° 24.729′ W. Marker is in Whippany, New Jersey, in Morris County
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 (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. ¼ mile away); Hanover Veterans Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Settlement of Whippanong (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whippany.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.