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Santa Clara Tower

Dedicated to Service and Safety

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2013
1. Santa Clara Tower Marker
Inscription. The Santa Clara Tower, built by the Southern Pacific Railroad went into service in 1927. Located at the junction of the Coast and Western Divisions, the tower controlled signals and switches at the north end of the Newhall yard. Historic passenger trains such as the Coast Daylight operated through this junction. The railroad yard played a key role in the creation and operation of the high priority freight trains.

The tower was equipped with a 48 lever General Railway and Signal Model 2 electric interlocking machine. The design of this equipment prevented an unsafe route from being set by an operator.

The tower and adjacent structures have been restored by the South Bay Historical Railway Society.

This site commemorates all of the dedicated and hardworking men and women of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Placed by order of the Santa Clara City Council
October 12, 2002

 
Erected 2002 by Santa Clara City Council.
 
Location. 37° 21.224′ N, 121° 56.266′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Benton Street and Railroad Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Benton Street. Touch for map. Marker
Santa Clara Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2013
2. Santa Clara Tower Marker
This marker is on the left.
is at or near this postal address: 471 Benton Street, Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Santa Clara Interlocking Control Tower (here, next to this marker); Santa Clara Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Santa Clara Depot (about 600 feet away); Santa Clara Mission (about 600 feet away); Santa Clara Women’s Club Adobe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission Santa Clara (approx. 0.3 miles away); S.E.S. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Parade of Champions (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Santa Clara Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2013
3. Santa Clara Tower
Santa Clara Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2013
4. Santa Clara Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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