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.
Location. 40° 49.369′ N, 74° 24.729′ W. Marker is in Whippany, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Railroad Plaza. Touch 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
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