This spot was once a bustling railroad junction, where the Pennsylvania Railroad’s main line from Columbus split into two- north to Chicago and south to St. Louis. Operators at this tower were responsible for safely directing syt traffic, as well . . . — — Map (db m206208) HM
Bradford began in 1852 as a construction camp of the Columbus, Piqua, and Indiana Railroad. When the Richmond and Covington Railroad made a junction here in 1864, the village grew with the railroad yard. There were 60 miles of track, a 50-stall . . . — — Map (db m28335) HM
On the evening of August 3, 1920, at 10:30, two men hurrying home after working at the local Railway Y.M.C.A. discovered smoke and flames at the D. Arnold & Sons Lumber Company. Bradford firemen, with the help of area firefighters, could not contain . . . — — Map (db m28337) HM
BF Tower was under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Railroad dispatcher in Columbus, OH. When a train left its terminal, the crew received written orders from the dispatcher. The orders might include such things as stopping to pick up of drop off . . . — — Map (db m206276) HM
The Bradford or "BF" Tower was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad circa 1929, at the important site of Bradford Junction. It replaced an earlier wooden tower that stood to its west. From this building, operators controlled the movement of every . . . — — Map (db m28349) HM
Railroad signals come in many different forms. Here are a few types you can see at B.F. Tower.
Position Light Signal
Position light signals; introduced by the Pennsylvania railroad in 1915, use rows of high-intensity lights to . . . — — Map (db m206255) HM
Railroad signals communicate track conditions to the engineer of an approaching train. They are vital to rail safety. Without signals, it would be impossible to run multiple trains on a line.
Though some resemble traffic lights, railroad . . . — — Map (db m206256) HM