CTC building-Springfield MO

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  1. pensive

    pensive Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Here are some images of the Centralized Traffic Control building at the east end of the north yard in Springfield as pictured July 9, 2006. This was once home to the Frisco Railroad Museum, but nearly all vestages of that incarnation are gone. Can anyone tell the story of it's demise? What was the fate of the diner and caboose on the property? What happened to the artifacts and records inside? Photographs by Rich Lawler.

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  2. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I think I saw the caboose at the Branson Scenic Railway a couple of days ago and I believe the pass car went to Ozark Mountain Railcar but I don't think they have it anymore.
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  3. pensive

    pensive Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks for the info, Timothy.
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  4. tomd6 (Tom Duggan RIP 2/11/2018)

    tomd6 (Tom Duggan RIP 2/11/2018) Passed Away February 11, 2018

    I was told by Alan Schmittt hat someone had bought the diner with intent of restoring it and placing it in revenue service. I do not know if the info is correct but the car appeared to need a lot of work based on the visible rust..
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  5. railroadguy65

    railroadguy65 Member

    :) Springfield Mo, CTC building 1970's

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  6. mark

    mark Staff Member Staff Member

    Please see the following for some additional photographs of the former CTC building in Springfield, MO.


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitehead/2957486848/sizes/l/ (herald detail close up)

    The building address is 543 East Commercial Street. The building is located at the east end of North Yard on the northwest corner of East Commercial Street and North Washington Avenue. The building once housed the Frisco Museum when it was in operation in Springfield.

    Hope this helps.


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  7. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Is there anything in it now or is it being used?
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  8. diesel shop

    diesel shop Member

    The railroad police are in it.
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  9. My dad's engineering office was in there at one time - second floor. Maybe 60 years ago? Smelled like the depot as I recall. When he was experimenting with the reflective yellow tape for the freight locomotive paint schemes, my sister and I would tend the cardboard panels he stuck the stripes on. We lived on Page Street at the time (near the grade crossing on Glenstone) and dad would shine his headlights east down the hill a block or so and we would tilt the panel until he honked. He tried taking time exposures but we weren't too reliable as a steady rest! He then built a big easel to replace us. Eventually decided on a width and spacing.
  10. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I enjoyed visiting the museum in that little building four/five times. A shame the museum didn't survive. I enjoyed helping Alan with his All Aboard bulletins involving my Roster Tales articles and a few other contributions. I thought we had something going there, but, alas the museum derailed.
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  11. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Has anybody ever modeled the CTC building?
  12. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    It wouldn't be that tough. No radical elements involved.
  13. ROAgjf

    ROAgjf Member

    By 1962 were all the dispatchers located here? Which were not? The last installation of CTC was in 1960 and that was in Springfield between Teed and WS Jct.

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