Interlocking Tulsa Tower design plans & internal track chart

Discussion in 'Interlocking Towers & Facilities' started by friscomike, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Howdy,

    I received this email from Charles DeVilbiss [mkt359@msn.com] He asked out the Tulsa tower:

    [FONT=&quot]I got hung up trying to get through to the FRH&M so gave up on all the password stuff. Here I am. The subject describes what I hope has been saved in your archives--as I recall from Schmidt at the old Springfield location, he couldn't locate engineering material on Tulsa Tower, maps, charts, etc. Hopoefully something has turned up.
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    [FONT=&quot]I'll appreciate your help--I used to run Tulsa Tower and now have been asked to write up an article on the place for R&LHS newsletter by editor Dr John Fike. I have my own chart, memories and photos but want to verify and add to what I have to use in this endeavor.
    C. J. DeVilbiss[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]If you can help CJ, please either post here or send him an email direct.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Best regards,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]mike
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  2. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    You need to be more specific, What Tulsa tower are you talking about? What was it's name, Location, Telegraph Call Letters. There were a lot of interlocking towers in Tulsa.
    Richard
     
  3. slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger RIP 9/1/2018)

    slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger RIP 9/1/2018) Engineer Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Mike,

    There is an N scale model railroad club in Tulsa that has a very good model of the interlocking plant. He might be able to get information from them. Their link:
    http://www.tulsa-neons.com/default.htm

    Jerome
     
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  4. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Kalmbach Publishing Company's "The Modeler's Guide to Junctions" has a very nice picture of the Tulsa Tower on page 23. Train 118, powered by 2008 is depicted in the 1951 image, which was taken by Charles T Mahan, Jr. The interlocker protected crossings of the MV RR, the MKT RR, the ATSF RR, and the SLSF RR
     
  5. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Karl--Do you have an ISBN for that book?

    Thanks, Tom
     
  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    ISBN 0-89024-646-7

    BTW....there is also H. K. Vollrath's picture of the Neosho interlocker. This picture appeared in Stagner's book.
     
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  7. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

  8. mark

    mark Member

    Richard,

    In your post on this thread you note "There were a lot of interlocking towers in Tulsa." How many other towers do you know existed in Tulsa? Where were these other interlocking towers you referenced? Do you have photographs, diagrams, maps, timetables or other references of the other towers?

    I am familiar with the Tulsa Interlocking Tower that was located just northeast of the intersections of East 1st Street and South Hartford Avenue. This was the crossing of the Frisco, Santa Fe, Midland Valley and Katy just east of the Tulsa Union Depot.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
  9. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I have that picture and also saw it in the Classic Trains photo gallery last week. It is a great picture, however, the caption is incorrect. It says that the engine has just crossed the TP/MV crossing and is preparing to cross the MKT, but it should have read that the engine has just crossed the MKT and is preparing to cross the TP/MV. The Santa Fe is the crossing closest to the camera.

    The Frisco delivered cars to the Katy and Santa Fe through this interlocker and the MV or (MoP later) across 17th Street on the Texas Belt north of the entrance into the Texaco refinery.

    p.s. To view this picture check out the photo of the day feature of Classic Trains and type in Tulsa Tower.
     
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