Remarks: Some 1980s action at Milford Junction. Soo Line #503 speeds by followed by a B&O and Conrail INEL. Back in these days, the B&O was DEAD. We waited for quite some time to see this much going on. Some radio transmissions included.
Nice video David. It's great to see Milford in the 80's with the B&O CPL's and how I remember the 4-5 unit Conrail's on the branch with the EMD power. Sometimes 4 to 5 geep 38's. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Martin Straka on December 5, 2011
This railroad intersection was my play ground back in the 1950's, growing up as a child in Milford Junction. The tracks are about 50 yards from my house I lived in (my house was just to the right of the round signal tower in the video but the house is now hidden by trees.) At the location of this round signal tower used to be a post structure where the out going mail from Milford was placed in a bag, and it would be snatched by someone with a long hook, at full train speed, riding in the mail car, from the open car door, to retrieve the mail. One day the hook ripped the bag and it rained mail. All this was great entertainment for a kid. We, my friends and myself, used to hang out with the switchman who resided in the tall switch tower building, which is no longer there at the intersection, and we'd marvel at the many large iron switch levers that he would operate (throw) inside this building to switch the trains to other tracks from radio communications. If my memory is correct he also had a telegraph to send and receive messages.
The scanner audio and the classic power sold it for me.
Back in those days you'd probably see twice as many Conrails than Chessies...the former B&O west of Garrett was a far cry from the super railroad it is today...
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