Crossing of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway and the Houston East & West Texas Railroad
Above: the original Tower 127 and its apparent replacement, photographed by Mark St. Aubin, November, 2006.
In an email posted to Railspot on November 10, 2006, Mark St. Aubin explains the two photos above...
"On my way to Texarkana yesterday I stopped by the BNSF/TIBR-UP crossing in Tenaha. The
UP has 3-color block signals in place turned away from the main line out of service. The
BNSF's 2-color signals have been replaced by newer 2-color signals which are in service.
The brick cabin style Tower 127 is being replaced by a metal cabin that the UP has put
onto the northwest corner of the diamond. The ATSF Tenaha station sign has been replaced
by a newer BNSF station sign."
Below: A close-up of the interlocker control box at Tenaha in 1994 shows
two buttons. The left button reads "PUSH TO
CLEAR SANTA FE NORTHWARD SIGNALS"; the right button reads "PUSH TO PUT SANTA FE SIGNALS TO STOP".
The operating instructions are posted on the interior face of the control box door. (Tom Kline photo)
Below: The original interlocker cabin was removed as of 4/10/2007. (Mark
St. Aubin photo)
Below: The new manual interlocker controls, photographed by Mark St. Aubin
Below: Tower 127 was the last interlocking in Texas to be guarded by
semaphores. Mark St. Aubin provides these two
photos showing the semaphore signals at Tenaha c.1994-95.
Satellite Image, Tenaha Crossing