York, Pa.’s signal tower to be preserved: ‘Towers … kept the railroad moving’
This tall structure in the York Street area of York City will remain standing as the area around it changes. Buildings in the 200 blocks of York and Chestnut streets will come down. Think Loud Development is looking to make infrastructural improvements around its 210 York St. building to make room for a large data center. The 210 York St. address is headquarters for Think Loud, whose principals include members of the rock band Live. The two-story brick signal or switching tower is a vestige of the old Northern Central Railroad, later Pennsylvania Railroad. Railfan Guide to the U.S. lists it as one of the remaining railroad attractions in York. Think Loud officials say the tower is considered historic and will be preserved. Such towers were common around busy rail yards, offering a bird’s-eye view the complicated switching activities on the tracks below. Railroad Signals of the U.S. said about such towers: ‘Towers once served as the operational hub at many railroad locations, and kept the railroad moving. Without them, railroads would have gotten clogged up in short order if the train crews had to go out and align all of the switches for a particular move.’ For more photos, check out: Think Loud Development. Also of interest: How one big York building tells an even larger story.
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