One of the parts of scratchbuilding some buildings based on prototypes is doing the searching and historic data on them. Hohman tower in Hammond, IN has quite a history. That is why it was a great choice for the main tower in Center City on Don's layout.
The tower, built in 1900 by the Erie Railroad, controls the crossing of IHB and Norfolk Southern (former Nickel Plate) main lines in Hammond was decommisioned in 2001. The junction formerly included tracks of the old Monon, Erie (And EL), NYC and Chesapeake & Ohio, most of which are now torn out in the area.
The tower was manned by Conrail operators until June 1999, when it became owned and operated by CSX but maintained by IHB. A $750,000 project back in 1999 involved replacing the tower's functions with a microprocessor-based control system linked by data radio to the IHB dispatching office in Calumet City, Ill.
The specs on our version are for a certain footprint that Don gave us for it:
The Tower 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 high Shed measurements 3 x 4 x 4 high
This tower has an upper and lower full interior
Lower interior includes a small kitchen area with table and 4 chairs, stove, sink and counter, fridge, decorative table, wall phone, clock and wall prints and stair railings. The stair case is open and does go up to the second floor. the are 2 figures on the lower floor and one climbing the stairs. Lighted with a 12 v Minatronics bulb and shade
The upper interior includes an interlock control panel lit with 5 LED's , 3 desks and chairs, 2 file cabinets, desk lamps, clock, wall phone, and 3 figures lightes with 2 LED's
Tower exterior details
Fire plug, custom decals
shed exterior detail
fire alarm gong bell, stand pipe 1 LED , trash can and an exterior light