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In General


This page covers Tower 87, a diamond located at Englewood Yard in northeast Houston TX.

Below are a couple of maps, an area map of the northeast side of Houston, and a site specific map of the signals at Tower 87.  There is also a snapshot of a Google satellite view of the Tower area.  The map is oriented as you would be looking at the signals in Englewood yard from Liberty Rd.  I also inverted the Google Earth map so it would be in the same orientation.  In the picture and on the map, you will notice a dirt road that not only services the fenced in employee parking lot, but it goes on down to the frontage road that goes under I-610.  Time was short the last time I was there, so I missed getting good pictures at all of the locations, if you can help out, it would be appreciated.


Getting Here


If you look at a map of Houston, you will notice two loop highways (Beltways if you are from the northeast or DC area), and one of them, the inner loop, is interstate 610, the Loop Freeway.  The outer loop is the Sam Houston Tollway.   Highways in Texas are generally superior to those elsewhere in the country.  Houston is no exception.  If you've never been to Texas before, the majority of their highways have service roads that run parallel to the highway, on both sides.  This makes getting on and off easier, as the service roads are one-way.  At most of the intersections that go over or under a freeway, there are usually U-Turn lanes where you do not have to wait for the light to change or go thru the intersection to make the U-Turn.  Wish other places had em both!!!

From the downtown area, I would come out of town on US59, heading north, and then take 610 east to exit 22, Homestead Rd.  Take a right, and it will run into Liberty at the yard... take a left.  When you come to a highway overpass, you're at the location.  There's a grade crossing with the original UP line, and you should be able to pull off the road along Liberty.

Coming from the east on I10, take I610 at exit 775, and head north on the loop to exit 23a.  Take the service road to Homestead, where you'll take a left,.  Then follow the above directions.

From the west on I10, take US59 north from the downtown area, and follow the instructions above.

If you're coming up I45 from Galveston, I would probably take I610 around to exit 22.

From the north on US59 or I45 for example, I would take I610 east to the above mentioned exit.


Map


The above map is available as a PDF here


The above map is available as a PDF here


Tower 87

       
The diamond at Tower 87.


Other Sights


    The Englewood Hump





    The South End of Settegast Yard





    A few signs at the south entrances to Settegast

    


The Signals


          

For signals at these locations, check out my Englewood page at:
http://www.railfanguides.us/tx/houston/map1/index.htm


        Color light signals at location 3, by the approach to the hump.


           

    Looking south-ish under the flyover bridge towards signals 2, 3, 4, and 5.

        The diamond at Tower 87.


      

If anyone has any pictures of the signals at these two locations, or additional photos of any of the signals, it would be greatly appreciated, please send them to toddgp30@yahoo.com.... and thanx.


     The two US&S searchlight dwarfs at location 10.


           
Color light signals for location 11. 
The two photos at the right illustrate two different aspects for "restrict", one is L/R, the other is R/R/L.
(More info on UP signal aspects at:
http://www.lundsten.dk/us_signaling/aspects_up1988/index.html )


   Color light signal at location 12.


      Signal bridge at location 14 with tri-lights for eastbound movements.


FYI - Other Towers

The only active tower in Texas is Tower 97 on the bridge between Galveston Island and the mainland. 

Tower 17, which has been moved several hundred feet, now resides at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. 

I believe Tower 55 in Ft Worth is still standing, but not active.  It is very difficult to get to anymore.


Some signals at the south end of Settegast


         
A GRS Searchlight at Kirkpatrick Junction, the only one I saw during my 3 day trip.


 
A view looking west from Kirkpatrick Junction, still lotsa dwarf searchlights used.  The middle searchlight is displaying a lunar white for restrict.



Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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