May 3, 2004
a week of preparing Tower 17 for its one mile journey to Rosenberg
Railroad Museum, the day has finally arrived for the move.
Things get interesting when the tower is "sandwiched"
between a Union Pacific local working off of the Victoria Division
and a train on the old "Sunset Route" main track.
the first time ever in its 100+ year history, Tower 17 was moved off
of the foundation at 3:21PM and began the slow trek to its new home
at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Years of planning and over a
week of preparing the building for the move all come down to this...
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are some pictures of Tower 17’s last day beside the tracks.
Train to pass Tower 17 with the tower in place:
Local East Bound off of the VD (Victoria Division)
to Sugarland’s Yard.
Train to pass Tower 17’s location without the tower in place:
BNSF Local 191 South
Bound to it’s Rosenberg Siding.
also got some pictures of the UP Local (LHT-042) performing a
“run around” on the “Shoo Fly” track by Tower 17, then
pushing some freight car back up the “Shoo Fly” onto the VD
Main Track to get ready for it’s return trip to Sugarland.
17 – “Out”
tower is on the move and just clears the new interlocking cabin on
the right and a telephone pole on the left in a "squeeze
moving crew quickly poses for a shot right after the tower is
removed from the foundation. From left are Jim Blott, Jim
Vollmar, UP Trainmaster Leroy Stohs, and Russell Straw. Not
shown is crewmember Alvin Goolsby, who was the photographer.
left, Tower 17 crosses the tracks for the first time in its history.
left, Russell Straw waves at the first train to pass by after the
tower is moved - the BNSF local.
right is the strange new view - looking east toward the
"former" site of Tower 17.
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