RU Tower at Sterling,Ohio          
Looking west at RU Tower in Sterling,Ohio (about 25 miles west of Akron). The New York-Chicago main of the Erie Lackawanna (on the right) crosses the Washington-Chicago B&O line. Both lines paralleld each other for a short distance east and west from the crossing. A short distance past the tower a B&O line northbound to Lorain/Cleveland started. I read where RU Tower was named for the original name of the town -- Russell. Unfortunately, a terrible accident happened at this crossing about 10 years before these shots in 1965. A westbound EL freight (they had clearance) on the far right track collided with a slow moving B&O eastbound (they were eastbound on the westbound track - track just to the left). 5 crewmen were killed. I guess no one will really know why the B&O crew ran the red signal (fell asleep?).
Date: 12/27/1975 Location: Sterling, OH   Map Show Sterling on a rail map Views: 460 Collection Of:   Gary Morris
Author:  Gary Morris
RU Tower at Sterling,Ohio
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Fred Stuckmann General I worked with the lone head end survivor of that crash, just 2 years later. Great shot 2/10/2013 5:46:43 PM

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