Bridge Street Tower
A Local Land Mark In HO Scale
The Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society is pleased to present a model of a true local railroad landmark. The Bridge Street Signal Tower. The tower, still standing a short distance from the convention hotel was built by the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad to stand guard over the railroads crossings of five streets.
The tower is over 40 feet tall and supported by 4, 60 pound rail posts stiffened by a lattice work of iron straps, rivets and bolts. The cabin atop this intricate iron work included a stove and chair to keep the operator worm and comfortable between trains during his duty shift asa well as a vast array of levers and switches for control of lights and gates.
Windows all around and the towers unusual height gave the operator quite a view of oncoming trains and traffic. In an 1887 newspaper account the reporter asked "How long do you work each day?" the operator replied "From 6 a.m. until 10 p. m., but the work is not hard."
Our design team, in cooperation with Tomar industries has created a beautiful Limited Edition craftsman kit consisting of laser cut wood parts for the cabin with styrene, photo etched brass and code 55 rail parts to create the support structure.
A set of easy to follow instructions are included along with prototype and model photo’s. We are offering only 100 of these kits at a convention special price of only $65 and expect them to sell quickly so get your order in soon.