Berea, Ohio Interlocking, or BE Tower- has always been a busy spot for railroad traffic. Originally part of the Lake Shore Michigan Southern (LS&MS), Big Four, and Cleveland Union Terminal (CUT), then to New York Central (NYC), and Penn Central (PC- 1968), Conrail (CR- 1976), then to Norfolk Southern (NS) and CSX (1998-99).
To this day BE Tower is still a busy place. The tower is no longer used today, but still stands. The original CUT/NYC Depot still stands as well, across the Short Line track along Railroad St. This place is a great spot for railfanning.
The lines running through BE are now NS’s Dearborn Division-Chicago Line (west of Cleveland, OH- ex-LS&MS/NYC Water Level/PC Buffalo-Chicago Line-Lake/Toledo Div./Conrail Dearborn Div.-Chicago Line), and CSX’s Chicago Line (east of Cleveland, OH), Short Line (NYC/PC/CUT Branch- Cleveland Short Line Branch/Conrail Short Line) and Indianapolis Line (PC Columbus-St. Louis Line, Columbus Div./CR Indianapolis Div. and Line). The W&LE regional railroad also runs a few trains through here. All of the lines actually run at a SW to NE direction at BE Tower, then west and east, and north and south.
The Chicago Line (NS side) runs west to Toledo, OH and Chicago, IL, and the east side (CSX) runs to Buffalo, and Albany, NY. The Short Line starts at BE Tower, and runs to Short, Parma, orig. to the Flats, White, Collinwood Yard, then to Alliance, and Pittsburgh, PA. The Indianapolis Line runs south to Galion, OH where it branches off to Columbus, OH, and splits west to Marion, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Louis, MO.
Below is a map of BE Interlocking duinrg Conrail days:
(map by 1-West Productions™/P. Jordan)
One can see many freight types of stack, TOFC, auto rack, coal, locals, and more. Also Amtrak runs trains 29, 30, 48, 49. Most if not all of the original NYC/PC/CR signals have been taken down and updated to modern signals by NS & CSX. CSX also double-tracked the ex-CR Short Line after the Conrail split between NS in 1998-99. Over 100 trains a day pass through BE, with NS having the most traffic. Railroad scanner frequencies in use today are: NS- 161.070, 160.980, 160.350 MHz, and CSX-160.800, 160.485, 160.860 MHz.
Our new video BEREA, OHIO INTERLOCKING WITH CONRAIL & AMTRAK, 1996™, shows BE during Conrail in 1996. At that time BE tower was still in use, and many freights, including Amtrak, were filmed on all the lines at this location. This video, originally filmed by Keith Lehman, was orignally our Keith’s Trains Series™ #50 title, which was remastered and updated to our new title.
© 2018 1-West Productions™/PJ