In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Hanna IN, LaPorte County

What's Here:
Diamond Crossing
Pennsy PL Signals

GPS Coordinates: 41.412384, -86.784234 (at the diamond)
Phone A/C: 219
ZIP: 46340

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

This page exists only for the signals in town that protect the diamond.

All signal pictures and info are taken/provided by Jack Prange, except as noted.  Thanks to Jack for taking the pictures and sharing them with everyone.

Hanna was a crossing between an east/west PRR line, and a north/south Pere Marquette line.

Today, the tracks belong to the Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CF&E)(the Pennsy tracks) & Indiana Box Car Corporation (IBCX).

The frequency of trains thru town is pretty low, in the order of maybe 1 to 4 trains a day.

Jack Prange
Michael Polk

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None so far

Getting Here

Hanna is off US 30, about 16 miles east of Valparaiso IN, or about 85 miles west of Ft Wayne IN.
From Gary IN, Hanna is about 40 miles via 53 south out of Gary to US 30, then east going thru Valparaiso.
It is about 39 miles SW of South Bend IN, via 23 and then US 30.

From Indianapolis, there is no real easy way without either traveling a circuitous routes (~164mi), or by taking back roads (~150mi).  The longer route is via I-64 to exit 253 (plenty of hotels and services, BTW) for US 30, and heading east.  The slightly shorter (and slower) route is via exit 201 for US 231, heading east 5 miles to US 24, take that east 8.7 miles to US 421 where you will make a left and go north on 421 about 47 miles to Wanatah IN and US 30, where you will take a right to Hanna for the last 6-1/2 miles.



PRR PL Signal - East of the diamond for westward movements

GPS Coordinates: 41.412165, -86.782321

If you look at both of these Pennsy signals, you will notice a piece of tape (or something like that) covering a hole, and you will also notice that there is a platform adjacent to that hole.  So I guessing, at one time, these two signals also had a lower head, like the one below that Michael captured pictures of.

PRR PL Signal - West of the diamond for eastward movements

GPS Coordinates: 41.412637, -86.786129

Searchlight Signal - South of the diamond for northward movements

GPS Coordinates: 41.411447, -86.784910

Searchlight Signal - North of the diamond for southward movements

GPS Coordinates:  41.413377, -86.783520


The first picture by Michael Polks is said to be taken in Hanna IN, however, it must be at a signal outside of town, as it is not taken at one of the signals protecting the diamond - there is no way to get the signal on the side of the tracks, facing this direction, plus, the signal has the lower lamp plus an aspect on the reverse 45 (for CAUTION), which the signals at the diamond can not display.... 

This picture is probably at the first signal location above.

And one for each direction on the IBCE....


None.  I'm sure there had to be at least a station here in town at one point, but I'm not coming up with anything, so far.....

For those of you not familiar with the Pennsy PL signals, here is my chart of the indications:

Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
So far, this is all I can come up with, taken from the 1925 index map for Indiana.


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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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