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Location / Name:
Detroit MI, Wayne County

What's Here:
CSX Delray Tower
Trains, trains, and more trains

Data:
GPS Coordinates: 42.292957, -83.129748
Phone A/C: 313
ZIP: 48209

Access by train/transit:
Bus: route 054, stop DBWOSB (EB) and DBWONB (WB)

The Scoop:



Detroit has so much cool stuff for the railfan to see.  In this area alone, all within 10 minutes or so of each other, are a multitude of yards, two stations, two towers, the Ford Museum, the Ford plant, Rouge Steel... phew, I get tired just thinking about it all!

Delrey Tower is a fun place to go, and the tower ops are usually nice, with the exception for a woman I ran into on one occasion (to young and not enough male hormones to understand our needs).  Contrast this to going to Plymouth Diamond on the other side of town - and they're both CSX!

Delray Tower was built in 1945 by the Pere Marquette, and is the only staffed tower left in Detroit.  This tower replaced a wooden structure built around 1891.  You can find more info on these pages:
http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/Stations/CountyStations/WayneStations/DetroitTerminal/DelrayMI.htm
http://www.knorek.com/RR/SAA/TwrJct/Delray.htm
http://www.rrsignalpix.com/delraytower.html

The area in the vicinity of Delray Tower includes CSX's Rougemere Yard, CN's Schaefer Yard, NS's Oakwood Yard, and NS's (CR) River Rouge Yard.

A little further south off i75 are lots of hotels and places to eat, like:
     Northline Rd..... exit 37
     Eureka Rd (Southgate/Southland Center Mall)..... exit 36
     West Rd (Woodhaven/Best Western, etc)..... exit 32

Both Northline and Eureka are good back roads into the airport, as well as Goddard Rd.

Acknowledgements:
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....



Getting Here

The tower is very conveniently located at I-75 exit 44, Dearborn Ave.  The only problem is that the exit is only for northbounders.  The entrance back onto I-75, conversely, only let's you go SB.



Southbounders can get off at exit 43 onto Schaefer Road, and then take a right onto South Dix Street, only going a "few feet", to take another right onto Oakwood Blvd.  This will take you to Dearborn Ave, where you take yet another right.  This will take you to the tower.  Oakwood Blvd turns into Fort St just before crossing the Rouge River, and going in the other direction, Fort St will bear off to your left after crossing the river.




Maps

Maps for Delray seem to be in abundance on the internet, a few of what I have come across are shown below in addition to my own maps of the area.




the above map in PDF format is available here

 

The above two drawings are by drawn by Dale Berry with info provided by Nathan Neitering



Sights


  Delray Tower

Here you can see almost anything.  In two hours on Friday, 7/24/2009, my buddy and I saw a CN freight, 2 CSX freights, an NS freight, and a CSX freight headed up with two UP engines, in addition to a CSX cop for the first time in all of my visits......

Here are some shots of the tower itself











This is where all of the wires come in and out of the tower.



Where the armstrong actuating rods used to come out of the building.



A US&S machine handles the interlocking.




The freights we caught: A pair of UP engines head up a CSX freight, a CSX freight coming from Rougemere yard, a SB NS freight, a NB CN freight, and another CSX freight out of Rougemere.



















Busted for parking on the shoulder which is owned by CSX!  At least he was nice and let us off.  It pays to be nice, but then again, he was a dick for telling me to move the 4 feet off the grass and park on the pavement.  Good thing he didn't come around while I was taking pictures of the signals! :-)





Signals




A different little simple green/yellow LED signal for the NB CSX tracks, and the turnout is manually switched by the tower op.  The picture of the green aspect just goes to show you that the reliability of LED signal elements has a long way to go to justify their extra expense, as there is one string of LED's out within the "bulb".













These shots are from "on the other side" of i75 (except for the far right photo), a more seedy part of town than where the tower is, if that's possible - the two on the right are looking back under the interstate towards the tower.  The cantilever bridge doesn't have a signal on it, probably got replaced by the searchlight signal underneath it.





  









A pair of GRS searchlight signals guarding the NB NS tracks going to the diamond.





Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

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! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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