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Monday, January 8, 2018

Grafton D Tower, D-Stroyed

Well this was a bit of unfortunate news to start the new year.  D Tower in Grafton, WV was one an icon of the CSX Mountain Subdivision.  Built by the B&O in the 20's or 30, it was later upgraded to a CTC panel operation in the post war years.  Ultimately it was closed in the 1990's as CSX begrudgingly put money into the failing coal country rail line. However the sturdy brick tower was left standing, serving as an office for local C&S or MoW crews even as other Mountain Sub towers at Keyser, Terra Alta and Rowlsburg, were demolished.

Well it looks like the payout from E. Hunter Harrison's life insurance payout provided the Baltimore Division with enough spare pocket change for the tower to be demolished.  In all seriousness it possibly was some sort of management dictate, perhaps intended to reduce employee perks or simply eliminate whatever crew base it supported. 

While typically "slow" parts of a large corporate organization are neglected and thus preserved, sometimes the knife can cut the other way with extreme cost cutting.  Hopefully, with CSX's experiment in railroad management a complete failure, things will go back to the way they were.


  1. If you'd like to see a location that is ' "slow" parts of a large corporate organization are neglected and thus preserved' look no further than CSX's Delray tower in Detroit... it's a time capsule (from hell from a maintenance perspective). But it might be going away soon too.

  2. I wouldn't be suprised if M tower at Mexico Farms (Cumberland) falls soon as well. There are already rumblings locally that the Cumberland hump is doomed for the same fate as the hump in Atlanta that new CEO James Foote had bulldozed on his "first day".