DB Tower, Bridge, & Interlocking
I revisited DB Tower after two years to get some updated shots and see how things have changed. I return with better equipment and imaging skills!
The abandoned Erie Greenwood Lake branch, later referred to as the "Boonton Line", (Post EL merger) crossed the Hackensack River on a swing bridge. The line, tower, and bridge are abandoned. The bridge is permanently swung open. An interlocking tower and operator's shed are also at this location, referred to as "DB". (DB Tower, Interlocking, Junction, Drawbridge).
Seen above is the equipment tower where the relay logic for the interlocking plant and radio gear was installed. The tower also had a lower level, partially underground, which I did not venture into two years ago (but did now) that contained a small workshop.
What I also did not know two years ago was that the former Newark Branch (Paterson-Newark Branch) joins the old Greenwood Lake main just west of the tower, and was the "Junction" referred to. Those tracks, abandoned 30 years ago, are still in place, as were switches and signals to connect it to the main. Apparently, while the Newark branch was abandoned in the 1970's, the connection to it here was still operational until this tower shut down in 2003.
More photos here from the DB Tower & Bridge set.