Orrville Interlocking Tower

Orrville Tower, 1933 Orrville Tower, 1933.
ORHS Archives

Orrville Tower, 2013 Orrville Tower, 2013.
Eric Schlentner

The Orrville Interlocking Tower controlled train movements along the city's two Pennsylvania Railroad mainlines, and the busy train yard. The Pennsy had hundreds of towers like the one preserved in Orrville along its mainlines to control the movement of trains. Now they are all but gone, replaced by the two-way radios, cell phones and the internet.

Orrville's tower is one of very few to be preserved. After the Pennsylvania Railroad became part of Penn Central and later Conrail, the lines through Orrville were downgraded and many of their trains moved to other routes. The railroad was removing all the towers and ORHS stepped in and saved the Orrville tower. It was moved across the tracks to the ORHS property next to the Union Station.

The tower has not yet been restored and is used primarily for storage. Tours are available upon request.

Orrville Yard and Interlocking

You can view the Orrville Yard and Interlocking maps by clicking the thumbnails below.

Yard ThumbnailOrrville Yard

Interlocking ThumbnailOrrville Interlocking Schematic