Guarding The Crossroads of the B&O, DR Tower in Deshler, OH is one of the most recognizable and famous signal towers left from the Best and Only. Deshler was the site where the B&O’s Detroit Line crossed the Main Line to Chicago. The tower was responsible for guiding trains from the Toledo Division (the North-South line) over the Akron Division controlled Main Line (the East-West line). At peak traffic, upwards of 60 trains per day, including the Capitol Limited and Cincinnatian, would pass through Deshler.
Today, CSX operates both lines. The train station was demolished in 2022, but Deshler is still home to DR Tower and some of the last remaining functional B&O CPL signals. The crossover is also home to a railfan organized park called Crossroads Park and a Virtual Railfan camera.
Wit and Wisdom Models is stocking only the O Scale version of this kit. It was developed by D_M Models and made by Right-On-Track-Models (the same company that produced the Nighthawks Kits). There is a very limited supply in O Scale; it is unlikely that there will be a restock. Parts are made with resin impregnated wood and plastic.
The Kit includes:
- Base for signal tower
- Parts for two window configurations per timeframe modeled
- 1906 to 1975 (1930’s Black and White photo for reference)
- 1976 to present (2000’s colored photo for reference)
- Exterior details per timeframe modeled
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Maryland residents must pay 6% sales tax.
Buyer responsible for local Sales and Use tax.