NS May Raise MG Tower

A Pennsylvania Railroad interlocking tower on the Pittsburgh line is facing demolition.

MG Tower has been closed for 27 years and Norfolk Southern wants to raze it.

The two-story brick tower was built in 1944 to control crossovers on the four-track mainline at milepost 243.5.

It was named MG for “mid grade” because it was located on a 1.86 percent grade between Horseshoe Curve west of Altoona and the summit at Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, a distance of six miles.

Conrail closed MG Tower in 1994 during a project to improve clearances on the route to allow double-stacked container trains.

The condition of the tower has since deteriorated significantly.

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