Three-Way Interlocking Crossing

Three-Way Interlocking Crossing (HM7GW)

Location: Columbus, KS 66725 Cherokee County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 10.227', W 94° 50.323'

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Unique railroading history is on display before you. A three-way interlocking railway crossing.

The crossing, formerly located in the northern part of Columbus, was donated to the City of Columbus by the Burlington Northern Railroad. At the time, the switch was constructed, it was one of the three built; one in Hamburg, Germany, destroyed during the war, and one in Pennsylvania which was removed within a short time. The crossing before you is the only one remaining.

The Columbus Wye, as the crossing was called, was well known by those familiar with the railway system. It was listed in every railroad exchange in the United States, showing which rail was used to reach the proper destination.

When the crossing was installed, it had 90 lb rail. When diesel engines came on the scene in 1958 it was changed to 115 lb rail to handle the additional weight. The original crossing held up until 1968 when it was replaced with an exact replica, and was in use until 1981 when it was replaced with a two-way crossing.
HM NumberHM7GW
Placed ByColumbus Lions Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 4:29am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 336756 N 4115364
Decimal Degrees37.17045000, -94.83871667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.227', W 94° 50.323'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 13.62" N, 94° 50' 19.38" W
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Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 S Tennessee, Columbus KS 66725, US
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