From the Kalmbach book; BRIDGES & BUILDINGS
By Gordon Odegard and Dan Rauschenberg
An eight-sided gate man’s tower that houses controls for pneumatically operated crossing gates.
These octagonal towers were built by the Milwaukee Road found around the city including this one on at 2nd and Commerce in Milwaukee. The authors found this one unique because it leaned to the South. It dates back to the 1900s and was still in use during the ’60s. The article included scale drawing and photographs but not a model of the structure.
I used Campbell’s lap siding, windows and black tissue paper roofing material. Floquil’s Reefer white and Santa Fe Blue make my model fit a Santa Fe color scheme.
The tower stands tall so the operator can see over any trains in his control of the crossing gates.
The tissue paper roofing material was pained with Floquil’s weathered black.
The model will be moved to a more appropriate area still under construction.