Dayton Avenue Tower
Made of reinforced concrete, this tower controlled traffic across the Los Angeles River plus in and out of the various downtown  yards, including Taylor Yard, where it was located. In summer, switch crews often parked in the shade of the overpass. Amazingly, this solid concrete tower  was cut from its base with concrete saws and moved several blocks, where it now guards the entrance to an industrial park and truck terminal -- the irony!

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The prototype in 1989
Photographs 2006 Robert Smaus
I modeled Dayton Ave. Tower with pieces of sheet styrene, applied in layers to get the various depths. Since this was a poured in place concrete structure, I scribed lines with the back side of a hobby knife, which makes raised lines imitating the concrete that squeezed though the form boards. The outside stairs were the most difficult since they are made entirely of styrene strips, sheets and tubing. The lettering is recessed into the actual tower but I used dry transfers. Windows were cut down Grandt Line, or made from scratch with styrene strip. In a very old Model Railroader article on making this same tower, with elegant drawings by Linn Westcott, the tower was made from bass wood and the windows were made from painted chicken wire! Unfortunately I never saw this article. After I built mine, blueprints were published in the Steam Age Common Standards Volume 4. But I had to measure  the tower and make my own drawings (which was actually kinda fun).
I scribed the lines on the styrene then cut and assembled the pieces, using lots of liquid glue to melt the seams so it  looked like a mass of solid concrete.