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The ubiquitous Telegrapher's Bay


   a k a Operator's desk 


    at CP Rail  G U , Guelph Junction, June 8, 1986 Kodachrome by S.Danko


   Noteworthy equipment  & features 


   for the benefit of those who maybe unfamiliar with The Eighties (& prior)


    and to remind some of us as to what was !,


    from right to left: 


   extreme right is radio equipment receivers / transmitter boxes, radio microphone, 


   analogue paper punch, analogue paper stapler, cigarette / cigar ashtray, small bottle paper white out, 


   at centre top east - west track occupancy circuit indicator boxes, immediately below is an analogue radio speaker, 


    hanging in front of the windows are completed train orders / train operational instructions forms – to be assembled as appropriate depending on the train direction and bound together by elastic / string prior to attachment to the train order hoop(s),


    left side of desk is an analogue intercom /  wire line bell telephone with microphone, 


    at top left is the east – west station signal indicator levers, 


    at centre extreme left is an analogue combined keyboard & printer device – paper is inserted at the top of the device and rolled manually into the device by means of manually operated roller with handle turn knobs at each extreme end , the Operator would then manual press the appropriate QWERTY keys to record on the paper the required instructional information, 


    and at top left is an analogue pencil sharpener, insert the pencil and turn the crank at an appropriate RPM. 


   did I miss anything?   


   What's interesting: The NASA STS-1 a k a  the Space Shuttle, first flight: April 12, 1981.
 

   Cheers !


   sdfourty
Copyright Notice: This image ©sdfourty all rights reserved.



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The ubiquitous Telegrapher's Bay

a k a Operator's desk

at CP Rail G U , Guelph Junction, June 8, 1986 Kodachrome by S.Danko

Noteworthy equipment & features

for the benefit of those who maybe unfamiliar with The Eighties (& prior)

and to remind some of us as to what was !,

from right to left:

extreme right is radio equipment receivers / transmitter boxes, radio microphone,

analogue paper punch, analogue paper stapler, cigarette / cigar ashtray, small bottle paper white out,

at centre top east - west track occupancy circuit indicator boxes, immediately below is an analogue radio speaker,

hanging in front of the windows are completed train orders / train operational instructions forms – to be assembled as appropriate depending on the train direction and bound together by elastic / string prior to attachment to the train order hoop(s),

left side of desk is an analogue intercom / wire line bell telephone with microphone,

at top left is the east – west station signal indicator levers,

at centre extreme left is an analogue combined keyboard & printer device – paper is inserted at the top of the device and rolled manually into the device by means of manually operated roller with handle turn knobs at each extreme end , the Operator would then manual press the appropriate QWERTY keys to record on the paper the required instructional information,

and at top left is an analogue pencil sharpener, insert the pencil and turn the crank at an appropriate RPM.

did I miss anything?

What's interesting: The NASA STS-1 a k a the Space Shuttle, first flight: April 12, 1981.

Cheers !

sdfourty

Photographer:
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Date: 06/08/1986 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: G U (search)
Train Symbol: Train Order Office Signal G U (search)
Subdivision/SNS: mile 16.4 Goderich Sub; mile 39.2 Galt Sub (search)
City/Town: Guelph Junction (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. CPR van chair cushion being used as a back rest.

  2. So who was the operator that day??Maybe it was the girl that you didn’t get the name of !!

  3. What? No scissor phone? :o )

  4. Imagine how long that desk has been in use to have corner edges so rounded as seen on the drawer. :-)

  5. Arnold; When I started going to the JCT there was a scissor phone but was taken out . When I don’t remember.

  6. This is awesome. Thanks for the detailed explanation. My younger co-workers could never fathom the fact that you could be working beside someone who smoked all day.

  7. The phone was mounted under the block signals..

  8. The description of the mechanical pencil sharpener had me on the floor laughing.

  9. A great look at a different era of railroading! Thanks for sharing!

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