FROM: THE PENSACOLA JOURNAL, Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 23, 1909.
OPERATING BY TELEPHONES.
NEW PLAN IS ADOPTED BY THE SEABOARD — EXPERIMENT TRIED BETWEEN RALEIGH AND MONROE, N.C.
On September 4th, the Seaboard Air Line put into service its new telephone train dispatching circuit between Raleigh and Monroe, North Carolina, 148 miles. This part of the road is single track and handles a heavy traffic, the movement of trains being assisted by a block telephone system. The dispatcher is located at Hamlet, North Carolina, 95 miles from Raleigh.
Western Electric telephones and Gill main line bridged selectors are used throughout this equipment. There are 29 selector way stations and two siding telephones located in waterproof booths at blind sidings. Two portable telephones are provided for wreck cars. These may be connected to the dispatcher's line at any point by means of a joined line pole.
W.F. Williams, superintendent of telegraph, who has charge of the work, states that the telephone circuit has worked perfectly, ever since being put into service. He says that the transmission could not be better and, to indicate the character of the circuit he has installed, states that he has heard a watch tick over the entire 148 miles of the line.
The officials of the road consider that the service on this division has been very distinctly improved since adopting the telephone, while the dispatchers find that they can handle the business faster, more comprehensively and with less fatigue.
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