1896 "Statement of Block Signals in Use on the Road"

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Tue Feb 19 09:41:36 EST 2013


Could you enlighten us on the national telegraph wire mentioned in your
introduction to the document you shared? How did or does it work and how
did you get it into your basement?

Bob Huston


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*Subject:* 1896 "Statement of Block Signals in Use on the Road"

After years of thinking about it, I finally took the time to digitize the
1896 "Statement of Block Signals In Use on the Road." The digitization is
attached hereunto as a PDF.

This document, a five page typescript issued by the Engineer of Maintenance
of Way in September 1896, is so old and badly faded that parts of it could
simply not be reproduced by scanning or digital photography. The only
solution was to set it up in Excel and then convert it to a PDF. The
document shows all Block Signals in use on the N&W, whether one or two arm,
whether "absolute" or "permissive," whether operated by pipeline, wire or
rope, and whether in conformity with existing standards or "pre-1890."

The PDF file contains a four page letter from the late Bill Harman, which
accompanied the "Statement" when he sent it to me in 1988. Bill was a
third-generation Radford Division Telegrapher who hired in 1940, and he
worked the towers at Christiansburg, Walton and Cowan. In the letter he
recounts some of his experiences.

-- abram burnett


Download PDF (around 7.6M in file size):

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