Trolley dispatching by telegraph?

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Trolley dispatching by telegraph?

Postby Aa3rt » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:57 am

Is anyone aware of any trolley lines that used telegraph (Not telephone) apparatus for the dispatching of cars?
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Re: Trolley dispatching by telegraph?

Postby Adirondacker » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Aa3rt wrote:Is anyone aware of any trolley lines that used telegraph (Not telephone) apparatus for the dispatching of cars?


Probably not unless it was a horsecar line. Electric trolleys came after the telephone was invented. Stringing a telephone line isn't much more expensive than stringing a telegraph line. Telephones are not that much more expensive than telegraph equipment and don't need a lot of training to use. One big party line along the tracks would probably more than enough.
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