The Pilot and Philadelphia & Reading Railway Men Volume 8-10

The Pilot and Philadelphia & Reading Railway Men Volume 8-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...his leisure xnomonts. instructions were given him by David J. VVoods, manager of the main otllce at Philadelphia, then located 011 the second floor of the Mcrclmnts' Exchange, corner of Third and "'nlnut streets. Mr. Vood's tuition rcsulted in the appointment of Mr. Van Leer as operator at Plioenixville in the fore part of August, 1849, under Col. Ellis, who was the agent in charge of the station at the time, and who had, entirely through his own etforts, become fl competent telcgrnpher. Throughout M1." Van I.oer's IllCllllI9Ilt'_P at Phocnixvillc, which extended over 11 period of about two years, the prnctico of dispatching trains by telegraph had not been inaugurated, but instead it was the custom during the day to report to the next stntion beyond the arrival and departure of pussenger trains; also whether or not on time, while at night the natnes of coal train ongines were communicated i11 11 similar munncr to the next station i11 ll(l'llll('(._ This method was followed for 11. nurnlmr of yenrs, being discontinued with the erec tion of towers at various points along the Main Line 015 the Reading system, which were placed in charge of dispatchers, who were also operators and who had been previously instructed regarding the movement of trains. Reverting to the practice of reading by sound, which was looked upon with disfavor for a number of years after the establishment of the telegraph, it is stated through a reliable source that W. Clifford Moore, now deceased, who was located at Pottstown, is entitled to the honor of being the first operator on the Reading system to copy telegrams in that manner, being followed by David Ross as a close second, both of whom no doubt were granted the privilege of acquiring the...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236947274
  • 9781236947277