conductorbob wrote:Was there a specific distance between telephone poles on the Danbury branch as verses the Maybrook main line? When I was working as a conductor on the New haven division main line, including the Danbury branch,I don't remember. On the former NYC side, I think they were 40' apart on the West Shore and on the Mohwk divisions. I can recall telling the engine crews to count so many pole and stop when working the division locals. (before radios). Any help in this matter would be a big help. Thanks Bob
There have not been pole lines on the New Haven and successors in a long, long time. The New Haven did away with them
in the Hartford District I think in 1963 or 1964. The rest of the railroad followed maybe in 1965 or so. After that time, the
poles came down or fell down fast and the wires that were not removed for their scrap value were stolen just as quickly.
What I referred to above as the Hartford District was generally the former Hartford Division and included terminals in
Springfield, Hartford and Waterbury all of which had telephone switchboards and telephone operators until the dial system
was put into use as I stated above. The dial system allowed the railroad to get rid of their telephone lines, maintainers and
telephone operators which saved the railroad a lot of money and made for a drastic improvement in telephone services
between points. It was apparently cheaper to use leased bell system lines than to maintain thier own phone lines in the 60's.
At least in the electric zone we used cat poles sometimes but nothing else.