ChiefTroll wrote:Just to be a real pain and a nit picker, in railroad and telegraph terminology the offices were designated by symbols of one or two letters termed "office calls" or "telegraphic office calls." The term "call sign" generally represents a radio station, either for broadcasting or communication. The term "call sign" was not officially used in railroad service...
Sort of like how highways have mile markers, but railroads have mile posts. And intersections at grade between highways and railroads are called railroad crossings by highway engineers, and highway crossings by railroad engineers. We drive on parkways and we park in driveways. Go figure.
73, Gordon Davids (call sign WJ3K, but not on the railroad)
Thanks for checking in and also for the terminology lesson. I appreciate the input.
For the benefit of anyone who may be following this thread, my original query was prompted by a Facebook page done by the "Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad Telegraph Company". The name should give you a clue as to the geographic area they're focused on and they appear to be associated with the Lakeshore Railway Museum, headquartered in the former NYC depot in Northeast, (Erie County) PA.
(Even though I've been pretty well entrenched in southern Maryland for the last 30+ years, northwest Pennsylvania, and neighboring western New York State, are still "home" and where most of my railway interests lie.)
73, Art Audley (AA3RT)
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