Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Broadway Calling!

 Tuesday 8th December

 All set up that Paul and Peter were to finish off the installation of the internal pax phone at Broadway. 0830 phone rang at home- Peter had hurt his back so couldnt attend. Luckily I was getting ready to reinstall the strowger selector that had  been a victim of relay failure ( It was the F, the one that detects the loop as the subscriber lifts the handset aka "answering the phone" in the presence of loads of AC ringing current) a clever application of a standard 3000 type. These relays are a bit prone to failure at 60 years old,  I think its to do with the AC peak voltage and a bit of damp as well.

 So I ended up meeting Paul at Broadway and an hour later the phone was in and working- much easier now to just dial 60 for Toddington station than those long BT codes and cheaper for the railway as well.

Here's a quick pic of Paul - just making sure it works ok



So there we are another job done. And the Office all left tidy as DB was watching! By the way, we were also asked to move the BT phone across to a more convenient spot 

on the window ledge by the door - certainly Sir, anything to oblige

Shortly we hope to start to wire up the Concentrator and the signal post phones, ready for when Broadway Signal Box comes on line, Covid and Cash permitting.

Mike S  

A big Welcome to Peter Giles, our newest recruit. With a knowledge of Strowger as well as those new fangled computery things, Welcome Peter. I hope that your back is better by now

A peaceful and Merry Christmas to all our readers


  1. Despite a career ending up as an 'optical fibre' specialist and tech support specialist on all things optical and transmission - I still have a great fondness for Strowger, in one such exchange I spent many years as an engineer and well remember ' A operates B operates CD' , F operates H to ring trip - great to think Strowger is still in use and working well!!

  2. A bit back I mentioned my GPO tools and you wished I had not thrown them out Mike. well, a friendly engineer rescued them from the office i left and dropped them off so if you want them there's lots of adjusters and a couple of brushes available. Andy Bint has my address from when i donated a lot of sound equipment. Terry W

  3. WELL DONE everyone
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a healthy happy 2021

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