Preserving New Jerseys Railway Heritage since 1965

Pennsylvania Railroad Standard Telephone Booth

Circa 1909 (Replica)

Telephones, either in “Telephone Booth” structures or in simpler Telephone Boxes, were placed wherever there was a need for a locomotive engineer or conductor to talk to the dispatcher or block controller.

Trains were required to stop at certain lineside signals unless permitted to continue without stopping, by a written Train Order. Without the specific authority of a Train Order to the contrary, the engineer was required to call ahead for clearance to proceed.

This replica of a Pennsylvania R.R. Telephone Booth is based on a P.R.R. 1909 Standard Plan. It was built in 2004 by Whippany Railway Museum Trustee, Earle H. Gil, Sr.