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Telephone Switching => General Switching Discussions => Topic started by: cloyd on July 05, 2016, 05:07:00 PM

Title: Switchboard to identify
Post by: cloyd on July 05, 2016, 05:07:00 PM
We went to Centerville, Iowa over the weekend for a wedding and stayed at the Continental Hotel (built in 1893).  At the top of the stairs on the second floor is a switchboard and wooden phone booth.  I took some pictures for ogling but the light was low so please forgive the poor lighting.

I am not into switching but I would be interested to know what kind of switchboard it is.  I suppose phone booths had models numbers as well.

Tina Loyd
Title: Re: Switchboard to identify
Post by: cloyd on July 05, 2016, 05:07:41 PM
A couple more pictures...
Title: Re: Switchboard to identify
Post by: pdxjim911 on July 05, 2016, 05:31:29 PM
Looks like a 551. See this link:

http://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/document-repository/doc_details/11631-28jul-blr-p-363-non-multiple-pbx-551a-551b (http://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/document-repository/doc_details/11631-28jul-blr-p-363-non-multiple-pbx-551a-551b)
Title: Re: Switchboard to identify
Post by: Victor Laszlo on July 05, 2016, 09:34:05 PM
The instruction card states that it is a 551A or 551B.
Title: Re: Switchboard to identify
Post by: AE_Collector on July 06, 2016, 02:28:16 AM
Would be a WECo 551B I believe since it has two sections (left and right side) of jacks, lamps and designation strips. 551A had a single section only.

Terry
Title: Re: Switchboard to identify
Post by: Victor Laszlo on July 07, 2016, 06:54:49 PM
It would interesting to see the back. Most of these boards were eviscerated when taken out of service.  Usually the relay gate and wiring harness have been sold for scrap.