Author Topic: Western Electric 5L dial?  (Read 1084 times)

Offline cfpyne

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Western Electric 5L dial?
« on: February 24, 2012, 04:41:28 PM »
I have a Western Electric 5L dial and would like to learn more about it. I assume from the mount that it was used on some kind of switchboard. Also I notice that it turns about twice as fast as the typical phone dial. I imagine there would have been a plate with numbers on this dial, but it seems to be missing. I wonder if there is a resource that catalogs the various Western Electric dial models. Perhaps somebody can tell me a bit more about my dial.

Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: Western Electric 5L dial?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 05:21:58 PM »
I have 5F dial on my 551A switchboard. These S/B dials have 20 pulses per second,  as opposed to the normal 10 PPS for a regular dial.   I believe these fast dials were also used on test boards.

I think I see a curved finger stop on your dial.
Check out this thread.
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=2922.0

Also,  check out the TCI library for dial info.
http://www.telephonecollectors.info/

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Offline bingster

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Re: Western Electric 5L dial?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 08:20:56 PM »
I have a 5L from III 41, with a III 41 numbers-only dial plate and curved fingerstop, but mine runs at 10PPS.  It came with a 34F mount on a 25B base, which appears to be brass painted silver.  I've heard these were for switchboard and test board use, so I'm not sure why it's running at 10PPS.
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Offline Vern P

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Re: Western Electric 5L dial?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 02:05:02 PM »
From Wolff's book, P. 63.

5L Central office switching, only permits closer regulation of dial speed than 5E.

5E PBX or Operator's "A position, 10 pps.

Both have 150 plate.

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Re: Western Electric 5L dial?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012, 02:11:46 PM »
20PPS dials could only be used into Crossbar or Panel CO's and not into SxS / Strowger CO's. To keep things standard and universal phones always used 10PPS dials. Bell would sometimes use the 20PPS dials (where they could) on high traffic switchboards, operator positions and/or test boards just to speed life up a little.

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