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Offline Protel8000

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Rail Call phone?
« on: November 04, 2020, 01:37:18 PM »
Just out of curiosity, does anybody know anything about these "Rail Call" New York phones?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-York-Rail-Road-AT-amp-T-Credit-Card-only-Push-Button-Armored-Pay-Phone-MTA-/193721935023

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Were they based on regular payphone boards with a cellular back end or something?
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Offline Key2871

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Re: Rail Call phone?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2020, 03:35:18 PM »
Im thinking it was used on something like Amtrak, or something.
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Offline paul-f

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Re: Rail Call phone?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2020, 07:07:09 PM »
... does anybody know anything about these "Rail Call" New York phones?

As previously posted, the topic is covered in part in the October 2020 Singing Wires article "Radio Telephones in U.S. Trains." Service was started in the late 1940s and has been improved over the years.
https://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/search?q=blr+train

Follow-on articles will appear in future issues.

If you're not a TCI member, this is a good time of year to join. Your support is welcome.

Some of the reference articles are available in the TCI Library:
https://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/search?q=blr+train
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Offline Scott

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Re: Rail Call phone?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2020, 07:41:59 PM »
I don't know much about payphones but I know a membership to TCI is money well spent.

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