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Section 06 - Telephone Equipment

1-Switchboard desk with large print in background (possibly a telephone circuit print?) - 01/10/1925 (NSL Photo)

2-View of station announcement system, near walkway to Adams & Wabash 'L' platform - 02/27/1927 (NSL Photo)

3-Dispatchers desk / switchboard with train sheet at Highwood - No Date (NSL Photo)

4-View of telephone pole near platform, South of 176, at Lake Bluff, showing feeders and numerous phone lines heading towards Highwood - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

5-View of the telephone switchboard at North Chicago Junction - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

6-View East of catenary bridge on freight lead, near track from North Cchicago Junction. Shows junction in telephone line on catenary line, and line running back to junction - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

7-View of telephone switch board in South Upton tower. Partial view of route board and lever machine. - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

8-View of public telephone booths and operator/assistant in Uptown / Wilson station - 03/02/1927 (NSL Photo)

9-View of switchboard in Highwood office, has circuits for numerous areas on railroad. - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

9b-Close up of previous photo (#9) - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

10-View of two operators at Highwood. (one on left for offices, one on right for railroad?) - 02/28/1927 (NSL Photo)

11-View of switch board at Milw terminal (area where operator sits?) - 03/02/1927 (NSL Photo)

12-View of public telephone booths and operator/assistant at Milwaukee Terminal - 03/02/1927 (NSL Photo)

13-View of public telephone booths and operator/assistant at Milwaukee Terminal, other angle - 03/02/1927 (NSL Photo)

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