Operating a railway, involving the movement of trains over hundreds of
miles of track, makes adequate and dependable communication systems
imperative. To control trains properly, a train dispatcher needs adequate
A special system results: the dispatcher's telephone
Also, in the early stages of an operation, the transportation
When wire lines are
cut, down, destroyed, or nonexistent and when the building or rebuilding of
them does not keep pace with track reconstruction, the TRS can request the
installation of radio-communication facilities.
When there are no
communication facilities and manual block systems are not in operation, the
fleet operation method is another way that the dispatcher can control train
The next six paragraphs describe the telephone circuit and its use in
are discussed in paragraphs 3.8 through 3.12, followed by one paragraph
describing the feet method of operation.
The train dispatcher's telephone circuit is used for train movements by
train order and for control of trains through towermen and station agents
within a division. The telephones connected to this circuit and located at
strategic points along the division are equipped with a push-to-talk,
A typical dispatcher's telephone is shown in
figure 3.1. The button holds the circuit open when a particular telephone
is not in use. Consequently, anyone on the division may lift a receiver at
any point on the line and listen to all conversations.