Main Trunk Railway Ohakune - Railway Museum  

Rail system telephones and related equipment on display

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Test portable phone

A portable telephone that can be used for testing, or to clip onto the phone lines by the track to make a call.

PABX

A PABX (Private Branch Telephone Exchange), part of the extensive telephone system required to support the rail system.

 

Pabx tester

A test unit for the PABX

 

Telex

Not a telephone, but a Teleprinter. These enabled messages to be sent over telephone lines. Prior to fax, then email these were the primary way of sending written instructions to distant locations.