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Posted 6 years ago

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I picked this phone up at an auction this past weekend and thought it was unusual, I'm not sure if this phone would of been used on a train or trolley. The arm extends out about 24 inches and also turns 90 degree's. The brass tag in the last pic reads "Railway Electric Mfg. Co Milwaukee, Wis". There is also a little black push button to the left of the brass tag and on the ear receiver it reads "Western Electric". If any phone buffs out there can tell me about this phone, it would be much appreciated. Thanks for looking!


  1. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
    Great pick chevy59! Love your collection of things!

  2. chevy59 chevy59, 6 years ago
    Thanks Michael!
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    wow! i love it! does it follow you around, asking questions when you are in the room? [sorry, i think i've watched too much adult swim lately]
  4. railnsail, 6 years ago
    You have a “Dispatchers” phone. Often used inside Railroad signal towers for the tower operator to communicate with train crews via small wooden phone boxes located at the beginning of each signal block along the line.
  5. chevy59 chevy59, 6 years ago
    Wow, Thanks railnsail for the information! Are these dispatcher's phone scarce? I can't seem to find any. Once again thanks for the info!
  6. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
    Your pipe dispatchers phone comes up on Ebay about four or five a year. The Railway Electric Mfg. Co dispatchers phone is not common.
  7. chevy59 chevy59, 6 years ago
    Thanks ttomtucker for the info, uncommon is good news, I think it's going out in the man cave!
  8. Zeter, 2 years ago
    It was good to find you and the related information. I recently picked up one but had no idea as to where it came from, etc. As a matter of fact, I put a "mystery" photo on this site and just found yours.

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