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Re: PC: hotbox detectors

PennCent wrote:
> I'm collecting recordings of talking hotbox detectors, of any railroads
> but mostly Conrail. I don't know much about the history of these
> devices, and don't know if they were around back in Penn Central's time,
> but if they were, and PC had them, does anybody have any recordings of
> them they would like to share/trade/sell? I would supply the tape or you
> could just send them over the internet.   Don Narris--Canton, Ohio

I didn't think that talking detectors came into vogue until the 1980's.
Before that, they used to have trackside signals, or trackside 
indicators with lights that gave the axle number, side of train,
and type of problem. 

I just checked my 1980 Conrail timetable, and it makes mention of 
detectors with trackside signals or indicators, but no talking
detectors. So I would guess that PC never had any talking detectors.


Jerry W. Jordak               The boxcars and flatbeds, whistle blowin' steam
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http://prozac.cwru.edu/jer/   Now those big trains don't come anymore
** Let Conrail be Conrail **         -- Restless Heart, "Big Iron Horses"

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