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Signalling Record Society

Signalling Primers and Educational Videos

Electric (Single Needle) Telegraph

The electric telegraph was widely used on the railway system from the mid 19th century right through until the 1960s. It was also known variously as the single needle telegraph or the speaking telegraph.

Video 1

In 2002 Betty Forrester and Anne Sharkey recorded their experiences as Telegraph Clerks for the Friends of The National Railway Museum. Betty had worked at Thornton Junction during World War 2 and Anne was trained at LMSR Glasgow HQ in 1946.

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Video 2

The history, use and operation of the Single Needle Telegraph at former Great Northern Railway locations was presented and demonstrated to members of the Signalling Record Society when they met at the National Railway Museum. The deomnstrator was SRS member by Steve Gwinnett and this video is a record of the occasion.

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Video 1 Credits

Filmed by: Chris Hogg, Lynn Patrick
Filmed in: 2002
Interviewer: (not credited)
Video Editor: Eddie Affleck

Video 2 Credits

Filmed by: Richard Pulleyn
Filmed on: 6 May 2017
Still pictures: Steve Gwinnett,
Eddie Crawshaw / Ron Herbert collection,
John Hinson's collection
Demonstrator: Steve Swinnett
Instruments provided by: Phil Graham
Instruments wired by: Peter Munther-Webster
Video Editor: George Duncan