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  • w6hv
    A friend of my is trying to help the rangers at Kelso Train Station restore the station. He indicates up to now it looks as good or better than new. The
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 2, 2007
      A friend of my is trying to help the rangers at Kelso Train Station
      restore the station. He indicates "up to now it looks as good or
      better than new. The telegraph station when you look in has a
      high speed (sideswiper) bug... The problem is it is the only telegraph
      key they have. It is not of the period the station had when first went
      into operation."
      He further states:
      "Union Pacific bought a whole bunch of telegraph keys back in 1904 or
      abouts and they were not bugs (but) they were good old brass
      pounders.The keys they should have were manufactured and replaced in
      the 1904 period to 1942. 1904 is preferred for that is the restoration
      point in time. Can any of the hams come up with the correct make and
      model used by Union Pacific? And not being a high selected forestry
      project, could a key be found or a more suitable key be found to
      replace the mechanical side swipe bug they have on display?"
      Any help? I bet DR has an answer.
      73,
      Troy
    • David Ring
      Sideswipers and Vibroplex keys were two different type of keys. The Bunnell Double Speed key was invented and made in 1888. It was a different design of a
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 3, 2007
        Sideswipers and Vibroplex keys were two different type of keys.

        The Bunnell Double Speed key was invented and made in 1888. It was a
        different design of a telegraph key which was worked side to side with
        a single lever, double contact. points on either side. The motion was
        side to side with each side completing the circuit. Both sides were
        used alternately and the operator was responsible for lingering while
        making the contact to form the elements of the Morse code.

        The Vibroplex key was invented and made in 1905, by Horace Martin.

        Both keys were made in New York City - the hotbed of commerce and telegraphy.

        A Bunnell Triumph straight key and a Bunnell sideswiper - I think by
        1905 both varieties of the double speed key - including the often seen
        "Type W" which has adjustable tension were available, the Triumph most
        certainly was an it was the design that first used a steel lever which
        wouldn't bend.

        Someone on the morsecode@... reflector would be more knowledgable than I am.

        73

        DR



        On 9/2/07, w6hv <w6hv@...> wrote:
        > A friend of my is trying to help the rangers at Kelso Train Station
        > restore the station. He indicates "up to now it looks as good or
        > better than new. The telegraph station when you look in has a
        > high speed (sideswiper) bug... The problem is it is the only telegraph
        > key they have. It is not of the period the station had when first went
        > into operation."
        > He further states:
        > "Union Pacific bought a whole bunch of telegraph keys back in 1904 or
        > abouts and they were not bugs (but) they were good old brass
        > pounders.The keys they should have were manufactured and replaced in
        > the 1904 period to 1942. 1904 is preferred for that is the restoration
        > point in time. Can any of the hams come up with the correct make and
        > model used by Union Pacific? And not being a high selected forestry
        > project, could a key be found or a more suitable key be found to
        > replace the mechanical side swipe bug they have on display?"
        > Any help? I bet DR has an answer.
        > 73,
        > Troy
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Yahoo! Groups Links
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        >
        >
        >
      • ai4re
        ... telegraph ... went ... If it s a genuine Bunnell Double Speed, they seem pretty rare. Actually, ANY sideswiper is pretty rare. They could probably sell it
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 6, 2007
          --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "w6hv" <w6hv@...> wrote:
          > restore the station. He indicates "up to now it looks as good or
          > better than new. The telegraph station when you look in has a
          > high speed (sideswiper) bug... The problem is it is the only
          telegraph
          > key they have. It is not of the period the station had when first
          went
          > into operation."

          If it's a genuine Bunnell Double Speed, they seem pretty rare.
          Actually, ANY sideswiper is pretty rare. They could probably sell it
          and fund the purchase of several keys of the type they need.
        • David Ring
          The Bunnell Sideswiper came out in 1888 - the Vibroplex in 1905. 73 DR
          Message 4 of 4 , Sep 7, 2007
            The Bunnell Sideswiper came out in 1888 - the Vibroplex in 1905.

            73

            DR

            On 9/6/07, ai4re <ai4re@...> wrote:
            > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "w6hv" <w6hv@...> wrote:
            > > restore the station. He indicates "up to now it looks as good or
            > > better than new. The telegraph station when you look in has a
            > > high speed (sideswiper) bug... The problem is it is the only
            > telegraph
            > > key they have. It is not of the period the station had when first
            > went
            > > into operation."
            >
            > If it's a genuine Bunnell Double Speed, they seem pretty rare.
            > Actually, ANY sideswiper is pretty rare. They could probably sell it
            > and fund the purchase of several keys of the type they need.
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Yahoo! Groups Links
            >
            >
            >
            >
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