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There have been some recent articles in the Model Railroad Press that promote phone systems designs that our experience shows lead to trouble. Click here to read why these designs are prone to problems and read about our recommendations for a trouble free system with good performance.
MRCS offers boards to power telephone systems and perform useful functions in assembling layout phone systems. We also re-sell parts such as hook switches, handsets, speech networks and foot switches from which you can assemble custom telephones that will fit nicely in layout fascia.
See the latest version of Seth Neumann's presentation "Communications for Model Railroad Operations" presented at the 2018 PCR and PNR Conventions in Rohnert Park and Portland. (Come to Seth's Clinic at NMRA KC 2018)!
Some of the products listed here are described in Seth Neumann's chapter, "Model Railroad Communications" in the new Operations SIG book, A Compendium of Model Railroad Operations.
We have access to the telephone collector community and can often match the equipment seen in photos of vintage dispatch and train order offices. If you'd like us to help you secure the equipment to match your prototype, please contact us at sales@modelrailroad controlsystems.com and include a photo of the installation you'd like to model!