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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2012 06:35 pm
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Hi all,
Over the weekend my friends sister came across this box adjacent to some abandoned railroad tracks in Jackson NJ.




My friend asked me if I new what it was, and I gave him a rundown of what it could be, because I didn't know myself. I hope that someone might be able to tell me what it is and its purpose.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 18th, 2012 03:00 pm
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It was probably either for a telephone, of some part of the electrics for a signal system.

Very common trackside item at one time.


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Are there any conduit out the bottom of the box into the concrete? A guess is that it looks be be for electrical.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 18th, 2012 06:13 pm
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Herb the one reason that makes me doubt that it was a telephone is that it is open, no shelter for a man to stand in to make a call. waltr, unfortunately I wasn't there to see it myself, all I have is this picture, I don't know if there was conduit in it, but it involving electrical is most likely. I have been able to view the picture up close and the lettering on the top of the door says something like u.c.and b.co. Thanks for the input, and I hope the new info might help.



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 Posted: Wed Jan 18th, 2012 07:21 pm
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It could be a base for an old pole mounted signal. Is there a hole in the top of the box? Or maybe it is a hoax to make model railroaders go crazy wondering about what it is!

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 Posted: Thu Jan 19th, 2012 12:22 am
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A "white lightnin" drop?

Put a $5 bill inside and go away for a couple minutes.

When you come back there's a mayonnaise jar full of 'shine



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 Posted: Thu Jan 19th, 2012 01:34 am
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Great news I found out what it is, so no more guessing. It's a Union Switch and Signal relay case, used for switches or crossings, or whatever a relay case would do in coordination with a railroad.



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