LT Internal Telephone System

and forms of communication

In the early 1950s, London Transport had one of the largest private telephone systems in Britain; it covered not just the railways and head offices with automatic equipment but also trams, trolleybuses and the bus network. It was also interconnected with several other large private networks.

Telegraphs and later telephones were well established in the steam days of the London Underground. Telephones had also been installed during tramway electrification. Although road services no longer use an 'internal' network the railway network has now developed into a most modern and advanced system; it is a PABX for all practical purposes but over which network some very specialist communication is carried.

Also covered is the development of the LT radio network and some other cognate systems.

The London Underground network is still 'stand alone' (though highly integrated with the PSTN) while the London Transport organization has been integrated with 'Transport for London'.

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