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Phone Cable Laying Project

Telephone facilities in Rutherford Street have been doubled with the laying of a 1200-line pipe by Nelson Post Office workmen. Six pipes were laid to replace two existing pipes which carried millions of calls over nearly 50 years.

One of those pipes carried a toll line while the other had a 600-line cable running through it. The six new pipes include a toll line and the 1200-line cable. The other four are provision for future development.

The work was carried out in conjunction with city council street widening and with the extra four pipes the road should not have to be disturbed for many more years.

The new D. B. hotel will also be serviced by the new lines. Rutherford Street will also look more attractive without the poles bordering its length.


Tractor driver Henry Remnant aboard his iron workhorse while behind him fellow Post Office workmen inspect the trench where the new pipes were laid


Four manholes were built in conjunction with the cable laying and Jim Shone had a hand in all of them


Fred McLeod and Pete Shone inspect their handiwork


A trench digger chews through the earth facilitating the cable laying