A.T.M. Co's wall set used on the Strowger Automatic System. Fitted with an Electro-magnetic receiver.

Also known as the Epsom type.

Very basic circuit, with dial, Receiver Bell No. 4 and transmitter all in series with no induction coil.

Fitted with:-
Dial Automatic No. 1 or No. 8FA
Bell No. 1A with bias spring
Condenser MC No. 3 or No. 30
Receiver Bell No. 4A
Switch Receiver No. 1
Hook, Receiver F
Transmitter No. 1

Sometimes fitted to a Desk No. 4.

Telephones No's 55 and 55B were superseded by Telephone No. 105 or Telephone No. 121.

Circuit diagram - Web users click here - CD users click here

Original diagram - AT 8.

Paster Diagram


Here is a picture of the insides of a Telephone No. 55.  All the brassware should be black and note the non-ATE dial, especially the way it is fixed!

Wiring for use in the UK

You are warned that this telephone has a very basic transmission circuit which will be any where like that of a modern telephone. The wiring is also non-standard and may tinkle bells on your premises, when dialling out.

  1. Red of new line cord to Terminal 1.
  2. Remove any link between Terminals 2 and 3.
  3. Insert 3.3k resistor between Terminals 2 and 3.
  4. White of new line cord to Terminal 2.
  5. Connect the Rectifier Element across the earpiece terminals.  If the phone goes faint then remove the it.


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