Retrotechtacular: Rebuilding a Fire-Ravaged Telephone Exchange

Those who haven’t experienced the destruction of a house fire should consider themselves lucky. The speed with which fire can erase a lifetime of work — or a life, for that matter — is stunning. And the disruption a fire causes for survivors, who often escape the blaze with only the clothes on their backs, is almost unfathomable. To face the task of rebuilding a life with just a few smoke-damaged and waterlogged possessions while wearing only pajamas and slippers is a devastating proposition.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://hackaday.com/2024/01/11/retrotechtacular-rebuilding-a-fire-ravaged-telephone-exchange/