David Dahle's articles

  • Flin Flon, MB lines

    - 5 months ago
    A long-inactive line geek over on ICON posted pictures of the old Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co. distribution lines some years ago. I gather that it must have been a sight in its day judging from this view: goo.gl/maps/WWL3vP7xhTix4Hb69 According to Chris, HBMS conveyed its distribution system to Manitoba Hydro in 1973. www.insulators.info/pictures/search/?query=Sweryda&submit=Search

  • Enforced isolation

    - March 19, 2020 - 6 comments
    How is everyone holding out so far? I'm truly itching to get out and get some pictures, but don't want to get so far away as to stay overnight anywhere at this point. Even a week ago, I was about ready to finalize plans for Platte City, MO, and on down to the Ozarks for the rest of the weekend, but the show has been postponed to a date TBD. The next show after that was to be over in Coon Rapids, MN, in April, but that show has been canceled outright.

  • WMECo brakestomper

    - March  6, 2020 - 3 comments
    Austin came across an interesting brakestomper recently, and with the name of the town and the distinctive building in the background it was fairly easy to track down: goo.gl/maps/BG2T8MLzgFZcWR4S6 Austin's picture: www.flickr.com/photos/129954339@N03/49614775583

  • Transformer?! Seriously?!

    - March  5, 2020 - 4 comments
    www.keloland.com/news/local-news/equipment-issue-causes-a-sparking-transformer-in-sioux-falls-tuesday-morning Just goes to show how little time goes into checking stories before they go on-air...

  • Upcoming shows

    - March  4, 2020 - 1 comment
    Show season is finally here! Will be heading down to Platte City, MO the weekend of the 21st, and am planning on getting pictures in downtown Creston, IA on the way down. Then April 11th is the Coon Rapids show, and in nosing around in street view, I will definitely need to nose around a bit in LeSueur on the way up, as I see the muni system there appears to still be 2400V.

  • NIPSCO brakestomper

    - February 23, 2020 - 1 comment
    goo.gl/maps/21gryt9hVpTVZrtw5 I'd have a hard time paying attention to traffic if I saw that in person.

  • Omaha PPD old heavy riser spec

    - November 16, 2019 - 1 comment
    Growing up, I'd go down to Omaha from time to time, whether to visit family there or go to summer camp, and I remembered Omaha PPD back then had unusually heavy risers on its 13.8kV system. I have not seen any such risers in recent street view coverage until I stumbled on one location that once had them - make sure you have the 2007 coverage selected: goo.gl/maps/G8SSkGzKcZPC46ab9 You can see by 2011, they had changed to a much lighter spec (they probably realized the old spec was way ov…

  • Steel alley poles?!

    - November  2, 2019 - 7 comments
    goo.gl/maps/UPMpnaWmCyE2cGoPA I know somone who lives down that way. Will have to plan a trip there sometime.

  • A neat muni plant

    - October 28, 2019 - 3 comments
    It's just a shade too far for me, and likely well out of reach of Justin and Jesse too... goo.gl/maps/MRWLo2ksjSyDDkUc6 Black River Falls, WI

  • Another forgotten brakestomper

    - October 18, 2019 - 3 comments
    goo.gl/maps/rrTrggV49DdyF4qc8 Almost looks like another of SW Ohio Lines' drawings. ;)

  • Cascade Milling Co. - Sioux Falls

    - September 30, 2019 - 1 comment
    Before NSP, before Sioux Falls Light & Power, there was the Cascade Milling Co. I've known where the plant used to be - the Country Inn downtown sits on its site, but of all places, I find a picture of the plant on the Sioux Falls Wikipedia article... upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Sioux_Falls_panorama_1908_1.jpg

  • Insulator Collectors On the Net gallery

    - July 13, 2019
    Main URL: www.insulators.com/pictures Over time, many of the images in the 'sequestration' album will be moved there, as I'm too deeply invested in this site now to have all that work wiped away over a copyright objection (I would like to think my reposting of images by others is not nearly as egregious as Irene Steeves' actions, but I'm not willing to take that chance). Mixed in with the various insulator pictures are contributions from a few line geeks... PA Powerliner: www.insula…

  • Virtual album - linked images

    - July  9, 2019 - 1 comment
    This article will cover the various images I'd reposted from the ICON gallery, that the late Mike Parker and his lineman friend Mid Norris had posted to the ICON gallery. Unusual fiberglass arms Mid Norris apparently found while working on the lines in his area - a very early concept of clamp-braced arms? www.insulators.info/pictures/?id=438565792 (and next 2 pics) A mid-span secondary rack Mid found in service: www.insulators.info/pictures/?id=321928819 Brakestomper transposition…

  • Channels featuring line construction - YouTube

    - June  2, 2019 - 3 comments
    Thought I'd mention a couple channels I know of that have lines etc. pop up from time to time in their clips. RODALCO2007 - crazy Dutch fellow living in New Zealand, and if he's not showing off his meters or lines in his area or on travels (he's even made it to SD a couple times - but didn't know until after the fact!), he's blowing stuff up or going to war with the wasps that pop up in his area (wasps are not at all native to NZ). Steve Lavimoniere - plumber out east that frequently shows…

  • Overhead cable galore

    - May 22, 2019 - 1 comment
    Spotted while checking out street view in Portland. goo.gl/maps/RcgKKTk6YarpaFr79

  • Activity lately...

    - March 22, 2019 - 7 comments
    Sorry I haven't been overly active here lately... have since finished pruning down my Flickr account to 999 pics (I wish they had chosen a disk usage limit instead of an arbitrary number of pictures!). That was a TASK as I started with ~4800 pics! That said, I've also been working to lay in plans for travel over the next few weekends, continuing with Coon Rapids this weekend... and hope to get a couple pictures along the way! Still have a fair bit of work left to do in trip planning, but I…

  • Baltimore 4160V

    - January 25, 2019 - 1 comment
    Stumbled on some 4kV while nosing around BGE land: goo.gl/maps/VvdJkAN1Rtp

  • Utility maps

    - January  4, 2019 - 2 comments
    I'll put up provider maps that I find here from time to time - California: www.energy.ca.gov/maps/serviceareas/Electric_Service_Areas_Detail.pdf

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