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.
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.
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:
Austin's picture: www.flickr.com/photos/129954339@N03/49614775583
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.
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…
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...
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...
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:
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…
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…