Power Lines' photos


  • CL&P 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Now here's a brakestomper! It was unfortunately in a difficult location to photograph, so please enjoy the assortment of pictures I have provided of this unusual pole.

  • CL&P 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Another view of the brakestomper. There is no doubt in my mind that mutual aid was involved.

  • CL&P 23kV - Farmington, CT

    How's this for a strange pole? It appears to have originally been constructed as an armless pole with toothpick brackets (likely mutual aid), but then was converted to an alley arm (with no fewer than THREE braces on the arm!).


  • CL&P 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Another view of the Farmington Brakestomper.

  • CL&P 23kV - Farmington, CT

    There is no shortage of weirdness on this "brakestomper"!

  • CL&P 23kV - Farmington, CT

    See anything "suspicious" in the background?


  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    I was unfortunately not able to get at this pole from a good vantage point, but if you look closely, you will see a completely unmolested HELCO 23 kV riser pole from circa 1960!

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Some classic HELCO construction.

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    I always enjoyed seeing these old 23 kV distribution poles with post insulators.


  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    It took me nearly eight years to get to this highly unusual pole, which I posted from Google Street View imagery back in 2011: www.ipernity.com/doc/connecticut_power_l ines/16702309 What makes this pole so special is the fact that it uses the longest cro…

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Here are a few poles "downstream" from the Extra-Long Crossarm Pole. They were constructed by HELCO around 1958 to 1965, and are guyed together. This line, an old 23 kV subtransmission line, was constructed by the Connecticut Power Company (taken over by…

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Another view of the Extra-Long Crossarm Pole. For reference, the "short" arms in this photo are ten-footers.


  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    It took me almost eight years to get to this pole, but I made it! Below is the original photo I clipped from Google Street View in 2011: This pole features what I believe may be the longest crossarm on any single pole in Connecticut.

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Classic HELCO on an older pole with wooden pins.

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    More old wooden pins. Those likely date back to the CP years (before 1958).


  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Classic HELCO 23 kV construction with a newer transformer bank (on an older cluster bracket though).

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Later replacements from the 1970s, toward the end of HELCO's existence.

  • HELCO 23kV - Farmington, CT

    Here's another older HELCO pole, with a transformer bank that looks to have been added on around 1990.


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