Power Lines

Power Lines

Posted on 08/10/2013

Photo taken on August 10, 2013

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CP 4.8kV - Norfolk, CT

CP 4.8kV - Norfolk, CT
How's this for some ancient construction? The trunk circuit is run on a two-foot crossarm (VERY unusual in Connecticut), and the branch line is deadended on spools. I'd reckon this pole was put up well over 90 years ago.

The branch line pictured here runs for two spans and feeds a pole with a Westinghouse transformer.

That two-foot crossarm sure is odd, isn't it? Interestingly enough, I spotted several more poles with those short crossarms, but they were behind some trees, making them difficult to photograph. I'll probably get some shots of them next time I go through here.

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David Dahle
David Dahle
Like the short arms were for running the line through a heavily forested area? But that would make the wires more prone to contact if a branch should rest against the wires...
4 years ago.
Power Lines has replied to David Dahle
I'm not quite sure why they used them to tell you the truth. Many poles on this line recently got re-arm jobs, making me wonder if CL&P went on a campaign to replace the short crossarms. The pole here, and the others in the woods were out of the reach of bucket-trucks, so they probably couldn't go after those.

I'm wondering if this could just be a very early line that used a different spec. There has been electric distribution in this area since the 1910's, so just about anything is possible!

Much of Connecticut, including the area here, was also clear-cut when these lines were put up. Much of the forest around here is only about 50-60 years old. The line here was likely just passing through a field originally!
4 years ago.