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Posted on 06/03/2014


Photo taken on June  1, 2014


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JEA 4.16kV - Jacksonville, FL

JEA 4.16kV - Jacksonville, FL
Close-up view of the crossarm construction on the pole in the previous photo. This is a real oldie that went up over 90 years ago. Note the heavy-duty pins and the johnny-ball deadends. The blue glaze on the johnny-balls adds a nice touch, doesn't it?

There used to be a few more of these poles with blue johnny balls on Stockton Street (this one's on King Street) that had the 4.16kV running underneath 23kV, but sadly all those poles bit the dust a few weeks ago as part of an upgrade. As far as I know, this may be the very last of those early poles with the blue johnny balls left.

SW Ohio Lines, Tony Glen, David Dahle have particularly liked this photo


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James E Hackett
James E Hackett
Those johnny balls glow in the sun like a glow rocks would in a black light!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
David Dahle
David Dahle
At least one is confirmed in captivity: www.insulators.info/pictures/?id=409524026
3 years ago.
Power Lines
Power Lines
That's interesting. Glad to hear that there's at least that one to be preserved.

Following a link in the photo, I was also led to this pole:
www.insulators.info/pictures/?id=387400222

This was one of my all time favorites in Jacksonville. The overbuild featured some classic old construction with 10" disks and multiparts, and the underbuild had the blue johnny balls. There were two of those poles on the line. Sadly, they both went down shortly before I arrived in June.

But I am very pleased to see that a fellow linegeek has photographed them!
www.insulators.info/pictures/?id=387400222

But with those two poles down, the one I photgraphed here is the very LAST one in service on JEA's entire grid. And I've got a feeling it won't be up for long...so I did my very best to preserve it in pictures for us to enjoy.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.