David Dahle

David Dahle

Posted on 08/20/2016


Photo taken on June 28, 2015


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Northern Plains Electric - Harlow, ND

Northern Plains Electric - Harlow, ND
A heavy transformer bank on Baker Electric's 1937 line.

Could be mostly original with a few replaced parts.

Power Lines, Jesse Lor, Justin S, SW Ohio Lines have particularly liked this photo


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Power Lines
Power Lines
These poles certainly look to be original!

What is interesting about the transformer bank, though, is that none of the cans are double-hanger units.
22 months ago.
David Dahle has replied to Power Lines
Back when coops were starting up, loads were very light (50kWh / month was a typical bill), so it's possible they had to special-order these for this big load.

The elevator was the first load to be started up on the 1937 line - while the coop was waiting for permission from the NDPSC to energize the line in October 1937 (and which was being held up due to a complaint by Central Electric & Telephone over an issue with their phone lines), the elevator complained to the coop that it was full up and had a train waiting to be loaded. The coop manager went up to the sub (then near York - it was replaced with a new sub near Balta), closed the fuses, and the elevator had almost finished unloading when someone noticed the line was energized and snitched to the NDPSC. The NDPSC rebuked the coop's manager and had OTP confiscate the fuses from the sub! The coop agreed to pay the phone company the $100 needed for supplies to upgrade the phone lines that paralleled the coop's line and once they scraped that money together, they got the needed permission in November!
22 months ago.