These much ignored pieces of rural and urban furniture finally have a website of their own.
This is not the site to visit for technical information pertaining to telegraph poles. You'll find nothing about 10KVa transformers, digital telephone networking or even so much as a single volt.
This is a website celebrating the glorious everyday mundanitude of these simple silent sentinels the world over.
|from the simple...||through the interesting...||to the hieroglyphics||and the alluring|
|click the thumbnails above to view the gallerys.||more poles...|
We don't care what the wires contain either. They all carry electricity in some way be it the sparky stuff which boils your kettle, or the thinner stuff with your voice in it when you're on the phone.
Intermittently regular correspondent, David Kendrick (#0609H) has explained his recent dearth of communiques. Not a sign of incipient polophobia he assures us. By way of proof he has sent us the picture you see below of the leaning pole of Morville (Salop). Found in the village hall car park. Morville being famous for a book my wife once read called "The Morville Hours" by Katherine Swift - about a garden I got dragged around a couple of years ago. My sulk lasted almost a full week after that. And "Salop" being ye olde name for the county of Shropshire. People like me, and David Kendrick I presume, refuse to give it it's modern name much preferring the owd word Salop. Salop, being the county wherein I also formed a society to maintain a stout postulation of Phlogiston theory.
Anyway, David Kendrick, no, this could never qualify as a Pole of the Month because it has its head buried in the hedge. We like to see its face.
The second photo he sent us is of an array of pole engineers' climbing equipment at the Kidderminster Railway Museum where he is a volunteer archivist and trainee boring old fart. I can't help but wonder what one goes on to be once graduated from this latter training course.
With regard the second photo. Through the wonders of internet technology, if you look away from the table full of tools for 10 seconds, then look back again, you will find I have removed one of the items. You pass the test if you can tell me which one it is.
Highly irregular regular correspondent to these most fair pages, Willie Montgomery Stack writes and and encloses photographs...
Members of the TPAS East Dorset (2015) branch - not to be confused with any previous grouping or organisation bearing the same name - paid a visit to the West Somerset Railway on June 4th, cameras at the ready.
One member was flashing away furiously for the entire 75 minute journey on the old Great Western branch from Bishop's Lydeard to Minehead. The rest of us were just happy to take photographs.
And look what we saw when the prints came back from Boots this morning - some very unusual finials on the top of several of the track-side poles, eight-sided and with the poles themselves apparently tapered to make them fit. (Photos 1 and 2 below).
Have you ever seen the like? We would appreciate it it you could bring this to the attention of the wider society - nay, perhaps even to society in general!
Jake Rideout can be considered a true connoisseur of the telegraph pole. If this were a learned establishment then he would surely be revered as a professor. Alas, whilst we are just as esteemed as the highest academic institution, we have no sort of hierarchy whatsoever. So hard luck there Jake. Anyway, I have sat on these photos of his in my publication queue for long enough. It's a rare thing for me to receive photos of interesting poles and then also to get such high quality information about them too. Please read all about Jake's insulator collecting exploits by visiting his website jajainsulators.com.
1: Small crossarm pole near the A362 at Frome. Has still in place two porcelain No.1 'cordeaux' and a saltglazed No.3 insulator. The bracing span on the right have came loose as it is supposed to be supporting the top crossarm on the left hand side. The pole as been replaced.
2: 'Ring' pole in Frome next to a low voltage power pole with ABC cabling. The ring pole has 8 (One behind the pole) No.16 'screwtop' insulators, one missing it's lid. This pole has also been replaced and the telephone cables tied onto the power pole.
3: High voltage (33kv) electricity pole with six powerlines and a total of 38 insulators. This is a pole on one of two high voltage routes which terminate at the small sub station in Frome. (Extra info: On the right hand side, the top two cables are supported by brown multipart insulators after connecting to the suspension insulators. This is done so that the lines don't hang down onto the guy wire which can be seen. This is standard action on all poles which change direction.)
4: Ring pole on Locks Hill (Frome) with composite No.16 screwtop insulators, the two on the left in use with the original bare cables.
5: Abandoned pole next to the original trackbed of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (S&D) just outside of Bath. This pole contains a small variety of insulators including some rarer Midland Railway 'corrugated' insulators.
6: Low voltage electricity pole near Radstock. This shows what would have been an older installation. The ABC cable on the right has replaced 5 un-insulated cables which would have been tied to the horizontal row of insulators, and then continue as 5 un-insulated cables tied to vertical insulators like on the left side. I don't know whether this is correct, but the horizontal cables are not so common and I believe are used over main roads. I had a week's work experience with an electrical engineering company and was told that the cables have to be over 5 meters above the road as not to foul high vehicles. I believe this set-up was used to raise the height of the lines.
Karl Thorpe Morgan, for reasons best known to himself, has delayed becoming a member of this most venerable and auspicious society. He finds himself a student of telegraph poles and connecting paraphernalia as part of a BT Openreach training course. There is no doubt in my mind that Karl is top of the class. His enthusiasm stretches to photographing the poles in his locale (Stockport, it says on one of the bins in the first picture) and transmitting them to us. He clearly, also, has an eye for finials. One for the future, BT, do look after him. But his final comment that I might have been his fiber optic tutor is an inadvertence. They say; those who can do, those who can't, teach. And those who can't do anything useful - at all - write blogs.