Finding Glass Insulators

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#1
I was thinking about searchinf inactive lines for insulators. My first question is, can you still find right of ways with insulators on poles? And could I check with my library to find abandoned tracks?
 

Jackrabbit

Preserving "America's RR"
#2
Just be sure to follow the lines, if any, first. Even though they may not be in use some may still have power. The many insulators I have I got by being at the right place at the right time. While at Travis AFB, I was following the Sac. Northern's Davis line home. They had just cut all of their poles down and had already removed all of the wire. I got as many of the insulators as I could carry in a bag. Later in Missouri a power company was doing the same thing in preparation for larger poles. Again, the wire was all gone.

I've heard of guys climbing poles for them and touching a wire that had a little surprise for them. Remember, even Stampede was once, for all intents and purposes, "abandoned". I would wait 'til the wire is gone.
 

ES44AC

What is your malfunction?
#3
I got some that were used by the NP on the Stampede sub, I got the clear, clear green, and the brown ceramic type, and I also got a green that the GN used from the Scenic sub in WA.
 
#5
I'm in a good place for glass insulators. Everything BNSF throws away that gets put into gondola cars goes to a customer on our line uses that waste for fuel, etc. I've seen literally hundreds of glass insulators still on the crossarms A few ctc search light signals and hundreds of thousands of crossties.
 
#6
Back in the early 80s CN converted its main line through the Fraser Valley (Yale Sub) to CTC and deactivated all the telegraph lines along the tracks. A lot of the poles were cut down but left lying for some time before they actually got around to cleaning them up. I lived close and used to walk the tracks a lot so I started gathering insulators. I stashed them along the tracks in a couple places and by the time I quit I must have had 400+ insulators in a couple of piles.

I got busy, sidetracked, whatever and never got around to picking them up. I piled them well away from the tracks and the ROW has never been disturbed so as far as I know they're still there but I've gone looking a couple times and have never been able to find them. Trees and vegetation have grown up so much that any markers I might have had are long gone. It's harder to walk the tracks now so I don't know if I'll ever find them...
 


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