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Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish, NIA #41


There have been two new incuse Locke markings reported. The first one is shown in the photograph below and is simply: "VICTOR". Note that this marking has quotation marks before and after the word VICTOR. This marking was found on U-670A. It has been assigned Fred Locke marking number #0-1a.

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"Crown Jewels" Historical Hobby Is Future Investment



Power line insulators are called the "Crown Jewels of the wire" because they come in jewel colors -- sapphire blue, emerald green, golden amber, royal purple, opalescent, ice aqua or jade green milk.

These glass insulators used to sparkle like jewels in the sun from their high perches on telegraph, ...                    [more]


Bea Lines

   by H.G. "Bea" Hyve


Well, if you thought we went a ways north last time for our interview, we're going WAY up north this time... to Alaska.... to talk with Bernie Warren of Anchorage. If I gave awards for promptness (which I don't), Bernie would win it. His questionnaire and photos were sent back in less than three weeks. Great ...                    [more]


Broken Insulators: A Pain In The Glass

   by Mike Roediger


For the past year now, many of us have heard about large earthquakes that are due very soon. The question isn't if we will have the quakes, rather we should be asking ourselves, "Will my insulators be safe if there should be an earthquake at my place?" Certainly many of us have our insulators displayed ...                    [more]


Discovering British Railway Insulators

   by Stewart Firth


About the Author

Every English schoolboy in the 1950's went through the train-spotting phase and I was no exception. Steam engines reigned supreme and nobody suspected that it would end. Then I grew up, went to University to study Electrical ...                    [more]

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