Contributer's Photos - 2005
This section is for other collectors to have their collections or individual photos displayed and all are welcome.
Tris Horton's fine collection of reds
This fine collection of Reds consist of 1939, 40, 41, 42, 45, 47, 48, 49 variants. vintage Standard Post Office pattern line insulators. Stamped and dated with the Bullers logo and 4 rare Large red Terminators plus they are in great condition
One of the top finds is the 1939 dated example stamped with the Bullers logo on top and on the front top with LMS (London Midland & Scottish railway), the impressions are clear and again in excellent condition.
Of interest is the Inner shed length, as discussed on the Standard page, it fits in lovely with my inner shed theory. The 1939 example has the longer inner than outer shed where as the 1947 / 1948 examples all have a shorter inner than outer shed.
An English insulator abroad. The P-647, Philip Franco
Philip sent me these 4 shots of an insulator he found in a New York State scrapyard. In his own words ....
Hi, I have some pictures of an insulator which turns out to been made by Steatite & Porcelain Products Ltd. The insulator weights over 100lbs and was a real challenge to move around. I found this insulator in a scrapyard in New York State USA.
He then went on to provide further clarification as to the writing ....
The writing below MADE IN ENGLAND reads P-647 then 11-66 which is more than likely the month and year of manufacture.
Philip, I think your bang on with that statement. Happy hunting
Philip has kindly sent me these images of his collection of Bullers suspension insulators - Philip, thank you
Richard Barnes Cordeaux by Macintyre
Richard came across this white ceramic standard type, with a longer inner shed marked GPO and MacIntyre, in a hedgerow in Gloucestershire - A lucky find.
It has been stated by a fellow collector that the Macintyre insulator is more prone to cracking than the usual types, Bullers, TTC for example.
I would be interested in seeing other Macintyre insulators if anyone has an image to spare. In my personal experience, they are not very common or at least examples marked with the Macintyre name / logo are not!
Do you know any different?
Fraser Godfrey's LNWR 1912 Terminator!
This lovely Terminator came of the old dismantled Leamington to Rugby line.
These differ in physical shape and size to the more common Terminator in that they have a smaller diameter outer shed and the top section has a steeper slope when compared with the Bullers variety.
Comparison with other marked examples within the collection lead me to believe, quite conclusively, that they are made by Taylor Tunnicliff & Co.
Update January 2006
Fraser has now sent a photo of the reverse side and as you can see it's was made by Bullers Ltd London. Oh well there goes another theory!
Thanks for the update, Fraser, and it goes to show the more insulators you see the more confusing the whole production issue becomes, but hey, that my mission, to sort it all out for you lot ;-)
James Bancroft's chocolate brown Wade Potheads
James has his own insulator website here
Tris Horton's growing collection of Langdons
Fredrik Höjefält's UK insulators
Above Left - A lovely red large Terminator, stamped with the Bullers logo, dated and Made in England wrapped around the bottom of the logo
Above Right - A Langdon treble shed in excellent ex line side condition with original spindle
This oversize standard Post Office pattern insulator was probably made by Taylor Tunnicliff & Co. and has a lovely golden brown colour usually indicative of an early insulator, though not always.
Other colours known to be produced by TTC are White, Chocolate Brown and Purple Brown.
Note - If you look carefully you will notice that the TTC insulator has a much squarer shoulder than the Bullers example and this knowledge can usually be used to quickly identify the maker without a makers mark
This lovely Standard Post Office line insulator was made by Taylor Tunnicliffe & Co in 1909 for the LNWR, London and North Western Railway
The TTC logo is cleanly impressed on the top face as usual for this type of insulator and the LNWR 9 printed in ink under the glaze.
I have seen many printed insulators but never one by TTC or for the LNWR, a rare item indeed.
The LNWR where early users of this pattern and adopted it widely after 1878.
Thanks Fredrik for sharing some of your UK insulator collection with us and it's good to know these insulators have a good home in Sweden
Another printed LNWR
Tris horton has provided a photo of this printed standard post office pattern line insulator with a new style of under glaze printing,
As can be clearly seen it's a London and North Western Railway insulator from 1904 with an unusual & in a style not seen before, very angular.
This example came from near Scout Green
Insulators, Insulators, Insulators
Question - Just how long would it take to sift through this pile?
Answer - Well that's obvious, as long as it takes to load them all in the car!
I think I counted 7 different types of terminators in this pile, several types of standard cordeaux's, red ones, black ones, white ones, oh and dirty ones of course!
Thanks go to Jim Gough for this picture.
This image, sent to me by Caroline from Norfolk, captures what was once common in all towns
The photo of this particular pole was taken by her aunt in Southend the pole now being used simply as an anchor for modern telephone wires, the insulators themselves remain as a momento of past technologies.