Insulator Collecting UK — Teleramics

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This page is, at the moment, used to store photographs of mostly enamel signage noted while insulator hunting.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Museum, March 2006

insulator sign

This lovely cast iron sign is an early reminder of a persistant problem

Crewe Works, September 2005

33000 kv

Many of these signs are fixed to the galvanised sheet fence which runs along the southern edge of Crewe Works

A new sign for GJ

enamel sign

I'm afraid I have given way to the Ebay bug and could not resist this beauty.

It may have some corrosion and obvious pellet gun marks, but after all it's not exactly new!

This is the third example I know of. One at the Didcot Railway Centre, one at my house, and one errrm, I just cannot remember where at the moment. Oh yes, the Severn Valley Railway, bridgnorth.

Gloucester Pylon signage, August 2005

pylon signage

These three signs are affixed high up to a 132,000 volt pylon near Gloucester

It looks though the signs are original to the pylon and with such names as British Electricity Authority, South Western Division and only a 5 digit telephone number, Bristol 35655, are probably not relevant anymore, infact probably only the voltage rating applies.

The third, lower, sign remains unknown

Overhead Wires!

caution sign

This lovely little sign came from a felled telegraph pole on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) near Penrith

The WCML was electrified north to Carlisle in 1973 / 1974 so this suggests that the poles were felled on or about this date. These were used to signify to the linemen climbing poles that a 110v or 200v circuit was present on the pole.

I have since recovered Caution signs from the Settle & Carlisle route. They are identical except slightly fatter, more round than the WCML variants

Local control

warning sign

This rare curved survivor remained nailed to a power line pole in a hedge until recently.

The pole route itself had become disused and dismantled many years ago and this pole remained in a hedge cut down in height but still standing.

A small amount of natural corrosion has take place but otherwise it's in great condition.


Danger sign

This Danger sign came off a high voltage pole which had been replaced with a new installation.

It exhibits the usual vandal marks, i.e. pellet gun marks. The long rust line running from the centre to the bottom is a small crease which had caused the enamel to flake.


510 enamel sign

This 6in diameter disc was found on the ground near the site of an old pylon so I assume it was used to identify the pylon. A completely new structure was being erected in its place and I doubt if the sign was going to be reused. The white 510 has faded slightly and a pellet has made a large rust spot.