The following pictures were taken here in Corning, NY. This line is where my father (a chief lineman for New York State Electric & Gas - now retired) first put up the Corning Pyrex insulators and later replaced them with the porcelain U-817A’s. The line is 34.5kv and was built around 1942. It is now mostly just a memory of that entire line being full of CD 326’s, CD 327’s and even the CD 327 “small top” variation. There are still a few poles with the Pyrex on them as you can see in the pictures but 90% of that line has now been upgraded to the U-817A porcelain piece. I have seen many lines in the past with the CD 327’s in both carnival and clear but it is a rarity to see the CD 326’s still in use. This line also sports a few of the CD 325’s in clear. When my father started upgrading this line, he would bring home some beautiful carnival glass pieces. It was like Christmas back then. I was 10 at the time and can remember the station wagon FULL of Pyrex! That was 25 years ago and a memory that will never be repeated. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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Last updated Tuesday, October 8, 1996
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