We met at noon, and were soon up the poles. The old homemade 4-pin crossarms came down and the genuine ones (with 6 wooden pins each) went up. A chainsaw was used to peak-top the poles for a more-vintage look. We were lucky to have four club members there that climbed, and the job was done in about 4 hours. It was lots of fun to be putting insulators back in service for a change. Included on the poles were a purple Whitall-Tatum, CD 151, CD 126, CD 213, CD 133's, some signals, tolls and beehives... and an aqua Hemingray 42, which no telegraph line would be complete without.
|Mid Norris unties a wire from the original pole.||Carl Scott prepares a pole to change from sidepins to a crossarm.|
|Bill Ostrander drills a hole for the new crossarm, already hoisted up.||Paul Cherry and Mike Randall prepare another crossarm.|
|Ken Klein prepares to climb!||Carl peaks the top of a pole.|
|Mid and Scott Morrell size up one of the terminating poles.||Bill attaches the braces.|
|Mid sizes up another pole.||Bill starts tying on the wires.|
|Carl prepares the other end pole.||Already have a wire tied to the purple Whitall-Tatum.|
|Bill strikes a pose...looks like a huge cattle prod coming to get him up the pole.||Carl terminating one end of the wiring.|
|Carl working on the terminations.||Who's that dancing on the pole?!?|
The Climbers and their Foreman! Mid Norris, Bill Ostrander, Kenny Klein Jr, Ken Klein and Carl Scott.
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