A Line of Muncie's in Montana

By Bill RohdeView Icon Profile

In the summer of 1990, Bill Rohde and his father, Don, were driving to the Cedar Rapids National show. While driving east on IH-90 near Butte, MT they noticed a line of Muncies running along and close to the highway. At one point they crossed under the line. They exited and entered a small town which had a connecting line from the Muncie line to a substation that supplied power to the town.

One photo shows six Muncies on a double crossarm. This was the end of the distribution line that feed down to a bank of transformers. The strings of porcelain suspension insulators that drop the power line down to the transformers are a style that Bill has never seen before. The petticoat was a double ring and the underside was recessed unusually deep to the connecting pin.

Some of the photos show CD 151's on the same pole. These are marked only with an embossed vertical bar and are sage green in color.

Note the stainless steel metal bands on the ends of a couple of the crossarms apparently used to keep the ends of the crossarms from splitting.

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Last updated Saturday, August 12, 2000