Our Midland Railway "Pole Route"
Earlier this year we started collecting telegraph poles in the hope of being able to set up a section of pole route from one end of the garden to the other, as a visual part of railway history, since most such routes have been replaced by cable runs. One of our members put us in contact with a Chas Carpenter, who had installed such routes at various places, including Sir William MacAlpine's garden railway at Fawley Hill. He has given us his assistance over the past couple of months - this involved fitting the arms to four posts at ground level, then taking them off while we helped getting the posts into the prepared holes. He then fitted the arms, populated them with insulators and again with assistance, laid out the wires.
This is a photo of him starting to fix the wires onto the insulators:
A close-up of the pole before the work was completed - the bottom two wires are still to be fitted:
This was taken from the signal platform seen in the first photo. The insulators are Midland Railway ones - designed by William Langdon, at one time Telegraph Superintendent of the MR and known as Langdon Corrugated.
The whole pole run, seen from the North end of the box garden:
You will note that the end post has been stayed, as has the other end post. Two weights of wire have been used. Four of the wires are 150lb/mile, and the other four are 70lb/mile, if I have correctly understood the notes I was given!
From one of the posts two wires run to one corner of the box:
These wires are on shackles patented by Brights at the post and on a variation of Langdon's insulator at the box.
So far we have no plans to actually use the wires, they are for the moment a visual display.