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How to find insulators

Snigl

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Aug 7, 2016
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Two years ago we took a scenic train ride out of Branson MO on an old track. The entire distance there were poles with dozens of insulators on each one. Whether they are still there or not I haven't a clue, but there were probably over a thousand that we passed.
 

planeguy2

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Apr 29, 2020
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I followed your advice and biked along the old west shore RR (now a bike path), and found 4 insulators. From left to right: hemingray 42 hemingray 19 hemingray 19.
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I don't know about the right most one. The top is broke off. I apologize if this is obvious I am quite new to insulators.
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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treeguyfred

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Mar 9, 2013
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Nice finds! The far right one is more than likely a broken CD 145 Brookfield (B) A photo of the top from an angle would help. The Hemi 42 is a pretty common insulator, CD 154. The Hemi 19 is more sought after CD 162.
Fun post, thanks for sharing! Go back you may find other poles still standing or laying down under the forest leaf litter!
~Fred
 

GLASSHOPPER55

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Feb 23, 2015
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LaPorte County, Indiana
I found most of my insulators in the early 70s when there were a lot of old telegraph/electric lines still around. By the 90s so many have been removed you just don't see that many anymore. Those early insulator collectors were SO into the "good" ones with unusual shapes or cool colors they would actually climb poles and get them down. Some even made long grabbers to cut them down. I remember all the warnings in "Crown Jewels Of the Wire" and "Old Bottle" Magazine about that. Most of the great colors and threadless ones are in collectors' hands.
 

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