Those Vanishing Pole Lines

I wonder how many people who are not railroad enthusiasts are aware that railroads in the past decade have been getting rid of their pole lines.

It used to be that pole lines and railroads were synonymous. Those wires carried telephone conversations and commands to line signals and switches.

But railroasd have gone to underground cables, satellites and radio technology and in the process have removed their pole lines.

You can still find pole lines along some tracks, but the wires are inactive or gone.

One byproduct of pole lines are insulators. Many people collect and display them in their homes.

Many are made of glass and make for colorful decorations or paper weights.

These insulators are part of a remnant of a New York Central pole line at the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum.

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