obscure objects of transport beauty: railway telegraph insulators

An interesting article, bearing in mind, my weakness for old school telecoms equipment. 🙂

The Beauty of Transport

It’s time to open the doors to the gallery of obscure objects of transport beauty again. This week we’ll take a look at some more small items from the transport industry which are attractive beyond the needs of mere utility. The first is another porcelain wonder:

Photo by Daniel Wright [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Porcelain LMS railway telegraph insulator. Photo by Daniel Wright [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] I’ve enthused over the tactile properties of porcelain before, not least in the form of third rail insulators. The item above is an insulator too, although it’s a lot smaller (about 12cm tall). The copper wire is the clue; this is a railway telegraph insulator from the London Midland & Scottish Railway. According to the markings on its top, it is a model number 1, and was manufactured in 1941 by Bullers Ltd.

The telegraph system has variously been described as the Victorian Internet (as here) and the Railway of…

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