Re: [coldwarcomms] Coax Rights-of-Way
- On Wednesday 18 June 2003 10:46 pm, Brady Alleman wrote:
> On the subject of L3 right-of-ways, how wide were they normallyThey crossed the Delaware River between Stockton NJ and (just North of) Centre
> cleared? And how did they traverse streams and rivers?
Bridge PA by having a company named Dravo bury three cables under the floor
of the river. There were normally two L3I cables between Airmont and
Pottstown, but between Stocton and the vault in "Johnson's orchard" there
were three armoured in about 3/16 steel wiresand hemp then covered with
pitch. I observed the splicing in the vault, and they split the wiring so
that all three cables had active and spare lines, and the center cable had
lines from both of the main lines.
Dravo assembled a 60'x20' barge and several smaller craft. I believe it was
brought in by train to Stockton which still had active rail in 1959/60 when
this occured, and then trucked it down to the river side. They put a large
(80'?) and a small dredge (30'?)on the barge and ran an aerial cable across
the river (abt 1000') for the barge to winch itself along. The barge had four
pipe legs about 2 ft in diameter that went through wells in hull.
you can see the crossing. The river is shallow and has a rapids at this
point. The crossing was between the two obvious lines across the river which
are probably spoils from the dredging. On either side of the river were the
obligatory 8'x5' "Cable crossing Do not anchor" signs. If you click down to
the next lower terraserver image, the vault would be in ths spot in the
orchard on the third row from the river missing a tree. (BTW my house was not
the big white spot immediately to the right of the orchard, but the square
white spot just next to it.)
The long lines crew that did the splicing in the vault was from Arkansas and
gave me a one foot piece of L3I which I wish I still had. Can you image a
modern work crew of any kind allowing a 14-year-old kid to go down into a
vault and watch them work? Much less soldering in a vault with an iron
heated with a blow torch and pouring molten lead into a splicing cast?
Probably has a lot to do with why I am the way I am today.
mailto:cness.not4spam@... All jobs are equally easy to
http://home.earthlink.net/~cness the person not doing the work.