Guest Contributor Mel Berns

Mel’s Memorable Open Wire Experience

By Mel Berns

Along Feather River Canyon
Along Feather River Canyon

For 40 years, I dismantled millions of lbs. of wire for railroads, Western Union, AT&T’s Long Lines Division, and the old Postal Telegraph Company as well as miles of bomb circuits all over the country.  This included the Alaskan Railroad.  I can’t count the number of poles I cut and pulled over the years, mostly bare green wire and the alloy of the old weather proof signal wire.

I’m 75 years of age now and haven’t climbed a pole in 30 years–the hardest and most fun job there ever was!

Mel on board train with open wire profile beside his own.
Mel on board train with open wire profile beside his own.

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