Oh I've heard about this, it's one of those experiments where you try to turn copper into gold via transition metal oxidation.... Just heat it to near its melting point and scorch in a few more electrons and presto!
Anyway, from all appearances the fault was before the switch that finally it this gear in. (Between the CT cab and switch gear?) I imagine that the fuses, might not be right, they just might be a few sticks of copper pipe? Then the busswork sagged for the final blow.
Correct me if Im wrong, doesn't this type of switch have an interlock for the door, and kind of a snap action spring loaded mechanism on the knife contacts inside? I'm speculating here that someone tried to open the switch but it was welded shut - maybe it has no OCP at all... And that cord was attempt to close the door, not to have molten metal splash around the room? I imagine that switch has some charcoal as the insulated potion of the mechanism as self destructed in operation.
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