I some how doubt that contraption would meed CE requirements
They also used the term "electrified" rather than "electric"
So it was a "fully electrified churn" which sounds a lot scarier
I saw clips from those days and when people in rural areas got electricity (30s-40s-50s mostly) they first tended to get light bulbs... then when the lightbulbs showed up how dusty the place was there was a rush on vacuum cleaners and washing machines.
The ESB used all sorts of PR tricks to convince people to let them run cables the shortest routes like saying that electricity couldn't go around corners :P
There were a few particularly conservative spots that opposed it on grounds of safety, fear or, much like today, a dislike of pylons and overhead lines.
[This message has been edited by djk (edited 12-30-2003).]