Typical French transformer building/tower. 1940-50s? Newer transformers are now mounted to poles or, as here, bolted to the outside of the existing tower. The original cables still enter and exit the building, but I've no idea what's inside.
Hi, i remember seing these in the French Mediterranian, Cote d' Azur, San Rafaël - Frejus. Near the Boulouris camping where we stayed was also one of those high TX buildings. A service man was working there and i managed to get a peek inside ( pre osh days ) the HV cables entered near the roof through the green glass insulators.
In it was a HV switch, HV fuses a big transformer and kWh metering, as well as LV fuses and cables.
I was probably about 17 then and didn't work in the electrical industry yet, so i cant give exact details of the layout. See if i can dig up a photo i have somewhere.
Last edited by RODALCO; 07/20/0711:39 PM. Reason: typo's
The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.
Rod, it is not clear in the pic, [ because of the reduction in pixels needed to e-mail shots to Paul ], but look closely at the door. It is 'locked' by a short length of blue polypropylene binder-twine tied through the hasp!
Paul, I reduce all my stuff to 800x600 now before storing/e-mailing and you can't read much more on the original than the post. I'm over there this arbo to switch on the power at a mate's holiday home and light the stove in the middle of July [ - jeez, if this is global warming you can stuff it up your jumper!] for his vacation and I'll get a better shot then.
Austrian transformer towers look pretty much the same. ONce they were often wood, now probably brick or concrete (stucco on the outside anyway). I know one where they changed to underground wiring and just cut the old LV cables inside and outside, but left short stubs through the wall haning on the isolators... looks nice right in the middle of the village. Have to remember to take a picture next week or whenever I come around again.