I took this pic a couple of weeks ago, hence the blue skies compared to the miserable gray from today's photos!
Every time I drive by this pole it always strikes me as being something of an oddity, and I've yet to figure out what this transformer feeds.
It's a normal-enough 11kV delta to 240/415V wye transformer, but both primary and secondary cables are underground and as you can see, there's not much close by. There is a tiny airstrip amid the open fields a quarter-mile or so behind, which I thought might account for lines being run underground at this point, but where does the secondary go?
It just seems too far away from anything else to have been installed here.
The airstrip would account for u/g cables; they are impossible to see from above and often the only indication - aside from a map - of the existence of o/h lines is when you can see the change in vegetation/ground appearance at the base of a pole!
It is not uncommon to see PMTs on riser-only poles in odd locations. It is cheaper to instal such arrangements rather than ground subs where the load is small and the customers spread out. Cmbined with the various reasons for using u/g as opposed to o/h lines this is the end result Bizarre - but think of the poor lonely pole!!
If hindsight were foresight, we'd all be millionaires!
Re: Lonesome transformer pole#141729 10/16/0411:55 AM10/16/0411:55 AM