Good call there kiwi,
And I agree, it is funny how the bad things seem to stick in your mind.
Mind you, at the time, I was not laughing.
Not long after I came out of my time as a Line-Mechanic here, I was sent out on regular Faults duties, that in itself wasn't a problem.
That was until one night, half of the town went out on a fault.
I was sent to the North end of town to reset an Air-Circuit Breaker and resetting that turned all of the street lights and a lot of other stuff back on.
I went back home thinking good of myself.
I'd just got back into bed when the phone rang to go and reset the ACB at the other end of town and I thought this is pretty strange.
Once I got to the other end of town there was a Circuit Breaker covered in flames and burning well.
I headed back to the other end of town and pulled the ACB there, which again knocked out
most of the power in the town.
I Meggered the cable and worked out that there was a dead short in it between R and B phases.
This is a 33kV line that uses a Lead Sheathed Cambric Insulated paper, Copper Cable.
Between the North and South ends of the Town there is a Small Sub-Station, that provides Isolation only, no Transformers.
I went to have a look at that and sure enough, some idiot had thrown a piece of steel through the window and shorted out 2 of the busbars.
We got rid of that Sub after that.
Considering that there is a very lively Irish Bar over the road from the old Sub, no-one saw a thing, considering that 33kV would cause a flash and a half!.
BTW, If you want a good feed first thing in the morning, go to an Irish Cafe, since I've been on Night shift, Kelly's Bar has been a Godsend!.
They have a strange potato thing, but by God does it taste good!.