Porcelain Insulators from the United Kingdom
Like the United States, The United Kingdom was a very early adopter of the Telegraph and therefore needing insulators in the mid 19th century. Almost from the start, porcelain was the preferred material for these insulators. This may have been due to porcelain's better performance in the damp English climate or simply the availability of quality potteries. Very few glass insulators were made or used in the UK. These insulators are identified by U-numbers, but in the range of 1000-3999. The link below is for the reference book that covers these insulators.
Worldwide Porcelain Insulators (Unipart Pin Types)
There are also two excellent books specifically on insulators found in the UK, both by Keith Neal who started collecting in the 1920s! The first is Searching for Railway Telegraph Insulators and the second is Railway and Other Rare Insulators which are highly recommended and still available!
|Insulators from the United Kingdom|
|The insulators below are Multiparts - these are made with two or more porcelain shells cemented together|
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