Doulton & Company, Ltd. Third Rail Insulator

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Electrical Review - London

London, England
vol. 55, no. 1398, p. 414, col. 1-2

Improved Insulator for Conductor Rails. Among the many problems attending the substitution of electric power for steam locomotion in railway working, of no small importance is the attainment of a thoroughly satisfactory means of supporting and insulating the conductor rails. It is essential that the rail supports, while providing permanent insulation under the difficult conditions prevailing on railway tracks, should be substantial enough to withstand rough usage and sufficiently strong mechanically to resist considerable vibration and shock. With a view to meeting these requirements, Messrs. Doulton & Co., Ltd., of Lambeth, who have had considerable experience in the manufacture of insulators of this class, have patented a new rail support. It consists of a pedestal of porcelain of substantial proportions with a large base resting direct upon the rail-tie and secured thereto by external malleable-iron fastenings. In this respect it differs considerably from earlier types of rail insulators in which the porcelain is supported on a central stud, after the manner of telegraph insulators. The conductor rail is held in position by a chair of malleable iron, provided with a depending stud which is cemented into a recess in the insulator. The insulator shown in the illustration is fitted with a chair for a conductor rail of rectangular section. The same type is supplied with chairs adapted for other sections of rail, e.g., flanged or channel sections. The insulator is of high-grade vitreous porcelain of a form well adapted for manufacture, and it will be seen from the illustration that it occupies the whole of the vertical space below the rail, thus presenting a maximum length of path to resist surface leakage of current.


New Insulator for Conductor Rails.


New Insulator for Conductor Rails.



Keywords:Insulator : Foreign : Third Rail Insulator : Doulton & Company
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Researcher:Elton Gish
Date completed:September 26, 2009 by: Elton Gish;