4d. Off Kedleston Rd, Derby City Centre. By the side of the medical centre is a disused footpath with a single surviving Bleeco cast iron column, complete with Thorn Beta 4 lantern. The footpath has not been used for many years, and only a short stretch can still be walked upon as the rest of it is fenced off. The Beta 4 is likely to have been run on mercury, as a backboard taken from another column on the footpath (column now removed) has 125 W mercury gear. It appears that the column this particular backboard was in was the main control point, as there is a metal plate with column numbers this point controlled below the capacitor. The door on the column featured in the photograph below was loose, so I had a look inside the base. There was very little in there, just an old cutout and a good many cobwebs! Information about this footpath can be found by clicking here.
Whilst looking for the allotments from where my Z9481 was removed, I came across the other end of the footpath, and this side is much more accessible. The next few pictures show the remains of the lighting as it looked on the 6th March 2005.
The first two columns that can be seen both have mercury post top lanterns (possibly Phosco P178s) fitted; both are heavily vandalised however. I had a quick look in the column bases to check for anything of interest, but all that greeted me were isolator switches (and years of cobwebs!), as the lanterns are gear-in-head.
The site of the school is now a patch of wasteland. This is what can be seen in the background of the left hand photograph.
I then spotted some of the old cable along the bridge across the stream...
The cable is quite hard to spot here, so I've added arrows to try to highlight it. It breaks off in the water, so is obviously (hopefully!) no longer live.
At what is now the end of the footpath is this cast iron stump - this would have been a column at one time! I found a piece of the column in the soil nearby, but I left it there as it wasn't really recognisable as any particular part. In the past, cast iron columns were just smashed up when they were no longer needed - usually this was done in-situ. This is probably what happened here...
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