The Appalachian Lady

    Bucyrus Erie 1260W

Photos Contributed by: Eric Fleisher

The Transformers for the Lady. You'll see a transformer set like this near any large dragline or stripping shovel.

A word of caution.


You never know if the power is still on to a substation or transformer. They may even still have power to the machine for maintenance or lighting. Those cables may have anywhere between 7200 volts and 30,000 volts running through them. Since they are dragged around as the machine moves, they become knicked and cut from being pulled across sharp rocks and contact with machinery in the area.


When the ground is damp, it's very possible to be shocked or killed without even touching the cable itself.