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I regularly drive I-70 west from St. Louis. The highway parallels a Union Pacific railbed. I am puzzled by the telepgraph poles that are long that railbed. These poles are new. They have new cross-members and some have insulators. None have wires. I have contact Union Pacific to find out why they maintain these poles but were dismissed with the explanation that "contractual matters are proprietary". What gives? Why do they maintain these poles? I wonder if part of their right-of-way was originally contingent upon maintenance of telegraph service back in the day when it was a vital form of communication. Help! What's the answer?
As the person you spoke with alluded to, UP probably has a maintenance contract with the telegraph company to keep those poles up for a set period of time.
I have no doubt that someone is paying someone to erect these new poles. My question is why are they being installed. What is the underlying reason money is being spent to put these poles up? Thanks is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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