The Winter Damage - 1940

In January 1940, three days of mist and freezing temperatures caused heavy icing on the aerial system. Although the system featured a slipping clutch mechanism designed to cope with increases in weight, this had also iced up and could not cope with the extreme weight of the ice. Some of the aerial insulators broke and a large part of the aerial system fell to the ground.

Repairs were hazardous due to ice continuously falling from several hundred feet above. That said, the maintenance staff and teams of engineers did a valiant job in restoring the aerial system to working order within three weeks. The other Long/Medium Wave services were restored shortly after.

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