Noel McStay’s Collection of Electrical Artifacts

Noel McStay with his collection of artifacts

If you are interested in old electrical equipment artifacts, drop in to Richmond Electrical in
Finglas. Noel McStay has pulled together a collection of electrical equipment some of which date as far back as the 1920’s. Most of these items are on display in a cabinet at the trade counter.

On display are items such as the Venner Time-Switch. Until about 40 years ago, time-switches were the accepted method of switching street lighting. Initially these needed to
be reset every couple of weeks to allow for the variances in lighting times. Over the years calendar-timeswitches were introduced.

Other items of interest include one of the first immersion switches, a voltage operated ELCB, a rather unusual looking 3 gang light switch, a Wylex cooker switch that was banned in Ireland yet everybody seemed to have had one.

Noel also has a really old DZ/NDZ fuseboard as well as incredibly large domestic lighting switchbanks that are attached to a central busbar, and were used for many years to light up
a convent.

Another interesting device is a trip switch for an NDZ fuse holder. This was a handy way of being able to trip a circuit, and was a precursor to the MCB.

ELECTRIC.IE would like to thank Noel for showing us his display.  Drop in to the Trade Counter in REW Finglas to see it for yourself.

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