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Cockroach - Bare & PVC

Our Network Rail approved 'Cockroach', an All Aluminium Conductor (AAC cable) is principally used in short-span railway overhead line power distribution systems with low, medium and high voltage ratings of up to 60kV. It is suitable for use in the transmission and distribution of overhead line power where high conductivity is necessary.

Cockroach cable

Cockroach - Bare & PVC - Construction

Drawing number 148/045/998 148/046/998
Conductor Stranded aluminium conductor Stranded aluminium conductor
Insulation n/a Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) TI1
Network Rail PADS and sheath colour 0091/010268 0091/010319 (black)

The uninsulated version has excellent corrosion resistance and is suitable for coastal installations. It provides an excellent weight to conductivity ratio.

The PVC insulated version is recommended for installations requiring additional protection against the challenges of the environment.

Cockroach Tehcnical support

Eland Cables is the leading supplier of overhead lines to Network Rail, including Cockroach cable, Centipede cable, and Hornet cable. Please contact our rail specialists for technical support with your rail electrification projects.

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Cable Standards and Approvals

Railway Cables - Cockroach Overhead Line (AAC) Cable
BS 215-1, BS EN 60889

Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance No: PA05/05259

Railway Cables - Cockroach Overhead Line (AAC) PVC Cable
BS EN 50182, BS 215-1, NR/PS/TEL/31102

Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance
No: PA05/05259

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The Cable Lab®

UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory

About Eland Cables

The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.

For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.

Our customers can also rely on the Cable Lab's services for an independent, objective and comprehensive quality assessment of cables procured from third parties.


About Eland Cables

About Eland Cables

Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.


Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.

Expert tecHnical support

Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.

Complete Cable Solutions

We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.