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Hornet - Bare & PVC

The Hornet Overhead Line range is an All-Aluminium Conductor (AAC) manufactured specifically for the Railway industry and holds Network Rail Approval. It is designed to be used as a bonding cable for rail overhead line applications.

Bonding cable also acts as an earthing wire, providing a route to Earth from the Power supply and ensures electrical continuity. This provides part of a fail-safe in the event of failure.

Hornet cable

Hornet - Bare & PVC - construction

Drawing Number 148/044/998 148/046/998 148/443/998 148/444/998
Conductor Stranded Aluminium Stranded Aluminium
Insulation   Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) TI1
Network Rail PADS and Sheath colour 0091/010267 0091/010318 (black)
0091/030336 (red)
0091/030337 (yellow)

Hornet - Colour identification

Drawing number PADS Colour Application
148/044/998 0091/010267 - Standard traction bond where no insulation is required
148/046/998 0091/010318 Black Standard traction bond
148/443/998 0091/030336 Red Dangerous to staff if disconnected
148/444/998 0091/030337 Yellow Jumper cables necessary for electrical integrity of a traction circuit that is fully or partially parallel bonded using at least 3 bonds per rail section to give safety redundancy

Hornet Technical Support

As the leading supplier of overhead line wires and cables to Network Rail, including Hornet cable, Cockroach cable and Centipede cable, we are at the forefront of this range's development and deployment across the UK rail network. Our rail specialists have a wealth of experience in providing technical and logistical support on all major electrification projects and routes.


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Cable Standards and Approvals

Railway cables - Hornet Overhead Line (AAC) Cable
BS 215-1, BS EN 60889

Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance
No: PA05/05259

Railway cables - Hornet 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.