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Railway Catenary Wires

Eland Cables is the leading supplier of Network Rail approved catenary wires, also known as trolley wires. These form part of our portfolio of railway overhead line conductors and they are used in most major electrification projects across the United Kingdom, including the Great Western Main Line.

Our catenary wires are manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility which has been successfully audited by Achilles on behalf of Network Rail. As importantly, our products are known across the industry for their quality and their operational reliability.

catenary wire

Our range of rail catenary wire includes:

  Network Rail PADS Number / Reference Network Rail Drawing Number
19/2.1mm Bronze II stranded conductor
Copper magnesium (Cu Mg)
91/012330 148/439/998
19/3.2mm hard drawn stranded conductor
ETP Copper (Cu-ETP)
91/010269 148/048/998

Eland Cables' catenary wires were designed specifically for the Railway industry. Available in Bronze II (PADS: 91/012330) or in Hard-Drawn Copper (PADS 91/010269), they are used to transmit power along the length of an overhead system which is then connected to the contact wire by dropper wires.

The Hard-Drawn stranded Copper conductor is constructed of 19 single wires, each wire being 3.20mm in diameter and having a nominal cross-sectional areas of 150mm2. The Bronze II stranded conductor has a total of 19 wires, 2 of which are bronze with the others constructed of Copper Magnesium. Each wire has a diameter of 2.1mm and a nominal cross-sectional area of 70mm2

Rail catenary Specialists

Our engineers have a wealth of technical experience in the design, manufacture and supply of trolley wire. Our offering includes UK-based storage, cutting to length, and just-in-time delivery. Please speak to our rail industry experts for more information on catenary wire and the full range of OHL cables including flexible stranded conductors, contact wires, the Centipede ATF, and Hornet and Cockroach AAC wires.

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Cable Standards and Approvals

19/2.1mm Bronze II Stranded Conductor
OEE 156/035, DIN 48201

Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance
No: PA05/05346

19/3.20mm Hard Drawn Stranded Cu Conductor 150mm²
BS 7884

Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance
No: PA05/05346

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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.