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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 PADS numbers

  Network Rail PADS Number / Reference Network Rail Drawing Number
19/2.1mm Bronze II stranded conductor
Copper magnesium (Cu Mg)
0091/012330 148/439/998
19/3.2mm hard drawn stranded conductor
ETP Copper (Cu-ETP)
0091/010269 148/048/998
37/2.25mm Stranded ETP copper 0091/070209  


Catenary Wire Specification

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

Catenary Wire Technical Data

Our engineers have a wealth of technical experience in the design, manufacture and supply of trolley wire and are available to support specification. 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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Construction Table

  Rail Catenary Wire CS 19/2.1mm Bronze II Stranded Conductor Rail Catenary hard drawn conductor CS 19/3.20mm Hard Drawn Stranded Cu Conductor 150mm² Stranded Copper Conductor - Rail Catenary Wire CS 37/2.25mm Hard Drawn Cu Conductor

CuMg Bronze (Bzll)

Copper ETP


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Product name Part No Strands Nominal cross-sectional area (mm²) Length (m)  
19/2.1mm Bronze II Stranded Conductor0091/0123301970mm²
19/3.20mm Hard Drawn Stranded Cu Conductor 150mm²91/01026919150mm²
37/2.25mm Hard Drawn Cu Conductor91/07020937150mm²