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Railway Contact Wires

As the leading supplier of Network Rail approved overhead lines, Eland Cables' contact wires can be found on all major electrification programmes across the United Kingdom. Specifically designed for the railway industry, contact wires are suspended from the catenary wires via dropper wires and are in direct contact with the pantograph, transmitting power from the rail overhead line system to the locomotive. These form part of the systems delivering electrification for urban transport through to high-speed networks.

Rail contact wires

Eland Cables' portfolio of ID grooved contact wires include:

  Speed suitability Network Rail PADS
Number / Reference
Network Rail
Drawing Number
107mm2 Hard Drawn Copper Contact Wire (Cu) Up to 160km/hr 91/010274 148/057/998
107mm2 Copper Silver Contact Wire (Cu Ag) 250km/hr 91/012685 148/440/998
107mm2 Copper Tin Contact Wire (Cu Sn) 300km/hr 91/012326 148/438/998
120mm2 Copper Silver Contact Wire (Cu Ag) 250km/hr 91/012329 148/373/998

Eland Cables' ID grooved contact wires combine high tensile strength with high conductivity. They are manufactured in production facilities successfully audited by Achilles on Network Rail's behalf. The full range is approved for use across all of the UK's rail infrastructures. It is also approved for the Deutsche Bahn network.

Rail contact wire specialist

Our dedicated rail technical team are experts in the design, manufacture and supply of contact wire and the full range of OHL wires including flexible stranded conductors, Centipede ATF cable, and the Hornet AAC and Cockroach AAC wire. In addition to supplying products of the highest quality in the industry, we provide advanced logistics services from our UK-based distribution centre. Our project offering includes secure storage for extended periods and just-in-time delivery to site.

Range of Cables

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Cable Standards and Approvals

107mm² Contact Wire with ID Groove (Hard Drawn Copper)
BS EN 50149, OEE 156/035

107mm² Copper Silver Contact Wire
BS EN 50149 AC 107

Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance
No: PA05/05346

107mm² Copper Tin Contact Wire
BS EN 50149 to AC-107

120mm² Contact Wire Copper Silver
BS EN 50149, OEE/156/035, DIN STD 43 141 Part 1 CuAg 0.1 to DIN 17 666

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.