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Railway & Metro Cable - Overhead Line

Rail overhead line

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Eland Cables is the leading supplier of Network Rail-approved copper and aluminium overhead line conductors. These are currently used in all power supply and electrification upgrades to power trains up and down the country and around metro networks. Our railway overhead line conductors offering forms part of our wider Overhead Line Conductors family, which we supply to utilities for power transmission and distribution networks worldwide.

overhead line conductors

Our portfolio of overhead line conductors, which are often referred to as OHL, covers the entire range currently in use by Network Rail Crossrail, London Underground and the other regional and metropolitan networks. 

Eland Cables' rail overhead line conductors and their applications

Catenary / stranded conductors Power transmission alongside overhead systems
Flexible stranded conductors Dropper wire
Contact wire Power transmission to the rolling stock
ATF Centipede Feeder cable
AAC Cockroach (bare or insulated) Return screening conductor
AAC Hornet (bare or insulated) Bonding cable

Network Rail overhead line equipment (OHLE or OLE) and Systems

In the United Kingdom, railway electrification has been underway since the late nineteenth century. Over time, and over various parts of the country, a range of voltages have been used. Typically, Network Rail's overhead line systems operate on 25kV. In a drive to improve service onboard rolling stock and to reduce carbon emissions, previously unelectrified lines are currently undergoing major electrification projects. This includes the Great Western Main Line, where Eland Cables is playing an important role in the design and supply of the overhead line conductors.

Overhead line conductor technical authority

Eland Cables is the technical authority in the supply of overhead lines to Network rail and Crossrail. We work closely with their engineers and their contractors to develop sustainable and cost-effective solutions to improve the reliability and safety of the country's railway network. This includes designing OHL with new specifications for existing and new applications. 

We also supply a comprehensive range of Network Rail approved OLE and accessories to accompany our overhead line conductors.

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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.