The Anonymous Widower

Edinburgh Tram’s Elaborate Catenary

When I’m in Edinburgh, I always think that the overhead wires for the trams are over-elaborate and intrusive.


The picture was taken as I arrived. Compare that picture, with this one in the centre of Birmingham.

The Viaduct Alongside Snow Hill Station

The Birmingham design is a lot simpler and as the trams are both from the same builder, you can’t say that the Midland Metro is designed to easier rules. This system could surely have been used on Princes Street, where I took this picture.

Tram Wires On Princes Street

There is no excuse for bad design.

The Midland Metro is also showing the way for its extension, by using battery power through the historic centre.

June 22, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. Interesting, the OHLE in the first picture looks like that of heavy rail trains, not of a light railway!
    Most of the tram systems I’ve seen have used OHLE similar to the types in the lower pictures.

    Comment by Joshua | June 23, 2016 | Reply

    • Croydon is light too!

      Comment by AnonW | June 23, 2016 | Reply

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