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Prototype Overhead Line Structure Revealed

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Global Rail News.

This is the first paragraph.

A prototype overhead line structure (OLS) designed to be quick to install, easy to maintain and more attractive to look at has been unveiled by its creators, Mott MacDonald and Moxon Architects.

Searching the Internet, I found this press release about the structure, which is entitled Moxon and Mott MacDonald unveil prototype for innovative Integrated Overhead Line Structure.

This picture is from the press release.

Various advantages are claimed.

  • Reduced visual impact.
  • Complete interoperability with existing overhead systems.
  • Reduced number of components.
  • Ease of installation.
  • No additional engineer training.
  • Reduced maintenance costs.

I like the concept, but is it too radical for Network Rail to give its blessing?

Perhaps the most radical feature is the use of laminated wood in the structure.


This is a very good design, but I doubt we’ll see it installed on UK railways.


September 26, 2018 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


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