Old 12-31-2007, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default US passenger equipment pantographs

I have a strange question for you guys. I grew in Europe where passenger, including electrified, service is very common. Here in the US I haven't had a chance to ride any yet, but love seeing them in action. One thing I noticed is that most times, the pantographs on the US equipment seems to be stretched to the max at times, instead of being a nice traingle. I hope I'm making sense. Does anyone know why the catenary was built so high?

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Old 12-31-2007, 04:11 PM   #2
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Probably because maximum clearance is needed for excess height cars like double stacks or auto racks. This needs extra height to give necessary safety clerances.

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Old 12-31-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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Bob,

That makes perfect sense. For whatever reason, though, I could've sworn I've seen double stacks in Europe also.

I'm going to have to research height requirements on catenary in both Europe and the US.
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