The wiring train successfully deployed on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme allows wiring to be carried out around four times faster than a conventional process.
The advantage of the system is that the catenary and contact wire can be run out together at tension.
Also, the train splits and the registration activities can then be followed up after wiring, such that a complete wire run can be handed back avoiding multiple visits.
Additionally, the train can be used to install cantilevers and can run ancillary wires such as an earth wire or feeder, and as such provides a complete electrification wiring solution.
The Alstom wiring train is a significant step forward in high output electrification progress. The wiring train also contributes to Alstom’s commitment to make railway construction safer by reducing the amount of workers trackside.