Some articles on rail, conductor rail, rails:
... So far as initial cost is concerned, third-rail systems are cheaper to install, compared to overhead wire contact systems, as no structures for carrying the overhead contact ... However as third rail systems present electric shock hazards, higher system voltages (above 1,500 V) are not considered safe ... The presence of an electrified rail also makes it hazardous for a person to fall into the tracks ...
... Third rail systems are a means of providing electric traction power to trains, and they use an additional rail (called a "conductor rail") for the purpose ... On most systems, the conductor rail is placed on the sleeper ends outside the running rails, but in some cases a central conductor rail is used ... The conductor rail is supported on ceramic insulators or insulated brackets, typically at intervals of 10 feet (3.0 metres) or so ...
Famous quotes containing the words rail and/or conductor:
“In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.”
—William Congreve (16701729)
“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors cant sayI never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”
—Harriet Tubman (18211913)