PANTOTRAIN - GENERAL BACKGROUND

The pantograph / catenary system represents one of the major barriers to rolling stock interoperability: traditionally each country in Europe having developed its own overhead line equipment in a different way, which is then reflected as different catenary and pantograph designs with variations in mechanical properties. Hence, a unified approval method, able to consider the diversity of existing solutions in Europe is a key subject that must be addressed to provide a competitive railway system.



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