Why Catenary?

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by anubis51, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. anubis51

    anubis51 Little Loco

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    Hello again,

    It has just occurred to me that the best way to have a tram / streetcar layout where you don't have to go to the time and trouble of rigging an overhead catenary system is to run early trams that were not powered by external electricity at all.

    Things like steam, or soda, or compressed air or battery power were all used at one time or another......

    Not having catenary makes it easier to gain access to the tracks and vehicles, as well.

    Just a thought...:idea:










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  2. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

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    In Clarksville TN the trolleys were horse powered, but that presents it's own technical dificulties.
  3. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Road Apples!! :)