Catenary Index





Catenary in 1:22,5







Does that make sense in the garden? And if, what kind of sense?


It really depends on the location of the layout, it certainly improves the optics. Those are improved as soon as the pantographs are raised. Despite the fact that there are plenty of pictures, even in magazines, with electric engines sporting lowered pantographs on the way from A to B .


What complicates matters in the garden, apart from the aerial bombardment provided by trees and bushes, are the two and four legged creatures.


Photographers treat the catenary subject more or less as a “minor detail” that shows up in pictures, but is not all that important; unlike rolling stock and head-end power.  But as in many other instances “Google is your friend” (sort of!) when looking for RhB Fahrleitung und RhB Oberleitung.


Definitely more interesting is looking for pictures from an earlier era i.e ‘69 - ‘75 concerning specific section of the network.


Going back to the “good old days” is sometimes a rude reminder just how much things have changed.













The catenary of the RhB changed considerably over time. While the first electrified section between St.Moritz and Scuol/Schuls-Tarasp sported lattice masts, no sign of temporary measures, that wasn’t always the case   


Temporary measures were applied on the electrification of the Albula line, where wooden masts were installed until the lattice masts became available — “slow/late deliveries” on the prototype were not that unusual during and following WW1 and WW2.