Austbreck were appointed as Exclusive Agent for Furrer + Frey AG in 2006 in Australia and New Zealand. Since then Austbreck has built its knowledge and know how to become the first choice of solution based client contact with the Furrer + Frey Solid Conductor Rail System.
About the Product
The Furrer & Frey overhead solid conductor rail system makes it possible to choose smaller tunnel cross-sections for new builds and allows electrification of tunnels originally built for steam or diesel traction.
The system’s major advantage, is its low overall height, plus the fact that there is no contact wire uplift even if operated with multiple pantographs.
The overhead solid conductor rail offers high electrical cross-sections, avoiding the need for additional feeders. Moreover, this system’s fire resistance is significantly greater than that of a catenary system. And, lastly, experience of the system which is now installed on over 1,700 km of track has proven that the Furrer & Frey overhead solid conductor rail system is extremely operationally reliable and requires little maintenance. This is true regardless of the operating voltage, from the 750 V urban rail systems to the 25 V high-speed rail lines.
Electrical and mechanical testing, fire resistance tests and, finally, actual operational experience of the Furrer & Frey overhead solid conductor rail system have demonstrated that the overhead solid conductor rail can perform reliably at speeds of up to 250km/h.
The overhead solid conductor rail mainly bears only its own weight; there are no additional mechanical tensile forces. The overhead Solid Conductor rail can be directly combined with the contact wire, meaning that it can be integrated into existing overhead contact line systems.
The number of countries covered on the reference list is extremely impressive. The systems already built and the experience gained provide both the foundation and the spur for Furrer & Frey overhead solid conductor rail to constantly develop and improve.
To date, more than 1,700 km of Furrer & Frey overhead solid conductor rail systems and in daily use in more than 20 countries around the world: Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, India, Turkey, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Netherlands, Great Britain, Demark, Sweden, Norway, Russia, USE, Ukraine, Algeria and of course in Furrer & Frey’s home country – Switzerland.
Here in Australia Austbreck have delivered the Solid Conductor Rail System as follows:
2007 – Auburn – Reliance Rail Train Maintenance Depot – 6 x Retractable Conductor Rail System
2012 – Perth – City Link tunnel – 2 x 600mr Solid Conductor Rail System
2013 – Britomart Auckland Railway System – 5 x 200mr Solid Conductor Rail System
2013 – Auckland tunnels at Puwera – 2 x 120mr Solid Conductor Rail System
2013 – Auckland tunnels at Parnell – 2 x 120mr Solid Conductor Rail System
2014 – Hornsby Train Maintenance Depot – 1 x 50mr Retractable Conductor Rail System
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