Infrabel continues overhead line modernisation work
12 February 2014 • Author(s): Richard Marcelis, Head of Power Engineering, Infrabel
Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure manager, is currently engaged in the progressive modernisation of its overhead lines. Electrical power is a vital element of sustainable rail transport. For European Railway Review, Richard Marcelis, Head of Infrabel’s Power Engineering Department, explains the major challenges and projects relating to overhead lines on the Belgian network.
Belgium has one of the most sustainable European rail networks
Overhead lines can be seen as standard technology. All over the world, they are the ideal way to supply power to electric trains. Naturally, this also applies to Infrabel which has one of the greenest and most sustainable rail networks in Europe. Approximately 3,024km (or almost 85%) of the 3,592km of rail lines in the Belgian network are electrified.
Infrabel also has a database containing lots of data about the state of its network. Based on this, in addition to an active maintenance policy, it is investing in the modernisation of overhead lines where necessary. Infrabel also keeps a close eye on all developments and incorporates any new or innovative techniques into its overhead line strategy.