Lackawanna Terminal's

Electrified Trains

The Lackawanna Railroad was one of the first to electrify part of its system.  Electrics still run on the Dover and Montclair branches.  These trains draw power from overhead wires known as catenaries.  Every platform in Hoboken has a catenary line, resulting in a complex system of wires, insulators and connectors.

This locomotive, made for NJ Transit in Sweden by ASEA, is nicknamed "the Toaster"

The T-shaped bar atop the locomotive contacts catenary wires.  This is how the train draws current.

The Budd electrified train is a common sight.

Here's the catenary connecting system on the Budd.  Notice the wires and insulators.  High voltage is potent and dangerous.  It requires careful engineering to use safely.

The motorman's cab on the Budd.  The controls are less complex than those of diesel locomotives.

The catenary connector.  The bent metal frame, called a "pantograph," is flexible and rises and lowers itself to maintain contact with overhead wires.  Notice the many insulators.

This bridge-like structure is one of several in Hoboken.  It holds the catenary wires for all tracks, and is heavily insulated.

You can see catenaries emanating from each platform.  

Close-ups of the "Toaster."  Notice that the T - bar connector is lighter and smaller than the pantograph on the Budd Cars

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