Transit & People Mover

Conductix-Wampfler offers Energy & Data Transmission Systems for the Transit industry

As large urban areas deal with traffic congestion, space constraints, and air pollution, they will increasingly turn to “green” electric mass transit systems.  Conductor rails for LRTs ( light rail transit), monorails, and APMs ( automated people movers) must be reliable, long-wearing, and energy efficient, while needing minimal maintenance. Transit operators demand the optimal  conductor bar profiles and layouts to meet specific system operating requirements. They need engineering services, installation assistance, and commissioning oversight. Over time, steel 3rd rail systems will convert to highly conductive stainless steel capped aluminum rails to reduce energy consumption, lower installation costs, and minimize the number of power substations. These “green” rails must provide operating life equivalent to all-steel rails. Innovative PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) concepts need ingenious  conductor rail solutions and technically advanced battery charging systems. Lastly, train operators need power and safe plug-in for vehicles parked in maintenance facilities.

For over six decades, Conductix-Wampfler has built a reputation as the global supplier of choice for “green”, energy efficient aluminum/stainless  conductor rail solutions,  contactless charging systems, and train plug-in power solutions. We have the engineering know-how, practical experience, and testing capabilities to be a partner in your success! We offer:

Conductor Rail Systems

  • Crimped Cap aluminum/stainless profiles from 320 amps to 4500 amps for APMs, PRTs, LRTs, and monorail systems
  • Welded Cap aluminum/stainless profiles from 4500 to 6000 amps – for 3rd and 4th rail systems
  • Insulators, collectors, and shoes optimized for the system

Rail Testing

  • Our fully staffed test facilities, along with extensive field trials, verify transit component designs.  We offer general testing services as well
  • Our proprietary PRIAS (Power Rail Intelligent Analysis System) diagnostic tool improves system performance by measuring and locating hot spots and inconsistencies in the rails

Stinger Systems – reduce the hazards associated with live plugging of parked trains

  • A combination of conductor rails, cable festoon systems, drop leads, and connectors supply power for vehicles parked in maintenance facilities
  • Stingers are customized to the needs of the individual operator; many safety features are offered to prevent unintentional energizing of train circuits and accidental drive-off
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Tram wash system (2 systems)

Tram wash system (2 systems)




City of Prague / Czech Republic

Travel path

35 meters

Travel speed

max. 20 m/min

wet (lye)


Energy guiding chain COBRA 72, Bi 350 mm, RM full frame

Chain length

22,15 meters

Cable package

two water hoses Ø 50 mm, 5 cables (10 kg/m)

Special features
complete solution consisting of standard components

System advantages

  • lowered chain connection for minimized bending momentums on energy chain
  • solid and bolted aluminum frame stays for maximum torsional and flexural rigidity
  • 1-layer layout for hoses & cables in chain cross-section for gentle cable guidance
  • use of exchangeable anti-friction skids made of tefloncompound to minimize wear and driving forces
  • 3 m channel part length with special pads/adapters for fast and easy assembly