SPEC 48301 Hard-Drawn Copper, Grooved Contact Wire

Contact / Trolley Wire for Mass Transit and Industrial Haulage

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For use as overhead power source on streetcars, trolleys, electric trolley buses, light rail, commuter rail and heavy mass transit systems. Also used on electrically powered mine trains, and industrial cranes. Southwire hard drawn copper trolley wire is ideal for line speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h)

  • Mechanically Rugged
  • Industry Standard Tensile Strength and Breaking Load
  • Increase in Conductivity over CuMG, CuAG, and CuSN
  • High Tensile Strength and Breaking Load
  • Ships on N-42 wooden reels (S-77 steel reels available per SW reel policy)
  • RoHS/Proposition 65 Compliant
  • Available with top lobe identification marking per IEEE 1896-2016
  • Southwire SPEED Qualified for low volume requests
  • Stable and Reliable for Long Term use
  • Buy America Compliant


Select a set of products below for more information:
Conductor Ground Wire
No. of Conductors Size (AWG or kcmil) (mm2) No. of Strands Insulation Thickness (mils) (mm) Size (AWG) No. of Strands Nom. OD (mils) (mm) Nominal Total Weight (lbs/1000') (kgs/km) Allowable Ampacity
0 0
300.00 KCMIL 300.00 KCMIL
1 1
574 14.58
908 1351
0 0
350.00 KCMIL 350.00 KCMIL
1 1
618 15.70
1063 1582
0 0
482.00 MILS 482.00 MILS
1 1
482 12.24
642 955

Standards & References

  • ASTM B47: Copper Trolley Wire
  • ASTM B116: Figure-9 deep-section grooved and Figure-8 copper trolley wire for use in industrial haulage
  • EN 50149: Railway Applications. Fixed Installations. Electric Traction. Copper and Copper Alloy Grooved Contact Wires.