3rd Rail Current Collector

Our patented solutions for reliability on the 3rd rail



The operating conditions for 3rd rail current collectors close to the track bed are extreme. High mechanical loads due to vibration, the constant danger of flying sparks and parts on the ground, and very narrow space requirements place high demands on the technology. Nevertheless, our third rail current collectors have to function reliably around the clock. Schedules must be met, maintenance breaks minimized and downtimes avoided. Our solutions do just that, thanks our many years of development expertise, high-quality components and materials, and patented features.

Maintenance-friendly 3rd rail current collectors from Schunk are in use around the world. We offer optimal solutions to our customers for every speed range and every operating voltage. Even if the spacing between rail and bogie fluctuates, our developments guarantee perfect current transmission – thanks to their modular design and trailblazing technology. Our current collector modules include spring-operated systems and pneumatically operated systems – depending on our customers’ requirements and vehicle equipment. Depending on the model, they can be mounted on the bogie or on the end of the axle.

Third rail pantograph from Schunk Transit Systems on the rail