SCRCA structure 290360: Cable catcher for 11kV overhead cable

SCRCA Location Introduction

An 11kV overhead electricity cable used to cross the railway at this location. This 'cable catcher' was erected to protect the railway equipment if the live power cable ever snapped.

The structure was electrically earthed and, if a live cable fell onto it, the circuit breakers on the electricity power circuit would trip, thus cutting off the 11kV supply. This would make the fallen cable electrically safe, although the fallen cable might still be a potentially hazardous obstruction for passing trains. To reduce the risk of this, there would normally be one of these structures on each side of the railway formation. However, that does not seem to have been the case here (possibly due to a lack of space and / or the transition from fill to cut).

The remains of the 'cable-catcher': elevation view from the north east.

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Other Railway Related Location
Location Variant
Not Applicable
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
0: Construction period unknown
Distance from London St.Pancras
290 miles (chains not estimated)
Position relative to running lines
This location is PARTIALLY visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Conservation Area Only
Geographic Location
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