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On my travels outside Victoria I’ve noticed something curious whenever I see an electrified railways – insulated fences.
I’ve spotted them up in Queensland, where they use the 25 kV AC electrification system.
I’ve spotted them over in Adelaide, which also adopted the same voltage for their new electric trains.
And I’ve noticed them in Sydney, which uses the same 1500 volt DC system as Melbourne.
And curiously, on the Sydney Light Rail, which uses 750 volt DC power for traction.
The reason for these insulation gaps is safety – if the overhead lines that power trains fall to the ground, the last thing you want to happen is the entire railway station become live, and electrocute any passengers who happen to be touching a metal object! By providing insulated gaps in metal fences between the ‘trackside’ and ‘station’ sections, this risk is reduced.
Back in Melbourne, I’ve never seen an insulated gap in our station fences – only jumper cables between the overhead stanchions and the running rails.
And grounding connections between the tram fences and the tram tracks.
It makes me wonder – why doesn’t Melbourne have insulated gaps in the metal fences around out railway lines?
Some recent developments
About five years ago Melbourne started adding some new.
Insulating plastic shrouds around overhead stanchions on station platforms.
I wonder what the driver for their rollout was?
The Transport for NSW Asset Standards Authority (ASA) has published Guideline on Earthing and Bonding at Railway Stations that explains the safety issues further.
At railway stations, three main types of risks may exist:
1. Risks associated with 1500V DC stray leakage or fault current. 2. Electric shock risk due to 1500V DC touch & step potential rise under fault condition 3. Electric shock risk due to high voltage/low voltage distribution systems’ touch & step potential rise under fault condition
There is a possibility that overhead wiring structures may rise to a potential above earth. The risk of persons receiving an electric shock when standing beside an overhead wiring structure and touching the structure is present and is of concern.
Other hazardous situations where persons could receive an electric shock is when physical contact is made by touching overhead wiring structures at the same time as they touch lighting poles, metallic parts of canopies or awnings, steel troughing, metal fences or rolling stock.
In order to minimise these risks, methods have been developed and deployed for the overhead wiring system.
As well as a document detailing the specifications for insulation panels found in their fences.
Insulation panels, a minimum of 2200mm in length, are required in metallic fencing in the electrified area to break the fence up into short electrically isolated sections. The panels consist of the fence material with supporting posts that are non-metallic. The panels are installed where ‘continuous’ fencing:
Insulation panels are to be installed:
The non-metallic posts shall have a clearance of minimum 50 mm and maximum 100 mm from the adjacent metallic post of the ‘continuous’ fencing. Each non-metallic post must have a warning sign attached as shown on the drawing.
The bottom rail shall be installed so as to remain 80 mm clear of the ground.
Security and High Security Fences
When installing security and high security fencing, the fence shall be designed and positioned so to reduce or eliminate the requirement for insulation panels. Where insulation panels are required and can not be avoided, they shall be of a design that complements the high security performance of these fence types.
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