AUSTRIA: Installed by Furrer+Frey in partnership with HC-Electric, the rigid 15 kV AC overhead conductor rail fitted in the Sittenberg tunnel on the Wien – Linz route is the first in Europe to comply with the high speed infrastructure TSI for speeds of 250 km/h or higher.

In contact force measuring tests undertaken by ÖBB Infrastruktur using DB’s ICE-S test train on November 17, running speeds of 302 km/h were recorded in the tunnel.

Furrey+Frey says that this is a world speed record for a train using rigid catenary.