Bow collector

mechanical device that drives the electric energy from the above contact line to the tram

A bow collector is one of the three main devices used on tramcars to transfer electric current from the overhead lines above to the tram below. While once very common in continental Europe, it has now been largely replaced by the pantograph.

An old tram with a bow collector built in 1907 still running in Bolzano, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy

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