Re: Fwd: New Orleans, LA: New Orleans RTA closes streetcar line for catenary work
  Matthew Geier

On 10/7/19 7:05 am, 'Brent Efford' via TramsDownUnder wrote:
> Modern practice is to have the overhead support structure in two

> parts: a foundation of reinforced concrete with a flange connection at

> ground level and a galvanised steel mast bolted to it, generally well

> after the foundation is created. That is the design used for new

> railway electrification construction in Auckland and the current

> renewal programme in Wellington – and I am sure elsewhere.

This depends on the engineer in charge. Directly concreted in place
poles are still commonly installed too. I think it's one of those things
that are like fashion, comes in waves.

Really I don't think it makes much difference either way for the life of
the installation if done properly.

I've even seen video in the UK of them using a machine to directly auger
the pole into place. The pole is fabricated with a screw on the base and
the machine simply twists it into the ground.