Arcing electric-train pantograph illuminates gantry at Silverstream Railway Station

Arcing electric-train pantograph illuminates gantry at Silverstream Railway Station
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Image by lancea
On frosty mornings the overhead power lines get covered with frost. When the first trains of the day go up the line their pantographs arc where they press against the wires, sometime spectacularly if there’s been a heavy frost. Here a gantry is lit by arcing as the train pulls out of Silverstream Station heading north to Upper Hutt. The train is quite well lit by the downward-directed station lighting, but a photo taken just before the arcing barely picks up the gantry.