bow collector


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bow collector

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(Electrical Engineering) a sliding current collector, consisting of a bow-shaped strip mounted on a hinged framework, used on trains, etc, to collect current from an overhead-wire. Compare skate14
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These elderly interlopers were still fitted with trolley poles instead of bow collectors and it meant that at certain junctions it was necessary to stop the tram and for the conductor to transfer the trolley pole to a separate wire.