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So a dispatcher at Będzin had some ‘fun’ and sent me, an ECE, to Sosnowiec on the third track. Which is not electrified. And I only noticed that when the catenary was already gone. Surprisingly, though, the pantograph was still up, the voltmeter still showed around 3 kV, and the sound effect of the auxiliary power converter was still running, too. I imagine I would even have been able to accelerate if I’d wanted to.

I’d have expected that as soon as the catenary ended, some safeguard in the locomotive would’ve lowered the pantograph and possibly even triggered emergency braking (not sure how that is in reality). And even if not, I’d have expected that power would cut out.

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23 hours ago, Schyrsivochter said:

I’d have expected that as soon as the catenary ended, some safeguard in the locomotive would’ve lowered the pantograph and possibly even triggered emergency braking (not sure how that is in reality). And even if not, I’d have expected that power would cut out.

In real life the locomotive would've continued unless you stop it, but the pantograph would've "flipped" open 180º.

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