Trolley pole

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Trolley Wheel on TCRT 1300

A trolley pole is a tapered cylindrical pole of wood or metal, used to transfer electricity from a "live" overhead wire to the control and propulsion equipment of a tram or trolley bus. The use of overhead wire in a system of current collection is reputed to be the 1880 invention of Frank J. Sprague.[1]

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  1. Dr. Romin Koebel (2005). "Boston Transit Milestones". MIT Open Courseware. http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Civil-and-Environmental-Engineering/1-012Spring2002/Readings/detail/green_line_project.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-24.