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- (rail transport) train equipment, usually mounted on bogies, used to transfer electric current from the third rail.
1995, Colin J. Kirkland, “Locomotives”, in Engineering the Channel Tunnel, ISBN 9780419179207, page 190:
- In the third case, the need to provide retractable shoegear on the power bogies to pick up current from teh third rail, and teh equipment to use low-voltage supply, has complicated the design of the Eurostar trains.
2003, P. Hinde and J. Thompson, “Commissioning”, in International Conference on New Trains: 4-5 June 2003 at Le Meridien, York, UK, volume 2003 IMechE conference transactions, published 2004, ISBN 9781860584336, The train operator's view of new train introduction, page 51:
- Here shoegear and stepboards are refitted prior to a commissioning run conducted by the manufacturer which includes high speed and emergency brake tests.
2006, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environmental Audit Committee, quoting DJ Hartland, Reducing carbon emissions from transport: Oral and written evidence, ISBN 9780215030429, London Underground Power Supplies. Electric Current Flow in Conductor Rails. Savings in Energy with Low Loss Rail, page 286:
- The trains run on two addtional rails and pick up current by means of shoegear making sliding contact with the conductor rails.