# What happens if you touch third rail?

## What happens if you touch third rail?

But if you somehow end up on the tracks, the key is to avoid the third rail, which pumps out 600 volts of electricity. One touch can electrocute you–and potentially kill.

### How much power runs through the third rail?

625 volts
The third rail lies outside or between the subway tracks, and a wheel, brush or sliding shoe carries the power from the rail to the train’s electric motor. In the New York City subway system, the third rail carries 625 volts of electricity, and the original lines required their own power plant to operate.

#### Is it safe to touch third rail?

– The ‘third rail’ looks like a normal railway rail, but is electrified. The electricity is so strong that if you touch the rail, you will be seriously injured or killed. – The third rail and overhead lines have electricity flowing through them at all times and are never switched off.

Can you survive the third rail?

People have even survived after coming in contact with the third rail, as long as they are not touching the running rail and third rail at the same time, he said. “When people are really smoked down there, it’s when you hit a running rail and the third rail at the same time,” he said.

Can you pee on the third rail?

The stream of urine had come into contact with the 600 volts of the third rail. Because the fence is higher off the ground than a train track is, urine won’t have time to separate into droplets, and the current can travel up the stream.

## Why is 3rd rail DC?

Because the third rail is a very inefficient conductor (most of the electricity we put into it is lost as heat) we have to give the voltage a boost every mile or so and that’s why we have substations. These take 33kv AC from our railway ring main, convert it to 750V DC and pump it into the rails.

### Is overhead or third rail better?

As a solid composite rail running along the track, a third rail is more rugged than an overhead contact wire and has a longer life expectancy. A study performed for Dubai Metro found that a 1.5kV dc third rail traction system can also cost up to 13% less than a 750V dc third rail system.

#### Is the third rail real?

The third rail is probably one of the most difficult dangers to see. It looks just like an ordinary rail, but it carries 750 volts – easily enough to kill you. The DC current that flows through is three times as powerful as your home electricity.

Why does O gauge have 3 rails?

In 1915, Lionel introduced its first O gauge train, which remains its most popular size today. It, too, used 3-rail track. By the end of World War I, most of Lionel’s surviving competitors also used three-rail track, so it became a standard. Ultimately, Lionel decided to change its couplers but retain three-rail track.

Can you get electrocuted while peeing?

A stream of urine quickly separates into individual droplets, according to the television program “MythBusters.” Because the urine isn’t a steady stream, it would be highly unlikely that a powerful electric current could travel up it.

## Which is better third rail or overhead?

At the least a human who touches the third rail is seriously injured. Overhead power is much less dangerous to both railway workers and to trespassers. The high voltage (3,000–25,000 V) is on a railway a minimum of 22′ above the rails. It may be lower on light rail and street railways.

26/01/2019