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Transients caused by field-to-wire coupling due to lightning strikes in the vicinity of multiconductor transmission lines (TL) have been widely studied. In those studies, the lines represent single overhead lines, power lines, and the like with lumped loads/devices at line terminations. In electrified railway power systems, series or shunt devices, such as transformers, converters, switchgear, and signal equipments, are distributed along the TL system. In this paper, the indirect lightning effects on a typical railway catenary-track multiconductor TL system with lumped components, namely, booster and auto transformers (BT and AT systems), and track circuits, are studied. It is found that the induced voltage wave shapes and amplitudes at any point along the line are dominated by BT or AT system type, and that the voltages appearing across AT windings are higher than for the corresponding BT windings. However, the induced voltages across the track circuits are less dependent on system type and most affected by the introduction of components.