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Melbourne railway traction substations

Scattered around Melbourne's suburban railway network, 68 traction substations convert 22,000V AC power supplied by electricity companies to the 1500V DC used by trains. The extension of suburban trains to South Morang and Sunbury will add four more. (a different source put the number in 2008 at 67 substations and 23 tie stations)

Upper Ferntree Gully tie station, located at the down end of the station

14 January 2021 12:16 PM
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Bayswater tie station at the down end of the yard

Reconfigured to have underground traction power feeders following the grade separation of the tracks

12 January 2021 14:23 PM
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Traction power feeders head down into the rail cutting at Bayswater

12 January 2021 14:23 PM
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22 kV switch where the feeder terminates at Surrey Hills substation

12 January 2021 11:13 AM
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22 kV switch where the feeder terminates at Surrey Hills substation

12 January 2021 11:13 AM
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22 kV feeders terminate at Surrey Hills substation

12 January 2021 11:13 AM
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'DANGER minimal clearance to 22kV conductors above' signs beside the 1500V DC feeders at Surrey Hills

12 January 2021 11:11 AM
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Upgraded substation at Surrey Hills station

Completed in early 2019

12 January 2021 11:11 AM
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Murrumbeena substation, commissioned in 2018 with the new elevated tracks

27 December 2020 08:54 AM
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Traction power feeders to the elevated tracks at Murrumbeena

27 December 2020 08:53 AM
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Murrumbeena substation, commissioned in 2018 with the new elevated tracks

27 December 2020 08:53 AM
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Remains of the 22kV aerial feeders at Brooklyn

They once linked the Albion substation to the Newport Power Station

22 November 2020 16:41 PM
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Tie station at Laverton

29 June 2020 13:56 PM
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Yarraville substation, at Francis Street, 1500 kW capacity commissioned in 1967

8 February 2020 07:56 AM
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Ancient collection of transformers at the Albion substation

At least the circuit breaker has been replaced since the 1960s!

22 January 2020 18:13 PM
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22kV SEC/railway switch at the Albion substation

22 January 2020 18:11 PM
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Pakenham East substation, part of the new HCMT depot

14 December 2019 15:46 PM
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Essendon substation, commissioned in 1966 with 1,500 kW capacity

The transformers and switchgear are enclosed in the brick enclosure to the right

17 November 2019 12:35 PM
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Essendon substation, traction power feeders 304/3, 308/1, 305/3 and 309/1

17 November 2019 12:35 PM
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Essendon substation, commissioned in 1966 with 1,500 kW capacity

The transformers and switchgear are enclosed in the brick enclosure to the right

17 November 2019 12:35 PM
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Signal power substation at Roxburgh Park

17 November 2019 11:22 AM
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New traction substation at the down end of Surrey Hills

26 October 2019 16:45 PM
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New double storey prefabricated substation under construction at Viaduct Junction

12 August 2019 13:07 PM
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Single 1920s-era insulator still in place at Richmond Junction

1 August 2019 13:33 PM
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