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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)

Calder Park substation, commissioned in 2012 with the Sunbury electrification project

8 September 2012 09:29 AM
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Sydenham substation, trio of traction feeders

8 September 2012 09:26 AM
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Sunshine tie station: now completed

8 September 2012 09:14 AM
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Former Hurstbridge substation: 600 kW commissioned in 1929

Fitted with a Mercury Arc rectifier and fed by 25 Hz power, it was decommissioned in the early 1960s

26 August 2012 14:51 PM
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Diamond Creek tie station, commissioned in early 1960s

Gippsland-style stanchions were used when the substation was opened, but the rest of the line still used wooden poles

26 August 2012 13:06 PM
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Diamond Creek tie station, traction feeds 221/1 and 219/1

26 August 2012 13:06 PM
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Hurstbridge substation traction feeds

26 August 2012 12:05 PM
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Hurstbridge substation, commissioned in 1993

Around 2,000 kW capacity, it was added to supply the auxiliary load of Comeng trains stabled in the yard

26 August 2012 12:05 PM
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Hurstbridge substation, traction feeds 223/1 and 229/1

26 August 2012 12:05 PM
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Wattle Glen substation, switchyard and main transformer

26 August 2012 11:54 AM
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Wattle Glen substation, signalling and auxiliary transformers

26 August 2012 11:53 AM
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Wattle Glen substation, commissioned in 1961 with 1,500 kW capacity

26 August 2012 11:52 AM
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Wattle Glen substation, traction feeds 223/1 and 221/2

26 August 2012 11:51 AM
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Wattle Glen substation, traction feeds to the overhead

Gippsland-style stanchions were used when the substation was opened, but the rest of the line still used wooden poles

26 August 2012 11:51 AM
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Eltham substation, commissioned in 1958 with 1,000 kW capacity

26 August 2012 10:50 AM
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Eltham substation, 22 kV mains power feed

26 August 2012 10:50 AM
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Eltham substation, auxiliary and signalling transformers

26 August 2012 10:49 AM
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Eltham substation, rectifier transformer and regulator (?)

26 August 2012 10:49 AM
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Eltham substation, traction feeds

26 August 2012 10:49 AM
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Flinders Street substation: trio of transformers for the main rectifier feed

28 July 2012 11:55 AM
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Signalling power transformer at East Malvern

7 July 2012 15:39 PM
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Rosanna substation: switchyard and traction feeders

16 June 2012 15:38 PM
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Rosanna substation: 22 kV AC input up top, the 1500 V DC feeder to the trains down below

16 June 2012 15:35 PM
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