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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)

Thomastown substation: site of the original 1960 facility, since demolished

16 June 2012 13:06 PM
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Thomastown substation: new-style traction feeds for the down direction

16 June 2012 13:06 PM
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Thomastown substation: new-style traction feeds for the up direction

16 June 2012 13:06 PM
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Thomastown substation: new-style traction feeds

16 June 2012 13:04 PM
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Thomastown substation: commissioned in 2011 as part of the South Morang Rail Extension Project

16 June 2012 13:01 PM
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Reservoir substation: 22 kV transmission lines approach from the city direction

16 June 2012 12:44 PM
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Reservoir substation: 1,500 kW capacity commissioned in 1963

Originally opened on electrification, fed by a 25 Hz supply with a pair of rotary converters providing 1,500 kW capacity

16 June 2012 12:35 PM
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Campbellfield substation: 22 kV AC input and the 1500 V DC output to track

16 June 2012 12:05 PM
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Campbellfield substation: 1,000 kW capacity commissioned in 1959 for the Fawkner to Upfield extension

16 June 2012 12:01 PM
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Fawkner tie station: connections to the 1500 V DC overhead

16 June 2012 11:18 AM
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Coburg substation: 1,500 KW capacity commissioned in 1965

Originally opened in 1933 as V.R. Sub-Station No. 33

16 June 2012 11:01 AM
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Coburg substation: 22 kV transmission lines head towards the city

16 June 2012 11:00 AM
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Coburg substation: 22 kV AC input enters the building

16 June 2012 10:59 AM
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Coburg substation: 1500 V DC traction feeds exit the building

16 June 2012 10:58 AM
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Coburg substation: 1500 V DC traction feeds connect to the overhead

16 June 2012 10:57 AM
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Gardiner substation, switchgear at the up end

9 June 2012 16:48 PM
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Gardiner substation, commissioned in 1956 with 1,500 kW capacity

9 June 2012 16:44 PM
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Overhead cables carry the railway power supply from Alamein to East Malvern

Top left is the 22 kV AC feeder, top right is 2.2 kV AC signalling power, the fat cables are the +vs and -ve 1500 V DC traction feed from Ashburton substation

9 June 2012 16:30 PM
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Ashburton substation, 1,000 kW capacity commissioned in 1958

9 June 2012 16:24 PM
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Ashburton substation: aging transformers and circuit breakers in the switchyard

9 June 2012 16:23 PM
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Mount Waverley substation, traction feeders to the overhead

9 June 2012 16:01 PM
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Mount Waverley substation, again with modern equipment in the switchyard

9 June 2012 16:00 PM
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Mount Waverley substation, 1,500 kW capacity commissioned in 1955

9 June 2012 15:59 PM
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Glen Waverley substation, with modern equipment in the switchyard

9 June 2012 15:37 PM
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