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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)

East Camberwell substation, pair of transformers sit outside the building

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:52 PM
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East Camberwell substation, the current 1,500 kW of 50 Hz operated equipment commissioned in 1960 inside an existing building

Originally opened on electrification, fed by a 25 Hz supply with three rotary converters providing 9,000 kW capacity

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:51 PM
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Surrey Hills tie station

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:41 PM
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Surrey Hills tie station, rail side showing the six feeder cables

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:38 PM
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Box Hill substation, rail side showing the feeder cables

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:23 PM
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Box Hill substation, modern switchgear in the yard at the up end

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:19 PM
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Box Hill substation, commissioned in 1959 with 1,500 kW capacity

Saturday 26 May 2012 15:17 PM
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Cremorne substation, commissioned in 1972 with 5000 kW capacity

Saturday 19 May 2012 13:47 PM
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Cremorne substation, commissioned in 1972 with 5000 kW capacity

Saturday 19 May 2012 13:47 PM
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Sunshine tie station: currently under construction near Albion station

Friday 18 May 2012 17:05 PM
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Sunshine tie station: currently under construction near Albion station

Friday 18 May 2012 17:04 PM
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Sunshine tie station: power feeds to the overhead under construction

Located next door to the former Albion substation

Friday 18 May 2012 17:03 PM
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Albion substation, part of the original electrification of the Melbourne suburban network

Fed by a 25 Hz supply with three rotary converters providing 2,250 kW capacity. Replaced by the new Albion substation down the line in 1960

Friday 18 May 2012 17:03 PM
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North Melbourne substation, located in the triangle between the Upfield line and Moonee Ponds Creek

4,000 kW capacity commissioned in 1966

Sunday 29 April 2012 11:54 AM
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Greensborough substation, railway side

Saturday 28 April 2012 14:17 PM
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Greensborough substation, railway side

Saturday 28 April 2012 14:16 PM
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Greensborough substation, road side

The building dates back to the electrification of the suburban network, and used rotary converters supplied with power at 25 Hz

Saturday 28 April 2012 14:14 PM
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South Morang tie station, opened with the extension of the line

Located at the far east end of the railway station car park

Saturday 28 April 2012 11:31 AM
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Bell tie station: opened in 2012 as part of the South Morang Rail Extension Project

It cost around $3.4 million? See SMREP Bell Station Traction Power Upgrade Project

Sunday 22 April 2012 15:54 PM
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Bell tie station: underground feeder cables between the overhead and the tie station

Sunday 22 April 2012 15:51 PM
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Overhead feeder cables disconnected for an occupation, jumper cabled to earth for safety

Saturday 17 March 2012 11:28 AM
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Footscray tie station: feeder cables disconnected for an occupation, jumper cabled to earth for safety

Saturday 17 March 2012 11:28 AM
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Footscray tie station: feeder cables on the tracks towards Sunshine

Saturday 17 March 2012 11:27 AM
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Essendon substation, commissioned in 1966 with 1,500 kW capacity

The transformers and switchgear are enclosed in the brick enclosure, out of photo to the right

Sunday 11 March 2012 13:49 PM
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