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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)

Sunshine tie station: currently under construction near Albion station

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 March 2012 13:49 PM
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Rushall Switching Station: High voltage lines terminate nearby

6 March 2012 10:12 AM
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Rushall Switching Station, near the Epping Line

Beside the North Fitzroy Country Line leg of the former Inner Circle line

6 March 2012 10:10 AM
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Rushall Switching Station, near the Epping Line

6 March 2012 10:10 AM
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Bayswater tie station, at the down end of the yard

Electrical sections are numbered 137/1, 143/1, 141/1, 142/1 and 140/1

18 February 2012 14:31 PM
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Bayswater tie station, at the down end of the yard

Electrical sections are numbered 137/1, 143/1, 141/1, 142/1 and 140/1

18 February 2012 14:30 PM
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Footscray tie station: the original building, since abandoned

15 February 2012 18:41 PM
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Footscray tie station: opened in the 1980s

15 February 2012 18:41 PM
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Flinders Street substation: tramways is smaller building to the left, railway is the larger one to the right

Commissioned as part of the Jolimont rationalisation works.

3 February 2012 18:23 PM
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Albion substation, commissioned in 1960 with 1500 kW capacity

28 January 2012 12:05 PM
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