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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)

Rushall Switching Station, near the Epping Line

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

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

Tuesday 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

Saturday 18 February 2012 14:31 PM
Viewed 792 times
(1 time this week, 2 times this month, 52 times this year)

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

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

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

Wednesday 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.

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

Saturday 28 January 2012 12:05 PM
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Albion substation, switchyard and traction feeds to the overhead

Saturday 28 January 2012 12:04 PM
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Albion substation, located on the up side of Ginifer station

Saturday 28 January 2012 12:03 PM
Viewed 1007 times
(1 time this week, 2 times this month, 95 times this year)

Blackburn substation, street side

Commissioned in 1958 with 1000 kW capacity, expanded to 1500 kW in 1960

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:51 PM
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Mitcham substation, upgraded with 50 Hz equipment in 1962 to 1500 kW capacity

The building dates back to electrification of the suburban network, fed by a 25 Hz supply with a pair of rotary converters providing 1,500 kW capacity

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:40 PM
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Mitcham substation, another set of traction feeds

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:40 PM
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Mitcham substation, traction feeds to the overhead

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:40 PM
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(2 times this month, 57 times this year)

Mitcham substation, located in the railway station car park

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:39 PM
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(2 times this month, 62 times this year)

Croydon substation, the switchyard enclosed in a brick wall

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:17 PM
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(1 time this week, 3 times this month, 64 times this year)

Croydon substation, in the railway station car park. Commissioned in 1969 with 1500 kW capacity

Thursday 26 January 2012 20:16 PM
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(1 time this week, 4 times this month, 65 times this year)

Lilydale substation, 1980s design, at the down end of the stabling yard

Thursday 26 January 2012 19:59 PM
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(1 time this week, 2 times this month, 66 times this year)

Mooroolbark substation, traction feeds 128/1, 129/2 and 130/1

Thursday 26 January 2012 19:40 PM
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Mooroolbark substation, the '1985' implies this extension of the building was done in the 1980s

Thursday 26 January 2012 19:38 PM
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(3 times this week, 6 times this month, 70 times this year)

Mooroolbark substation, located near the Mooroolbark Road bridge

Thursday 26 January 2012 19:35 PM
Viewed 1184 times
(6 times this month, 96 times this year)

Ferntree Gully substation: 1,500 kW capacity commissioned in 1957

Originally opened in 1924 with 25 Hz equipment, being the first on the system to be fed by mercury arc rectifiers

Thursday 26 January 2012 18:59 PM
Viewed 1170 times
(1 time this month, 65 times this year)

Ferntree Gully substation, 'V.R. Substation No. 29' on the facade

Thursday 26 January 2012 18:59 PM
Viewed 1078 times
(1 time this month, 96 times this year)

Ferntree Gully substation, traction feeds 142/1, 144/1 and 143/1

Thursday 26 January 2012 18:58 PM
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