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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)

Albion substation, switchyard and traction feeds to the overhead

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

28 January 2012 12:03 PM
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Blackburn substation, street side

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

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

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

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

26 January 2012 20:40 PM
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Mitcham substation, located in the railway station car park

26 January 2012 20:39 PM
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Croydon substation, the switchyard enclosed in a brick wall

26 January 2012 20:17 PM
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Croydon substation, in the railway station car park. Commissioned in 1969 with 1500 kW capacity

26 January 2012 20:16 PM
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Lilydale substation, 1980s design, at the down end of the stabling yard

26 January 2012 19:59 PM
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Mooroolbark substation, traction feeds 128/1, 129/2 and 130/1

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

26 January 2012 19:38 PM
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Mooroolbark substation, located near the Mooroolbark Road bridge

26 January 2012 19:35 PM
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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

26 January 2012 18:59 PM
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Ferntree Gully substation, 'V.R. Substation No. 29' on the facade

26 January 2012 18:59 PM
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Ferntree Gully substation, traction feeds 142/1, 144/1 and 143/1

26 January 2012 18:58 PM
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Ferntree Gully substation, apparently the only one of this design, located at the up end of the station

26 January 2012 18:57 PM
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Upper Ferntree Gully tie station, located at the down end of the station

26 January 2012 18:48 PM
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Upper Ferntree Gully tie station, traction feeds 146/1 and 144/1

26 January 2012 18:47 PM
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Upper Ferntree Gully tie station

26 January 2012 18:46 PM
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Upwey substation at the down end of the station, commissioned in 1962 with 3000 kW capacity

26 January 2012 18:39 PM
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Upwey substation, traction feeds 148/1 and 146/1

26 January 2012 18:39 PM
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Upwey substation, view of switchyard

26 January 2012 18:38 PM
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Hawthorn substation, view of the modern transformers and breakers in the switchyard

26 January 2012 16:33 PM
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