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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)

Hawthorn substation, commissioned in 1959 with 1500 kW capacity

Tuesday 19 October 2010 09:14 AM
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Hawthorn substation, view of the old transformers and breakers in the switchyard

Tuesday 19 October 2010 09:14 AM
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Burnley substation, 1500 V feeder cables exit the building

Monday 6 September 2010 14:29 PM
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Newport Workshops substation, tilt-slab concrete construction built as part of the 2010 stabling upgrades

Sunday 25 April 2010 08:40 AM
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Hoppers Crossing substation at the down end, commissioned with 1983 Werribee electrification

Tuesday 22 December 2009 08:23 AM
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Roxburgh Park substation, traction power feeders run underground to a substation in the station building

Sunday 30 August 2009 12:32 PM
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Cranbourne substation, located beyond the South Gippsland Highway level crossing

Saturday 22 August 2009 12:03 PM
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Newport tie station, outside the old substation, probably commissioned in the 1980s with Werribee electrification

Saturday 6 June 2009 15:29 PM
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Williamstown substation at the down end, 1500 kW capacity commissioned in 1967

Sunday 26 April 2009 11:38 AM
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Cremorne substation, commissioned in 1972 with 5000 kW capacity

Saturday 28 February 2009 18:19 PM
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Laverton tie station, commissioned in the 1990s

Sunday 26 October 2008 07:34 AM
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Newport substation, now a community arts centre

Commissioned in 1920 with three 25 Hz rotary converters supplying 4500 kW capacity, replaced in 1967 by smaller substations at Yarraville and Williamstown

Tuesday 29 July 2008 10:12 AM
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Paisley substation at Altona Junction, 1500 kW capacity commissioned in 1969

Tuesday 29 July 2008 08:40 AM
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Aircraft substation at the down end, commissioned with 1983 electrification to Werribee

Wednesday 27 February 2008 08:24 AM
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22 kV AC transmission lines attached to the stanchions on the Epping line at Thornbury

Sunday 28 October 2007 17:01 PM
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Galvin tie station at the down end of former station, commissioned with 1983 electrification to Werribee, replaced in 2011 by a new building across the tracks

Thursday 18 October 2007 14:32 PM
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Werribee substation at the down end of the station, commissioned with 1983 electrification

Saturday 11 August 2007 08:42 AM
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Newmarket tie station, located in the building that once housed Melbourne's first traction substation

Originally it was fed by 25 Hz power and housed three rotary converters that gave 9,000 kW capacity

Wednesday 21 September 2005 14:17 PM
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Coburg substation, originally opened in 1933 as V.R. Sub-Station No. 33

Thursday 11 August 2005 15:37 PM
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