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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)

Middle Brighton substation, commissioned in 1969 with 1,500 kW capacity

4 January 2014 17:34 PM
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Hampton substation, brick wall around the transformer and switchgear yard

4 January 2014 17:24 PM
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Hampton substation, commissioned in 1969 with 1,500 kW capacity

4 January 2014 17:23 PM
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Frankston substation, commissioned in the 1980s, presumably to handle the load of stabled Comeng trains

4 January 2014 14:16 PM
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Frankston substation, entrance into the enclosed transformer hall

4 January 2014 14:15 PM
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Seaford substation, commissioned in 1955 with 3,000 kW capacity

4 January 2014 14:00 PM
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Seaford substation, 1955 facility in front of the 1920s original

4 January 2014 13:58 PM
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Seaford substation, the original 25 Hz powered facility was equipped with three 750 kW rotary converters

4 January 2014 13:56 PM
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Chelsea substation, commissioned in 1955 with 1,500 kW capacity

4 January 2014 13:35 PM
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Chelsea substation, commissioned in 1955 with 1,500 kW capacity

4 January 2014 13:34 PM
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Carrum substation, traction feeders 433/1, 431/1, 432/1 and 490/1

4 January 2014 13:33 PM
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Mordialloc substation, commissioned in 1956 with 1,500 kW capacity

4 January 2014 13:23 PM
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Mordialloc substation, traction feeders 431/1, 429/3, 430/1 and 428/3

4 January 2014 13:20 PM
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Mentone substation, 1920s original towers over the current switchyard

4 January 2014 12:14 PM
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Mentone substation, modernised transformer and switchgear in the yard

4 January 2014 12:14 PM
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Mentone substation, traction feeders 424/1, 428/1, 425/1 and 429/1

4 January 2014 12:14 PM
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Mentone substation, 22 kV feeders terminate in the up and down directions

4 January 2014 12:13 PM
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Mentone substation, one of two 22 kV feeders from the up direction terminates

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4 January 2014 12:13 PM
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Mentone substation, 22 kV switchgear controls the feeds to other Frankston line substations

4 January 2014 12:13 PM
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Mentone substation, commissioned in 1956 with 1,500 kW capacity

4 January 2014 12:13 PM
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Mentone substation, original 1920s building converted into apartments

Originally fed by electricity at 25 Hz, operating three 1,500 kW capacity rotary converters

4 January 2014 12:12 PM
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Highett substation, located in the railway station car park beside houses

4 January 2014 11:54 AM
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Highett substation, the original transformers contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

4 January 2014 11:53 AM
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Highett substation, the original transformers contain asbestos

4 January 2014 11:53 AM
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