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Melbourne tramway overhead

A web of overhead wires is needed to supply the electricity that powers Melbourne's tram fleet

Railway style jumper between catenary and contact wires on the Port Melbourne light rail

Wednesday 8 January 2014 17:24 PM
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Railway style dropper wire between catenary and contact wires on the Port Melbourne light rail

Wednesday 8 January 2014 17:23 PM
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Railway style jumper between catenary and contact wires on the Port Melbourne light rail

Wednesday 8 January 2014 17:23 PM
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Scorch mark beneath the Newmarket railway bridge on route 57

Tuesday 12 February 2013 18:11 PM
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Fibreglass trunking protecting the Newmarket railway bridge from the tramway overhead

Tuesday 12 February 2013 18:11 PM
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Insulated fibreglass trunking for the overhead wire passing beneath a low bridge

Friday 8 February 2013 08:21 AM
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Scorch marks on the bridge protection beam over route 57 on Racecourse Road

The result of a truck hitting it and caught fire on January 25, delaying both trams and trains

Thursday 31 January 2013 18:11 PM
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Electrical insulators with spark damage on the right hand side

On the southbound track at Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets

Wednesday 11 July 2012 14:41 PM
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Electrical insulators with spark damage on the left hand side

On the northbound track at Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets

Wednesday 11 July 2012 14:41 PM
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Fibreglass trunking protects the contact wire as it passes under a bridge

Beneath the Flinders Street Viaduct at Queensbridge Street

Wednesday 14 March 2012 16:09 PM
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Southern end of the overhead feeder cable on Elizabeth Street, at the Flinders Lane intersection

Wednesday 14 March 2012 15:25 PM
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Modern style overhead on the Airport West extension of route 59

Sunday 11 March 2012 12:05 PM
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Looking south along route 59 along Matthews Avenue, Airport West

The overhead wiring is lower than normal, due to the threshold of runway 08 at Essendon being just a short distance away

Sunday 11 March 2012 10:45 AM
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Complicated double wire overhead on Elizabeth Street at Bourke

Thursday 23 February 2012 08:55 AM
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Web of old-style overhead on the Swanston-Elgin Street curve

Wednesday 22 February 2012 17:30 PM
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End of the double overhead wires, at Elizabeth and Queensberry Street

Each track has once contact wire, with a secondary feeder wire running above it, linked by jumper cables every so often.

Wednesday 22 February 2012 16:29 PM
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Double overhead wires on Elizabeth Street at La Trobe Street

Each track has once contact wire, with a secondary feeder wire running above it, linked by jumper cables every so often.

Wednesday 22 February 2012 16:21 PM
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Modern style light rail overhead at the outermost end of route 86

Saturday 18 February 2012 15:59 PM
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Pantograph only fittings support a curve in the overhead

Friday 17 February 2012 18:43 PM
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Pantograph only fittings support a curve in the overhead

Friday 17 February 2012 18:40 PM
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Tramway overhead junction of William and Bourke Street

The 'H' crossing is powered by Bourke Street, the overhead on William Street is isolated from it, with the two pieces being joined by insulated feeder cables

Monday 13 February 2012 09:04 AM
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Extra low overhead wiring along Matthews Avenue, Airport West

Once upon a time the overhead in this section was de-energised except when a tram was using it, due to low flying aircraft at Essendon Airport. The work was done in 1954, but is no longer operational: http://tdu.to/164533.msg?sid=69399

Saturday 29 October 2011 10:30 AM
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Detail of the crossing pan at a 'H' crossing in the overhead

Monday 7 March 2011 09:10 AM
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'H' crossing in the overhead

Monday 7 March 2011 09:09 AM
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