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Melbourne tramway traction substations

As of 2009 there were 41 traction substations scattered around Melbourne, converting the AC mains power to the 600 V DC required by trams. (a different source in 2008 put it as 46)

Substation 'S': traction feeds head underground at the edge of the CBD: Queensbridge Street south of the Yarra River

Wednesday 1 February 2012 19:05 PM
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Substation 'K': traction feed cables to the overhead

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:38 PM
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Substation 'K' on High Street, East Kew

To the same design as Thornbury and Clifton Hill. Commissioned in 1953: http://tdu.to/84708.msg

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:38 PM
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Substation 'K': the 1990s PTC replacement behind the original building

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:37 PM
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Substation 'K': the 1990s PTC replacement behind the original building

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:36 PM
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Substation 'Bx': porta loo, modular transformer, and a demountable hut housing the electrics

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:25 PM
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Substation 'Bx' located off track on Union Road, Surrey Hills

Commissioned in 2003 for the Box Hill tram extension: http://tdu.to/7403.msg

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:24 PM
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Substation 'D' at Deepdene, the 2000s brick replacement at the rear

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:04 PM
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Substation 'D' at Deepdene, note the slate roof on the original building

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:02 PM
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Substation 'D' located off track at Deepdene, since replaced by a new building to the rear

Thursday 26 January 2012 17:01 PM
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Substation 'H' hidden in the shed at the former Hawthorn Depot

Thursday 26 January 2012 16:25 PM
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Substation 'Q' in the car park at Kew Depot

Thursday 26 January 2012 16:00 PM
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Substation 'Q' at Kew Depot

Thursday 26 January 2012 15:59 PM
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Substation 'Es': terminating the traction feeder cables at the substation

Saturday 29 October 2011 12:02 PM
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Substation 'Es': traction feeder cables, both negative and positive cables

Saturday 29 October 2011 12:02 PM
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Substation 'Es': traction feeder cables headed through side streets, the substation is located away from the actual tramway

Saturday 29 October 2011 12:02 PM
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Substation 'Es': 1970s replacement hiding behind the original red brick building

Saturday 29 October 2011 12:02 PM
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Substation 'Es' located off track on Queens Street, Essendon

Commissioned in 1943: http://tdu.to/84294.msg

Saturday 29 October 2011 12:01 PM
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Substation 'Aw': dozens of return jumpers at a tramway traction substation, visible because it's reserved track

Saturday 29 October 2011 10:31 AM
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Substation 'Aw' on Matthews Avenue, Airport West

Saturday 29 October 2011 10:30 AM
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Substation 'W' on the corner of Dawson Street and Melville Road, Brunswick West

Constructed with the West Coburg tramline in 1925-26: Heritage Overlay ref. HO64. Another source says 1936: http://tdu.to/85082.msg

Sunday 2 October 2011 14:13 PM
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Substation 'W: brick detail around the substation doorway

Sunday 2 October 2011 14:09 PM
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Substation 'W' traction cables exit to the Melville Road frontage

Sunday 2 October 2011 14:07 PM
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Substation 'W': transformer for the tramway traction feed, with 6.6 kV input

Sunday 2 October 2011 14:06 PM
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