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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 'Rv' traction feeds for route 86 on Plenty Road

Saturday 18 February 2012 18:20 PM
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Substation 'Rv': a small demountable style building seen elsewhere on route 86

Presumably commissioned in 1985 with the extension to La Trobe University

Saturday 18 February 2012 18:17 PM
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Substation 'Rv' on Plenty Road, near the end of the light rail section in Reservoir

Saturday 18 February 2012 18:17 PM
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Substation 'L' traction feeds for route 86 on Plenty Road

Saturday 18 February 2012 18:09 PM
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Substation 'L': a small demountable style building seen elsewhere on route 86

Presumably commissioned in 1985 with the extension to La Trobe University

Saturday 18 February 2012 18:07 PM
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Substation 'L' outside the La Trobe University bus interchange

Saturday 18 February 2012 18:06 PM
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Substation 'Bu': small demountable style building, and the mains power feed

Saturday 18 February 2012 17:42 PM
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Substation 'Bu': a small demountable style building seen elsewhere on route 86

Presumably commissioned in 1987 with the extension to Bundoora

Saturday 18 February 2012 17:41 PM
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Substation 'Bu': warning sign on non-standard earthing on the input side

Saturday 18 February 2012 17:41 PM
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Substation 'Bu' on Plenty Road at Grimshaw Street

Saturday 18 February 2012 17:40 PM
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Substation 'Bu' traction feeds headed north on Plenty Road

Saturday 18 February 2012 17:39 PM
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Substation 'Bu' traction feeds to route 86 on Plenty Road

Saturday 18 February 2012 17:33 PM
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Substation 'Mp' traction feeders to route 86 on Plenty Road

Saturday 18 February 2012 15:58 PM
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Substation 'Mp' just before the route 86 terminus at Bundoora

A different style of prefabricated building to others on the network. Probably commissioned in 1995 with the extension of the tram line.

Saturday 18 February 2012 15:46 PM
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Substation 'Vs': detail of the substantial brick building

Saturday 18 February 2012 14:01 PM
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Substation 'Vs' just beyond the Vermont South terminus of route 75

Commissioned in 2004 for the Vermont South tram extension

Saturday 18 February 2012 14:01 PM
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Substation 'Eb' builders details: prefabricated by Ampcontrol SWG of Tomago, NSW

Their website says these substations convert 22 kV AC to 600 V DC, with a 3000 amps (1,800 kW) output:
http://www.ampcontrolgroup.com/Our-Products--Services/Product-Details/Pages/Power/Power-Electronics-Systems/Traction-Rectifier.aspx

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:49 PM
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Substation 'Eb': single modular transformer sits outside the substation itself

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:48 PM
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Substation 'Eb' on Burwood Highway: another 1990s prefabricated structure

Commissioned in 1993 for the East Burwood extension: http://www.railpage.org.au/ausrail/01may/msg01177.html

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:48 PM
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Substation 'Eb' located outside the Kmart in East Burwood

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:47 PM
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Substation 'Eb': traction feeds outside on route 75 on Burwood Highway

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:44 PM
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Substation 'Bd': VicTrack comms box outside the building

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:36 PM
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Substation 'Bd' outside view

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:35 PM
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Substation 'Bd': transformers located outside the building

Saturday 18 February 2012 13:34 PM
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