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Newport Power Station

The Newport Power Station was built to provide electric power for the electrification of Melbourne's suburban railway system. Construction commenced in 1913, but was interrupted by the First World War with delays in the delivery of equipment ordered from overseas manufacturers. The first turbo-alternator set at Newport began generating power on 20 June 1918.

Alternating current power was distributed at 20,000 volts and 25 cycles/second to fifteen substantial sub-stations built on the various suburban lines, where power was transformed by rotary converters into the 1,500-volt direct-current supply used by trains. The original 79,000 kilowatt capacity of Newport Power Station was later upgraded with new plant in 1939-43. In 1951, its operations were transferred from the Railways to the State Electricity Commission.

 Unloading coalview larger image Overhead travelling crane unloading coal, Newport Power Station, pre 1918.

Inside Newport Power Station, circa 1918view larger image Inside the Turbine Room at Newport Power Station.

Turbine room, Newport Power House, 1918view larger image Turbine room, Newport power station, 1918.

Newport Power Houseview larger image Newport power station.

Newport Power House, 1914view larger image Constructing Newport power station, 1914.

Dismantling crane, Newportview larger image Dismantling crane at Newport.

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