Clifton Hill tram substation 1955

Original post 1 April 2020

This very curious thing in #QueensParade turns out to be a #substation for the tram network, built in 1955 when the #MelbourneandMetropolitanTramwaysBoard built what is now the #TramRoute86 (it was the last #cabletram line, closed in 1940, replaced by buses, which weren’t doing the job properly). It’s a funny building, with those bug eyes, and ancient timber doors. And there’s an exactly matching one in Thornbury behind the ex cable tram depot.Update : the eyes are fans, because the then new large steel-tank ‘mercury arc rectifiers’ generated more heat than the previous tech.

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