Engineering, Major Projects & Infrastructure, Operations & Maintenance, Plant, Machinery & Equipment

New electrical hub to supercharge SEQ rail

A multi-million-dollar project to boost reliability of Queensland Rail services has just been completed, with the commissioning of a new high voltage traction power substation at Moolabin (near Tennyson).

Queensland Rail Executive General Manager SEQ Assets, Sarah Dixon, said the newly commissioned power substation was the latest instalment in the State Government’s nearly $62 million investment to safeguard reliability and future-proof the South East Queensland rail network.

“In a nutshell, this Moolabin substation will boost our existing electrical infrastructure to ensure trains have a reliable power supply, even when incidents on the network occur,” she said.

“Moolabin can pick up the slack if another substation isn’t able to operate, for example, if it needs to be switched off for maintenance, reducing disruptions to customers.

“It is also about futureproofing our growing rail network.

“This program was established to reliably supply traction power to support the introduction of the 75 New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains and to support future additional services.

“Queensland Rail continues to deliver the largest number of services in the organisation’s history, with 8392 weekly services now operating across the South East.

“With this new electrical hub now online, it safeguards reliability, provides operational flexibility for the traction power network and increases electrical capacity for the future.”

The newly commissioned substation at Moolabin features artwork by local artist Simon Degroot, who translated natural plant details of the surrounding areas into abstracted shapes.

Dixon said as part of the State Government’s investment, work on renewing Mayne’s electrical substation (near Bowen Hills) was also underway, while other substations at Northgate and Yeerongpilly had recently been completed and were in operation.

“We are committed to providing a world-class railway system now and into the future and continue to look for ways to further improve the reliability of rail services for Queenslanders,” she said.