An Insight into Victorian Railway Electrification

Learn about the past, present and future of Victorian railway electrification.
An Insight into Victorian Railway Electrification


Electrification – the supply and distribution of traction power – to trams and trains in "Melbourne the Magnificent" is a story in its own right: from the installation of one of the world's first electrified trams to the present day operation of one of the world's largest integrated electrified metropolitan rail systems. But the story doesn't end there: the unprecedented population growth within Melbourne and the outward expansion of suburban Melbourne into regional Victoria driving patronage and capacity, as well as upgrades to the inner city network through level crossing removals and construction and planning of new underground connections, "more trains more often" means that the electrification system will require continued upgrade and expansion.
The presentation will describe the factors that shaped the tram and rail electrification system as we know it today, illustrate the constituent parts, discuss briefly the planned and proposed upgrades and extensions to the system, and explore options and opportunities for innovation within what is a legacy system, with some audience participation for good measure!
As an added bonus, we will have in attendance other industry experts to field challenging questions. 



Ralph Moulang | Technical Director, Overhead Line Electrification, Aurecon

Ralph has experience in the strategic definition, specification, detailed design and construction delivery of AC and DC electrification projects, involving freight, commuter and metro rail, and light rapid transit systems, specialising in traction distribution systems. Ralph has been involved in several iconic projects, including Melbourne Metro, Melbourne Level Crossing Removals, Gold Coast Light Rail, Auckland City Rail Link, Brisbane's Moreton Bay Rail Link and London's Crossrail. At present, Ralph is part of Rail Projects Victoria's technical advisory team.

11 / 10 / 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Registration Closes
11 / 10 / 2018 06:00 pm
Engineers Australia
Level 31, 600 Bourke Street
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