Toronto power play – Crosstown light rail transit line sees important substations installed

As we’ve taken readers from end to end at every stop and station along Toronto’s Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) system, we’re constantly adding updates on the progress being made. Today, we’re energizing things with pictures of traction power substations finding their homes along the line.

We’ve shown you a growing gallery of pictures from deep tunnels to elevated guideways that will be used for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line.

And we’ve even given you a glimpse of the vehicles themselves.

But all that work, and those lines of rail, won’t go far without the spark of power.

A building - as big as two shipping constainers - is installed next to Eglinton Ave.

You might have noticed a new structure south of Eglinton near Credit Union Drive. It’s a traction power substation, which converts electricity into a form usable by the Crosstown’s LRVs . (Metrolinx photo)

Recently, before the latest snowfall in Toronto, builders Crosslinx Transit Solutions installed traction power substations (TPSS). They’re small structures that take alternating current power that’s available from normal power companies and converts it into the direct current required by the light rail vehicles.

A substation is lowered into place by a crane.

The traction power substation near Credit Union Drive wasn’t the only one we installed last week – another was lifted into place at Eglinton & Warden a few days later. (Metrolinx photo)

A number of the structures will be needed along the Crosstown route, and if you didn’t know how impressive they are, you might just think they’re storage containers.

Now they’re finding their homes along the line.

As a bonus shot – because the reach is spectacular – we’ve included a recent image of the lengths Crosslinx will go to get concrete where it needs to go at Kennedy station.

A very long crane reaches far to deliver concrete at a job site.

Kennedy Station continues to build upwards, with this pump reaching over the station box to supply concrete for a wall pour. (Metrolinx photo)

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