Traction Power Substations
  • In 1992 Powell entered the Traction Power Substation market with the delivery of innovative solutions and marking us as a leader in the industry.  We have Traction Power equipment in major systems in North America and around the world.
    Powell can provide completely integrated systems for traction electrification power, or specific equipment as needed for your individual project.  Traction Power Substations are custom-engineered to meet your exact specifications.
    Contact Powell today and let us help you with your solution.

  • When Powell introduced the PCR® concept in 1968, it was an industry first. From the beginning our design and construction excellence defined the standard for others to follow. Soon, the PCR was widely imitated throughout the industry. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, our Power Control Rooms still set the benchmark for reliability and performance.
    Our 50 years of experience and integration know-how makes Powell the supplier of choice if you want a smooth transition from concept to energized system. Our ability to tailor the solution to fit your needs is unsurpassed in the market today. For the Traction Power market we combined our integration expertise and our understanding of DC systems, rectifiers, AC switchgear, and communications to offer the best solution for a Traction Power Substation on the market today.

  • While we utilize standard techniques, every Powell Traction Power Substation is unique. The height, width, and length are customized for every specific project. The structural steel base is designed for the weight distribution and loading of your equipment.
    For a majority of situations our standard galvanized steel walls provide all the needed corrosion protection, but stainless steel or aluminum is available as a possible option. A second story can be constructed to save on footprint. While the highest concern is function, at Powell we have 50 years of experience getting your finished project from our facility to your jobsite. If needed it can be constructed with one or multiple shipping splits. Testing is still provided to you with the package as one integral system.

  • Integration and the ability to package all the necessary elements into a single working system is the goal and no one can accomplish this like Powell. All Powell manufactured elements along with third-party elements are considered in the design, fabrication, assembly, test, and delivery of your Traction Power Substation.
    Consider that it not just the power distribution system that involved. A solid solution may involve safety, structural, environment, control systems, communications, heating and cooling, lighting, building services, personnel entry and egress, interconnection, plumbing, cable entry and exit, future expansion, shipping splits, finish, corrosion control, code compliance, redundancy, shipping preparation, permitting, shipment, delivery, and off loading. These items are not new to Powell experience but can cause jobsite delays if not handled properly. Make sure your project does not face delays and let Powell be your partner.

  • When an Integrated Packaged Solution is involved, Powell Project Management demonstrates its value.
    At Powell we realize we are but one link in your much larger project plan. Our expertise extends to managing the needs and requirements of the integrated solutions we have provided for more than 50 years. We take on the responsibility of making certain that the solution your receive is designed to your needs, incorporates not only the systems we provide but those you provide from other sources, is fully integrated and interconnected, meets codes and standards, is prepared for shipment with proper care, and is delivered according to instructions.
    Powell Delivers more than equipment, we deliver a solution with a process with the intent of making your life easy.

  • ​Industry Standards NEMA, IEEE, NEC, ANSI, OSHA, IBC 2000, and UL
    AC Input Voltages ​​480VAC through 38kVAC
    DC Output Voltages 550VDC through 1500VDC
    ​Ratings per ANSI / RI-9
    ​Power Ratings 500kW through 5000kW
    ​Rectifier Circuit 6-pulse or 12-pulse
    ​Duty Cycle ​Medium to Extra Heavy Duty

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