Electrical equipment of the new traction substation
The new traction substation of Mechelen, which is powered at 70 kV by Elia, serves primarily to power train traffic on the new route on the central reservation of the E19 motorway between Zaventem and Mechelen. In addition, the traction substation also includes a power supply to the test track cabin, which is also realized by Omexom.
To test the trains at different voltages, the trains are wheeled and drawn into a test track of the central workshop of Infrabel. The overhead lines of this test track can be switched to different voltage levels, depending on the train being tested.