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Willesden Power Station

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Belonged to the Metropolitan Electric Supply Co

Originally called Willesden Power Station; the station was later known as Acton Lane Power Station to distinguish it from another station called Willesden power station at Taylors Lane.

1899 built by the Metropolitan Electric Supply Co Limited.

1900 Description: 16 Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 8 of which had Vicar's automatic stokers. Three 2500 IHP British Westinghouse compound vertical engines, each driving a 1500 kW 2 phase 500 volt alternator.[1]. It was intended to have 18 engines ultimately [2]

1911 The company installed a high voltage d.c. line from the power station to a sub-station at Ironbridge, a location on the main Uxbridge road between Hanwell and Willesden.

1912 A correspondent to The Times identified the Willesden Junction station as one of 6 which should be considered for bulk supply in an integrated London network; it generated 2 phase 60 Hz 10kV, with AC distribution at 100V and 200V[3].

1914 BTH supplied its first Ljungstrom steam turbine [?][4]

1924 Purchased from Metropolitan Electric Supply Co together with main transmission lines by the London Electricity Joint Committee[5]

1925 This was one of four stations (the others being Bow, Deptford East and Grove Road, St John's Wood) which continued in operation following the formation of the London and Home Counties Joint Electricity Authority in 1925; many other, smaller stations in central London were closed.

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Sources of Information

  1. Marylebone Mercury, 3 March 1900
  2. Kilburn Times, 2 March 1900
  3. The Times Jun 12, 1912
  4. The Times, Jan 28, 1914
  5. The Times, Nov 26, 1926