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Mercury Arc Rectifier

1920s to 1990s


View a Video of an Operating Rectifier

Mercury Arc Rectifiers were used to convert Alternating Current (AC) power to Direct Current (DC) power. They were used by Edmonton Power starting in the 1920s until they were phased out in the 1990s.

Mercury Arc Rectifiers were used mainly to provide DC power for Edmonton's street cars and trolley buses.

Note: the photo the bulbs on the right were taken at Fort Edmonton Park 2012-09-13 at 5:36 PM

they last ran in Oct of 2012

 

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Categories: Rectifiers Collection

Author: ephf

Edmonton Power Historical Foundation is a non-profit society dedicated to preserving the history of electric power in the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta, for the education and entertainment of current and future generations.

Edmonton Power Historical Foundation

Hours of operation 2021

We are happy to announce that with the easing of Covid restrictions, the Edmonton Power Historical Foundation museum will be open to the public for the first time since March 2020! On August 21, 2021 the Leduc West Antique Society will open it's gates to the public for the fall Tractor Pull, and on September 17 & 18 LWAS will be hosting the Lesco Distributors Pro Show n' Shine for Semi Trucks. The EPHF museum will be open for both these events, so come on out and visit us!

We are located on the grounds of the Leduc West Antique Museum. Travel 5 miles west of Leduc on Highway 39. Go north on Range Road 260 (Cohne Dale Road) for about a mile and the museum will be on your right.

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