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Stations, trams, workshops, V/Line, freight and special trains from around Ballarat

707 Operations - Ballarat Beer Festival, January 2016

January 16, 2016

On January 16, 2016 T413 and T364 lead a train from Melbourne to Ballarat and return (via North Shore) for the Ballarat Beer Festival.

707 Operations - Ballarat September 2009

September 13, 2009

R707 lead a 7 car train push-pull with T413 from Melbourne to Ballarat and back, via North Geelong

Ballarat buses

January 16, 2016

Buses in Ballarat are operated by Davis Bus Lines, part of CDC Victoria.

Ballarat line infrastructure

January 25, 2016

Photos of Ballarat station - a lot more are on my other site, Rail Geelong

Ballarat Tramway Museum

January 25, 2016

Located on the shores of Lake Wendouree and with about a kilometre of single track with a single crossing loop, and a 7 road shed, the museum has a collection of trams representing those used on the Victorian provincial tramways

Ballarat Workshops

Currently operated by United Group they carry out work for Metro Trains Melbourne, Great Southern Rail and a number of other operators

DERMPAV - charter to Ballarat, May 2013

May 25, 2013

On May 25, 2013 a private group chartered RM58 for a trip to Ballarat and return, via Bacchus Marsh

First day of VLocity operations - Ballarat line launch

December 22, 2005

December 22nd 2005 was the entry of V/Line's new VLocity trains into revenue service. I managed to catch the 1406 service to Ballarat, and the 1629 service from Ballarat. In this collection I've got pictures of the VLocity arriving at Southern Cross Station, for the first time with paying passengers on board, as well as the services that I travelled on.

Geelong - Ballarat Railway 150th

April 10, 2012

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Geelong Ballarat rail line opening, a special charter train ran from Geelong to Ballarat and return on 10th April 2012. Steamrail's T364 led the train, which included carriages 1BCE, 3ABE and 7ABE

Hitachi transfer, January 2009

January 18, 2009

El Zorro took CFCLA liveried T369 out light engine from Dynon to Ballarat to pick up a refurbished Hitachi set from Alstom's North Ballarat Workshops. The set was 23M-2007T-233M + 9M-1919T-144M and was taken to Newport Workshops

Hitachi transfer with T378 to Ballarat, August 2008

August 31, 2008

SRHC's T378 took the Elecrail Hitachi set from Newport to Ballarat Workshops via North Geelong for refurbishment. Here are some shots between Lara and Warrenheip.

Pacific National Mildura freight

September 20, 2017

The Mildura freight runs from Merbein (just north of the town) to Melbourne and return for Wakefield Transport. The train is made up of standard and refrigerated containers, as well as a small amount of cement loading. Until recent years oil tankers, louvre vans and LCL containers were also attached to the train.

PCJ van transfers to/from Ballarat, September 2009

September 15, 2009

El Zorro ran a transfer between Melbourne and Ballarat via North Geelong, T357 took V/Line power van PCJ491 to the Ballarat Workshops for refurbishment, bringing back completed van PCJ493 (formerly PCO2). You don't see Bona (engine and a single guards van) moves that often!

SRHC - Ballarat Blue Train Tour, December 2007

December 08, 2007

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran their 'Blue Train' from Ballarat to Seymour via Southern Cross, with locomotives B74 and T357, with Parlor Car in the consist

SRHC - Ballarat Blue Train Tour, May 2008

May 24, 2008

On May 25 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a special train from Seymour to Melbourne to Ballarat and return. New V/Line liveried locomotive N468 took the train of blue S cars

Steamrail - 'Ballarat Discoverer' May 2009

May 02, 2009

R761 lead a 5 car train from Melbourne to Ballarat and return, via Bacchus March both ways.

Steamrail - Ballarat driver training September 2009

September 13, 2009

Recently repaired R761 took 5 cars on a driver training run from Melbourne to Ballarat - via Geelong on Saturday 12th, and back via Bacchus Marsh on Sunday 13th

Steamrail - Ballarat East depot

March 26, 2011

Stored trains at the Ballarat East locomotive depot

Steamrail - Cup Weekender October 2010

October 30, 2010

Running from Melbourne to Quambatook and Sea Lake over the Melbourne Cup weekend, the consist was S313 - S301 - PCP - Goulburn - LAN - Moorabool - BZ - BRS - Werribee - Indi - Coliban - Inman - AK - BCE.

Steamrail - Mildura 2009

November 02, 2009

S301, T395 and S313 lead the train of 15 carriages, R761 was added to the train on the return leg between Ballarat and Melbourne (via North Geelong)

Steamrail - Y112 Ballarat shuttles - August 2010

August 22, 2010

On August 21 and 22 2010 Steamrail run steam shuttles out of Ballarat, using K153 and Y112 push-pull on a rake of timber bodied BW carriages.

Steamrail - Y112 Geelong shuttles - April 2011

April 17, 2011

T356, Y112 and D3 639 ran shuttles around Geelong on April 16th and 17th. The diesel was only used on the first morning, Y112 having run light engine from Ballarat for the occasion.

V/Line - Maryborough line launch

July 24, 2010

V/Line services to Maryborough were officially launched on Saturday July 24, with VLocities VL34 and VL38 running special trains on the day, and Premier John Brumby and Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula there for the opening ceremonies.

The train carried passengers from Melbourne as far as Ballarat, then took invited guests to Creswick, where an opening ceremony for the new station was held. Locals were allowed to catch the train to Maryborough where another opening ceremony was held. Five shuttle trips were run between Maryborough and the 214 km post for the locals (originally six were planned) before VL38 headed back to Melbourne, VL34 stabled to run the first up service the next day.

V/Line around Ballarat

V/Line services around Ballarat: since Regional Fast Rail started in 2006 boring old VLocities are the only trains used beyond Bacchus Marsh.

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