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V/Line, suburban, freight and heritage trains, and train station in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs

Steamrail - Mildura 2009

2 November 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 - Mitcham to Mooroolbark shuttles, September 2009

20 September 2009

K153 on the Melbourne end was push pull with K190 and five wooden carriages

Steamrail - Northern Weekender, 2017

12 June 2017

Over the June long weekend Steamrail Victoria ran their 'Northern Weekender' tour to Swan Hill and Echuca, with R711, K190, T365 and T364

Steamrail - R711 test run to Seymour, October 2011

29 October 2011

R711 headed up to Seymour on Saturday October 29, 2011 - another test and training run after restoration, before she can reenter normal preservation services.

Steamrail - Rail and Sail to Geelong, May 2017

21 May 2017

K190 led 7 carriages to Geelong and back on 21 May 2017, with passenger having the option to travel one way to/from by boat.

Steamrail - Rail and Sail to Geelong, October 2017

22 October 2017

K153 led 7 carriages to Geelong and back on 22 October 2017, with passenger having the option to travel one way to/from by boat.

Steamrail - Seymour, August 2015

22 August 2015

On August 22, 2015 Steamrail ran a charter from Southern Cross Station to Seymour and return for the Diamond Valley Railway, featuring D3 639 on a four carriage consist.

Steamrail - Shepparton, September 2015

5 September 2015

On 5 September 2015 R761 led 702BK, 500AK, 14BRS, 2BS, 9BRS, 11AS and PCP292 on a return trip from Melbourne to Shepparton.

Steamrail - Snow Train, July 2013

21 July 2013

R761 and R707 lead a 14 car long train from Southern Cross to Traralgon and return, having to run from Newport to Southern Cross via Sunshine and Deer Park due to Regional Rail Link works.

Steamrail - Steam Spectacular 2017

24 June 2017

On 25 June 2017 Steamrail ran a triple headed steam special from Melbourne to Ballarat with R761, A2 986 and D3 639, returning via Geelong, with a parallel run between Geelong and Little River.

Steamrail - Suburban Mystery Rambler, February 2009

28 February 2009

On February 28, 2009 Steamrail ran a 'Suburban Mystery Rambler' tour around Melbourne. Starting at Newport it ran via the goods lines to Tottenham and South Kensington, then to Ashburton, back to South Kensington where it went along the goods lines to Albion and Broadmeadows, and finally to Flinders Street, Frankston and Stony Point. From there it went back through Flinders Street to Sunshine, then via Brooklyn to Newport. T395 and T356 were the locomotives, top and tailing 5 cars.

Steamrail - Suburban Rambler, August 2009

22 August 2009

D3 639 ran this train push pull with T356 and Y164 running from Newport to Cranbourne, Upfield, the reversing loop at Melbourne Yard, Craigieburn, Williamstown via the goods lines, then finally back to Newport

Steamrail - Tocumwal, March 2016

19 March 2016

On 19 March 2016 T364 lead a short train from Melbourne to Tocumwal and return.

Steamrail - Tocumwal March 2013

9 March 2013

On March 9, 2013 Steamrail ran a a 11 car train from Melbourne to Tocumwal and return with locomotives S303 and S313. The entire down trip was a few hours late, the train having been timetabled by V/Line into platform 3 at Southern Cross where two S classes cannot fit! After all of the extra shunting was required, V/Line decided that a 40 minute window before the down Shepparton departed was not enough, so we got held until their departure at 0914.

Steamrail - Twin R class to Bendigo, October 2010

9 October 2010

R761 lead R707 to Bendigo with a train 11 car long train, connecting at Castlemaine for a VGR train.

Steamrail - Western Rambler, April 2013

27 April 2013

On April 27, 2013 Steamrail ran a 'Western Rambler' tour, with K153 leading T413. It ran from Newport to Sunbury via Sunshine, on to Southern Cross via Brooklyn and the Bunbury Street tunnel, up to Broadmeadows, back to Southern Cross then to Flemington Racecourse, and finally up to Upfield then back to Newport.

Steamrail - whY not Suburban Tour

17 November 2019

On 17 November 2019 T356 led the 'whY not Suburban Tour' from Southern Cross Station to Somerton and Werribee via Sunshine, Essendon and the Bunbury Street Tunnel. Originally intended to be hauled by Y class steam locomotive Y112, it was a late scratching due to mechanical problems. The train was made up of carriages 600BK, 14BRS, 67BW, 64AW, 7ABE, and 1BCE.

Steamrail - Williamstown shuttles 2012

29 April 2012

On April 29 Steamrail ran a shuttle train between Williamstown and Flinders Street Station for the 2012 Williamstown Festival. K153 and K190 were used push-pull with a five car train, running four return trips.

Steamrail - Williamstown shuttles 2013

28 April 2013

On April 28, 2013 Steamrail run shuttles from Williamstown to Southern Cross Station, using K153 push-pull with D3 639

Steamrail - Y112 transfer, November 2015

7 November 2015

On 7 November 2015 Y112 was transferred from Ballarat East to Newport Workshops for repairs, travelling via North Geelong and the new Regional Rail Link tracks.

Stony Point line

24 December 2019

The Stony Point line is an orphan on the Melbourne suburban network, being an isolated shuttle service without electrification. A class diesel locomotives hauling MTH carriages were the usual consist for a decade, until replaced by Sprinter railcars in 2008. Trains running the service run empty cars between Frankston and Southern Cross for maintenance

Stored trams at Newport Workshops

9 March 2020

With W class trams heritage listed and unable to be scrapped or exported to tram museums overseas, Newport Workshops has become a dumping ground while they wait a final home.

Stuck brakes on a Comeng train

17 November 2019

On 17 November 2019 Comeng carriage 641M was in the middle of a down Sunbury service when the brakes got stuck on, leaving a trail of smoke from North Melbourne to Middle Footscray, before the train finally came to a halt, shutting down rail services on the line for an hour.

Sunbury electrification project

9 May 2015

Electrification of the Bendigo line between Sydenham and Sunbury started in 2011 and was completed in 2012. Diggers Rest and Sunbury stations were upgraded, a new stabling yard built at the end of the line, overhead wires were installed above the tracks, and five new traction substations were built.

Sunbury line disruption, June 2019

5 June 2019

Following a fatality on the Sunbury line at Ginifer on the evening of 5 June 2019, train services were replaced by buses beyond Sunshine.

Tottenham Yard

3 June 2020

All sorts of stored and damaged wagons clogging up Tottenham Yard in Melbourne's west, with a few operational ones thrown in for good measure

TPWS in suburban Melbourne

9 December 2019

Commencing in 2010 Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) has been retrofitted to signals across suburban Melbourne.

Tram Bar at the Arts Centre Melbourne

5 February 2015

In 2011 retired tram SW6.969 was converted into a bar and setup at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, being removed a number of times, only to return again come summer. In February 2013 it appeared again as 'Tram Bar', which closed for good in January 2015.

TramTracker across Melbourne

14 February 2020

tramTRACKER screens across the Melbourne tram and rail networks provides real time departure and disruption information to passengers.

Transdev Melbourne leased buses

4 December 2017

In mid September 2017 Transport Safety Victoria and VicRoads completed an audit of the Transdev Melbourne fleet of buses. Initially 33 buses at two depots were removed from service due to defects, with 100+ buses eventually being taken off the road once all depots had been visited. Buses from Dysons Group and Sita Buslines were 'wet leased' to fill the gaps, with Transdev drivers directing drivers on the 'foreign' routes. 'Dry leasing' soon followed, with Transdev drivers in charge of the foreign buses, with Kastoria and Mitchell Transit also supplying vehicles.

V/Line - 'Last' A class services, April 2013

26 April 2013

With the April 2013 timetable change, V/Line changed their working timetable to remove the need for their A class fleet to haul any passenger trains. The last service was supported to be the up Bacchus Marsh on April 26, 2013 - but both A66 and A70 were brought back into service in 2014, with A66 then allocated a regular weekday return trip to Bacchus Marsh in 2015.

V/Line - Pacific National rescue failed a Warrnambool service, August 2006

2 August 2006

On the morning of August 02, 2006 N452 failed at Warrnambool when it was supposed to lead the up morning service, so A81 was pulled off the freight and used to rescue the train. A79 was then sent back to Warrnambool to bring the freight back that night.

V/Line - Regional Rail Link

24 October 2020

V/Line trains using the new Regional Rail Link tracks that have progressively come into use since December 2013.

V/Line - three car VLocity trains

3 October 2008

V/Line announced the construction of centre cars for the two-car long VLocity units in 2006. This album has some photo-manipulations of the trains, as well as photos of the actual three car long units during testing in mid 2008. There are now a number of them in revenue service.

V/Line - UCI bike specials 2010

3 October 2010

Over the weekend of October 2 and 3 V/Line ran a huge number of extra trains between Geelong and Melbourne for the 2010 UCI Road World Championships. The event turned out to be a bit of a fizzer: trains were still running every 10 minutes at peak times, but only four of the six originally scheduled push-pull sets ran (three with P classes, and one with N classes). The traffic disruptions in Geelong were so bad, the next person to propose Geelong hold an event like this will get tomatoes thrown at them in the Market Square Mall.

V/Line - West Footscray derailment 2011

12 December 2011

November 26, 2011 locomotive N470 and carriage set SN1 derailed at West Footscray when passing through a crossover. The loco ended up split between two tracks, but everything stayed upright.

V/Line around Melbourne

24 October 2020

Pictures of V/line trains 'under the wires' around Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. V/line has a mix of loco-hauled and DMU-run services.

V/Line at Southern Cross Station

14 February 2020

Southern Cross Station is the main hub of V/Line passenger services from around the state

V/Line diversions on the suburban lines

6 May 2019

Since 2015 all V/Line services towards Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo have used the new Regional Rail Link tracks out of Melbourne. An exception to this is major disruptions, when the trains get sent the 'old' way.

V/Line hired locomotives

13 March 2017

Occasionally V/Line has motive power shortages or failures, and need to hire locomotives from other operators for use on their own trains. In the photos here it is Freight Australia / Pacific National as the hirer

V/Line to Bacchus Marsh

26 June 2020

Photos of the V/Line services that run to Bacchus Marsh, taken between there and the end of the wires back at Sunshine. As well as boring old VLocities and Sprinters, loco hauled trains with A, P and N classes are also used in peak times.

V/Line via the Albion-Jacana goods line

10 October 2010

The Albion-Jacana railway line links the Bendigo line near Sunshine to the main North-East line near Broadmeadows via a slow and indirect route. Normally used by freight services, V/Line occasionally diverts Seymour and Shepparton services via the route when the normal route via Essendon is blocked.

V/Line via the Brooklyn goods lines

6 January 2017

On 24 October 2007, the normal route for trains through Yarraville was closed due to a fatality. The down Geelong train I was travelling on was diverted via the freight lines, through the Bunbury Street tunnel, Tottenham Yard, Brooklyn, and the back of Newport.

V/Line workshops, yards and shunting

17 January 2020

Pictures of V/Line trains and carriages at the West Melbourne Depot and Dudley Street carriage yards next to Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Yard, and South Dynon.

VICERS vigilance control system

16 April 2012

In 2006 the installation of the Vigilance, Control and Event Recording System (VICERS) commenced on all suburban electric trains in Melbourne. Originally due to be completed by 2010, it took until 2012 for the system to finally be tested and commissioned.

Victoria Dock

25 September 2011

Rail sidings served two parts of Victoria Dock - wharves 16-23 on the north side, and wharves 1-4 on the south

Waurn Ponds cement train

27 August 2017

Since the 2000s the main cement traffic in Victoria is from the Blue Circle Southern works at Waurn Ponds, outside Geelong. The major destination of the traffic was Lyndhurst in the south-east, which last saw a train in 2009, and Mildura and Somerton which saw the cement traffic end in December 2015.

Webb Dock line

11 August 2019

Disused railway line in inner Melbourne, opened in the mid 1980s. Running from Melbourne Yard, over the Yarra River to the south bank to Webb Dock, only the line west of CityLink exists today, reserved for future rebuilding

Westall Train Maintenance Facility

3 June 2018

The Westall Train Maintenance Facility is located on the Caulfield Group, and serves the fleet of Comeng trains deployed to that corridor.

William Street tram stop crash

27 January 2012

A southbound ute managed to crash into the 'safety zone' fence on William Street at Bourke Street, destroying it. Thankfully no passengers were there waiting for a tram!

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