V/Line started repainted carriages and railcars in their new livery in mid 2007, but it took over a year for the first locomotive to emerge.
New liveried N468 was the first locomotive to be painted into the new livery, being released in May 2008.
This livery was a one off, the second locomotive to be repainted was N460 in September 2008, which receive a yellow front in place of the grey. N468 being altered to match in November the same year. After this time every N class undergoing an overhaul has been repainted into the same version of the livery (the exception for a few patch-up jobs on the N classes involved in the Stonyford derailment).
Despite the large number of decrepit looking P classes in the fleet, for the next year only N classes were (...)
Sprinter 7007 was the first of the class to be painted in the new V/Line livery, being launched to the public on September 12th, 2007.
No further Sprinters were painted in the same way as 7007, where the bands ended midway along the train.
Instead the purple band was eliminated, and the red band carried through to the end of the carbody. Sprinter 7002 was first to be released in this variant in November 2007.
The final tweak to the livery was a change in the pilot colour to red - it debuted on Sprinter (...)
V/Line commenced repainting their carriage fleet into a new grey, white and red livery in late 2007, the offical launch being on September 12th at Southern Cross Station. So where have they gotten up to since?
It took a year for a final version to appear, with carriages being progressively repainted with just a few remaining as of 2010.
This is the first in what will hopefully be a series of articles and photoessays on various railway subjects - there are times when an album or sequence of photos are just not enough to tell a story.
Metro Trains Melbourne have previous announced that they will be running their own works trains, insead of contacting out to other operators as Connex did. To acheive this, they are leasing locomotive and rolling stock from CFCLA.
P&O Trans Australia commenced running their own rail container service between Melbourne and Adelaide in October 2009, running as train numbers MA2/AM2. The locomotives and rollingstock are hired from CFCLA, the wagons being CQWY well wagons and CQMY container flats.
Previously POTA had their containers conveyed on QRNational's MA6/AM6 service that ran 5 to 6 days per week, as a result the QRN service has reduced to 3 days per week, on other days QRN conveys their loading to SCT Altona where it is attached to SCT's MP9/PM8 service. In Melbourne the train departs from North Dynon. There is also a trip tain working between the DP World siding at Swanson Dock West and North Dynon, usually a push-pull via the Bunbury Street tunnel due to the lack of a direct link between the two sidings.
The first run of the serivce was to be VL355 with B76, but did not depart as such, the (...)