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Unusual workings for the V/Line P class locomotives

Monday 28 August 2017 12:05 PM

Over the years V/Line's fleet of P class locomotives have been seen on some unusual workings. Here is a selection.

Freight Australia liveried P23 on hire to V/Line, leading an eight car push-pull H set out of Geelong on a Commonwealth Games special (March 24, 2006)

Freight Australia liveried P23 leads a push-pull H set out of Geelong


V/Line's new livery - Part 3: locomotives

Wednesday 12 May 2010 15:48 PM

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.

N468 on the down at North Geelong

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).

Freshly repainted N460 on the up at North Shore

Despite the large number of decrepit looking P classes in the fleet, for the next year only N classes were (...)

V/Line's new livery - Part 2: railcars

Wednesday 12 May 2010 14:25 PM

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.

Repainted Sprinter 7007 with 7010 run around at South Kensington

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.

Refurbished Sprinter 7002 in the new modified V/Line livery at South Geelong

The final tweak to the livery was a change in the pilot colour to red - it (...)

V/Line's new livery - Part 1: carriages

Wednesday 12 May 2010 00:00 AM

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.


Wagons for Metro works trains

Saturday 24 April 2010 14:19 PM

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 MA2/AM2 service

Wednesday 21 April 2010 14:05 PM

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.

In Melbourne the train departs from North Dynon. There is also a trip train 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.

Previously POTA had their containers conveyed on QR National's MA6/AM6 service that ran 5 to 6 days per week. As a result QR National has dropped this service back to 3 days per week, with additional loading being transferred to SCT Altona where it is attached to SCT's MP9/PM8 services.

G515 leads the AM2 shuttle from North Dynon towards Swanson Dock

The first run of the service was to be VL355 with B76, but did not depart as (...)