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V/Line - Standard gauge to Albury

On July 2011 V/Line ran their first standard gauge service to Albury, after almost 3 years of bus replacements, and countless months wasted of back and forth between the different parties involved.

V/Line - three car VLocity trains

October 03, 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

October 03, 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 4 of the 6 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 - VLocity train issues, 2016

March 30, 2018

In January 2016 a large proportion of the V/Line VLocity fleet was withdrawn from service due to wheel wear issues, and a few days later they were banned from operations on the suburban network due to level crossing activation issues.

V/Line - Werribee line rail cleaning trains

June 27, 2015

Following the opening of Regional Rail Link for Geelong line services in June 2015, V/Line commenced operating rail cleaning trains on the old route between Werribee and Little River, in order to keep the rail heads free of rust for correct signal and level crossing operation. These operations stopped soon after, and in October 2015 Metro banned the operation of VLocity and Sprinter DMUs between Werribee and Manor Junction.

V/Line - West Footscray derailment 2011

December 12, 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 - Z type carriage bogie cracks

In January 2013 V/Line's fleet of Z type carriages were removed from service due to cracking occurring in the bogies. Replacement bogies were eventually sourced, with the carriages back in service by late 2016.

V/Line 2007 Avalon Airshow specials

March 25, 2007

Every two years the Avalon Airshow is held outside Lara, with V/Line operating special trains between Melbourne, Geelong and Lara. Push-pull N classes on 8 car trains feature heavily.

V/Line 2009 Avalon Airshow specials

March 13, 2009

V/Line again ran special trains from Melbourne and Geelong to Lara. Push pull N and P classes with 8 carriages featured, as well as 7 car N sets

V/Line 2011 Avalon Airshow specials

March 05, 2011

The most boring airshow for V/Line ever: VLocities ran the majority of services. Only one hauled push-pull set ran, with a pair of N classes it only ran one return trip on Saturday and one return trip on Sunday.

V/Line around Ballarat

V/Line services west from Bacchus Marsh to Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough: since Regional Fast Rail started in 2006 boring old VLocities are the only trains used beyond Bacchus Marsh.

V/Line around Geelong

July 14, 2019

Photos of various V/line trains around Geelong, including Lara, Corio, North Shore, North Geelong, South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds. There are also photo from the South Geelong tunnel, and the Barwon River bridge at Breakwater. V/line operates a mix of rolling stock on the line, including Sprinter and VLocity DMUs, as well as loco hauled trains with a variety of carriage sets.

V/Line around Gippsland

September 08, 2018

V/Line services in the east of Victoria

V/Line around Melbourne

July 19, 2019

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 around the north east

July 13, 2017

V/Line trains on the north east line towards Seymour and Albury

V/Line at Southern Cross Station

July 19, 2019

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

V/Line bits and pieces

July 14, 2019

Just bits and pieces of V/Line trains, locomotives, carriages and railcars

V/Line carriage interiors

July 14, 2019

A look inside V/Line carriage stock

V/LineCars.com Swan Hill BS car tour

June 24, 2006

On Saturday 24th of June 2006, Matt Julian organised a farewell tour for the BS carriages, by chartering the last remaining BS car, BS217, to be attached to the regular Swan Hill passenger train.

V/Line diversions on the suburban lines

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

March 13, 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 in northern Victoria

V/Line trains on the Bendigo line, headed north from the Melbourne suburb of Sunbury

V/Line in South Australia

December 04, 2011

Yes, V/Line does run into South Australia (well, buses not trains, but that is beside the point)

V/Line locomotives

The V/Line locomotive fleet includes the large N and A class mainline units, smaller P class units, and four Y class for shunting

V/Line mobile signal repeaters

In 2017 a mobile signal repeater was installed onboard VLocity train VL55, with the system being rolled out to the rest of the fleet throughout 2018.

V/Line rail replacement buses

July 19, 2019

V/Line has a habit of stuffing things up and needing to call in the buses to get commuters home. (They have an even worse habit of cancelling trains to free up drivers to run football specials, putting the commuters onto buses)

V/Line road coaches

V/Line coach services throughout Victoria are operated by a number of private operators under contract to the State Government

V/Line special carriages

August 09, 2007

V/Line once had a special fleet of carriages that could be hired out and attached to ordinary services, including Club Car Victoria and Parlor Car Norman. Carriages managed by heritage operators have also appeared on special trains. In recent years these cars have been stored or passed to heritage operators and the carriages have appeared less frequently

V/Line splitting the points, June 2009

June 23, 2009

Sometime on the afternoon of June 23, 2009 carriage set VN12 was being shunted around at Southern Cross, and the BTN carriage managed to split the points. The ACN and BRN were taken off the east end, leaving the other three cars there this evening

V/Line stored locomotives

In 2016 V/Line put their fleet of A class locomotives in long term storage, with the P class fleet receiving the same treatment following their withdrawal from service in 2017.

V/Line to Bacchus Marsh

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 trackwork and maintenance

Trackwork on the V/Line network that stretches across Victoria

V/Line transfers

V/Line often needs to transfer locomotives and carriages between workshops for overhaul or refurbishment.

V/Line via the Albion-Jacana goods line

October 10, 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

January 06, 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 Warrnambool line

May 17, 2017

V/Line trains on the Warrnambool line heading south-west from Geelong

V/Line workshops, yards and shunting

July 19, 2019

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.

Vandals and scroats

July 19, 2019

And This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Trains.

Ventura Bus Lines

Ventura Bus Lines operates all over Melbourne's north, east and south-east, with a fleet of over 800 buses operating 140+ routes out of 12 depots.

VICERS vigilance control system

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.

Victor Harbor horse tramway

December 04, 2011

Running from Victor Harbor across a timber causeway to Granite Island, the first tram ran in 1894, the tourist service was restarted in 1986.

Victorian Goldfields Railway

Running between Castlemaine and Maldon, this tourist operates a number of J and K class steam locomotives, as well as diesels

Victorian grain silos

July 12, 2010

Grain silos from across Victoria. Concrete silos fall into two types: 'Geelong' and 'Williamstown'. Older steel silos are the 'Ascom' and 'Murphy' types. Newer steel silos are 'Aquila' and 'Jumbo unit' types. Low to the ground structures are 'Behlen bins' and 'Victorian Oat Pool shed'. More detail at the National Library of Australia.

VLocity derailment, September 2017

September 25, 2017

On September 25, 2017 VLocity VL51 derailed at the north end of Southern Cross platform 6. Two bogies ended up off the rails, with jacks being used to get them back onto the rails.

VLocity transfers on the Geelong-Ballarat line

December 11, 2018

In December 2018 empty VLocity trains were transferred to/from Melbourne and Ballarat via the freight only Geelong-Ballarat railway, so they could access the Bombardier maintenance facility at Ballarat East. The usual route via Bacchus Marsh was closed to allow work on the Ballarat Line Upgrade to be completed.

VLocity transfer to Bendigo, November 2014

November 04, 2014

B75 and T386 transferred an accident damaged VLocity set VL12 to Bendigo on November 4, 2014. The set was involved in an incident on August 22 2014, when empty VLocity train (VL05-12-39, 7 cars) ran into the rear of a Metro Trains service between Galvin and Paisley on the Werribee line.

W8 class tram trials

October 21, 2013

In 2013 work the first two refurbished W class trams arrived in Melbourne - W8.946 and W8.959. Fitted with modernised traction, braking and suspension systems, the trams form a new class - W8.

Wagons and containers

Photos of various freight wagons - if I know what train they are on then the photos are sorted into albums by operator and service, otherwise they are in albums by wagon code. You can view the new wagon and container photos in the order they were uploaded at this page.

Water Tower Clock

The 'Water Tower Clock' was Flinders Street Station's original clock. Built in 1883, it relocated to Spencer Street in 1910, then removed in 1967 following the rebuilding of the station. It was restored in 1993 and placed at the Scienceworks museum at Spotswood, then moved to Southern Cross Station in 2014.

Waurn Ponds cement train

August 27, 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.