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DERMPAV - Melbourne suburban trip, August 2011

August 27, 2011

On August 27, 2011 the Diesel Electric Rail Motor Preservation Association of Victoria took RM58 from Southern Cross to Upfield, Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale.

DERMPAV - Melbourne suburban trip, May 2012

May 19, 2012

On May 19, 2012 the Diesel Electric Rail Motor Preservation Association of Victoria took RM58 on a route of the suburbs, with a focus on the goods lines that ARTC would let passenger trains access.

The route taken was:
- Southern Cross platform 7
- Newport platform 2, change direction
- Altona sidings and to Brooklyn via the West line (broad gauge only track)
- Over the Tottenham flyover, past Tottenham Yard and through the Bunbury Street tunnel
- West fork towards North Dynon Junction, to just before Dynon Road, change direction
- East fork of triangle past MPC, stop just on the east side of Dock Link Road, beyond signal DYN134, change direction
- Take south fork, then Bunbury Street tunnel through to Sunshine platform 2, change direction
- Back to the city via the passenger lines.
- Southern Cross platform 8 north, change direction.
- Over the Essendon flyover to Flemington Racecourse platform 1, change direction
- Back via the Essendon flyover to Flinders Street platform 10, lunch break
- Down to Sandringham, change direction
- Flinders Street platform 10

DERMPAV - National Party charter to Colac, October 2015

October 28, 2015

On 28 October 2015 RM58 was the first heritage train traverse the Regional Rail Link tracks - chartered from DERMPAV by National Party candidate for Polwarth David O'Brien for a journey from Melbourne to Colac and return.

DERMPAV - RM58 test run February 2011

February 21, 2011

RM58 has been restored by DERM Preservation Association of Victoria and went out for a test run on February 21 from Newport to Melbourne Yard and return.

DERMPAV - Seymour trip, October 2014

October 18, 2014

On October 18, 2014 diesel electric railcar RM58 headed from Southern Cross to Seymour and return, conveying passengers for the 'Tastes of the Goulburn' festival

Dudley Street H set collision - May 2006

June 19, 2006

In May 20006 VSH22 and FSH21 were involved in a shunting accident at the Dudley Street carriage yards. BCH122 was pushed into BCH121. The first pics are from about 10pm (the incident happened some time before then) and then the rest are later on at 1pm after the re-railing was complete. The final photos are after the collision repairs.

Eastern region stations and infrastructure

May 08, 2011

Stations and infrastructure in the east of the state

Echuca station and stored wagons

March 04, 2012

Photos of the station yard, abandoned and stored rolling stock, steam locomotive A2 996, wharf siding, the Murray River bridge and the former station at Moama

E class tram testing and first day

March 22, 2016

The E class tram are three-section, four-bogie articulated trams built by Bombardier. The first two trams spent a number of months in testing around the Melbourne tram network, before they entered service on Monday November 04, 2013.

El Zorro's final Warrnambool freight, October 2008

October 17, 2008

17 October 2008 was the last time El Zorro operated the Warrnambool freight, the locos were CFLCA liveried T377, VR liveried T378 and SSR liveried T376. Photos from Marshall through to Warrnambool, then back to Winchelsea - it sure was a long chase!

El Zorro derailment - March 2010

March 09, 2010

A down El Zorro grain derailed at West Footscray Junction, with T320 and S303 coming off the rails (third and fourth units), along with 12 wagons.

El Zorro grain trains

March 06, 2013

El Zorro operates a number of grain trains inside and through Victoria, on both broad and standard gauges, using a mix of hired locomotives and wagons

El Zorro mineral sands train

June 18, 2011

The mineral sands train was operated by El Zorro and runs on an irregular basis between Melbourne and Portland, to transport titanium and zircon mineral sands processed by Iluka Resources at Hamilton

El Zorro to Morwell, October 2008

October 22, 2008

On October 22, 2008 El Zorro ran a test train to the Gippsland Intermodal Freight Terminal at Morwell, as a promotional event for local companies interested in using the terminal. The four container wagons were previously used on the Warrnambool contract: CQOY 2393 and three ZQLXs

El Zorro wagon transfer from Warrnambool, December 2008

May 18, 2010

El Zorro transfer sent T376 down to Warrnambool light engine on Wednesday December 3, 2008 to pick up some of their wagons from the yard. The train returned the next day. Back when they had the contract for running the Warrnambool freight they had a wagon with a cage at one end (ZFSX 12K) that got red carded and couldn't be moved. The second wagon (ZDXF 1) was left behind on the last run as the train was too long to fit into the loop at Camperdown.

El Zorro Warrnambool freight

September 26, 2008

Between April and October 2008 El Zorro opereated the Warrnambool freight, carrying containers between Melbourne and the Westvic depot in Warrnambool, usually running Monday through Friday. The train length is constrained by short crossing loops and often runs during the day on the down trip due to pathing issues beyond Geelong

Endeavour and Xplorer railcar transfers

February 26, 2010

The Endeavour and Xplorer railcars are operated by CityRail and CountryLink in New South Wales. Originally built at Dandenong in Victoria, in 2007/08 they have been undergoing a refurbishment program at the same plant. To transfer the cars they are gauge converted from standard to broad at South Dynon, then hauled as unbraked wagons down to Dandenong. These transfer trains are being run by Pacific National depot at Geelong, with extra wagons for braking purposes which are stored at North Geelong Yard between runs

End to End, Collingwood

September 05, 2015

Best known for the trio of Hitachi trains located on the rooftop, 'End to End' is a three story development located at 48 Easey Street, Collingwood. Easey's Burgers is located in one of the trains.

ETM devices

April 28, 2017

ETM -> 'End of Train Marker' devices are on modern trains used instead of a guards van. Simple types are just a flashing lamp, while fancier devices connect to the brake pipe, and report the air pressure via radio back to a display unit in the cab

Evacuating a failed V/Line train at Albion

November 26, 2015

On November 26, 2015 a down Bendigo train failed outside Albion station, blocking the Sunbury line for hours. Eventually the V/Line train was limped into the platform at Albion, allowing passenger to wait for buses, with the suburban train behind being eventually evacuated as well

Failed Sprinter - June 2014

June 12, 2014

Around 7am outside North Melbourne V/Line service operated by Sprinter railcars and bound for Bacchus Marsh failed. Two Comeng trains ended up behind the failed consist, but didn't appear to assist in the recovery.

Failing infrastructure at Southern Cross Station

Southern Cross Station was only finished a decade ago, but the building is already starting to fall apart

Failing rail infrastructure of Melbourne

November 20, 2017

Melbourne's railway network is held together with bubblegum and duct tape - here are examples of the way that it is falling apart.

Farewell Hitachi Train Tour - April 2014

April 12, 2014

On April 12, 2014 the Elecrail division of Steamrail ran a Farewell Hitachi Train Tour around the Melbourne suburbs with 288M-1979T-287M + 274M-1909T-273M. Starting at Craigieburn, the tour headed into the city via the Northern Loop, out to South Morang via the Clifton Hill Loop, then out to Sunbury and back via the Northern Loop, then finally back to Craigieburn.

Fire damaged Sprinter 7012, December 2016

April 08, 2017

On December 2, 2016 Sprinter 7012 caught fire at Seymour station, with a fault in the electrical cabinet believed to be the cause. The damaged train was transferred to Melbourne the next day.

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.

First VLocity Services to Geelong

February 03, 2006

On February 3, 2006 the first revenue VLocity services operated to Geelong

Flemington Racecourse line

May 19, 2012

The Flemington Racecourse line is a short branch off the Broadmeadows line in the inner north-west of Melbourne. It is used for special events at the Flemington racecourse and the showgrounds.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station is the main suburban train station for Melbourne, Victoria

Flinders Street Station upgrade

November 17, 2017

In February 2015, the State Government announced a $100 million investment to repair the exterior of the station’s administration building as well as improve access and facilities for commuters. Work started in late 2015 and is due for completion in 2018.

Flinders Street Viaduct

August 15, 2014

The Flinders Street Viaduct is made up of six tracks of varying ages, linking Flinders Street Station to Southern Cross Station and forming the main link between the eastern and western parts of the Victorian rail network.

Footbridges between Flinders Street and Richmond

February 12, 2013

Between Flinders Street Station and Richmond a number of footbridges cross the rail corridor.

Free Tram Zone

December 02, 2016

In the lead up to the 2014 Victorian state election, Denis Napthine promised to make tram travel free in the Melbourne CBD. The Liberal Government lost the election, but the Labor Party matched the promise, so in January 2015 PTV had to spend a bucketload of money promoting something that cost them even more money.

Free Victorian rail travel - January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009

Following a week of train cancelations due to extreme heat, the Stage Government declared that January 30, 2009 would be a day of free travel for train passengers.

Freight around metropolitan Adelaide

December 07, 2011

Freight trains around suburban Adelaide: the arrive from the north and east, and head for Dry Creek and the Lefevre Peninsula. The majority are standard gauge, the exception being the broad gauge Penrice stone train.

Freight around Sydney

September 01, 2017

Freight trains around the metropolitan Sydney area

Freight in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Lofty

December 05, 2011

Freight action headed west from Adelaide, headed up the hills and east towards Victoria.

Freight west from Adelaide

December 03, 2011

Freight trains headed west across the plains from Adelaide bound for Perth and Darwin. With no low bridges or tunnels, there is nothing stopping double stack containers and high cube boxvans from operating.

Furlong Main level crossing removal project

June 12, 2017

In 2014 work commenced on the grade separation of the Main Road level crossing at St Albans station, with the Ginifer Road level crossing at Ginifer station later being added to the project scope.

Galvin crash - August 2014

November 18, 2014

On August 22 2014 an 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.

Gauge converting PHAY wagons

February 16, 2017

In December 2016 Qube Logistics obtained a number of PHAY hopper wagons from South Australia for use on the Apex quarry train in Victoria. Originally running on standard gauge, bogies from WGSY grain wagons were used to convert them to broad gauge.

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

Geelong broad gauge freight

September 20, 2017

Miscellaneous broad gauge freight around Geelong - there is stuff all these days

Geelong buses

CDC Geelong (formerly Benders Busways) and McHarry's Buslines operate the bus services in Geelong, Victoria