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Failing infrastructure at Southern Cross Station

10 December 2021

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

Failing rail infrastructure of Melbourne

6 January 2022

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

12 April 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.

Fender bender on Elizabeth Street, July 2019

26 July 2019

On 26 July 2019 a delivery van tried to turn from Elizabeth Street into Little Collins Street, and was cleaned up by tram B2.2034 headed south on route 59

Fire damaged Sprinter 7012, December 2016

8 April 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

22 December 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

3 February 2006

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

Flagstaff station police operation, May 2019

28 March 2019

On 28 March 2019 someone onboard a train mistook a busker with a didgeridoo for someone with a rifle, sparking a full blown police response that shut down the entire City Loop for morning peak.

Flemington Racecourse line

18 December 2020

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 overpass removal

20 November 2005

In June-November 2005 the Flinders Street Overpass at King Street was demolished and the tram tracks rebuilt, with new platform stops provided at Market, King and Spencer Streets.

Flinders Street Station

10 December 2021

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

Flinders Street Station ballroom

5 July 2021

In June-August 2021 the Flinders Street Station upper levels and ballroom were opened to the public as part of the Rising Melbourne festival, hosting the 'A Miracle Constantly Repeated' exhibition by Patricia Piccinini.

Flinders Street Station upgrade

5 July 2021

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

15 November 2021

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.

Flipped truck under the Flinders Street Viaduct, February 2016

1 February 2016

On 1 February 2016 an overheight truck attempted to pass under the Flinders Street Viaduct at Spencer Street but failed, ending up sideways.

Flooded platform at Ascot Vale

11 March 2014

First it leaked, and then it burst - that's what happened to a water main beneath the platform at Ascot Vale station.

Flooded tram tracks on St Kilda Road, December 2018

14 December 2018

In December 2018 flash flooding hit Melbourne, flooding the tram tracks on St Kilda Road and delaying services.

Footbridges between Flinders Street and Richmond

12 February 2013

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

Free Tram Zone

21 June 2019

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 2009

30 January 2009

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

Freight around metropolitan Adelaide

2 October 2019

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

1 September 2017

Freight trains around the metropolitan Sydney area

Freight in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Lofty

5 December 2011

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

Freight west from Adelaide

3 December 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.

Freightgate sheds

10 April 2009

Provided around Victoria in the late 1970s / early 1980s at major stations established as freight centres for the receiving and despatch of small freight consignments

Furlong Main level crossing removal project

19 February 2020

In 2015 work commenced on the grade separation of the Main Road level crossing at St Albans station, with the Furlong Road level crossing at Ginifer station later being added to the project scope.

Furlong Main rail replacement buses

11 March 2017

Buses replaced Sunbury line trains from 2015 to 2017 to allow work to be completed on the Furlong Main level crossing removal project, with trains terminating at Sunshine.

Galvin train crash, August 2014

18 November 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

16 February 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 TQXF container wagons and WGSY grain hoppers were used to convert them to broad gauge. Additional wagons arrived in February 2017.

Geelong - Ballarat Railway 150th

10 April 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

25 December 2021

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

Geelong football specials 2006

13 August 2006

During the 2006 AFL season V/Line ran a number of push-pull P class trains from Geelong to carry Cats fans to the bigger games in Melbourne

Geelong football specials 2007

22 September 2007

Geelong won against Port Adelaide in the 2007 AFL Grand Final at the MCG. V/Line specials for Geelong Cats fans, including many push-pull P class operated trains, and a special headboard for grand final day

Geelong football specials 2008

31 May 2008

Geelong lost to Hawthorn in the 2008 AFL Grand Final at the MCG. V/Line specials for Geelong Cats fans included many push-pull P class operated trains, and a special headboard for grand final day.

Geelong football specials 2009

26 September 2009

Geelong won against St Kilda in the 2009 AFL Grand Final at the MCG. The V/Line football specials on the Geelong line were a mix of P class hauled single push-pull sets, and N class hauled seven car long N sets

Geelong football specials 2010

12 June 2010

During the 2010 AFL season V/Line ran a number of push-pull P class trains from Geelong to carry Cats fans to the bigger games in Melbourne

Geelong football specials 2011

1 October 2011

Geelong won against Collingwood in the 2011 AFL Grand Final at the MCG. The V/Line football specials on the Geelong line were mostly VLocity sets, with only a single push-pull train running for the occasion.

Geelong private carriages

19 July 2007

South Geelong has a collection of carriages privately owned by a ground called 'Rail Experience' located at the down end of the station. In 2007 carriage BS203 was removed by road, with the rest of the carriages moved to Newport Workshops in 2012 to make room for an expanded car park at the station.

Geelong Rail 150

24 June 2007

A collection of photos of the special trains that ran to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Geelong - Melbourne Railway. Locomotives included R761, R707, D3 658 and diesel T356.

Gemco Rail, South Dynon

24 October 2020

Gemco Rail operates out of the former South Dynon carriage sheds where they maintain, repair and upgrade broad and standard gauge diesel locomotives for a variety of rail operators.

Glen Huntly level crossing removal project

7 December 2021

The level crossings on the Frankston line at Glen Huntly Road and Neerim Road in Glen Huntly will be removed by lowering the line into a trench, with a new station to be built at Glenhuntly.

Glenhuntly Depot

5 February 2012

Glenhuntly Depot on Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South supplies trams to routes 3, 64 and 67.

Glenroy Road level crossing removal project

29 July 2021

The level crossing on the Craigieburn line at Glenroy Road in Glenroy is being replaced by a rail under road bridge, along with a new Glenroy station.

Gold Coast buses

10 December 2017

Buses on Queensland's Gold Coast

Gold Coast Light Rail

10 December 2017

G:link, also known as the Gold Coast Light Rail, is a 13-kilometre long 16-station light rail system serving the Gold Coast in Queensland

Gold Coast Light Rail infrastructure

10 December 2017

Infrastructure of the Gold Coast Light Rail, a 13-kilometre long 16-station light rail system serving the Gold Coast in Queensland