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Recent albums

Occasionally I will add new albums that contain older photos, here are the most recently added. There are 821 in total.

Melton Highway level crossing removal project

November 20, 2017

A road over rail bridge is building built in two stages over the Sunbury line at Sydenham

Melbourne suburban Digital Train Radio System

The GSM-R based Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) replaced the analogue Urban Train Radio System (UTRS) used for communication on the Melbourne suburban rail network. Approximately 100 base stations make up the system with more than 70 new towered added to cover the network. Work stated in September 2009 and was completed in 2011, with trials of the on train equipment starting in 2012.

Melbourne suburban next train displays

November 17, 2017

Next train displays at Melbourne suburban railway stations.

Qube Logistics Tocumwal freight

April 30, 2017

Since 2012 Qube Logistics (formerly P&O Trans Australia) have operated a container service between North Dynon in Melbourne and Tocumwal, with loading also occasionally being attached / removed at Mooroopna (Shepparton).

Pacific National Maryvale paper train

March 14, 2012

Until June 2013 Pacific National operated the Maryvale Paper train that ran from Melbourne to the Australian Paper factory at Maryvale, north of Morwell. The service is now operated by Qube Logistics.

Pacific National Apex quarry train

November 29, 2016

The 'Apex' train carries gravel and other quarry products from Kilmore East on the North East line, to Westall in south-eastern Melbourne, Brooklyn in western Melbourne, and North Shore in Geelong. Originally operated by the Victorian Railways, V/Line, Freight Australia then Pacific National, in 2016 Qube Logistics won the contract.

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

X'Trapolis transfer, October 2017

October 25, 2017

On 25 October 2017 SSR T classes T363 and T381 and power van BVDY52 transferred brand new X'Trapolis train 245M-1423T-246M-247M-1424T-248M from Ballarat to Epping, travelling via North Geelong and Newport.

Steamrail - Rail and Sail to Geelong, October 2017

October 22, 2017

K153 led 7 carriages to Geelong and back on 22 October 2017, with passenger having the option to travel one way to/from by boat.

Melbourne Art Trams 2014

November 14, 2014

As part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival eight trams have been decorated in designs by eight Melbourne artists: http://2014.festival.melbourne/connect/artist-statements/

Melbourne Art Trams 2017

November 17, 2017

As part of the 2017 Melbourne Festival eight trams have been decorated in designs by eight Melbourne artists: https://www.festival.melbourne/2017/events/melbourne-art-trams/

Transdev Melbourne 'quality'

October 19, 2017

More quality service from Transdev Melbourne

Adelaide Rail Revitalisation works trains

July 09, 2010

For the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation project works trains operated between Victoria and Adelaide, brining welded rail from the Anzac Sidings as Spotswood, and concrete sleepers from the Austrak plant via the loading siding at Inverleigh.

Bus depots

A look at bus depots from Melbourne and beyond

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

May 03, 2017

The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle was a tourist-oriented bus service operated by Driver Bus Lines on behalf of the City of Melbourne from March 2006 until August 2017. Originally free and known as the 'Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle', it was renamed 'Melbourne Visitor Shuttle' in 2013, with fares introduced in October 2013

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.

X'Trapolis transfer, September 2017

September 20, 2017

On 20 September 2017 SSR T classes T363 and T381 and power van BVDY52 headed from Bendigo to Ballarat to collect a brand new X'Trapolis train, travelling via Sunshine, Newport and North Geelong.

Automatic rail lubricators

Automatic rail lubricators are used to apply grease to the running rails, avoiding wheel wear on sharp curves. Traditionally mechanical 'grease pots' were used for this purpose, but require frequent maintenance and apply grease in an inaccurate manner. Modern replacements are powered units, which use trackside sensors to pump out grease only when required.

Transdev Melbourne leased buses

October 23, 2017

In mid September 2017 Transport Safety Victoria and VicRoads completed an audit of the Transdev Melbourne fleet of buses. Initially 33 buses at two depots were removed from service due to defects, with 100+ buses eventually being taken off the road once all depots had been visited. Buses from Dysons Group and Sita Buslines were 'wet leased' to fill the gaps, with Transdev drivers directing drivers on the 'foreign' routes. 'Dry leasing' soon followed, with Transdev drivers in charge of the foreign buses, with Kastoria and Mitchell Transit also supplying vehicles.

Toorak Road West tram diversion

September 18, 2017

To make room for the Melbourne Metro station construction site at Domain Interchange, in June 2017 route 58 (formerly route 8) trams were diverted from Domain Road and Park Street to new tracks along Toorak Road West.

Steamrail - Castlemaine charter, September 2017

September 16, 2017

On 16 September 2017 Steamrail operated a charter from Melbourne to Castlemaine and return with A2 986, with carriages 17BE, 3ABE, 7ABE, 38BE, 1BCE, and water gin VZVF1. K190 was also attached to the down leg of the trip, on transfer to the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Steamrail - Maldon Experience, September 2017

September 09, 2017

On 9th September 2017 R711 and R761 led a train from Melbourne to Bendigo and return. The carriages were PCP292, 11AS, Hobsons Bay, 14BRS, 9BRS, 7ABE, 3ABE, 38BE, 17BE, 1BCE.

Sydney Trains bits

August 31, 2017

Just bits and pieces of Sydney Trains EMUs, carriages and railcars

Steamrail - Maldon Weekender, August 2017

August 20, 2017

K153 and K190 led T356 on a weekend trip from Southern Cross to Maldon and return, via Castlemaine.