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V/Line hired locomotives

29 July 2021

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

Pacific National Warrnambool freight

22 July 2021

The Warrnambool freight carries containers between Melbourne and the Westvic depot in Warrnambool, usually running Monday through Friday. Operated by Pacific National, except for a period between April and October 2008 when El Zorro took over the contract. 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

Pacific National - North East standard gauge freight

13 July 2021

Pacific National standard gauge intermodal freight services on the North East line from Melbourne towards the NSW border at Albury.

Qube Logistics broad gauge cement train

13 July 2021

In September 2019 Qube Logistics started a new containerised cement service running on broad gauge between North Dynon and the Kimberly Clark siding at Dandenong South. The loaded cement containers are brought down from New South Wales by train to Victoria Dock.

V/Line trackwork and maintenance

13 July 2021

Trackwork on the V/Line network that stretches across Victoria

Southern Shorthaul Railroad works trains

13 July 2021

Since August 2019 Southern Shorthaul Railroad has been operating works trains on the Melbourne suburban rail network on behalf of Metro Trains Melbourne.

Qube Logistics standard gauge cement train

13 July 2021

In April 2018 Qube Logistics started a new service conveying containerised cement between Sydney and Melbourne. The containers are loaded at a cement works in NSW and trucked to the Minto intermodal terminal Minto in Sydney, then railed to Victoria Dock in Melbourne, replacing the Berrima to Somerton cement train once operated by Pacific National.

Pacific National standard gauge grain

12 July 2021

Grain is a major freight traffic in Victoria, with Pacific National running grain trains from Victorian silos on standard gauge to export export terminals at Melbourne, Geelong and Portland, as well as interstate to NSW.

Qube Logistics Apex quarry train

12 July 2021

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 Freight Australia then Pacific National, in 2016 Qube Logistics won the contract.

Pacific National - Western standard gauge

11 July 2021

Out on the Western standard gauge, from beyond Gheringhap across the plains towards South Australia

Qube Logistics Ettamogah freight

11 July 2021

In July 2021 Qube Logistics commenced operating a containerised freight service between the Port of Melbourne and the Ettamogah Rail Hub outside Albury.

Locomotives, light engines, and lashups

5 July 2021

As the title suggests: Locomotives, Light Engines, and Lashups of various freight locos. There is a lot of smoking it up for the camera as well... ;-)

North Dynon

5 July 2021

Located between the main passenger lines at South Kensington and Dynon Roads, along with Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong River, the North Dynon precinct includes the Agents Sidings and the P&O Trans Australia container terminal at 'T' gate.

Long Island steel train

5 July 2021

The Long Island steel train serves the BHP mill at Hastings, south of Frankston. The steel is transferred from broad to standard gauge trains at the Melbourne Freight Terminal at South Dynon. In 2015 this facility replaced the Melbourne Steel Terminal, just west of North Melbourne station.

Pacific National broad gauge grain

3 July 2021

Grain is a major freight traffic in Victoria, but drought has cut the level of traffic in recent years. Trains operate on both broad and standard gauges, with the main destinations being export terminals at Melbourne and Geelong, as well as Portland, and a number of domestic flour mills

Qube Logistics hay train

3 July 2021

In June 2019 Qube Logistics commenced a new service conveying containerised hay from Ultima to the Port of Melbourne for export.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad Kensington grain

3 July 2021

In November 2017 Southern Shorthaul Railroad commenced operating broad gauge grain trains to the Kensington mill in suburban Melbourne.

SCT Logistics - Dooen freight

1 July 2021

SCT Logistics commenced running their Melbourne-Dooen freight service in 2015, which unlike their other trains operates to the Port of Melbourne and only carries container wagons - it doesn't stop at their Altona depot and conveys no boxvans.

South Dynon

23 June 2021

Located between Dynon and Footscray Roads, alongside Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong River, the South Dynon precinct includes the Pacific National operated Melbourne Freight Terminal and Melbourne Operations Terminal

Pacific National Tocumwal freight

22 June 2021

Pacific National (formerly Patrick PortLink) operate a container service between Appleton Dock in Melbourne and Tocumwal, loading also being attached / removed at Mooroopna (Shepparton).

Southern Shorthaul Railroad standard gauge grain

18 June 2021

In August 2017 Southern Shorthaul Railroad commenced operating grain trains on the standard gauge in Victoria.

Pacific National standard gauge Mildura freight

16 June 2021

The Mildura freight runs from Merbein (just north of the town) to Melbourne and return for Wakefield Transport. The train is made up of standard and refrigerated containers, and commenced running on standard gauge from mid-2018 folliowing the gauge conversion of the Mildura line.

SCT Logistics - Melbourne/Brisbane services

11 June 2021

SCT Logistics started their Melbourne-Brisbane service in 2010 with SCT vans attached to Aurizon BM7/MB7 services. They started operating their own services between Melbourne and Barnawartha (outside Wodonga) in 2016, these services being extended through to Brisbane in 2017.

Qube Logistics standard gauge steel train

10 June 2021

In 2020 Qube Logistics won a 10 year contract from Bluescope Steel for the transport of steel products along the east coast, a task previous carried out by Pacific National.

Qube Logistics Maryvale paper train

9 June 2021

Photos of the Qube Logistics operated Maryvale Paper train that runs from Melbourne to the Australian Paper factory at Maryvale, north of Morwell

Geelong broad gauge freight

4 May 2021

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

Sadleirs Logistics

5 February 2021

Sadleirs Logistics move freight by rail with their fleet of RLSY louvre vans, attached to Pacific National intermodal services.

Port of Melbourne

1 January 2021

Trains and railway lines at Melbourne's Appleton and Swanson Docks.

Qube Logistics standard gauge grain

24 December 2020

Rail freight company Qube Logistics operates a standard gauge grain trains into Victoria from New South Wales.

North Geelong 'hospital' train

24 November 2020

Pacific National operates an irregular 'hospital' train conveying broad gauge wagons between Melbourne and the maintenance facility at North Geelong Yard.

Broad gauge ballast trains

13 November 2020

Ballast trains on the Victorian broad gauge network.

SCT Logistics - Altona depot and light engine moves

5 November 2020

SCT Logistics got their start running east-west freight trains between Melbourne and Perth via Adelaide, running out of a depot at North Dynon. They now operate trains out of a much larger depot at Altona, running west to Perth as well as north to Brisbane.

Pacific National Bordertown log train

3 November 2020

In August 2020 Pacific National commenced operating a containerised log train from Bordertown in South Australia to the Port of Melbourne.

Pacific National - Melbourne standard gauge freight

3 June 2020

Pacific National standard gauge intermodal services from Adelaide and New South Wales meet at Melbourne, running via the western suburbs into the Melbourne Freight Terminal at South Dynon.

Tottenham Yard

3 June 2020

All sorts of stored and damaged wagons clogging up Tottenham Yard in Melbourne's west, with a few operational ones thrown in for good measure

North Geelong wagon scrapping

24 March 2020

All kinds of wagons are stored at North Geelong Yard, in early to mid 2008 Pacific National started to scrap a lot of the older wagons. After a lull, work restarting with tank wagons and VHCA cement hoppers in 2010, with more tank wagons being scrapped in March 2011. Scrapping of hopper wagons commenced in late 2014.

Melbourne broad gauge freight

8 February 2020

Miscellaneous Pacific National broad gauge freight movements through Melbourne - there isn't much these days...

Qube Logistics broad gauge grain

31 January 2020

Rail freight company Qube Logistics operates a handful of broad gauge grain trains in Victoria.

Qube Logistics Deniliquin rice train

11 January 2020

Currently operated by Qube Logistics (formerly P&O Trans Australia) the train carries export rice from the Sunrice plant at Deniliquin to the Port of Melbourne.

Track machines

17 November 2019

Pictures of ballast tampers, ballast plows, sleeper wagons, rail layers, overhead wiring trucks, rail grinders and other trackwork machinery and trains

Southern Cross Station trackwork 2019

23 October 2019

On the weekend of 19-23 October 2019 Southern Shorthaul Railroad operated works trains to Southern Cross Station, carrying ballast, rail, sleepers and everything else needed to replace two double compounds in the yard at the north end of platforms 3 and 4.

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.

GWA grain services

1 May 2019

Genesee & Wyoming Australia have operated a number of standard gauge grain services through Victoria, usually with hoppers hired from CFCLA

SCT Logistics - Melbourne/Perth services

9 January 2019

SCT Logistics started their Melbourne-Perth rail service in 1995, with V/Line followed by Freight Australia providing hook and pull services until they acquired their own locomotives in 2007.

Qube Logistics Tocumwal freight

5 December 2018

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).

Manildra sugar train

20 November 2018

Manildra Group moves sugar by rail from their plant in Grafton in NSW to their sidings at North Dynon in Melbourne. NGGF hopper wagons are used, which are attached to Pacific National intermodal or steel services.

Pacific National broad gauge Mildura freight

7 March 2018

The Mildura freight runs from Merbein (just north of the town) to Melbourne and return for Wakefield Transport. The train is made up of standard and refrigerated containers, as well as a small amount of cement loading. Until recent years oil tankers, louvre vans and LCL containers were also attached to the train. With gauge conversion of the Mildura line, in late 2017 the service was rerouted to serve a temporary freight terminal at Manangatang on the parallel Robinvale line, with a standard gauge service taking over in mid 2018.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad driver training

18 November 2017

In July 2017 Southern Shorthaul Railroad commenced operating driver training runs north and west of Melbourne, in preparation for the operation of grain trains on the standard gauge.

Pacific National Kensington grain

16 September 2017

The flour mill Kensington at Kensington is one of the last to be rail served in Victoria, grain wagons are taken there on a regular basis, requiring a convoluted route through the suburban and freight lines, with a reversal in Melbourne Yard. Until November 2017 this service was operated by Pacific National.

Freight around Sydney

1 September 2017

Freight trains around the metropolitan Sydney area