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Qube Logistics broad gauge cement train

14 May 2022

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.

Qube Logistics Long Island steel train

14 May 2022

In 2021 Qube Logistics commenced transporting Bluescope Steel products to the Bluescope Steel mill at Hastings, south of Frankston, after winning a 10 year joint contract from Pacific National in 2020. The steel is transferred from broad to standard gauge trains at the Melbourne Freight Terminal at South Dynon.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad works trains

14 May 2022

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

Pacific National - Western standard gauge

6 May 2022

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

SCT Logistics - Melbourne/Brisbane services

6 May 2022

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.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad standard gauge grain

1 May 2022

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

Qube Logistics interstate steel trains

1 May 2022

In 2021 Qube Logistics commenced transporting Bluescope Steel products along the east coast, after winning a 10 year joint contract with SCT Logistics from Pacific National in 2020.

Pacific National standard gauge grain

29 April 2022

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.

Pacific National - North East standard gauge freight

28 April 2022

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

SCT Logistics - Sadleirs Logistics

28 April 2022

On 29 September 2021 SCT Logistics commenced providing rail services to Sadleirs Logistics.

SCT Logistics - Altona depot and light engine moves

26 April 2022

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.

Qube Logistics standard gauge grain

24 April 2022

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

Pacific National Warrnambool freight

22 April 2022

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

SCT Logistics - steel trains

18 April 2022

In 2021 SCT Logistics commenced transporting Bluescope Steel products on the East-West corridor, after winning a 10 year joint contract with Qube Logistics from Pacific National in 2020.

Qube Logistics Apex quarry train

13 April 2022

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 standard gauge Mildura freight

13 April 2022

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.

Locomotives, light engines, and lashups

13 April 2022

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... ;-)

V/Line trackwork and maintenance

8 April 2022

Trackwork on the V/Line network that stretches across Victoria

Qube Logistics standard gauge cement train

7 April 2022

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.

Geelong broad gauge freight

1 April 2022

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

Southern Shorthaul Railroad Kensington grain

19 March 2022

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

North Dynon

11 March 2022

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.

Pacific National - Melbourne standard gauge freight

11 March 2022

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

11 March 2022

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 'hospital' train

6 March 2022

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

Melbourne broad gauge freight

6 March 2022

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

SCT wagons

27 February 2022

Various container wagons, box vans and refrigerated wagons as used by SCT Logistics on their Melbourne - Perth - Adelaide - Parkes services.

SCT Logistics - Dooen freight

24 February 2022

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.

Qube Logistics Maryvale paper train

15 February 2022

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

Pacific National Tocumwal freight

27 January 2022

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

SCT Logistics - Melbourne/Perth services

1 January 2022

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.

Pacific National Long Island steel train

1 January 2022

Until 2020 Pacific National operated the Long Island steel train to the Bluescope Steel 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.

Qube Logistics wagon transfers

31 December 2021

Qube Logistics occasionally operates empty container transfers from NSW into Melbourne.

Pacific National broad gauge grain

28 December 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

17 December 2021

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

Pacific National - Sadleirs Logistics

15 October 2021

Until September 2021 Pacific National moved freight by rail for Sadleirs Logistics with their fleet of RLSY louvre vans, attached to intermodal services.

El Zorro wagon transfer from Warrnambool, December 2008

7 October 2021

El Zorro 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.

Qube Logistics Ettamogah freight

25 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 hoppers 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.