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Melbourne suburban passenger information displays

8 July 2020

Next train displays at Melbourne suburban railway stations.

Melbourne stations and infrastructure

6 July 2020

Photos of railway infrastructure in suburban Melbourne - stations, signals, and such

Failing rail infrastructure of Melbourne

21 June 2020

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

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

Melbourne stanchions and overhead line electrification

9 March 2020

Overhead wires used to supply power to electric trains

Tram infrastructure of Melbourne

9 March 2020

Bits and pieces of tramway infrastructure from around the Yarra Trams network in Melbourne

Myki

6 March 2020

Photos of bits and pieces to do with Melbourne's 'Myki' smartcard ticketing system

Tram stop extensions for E class trams

6 March 2020

As part of the preparation for the longer E class trams entering service across Melbourne, tram stops along route 96 and La Trobe were extended to cater for their length.

Flinders Street Viaduct

22 February 2020

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.

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 Ginifer Road level crossing at Ginifer station later being added to the project scope.

Failing infrastructure at Southern Cross Station

14 February 2020

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

Crumbling station building at Armadale

24 December 2019

A look at the crumbling citybound station kiosk at Armadale station on the Frankston/Dandenong lines, where everything is falling apart and ready to fall down onto the platform below.

North McKinnon Centre level crossing removal project

24 December 2019

In 2015/16 three level level crossings on the Frankston line were removed - North Road, McKinnon Road, and Centre Road with Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations also being rebuilt

High Capacity Corridor Upgrade project

14 December 2019

The High Capacity Corridor Upgrade project (previously the Cranbourne Pakenham Line Upgrade project) is being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority to support the new High Capacity Metro Train (HCMT) fleet. The work includes track duplication on the Cranbourne line at Dandenong South, minor platform extensions, and the replacement of signalling, overhead wires and traction substations along the Cranbourne and Pakenham railway lines.

Melbourne signal boxes

12 December 2019

Signal boxes that control trains across Melbourne

TPWS in suburban Melbourne

9 December 2019

Commencing in 2010 Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) has been retrofitted to signals across suburban Melbourne.

Melbourne suburban Digital Train Radio System

8 December 2019

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 towers 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.

Flinders Street Station upgrade

2 December 2019

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.

Craigieburn electrification project

17 November 2019

Photos of the Craigieburn electrification works completed in 2007, as well the new station at Roxburgh Park and later upgrades to Craigieburn station

Coolaroo station construction and opening day

17 November 2019

Located between Broadmeadows and Roxburgh Park, the railway station at Coolaroo was constructed separately from the rest of the Craigieburn electrification project that was completed in 2007. As a result it did not opening to passengers until 6 June 2010.

Broadmeadows standard gauge platform construction

17 November 2019

Former terminus of the suburban electric services, in 2010 it was upgraded to have a third platform on the parallel standard gauge line.

Spencer Street Station pedestrian subways

17 November 2019

Until the 2005 redevelopment as Southern Cross Station, passengers at Spencer Street Station used a pedestrian subway to access the platforms, as well as to pass under Spencer Street.

Signage at Melbourne stations

5 November 2019

Station signage across the Melbourne railway network

Flemington Racecourse line

5 November 2019

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.

Crumbling station building at Newmarket

5 November 2019

A look at the crumbling citybound station building at Newmarket station on the Craigieburn line, where everything is falling apart. The cantilevered platform verandah was reinforced with acrow props in 2012 and demolished in 2013. As for the piers holding everything up, even bigger acrow props have been installed to counteract the failing concrete piers and beams.

Geelong region stations and infrastructure

27 October 2019

The full selection of images is on my other site, Rail Geelong

Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Upgrade Project

7 October 2019

The Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Upgrade Project includes the installation of new platform smoke extraction systems, upgraded station sprinklers and alarm system at Parliament, Melbourne Central and Flagstaff stations.

Adelaide stations and infrastructure

4 October 2019

Photos of railway infrastructure around the Adelaide Metro rail network in suburban Adelaide - stations, signals, and such

Metro Tunnel preliminary work

21 September 2019

Preliminary geotechnical investigation work on the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel commenced in 2015.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Infrastructure Evaluation Vehicle IEV102

9 September 2019

Converted from carriage MTH102 by SSR Bendigo in 2010, as of March 2011 this inspection carriage has been used to check up of the status of the overhead wiring along Melbourne's suburban railway network.

Southern Cross Station office towers

2 September 2019

The 664 Collins Street and 699 Bourke Street office towers have been built atop Southern Cross Station platforms 13 through 16

Webb Dock line

11 August 2019

Disused railway line in inner Melbourne, opened in the mid 1980s. Running from Melbourne Yard, over the Yarra River to the south bank to Webb Dock, only the line west of CityLink exists today, reserved for future rebuilding

Melbourne transport murals

28 July 2019

Murals featuring public transport, found at at Melbourne railway stations and tram stops

Richmond station

15 July 2019

A windblown concrete monolith from the 1950s with inadequate passenger interchange passageways and narrow platforms

Melbourne tramway squares

8 June 2019

Melbourne has four 'tramway squares' where 1500 V DC powered trains cross the tracks of 600 V DC powered trams on the level. They are located at Glenhuntly, Riversdale, Kooyong and Gardiner stations

Melton Highway level crossing removal project

2 June 2019

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

Macaulay Light Repair Centre

25 April 2019

The Macaulay Light Repair Centre is located off at Upfield line at North Melbourne, and is used for the stabling of trains as well as light repairs.

Second Merri Creek bridge at Clifton Hill

20 January 2019

Clifton Hill is the junction of the Epping and Hurstbridge lines in inner Melbourne, with a new bridge being built in 2008 across Merri Creek to duplicate the Hurstbridge line tracks.

Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade

20 January 2019

The Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade is duplicating the section of single track between Heidelberg and Rosanna, raising the railway line over Lower Plenty Road, and rebuilding Rosanna station.

Axle counter overlays at Melbourne level crossings

27 November 2018

Following issues with VLocity trains being detected by track circuits in suburban Melbourne, in 2016 axle counters have been installed at level crossings to ensure they are reliably activated.

Blackburn Road level crossing removal project

4 November 2018

The railway line at Blackburn will be sunk beneath Blackburn Road, but the existing station is not being rebuilt.

Caulfield - Dandenong level crossing removal project

13 October 2018

In early 2016 it was announced that all nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong would be eliminated by the construction of three sections of elevated railway line, now known as 'Skyrail'

Metcard

27 July 2018

Equipment and infrastructure for the Metcard automated ticketing system used throughout Melbourne

Heatherdale level crossing removal project

24 March 2018

The railway line at Heatherdale will be sunk beneath Heatherdale Road, with a new station build on the other side of the level crossing

Railway stations of suburban Sydney

1 September 2017

Photos of the stations around suburban Sydney

Melbourne tram stop closures

12 July 2017

In recent years many tram stops in Melbourne have been permantly closed, either replaced by nearby platform stops in an failed effort to speed up services, or due to safety concerns with motorists speeding past stopped trams.

NSW stations and infrastructure

10 June 2017

Photos of stations and stuff from the wacky land up north - mostly in the southern areas.

Incomplete Maldon - Dombarton railway bridge

10 June 2017

A partially completed bridge over the Cordeaux River near Maldon, New South Wales. It forms part of the Maldon - Dombarton railway line that commenced construction in the 1980s and was cancelled soon after.