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Melbourne Airport Rail

2 December 2022

The Melbourne Airport Rail is building a new double track railway branch from Albion station to Melbourne Airport, running parallel to the existing Albion-Jacana freight line as far as Keilor East, then following Airport Drive and Melrose Drive to the terminal area.

Failing rail infrastructure of Melbourne

29 November 2022

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

Melbourne suburban passenger information displays

29 November 2022

Next train displays at Melbourne suburban railway stations.

Melbourne stations and infrastructure

29 November 2022

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

Melbourne suburban Digital Train Radio System

29 November 2022

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.

Signage at Melbourne stations

29 November 2022

Station signage across the Melbourne railway network

Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Upgrade Project

29 November 2022

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.

High Capacity Corridor Upgrade project

11 November 2022

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.

Caulfield - Dandenong level crossing removal project

11 November 2022

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'

Melbourne signal boxes

11 November 2022

Signal boxes that control trains across Melbourne

Myki

9 November 2022

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

Railway stations of suburban Sydney

5 October 2022

Photos of the stations around suburban Sydney

Sydney light rail infrastructure

5 October 2022

Infrastructure from across the Sydney light rail system.

Adelaide stations and infrastructure

5 October 2022

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

Failing infrastructure at Southern Cross Station

14 September 2022

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

Melbourne transport murals

2 August 2022

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

Melton Highway level crossing removal project

17 June 2022

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

Macaulay Light Repair Centre

16 May 2022

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.

Metcard

29 April 2022

Equipment and infrastructure for the Metcard automated ticketing system used throughout Melbourne until December 2012.

Melbourne stanchions and overhead line electrification

25 April 2022

Overhead wires used to supply power to electric trains

Crumbling station building at Newmarket

27 March 2022

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.

Spencer Street Station pedestrian subways

11 March 2022

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.

Broadmeadows station and standard gauge platform construction

1 March 2022

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

Cranbourne Line Upgrade project

25 February 2022

The Cranbourne Line Upgrade project is removing level crossings at Evans Road, Lyndhurst and Greens Road, Dandenong South, duplicating 8 kilometres of single track between Dandenong and Cranbourne, and rebuilding the station at Merinda Park.

Melbourne tramway squares

15 February 2022

Melbourne has three '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 and Kooyong, with the fourth at Gardiner since grade separated.

TPWS in suburban Melbourne

15 December 2021

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

North McKinnon Centre level crossing removal project

7 December 2021

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

Blackburn Road level crossing removal project

17 November 2021

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

Richmond station

10 November 2021

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

Bell to Moreland level crossing removal

2 November 2021

The level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick are being removed by raising the tracks, along with new elevated stations at Coburg and Moreland.

Infrastructure Evaluation Vehicle IEV102

31 October 2021

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.

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.

Tram infrastructure of Melbourne

13 January 2021

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

Crumbling station building at Armadale

10 January 2021

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.

Tram stop extensions for E class trams

1 January 2021

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Petersham Training College

31 August 2017

Transport for NSW operate an internal rail skills training centre Petersham.

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.

Metro Tunnel geotechnical investigations

18 October 2016

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