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Pacific National - Western standard gauge

19 January 2021

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

Melbourne rail replacement buses

19 January 2021

When the *%@! hits the fan on Melbourne's rail network, buses have to be called in to operate a replacement service for passengers.

Stony Point line

19 January 2021

The Stony Point line is an orphan on the Melbourne suburban network, being an isolated shuttle service without electrification. A class diesel locomotives hauling MTH carriages were the usual consist for a decade, until replaced by Sprinter railcars in 2008. Trains running the service run empty cars between Frankston and Southern Cross for maintenance

Metro Trains Melbourne - inner suburban

19 January 2021

Metro Trains Melbourne services in the inner suburban area, covering Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station, the City Loop, North Melbourne and Richmond.

V/Line around Melbourne

19 January 2021

Pictures of V/line trains 'under the wires' around Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. V/line has a mix of loco-hauled and DMU-run services.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Clifton Hill group

19 January 2021

Metro Trains Melbourne services on the South Morang and Hurstbridge lines that make up the Clifton Hill group.

City Loop

19 January 2021

Stations and trains around the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop (Parliament, Melbourne Central, and Flagstaff stations)

Qube Logistics Apex quarry train

19 January 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.

V/Line - Regional Rail Link

19 January 2021

V/Line trains using the new Regional Rail Link tracks that have progressively come into use since December 2013.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Northern group

19 January 2021

Metro Trains Melbourne services on the Werribee, Altona, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn and Upfield lines that make up the Northern group.

Reservoir level crossing removal project

18 January 2021

The Reservoir level crossing will be removed by building a rail bridge over High Street and constructing a new Reservoir Station.

Melbourne stations and infrastructure

17 January 2021

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

Melbourne suburban bits and pieces

17 January 2021

Photos of bits and pieces on and around Melbourne's suburban trains

Melbourne suburban passenger information displays

17 January 2021

Next train displays at Melbourne suburban railway stations.

North Fitzroy Depot

17 January 2021

North Fitzroy Depot on Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy closed in 1993, but reopened in 2008/09 to stable W class trams used on the City Circle while Southbank depot was undergoing refurbishment.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Burnley group

14 January 2021

Metro Trains Melbourne services on the Belgrave, Lilydale, Alamein and Glen Waverley lines that make up the Burnley group.

Pacific National broad gauge grain trains

13 January 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

High Capacity Metro Trains at Newport Workshops

13 January 2021

The new High Capacity Metro Train (HCMT) fleet is being assembled by Downer at the Newport Workshops in Melbourne's west, with the body shells assembled by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles in China.

Bayswater Workshops

12 January 2021

Bayswater Workshops is the only maintenance facility on the Burnley Group, and serves the fleet of X'Trapolis trains deployed to that corridor.

Puffing Billy

12 January 2021

Photos of the popular narrow gauge heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne

Failing rail infrastructure of Melbourne

12 January 2021

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

Pacific National Tocumwal freight

11 January 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).

Metro Trains Melbourne - Caulfield group

10 January 2021

Metro Trains Melbourne services on the Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston and Sandringham lines that make up the Caulfield group.

TramTracker across Melbourne

10 January 2021

tramTRACKER screens across the Melbourne tram and rail networks provides real time departure and disruption information to passengers.

Poor service from Metro Trains Melbourne

10 January 2021

Woeful service from Metro Trains Melbourne is a running joke - here are some examples.

High Capacity Corridor Upgrade project

10 January 2021

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.

Bikes at Melbourne stations

10 January 2021

Bike parking or lack thereof at Melbourne railway stations

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.

Great Southern Rail - The Overland

3 January 2021

Great Southern Rail operates 'The Overland' from Melbourne to Adelaide, via Geelong, Ararat and the Western standard gauge

Yarra Trams - football specials

2 January 2021

Yarra Trams operates additional trams to the MCG and Docklands Stadium for football fans.

Melbourne electric multiple unit interiors

2 January 2021

Interior views of Melbourne's electric multiple unit trains.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad works trains

2 January 2021

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

Kew Depot

1 January 2021

Kew Depot on at the corner of Barkers Road and High Street, Kew supplies trams to route 48, 78 and 109.

Port of Melbourne

1 January 2021

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

Sadleirs Logistics

31 December 2020

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

Myki failures and breakdowns

28 December 2020

A galley of the many ways that Melbourne's 'Myki' smartcard ticketing system can let passengers down.

Poor service from V/Line

28 December 2020

Clutching failure from the jaws of success - that's the V/Line way.

High Capacity Metro Trains enter service

27 December 2020

On 27 December 2020 the first High Capacity Metro Train carried passengers, HCMT set 11 did the honours running a single service from Pakenham to Flinders Street Station and return. The day was low key, with no special ceremonies to mark the occasion and little media attention, the train full of the families of those who built the train, and a gaggle of railfans who found out that the train was running.

Flinders Street Station

27 December 2020

Flinders Street Station is the main suburban train station for Melbourne, Victoria

High Capacity Metro Train compatibility testing

20 December 2020

High Capacity Metro Trains have been sent to Flemington Racecourse, Burnley Sidings on the Glen Waverley line, and Elsternwick on the Sandringham line to ensure that a misrouted HCMT train would be compatible with existing infrastructure.

Comeng Life Extension project

20 December 2020

The Comeng Life Extension project commenced in 2017 to update the interior and exterior of Melbourne's fleet of Comeng trains in order to keep them in service until 2022-27.

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.

High Capacity Metro Train testing on the Craigieburn line

18 December 2020

On the morning of 1 November 2020 HCMT set 3 was sent out to Kensington on the Craigieburn line to test the compatibility of the new trains with existing infrastructure.


18 December 2020

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

Long Island steel train

18 December 2020

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.

Commercialising commuters

13 December 2020

For Melbourne's privatised public transport operators, they don't make money by moving people - they make money selling their captive audiences to advertisers and other commercial outfits.

Signage at Melbourne stations

12 December 2020

Station signage across the Melbourne railway network

Flinders Street Station upgrade

11 December 2020

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.

Macaulay Light Repair Centre

1 November 2020

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.

Bell to Moreland level crossing removal replacement buses

24 October 2020

During late 2020 the Upfield line was closed north of Anstey station, buses replaing trains while 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.