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Metro Trains Melbourne - Northern group

22 November 2022

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

Melbourne rail replacement buses

22 November 2022

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

Flinders Street Station

22 November 2022

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

Melbourne suburban bits and pieces

22 November 2022

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

Commercialising commuters

22 November 2022

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.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Caulfield group

22 November 2022

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

Melbourne suburban passenger information displays

22 November 2022

Next train displays at Melbourne suburban railway stations.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Burnley group

22 November 2022

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

Failing rail infrastructure of Melbourne

22 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.

V/Line around Melbourne

22 November 2022

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.

Bikes at Melbourne stations

22 November 2022

Bike parking or lack thereof at Melbourne railway stations

Signage at Melbourne stations

22 November 2022

Station signage across the Melbourne railway network

Qube Logistics Apex quarry train

22 November 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.

V/Line workshops, yards and shunting

22 November 2022

Pictures of V/Line trains and carriages at the West Melbourne Depot and Dudley Street carriage yards next to Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Yard, and South Dynon.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad works trains

22 November 2022

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

Melbourne Airport Rail

22 November 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.

V/Line - Regional Rail Link

19 November 2022

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

Metro Trains Melbourne - inner suburban

18 November 2022

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

Pacific National Tocumwal freight

11 November 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).

Melbourne stations and infrastructure

11 November 2022

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

City Loop

11 November 2022

Stations and trains around the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop (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.

Bombardier Dandenong

11 November 2022

The Bombardier plant at Dandenong, Victoria was opened by Commonwealth Engineering in the 1950s, and is still operation today, building VLocity trains for V/Line and E class trams for Yarra Trams.

Melbourne signal boxes

11 November 2022

Signal boxes that control trains across Melbourne

Melbourne electric multiple unit interiors

11 November 2022

Interior views of Melbourne's electric multiple unit trains.

Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Upgrade Project

10 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.


9 November 2022

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

Poor service from V/Line

30 October 2022

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

Pacific National - Western standard gauge

29 October 2022

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

Special trains to Flemington Racecourse and Melbourne Showgrounds

22 October 2022

Additional train services are run for major events at Flemington Racecourse and the Melbourne Showgrounds.

V/Line at Southern Cross Station

20 October 2022

Southern Cross Station is the main hub of V/Line passenger services from around the state

Myki failures and breakdowns

20 October 2022

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

V/Line to Bacchus Marsh

20 October 2022

Photos of the V/Line services that run to Bacchus Marsh, taken between there and the end of the wires back at Sunshine. As well as boring old VLocities and Sprinters, loco hauled trains with A, P and N classes are also used in peak times.

Stored trams at Newport Workshops

18 September 2022

With W class trams heritage listed and unable to be scrapped or exported to tram museums overseas, Newport Workshops has become a dumping ground while they wait a final home.

Calder Park Sidings

17 September 2022

The train stabling yard at Calder Park is located north of Watergardens station. The first stage opened in December 2014 was a three road yard large enough to stable six 6-car trains, with a second stage adding another three sidings in 2015. As part of the High Capacity Metro Train project, a light maintenance facility is also being constructed at the site.

Melbourne tram and train passenger counting

14 September 2022

Various technologies have been used to count passengers on trains and trams - old fashioned counting, and hi-tech Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and CCTV based system.

TramTracker across Melbourne

14 September 2022

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

Southern Cross Station

14 September 2022

Southern Cross Station is the main interstate and regional station for Melbourne. The full set of photos is at my other site, Rail Geelong.

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

Melmax Bus Lines

11 September 2022

Melmax is a bus and coach operator based on the Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn.

Journey Beyond Rail - The Overland

4 September 2022

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

North Dynon locomotives

3 September 2022

Qube Logistics operates a fuel point at the Footscray end of North Dynon Yard, with locomotives also being stabled in common user sidings at the city end.

Newport Workshops: Downer Group and Siemens Rail

3 September 2022

Newport Workshops is the main railway heavy repair and maintenance facility in Melbourne. The eastern side is occupied by EDI Rail and Siemens, while the older buildings in West Block are occupied by heritage operators Steamrail Victoria and 707 Operations. The East Block is used as storage by VicTrack. Photos include some from a tour of the EDI section featuring the locomotive, bogie and wheel shops.

Newport Railway Museum

3 September 2022

Located off Champion Road in North Williamstown, the Newport Railway Museum hosts an open air collection of steam, diesel and electric trains from the railways of Victoria, alongside other railway exhibits. The ARHS operated railway museum was established in 1962, and was closed to public access 2010-2014 due to visitor safety concerns, but has since reopened and seen upgrades to place exhibits undercover.

High Capacity Metro Trains at Newport Workshops

3 September 2022

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.

Smashed sign at Sunshine station

20 August 2022

What happens when you put a road sign right beside a tight corner, on a footpath leading through the Sunshine station car park? Clueless motorists drive over the top of it, over and over again. 

Metro Trains Melbourne - Clifton Hill group

11 August 2022

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

Preston level crossing removal replacement buses

11 August 2022

During 2022 passengers for Bell and Preston had to catch buses while the stations were closed, due to the level crossings at Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street and Murray Road in Preston being removed by raising the Mernda line onto an elevated viaduct.

Melbourne transport murals

2 August 2022

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