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Melbourne suburban Digital Train Radio System

23 November 2021

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.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Burnley group

17 November 2021

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

Richmond station

10 November 2021

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

HCMT High Capacity Signalling testing at Epping

25 October 2021

In 2019 work started on the installation of trial High Capacity Signalling equipment between Epping and South Morang stations. A pair of X'Trapolis trains completed the initial testing from September 2020, with High Capacity Metro Trains entering the test program from August 2021.

Amskan RFID train identifier tags

5 July 2021

At some point in the past Amskan RFID train identifier tags were installed on Melbourne's fleet of Comeng and Hitachi trains, along with readers at Flinders Street Station, and possibly other locations

Smashed signs at Sunshine station

19 June 2021

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. 

Comeng Life Extension project

8 April 2021

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.

Stony Point line transfers

19 January 2021

Trains running the diesel shuttle service on the Stony Point line run empty cars between Frankston and Southern Cross for maintenance on a weekly basis.

High Capacity Metro Train testing on the Glen Waverley line

20 December 2020

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

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 Flemington Racecourse line

18 December 2020

High Capacity Metro Trains have been on the Flemington Racecourse line to ensure that a misrouted HCMT train would be compatible with existing infrastructure.

High Capacity Metro Train testing on the Craigieburn line

1 November 2020

On the morning of 1 November 2020 after normal services had stopped running, HCMT set 3 was sent out to Kensington on the Craigieburn line to test the compatibility of the new trains with existing infrastructure.

Stony Point line

24 December 2019

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.

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.

Mernda Rail

1 September 2019

In August 2018 the 8 km long railway extension from South Morang to Mernda was opened to passengers, with new stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge.

Metro Trains Melbourne works trains

27 June 2019

On taking over the contract to operate and maintain the Melbourne suburban rail system in 2010, Metro Trains Melbourne have hired wagons and diesel locomotives B76, B80, T369, T373, T376 and T377 from CFCLA to operate works trains. Three types of train operate: open top containers mounted to miscellaneous flat wagons for the carriage of spoil, CHOY hoppers to carry ballast, and flat wagons fitted with stanchions to carry rail or concrete sleepers. The arrangement ended in 2017, with works trains instead being operated by Qube Logistics and Southern Shorthaul Railroad.

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.

South Morang rail extension project

20 January 2019

Extension of the Epping line a few kilometres to South Morang, as well as the duplication of the existing line between Keon Park and Epping.

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.

Rebranding Connex to Metro Trains Melbourne

24 May 2018

Metro Trains Melbourne took over operation of the Melbourne suburban rail network from Connex on 30 November 2009, with rebranding of trains and stations commencing right away.

New X'Trapolis EMUs

11 April 2018

A second batch of X'Trapolis EMUs are being imported, number from 1M upwards (and 1301T). The first 6 car set arrived in 2009 and underwent testing before being commissioned into service.

Siemens train braking issues

15 January 2018

A number of Melbourne's Siemens trains were withdrawn from service in 2007 due to braking issues. The Werribee line between Newport and Laverton was used to test the affected sets. The test procedure involved spraying soapy water onto the rails to confirm the operation of the brakes. By 2010 it was decided the solution to the problem was to install sandboxes to the middle four bogies of each 3-car set.

Sydney Trains

1 September 2017

Sydney Trains, formerly CityRail, operates the passenger rail service covering suburban Sydney

X'Trapolis transfer, July 2017

20 July 2017

On 20 July 2017 brand new X'Trapolis train 234M-1417T-233M+236M-1418T-235M was transferred from the Alstom factory at Ballarat North to Epping Workshops, behind T373 and T376 with generator wagon CFSX125G

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Bayside Rail Project

22 March 2017

In May 2013 Premier Denis Napthine announced the $100 million 'Bayside Rail Project' to upgrade the Frankston railway line, and bring X'Trapolis trains to the route. Two token services run by X'Trapolis trains being introduced just before the 2014 State Election, with the cost of the project blowing out to $115 million.

X'Trapolis transfer, December 2016

1 December 2016

On December 1, 2016 T369 and T377 with generator wagon CFSX125G transferred newly completed X'Trapolis set 225M-228M from Ballarat Workshops to Epping via Bacchus Marsh

Kensington Racecourse Essendon resignalling

19 March 2016

In 2013-14 new signalling was installed on the Craigieburn and Flemington Racecourse lines, between Kensington and Essendon stations.

Evacuating a failed V/Line train at Albion, November 2015

26 November 2015

On November 26, 2015 a down Bendigo train failed outside Albion station, blocking the Sunbury line for hours. Eventually the V/Line train was limped into the platform at Albion, allowing passenger to wait for buses, with the suburban train behind being eventually evacuated as well

PTV Night Network launch

30 October 2015

On October 30, 2015 the politicians visited Federation Square to launch PTV's new 'Night Network' - all night trains and trams, as well as a rejigged Nightrider bus service.

2015 Melbourne rail and tram industrial action

10 September 2015

In 2015 the Rail, Tram and Bus Union has launched industrial action against both Metro Trains and Yarra Trams, following the breakdown in negotiations around their new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

Siemens train static inverter issues

17 August 2015

In December 2014 it was discovered that Melbourne's fleet of Siemens trains had been fitted with defective capacitors in the static inverter unit found beneath the train floor, resuling in a number of explosions. As an interim workaround fire blankets and tie down straps were fitted around the equipment boxes to reduce the risk.

Sunbury electrification project

9 May 2015

Electrification of the Bendigo line between Sydenham and Sunbury started in 2011 and was completed in 2012. Diggers Rest and Sunbury stations were upgraded, a new stabling yard built at the end of the line, overhead wires were installed above the tracks, and five new traction substations were built.

Queensland Rail bits

13 April 2015

Bits and pieces of Queensland Rail trains

Steamrail - Good Friday Appeal suburban tour 2015

3 April 2015

On Friday 3 April 2015 K153 and Y112 led a train around the Melbourne suburbs to raise funds for the Good Friday Appeal.

VICERS vigilance control system

16 February 2015

In 2006 the installation of the Vigilance, Control and Event Recording System (VICERS) commenced on all suburban electric trains in Melbourne. Originally due to be completed by 2010, it took until 2012 for the system to finally be tested and commissioned.

Galvin train crash, August 2014

18 November 2014

On August 22 2014 an empty VLocity train (VL05-12-39, 7 cars) ran into the rear of a Metro Trains service between Galvin and Paisley on the Werribee line.

Farewell Hitachi Train Tour, April 2014

12 April 2014

On April 12, 2014 the Elecrail division of Steamrail ran a Farewell Hitachi Train Tour around the Melbourne suburbs with 288M-1979T-287M + 274M-1909T-273M. Starting at Craigieburn, the tour headed into the city via the Northern Loop, out to South Morang via the Clifton Hill Loop, then out to Sunbury and back via the Northern Loop, then finally back to Craigieburn.

Steamrail - Suburban Rambler, April 2014

6 April 2014

On April 6, 2014 Steamrail took diesel Y164 and steam Y112 for a trip around the Melbourne suburbs

Metro Trains Melbourne despatch paddles

13 March 2014

In 2010 Metro Trains Melbourne introduced 'despatch paddles' - an illuminated beacon for station staff to use to indicate to drivers that the platform was clear for departure. The idea was abandoned by 2012 or so, following the removal of platform staff from many locations

Mitcham level crossing removal project

7 January 2014

In 2013-2014 two level crossings at Mitcham were removed from the Lilydale / Belgrave line, when the railway line was lowered beneath Rooks Road and Mitcham Road, with the station at Mitcham also having to be rebuilt.

Blackout at Newmarket railway station, September 2013

26 September 2013

On September 26, 2013 a tree took out the mains power supply to Newmarket station, plunging the platforms into darkness, but not affecting traction power to trains or signalling systems.

Steamrail - Snow Train, July 2013

21 July 2013

R761 and R707 lead a 14 car long train from Southern Cross to Traralgon and return, having to run from Newport to Southern Cross via Sunshine and Deer Park due to Regional Rail Link works.

Metro Trains Melbourne stuffups, April 2013

26 April 2013

Over five days over the Anzac Day break there was a shutdown for Regional Rail Link related works at Viaduct Junction. April 26 was a normal workday but with limited platforms available at Southern Cross Station, resulting in all kinds of delays.

Cardinia Road station construction

25 August 2012

A new railway station on the Pakenham line between Officer and Pakenham stations

Lynbrook station construction

14 January 2012

A new railway station on the Cranbourne line between Dandenong and Merinda Park.

Metro Trains Melbourne driver training, February 2011

3 February 2011

T376 and T369 ran around the network late at night in order to train El Zorro diesel crews on the Flemington Racecourse, Craigieburn and Williamstown lines.

X'Trapolis test run to Craigieburn, January 2011

20 January 2011

After the last train on 19 January 2011, set 33M-34M + 35M-36M headed slowly to Craigieburn in order to clear the route for X'Trapolis trains.

Steamrail - Glen Waverley shuttles, June 2010

26 June 2010

On Sunday 27th June 2010 Steamrail operated steam shuttles between Darling and Glen Waverley to marks 80 years rail services to Glen Waverley. However due to an occupation on the line between the city and Newport, the train was stabled at South Dynon for a few days before the trip itself.