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V/Line - Standard gauge to Albury

17 October 2021

On July 2011 V/Line ran their first standard gauge service to Albury, after almost 3 years of bus replacements, and countless months wasted of back and forth between the different parties involved.

V/Line transfers

16 October 2021

V/Line often needs to transfer locomotives and carriages between workshops for overhaul or refurbishment.

V/Line - Regional Rail Link

15 October 2021

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

V/Line - standard gauge VLocity testing

13 October 2021

On 23 September 2021 recently gauge converted VLocity VS93 departed South Dynon for Seymour on standard gauge, in preparation for testing on the North East line.

V/Line bits and pieces

9 October 2021

Just bits and pieces of V/Line trains, locomotives, carriages and railcars

V/Line around Melbourne

9 October 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.

V/Line COVID-19 outbreak disruptions

26 September 2021

In September 2021 V/Line's lacklustre preparations against the COVID-19 pandemic were exposed, when hundreds of V/Line staff were forced into isolation after a train driver tested positive, cancelling train services on Sunday 12 September, and resulting in a skeleton timetable that slowly returned to normal over the next two weeks.

V/Line road coaches

13 September 2021

V/Line coach services throughout Victoria are operated by a number of private operators under contract to the State Government

V/Line rail replacement buses

4 September 2021

V/Line has a habit of stuffing things up and needing to call in the buses to get commuters home. (They have an even worse habit of cancelling trains to free up drivers to run football specials, putting the commuters onto buses)

Steamrail - Ballarat driver training, July 2021

31 July 2021

On 31 July 2021 Steamrail's steam locomotive R761 headed from Melbourne to Ballarat and return on a driver training run, hauling V/Line carriage sets SH34 and SH31.

V/Line hired locomotives

29 July 2021

Occasionally V/Line has motive power shortages or failures, and need to hire locomotives from other operators for use on their own trains. In the photos here it is Freight Australia / Pacific National as the hirer

V/Line workshops, yards and shunting

29 July 2021

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.

V/Line to Bacchus Marsh

26 July 2021

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.

V/Line carriage interiors

5 July 2021

A look inside V/Line carriage stock

V/Line at Southern Cross Station

5 July 2021

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

V/Line diversions on the suburban lines

15 May 2021

Since 2015 all V/Line services towards Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo have used the new Regional Rail Link tracks out of Melbourne. An exception to this is major disruptions, when the trains get sent the 'old' way.

V/Line around Geelong

9 May 2021

Photos of various V/line trains around Geelong, including Lara, Corio, North Shore, North Geelong, South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds. There are also photo from the South Geelong tunnel, and the Barwon River bridge at Breakwater. V/line operates a mix of rolling stock on the line, including Sprinter and VLocity DMUs, as well as loco hauled trains with a variety of carriage sets.

V/Line - Werribee Street driver training

9 May 2021

In May 2021 the broad gauge tracks over the Werribee Street bridge in Werribee were finally opened to trains, with V/Line running driver training runs over it to familiarise trains crews with the new signalling layout.

V/Line - Geelong carriage yards

4 May 2021

Geelong is one of the busiest V/Line destinations, being a major servicing and stabling operation for their trains. Facilities include a car wash, fuel point and a dedicated Y class shunter

V/Line carriage platform strikes

16 April 2021

V/Line's fleet of carriages have been known to strike platforms while passing through platforms at speed, resulting in scraped paint on the carriage side.

Poor service from V/Line

1 April 2021

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

V/Line - Newport-Sunshine driver training

6 February 2021

On 6 February 2021 V/Line sent N467 between Sunshine, Tottenham and Newport to train heritage train crews on the route via Brooklyn.

V/Line - Ballarat Line Upgrade driver training

31 January 2021

During the commissioning of the final stage of the Ballarat Line Upgrade project, V/Line sent five N classes light engine to Ballarat each day to assist with driver training on the new stations and crossing loops between Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree.

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.

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.

V/Line Warrnambool line

25 December 2020

V/Line trains on the Warrnambool line heading south-west from Geelong

V/Line stored locomotives

24 October 2020

In August 2015 V/Line put their fleet of A class locomotives in long term storage, with the P class fleet receiving the same treatment following their withdrawal from service in 2017.

V/Line locomotives

30 September 2020

The V/Line locomotive fleet includes the large N and A class mainline units, smaller P class units, and four Y class for shunting

V/Line - 9-car VLocity train testing

21 June 2020

On 21 June 2020 V/Line sent VLocity sets VL07, VL63 and VL23 from Southern Cross Station to Wyndham Vale to test the operation of 9-car VLocity trains, as well as platform fit for the longer trains.

V/Line corridor mapping project

23 April 2020

In August 2019 V/Line locomotive P12 was fitted with GPS, LIDAR and 360 degree camera equipment and sent all over Victoria to collect data about the rail network. In April 2020 a second survey was undertaken by locomotive P15, with ground penetrating radar equipment supplied by Zetica Rail used to measure trackbed condition, including ballast depth, fouling and roughness.

V/Line - Wyndham Vale driver training

8 April 2020

In April 2020 V/Line ran a fleet of N classes light engine between Wyndham Vale and Sunshine in order to train drivers on altered signalling for the new Wyndham Vale stabling yard. A total of seven N classes were involved: two flights of three locomotives, and one running solo.

V/Line - Bacchus Marsh yards

4 January 2020

Bacchus Marsh is a busy V/Line destination, with a large yard at Maddingley used to stabling trains for weekday commuter trains. This replaced the previous yard at Bacchus Marsh station in 2019, which was needed for construction of a second passenger platform.

V/Line - standard gauge workshops and shunting

19 December 2019

V/Line's fleet of standard gauge trains are maintained at South Dynon, with diesel locomotive P13 retained as a shunter.

V/Line around Gippsland

14 December 2019

V/Line services passing through eastern Victoria bound for Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale.

V/Line to Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough

21 September 2019

V/Line services west from Bacchus Marsh to Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough: since Regional Fast Rail started in 2006 boring old VLocities are the only trains used beyond Bacchus Marsh.

V/Line to Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca

1 June 2019

V/Line trains in northern Victoria, headed north from the Melbourne suburb of Sunbury towards Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca.

Siemens train recovery, 2019

14 May 2019

On May 13, 2019 Siemens train 743M-2522T-744M + 766M-2533T-765M on a down Werribee service encountered damaged overhead wiring outside Laverton, resulting in the train being disabled. The next day N470 and N466 were sent to assist with the recovery of the train to the Newport Workshops, with chains and transition couplers used to join them together. Siemens trains lack a continuous brake pipe through each 3-car set, so a locomotive was needed at each end of the train to allow the consist to move.

Bombardier Ballarat East

17 February 2019

In 2011 Bombardier opened a new VLocity train maintenance facility at Ballarat East.

Caulfield - Dandenong driver training

12 January 2019

Driver training trains on the Caulfield - Dandenong rail corridor before the official commencement of passenger services over the new rail viaducts

VLocity transfers on the Geelong-Ballarat line

11 December 2018

In December 2018 empty VLocity trains were transferred to/from Melbourne and Ballarat via the freight only Geelong-Ballarat railway, so they could access the Bombardier maintenance facility at Ballarat East. The usual route via Bacchus Marsh was closed to allow work on the Ballarat Line Upgrade to be completed.

V/Line - A66 transfer to Bendigo

1 September 2018

On 1 September 2018 A66 was transferred light engine from Melbourne to the SSR Workshops at Bendigo for long term storage

V/Line mobile signal repeaters

9 August 2018

In 2017 a mobile signal repeater was installed onboard VLocity train VL55, with the system being rolled out to the rest of the fleet throughout 2018.

V/Line - VLocity train issues, 2016

30 March 2018

In January 2016 a large proportion of the V/Line VLocity fleet was withdrawn from service due to wheel wear issues, and a few days later they were banned from operations on the suburban network due to level crossing activation issues.

New V/Line Mk4 livery

9 March 2018

In conjunction with the launch of a more 'reliable' V/Line Albury service, N457 was repainted into a new PTV branded livery, along with power van PCJ492 and newly refurbished carriage set SN8.

VLocity derailment, September 2017

25 September 2017

On September 25, 2017 VLocity VL51 derailed at the north end of Southern Cross platform 6. Two bogies ended up off the rails, with jacks being used to get them back onto the rails.

Sprinter derailment, July 2017

28 July 2017

On July 28 2017 Sprinter 7010 derailed at the southern end of Southern Cross platform 6 and 7, with one one axle leaving the rails

V/Line - Z type carriage bogie cracks

22 July 2017

In January 2013 V/Line's fleet of Z type carriages were removed from service due to cracking occurring in the bogies. Replacement bogies were eventually sourced, with the carriages back in service by late 2016.

V/Line around the north east

13 July 2017

V/Line trains on the north east line towards Seymour and Albury

Fire damaged Sprinter 7012, December 2016

8 April 2017

On December 2, 2016 Sprinter 7012 caught fire at Seymour station, with a fault in the electrical cabinet believed to be the cause. The damaged train was transferred to Melbourne the next day.

Y129 derailment at Southern Cross, January 2017

10 January 2017

On January 3, 2017 Y129 derailed Southern Cross Station, while shunting around with the carriage yards with an N class locomotive. It was rerailed with the assistance of a heavy lift crane.