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V/Line around Melbourne

25 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.

V/Line bits and pieces

25 November 2022

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

V/Line - Regional Rail Link

25 November 2022

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

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.

V/Line - Standard gauge to Albury

21 November 2022

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 road coaches

11 November 2022

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

V/Line around Geelong

30 October 2022

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 - Geelong carriage yards

30 October 2022

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

Poor service from V/Line

30 October 2022

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

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

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.

V/Line to Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca

13 October 2022

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

V/Line around the north east

13 October 2022

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

V/Line carriage platform strikes

13 October 2022

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.

V/Line in Canberra

11 October 2022

Yes, V/Line does run into the Australian Capital Territory - just with buses, not trains.

V/Line rail replacement coaches

17 September 2022

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)

Bendigo line resleepering

17 September 2022

In August 2022 V/Line commenced a $15 million project to replace 50,000+ timber sleepers with concrete ones on the 'slow' track between Sunbury and Kyneton. The works will allow VLocity trains to use the line at 130 km/h, up from the 115 km/h limit put in place in August 2019, following the discovery that VLocity trains are now heavier than when first delivered.

V/Line transfers

15 September 2022

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

V/Line corridor mapping project

27 August 2022

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 - standard gauge transfers to Ettamogah

2 August 2022

Following their replacement by the new standard gauge VLocity trains in 2022, V/Line's fleet of standard gauge carriages used on the Albury line were transferred to the SRHC depot in Seymour for storage. On 2 August 2022 six of the stored carriages, along with three recently retired carriages, were transferred by V/Line from Melbourne to Seymour and on to Albury, where they are being put into storage at Ettamogah on behalf of the rail heritage groups they are being handed over to. From north end the consist was ACN45, BN22, BN10, BN7, BRN34, ACN24 (all stripped of livery) then PTV liveried BN5, BRN43 and ACN48.

V/Line carriage interiors

30 July 2022

A look inside V/Line carriage stock

V/Line diversions on the suburban lines

30 June 2022

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 to Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough

13 June 2022

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 - standard gauge VLocity testing

6 June 2022

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 Warrnambool line

22 April 2022

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

Bombardier Ballarat East

12 March 2022

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

V/Line via the Albion-Jacana goods line

24 January 2022

The Albion-Jacana railway line links the Bendigo line near Sunshine to the main North-East line near Broadmeadows via a slow and indirect route. Normally used by freight services, V/Line occasionally diverts Seymour and Shepparton services via the route when the normal route via Essendon is blocked.

V/Line - standard gauge workshops and shunting

23 November 2021

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

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.

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 - 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 - 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

30 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 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 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 - 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.

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.

V/Line around Gippsland

14 December 2019

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

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.

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