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Suburban Melbourne

Metro Trains Melbourne operates the suburban railways of Melbourne with a fleet of electric multiple unit trains, taking over from Connex in 2009

Siemens train braking issues

February 21, 2011

A number of Melbourne's Siemens trains were withdrawn from service in 2007 due to braking issues.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.

Siemens train static inverter issues

August 17, 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.

South Morang rail extension project

June 16, 2012

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.

Special trains to Flemington Racecourse and Melbourne Showgrounds

September 27, 2014

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

Steamrail - Glen Waverley shuttles, June 2010

June 26, 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.

Steamrail - Good Friday Appeal suburban tour 2015

April 03, 2015

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

Steamrail - Snow train, July 2013

July 21, 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.

Steamrail - Suburban Rambler, April 2014

April 06, 2014

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

Stony Point line

January 04, 2014

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

Sunbury electrification project

May 09, 2015

Electrification of the Bendigo line between Sydenham and Sunbury started in 2008, 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 four new traction substations were built.

Sydney Trains

June 27, 2016

Sydney Trains, formerly CityRail, operates the passenger rail service covering suburban Sydney, as well as the interurban services to the surrounding region

X'Trapolis test run to Craigieburn

January 20, 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.

X'Trapolis transfer, December 2016

December 01, 2016

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

X'Trapolis transfer - October 2005

October 25, 2005

The Connex X'Trapolis EMU fleet required a number of modifications that were carried out at the Ballarat Workshops. Set 925M-1663T-926M + 919M-1660T-920M was transferred from Ballarat to Bayswater (via Geelong) with T377 as the motive power, with power van GVDY 52Y attached to the rear

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