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V/Line - Maryborough line launch

V/Line services to Maryborough were officially launched on Saturday July 24, with VLocities VL34 and VL38 running special trains on the day, and Premier John Brumby and Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula there for the opening ceremonies.

The train carried passengers from Melbourne as far as Ballarat, then took invited guests to Creswick, where an opening ceremony for the new station was held. Locals were allowed to catch the train to Maryborough where another opening ceremony was held. Five shuttle trips were run between Maryborough and the 214 km post for the locals (originally six were planned) before VL38 headed back to Melbourne, VL34 stabled to run the first up service the next day.

A clean 3VL38 arrives into Southern Cross, to form the train to Ballarat and Maryborough

Saturday 24 July 2010 07:35 AM
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3VL34 also cleaned for the occasion

Saturday 24 July 2010 07:39 AM
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N460 in the dock platform at Ballarat, having been used on driver training runs over the past week

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:31 AM
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VL07 sits in platform 1 at Ballarat, to form the Ararat connection

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:34 AM
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3VL34 arrives into Ballarat platform 2, carrying a dozen invited guests. The rear unit is carrying passengers for Ararat

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:35 AM
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Passengers for Ararat get kicked off the train and made to walk over the footbridge for their onward connection (It's part of the plan).

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:37 AM
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VL07 departs 5 minutes after the train from Melbourne arrived

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:41 AM
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A few more guests join the train at Ballarat - a single Sprinter would still be overkill!

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:42 AM
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Passing through the outskirts of Ballarat, I missing getting to the spot I wanted to...

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:50 AM
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The special train running past the remains of Sulky Loop

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:56 AM
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Running through the Midland Highway level crossing, upgraded with Federal stimulus money. Where was the state's $50 million actually spent on?

Saturday 24 July 2010 09:56 AM
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Arrival into an incomplete Creswick station, temporary fencing still in place

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:04 AM
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The new platform sitting opposite the original station

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:05 AM
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The original station at Creswick looking a bit worse for wear

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:06 AM
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New fence in place on the edge of the original platform at Creswick

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:06 AM
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Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula, Premier John Brumby, and Member for Ballarat East Geoff Howard at the opening of Creswick station

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:10 AM
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Premier Brumby leads the crowd in three cheers

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:11 AM
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Locals on the platform, the train stopped at Creswick for 30 minutes for the opening ceremony

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:13 AM
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Bus stop at Creswick with the old V/Line logo

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:14 AM
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Overview of Creswick station

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:14 AM
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Still waiting in the platform, the original station in the background

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:15 AM
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The new platform at Creswick is up on stilts, with sheetmetal blanking off the sides

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:16 AM
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Plaque unvelied at Creswick station

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:18 AM
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Plaque unvelied at Creswick station

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:18 AM
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