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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.

Premier Brumby, Minister Pakula, and Member for Ballarat East Geoff Howard acting for the gathered media

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:19 AM
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Premier Brumby and Geoff Howard posing for the camera

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:19 AM
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V/Line management and safeworking department supervisor await departure from Creswick

The keyswitch is used to put the auto signal to stop, and inhibit operation of the level crossing while the train sits in the platform

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:20 AM
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Getting ready for departure time at Creswick

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:21 AM
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Getting ready for departure time at Creswick

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:22 AM
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Unprotected level crossing outside Creswick (It's part of the plan).

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:27 AM
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Coming out of the valley towards Tourello Creswick Road, slowing down for yet another speed restriction

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:31 AM
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Dropping down into a dip outside Tourello

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:37 AM
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The train paralleling the road into Clunes

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:39 AM
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Rolling through the abandoned station at Clunes, the new works siding yet to be commissioned

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:42 AM
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Passing the third and final loop closed at Talbot

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:58 AM
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Passing the privately leased station at Talbot, a new fence erected along the platform edge

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:58 AM
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The loop road joins the dead end siding abandoned at Talbot

Saturday 24 July 2010 10:58 AM
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Outside Maryborough station

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:16 AM
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Business hours sign at Maryborough

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:16 AM
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Antiques shop and cafe at Maryborough with a Metlink style opening hours sign

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:16 AM
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Media pack at Maryborough, along with a cake

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:18 AM
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All dark inside the train, the engines shut off so the speeches can actually be head by the crowd

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:20 AM
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Premier Brumby addresses the crowd at Maryborough, beside V/Line CEO Rob Barnett and Minister Pakula

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:24 AM
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Quite a crowd in attendance at Maryborough for the official opening of the extension of V/Line services to Maryborough

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:28 AM
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Minister Martin Pakula now speaking

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:29 AM
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Kids colouring contest entries

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:33 AM
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Serving up the cake for the crowds

Saturday 24 July 2010 11:40 AM
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