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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.

I should start playing 'spot the upgraded level crossing' - where did the $50 million go?

Saturday 24 July 2010 15:36 PM
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Rolling through the paddocks approaching Tourello

Saturday 24 July 2010 15:36 PM
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For goodness sake - chasing a freight is more difficult!

Saturday 24 July 2010 15:37 PM
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Another parting shot, this time leaving Tourello surrounded by speed restrictions

Saturday 24 July 2010 15:41 PM
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Crossing Tullaroop Creek

Even zig-zagging every which way on not-quite parallel roads, the train is travelling so slow I can still keep it in sight

Saturday 24 July 2010 15:45 PM
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Passing the 176 km post while dropping into Creswick

Saturday 24 July 2010 15:50 PM
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