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V/Line operates passenger services all around Victoria with both locomotive hauled carriages and railcars

Avalon Airshow 2011 specials: V/Line trains and shuttle buses

March 05, 2011

The most boring airshow for V/Line ever: VLocities ran the majority of services. Only one hauled push-pull set ran, with a pair of N classes it only ran one return trip on Saturday and one return trip on Sunday.

Dudley Street H set collision - May 2006

June 19, 2006

In May 20006 VSH22 and FSH21 were involved in a shunting accident at the Dudley Street carriage yards. BCH122 was pushed into BCH121. The first pics are from about 10pm (the incident happened some time before then) and then the rest are later on at 1pm after the re-railing was complete. The final photos are after the collision repairs.

Evacuating a failed V/Line train at Albion

November 26, 2015

On November 26, 2015 a down Bendigo train failed outside Albion station, blocking the Sunbury line for hours. Eventually the V/Line train was limped into the platform at Albion, allowing passenger to wait for buses, with the suburban train behind being eventually evacuated as well

Failed Sprinter - June 2014

June 12, 2014

Around 7am outside North Melbourne V/Line service operated by Sprinter railcars and bound for Bacchus Marsh failed. Two Comeng trains ended up behind the failed consist, but didn't appear to assist in the recovery.

Fire damaged Sprinter 7012, December 2016

April 08, 2017

On December 2, 2016 Sprinter 7012 caught fire at Seymour station, with a fault in the electrical cabinet believed to be the cause. The damaged train was transferred to Melbourne the next day.

First day of VLocity operations - Ballarat line launch

December 22, 2005

December 22nd 2005 was the entry of V/Line's new VLocity trains into revenue service. I managed to catch the 1406 service to Ballarat, and the 1629 service from Ballarat. In this collection I've got pictures of the VLocity arriving at Southern Cross Station, for the first time with paying passengers on board, as well as the services that I travelled on.

First VLocity Services to Geelong

February 03, 2006

On February 3, 2006 the first revenue VLocity services operated to Geelong

Geelong football specials 2007

September 22, 2007

V/Line specials for Geelong Cats fans, including many push-pull P class operated trains, and a special headboard for grand final day

Geelong football specials 2008

May 31, 2008

V/Line specials for Geelong Cats fans, including many push-pull P class operated trains, and a special headboard for grand final day

Geelong V/Line carriage yards

May 17, 2017

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

Last BS car run July 2006

July 23, 2006

By 2006 there were only three BS type carriages in revenue service with V/Line, and as the year continued all except BS217 were put into storage. By July BS217 was to be taken out of service, with the last run being on a down Albury train, terminated short at Seymour for trackwork. As it turns out, by September 2007 all five BS cars were brought back into service, as set SN7, which didn't get retired until August 9, 2010!

Last days of S302

January 13, 2006

S302 was bought by West Coast Railway soon after they were formed, and ran with them for a number of years. After their demise it was purchased by V/Line, who continued to use it on the midday Warrnambool train, where it was often replaced by an N class. S302 made her last run on January 13, 2006 after which it was put into storage. It was subsequently sold to El Zorro who operate it today

Locomotive hauled Sprinter, February 2006

Sprinter railcars are self propelled, but can be hauled by locomotives through the use of a special transition coupler. Here two broken down Sprinters were in the platform - 7002 and 7008, along with N453 waiting to take them away. The EDI rail guys had a bit of difficulty getting the transition coupler to fit - necessary because of the different coupler types

New V/Line Mk3 livery

September 27, 2008

2007 saw V/Line introduce a new livery for their fleet - the third since 1983. Red, grey and white form the core colours, along with a purple stripe.

FSH25 was the first of V/Line's carriage sets to be repainted in their new corporate livery. It went to Geelong on a test run on September 4th. Sprinter 7007 has also been repainted in it's own new livery. Both trains were launched on September 12th, 2007 at Southern Cross Station. VN12 was the first N set to be repainted, and N468 was the first locomotive.

Since then a number of other carriage sets, locomotives and Sprinters have received modified versions of the new livery.

New V/Line Mk4 livery

May 01, 2017

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.

PCJ van transfer from Ballarat, January 2010

January 23, 2010

Freshly refurbished power van PCJ491 was transferred back from Ballarat Workshops to Melbourne, this time V/Line used their own loco (N467) and crew to bring it home

PCJ van transfers to/from Ballarat, September 2009

September 15, 2009

El Zorro ran a transfer between Melbourne and Ballarat via North Geelong, T357 took V/Line power van PCJ491 to the Ballarat Workshops for refurbishment, bringing back completed van PCJ493 (formerly PCO2). You don't see Bona (engine and a single guards van) moves that often!

Regional Rail Link open days

June 13, 2015

Prior to the opening of Regional Rail Link open days were held at the new stations: Tarneit station on June 13, and Wyndham Vale on June 20.

Southwest Victoria

December 01, 2008

V/Line, heritage and freight services on the line from Geelong to Warrnambool

Stonyford derailment -September 2009

September 21, 2009

On the night of Saturday 12 September 2009 the evening down Warrnambool service hat a pine tree that had fallen over the line, lead loco N452 ended up on it's side and at a 90 degree angle to the line, second loco N456 managed to stay coupled even through it came off the rails. Four out of the five cars came off the rails, the rear two were removed on the Monday, the other three were lifted on Tuesday then taken away by rail on Wednesday.

Stony Point line

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

V/Line - Failed H set doors

April 26, 2013

V/Line's fleet of H set carriages have power operated doors - closed and held shut by a compressed air powered door motor, and manually opened by passengers. In August 2014 special instructions were issued after a spate of trains having the doors open while in transit.

V/Line - Last A class services

April 26, 2013

With the April 2013 timetable change, V/Line changed their working timetable to remove the need for their A class fleet to haul any passenger trains. The last service was the up Bacchus Marsh on April 26, 2013.

V/Line - Maryborough line launch

July 24, 2010

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.

V/Line - Pacific National rescue failed a Warrnambool service, August 2006

On the morning of August 02, 2006 N452 failed at Warrnambool when it was supposed to lead the up morning service, so A81 was pulled off the freight and used to rescue the train. A79 was then sent back to Warrnambool to bring the freight back that night.

V/Line - Regional Rail Link

May 19, 2017

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

V/Line - Standard gauge to Albury

May 05, 2017

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 - three car VLocity trains

October 03, 2008

V/Line announced the construction of centre cars for the two-car long VLocity units in 2006. This album has some photo-manipulations of the trains, as well as photos of the actual three car long units during testing in mid 2008. There are now a number of them in revenue service.

V/Line - UCI bike specials 2010

October 03, 2010

Over the weekend of October 2 and 3 V/Line ran a huge number of extra trains between Geelong and Melbourne for the 2010 UCI Road World Championships. The event turned out to be a bit of a fizzer: trains were still running every 10 minutes at peak times, but only 4 of the 6 originally scheduled push-pull sets ran (three with P classes, and one with N classes). The traffic disruptions in Geelong were so bad, the next person to propose Geelong hold an event like this will get tomatoes thrown at them in the Market Square Mall.

V/Line - VLocity train issues, 2016

January 14, 2017

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.

V/Line - Werribee line rail cleaning trains

June 27, 2015

Following the opening of Regional Rail Link for Geelong line services in June 2015, V/Line commenced operating rail cleaning trains on the old route between Werribee and Little River, in order to keep the rail heads free of rust for correct signal and level crossing operation. These operations stopped soon after, and in October 2015 Metro banned the operation of VLocity and Sprinter DMUs between Werribee and Manor Junction.

V/Line - West Footscray derailment 2011

December 12, 2011

November 26, 2011 locomotive N470 and carriage set SN1 derailed at West Footscray when passing through a crossover. The loco ended up split between two tracks, but everything stayed upright.

V/Line 2007 Avalon Airshow specials

March 24, 2007

Every two years the Avalon Airshow is held outside Lara, with V/Line operating special trains between Melbourne, Geelong and Lara. Push-pull N classes on 8 car trains feature heavily.

V/Line 2009 Avalon Airshow specials

March 13, 2009

V/Line again ran special trains from Melbourne and Geelong to Lara. Push pull N and P classes with 8 carriages featured, as well as 7 car N sets

V/Line around Ballarat

V/Line services around Ballarat: since Regional Fast Rail started in 2006 boring old VLocities are the only trains used beyond Bacchus Marsh.

V/Line around Geelong

May 17, 2017

Photos of various V/line trains around Geelong, including Lara, Corio, North Shore, North Geelong, South Geelong, and Marshall. 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 around Gippsland

May 13, 2017

V/Line services in the east of Victoria

V/Line around Melbourne

May 03, 2017

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 around the north east

December 13, 2008

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

V/Line at Southern Cross Station

May 19, 2017

Southern Cross Station is the main hub of V/Line passenger services from around the state

V/Line bits and pieces

May 16, 2017

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

V/Line carriage interiors

May 17, 2017

A look inside V/Line carriage stock

V/LineCars.com Swan Hill BS car tour

On Saturday 24th of June 2006, Matt Julian organised a farewell tour for the BS carriages, by chartering the last remaining BS car, BS217, to be attached to the regular Swan Hill passenger train.

V/Line diversions on the suburban lines

August 21, 2015

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 hired locomotives

Occasionally V/Line has motive power shortages or failures, and need to hire locomotives from other operators for use on their own trains. In the photos here it is Freight Australia / Pacific National as the hirer

V/Line in northern Victoria

November 12, 2016

V/Line trains on the Bendigo line, headed north from the Melbourne suburb of Sunbury

V/Line in South Australia

December 04, 2011

Yes, V/Line does run into South Australia (well, buses not trains, but that is beside the point)

V/Line locomotives

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 rail replacement buses

January 04, 2017

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)

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