Trains

You can find pages and pages of posts about trains here: if that isn’t enough, there is plenty more beyond this site!

Alternate V/Line routes across Victoria

If you take a look at the V/Line’s network map, it seems very simple – each railway line radiates directly from Melbourne, with no connections between them. It may also make you think that many journeys across Victoria require a stopover in the big smoke, and any minor disruption along the way results in an entire line being shut down – but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Diverted Shepparton service crawling along at 20 km/h on the broad gauge track of the Albion - Jacana line

Useless shelters at Melbourne railway stations

Melbourne is a city known for bad weather – so why is finding adequate weather protection at our railway stations so hard?

Inadequate weather protection on the 'colander footbridge' at Footscray

Penny-pinching at Craigieburn station

Since September 2007 suburban electric trains have served the northern Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn, but the infrastructure that allows them to do so is a mere shadow of that originally planned a decade ago.

Alstom Comeng arrives into platform 2 at Craigieburn with a terminating service

Failed port shuttle trains in Melbourne

For residents of the inner west of Melbourne, the endless procession of trucks carrying containers from the Port of Melbourne has been concern for many years. One proposed solution is the operation of port shuttle trains, which could carry containers directly from the wharves to ‘inland ports’ on existing industrial land, where the cargo will then be distributed to factories and warehouses. So why are such services not running today?

Containers flats in the common user sidings at Appleton Dock

Metro Trains leaving wheelchairs behind thanks to broken doors

When travelling by train in Melbourne, anyone in a wheelchair or motorised scooter has to board at the first door of the first carriage – which presents some difficulties if that door happens to develop a fault.

Suburban train in service with a set of defective front saloon doors