Posts Tagged ‘then and now’

V/Line thwarted from keeping trains running

Last week passengers on a Geelong-bound V/Line service were stuck at Deer Park for almost 3½ hours after their train broke down, with many other Geelong services also being delayed. So how does one broken down train manage to cause so many issues?

Passengers at Deer Park board at citybound service led by N461

Railway shops at Nicholson Street, Footscray

Once upon a time on Nicholson Street in Footscray there where two rows of ordinary looking shops – but when you took a look at the back wall, you realised that they were actually built over the top of the railway line. So what was the story behind them?

Eastern side of the shops over the railway tracks at Nicholson Street

Melbourne trains – which carriage should I choose?

When travelling by train in Melbourne, there is a question that not many people ask – which carriage should I travel in?

Alstom Comeng crosses the Cremorne railway bridge over the Yarra, with the CBD skyline behind

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

CityLink’s clever tunnelling technologies

With all of the recent talk about the construction of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnels beneath Swanston Street and the Yarra River, it seems that many people have forgotten how our last major tunnel project was built – CityLink.

West Gate Freeway at CityLink