Posts Tagged ‘then and now’

A sorry history of Victorian level crossing failures

In the past week V/Line has been in the news due to their VLocity trains failing to activate level crossings. While a concerning revelation, it isn’t exactly a new issue in Victoria – let us step back in time a little.

Yarra Street level crossing, South Geelong

Grade separating the Cranbourne line

In November 2015 the Andrews Labor Government announced another four level crossings in Melbourne would be removed – two of which are on the Cranbourne line. While any rail related upgrades are positive, from the information available so far it appears that the work will be just piecemeal upgrades that benefit road users, and not a holistic program to improve the transport network as a whole. So how could the Cranbourne line south of Dandenong be completely grade separated in a cost effective way?

EDI Comeng on an up Cranbourne service passes beneath the Dandenong Bypass overbridge

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