Posts Tagged ‘V/Line’

Photos from ten years ago – June 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – June 2006.

W7.1019 on La Trobe Street

Freight trains and Regional Rail Link

Regional Rail Link connects Southern Cross Station to the outskirts of Werribee, allowing V/Line services to Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong to avoid the congested suburban railway tracks. However the new section of track via Wyndham Vale and Tarneit has also found a second use – a diversionary route for freight trains.

BL32 and XR554 lead the Geelong bound 'hospital train' wagon transfer through Truganina

V/Line’s vandalism problem at Albury

Vandalism is a problem that rail operators across Victoria have to deal with, but the spate of graffiti attacks on V/Line trains at Albury station take the cake. Browsing the archives of The Border Mail shows the extent of the problem.

N464 ready to lead the train back south from Albury

Esoteric upgrades to the Ballarat railway line

In the 2016/17 Victoria Budget, the State Government has allocated $518 million for upgrade works on the Ballarat line, making the railway system more reliable and marking room for more train services. Track duplication and building additional crossing loops is simple, but some components of the upgrade are a little esoteric.

VLocity 3VL38 departs Ballarat on the down

The forgotten road to Caroline Springs station

Caroline Springs has been waiting a long time for a railway station but it is almost here – construction is well underway and the station due to open sometime in 2016. However the project has not been a simple one, and a lack of forward planning has resulted in a critical piece of infrastructure bring rendered almost useless – the access road!

VLocity VL32 and classmate pass the future Caroline Springs station on an up Ballarat service