Archive for August, 2017

Photos from ten years ago: August 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2007.

N460 on the North Melbourne flyover

Promoting V/Line to new residents of regional Victoria

From time to time you will see a rail operator going out and chasing new passengers via a marketing campaign – but this campaign by V/Line to new residents of regional Victoria was quite clever.

Quad Sprinters led by 7012 on a down Geelong service at Wyndham Vale South

How V/Line could cater for future growth

Patronage on V/Line rail services has surged in the past decade, with the delivery of new VLocity trains struggling to keep up. So what options does V/Line have other than ‘keep buying more trains’? Let us take a look via the magic of photoshop.

An up Geelong train arrives into Southern Cross only 9 minutes late

Then and now at ‘E’ Gate

Once upon a time the land between the Melbourne CBD and the water was occupied by a sea of railway sidings, not windswept streets and poky apartments. The bulk of this past life has been demolished with the development of Melbourne Docklands, but some traces still remain today at ‘E’ Gate.

South end of the Melbourne Steel Terminal

Looking back at when V/Line ran longer trains to Geelong

Next time you are squeezed onboard an overcrowded a train to Geelong, remember this – until a few years ago V/Line used to run trains longer than they run today. So how did they come about, and why did they disappear?

7 car Vlocity heads back empty to Geelong from Marshall