Archive for 2019

Photos from ten years ago: November 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is November 2009. New infrastructure Work on the new platform at Laverton was well underway, with tracks laid but not connected. At Footscray station the new footbridge was starting to look real. But the rickety old timber bridge was still in […]

Manildra to Melbourne – the sweetest train of all

There are many cargoes that go by rail, but the sweetest one would be the sugar that that Manildra Group transports from northern NSW to Melbourne. The sugar is refined at the Harwood sugar mill in northern New South Wales, near Grafton, in a plant established in 1989 by the Manildra Group and New South […]

Moving containerised logs by train

Since the first railways were built in Australia, timber has been moved by train – a traffic that still exists today, but somewhat hidden thanks to the rise of containers. In the old days Timber tramways would transport freshly cut logs to sawmills deep in the forest. Museums Victoria image MM 5821 With the sawn […]

Photos from ten years ago: October 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is October 2009. In with the new Every month seems to involve new rail infrastructure, and this is no different. At Laverton station on the Werribee line, a crane was hard at work lifting the new footbridge spans into place. Cranes […]

Shipping steel on the Frankston line

This is the tale of the 40 wagon long train that heads along the Frankston line, shipping steel to the BlueScope Steel plant at Hastings. Twice a day a train departs the Melbourne Freight Terminal at South Dynon. The train skirts the edge of Southern Cross Station. Then rolls through the river end of Flinders […]