Trains

You can find pages and pages of posts about trains here: if that isn’t enough, there is plenty more beyond this site!

Photos from ten years ago: November 2012

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is November 2012. Sparks to Sunbury We start the month at Sunbury station, which was in the final days of being a station only served by V/Line trains. Upgraded as part of the Sunbury Electrification Project, the new overhead wires had […]

Curve easing for faster trains on the Ballarat line

One of the basic rules of railway engineering is that the tighter the radius of a curve, the slower a train has to travel through it to avoid derailing. I’ve written about the history of the Ballarat line a lot recently, including the construction of a deviation to cut the length of the journey between […]

Ballarat trains looping through Bacchus Marsh

One question I’ve seen people ask many a time is why the Ballarat line loops around after passing through Bacchus Marsh, instead of just running in a straight line. But the answer is simple – there is a bloody great big hill in the way. Going for a ride We start on the Melbourne side […]

Protecting the Metro Tunnel from flooding

The October 2022 Maribyrnong River flood in Melbourne’s west has reminded many that urban areas are not immune from being inundated with water. But what does this mean for the Metro Tunnel portal at South Kensington, located just a short distance from the river? Photo via Adam Bandt The flooding The recent Maribyrnong River flood […]

Another sighting of Museum station and the Shot Tower

Last month I shared a film showing Queen Elizabeth II paying a visit to Museum station and the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop, but today I’ve got someone quite different – the 1980s Australian new wave band ‘Kids in the Kitchen‘, in the music video for their 1983 debut single ‘Change in Mood‘. Graeme Butler photo […]