Trains

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Extending the third track from Box Hill to Ringwood

Passengers on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines get the most express services of any line on the Melbourne rail network, thanks to the separate ‘express’ and ‘local’ tracks that run between Box Hill and the CBD. So what work would be needed to extend the track further east to Ringwood? Some history Originally built to […]

V/Line VLocity train emissions

The core of V/Line’s fleet is the VLocity train, the first of which entered service back in 2005. So how dirty are the diesel engines that power them? What’s under the hood? Each train is made up of three carriages, and each carriage has two diesel engines beneath it… A 19-litre Cummins QSK19-R rated at […]

Photos from ten years ago: June 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is June 2009. Remember how open and spacious Southern Cross Station used to be? Nevermore! But one thing that has changed for the better is the queue to buy V/Line tickets – on the Friday night before the Queens Birthday long […]

What does $2.1 billion for the Sunbury line get?

In the 2019/20 Victorian Budget a total of $2.1 billion was allocated for upgrades to the Sunbury line, in preparation for the new High Capacity Metro Trains set to run via the Metro Tunnel by late 2025. So what does that money get you? Digging deeper First stop – the 2019/20 State Budget papers: New […]

Photos from ten years ago: May 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is May 2009. We start over at Flinders Street Station, where Hitachi trains were still in service with then-suburban train operator Connex Melbourne. Connex was replaced by Metro Trains Melbourne in November 2009, but the Hitachi trains hung on until December […]