Trains

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

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 […]

Moving paper by train from Gippsland

Welcome to another instalment in my series on rail freight across Victoria – this time we’re looking at the Australian Paper mill at Maryvale, outside Morwell in Gippsland. Headed down the line Six days a week, a train leaves the paper mill at Maryvale. It heads along a single track siding to the mainline. Where […]

Grain by train to the Kensington flour mill

In the inner Melbourne suburb of Kensington there is a flour mill – this is the tale of how the grain gets there by train. Some history Kensington has a long history of flour milling, as detailed in the ‘Kensington & Flour Milling Heritage Precinct’ section of the Melbourne Planning Scheme: In the 1880s several […]

Photos from ten years ago: September 2009

V/Line's current operations summed in one photo?

Missed opportunities and Melbourne’s new hybrid buses

Back in April 2019 Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Public Transport were shouting ‘Melbourne first hybrid buses’ from the rooftops. But the reality is different – they’re not Melbourne’s first hybrid buses, we’re still buying hundreds of conventional diesel buses, and technology has already overtaken us. CDC Melbourne photo Some background Here is the […]