Trains

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

Upgrading Melbourne’s railway network in the 1970s

Recently I came across a 1973 Bureau of Transport Economics report titled “Review of Public Transport Investment Proposals for Australian Capital Cities“, which listed 16 upcoming public transport projects for Melbourne. But five decades later, how many of these projects actually went ahead? South Kensington – Footscray railway quadruplication In 1973 work on this project […]

When temporary platforms trump permanent stations

Back in 2015 work on removing the Main Road level crossing in St Albans was in full swing, and I noticed a curious situation – the ‘temporary’ St Albans platform 2 was better constructed than many railway stations in Melbourne! The good The platform was smooth and level, with plenty of room for passengers. With […]

Photos from ten years ago: February 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is February 2011. Rails out west We start outside Footscray, where I captured a V/Line train sharing the suburban tracks on the way to the city. In 2010 it was announced that Regional Rail Link would expand the cutting from four […]

Level crossings replacing level crossings

It might seem strange, but as the Level Crossing Removal Project separates road and rail across Melbourne’s railway network, a new kind of level crossing is appearing in their place for a specific purpose – road rail access pads for maintenance vehicles. Road–rail vehicles Many different kinds of road–rail vehicle exist, ready to assist with […]

Then and now at Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station is over 100 years old, with the building much the same despite both the trains and the city around it being quite different. West of Elizabeth Street is a cobblestone ramp leading up to the ‘Milk Dock‘ – the western end of Platform 1 that handled milk and parcels. PROV image VPRS […]