Posts Tagged ‘Ballarat’

On the radio talking trains with ABC Ballarat

It happened to me earlier this year and it’s just happened again – a missed call from a radio producer wondering whether I was free to chat on air the next morning on the topic of trains. This time around it was ABC Radio Ballarat, who had seen my recent posts on the Ballarat line […]

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 […]

Building the Bungaree deviation on the Ballarat line

Almost 20 years ago something interesting happened on the Ballarat line – a brand new stretch of railway line was built through open paddocks, cutting the travel time between Melbourne and Ballarat. This is the story of the Bungaree Deviation, which opened to trains in 2005. Some history I’ve written about the history of the […]

Forgotten local government areas of Victoria

If you’ve lived in Melbourne for a while you’ll know that the city is divided up into a number of local government areas, each responsible for community facilities such as libraries and parks, maintenance of local roads, town planning and development approvals, and local services such as waste disposal. However until 1994 Victoria’s regional cities […]

Photos from ten years ago: April 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is April 2011. On the road to Ballarat We start off on the Western Highway headed to Ballarat, where work was underway on the $200 million Anthony’s Cutting upgrade outside Melton. The winding road over Djerriwarrh Creek was about to be […]