Posts Tagged ‘Metro Trains Melbourne’

Level crossing boom barriers – timber or metal?

If you take a close look a level crossing, you might’ve noticed something about the boom barriers used to prevent cars driving onto the tracks. Some are made of metal. Aluminium channel to be specific. And others are made of timber. Two separate pieces, tied together to form a truss. So what gives? The answer […]

Diesel trains in the City Loop

Normally Melbourne’s underground City Loop are only used by suburban electric trains, but occasionally diesel trains and V/Line services end up running through the tunnels – either by accident, or on purpose. Railfan specials On 1 March 1997 newly restored heritage diesel locomotive GM36 went for a trip through the City Loop with a railfan […]

The ‘station with no trains’ at Flinders Street

With Flinders Street Station being the centre of the Melbourne rail network, you might think it would be difficult to see all 10 platforms empty at the same time – but I have. This was April 2018. And not just once – this was January 2019. And December 2015. The key to the empty platforms […]

End of the line for Melbourne’s Comeng trains

They’ve been a familiar sight across the Melbourne rail network for 40 years, but the fleet of Comeng trains are now reaching the end of the line – the first trains having been sent to the scrapyard. The backstory Comeng trains were introduced in 1981 by VicRail to replace the last of the 60-year-old timber […]

Testing High Capacity Signalling at Epping

A few months ago I headed out to Epping to see something a little different – a new High Capacity Metro Train testing out the even newer High Capacity Signalling system. So what is High Capacity Signalling anyway? ‘High Capacity Signalling‘ is a new technology that is about to be rolled out to Melbourne’s rail […]