Posts Tagged ‘rail maintenance’

Track gangs and passing trains

It might surprise you, but plenty of work happens on Melbourne’s railway network while trains are still running. Work crews stepping off the tracks when trains approach. And then get back to work inspecting the tracks once they’ve passed. But trains have continued running through bigger projects – like the 2009 rebuilding of Laverton station. […]

Metro Trains Melbourne, two derailments, and rail lubrication

This is the story of Metro Trains Melbourne, two derailed trains, and the role rail lubrication plays in keeping trains running. The story starts on February 6, 2016 when a citybound X’Trapolis train came off the tracks at Rushall station. A metro train has derailed at Fitzroy North. @SebCostello9 is LIVE at the scene in […]

Photos from ten years ago: November 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time just trains around Geelong during November 2006.

T357 and T320 take the tour toward Geelong, at North Shore

A tree grows in the train trench

There has been much consternation across Melbourne as the level crossing removal program has ramped up, with trees being one of the casualties and barren concrete canyons taking their place. But there is hope!

Tree growing out of the concrete cutting walls at Mitcham station

“My other car is a hi-rail excavator”

Right now works are underway across Melbourne to remove level crossings from Melbourne’s rail network, resulting in busier car parks as commuters try to avoid rail replacement bus services. However the vehicle I found in the temporary Blackburn station car park takes the cake.

Hi-rail excavator parked in the Blackburn station's temporary replacement car park