Posts Tagged ‘Regional Fast Rail’

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 […]

Photos from ten years ago: March 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is March 2008. Like most months we start down at Geelong, where I found a stretch of decaying timber sleepered track on the main line to Melbourne. Despite the millions of dollars spent on the Regional Fast Rail project between 2004 […]

Esoteric upgrades to the Ballarat railway line

In the 2016/17 Victoria Budget, the State Government has allocated $518 million for upgrade works on the Ballarat line, making the railway system more reliable and marking room for more train services. Track duplication and building additional crossing loops is simple, but some components of the upgrade are a little esoteric.

VLocity 3VL38 departs Ballarat on the down

Photos from ten years ago: February 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time February 2006.

'Typewriters Galore' in the main street of Geelong

Precursor plans for Regional Rail Link

At the moment the biggest rail project in Melbourne is the 47.5 km long Regional Rail Link. Intended to provide extra track capacity to the western suburbs of Melbourne, and due for completion in early 2016 after five years of construction, how long has the idea for a railway along this route existed?

Station building completed, but with the tracks still to come