Posts Tagged ‘Regional Rail Link’

How V/Line could cater for future growth

Patronage on V/Line rail services has surged in the past decade, with the delivery of new VLocity trains struggling to keep up. So what options does V/Line have other than ‘keep buying more trains’? Let us take a look via the magic of photoshop.

An up Geelong train arrives into Southern Cross only 9 minutes late

Looking back at when V/Line ran longer trains to Geelong

Next time you are squeezed onboard an overcrowded a train to Geelong, remember this – until a few years ago V/Line used to run trains longer than they run today. So how did they come about, and why did they disappear?

7 car Vlocity heads back empty to Geelong from Marshall

Selling off parkland on Buckley Street, Footscray

Parkland has become a hot button topic in the inner Melbourne suburb of Footscray, with 2016 seeing members of the local community lobbying state and local government to allow surplus railway land to be turned over to the public as open space, and not sold for development. But on Buckley Street the government is doing something even more shameful – selling off former parkland as a development site.

Freight trains and Regional Rail Link

Regional Rail Link connects Southern Cross Station to the outskirts of Werribee, allowing V/Line services to Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong to avoid the congested suburban railway tracks. However the new section of track via Wyndham Vale and Tarneit has also found a second use – a diversionary route for freight trains.

BL32 and XR554 lead the Geelong bound 'hospital train' wagon transfer through Truganina

The forgotten road to Caroline Springs station

Caroline Springs has been waiting a long time for a railway station but it is almost here – construction is well underway and the station due to open sometime in 2016. However the project has not been a simple one, and a lack of forward planning has resulted in a critical piece of infrastructure bring rendered almost useless – the access road!

VLocity VL32 and classmate pass the future Caroline Springs station on an up Ballarat service