Posts Tagged ‘train’

Ten years since Connex left Melbourne

Remember when Connex ran suburban trains in Melbourne? November 30 marks ten years since they left Melbourne, and Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of the suburban rail network. The fall For years the state government had been underinvesting in rail infrastructure, leading to debacles such as the 2008 Oaks Day failure: Connex did […]

The train that does the job of 50 trucks

Each day a single freight train does the rounds of suburban Melbourne, doing the work of 50 trucks. So how does 1000 tonnes of gravel slip under the radar?

G521 leads the up empty Apex train through Flinders Street

V/Line VLocity train emissions

The core of V/Line’s fleet is the VLocity train, the first of which entered service back in 2005. So how dirty are the diesel engines that power them? What’s under the hood? Each train is made up of three carriages, and each carriage has two diesel engines beneath it… A 19-litre Cummins QSK19-R rated at […]

Melbourne trains moving with open doors

Last week The Age published article titled Long delays for justice over teen’s train death – detailing with the aftermath of a 2014 fatality at Heyington station. Initially much has been made of the gap between the train and the sharply curved platform at Heyington. But the real cause was something far more concerning. Moving […]

Metro Trains Melbourne managing overcrowded platforms

As Melbourne grows so has congestion, as public transport infrastructure struggles to keep up. But it isn’t just trains becoming overcrowded – the platforms they stop at are also bursting at the seams – but with much more serious consequences if someone falls onto the tracks. As a result, Metro Trains Melbourne has tried various […]