Posts Tagged ‘train’

Ballarat trains looping through Bacchus Marsh

One question I’ve seen people ask many a time is why the Ballarat line loops around after passing through Bacchus Marsh, instead of just running in a straight line. But the answer is simple – there is a bloody great big hill in the way. Going for a ride We start on the Melbourne side […]

Wider Network Enhancements and the Metro Tunnel project

One of the marketing lines for Metro Tunnel project is ‘More trains across Melbourne’ – both for the railway lines which will run through the new tunnel under Melbourne, and those which won’t. So how does that work? The PR puff pieces Over on the State Government’s ‘Big Build’ website they give a high level […]

Photos from ten years ago: August 2012

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2012. Trains We start the month at Footscray station, back when there were only four tracks – not six. The reason for my visit – DERMPAV were due to pass through with their 1920s railcar RM58. I also made […]

Google Street View drives down the tracks

For the past decade Google has sent their Street View cars all over Melbourne, but a mate of mine recently spotted on in an odd place – going for a drive down the tracks on the Lilydale line. This doesn’t look like a road, does it? But in September 2019 whoever was driving the Google […]

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 […]