Posts Tagged ‘transport’

Moving refrigerated containers by train

Every day refrigerated containers filled with chilled meat, fruit and dairy products are moved by train across Victoria to the Port of Melbourne, ready to be loaded on ships for export around the world. The containers arrive at the rail head by truck, then are loaded onto the train. Electrical cables are plugged into the […]

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

Freight trains through Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station isn’t just the hub of Melbourne’s suburban network, but also a key route for rail freight. Early in the morning, a load of gravel heads east to the Hanson concrete plant at Westall. After morning peak the train returns, headed back to the quarry a Kilmore East for another load. Just before […]

Express trains and Melbourne’s suburban sprawl

A common refrain from some public transport activists is the “Melbourne’s trains used to carry more passengers in the past – so why can’t management do the same today”. But there is an explanation for this – the introduction of express trains to carry peak hour commuters from far flung suburb sprawl to the Melbourne […]

The ‘flyer train’ fad of the mid-2000s

Last week I wrote about the history of third track proposal between Box Hill and Ringwood – and now to look at a transport fad of the 2000s: ‘flyer trains’. Rail patronage was still in the doldrums during the early-2000s, so transport planners floated the idea of off-peak express trains between the Melbourne CBD and […]