Posts Tagged ‘Victorian Railways’

Melbourne’s Franklin Street and a railway signal box

There are plenty of thoroughfares called Franklin Street in Melbourne, but the most notable one is located along the top end of the Melbourne CBD, connecting the Queen Victoria Market in the west to Old Melbourne Gaol in the east. Meanwhile outside Southern Cross Station is an abandoned railway signal box, with the name ‘Franklin Street’ on the side. So how are the two linked?

Signal box at Franklin Street

How Surrey Hills residents kept their level crossing

This is the story of the Union Road level crossing in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills, and the local residents that fought the government to prevent a grade separation project from taking place there.

X'Trapolis 107M trails an up train departing Surrey Hills

All aboard the wedding express!

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet recently, it is because I just got married. Can you spot the railway lines in the background?

Wedding by the Maribyrnong River

“You can get it fixing the trains”

Hat tip to @rpy on Twitter for spotting a V/Line diesel in an old Victoria Bitter commercial.

1988 Victoria Bitter television commercial featuring diesel locomotive P18

Victorian Railways in the Moomba parade

Back in 1955 the Victorian Railways entered the first annual Moomba parade with a large-scale model of diesel electric locomotive B60 ‘Harold W Clapp’ – the pride of their fleet. Sixty years later, a photo of the same parade float has been doing the rounds of the various ‘remember when’ Facebook groups, ripped from the Victorian Government’s ‘Culture Victoria’ website – so what is the story behind the scale model?

Victorian Railways float in the 1954 Moomba parade