Posts Tagged ‘wheel-rail interface’

Metro Trains Melbourne, two derailments, and rail lubrication

This is the story of Metro Trains Melbourne, two derailed trains, and the role rail lubrication plays in keeping trains running. The story starts on February 6, 2016 when a citybound X’Trapolis train came off the tracks at Rushall station. A metro train has derailed at Fitzroy North. @SebCostello9 is LIVE at the scene in […]

Photo essay – V/Line’s VLocity train issues

Since the middle of January 2016 V/Line has been having major issues with their fleet of VLocity trains, resulting in dozens of cancelled services and the crush loading of the trains that are running. Here is a selection of photos from the period.

V/Line's current issues summed up on one photo

A sorry history of Victorian level crossing failures

In the past week V/Line has been in the news due to their VLocity trains failing to activate level crossings. While a concerning revelation, it isn’t exactly a new issue in Victoria – let us step back in time a little.

Yarra Street level crossing, South Geelong

Cracked rails across Melbourne’s railway tracks

Back in late 2014 the decaying state of Melbourne’s railway network hit the news again, when Channel 9 news looked into the plague of cracked rails. So how long have the railway tracks been in this state?

Temporary rail joint on the suburban tracks at Footscray