Victoria Visit (Late May, 2019)

 
  NorthWest Locomotive Fireman

Hello,
I'm trying to plan a visit to Victoria in late May, generally concentrating around the Melbourne area.

I'm looking to do some railfanning, and am trying to figure out the best locations and times to catch the most freight and variety. Seems like most photos in the Melbourne area come from the bridge at Bunbury Street, the Kensington Station area, and from the road overlooking the Appleton Dock. Are there any particularly good times? I'd like to catch interesting power, such as the SSR bulldogs if they're still around, and the Maryvale Paper Train.

Are there any other good locations or short trips away where I'm likely to see interesting things? I probably won't have a car.

Thanks so much!

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  NorthWest Locomotive Fireman

Contact us on here when you are going to arrive and one of us will take you around some of the major spots.
bevans
Thank you! I'm currently trying to narrow down how many days I want to spend in Victoria, currently thinking on being there from Saturday 5/25 through Tuesday or Wednesday. That Saturday is currently set aside for ARHS and that tram museum, but other than that I'm still trying to plan things out. I will probably head out to Puffing Billy for part of a day, and maybe take a trip to either Geelong or Ballarat. Suggestions on duration or sights is always helpful.

Thanks again.
  stooge spark Train Controller

Going for an Aussie tour I see?

Geelong is about an hour train ride from Melbourne, between a bit before Little river to North Shore there's a standard gauge track that follows the passenger line. Freight trains and the Overland train go along there. There's also the long island train that runs on the Frankston line once daily I believe.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Going for an Aussie tour I see?

Geelong is about an hour train ride from Melbourne, between a bit before Little river to North Shore there's a standard gauge track that follows the passenger line. Freight trains and the Overland train go along there. There's also the long island train that runs on the Frankston line once daily I believe.
stooge spark
Geelong - shows as destination  Waurn Ponds, South Geelong or Geelong . 60 mins travel time .
Weekdays - Off Peak every 20 mins  Peak every 10 mins  evenings every 40 mins  Weekends every 40 mins
Ballarat - shows as destination  Ararat, Wendouree, Maryborough or Ballarat . 90 mins travel time
Weekdays off peak every hour, peak every  25 mins, evenings hourly. Weekends hourly.
Bendigo - shows as destination  Eaglehawk, Epsom , Echuca or Bendigo.  100 mins travel time.
Weekdays off peak every hour, peak every  25 mins, evenings hourly. Weekends hourly.

Good options too  :

Weekdays -  Return Ararat via Ballarat dep  0816 arr Ararat 1039   Depart Ararat  1449 or 1649  arrive Sthn Cross  1716 or 1927
Sat or Sun -  Echuca return.  Depart Sthn Cross 0902   via Bendigo arr Echuca  1221   dep  1558   arrive Sthn Cross  1920

All the above are V/Locity  runs .  Ballarat & Ararat you will see trackworks to expand capacity between Caroline Springs & Wendouree .

MYKI required for all trips except  Echuca & Ararat you need paper ticket - buy from booking office at Southern Cross .
  Richard stroker Locomotive Driver

The Long Island steel train runs twice a day on weekdays, not sure about weekends .It makes quite a noise climbing the hill at langwarrin and can be heard for a few k's
There has been links posted on here with the v line frieght paths . If you hunt around you might be able to find it .

Best of luck
  NorthWest Locomotive Fireman

Thanks, all for the information.

I've done some more research, and it looks like according to the 31/03/19 V/Line freight tables that most of the freight runs at night, particularly in the winter. That probably explains why most pictures online are of trains stabled near Kensington Station or from public roads in the port areas.

The other major hotspots seem to be the Bunbury Street Tunnel, the Maribyrnong River Viaduct in Keilor East, and the La Trobe St overpass near Southern Cross. Roxburgh Park seems to be another option.

Are there any particular times where I'm likely to catch traffic? The Maribyrnong River Viaduct requires morning light, and the Bunbury Street Tunnel afternoon light.

I'm also interested in catching the Long Island Goods and Maryvale Paper Train. Any locations or time suggestions?

Thanks so much.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

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Thanks, all for the information.

I've done some more research, and it looks like according to the 31/03/19 V/Line freight tables that most of the freight runs at night, particularly in the winter. That probably explains why most pictures online are of trains stabled near Kensington Station or from public roads in the port areas.

The other major hotspots seem to be the Bunbury Street Tunnel, the Maribyrnong River Viaduct in Keilor East, and the La Trobe St overpass near Southern Cross. Roxburgh Park seems to be another option.

Are there any particular times where I'm likely to catch traffic? The Maribyrnong River Viaduct requires morning light, and the Bunbury Street Tunnel afternoon light.

I'm also interested in catching the Long Island Goods and Maryvale Paper Train. Any locations or time suggestions?

Thanks so much.
NorthWest
Long Island Steel rumbles through Baxter around 130pm (give or take 10 minuets) every weekday
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Flinders St is a good place to catch both the Long Island and the Maryvale close up as they are usually routed through 8/9 platform roads or the intermediate 9A.

Most of the daytime traffic on the Maribyrning Viaduct and in the Bunbury St tunnel is standard gauge traffic listed on the separate ARTC tables.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

There's a few heritage trips around the time of your visit too:

May 19 - Unspecified Steamrail charter
May 24 - Steam train transfer to Ballarat
May 25-26 - Steam shuttles in Ballarat
May 26 - Steam train transfer Ballarat to Melb
May 31 - R711 & S313 Cruise Express charter to Deniliquin via Seymour.  (Also SG Spirit of Progress the day before from Albury).

https://www.steamrail.com.au/?page=tours
  NorthWest Locomotive Fireman

Thanks all for the help.

Looks like that Sunday the Steamrail train is set to leave Ballarat at 18:45, which will put it back into Newport sometime after 20:00. Is Sunshine Station the best place to try to get this?

Also, what's the current Metro photo policy for personal use photos? Lots of conflicting information out there about permits.

Thirdly, is it worth trying to squeeze out a few hours for a Geelong excursion? Do freights come through the station often?

Thanks.

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