Opened in 1964 by the Victorian Railways, as a replacement for North Melbourne loco depot. South Dynon loco depot is the servicing, maintenance and operations point for the majority of broad and standard gauge diesel locomotives in use in Victoria. EMD powered locomotives are the workshop's core business for maintenance, although ALCo products are occasionally maintained in the site's facilities.
Due to privatisation of the rail freight and passenger services in the late 1990's, the site passed into the control of private rail operators and/or maintenance companies. Currently, the main shed at Dynon is occupied by EDi on the southern side, and Bombardier on the northern side. The former Dynon Car Shed is now occupied by Gemco (formerly Rail Technical Support, or RTS), who also perform diesel maintenance for varying customers.
Note: New generation United Group built locomotives (NR's, 93's etc.) are serviced at a motive power provisioning facilty near Dock Link Road, and maintained at a specially-built facility in Spotswood, Victoria.
As this is a servicing and stabling facility, the majority of locos seen at this location are idling or shut down. On rare occasions steam locos have been stabled around the broad-gauge turntable, especially during the driver training period.
Heavy industrial area.
Always first ensure you have permission from the roster office before entering the site. Always stay in the bounderies given, and never stray from marked paths. Follow any emergency instructions given by staff.
Access from Dynon Road or Footscray Road, on the western side of Railway Canal.
Ample parking is available in the staff car park near Dynon Road.
Bus routes 216 and 219 operate from Southern Cross station along Dynon Road, and bus route 220 operates down Dudley Street and Footscray Road. If you miss the bus it's a 450m walk from North Melbourne station to the Dynon Road entrance.
There is a truck stop ("Ports Diner") on the corner of Docklands Highway (Footscray Road) at the depot's access road, next to Railway Canal.
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