"Silent, speedy and powerful" - are we thinking of the same Vlocitys?
"Old diesel locomotives lie by the side" - literally or metaphorically?
"Melton greets the passengers. Mineral deposits and mining activity in the region reminds the traveler about volcanic activity that had taken place millions of years ago." Wow, gold was formed by volcanos! I don't recall seeing any mining or mineral deposit activity in the Melton region.
"As a VLocity DMU was approaching from opposite direction heading towards Southern Cross station our unit was diverted to a siding as we watched the track towards Ballan. The DMU had all its lights switched on, came down the sloping track and halted for a while.Then it resumed its journey towards Melbourne as we watched. Driver of our unit in the meanwhile walked through the carriages and entered the rear of the train to reverse our unit. Once it was brought back to main track the driver came back again and occupied the front cabin to resume journey."
Does this actually happen? It seems like the most labour intensive and passenger-irritating crossing method possible.
"As the train reaches Ballarat...a vehicle dump yard is visible by the side of the railway track, obviously the sign of urbanization."
And remember kids, the key to being an urban civilisation is the number of scrap yards you have! It's also closer to Gordon if my recollection is correct, nowhere near anything.
Does the Railpage news just search for articles with any mention of trains, or do writers / others submit them?
Visit to Gold City Ballarat by Vlocity DMU