Visit to Gold City Ballarat by Vlocity DMU

 

News article: Visit to Gold City Ballarat by Vlocity DMU

Silent, speedy and powerful diesel units known as Vlocity DMUs manufactured by Bombardier plant in Dandenong serve the VLine commuters to Ballarat and Wedouree.

  randomnarwhal Locomotive Driver

What on earth is this?
"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

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  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
If you follow through to the original article, its a photo essay, probably done by a school student as a project. I wouldn't pay it too much attention.

Although The part about reversing out of the siding was weird. Surely the train just passes through loops and the author confused the conductor for the driver?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
If you follow through to the original article, its a photo essay, probably done by a school student as a project. I wouldn't pay it too much attention.

Although The part about reversing out of the siding was weird. Surely the train just passes through loops and the author confused the conductor for the driver?
TOQ-1

For a time and until last years timetable change in June, there was a solitary service that crossed at Bacchus Marsh platform with the 06:45 UP ex Ballarat whereby the DOWN 06:13 ex SCS used to cross at Bacchus Marsh.
The DOWN would arrive at Bacchus Marsh, then reverse to the home signal (the driver would change ends) and the UP would arrive at the platform, then the DOWN would run through Bacchus Marsh on the main line.

When all the trains resume next week after the VLocity wheel fiasco, this DOWN service will resume operating by NOT stopping at Bacchus Marsh as it had been doing since June 2015, thereby eliminating this weird shunting maneuver.

Therefore the article was apparently written by an early bird who caught the 06:13 train ex SCS before June last year.

Mike.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
If you follow through to the original article, its a photo essay, probably done by a school student as a project. I wouldn't pay it too much attention.

Although The part about reversing out of the siding was weird. Surely the train just passes through loops and the author confused the conductor for the driver?

For a time and until last years timetable change in June, there was a solitary service that crossed at Bacchus Marsh platform with the 06:45 UP ex Ballarat whereby the DOWN 06:13 ex SCS used to cross at Bacchus Marsh.
The DOWN would arrive at Bacchus Marsh, then reverse to the home signal (the driver would change ends) and the UP would arrive at the platform, then the DOWN would run through Bacchus Marsh on the main line.

When all the trains resume next week after the VLocity wheel fiasco, this DOWN service will resume operating by NOT stopping at Bacchus Marsh as it had been doing since June 2015, thereby eliminating this weird shunting maneuver.

Therefore the article was apparently written by an early bird who caught the 06:13 train ex SCS before June last year.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Thanks for the information. It's interesting that they would chose to run a train in that way in the first place though. Obviously the addition/extension of loops and duplicated sections on the Ballarat Line can't come soon enough.

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