This is one remnant of the once extensive manual mechanical signalling complex in place serving the shunting and marshalling yards in the north of Geelong.
The death sentence was dealt to this line when the main line on which we're travelling was gauge converted to 1435mm in 1995 leaving the 1600mm gauge branch line isolated. Our train is travelling on international standard gauge track - 1435mm gauge. As we leave the curve, also on the left you will see an old signal box labelled "North Geelong C". Held every Easter since 1878 (except during WWII), the two day event had in the past been billed as the world's richest professional footrace. a store,(include your travel We run past suburban stations at Linton, Torrens Park, Mitcham, Unley Park and Millswood before arriving at Goodwood junction which is where the busy electrified suburban railway to Adelaide's south-western suburbs joins us from the left and passes beneath our train. (RUS),Thello
We're now getting very close to the State border, but, it's not quite as clear cut as you might think. Dimboola is still a railway town, largely because it's just about the half-way point between Melbourne and Adelaide.As we head west from Dimboola we parallel the main highway on our left.
A post displaying the number of kilometres by rail is placed on the left hand side of the track each kilometre as you head away from Melbourne (or the right hand side as you head toward Melbourne).Just after the 31km post, we pass by Werribee station (on the left). (AUS),XPLORER
Just as is the case on roads, railway lines are signposted with distance markers. Depending on the day and the timetable, you might see one of the two daily XPT trains arrive in platform 1 from Sydney. From here on, we run parallel with the broad gauge suburban railway, and it's quite probable that you will see some of Adelaide Metro's bright yellow or red suburban diesel railcars that serve the Adelaide to Belair route.Down, down, down, past the suburban stations at Pinera, Glenalta and Blackwood (all on the right hand side), and through more tunnels we pass. There is a long and sad history of how Australia's railways came to be built to so many different track gauges, but sad to say we still to this day suffer the consequences. It is ideally suited to growing wheat, oats, barley, canola, and broadacre crops. If you're on the left side of the train, you’ll see VLine passenger trains arriving and departing bringing commuters into Melbourne from regional Victoria. Travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide by train on ‘The Overland’ is a real joy. This is quite a new facility that is just about the only general rail freight yard that now operates anywhere between Geelong and Adelaide. There will probably be a Great Southern Rail employee at the gate (in khaki/beige uniform and maybe an Aussie broad brimmed hat) to greet you.
(AUS),Platinum Service On the right hand side of the train you will see a very large and quite new solar power farm that harvests a resource that this part of the country has in abundance. On the left hand side you will get some spectacular glimpses of the city and suburbs of Adelaide, and the Gulf of St Vincent beyond.
There's not much here these days, but in decades gone by this was a signifant railway junction. Of course you may rely on your mobile phone to auto-set the time, but a word of warning, it can sometimes take quite a while in this area before your phone determines it's in a new time zone - up to 15 or 20 minutes. (BEL),The Trans Siberian
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But today, we just blast on through without even slowing down. Before then, the quickest and most popular way to do the trip was by coastal ship!The service first ran in 1887 when the railway between Melbourne and Adelaide was completed. In fact, the town is named after a bend in the great river, and this is where the water in all those pipes has been coming from.It's still dry after we leave Tailem Bend behind us, but we're nearing someing very different.
On our Rail Tickets page you can book individual train tickets for specific destinations and dates. Then, just after the town, on the right as we cross over the main road, you might see the formation of another long closed railway curving away to the north - this once ran up to Ballarat via Newtown and Smythesdale. In fact it was a surveying stuff-up that led to the border being too far west.
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