Gippsland V/Line rail service
The Gippsland V/Line rail service is a passenger service operated by V/Line in Victoria, Australia between Melbourne and the Gippsland region including the regional cities of Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale. It operates along the Gippsland railway line.
|Service type||Commuter rail|
|Distance travelled||276.80 km (172.00 mi)|
|Class(es)||First & Economy|
|Track gauge||1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)|
Although the Gippsland line was extended to Orbost in 1916, from the 1930s passenger services along the line extended only as far as Bairnsdale. In 1954 the line beyond Dandenong was electrified as far as Traralgon, with services from this time provided by the L class electric locomotives.
In 1975 suburban services were extended from Dandenong to Pakenham, on what is known as the Pakenham railway line. By the 1980s the motive power of trains reverted to diesel locomotives, with electrification cut back to Warragul in 1987, and to Bunyip in 1998. Suburban Comeng trains were used by V/Line to provide services from Melbourne to Warragul in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1993, passenger services from Sale to Bairnsdale were withdrawn. They were reinstated in 2004 as part of the Linking Victoria program. The line was upgraded as part of the Regional Fast Rail project in 2005 and the last of the overhead wires were removed, except for a short section to the Melbourne side of Bunyip station.
Services to Traralgon operate approximately hourly every day, with higher frequency during the weekday peak periods. Between Southern Cross and Pakenham, services generally stop at Flinders Street, Richmond, Caulfield, Clayton and Dandenong. One service during the weekday peak in the peak direction also stops at Berwick. These six stations only picks up passengers towards Traralgon and sets down passengers towards Southern Cross. Local services stop all stations between Pakenham and Traralgon, while express services during peak runs express between Pakenham and Garfield, Garfield and Drouin, and Warragul and Moe. One morning peak service terminate and originate from Flinders Street instead of Southern Cross. During weekday off-peak, Richmond station is only served by services to Southern Cross in the morning and to Traralgon in the afternoon and evening.
The Bairnsdale line is served by three daily return services running Monday to Saturday and two daily return services on Sunday as at March 2013. At Bairnsdale, trains connect with coach services to Orbost, Batemans Bay and Canberra. Locomotive hauled N type carriages are used on one service in each direction daily with a snack bar provided on board, and first class accommodation available. Other services are operated by VLocity diesel multiple units. All services run semi-express between Melbourne and Moe.
Gippsland V/Line Service
- Official map
- Statistics and detailed schematic map at the vicsig enthusiast website
- Gippsland trains halted over safety fears The Age 21 March 2013
- Train services between Traralgon and Bairnsdale Gippsland Times 22 March 2013
- V/Line passengers train return to Bairnsdale Minister for Public Transport 29 October 2013
- Bairnsdale - Melbourne timetable Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine V/Line