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Track Diagrams

Track diagrams of the Melbourne to Adelaide standard gauge railway are available on the following websites;

The Western Victorian Railfan Guide Website does not have any connection with either of these sites, but we believe that there is no point in repeating this information here when others have already covered it in such detail on these sites.

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Trains and Operators

The following companies operate trains on the Melbourne to Adelaide railway line...
Click on a logo to view an operators services.

Aurizon

Great Southern Railway

Pacific National

Genesee & Wyoming Australia

S.C.T.

Australian Rail Track Corporation
 

QUBE Logistics

Disclaimer : The information provided here is a compilation of freely available information, personal observations and contributions, and is not intended to be official or is it necessarily complete. This information is presented here in good faith but no responsabilty is taken for the accuracy or misuse of this information.

Special acknowledgements to the ARTC, Gheringhap Loop and the above operator's websites.

Additions and Corrections to this infomation are welcome via the emil address on our home page.

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Aurizon
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Aurizon (formally QRNational) operate an intermodal service between Melbourne and Adelaide/Perth utilizing a stable of owned and hired locomotives.

Their trains are usually led by a member of their 6000 class and either one or two other units from the 6000 and LDP classes.

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used 6000
Other Locomotives Used G, X
Hired Locomotives Used ---

SERVICES
Days Vic. No. Aust. No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
Sun - Fri 9754 *PM1 Perth to Melbourne Containers Two or three 6000
Mon - Sat 9753 *MP1 Melbourne to Perth Containers Two or three 6000


Great Southern Railway
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GSR currently operate the only passenger services on this line, with the thrice weekly daylight Overland between Melbourne and Adelaide and the up-market Southern Spirit service in season. Pacific National provide the motive power to haul these trains usually in the form of a single NR class locomotive

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used NR
Other Locomotives Used ---
Hired Locomotives Used ---

SERVICES
Days Vic. No. Aust. No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
Tu, Sa 8701 *MA8 Melbourne to Adelaide Overland Single NR
Mo, Fr 8702 *AM8 Adelaide to Melbourne Overland Single NR


Intermodal
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Pacific National's Intermodal division operate container and steel trains on this corridor and between all mainland state capitals, excluding Darwin.

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used NR
Other Locomotives Used ---
Hired Locomotives Used ---

Haulage of the PacNat Intermodal services is domiated by the NR class.

Most trains feature two or three units, although occasionally quads or quins are sighted.

SERVICES
Days Vic. No. Aust. No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
Mo - Sa 9701 MA5 Melb-Adel Super NR-NR
Mo - Sa 9702 AM5 Adel-Melb Super NR-NR
Su - Sa 9711 MP5 Melb-Perth Super NR-NR
Su - Mo Th - Sa 9712 PM5 Perth-Melb Super NR-NR
Mo - We Sa 9714 PM6 Perth-Melb Super NR-NR
Tu Sa 9715 MP7 Melb-Perth Trailerail NR-NR
Tu Fr 9716 PM7 Perth-Melb Trailerail NR-NR
Mo - Fr 9755 MA3 Melb-Adel Patricks NR-NR
Tu - Fr 9756 AM3 Adel-Melb Patricks NR-NR
Tu Fr 9764 AB6 Adel-Bris Super NR-NR
Tu Fr 9827 BA6 Bris-Adel Super NR-NR
Tu Fr 9765 MP4 Melb-Perth Toll NR-NR
Su - Mo 9821 SP2 Syd-Perth Steel 1, 2 or 3 NR
Tu - Fr 9821 WP2 / WX2 Port Kembla-Perth Steel 2 or 3 NR
Su Tu - Sa 9822 PW4 / XW4 Perth-Port Kembla Steel 2 or 3 NR


Rural & Bulk

Pacific National continue to operate 'as required' grain services loading at locations along the main line and the Hopetoun and Yaapeet branches.

This operator took over the hook and pull for the Iluka mineral sands trains between Hopetoun and Hamilton in late May 2013.

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used BL, G, 81
Other Locomotives Used ---
Hired Locomotives Used ---

SERVICES
Days Vic. No. Aust. No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
Mo, We, Th 9768V ---- Hamilton to Hopetoun Empty Mineral Sands (Hoppers) 2 x BL
Tu, We, Fr 9769V ---- Hopetoun to Hamilton Loaded Mineral Sands (Hoppers) 2 x G
Tu, Th 9771V ---- Hamilton to Portland Empty Mineral Sands (Hoppers) 2 x BL
Mo, We, Th 9772V ---- Portland to Hamilton Loaded Mineral Sands (Hoppers) 2 x BL
As required 9721 --- Geelong to Murtoa/Dimboola & Beyond Empty Grain Double BL, G and 81 combinations
As required 9722 --- Murtoa/Dimboola to Geelong Loaded Grain Double BL, G and 81 combinations
As required 9781 --- Yaapeet Branch Empty Grain Double BL, G and 81 combinations
As required 9782 --- Yaapeet Branch Loaded Grain Double BL, G and 81 combinations
As required 9785 --- Hopetoun Branch Empty Grain Double BL, G and 81 combinations
As required 9786 --- Hopetoun Branch Loaded Grain Double BL, G and 81 combinations


Specialized Container Transport
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Specialized Container Transport operate trains between Melbourne, Adelaide and beyond to Perth, and are made up of their distinctive vans with some containers. SCT provide their own line haul with their fleet of modern SCT and the new CSR class locomotives for their Melbourne to Perth Services.

Mid 2012 saw SCT take over the haulage of container services from the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal (WIFT) at Dooen for Wimmera Container Lines with an almost daily service hauled by a single CSR locomotive until this class was withdrawn from service at which time a single hired GL class locomotive took over the line haul of these trains.

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used CSR, SCT
Other Locomotives Used ---
Hired Locomotives Used ---

SERVICES
Days Vic. No. Aust. No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
Mo Tu Fr 9751 *MP9 Melbourne to Perth Vans and containers 3 x SCT
Tu Fr Sa 9752 *PM9 Perth to Melbourne Vans and containers 3 x SCT
Tu, We, Th, Sa, Su 9721V --- Melbourne to WIFT Dooen Containers CSR
Mo, Tu, Th - Sa 9722V --- WIFT Dooen to Melbourne Containers CSR


QUBE Logistics
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Due to poor harvests in western Victoria, QUBE Logistics has not regularly operated west of Melbourne during the last year, but they retain the accreditation to haul grain from various country locations to the ports of Geelong and Appleton Dock.

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used various
Other Locomotives Used ---
Hired Locomotives Used ---

SERVICES
Days Vic. No. Aust. No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
as required --- --- Appleton Dock/Geelong to Various Locations Grain various
as required --- --- Various Locations to Appleton Dock/Geelong Grain variouis


Genesee & Wyoming Australia
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Genesee & Wyoming Australia operate what was formally the Australian Railroad Group's South Australian operation which was owned by a joint venture between Genesee & Wyoming International and Wesfarmers. On this line GWA operate the South Australian intra-state grain services on the main line as far as Wolseley. Trains no longer operate on the Loxton and Pinnaroo branches.

They also operate the occasional grain service from AWB GrainFlow at Dimboola or GrainCorp at Marmalake (Murtoa) to eithr Port Adelaide / Pelican Point in Adelaide or Geelong on behalf of Viterra / Glencore.

MOTIVE POWER
Common Locomotives Used CLF, CLP, GWA, GWU
Other Locomotives Used ---
Hired Locomotives Used ---

SERVICES
Days S.A. No. Aust No. Origin and Destination Consist Motive Power
As required --- --- South Australia to Dimboola or Marmalake Grain Various
As required --- --- Marmalake or Dimboola to South Australia Grain Various
As required *R81 --- Adelaide to Tailem Bend Grain Various
As required *R82 --- Tailem Bend to Port Adelaide Grain Various
As required *Q81 --- Adelaide to Wolseley Grain Various
As required *Q82 --- Wolseley to Port Adelaide Grain Various

Services also operate to intermediate locations on these lines, with the train numbering system as follows...

  • First Number - Day of the week (1 - Sunday.....7 - Saturday)
  • Second Number - Route Code -
    • Q - Coomandook to Wolseley Line
    • R - Tailem Bend
  • Third Number - Destination Code - Number of location along line
  • Train Sequence Number - 1 for first down train, 2 for first up train, 3 for second down train...

Australian Rail Track Corporation
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The Australian Rail Track Corporation controls the track between Melburne and Adelaide and is responsible for all maintenance on the line. They do not operate their own trains but contract this to other operators.



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