Bairnsdale V/Line rail service
|Service type||Regional rail|
|Distance travelled||276.8 km (172.0 mi)|
|Average journey time||3 hours, 48 minutes|
|Service frequency||Three services Monday to Saturday, two services Sunday each direction|
|Class(es)||First and economy|
|Rolling stock||V/Line N class locomotive with N type carriages|
|Track gauge||1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)|
The Bairnsdale line is a regional passenger rail service operated by V/Line in Victoria, Australia. It serves passengers between state capital Melbourne and the regional cities of Sale and Bairnsdale.
The Gippsland railway from Melbourne was completed as far as Sale in 1879, later being extended to Bairnsdale in 1888 and Orbost in 1916. Since the 1930s passenger services have terminated at Bairnsdale. In 1993 the passenger service was cut back from Bairnsdale to Sale, being reinstated in 2004 under the Linking Victoria program.
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. Classified by V/Line as an Intercity service, a snack bar is provided on board trains, and first class accommodation is available. Locomotive hauled N type carriages are used, and all services run semi-express between Melbourne and Moe. In March 2013 the service was suspended east of Traralgon because of safety problems with level crossings. Rail services resumed in October 2013.
In August 2018, the Bairnsdale line will begin to be served by the new VLocity fleet.
Bairnsdale V/Line Service
Standard timetabled journey
from Southern Cross
- Bairnsdale - Melbourne timetable Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. V/Line
- 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