Warrnambool V/Line rail service

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This article is about the V/Line service. For the railway itself, see Port Fairy railway line.
Warrnambool
Overview
Type V/Line passenger service
Services Intercity
Operation
Rolling stock Locomotive hauled N type carriages
Technical
Line length 296 km (183.9 mi)
Number of tracks Double track broad gauge to Geelong, single beyond.
Route map
Vicrailmap-geelong.png

The Warrnambool Line is a regional passenger rail service operated by V/Line in Victoria, Australia. It serves passengers between state capital Melbourne and the regional city of Warrnambool.

History[edit]

In 1993 passenger services on the line were contracted to the private company West Coast Railway. This arrangement remained until 2004 when the contract was handed back to the State Government. V/Line have since operated services on the line. Marshall station in Geelong was opened on the line in 2004,[1] and Sherwood Park station in Warrnambool in 2006.[2]

Services[edit]

Warrnambool bound V/Line train crossing the Barwon River in Geelong
Colac station goods shed and platform

From Mondays through to Saturdays, V/Line operates four daily passenger trains in each direction. Three operate on Sunday's, Christmas Day and Good Friday. Services operating between Waurn Ponds and Melbourne are operated as the Geelong Line where Myki may be used.

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 stop only major stations when travelling within the Geelong Line.

On 22 December 2013, V/Line Warrnambool train services no longer stopped at North Melbourne Station as part of the Regional Rail Link.

From 12 October 2014, V/Line Warrnambool train services stop at Waurn Ponds Station as part of the extension of the Geelong line.

From 21 June 2015, V/Line Warrnambool train services will no longer stop at Werribee and Newport stations on the Werribee Line. Instead, travelling via new dedicated Regional Rail Link tracks to two new stops at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. [3]

From 29 January 2017, V/Line started running a fourth service in both directions on Mondays - Saturdays and also replaced Sunday coach's with train's to make it three Sunday train services running in both directions instead of two. [4]

Bold stations are termini, where some train services terminate; and stations with an asterisk (*) are staffed part-time.

Warrnambool railway line
0.00 km Southern Cross (SSS) Zone 1
74.56 km Geelong (GLG) Zone 4
84.90 km Waurn Ponds Zone 4
115.74 km Winchelsea (WIA) Zone 8
136.28 km Birregurra (BGE) Zone 10
155.39 km Colac (COL) Zone 11
200.49 km Camperdown (CAM) Zone 16
222.78 km Terang (TER) Zone 18
263.45 km Sherwood Park Zone 23
269.30 km Warrnambool (WNB) Zone 23
Port Fairy and Hamilton lines

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rail Geelong - Marshall Station". railgeelong.com. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Public transport - Regional railway station projects". www.doi.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ "New timetables from Sunday June 21 - Geelong" (Press release). Geelong: V/Line. n.d. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Extra train service for the Warrnambool Line". Warrnambool Standard. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 

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