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Melbourne Broad Gauge Freight Trains

Below is a listing of trains sighted taking the viaduct between Southern Cross Station and Flinders Street Station. Trains, as they pass through this area, will (where possible) be recorded in the table below. The times indicate when they pass through, not when they arrive. Sometimes the trains sit in this area waiting for a path in either direction!

Service Frequency Description
9343/9348
QUBE Apex Gravel Service
Tue - Fri Runs from Kilmore East Quarry to Westall Cement Plant. Usually around midnight on the down and then a 10am up through South Yarra/Richmond/Flinders St.
Note that if the morning time is around 4am then it's actually the 9350 service... but I've put them both in the same column.
9571/9572
QUBE Cement Service
Mon & Thu/Fri Runs from Tottenham(?) to Dandenong. New Service. Very random runner... sometimes mondays instead of tuesdays and sometimes fridays instead of thursdays.
9475/9476
QUBE Maryvale Paper Train
Daily Runs from Appleton Dock to the Maryvale Paper Plant. Takes paper to be recycled out to plant and returns empty? Heads out at 8pm at night and returns around 2pm the next day.
Every so often you'll find the train heading out at around 4am in the morning. This is actually the 9473 service, but I've put it in the same column as the evening down. Note that it means it actually ran the next morning!
955*
PacNat Long Island Steel Train
Daily (excl Friday) Runs from the northernmost road of South Dynon to the Long Island Steel Plant in Frankston. The midday runner 9553 usually DOES NOT run on Fridays unless there's a weekend shutdown and they need to shift more steel beforehand. 9557 (1pm) and 9559 (7pm) are also only as-required! The actual service pairing is as follows: 9555-9552, 9553-9556, 9557-9558, 9559-9550
708*, 9**2
Possible Metro Train Transfer
Totally Ad-Hoc Currently serviced by SSR, this might be the HCMT Metro Train Transfer path from Newport to Pakenham. It's totally random and the train running this path may not actually be a transfer!
Please note that I've merged services 7080, 7082, 7084, 7086 and 7088, 9502, 9902 into once cell. Spoil trains and driver training runs will also fall into this path.

2022 NOTE: QUBE has taken over the PacNat Steel Services.. the numbers have changed. They've been piped into the PacNat slots and are showing below. Once they've stabilised, I'll explain them further.

Please note that this is an automated service based on sightings from another location. It wont be 100% foolproof but, with careful consideration of the numbers and days, one should be able to get a good idea as to what is visible and when. Also note that services might show up out-of-order. For example, the Apex gravel ran in a much later slot on 30/31st January 2020.

Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
April 2024
Wed
17th
1041
G515
Tue
16th
1039
G515
Mon
15th
1351
G512
Sun
14th
0604
VL353
1206
VL356
1926
VL353
Sat
13th
0559
VL353
1216
VL356
1934
VL353
2327
VL356
Fri
12th
0553
VL353
1126
VL356
1415
G512
1959
VL353
2027
G512
2335
VL356
Thu
11th
0442
VL353
1041
G515
1126
VL356
2006
VL353
2318
VL356
Wed
10th
2020
G515
0341
VL353
1148
VL356
1351
G512
2000
VL353
2025
G512
2310
VL356
Tue
9th
0552
VL353
1153
VL356
2325
VL353
2325
VL356
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Mon
8th
1334
VL356
1401
G512
2025
G512
2112
VL353
0029
VL356
Sun
7th
1224
VL356
1929
VL353
Sat
6th
1141
VL356
1921
VL353
Fri
5th
0554
VL353
1142
VL356
1349
G512
2006
VL353
2035
G512
Thu
4th
0431
VL353
1131
VL356
1353
G512
2011
VL353
2040
G512
2330
VL356
Wed
3rd
0559
VL353
1329
VL356
2001
VL353
2308
VL356
Tue
2nd
1045
G532
1349
G512
2004
VL353
2056
G512
2325
VL356
Mon
1st
0514
VL353
1124
G532
1920
VL353
March 2024
Sun
31st
0531
VL353
1204
G532
1930
VL353
2330
G532
Sat
30th
0619
VL353
1208
G532
2008
VL353
0002
G532
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Fri
29th
1205
VL356
2122
VL351
0015
G532
Thu
28th
2025
G515
1325
VL356
1401
G512
2022
G512
Wed
27th
1037
G515
1340
VL356
1402
G512
0407
G512
2123
VL351
Tue
26th
1030
G515
1107
VL356
1328
VL356
1403
G512
0327
G512
2114
VL351
Mon
25th
0553
G515
1335
VL356
1409
G512
0337
G512
2126
VL353
Sun
24th
1217
VL353
1953
G515
1924
G512
2324
VL353
Sat
23rd
0540
G515
1205
VL353
1949
G515
Fri
22nd
0620
G515
1127
G515
2005
G515
2312
VL353
Thu
21st
1316
VL353
1402
VL357
2244
VL356
2113
G515
2329
VL353
Wed
20th
1329
G532
1921
G532
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Tue
19th
1501
VL357
0347
G512
Mon
18th
0552
G532
1330
G532
2115
G532
Sun
17th
0634
G532
0314
G512
2306
VL360
Sat
16th
0621
VL357
1214
G532
1952
VL351
0006
VL360
Fri
15th
1328
G532
1351
VL357
2111
VL351
2350
VL360
Thu
14th
0552
G532
1134
VL351
1412
VL357
2003
G532
2018
VL360
Wed
13th
0549
G532
1120
VL351
1448
VL357
2002
G532
2016
VL360
2341
VL351
Tue
12th
0550
G532
1207
VL351
1348
VL356
2355
G532
2156
VL356
2355
VL351
Mon
11th
2350
VL351
G532
1130
VL351
1923
G532
Sun
10th
0455
G532
1201
VL351
1925
G532
2249
VL351
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Sat
9th
1148
VL351
1927
G532
2235
VL351
Fri
8th
0021
G515
1339
G515
2118
G515
Thu
7th
0022
G515
1030
G515
1331
G512
1357
VL356
2049
VL357
2126
VL353
Wed
6th
0513
G515
1047
G515
1406
G512
1344
VL356
2032
VL357
2114
VL353
Tue
5th
0458
G512
1036
G512
1333
G515
2112
VL353
Mon
4th
1359
G515
1350
VL360
2111
VL353
2249
VL357
Sun
3rd
No trains recorded
Sat
2nd
0023
G512
0948
G512
Fri
1st
1354
G515
1444
VL360
2005
VL356
2110
VL353
February 2024
Thu
29th
0551
VL353
1057
G532
1126
VL357
1959
VL353
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Wed
28th
1024
G532
0550
VL353
1153
G515
2003
G512
2335
VL357
Tue
27th
0032
G532
0553
VL353
1504
G532
1139
VL357
2009
VL353
0345
VL356
2310
VL357
Mon
26th
0554
VL353
1328
VL357
2116
VL353
0007
VL357
Sun
25th
0546
VL353
1202
VL357
1924
VL353
2332
VL357
Sat
24th
0539
VL353
1200
VL357
1925
VL353
0001
VL357
Fri
23rd
2359
G532
0554
VL353
1040
G532
1139
VL357
1359
VL360
2002
VL353
2017
VL356
2320
VL357
Thu
22nd
2318
G512
0553
VL353
1038
G532
1157
VL357
2001
VL353
2258
VL357
Wed
21st
0033
G512
0610
VL353
1047
G532
1140
VL357
1349
VL360
2005
VL353
2115
VL356
2354
VL357
Tue
20th
0552
VL353
1140
VL357
2001
VL353
2047
VL356
2340
VL357
Mon
19th
1337
VL357
1420
VL360
2114
VL353
2340
VL357
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Sun
18th
No trains recorded
Sat
17th
0022
G512
1348
G512
Fri
16th
0026
G512
1047
G512
1307
VL357
1358
VL360
2025
VL356
2115
VL353
Thu
15th
No trains recorded
Wed
14th
0600
VL353
1135
VL357
1408
VL360
2019
VL353
2046
VL356
Tue
13th
1307
G512
Mon
12th
0552
VL353
1359
VL360
2029
VL356
Sun
11th
0554
VL353
1215
VL351
1921
VL353
2320
VL351
Sat
10th
0544
VL353
1151
VL351
1930
VL353
2315
VL351
Fri
9th
1340
VL351
1954
VL353
2307
VL351
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Thu
8th
0018
G532
0553
VL353
1036
G532
1128
VL351
2004
VL353
Wed
7th
0015
G532
0551
VL353
1047
G532
1131
VL351
1350
VL360
2030
VL353
2043
VL356
2338
VL351
Tue
6th
0029
G532
0601
G512
1037
G532
1129
VL351
2004
VL353
2326
VL351
Mon
5th
1402
VL360
2056
VL356
2349
VL353
Sun
4th
0417
G515
1204
G512
1938
G515
2322
G512
Sat
3rd
1203
G512
1859
G515
2232
G512
Fri
2nd
2320
G532
1141
G532
1120
VL353
1343
G512
1400
VL360
2008
G515
2025
VL356
Thu
1st
1108
G512
1331
G515
2110
G515
January 2024
Wed
31st
1347
G512
2103
VL357
Tue
30th
1040
G532
1522
G532
1341
G512
2030
VL357
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Mon
29th
0553
VL357
1153
G512
2004
VL357
0349
VL356
Sun
28th
0544
VL357
1201
VL351
1934
VL357
2335
G512
Sat
27th
0539
VL357
1200
VL351
1921
VL357
2308
VL351
Fri
26th
0644
VL357
1150
VL351
1936
VL357
2327
VL351
Thu
25th
0018
G532
1037
G532
1142
VL351
1348
VL360
2008
VL357
2030
VL353
2347
VL351
Wed
24th
1140
VL357
VL351
1347
VL360
2005
VL357
2029
VL353
Tue
23rd
0512
G532
0554
VL357
1039
G532
1154
VL351
1350
VL360
2024
VL357
2149
VL353
2333
VL351
Mon
22nd
1421
VL351
1352
VL353
2008
VL353
2134
VL357
2340
VL351
Sun
21st
No trains recorded
Sat
20th
No trains recorded
Fri
19th
0020
G532
0551
VL357
1100
G532
1134
G515
2003
G515
Thu
18th
0552
VL357
1129
VL351
1403
VL353
2006
VL357
2020
VL356
2326
VL351
Wed
17th
0559
VL357
1136
VL351
1351
VL353
2023
VL357
1937
VL356
2330
VL351
Tue
16th
0559
VL357
1209
VL351
1412
VL353
1959
VL357
2058
G532
2306
VL351
Mon
15th
0549
VL357
1151
VL360
2014
VL357
2332
VL360
Sun
14th
0505
VL357
1230
VL360
1924
VL357
2325
VL360
Sat
13th
0521
VL357
1201
VL360
1951
VL357
2337
VL360
Fri
12th
0552
VL357
1152
VL360
1342
VL356
2003
VL357
2015
VL356
2319
VL360
Thu
11th
0559
VL357
1127
VL360
2002
VL357
2326
VL360
Wed
10th
0551
VL357
1152
VL360
1346
VL356
2003
VL357
2019
VL353
2327
VL360
Date955093489552957193439553955794769572955995569475955895557088
Tue
9th
2322
VL357
2322
VL360
Mon
8th
0601
VL357
1202
VL360
1349
VL356
2104
VL357
2120
VL353
2344
VL360
Sun
7th
0438
VL357
1209
VL360
1840
G515
1924
VL357
2321
VL360
Sat
6th
0543
VL357
1204
G532
1927
VL357
2259
VL360
Fri
5th
0552
VL357
1149
VL360
1338
VL356
2003
VL357
2020
G515
2311
VL360
Thu
4th
0444
VL357
1120
VL360
1429
G515
2000
VL357
2132
G515
2324
VL360
Wed
3rd
2232
VL360
Tue
2nd
0522
VL360
1156
VL360
1346
VL356
2115
VL357
0009
VL360
Mon
1st
2355
VL353
Comments (11) Trackbacks (0)
  1. Great Work Steven. Would it be possible to include the HCMT transfers as well?

  2. Hello Steven,
    Can i ask how you receive this data for these trains?
    Thanks
    Royden

  3. Great site and record of freight trains, i live near Richmond Station and you have demystified the freight train movements i hear at various times during the day. Cheers


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