This page covers Railway History in Victoria from 2000 through to 2014. See also:
Victorian Railways History 2000 - 2014
2000 - As part of the Linking Victoria initiative, plans were announced for a Regional Fast Rail project. This involves major upgrades of the Melbourne to Traralgon, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trackage, to allow operating speeds of up to 160kmph, and the provision of 38 two-car sets of V'Locity railcars.
2001 - Contract is awarded to rebuild Spencer Street Station. To be known as Southern Cross Station, the structure features a wave style roof.
2002 - National Rail and NSW Freightcorp sold to Pacific National a consortium of Toll Holdings and Patrick Corporation.
2002 - Deliveries commence of two groups of new generation suburban rolling stock. The Connex carriages being supplied by Alstom; while the M Train carriages; were supplied by Seimens.
2002 - Suburban trains services extended to Watergardens at Sydenham.
2002 - National Express abandons its operation of V/line Pass and M Train with a week's notice. Government took over operation of V/Line Pass. While M Train operations were taken over by Connex, in 2004.
2004 - Freight Australia sold to Pacific National
2004 - Trials of V'Locity cars commence.
2004 - West Coast Railway chose not to renew its contract and the service between Melbourne and Warrnambool reverted to V/Line Passenger
2004 – Rail based passenger services restored between Sale and Bairnsdale (May) and between Ballarat and Ararat (July). The intermediate stations at Stratford and Beaufort were re-opened when the passenger services were restored
2005 (April) – Railway station opened at Marshall on the Warrnambool line.
2005 (December) – Spencer Street Station was officially renamed Southern Cross Station following the completion of the bulk of the work associated with the reconstruction of the station.
2006 (February) – Railway station opened at Sherwood Park on the Warrnambool line.
2006 (February) – The Melbourne – Adelaide Overlandservice was converted to an all daylight service. Refurbished rolling stock entered service on the Overlandservice in May 2007. An additional stop was introduced at Nhill in January 2007 and at Stawell in April 2011.
2006 – The Regional Fast Rail project is completed which involved substantial infrastructure upgrades (both track and signalling) on the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon lines. An improved timetable was introduced on each of these lines that incorporated 160 km/h running and greater service frequency (Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo in September 2006 and Traralgon in October 2006).
2007 (February) – Middleborough Road grade separation at Laburnum was completed.
2007 (March) – Metropolitan Zone 3 fare was abolished.
2007 (April) – Somerton Road grade separation at Roxburgh Park opened.
2007 (May) – Less than Container Load (LCL) freight traffic was conveyed by rail for the last time in Victoria. The last locations to receive LCL by rail were Ararat, Ballarat, Horsham, Mildura, Shepparton and Warrnambool.
2007 (September) – Electrified suburban rail services extended beyond Broadmeadows to Craigieburn, including new station at Roxburgh Park. Platform No.1 at Craigieburn rebuilt in 2009.
2007 (October) – Taylors Road grade separation at Keilor Plains opened.
2008 (April) – The last petroleum (oil) was carried by rail in Victoria. The last movement was between Corio and Shepparton. The second last movement between Corio and Mildura had ceased in September 2007.
2008 (June) – The restoration of the magnificent station building at Maryborough was completed. The restoration of the platform verandah at Maryborough was completed in October 2011.
2008 (November) – All V/Line Albury passenger trains were replaced by road coaches to enable the North Eastern line to be converted to standard gauge.
2009 (June) – Railway station opened at Wendouree on the Ballarat – Ararat line.
2009 (July) – The freight hub at Ettamogah (to the north of Albury) was opened.
2009 (September) – The Wodonga Coal Sidings to Bandiana line was closed and was subsequently lifted (Last revenue train in June 2009 and last train in August 2009).
2009 (November) – Metro Trains Melbourne took over the Melbourne metropolitan trains franchise from Connex.
2009 (December) – Benalla to Oaklands grain line converted from broad to standard gauge. First standard gauge train in March 2010.
2010 (January) – Springvale Road grade separation at Nunawading completed.
2010 (June) – Railway station opened at Coolaroo on the Craigieburn line.
2010 (July) – Rail based passenger service restored between Ballarat and Maryborough, including station at Creswick. Station at Clunes re-opened in 2011 and at Talbot in 2013.
2010 (August) – Wodonga Rail Bypass fully opened. The old line through central Wodonga was closed and subsequently removed.
2011 (March) – The Kororoit Creek Road grade separation located between Newport and Laverton was opened.
2011 (March) – North Eastern line north of Seymour converted from broad to standard gauge (project officially completed). V/Line restored its first return service in June 2011, the second in October 2011 and the third in April 2012.
2011 (December) – The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) commenced a five-year, $134 million project to resolve the mudholes that had appeared in the Melbourne – Sydney line after the installation of concrete sleepers.
2012 (February) – The first Protective Service Officers were introduced (Flinders Street and Southern Cross were the first stations to receive PSO’s).
2012 (April) – Electrified suburban rail services extended beyond Epping to South Morang.
2012 (April) - Railway stations opened at Cardinia Road on the Pakenham line and at Lynbrook on the Cranbourne line.
2012 (August) – Dooen intermodal terminal (near Horsham) officially opened. First train in September 2012.
2012 (November) – Electrified suburban rail services extended beyond Watergardens through to Sunbury.
2012 (December) – The myki smart card became the only form of ticketing available on the Melbourne metropolitan rail system. The myki system had been first introduced in December 2009.
2013 (April) – Railway station opened at Williams Landing on the Werribee line.
2014 (February) – Myki became the only ticket available for travel on the V/Line commuter corridors (Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon).