Carriage and Sprinter Refurbishment Program & New V/Line Livery
Ministerial & Media Launch

Last Updated: 12/09/2007


On Wednesday 12th September 2007, V/Line unveiled their new colour scheme and a refitted H set and Sprinter railcar at a ministerial and media launch held at Southern Cross Station.

Attended by invited V/Line, Department of Infrastructure and EDI Rail, along with invited guests and the Minister for Public Transport, Ms. Lynne Kosky, the launch proceedings took place between 11:30 and 12:00.

Staff and guests were invited to walk through and look at the refurbished interiors of both sprinter 7007 and four car H set FSH25.

Prior to the launch, 7007 and FSH25 were transferred to Southern Cross ex Newport Workshops:

  • N452+FSH25 arrived into Platform 4 North at 10:41. Following arrival, N452 cut off and ran to EDI Rail’s West Melbourne Depot, whilst N453 arrived and coupled up to the east end of FSH25, before pushing the set to the buffers of Platform 4 Central.

  • 7007+7008 arrived into Platform 3 Central at 11:13, with 7008 uncoupling from 7007 at 11:18 and running to the railcar depot.

Unlike previous launches and unveilings, no speeches were given; however, Ms. Kosky spoke to WIN News who had exclusive rights to the launch.

Platforms 3 and 4 were closed during the time of the launch, with the general public unable to access them – the Collins Street and Bourke Street bridge entrances being guarded.

Following the launch, 7007 departed for EDI Rail’s West Melbourne Depot at 12:33, and a special train consisting of N453+FSH25 for invited V/Line staff and guests ran to Sunbury and back. Times for this special are listed below:-

Train 8095 – Special train to Sunbury for invited staff, guests and media

Southern Cross Platform 4 depart 12:36
Footscray 12:41*
Sunshine 12:49*
St. Albans 12:53*
Keilor Plains 12:55*
Watergardens 13:01/13:02
Diggers Rest 13:09*
Sunbury Platform 2 arrive 13:13

At Sunbury, the trains eight passengers disembarked with N453 taking FSH25 into the sidings to run around at 13:16. Once the run around was completed, the train returned into Platform 2 at 13:24.

Local media, believed to be from the local Advertiser newspaper, took the opportunity to take photographs of the train and ask passengers waiting on the platform their opinion of the new colour scheme.

The train made an early departure back for Southern Cross at 13:34

Train 8096 – Return of special train ex Sunbury for invited staff, guests and media

Sunbury Platform 2 depart 13:34
Diggers Rest 13:37*
Watergardens 13:42*
St. Albans 13:47*
Sunshine 13:51*
Footscray 13:57*
Southern Cross Platform 4 arrive 14:07

Upon arrival into Southern Cross, Y129 coupled up to FSH25 and departed for the Pass. Yard at 14:32.

V/ would like to thank V/Line for the invite to this event.


Photos & Video:
The below photos were taken on Wednesday 12th August 2007. Unless otherwise credited, all photos are taken by Matt Julian.
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General Photos from the day:-

Setup for launch on Platforms 3 & 4 at Southern Cross Before photos of Sprinters Before photos of H sets Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky with V/Line Staff

Platform 3 & 4 PIDS - two different messages were shown during the launch The new V/Line logo next to the existing V/Line logo    

H Set Photos:-


N452+FSH25 arriving into Platform 4 at Southern Cross ex Newport Workshops. N453 approaching FSH25 in Platform 4 N453+FSH25 in Platform 4C at Southern Cross FSH25 viewed from the rear at Southern Cross
Conductors van door and carriage lettering/V/Line logo of FSH25 N453 cutting off FSH25 in the sidings at Sunbury FSH25 stabled in the sidings at Sunbury whilst N453 runs around. N453 running around FSH25 in the sidings at Sunbury.
BCH125 at Sunbury BIH185 at Sunbury BH145 at Sunbury BTH165 at Sunbury
N453+FSH25 in Platform 2 at Sunbury before departure for Southern Cross Nice clean roofs! BTH165 at Southern Cross BH145 at Southern Cross
BIH185 at Southern Cross BCH125 at Southern Cross    



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