High-tech rail upgrades on track for Bendigo and Echuca

Passengers in Greater Bendigo are set to benefit from more frequent services, thanks to work underway to introduce new technology on the regional network.

In conjunction with rail specialists Wabtec, V/Line has been awarded the contract to deliver the new electronic train order (ETO) system from Bendigo to Swan Hill and Echuca.

A first for the Victorian regional rail network, the new ETO system is being delivered as part of the Bendigo and Echuca Rail Line Upgrade and will allow additional services to both Eaglehawk and Epsom while tripling the number of weekday services to and from Echuca.

Passengers across the Greater Bendigo region will have more services to choose from and more options for travel closer to where they live thanks to these critical upgrades.

The ETO system will use on-board telecommunications equipment to identify a train’s position on the network and communicate it electronically to the train controller. 

This information is currently shared manually between train drivers and controllers and the new electronic system will allow more trains to safely operate on these sections of track.

The new system will also provide improved service outcomes for freight by enabling one return service each week between Melbourne and Deniliquin, and Melbourne and Piangil.

The ETO system also has the potential to be rolled out to other Victorian lines to allow even more regional services in the future.