Fruit Flyer

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Fruit Flyer
Service typeFreight train
First service13 October 1958
Former operator(s)Victorian Railways
Dynon Freight Terminal
Red Cliffs
Distance travelled566 kilometres
Average journey time10 hours
Service frequency6 x weekly (Sun-Fri)
Line(s) usedMildura
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Operating speed110 km/h

The Fruit Flyer was a fast overnight freight train operated by the Victorian Railways to bring fruit produce from the Mildura district to the Melbourne Markets. It first ran on 13 October 1958.[1]

It departed Mildura at 17:00, loading at Irymple, Red Cliffs, Carwarp and Hattah before running express to Dynon Freight Terminal arriving at 03:00. To allow it to operate at the line speed of 110 km/h, the wagons were fitted with bogies similar to those fitted on passenger carriages.[1]

It initially operated three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, but within a few weeks this had increased to four times.[1][2] By 1961 it was running six times a week, Sunday to Friday.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Express Freight Service" Railway Gazette 14 November 1958 page 592
  2. ^ "Express Freight Service" Railway Gazette 2 January 1959 page 8
  3. ^ ”Fruit Flyer” Railway Gazette 14 April 1961 page 417
  4. ^ ”By Fruit Flyer” The Age 28 November 1969 page 20