Regional rail network

It is the operator’s responsibility to contact the relevant third party to determine if support is required. The following information is intended to provide initial guidance and should be confirmed when contacting the third party.

Third party: V/Line

Support required for: All vehicles that exceed specified mass and dimension

DTP will handle the application process, however in some instances, the operator will be instructed to liaise directly with V/Line.

Applications should be made at

Vehicles that exceed mass and dimensions prescribed under the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 require support to cross V/Line tracks. The prescribed mass and dimensions are:

  • 4.9m overall height
  • 5m overall width
  • 26m overall length
  • 100t GCM

Information on how to apply through V/Line, if instructed by DTP, and a schedule of fees that V/Line may charge are at

Track Force Protection (applicable to V/Line and ARTC)

Where Track Force Protection is required, Revision 7 Rules and Operating Procedures (the Victorian Railway Rule Book) applies.

Under this method, hand signallers are used to:

  • Provide an advance warning to a train crew of a potentially unsafe situation ahead, and
  • Stop the train prior to the level crossing if it is blocked by an over dimensional vehicle.

The outer hand signallers provided for the advance warning can be located anywhere between 1200m and 4000m from the level crossing, depending on the track speed and the length of trains operating on the track.

On a standard bi-directional single line of railway, two hand signallers are provided in each direction, or four hand signallers per worksite. All hand signallers on site take their direction and instruction from a track force protection co-ordinator, who must also be positioned on site.

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