V/Line unveils the Payne train
Published: Tue 22 Dec 2015
V/Line has recognised this year’s Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne by naming a train in her honour.
The Ballarat-born jockey joined V/Line staff at the Ballarat Station this morning to unveil “The Payne train”.
V/Line Chief Executive Theo Taifalos said it was the first time a VLocity train had been named after a sporting icon.
“We’ve got Sprinter trains named after prominent sporting identities, such as Steve Moneghetti, Bill Roycroft and Roy Higgins. And our N class locomotives are named after Victorian regional cities.”
“But they were named more than a decade ago and this will be the first of our new generation VLocity train in the fleet to be officially named,” Mr Taifalos said.
“We believe Michelle’s Melbourne Cup victory is definitely worth recognising.
“Her strong link to Ballarat and regional Victoria is exactly what V/Line is about and we’re absolutely thrilled to celebrate her achievement,” he said.
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne said it was an honour.
“It's such an honour to have a train named after me. I'd like to really thank V/Line and the city of Ballarat. I'm a very proud Ballarat girl.
“I owe so much to all my family and all those who have helped me in my life and my racing career so I would like to dedicate this to them and to all the people of Ballarat," she said.
City of Ballarat Mayor Des Hudson joined in the train naming celebration, along with representatives from Darren Weir Racing, The Ballarat Turf Club, Committee for Ballarat and FastTrack Ballarat. V/Line Board Chair Jenny Dawson and Director Kay Macaulay also attended.
“The Payne Train” is the latest to come out of the Bombardier factory at Dandenong and will travel across the state so V/Line customers are encouraged to keep an eye out on the network.
ABOVE: Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne and V/Line Chief Executive Theo Taifalos at the launch of the train named in her honour.