Bicycle Network: Where to Ride
2 Follow the Star to get your bike on a train
Any service with a star (which means there are first class seats) has lots of space for your bike.
Clarification regarding rules
18 May 2010. There may be some confusion about what happens when a train service is replaced with a coach service, due to maintenance, emergency trackworks, heat, or other temporary occasions.
When a regular train service is replaced with a coach, it is still counted as a "train" for the purposes of understanding the V/Line timetable. V/Line staff will accommodate bikes on these replacement coaches that should be considered "trains". If you are planning a trip on a route that is being replaced with a coach temporarily, please consider that service a train. If your train service is replaced at the last minute by a coach service, you should be confident that your bike will be allowed on the replacement coach.
You can still look for the 'star' even if that service is a coach replacement service.
How it works
When you want to take your bike on a train you need to look for a locomotive haul service with a first class carriage.
These carriages have a large luggage area which is usually empty.
The luggage space will have no specific racking for bikes.
We suggest that you take some cord or an okky strap to secure your bike to the wall.
The limitations of the star system
Unfortunately you will not find a star service on the Ballarat line or any of the coach served lines such as Apollo Bay.