BENDIGO V/Line commuters can expect slower journeys over the next few days as the heat affects rail services.
Trains on the Bendigo line will run slower on Saturday from midday, Sunday and Monday, as V/Line puts in place its extreme heat timetable.
The Maryborough line will also run at the extreme heat timetable.
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The timetable is implemented during extremely hot weather, because steel tracks can expand in the heat.
It means trains that usually travel at 160 kilometres per hour slow to 90 kilometres or less, extending journey time.
Some services are replaced by air conditioned coaches.
Bendigo V/Line services ran to an extreme heat timetable on Friday, when temperatures peaked at 38.2 degrees.
It's one of a number of V/Line routes running at the extreme heat timetable on one or all of Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Ballarat/Ararat/Maryborough line, the Seymour/Shepparton line and the Traralgong/Bairnsdale line are among these.
In Bendigo temperatures are forecast to reach 35 on Saturday, 39 on Sunday and 41 on Monday.
Firefighters have said they are at an elevated level of response ahead of a gusty, hot day forecast for Monday.
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