A jogger who was struck and killed by a train in Melbourne's south-east last night has been named as Christopher Clough, a father of two young children.

Police this afternoon released a photo of Mr Clough and a poem on behalf of his family, including his son and daughter.

Mr Clough, 27, was wearing earphones at the time and may not have heard the train approaching from behind, police believe.

He was also distracted by a second oncoming Metro train as he ran less than a metre from the train tracks in the rain in Pakenham about 6.45pm.

Police said witnesses saw the Pakenham man running close to the tracks in a westerly direction when he was hit by a Melbourne-bound train near the new Cardinia Road railway station.

The poem opens with the line "An Angel on loan, Has now earned his wings, Now his voice rises high, With God's chorus he sings."

Earlier today a Victoria Police spokeswoman said Mr Clough was also believed to have been distracted by the lights of an oncoming train.

"There were two opposing trains approaching at the time," the spokeswoman said.

"He may have been distracted by the earphones and the lights of the oncoming train."

She said it was not clear why he was running close to the tracks instead of on a nearby footpath.

Paramedics were called to the stretch of track between Cardinia Road and McGregor Road but were unable to save him.

Passengers were evacuated from the train near Moore Mews and the Pakenham line was suspended between Dandenong and Pakenham stations for several hours last night while police investigated the death.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Below is the poem Mr Clough's family released:

An Angel on loan,

Has now earned his wings,

Now his voice rises high,

With God's chorus he sings.

His life was a wonder,

Beautiful and Blessed,

Your Hearts are now heavy,

Burdened by this test.

Remember the laughter,

The good times not bad.

Take time to cherish,

The time that you had.

Life is always on loan,

The end lingering near,

But with God's loving hand,

There is nothing to fear.

Celebrate his life,

He is always close by,

Tell him "I love you",

To hear an Angel sigh.