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ACT

223 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Locally grown: The in-house, Australian R&D behind every Speno grinder

As a local manufacturer of rail grinding equipment, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia is providing a complete solution.

This 100-year-old rail line could connect Canberra to the coast

How do you design a railway to safely deliver a freight train down an impossibly steep slope?

Getting ready for FRMCS – the next chapter in rail

The rail sector is moving towards an exciting future, marked by advances in automation, IoT, and predictive analytics.

Future-proofing public transport through innovative leadership and technology

Trapeze Group will be hosting a live webinar on November 30 called Future-proofing public transport through innovative leadership and technology.

National approach needed for rail procurement

The dichotomy between building trains in Australia or overseas ignores the opportunities for procurement reform that would keep Australia competitive, writes Australasian Railway Association CEO Caroline Wilkie.

Africa

287 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Desiro EMUs delivered to Israel

The trains are part of an order worth around €900m for up to 60 Desiro HC regional EMUs awarded to Siemens by IR in 2018, which included an initial order for six four-car trains and 18 six-car trains.

TransNamib locomotive acquisitions to support a doubling of freight traffic

National railway TransNamib is aiming to double the volume of freight which it moves, CEO Johny Smith told a recent Transport Events online conference.

Egypt and Sudan to cooperate on international rail link

The signing was carried out following a virtual meeting between Egypt’s minister of transport, Mr Kamel Al-Wazir, and Mr Hashim Ibn Auf, the Sudanese minister for infrastructure and transport, on November 8.

Board appointed at ‘too big to fail’ Prasa

The government has appointed a permanent management board for national operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa for the first time since 2017.

Airline News

274 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Another Airline Retires the Last of Their BAe146 / RJ85's + Reminiscences About the Dan-Air Fleet

Dublin, Ireland-headquartered CityJet has withdrawn its only remaining BAE Systems Avro RJ85 ending a 27-year association with the regional jet and its predecessor, the BAe146.

Another Airline Retires the Last of Their BAe146 / RJ85's

Dublin, Ireland-headquartered CityJet has withdrawn its only remaining BAE Systems Avro RJ85 ending a 27-year association with the regional jet and its predecessor, the BAe146.

A Visit to Tahiti

I’ve never written much about Tahiti and that’s really an oversight because I’ve been there five or six times and enjoyed it very much.

We’re Not So Damn Smart

Americans will drive to the airport, park the car for $25 a day, allow two hours to get through security, then catch a 45-minute flight to see relatives for a holiday weekend.

Farewell to Last Two BA 747's

British Airways said goodbye to its final two Heathrow-based B747 jumbo aircraft yesterday morning.

Arabian Rail News

227 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
LRTC Consortium completes Lusail LRT phase 1

The first phase includes 9.

Alstom Completes Phase 1 of Qatari Light Rail Project

Alstom has completed the first phase of the light rail project for the planned city of Lusail, which is currently being built near Doha in Qatar.

Desiro HC EMUs en route to Tel Aviv

The first two of 24 partly double-deck electric multiple-units being built for Israel Railways by Siemens Mobility have been shipped from Hamburg and are due to arrive in Israel towards the end of November.

First batch of graduates obtain Railways Diploma Programme and join Etihad Rail DB

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the national railway network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced the graduation of the first batch of Emirati nationals on the Railways Diploma Programme from the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) and their subsequent employment by Etihad Rail DB, the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of Stage One of the national railway network.

Jerusalem – Tel Aviv electrification completed

Israel Railways began test running of electric trains between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Hertzliya on September 6, following the completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the northern section of the Ayalon Corridor.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted last year
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

The threat of court sanction would be enough to ensure the new owner of a key east coast freight facility did not exploit its powerful position to the detriment of competitors, the judge behind a landmark case has said.

Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Asian Rail News

3550 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Prime Minister Modi to lay foundation stone of Agra Metro Rail Project on first December

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Agra Metro Rail project from Delhi on 1st December 2020.

Japan and China race to dominate the future of high-speed rail

Japan and China are racing to build a new type of ultra-fast, levitating train, seeking to demonstrate their mastery over a technology with big export potential.

Bombardier Transportation wins contract for Chinese high-speed train cars

Bombardier Transportation has announced that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd.

BST to supply 250 km/h CR300AF trainsets

China Railway has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 1·6bn yuan contract to supply 14 eight-car CR300AF trainsets by January 2021.

Aurizon

264 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon to change toilets after Rail Tram and Bus Union complained to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Project Kenny is underway at the Aurizon Pring Depot after a crappy situation with toilets and sewerage on locomotives injured two workers.

Aurizon targets net zero operational emissions by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Aurizon targets net zero operations by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Aurizon releases Climate Strategy and Action Plan

Aurizon today released its inaugural Climate Strategy and Action Plan.

Aurizon prevails in Wiggins Island appeal case

The Queensland Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a group of miners over charges imposed by Aurizon for upgrades of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal at the Port of Gladstone.

Australian High Speed Rail

33 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Connecting Australia’s cities and regions by rail

Infrastructure investment approaches and international lessons are on the agenda for the videoconference public hearing on Monday, 14 September for the inquiry into 

Fast rail and high speed rail solve different issues for Australia's regions

At the hearings of the parliamentary inquiry into financing of faster rail in June, Bob Bennett, co-convener of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, spoke of the "chilling effect" that the possibility of high speed rail has had, over years, on more modest upgrade proposals.

Financing faster rail networks

The federal government is mulling a value capture tax to recoup the costs of its ambitious program to build faster rail connections along the eastern seaboard.

Fast train worth another look

I basically support C Williams' call for a national high-speed rail network (Letters, June 1), despite a report from the Grattan Institute which concludes that such a network would not be cost effective.

Bus Transport News

626 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
EVM to Offer PSVAR Conversions on Tourismo's

EVM are offering PSVAR conversions on Mercedes-Benz Mk1 Tourismo coaches

New Air-con Equipment Provides Extra Protection to London Bus Drivers From Covid-19

A Birmingham manufacturing specialist has helped to further protect London bus drivers against Covid-19 after developing a new way of pushing air around their cabs.

Milan Orders Another 100 Urbino 12 Electric Buses

The Milanese operator ATM has decided to commission another 100 12 meter zero emission electric buses from Solaris, following a framework contract signed last year.

Pulham's Boosts Home-to-School Contracts With PSVAR Compliant Plaxton Leopard

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has announced that it has delivered a wheelchair-accessible Plaxton Leopard coach to Pulham’s Coaches of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

17 More Metrodecker EV's for GoAhead London

Optare have announced that GoAhead London have placed an order for 17 Metrodecker EV’s for route 200 in London.

Canada

766 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Transport Canada revises rules on worker fatigue in the rail industry

The federal agency announced Wednesday that the Duty/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees have been updated to better reflect the latest science on fatigue management.

TCI Fund Management seeks climate action from CP and CN

CN (NYSE: CNI) and Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) shareholder TCI Fund Management Ltd, has asked both railways to lay out climate action plans at their annual general meetings in 2021.

Canadian Pacific gets early Christmas present from Maersk

Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) will see the first vessel from vessel operator Maersk arriving into the Port of Vancouver in the first week of December instead of the original timeline of March 2021, a CP executive said Tuesday.

Virtual trade mission to Canada

With the lockdown continuing, and international travel difficult, the Railway Industry Association and the UK’s Department for International Trade are partnering to launch their first ever joint virtual UK rail trade mission, to Canada.

‘Railroading’ a town: The people of Milton versus CN Rail

A 20-year fight between CN Rail and the people of Milton, Ont.

Cityrail News

795 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Man in court over sexual act on train – Strathfield

A man will appear in court next month after being charged over allegedly performing a sexual act on a train near Strathfield earlier this week.

Sydney’s most famous voice: The woman behind Sydney Trains announcements

Every day, from dawn to way past dusk, more than a million Australians listen intently to what Taylor Owynns has to say.

Social Media Clout Chasers Blamed for Spike in NSW Train Incidents

People chasing ‘likes’ on social media post are being blamed for a spike in train incidents in New South Wales, the state’s transport minister has said.

Build trains in NSW Labor says

The words from our Premier were so shocking - I couldn't believe my ears.

AI cameras to detect violence on Sydney trains

Software trial emerges from innovation challenge.

Coronavirus Transport News

346 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Post-Pandemic Travel – the Things You Need to Know

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted almost every area of life – from the way we work to the way we shop, our daily routines are certainly looking very different from just a few months ago.

Useful Network Part 69: The temporary COVID tram change we should have kept

This is fruit so low it couldn't hang any lower.

Hull Trains to temporarily suspend all train services for second time in 2020

Following the announcement by the UK government regarding a second lockdown in England as a result of a severe increase in coronavirus cases, Hull Trains has announced that it will be temporarily suspending all of its train services for a second time in 2020 from 00:01 on 5 November 2020.

Call for EU freight transport crisis contingency plan

The Council of the EU, which brings together national ministers from each member state, has called on the European Commission to draw up ‘swiftly’ a pandemic and major crisis contingency plan for the freight sector.

How the rail industry is driving a post-COVID economy

by Mark Campbell, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Europe

5736 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
First hydrogen trains to arrive in Italy as trial announced in Germany

Global rail manufacturer Alstom has signed an agreement with Italian rail operator Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) to deliver the first hydrogen-powered trains to Italy.

Eurostar pleads for government support as Covid-19 threatens its future

Eurostar is currently operating a single train per day between London and Paris, and London – Brussels – Amsterdam.

French – German regional cross-border services tendered

The tender was released by Région Grand Est, France, South Rhineland-Palatinate Regional Rail Authority (ZSPNV-Süd) and North Rhineland-Palatinate Regional Rail Authority (ZSPNV-Nord), Germany, in association with the public transport authorities in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and Baden-Württemberg.

Northrail orders locomotives to help operators modernise fleets

Paribus Group’s rail leasing business Northrail has placed a firm order for a further three Siemens Moblity Smartron electric locomotives.

Berlin to establish rolling stock company

The Berlin Senate has decided to establish a rolling stock agency to procure and lease vehicles for use on local rail services.

Gunzelling Reports

1203 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/11/2020

There were 75 sightings for this week; This is 10 sightings less than last week.

Original Jumbo Coil Containers and Infront Models

Earlier this week I shot a PQGY with a pair of original jumbo coil containers.

SCF and McColls Milk ISO Tankers

SCF have put up a cool video on their food grade ISO tanks which are used by McColls for moving milk product interstate.

Toll 48+ Reefers

From what I can tell, these massive 48'11 reefers normally grace the rails between Adelaide and Darwin.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/11/2020

There were 85 sightings for this week; This is 6 sightings more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

440 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Construction begins on Narrabri to North Star leg of Inland Rail

The first sod on phase one of the Narrabri to the North Star section of Inland Rail was turned on Friday, November 27 in the north-western NSW town of Moree.

Inland Rail works to start late 2021, community information sessions this week

The first Inland Rail works around Forbes could go out to tender within 12 months.

Inland Rail breaks ground on Narrabri to North Star

Progress on the Australian Government Inland Rail project continues, with the second section of the 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight line between Narrabri and North Star (N2NS) now under construction.

Inland Rail Senate Inquiry chairman meets with rail group over concerns

After they were unable to secure a meeting yesterday with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, landholders were able to express their concerns to the chair of the Senate Inquiry into Inland Rail.

International Rail News

5490 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
The "Future Train" adopts smart technologies and sustainability

The marathon of innovation and creativity continues between producers and manufacturers in the world and specialists in the transportation sectors of all kinds, including trains and the adoption of smart technologies in future trains, as manufacturers focus on smart and environmentally friendly technologies.

Pandrol’s AutoSeal eliminates the need for manual sealing when welding rails

Pandrol says up to 5 min per rail weld can be saved through the use of its newly-launched AutoSeal mould, which has a built-in insulation joint that expands during pre-heating to create a tight seal and eliminate the need for manual completion.

European policy: Fostering a positive safety culture

Learning from the experience of other high-risk industries, the EU Agency for Railways has developed a Safety Culture Model to support the embedding of safe practices within the European rail sector, as Programme Manager Grégory Rolina explains to Nick Kingsley.

In The News | 16th November 2020 | Latest Rail News

the latest rail news on Monday, 16th November

In The News | 13th November 2020 | Latest Rail News

The latest rail news on Friday, 13th November 2020

Letters to the Editor

315 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
The future of the office in the work from home era

In these troubled times, there is one constant and that is whenever new offices are planned, or transport upgrades announced, a chorus of voices will cry out together that it’s not needed any more.

Unique Virtual Events for Bloggers and Journalists in November

Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of what’s happening in the blog world.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging and How to Avoid Them

Being a serial writer is a demanding and mysterious craft.

Media Insider: Google to Pay Publishers $1B, Senator Introduces Bill to Help Local News, Bloomberg Creates Wealth Vertical

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

Putting out an A.P.B. (Archives Photo Bulletin!)

Perusing the above list, it's a checklist of things people don't photograph.

Model Railways

1979 stories | Newest story posted 32 minutes ago
The Perils of Programming (a TSU2 Steam Decoder Story)

While the title of this post may remind you of that 

SMA37 Simple DCC Connections for Wide Decoder Adaptation

This article describes a small, simple interface to convert DCC signals allowing a wide variety of Arduinos, PICS, Raspberry Pi’s or other processors, to utilize a native DCC signal straight from your layout bus.

Testing paint pens

Last week Roger Kujawa posted (https://model-railroad-hobbyist.

Day of the Extras

Two Ringling Brothers "Extras" trains (all are Micro-Trains cars except for a couple of Atlas and Aksarben cars) are shown traveling from the southwest (Tulsa) eastbound to Union Station.

Eight Simple Rules for Designing My Layout

The following are the guidelines that I have been using to design my Lynnsport & Eastern layout.

Narrow Gauge

121 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Restoring a Devore kit, Part 2

Only the older readers of this blog will have personal memory of the kit line from Devore, which were cast metal kits of various kinds.

Miniature delight: Mudgee Miniature Trains' first appearance since March

In their first outing since March, Mudgee Miniature Railway had a fully booked-out event on Sunday, August 16.

Cane train crashes into harvester in Ingham

Wilmar Sugar has released shocking new footage of a crash between a cane train and a harvester as frustrations rise over the number of incidents in milling regions this season so far.

Behind Closed Doors…

Whilst the restrictions around COVID-19 mean we aren’t currently able to open to the public, behind the scenes Puffing Billy’s workshops are a hive of activity, so an update seems timely.

Ride on one of London’s minature steam trains

We all love a steam train and dotted around London are a number of miniature steam railways to ride on.

New South Wales Rail News

4167 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Rail strike axes train services on South Coast line

Transport for NSW is expecting all Friday peak hour services on the South Coast line to be running to the timetable.

Major shutdown for Sydney Harbour Bridge rail

No trains will run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the first 10 days of January 2021 because of maintenance work.

Australian coal flotilla stuck off the Chinese coast tops 80 ships

The Australian coal flotilla stuck off the Chinese coast has swollen to more than 80 ships carrying blacklisted cargo worth more than $1.

NSW rail strike

NSW commuters on the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle and South Coast train lines have been disrupted due to a rail strike.

Live: NSW Now: InterCity rail strike ends but delays still expected until afternoon

A strike over safety conditions on InterCity trains ends after Transport for NSW cancels testing of the 55 new trains, while an iconic painting by Brett Whiteley becomes the highest value Australian artwork ever sold at auction.

New Zealand Rail News

469 stories | Newest story posted last month
Link Alliance awarded two Auckland City Rail Link packages

Package 5 includes the construction of two grade-separated junctions and 2km of new track, to be constructed while maintaining traffic on the North Auckland Line.

TBM Is Delivered for $2.8B New Zealand Rail Project

A Chinese-built earth pressure balance tunnel boring machine recently arrived in New Zealand, destined for Auckland’s City Rail Link project.

Auckland rail disruption: Noisy grinder machine annoys locals with midnight work

A noisy grinder machine repairing Auckland’s railway tracks overnight is annoying residents.

Auckland awards P2P electrification contract

KiwiRail has awarded the eTRACS joint venture of John Holland and McConnell Dowell an early contractor involvement contract to develop the southern extension of Auckland’s suburban electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe.

Parties set out election transport plans for New Zealand

The New Zealand Green Party has set out its plan for major investment in rail ahead of the New Zealand general election.

Northern Territory Rail News

221 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

With the worsening situation with regard to Covid 19 and South Australia The Ghan passenger train has been stopped at Alice Springs.

Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is constructing a new two-lane sealed road and a new 45 metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

The Northern Territory government has released a request for quotation for the development of a concept design for a rail passenger terminal as part of the Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub.

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

The Defence Department has ruled out building a rail line into the Tindal RAAF Base as part of its $1.

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

Train services across the NT were disrupted for four hours yesterday after two boys jumped from a moving train.

Opinion

110 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
First post – what’s this all about?

WELL, this is the first post to my blog!

'Work from home': Albanese delivers vision for regional Australia

Labor leader Anthony Albanese is calling for a dramatic boost to infrastructure, education and manufacturing to help regional Australia recover from an economic slump he is calling the "Morrison recession".

How to craft a B2B marketing strategy for 2021: A guide on getting the most value for marketing dollars

Many B2B companies are now developing their marketing strategy and considering how to invest their marketing budgets for 2021.

The future of media: partnerships, not real estate

Prime Creative Media offers this latest resource for B2B marketing professionals, looking at the future of advertising.

NASA Openly Admits Alien Life Exists: Get Ready for Disclosure

Most people ‘in the know’ realize that NASA is just part of the military industrial complex, but a recent open admission on mainstream news that “there are indications of alien life” is likely the beginning of a bid to get your undivided attention before full-forced disclosure ensues.

Other Transport News

983 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Thames Clipper service extending towards Barking Riverside

The new housing development currently being built at Barking Riverside is to be added to the Thames Clipper service next year, once a new riverside pier is constructed at the site.

Work on the design and optimisation of the electric and hybrid powertrains for a 16-tonne road sweeper

£500,000 innovation grant awarded to CFCM and Quattro Group from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for an electric road sweeper

Analysts applaud XPO’s resilience as third-quarter results impress

The transport and logistics titan posted third-quarter results that was a considerable improvement on various fronts from a difficult second quarter.

Pacific National News

48 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Fremantle port shuttle to move more freight via rail

A new port shuttle rail service between Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Terminal in Kewdale could take over 20,000 return truck trips off roads in Fremantle and Perth each year.

ACCC launches Pacific National High Court bid

The competition watchdog has asked for special leave to appear in the High Court to challenge Pacific National's $205 million acquisition of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal from rival Aurizon.

New construction and freight jobs for Western Sydney

Up to 80,000 truck trips will be taken off Sydney’s congested motorways each year, while 230 jobs will be created in Western Sydney, as part of a combined investment value of up to $100 million to shift freight off the city’s road network and onto rail.

Press Releases

243 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Special Heritage Train Tour from Southern Cross to Seymour, then travel to Mt Buller for a day in the snow or enjoy a Kelly Gang History Tour.

Qube Logistics

10 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

Qube has reported a net profit drop of over 50 per cent due to the impact of COVID-19, bushfires, and floods during the 2020 financial year.

Qube remains in a strong financial position

Despite the continued uncertainty and impact of Covid-19, Qube is in a strong financial position.

CONTAINERS AND GENERAL FREIGHT CRIMP QUBE OUTLOOK

Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts

QUBE BOOKS CHALMERS WIN BUT BRACES FOR UNCERTAINTY

Market clouds gather after first half but acquisition pays out early on land sale

Qube blames virus for weaker profits forecast

Qube Holdings chief executive Maurice James has scaled back growth forecasts amid uncertainty over how badly the coronavirus will disrupt imports to Australia as the logistics group reported a 16 per cent drop in interim profits to $51.

Queensland Rail News

2638 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Cross River Rail forges ahead with twin tunnel drills unveiled

The state government has shown off the drilling machines that will spearhead excavation of the two tunnels under Brisbane's heart for the Cross River Rail project next year.

Support for passenger services between Kuranda and Cairns gathers pace

The petition was started by Mercy Graham after she moved from Kuranda to Cairns for work due to the lack of public transport options.

Better market access hailed at Morven Rail Hub opening

The importance of the new rail hub at Morven to the economy of the small south west Queensland community belted by years of drought was emphasised at its official opening on Thursday.

Gold Coast light rail Stage 4: Planning continues on tram extension to airport

Planning continues on the light rail’s southern route as it is named one of the major projects set to lift the Gold Coast out of the COVID-19 downturn.

Toonpan bush fire burning near highway closes rail network

A grass fire burning between a rail line and busy highway has forced trains to stop

Rail Events

626 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
In case you missed it – European Silk Road Summit 2020

The European Silk Road Summit has been concluded and was a great success.

We’re Exhibiting at the WTCE 2021 in Hamburg!

Note to Self – Meet with Korita Aviation at WTCE 2021!

European Silk Road Summit 2020 – this is the live blog DAY II

Today is the second day of the European Silk Road Summit 2020.

ARTC APPOINTS KYLIE GALLASCH AS NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has announced the appointment of Kylie Gallasch as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Local social events to be held as part of AusRAIL Live & On Demand

Four social events will be held in conjunction with AusRAIL in Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney.

Rail News

4306 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Less is More! WIP

Weekend WIP!

The technology rail operators need now to future-proof their networks

The past year has made it only too clear that rail operators and authorities need to adapt quickly and flexibly to respond to service disruptions.

Automatic Success with Automatic Inspections. Keep Moving to Succeed

Automated inspection of rolling stock dramatically improves maintenance workflows.

Early costings on infrastructure projects leading to inaccuracy: Grattan report

Governments and project authorities need to improve costings on transport infrastructure, and megaprojects in particular, a new report highlights.

New rail system for Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam is about to see an upgrade in its rail system.

Rail Travel

347 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Bad Marketing = Bad Results

Ask any professional advertising or marketing person what is the single most effective and least expensive form of advertising and I’ll bet the answer will be, “Word of Mouth.

What the Hell is the Matter with Us?

I was going through a lot of my photographs yesterday—photos I’ve taken in my travels—and I came across this one.

Another Book Project

I’m really fed up with this damn pandemic!

First Frequency, now Capacity?

I’ll wager that a year or two from now, an objective analysis will show that what Amtrak is doing with the long-distance trains during this pandemic might possibly have made their bottom line look better, but would also have come at the expense of literally millions of Americans who live in less populated areas outside of the Northeast Corridor.

Induced travel: how quickly do people adapt?

INDUCED travel due to changes in the transport network is a well-known phenomenon.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway History

136 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Egypt's railways ... a long history and successive achievements

Egypt is the second country in the world after England, which introduced the railways to its land, and the Egyptian railways are the first lines to be built in Africa and the Middle East, as their construction began in the fifties of the nineteenth century, specifically on July 12, 1851, and began operating in 1854.

NSW 85 CLASS

Builder - Comeng, Granville

The Forest of Dean – Milkwall Tramway at Dark Hill

In early September 2020, while staying in Bream in the Forest of Dean we walked around the Titanic Steel Works and the Dark Hill Ironworks of father and son David and Robert Mushet.

1992, A Watershed Year, For Many

1992 was also a watershed year for Kathryn M.

Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters: Pioneers in Civil Rights Movement

Two members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters carry luggage from a sleeping car in this 1946 photo.

Railway Preservation

781 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
George is out and about

The most interesting thing in the last couple of weeks is surely C501 alias "Big Gorge" or more correctly, George Brown, is out on the network working for his keep.

Auction of LNER Namplates Raises £41,000 for Charity

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) nameplates have raised £41,000 for charity, after famous names from the iconic Class 43 Intercity High Speed Train (HST) fleet attracted interest from around the world at an online auction.

5910 - Cowan bank - November 1995

This month twenty five years ago on Sunday November 5th, 1995, I recorded 5910 hauling an end platform set up Cowan bank from a vantage point known as the "Grandstand".

Inaugural Golden West Rail Tour makes overnight stop in Kandos

For the first time in a good while, a train arrived at Kandos station and passengers stepped onto the platform at the small town, last Saturday afternoon.

Steam locomotive 45562 Alberta to pass through Settle this Thursday

45562 Alberta will be on the mainline this Thursday, 29th September 2020, as it hauls a special railtour.

Railway Publications

190 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Book review – Germany’s Railways: 30 years after reunification

The book documents how the network has changed and adapted in the past 30 years, and includes more than 130 images, some of which have never been published before.

Third edition of RailDirector being sent out this week

The third edition of RailDirector is heading to 2,000 rail industry leaders and subscribers this week, featuring stories of resilience and optimism as the rail industry faces up to the challenges of COVID-19.

Film: The railway at war – 1914-1918

In 1919, a special service commemorated the railway workers who had served and lost their lives during the First World War.

What to look for in a quality database in B2B Marketing

Not every database is created equal in B2B marketing.

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Travelling on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide - A Trip Report

Arrived as Southern Cross station at 0700, the ticket and website said to be there at least one hour before departure.

Why can’t normal train services run on snow and ice?

Preparing for winter is a crucial task at Network Rail.

Russian Rail News

156 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Transmashholding delivers new passenger fleets

The coaches will be used to operate services on Sakhalin island, and offer improvements to accessibility including an exterior lifting device.

Russia set to move on €15bn rail plan

The Russian government is eyeing a plan for a RUB1.

Russian Railways open information and training centre in Belgrade

As of 10 November, a Russian Railways information and training centre will operate in the Serbian Railways Head Office at Belgrade.

Railgo to test tank wagons

Rolling stock owner Railgo has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type 15-9993 tank wagons for transporting petroleum products, which it will use to assess the design’s operational advantages before taking a decision on future purchases.

What Investors Want to Know: Russian Freight Rail Transportation During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic represents a significant challenge to the global economy and the Russian transportation sector.

South Australian Rail News

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New details show how Adelaide’s new train operator will get rewarded and penalised

New train operators will get a cash bonus, on top of a lucrative $2.

Works paused on SA rail infrastructure projects

During South Australia’s six-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown, work on rail infrastructure projects will come to a halt.

New details show how Adelaide’s new train operator will get rewarded and penalised

More details have emerged about how Adelaide’s trains will be judged — and who will pay when the system doesn’t run smoothly.

‘Less than half’ of public train workers interested in working for Keolis Downer

Less than half of the 450 train workers Keolis Downer hopes to employ from the public sector have expressed an interest in working for the company, the rail union says.

Rail workers accept smaller 2 per cent pay rise, ending standoff

South Australian train drivers and other rail staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the a pay increase of 2 per cent per annum over the next three years.

Tasmanian Rail News

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ITas to deliver $5 billion infrastructure program

The Tasmanian Government is launching a $5 billion intergenerational infrastructure program to be overseen by Infrastructure Tasmania (ITas), with an additional $7.

Passenger rail would put young people on right track

The Liberal Government’s lack of any progress on its promised passenger rail service for Hobart’s northern suburbs is letting down locals, particularly young people.

'Shame to demolish it': Bridgewater Bridge still facing troubled waters

The prominent 1940s lifting span on the Bridgewater Bridge north of Hobart will be no more if a new $570m design is adopted, but while some are keen for a sleek modern gateway to Hobart, others wants to see the bridge's heritage saved.

Tasmanian Transport Museum's M class steam train chugs towards former 'glory

Steam train enthusiasts are crazy about the M class locomotive, but when the machines arrived in Tasmania 70 years ago, no-one wanted to drive them.

'It will be appealed': North East Rail Trail dispute far from over

A group opposed to the North East Rail Trail has vowed to appeal the project should it be approved by Dorset and the City of Launceston councils, arguing against the removal and sale of rail infrastructure.

Technology News

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A Different Approach to Utilizing Rail Data

Condition data of rail assets already exists but often is not fully utilised or not utilised at all.

Experts in Advanced Reliable Electrical Connections

Technical Experts for Advanced Reliable Electrical Connections Low-carbon journeys on public transportation, high-voltage power supplies, data collection to increase safe operations and radio systems to improve train performance guide the technology innovations in railway.

GEOWEB® Geocells Strengthen Soft Subgrades for Heavy Loads at Port Facilities

Presto Geosystems GEOWEB® 3D Soil Confinement System stabilises soft subgrade and reduces cross-section for heavy loads at port facility.

Get to Know Our Container Product Range – Korita Aviation

Airlines & Rail Industry Partners, How Well Do You Know Our Container Family?

Network Rail Grants Full Acceptance for CableGuardian®

Network Rail Grants Full Product Acceptance for CableGuardian

Train Simulator News

74 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

Train Simulator 2021 has now arrived on PC with a new collection of routes, improved Steam Workshop feature and a Deluxe Edition that includes a brand-new experience with the West Coast Main Line South.

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

Welcome to the primary metropolitan transportation choice for New Yorker's besides walking, the subway!

Train Sim World 2 arriving at platform PlayStation tomorrow

Become a driver on the London Underground, take control of high-speed services in Germany, and haul freight across an epic US mountain range.

REVIEW: Rivet Games’ Engadin Line for Train Simulator

Rivet Games has released their Engadin Line add on for Train Simulator, and have very kindly sent RailAdvent a copy to review.

You can drive a Bakerloo line train with Train Sim World 2

A train driver simulator is about to be upgraded and will include the Bakerloo line so you can pretend to be a tube train driver at home.

Tram and Light Rail News

1895 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Bologna opens Marconi Airport peoplemover

The line has a single elevated guideway with a passing loop in Lazzaretto, near the control centre and a maintenance depot.

Keolis JV to operate Jiaxing light rail network

Shanghai Keolis, a joint venture between Shanghai Shentong Metro Group (51%) and Keolis (49%), will form a new joint venture called Shenjia with the authority to operate the catenary-free network, which will serve Jiaxing’s 4.

NSW opposition says world’s slowest and most expensive light rail project ‘just got worse’

Sydney’s light rail has been slammed as the ‘slowest and most expensive’ in the world after new figures about its cost were revealed.

Nobbys could be 'important, central point' of Gold Coast light rail, but what of its chilled vibe?

Nobbys' "pretty chilled vibe" acts as an important counterbalance to other Gold Coast precincts, one local says, but that could change in 2024 when light rail arrives.

UK

4951 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
West Midlands Trains and Porterbrook Partner to Improve Reliability

West Midlands Trains (WMT) and Porterbrook have signed an agreement to reduce costs and improve the reliability of the train operator’s Class 172 fleet.

UK rail sector facing extreme skills shortage, industry body says

With huge projects under way including Crossrail and High Speed 2 (HS2), alongside the reveal of the National Infrastructure Strategy later this week, the shortage could have significant impacts on the industry when it needs skilled employees the most.

Reconnecting railways communities awarded funding to restore Beeching rail links and forgotten stations

Towns and villages across England, which were left isolated when their railways were closed, are one step closer to having their connections restored and transformed.

Students travelling home for Christmas have change of journey fees waived

The Department for Transport has announced that change of journey fees for students travelling home for Christmas will be waived.

GTR launches Sector-based Work Academy Programme

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) launched its first ever Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) with East Sussex College this month, despite the onset of a second national lockdown.

USA

4678 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Bridge collapses, train derails in Indiana County, Pa

A train has derailed and a bridge has collapsed in Indiana County, Pa.

Agreement reached in Maryland’s Purple Line project

Operations for the Purple Line project in Maryland will soon be back to normal.

Class I railroads grapple with COVID-19 as unions seek safety assurances

With coronavirus cases rising sharply in the U.

Amtrak accelerates infrastructure work amid pandemic losses

Amtrak has used the coronavirus-induced collapse in demand for travel to push ahead with a number of infrastructure and investment projects, despite posting a loss of $801m for the financial year to September 30.

Victorian Rail News

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Treasurer couples himself to electric trains to Wyndham Vale within a decade

Electric trains will run to Wyndham Vale within five to 10 years, Treasurer Tim Pallas has confirmed amid fears the desperately needed rail upgrade for the booming west had been put on the backburner.

Why making public transport free would ’cause more problems than it solves’

The Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee has recommended extending Melbourne’s free tram zone to help boost tourism in the city’s COVID-19 recovery.

Signal passed at danger (SPAD) by passenger train TD8239, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, on 23 November 2020

The ATSB is investigating a Signal Passed at Danger (SPAD) by passenger train TD8239, at Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, on 23 November 2020.

Daniel Andrews cuts IBAC funding to hide from scrutiny

The Andrews Labor Government has disgracefully cut funding to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and Parliamentary Committees in today’s State Budget.

Big Build boost but service starved in expansive state budget

The last fortnight has felt like a mini election campaign with all major political groupings releasing spending plans.

Western Australian Rail News

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Rail maintenance work done in time for grain harvest

A 15km stretch of rail used to cart grain from the eastern Wheatbelt to Perth has had a $6 million upgrade just in time for harvest — with crews saving both a duckling and turtle in the process.

4 kilometres of track laid on Forrestfield-Airport Link

Work is rapidly progressing on the preparation of the Forrestfield-Airport Link to run trains by late 2021.

WA's deadliest train crash remembered 100 years on

A small rural community in Western Australia pauses to mark the 100th anniversary of the state's deadliest train crash, which killed nine people and injured two.

Perth's south unites in push for Murdoch-Fremantle rail link

Councils in Perth's south have united in a push to bring a trackless tram or light rail line to South Street connecting the Murdoch and Fremantle train stations.

$700 million METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line contract awarded

The highly anticipated $700 million main construction contract for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line has been awarded.

Yarra Trams

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Heavy rain forecast - Saturday 24 October

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted heavy rainfall Saturday 24 October.

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