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ACT

20 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Federal inquiry probes Stage 2 of light rail to Woden

The extension of light rail to Woden through the Parliamentary Triangle will face the extra scrutiny of a federal inquiry.

Geelong Cats fans unhappy with VLine over lack of direct MCG-Geelong service

Unhappy Cats fans have blasted V/Line and the State Government over the absence of “footy express” services between Geelong and the MCG yesterday.

Hydrogen fuel cell trains herald new steam age

Pollution concerns are prompting rail chiefs to convert 30-year-old trains to fuel-cell technology that gives off only water

A 19th century rail system

With the Budget due to be handed down on Tuesday, I noticed that there is nothing for transport infrastructure in the Sydney/Canberra rail corridor.

New suburb could heighten risk of flooding on light rail route

A new suburb planned for Canberra's north could heighten the risk of flooding along a section of Canberra's light rail route that was inundated during a one-in-100-year weather event earlier this year.

Africa

71 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Investor to provide $10bn for Nigeria speed rail projects

A United States-based investor, Ameri Metro Incorporation, on Monday declared its readiness to provide $10bn for the construction of speed rails in Nigeria.

Lagos – Kano standard gauge contract signed

China Civil Engineering Construction Corp is to complete the long-planned 1 435 mm gauge railway linking Lagos and Kano, under a U$6·68bn contract signed in Abuja on May 15.

By Coradia to Batna

National operator SNTF has introduced a direct passenger service between Alger and the eastern part of the High Plateau line, with the launch of a daily Alger – M’Sila – Batna round trip.

Ethiopia’s promised riches of a railway boom turn to dust

They promised us we would get jobs there,” says Tadele, nodding at the grand, almost baroque edifice at the bottom of the hill.

Arabian Rail News

14 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Etihad Rail awards Stage 2/3 consultancy contract

Etihad Rail has selected Egis to provide project management consultancy services for the ongoing development of the country’s rail network and connections to neighbouring GCC states.

Saudi high-speed rail line to start operating in September

Railway linking Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia has been plagued by delays

Private sector to operate Cairo-Alexandria railway line

Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) will allow the private sector to operate the Cairo-Alexandria railway line after modernizing the line’s signaling and updating it to an electronic system, according to Chairman of the Railways Authority Sayed Salem.

Haramain High Speed Rail may open in August

August 31 has been suggested as the new target date for the start of commercial services on the Haramain high speed line between Makkah and Madinah.

Settler rail line to Israel latest land grab

Israel's development plans are booming in the Salfit district.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 10 months ago
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.

Irwin to leave Pacific National

Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.

Asian Rail News

662 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Graphene supercapacitor DMU fleet takes shape

The first of 13 Class 61 inter-regional diesel multiple-units for services along Malaysia’s east coast corridor has been largely completed at CRRC Zhuzhou’s plant in China.

MTR goes with flow over Express Rail signal glitch

An MTR Corp official yesterday admitted that water seepage cannot be 100 percent prevented as he explained why the signaling system on the Express Rail line was affected on Friday.

Hong Kong high-speed rail link hit by another setback as water leaks into signalling system

MTR Corporation admits it is unable to fully prevent failure that caused problem in Mai Po tunnel

High speed line tunnel breakthrough in China

Boring on the Qifengshan tunnel was completed on May 16.

Water leak disrupts express rail signal

The MTR suspended tests on the express rail last Friday after a signalling problem caused by water leakage, the rail company admitted yesterday.

Aurizon

164 stories | Newest story posted last month
Rail giant ramps up recruitment in Mackay

AS ACTIVITY in the mining sector ramps up, Aurizon have increased their intake of graduates across Central Queensland.

New wagons delivered to Aurizon

Bulk operator Aurizon says the arrival of a new batch of wagons at the Port of Newcastle represents the continuing growth of the Hunter Valley’s coal industry.

Aurizon claims Mackay jobs at risk if sale blocked

AURIZON has threatened 35 Mackay jobs and 350 across Queensland will be lost if the part sale of the company is blocked after the Australian competition watchdog raised concerns about the proposed takeover.

ACCC Stymies Aurizon Rail Sale

Trouble for rail group Aurizon’s planned sale of its Queensland intermodal business with the competition regulator revealing severe reservations about the plan to sell it to Pacific National.

Drivers stuck at rail crossing for over an hour

The bars were down, the bells were ringing and the lights were flashing, but there was no train in sight for over an hour at the Ross Avenue rail crossing Friday morning.

Bus Transport News

21 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Go North East honours Fifth Fusiliers

To mark the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers’ 50th anniversary, Go North East has branded a commemorative bus.

Go Ahead Trading Update

The Go-Ahead Group plc has announced its trading update for the period from 31 December 2017 to 23 May 2018.

London bus routes speed assessment

London's slowest bus revealed: Number 15 from Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square crawls at 4.

ADL Enviro400's for Southern Transit

Southern Transit, a unique transport business based in West Sussex and famed for its diverse mix of iconic and new-generation vehicles, has taken a giant step into the future with the introduction of two state-of-the-art Enviro400 City buses from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).

Stagecoach Takes Over Cheltenham Park & Ride

Stagecoach West has invested £1million in vehicles for the Cheltenham Park & Ride service.

Canada

56 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
NSC lands CN grain hopper order

CN is buying new 55-foot, 8-inch jumbo hopper cars with 5,431 cubic feet of capacity.

Group pulls out of Hudson Bay talks

iChurchill halted talks on a potential deal which would also have included the Port of Churchill and associated assets, citing the government of Canada’s “unwillingness to engage in meaningful dialogue.

Rail advocates calling for province to restore passenger train service in the northeast

Northeastern Ontario Rail Network holding "Rally for Rail" town halls

Company pulls out of running to take over damaged northern Manitoba rail line

Churchill accuses the federal government of not taking its bid seriously and of focusing on a competing bid that includes many of the communities in the region

CN Rail to buy hundreds of grain cars as new transportation bill becomes law

Canadian National Railway is preparing to purchase hundreds of new grain hopper cars to get shipments moving after a bill that encourages railways to make investments to avert service disruptions became law Wednesday.

Cityrail News

590 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Passenger crowding on Sydney trains worsens as demand soars

Crowding on Sydney's trains has worsened significantly in just a year, new figures show, frustrating passengers and placing greater pressure on an aged rail network struggling to cope with a booming population.

Sydney train user allegedly filmed up skirts with his smart phone

HITTING Sydney’s bustling train stations at peak hour can be an overwhelming experience at the best of times, but one man is alleged to have taken advantage of the situation using a creepy “upskirting” technique.

Overcrowded trains to be a thing of the past

Commuters frustrated by overcrowded trains would be able to find out whether they could secure a seat before boarding their train, following the launch of a new app.

Sydney Trains struggling to keep train drivers

The state's passenger rail operators are struggling to retain train drivers, undermining efforts to hire significantly more of them to avoid a repeat of widespread disruptions to services early this year.

Teenagers caught breaking into guards’ cabin in Sydney

Brazen teenagers have filmed themselves breaking into guards’ compartments and dangerously playing chicken with moving trains on the Sydney Train network.

Europe

607 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Operators oppose long-distance concession plans

[color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Regional operator BLS is contesting the plans announced in April by the Federal Office for Transport (BAV) for the 10-year concession to run long-distance passenger services from December 2019.

Beskyd tunnel completed

Celebrations on May 24 marked the formal completion of the Beskyd tunnel construction project, enabling the first revenue-earning trains to pass through it the following day.

Intermodal connectivity in the Western Balkans

As in most other regions, trucks reign supreme on freight transport across the Western Balkans, a region that encompasses six countries including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

Wunderline looks beyond replacement of the Friesen Bridge

Irreparable damage caused to the Friesen Bridge over the River Ems when it was hit by a freight ship in in December 2015 has disrupted the EU-backed Wunderline project’s ambitions to boost traffic on the regional railway corridor running east from Groningen in the northern Netherlands to Leer, Oldenburg and Bremen in northwest Germany.

Lehrte MegaHub construction launched

Work to build the automated MegaHub intermodal terminal at Lehrte, about 20 km east of Hannover, was formally launched on May 15.

Gunzelling Reports

692 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/5/2018

There were 95 sightings for this week; This is 6 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/5/2018

There were 101 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/5/2018

There were 98 sightings for this week; This is 1 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/4/2018

There were 97 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/4/2018

There were 95 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less that last week.

Inland Rail Project

146 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Farmers urged to come to the party on access inland rail

A seachange on the approach to talks over the inland rail route has seen NSW Farmers agree to a new template over access to farms for the project.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio admits to funding alternative Inland Rail route design

TOOWOOMBA Mayor Paul Antonio is fighting an allegation of misconduct over his dealings with the Inland Rail project.

Parkes businesses invited to watch live stream of Inland Rail briefings

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is undertaking its next phase of industry engagement for the Inland Rail project with city-based industry briefing sessions planned this month.

Goondiwindi, Yelarbon, Inglewood to have say on Inland Rail

Goondiwindi, Inglewood and Yelarbon residents will soon be able to have their say about the Inland Rail and the route it takes from NSW into Queensland.

Australian Rail Track Corporation live streaming industry briefing sessions for private sector opportunity on Inland Rail projec

The Australian Rail Track Corporation is undertaking its next phase of industry engagement for the Inland Rail with three city-based industry briefing sessions live streamed to allow locals to be part of the process.

International Rail News

4612 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Transmashholding and Hitachi form joint venture

Transmashholding and Hitachi signed an agreement on May 21 to form a joint venture to manufacture traction inverters for the CIS market.

University alliance to promote high speed rail

The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed rail.

Trains whistling in english

In honor of the elegant locomotive "Cockerill 503", named after the British-Belgian industrialist John Cockerill, the Fond-de-Gras puts on an event with a British and Irish touch.

Volgograd airport rail link opens

Passenger services on the Volgograd airport rail link began on May 18, following an inauguration ceremony the previous day

Freight trains return to Bogotá

Commercial freight trains resumed operation on two sections of the country’s Red Férrea de Atlantico on May 8, following an extensive state-funded rehabilitation programme.

Letters to the Editor

187 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
National standard required for rail

Having encouraged the Commonwealth to focus attention on improving rail links to regional cities around our state capitals rather than on inter-capital links, as has been the focus to date, I can only applaud the allocation of funding for business case development for Sydney – Newcastle (not Canberra as you state), Melbourne to Greater Shepparton and Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.

Another Brick in the Wall

Now and again when I'm browsing through the Great Rail Journeys brochure one particular trip stands out, and I've always liked the thought of their Grand Imperial Cities holiday, visiting come of the capitals of Europe.

Taking our cities back from the private car

We live in a world undergoing rapid urbanisation.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

We were planning to bring our young granddaughter to stay and were fortunate to see an advertisement for an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum which we could visit while we were there to fetch her.

Better Bus Services in Lincoln

An intending passenger consults the large information screen to discover from which bay her bus departs.

Model Railways

39 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Nineteen

Our new model of bowsider 19 is ready to join the fleet.

Van Rails

I've been adding the final details to the WHHR ex-VoR brake van, such as the couplings, air brake pipes and grab rails.

It's All In The Detail

Himself and I spent an enjoyable afternoon at one of those typical small, local shows at the weekend - in this case the Kyle MRC event in Troon.

Killing Time

I had a odd situation this week where I had an evening with an opportunity to spend a couple of hours doing modelling, but no obvious project to be getting on with.

Name Board

Himself is slowly working through the list of things to make Bron Hebog look more like it's 'finished' for taking it to Bressingham.

Narrow Gauge

65 stories | Newest story posted last month
Heidi the steam train in big need of donations

Katanning Miniature Railway Club’s steam locomotive Heidi is in need of a new boiler, and the club is calling on the community to help put Heidi back together again.

NG/G News For Febuary

Over the past few months, we have been progressing a lot of different tasks, in order to keep the project moving along at a good pace:

Rising From The Mud

The more eagle-eyed reader of Puffing Billy's in-house magazine, 'Narrow Gauge', might have noticed a dramatically photo-shopped representation of Belgrave yard plateau lurking in the centre spread of last September's edition.

It's All backwards, What's With That?

The discovery of a broken side control spring on G42's hind engine unit was soon followed by the dawning realisation that with the engine facing the 'Down' direction - towards Gembrook, as all our engines do - the workshop wasn't long enough to get the pony truck in question over the drop-pit in the workshop.

Carriage Project Part I - Calculations & Concepts

I think it’s safe to say we can skip the why’s and wherefores’!

New South Wales Rail News

2938 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Wollongong training centre inaugurated

The Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure at the University of Wollongong was officially opened by federal Minister for Education & Training Simon Birmingham on May 23.

Awards for innovation

THE sun continues to shine down on Byron Bay's world first solar train with the project recognised at the 60th annual Good Design Awards in Sydney.

Goulburn Roundhouse turns 100

The big event this weekend is the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway to Mt Victoria.

Mount Victoria celebrates 150 years of rail

This weekend will mark 150 years since railroads reached the then colonial township of Mount Victoria, in what was one of the most significant engineering and infrastructural feats seen in NSW.

Reinstating the Great Northern Railway between Armidale and Tenterfield could cost almost half a billion dollars

REINSTATING the Great Northern Railway between Armidale and Tenterfield would have a ‘highly negative return’, an independent report shows.

New Zealand Rail News

286 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Hutt Line’s aging overhead wires to be replaced

KiwiRail has signed a $49 million contract with JV Rail (a partnership between Fulton Hogan and John Holland Australia) to replace the overhead line system that supplies power to Metlink trains on Wellington’s Hutt Line, which sees five million commuter journeys every year.

The Limitations of Rail Freight

The Government has been talking about getting freight off the country’s roads and onto alternative sea freight and particularly rail freight.

Opihi River rail bridge $5m upgrade on track

A $5 million upgrade of the rail bridge across the Opihi River near Temuka is on track for completion by October.

NZ Super bids to build Auckland light rail network

New Zealand Super — an Auckland-based sovereign wealth fund and advocate for long-term approaches to investing — is moving to put its money, and more, where its mouth is.

Advocates put pressure on for a better rail service

The Rail Opportunity Network chairman Rob Weir and spokeswoman Sue Moroney made a presentation to Waikato Regional Council this week.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

It’s Queenslander against Queenslander in the battle to stop a proposed multi-million-dollar Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail link.

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

WITH one week to go until nominations close, a big field is now likely to contest the Katherine Town Council elections.

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

ONE of the most well known if imponderable landmarks in the Northern Territory outback town of Katherine is a ancient piece of graffiti on the town’s famous railway bridge.

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

A salt mining company has signed an agreement with Indonesian business PT Damarco Internasional to supply 70 per cent of salt produced from its Central Australian mine.

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

A new rail project crossing the Northern Territory and Queensland border has taken another move forward after the governments agreed to progress the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway.

Opinion

95 stories | Newest story posted last month
Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

Right now, the writing’s on the wall for Australia’s major cities when it comes to liveability and transport connectivity.

Is the Mildura Standardisation Project doomed?

Poor management and penny pinching may ultimately result in it being found out very early in the piece that the standardised Murray Basin Railway will end up with inferior operational flexibility and capability compared to its existing broad gauge counterpart.

I was upskirted while sitting on a train with my boyfriend

The story I'm about to share isn't uncommon.

Burnley to Camberwell quadruplication

The PTV Network Development Plan from 2013 includes quadruplification between Burnley and Camberwell on the Belgrave/Lilydale/Alamein lines, as part of Stage 4.

Sexual harassment is rife on public transport

Survey results from the Australian Human Rights Commission reveal concerning statistics about the numbers of university students being sexual harassed and sexual assaulted on Australian public transport.

Other Transport News

433 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Leadership Test Looms For Liberals On The West Gate Tunnel

As construction powers ahead on the Andrews Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel, the Liberals are today faced with a test of leadership following the Greens again trying to revoke planning permission for this vital project.

Mordialloc Freeway Another Step Closer

Drivers in Melbourne’s south-east are a step closer to the congestion busting Mordialloc Freeway, with two contractors now shortlisted to start works on the new freeway.

American Airlines Cancels Airbus A350's goes Dreamliners

American Airlines has cancelled a major deal with Airbus for 22 A350s, announcing it has instead purchased 47 787 Dreamliners from rivals Boeing in a deal valued at $12 billion.

Rosyth to Zeebrugge Ferry Service Axed

Ferry operator DFDS has axed its ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge in Belgium following a fire on one of its ships.

New Wharf at Birchgrove

The latest ferry terminal constructed under the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) Wharf Upgrade Program is at Birchgrove on the Cockatoo Island line.

Pacific National News

8 stories | Newest story posted last month
Pacific National boss rails against road lobby dominance

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle is on a mission to boost rail’s public and policy presence, saying an industry voice has been sorely lacking in a nation facing a surge in population and associated infrastructure challenges.

Pacific National and Aurizon trains collision near Cloncurry

On Tuesday, February 27 a collision between two freight trains at Oonoomurra, near Cloncurry on the Mount Isa line occured.

7MW2 Steel Train breaks apart at Goulburn Station

Last night at 1910, 7MW2 northbound steel train, headed by four NR class locomotives with 100 vehicles, with about fifteen loaded container wagons ahead of 85 empty steel coil wagons broke apart as the train was passing through Goulburn Station.

Pacific National coal, grain train drivers on strike across much of NSW

COAL rail services to the Port of Newcastle will be disrupted until noon on Monday with a 48-hour strike by hundreds of Pacific National train crew.

Pacific National response to Federal Government's committment Inland Rail

Leading rail freight operator Pacific National has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to fund the Inland Rail project.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted last month
Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September.

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

There are few places left on earth that are as untouched and wild as the Australian outback, a landscape that has captivated imaginations and attracted thrill-seekers for millennia.

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on board a special Heritage Train  tour to Tocumwal travelling the “freight only”  railway line.

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

Southern Shorthaul Railroad has recently acquired two new GT46-ACe locomotives from the Downer Group to cater for continuing business growth.

Logistics giants join forces for improved freight outcomes

To celebrate 10 years' operation in Parkes, SCT Logistics is focusing on delivering improved levels of freight services from the Parkes region to Port of Sydney by teaming up with DP World Australia to present a joint capabilities initiative.

Queensland Rail News

2087 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
More train service disruptions ahead in Queensland

Queensland Rail has spent almost $25 million over two years to ferry rail passengers around on buses when there are problems on the tracks, new figures released to the ABC under Right to Information reveal.

Queensland vows $45bn to infrastructure over 4 years

The upcoming state budget in Queensland will include $45 billion in infrastructure spending over the next four years, premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and treasurer Jackie Trad have said.

Mount Isa to Townsville rail call

A SPATE of truck and heavy vehicle crashes in North-West Queensland has prompted calls for improved rail access in the region.

Cross River Rail part of $45 billion infrastructure budget

Reducing south-east congestion, upgrading hospitals and expanding north Queensland infrastructure are the top priorities of the state budget due to be officially unveiled next month.

Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail group gathering steam

THE BOYNE BURNETT inland rail trail group continue their uphill push to preserve the disused rail corridor between Monto and Taragoola.

Rail Events

130 stories | Newest story posted last month
SRHC Echuca Steam Rally Trip

[justify]Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Heritage Train tour to Echuca for the annual “Echuca Steam Rally” with FREE breakfast in Seymour Station’s Historic Dining Room prior to departure.

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation

The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry.

Squire appointed to Australian Railway Association board

Anna Squire, principal at engineering consultancy Arup, has gained a seat on the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) board.

Steam Rail Echuca Overlander - Saturday 19th May 2018

Travel with Steamrail Victoria and the Victorian Goldfields Railway in utmost style in two superb first class lounge cars, Tambo & Macedon on the Echuca Overlander.

Diesel Diary HD - Volume 5 now available

“Diesel Diary HD” volume 5 contains  90 minutes of high definition footage recorded from 2005 through to 2015 illustrating a huge variety of diesel locomotives operating throughout NSW.

Rail News

3657 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
World rail market - May 2018

Sqills is providing its S3 Passenger sales, distribution and reservation suite for Eurostar.

$25.8 million for TOD: FTA

The funds are provided through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning.

KCS: Adamiak promoted to new post

Adamiak has more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, investor relations, banking, treasury, structured financing, leasing and market analysis, including 22 years in transportation.

RSSI PTC forum: Interoperability the final hurdle

At a Railway Systems Suppliers Inc.

NS joins BiTA

Blockchain technologies “create a permanent, digital ledger of transactions that can be securely shared among a distributed network of computers,” BiTA said.

Rail Travel

1 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Bien Hoa to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) by Train

On my trip from London to Singapore, I made my Vietnamese portion of the journey from the border of Dong Dang to Hanoi, and planned to continue down from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, only for the journey to be truncated at Bien Hoa just about an hour short of Ho Chi Minh City due to the collapse of the Ghenh Bridge over the Dong Nai River.

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Voting open for July 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

67 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Couplers

Last blog there was some details of fitting couplers into two of our BS cars at Newport.

Lots in a few

Last time we finished off by suggesting there would be a number of interesting things happening in the new few days.

Months end

Well it is one day past the end of the month so perhaps we should title this contribution differently.

Side Tracked

What has become an annual event recently occurred over the weekend of 14 - 15 April when the Maitland Steam Festival was on.

A bit of action

Maybe it is the pleasant autumn days, or was it the pep talk from management (ha ha), or is the stars aligning.

Railway Stories

58 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
A Heck of a Morning

I went out early on Sunday, March 18th (2018) to see some trains and grain elevators.

Stainless at Sunrise

When I was going to sleep Sunday night, I checked VIA's web site for the current position of VIA 1 and 2, the west and eastbound "Canadian" trains.

Four Days in April, Part 1

#GoJetsGoIn a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

Take a trip down memory lane on miniature steam trains

TRAIN enthusiasts won't want to miss the Tweed Valley Miniature Steam Railway Club open day on Sunday, May 20 at Tropical Fruit World.

Railway enthusiast has spent five years and £500,000 building a replica station in his yard

A railway fanatic who is so enthused by trains has gone to the extreme length of building a station in his back garden, complete with three carriages which has now been transformed into a vintage restaurant.

South Australian Rail News

621 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Adelaide to Tarcoola: old rail track made new

Major re-railing works are now underway in South Australia as part of the $252 million Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project with the first Whyalla-made steel rail tracks installed on the route.

SA rail, roads net millions from the feds

Road upgrades and rail projects in South Australia have received $1.

Couple return to Pirie train platform where they first met 46 years ago

Bob and Katie Eddington’s romance is still on track – 46 years after they first met on the train platform at Port Pirie.

SA road, rail funding may be years away

Less than one tenth of the $1.

Road, rail upgrades for SA in budget

South Australian road and rail projects will receive a $1.

Tasmanian Rail News

348 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Bridgewater man, 26, charged over ‘risky’ behaviour near rail line in Hobart’s northern suburbs

A BRIDGEWATER man who allegedly spray painted graffiti in a rail tunnel north of Hobart at the weekend has been charged.

Funding package to boost TasRail infrastructure

The federal government has allocated A$59·8m for the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation ProgrammeAs part of its latest budget, matching a similar commitment from the state.

TasRail to clean up rail corridors after a spike in trespassers dumping rubbish

TASRAIL says it is becoming increasingly concerned by the idiotic acts of trespassers which have the potential to cause derailments and seriously injure or kill freight train drivers.

Tassie roads and rail tipped for Budget largesse aimed at lost seats

THE  Turnbull Government will pledge $461 million to build a new Bridgewater Bridge as part of a massive package for Tasmanian roads and rail in tomorrow’s Budget.

Train misses school bus at crossing by seconds

TasRail accuses a school bus driver of being "stupid and reckless" after crossing just seconds ahead of a train at Brighton, in a near-miss that "could have been a huge tragedy".

Train Simulator News

61 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
DB BR 10 Steam Loco Add-On

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 challenging and enjoyable scenarios for the Three Country Corner route on Steam, covering freight and passenger operations in this scenic cross-border region of Western Europe.

NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B Loco Add-On

The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972.

Atlantic High Speed Route & TGV Atlantique

Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.

Tram and Light Rail News

1189 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Premier’s team short by $600m on light rail costs

Gladys Berejiklian’s then department was informed in mid-2014 that the cost of ripping up and ­moving powerlines in George Street for the Sydney light rail project was as high as $700 million — but factored in just $100m when the now NSW Premier ­announced months later that the project would cost $2.

Second firm takes legal action over Sydney's 'disastrous' light rail

A second company is suing the NSW government over its delayed Sydney light rail project, adding to the $1.

Sydney light rail stop names approved

The Geographical Names Board has officially approved the final 17 Sydney light rail stop names, with each named after key or major landmarks or geographical locations.

Mayor slams push for Gold Coast light rail 3B to head west from Burleigh to Varsity Lakes

MAYOR Tom Tate has rejected a push to send the light rail west after it reaches Burleigh, saying it won’t happen as the case simply does not “stack up”.

Move to strike out Acciona rail bid

The NSW government has filed an application in the Supreme Court to strike out Spanish company Acciona’s $1.

UK

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Battery trial planned for new EMU fleet

The sixth of the 52 four-car 750 V DC third rail electric multiple-units which Stadler is to supply for Merseyrail services around Liverpool is to be fitted with a 5 tonne battery to test the business case for energy storage.

High Output: 25 years of innovation in renewals

Ballast cleaning has been a cornerstone of railway maintenance for 50 years, but the Kershaw machine’s 1993 outing marked a milestone in the story of railway renewals

The new London Rail Maps are out

Last weekend, the London commuter rail network coughed, spluttered and attempted to morph into a new shape, as Thameslink marched triumphantly into territory.

Operator change for trains in Wales

Wales' trains to be run by European firms KeolisAmey

Resignalling work during the late May bank holiday

We’re carrying out resignalling work during the late May bank holiday – passengers are reminded to check journey plans before travelling.

USA

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A tutorial for new STB members

Decades of smothering economic regulation stuffed railroads into such a trick bag until congressionally ordered partial economic deregulation in 1980 permitted them to chew their way out in pursuit of revenue adequacy.

PTC and the Industrial IoT

There is a nexus of old and new processes where digital transformation, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the business of railroading all intersect.

NYCT’s Byford: Now is the time to think big

Fast Forward focuses on four major priorities Byford identified on his first day in office earlier this year: “transforming the subway, reimagining the city’s public bus network, improving accessibility for all modes, and engaging and empowering NYC Transit’s workforce to deliver the best service possible.

NRLC arbitration board issues health care ruling

These two unions had previously agreed to the other terms of the pattern agreement, which now covers 137,000 of the 145,000 employees in the current bargaining round.

Bridge to the future over falling water

Surrounded by scenic Letchworth State Park, the $75 million, 963-foot-long steel arch railroad bridge “expands freight rail capacity and economic opportunities for businesses and communities” across New York State’s Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, NS noted.

Victorian Rail News

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Coaches replace trains on Gippsland line

With major works underway to remove the last four level crossings on Victoria’s Caulfield-Dandenong corridor and complete other major rail upgrades, coaches will replace trains for all or part of the journey on the Gippsland line from 30 May to 17 June.

Thousands Of Jobs On The Metro Tunnel With More To Come

Almost 2,000 jobs for Victorians have already been created by the Metro Tunnel, and there are more to come with new people starting every week as work to take the project underground ramps up.

Express Services Return For Gippsland Passengers

Gippsland V/Line passengers will have express and semi-express coaches to get them to their destination during planned disruptions this winter.

Metro Tunnel Digs To Reveal Melbourne’s Past

The largest archaeological digs in Victorian history are underway in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD as work continues to deliver the $11 billion Metro Tunnel.

V/Line Bendigo passengers sick of train changes

V/LINE has attributed ‘staff sickness’ to the cancellation of about 20 rail services since the start of the year.

Western Australian Rail News

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Perth Airport borers break through

The machines boring the new Perth Airport link tunnel have made a significant breakthrough in the project, after progress stalled earlier this year.

Night closures on Mandurah train line

Trains on the Mandurah Line will be cancelled nightly from Monday between Cockburn and Mandurah stations.

Forrestfield-Perth Airport rail link tunnel boring machines reach airport

TWO tunnel boring machines for the Forrestfield-Perth Airport rail link have reached the airport – about a quarter of the way into their 8km journey to Bayswater.

Rio Tinto’s automated trains approved

Rio Tinto has been granted accreditation by Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, approving the autonomous operation of iron ore trains in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the group announced on May 18.

Regulator's tick for autonomous trains goes to Rio

The rise of machines that have been described as “the world’s largest and longest robots” - trains used to carry iron ore in the Pilbara - has stepped up a gear, with Rio Tinto getting approval for its autonomous trains from the rail safety regulator.

Yarra Trams

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Moreland Road track renewal works

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks at Moreland Road between Nicholson Street / Holmes Street and Cameron Street.

Balaclava community benefit from new accessible tram stop

An accessible tram stop is now open at Balaclava station in Carlisle Street, with the project improving safety and accessibility and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

April 2018 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 99.

Free Tram Zone Extended For Major Events During Blitz

The Andrews Labor Government is extending the Free Tram Zone (FTZ) to get crowds to Melbourne’s major events, as work ramps up on major infrastructure projects over June.

Tram Stop Upgrades To Deliver Better Access

More tram stops across Melbourne will be upgraded to become fully accessible as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with upgrading 10 additional stops across Melbourne’s major tram routes.

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