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Start date revealed for Canberra's light rail system

Canberra's light rail system will start taking passengers on April 20, Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris has confirmed, ending months of speculation about the commencement date.

Recycling company's rail plan on track after decisive court ruling

Capital Recycling Solutions’ bid to transport rail freight from its Fyshwick base is one step closer, lodging plans for a $1.

Uber driver tells of near miss with Canberra light rail vehicle that ran red light

A Canberra Uber driver, who was forced to slam on the brakes to avoid his car being struck by a light rail vehicle whose driver ran a red light, said he "felt very unsafe" after the near miss.

Light rail near-miss under investigation

Transport Canberra has launched an investigation after dashcam footage emerged showing a car's near-miss with a light rail vehicle.

Canberra's light rail project picks up $200m Federal Labor commitment for Woden extension

Federal Labor has committed $200 million to stage two of the ACT's light rail project — running from the city centre past Parliament House and on to Woden — if the party wins the upcoming federal election.


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Interoperability needed in South America, says UIC

The International Union of Railways and the Latin American Railway Association signed a memorandum of understanding in São Paulo on March 19 covering co-operation in staff training and education, railway engineering, passenger and freight transport, tourist trains and the exchange of data.

DRC train derailment kills 24, mostly children, near Kananga

At least 24 people have been killed and 31 injured in a train accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo (

Rail cranes for Congo

CRRC Qiqihar has supplied two railway cranes to Chemin de fer Congo-Océan, which will use them for both lifting heavy freight and accident recovery.

GEFCO develops rail automotive logistics in Morocco

French logistics company GEFCO, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, is developing rail automotive logistics in Morocco.

African rail summit sets out digital future

The first UIC African Rail Digital Summit which was held in Cape Town on February 25-27 set out an agenda for the digital transformation of railways across the continent.

Arabian Rail News

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NHRSCL launches Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed project tender

The National High Speed Rail (NHRSCL) has launched the bidding process for the 237km section of the 508km-long Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed train project.

Qazvin – Rasht section of Asia to Europe link opened

President Hassan Rouhani opened the 164 km Qazvin – Rasht railway with a ceremony on March 6.

Doing business with Iran not impossible

With the US sanctions on Iran reimposed, European firms must analyse their transaction before putting it on a train to Iran.

Haramain high-speed carries 250,000 passengers in first four months

Al Harbi told this week’s conference in Dubai that the service is reporting a 93% punctuality rate, which he says is a major achievement given the difficulties of operating a high-speed service in desert conditions.

Digital interlocking signalling system goes live in Egyptian station

The Alstom-delivered computer-based interlocking signalling system Smartlock 400 has started commercial operations at Maghagha’s main railway station in Egypt.


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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

1247 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Hong Kong MTR to postpone rollout of signalling system

Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is reportedly planning to postpone the introduction of a new signalling system following a rare train collision during trials.

Bang Sue rail hub work on track, PM told

Construction of Bang Sue Central Station, which will replace Hua Lamphong as the city's rail transport hub when it opens in 2021, is almost 71% complete.

Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed tenders called

Tenders for design, construction and commissioning of civil engineering works on around half of the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line were invited by the National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd on March 15.

Kazakhstan: a growing rail hub

Though geographic and technological challenges remain, Kazakhstan is on its way to becoming an even more central player in its region’s rail transportation, Shang-su Wu writes.

Saft wins contract to deliver battery systems to Chengdu Metro

French firm Saft has secured a multi-million-euro contract from Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC to deliver on-board battery systems to Chengdu Metro.


210 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Aurizon NSW Coal Operations Enterprise Agreement 2018

The Fair Work Commission have today certified, stamped and signed the Enterprise Agreement.

Profit and dividends slide for rail freight operator Aurizon

Aurizon shareholders will feel the pinch after the rail freight operator's net profit fell 19 per cent to $227 million for the December half.

Linfox shifts deeper into rail with Aurizon intermodal acquisition

Logistics group Linfox expects to make "a real go" of Aurizon's unprofitable Queensland intermodal operations and will use it to transport consumable goods into far north Queensland, executive chairman Peter Fox says.

Aurizon staff plan rolling stoppages to disrupt coal rail transport

Workers at Australia's largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, will walk off the job on Tuesday in the first of a series of 24-hour stoppages this week aimed at disrupting coal transport services.

Linfox acquires Aurizon’s Queensland Intermodal business

Aurizon completed the sale of its Queensland Intermodal business to logistics group Linfox on January 31, with the first train under the new management leaving Brisbane for Mackay on February 1.

Bus Transport News

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Edinburgh bus war

Bus wars set to return to Edinburgh’s streets as First squares up to Lothian

The National Bus Company

It is now just over fifty years since the National Bus Company (NBC) was formed from the 1st January 1969, although much had transpired behind the scenes for a considerable time prior to the event.

Noida Metro to introduce 50 metro feeder buses in 16 new routes

In the line of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to provide last-mile connectivity to the metro commuters, Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) will introduce 50 low-floor, air-conditioned, disabled-friendly feeder buses across 16 new routes in Noida and Greater Noida from March 15.

Routemaster Specials

Friday 15th March will provide a splendid opportunity to ride a selection of traditional 1960s Routemasters in service on seven London bus routes.

Delhi Govt issues first tender for procurement of Electric Buses

In order to provide safe, secure, efficient and reliable operation of buses in Delhi, the Transport Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) has inducted 1,679 buses under Cluster Scheme for the operation of Private Stage Carriage services in Delhi.


301 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
CP Rail train derails in PoCo, delays West Coast Express

A CP train has derailed in Port Coquitlam, causing delays for some Tri Cities transit passengers.

Vivarail unveils fast charging system for Class 230 battery trains

UK-based rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail has completed a demonstration of its fast charging system for Class 230 battery trains.

CN to invest $183.7m for Saskatchewan rail infrastructure expansion

Canadian National Railway (CN) is set to invest more than C$245m ($183.

CN investing more than $245 million to expand and strengthen Saskatchewan’s rail infrastructure in 2019

[justify]Saskatchewan, March 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) said today it plans to invest more than $245 million in Saskatchewan in 2019 to expand and strengthen the company’s rail network across the province.

LRT expansion under way in Ottawa, Edmonton

The estimated total cost of Stage 2 of Ottawa’s Confederation Line is C$4.

Cityrail News

658 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Sydney Trains Drivers Taskforce Update – March 2019

The Locomotive Division would like to advise Members that following last week’s Drivers Issues Taskforce final agreement has been reached and correspondence exchanged regarding the outstanding issues.

Train guard sacked for sending 'explicit image' to female colleague

A train guard stationed at Waterfall who was sacked after sending  a picture of his penis to a female colleague was not unfairly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission found.

A digital revolution for Sydney’s rail network

The backbone of Sydney’s transport system is its heavy-rail network, with over 960km of track connecting communities in Australia’s biggest city.

A broken down train has sparked commuter chaos in Sydney

Sydney’s train network experienced significant peak hour delays after a mechanical issue on Monday afternoon sparked chaos.

Warning after jump in accidents on Sydney rail network

Sydney’s rail commuters are being urged to take extra care boarding trains after a spike in accidents.


2094 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Arctic fuel and withstanding -25° C: the reefer container

The demand for conditioned container transport is increasing, and so is the preference for environmentally friendly products.

‘The Netherlands must upgrade railways for 740-metre trains now’

The Netherlands should speed up efforts in preparing the railway network for 740-metre long trains.

Renovation of Eurotunnel’s passenger shuttles is entrusted to Bombardier

As part of the 2018-2026 mid-life programme, Eurotunnel has signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation to renovate nine ‘PAX’ shuttles.

[DE] Coradia Lint reaches the 1,000 mark: Alstom to deliver 41 DMUs to BRB

Today, Alstom and Transdev signed a contract for the delivery of 41 Coradia Lint regional trainsets for operation in the German region of Bavaria.

[CZ / Expert] CZ Loko locomotives for ČD Cargo: an overview

The Czech state freight operator ČD Cargo is investing continuously in renewing its fleet of locomotives.

Gunzelling Reports

825 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Some Random Railfanning in March

On the way home one day, we stopped at the Miller St.

Royal Wolf Shipping Containers

A couple of Royal Wolf shipping containers turned up on PS6 the other day.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/3/2019

There were 78 sightings for this week; This is 17 sightings more than last week.

Toll Reefer TTR 707

An uncommon sight outside of Tassie and Melbourne is Toll Tasmania reefer TTR 707.

Trains Along the Mohawk, Part 2: Getting up to Speed at Utica

We headed for Utica, arriving just in time to see the Westbound Amtrak we saw at lock 13 leaving.

Inland Rail Project

227 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Border residents raise concerns of North Star to Border Inland Rail project

Flood mitigation, noise levels and borrow pits were some of the key concerns raised at Inland Rail community consultation sessions held in Goondiwindi, North Star, Toomelah and Boggabilla last week.

Goondiwindi Regional Council concerned about Inland Rail route

The Goondiwindi Regional Council has grave concerns about the route of the inland rail.

Major steel delivery marks ramp up on Inland Rail

Liberty Steel’s Whyalla steelworks has completed its first $20 million order to the Inland Rail project, delivering 14,000 tonnes on site for the Parkes to Narromine section of the track.

INLink takes possession of track between Goonumbla to Narwonah

Construction on the Inland Rail is ramping up on the Parkes to Narromine section.

Last of 14,000 tonnes of steel arrives for Parkes to Narromine section

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and General Manager GFG Alliance (Whyalla Liberty Primary Steel) Carol-Anne Nelson were in Parkes on Thursday to mark the completion of the first contract from Liberty’s Whyalla steelworks to the Inland Rail project.

International Rail News

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Reliable on-board Wi-Fi: Reality or just a dream?

Modern carriages are fully equipped with a set of comfortable features, but nowadays passengers are expecting seamless internet access and multimedia interactive services.

An academic route to train track specialists

The first intake of students is expected to enrol in May at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa as ISR and the Ministry of Transport launch a programme to train more track engineers.

And the nominees for the RailFreight Innovation Awards are…

The nominees for the RailFreight Innovation Awards have been announced.

Diversity and inclusion: Sourcing new approaches to rail sector challenges

What do you think the main advantages of creating a diverse workforce are?

Nature strikes: natural disasters and their impact on the world’s rail networks

Sicilians may trust using the railways to visit Mount Etna but generally, trains are much better off if they’re out of a volcano’s reach.

Letters to the Editor

233 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Why we need High Speed Rail between Sydney and Melbourne

Last night (March 8th 2019) I was booked on a 5.

Find the Woodford Stones

In the 1950s, a set of stone reliefs were added to a building so high up that hardly anyone could see them.

Your most read articles on IanVisits during 2018

I deem that it is time for a dose of omphaloskepsis, and to find out which of my miserable scrawlings captured your attention the most during the past year.

WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice

One of the many maps of bomb damaged London has gone on show in the City of London’s heritage gallery, alongside a declaration about the end of WW1.

Crossness Pumping Station saved — reopens in 2019

The magnificent Victorian pumping station at Crossness that had to close suddenly earlier this year has secured its future after raising nearly £500,000.

Model Railways

685 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Workin on the Railroad: Weekend Update

I have done some scenery this weekend.

Broadfield Forever

The first thing you will notice about this blog entry is that the subject is not On30.

A-Track - for NCE DCC Systems – Update Released

This announcement about A-Track, a free easy-to-use software application for NCE DCC systems, is posted with the generous permission of Joe Fugate, in the hope that some of the MRH community may find it useful.

Sitting around and beginning a journey...

So, its another cold Monday, and I decided to start to chronicle my railroading life.

Everything ingenious is simple - even DCC decoder :)

I would like to reveal to you a little story and yet another but very affordable DCC accessory decoder based on Arduino like board.

Narrow Gauge

73 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Brookside Miniature Railway reopening set to benefit ill children

The sound of miniature trains is set to be a familiar scene in Poynton soon thanks to local enthusiasts who didn’t want to lose a local attraction.

Matthews Park miniature trains to roll back years on Historical Society day

The miniature railway in Matthews Park will be reliving the grand old days of the railways on Saturday.

Miniature rail raises $2000 for R U Aware, We Care drought appeal

THE model engineers of Tamworth have pulled their weight to help with the drought.

Largs resident celebrates 103rd birthday with Walka Miniature Railway ride

Walka Miniature Railway might have had its oldest passenger on Sunday.

One Careful Owner

I've had a go at distressing the model of the Ford Puma to try to make it look like it's had an argument with a Garratt.

New South Wales Rail News

3327 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Western Line Upgrade dumped for WestConnex Tolls

The NSW government abandoned upgrading the Western Line in order to profit from WestConnex M4 tolls

Need Direct Train to City

8,000 commuters are forced to interchange at Lidcombe every day as a result of the loss of Inner West Line services to Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park

Battleground Seats – Coogee

In the lead up to the State Election in NSW we will be looking at what all of the major parties are doing in transport to try and win over voters in the most marginal seats across the state.

Battleground Seats – Penrith

Today we are exploring the outer-western Sydney seat of Penrith.

NSW Premier shows off driverless trains of Sydney Metro Northwest

Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance ride her Government's flagship infrastructure project, the Sydney Metro Northwest rail, which boasts driverless trains and is due to open in May.

New Zealand Rail News

316 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Moving waste by rail proposed by residents concerned about Dome Valley landfill traffic

Transporting waste by rail to and from a proposed landfill site in north Auckland could help divert hundreds of trucks from a deadly road, residents say.

KiwiRail shakes off earthquake impact

KiwiRail has announced a 12% year-on-year increase in revenue to NZ$328·8m for the six months to December 2018.

Govt 'lip service' to concerns about Chch commuter rail

A public transport group is disappointed that Labour's pre-election promise for commuter rail in Christchurch appears to be off the cards.

Interislander ferries to be replaced with rail ready fleet

KiwiRail has confirmed plans to replace its three ageing Cook Strait ferries with two new, larger, purpose-built rail ferries.

Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service business case to begin

The NZ Transport Agency Board has approved a business case for the next steps in a start-up trial Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced.

Northern Territory Rail News

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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.


96 stories | Newest story posted 9 months ago
Canon 77D - First Thoughts

The Canon 77D cameraI bought a new camera body a while ago - a Canon 77D.

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.

Other Transport News

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Motorists slugged $87k extra, each, on CityLink over 25 years due to West Gate Tunnel deal

Motorists will be slugged nearly $87,000 extra, each, in CityLink tolls over the next 25 years under the government’s West Gate Tunnel agreement with toll road giant Transurban, according to a new, independent analysis.

$1 billion road and rail upgrades for Melbourne’s south east

The latest installment of a $1 billion pipeline of road and rail projects for Melbourne’s south east aims to ease congestion for a rapidly growing region.

AvTalk Episode 53: Ethiopian 302 and the grounding of the 737 MAX

On this episode of AvTalk we’re joined by The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower to discuss the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and the subsequent grounding of the 737 MAX.

Japan Airlines low cost Zipair to fly for Olympics

JAL (Japan Airlines) revealed its new low cost subsidary set up to compete with ANA’s budget airlines Peach/ Vanilla (which are merging in May) as well as Air Asia, Jetstar (owned by Qantas) and Scoot (Singapore).

Where the grounded 737 MAX are stored

With the global grounding of the 737 MAX fleet, airlines have been moving aircraft into storage.

Pacific National News

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Fume Events Pacific National Coal & Freight

Members have recently reported a marked increase of fume incidents on 92 and 93 class locomotives when traversing tunnels.

Coal Train derails at Dalrymple Bay

It is understood a PN coal train has derailed at Dalrymple Bay on Monday last around lunch time.

St Marys Freight Hub

The St Marys Freight Hub will drive more freight on to rail, taking between 70,000 and 80,000 trucks off NSW’s regional and state road networks, including primary freight routes travelling from Port Botany to Western Sydney.


We have been in negotiations for some time now about a new Pacific National Enterprise Agreement for Terminal Operators.

PN Junee farewell

Pacific National Junee recently said goodbye to three Depot stalwarts as Bevan Hackett, Marc Canino and Geoff Crossman decided to call it a day after almost 150 years between them.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 11 months ago
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

2265 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
ownsville leaders call for new passenger train services for city

TWO of Townsville’s politicians say passenger rail services should be considered for peak-hour commuting and to major events at the new North Queensland Stadium in the CBD.

Queensland’s ten-year freight strategy

The Queensland Government has released its Freight Strategy that aims to provide a framework to support statewide trucking, shipping, rail and air cargo over the next decade.

Governments need to invest more in rail and road

RACQ has called on State and Federal Governments to prioritise investment in rail and road infrastructure, after a new report suggested Federal funding was crucial for the delivery of Cross River Rail and other major transport projects.

QR plans to get freight back on partially reopened Mount Isa rail line

Queensland Rail say they are working with freight operators and their customers on options to restore services by loading freight on and off trains at Richmond and Hughenden as repairs continue on the western half of the line.

Rail Events

240 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Suggestions for things to do outside London in April 2019

My regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

SRHC Traralgon Heritage Train 4/5/19

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a special heritage train day tour to Traralgon on Saturday 4th May and incorporate one of these fantastic tour options:

Tickets Alert: Tours of modernist London Underground

The Modernism in Metro-Land tours are back with a couple of walks in May and June of modernist tube stations.

Register now for the 2019 Rail Industry Field Day

The RTAA Rail Industry Field Day is known as the biggest and best outdoor event on the Australasian rail calendar.

P2N Community Forum – Parkes

With construction under way on Inland Rail between Parkes and Narromine, we would like to update you about our work.

Rail News

3958 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Morrison rolls out rail

Scott Morrison will progress plans for fast-rail links between the nation’s three biggest cities and their regions and cut the annual migration intake by 120,000 over the next four years in a sweeping decentralisation blueprint to ease crippling congestion in Sydney and Melbourne.

Government plan off the rails: Labor

Labor says Australia needs "genuine" high-speed rail project to link big cities with regional centres.

National freight strategy enjoys bipartisan support

The Australasian Rail Association (ARA) has welcomed a shared commitment from both Federal Government and Opposition to deliver a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

Dalla Valle condemns Australia’s ‘truck explosion’

Freight on Rail Group of Australia chair and Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle has criticised state and federal governments for facilitating the growth of road freight against the best interests of taxpayers.

Australia's annual carbon emissions reach record high

Data shows while emissions from electricity sector are in decline, gains have been wiped out by increases from other industries

Rail Travel

207 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Auschwitz asks visitors to stop balancing on rail tracks for photos

The rail tracks at Auschwitz, where more than a million Jews, Poles and other victims of the Nazi regime were murdered, have become a popular spot for selfies and other photos

Nha Trang Travel Guide: Explore The Best of Nha Trang

Located in Southern Vietnam in the capital of Khanh Hoa province, Nha Trang is by far one of the most famous and touristy seaside cities within the country.

Nanning to Hanoi by train

We are pleased to introduce online ticket booking for the international railway service from China to Vietnam.

Travel Guide to Mandalay and its Surroundings

Mandalay has been for a long time a royal capital for the region considered as Upper Burma capital.

Yangon Travel Guide: Discover the former capital of Myanmar

Discover Myanmar former capital, once considered as one of the jewels of the British Empire, and understand why the city is still a must-do place to visit these days.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 months 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 Preservation

283 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Castlemaine Yard

With the impending arrival of ‘The Royal Train’ (check out vgr.

Welding on Rock Island 2524

This winter we have been replacing rusted steel panels on the 2524.

Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul – update 38

Large copies of the cast-iron steampipe drawings were sent to the pattern maker this week as he seems to be keen to get the job underway, which is good for us.

An update on steam locomotive 5239 Goliath – 12th March 2019

The East Somerset Railway has released a short update on the work being completed on steam locomotive 5239 Goliath.

Railway Publications

21 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Overhead Line Electrification for Railways

Overhead Line Electrification for Railways By Garry Keenor

New Book: Passing a Half Century

I’ve completed my second book, “Passing a Half Century”!

Book Review: Monorails of the 19th Century

Monorails of the 19th Century by Adrian S.

Volume 6 of Diesel Diary HD is now available

Just letting those people who may be interested know that volume 6 of “Diesel Diary HD” is now available.

Railway Stories

69 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around

XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

Last week I came across an old camera bag stashed in a cupboard in my garage, and in one of the pockets I found a tape that I had completely forgotten about.

Thomas the Tank Engine to get more female and multicultural friends as part of revamp

Children’s programme Thomas And Friends is to introduce an “inclusive” gender-balanced, multicultural set of characters as part of a revamp.

Somewhere only we know: Morisset

I got on a train to Newcastle on a whim.

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

Russian Rail News

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Suburban operator orders EMUs

Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory a contract to supply 21 Class EP2D electric multiple-units, to be financed by Sberbank Leasing.

Modernised platskartny coach enters service

The first [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]platskartny coach to be modernised by the Vagonremmash factory in Tambov re-entered revenue service on March 18, following the completion of testing and certification.

Revenue up but one-time events hit VTG earnings

Wagon leasing and rail and tank-container logistics company VTG has announced unaudited group revenue of €1·07bn for 2018, with the 5·7% year-on-year growth attributed to increased demand which saw capacity utilisation reaching 93·5% at the end of the year, the highest for 10 years.

Russia eyes distribution centres on EU border

Russia is looking for new, modern distribution centres just at the border with Europe.

Key railway line in southern Russia now open for freight trains

The new Kozyrki-Severo section of the Russian Krasnodar-Caucasus railway line has been opened for freight trains.

South Australian Rail News

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Two potential sites for Aldinga Railway Station revealed

The State Government is asking the Aldinga community where a future railway station should be built in their suburb.

Town built on the back of its railway forced off the rails

The proud railway identity among the farming community of Cummins is to become history as it prepares to tackle 50 extra trucks on its roads each day.

Man jailed over car pushed on SA rail line

A man was high on drugs and had not slept for four days before pushing a car onto train tracks in front of a speeding passenger service in Adelaide, a court has heard.

Viterra to transition to road transport for movement of all grain on Eyre Peninsula

Grain handling group Viterra announces it will transition from rail to road transport for movement of all grain on the Eyre Peninsula.

Eyre Peninsula rail to close as agreement ends

Eyre Peninsula's railway network will close on May 31 as Viterra transfers its freight operations to road only.

Tasmanian Rail News

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Ownership of Coastal Pathway rail bridge settled

The Forth River Rail Bridge will soon be owned by the ratepayers of the Central Coast Council.

North-East corridor poll results favour heritage rail over cycleway

As the debate over the North-East Railway Corridor enters its third year, community opinions on its best use remain on both sides of the track.

TasRail expected to pay out $1.5 million for train derailment

TasRail will be required to fork out $1.

Four-year upgrade of TasRail’s freight rail network to start in July as improvements continue

A FOUR-year upgrade of the state’s freight rail network will start in July as improvements to the network continue.

What is Hobart missing? Your best answers

From a ferry service to more entertainment options, it seems many Hobartians think Hobart could do with more of .

Train Simulator News

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Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

Hey everybody, I'd like to announce the start of bi-weekly Trainz Livestreams.

TS18: GP40-2 Coast-to-Coast Railroading!

Two new High Iron Simulations scenario mini-packs put the Electro-Motive GP40-2 to work coast-to-coast!

Train Simulator goes 64bit in 2019 update

Great news for fans of Dovetail Games' long running Train Simulator, the long-requested 64bit support for the game will be coming later this year in their annual update, Train Simulator 2019.

TS19: The Dawn of a New Era

As perhaps the single biggest feature request for Train Simulator since it came to market all those years ago, we’re excited to announce that Train Simulator 2019 will include Train Simulator 64-bit.

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

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More Ways To Top Up Quickly On Train And Tram

Passengers will have more options to quickly top up their myki and check their balance with 40 more Quick Top Up and Enquiry Machines (QTEMs) to be installed across the train and tram network this month.


Go-ahead given to tram scheme extension

Edinburgh tram

Edinburgh approves £207m extension to tram line

More than 100,000 trips taken on Newcastle light rail line in first month of passenger services

ON the one-month anniversary of Newcastle light rail commencing passenger services, the NSW government has announced more than 100,000 trips have been taken on the line.

Transport for NSW Opal data reveals Newcastle light rail patronage in opening weeks

NEWCASTLE light rail has proven more than just a hit on its opening day with an average of 4259 trips taken on each day of operation in February, according to Transport for NSW data.


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Improved compensation for Greater Anglia passengers

Greater Anglia has announced that its passengers are set to benefit from improved compensation thanks to a new deal signed between themselves and the Department for Transport (DfT).

Easter upgrades: the West Coast Main Line

We’re enabling faster journeys on one of Britain’s most important railway lines this Easter.

New West Midlands Railway timetable announced

Rail passengers in the West Midlands are set to benefit from more trains when West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway introduces its new timetable this May.

UK railway electrification costs could be halved

A report published by Railway Industry Association (RIA) has found that electrification works in the UK can be delivered at a cost 33%-50% lower compared to previous upgrade projects.

LNER announces new Azuma trains will enter service in May

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has announced new Azuma trains will enter service on 15 May 2019.


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Rail Closures Disrupt Livestock Feed Supplies for California Farms

Some farms, dairies and feed companies in the San Joaquin Valley of California are facing shortages of livestock feed supplies after deadly river flooding in the Midwest closed major railroad shipping corridors in recent days.

Rail Route Suspended, Evacuations Continue in US Midwest Floods

Passenger rail traffic along a popular Missouri route was suspended and evacuations continued Wednesday amid flooding along the Missouri River.

Belke joins Strategic Rail Finance

Belke has held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Engineer at multiple short line and Class I railroads, and served in domestic and international leadership roles for Genesee & Wyoming.

New York’s subways “an overall better experience”

Highlights include: the fewest number of weekday delays that the system has seen in about five years; weekday on-time performance continuing to significantly improve over 2018 (a 14.

FTA stymies Gateway tunnels with “medium-low” rating

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released ratings March 15 for infrastructure projects throughout the U.

Victorian Rail News

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Rowville rail fits the bigger transport picture

Melbourne used to plan for the future.

St Bede’s student almost hit by train, sparks level crossing safety patrol boost

Teenagers are dicing with death by crossing train tracks illegally to get to school.

Funding approved for construction of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the signing of the Heads of Agreement on 13 March 2019, setting out the strategic objectives, governance arrangements and information sharing processes for the $10 billion joint commitment.

Waurn Ponds Upgrade To Deliver More Parking And Services

Waurn Ponds passengers can look forward to a better train station and more train services, with an upgrade of Waurn Ponds Station being delivered as part of the $110 million Geelong Line Upgrade Stage 1.

Rail link to Melbourne airport receives government approval

The Victorian and Federal Governments of Australia have approved the rail link to Melbourne airport, which is estimated to cost between A$8bn and A$13bn ($5.

Western Australian Rail News

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Huawei contract for Perth trains confirmed after US-China trade fight sparked review

The WA Government pushes ahead with a $200 million deal which will see Huawei build a digital radio system for Perth's rail network, saying it has received assurances from the Chinese telecommunications company.

Huawei gets green light to build Perth's $200m rail communications system

The WA Government pushes ahead with its contract with Chinese telecommunications company Huawei to build a new digital radio system for Perth's trains, saying it has received assurances from the company.

Handbrakes applied to wrong BHP iron ore train minutes before runaway

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report finds a maintenance gang applied brakes to the wrong train in the moments before another one took off without its driver in WA's Pilbara, ending up a twisted wreck 90 kilometres away.

ATSB report finds rail gang locked down wrong train in BHP’s $300m Pilbara derailment disaster

BHP rail crews locked down the wrong train ahead of its $300 million runaway ore-car disaster last year, according to a preliminary report into the incident by rail safety investigators.

WA truckies hook up with BHP and SIMS Metal to send scrap rail to drought-hit Queensland farmers

A convoy of trucks from Western Australia's Pilbara region is making its way east to help farming communities devastated by recent flooding in Queensland.

Yarra Trams

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Campervan becomes wedged under Montague Street bridge

The Montague Street bridge has claimed another victim.

Accessibility Rollout Continues On Tram Network

Work is underway to upgrade the RMIT Bundoora stop on Route 86, as the Andrews Labor Government’s latest improvement to safety and accessibility for the thousands of passengers using Melbourne’s tram network.

Extra Trams And Free Travel An Ace For Tennis Fans

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for fans to enjoy the Australian Open with free travel and more than 3000 extra tram services between the city and the tennis.

More Trams For La Trobe Street

Passengers will now have more tram services linking them to key destinations in Melbourne’s city centre, following the introduction of night and weekend services along tram Route 30, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Major Upgrade For Bundoora/RMIT Tram Interchange

Safety and accessibility will be improved for thousands of passengers following upgrades to the Bundoora RMIT stop on Route 86 over the next five weeks, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

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