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ACT

89 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Election results could spell long delays for Canberra's light rail extension, Andrew Barr warns

Canberra's newly-christened light rail system could be stuck north of the lake a lot longer than expected, after the Coalition's shock federal election win upset ACT Government plans to get the project's extension to Woden fast-tracked.

Passenger collapses on light rail

A passenger has collapsed onboard a tram during Friday morning's peak on the new Canberra light rail.

Canberra's light rail bill arrives at $675 million

The final bill for construction of stage one of Canberra's light rail has come in at $675 million - $32 million under budget.

Labor promises $1 billion for high-speed rail corridor between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne

Labor will attempt again to revive a long-held ambition to build a high-speed rail network linking Canberra to the east coast capitals, by committing $1 billion to secure land for a corridor to make it happen if elected on May 18.

Car seen driving on Canberra light rail tracks during peak hour

A car has been photographed driving on Canberra's light rail tracks during peak hour on Wednesday night.

Africa

170 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Ghana Railway Authority signs $500m agreement with CRWG

The Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) and China Railway Wuju Group Corporation (CRWG) have signed a $500m agreement for the continuation of the development of a Standard Gauge Western line.

A legacy of lunacy haunts Kenya's old railway

In 1903, British colonial administrator Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot made a bold statement: "It is not uncommon for a country to create a railway, but it is uncommon for a railway to create a country.

Ghana Railway Authority awards $500m agreement to CRWG

The Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) and China Railway Wuju Group Corporation (CRWG) have signed a $500m agreement for the continuation of the development of a Standard Gauge Western line.

Standard gauge plans on hold in Kenya

Little more than a year after the opening of the Chinese-built 1 435 mm gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi, there are signs that East Africa’s love affair with China’s Belt & Road Initiative may be waning.

Despite seeming reforms, Nigeria still does not have a functional railway ticketing system

In March 2019, a video of Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi surfaced online.

Arabian Rail News

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Qatar Rail opens first section of Doha Metro Red Line

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has opened the first section of Doha Metro’s Red Line between Al Qassar in the north and Al Wakrah in the south.

Haramain high-speed services increased for Ramadan

The line is now served by a total of 56 trips a week, including late night and early morning departures.

Etihad Rail and Abu Dhabi Customs to develop freight transport solutions

His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Etihad Rail; and H.

Yapı Merkezı enters signalling market

Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing signalling equipment developed by Yapı Merkezı Idis, the industrial controls and communications subsidiary of construction group Yapı Merkezı.

Railway linking Iran to Syria through Iraq

Plans to link the railway networks of Iran, Iraq and Syria have been revealed by a source at the Syrian Ministry of Transport.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
'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

1399 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Railways Board approves Kolkata East-West Metro line-2

It is good news for the metro commuters that Railway Board has given its approval on Friday to commence a commercial run of 5.

ADB approves $170m loan to modernise Uzbekistan’s locomotive fleet

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has awarded a $170m loan to support the modernisation and upgrade of Uzbekistan’s locomotive fleet.

From Kazakhstan to Belarus in 4.5 days now possible

New Silk Road operator UTLC ERA has announced plans to increase container transit through Kazakhstan up to 1 million TEU per year year in 2020–24.

Baku suburban railway phase one launched

The first phase of a planned circular suburban railway serving Baku and the Abşeron Peninsula was inaugurated by President Ilham Aliyev on May 21.

600 km/h maglev prototype unveiled

Two prototype vehicles intended to support research into a 600 km/h maglev system were unveiled by CRRC Qingdao Sifang on May 23.

Aurizon

217 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon set for smoother rail ride

Aurizon is back on track.

'We’ve got a problem': Sims questions laws after rail go-ahead

Australians will pay more for groceries and other products and the nation's takeovers regime needs to be reconsidered, competition tsar Rod Sims has warned, after a "stunning" Federal Court decision over a vital transport terminal sale.

Federal Court decision on sale of Acacia Ridge Terminal

Aurizon welcomes today’s decision by the Federal Court of Australia that rejects allegations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Aurizon Pacifies Coal Miners With Rail Deal

There is a modest financial benefit in the agreement struck between Aurizon and its coal haulage customers.

Aurizon reaches CQCN access deal with miners

Operator Aurizon looks to have ended its long-running stoush with key mining customers over revenue on the Central Queensland Coal Network, announcing an agreement towards a revised access deal on May 3.

Australian High Speed Rail

2 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Labor commits to High Speed Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane

In a late-stage election bid, the Federal Opposition has promised to invest over $1 billion for planning works on a High Speed Rail Link along Australia’s east coast, as well as $300 million for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

The tweak that could make high speed rail to Sydney a reality

Federal Labor’s election promise to use $1 billion to protect a corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane for a future bullet train has put high-speed rail firmly back on the political agenda.

Bus Transport News

272 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Alexander Dennis Open Day

An estimated 3,000 people attended the open day at the Alexander Dennis bus chassis factory in Guildford on Saturday 11th May.

Stagecoach Order Allocation Update

Further to our posting earlier this week covering the announcement of the new £80m Stagecoach bus orders for 2019/20, here are details of proposed allocations to provincial fleets.

Orders Worth £80million Placed by Stagecoach

Stagecoach Group has announced planned new vehicle orders worth more than £80million to help tackle the twin challenges of car congestion and air quality.

KMRL writes UMTC to prepare revised bus route rationalisation study

Four years ago Gurugram based consultancy firm Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) had prepared route rationalization study of buses that operate in the Greater Kochi area to bring about the optimal utility of the 1,500-odd private and Kochi State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses that operate in the region.

New Stagecoach open-top route for Hastings

The all new open top ‘route 66’ bus will be hitting the streets of Hastings on Saturday 25th May - for the first time ever!

Canada

332 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
[CA / Expert] First Stadler built Goldleaf cars enter service with Rocky Mountaineer

During the upcoming tourist season, Rocky Mountaineer will start using the first new Stadler-built Goldleaf double-deck dome cars.

CN adds to its executive team

Prior to his appointment as COO, Reilly, 54, had 30 years of experience in the rail industry.

VIA Rail gets buzzy

VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole, a company which combines beekeeping with education.

Dorval releases study findings in push for REM connector

The city of Dorval released study findings in the latest push for a tunnel connecting the city's intermodal station to the REM station under construction there.

OL Canada’s determination to prevent rail-related deaths and injuries

Picture this: Your vehicle is stuck on the tracks in the middle of a railway crossing.

Cityrail News

689 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Sydney's driverless Metro train line opens, but the doors don't

Australia's first driverless train network took off in Sydney today, but cheers turned to frowns as the doors failed to open at one point and the driverless train overshot the platform a couple of times, causing delays.

Opening day for Sydney's new metro trains to be free for passengers

Thousands are expected to converge on Sydney's first metro line on Sunday after the state government decided to make the opening day free for passengers.

Sydney On Demand Public Transport pilots enter new phase

Ongoing Transport for NSW trials of On Demand Public Transport across urban areas are entering a new stage, with four of the pilots extended for further evaluation and two to be discontinued.

Disgusting act on Sydney train infuriates commuters

A group of women with their feet resting on the seats of a Sydney train has drawn a sharp response on social media.

Sydney man shot by police at Campbelltown Train Station undergoing emergency surgery

A man who was shot by police officers after allegedly threatening them with a knife at a Sydney train station is tonight undergoing emergency surgery.

Europe

2534 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
[EU / Expert] A blue stripe: DB 406 001 now named Europa/Europe

Last year, the red stripes on several ICE trains were replaced by green ones.

[PL / Expert] More PKP Cargo Vectrons ready to go

At the beginning of 2019 PKP Cargo and Siemens signed a contract for the delivery of additional Vectron locomotives.

[EU / Expert] DB Cargo Vectrons in ‘I am European’ design [updated]

‘I am European’ – this is the slogan on some of DB Cargo’s newest Vectron locomotives.

Rail Baltica awards design contract for the main line in Estonia to IDOM

IDOM has been chosen as partners for the design of the high-speed railway project in Estonia as they produced the most economically advantageous project; the project is expected to cost €11,363,907.

Gunzelling Reports

913 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
New Hyundai HMM Logo Revealed

Only 15 days from my post about Hyundai (HMM) HMMU series containers and the various liveries, HMM revealed a new livery on 20/5/2019.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/5/2019

There were 67 sightings for this week; This is 1 sighting less than last week.

Northline Curtain Siders

Northline have got some new leased 40ft curtain siders from both Royal Wolf and SCF container.

A couple from Cowan (& not from me)

Just a quick one to clean out another selection from the camera of Mr Ian Brady.

Random Recap #30

The Northbound Adirondack rolls across Margaret St.

Inland Rail Project

253 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance praises success of 2019 Inland Rail Symposium

The Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance (MBIRA) has congratulated Rail Freight Alliance on the success of the 2019 Inland Rail Symposium, held in Melbourne last month.

ALC urges no delays to Inland Rail despite promised inquiry

The Australian Logistics Council has urged Labor to ensure a planned inquiry into route selection and financing arrangements does not delay construction of the Inland Rail project.

Angry farmers vow to fight $10b inland rail project

A group of farmers from Millmerran in Queensland's Darling Downs have vowed to fight the Morrison government's 

Inland rail sparks angst in Nats heartland

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has met with farmers concerned about the route of the federal government's inland rail project.

International Rail News

5117 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
World rolling stock market - May 2019

Australia: Aurizon has ordered 264 coal hopper wagons from CRRC Yangtze.

World rail infrastructure market - May 2019

[color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Australia:[/b] Ausreo is to supply more than 3 800 tonnes of steel reinforcement and Holcim 15 000 m[size=1]3[/size] of concrete for the roof slabs of the future Anzac station in Melbourne.

Over 50% Railway Fishplate installations accounted by Heavy Rails

The global market for railway fishplate (US) or rail joint (UK), is anticipated to witness noteworthy growth in 2019, and reach a market value of around US$ 4,000 million, while registering a Y-o-Y growth rate of over 3%.

SJ selected for Öresundståg operating contract

Swedish national operator SJ has been selected for the next contract to operate Öresundståg passenger services from Göteborg, Kalmar and Karlskrona to Malmö in southern Sweden and København in Denmark.

Revenue and profits grow at Talgo

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2019 on May 14.

Letters to the Editor

237 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Brian Johnson will “absolutely” tour again with AC/DC

The news comes after the frontman was forced to quit the band in 2016 after suffering hearing loss.

Cold war bunker open days announced

If you fancy a nice summer’s day trip to the picturesque town of Cuckfield to see a relic of nuclear war, then some open days have been announced.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Cost overruns in transport infrastructure

Australian governments spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend.

Why we need High Speed Rail between Sydney and Melbourne

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

Model Railways

865 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Over £90,000 raised in support of Market Deeping exhibition vandalism

Vandalism of the Market Deeping Model Railway Exhibition at Stamford Welland Academy on May 18, saw a Just Giving crowdfunding page established with the aim of raising £500 for the club.

May Operations Video

This month's op session was well attended and another excellent variety of model trains was run over the layout.

Hidden Treasures

The recent transfer of two of my a favourite FR locomotives to a shed at the furthest reaches of the railway reminds me that we also have a collection of out of service engines which rarely see the light of day.

Two other West Virginia track plans to consider

I've made the move to West Virginia and the railroad room in the attic is measured and ready.

The MFB railroad

I started in the "Modeling General Discussion".

Narrow Gauge

80 stories | Newest story posted last month
14th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention

Held every two years in Australia the recent Easter convention held at Erina on the central Coast north of Sydney was my first one I attended.

Campbelltown Council elected members vote against miniature railway in Thorndon Park

Hopes by a group of hobbyists to put a miniature railway into a popular park have been derailed by councillors.

Isis Mill to build $14.3m cane railway extension

THE Isis Central Sugar Mill will spend $14.

Map of London’s miniature steam train rides

We all love a steam train, and while the big beasts make occasional weekend trips though the city, there are a surprisingly large number of miniature steam trains chugging along little railways around parts of London as well.

Race to the Finish Line

It has been some time since we have had time to update you, and there has been a lot of action on our South African Garratt since last time, so without further ado, here’s the latest progress.

New South Wales Rail News

3432 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Regional Rail Fleet Project hiring local businesses for construction

There will be an emphasis on local businesses and suppliers to help establish the new purpose-built rail maintenance facility in Dubbo.

'Hopeless': Commuters slam new Sydney Metro trains over delays

Sydney’s new driverless Metro Trains service had a rocky start on its first day of operation with “technical problems” causing major delays.

Sydney Metro officially open

The first stage of Sydney Metro is now officially open, delivering a “turn up and go” rail service from Tallawong Station at Rouse Hill to Chatswood.

Train vs car: Sydney's new Metro put to test

Nathan Burke's daily drive from his Kellyville Ridge home to work in North Sydney takes more than an hour — so is Sydney's new driverless train faster?

Epping and Chatswood upgrade complete

An upgrade to the suburban railway between Epping and Chatswood in Sydney has been completed to modern metro rail standards.

New Zealand Rail News

327 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Stop pushing the roads vs rail narrative

There shouldn’t be a contest between public transport and private cars, but a reasoned discussion about how we can integrate the two, writes Shane Te Pou

City Rail Link cost management consultant appointed

Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide cost management advisory services for the NZ$4·4bn City Rail Link project in Auckland.

Auckland Transport awards Puhinui Station Interchange upgrade contract

Auckland Transport in New Zealand has awarded a contract to the McConnell Dowell-Built Environs joint venture (JV) to upgrade the Puhinui Rail Station Interchange.

Case to upgrade Northland rail line 'marginal'

A major upgrade of the rail line between Auckland and Northland would cost $1.

Shifting the Ports of Auckland would be disguised attempt to promote rail, National says

The National Party says a report into shifting the Ports of Auckland to Whangārei or Tauranga is a thinly disguised attempt to promote rail.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 2 years 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

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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

692 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
North East Link Fully Funded In Suburban Transport Blitz

The Andrews Labor Government has fully funded the biggest road project ever built in Victoria as part of a Suburban Transport Blitz that will get Victorians home sooner.

French agency to fund Rs 472 crores for Vyttila Mobility Hub

The Vyttila Mobility Hub Society (VMHS), with the support of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), is planning a Rs.

Air NZ orders Dreamliners eyeing high-end tourists, New York non-stop

Air New Zealand will add eight new Boeing 787-10 aircraft to its fleet, which make it possible for the carrier to fly non-stop from New Zealand to New York while trying to attract more high-end tourists to the country.

RATP Group and Airbus sign MoU to study on viability of flying vehicles

To explore the feasibility of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), the RATP Group and Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding  (MoU).

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Wednesday 5th June - English Channel

Something rather different from our usual daily news, Dakotas over the English Channel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Channel Crossing the day before D-Day.

Pacific National News

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Three Hunter coal trains sped more than 40km/h over the speed limit before a derailing, a report says

THREE coal trains sped at more than 40km/h over the speed limit through a known defective section of Denman rail track only days before a coal train derailment in 2016, a report has found.

More momentum for Memphis Down Under

Australia’s largest rail freight operator Pacific National today congratulated Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for moving ahead with construction to connect the north-south Inland Rail and east-west Transcontinental Railway via the company’s Parkes Logistics Terminal.

PN 92 AND 93 CLASS LOCO’S – FUMES IN CAB – Progress at last!

After a spike in fume events on 92 and 93 class locomotives going through the Ardglen Tunnel, Your Gunnedah, Port Warath and Greta HSR’s asked for RTBU Locomotive Division assistance to represent this matter on your behalf.

PN COAL, HSR ELECTIONS (HUNTER WHS COMMITTEE)

Members would have recently been advised by management that elections are under way for your Health and Safety Representatives.

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.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted last year
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

2317 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Brisbane's 'ugliest building' to go as bus and rail moves underground

Brisbane buses will follow trains underground at Roma Street Station as the government forges ahead with Cross River Rail plans, without the federal help it hoped to get from a Shorten Labor government.

Facelift for six south Brisbane train stations

Six south Brisbane train stations are set to be upgraded to ensure they meet accessibility standards with new lifts, overpasses and bike racks in preparation for the long-awaited Cross River Rail.

Councillor Paul Jacob calls for feasibility study

TOWNSVILLE councillor Paul Jacob wants the State Government to conduct a feasibility study into starting passenger rail services in the city.

32 new trains, an extra 14,000 seats added to rail network this week

Thirty-two new peak-hour trains are set to start on south-east Queensland's rail network this week, with an extra 14,000 commuter seats made available.

Extra train services = Restored train services

After 956 days of Rail Fail, Queensland Rail (QR) managed to today (Monday 13th May 2019) restore the grand total of 32 out of the 330 weekly train services that were axed due to lack of train drivers.

Rail Events

336 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The Transcontinental Railroad transformed Omaha and our nation

The hammering of the Golden Spike into place 150 years ago this month at Promontory Point, Utah, launched Omaha and our nation into a dramatic new era.

Thanks to all for a memorable Spike 150

We, the Box Elder County Commissioners, would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation and to thank everyone for all of their hard work and commitment to making this year’s Spike 150 such an outstanding event!

A Coast-to-Coast Marriage of American Railroads

A president can get a lot done in Washington when a slew of congressmen — the ones who hate his guts — skip town for four years.

Rail News

4006 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Trainz Livestream

Hey everybody, finally going to do another Trainz live stream at 6:00 P.

QUBE EA Negotiations Update

The RTBU Locomotive Division and your Delegates held our final discussions with QUBE management on May 24th.

UK Trade Create pop-up

The post UK Trade Create pop-up appeared first on Railway Technology.

Industry weighs in on Federal Election result

Peak industry bodies from across the infrastructure sector have congratulated the Federal Coalition Government on its election victory, before laying down the priorities and issues to be addressed over the next three years.

Ricardo acquires Australian consultancy under diversification strategy

Ricardo plc has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire rolling stock life cycle management and technical services consultancy Transport Engineering Pty Ltd.

Rail Travel

221 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
To Chichester via Portsmouth

On a lovely afternoon we boarded a train at the charming little station in Shanklin, bound back to the mainland for the rest of our summer holiday.

Southern Summer Sunshine; Solent and Sussex

A rail tour of the south coast of England

Another Walk to the Pub .

Train rides and country walkRegular readers will be familiar with my occasional outings with my local church, starting with Ely, then York, Oakham (for the Grainstore Brewery) and Spalding.

A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around New Street Station.

Such a Pretty City!

When I was growing up it was hard to imagine that I would ever be able to visit eastern Europe, or if I did I would be constantly under suspicion and in danger.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 5 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

368 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
New manager at Heritage Engineering Ireland

Heritage Engineering Ireland has announced that they have appointed a new manager at its Whitehead workshop.

Meet Krauss: The lonesome loco that just wants to come home

Why a community's beloved old locomotive has been left to languish in isolation after volunteers spent years restoring it.

Steam locomotive Derek Crouch to be overhauled

The Small Loco Group has announced that Derek Crouch is set to be overhauled to working condition.

Tangent 20-21

Another stunning autumn day and equally stunning re-railing work.

Long Await Building Construction Begins

IRM's long awaited Model Railroad and Pullman Archives building has begun construction.

Railway Publications

35 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
The Penydarren Tramroad, South Wales – Part 2

This post follows the route of the Penydarren Tramroad from Abercynon to Merthyr Tydfil as shown on the adjacent sketch map which is taken from The Railway Magazine’ March 1951 edition.

Uganda Railways – Part 30 – The Railway Magazine 1950 – June 1950

Reading through old copies of The Railway Magazine, I came across this article in the June 1950 copy.

Japanese Narrow Gauge -762mm Lines – Part 2 – The Kiso Railway – Part A

Railways for the transport of timber from Japanese State and Crown forest locations were first used at around the beginning of the 20th Century.

Railway Stories

71 stories | Newest story posted last month
High-capacity container wagons ordered

Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems has awarded United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant a contract to supply 400 Type 13-6903 container wagons by February 2020.

The lost children of Wollongong

The last two posts have been rather sombre affairs so I thought I would take it up a notch before the month is out.

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.

Russian Rail News

29 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Transmashholding tests new high-power freight locomotives

Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding is testing new modifications of the Yermak and Peresvet freight locomotives.

Russian Railways issues first international Green Bond

Russian Railways has issued the company’s first Green Bond, and the first international Green Bond issued by a Russian company.

Russian Railways invests in electrification to reduce carbon emissions

Russian Railways (RZD) has announced plans to increase its capacity of electrified rolling stock, as part of its wider programme of electrification and reduction of emissions in Russia.

Russian Railways to increase electric operation

Plans to increase the use of electric traction were announced by Russian Railways on May 14, with the national operator saying this would offer environmental benefits compared to the use of diesel or road and air transport.

The threat of flooding on rail networks: Preparation and planning are key

Exceeding 85,000km, the Russian railway network is one of the largest transportation systems in the world, covering almost all of Russia, a country located in different time zones and with varying climates.

South Australian Rail News

678 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
SteamRanger rail line gets new life at Middleton

Heritage railway operator SteamRanger Heritage Railway is repairing a life-expired railway bridge in historic Middleton.

Beware the pitfalls of privatising Adelaide's trains and trams

Privatising Adelaide’s public bus services worked well – for a time – but what about the trains and trams?

Unions rail against privatisation as Libs leave doors open

Privatising the state’s rail fleet could usher in higher fares, service cuts and government subsidies, the sector’s union claims, as Premier Steven Marshall today confirmed “all options” were on the table.

Transport Minister refuses to rule out privatising Adelaide trains and trams

Stephan Knoll says he does not want to play the "rule in, rule out" game as he aims to make the state's public transport system more customer-focused to improve patronage.

Government accused of suburban train cuts: ‘less seats for patrons’

South Australia’s Transport Minister has confirmed his department has cut back the number of carriages being used on some suburban train lines.

Tasmanian Rail News

379 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
$16 million upgrade to Tasmanian Railway

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget includes a substantial investment of $16 million over four years to support the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Rail-trail development an opportunity for tourism influx, committee hears

A heritage train and cycleway combination would be an effective pairing, the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor has heard.

North-East Rail Corridor Inquiry report expected by early June

The findings of the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor should come in May or early June, the inquiry chairwoman says.

North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry resumes

The astonishing story of the Yarra Valley Railway was the focus of the first day of the resumed North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry.

Ownership of Coastal Pathway rail bridge settled

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

Train Simulator News

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Metro Exodus

With 'Metro Exodus', there is now a computer game playing in a dystopian near-future railroad world.

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

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‘They can creep up on you’: Transport Minister’s warning as light rail testing begins

The Transport Minister has warned people to be cautious with the Sydney CBD light rail testing now underway.

Now for some light rail relief: how about free travel in the CBD?

The new light rail line is imminent, which by the standards of the project means it might arrive in the next 18 months.

CRICH ON WDNESDAY 22 May 2019 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw spent an enjoyable day at Crich on Wednesday crewing for the Ultimate Tram Driving Experience.

Live: NSW Now: Sydney light rail milestone, two house shootings

Sydney's light rail testing has extended through Surry Hills to Central Station overnight, the furthest the trams have reached so far.

CRICH GLORY MINE 20 MAY 2019 - Frank Bagshaw

Blackpool 40 on the newly laid Glory Mine passing loop.

UK

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Steam locomotive 48151 heading for Carlisle this Tuesday

Steam locomotive 48151 will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in and around Carlisle on Tuesday 28th May 2019.

Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman heading to London this Tuesday

60103 Flying Scotsman is back on the mainline and is heading to Southall after spending time in Scotland.

Hackney Wick wins top design award

Network Rail has announced that the re-developed Hackney Wick station has won a prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London award.

East Midlands Trains release Dog Train-ing guide

East Midlands Trains have announced that they have released a dog guide for train travel after research was completed.

First Class Pullman service available on the West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway has announced that they have launched their First Class Pullman service on trains in 2019.

USA

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We Are In This Together

On May 4th (May The Fourth Be With You), I had the pleasure of joining nearly 50 other passenger rail advocates for the Northeast Division membership meeting.

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Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live’!

Freeman Station, part of the old Burlington Junction rail hub, is back on track

Railroad gem has been beautifully restored, but it was never easy, writes Jeff Mahoney.

I slept outside in the cold, Thursday

Over he last 50 years of my travel, I have slept in a lot of different beds.

Your Right To Be On Time

In the seemingly never-ending saga of settling once for all how Amtrak and host railroads can agree on measuring on-time performance for passenger trains, the host railroads' umbrella organization -- the American Association of Railroads -- is again pressing for the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of our victory last summer in the federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Victorian Rail News

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Victoria's 2019 State Budget: What public transport got

It's better to judge a government's priorities by its budgets not by its words

Delivering More Trains, Trams And Buses

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting public transport services and getting trucks off local roads to get Victorians where they need to go.

Suburban Transport Blitz To Get People Where They Need To Go

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a massive Suburban Transport Blitz, with record funding for road and rail projects that create thousands of jobs, slash congestion and deliver on our promises.

Labor's federal poll loss shifts goalposts on big transport projects

No money has been assigned to plan the $13 billion airport rail link in the new financial year, the Andrews government's budget reveals.

Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail needs more attention, users say

It's a community asset that stretches more than 50 kilometres, features beautiful landscapes and historic buildings, and it's used by all sorts of people at all sorts of times - so why isn't more being done to look after the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail?

Western Australian Rail News

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METRONET seeks contractors

Expressions of interest for two design and construct contracts are being sought for the major METRONET project in Kelmscott, Western Australia.

Power failure at Perth station affecting eastern trains

A POWER failure at Perth station this morning caused delays on the Midland, Armadale and Thornlie lines.

Fallen slurry pipes stop work on Forrestfield-Airport rail link

The collapse of more than 500 metres of heavy piping in the airport tunnel early today had been predicted.

Major Rio Tinto rail contract awarded

A civil works contract for Rio Tinto’s new iron ore mine in Western Australia, Koodaideri, has been awarded to two local companies.

Rail collision apology bid

A Withers man who is planning to defend allegations that he drove around boom gates to evade police before colliding with the Australind Train says he wants to apologise to the community.

Yarra Trams

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Safety Upgrades For Nicholson Street Tram Stops

Three tram stops on Nicholson Street will be upgraded over the next week, making it safer and easier for passengers to get on and off trams on one of Melbourne’s busiest routes.

Hum from Brunswick West electrical tram substation infuriating residents

Residents living near a noisy Yarra Trams substation have been “driven up the wall” by loud humming, with the operator fined thousands over the disruption.

PTV to build substation close to home after Moreland Council rejects park offer

A family set to have an electronic substation built 20cm from their bedrooms is begging Moreland Council to step in.

Yarra approves accessible tram stops for Nicholson Street

Yarra Council has approved plans for accessible tram stops to be installed along Nicholson Street, between Kerr and Holden streets.

Spencer St closed near Southern Cross station at peak hour after gas leak

A major street in Melbourne’s CBD has partially reopened after a gas leak during this morning’s peak hour shut down the road for trams and motorists.

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