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ACT

53 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Day, night testing along light rail track starts next week

The consortium behind Canberra's light rail project will start testing the light rail vehicles at both day and night along the route from Gungahlin to the city from next Tuesday.

The first light rail vehicle has arrived on Northbourne Avenue

Light rail testing is poised to begin on the southern stretch of the Gungahlin to Civic track in coming weeks, with the arrival of one of vehicles onto Northbourne Avenue.

Final track laid in light rail line from Gungahlin to city

The ACT government expects the consortium building and operating Canberra's light rail will miss "the first few" availability payments because of delays in getting the trams operating.

Barr calls on Feds to boost NSW fast rail commitment

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has called on both sides of federal politics to commit funding to the Canberra-Sydney rail corridor to speed up the development of a faster service between the two capitals after the NSW Government made regional rail a priority for its $4.

Railway language: Is it light rail or a tram being built in Canberra?

What is the correct term for the new track being built between Gungahlin and Civic in Canberra's north.

Africa

134 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
CAPE’S RAIL ENFORCEMENT UNIT MAKES 7 ARRESTS FOR VARIOUS CRIMES

Seven suspects were nabbed in Woodstock, as well in the Claremont and Rondebosch areas, for crimes like theft, attempted robbery, malicious damage to property and the possession of stolen property

First section of Dakar’s Regional Express Train is completed

Electrical tests have been conducted successfully on the first section of the Regional Express Train (Train Express Régional or TER) that will link the capital of Dakar to Diamniadio (36 km).

Progress Rail locomotives delivered to Tunisia

SNCFT awarded Progress Rail a $54 million contract in December 2016 to supply 20 of the six-axle meter-gauge locomotives, which are being built at the Progress Rail plant in Muncie, Ind.

Egypt Train Timetables

Egypt's well-developed rail network is ideal for long journeys in this country.

Arabian Rail News

60 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Pakistan-Iran rail service suspended

The Pakistan-Iran cargo train service has been suspended for three days after nine bogies of a goods train derailed in Kaishangi are of Nushki district on Saturday.

A new dawn for the Egyptian railway industry?

With almost 5,000km of track connecting major cities and towns, the Egyptian railway system plays a vital role in the country’s economy; yet, over the past few years, its antiquated trains and the lack of solid safety measures have been compromising its services and economic growth instead of supporting it.

CRRC wins Egyptian EMU order

CRRC Qingdao Sifang has won an order to supply 22 six-car electric multiple-units to operate on a railway linking Cairo to 10th of Ramadan City.

Funding for railway link UAE – Saudi Arabia

The national railway network of the UAE is to be further expanded with the signing of a financial agreement last week.

Hopes rise for trans-Korean rail traffic

The first train in a decade to cross the border between the two Koreas passed through the Demilitarised Zone on November 30 as negotiations begin to restore international rail traffic between the two countries.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 2 years 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

1140 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Expanding the railway legal framework in southeast Asia

The Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to co-operate to develop rail transport in Asia

Pakistan Govt to launch 20 new trains by next year

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid has said institutional reforms are the agenda of the government and Rehman Baba Express is a milestone achievement of Pakistan Railways.

Rail connectivity to B'luru airport (KIA) in six months

Name the quickest, most affordable way to get to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), causing zero congestion on the road.

Bangladesh to increase rail connectivity with neighbours

The government will increase internal railway tracks as well

Why China is determined to connect Southeast Asia by rail

Planned 3,000-km rail network raises debt, sovereignty concerns

Aurizon

204 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Corporates lend weight to ACCC push against $200 million deal

Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have joined other corporate heavyweights, including Bluescope, signalling they would not be able to use trucks to replace trains to ship their goods if a $200 million deal between freight giants Pacific National and Aurizon hampered access to rail services in Queensland.

Aurizon coal trains grind to a halt on North West rail line as unions strike

AURIZON coal trains travelling between Mount Isa and Townsville will grind to a halt today as Rail Tram and Bus Union members strike in a bid to bring forward stalled wage and condition negotiations.

Dozens of Mount Isa Aurizon jobs saved by Linfox

Freight company Linfox has secured an agreement to purchase Aurizon's Queensland Intermodal business (QIB), guaranteeing service continuity and securing hundreds of jobs.

Aurizon announces latest Community Giving Fund recipients

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail-based transport business, has granted 22 charities much needed funding from its Community Giving Fund.

PEP show interest in Aurizon’s rail maintenance unit

Mid-tier Australian private equity firms including Pacific Equity Partners are believed to have been sizing up Aurizon’s rail maintenance business that it has up for sale through advisory firm Gresham.

Bus Transport News

192 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Stagecoach Gold Enviro200's for Wirral

Stagecoach Merseyside has expanded its luxury brand bus fleet in Wirral due to increasing demand.

Transporting Australia’s Top All-Abilities Cricketers

More than 110 bus services will transport the 240 players participating in next week’s National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Geelong.

Stagecoach BYD ADL Electrics for Guildford

Stagecoach has launched nine new BYD ADL Enviro200EVs on its Guildford Park & Ride service.

RIGA EXPANDS LARGE SOLARIS ORDER

In 2013 Solaris Bus & Coach S.

Scottish Green Bus Funding Awards for First & Glasgow Airport

First Glasgow and Glasgow Airport have been awarded more than £1 million in funding as part of the Scottish Green Bus Fund.

Canada

268 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
CP plans Rogers Pass tunnel overhaul

“It’s our current most important asset,” John Leonardo, General Manager for Wayside Train Control and Communications, said of the tunnel, which carries trains through Rogers Pass.

Demonstrators block Vancouver rail crossing in support of anti-pipeline First Nations

Demonstrators opposed to a natural gas pipeline that would link Dawson Creek with a future LNG plant in Kitimat briefly shut down a rail crossing in East Vancouver on Wednesday.

Oil shipments by rail likely won’t interfere with grain movements

When considering the pattern of how grain is shipped by rail in Canada, it’s very unlikely increased oil shipments would interfere, according to Quorum Corporation.

CP’s Creel: CTA Vancouver service problem probe “irresponsible”

CP, said Creel, “is proud of its service performance in Vancouver.

Agency to investigate possible freight rail problems in Vancouver

The National Transportation Agency will investigate possible problems with freight train service issues in the Vancouver area including whether rail companies are fulfilling their obligations.

Cityrail News

646 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Sydney Trains workers stood down over altercation with blind man

Three Sydney train workers have been stood down after they were filmed brawling with a blind man on a station platform.

New Year, Same Problems

Sydney Trains started off 2019 on the wrong foot last night, with a major system meltdown beginning around 6pm on New Years Eve and still continuing well into New Years Day.

SYDNEY TRAIN CANCELLATIONS & DELAYS AFTER ISSUES AT WYNYARD

PEOPLE CATCHING THE TRAIN TO WORK OR TO THE AIRPORT ACROSS THE T2 AND T3 NETWORKS IN SYDNEY THIS MORNING ARE BEING TOLD TO ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TRAVEL TIME FOLLOWING ISSUES AT WYNYARD STATION.

Smoke enters train carriage during morning peak at Parramatta

A train carrying commuters from the Blue Mountains was halted at Parramatta during the morning peak after smoke poured into a carriage through an air-conditioning system.

Digital Systems to transform Sydney's rail network

The transformation of Sydney’s rail network through Digital Systems is a step closer with the NSW Government signing a $16 million contract to ensure new technology is properly integrated into the Sydney Trains network.

Europe

1709 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Portuguese incumbent awarded public service contract

The government has formally awarded national passenger operator CP a public service contract running for 10 years from the start of this year, with an option to extend it by five more.

Germany takes leading role in re-opening of Iron Rhine

At the request of Flanders, Germany is prepared to take on a leading role in the negotiations over the 3RX route of the Iron Rhine.

New railway connection port of Zeebrugge – Dourges

A new rail connection between the port of Zeebrugge and Dourges in northern France will be opened on 12 February.

[EU] ‘Een job bij DB Cargo’ – Railpool 186s with DB stickers

Recently, DB Cargo Nederland expanded its DE/AT/BE/NL fleet considerably by adding (new) Railpool MS2e electrics to its fleet.

SBB Cargo stands alone

The ‘gradual separation’ of freight activities from the national railway operator has taken a further step, with SBB Cargo AG being managed as an independent company within the SBB Group since the start of the year.

Gunzelling Reports

789 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/1/2019

There were 68 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings more than last week.

LVNU Removalist Container

An interesting pair of LVNU removalist containers.

P&O Nedlloyd Containers

P&O Nedlloyd was absorbed into Maersk quite a few years ago (2005), and it is pretty uncommon to see P&O boxes still in traffic (but they do exist).

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/1/2019

There were 65 sightings for this week; This is 24 sightings more than last week.

Railfanning (in the snow?) Yesterday

The snow has melted in Plattsburgh, fortunately not where I live though.

Inland Rail Project

218 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Inland Rail project could improve freight access to Sydney ports

The Inland Rail project is set to revolutionise freight transit throughout regional Australia, and there is the potential for some favourable impacts on the Central West market.

Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance welcomes sod turning on Inland Rail in Parkes

The Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance (MBIRA) welcomes commencement of construction on Inland Rail as a historic milestone for Australia to meet its growing national freight task and develop an efficient supply chain.

Inland Rail proponent critical of ceremony

Controversy has erupted over a planned ceremony to mark the Inland Rail's progress through central western NSW

Cormann, McCormack back Indigenous employment targets for Inland Rail

An Inland Rail Indigenous Participation Plan (IRIPP) is aimed at ensuring local communities share in employment opportunities granted by the construction and operation of the major project.

Sod-turning launches construction of 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor

Construction of the 1 700 km Melbourne – Brisbane Inland Rail freight corridor was officially launched on December 13 when Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack turned a ceremonial first sod in Parkes, NSW.

International Rail News

4972 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Rail Corridor analysis won’t be completed for at least another year

The controversial review into the viability of the Western Rail Corridor will not be completed for at least a year – because it has yet to even start.

Deals and M&As this week: ESG, Hitachi, Mott McDonald

Engineering Support Group (ESG) has been awarded a contract by Transport for London (TfL) to install an automatic braking system on London’s tram network.

PerceptIn launches 1,000m perception device for high-speed trains

Full-stack visual intelligence company PerceptIn has launched a 1,000m visual perception module designed for semi-autonomous high-speed trains.

Cloud architecture for Big Data

In order to use this information to help guide decision making, it is essential to be able to store, visualize and analyze this data efficiently.

Tunnel experts dismiss Elon Musk's Blue Mountains plan as 'Alice in Wonderland stuff'

A group of senior road tunnelling experts have dismissed Elon Musk's claim he can build a 50km loop through the Blue Mountains for $1 billion, with one calling it "Alice in Wonderland" talk.

Letters to the Editor

230 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
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.

That hard to find gift

Here's the gift every train fan needs.

Our infrastructure projects can help build many things—including stronger institutions

Working to finance major infrastructure projects, World Bank teams have seen time and again that the sustainability of investments depends ultimately on the efficiency and capacity of the agencies that manage them.

The day German U-Boats passed under Tower Bridge

One hundred years ago, four German submarines slipped through Tower Bridge and into the Port of London, heart of the city’s cargo trade.

Model Railways

492 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
USMRR Aquia Line is 10 Years Old

I made a short video commemorating the 10th anniversary of my O Scale model railroad.

Re-Design version IV.....and some history of the Line..

In my forever quest to create a operational layout, i have again dismantled half of the second level and one third of the lower level.

Vertical staging elevator

My small two siding point-to-point layout has little space for car storage.

Representing brake gear - more art than science

Over on my Andrew's Trains site I've been working away at (and writing up how I've been) upgrading the Athearn Blue Box XAF10 Railbox cars (and yes I know they are not exact - but they're cheap and I have a few of them to upgrade and add to my fleet).

Twenty Twenty

After my (assisted) efforts to construct a Worsley carriage body Himself has continued with another of the batch I have bought, which is an additional model of bowsider 20.

Narrow Gauge

72 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
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.

Harold The Second

We have a number of duplicates in our fleet, mostly this is because we've made an improved version as our techniques have improved, or because a better kit has come onto the market.

New South Wales Rail News

3242 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Today Marks 42 Years Since The Granville Rail Disaster

Today marks 42 years since Australia's worst rail disaster - the Granville train derailment which claimed the lives of 83 people and injured over 200 others.

Elvis trains pass through East Fork

THE spirit of Elvis Presley was already alive and well on Thursday afternoon, well before festival-goers reached Parkes.

Proposal to revive historic rail line south of Sydney

Reviving a once-bustling train line between Picton and the Southern Highlands could inject over $50 million a year into Wollondilly’s tourism industry.

'Sounds like a bargain': Elon Musk quotes to build tunnel through Blue Mountains

A NSW MP has pitched the idea of building a 50-kilometre tunnel through the Blue Mountains to tech billionaire Elon Musk, who quoted "a bargain" to build it, according to tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

New Zealand Rail News

313 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
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.

NZ approves funding for Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail trial

The NZ Transport Agency has approved funding for a trial of the Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail service.

KiwiRail providing live data for GDP tracking platform

New Zealand operator KiwiRail says real-time reporting on freight volumes and movements will inform a live economic growth tracker being launched by Massey University.

Transport Agency not fit to regulate rail

A health and safety lawyer believes the Transport Agency has been too cosy with the rail operators it is required to regulate for safety and wants change.

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

96 stories | Newest story posted 7 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

567 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Construction starts on London’s longest river pier

Building work has started on what will be the longest pier on the River Thames within London, and which will include a public viewing platform.

AvTalk Episode 49: Shut it down

On this episode of AvTalk, Indonesia finds the Lion Air 610 cockpit voice recorder, we look at the effects the US government shutdown is having on aviation, and our favorite roof top bar that’s also an airline announces last call.

Joon , the airline searching for purpose, to shut down

Air France in 2016 unveiled its new low cost subsidiary which they called Joon.

Final Boeing 727 Passenger Flight

The final Boeing 727 commercial aircraft to carry passengers has made its last flight.

Vietnam Newest Air Carrier Bamboo Airways Starts Flying

Vietnam newest carrier Bamboo Airways launched on January 16 its first domestic routes in Vietnam.

Pacific National News

14 stories | Newest story posted last month
PACIFIC NATIONAL EA BARGAINING

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.

Pacific National Delegates

On Wednesday November 7, Loco Division PN Coal Delegates from across the state gathered to prepare to meet management and work through current workplace issues.

633 years among them – retirements around the tracks

During the recent Loco Around the Tracks tour, a number of retiring members were presented with their plaques and certificates as a show of thanks for their years of dedication to the industry and the […] Read More »

ACCC takes action against Pacific National and Aurizon

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Pacific National and Aurizon (ASX: AZJ), and their related entities, for allegedly reaching an understanding in relation to Aurizon’s intermodal business that had the purpose and/or would be likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in the supply of intermodal and steel rail linehaul services.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 9 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

2233 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Train delays after power line issues

A power outage is causing delays for Brisbane train commuters, with delays of up to 20 minutes expected on one line.

Rail trail study one cycle closer for Proston

A RAIL trail feasibility study is one step closer for the proposed Proston to Murgon Trail application.

Queensland Rail picks DXC for $94m IT services shakeup

Queensland Rail has chosen DXC Technology as its sole provider of IT managed services as part of a project aimed at ditching its existing IT infrastructure ownership model for the cloud.

Cairns residents offered half price Kuranda rail tickets

RESIDENTS in the Cairns region are being offered half-price tickets to ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway on Australia Day on January 26.

New figures show massive increase for Helensvale heavy rail

NEW data has given the city’s public transport system a big pre-Christmas boost.

Rail Events

226 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
BSME Final run

The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers have made arrangements for a final run of the club's two 12x65 foot layouts this Sunday 1/20/2019 1 to 5 pm.

RailTech Europe 2019 is now open for registration

In just a little over two months the 12th edition of Trade fair RailTech Europe will kick off in the Netherlands.

Junee Retirement Function Jan 27 11AM

Come along on January 27 to Junee Bowling Club to farewell our drivers retiring from the railways.

Lithgow Retirement Function

Come along to farewell Les Horkings at Lithgow Club on the 2nd of February, 5pm.

SRHC Pako Festa Geelong Train Tour 23/2

Seymour railway Heritage centre events you on a special vintage diesel haul heritage train tour to Geelong  and enjoy a family day out at Pako Festa Festival with complimentary Devonshire Tea.

Rail News

3916 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Is the Coalition ‘stacking’ tribunals? No shortage of ideological pals getting jobs before election

The New Daily: Scott Morrison’s government has been accused of “stacking” judicial bodies with ideological friends before the election, in a bid to create a difficult environment for, as polling suggests, an incoming Labor government.

Labour hire union members secure better pay and conditions

Previously casual labour hire workers at a Wollongong coal mine have won permanent, well-paid jobs,

Australia on track to endure hottest month ever, with another ‘burst of heat’

Australia could be sweating through its hottest month ever, after a gruelling heatwave smashed weather records across the country.

US DOJ closes review of $11bn Wabtec-GE Transportation merger

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has closed its review of the $11bn merger deal between Wabtec and GE Transportation, a business unit of General Electric Company.

ARTC gets short shrift from ACCC in rail access stoush with haulage companies

The Australian Rail Track Corporation is considering its options after haulage companies told the competition watchdog the government-owned entity could use its natural monopoly powers to raise prices on the interstate rail network.

Rail Travel

194 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
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 some of the capitals of Europe.

First Time Traveller? 12 tips for you, your child or your friend

My nephew recently set off in his first overseas trip as an adult (just).

2019 Travel Plans

What are your travel plans for 2019?

BANGKOK - Urban Rail Impressions

I have just been to Bangkok for two days on a winter escape trip to Southern China and Southeast Asia, areas I haven't been to before.

Southern Summer Sunshine; Solent and Sussex

As usual this summer we planned to spend a day at the seaside with our friends who habitually stay at East Wittering.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks 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

217 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Re-railing

At lunch time on Saturday we had driven the last spike, packed up all the gear and had started heading for home.

It’s done!!

After a massive week, the re-sleepering job is now done!

From one massive job to another!

No rest for the wicked… Or maybe it’s just that we can’t help ourself.

A few pics

Just because we’re quite proud of our recent works, here’s a heap of pics showing the finished product.

Railway Publications

16 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
A Large Wonder

One of the joys of the festive season is receiving new books and having time to read them.

Tim Fischer book: Former deputy prime minister talks trains

TIM Fischer is known to most Australians as a former deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals in the Howard Government.

New eBook: Passing a Half Century

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

Book Review: Canadian Pacific Railway

Continuing my trend of reading old railway books, I recently read “Canadian Pacific Railway” by Patrick C.

Railway Stories

69 stories | Newest story posted 2 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.

South Australian Rail News

659 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Historic horse-drawn trams cancelled amid safety concerns

Australia's last horse-drawn trams stop running to South Australia's Granite Island after a pylon on the pier leading to the popular tourist spot collapses.

Public transport review provides more efficient network

The State Government has completed the review of public transport services announced in the State Budget to improve the efficiency throughout the network and provide better services.

We Shall Need Gladstone

Don't worry, we're not about to go standard gauge on you.

Save the OVERLAND train between Adelaide and Melbourne (Petition)

The Overland has been an icon of Australia and gets passengers between Adelaide and Melbourne

Tasmanian Rail News

371 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
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 .

'Flowers, pizza and texts' from rail boss fail to impress couple injured in freight derailment

A couple who were knocked unconscious by debris when an out-of-control train was forcibly derailed in Tasmania say the state rail operator offered them "blocks of chocolate", flowers, pizza and other items following the incident in September.

Hobart rail lines to remain intact with Mac Point cycleway extension construction

RAIL lines will remain intact at Macquarie Point despite northern suburbs light rail supporters fearing work on a bike track at the site could damage the infrastructure.

Inquiry into tourism opportunities for Tasmania's North-East rail corridor

A Legislative Council committee examining potential tourism opportunities for the North-East rail corridor has called for public input into the inquiry.

New route recommended for heritage railway and rail trail

A change in route to the North-East’s heritage railway and bike rail trail is on the cards.

Train Simulator News

65 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
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

1393 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Auditor-General’s report shows Newcastle given a dud light rail program

The Auditor-General’s report (Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program) outlines the lack of proper procedures in the decisions to trash the existing rail system and replace it with light rail in Newcastle.

Opposition leader phones openline to refute light rail claims: ‘I can’t rip it up and that’s that.’

State opposition leader Michael Daley has phoned the open line to refute claims made by the Transport Minister.

Labor will tear up the brand new Sydney Light Rail ‘if it’s a scourge’

The state opposition leader has admitted tearing up the brand new Sydney light rail is an option if he’s elected.

TfL selects ESG to install automatic braking system on London trams

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a contract to Engineering Support Group (ESG) to install an automatic braking system on the city tram network.

UK

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Crossrail artists takeover Selfridges shop windows

As part of a larger scale art programme, a number of Selfridges windows have been given over to artists working on the Crossrail project.

Porterbrook Flex Trains for Postal Services

Porterbrook is supplying the Rail Operations Group (ROG) with bi-mode FLEX trains to support the company’s expansion into the rail postal industry.

Research shows commuters contribute £22.8 billion to UK economy each year

A new report into commuters’ spending habits, conducted by Kinetic and Exterion Media, in partnership with the Centre for Business and Economics Research (Cebr), has revealed that the value of commuter commerce to the UK economy is £22.

London Underground plans major upgrade for Leyton tube station

Waltham Forest Council has agreed to fund half of an £18 million upgrade for Leyton tube station on the Central line, with the other half coming from TfL.

Banish the Monday blues with a Samaritans brew

Samaritans is encouraging people across Britain to beat Blue Monday by getting together for a cuppa on Monday 21 January 2019 for Brew Monday.

USA

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Washington State Department of Transportation – Operator Wanted

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking proposals to manage and operate the P&L branch of the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad.

After 40-plus years, Amfleet I replacements sought

A base order will include “75 trainsets or their railcar equivalents” with options to provide equipment for Washington D.

Amtrak issues RFP for new passenger rail vehicle fleet

US-based passenger railroad service Amtrak has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure a fleet of single-level passenger rail vehicles to replace the company’s Amfleet I and ex-Metroliner railcars.

Why is there such a disconnect between Lynx and SunRail?

We just saw a glaring example of the disconnect between the Lynx bus and SunRail on Martin Luther King Day (1/21).

Victorian Rail News

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V/LINE INFRASTRUCTURE EA DELEGATE MEETING

This week, V/Line Infrastructure Delegates from across the state met to formulate and endorse our 2019 EA bargaining round log of claims for the V/Line Infrastructure agreement.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE PAST

2019 marks two anniversaries of historic occasions for our Union.

VICT SUPPORTS THE PLAN FOR WEBB DOCK RAIL

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has welcomed the support to provide $1.

How long is a railway station platform?

Last Monday’s meltdown soured the return of trains after upgrades on the Dandenong and Frankston lines – which included works for the Metro tunnel, and also power upgrades extensions to some platforms.

Answering the Questions that Dan Andrews Refuses to Responds to the Costings of the MBRP

Considering MBRP Mk 1 was a diabolical fiasco under The Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects Jacinta Allan's management and budgeted for $440 million with the Federal Government's contribution.

Western Australian Rail News

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Runaway iron ore train derailment ends up costing BHP hundreds of millions of dollars

The deliberate derailment of a fully-laden runaway iron ore train inflicts a heavy financial blow on BHP, with the incident a major contributor to a $US600 million hit to the miner's iron ore production.

Rail option to get lithium-laden trucks off SW highways

The early numbers are stacking up on a $150 million reopening of a disused stretch of South West railway as a key piece of WA’s lithium industry.

FMG denies union claims rail asbestos removal program is unsafe

FMG has denied claims by the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union that workers are being put at risk by a major project to remove asbestos from thousands of its China-imported rail carriages.

Business case ‘key’ to rail project

The business case will be crucial to the ultimate success of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder rail realignment and intermodal hub project, Australian Rail Track Corporation chairman Warren Truss says.

CBH marks 50mt rail milestone

Grower cooperative CBH Group has marked the 50 millionth tonne of grain moved on its rail fleet since in acquired its own locomotives and wagons in 2012.

Yarra Trams

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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.

Introducing our 2019 community partners

Yarra Trams has announced the 2019 recipients of Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, with eight new community organisations that champion diversity and inclusion received a share in $1 million worth of free advertising on Melbourne’s iconic tram network.

Tram-stop sneaks will be in the picture

MOTORISTS who speed past stationary trams will be caught on camera — and could eventually receive fines and demerit points for it.

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