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Calls increase for Sydney to Canberra high-speed train

Pressure is increasing on the federal government to commit to a Sydney to Canberra high-speed train, with Stockland’s Mark Steinert pitching in via the Financial Review this week.

Bid to move Kingston railway station a 'retrograde step'?

The bid from the Fyshwick Business Association to have the Kingston railway station relocated to its own back yard ("Calls for capital train station move to Fyshwick", November 5) is understandable, but to my mind would be a retrograde step.

Fyshwick Business Association lobbies government to move Canberra passenger train station

Fyshwick's newly incorporated business association is calling on the ACT government to consider moving Canberra's passenger railway station from Kingston to Fyshwick.

Canberra commuters warned over snake on a train

Commuters on Canberra's light rail system have been cautioned to watch out for slippery passengers after a snake was spotted on the tracks this afternoon.

Light rail is too costly for ACT

In reflecting on the ACT government's persistence with its light rail project in the face of better alternatives, all I can only conclude is that a "tram" is essentially an image factor in the minds of Andrew Barr and Shane Rattenbury


216 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
NRZ orders 100 freight cars from United Wagon Company

National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has awarded a contract to Russia’s United Wagon Company (UWC) to supply 100 freight cars.

National Railways of Zimbabwe orders Russian wagons

National Railways of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement for United Wagon Co to supply 100 open wagons.

Construction of Nigerian rolling stock factory begins

The construction of a rolling stock assembly plant at Kajola in Ogun state was launched when Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo attended a groundbreaking ceremony on November 9.

Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park intermodal terminal MoU signed

A memorandum of understanding for the development of a multi-modal dry-port within the future Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park at Musina near the border with Zimbabwe was signed by project promoter Eco-Industrial Solutions and Transnet Freight Rail on October 23.

What now for Johannesburg’s Gautrain?

The South African province of Gauteng is by far the country’s wealthiest and most economically valuable asset, contributing just over a third to South Africa’s economic output, according to 2016 data from Stats SA.

Airline News

43 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
A quarter of Japan's international flights now link to China

With trips up 19% this season, Chinese carriers fatten cash cow routes

AvTalk Episode 70: Fat Fingers in Amsterdam

On this episode of AvTalk, we chat with Ian Matthews—a Flight Maintenance Engineer for a US-based cargo airline.

Adani Group likely to emerge as winner for Rs 29,560 crore Jewar airport

The Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) has opened the Technical bids for selection of the concessionaire for the Jewar International Airport at its Greater Noida office on Tuesday.

Here’s how to track all the Star Wars special liveries

Star Wars special liveries now adorn six aircraft across four airlines.

New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in October 2019

Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts.

Arabian Rail News

139 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Nagpur Metro Jobs 2019: Maha Metro notifies vacancy for various positions

The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro) invites applications from the eligible and experienced Indian nationals for the following positions for the Nagpur Metro Rail project.

Korail takes delivery of first Hyundai Rotem EMU-250 trainset

Hyundai Rotem delivered the first EMU-250 electric trainset with distributed traction to Korail on November 4.

Virgin Hyperloop One and Saudi Arabia sign MoU for Transport Technology

The California-based hyperloop company, Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) on October 31, 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kingdom’s renowned King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for development of transport and technology in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Railway Co and Russian Railways to co-operate

Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev and Saudi Railway Co CEO Dr Bashar Al Malik signed a co-operation agreement in Riyadh on October 14.

Etihad Rail awards Stage 2 systems & integration contract

Project promoter Etihad Rail has awarded Hitachi Rail STS the 1·6bn dirham railway systems & integration contract for Stage 2 of the national network


92 stories | Newest story posted 6 months 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

2330 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Railway Timetable Changes – November 2019

Sri Lanka Railways is planning to revise timings of 3 trains from 27th November 2019.

China poised to open 350 km/h automated railway

Automated operations are due to start before the end of this year on the 174 km high speed line linking Beijing with Zhangjiakou in Hebei province, one of the host cities for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

JR West Railway selects E Ink for smart signage trial

JR West Railway Company has selected electronic ink technology firm E Ink as the display medium for a smart signage trial at Japan’s Osaka station.

Election Special Train Schedule – Badulla

Sri Lanka Railways will operate a special train between Colombo Fort and Badulla during the Presidential election period.

Delhi Metro Phase-IV work to begin by November-end

After a delay of more than three years, the construction of Delhi Metro’s Phase IV project is finally going to start by the end of this month.


237 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Aurizon was offered G&W rail assets for $627m

Genesee & Wyoming provided better terms and conditions for the sale of its Australian rail business to Macquarie Group than it did to Aurizon after putting the rail assets on the block for $627 million, the Queensland rail company has alleged.

Loram Completes Aurizon Acquisition Down Under

“This acquisition is a step-change in Loram’s continued expansion as a respected leader in railway maintenance contract service operations globally,” said Loram President and CEO Phil Homan.

Aurizon haulage contracts with Adani a 'moot point'

It is unclear whether Indian conglomerate Adani will ask local companies to transport coal for its controversial Carmichael mine so it may be a "moot point" whether Aurizon ends up bidding for haulage contracts, chairman Tim Poole said.

Aurizon moves stored container wagons to Gympie

Aurizon locomotives 2491H and 2480H last night delivered a large number of PCUM wagons to the Mary Valley Rattler's yard at the old Gympie station.

Anti Adani Protesters Expect to Interrupt Aurizon AGM on October 17th 2019

We know Aurizon are checking this Facebook event, so invite all your friends so Aurizon can watch the ‘going’ number grow!

Australian High Speed Rail

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Start Sydney to Canberra high speed rail now: chief executives

The chief executive of Australia's largest property developer, Stockland's Mark Steinert, has joined calls for the federal government to commit to  funding a Sydney to Canberra high-speed train and other rail projects

Nothing moves slower in Australia than fast rail

Despite piles of reports, oodles of analysis and a substantial application of common sense, the federal government is proceeding at a glacial pace with plans for fast rail at scale.

A Tale of Two Cities…and Four Coastal Plains

This blog has discussed at length the fate of High Speed Rail in Australia.

New committee to consider options for financing faster rail

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has commenced a new inquiry into options for financing faster rail to connect major cities across Australia.

Can high speed rail really solve our population problem?

The loss of 200,000 people would not much change Melbourne or Sydney, but those numbers moving to Geelong or Wollongong would create huge disruption

Bus Transport News

436 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Amsterdam & Haarlem Order for 156 Electric Ebusco Vehicles

Ebusco, based in the Dutch city of Deurne, has received an order from Transdev Netherlands for 156 electric city and regional buses.

Timetable Tuesday #48: Route 580 - The seven day bus just a few use

A month ago we looked over the Greensborough local bus network and suggested some improvements.

New Enviro400's for Go North East X30 Route

Go North East, has invested £720k in 3 brand-new, state of the art, environmentally friendly buses for its X30 route which serves Consett, Catchgate, Annfield Plain, Stanley, Sunniside, Whickham, Dunston and Newcastle.

Stagecoach Poppy Buses

Stagecoach Merseyside has once again rolled out its ‘poppy bus’ onto the streets of Merseyside ahead as part of the 2019 Remembrance Activities.

Fixing Melbourne buses: 3CR Community Radio Interview

Last Wednesday (6 November) I spoke to John McPherson and Kevin Healey from Radio 3CR's City Limits program on improving our bus network.


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Canadian Pacific places five locomotives with military paint schemes in service

Canadian Pacific (CP) unveiled five specially painted locomotives on Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the U.

Canadian Pacific reaches all-time monthly record for grain volumes

Canadian Pacfic (NYSE: CP) hauled an all-time monthly record of grain and grain products volumes in October, the railway said on November 12.

CN Sets Grain Record, Preps for Winter

“This fall has been plagued with cold and wet weather, which has negatively affected the pace of grain deliveries, leaving rail capacity significantly under-utilized,” CN said.

A Global Hub Turns to TOD

Montreal might be fondly known as Canada’s cultural capital, with Instagram-worthy historic streets, a global reputation for arts and festivals and a seemingly endless supply of cuisine that always inspires.

Canadian Pacific meets with short line railroads and transload operators to determine ways to drive growth

[For two days in late October], Canadian Pacific brought together short line railroads and transload operators to nurture collaboration and develop efficient service offerings to customers, with the goal of fostering sustainable, profitable growth.

Cityrail News

724 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New facility announced for digital innovation on Sydney trains network

Transport for NSW is establishing a new Digital Systems Facility in Chullora to support the integration of future technologies across the Sydney train network.

Shock video shows boy, 15, lighting bong on Sydney train

A 15-year-old boy has boasted how he doesn’t give a ‘f**k’ about police after a shocking video shows him smoking a bong on a crowded Sydney train as a grinning friend watches on

Sydney's Town Hall train station evacuated following reports of smoke

More than 500 peak hour commuters were evacuated from Sydney's Town Hall station on Monday morning.

Huge queues, crowding at Sydney train stations amid network meltdown

Commuters at Milson's Point station are told to "get out and walk over the Harbour Bridge" as two separate incidents on Sydney's rail network spark long delays and morning peak-hour chaos on several lines.

'Get out and walk': Signal failure, broken train spark Sydney rail chaos

Commuters at Milson's Point station are told to "get out and walk over the Harbour Bridge" as two separate incidents on Sydney's rail network spark long delays and peak-hour chaos on several lines.


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DB Regio orders EMUs for Karlsruhe services

DB Regio has awarded Alstom a €120m contract to supply 19 Coradia Continental regional electric multiple-units.

DB Regio orders 19 Coradia Continental electric trains

Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio has ordered 19 Coradia Continental electric trains that will operate in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

[CH / Expert] Südleasing Vectron locomotive update

Slowly but steadily we are moving towards the delivery of the first Vectron locomotives to Südleasing and SBB Cargo International.

Gunzelling Reports

1032 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Afternoon viewing

Only time today for a few random photos from the Mighty Phil Clarke Collection.

New Linfox Boxes

A trio of new Linfox boxes arrived on MB4 this week.

Railfanning Roadtrips - The Blue Ridge Scenic

Hey everybody, back with something a little different this time.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/11/2019

There were 84 sightings for this week; This is the same number of sightings as last week.

Upgraded Jumbo Coils

Shot this yesterday on MW2.

Inland Rail Project

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Pacific National opens inland hub at Parkes

PN owns 365 hectares of land at Parkes within the 600 hectare national logistics hub alongside other terminals established by freight companies SCT Logistics and Linfox.

Government calls for EOIs for Inland Rail business cases

The Federal Government has called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) putting forward projects for investigation under the $44 million Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program.

Regional Australia’s largest logistics terminal opens

The opening of the $35 million Parkes Logistics Terminal is set increase productivity on the Inland Rail project and make Parkes an epicentre of regional growth.

Inland Rail seeks improvement ideas

The federal government is seeking ideas on how to improve national connectivity and drive supply chain productivity from the 1,700km freight rail line, as part of a $44 million Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program.

Logical investment in Inland Rail

Parkes is set to be the epicentre of regional growth and opportunity with the opening of the $35 million Parkes Logistics Terminal by Pacific National, joining SCT Logistics and Linfox to connect to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $9.

International Rail News

5288 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Mayan train project hits buffers as Mexico rejects 388% travel tax

Mexico’s Senate has voted down a colossal tax hike, previously approved by the House of Congress, to fund railway mega-project.

The Panama Connection: by truck and rail, not canal

When people think Panama vis-à-vis shipping, they think of the canal.

Wi-Tronix introduces Violet Edge 830 – an economical IoT platform solution

Wi-Tronix technologies offer the rail industry a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) IoT platform that delivers actionable real-time alerts, insightful reports and analytics to increase safety, reliability and operational efficiency.

New rail carriages approved to increase capacity on Dublin network

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for Ireland, Shane Ross, has announced government approval to purchase 41 additional rail carriages to be utilised across the Greater Dublin Area.

CAF consortium receives new signalling contract in Uruguay

A consortium of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Revenga Smart Solutions has won a signalling contract for the Ferrocarril Central project in Uruguay.

Letters to the Editor

275 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Greenwich to get a full house of Queens

For the first time ever, three famous paintings of Queen Elizabeth I, the Armada Portraits, are going on display together in the same place, at Queen’s House in Greenwich.

Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith

In the British Museum at the moment is an exhibition about a period of German history that’s both well known, and hardly known at all – the hyperinflation of the world war periods.

National Portrait Gallery to close for 3 years

A part of a major rebuilding project, the National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will be closing for three years, from the end of June 2020.

Exhibition Review: Tutankhamun comes to London

The Saatchi gallery, founded by the masters of spin has secured the big prize in blockbuster exhibitions with the master of bling paying his last visit to London.

Recycling and resource recovery infrastructure – your questions answered

Last week we released our interim report in providing advice to government on recycling and resource recovery.

Model Railways

1225 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Digitrax AR-1 Connections

Anybody know what the middle connection is for?

Following the Morris Fork turn

As promised, here are scenes from last week when we followed the Morris Fork turn up into the hills.

Chippewa, Marquette, St. Charles and Pacific Layout Pics

Since Joe asked for some layout pics in a previous post I though I would make a new entry.

Another suggestion…

Another suggestion during the first operating session was to come up with a system where some cars would not be moved due to still being loaded or unloaded.

Tortoise Switch Machines

Tortoise Switch Machines.

Narrow Gauge

96 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Harcourt Miniature Railway making tracks to be Australia's largest miniature railway

A network of rail lines is gradually spreading across a 65 acre Harcourt block, the first shoots of a mammoth plan.

Bishop takes to the rails in Wales

The Talyllyn Railway played host to a distinguished visitor this Autumn in the person of the Right Reverend Cleophas Lunga, the Bishop of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe.

A New Whistle In The Hills!

Testing continues on the NG/G16, with work currently focused on testing and proving of boiler fittings and pipework; injectors, pressure gauge and water gauges, blower, safety valves and whistle have all been tested.

Bridge View Light Railway

Ken Jones has visited Bridge View narrow gauge railway in Coventry

Fire In The Hole!

That’s right, your eyes don’t deceive you!

New South Wales Rail News

3667 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Hybrid plan for Regional Rail Fleet

New South Wales’ new Regional Rail Fleet will be built with bi-mode technology to allow both diesel and electric operation, for an estimated cost saving of $2 million a year.

Blackheath Railway Station sesquicentenary

The distinctive mural at Blackheath railway station is being restored just in time for celebrations to mark the station's 150th birthday.

TfNSW awards Mott MacDonald JV technical adviser contract

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has appointed the Mott MacDonald and SMEC FutureRail joint venture as technical adviser for the future stages of the ‘More Trains, More Services’ programme.

NSW and Victoria named infrastructure investment leaders

NSW has ranked highest in Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s 2019 Australian Infrastructure Budget Monitor for the third year running, with Victoria a close second.

A four-hour commute blows Harris's working day out to 14 hours

The train Harris Cheung catches to work in Sydney each day takes an hour-and-a-half — the same time it took to travel the route on a steam train in the 1930s.

New Zealand Rail News

359 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Auckland receives first electric train from CAF

Auckland Transport has received its first electric train, AM810, from Spanish train builder Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).

Auckland Transport launches request for information for operating franchise

AT says the franchise is expected to be tendered in early 2020 and will come into effect in 2021.

New daily rail service for logs to Port Taranaki

A daily log train from Whanganui to Port Taranaki is expected reduce traffic congestion and road repairs, and save costs for log exporters.

KiwiRail awards polymer sleeper contract

Lankhorst will supply its KLP hybrid polymer sleepers, which are manufactured using a high-grade ductile polymer made from 100% recycled plastic, which encases reinforcing steel bars.

Northern Territory Rail News

212 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Review of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility announced

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, has announced a review of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to assess its ability to meet the Government’s development objectives in Northern Australia.

The 120-year journey to build Australia’s Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line

Australia would approach the task of building The Ghan, an almost 3000 km rail line stretching through the nation’s centre, very differently if construction began today.

TNG inks rail deal for Mount Peake project

TNG has signed a binding contract with rail provider Genesee & Wyoming Australia to haul material from the Mount Peake mine more than 1100 kilometres to a processing facility in Darwin, Northern Territory.

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.


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Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

In 1919 two small aircraft firms were set up in the UK and through many mergers became British Airways, which is now marking its centenary with a vision of flight in another century hence.

Australia is turning into a car park for dirty vehicles

Australia's most popular cars emit between 8 and 42 per cent more carbon dioxide than their UK counterparts, raising concerns that the country has become a parking lot for dirty vehicles.

5 factors to consider when creating an International Shipping strategy

No matter where you are in your business’s journey – whether you have been profitable for years with a committed global customer base or you are introducing the world to something new

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.

Other Transport News

801 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
See a Mercury mission spacecraft in the Science Museum

Sitting near the back of the Science Museum is a full-size model of a spacecraft that’s currently on a journey to Mercury.

Traffic Light Review To Improve Travel Time And Boost Safety

The timing of traffic lights are being adjusted to boost safety, reduce travel time and move more people on our roads.

London Public Art: Taxi

A weatherworn, and better for it bronze is frozen in time trying to hail a taxi cab next to London’s Embankment.

Those odd looking security barriers

You’ve probably seen these dotted around a few places, what looks like some sort of security barrier, but wondered how such an odd thing could work.

Uber disaster: Glitch hits Flemington racegoers

Uber has been hit with a costly and frustrating tech glitch that has prevented the ride-sharing company from picking up passengers.

Pacific National News

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‘Historic day’: PN opens Parkes Logistics Terminal

Pacific National has formally opened its new Parkes Logistics Terminal at the intersection of Australia’s east-west railway and the future Inland Rail route.

Amsted unveils bogie-mounted brake system

The Ibex braking system is set to enter service on two new CRRC wagons ordered by Pacific National in Australia for a year-long trial later this month.

PN slams

Australia's biggest rail freight operator, Pacific National, has issued a scathing report on the troubled $440million Murray Basin Rail project.

Australia’s major highway now a conveyor belt for big trucks

In a disturbing development, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Pacific National has declared rail freight is on its deathbed between Melbourne and Sydney.


Rail freight operator Pacific National is urging action on excessive government charges and red tape which it attributes to putting rail freight "on its deathbed" between Melbourne and Sydney.

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

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

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.

Qube Logistics

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Road to rail becoming reality at Moorebank Logistics Park

Qube Managing Director Maurice James tells Rail Express about the flagship project at Moorebank Logistics Park, what’s next for the site, and his thoughts on the road to rail freight shift.

Queensland Rail News

2420 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Mt Larcom

Mount Larcom is located 565 kilometers north of Brisbane and 35 kilometers north of Gladstone on the North Coast Line.

Preventing Cross River Rail Fail - Scorecard

Recent BrizCommuter posts have found serious concerns about a looming Cross River Rail Fail where the proposed am peak service frequencies after Cross River Rail (CRR) opens will not be achievable.

Historical artifacts found in Cross River Rail excavation

Workers have discovered historical artifacts from 19th century Brisbane while excavating on the Cross River Rail Project.

Queensland rail bridges made stronger

Queensland Rail has announced that its $28 million project to replace 18 timber rail bridges with more durable structures is now complete.

Check Mate - Cross River Rail's BS-Ometer

Cross River Rail's (CRR) website has a section called Check Mate, that allows users to type in their postcode, suburb, or station, and see the benefits from Cross River Rail.

Rail Events

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Steam locomotive 52322 set for 2020 visit to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has announced that A Class locomotive, 52322, will be visiting them once more in 2020.

Driving the digital rail revolution through data

The afternoon of Digital Rail Revolution 2019 was very much centered on data, beginning with a session from Unipark on condition monitoring which the Chairman of Stream A, Diego Galar, Professor of Condition Monitoring, Lulea University of Technology (LTU) called a “hot topic”.

Women Inspiring Rail: A Q&A with Leanne Redden, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority

How did your career in rail begin and what does your current job involve?

Identifying Noise Impact on Kelani Valley Line

Colombo Suburban Railway Project Safeguard team collected day/night time noise measurements from 44 points from Maradana to Padukka on Kelani Valley railway line.

​World War One sacrifices remembered thanks to Sussex mum

Brighton railway workers who served their country have been remembered thanks to a research project by a mother-of-two.

Rail News

4105 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
£2 million To Small Bus Operators for Audible and Visible on-board Information

Buses around Great Britain should become more accessible for disabled passengers thanks to a new partnership with the Real Time Information Group (RTIG), announced at the end of October.

‘Smart dryer’ pushing the boundaries of efficiency

IMI Precision Engineering is using condition monitoring to improve the efficiency of its drying system for compressed air on rollingstock.

Unmodified 40ft Boxcars in Pulpwood Service

I'm actually in the process of building a small paper mill switching layout.

ARTC North Coast Line – update

ARTC continues to monitor conditions regarding train operations on its network in NSW and is working with operators and emergency services regarding train movements and access to the rail corridor.

Transport reforms too slow, commission says

The Productivity Commission says reform in road, rail, air and marine transport has been “disappointingly slow,” and has failed to deliver expected productivity gains.

Rail Travel

247 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
The UK’s largest optical telescope – is in London

An observatory operated by UCL in North London has acquired a new telescope, which happens to be the largest of its kind in the UK.

London Never Ceases to Amaze

It started as a short visit to daughter and grandson in Orpington, although we did take a slightly different route by way of a change, but on the way back we popped in on an exhibition at ExCel and that's where it became amazing, as I shall explain shortly!

A London Triangle

In November two grandchildren were born, a boy to our daughter in Orpington (see The Leafy Suburbs), and a few days later a girl to our son in Shepherd's Bush.

Traveling by rail across Australia

Is Australia close to losing one of its oldest long distance passenger train service, The Overland?

An easy way to lose a pound

Having returned from my trip described in the post below, I went through the Journey History on my TfL Oyster app and found an interesting phenomenon.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 10 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

515 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago

A very long and hard day’s work, but we’ve got the turntable track back up and running.

New turnout

Well today was the day.

Interested in Railway History?

Rail trails evoke the interest of many people.

The last Donovan on the Rails

Robert Donovan, best known as 'Donno' to his mates, has been riding and driving stream engines since he was a child.

Tickets Alert: Train trip into the Jubilee line’s overrun tunnels

There’s a chance next month to visit a part of the Jubilee line rarely seen – the overrun tunnels that run beyond Charing Cross station towards Aldwych.

Railway Publications

76 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Historical Map: Interurban Trips Over Vancouver, B.C. Electric Railway System, 1913

A handsome birds-eye map of the extensive interurban electric railway network extending from Vancouver as far away as Chilliwack.

Historical Map: Transit Map of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1969

A simple and modernist diagram of transit services in Halifax, produced in advance of the system converting from a mix of buses and trolleybuses to all diesel buses on January 1, 1970.

Bells & Whistles—Episode 16

What were the top news stories RT&S was following this week?

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

It's Tomorrow's Engineers' Week, showcasing engineers' mission to build a better world.

Bells & Whistles—Episode 15: A visit with a short-liner

This week’s episode of Bells & Whistles features RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson’s recent visit with the California Northern Railroad Co.

Railway Stories

77 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Partnering to create a safe, efficient and effective rail industry: The RISSB story

In this exclusive message, the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board outlines its purpose, its approach, and plans for the future.

Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania: The Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production

Have you ever heard of the town of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania?

We Will Remember Them

About 20,000 railway workers from Britain lost their lives during WWI, after more than 100,000 enlisted when war broke out.

The Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

The Star Barn in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is one spectacular barn to see.

Leaf-busting trains prepare for autumn

Did you know we have a dedicated fleet for tackling the thousands of tonnes of leaves that fall on the railway each autumn?

Russian Rail News

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TransContainer orders flat wagons

Intermodal operator TransContainer has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 100 Type 13-6851-05 flat wagons for the transport of heavy containers and tank containers.

Russian Railways approves digital transformation strategy

A digital transformation strategy running to 2025 has been approved by the Russian Railways board.

RZD launches 2025 digital strategy

The strategy sets digitalisation priorities for RZD including replacing foreign IT solutions with domestic ones, while also providing the necessary resources and technologies.

RZD seeks approval for 1000km high-speed rail project

The proposal supersedes earlier plans to build a 762km high-speed line from Moscow via Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan.

Russian Railways’ reveal their digital transformation strategy

The key document defining the digital transformation of the Russian railways by 2025 is its ‘Digital Transformation Strategy’

South Australian Rail News

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SA Government seeks EOIs for Adelaide Metro operation

The South Australian Government has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the operation of Adelaide Metro train services.

Construction begins on SA rail line electrification

Construction works have commenced on a multi-million-dollar project to electrify and modernise the Gawler Rail Line in South Australia.

GlobeLink freight plan needs more work, says Knoll

Taxpayers are on the hook for $20 million to investigate whether the GlobeLink freight plan stacks up

South Australia commences multi-million dollar rail electrification

Construction towards the electrification and modernisation of the Gawler Rail Line has commenced, with over $440 million allocated towards the project by the federal and South Australian governments.

South Australia launches Gawler line electrification project

The scheme has a chequered history, as it was originally announced in 2008, but cost overruns and changes in federal government transport policy resulted in work being suspended in 2014.

Tasmanian Rail News

387 stories | Newest story posted last month
Don River Railway general manager Niels Brun dies

A leading light in Tasmanian heritage railway and tourism tragically passed away Saturday morning.

Hobart rail action group urges Gov to get on with reopening the northern suburbs rail line

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has urged the Government to get on with reopening the rail line, saying its by far the “safest bet” when it comes an effective transport option.

North-East Rail Trail legislation expected in 2019

The next step towards the North-East Rail Trail, and adjoining heritage train, is expected before the end of the parliamentary year.

North East Rail Trail funding extension sought

Member for Bass Bridget Archer confirmed she is seeking to have federal funding for the North East Rail Trail extended.

Legislative Council inquiry recommends heritage railway and rail trail compromise

A Legislative Council inquiry into the future of the North-East rail corridor has supported the establishment of both a heritage railway and a rail trail.

Technology News

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Help colour in London’s buildings

A new app and website have been launched and is encouraging people to record details of all the buildings around them.

Visualize, Allocate, Execute, Report

These huge volumes of data cannot be processed effectively with most planning or operational software that exist in the rail industry today.

Huawei may launch next flagship smartphone without Google

In May, Trump added Huawei to the Entity List by executive order, forbidding US companies from working with Huawei without a government-issued license.

Microsoft investigated over remote data collection, says Dutch DPA

While the DPA said that the technology giant is in compliance with the agreements made following an investigation concluded at the beginning of the year, but the firm's remote collection of data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro may violate rules.

State AGs partner with Justice Department to investigate anticompetitive tech mergers

The collaboration was confirmed by Makan Delrahim, head of antitrust at the Department of Justice.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted last month
Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

A REVIEW that NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said found safety risks to cyclists near Newcastle's light rail amounts to an "extraordinary admission", Labor contends.

New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

Avoca’s sporting clubs have access to a brand-new minibus to ensure players and supporters can travel safely to and from matches and events thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program.

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!

Tram and Light Rail News

1601 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Nice opens its third light rail line

The 7km line runs from Terminal 2 at Nice Airport north to Saint-Isidore.

Sydney Light Rail breakdown causes lunchtime chaos in CBD

A power failure causes all trams on test runs through the city to come to a halt on Wednesday, including one stuck straddling the busy intersection at Market and George streets.

Sydney's light rail line to open to passengers as early as December 7

Sydneysiders are set to get a chance to ride on the city's new $2.

Ottawa converts bus rapid transit into light rail line

Stage 1 of the Confederation Line, the first conversion of an exclusive bus rapid transit (BRT) system into a light rail transit in North America, recently made its debut in Canada’s capital city.

Skanska secures $778m light rail extension contract

Sound Transit has awarded Swedish company Skanska a $778m contract to construct the Lynnwood Link Extension L300 Main Package in Washington, US.


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Wet and Windy, or how we miss the East Lincs Main Line

People in Louth, Lincolnshire, say that in the 1960s they could travel by train to London in about the same time as it now takes them to drive to their nearest main line station.

Northern place one third of new Class 195 and Class 331 fleet into service

Northern have placed one third – 33 of 101 trains – of their new Class 195 and Class 331 fleet into operation in a number of towns and cities across its service – including Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, West Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire.

Find out more about footbridge rebuild in Cheadle Hulme

Residents in Cheadle Hulme are being invited by Network Rail to find out more about work to rebuild a footbridge over the railway between Cheadle Hulme and Handforth stations.

British Steel rescue deal vital for keeping Network Rail on track

Jingye Group, the Chinese steelmaker, has agreed in principle to buy British Steel out of liquidation for £70m.

More trains on the London Overground from next week

People using the London Overground line between Watford and Euston will have a more frequent service from next during off-peak hours.


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Port Authority to receive over $2.5 million from Norfolk Southern after derailment

The Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania is expecting to receiver almost $2.

EnterTrainment Junction, West Chester, Ohio: The Home of Great EnterTrainment

The city of Cincinnati, Ohio sits on the Ohio River in the southwest corner of the state U.

BNSF coal train derails in Iowa

Radio Iowa is reporting that a BNSF coal train derailed between 20 and 30 cars as it traveled through the southwest Iowa town of Red Oak.

Commentary: Hiding in plain sight – railroad KPIs suggest continuing weakness

KPIs are shorthand for linked key performance indicators.

Victorian Rail News

6709 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Bridge to replace level crossing in Werribee

A new road bridge will replace a level crossing in Werribee, as part of Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project.

Elevated rail to remove four Preston crossings

Early works will begin next year towards the removal of four level crossings and construction of two new stations in Preston, the Victorian government has said.

Member Update Your Details Competition – Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the members who sent back their forms to update their details.

New V/Line directors appointed

Three new directors have been appointed to the V/Line Corporation Board by the Victorian Government.

Operations begin on Metro Tunnel’s second TBM

Victoria’s largest public transport project – the Metro Tunnel – continues to move forward, with the second tunnel boring machine (TBM) Meg having started its journey.

Western Australian Rail News

1177 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Contract awarded for bridge over Rio railway

The WA government will spend $23 million to build a road bridge over the rail line Rio Tinto plans to build as part of its Koodaideri iron ore project.

Tier Three rail campaign gathers steam

LEADERS of the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) have called on the State government to consider options which might allow closed Tier Three grain lines to be returned to service.

Arc Infrastructure committed to WA SuperNet

Arc Infrastructure have this week reaffirmed their commitment to the WA SuperNet project, a planned enterprise-grade, affordable broadband service along 4000km of WA’s grain railway line.

Grain growers win access to grain freight rail network

A dispute over access to Western Australia’s Grain Freight Rail Network has ended, but grain trucks will still be used while the freight line remains closed.

Beijing bets big on WA port and rail project, but Oakajee deal ignites leverage concerns

A deal by a Chinese state-owned company to buy out a $9.

Yarra Trams

328 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Delivering Yarra Trams’ Systems Engineering Management Plan

When Yarra Trams was required to develop a Systems Engineering Management Plan that met the ISO1588 standard and Competency Guidelines, it called upon Systematiq’s consulting expertise to ensure compliance.

Rally in Bourke Street

Friday 8 November, from 5.

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 November, first to last tram.

Level crossing removal, Toorak Road

9pm Friday 8 November until 7am Saturday 9 November

Melbourne Cup Parade

Due to road closures in the City for the Melbourne Cup Parade.

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