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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.

Government accused of delaying high speed rail investment

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese says it’s time for the Morrison Government to get behind high speed rail, suggesting it's been delayed for political purposes.


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Chinese trio deny offering $5,000 bribe in Kenya rail probe

Three Chinese nationals were Monday charged with offering a $5,000 (Sh500,000) bribe to an inspector of police and his team for favour in the investigation on fraud at the Mombasa railway terminus in Kenya.

For the first time, high-speed rail arrives in Africa

The Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail line, the first ever high-speed line in Africa, has been officially inaugurated.

GE withdraws from $2bn Nigeria rail concession

General Electric (GE) has withdrawn from a nearly $2bn Nigeria rail concession as a part of its strategy to wrap up its transportation business.

Morocco inaugurates Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail line

Morocco has opened the Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail line, which will connect industrial and commercial hubs.

Arabian Rail News

58 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
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.

Dubai firm invests €100 million in world’s longest undersea rail tunnel

Dubai-based construction firm ARJ Holding is investing €100 million (Dh416.

Dubai RTA takes delivery of first of 50 metro trains

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the first of the new Dubai Metro trains had arrived in the emirate, with a total of 50 to be delivered by the end of October next year.


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Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Irwin to leave Pacific National

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

Asian Rail News

1062 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Ahmedabad Metro project in India to undergo trials in January

Ahmedabad Metro project in the Indian state of Gujarat is set to undergo trials next month as the first train has been shipped from South Korea.

ICF prepares to launch next-generation MEMU

A prototype for the next generation of Mainline Electric Multiple-Unit for Indian Railways is expected to be rolled out for test running on December 15, according to Integral Coach Factory General Manager Sudhanshu Mani.

Commuters complain of rail connectivity hassles

Lim Wei Ling, a 24-year-old who works in Bangsar, must get up at 5.

Boundary walls to be raised at accident-prone spots along rail tracks

Boundary walls would be raised at accident-prone spots along 


198 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon Picnic 2018

Aurizon member families enjoyed the festivities on Wednesday November 21 at the Annual Employee Picnic.

Freight giants hit back at ACCC over blocked rail deal

The threat of significant financial penalties would be enough to stop freight giant Pacific National misusing its market power were it to buy key rail assets from Aurizon, the company has told a court as it battles to get the deal past opposition from the competition watchdog.

Aurizon Newsflash: Over the speed hump

Today, your Enterprise Agreement negotiation committee attending a meeting with Aurizon team to discuss a way forward with the EA.

Sagarmala invests Rs 1.25 bn in Krishnapatnam rail freight corridor

The corridor will connect Krishnapatnam port on the east coast with Indian Railways' network at Venkatachalam and Obulavaraipalli.

Bus Transport News

168 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
There will be a heritage bus service in London on Christmas Day

On the day when tubes, trains, buses and even cable cars go to sleep, there will one bus company offering a very special Christmas Day service.

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Saturday 1st December - South Essex & North Kent

A small selection of vehicles that may be in use on the day.

Christmas Day bus service

ROUTE 430 – CHRISTMAS DAY – FREE BUS SERVICE On Christmas Day 2018 a free bus service will again run on route 430 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge.

Stagecoach Now Offers Contactless Payments on Every UK Vehicle

Millions of Stagecoach passengers now have access to contactless bus travel after the company completed the roll-out of the technology which now covers 7,400 vehicles operating within Stagecoach’s regional bus businesses in Scotland, England and Wales.

Alexander Dennis & Hydrogen fuel

ADL adds hydrogen fuel cell technology to the market’s widest range of low and zero emission buses


243 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Chamber backs high-frequency rail option

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce thinks a high-frequency rail system — not a lightning-fast rail corridor — would better address Ontario’s transportation needs.

CP launches next-generation grain haulage fleet

Canadian Pacific formally unveiled its next-generation grain trainsets on December 4, during the opening of an upgraded loading terminal near Moose Jaw attended by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Highways & Infrastructure Lori Carr.

Record mark for CP grain carloads

The Class I announced that November volume broke its previous record for carloads of Western Canadian grain and grain products shipped to the Port of Vancouver.

All she wants for Christmas are her two tank trains

Notley is whining for not just one train, but a giga-set of 80 locomotives and 7,000 tank cars to shift Alberta’s low-grade oil substitute from the boreal forest to the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Coast.

Cityrail News

640 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
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.

Summer Holiday Transport

As usual there will be changes to transport arrangements over the summer period due to changes in travel patterns.

Major delays across the network leaves passengers seething

Passengers are experiencing major delays on Sydney trains this afternoon with some services taking as long as 30 minutes to move between stations on the City Circle line.

Opal cards 'not going anywhere', but Sydney's train users don't need them anymore

Commuters and tourists can now use their credit and debit cards to board Sydney trains and can expect similar access to buses by mid-2019.

New Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre Features the World’s Largest Command and Control LED Display

A new Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre (ROC) now nearing completion includes a central control room featuring what is believed to be the world’s largest command and control LED display.


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New rail freight service between Italy and China

Rail freight operator Far East Land Bridge (FELB) is set to launch a new service between the intermodal terminal of Melzo (Milan) and Chengdu (Southeastern China) on 26 January.

Arriva wins expanded Danish regional operating contract

Incumbent Arriva has beaten off two rival bids to win the next contract to operate regional passenger services in western and central Jylland, in a deal which includes the transfer of two routes currently operated by national passenger operator DSB.

Infrabel’s simulated train collision at ‘Brussels North-South’ junction

A train entering the ‘Brussels North-South’ junction, the busiest railway axis in Belgium, collided with another train.

Faster fastening installation in Estonia

Infrastructure contractor Leonhard Weiss has awarded Pandrol a contract to supply more than 430 000 Fastclip FE rail fastenings for the 65 km line between Tapa and Narva.

Gunzelling Reports

755 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Increased train lengths on the ADK&LC

The Adirondack & Lake Champlain Railroad Co.

New Eurotainer

A new Eurotainer with the new logo.

Another Lindsay Transport Reefer

Grabbed this one last week on an MS service.

Random Recap #11

When visiting family near Buffalo, I rode on the Arcade & Attica Railroad.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/12/2018

There were 64 sightings for this week; This is 4 sighting more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

213 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Lockyer Valley needs to 'stop meddling' on Inland Rail

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council should stop trying to meddle in issues that are clearly the responsibility of the State and Commonwealth Governments.

NSW Farmers to join Inland rail taskforce on tour of affected farms in the region

NSW Farmers President James Jackson will join Inland Rail Taskforce Chair Adrian Lyons on a tour of farms in the central west region on Monday December 3 to gather more feedback from farmers on the inland rail project.

Are we ready to take advantage of the Inland Rail reality?

The Inland Rail has been a long time coming for the Darling Downs region but now that the project is a reality, businesses need to be ready to make the most of the opportunities it has to offer.

Inland rail meeting, Gilgandra reveals no final route determined

In order for the Inland Rail Narromine to Narrabri project to work it must go through farmland, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said.

Inland rail meeting in Gilgandra

A community meeting was held in Gilgandra this week to discuss the project.

International Rail News

4896 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Siemens and Alstom submit proposal to address merger concerns

A package of proposals intended to address the European Commission’s competition concerns regarding the proposed merger of Siemens Mobility and Alstom were submitted by the two companies on December 12.

New partnership aims to enhance real-time passenger information

Luminator Technology Group (LTG) and KeTech Systems Limited (KeTech) have announced their new Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Alstom wins Israel Railways ETCS contract

National railway ISR has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to design, supply, install and commission ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment across its fleet.

Letters to the Editor

226 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
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.

The mystery of the London skeleton still wearing his boots

A skeleton, lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, still wearing a pair of thigh-high leather boots has been discovered by archaeologists in Bermondsey.

London Public Art: The Whitechapel Threads

In the middle of a wide avenue by Shoreditch station stands three ropes threaded and frozen in space.

London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1

This insignificant little alley nonetheless has on its corner a relic of Spitalfields Jewish past.

The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

A majestic lion lays bestride a war memorial in a post-war housing estate, a memory of those who worked nearby and died far away.

Model Railways

312 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Version 3 of the STS freight car forwarding software released

Version 3 of the Shipper-driven Traffic Simulator is now available and ready for downloading.

STS Version 3 is out!

Testing and documentation has been completed on the third version of STS and it is ready for downloading on Windows platforms.

One Good Turn

I took the wagons over to Himself's place to take advantage of one of his nifty bits of kit - a spray booth turntable.

Sensors Part 4 Connecting Ardunio sensors to JMRI

Looking at Geoff Bunza Blog post ( https://model-railroad-hobbyist.

Day #1 at Champlain Centre

We set up the A&LC at the Mall today.

Narrow Gauge

72 stories | Newest story posted 2 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

3217 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
NSW appoints Digital Systems programme systems integrator

The New South Wales government has awarded Network Rail Consulting the A$16m System Integrator contract within its Digital Systems programme, which forms part of a A$880m package of planned investment in the Sydney Trains network.

Auburn Transport Survey

We want to hear from you!

ACCC takes action against NSW Ports

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries Port Botany Operations Pty Ltd and Port Kembla Operations Pty Ltd for making agreements with the State of New South Wales that the ACCC alleges had an anti-competitive purpose and effect.

Simple solution to the Orange-to-Sydney train dilemma

ONE wonders at how shortsighted our NSW government is in regards to an Orange-Sydney train.

‘Very sceptical’: High-speed rail study a pre-election stunt, claims Donato

The state government’s planned study into regional fast rail has been labelled a pre-election stunt by member for Orange Phil Donato.

New Zealand Rail News

309 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Power outage continues to cause disruption for Kāpiti rail commuters

Commuters are facing long waits as trains remained cancelled on the Kāpiti line due to a power outage.

RMTU New Zealand: The Activist Newsletter

Download the latest news from the Rail & Maritime Transport Union New Zealand here.

KiwiRail defends decision to purchase new diesel trains

KiwiRail is sticking by its decision to purchase 15 new diesel locomotives 

New Zealand Government invests in electric locomotives for KiwiRail

The New Zealand Government has committed to funding the refurbishment of KiwiRail’s ageing electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk line, providing additional capacity for rail freight growth.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted last year
Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

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

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

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

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

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

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

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

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

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


96 stories | Newest story posted 6 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

538 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Massive Tunnel Boring Machines Headed For Melbourne

The first of the two massive tunnel boring machines that will dig the Andrews Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel will begin its journey to Melbourne next week.

Qantas to start Bendigo-Sydney flights, city's first regular service in 30 years

Bendigo will be connected to Sydney with regular flights operated by Qantas starting early next year, marking the first regular commercial airline services out of the Victorian city in more than three decades.

AvTalk Episode 45: Tossing a FUD Grenade

On this episode of AvTalk, The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the investigation into the crash of Lion Air 610 and the attention now being paid to Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

Watch Air France’s stunning air-to-air film featuring its Boeing 787

After taking delivery of their fifth Boeing 787 last November, Air France partnered Daher and Airborne Films to capture stunning air-to-air footage before the aircraft entered commercial service.

One Million Kilometres with Qantas

Capt Princehorn and I discuss my one million km and the A380 in his cockpit.

Pacific National News

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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.

PN puts bigger wagons on rail for sugar season haul

[font=Calibri",sans-serif]Pacific National is utilising new high-capacity wagons to more efficiently transport sugar and molasses, with the major rail freight operator hoping to reap the benefits of this year’s harvest in North Queensland.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 8 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

2225 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
ABC: Drivers can’t see out of Queensland Rail’s new trains being delivered from India

“Alike the New Intercity Fleet, Queensland’s new trains were made overseas at the behest of a Liberal Government.

New Queensland train delivery doomed 'from day one', inquiry chief declares

A multi-billion-dollar contract to build new trains for Queensland was flawed from the start, leaving all 75 new trains not complying with disability access laws, an inquiry has found.

Key Brisbane rail stations to close over Christmas period

Brisbane's busiest rail stations south of Roma Street will shut down over the Christmas period to allow for a $56 million signalling upgrade.

Queensland Rail flagged design problems with trains in 2012

DISABILITY access flaws with the state’s new $4.

Rail Events

221 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Blacktown Christmas drinks/Steve and Carolyn Lukehurst farewell

The Blacktown Christmas drinks are coming up on Friday 14th of December.

Penrith Railway Social Golf Club – Cancer Council challenge

Penrith Railway Social Golf Club is comprised of RTBU Members, Retirees and friends.

2nd annual NCT Photo contest

The Second North Country Trains photo contest is now accepting entries.

NCT Photo contest

The Second North Country Trains photo contest is now accepting entries.

Fully tapping the potential of integrated track solutions

With more than 150,000 trade visitors, InnoTrans 2018 once again proved itself to be the most attractive exhibition for the rail industry in the world, and therefore, the right place to officially roll out the new voestalpine Railway Systems.

Rail News

3899 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Smart Rail: A long-term route map for the Australian rail industry

With the technological revolution surging around the globe, businesses need to ensure they are in the best position possible to maximise the benefits and opportunities afforded by new and emerging technologies.

QUBE EA Negotiations Update

On Tuesday, November 13th, the RTBU Locomotive Division delegates and officials met with QUBE Management at their office in Cooks River to continue negotiating your Enterprise Agreement.

ARA welcomes investigation of high-speed rail options

Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the announcement from the NSW government regarding an investigation into the establishment of fast rail options linking regional centres to each other and Sydney.

Graincorp receives $2.4b takeover from Australian consortium

Listed bulk grain handler Graincorp has received a $2.

NRE building Watco Australia locomotives

“Watco demanded the utilization of a proven medium-speed diesel prime mover, and the Queensland network requires a very specific and unique set of design parameters,” said Kirby Roseveare.

Rail Travel

181 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
A London Triangle

or a grandparental adventureIn 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.

The new train lines that could transform how you travel

t's been a good year for fans of rail travel, with speedy new train services opening around the world, linking major cities and slashing rail journey times.

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.

Siem Reap Travel Guide: Explore Angkor UNESCO World Heritage

Located in Northern Cambodia within a gigantic area of 400 square kilometers in total, Angkor Archeological Park is the largest religious monumental complex in the world.

Another Royal Visit

Apart from our holidays and a few work trips (and these latter have been very few this year), all our occasional travel seems to have been to London lately, largely because of our desire to visit our family there, and also because, frankly, London is well worth visiting!

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Voting open for July 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

191 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago

When I was in Scranton, PA,  I went to Steamtown.

Bay City Crane Restoration

The long awaited exterior restoration of the crane finally began in earnest this last August.

Here To Stay

Hello again and welcome to another VGR Mechanical Blog update.

Matching Grant is announced for the Mt. Harvard

I am happy to be announcing a new matching grant!

Historic Train Exhibit D&H Coach

This is a plaque given to the Central New York Chapter, NRHS (National Railway Historical Society) when the car was donated from the D&H.

Railway Publications

15 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
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.

Holding the line: wartime memories from women railway workers

It was around five years ago that I first discovered the collection of interviews with railway workers carried out by the Friends of the National Railway Museum some ten years earlier.

Railway Stories

69 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks 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

656 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Save the OVERLAND train between Adelaide and Melbourne (Petition)

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

Transport Minister stands by department decision to cancel trains during Adelaide Test

All of Adelaide's suburban train services will be suspended for two days during the first cricket Test against India in a move the Opposition says will embarrass the state.

Overland Adelaide-Melbourne train service set to be cancelled after SA funding axed

The future of the Overland train between Adelaide and Melbourne is on shaky ground with the South Australian Government axing any future funding for the service.

Rail revival for South East a possibility?

Regional Development Australia - Limestone Coast will be undertaking an economic benefit study on re-establishing rail in the region.

Tasmanian Rail News

370 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
'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.

State government's rail plan has ‘right balance’

A state government plan for the North-East’s rail trail and heritage railway already has the ‘right balance’, says Treasurer Peter Gutwein.

Train Simulator News

64 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01

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

Tram and Light Rail News

1372 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
DLR needs to expand its Becton train depot for new trains

The Docklands Light Railway is seeking permission to expand it’s Becton depot ahead of the arrival of a fleet of new trains due in a few years time.

SWU Verkehr inaugurates tram line in Ulm, Germany

Germany-based Municipal utility group SWU Verkehr has inaugurated a nearly 10km long tram line.

Dual Awards for Belfast Glider

Translink, Northern Ireland’s principal public transport provider, and Ardmore, its integrated communications partner, have received island-wide acclaim at the 2018 Chartered Institute of Marketing Ireland Awards, both taking home top awards in hotly contested categories.


A couple of pics showing the situation at Pinfold Street on Wednesday 5th December 2018

RF Industries secures contract for Honolulu Rail Transit Project

Interconnect products and systems manufacturer RF Industries has received an order for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project in Hawaii.


1044 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Network Rail in London at Christmas

One of London’s biggest ever Christmas rail shutdowns will see many stations and lines - including direct links to Heathrow and Gatwick - closed throughout the holiday season for much-needed upgrade work.

New Stadler trains for Liverpool City Region reach important stage

The manufacturing of 52 trains for the Liverpool City Region is making good progress, and the bogies have successfully completed the first article inspection by Merseytravel.

Winter is coming… how we prepare the railway for cold weather

With temperatures dropping across Britain, the rail industry is gearing up for winter.

UK’s Crossrail project secures additional financing package

The government, the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have together confirmed a financing package to deliver the final stages of the Crossrail project and open the Elizabeth line to passengers.


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Drivin’ that train on El Chapo’s cocaine supply chain: Witness

At the federal drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn, informant Tirso Martinez Sanchez told jurors that after tank cars of cooking oil arrived in Mexico, Guzman, the diminutive head of the Sinaloa cartel, directed the cars to be drained and packaged kilos of cocaine hidden in secret compartments at the ends of the cars.

In Congress, it’s Hail Mary time

The “You,” of course, includes White House nominations, Senate confirmations and still-pending legislation in the waning days of each two-year Congress—Hail Mary events, all, as the sole option to failure is a looming greater uncertainty of beginning the process afresh come the seating of the new Congress in January.

Progressive Rail to pick up BNSF lines in NE Washington

The transaction was revealed in a filing by Progressive with the Surface Transportation Board and published in the Federal Register December 7.

With signal timers in sight, Byford set to speed up trains, hopefully

A list of the first set of signal timers Transit will fine tune.

Victorian Rail News

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Stepping In To Save The Overland For Western Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will save the iconic Overland train service between Melbourne and Adelaide, which connects passengers from South Australia, Western Victoria and Geelong on the historical route.

Victoria to fund The Overland in 2019

The government of Victoria is to increase its financial support for The Overland passenger service between Melbourne and Adelaide to ensure that it can continue to run until the end of 2019.

Victoria’s Big Build Continues Over Summer

Drivers and public transport passengers are being urged to plan ahead over summer, as works continue on the Andrew Labor Government’s unprecedented pipeline of major transport projects and vital road and rail maintenance.

Scott Morrison Out Of Excuses On Locked Box Funding

The current Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is running out of excuses for why his minority Liberal government continues to keep $3 billion of Victorian infrastructure funding in a locked box, instead of providing it to hard working Victorians.

Election wrapup

Many people have written about the state election result.

Western Australian Rail News

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Western Australia unveils $107.65m plan to upgrade Bayswater Station

The Government of Western Australia has unveiled an A$146m ($107.

Beaver Group manufacturer backs slurry pipelines to replace iron ore trains

A former elite sailor who hopes his pipeline business might one day unseat trains as the most effective way to move iron ore is responding to high commodity prices by investing in a new production line.

Man dies after being found unconscious on platform at Perth train station

A man has died after he was found unconscious at a Perth train station this evening.

Closing rates loophole may bite charities and not-for-profits

A WA local government association wants organisations with a charity or not-for-profit status but who make money to start paying rates.

2019 EAs

When roaming the worksites of the Victorian railway industry, you make many observations.

Yarra Trams

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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.

Final W-Class trams to be restored

The final six unrestored W-Class trams are being removed from Melbourne’s City Circle so they can be stripped back and rebuilt for re-entry into service by 2020.

Yarra Trams rebrands Christmas

YARRA Trams is altering its Christmas celebrations for staff this year — after a 2017 event featured an indecently clad “fat-o-gram”.

Melbourne Art Trams return for 2018

Artist Hayley Millar-Baker with her artwork on a Melbourne Art TramThe first 2018 Melbourne Art Tram has entered service, one of eight trams that will be seen on Melbourne’s tram network over the next six months.

Community organisations to share $1 million of tram network advertising value

Some of 2018 partner City in the Community's young leaders with their wrapped tramNot-for-profit organisations have the chance to share their message with hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne through the 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program.

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