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ACT

26 stories | Newest story posted 48 minutes ago
Vehicle rolled out on to track as light rail testing set to start

Live testing of the first Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) between the Mitchell Depot and Gungahlin Town Centre is about to begin with an LRV last week pulled out on to the track in readiness.

Canberra light rail misses milestone targets by months

Despite all but one of the major targets for Canberra's light rail being missed, the ACT Government is still adamant it will be up and running at some point this year.

In dead of night, Canberra's light rail vehicle emerges for testing

People driving down Flemington Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning caught a glimpse of the first light rail vehicle to hit the tracks, ahead of testing with energised wires.

Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities released

The Australian Government has released the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities Report and commenced discussions with State Governments on priority actions.

Commuters next to light rail route more likely to travel to Civic

Most Canberrans who live in suburbs next to the future light rail are commuting to work to suburbs along the route, new data shows.

Africa

73 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
African supply chain partnership

Unipart Rail and Gear Rail signed a partnership agreement at the Africa Rail event in Johannesburg on June 13.

Transnet looks abroad

State-owned transport group Transnet officially launched its international subsidiary Transnet International Holdings on May 30.

Investor to provide $10bn for Nigeria speed rail projects

A United States-based investor, Ameri Metro Incorporation, on Monday declared its readiness to provide $10bn for the construction of speed rails in Nigeria.

Lagos – Kano standard gauge contract signed

China Civil Engineering Construction Corp is to complete the long-planned 1 435 mm gauge railway linking Lagos and Kano, under a U$6·68bn contract signed in Abuja on May 15.

By Coradia to Batna

National operator SNTF has introduced a direct passenger service between Alger and the eastern part of the High Plateau line, with the launch of a daily Alger – M’Sila – Batna round trip.

Arabian Rail News

16 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Turkey, Iran to start passenger rail service soon

A new passenger rail service between Turkey and Iran will begin operations on June 18, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan said Wednesday.

Dubai to present ‘intelligent, futuristic’ plans

Participating in InnoTrans 2018 will provide Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority with a great opportunity to meet with railway suppliers and to share know-how regarding rail and other transport systems, believes Mattar Al Tayer, Director General & Chairman of the RTA board.

Etihad Rail awards Stage 2/3 consultancy contract

Etihad Rail has selected Egis to provide project management consultancy services for the ongoing development of the country’s rail network and connections to neighbouring GCC states.

Saudi high-speed rail line to start operating in September

Railway linking Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia has been plagued by delays

Private sector to operate Cairo-Alexandria railway line

Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) will allow the private sector to operate the Cairo-Alexandria railway line after modernizing the line’s signaling and updating it to an electronic system, according to Chairman of the Railways Authority Sayed Salem.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 10 months 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

698 stories | Newest story posted 50 minutes ago
Russian rail option opens up for Aspire coal

Aspire Mining’s proposed railway line that is critical for getting its giant Ovoot coking coal deposit in Mongolia to market is firming up with both the Chinese and Russian Government’s recognising the strategic value of Mongolia as a transportation hub in the region.

Indian Railways digitises passenger complaint procedure

Indian Railways has launched a digitised complaint management system – a new app called ‘Rail Madad’.

Timeline: 165 years of history on Indian Railways

Despite beginning life as a by-product of British colonial rule, India’s railways have come to define and shape the country over the course of the last century and a half.

Train ticket dated 1,000 years in the future earns rail company fine

A 73-year-old man was kicked out of a train after he produced a ticket dated for "3013.

Indian Railways digitises complaint management system

Indian Railways has launched a new mobile app that will help speed up and streamline passenger grievance redressal processes.

Aurizon

171 stories | Newest story posted 45 minutes ago
Aurizon rail dispute a potential $2bn threat to QLD state coffers

Rail operator Aurizon’s dispute with the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) over the latter’s draft ruling is threatening up to $2 billion in lost royalties for Queensland over the next four years, according to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

Aurizon applicants likely had personal data stolen

Rail operator Aurizon says people who have used its online careers portal since 2009 may have had their personal data accessed by an unknown entity.

Anglo American coal chief Tyler Mitchelson rails at Aurizon

The new head of Anglo American’s coal division has attacked the conduct of rail group Aurizon, warning that the monopoly provider’s threat to curb capacity on its crucial Queensland coal rail network would hurt not just the industry but the nation.

The battle with Aurizon over coal freight is likely cost Queensland dearly on several levels

THE current schism between monopoly coal freight operator 

Aurizon win lands with a punchline

Aurizon would do well to put an apparent concession on cost recovery by the Queensland competition regulator in an in-tray labelled "careful what you wish for".

Bus Transport News

42 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
TfL Trial on Bus Passenger Counting

TfL is beginning a three-month trial to identify how best to automatically count passengers on buses.

When Island Buses Go Green

Bus travel is one of the attributes that makes Fiji so unique, with its well-mannered passengers, vibrant colors, festive island music, and windows open wide to let the breeze in.

Farewell Region 6 - What Routes Are Being Privatised?

Transport for NSW and State Transit have this week finally revealed what routes are actually counted as Region 6 and therefore will be handed over to Transit Systems on July 1.

Hybrid Technology For 50 New Metropolitan Buses

The Andrews Labor Government is introducing Hybrid technology on 50 new buses in Wyndham, Oakleigh and Sunshine to reduce emissions, improve the passenger experience and create local jobs.

Self Driving Bus in Paris

Paris operator RATP has made a small start on automation, and a move towards buying only low- and zero-emission examples by 2025

Canada

84 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Farmers call for reopening of Tisdale rail subdivision

If Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan.

Long freight trains save on fuel and crews, reducing the cost of rail transportation

The freight train is now on track to stretch up to 3 miles long, with 200 cars or more.

CN plans C$210M Quebec investment in 2018

The investments are part of CN’s record $2.

PFL: Headwinds, though short-term, for CBR

“The biggest news that will create headwinds for CBR in the short term is that Canadian basis for heavy [crude] tightened last week,” PFL said.

Deal reached to buy Churchill rail line

A deal has been reached to restart the Churchill rail line – and the City of Flin Flon has played a role.

Cityrail News

592 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Commuter chaos as an accident cancels services on three major lines across Sydney

Commuters on the way home this evening should expect chaos after a incident at Weastmead station this afternoon.

If you think Sydney's trains are bad, try New York's

The infrastructure has barely been updated since 1904, delays have soared by 200 per cent since 2012, the rats are reaching bubonic levels, only one in five stations is wheelchair accessible and, after a spate of derailments, tunnel fires and breakdowns, New York's governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the system to be in a "state of emergency".

Passenger crowding on Sydney trains worsens as demand soars

Crowding on Sydney's trains has worsened significantly in just a year, new figures show, frustrating passengers and placing greater pressure on an aged rail network struggling to cope with a booming population.

Sydney train user allegedly filmed up skirts with his smart phone

HITTING Sydney’s bustling train stations at peak hour can be an overwhelming experience at the best of times, but one man is alleged to have taken advantage of the situation using a creepy “upskirting” technique.

Overcrowded trains to be a thing of the past

Commuters frustrated by overcrowded trains would be able to find out whether they could secure a seat before boarding their train, following the launch of a new app.

Europe

647 stories | Newest story posted 44 minutes ago
Surge in anti-social incidents across rail network

Iarnród Éireann is no longer safe for passengers or staff as a result of growing violence and anti-social behaviour, according to the head of the National Bus and Rail Union.

European Train Comparison Report

Switzerland’s national railway offers the best overall service in Europe, according to a new report looking at how the continent’s major train companies benefit different kinds of traveller, including families and passengers with disabilities.

Grain wagons enter service

Captrain Deutschland company ITL has put into service the first 37 of 74 grain hopper wagons which it has ordered from Tatravagónka through leasing company Ermewa.

Smart gate to identify wagons

Indra is developing a ‘smart gate’‚ which it envisages would be able to digitally identify wagons as they are handled at freight terminals.

Bombardier inaugurates Bautzen production hall

Bombardier Transportation  inaugurated a new final assembly hall at its Bautzen plant in Sachsen on June 15.

Gunzelling Reports

696 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/6/2018

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/6/2018

There were 90 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/6/2018

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 10 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/5/2018

There were 102 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/5/2018

There were 95 sightings for this week; This is 6 sightings less that last week.

Inland Rail Project

155 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Cuts to farmers costs boosted by Inland Rail

Cuts to farmers’ supply chain costs as a result of the NSW Government’s investment in 11 major freight rail improvements will only be boosted by Inland Rail, ARTC CEO John Fullerton said today.

Narromine Rail Action Group make a statement to government officials in Narromine

Members of the Narromine Rail Action Group held a protest rally to capture the ears of politicians visiting the region last week.

Inland Rail’s concrete sleepers heading to Peak Hill over next six months

The first of 200,000 sleepers have been delivered to Peak Hill in preparation for the first stage of the Inland Rail project in NSW.

Rail freight must win public support

Chairman of the industry representative body Freight On Rail Group, Dean Dalla Valle is calling on the general public to become advocates for rail freight infrastructure.

Rocla Braemar secures $20 million Inland Rail Contract

The first track on the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project will be laid this year and the economic benefits are already starting to flow with 20 new jobs created in the Southern Highlands to produce 200,000 concrete sleepers for the first stage of the project in NSW.

International Rail News

4625 stories | Newest story posted 19 minutes ago
Jerusalem express train takes test drive

Israel to inaugurate its first express electric train line this coming March, running from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; 'A major upgrade to public transportation,' boasted Transportation Minister Katz during test drive; despite festivities, many challenges remain to meet deadline.

Trains between Modi'in and Ben Gurion Airport to cease operating from midnight until Thursday

Trains will cease all operations between Modi’in and Ben Gurion Airport from midnight until Thursday to enable infrastructural work.

Ferrocarriles Argentinos selects train-to-ground comms

Following tests, national railway Ferrocarriles Argentinos has selected Radwin’s FiberinMotion train-to-ground communication system for deployment on 100 passenger vehicles used on the Buenos Aires – La Plata route.

EC notified of planned Siemens-Alstom merger

Siemens and Alstom jointly filed an application for merger control clearance with the European Commission on June 8.

Letters to the Editor

202 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Oliver Cromwell’s funeral banner goes on sale

One of only four surviving banners that formed part of the Royal Regalia used at the funeral of Oliver Cromwell in November 1658, is to be put up for sale next week.

Modern art decorates Regent Street

You might have noticed, if you are in the area, that a large number of banners looking rather odd have gone up in the West End.

London public art: King Edward VI

This rather weather-worn statue of King Edward VI sits somewhat uncomfortably outside the municipal tiled wall of St Thomas Hospital.

What’s it like to attend the Trooping the Colour?

Anyone can watch the Trooping the Colour on telly, but what’s it like to be in the audience, in Horseguards Parade itself?

London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1

A sanitized road that was once much less posh and an awful lot longer.

Model Railways

59 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Reverse Engineering

One of the things we understood would be crucial when we began building Bron Hebog was that on such a large layout, with a sinuous trackplan with many board joints - both end to end and side to side - was to make sure they were always perfectly aligned.

Erics

I've been wondering what to build next now that the big effort for getting ready for Bressingham is out of the way.

Heat Stroke

It's true that people living on these islands are never happy about the weather - there's always someone moaning!

Iconic

It was only a few moments work but it's amazing what a difference one small transfer can make to the appearance of the WHHR van - it really sets it off.

Look Back At Bressingham

I promised you a proper review of our experience at Narrow Gauge East, and now we've had the best part of a week seems like a good time to reflect.

Narrow Gauge

66 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
The NG/G16 Countdown Begins!

With a projected completion date of mid-2019, the race is on to get our re-gauged South African NG/G16 class Garratt assembled and tested.

Heidi the steam train in big need of donations

Katanning Miniature Railway Club’s steam locomotive Heidi is in need of a new boiler, and the club is calling on the community to help put Heidi back together again.

NG/G News For Febuary

Over the past few months, we have been progressing a lot of different tasks, in order to keep the project moving along at a good pace:

Rising From The Mud

The more eagle-eyed reader of Puffing Billy's in-house magazine, 'Narrow Gauge', might have noticed a dramatically photo-shopped representation of Belgrave yard plateau lurking in the centre spread of last September's edition.

It's All backwards, What's With That?

The discovery of a broken side control spring on G42's hind engine unit was soon followed by the dawning realisation that with the engine facing the 'Down' direction - towards Gembrook, as all our engines do - the workshop wasn't long enough to get the pony truck in question over the drop-pit in the workshop.

New South Wales Rail News

2971 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Number of rail crossings high on the South Coast Line

The South Coast line alone has almost twice as many level crossings than the entire rail Sydney rail network.

NSW Freight and rail customers in the loop with $21.5m project

BUSINESSES in Bathurst and the Central West are set to benefit following the announcement of a $21.

Man charged with touching women’s legs on trains

A MAN has been charged after touching the legs of two women on separate trains.

Budget can end the wait for rail upgrades

The South Coast railway between Central station and Wollongong was completed in 1888 as a single track for use by steam trains.

More trains and more services for the T4 and T8 Lines

The number of trains which can run during the morning and afternoon peaks on the T4 Illawarra Line and T8 Airport Line will be increased, following an $880 million investment in technology improvements to modernise the Sydney Trains network.

New Zealand Rail News

288 stories | Newest story posted 36 minutes ago
Auckland tunnel waste may be used to double-track Waikato rail line

The single rail track through the Whangamarino section of the Hamilton to Auckland rail network can be seen on the left, with Meremere and the Waikato River on the right.

First train marks return of mothballed Napier to Wairoa rail line

Brass fanfare and a tikanga Māori welcome saw Shane Jones descend on Napier on Wednesday via train.

Hutt Line’s aging overhead wires to be replaced

KiwiRail has signed a $49 million contract with JV Rail (a partnership between Fulton Hogan and John Holland Australia) to replace the overhead line system that supplies power to Metlink trains on Wellington’s Hutt Line, which sees five million commuter journeys every year.

The Limitations of Rail Freight

The Government has been talking about getting freight off the country’s roads and onto alternative sea freight and particularly rail freight.

Opihi River rail bridge $5m upgrade on track

A $5 million upgrade of the rail bridge across the Opihi River near Temuka is on track for completion by October.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 6 months 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 3 weeks 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

446 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Making the ferry network more useful and efficient

Time and distance graph for a possible new timetable for Watsons Bay ferryI gave a presentation at the Australian Ferry Society this month on ways to make the Sydney ferry network better connected, load passengers faster and reduce berthing congestion.

Onward, Upward and Homeward

Approaching a lock.

Boost set for Yorke freight productivity

Following the completion of the ‘missing link’ on the Yorke and Copper Coast Highways, it is hoped to see a boost in freight productivity.

Coca-Cola establishes exclusive freight partnership

Manufacturer, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), has engaged logistics company, Röhlig Australia, as sole partner for international freight management services in Australia.

Blockchain Comes to Australian Freight

With the announcement by PwC Australia this week of the Trade Community System, blockchain comes to Australian freight.

Pacific National News

8 stories | Newest story posted last month
Pacific National boss rails against road lobby dominance

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle is on a mission to boost rail’s public and policy presence, saying an industry voice has been sorely lacking in a nation facing a surge in population and associated infrastructure challenges.

Pacific National and Aurizon trains collision near Cloncurry

On Tuesday, February 27 a collision between two freight trains at Oonoomurra, near Cloncurry on the Mount Isa line occured.

7MW2 Steel Train breaks apart at Goulburn Station

Last night at 1910, 7MW2 northbound steel train, headed by four NR class locomotives with 100 vehicles, with about fifteen loaded container wagons ahead of 85 empty steel coil wagons broke apart as the train was passing through Goulburn Station.

Pacific National coal, grain train drivers on strike across much of NSW

COAL rail services to the Port of Newcastle will be disrupted until noon on Monday with a 48-hour strike by hundreds of Pacific National train crew.

Pacific National response to Federal Government's committment Inland Rail

Leading rail freight operator Pacific National has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to fund the Inland Rail project.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 2 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

2106 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Long delays on Coast rail line after train breaks down

A TRAIN has broken down on the tracks between Glasshouse and Beerwah, causing delays of up to an hour.

Coast trains shutdown after man fell on tracks

A MAN has escaped with his life after falling under a train at a northside Brisbane station.

Modified livestock wagons given four trial runs since May

Key industry stakeholders are understood to have reacted positively at a consultation forum to the program of works undertaken by Aurizon and the transport department on faulty livestock rail wagons, including modifications to the ramps

No funding involvement for rail trail

NORTH Burnett Regional Council has stepped away from its financial involvement in the preservation of a disused rail corridor between Gayndah and Taragoola in a twist that could see the tourism project come to a screeching halt.

Serious rail incident, Sellheim

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a seriously injured man after he most likely fell from a train east of Charters Towers this afternoon.

Rail Events

135 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Ideenzug concept aims to inspire at InnoTrans 2018

Deutsche Bahn will be presenting its Ideenzug train interior design concepts at InnoTrans 2018.

Pride in our people: our LGBT community

June is National Pride Month, recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world

Stonnington: Tuesday 31 July, Functions on Chapel

Presented by the Metropolitan Transport Forum and Leader Newspapers.

SSR train 3444 tackles the hills at Beecroft in Sydney

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Calibri]Despite the wet and greasy conditions at Beecroft, with six big engines on the job SSR’s 5208 tonne grain train no.

B74 Celebrates 65 years with Geelong Tour 21/7/18

[size=2]Join us on a special celebration to Geelong for the 65th Birthday Celebration of B74.

Rail News

3704 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Coupler condition monitoring agreement

Voith Turbo and Siemens have agreed to develop condition monitoring technology for Voith’s Scharfenberg couplers, with the aim of reducing inspection and maintenance costs while increasing availability.

Carnival Corp. buys Alaska heritage railroad

Cruise ship operator Carnival Corp.

Taking technology to the next level

Railroads have looked to technology before to remain the most efficient and safest mode of transportation.

GE Transportation adds news features to EdgeLINC platform

GE Transportation has extended its device support, scalability and deployment options by adding new features to its EdgeLINC platform.

Let me off this plane—no, train

But, my spouse worries about everything, including my safety when I drive, sharing the roadway with huge eighteen-wheelers; when I’m riding with others; when I board an airplane; and even when I get on a train.

Rail Travel

9 stories | Newest story posted 19 minutes ago
Slow train to Saigon: Vietnam by rail

A journey through history on a thousand-mile journey from Vietnam's north to south

A surprisingly easy journey

I recently attended a meeting in Birmingham, and being me my first thought was to go by train, but when I looked at the address of the meeting venue on a map I thought it might be a bit difficult by train, a bit too far from New Street station.

Pujiang, Songjiang and Jinshan

I was woken by the bustle of the carriage preparing for arrival long before my sleeper train arrived at Shanghai South station.

Shanghai to Jinan (and back)

I awoke in my bunk on board train D942, a high speed sleeper train which I had boarded the previous night in Zhuhai, on China’s southern border.

KA Sibinuang: Pariaman to Padang by Train

Immediately after arriving from the KA Sibinuang B6 from Padang at 3.

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

71 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Last chance to Save CLP10 Last EMD Streamliner Built in Australia

It is with great sadness to report that CLP10 will be leaving Australian rails for Mozambique to be stripped for parts and scrapped unless we act now to save this railway icon.

The last couple of weeks

During the couple of weeks since we last posted, there have been a few distractions.

Just Another Weekday and Weekend

The museum along with the with the help of two departments, track and buildings and grounds, has begun removing and demolishing the old bookstore site next to our station.

The Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum

CN Lunenburg signIn October 2017, I visited the excellent Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum in scenic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Couplers

Last blog there was some details of fitting couplers into two of our BS cars at Newport.

Railway Stories

63 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Making Pictures

I like to think about the craft of photography more than the mechanics of it.

Making Lemonade

#GOJETSGOYou know the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?

Four Days in April, Part 4

Meet me at LoretteIn a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

Four Days in April, Part 3

Prairie sunsetIn a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

Four Days in April, Part 2

CN 2315 meeting CN 2666In a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

South Australian Rail News

624 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Steam trains and emus in Peterborough

Throughout his travels in regional South Australia, Michael X Savvas finds plenty of good country.

Severe overcrowding on the Gawler rail line making travel too dangerous for children, people with disabilities

TRAVELLING on peak-hour trains to Adelaide’s north is too dangerous for children and people with disabilities because of severe overcrowding, commuters and a public transport advocacy group warn.

SCT Logistics reveals Monarto intermodal plans

Potatoes, onions, wheat, meat – all the Murraylands' agricultural produce – will be easier to ship interstate and overseas if plans for a freight transfer facility at Monarto come to fruition.

Adelaide to Tarcoola: old rail track made new

Major re-railing works are now underway in South Australia as part of the $252 million Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project with the first Whyalla-made steel rail tracks installed on the route.

SA rail, roads net millions from the feds

Road upgrades and rail projects in South Australia have received $1.

Tasmanian Rail News

349 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Tasmania police attend two incidents in the North in 24 hours

TasRail are urging Tasmanians to be safe around trains after Tasmania Police attended two incidents.

Bridgewater man, 26, charged over ‘risky’ behaviour near rail line in Hobart’s northern suburbs

A BRIDGEWATER man who allegedly spray painted graffiti in a rail tunnel north of Hobart at the weekend has been charged.

Funding package to boost TasRail infrastructure

The federal government has allocated A$59·8m for the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation ProgrammeAs part of its latest budget, matching a similar commitment from the state.

TasRail to clean up rail corridors after a spike in trespassers dumping rubbish

TASRAIL says it is becoming increasingly concerned by the idiotic acts of trespassers which have the potential to cause derailments and seriously injure or kill freight train drivers.

Tassie roads and rail tipped for Budget largesse aimed at lost seats

THE  Turnbull Government will pledge $461 million to build a new Bridgewater Bridge as part of a massive package for Tasmanian roads and rail in tomorrow’s Budget.

Train Simulator News

61 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
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.

NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B Loco Add-On

The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972.

Atlantic High Speed Route & TGV Atlantique

Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.

Tram and Light Rail News

1223 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Gold Coast light rail services suspended as car drives along tracks

GOLD Coast light rail users are facing their second interruption to services in less than 24 hours, with yet another car straying on to the tracks.

ROTHERHAM ON 11 MAY 2018 - Martin Miller

Tried another visit to Rotherham but very little to see other than the shelters beginning to take shape.

STOCKPORT 5 ON SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018 - Martin Miller

Stockport 5 parked outside Stockport Station on Saturday 5th May 2018.

Jerusalem light rail tender underway

The project for extending the capital's light rail system is estimated at $9 billion, making it the largest-ever PPP project in Israel.

Sporveien selects CAF’s bid to supply 87 trams to Norway

Public transport operator Sporveien has selected CAF’s bid for the supply of 87 trams to Norwegian capital Oslo.

UK

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Rail privatisation has been a disaster for taxpayers

A renationalised railway would require less government subsidies and provide better value for money for the taxpayer and better services

Alstom & Eversholt to Offer Hydrogen Powered Trains

Plans to fit hydrogen fuel cells to redundant electric multiple units were announced by Alstom on May 14.

See inside Crossrail’s Farringdon Station

An almost modest ticket hall conceals a marvel deeper underground as Crossrail gave the public their first chance to see the massive platforms that will soon throng with paying passengers.

London’s weekly railway news #257

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news.

Deals this week: Vivarail, Radwin, CAF Group

UK-based rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail has secured a contract from KeolisAmey, the future operator of the Wales and Borders rail services, for the delivery of Class 230 D-Trains.

USA

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Ford takes Detroit rail station back to autonomous future

Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit’s blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover.

Growth for Guelph Junction Railway

At GJR’s 2017 shareholder meeting, several milestones were announced:

BNSF PTC: We’re ready—but you’re not

“BNSF has succeeded in the adoption of this key safety technology,” said Chris Matthews, Assistant Vice President, Network Control Systems.

NJT: $600MM for Portal North Bridge

The resolution authorizes NJT Executive Director Kevin Corbett and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJT Board Chair Dianne Gutierrez-Scaccetti to execute and deliver the funding agreement with the NJEDA, which will issue up to $600 million in bonds from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), to be repaid over a 30-year term.

Victorian Rail News

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Every Caulfield To Dandenong Level Crossing Gone

Each and every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong is officially a relic of the past as part of the single biggest Level Crossing Removal Project in Melbourne’s history, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Boomgates banished at 25 level crossings in congestion blitz

DOZENS of road and rail projects are scheduled to wrap up in the coming weeks as the Andrews Government clears congestion ahead of the November state election.

Melbourne Airport rail link preferred route emerges

A NEW Melbourne airport rail route will run through the western suburbs and via a super-sized Sunshine station to allow regional rail upgrades.

Ministers meet in Bendigo to discuss Melbourne Airport rail connection

CONNECTING the Bendigo line via the Melbourne Airport remains one of the options available for the federal and state governments as they continue to investigate the Melbourne Airport rail link.

Murray Basin Rail upgrade taken out of V/Line’s hands

V/LINE’S  poor performance in delivering $440 million of Murray Basin rail upgrades has forced the Victorian Government to pull the regional rail operator off the project and cancel contracts.

Western Australian Rail News

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Premier defends Chinese telco’s bid for WA rail contract

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has defended his government’s dealings with controversial Chinese telco Huawei, which was barred from the National Broadband Network and is facing resistance in its push to supply equipment to Australia’s 5G wireless network.

Greens call for reopening of Greenbushes rail

South West MLC Diane Evers is urging the State Government to consider re-opening the Bunbury-Greenbushes rail line as the State prepares for an anticipated lithium boom.

BHP approves $4.5bn Pilbara expansion

The board of mining giant BHP has approved the $4.

Acquisition Of Cliffs' Yilgarn Iron Ore Assets

Mineral Resources Limited (ASX: MIN, MRL, the Company) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Kalgoorlie rail line could be uprooted to allow Super Pit expansion

A 20-kilometre stretch of the Kalgoorlie railway line may be uprooted in order to make room for an expansion of the Super Pit mine.

Yarra Trams

209 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
May 2018 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 98.

Tram, truck collision shuts down Sydney Road

A tram has been derailed in a collision with a truck at Coburg this morning.

Moreland Road track renewal works

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks at Moreland Road between Nicholson Street / Holmes Street and Cameron Street.

Balaclava community benefit from new accessible tram stop

An accessible tram stop is now open at Balaclava station in Carlisle Street, with the project improving safety and accessibility and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

April 2018 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 99.

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