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ACT

120 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Investment in infrastructure to place constraints on rail projects: ANZ report

With several states rolling out record transport infrastructure programs at the same time, reports of capacity constraints are on the rise.

New national bushfire recovery agency established

The Federal Government has announced it will establish a new recovery agency with an initial $2 billion funding to assist and coordinate in rebuilding communities following a destructive start to the bushfire season.

Canberra LRV wrapped with student’s safety pop art

A Gungahlin College student’s pop art design has been wrapped onto one of Canberra’s light rail vehicles as part of an ongoing safety campaign for the new network.

National rail plan would get regional jobs back on a growth track

Big challenges often create even bigger opportunities.

It's time to act on fast rail

Chief Minister Andrew Barr's statement that "the immediate focus should be on making the train faster and not on developing a high speed network" in reference to the future of the Canberra-Sydney rail link.

Africa

226 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
TAZARA and CBU Zambia sign Business Partnership Agreement

Following the signing of an Academic Business Partnership Agreement between the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and Copperbelt University (CBU) of Zambia, the CBU-TAZARA Mpika Campus at the TAZARA Training Centre has been made officially operational.

TAZARA and Copperbelt University form skills development partnership

Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Copperbelt University have signed an agreement establishing a joint educational campus in Mpika which the international railway operator said would ‘create unheralded value and opportunities for both the university and the railway industry’.

First of 30 Prima M4 locomotives delivered to ONCF

National railway ONCF has taken delivery of the first of 30 Alstom Prima M4 locomotives which are being supplied under a €130m contract announced in February 2018.

ONCF receives first of 30 new Alstom locomotives

The 160km/h 3kV dc electric locomotives were ordered under a €130m contract awarded in February 2018.

First Prima M4 locomotive delivered by Alstom to ONCF

Alstom has begun delivery in Morocco of the first Prima M4 trainset, following the signing of a contract between Alstom and ONCF in 2018 for the supply of 30 electrical Prima M4 locomotives.

Airline News

74 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Flightradar24’s Most Wanted New Receivers: ReSEAvers Edition

As we begin the new year, we begin a new semi-regular series detailing where we want to send additional ADS-B receivers the most.

AvTalk Episode 75: The downing of PS752

On this episode of AvTalk, we begin the year on a somber note to discuss the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 in Tehran and the effects of prohibitions by certain countries on flights in Iran and Iraq.

Delta 777 dumps fuel on school during emergency return to LAX

Delta Air Lines flight DL89 suffered an engine issue shortly after departure from Los Angeles International Airport on 14 January and elected to return to the airport.

Ukrainian flight PS752 shot down shortly after take off from Tehran

Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down shortly after departure from Tehran early morning 8 January 2020.

Ukrainian flight PS752 crashes shortly after take off from Tehran

Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 crashed shortly after departure from Tehran early morning 8 January 2020.

Arabian Rail News

163 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Afghans visit high speed rail training centre

Staff from the Ministry of Transport recently travelled to China to be trained in railway management, signalling and operations.

Haramain signalling maintenance contract awarded

Xrail Group has been awarded a seven-year contract to undertake corrective and preventive maintenance of the ETCS Level 2 signalling and technical buildings on the Haramain High Speed Rail line, acting as subcontractor to Siemens Mobility.

RTA Dubai to trial drone inspection for Dubai Metro tunnels

The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) plans to trial using drones to inspect the Dubai Metro tunnels on the Red and Green Lines.

Etihad Rail to provide additional employment opportunities to UAE citizens

A new training and employment programme has been launched by the developer and operator of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) national railway, Etihad Rail.

Joint venture awarded €1.36bn Abidjan metro contact

The contract was signed on December 21 by Ivory Coast’s minister of transport, Mr Amadou Koné, in the presence of the Ivory Coast president, Mr Alassane Ouattara, and the president of France, Mr Emmanuel Macron.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 8 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

2711 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Metro Rail News January 2020- ELECRAMA Special Issue Published

Dear Readers, It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Metro Rail News published its January 2020 – ELECRAMA 2020 Special issue Today.

Denuwara Menike Train To Operate Daily

Denuwara Menike Intercity Express train which is currently operated by a single powerset will get another powerset from the 2nd of February 2020.

Exclusive Interview: Dr. Brijesh Dixit, MD, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation

In a recent interaction with Urban Transport News, Dr.

HMRTC to implement Gurugram-Manesar-Bawal Metro rail corridor

After approving major changes in the existing alignment plan of the proposed Huda City Centre-Gurugram Railway Station Metro corridor, the Haryana Government has decided to appoint Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC) to implement the revised Gurugram-Manesar-Bawal metro project.

World Bank to fund Rs 630 crore to India for Water Transport in Assam

The Government of India, Government of Assam and the World Bank have signed a loan agreement of US$88 million (nearly Rs 630 crore) on Thursday to help modernize Assam’s Water Transport project that runs on its rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra.

Aurizon

238 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Major Derailment on Aurizon's Goonyella System

A significant derailment occurred on Aurizon's 1021km electrified Goonyella System this afternoon at around 1.

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.

Australian High Speed Rail

14 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast...ish' trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast..ish trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

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.

Bus Transport News

485 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Looking Back to The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Open Day 2019

The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society, formed in 1959, is based at the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln where the museum houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history.

Transport for Wales renew over half million bus passes

Transport for Wales has announced that they have renewed over a half a million concessionary bus passes.

Brighton & Hove Bus Prices To Rise Due to Traffic Delays

The cost of tickets for many Brighton and Hove Buses’ services are set to rise due to a “sizeable growth in traffic and congestion in the city centre”.

18 PLAXTON PANORAMA COACHES MEET GROWING DEMAND ON EDINBURGH–GLASGOW CITYLINK EXPRESS

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has announced that it has delivered 18 Plaxton Panorama double deck coaches to Scottish Citylink and its contracted operators.

Electric Buses for Glasgow City Routes

Electric buses are being launched in Glasgow on a commercial route for the first time since the 1960s.

Canada

521 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Funding for a classroom in a tank wagon and rail safety education

The federal government has announced funding for projects to raise rail safety awareness including the safe transport of dangerous goods.

Eglinton Crosstown Behind Schedule

Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency for the GTHA (Greater Toronto Hamilton Area), has projected the total cost to be C$12.

Canadian National secures contract for hauling sulfuric acid

Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and NorFalco Sales, a division of Glencore Canada, have agreed to a multiyear contract to ship sulfuric acid from NorFalco’s facilities in Ontario and Quebec.

For CN, NorFalco, More Sulfuric Acid Trips

NorFalco, one of North America’s largest merchant marketers of sulfuric acid, is responsible for the marketing and distribution of about 2 million tons of sulfuric acid per year.

CN strike linked to plunge in Canada’s trade volumes

The strike by Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) rail workers helped bring down Canada’s trade volumes during November, Statistics Canada reported.

Cityrail News

730 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Illawarra rail commuters caught in peak hour chaos due to storm damage

Illawarra commuters trying to return home from Sydney have been caught up in peak hour chaos, after train and line damage due to storm damage.

Christmas trackwork to push thousands of Sydney commuters onto buses

Several sections of Sydney’s rail network will be shut over Christmas and the new year to allow for track maintenance and construction, pushing tens of thousands of commuters onto replacement buses.

Man severs foot under train at Town Hall Station in Sydney

A man has severed his foot after falling from a train platform at Sydney's Town Hall station.

Sydney Trains jumps on board new technology

Sydney’s bustling rail network and the associated train stations service thousands of commuters each day, who rely on clear, timely, up-to-date and regular audio announcements to get from A to B as efficiently as possible.

Dozens of top roles spilled in shake-up of NSW transport bureaucracy

NSW's main transport agency has begun a major reshuffle of its senior ranks by spilling dozens of positions as it enters the final stages of folding Roads and Maritime Services into its new divisions and dissolving the standalone roads agency.

Europe

4050 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
New management structure has been put in place at SNCF

SNCF, France’s national state-owned railway company, has presented its new management team, which is marked by the diversity of their experiences.

Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels

Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19.

CZ LOKO continues modernisation of Estonian Operail locomotives

Following recent negotiations, CZ LOKO, a Czech industry supplier, has announced that it will provide Operail, an Estonian freight carrier, with six additional packets for the complex modernisation of its American C30 locomotives to Class C30-M by the end of the first quarter in 2021.

[AT / Expert] Siemens continues production of Vectron locomotives for ÖBB

Seen in Regensburg: 1293 048 and 049 – This means Siemens has started the production of the third batch of Vectron for the Austrian federal railways (ÖBB).

Gunzelling Reports

1070 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/1/2020

There were 102 sightings for this week; This is 13 sightings more than last week.

Random Recap #44

A restored Delaware & Hudson coach sits at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Oversized Containers at Noumea

It has been a hectic start to the year after a nice cruise over the Christmas period.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/1/2020

There were 89 sightings for this week; This is 55 sightings more than last week.

First Railfanning in the New Year

I haven’t been railfanning (or working on my layout) much lately, but I did manage to catch the southbound Adirondack in Plattsburgh at the beginning of a snowstorm last saturday.

Inland Rail Project

312 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Dolly Parton festival benefits from Inland Rail program

From new student laptops to events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Dolly Parton to Narromine are some of the initiatives being supported by the Inland Rail.

Information sessions to be held for local involvement in N2N

Local suppliers in Narrabri and Moree can meet the shortlisted suppliers for the Narrabri to North Star (N2N) leg of the Inland Rail project.

Inland Rail to hold networking event with shortlisted contractors

Inland Rail is set to host two networking events in Narrabri and Moree in late January 2020, giving local businesses the opportunity to meet and talk with the three shortlisted construction contractors for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) project.

Moree Inland Rail regional office announces first Regional Liaison Officer

The first Inland Rail Regional Liaison Officer has been assigned to the lead the Moree Inland Rail regional office.

Moree's Inland Rail regional office now open

People within the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail now have a direct link with the government, with the opening of the new regional Inland Rail office in Moree.

International Rail News

5326 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Delayed rail projects contribute to Bombardier profit downturn

The company says this is mainly as a result of actions taken to resolve challenging rail projects, the timing of milestone payments and new orders in the Transportation division, and the delivery of four Global 7500 aircraft slipping into the first quarter of 2020.

Global Railway Review’s Women Inspiring Rail: A Year in Review

Throughout 2019, Global Railway Review spoke to 30 women who are employed in various roles within multiple rail industry companies across the globe, discussing their experiences working within rail and what the future of the industry looks like to them.

Billions committed to rail around the world

Global rail investment is set to soar, with two major spending plans announced in January.

Urban Mobility: Challenges and Solutions

Urban Mobility is an indicator of modern cities and shows distinct sustainable development.

Chile on Rails: inside Santiago’s $5bn infrastructure programme

“The truth is that Chileans have a true love story with trains,” said Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera in September 2019.

Letters to the Editor

285 stories | Newest story posted last month
Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

For three generations, Syd’s coffee stall has been serving up hot drinks and food in Shoreditch, but tomorrow it closes for the last time.

Economic powerhouse: Melbourne is driving Australia’s economic growth

Melbourne’s economy is booming, with the city set to overtake Sydney to become Australia’s largest economy in 10 to 15 years.

Watch a power station demolition

This coming Sunday morning (15th Dec) will see the UK’s second highest chimney demolished – right next to the Dartford Crossing.

London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

In genteel Pimlico can be found a statue of the Greek god, Priapus, protector of gardens, fruit plants, livestock… and male genitals.

The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the earliest known reference to a Christmas tree.

Model Railways

1390 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
A few more figures

Happy New Year to you all.

Silvester Layout Operating session

During the christmas time and the first weekends in January a friend of mine held the so called Silvester Layout operating session during that time.

Going Overboard on Lumber

Last weekend it was cold outside, -36c, so I decided to make a few wrapped bundles of lumber to scatter here and there on the layout.

Thank you…

Last month I received an email from the distinguished editor of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine concerning my story on the NYC RDC that was used on the Hitop Secondary.

Narrow Gauge

103 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Help get steam locomotive Peter back on track at the Amberley Museum

The Amberley Museum is looking for donations towards oiler repairs and an overhaul of resident 101-year-old steam locomotive, Peter.

Isis Mill cane rail expansion on track

The construction of a 39km cane rail extension from Cordalba to Wallaville by Isis Central Sugar Mill is on track for completion by the 2020 crushing start.

Testing An NG/G16!

For those that don’t subscribe to social media, you might have missed the multitude of excellent photos and videos over recent weeks, showing the Garratt undergoing testing by the railway’s Workshop team.

Help complete a narrow gauge railway for South London

A few years ago a dream was announced, to create a narrow gauge railway in South London for visitors to the Victorian steam engines at Crossness.

The life and times of two very different mountain railways

Steeped in history, literally and metaphorically, the Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) has been carrying sight-seeing tourists and locals to the summit of the UK’s second-largest peak for more than 123 years.

New South Wales Rail News

3733 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
NSW Government ‘unjustified’ in charging commuters for Temporary Transport Plan

Sydney Metro owes Bankstown Line commuters at least $300 for unjustified GIPA charges for the Temporary Transport Plan during the T3 shutdown.

Limited rail services to resume in New South Wales after bushfires

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) in Australia has announced that limited passenger and freight services will resume next week.

Limited services to resume on Blue Mountains line

After fires forced the closure of the Blue Mountains line in late December and early January, limited services will resume between Mount Victoria and Lithgow from the evening of Monday, January 21.

NSW rail infrastructure restoration underway following fires

Works are underway to bring critical rail infrastructure back online following devastating fires along the Blue Mountains Line between Mount Victoria and Lithgow, with limited passenger and freight train services resuming along the line.

Monadelphous purchases a major rail infrastructure provider

Monadelphous has announced they’ve purchased a rail infrastructure maintenance service provider based in New South Wales.

New Zealand Rail News

371 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New Zealand’s passenger network back in service

A work blitz which kept some of New Zealand’s major transport networks closed over the summer break is now over and passenger services have returned.

Project Update: City Rail Link

From transferring 14,000-tonne historic buildings to new foundations to avoiding volcanic lava flows, the Auckland City Rail Link (CRL) project has been one of the more challenging transport infrastructure projects in the Australian/New Zealand pipeline.

Auckland metro trains on their way

Fifteen electric trains are on the way to New Zealand from Spain, where they were built by rail manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) for the Auckland Metro system.

NZ National party proposes more transport authorities

New Zealand’s opposition party, National, is proposing a shake-up of transport governance, by establishing regional transport authorities for both Wellington and Canterbury as well as the accelerated rollout of integrated ticketing.

Draft New Zealand Rail Plan outlines government’s 10-year strategy

The government intends to establish a new planning and funding framework under the Land Transport Management Act (LTMA), which will enable a long-term strategy for the network to be developed.

Northern Territory Rail News

216 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Documents reveal 'extreme and ill-advised' secret plan to take land along the Ghan line

Federal cabinet documents kept secret for 20 years reveal a radical legislative proposal to acquire Aboriginal land to ensure the construction of the 1,400 kilometre rail line from the Red Centre to Darwin.

NAIF appoints Chris Wade as CEO

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), a $5 billion lending organisation, has appointed senior investment official Chris Wade as its new chief executive officer.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility appoints new CEO

The Board of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, commencing 20 January 2020.

Northern Australia infrastructure growth soaring

The Federal Government has delivered 85 per cent of the measures outlined in its 20-year Northern Australia White Paper – Our North, Our Future – since its publication in 2015.

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.

Opinion

103 stories | Newest story posted last month
Write to Urban Transport Infrastructure Magazine – Guest Post Guidelines

Great to have you here; Urban Transport News is now welcoming submissions from Guest Writers!

The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

What You Need to Do About Define Electrolyte in Chemistry Before You Miss Your Chance

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

A successful business model in modern conditions is definitely characterized by mobility, openness, automation of numerous processes.

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.

Other Transport News

837 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Jobs Bank Now Open For Victoria’s Biggest Road Project

The Andrews Labor Government will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for small, local businesses, with registrations now open to help build the North East Link.

Know what ESG is? A report suggests it is going to start to impact trucking

ESG is another upcoming three-letter abbreviation that will impact the trucking industry, according to a recent report from Morgan Stanley.

Workers set to be laid off as contamination issue impacts West Gate Tunnel

Up to 200 workers are set to be dropped from the West Gate Tunnel project after months of complications, triggering a standoff between the State Government and Transurban and putting the completion of the project in jeopardy.

‘Mayor Pete’ pledges $165 billion for highway trust fund

Pete Buttigieg has pledged a $165 billion injection into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to keep it solvent through 2029 if he’s elected president of the United States.

White House proposes slashing timelines for highway projects

The first major overhaul of federal environmental review regulations will dramatically reduce the permitting time for infrastructure projects, according to the Trump administration.

Pacific National News

31 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
PHOTOS: Pacific National releases images of Parkes Logistics Terminal construction

Pacific National has released images showing the construction process for its Parkes Logistics Terminal.

‘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.

Press Releases

240 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

Qube Logistics

4 stories | Newest story posted last month
Headwinds see QUBE take annual profit growth breather

Just two weeks after swallowing port logistics firm Chalmers, Qube has seen a slight fall in net profits on a much larger rise in revenues and profits before non-recurring items.

Qube lifts lid on adelaide warehousing development

Qube Logistics has offered an insight into its warehousing development in Adleaide, comprising a new 10,000 square metre insulated facility at Outer Harbor in South Australia.

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

2451 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Work begins on Brisbane Metro fleet and infrastructure

Work is ramping up on the Brisbane Metro, with a construction tender for a new depot for its fleet of electric vehicles to be released mid-2020.

Central Line

Grantleigh is located on the eastern slope of the Gogango Range, in the steam era it was an important stop before the climb up to Duaringa.

Gladstone to Iveragh

This page cover the section on the North Coast Line from Parana to Iveragh the line is owned and operated by Queensland Rail.

Consultation open on new Exhibition station

Consultation has begun on the redesign of Exhibition station in Brisbane, part of Queensland’s Cross River Rail Project.

Rail Events

520 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
2020 Whistle Stop Tour – Book Now!

The booking window is now open to the public for the 2020 Virtual Railfan Whistle Stop Tour!

Churnet Valley set to run take 2 of historic event

The Churnet Valley Railway (CVR) are looking forward to their Super Power Weekend Take 2, which will see two very special events take place.

Streamlined steam locomotive to haul East Lancs services this weekend

The East Lancashire Railway has announced that Ex-LNER ‘A4’ No.

Welsh Highland Railway Pullman carriage is heading to Manchester’s Motorhome and Caravan Show

The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway has announced that their new Pullman carriage, named Gwyrfai, will taking centre stage at this year’s Caravan & Motorhome Show at Event City in Manchester.

Rail News

4152 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
The future of train control systems: Reliability, throughput and passenger experience

IQPC Australia is proud to present the 9th annual Train Control Management Systems Summit (TCMS) held in Sydney from February 19 to 21 at the Novotel Sydney Central.

How to find out more about upgrade work at Wellingborough station

Network Rail has announced that it is inviting users of Wellingborough station to find out more about improvements taking place as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

The Mud Bay & Western #3 - Roughing in the Benchwork

Based on the overall plan presented in the previous post (The New Plan), it is time to rough in the benchwork.

Two road projects added to IA Priority List, rail project misses out

Infrastructure Australia has added the Western Australian government’s proposed road upgrade, Bindoon Bypass, and the Queensland Government’s Peak Downs Highway Realignment Project (Walkerston Bypass) to the Infrastructure Priority List.

DMRC awards contract for Delhi Metro phase IV works

India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has awarded Hindustan Construction (HCC)-VCCL joint venture (JV) a contract worth Rs4.

Rail Travel

265 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Get your Bucket List Checked off

Sydney Opera House during the annual Vivid lights festival

My 2020 Travel Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Cleaning house: assessing air quality at enclosed rail stations

Trains are widely recognised as one of the most environmentally sustainable forms of mass transport, with significant savings over other transport modes in areas such as carbon emissions and energy usage.

Happy New 2020

Here’s to a safe and special year for you.

Exploring Cambridge

Day out by train with friendsOur friends who stay at New Year most years were able to stay a little longer than usual this time, and we were glad to have the extra time together.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 years 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 History

20 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Book Review: North British Type 2 Bo-Bo Diesel-Electric Class 21 and 29s

Published a couple of months ago, this new release from publishers Pen & Sword is part of their Locomotive Portfolio series and covers Class 21 and 29 Bo-Bo Diesel-Electric locomotives.

The Town of Felton, Delaware

Have you ever heard of the town of Felton, Delaware?

Taree January 1980

Previous posts have described the agony of family caravan holidays taken in the hottest month of the year.

Coin acknowledges continental rail journey

Australian rail has been commemorated in a special edition coin.

LMS Stanier 8F steam locomotives – Class Information

An essential class in Stanier’s Locomotive Policy for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), the 8F would later become the standard freight engine during War World 2 (WW2).

Railway Preservation

597 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Steam locomotive 4253’s Boiler to be restored by HBSS – January 2020 Update 

The 4253 Locomotive Company have released an update on their Great Western Railway 4200 Class No.

Restoration Update on Canadian Pacific Project’s coaches

The Canadian Pacific Project has released an update on the restoration work being carried on their Southern Railway Bulleid-designed coaches.

LMS 10000 locomotive project needs £30,000 to complete major parts list

The LMS 10000 Project has announced that they have an opportunity to obtain parts and spares to complete their shopping list of major parts.

New General Manager for the Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway has announced that is has brought on a new General Manager for its Jubilee year.

Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association release statement about potential sale

The Dartmoor Railway Supporters’ Association (DRSA) has released a statement regarding the Dartmoor Railway which is currently being advertised for sale.

Railway Publications

96 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
2020 Railfan Calendar is Here!

2020 Virtual Railfan Calendar is Here!

Urban Transport Infrastructure January 2020 | Special Edition

We are pleased to announce that our most awaited Year-End Special Edition of Urban Transport Infrastructure January 2020 is published and now available in both print as well as digital versions for the paid subscribers.

Historical Map: Scenic Route of the Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway, late 1930s

Here’s a very handsome little map showing the lines of the Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway from sometime in the late 1930s.

2019 top news stories

JICA offers $1.

Railway Stories

82 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Travelling on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide - A Trip Report

Arrived as Southern Cross station at 0700, the ticket and website said to be there at least one hour before departure.

Why can’t normal train services run on snow and ice?

Preparing for winter is a crucial task at Network Rail.

The Glasson Dock Branch

Glasson Dock sits at the mouth of the Lune Estuary to the Southwest of the City of Lancaster.

Russian Rail News

87 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Putin inaugurates Kerch Strait rail link

The 18·1 km railway bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Russia and Crimea was formally inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin on December 23.

St Petersburg passenger rail investment agreement

Governor Alexander Beglov has announced that the government of St Petersburg and Russian Railways have confirmed their intention to invest 500bn roubles developing passenger rail services in and around the city by 2030.

Putin's new Crimea rail link condemned by EU

President Vladimir Putin has heralded the opening of a railway bridge to the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula by posing in the driver's cab and praising construction workers.

Sinara and Škoda to form JV for production of subway trains

Russian investment company Sinara Group and Škoda Transportation have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) to produce subway trains, trams and trolleybuses.

Škoda and Sinara establish vehicle joint venture

Škoda Transportation and Sinara Group have signed an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture for the production of metro trains, trams and trolleybuses.

South Australian Rail News

744 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Crucial crossing of Main South Road completed to allow for rail link to Flinders University and hospital

New fly-through footage shows how massive steel bridge sections have been successfully placed over Main South Rd to prepare for the highly-anticipated Flinders link rail project.

Adelaide bus system “far more efficient” than rail: report

AFTER 34 YEARS of service, Adelaide’s German-inspired O-Bahn guided bus system is “far more efficient than city’s rail network”, according to experts cited in an official academic paper released recently.

All proposals for uses of the Barossa rail corridor

Passenger and tourist rail services will not return to the Barossa after an impartial, evidence-based assessment, commissioned by the State Government, has deemed every proposal to be unviable.

Viterra receives 115,000 tonnes by freight this harvest season

The 2019/20 harvest season has seen Viterra, the grain storage and handling network for South Australia and western Victoria, moving just over 3.

Viterra moves 115,000 tonnes by freight this harvest season

The 2019/20 harvest season has seen Viterra, the grain storage and handling network for South Australia and western Victoria, moving just over 3.

Tasmanian Rail News

390 stories | Newest story posted last month
TasRail awards track maintenance deal

TasRail has awarded a track maintenance contract incorporating project management, site management and supervision for a range of below rail infrastructure components.

Stephen Cantwell named TasRail chair

Samantha Hogg will leave TasRail as chair and Stephen Cantwell will take over from 1 January 2020.

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.

Technology News

28 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Siemens Mobility reveals plans for research and innovation centre

Siemens Mobility has revealed plans for a UK rail industry-leading research hub, set to open in Goole, East Yorkshire.

IT-TRANS 2020: Exhibitors present digital solutions for urban mobility

One of the key factors for achieving climate protection targets is having a strong public transport system.

Program to prevent plastic pellet pollution criticized as ineffective

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Plastics Industry Association (PIA) have announced a new program to help manage and prevent the accidental release of pre-production plastic pellets, sometimes called “nurdles,”  into the environment, but an environmental group says it does not go far enough.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
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

1675 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
'Vague and half-baked': Lagging CBD light rail set to speed up

Commuters have been promised faster journeys on Sydney’s new CBD light rail from this week amid criticism over the operating speed of the $2.

New Tram Stop for Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway in Devon, have had their master-plan approved to create a new tram stop which will give a direct link to the Wetlands.

Hundreds cop fines for ignoring rule around new light rail

More than 250 pedestrians have been hit with fines over the course of a month for breaking a crucial rule regarding Sydney’s new light rail route.

'Completely unnecessary': Debate erupts after hundreds fined for new light rail rule

Police are cracking down on disobedient pedestrians who continue to ignore instruction to safely cross Sydney’s new tram tracks.

UK

3204 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Class 442 trains to be reintroduced by SWR after refurbishments

British transport operator South Western Railway (SWR) has reintroduced four refurbished Class 442 trains on London-Portsmouth and London-Poole routes.

Cheap train tickets on Greater Anglia trains

Greater Anglia is offering cheap day-return tickets for journeys across their network between 21st Jan until 5th April 2020.

Week on the Network 20.01.20

Network Rail works hard to improve the railway each week.

West Midlands Trains Shows Class 196 DMU

West Midlands Trains has revealed the first of its CAF Civity Class 196 diesel multiple-units, which is now on test at the Velim circuit in the Czech Republic.

PLAN AHEAD: Replacement buses between Carmarthen and Pembroke Docks

Passengers travelling between Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock are being reminded that buses will replace trains from Monday 20 January to Friday 7 February 2020.

USA

3337 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Kansas City Southern net profit slips in fourth quarter

Net profit for Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) slipped in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the prior year, but revenues were 5% higher amid increases for chemicals and petroleum and industrial and consumer products.

MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY CONTRACTOR FORUM

MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

“Railways 2.0”: A Coming Bonanza?

Donald Trump survived his bankruptcies mainly because he owned the rights to the former New York Central/Penn Central freight rail yards, which were used until the 1970s, when Penn Central declared bankruptcy and its Manhattan properties were put up for sale.

This Week in SONAR: Rail and Next Day Rack Price Data!

We’re regularly enhancing and improving SONAR to meet the needs of the ever-changing freight market and the needs of our customers.

Victorian Rail News

6852 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Rail industrial action back, but Ballarat line appears to have been spared

Commuters are set to face more delays and cancellations with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) confirming two 24-hour stop works in the coming fortnight.

Metro Trains misses punctuality targets every month of 2019

Metro Trains failed its punctuality targets 

Y CLASS SHUNTERS TOUR - Saturday 8th February 2020

Join Steamrail Victoria as we journey into the Suburbs of Melbourne and on the Ballarat Mainline, Hauled by two 1968 built Diesel Electric Shunting Locomotives.

V/Line driver’s near-miss with a train after failing to stop at signals

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) rail safety investigation found a V/Line driver ran through a level crossing before the boom gates were down at Marshall, Victoria.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 35: Northern Epping

One of Melbourne's major growth corridors is around Wollert, about 25 km north of the city, beyond Epping.

Western Australian Rail News

1205 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
$160m to be spent replacing, relocating 51-year-old Midland train station

The ageing Midland train station will be demolished and replaced with a new station nearby at a cost of about $160 million.

METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line seeks construction contractor

The Western Australian Government has begun its search for a company to design and construct the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line with the Request for Proposal (RFP) now released to market.

Contractors wanted for METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line build

The Government of Western Australia has begun the search for a company to deliver the main contract for METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line on the Transperth network in Perth.

METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line calls for contractors

The Government of Western Australia has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the main works for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

CBH moves bumper crop by rail

Grain storage, handling, transport, marketing, and processing cooperative, CBH Group has announced that their rail infrastructure moved the largest amount of grain in the company’s history.

Yarra Trams

369 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
St Kilda Festival

Sunday 9 February 2019, 4.

Planned Industrial Action - Tuesday 28 January and Thursday 30 January 2020

Due to planned industrial action, no trams will run between 10am and 2pm.

Route 86 disruption - Sunday 19 January

Route 86 trams have resumed along their normal lines.

Disruption to city trams - Saturday 18 January

Saturday 18 January, from 2pm

Route 19 disruption - Tuesday 14 January

Route 19 trams have resumed along normal lines following the earlier disruption.

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