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ACT

301 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Infrastructure Australia urges investment in passenger rail

INFRASTRUCTURE Australia wants the federal and state governments to prioritise faster rail, fast rail, and high-speed rail investments to help cope with an exodus of people from the major cities to regional centres as outlined in its 2021 Infrastructure Plan.

Major infrastructure bodies unite over zero-emissions target

Roads Australia (RA), the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council have announced an industry-first partnership to reduce the environmental impact of new and existing transport infrastructure.

ARA paves path for net-zero transport 

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has released its strategy to guide its development of key sustainability initiatives over the next three years.

Infrastructure plan revealed 

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the release of the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan, which calls for a new wave of infrastructure reform to fully leverage the Australian Government’s $110 billion infrastructure spend and drive the national COVID-19 recovery.

Shaping a connected city

City Deals are partnerships between the three levels of government, community and the private sector to work towards a shared vision for liveable cities.

Africa

361 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Gabon railway concession extended as investors fund expansion

Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais’ concession to operate the 650 km railway linking Franceville with the capital Libreville and the port of Owendo has been extended, and a new investor has committed to providing finance and expertise to support a modernisation to increase capacity on the line

Angola links mining region to the world with Lobito Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia have 34 per cent of the world’s cobalt reserves and over 10 per cent of global copper reserves.

Russian company to export Elephants to Africa

Russian manufacturer Sinara Transport Machines has been awarded a contract to supply six TGM8 ‘Elephant’ shunting locomotives to the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia bauxite mining subsidiary of aluminium producer RUSAL.

Angola to launch concession for Benguela Railway

ANGOLA’s Ministry of Transport is preparing to launch a tender to operate, maintain and improve the 1067mm-gauge Benguela Railway that connects the landlocked countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia to the Atlantic coast.

Africa: Mixed fortunes in Tunis

While the first passengers are due to travel over a newly built section of the Tunisian capital’s RFR suburban network later this month, the government and its contractors are struggling to complete future phases of the programme.

Airline News

670 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Where Did Qantas Fly The Airbus A380 Before COVID-19?

Qantas plans to bring its Airbus A380s back into service next July after a two-year Californian desert sojourn.

Singapore Airlines Cuts Australia Flights Amid Border Confusion

Singapore Airlines is canceling dozens of flights into Australia over the next few months.

Vistara’s CEO Moves To Senior Position At Singapore Airlines

On Tuesday, India’s full-service carrier Vistara announced that the company’s CEO Leslie Thng will move to Singapore Airlines from January 1, 2022.

New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in August 2021

Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts to help increase flight tracking all around the world.

Saudia Reveals Special 75 Year Anniversary Boeing 787 Dreamliner Livery

On Saturday, September 11th, Saudi Arabian Airlines (better known as Saudia) unveiled the brand new livery of one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Arabian Rail News

320 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Iran and Iraq leaders stress the need to complete cross-border line

LEADERS of Iran and Iraq have stressed the need to complete the cross-border rail line from Shalamcheh, Iran, to Basra.

Contract to build 660km Egyptian high-speed electric rail link awarded to Siemens Mobility 

Siemens Mobility have announced they have signed a contract with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), in witness of the Egyptian Prime Minister, which will see them construct a brand new rail nicknamed ‘Suez Canal on tracks’.

Keolis-MHI assumes charge of operating Dubai Metro and Tram

Keolis MHI Rail Management and Operation has assumed the responsibility of running and maintaining Dubai Metro, along with the operation of Dubai Tram from Serco Middle East.

First British-built monorail trains arrive in Cairo

THE first two four-car Alstom Innovia 300 monorail trains built in Britain have arrived in the Egyptian capital.

Keolis-MHI1 joint venture takes over Dubai metro operation

A Keolis-led joint venture has begun operating and maintaining Dubai’s driverless metro network and operating the emirate’s light rail network under a nine-year contract awarded by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) on January 31.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 years 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

4222 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Singapore LTA awards contract for CRL1 Loyang station and tunnels

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore has awarded a civil contract for the design and construction of Loyang station and tunnels under the Cross Island Line Phase 1 (CRL1).

Thailand looks at battery traction

The Ministry of Transport is pushing ahead with the procurement of battery railcars, and consideration is being given to local production and the conversion of existing diesel locomotives to battery power.

China to invest $154bn to expand railway network in YRD region

China is reportedly set to invest around $154.

JR Central targets Shinkansen business travellers with work-oriented offering

Central Japan Railway Company is to revamp its offering for business travellers using Tokaido Shinkansen services, in response to changing travel patterns and working practices driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

14-year-old girl abducted from Pune station premises, gangraped

At the station, the accused tricked the girl into going with them by telling her that there was no train that night.

Aurizon

276 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Aurizon considering merger with Qube, and a joint purchase of GrainCorp

The nation’s largest freight rail company, Aurizon, has had a busy year behind the scenes examining possible acquisition opportunities, and it is understood one of them is GrainCorp.

CBH chooses Aurizon as rail services provider

The CBH Group has announced Aurizon as its preferred provider of above rail operations following a request for proposal process.

Aurizon clinches minimum six-year CBH rail contract

THE contract to haul grain for CBH Group has been awarded to Aurizon, and will add three train sets to Western Australia’s already impressive grain fleet.

Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

The $205 million sale of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal (the Terminal) to Pacific National completed today, with all conditions satisfied and outstanding funds transferred to Aurizon.

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, is inviting community groups and charities located across the Company’s operations to apply for cash grants of up to $20,000 through the latest round of its Community Giving Fund.

Australian High Speed Rail

41 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Fast rail on the freeway: Another approach for the Canberra line

Hot Rails has previously looked at the Southern Highlands corridor, estimating the cost of a 200km/h corridor all the way from Goulburn into Central Station to be in the order of $3.

Foreign investment interest means fast rail in Australia could finally become a reality

Fast rail in Australia has been a long-held dream for many in the country and one expert believes conditions could finally be right for projects to move ahead.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pours cold water on east coast high speed rail ambition

It’s been labelled a “national disgrace” that needs fixing but Gladys Berejiklian has said COVID squabbles has shown it may never happen.

High-speed rail’s role in transforming travel recognised in industry report

The ‘International High Speed Rail Voices’ report published by High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) demonstrates the transformational role high-speed rail is playing in revolutionising travel across the globe, driving policy makers’ economic and environmental decisions, whilst creating international links that will become ever more important in our increasingly globalised world.

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

Brisbane has all but secured the Olympic victory it first tried for 29 years ago, but that goal will now trigger a debate about the infrastructure south-east Queensland needs to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

Bus Transport News

905 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Timetable Tuesday #134: 10 bus route upgrades that would make our train network more robust

The announcement came out on Sunday that all V/Line train services that day would be cancelled.

AirSym Takes Delivery of Two New Plaxton Panther Coaches Financed by Mistral

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has announced that it has delivered two brand new Plaxton Panther coaches to Heathrow Airport-based operator AirSym Ltd with finance provided through ADL’s partner Mistral Bus and Coach.

August Bank Holiday at Wythall

Wythall Transport Museum was originally set up by the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust, formed in 1977 as a registered charity.

Timetable Tuesday #133: 907 the biggest winner in oily rag bus revamp

Back in June we were promised some bus upgrades as the first instalment of Victoria's Bus Plan.

Canada

1148 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Stop and Read the Documents

Meanwhile, the long knives have come out alleging willy-nilly incompetence of CN’s Board and management for having signed onto outrageously expensive merger agreement terms and having failed to perceive the mood at the STB favoring competitive options over financial returns.

CP edges closer to Kansas City Southern merger

NEARLY two weeks after Canadian National’s (CN) attempt to purchase rival Class 1 Kansas City Southern (KCS) collapsed, KCS has confirmed that its board of directors have determined a revised merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP) a “Company Superior Proposal” bringing negotiations over the proposed merger to a close.

CN: TCI House Cleaning Under Way

The fallout from CN’s Surface Transportation Board-forced scuttling of its attempt to merge with Kansas City Southern grew from shrapnel to a ground-zero blast the day after Canadian Pacific and KCS rekindled their relationship and agreed to move forward with their merger.

TCI pushes to add industry veterans to CN board, remove CEO

An activist shareholder is pushing forward with plans to propose the removal of CN President and CEO JJ Ruest and add four industry veterans to the board following the railroad’s likely failed attempt to acquire Kansas City Southern.

Canadian Pacific closes in on KCS merger

Canadian Pacific announced on September 12 that it ‘looks forward to executing a definitive merger agreement’ with Kansas City Southern, after the smaller railroad’s board deemed that CP’s latest bid now amounted to a ‘Company Superior Proposal’ compared to a previous offer from Canadian National.

Cityrail News

850 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Renovation disruption at Central Station

Queensland Rail is boosting reliability of facilities at its busiest transport hub, with two 40-year-old escalators set to be replaced at Central Station’s outer concourse from October.

NSW orders more double-deck EMUs

TRANSPORT for New South Wales (TfNSW) has awarded the RailConnect NSW joint venture of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail a contract extension for a further 56 double-deck EMU cars for the Mariyung fleet.

Alstom to deliver digital future for Sydney Trains 

Alstom has been awarded two contracts by Transport for NSW and Sydney Trains to design, deliver and provide long-term service support for European Train Control System Level 2 (ETCS) trackside signalling technology as part of the State’s More Trains, More Services – Digital Systems Program.

Faster rail the clincher for city slickers looking for a sea-change

The availability of faster rail will be the tipping point for city dwellers considering joining the droves of people migrating to the regions as a result of the pandemic, but most will still prefer to be able to walk to the station.

Inside Australia's busiest railway network

If you've been a regular train traveller, you've probably seen all manner of things unfold.

Coronavirus Transport News

531 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
TTC to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

“Getting vaccinated remains one of the most important ways we can protect each other and our community.

London’s Tube network sees busiest morning since start of pandemic

The London Underground has seen its busiest rush hour morning since March 2020, according to Transport for London (TfL) data.

RTBU issues vaccination stance

The Rail, Tram, and Bus Union has issued its position on mandatory vaccination of its members.

Business optimism declines in August amid concerns over Delta variant: Poll

Verdict has been conducting a poll to study the trends in business optimism during COVID-19 as reflected by the views of companies on their future growth prospects amid the pandemic.

Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink timetable changes including London, Gatwick, Cambridge and Brighton

Rail operators Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink are making the changes in order to better suit the needs of passengers as the effects of the pandemic lessen, bringing more efficient service across the network and supporting schools, colleges and office workers with approximately 1,000 train services per week being be brought back into action.

Europe

7304 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Funds confirmed to support rail freight relaunch strategy

Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy.

Freight: An intermodal gateway emerges in northeast Europe

Connected since July to the Polish border by a standard gauge link, the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal in Lithuania is set to become a strategic hub for the Baltic States as part of the wider Rail Baltica programme.

Freight: CargoFlex enters the digital era

Fitted to intermodal trains in Switzerland, Voith’s CargoFlex autocoupler builds on experience in the passenger sector, and is now being upgraded with a full digital capability.

Rail freight industry Belgium presents Rail Roadmap 2030

More than twenty organisations in Belgium, including the Flemish ports, Infrabel and VBO, have presented the Rail Roadmap 2030.

Gunzelling Reports

1446 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
The Longest 252 I’ve Ever Seen

One week ago I heard that 252 had broken apart just north of Plattsburgh- with over 200 cars!

(Video) The Longest 252 Ever Passes Willsboro

Photos will be out when I get a chance.

Qube QL Class C44aci

New Qube C44aci QL class locos have been running on the south the last week.

Amtrak 108- Phase VI Heritage Unit- and an Update

I’m writing this from just south of Hudson, NY…

Inland Rail Project

700 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Business case for Inland Rail extension 

The Government will fund a business case for the extension of the Inland Rail line from Toowoomba to the Port of Gladstone.

Lamb consignment takes 4,000km train ride before it even hits the boats to America

Chilled WA lamb is being sent to Brisbane by rail as stressed North American shipping bypasses Fremantle, Melbourne, and Sydney.

ARTC awards Inland Rail contract in Queensland

AUSTRALIAN Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has entered into a collaborative framework agreement for the Northern Civil Works Programme with the BHQ joint venture (BHQ JV), comprising of Bielby Holdings, JF Hull Holdings and QH&M Birt.

Inland Rail to transform Australian rail freight and economy

Work is underway on a project that has been the talk of Australia since the nineteenth century.

Why Jack Dempsey, Glen Hartwig want $3.4b inland rail to come to Wide Bay

A multibillion-dollar plan to link Toowoomba and Gladstone is a great idea ‘on the wrong track’ and Gympie, the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg should be in the mix, Wide Bay mayors have said.

International Rail News

5647 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Brazil plans 3300km of new lines worth $US 10.16bn

BRAZIL’s Ministry of Infrastructure is assessing applications by four companies to build 10 new lines totalling 3300km, representing an investment of Reais 53.

Pro Trilhos programme kickstarts 10 rail projects worth R$53∙5bn

Designating this month as ‘Railway September’, the government has introduced legislation to simplify the process of authorising the construction of new rail projects.

Bamin signs concession agreement with Brazil for FIOL railway

The Brazilian Federal Government has signed a concession agreement with Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) Brazilian subsidiary Bamin for the completion and operation of a FIOL (East-West Integration) railway section.

Passenger occupancy analytics partnership follows successful trial

Icomera and Glimpse Analytics are to co-operate to offer ‘robust’ video analytics software for the real-time monitoring of passenger loadings, enabling operators and passengers to make more informed decisions based on train occupancy.

IRJ In-Brief – Fleet: First EuroDuals arrive in Turkey; Flirts enter traffic in Norway; Hitachi EMUs began testing in Taiwan

Turkey: Two Stadler EuroDual locomotives have been delivered to Turkish operator Körfez Ulaştırma.

Letters to the Editor

335 stories | Newest story posted last month
Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

Anyone who has visited the area over the past few months can’t have missed the huge amount of street works going on, as part of plans to revamp the road layout around Aldwych and Strand.

The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

Early morning presentation

I was invited to do a Zoom presention to the St.

RISSB major projects update

RISSB is working with stakeholders to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing rail.

Model Railways

2523 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
A Quick Visit to Mohawk Valley…

On my recent trip to the Capital Region, I visited Mohawk Valley Railroad for a couple of needed turnouts.

Thomson River Bridge - 6

Time hasn't stood still on South Coast Rail.

Depots By John offers Milwaukee Road signage and streetcar shelter kit

Depots by John announces a streetcar waiting shelter kit available in HO and N scale.

Pittsburgh Rail History: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie in Allegheny County

In the 1870s, it was obvious to local business and political leaders that the stranglehold the huge Pennsylvania Railroad held on commerce in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas had to be broken.

From the Archive: Road-Specific HO-scale NYC GP20 in 1960

August 2021’s New York Central-themed issue and the recent arrival of Broadway Limited Imports’ all-new HO-scale GP20 diesel locomotive model (see July 2021’s Model Railroad News, page 62) had me thinking about the classic and long-serving TYCO GP20 model.

Narrow Gauge

141 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show 2021

Ken Jones visited the Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show on 29th August and has sent us the following photographs.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway’s flagship steam locomotive returns to service!

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway has confirmed that their flagship steam locomotive, “The Earl”, is back in service hauling steam trains.

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway launches new Day Rover tickets

The Eastleigh Lakeside Railway in Hampshire, has announced that they are now offering Day Rover Tickets for passengers wanting more rides.

Steam locomotive Jurassic returns at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

Jurassic, a 118-year-old steam locomotive, has been back in steam at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway in Skegness.

Prototype Day at the Adirondack Live Steamers

Yesterday was prototype day at the Adirondack Live Steamers.

New South Wales Rail News

4413 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
$20 million contract awarded for NSW rail centre

A $20 million contract has been awarded to deliver major electrical works at Dubbo’s Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in New South Wales.

$100m contract extension for UGL

CIMIC Group company UGL, as a member of the RailConnect NSW joint venture, has been awarded a contract extension by Transport for NSW to increase the size of the Mariyung Fleet, and install an additional transformer at the maintenance facility at Kangy Angy on the NSW Central Coast.

ACFS Port Logistics expands intermodal footprint

Container logistics operator, ACFS Port Logistics, has expanded its NSW intermodal container yard by 2,000 TEU.

Diesel leaking from locomotive at bottom of Picton harbour

Divers are trying to block a slow leak in the diesel tank of a 50-tonne locomotive at the bottom of Picton harbour, as specialist airbags are prepared to float and recover the rail shunter on Friday.

Australian state rejects POSCO's bid to build new coal mine, rail line

New South Wales's planning regulator on Tuesday rejected a plan by a unit of South Korea's POSCO  to develop a coking coal mine and rail line in the Australian state, saying that the environmental and social impacts would be too great.

New Zealand Rail News

594 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Auckland light rail won't start before 2024 according to Government transport plan

Construction of Auckland’s Light Rail network won’t start before 2024 according to the government’s just-released 

KiwiRail reports improved surplus following revenue growth

NEW Zealand national railway KiwiRail has reported an improved surplus of $NZ 63.

KiwiRail announces freight service ‘to keep New Zealand moving’

National railway KiwiRail is to launch a weekday freight service between Auckland and Christchurch from October, boosting capacity between the North and South islands in time for the peak season and while the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting other modes.

KiwiRail announces NZ Connect service 

A new weekday rail service between Auckland and Christchurch is being launched to help New Zealand businesses grappling with disrupted ports and shipping lines.

Auckland One Rail to operate rail services from 2022

Auckland One Rail (AOR) in New Zealand has secured a contract from Auckland Transport (AT) to operate rail services in the city from next year.

Northern Territory Rail News

225 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
New rail terminal could turn dreams into reality

There is a window of opportunity needing to be seized following the release of a tender into the relocation of the Darwin Passenger Railway Terminal.

NT cattle's return to transport by rail could save producers $120 per head to SA, study finds

A study looking at the viability of transporting cattle on rail to Darwin and South Australia is being conducted by the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

Rail authorities are getting projects done while promoting cross-cultural awareness.

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

With the worsening situation with regard to Covid 19 and South Australia The Ghan passenger train has been stopped at Alice Springs.

Opinion

139 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Follow up Q&A: A Life Taken by Hayward’s Unsafe Designs

Note: GJEL Accident Attorneys regularly sponsors coverage on Streetsblog San Francisco and Streetsblog California.

Politicians Talk of Climate Change, Revert to Status Quo

Last September, on the day San Francisco’s skies burned orange and blocked out the sun, a top candidate for District 1 supervisor, Connie Chan, tweeted a photo of herself holding a signed copy of the Sunrise Movement’s Green New Deal pledge.

Plant protein powder one of the hottest tickets in the global food market

Lentils, peas, and faba beans have long been regarded as hippie food.

Talking Headways Podcast: The Feminist City

This week we’re joined by Professor Leslie Kern to talk about her book Feminist City and the need to make more spaces for non-traditional relationships, feminist geography and intersectionality.

You’re Climate Cowards, Voter Group Tells CA Senators

Note: GJEL Accident Attorneys regularly sponsors coverage on Streetsblog San Francisco and Streetsblog California.

Other Transport News

1274 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
For TRAC, $1B in Chassis Investment since 2011

The investments cover the addition of “tens of thousands” of new chassis and TRAC’s debut of the BlueEdge Chassis Refurbishing program.

America’s Most Toxic Car Ads: A Toxic Masculinity Twofer

This is the third match-up in our competition to find America’s Most Toxic Car Ad.

Rates red-hot in August, shipments high but capacity constrained

August data from Cass Information Systems shows a sequential surge in expenditures, a proxy for freight rates, with shipments stepping higher as well.

How D.C. Might Kneecap Its Micromobility Revolution

A controversial plan to limit the number of scooter- and bike-share operators in the nation’s capital has some advocates wondering why micromobility providers are again being held to higher standards than are drivers, automakers, and car-related businesses.

Deliveristas Face Yet Another Deadly Threat — Exploding Cheap E-Bike Batteries 

The deadly fire that tore through a Queens home last Wednesday, killing a 9-year-old boy, after a battery for an e-scooter ignited, is the latest danger facing New York City’s nearly 80,000 delivery workers, experts and advocates say.

Pacific National News

64 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Full capacity for Pacific National

Pacific National is increasing its services to keep Australia’s supply chain moving during the pandemic.

Prioritise freight worker vaccinations, says Scurrah

The vaccination of COVID-19 to essential freight workers should be accelerated says Pacific National chief executive Paul Scurrah.

Covid testing boost for freight rail workers

Pacific National Australia has thanked the New South Wales government for providing additional resources for COVID testing of essential freight workers at Taree.

Kiama incident report emphasises risk controls

A report into an incident at Kiama, on behalf of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, has emphasised risk controls measures to avoid a reoccurence.

Pacific National & ACFS Port Logistics committed to St Marys community

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3.

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

Qube Logistics

16 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

Qube Holdings has revealed it will write down up to $215 million on a loss-making import-export rail terminal at its Moorebank freight hub as it signed off on a deal to sell land and warehouses to a consortium led by the Logos Property Group.

Qube cool on One Rail’s coal, watching brief on freight

ASX-listed Qube Holdings is not one to shy away from a deal in the Australian transport sector - however the coal exposure inside Macquarie’s One Rail Australia has given it pause for thought.

Inland Ports, Tricky Politics: Chris Corrigan’s Qube reels in $1.7bn public land sale

Chris Corrigan, golden boy of the Liberal Party, villain of Labor, has won a $1.

Fitting the signal to the system

There’s no doubt that the coming generation of intermodal terminals will take the next step forward in efficiency, backed by the latest in automation technology.

JobKeeper messages between Qube Holdings and Treasury shed light on how ports giant qualified for subsidies

The port and rail giant Qube Holdings had a good year in 2020: strong revenue, healthy profits, bonuses for executives and dividends for shareholders.

Queensland Rail News

2806 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Vanadium mine a new era for Queensland resource sector

The Queensland government has given the go-ahead for a $250 million vanadium mine near Julia Creek that it says will pioneer production of a globally sought-after new economy mineral, and support up to 400 regional jobs.

Rail romance heads out west

Gympie man and rail enthusiast John Hermann shares more of his recollections, and his dreams for the future of a new tourist railway to the north.

Truck stuck under inner-Brisbane rail bridge

A truck has become stuck under a railway bridge in Brisbane’s inner-south, causing delays on both road and rail.

Homes sacrificed for billion-dollar Olympic fast rail

A billion-dollar plan to boost train services between the Gold Coast and Logan in time for the 2032 Olympics will come at a major cost for locals, with property resumptions guaranteed.

Rail Events

805 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Agencies come together to commemorate the anniversary of the freight train derailment at Llangennech

The village of Llangennech has had a plaque presented to mark the anniversary of a freight train derailment.

2021 KCS Holiday Express: Train Cancelled, Fundraiser On

Over the past 20 years, the KCS Holiday Express project has raised more than $2.

Pete Waterman to attend Railtex/Infrarail 2021

The Railway Benefit Fund are the only charity attending this year’s Railtex/Infrarail Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham.

Registration is now open for Rail Wellbeing LIVE 2021, the largest free online wellbeing event for the rail industry

Rail Wellbeing LIVE 2021 has now opened registration and is the largest free online wellbeing event for the rail industry.

In Railfreight Live this week: looking back at RailFreight Summit 2021

Last week, the RailFreight Summit 2021 was held in Lodz, Poland.

Rail News

4398 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
AEO accreditation for Aldridge

Railway signal manufacturer Aldridge has achieved Authorised Engineering Organisation status, recognising its excellence in innovation and engineering.

Showcase: Digitising track renewal processes

NR’s Accelerated Innovation programme approached Intoware last year as information on its track renewals was not being fully captured and utilised efficiently across the network.

Showcase: Providing anticorrosion coating durability through primer application

Cortec’s VpCI-395 primer is a fast drying, two-component (2K) water-based epoxy one-coat system that can be applied directly to metal for use as a protective primer in harsh, unsheltered outdoor applications.

Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident: System Safety Comes of Age

PART 1, THE CASE FOR SYSTEM SAFETY: Industry 4.

Showcase: SKF develops lubrication innovation

The main challenge is to extend wheelset bearing maintenance intervals in the high-speed market with SKF identifying that a continuous and sufficient supply of oil from the grease to the rolling contact was required for the whole life of the bearing.

Rail Travel

487 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Back in the Saddle Again!

I stood it for as long as I could.

Q: What’s Better than a Big Bedroom? A: Two Little Roomettes!

There are five bedrooms on the upper level of an Amtrak Superliner sleeping car.

Crossing the Channel the Hard Way

These days, by far the best way to travel between London and Paris is by high-speed train through the “chunnel” under the English  Channel.

Monday Night Travel: Rail Journeys

Have you ever wanted to set out on an expedition of Australia by rail?

Monday Night Travel: Rail Journeys

When you think of Australian rail travel, what springs to mind?

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 3 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

388 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Railways in Iran – An Addendum

During World War II a vital role was played by the Army’s railway operating units in theatres of war in the Middle East and Europe.

Taking History: Keeping the Future on Track While Preserving the Past

“Everyone is trained to stop if they find something,” explains Metro Deputy Executive Officer and Metro Division 20 Portal Widening Project Manager Matt Gallagher.

FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad made key acquisition in 1940

There are many people interested in former transportation companies, whether they were trucking companies, railroads, airlines or ocean lines.

FreightWaves Classics: George Westinghouse Memorial Bridge turns 89 today!

On this date in 1932, the George Westinghouse Memorial Bridge officially opened in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Railway Preservation

1376 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Extended stay at Midsomer Norton for steam locomotive Austin 1

The Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway at Midsomer Norton has announced that steam locomotive Austin 1 will be staying with them a little longer.

Porterbrook donates Class 43 locomotive to Crewe Heritage Centre

Crewe Heritage Centre has been donated HST Power Car No.

Sherlock Holmes locomotive set to visit the Epping Ongar Railway

The Epping Ongar Railway has confirmed that BR Class 20 locomotive, No.

Class G5 Locomotive Company announces additional Open Day

The Class G5 Locomotive Company has announced an extra open day later this month, allowing the public to see what progress has been made on the steam  locomotive.

Railway Publications

317 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
New accessibility features added in the latest Railway Magazine app update

Users of the Railway Magazine app on mobile can expect to find plenty of brand new accessibility features to greatly improve navigation and readability.

Bells & Whistles—Is REM behind sinkholes in Montreal park?

Woman convicted of attempting to use shunts to disrupt signal system, derail trains

The Architecture the Railways Built returns for a third TV series

This coming Monday, the third series of tours around the railway world looking at the buildings and structures that allow trains to carry people will start.

PREVIEW: Issue 284 of Heritage Railway magazine

After 27 years, Pendennis Castle is back in steam!

Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident, Part 1: Rail Group On Air Podcast

Editor’s Note: September is Safety Month in the North American railway industry.

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

“Everything I've done has prepared me for ice swimming.

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

Long-distance passenger services were hit particularly hard, falling by 42.

Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

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.

Russian Rail News

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Testing begins on 17.5km section of Moscow Big Circle Line

TESTING on part of the Moscow Big Circle Line (BCL) began on September 14, following the completion of three new stations on the 17.

Sakhalin hydrogen project takes key step forward

RUSSIAN Railways (RZD), the government of Sakhalin Oblast, Rosatom and Transmashholding (TMH) have signed a protocol declaring the Sakhalin hydrogen railway project feasible.

Autonomous hydrogen trains planned in Sakhalin

Two multilateral agreements have been signed to explore the potential for autonomous operation of hydrogen-powered trains in Sakhalin oblast.

Five-train platoons to operate with virtual coupling

Russian Railways is planning to use platooning technology to operate flights of up to five freight trains next year using radio data exchange between locomotives to create a virtual coupling.

UWC to supply 500 grain wagons for Rusagrotrans

UNITED Wagon Company, the largest manufacturer of freight wagons in Russia, is to build 500 hopper wagons by the end of 2021 for Rusagrotrans.

South Australian Rail News

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Drug breaches, safety incidents hit Gawler rail line upgrade

Workers on Gawler’s rail line electrification project are failing drug tests, and there have been hundreds of safety incidents.

Adelaide’s trains move towards a greener future

South Australia’s public transport system is taking another step towards becoming greener and more energy efficient, with hybrid energy technologies being adopted for more than half of the existing fleet of diesel trains.

Adelaide public transport complaints reach record level as commuters return to system

The number of complaints per 100,000 journeys on Adelaide's public transport system rises again as people return to the city's buses, trains and trams.

Gawler rail line delays continue frustrating commuters again

Gawler rail line delays continue frustrating commuters again as the government gives no clear end date of the electrification upgrade.

COVID blamed for delay to Adelaide train line upgrade, commuters say substitute buses are not working for them

The completion of the long-delayed electrification of Adelaide's Gawler train line has now been shunted off until 2022, angering commuters who have been forced onto substitute buses since last year.

Tasmanian Rail News

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2,000 train trips later

Tom Pavic-Ryan reflects on 11 years of being a guide on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

This railway is synonymous with Tassie's west coast, and now there's a push to have it heritage listed

It's a remarkable feat of engineering, and now there's a push to have this west coast railway added to the national heritage list.

TasRail looks to Tasmanian firm to design and build new shiploader

TasRail is finalising negotiations with a Tasmanian business on the design and construction contract for its new shiploader at Burnie.

Kristie Johnston attacks parties’ ‘hollow’ promises as she pushes for fast track of passenger rail

The government is “backing away a million miles an hour” from its passenger rail commitment, an independent candidate says, as she calls for the project to be put on the fast track.

Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

The Port of Hobart will be the state’s international gateway to the Southern Ocean thanks to TasPorts’ planned multi-million-dollar redevelopment for Macquarie Wharfs.

Technology News

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Showcase: Dynamic traction control through high-resolution speed sensors

THIS makes it more difficult to start on inclines, for instance.

Showcase: Providing FRMCS communication over conventional networks

WITH the MCx OTT (Over The Top) solution, a public mobile operators’ network services are used as a transport medium for the MCx application with GSM-R-like features such as point-to-point calling, group calls and prioritised calls.

Spellman to Lead RIOTECH

Spellman joined Rio Grande in 2018 when RIOTECH acquired Innovative Solutions In Signaling, LLC, where he served as Vice President.

Single Source of Truth

Today’s workforce management systems are helping railroads to boost accuracy and efficiency and to provide record visibility and an enterprise-wide view.

Alstom cybersecurity cooperation agreement

Airbus CyberSecurity and Alstom, global leader in sustainable mobility, have signed a worldwide cooperation agreement focussing on rail transport cybersecurity.

Train Simulator News

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Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games has announced that Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2.

How to Install Rolling stock , loco sound and Cabview in msts openrails

This tutorial for installation of Diesel rolling stock, sound and cabviewI’m giving sound and cabview folder for Alco and Emd locos.

Cathcart Circle Line released for Dovetail Games’ Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games, makers of Train Sim World 2, has announced that the Cathcart Circle Line has been released for Train Sim World 2.

Vidarbha Route

MSTS Indian Railway Vidarbha Route Part 1.

Tram and Light Rail News

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Mishap Mars Return of Iconic Muni Cable Cars

Their original purpose was to provide transportation to San Franciscans and visitors to the city, which they have done for 148 years.

TriMet’s ‘A Better Red’ mission expected to kick off in the fall

Instead of lying on a table, those plans will be put to construction use as officials look to start the project, which will extend the route to Hillsboro, this fall.

MARTA to Public: ‘Your Ride, You Decide’ on Railcar Exterior Design

The move follows MARTA’s May request for input on interior railcar design features.

Link light rail service will temporarily single-track between Tukwila International Boulevard and Rainer Beach stations Sept. 11

Due to scheduled rail replacement, Link light rail will experience service disruptions between Tukwila International Boulevard station and Rainier Beach station late evening Saturday, Sept.

Colas France to construct light rail extension in Paris

COLAS France will construct the Line T3b light rail extension in Paris after it was awarded two contracts by the Paris Transport Authority (RATP).

UK

7087 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Network Rail gives people chance to have their say on potential Copmanthorpe crossing closure

The public are being asked to give feedback on plans by Network Rail to fully close a footpath level crossing in Copmanthorpe.

Direct awards agreed with Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains

The Abellio-led Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains businesses have agreed directly-awarded National Rail Contracts with the Department for Transport, ahead of the expiry of their Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement contracts on September 19.

Community Rail Partnership helps clear up Bletchley railway station

Bletchley railway station has benefited from a tidy up after work from railway workers and volunteers earlier this month.

RAIB finds ‘no evidence’ of request to use Cambridgeshire crossing before Tractor v Train crash

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has announced that it has launched a full investigation into a crash between a freight train and a tractor and trailer at a user worked level crossing in Cambridgeshire.

New safety campaign launched at Reading and Bristol Temple Meads railway stations

Network Rail has launched a new campaign at Reading and Bristol Temple Meads stations aiming to promote safety.

USA

6560 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
KCS agrees to merge with CP, nixes plans with CN

The love triangle appears to have ended: Kansas City Southern has terminated plans to merge with Canadian railway CN and has agreed to merge with rival suitor Canadian Pacific.

Insights From IANA Expo2021

This long-time intermodal container commerce analyst/economist (since my maritime vs.

FLXdrive ‘Electrifies’ Pittsburgh

Wabtec’s FLXdrive, described as “the world’s first 100% battery, heavy-haul locomotive,” fresh off testing on BNSF, was front and center at a Sept.

Strato Earns TTX’s Excellent Supplier Designation

Strato received the award for 2020.

Amtrak’s Plan to Connect the U.S

It was perhaps fitting that United States President Joe Biden was front and center at the celebration held to mark the 50th anniversary of Amtrak at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on April 30.

Victorian Rail News

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Contract awarded for VIC Sunbury bottleneck

The Victorian Government has awarded the contract for a major construction effort to remove Sunbury’s dangerous Gap Road level crossing, as well as releasing final designs for the project.

Bridging the gap at Hallam

The first L-beams have been lifted into place over the new Hallam Station and rail bridge in Melbourne.

Railway station plans parked in ministers’ offices

A spreadsheet of marginal electorates that was used to promise railway station car parks to voters as part of a $660 million program could only have come out of the offices of former infrastructure minister Alan Tudge or Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

V/Line disruptions after positive tests

More than 300 of the V/Line workforce have been required to isolate after five positive COVID tests were detected in among V/Line drivers and operational staff.

Western Australian Rail News

1426 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Iron ore miner orders heavy–haul battery locomotive

Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive.

Iron ore miner orders heavy-haul battery locomotive

Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive.

Roy Hill orders battery locomotive from Wabtec

AUSTRALIAN heavy-haul rail and port operator Roy Hill has ordered a FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive from Wabtec for use on its 344km 1435mm-gauge iron-ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Rail trespass legislation reintroduced to Parliament 

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has reintroduced the Government Railways Amendment Bill to the State Parliament.

Budget boost for WA transport program

The WA Government has allocated more than $5.

Yarra Trams

748 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Route 78 Disruption - Tuesday 14 September

Due to a broken down car blocking tracks in Church Street near Highett Street

Route 11 Disruption - Saturday 11 September

Due to a fire brigade request in Gilbert Road near Miller Street

Route 58 tram stop upgrade - Stop 28 Park Street

Monday 6 September to Friday 10 September, first to last tram

Route 78 Disruption - Monday 6 September

Due to a burst water main on Chapel Street near Inkerman Street

Collins and Elizabeth Street Disruption - Sunday 5 September

Collins Street trams have resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption.

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