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ACT

99 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
City to Commonwealth Park light rail to be wire-free

There will be more wire-free running and up to 10 new bridges, including the crossing of Parkes Way and Lake Burley Griffin between the City and Woden as part of the light rail Stage 2 project, according to documents lodged with the Commonwealth by the ACT Government.

Canberra light rail: Car crashes into tram in Gungahlin

A car and a tram have crashed on Canberra's light rail network, causing delays across the network, Transport Canberra says.

The next stage of Canberra’s Light Rail

The Australian Capital Territory Government has launched the formal approval process for the next stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will link the city to Woden.

Transport Canberra apologises after student removed from light rail vehicle in 'unfortunate event'

A teenager is left at a Canberra light rail stop after failing to produce a concession card, prompting an apology from Transport Canberra.

Man, 48, arrested after alleged assault on board Canberra light rail

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a Canberra Metro staff member on-board a tram last week.

Africa

176 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Andrew Forrest joins Emirati sheikh in Liberian rail venture

Does Fortescue's unexpected landing in Monrovia mean that the Pilbara's third force wants to join Rio and BHP on the frontiers of Guinean iron ore?

TAZARA seeks opportunities with the private sector

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board is seeking to develop open access operations to increase traffic on its network, ‘in view of the good performance by the private operator so far’.

Dodoma commuter rail study commissioned

Tanzania Railways Corp has awarded an international consortium a €2·5m nine-month contract to undertake feasibility and preliminary design studies for a commuter rail network in the capital Dodoma.

Tambo Springs terminal ‘will change the face of Gauteng’

The Southern Palace Joint Venture Consortium has won a 20-year concession to design, finance, build and operate a major intermodal terminal serving Gauteng province.

Arabian Rail News

106 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Saudi Railway selects Huawei for smart railway programme

Saudi Railway Company (SAR) has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese tech firm Huawei to initiate smart railway programme.

China invests in Belt & Road of Arab countries

China has signed cooperation agreements with 18 Arab countries on jointly building the Belt and Road.

Bahrain shortlists consultants for phase I of Bahrain metro rail project

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication has shortlisted three firms to provide transaction advisory services for the phase I of Bahrain Metro Rail project.

Abu Dhabi Metro Tender

Abu Dhabi Metro Tender.

Bombardier Wins Cairo Monorail Order

Bombardier in Derby to build monorail trains for Cairo Monorail trains for the Egyptian capital Cairo will be built in Derby.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 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

1616 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Noida Metro Jobs 2019: Apply for engineering and office jobs in NMRC

Noida Metro Jobs 2019: The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) invites online applications from eligible Indian citizens for the various engineering and official positions for operation and maintenance of Noida Metro Rail.

Delhi Metro plans to run e-rickshaws to improve last mile connectivity

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken a big step with the aim of ending long lines, jams etc.

DMRC starts preparatory work for Delhi Metro Phase IV project

After getting direction from the Supreme Court of India, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started preparatory work for Delhi Metro Phase IV project, the central government said on July 17.

MTR proposes phased opening of Tuen Ma Line, outlines options for Shatin – Central Link

The line is part of the delayed 17km Shatin – Central link (SCL), which at $HK 97.

Coastal Line Railway Time Table Revised

Sri Lanka Railways issued a press release about time table change for 2 trains running in Coastal line.

Aurizon

223 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Kalgoorlie to become Western Australia regional training hub

Kalgoorlie is set to become Western Australia’s regional training hub for Australia’s largest rail freight company Aurizon, with new investment and leading-edge technology being rolled out for the next generation of WA rail recruits.

Rail operator Aurizon tipped to get a revenue boost after court win

A recent court victory is tipped to generate a healthy revenue boost for rail freight operator Aurizon, with a one-off "catch-up" payment of about $60 million forecast, followed by higher ongoing payments from customers.

Fair Work Commission rejects Linfox bid to suspend Aurizon industrial action

As members may be aware, The RTBU Queensland branch has been fighting hard against Aurizon to get the working conditions members deserve.

Crucial': ACCC appeals $200m rail deal decision

The competition regulator will appeal a controversial federal court decision governing access to Queensland's rail network, saying it placed too much faith in undertakings by the companies involved.

Ongoing disputes with Aurizon

Aurizon are continuing to treat your agreement with contempt.

Australian High Speed Rail

5 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

Governments are looking to fast rail services to regional cities to relieve population pressures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Opening of Sydney’s new airport could put back high-speed rail by ‘decades’

It’s nothing much right now, but this land outside Sydney is due to undergo a transformation that could set back high-speed rail for 40 years.

Labor commits to High Speed Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane

In a late-stage election bid, the Federal Opposition has promised to invest over $1 billion for planning works on a High Speed Rail Link along Australia’s east coast, as well as $300 million for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

The tweak that could make high speed rail to Sydney a reality

Federal Labor’s election promise to use $1 billion to protect a corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane for a future bullet train has put high-speed rail firmly back on the political agenda.

Bus Transport News

325 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Thameslink’s Luton Airport shuttle bus now takes contactless payment

There has been a new contactless payment system introduced onboard of the Thameslink’s Luton Airport Shuttle bus.

Caetano Electric Buses Ordered by Abellio

Abellio has confirmed an order for 34 Caetano zero emission, electric buses to strengthen its fleet in London.

Vienna Transport - A Pictorial View

The Editor of Focus Transport has been visiting Vienna so it seems appropriate to depart from our normal daily posting routine to show you transport pictures from this busy city.

First New Buses Hit Melbourne Roads

The first of 100 new buses being built by the Andrews Labor Government have hit Melbourne’s roads, providing a more reliable, comfortable and safer experience for passengers travelling on metropolitan routes.

New Enviro400's for Nat Ex West Midlands

National Express West Midlands has invested £7 million in 24 top-of-the-range ADL Enviro400 'Platinum' buses for the company’s West Bromwich garage.

Canada

374 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Canadian Pacific reports record Q2 revenues of $1.98 billion

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced record second-quarter revenues of $1.

A Runaway Train Explosion Killed 47, but Deadly Cargo Still Rides the Rails

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right.

Vancouver-Portland ultra-fast train could be self-sustaining by 2055 or earlier: Study

The proposal envisions train capable of topping 400 km/h, with one-hour trips between the region's biggest cities.

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

A business case for a proposed high-speed rail link connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland says the travel time would be under an hour between each of the cities.

Canadian Pacific eyes macroeconomic environment for remainder of 2019

Canadian Pacific’s (NYSE: CP) is willing to cut costs in the second half of 2019 should macroeconomic factors put pressure on demand for rail service, company executives said on July 16 during the railroad’s second quarter earnings call.

Cityrail News

701 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
'Let my accident be a warning': Blind train accident victim weighs in on safety concerns

A man who fell between a train and a platform wants the accident that cost him an arm, a leg and part of his ear to serve as a warning to the NSW government.

Sydney Trains awards $630 million maintenance contract

Sydney Trains has awarded a five-year extension to the contractor currently delivering maintenance and logistics services for part of its metropolitan passenger rail fleet.

CIMIC signs $630m deal with Sydney Trains

CIMIC Group subsidiary UGL has extended its maintenance contract with Sydney Trains by three years in an agreement that could pocket the company an extra $353 million in revenue.

The moment child falls between train and platform

CCTV captured the heart-stopping moment a four-year-old boy slipped between the train and platform at a busy Sydney station.

Sydney set for 'profound' shift in spending on mass transit

The billions of dollars invested in Sydney's transport will increasingly be spent on mass transit systems over the coming decades rather than motorways, the head of the state's transport agency says.

Europe

2926 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
[IL / Expert] A new couple of TRAXX AC3s for Israel on the move

Bombardier is moving forward with its TRAXX AC3 deliveries to the Israel Railways.

Testing begins on Paris tram-train extension

The initial phase of testing is focussing on gauging, power supplies and signalling systems.

[ES / Expert] Renfe launches a BMU tender

As recently announced to the Spanish press, the executive board of Renfe Group has approved the procurement of bi-mode multiple unit (BMU) trainsets.

[ES] The entire fleet renewal process of Renfe: An overview

The numbers of Renfe’s fleet renewal program are impressive, and so is the financial investment.

Gunzelling Reports

952 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/7/2019

There were 75 sightings for this week; This is 4 sightings more than last week.

The Big Boy

Today a buddy and I ventured up to North Bend, NE milepost 48.

FCL Bulker

A bit of an iconic container, for more than 20 years these bright orange FCL bulk containers have been gracing the rails.

SCFU 21ft+ Reefer

Pretty unusual to see these, so was happy to grab a couple of shots of this 21ft+ reefer, SCFU 812327-7.

Toll TFAS Repaint

Delivered as TCML 48467 around 15 years ago, many of these 48ft Toll boxes were recoded TFAS a few years back (including this one).

Inland Rail Project

263 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Inland Rail regional office to open in Moree

A new regional Inland Rail office will soon be opening in Moree, providing the wider Narrabri to North Star communities with somewhere to go with their questions and concerns about the major infrastructure project.

Inland Rail and east-west Transcontinental Railway lines at Parkes will soon connect

Where the east-west rail line (Sydney to Perth) and the Inland Rail line (Melbourne to Brisbane) will soon meet, there is Parkes.

Inland Rail to provide transport savings for farmers

A CSIRO pilot study has determined that farmers and manufacturers could receive significant transport savings if they utilise the Inland Rail.

ARTC springs noise meter surprise on community

Residents living along a stretch of the proposed Inland Rail line have been asked to house noise meters to monitor sound levels from passing trains.

Inland Rail steel and sleepers en route to Moree

Moree district residents are being warned to be extra vigilant around level crossings, with increased rail activity as trainloads of steel rail and concrete sleepers make their way to the area to prepare for construction of the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail.

International Rail News

5178 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
World rolling stock market - July 2019

Belarus: TMH’s Tver works is to supply BC with 14 Type 61-4447.

[ES / Expert] Renfe launches a BMU tender; Fleet renewal project overview

As recently announced to the Spanish press, the executive board of Renfe Group has approved the procurement of bi-mode multiple unit (BMU) trainsets.

World rail infrastructure market - July 2019

Australia: Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro Trains Melbourne have signed a A$89m contract to elevate the line at Toorak Road in Melbourne to eliminate a level crossing.

Railway supply industry news round-up

Alstom booked €1·6bn of orders in Q1 to June 30, compared to €2·6bn in the same period last year.

The New Chinese Train from Havana Arrives in Guantanamo

A new train, with twelve modern cars, of Chinese origin, will cover the Havana-Guantanamo route, every three days, completing a journey of more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) in approximately 18 hours.

Letters to the Editor

242 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

A new exhibition that is less James Bond and more Q looks at the history of how British spies kept their secrets safe from enemies.

Rolling bridge proposed for East London

A bridge that rolls over to allow boats to pass through, and then back for humans to cross could be built at Canning Town.

A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal

On a small side street can be found one of London’s few remaining cast iron pissoirs — or mens urinals.

Tickets Alert: Tours of a particle accelerator

A short trip outside London is a huge silver UFO shaped building, and in August will be a chance to go inside to see the particle accelerator it houses.

Museum of London wants the Trump Baby Blimp

A satirical image of the President who is famed for lacking a sense of humour could end up in a museum.

Model Railways

1011 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Thanks Neil E. and John G. Magnetic Brakes video for operations

I worked most of my weekend trying to find the right combination of RE magnet holding power and steel pin shaping.

From The Archives

I got a very pleasant surprise a couple of weeks ago when one of the luminaries of PECO Publications told me that they’d dug out the pictures of Dduallt taken a quarter of a century ago to use in the latest of their special editions.

On the Workbench…

With it being the dog days of summer and so hot outside, I decided it was time to work on a project for the layout.

Two gons ready to go…

No action as yet today in the Nitro area, but the Nitro job will have two full gondolas ready to pick up from Paxton-Sullivan Salvage.

Judge my layout... please

Here’s an overall pic  sorry bout the format I’m doing this from an iPhone

Narrow Gauge

84 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
99.9% Garratt

The day creeps ever closer when we can strike a match and light the pile of oily rags for the first time.

861 – Back on Track

Following a noticeable drop-off in performance during last years final FETs (Footplate Experience Trains), 861 was transferred to the locomotive workshops at Belgrave to try and ascertain what was causing this decline.

Have you seen a cane train yet?

The cane crushing season commenced at 2pm yesterday and and local rail operations have commenced from farms to sugar mills around the far north.

To the Letter etc..

As you would be aware, my narrow gauge layout has been based on a fictional railway on the far South Coast of New South Wales.

14th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention

Held every two years in Australia the recent Easter convention held at Erina on the central Coast north of Sydney was my first one I attended.

New South Wales Rail News

3520 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Rail line closures to force 100,000 commuters a day to catch buses

Sections of two rail lines in Sydney's south west will be shut over the Christmas holidays to allow for construction of a metro rail line, forcing up to 100,000 commuters a day to catch replacement buses.

City & Southwest Metro 50 per cent complete

The NSW City & Southwest Metro Project has hit a new milestone with 50 per cent completion of the tunnelling as another mega boring machine broke through into the new Crows Nest Station.

Glenreagh's 103-year-old rail relic 'trashed' leaving community outraged

A treasured piece of rail history has been destroyed in a rural NSW town despite assurances from the national rail body it would be removed with the intent to preserve it.

'What I did on a train to cause one man's outrageous reaction'

Rush hour on public transport sucks, especially in winter when cold commuters pack onto train platforms to avoid the chill of biking or walking between home and work.

Feasibility study for reopening of Blayney to Demondrille rail line begins

A study looking into the feasibility of reopening rail lines from Blayney to Demondrille, which passes through Young, Cowra to Eugowra, and Koorawatha to Grenfell has commenced following strong community interest.

New Zealand Rail News

338 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Auckland City Rail Link major works contract signed

The contract is the largest body of work for the CRL, which will extend Auckland’s commuter rail network beyond the existing city centre terminus at Britomart, which will become a through station, to connect with the Western Line at Mount Eden which will be redeveloped.

Auckland City Rail Link contract signed

The main contract for construction of the tunnels and stations on the Auckland City Rail Link was formally signed on July 19, at an event attended by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.

KiwiRail suggest that extended log trains will take more trucks off roads

KiwiRail has increased the number of wagons on its daily trains transporting logs from Masterton to CentrePort.

Rail is essential to our East coast region

Tony Robinson covered the Gisborne loss of rail issue very well is his 22nd June 2019 Gisborne herald article; - “Rail is essential to our region”

Widow of one of the two men killed in Pongakawa rail crash pregnant

The two men killed when their car collided with a train in Pongakawa were both fathers, with one leaving behind his pregnant wife.

Northern Territory Rail News

210 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
TNG inks rail deal for Mount Peake project

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

Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

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

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

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

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

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

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

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

Opinion

99 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

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

Australia is turning into a car park for dirty vehicles

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

5 factors to consider when creating an International Shipping strategy

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

Canon 77D - First Thoughts

The Canon 77D cameraI bought a new camera body a while ago - a Canon 77D.

Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

Right now, the writing’s on the wall for Australia’s major cities when it comes to liveability and transport connectivity.

Other Transport News

741 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Herald editorial: Moon landing a celebration of science, unity

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

AvTalk Episode 62: Drying Cherries with a Helicopter

On this episode of AvTalk, we talk to pilot Maria Langer about what it’s like to dry cherry trees with a helicopter.

Driverless: Who is in control?

Self driving cars may seem like a modern invention, but they’re much older than you might realise.

Will IMO 2020 pull Asia containers from East to West Coast?

The Panama Canal is designed as a shortcut.

The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum

Deep within the Natural History Museum is a huge cavernous space filled with a giant floating replica of the moon.

Pacific National News

24 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
PN – Change of Entity for X Freightcorp employees – how will it affect you?

Pacific National Members previously employed by FREIGHTCORP will have recently been advised by their employer that the company intend transitioning you from your current entity “[color=#333333][font=raleway, Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif][size=3]Pacific National NSW Pty Ltd[/size]” to “[size=3]Pacific National Services Pty Ltd[/size]”.

PACIFIC NATIONAL WARNS NSW ON PORT BOTANY RAIL LINK

NSW ‘risks losing exports and jobs’ without focus on reform and infrastructure.

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle calls for NSW freight upgrade

Major producers in NSW’s agricultural sector will find it cheaper and easier to send their product to export markets through Melbourne or Brisbane than Sydney within the next four years, according to Australia’s biggest rail hauler.

Three Hunter coal trains sped more than 40km/h over the speed limit before a derailing, a report says

THREE coal trains sped at more than 40km/h over the speed limit through a known defective section of Denman rail track only days before a coal train derailment in 2016, a report has found.

More momentum for Memphis Down Under

Australia’s largest rail freight operator Pacific National today congratulated Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for moving ahead with construction to connect the north-south Inland Rail and east-west Transcontinental Railway via the company’s Parkes Logistics Terminal.

Press Releases

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

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

Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September.

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

There are few places left on earth that are as untouched and wild as the Australian outback, a landscape that has captivated imaginations and attracted thrill-seekers for millennia.

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on board a special Heritage Train  tour to Tocumwal travelling the “freight only”  railway line.

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

Southern Shorthaul Railroad has recently acquired two new GT46-ACe locomotives from the Downer Group to cater for continuing business growth.

Queensland Rail News

2348 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Palaszczuk coy on Deputy Premier’s property scandal

Annastacia Palaszczuk has finally commented about deputy Jackie Trad’s controversial property deal as it emerged another purchase did not appear on the Parliament’s members’ interest register.

Passengers evacuated from ‘severely damaged’ train

MORE than 50 people have needed to be evacuated from a train on the northern Gold Coast after it struck debris on the tracks overnight.

Children among injured when car hit train at level crossing

UPDATE: Queensland Rail will investigate how a car and train crashed at a level crossing on Greenslopes St in Cairns North this morning.

Kids hurt as Qld tourist train hits car

A tourist train carrying 170 people has hit a car in Cairns, injuring two children, their mother and an elderly man.

Cross River Fail - Happening but Flawed

Contracts have been signed and work is finally underway on Brisbane's Cross River Rail.

Rail Events

363 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Franklin railroad exhibit chronicles “Mormon” builders of the Transcontinental railroad

The Franklin Relic Hall has a unique railroad exhibit that documents with early artifacts, photographs, and personal accounts the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint workers who helped build the Union Pacific, Central Pacific and Utah Railroads, all with a connection to the Idaho border town and Cache Valley.

Steam locomotive heading for Carlisle this Saturday

Steam locomotive 45690 Leander will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in Carlisle and Blackburn on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Officials say rare locomotive restoration signifies renewed redevelopment push at Ogden’s Union Station

Union Station officials say the soon-to-be completed restoration of a rare locomotive located there is part of a renewed push to revitalize the 95-year-old historic train depot.

Mobility+ brings the last mile to InnoTrans 2020

A new addition to the Public Transport section of the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair in Berlin will be Mobility+,  an area of the exhibition focusing on the increasingly important ‘last mile’ of passengers’ journeys.

New 50 cent coin pays tribute to 90 years of The Ghan

The Royal Australian Mint is releasing a new coloured 50 cent coin to celebrate one of the nation's most iconic railway journeys.

Rail News

4043 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Summer By Rail 2019: Northeast Roundup

Summer by Rail 2019 is well under way, with Chef Madi having completed her tour of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic and continuings south along Amtrak's Crescent.

Road and rail sectors to show most growth: new report

Growth across the country's transport sector will be driven by the road and rail sectors according to a new report by Fitch Solutions.

Winners of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards announced

The Australasian Rail Industry Awards Gala Dinner celebrated the outstanding achievements and innovations within the industry, with over 500 representatives attending.

New Technology Keeps Tram Passengers Moving

New technology upgrades to the Yarra Trams Operations Centre will minimise the impact of disruptions and incidents on the tram network, helping reduce delays and cancellations for Melbourne passengers.

Constraints on more road and rail projects

A senior economist says a call for the federal government to spend more on infrastructure could stall because the sector is already over-stuffed with projects.

Rail Travel

228 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
So we meet again, Mr Bond

Another train trip to London, with a secret mission!

Take a Ride on The Wine & Cheese Train

Our popular Wine & Cheese Train is a great way to spend the evening enjoying the company of your friends, that special someone for date night, or just treating yourself to a relaxing steam train ride through Lancaster County.

Exciting travel times ahead!

We are now half way through the year!

Express 67: From Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani by Comfortable Second Class Sleeper Train

The Express 67, operated by the State Railway of Thailand, is a popular sleeper train running the Northeastern Line from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, one of the four major cities.

Another Royal Visit

Apart from our holidays and a few work trips (and these latter have been very few this year)

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

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

Calling for software testing volunteers

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

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

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

Railway Preservation

408 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Short and Cold Days

After the relatively long summer followed by a short autumn, we are not particularly enjoying the short days associated with winter.

Odd jobs

Well we finished breaking up the 60lb near Bendigo Road this morning.

The biggest rail adventure for 2019 is coming our way!

Cruise Express International, a Sydney based travel agency is running a 5-day tour this month across a range of heritage trains and train lines and the Bellarine Railway is one of them.

Maldon Yard

Due to the predicted rain for today we chose to stay close to shelter in Maldon yard.

3801 Update - July 2019

The 3801 project has reached a significant milestone – the boiler has been completed and passed its hydrostatic test.

Railway Publications

43 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
eBook: OpenRail for Asset Performance

Gain better insights and make informed business decisions about your rail asset data with OpenRail for Asset Performance from Bentley Systems.

The West Clare Railway – Part 4 – Miltown-Malbay to Quilty

The Line of the West Clare Railway from Miltown-Malbay to Quilty

FreightWaves Freight Intel Group researches “everything freight and logistics”

As another service of FreightWaves SONAR, the Freightwaves Freight Intel Group was launched recently and is publishing in-depth research on “everything freight and logistics,” as Senior Research Analyst and team member Seth Holm described the Group’s mission.

Railways of Herault – Route B – Beziers to Pezenas Line

This post covers the first part of the line leaving Beziers Nord Station and heading for Montpellier.

Global Railway Review: Celebrating our 25th anniversary

Originally a quarterly publication, we increased our frequency to six issues per year in 2006 and introduced our website and digital platform that same year.

Railway Stories

71 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
High-capacity container wagons ordered

Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems has awarded United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant a contract to supply 400 Type 13-6903 container wagons by February 2020.

The lost children of Wollongong

The last two posts have been rather sombre affairs so I thought I would take it up a notch before the month is out.

A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around

XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

Last week I came across an old camera bag stashed in a cupboard in my garage, and in one of the pockets I found a tape that I had completely forgotten about.

Thomas the Tank Engine to get more female and multicultural friends as part of revamp

Children’s programme Thomas And Friends is to introduce an “inclusive” gender-balanced, multicultural set of characters as part of a revamp.

Russian Rail News

47 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Fertiliser producer orders stainless steel tank wagons

United Wagon Co’s TikhvinChemMash plant is supplying fertiliser producer PhosAgro’s Apatit business with 87 chemical wagons with stainless steel tanks.

Rail traffic through Kaliningrad region could reach 1 million TEU

Based on current demand and future developments, the transit traffic of freight trains through the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad could reach a million TEU in the future, joint stock company UTLC ERA believes.

Russia lifts ban on transit of sanctioned EU products by rail

Russia has lifted the ban on transit traffic for a range of European products per train and truck.

New connection on Silk Road to Russia launched

A new railway service has been launched on the New Silk Road, carrying containers from Yantai on the east coast of China to Moscow region in Russia.

South Australian Rail News

701 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Work starts on Flinders Link rail line

Construction has begun on a $125 million project to extend train service to the Flinders medical and education precincts in Adelaide.

National Railway Museum to still be compensated despite Port Adelaide rail spur shelving

The National Railway Museum will receive compensation from the State Government after it ripped out tracks in anticipation of the now shelved Port Dock Railway Station project.

New tenders for the outsourced operation of Adelaide Metro trams and trains

The South Australian Government will release tenders for the operation of Adelaide Metro tram and train services, in a measure to deliver better and more customer focused services.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA EOFY SALE

The South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, has announced that the government is outsourcing the state's metropolitan train and tram network.

Back-office staff to go in train, tram privatisation, Transport Minister says

The first likely victims of the State Government’s train and tram privatisation plan are becoming clearer, with the Transport Minister saying duplicated office staff would be removed.

Tasmanian Rail News

380 stories | Newest story posted last month
Legislative Council inquiry into North-East Rail Corridor due soon

A Legislative Council Inquiry into the future of the disused North-East Rail Corridor is due to put forward its recommendations any day now.

$16 million upgrade to Tasmanian Railway

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget includes a substantial investment of $16 million over four years to support the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Rail-trail development an opportunity for tourism influx, committee hears

A heritage train and cycleway combination would be an effective pairing, the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor has heard.

North-East Rail Corridor Inquiry report expected by early June

The findings of the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor should come in May or early June, the inquiry chairwoman says.

North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry resumes

The astonishing story of the Yarra Valley Railway was the focus of the first day of the resumed North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry.

Train Simulator News

66 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
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!

Train Simulator goes 64bit in 2019 update

Great news for fans of Dovetail Games' long running Train Simulator, the long-requested 64bit support for the game will be coming later this year in their annual update, Train Simulator 2019.

TS19: The Dawn of a New Era

As perhaps the single biggest feature request for Train Simulator since it came to market all those years ago, we’re excited to announce that Train Simulator 2019 will include Train Simulator 64-bit.

Tram and Light Rail News

1499 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Tram testing to extend to Circular Quay

Testing on Sydney’s light rail will progress to a new stage next week when ground the project’s ‘third rail’ is energised allowing trams to continue to Circular Quay.

Father dies in freak accident after bike wheel gets stuck in light rail track

A cyclist is being remembered as a “champion” after he died in a freak accident on Newcastle’s new light rail track.

Kitchener-Waterloo LRT: An in-depth look

Opening ceremonies were held at Fairway Station, the southern terminus, located in the parking lot of Fairview Park Mall in southern Kitchener.

How a country town's steam trams were on the right track in the early 1900s

The Queensland provincial city of Rockhampton was ahead of the game when it operated a network of steam trams from 1909 to 1939.

Extra Trams June

We’ve organised extra trams for the below events during June.

UK

2074 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Trains in Great Britain

In January 2019, I traveled to England, Scotland and Wales.

New train damage detection technology from Greater Anglia

To help boost performance, Greater Anglia is now investing in new hi-tech equipment, that is to routinely check the condition of its trains.

Recent Work on New-Build steam locomotive 72010 “Hengist”

CTL Seal Ltd have been busy constructing the frame for the new British Railways Standard Class 6 engine for The ‘Clan’ Project.

Competition authority raises concerns over East Midlands franchise

An investigation by the authority concluded that a monopoly could emerge on the Ely – Thetford – Norwich line.

London Bridge station shortlisted for 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize

This week, London Bridge became the first underground station to be shortlisted for this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize.

USA

2096 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Northfolk Southern keeps Iron Curtain bridge in raised position

After years of complaining that the lift bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland created huge delays and potential safety issues in the down position, Norfolk Southern is changing its policy.

Kansas City Southern reports record revenue despite flat volumes

Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) achieved record second quarter revenue despite flat volumes.

KCS 2Q19: Volume flat, but revenues reach record

Revenue growth was led by a 19% increase in Chemicals and Petroleum due to an increase in shipments related to Mexican energy reform, and a 5% increase in Automotive.

Kansas City Southern reports record second quarter results

Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported record revenues of $714 million, an increase of 5% from second quarter 2018.

Are Paper Barriers Ripe for STB Review?

A paper barrier is a contractual provision attached to a Class I line sale or lease, limiting the ability and/or incentive of the short line purchaser or tenant to interchange traffic with competitors of that Class I.

Victorian Rail News

6394 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Metro Tunnel’s State Library Station excavation breakthrough

Metro Tunnel has had its first major breakthrough with three roadheaders having met 30m underground connecting the two excavated caverns which will become the State Library Station.

Part-Closure Of Flinders Street For Metro Tunnel Work

One side of Flinders Street will be closed to traffic for up to three years to build an underground connection from Flinders Street Station to the new Town Hall Station as part of the Metro Tunnel construction.

Response to Herald Sun Journalist Matthew Johnston's story titled 'Fast Track to Our Growth'

This letter is my response to Herald Sun Journalist Matthew Johnston's story titled 'Fast Track to Our Growth' and as you would suspect with the low standard of journalism at Murdoch's Herald Sun, Matthew Johnston's story is full of holes and inaccurate assumptions.

Western Australian Rail News

1137 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Train closures nightly next week

TRAINS on the Joondalup Line will be cancelled nightly between Perth Underground and Whitfords stations next week.

Tom Price track collision disrupts Rio train schedule

Rio Tinto’s Pilbara train schedule was disrupted late last month when one of its trains collided with a stolen car left abandoned on the track.

Timetable Tuesday #30: Learning from Perth's train timetable revolution

Today we'll go outside Melbourne to look at significant timetable and service reforms Transperth will be introducing later this month.

Australian first rail steel sleeper system undergoes trials

Arc Infrastructure is the first rail network in Australia to trial a new steel sleeper system, with the system being implemented on the Leonora to Kalgoorlie line.

Yarra Trams

257 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Extra trams - August 2019

We’ve organised extra trams for the below events during August.

Climate rally Friday 19 July

Reason for service changes - Due to a rally in the City

Stop 10 Royal Melbourne Hospital - Temporary stop closure

Route 19 trams will not service Stop 10 Royal Melbourne Hospital towards North Coburg

New technology implemented to minimise tram network disruptions

Melbourne’s Yarra Trams Operations Centre has received technology upgrades to help minimise disruptions and incidents on its tram network.

Crowded roads blamed for increasing number of tram crashes

The number of trams crashing into pedestrians and cars is the highest it has been in the past five years - and growing congestion on our roads is to blame.

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