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National Rail Action Plan creates government-industry partnership

Leaders from the rail sector have formed key partnerships with representatives from federal, state and territory governments to progress work on the National Rail Action Plan.

Cohesive approach to research and development needed to maximise rail investment

A new report will provide the rail industry with recommendations to ensure that research leads to a thriving technology and innovation culture within the rail industry.

Tram claims not just hot air

Leon Arundell says (Letters, May 29) it'll take twenty three years for tram trip reductions in carbon emissions to pay back the carbon emissions in building Stage One.

Fast rail decision can't be based only on financial costs

Your report (Page 5, May 26) of the Grattan Institute stating the high speed train would be too costly gives no justification for that assertion other than a cynical and misleading suggestion that it will cost $10,000 per taxpayer for the primary benefit of business travellers.

Man charged in light rail station attack on KSTP anchor Matt Belanger

The journalist suffered a serious wound to his left eye


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Senegal freight line upgrading project completed

The upgrade, which took two years, was designed to substantially improve the reliability of services to and from Dakar, eliminate derailment risks and optimise the line to handle increased traffic volumes.

South Africa is getting a train carriage hotel on top of a bridge

South Africa’s largest national park is about to be the home of a boutique, luxury hotel situated inside a series of converted 1950s train carriages on top of a bridge.

Resource Generation (ASX:RES) on track to secure rail link financing

Resource Generation (RES) has entered into non-binding term sheet agreements to finance a key rail link to its Boikarabelo Coal project in South Africa

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

MORE THAN A mile long and consisting of 200 freight cars, Mauritania’s Train du Desert is one of the 

Coronavirus: Kenya Railways moves to secure its services

Kenya Railways has issued a raft of measures to commuters and passengers using the Madaraka Express and Nairobi Commuter Rail services in the wake of Covid-19.

Airline News

169 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Satcom Direct Snags Exclusive Deal With Avcon Jet For Fleet Wide Connectivity

Florida based Satcom Direct has signed an exclusive deal with a major European business aviation company.

Did You Know: Boeing Used To Sell A Convertible 747

The Boeing 747 is one of the most legendary jets in commercial aviation history.

Aviation’s slow recovery: May air traffic statistics

As the aviation industry continues to find its way in the wake of COVID-19, we saw a resurgence in total flight activity in May, driven mostly by non-commercial flights.

Etihad To Link 20 Cities With Connecting Flights In Abu Dhabi

As it looks to ramp up operations in the wake of the aviation crisis that saw flights in and out of the UAE halted, Etihad has today announced a wealth of connecting flights.

The impact of the CARES Act on US domestic aviation

Flightradar24 note: With Flightradar24 data, ICF examined flights in the United States to see how airline networks and routes have been impacted and what characteristics, if any, the busiest and most impacted routes share.

Arabian Rail News

196 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Hyundai-Rotem ships first train for Cairo metro Line 3 extension

The fleet of eight-car trains was ordered by Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an agency of Egypt’s Ministry of Transport, under a Won 433.

30% Rise in Essential Goods Rail Transport

A total of 220,000 tons of essential goods have been transported via railroads since the beginning of the current Iranian year on March 20, registering a 30% rise compared with the similar period of last year, the director general of Commercial Services Coordination Bureau with the Government Trading Corporation said on Tuesday.

Esfahan – Ahvaz rail link memorandum signed

The Ministry of Roads & Urban Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mapna Group for construction of the long-planned rail link between Esfahan and Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province

Egypt, Russia and Hungary complete coach financing agreement

The €1bn multilateral agreement to finance Egyptian National Railways’ purchase of 1 300 Transmashholding coaches over five years has come into force, the Russian supplier announced on April 21.

Monthly rail freight transport of basic goods to ports up 200% yr/yr

Transit of basic goods to the ports via railway network in the first Iranian calendar month of Farvardin (March 20-April 19) was tripled (up 200 percent) compared to the figure for the same month last year, IRIB reported, quoting the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (known as RAI).


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'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

3099 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
BMRCL expecting central nod on ORR Metro Corridor in Next 3 months

The Bangalore Metro Rail Co Ltd is expecting the Centre’s nod to a DPR on the 19 km Outer Ring Road Metro corridor to ascend in 3 months.

20 Delhi Metro Employee test Positive for COVID-19

On Thursday twenty Delhi Metro staff have tested positive for COVID-19 as per sources.

Urban Mass Transit Company to make DPR for the tram system

On Monday the State Govt declared that the Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) would be planning a revised DPR for the trackless tram system in the city Visakhapatnam.

Indonesia combines Jakarta – Bandung and Jakarta – Surabaya projects

Speaking after a limited cabinet meeting on May 29, chief economic affairs minister, Mr Airlangga Hartarto, told reporters that the decision was made by Indonesia’s president, Mr Joko Widodo.

Telangana High Court issues notice on Metro Rail fare to HMRL

On Wednesday Telangana High Court issued a notice to the State & Central govt Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd and L&T Metro Rail Ltd for arranging counter-affidavits in 4 weeks in the PIL filed alleging fixation of ticket charges of city metro rail in contravention of Concession Agreement entered among Telangana.


251 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Achieving sustainability

Australia’s largest rail infrastructure project, Inland Rail and Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, share how they’re meeting sustainability targets.

Aurizon donates $250,000 to University of Queensland to fast-track development of COVID-19 vaccine

Australia’s largest rail transport company, Aurizon has provided a $250,000 donation towards the development of a 

Operators meeting strengthening demand for rail freight

Figures released by Aurizon show that there has been greater demand for rail freight services in the March quarter of 2020.

Aurizon Says No Material Impact To Coal Or Bulk Above Rail Volumes In Quarter From Covid-19


Linfox and Aurizon lift services by 20 per cent to stock supermarket shelves

Two of Australia’s leading transport companies, Linfox Logistics and Aurizon, are working hard to ensure the continued safe delivery of food and other essential goods for regional Queenslanders and thousands of other Australians as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

Australian High Speed Rail

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Fast train worth another look

I basically support C Williams' call for a national high-speed rail network (Letters, June 1), despite a report from the Grattan Institute which concludes that such a network would not be cost effective.

Australia must ‘move on’ from freeway fantasy, not High Speed Rail

In response to the Grattan Institute’s calls for Australia to ‘move on’ from High Speed Rail, the Public Transport Users Association notes the limitations of their analysis, and calls for urban megaroads projects to receive the same level of scrutiny.

Why a bullet train is a bad idea

A bullet train won’t work in Australia, nor will it be the climate saver many policy makers believe it will be, according to the authors of a report by a public policy think tank.

'Move on': Report pours cold water on renewed calls for high-speed east coast rail

Australia should abandon the idea of a bullet train and governments should stop wasting public money to study proposals, according to a new report by the Grattan Institute.

New report labels East Coast fast rail an “expensive folly”

The dream of a fast rail corridor between Canberra and Sydney has been dealt a major blow by a new report that claims bullet trains are unsuitable for Australia and rail renovations are “unlikely to fulfil the overblown claims made for them”.

Bus Transport News

555 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Timetable Tuesday #76: Our least train-harmonised buses - Where are they?

Ten years ago the issue of whether buses connected with trains went from being a daily encountered but largely private passenger frustration to the political mainstream.

Transdev signs €1.2 billion public transportation contracts in Europe

Transdev announces the signature of several public transportation contracts in Sweden and the Netherlands, valued at €1.

Transport for Everyone: Post COVID-19 Recovery – New vision for buses

Key transport professionals have jointly written to the Victorian Premier urging the Government’s Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce to focus on upgrading bus services and active transport through a 5-point plan to improve mobility for Melbourne and build jobs as part of recovery from COVID-19.

Timetable Tuesday #75: Mornington Peninsula's not quite public community bus services

What happens when an area doesn't have public transport?


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CP completes Central Maine & Quebec Railway acquisition

The latest purchase includes 393 route-km in Maine and Vermont and includes 92 route-km of railway leased from the Maine Department of Transportation.

CP completes acquisition of Central Maine & Quebec Railway, expanding reach and optionality

Canadian Pacific [yesterday] completed its previously announced acquisition of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway US Inc.

Canadian Pacific completes Central Maine & Quebec Railway acquisition

Canadian Pacific formally completed its acquisition of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway on June 3, with the takeover of the railway’s US business.

Canadian railroads shatter previous May grain records

Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and CN (NYSE: CNI) beat previous records for grain volumes hauled in May despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Canadian Pacific finalizes US portion of Atlantic Canada short line

Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) has been given the green light to own the portion of the Central Maine & Quebec (CMQ) Railway operating in the U.

Cityrail News

774 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Visually-impaired man and his guide dog allegedly assaulted on Sydney train

A vision-impaired man and his guide dog were allegedly assaulted by a 24-year-old man while sitting in the disabled seat on a train.

Sydney woman dragged by train at Chatswood Station after getting arm caught in closing door

A quick-thinking platform attendant is credited with saving the life of a woman whose arm got stuck in train doors as it pulled out of a station.

COVID-19 pushes Sydney Trains to build occupancy reporting app for staff

Ups real-time data flows to monitor passenger numbers, avoid crowding.

Alleged NSW train sex offender charged

A man has been charged with a string of sexual offences after allegedly harassing several women on trains in western Sydney.

Eerie 'ghost platforms' under Sydney's Central Station are uncovered breaks into the 'haunted' area

Construction for Sydney's new metro train line has uncovered two 'ghost platforms' hidden beneath Central Station, buried and abandoned for 40 years.

Coronavirus Transport News

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Rail union calls for urgent help for Grand Central and Hull Trains during COVID-19 pandemic

Rail union, RMT, has called for urgent intervention to protect Hull Trains and Grand Central during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus causes 51 MILLION less train journeys says new figures

The number of rail passenger journeys in Great Britain fell dramatically towards the of the quarter (ending March 2020), as the impact of coronavirus hit hard.

UIC publishes document on resilience of rail during COVID-19

Since the launch of the COVID-19 Task Force at the beginning of March 2020 by the International Union of Railways (UIC) – which combines 70 UIC member companies and 18 international organisations with relevant information and knowledge – preventive measures and procedures adapted to the railway sector have been exchanged to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

UIC, UNIFE and UITP issue joint statement highlighting importance of rail for climate change

In a bid to continue its advocacy for rail and public transport during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, the International Union of Railways (UIC) has issued a joint statement with the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

UIC, UITP and Unife: place public transport at the centre of post Covid-19 world

The associations say that the coronavirus exposed the vulnerability of the closely interconnected world in which we live.


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China – Europe rail freight up 48% in May

CR also operated 1033 China – Europe freight trains in May which was 43% more than in May 2019, and the first time 1000 such trains have operated in a single month.

DB wins VVO diesel network concession

Operation will commence on December 11 2021

First Grand Paris Line 18 construction contract awarded

The €799m contract was awarded to a consortium of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Spie Batignolles Génie Civil, Dodin Campenon Bernard, Vinci Construction France, Spie Batignolles Fondations and Bottes Fondations.

Lineas increases freight capacity for cargo transport

European private rail freight operator Lineas has increased the capacity on its trains to enhance cargo transportation.

Rail to benefit from German stimulus package

The rate of VAT on train fares will be cut from 7% to 5% to stimulate rail travel, while the general rate of VAT in Germany will be reduced from 19% to 16%.

Gunzelling Reports

1114 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Coregas NKBU Tube Skid

This was a first for me.

Sunday Cinema—Top railroad construction pics from the week ending May 29

No video this week, but we do have plenty of nice pictures.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/5/2020

There were 93 sightings for this week; This is 5 sightings more than last week.

SSR CLP12 Reactivation - Casper

CLP12 has been reactivated by SSR and is currently painted all white (it isn't primer).

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/5/2020

There were 88 sightings for this week; This is 1 sighting less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

354 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Calls for review into planned Inland Rail route gain momentum

Calls for a review into the planned Inland Rail route through NSW have gained fresh momentum following the announcement of a Queensland review last week.

Inland Rail economic study shows growth for regional NSW

The Federal Government has released the Inland Rail economic study, which shows the project has created growth in jobs and investment in towns along the rail line.

Trouble on Condamine floodplain track with review of new inland rail route ordered

Construction of the $10 billion Melbourne-to-Brisbane rail line has started, but after 10 years and millions of dollars already spent, debate is still raging about where it should go.

Inland Rail Grants now available

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is inviting community groups and organisations to apply for round six of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

McCormack orders review of proposed inland rail route

AM can reveal the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has bowed to pressure and ordered a review of the proposed inland rail route across south-eastern Queensland.

International Rail News

5417 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Alstom bags €210 million O&M contract for 2 lines of Metro de Santiago

French multinational company Alstom was awarded two contracts for around €210 million by Metro de Santiago for 20 years of maintenance of the trains that run on lines 2 and 4, in addition to replacing traction and on-board computer systems with last generation units.

Military help to complete FIOL railway

Visiting the grain producing centre of São Desidério in Bahia state on May 18, Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas announced that the Brazilian army would be brought in to build part of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project.

Ferrogrão railway concession to be tendered in 2021

A concessionaire to build and operate the Ferrogrão railway will be sought during the first quarter of 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure has confirmed.

Urban Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges

The defining trait of urban areas is density: of people, activities, and structures.

Geotextile made from Australian recycled plastics now available

Australia’s first geotextile made from locally sourced recycled plastics is now on the market.

Letters to the Editor

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Scientists create video game to unlock how flies navigate

Scientists have created a virtual reality video game to better understand how flying insects navigate the world.

Federal ICAC now

We call on the acting Government of Australia, currently the Liberal-National Coalition led by Scott Morrison, to implement a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption.

An advertiser exodus meant the writing was on the wall for Alan Jones

With a record-breaking 226 consecutive wins in the ratings and a string of scandals in his wake, Alan Jones will leave 2GB as the most successful, influential and controversial radio host Australia has ever known.

Lightboxes and Lettering: The importance of East London’s print industry

An exhibition that charts and celebrates the history of printing from the hand laid out letter presses to the modern computer aided design.

Camels in the City of London

A grand late Victorian building in the City of London is notable for having three camels on the front.

Model Railways

1605 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Bachmann Spectrum On30 2-6-2T Class 10 Trench Engine

One of my favorite aspects of model railroading is the history lesson that accompanies the prototype piece of equipment I am interested in adding to my collection or layout.

A Layout Update While in Self-Isolation

My editor (dhfan5) reminded me that I hadn’t posted a layout update in a while, so here’s what I’ve been working on.

Sir Rod Stewart reveals his epic model railway city

He's one of rock's biggest stars, but Sir Rod Stewart has finally revealed the fruits of his other great passion - model railways.

A Quick Update

I haven’t been railfanning lately, and I also have not been working on my layout.

Ideas for peninsula wall; double deck

My layout will have a long peninsula wall that I will need to construct in my basement layout room.

Narrow Gauge

112 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Can you help with vital repairs to Llanuwchllyn Signal Box at Bala Lake Railway?

The Bala Lake Railway has an ongoing appeal, the President’s Appeal, which is seeking to raise funds towards vital repairs on the Llanuwchllyn Signal Box.

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway launch Coronavirus Appeal as director says ‘we simply can’t manage’

The Cleethorpes Coast Coast Railway has launched an appeal to help cover the costs while they are closed due to the coronavirus.

Cameras installed on cane trains in North Queensland

DRIVERS who fail to give way to cane trains in the Burdekin will be caught on camera and have their details passed on to police.

Miniature locomotive for Captain Tom Moore raises £140,000

GB Railfreight has teamed up with Hornby to make a miniature version of its Class 66 locomotive, which has been named after Captain Tom Moore, to raise money for the NHS.

Full steam ahead for railway once restrictions lifted

Commitment to the care and preservation of the steam and diesel locomotives in their care requires members of the Australian Sugar Cane Railway (

New South Wales Rail News

3906 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Scissor crossing and new trains in preparation for City Rail Link

A new scissor crossing has been installed at Mt Eden, in Auckland, to allow trains continue running while work on the City Rail Link continues.

Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport Ready for Takeoff

Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport has been given the go ahead for a 2026 opening alongside the airport after the Federal Government committed $1.

Construction in Parramatta CBD underway ahead of revitalisation efforts

Major works in the centre of Parramatta have begun, bringing the new light rail line from Westmead to Carlingford one step closer.

Tamworth Intermodal Rail Hub and Global Gateway Park - Final figures submitted to state government

FINAL figures submitted to the state government show the cost for additional work at Tamworth Intermodal Rail Hub will be in the order of $20 million.

Main North rail line closed between Ardglen and Kankool after bank engine derails

The Main North rail line is closed between Ardglen and Kankool in the Hunter Valley after two locomotives derailed on Wednesday night.

New Zealand Rail News

422 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Adding value

City Rail Link has redefined sustainability for the delivery of rail infrastructure projects.

Upgrades begin to allow more freight on Northland Line

Major works on New Zealand’s Northland Line have begun to enable more freight to be carried by train and faster passenger services.

RFP begun for new, rail-enabled Interislander ferries

KiwiRail has released a request for proposal (RFP) for new Interislander ferries with 300 per cent greater capacity for freight rail wagons.

Line upgrades begin to allow more freight on Northland Line

Major works on New Zealand’s Northland Line have begun to enable more freight to be carried by train and faster passenger services.

Commuter rail trial called off

A commuter rail trial in Dunedin has come to a halt, after Dunedin city councillors yesterday voted against funding a feasibility study this year.

Northern Territory Rail News

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RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

The Northern Territory government has released a request for quotation for the development of a concept design for a rail passenger terminal as part of the Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub.

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

The Defence Department has ruled out building a rail line into the Tindal RAAF Base as part of its $1.

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

Train services across the NT were disrupted for four hours yesterday after two boys jumped from a moving train.

Documents reveal 'extreme and ill-advised' secret plan to take land along the Ghan line

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

NAIF appoints Chris Wade as CEO

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


103 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
Write to Urban Transport Infrastructure Magazine – Guest Post Guidelines

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

The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

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

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

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

Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

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

Other Transport News

916 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
North East Link to pollute Yarra River with megalitres of stormwater runoff

The Yarra River will be polluted with stormwater containing potentially toxic chemicals running off the $16 billion North East Link unless action is taken, a respected water expert has warned.

Pollution warning on North East Link

Vehicle emissions along the $16 billion North East Link will exceed the state's new air pollution standards, with the Eastern Freeway also predicted to fail pollution checks as an extra 100,000 vehicles come onto the road each day.

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

It’s high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks.

Superload heads from Port Melbourne to Dandenong on Monday

A ‘Superload’ will begin its long, slow journey through Melbourne from Monday night, and those driving might be impacted by traffic delays.

Wunder Vehicles launched to provide Hardware for mobility companies

Wunder Mobility, a global mobility technology company, today announced the launch of its Wunder Vehicles product alongside an exclusive business-to-business partnership with Yadea, the world’s largest manufacturer of light electric vehicles based in China.

Pacific National News

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Rapid adoption of ATMS key to freight rail competitiveness

Rail freight cannot afford to be left “in the age of steam” chair of the Freight on Rail Group (FORG) Dean Dalla Valle has said in the inaugural industry-led Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) oversight group.

Rail showcasing what’s possible in regional Australia

Smart thinking between Pacific National and Wagner Corporation highlights the many possibilities of rail freight.

Pacific National ramps up mental health peer support

Pacific National has today announced it will be increasing the size and scope of its mental health support for employees.


Rail firm’s unwelcome first in ATA backlash to apparent amenities access ban


Strategy for separate facilities for truck drivers and rail staff

Press Releases

240 stories | Newest story posted 5 months 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.

Qube Logistics

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Qube remains in a strong financial position

Despite the continued uncertainty and impact of Covid-19, Qube is in a strong financial position.


Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts


Market clouds gather after first half but acquisition pays out early on land sale

Qube blames virus for weaker profits forecast

Qube Holdings chief executive Maurice James has scaled back growth forecasts amid uncertainty over how badly the coronavirus will disrupt imports to Australia as the logistics group reported a 16 per cent drop in interim profits to $51.

Qube purchases four Australian-made locomotives

Qube has awarded the contract to build four locomotives to UGL, part of the CIMIC Group.

Queensland Rail News

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Two more Cross River Rail subcontracts awarded

The Queensland Government has awarded a local business two subcontracts worth approximately $6 million to deliver piling works on Cross River Rail.

Queensland gov prioritising local contractors on Cross River Rail

Over 400 local businesses have benefited from Cross River Rail so far, with 90 per cent of contracts going to Queensland-based businesses.

Mammoth $5.4 billion project drives hiring spree

Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project is hiring, with jobs and contracts available now.

Queensland Rail conducts $20m rail re-sleeping project at Richmond

Since the end of the wet season there's been noticeably more activity along the Flinders Hwy corridor with work crews carrying out road and rail upgrades particularly in the mid-west.

Cross River Rail critical for our economic recovery

EVERY day on my way to work, I pass the ever-growing demolition site at the old ­Brisbane Transit Centre.

Rail Events

550 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Incidents highlight need for effective track and infrastructure monitoring

Recent investigations by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have highlighted the importance of ensuring effective track monitoring and infrastructure maintenance.

Training & Development: Are Your Railroaders Rebound-Ready?

As it has for generations, the Railway Educational Bureau (REB) stands ready with the training and employee development tools railroads need to maintain essential training for their essential employees.

Filling the gap

Bombardier is helping rail operators achieve zero emissions on unelectrified track with its battery electric units while slashing lifecycle costs.

Addressing the rail industry’s engineering deficit

The Australian rail industry has experienced a shortage in key engineering skills for many years now, in part due to the ageing workforce.

Skegness Classic Wheels Show postponed until 2021

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (LCLR) has unfortunately announced that the 2020 Skegness Classic Wheels Show has been postponed, but will return for 2021.

Rail News

4249 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Community engagement key to rail project success

The successful delivery of the $150 billion rail infrastructure pipeline is at risk if community engagement best practices are adhered to, a new report from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) has found.

Working groups to address skills, standards to improve safety, productivity

Three working groups have been formed to improve the productivity and safety of the rail industry, and address key issue facing the sector.

Procurement reform a vital step for economic recovery

ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie makes the case for procurement reform in rollingstock and signalling to assist infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy.

In a changed world, freight sector shows its agility

The Australian Logistics Council’s CEO, Kirk Coningham, explains how the industry has been on the front foot during a time of crisis.

Industry calls for improvements to Australian rail tendering processes

The Australasian Railway Association has made 21 recommendations for simplifying and reducing the cost and time required to tender rolling stock and signalling contracts.

Rail Travel

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Travel Diaries: United Kingdom (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at the trip from Amsterdam to London, and I'd just departed from London Euston station.

Some trains recommence as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

The current COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on train travel across the globe with reduced service, suspensions and social distancing measures being undertaken by almost all railway companies outside Belarus.

Travel Diaries: United Kingdom (Part 1)

So I'd arrived in Amsterdam, settled in and begun my studies.

Most scenic train rides to enjoy from your couch

Those who enjoy traveling are probably itching to be somewhere else right now as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many countries to implement travel bans and lockdown policies.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

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

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

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

Calling for software testing volunteers

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

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

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

Railway History

97 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Random Recap #56

Photos of the plattsburgh station from 1992.

Boat used to maintain railroad trestle over 120 years ago reappears on Great Salt Lake

A recent storm in Utah has uncovered some railroad history.

Random Recap #55

This Week we take a look at the backside of the old Chazy depot.

Standard gauge steam to Dimboola

Over the Easter and Anzac Day long weekend at the end of April 2000, the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum operated their special Millennium Aurora passenger train to Dimboola.

Remembering historic coastal rail link 50 years after closure

It was a rail link that served thousands of people each week in two coastal towns for more than 60 years.

Railway Preservation

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WATCH: Railway Preservation Society of Ireland release video of steam locomotive No. 4

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) has released a film showing the four-ton wheelsets for steam locomotive No.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway closes appeal after £250k target passed

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust has announced that they have passed its appeal target of £250,000 to help the railway pay for huge repair bills following an embankment landslip.

Have a steam train mad dad? The Severn Valley has the perfect Father’s Day gift ideas!

Are you looking for the perfect present for Father’s Day?

Guide for museums, tourist railroads spells out challenges

Open-air cars are in demand; food service not recommended

Rail car a crucial piece for this $1M locomotive restoration project

A rail car that is a crucial piece to a volunteer-driven, multi-year 

Railway Publications

144 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Bells & Whistles—5/29/20

Officials believe the Gateway Project should be funded in the next stimulus bill.

Sunday Cinema: Railroad videos and pics of the week

We will start off in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bells & Whistles—5/22/20

Railroad track construction starts at Pikes Peak.

A Toddler Was Playing on Train Tracks as a Train Approached

The engineer could never stop the 6,200-ton train in time.

Book Review: Kidderminster Diesel Depot: The Old Oak Common of Preservation

Kidderminster Diesel Depot: The Old Oak Common of Preservation is a new book from publishers Chime Whistle Publishing and is a pictorial guide through Kidderminster Diesel Depot on the Severn Valley Railway.

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

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

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

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

Preparing for winter is a crucial task at Network Rail.

Russian Rail News

123 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
TMH delivers 40 diesel freight locomotives to RZD

The locomotives have been delivered to the Kuibyshev and Gorky railways since the beginning of the year and TMH has supplied the locomotives under a life-time contract, including maintenance.

RZD Logistics tests northern route for transit of sanctioned goods

RZD Logistics has operated a trial service carrying EU goods subject to Russian sanctions in transit from Germany and Estonia to China via the northern route through the Zabaikalsk border crossing.

Russia the Rail Giant

Essential to the smooth running of the country in the past, Russia's railways are seeing continual growth and success.

Russian rail LPG exports to China surge in April

Russian LPG exports to China by rail are on course to surge this month as a result of growing consumption in the country, while demand from other importers slumps owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

Russia Looks for Inroads Into Central Africa (Part One)

The Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see 

South Australian Rail News

784 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
SA releases roadmap for safe COVID-19 travel

The South Australian government has released a public transport roadmap to get passengers back on trains, trams, and buses safely.

Adelaide trains to have almost 700 seats removed to 'limit coronavirus risk'

Almost 700 seats will be removed from Adelaide trains as a social distancing measure after passengers recently raised concerns about the potential coronavirus risk on packed trains.

Plans to demolish heritage causeway at Victor Harbor prompts protest petition

It has been a postcard feature for decades but Victor Harbor's heritage-listed causeway to Granite Island is set to be replaced with a "concrete deck" and it has left some locals fuming.

Four serious crashes on SA roads – three involving trucks – leave two people dead, several others injured, and a house in ruins

Four serious crashes on South Australia’s roads – three involving trucks – have left two people dead and several others injured, and smashed a house on the Fleurieu Peninsula into rubble.

Social distancing breaches continue on SA trains despite expanded peak-hour services

Overcrowding and a lack of social distancing remain a problem on Adelaide trains, despite the State Government saying increased peak-hour services have been rolled out.

Tasmanian Rail News

398 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Opportunity for northern suburbs light rail would be squandered by new road through Macquarie Point

The latest development proposal at a key waterfront site has been labelled “desperate and shortsighted”, with a mayor set to take an unusual step to try to prevent its approval.

Railway enthusiasts want handover of historic Ida Bay Railway to fund its resurrection

James Shugg was a 12-year-old Hobart schoolboy when he first visited the Ida Bay Railway in Tasmania's far south in 1976.

Former driver says he would 'lay down as a sleeper' to restart railway

Trains stopped running on the historic Ida Bay Railway in 2018 after a derailment, but former driver Dave Collins says "it sucks you in" and he and other enthusiasts want to pay to get the attraction back on the rails.

Police charge youth over near-miss with Don River Railway tourist train

A 17 year old youth has been identified and will be proceeded against under the Youth Justice Act regarding a near-miss involving a trail bike and a Don River Railway tourist train on 9 February 2020.

Technology News

59 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
IRJ In-Brief – Technology: Teltronic unveils communications rack; Luxembourg signs up to Erex; Wabtec launches onboard air-filtr

The new on-board equipment is configured as a single, standardised hardware platform that supports multiple configurations including Tetra (voice and data), Tetra (voice) + LTE (data), or LTE, including MCPTT and VoIP services for voice and broadband data services.

Addressing the cyber-security risks for rail

With advances in digital solutions and innovative technology, our railways are operating more efficiently and safely, and improving the passenger experience.

Railway revolution: a competent partner in rail

A long-standing business partnership has fostered the development of new rail cut-off wheels with capability to machine railway and tram lines across a huge, diverse range of applications.

Project i-TRACE: Have you departed Station 5?

2020 is the year to get moving on the digitalisation of rail asset management and implementing GS1 global data standards under the auspices of Project i-TRACE.

Developing new acoustic damping designs for rail infrastructure

Australia’s federal rail infrastructure pipeline demands the deployment of a range of technically complex products – but vibration and noise sources add complexity to design that require a range of noise mitigation products to address.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 8 months ago
Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

A REVIEW that NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said found safety risks to cyclists near Newcastle's light rail amounts to an "extraordinary admission", Labor contends.

New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

Avoca’s sporting clubs have access to a brand-new minibus to ensure players and supporters can travel safely to and from matches and events thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program.

Metro Exodus

With 'Metro Exodus', there is now a computer game playing in a dystopian near-future railroad world.

Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

Hey everybody, I'd like to announce the start of bi-weekly Trainz Livestreams.

TS18: GP40-2 Coast-to-Coast Railroading!

Two new High Iron Simulations scenario mini-packs put the Electro-Motive GP40-2 to work coast-to-coast!

Tram and Light Rail News

1772 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sound Transit projects to lose $12B by 2042 as portion of tax base dies

The economic downturn in the Seattle area has put some businesses on a fatal downward spiral.

VR goes digital in search for LRV drivers

VR plans to recruit 65 drivers to operate Tampere’s first light rail line, which is due to open in August next year.

Ningbo opens 5.1km Line 2 phase 2

The opening of the Qingshuipu – Congyuan Road section coincides with the sixth anniversary of the opening of Ningbo metro.

Helsinki unveils proposed Viikki-Malmi light rail line

The approximately 11-12km line will connect with the city’s existing light rail network, forming part of the regional network.

Cuenca launches long-awaited light rail line

The 11km line runs northeast – southwest through the city centre from Rio Tarqui to Parque Industrial via the airport, with 27 stops.


3855 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
World Environment Day 2020

This World Environment Day, we’re highlighting our aim to improve our impact on biodiversity around Britain’s railway.

Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport in England

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that the government will work with operators to make it mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport in England.

National Rail to notify passengers of busy trains and stations before beginning journey

From 5 June 2020, a new system from National Rail Enquiries (NRE) will be introduced to alert UK rail passengers of busy trains and stations before they leave home, helping them to stagger their journeys and keep safe when travelling.

Northern leaders call for rail investment to support recovery in the North – including Colne to Skipton reopening

Transport for the North and its members have called for sustained investment to rail in the North through a commitment to ‘quick win’ projects.

South Western Railway launch Class 444 Trainbow for Pride Month

South Western Railway has unveiled its new trainbow train to mark the start of Pride month.


4113 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Metra replacing 95th Street crossing on Rock Island Line

Yesterday, Metra began replacing and resurfacing its crossing at 95th Street and Vincennes Avenue on the agency’s Rock Island Line.

Prasa administrator appoints new management team

Ms Nosipho Damasane has been named chief executive.

BART replacing rail near Hayward Station in July

Between July and September 2020, BART crews will be working around the clock to replace and rebuild the nearly 50-year-old interlocking and other critical track components located just south of the Hayward BART Station.

Call it SpaceEx underground; officials approve Musk’s idea of tunnel transit system in Calif

Days after Elon Musk reached the stars, he found out he will be able to shine below the surface as well.

Amtrak prepares for gradual restart of operations

US-based passenger railroad service Amtrak has implemented additional cleanliness and convenience measures for passengers, as the country prepares to reopen after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Victorian Rail News

7266 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
TBMs all boring under Melbourne for Metro Tunnel

All four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project are in the ground, ensuring that the project is on track to be finished in 2025, a year ahead of schedule.

Dangerous level crossings removed and new connections about to open

Level crossing works in Melbourne’s south east have reached major milestones, with boom gates removed and bridge beams installed.

Warrnambool line sleeper replacement works brought forward

Upgrades on the Warrnambool line have been brought forward, with works to begin on June 9.

Port of Melbourne launches logistics chain study for future productivity

The Port of Melbourne and the Victorian Government will conduct a $1 million industry study to survey freight and containerised trade logistics, with the aim of improving supply chain productivity.

Sleeper Replacement Program Supports Local Jobs

Passengers on the Warrnambool line can look forward to a more comfortable and reliable service thanks to the installation of 27,000 new concrete sleepers.

Western Australian Rail News

1261 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Tier 3 grain lines assessment to evaluate cost, time to re-open

The Western Australian government has committed to an engineering assessment of unused Tier 3 grain lines in the state.

Tier 3 back on line? State agrees to rail line feasibility study

AN engineering assessment of the condition of Western Australia's unused grain freight Tier 3 rail lines will be commissioned by the State government.

Early Yanchep rail works roll forward

MAJOR work on the Yanchep rail extension is expected to start in August, with early earthworks done on part of the track.

Bold bid to get Tier 3 back on track

A LOBBY group headed by a union representative is pushing for some Western Australian Tier 3 grain train lines closed since 2014 to be reopened.

Coronavirus social distancing 'not required' on WA public transport anymore, Minister says

Social distancing is being encouraged but is no longer required on public transport in Western Australia, but passengers are staying away despite the reopening of workplaces this week.

Yarra Trams

489 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 47: Our short stopping tram termini and possible extensions

Have you ever wondered why many tram routes end a kilometre or so short of their nearest station?

Major Tram Works To Improve Route 58

The Andrews Labor Government is carrying out major tram works along Route 58 in Melbourne’s inner north, creating a more reliable and comfortable journey for passengers.

St Kilda renewal works

Sunday 21 June to Thursday 25 June, 10pm to last tram each night

Third party disruption

Monday 1 June, 10pm to last tram

Tram route 58 gets track uplift

Tram route 58 is getting a major upgrade to improve services in Melbourne’s inner north, said Victorian Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne.

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