News index

 

ACT

187 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Collaboration to drive safer railways

ONRSR, RISSB, and ACRI are collaborating to provide the Australian rail industry with the best track worker safety technologies and systems.

Narrow misses with Canberra light rail caught on video

New footage has emerged of multiple near-misses of pedestrians and drivers with light-rail vehicles.

National Cabinet launches Freight Movement Code

National Cabinet has formalised the Freight Movement Code to implement a consistent set of health measures across borders for freight operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Infrastructure Australia releases updated Priority List with $64 billion pipeline

An updated edition of Infrastructure Australia’s 2020 Infrastructure Priority List has been released, showcasing 155 infrastructure proposals and an extended investment pipeline worth over $64 billion.

The plans are in place, so let’s get to work

When the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy was released a year ago, COVID-19 was not on anyone’s radar, much less something around which Australian households and businesses were busily redesigning their day-to-day activities.

Africa

265 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Botswana Railways launches cross-border coal trains to South Africa

The 2650-tonne coal shipment was initially transported 60km by road from the mine in Mmamabula to the the Tshele Hills rail siding in Kgatleng, southern Botswana, which was upgraded to support the loading of coal onto freight trains following the approval of construction in 2017.

CRRC Qishuyan delivers final locomotives for Nigeria

China Civil Engineering Group, which is constructing new standard-gauge lines in Nigeria, awarded CRRC Qishuyan a contract in January 2019 for four NDJ3N locomotives, six DF11GN passenger locomotives, nine DF8BN freight locomotives and two DF7GN shunting locomotives.

Ghana orders new standard gauge rail equipment

The new equipment will be supplied by a consortium of Chinese companies led by Dongfang Electrical, in partnership with CRRC Dalian and the CRRC Qiqihar Rolling Stock Company (QRRS), in a deal agreed on June 23.

Vandalised freight line reopened after six years

Transnet has re-opened the freight route between Pretoria North and Hercules, which has been closed since August 2014 owing to cable theft and sabotage.

Rail link to South African coal export port restored

The rail line to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) will resume full capacity this evening following six days of disruption caused by a derailed train.

Airline News

221 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Airlines and drivers should pay higher taxes to reflect carbon cost, train firms say

Currently, fuel for passenger aircraft is exempt from tax, whereas rail companies have seen levies on electricity to power trains more than double in the past four years.

Is REX Eyeing Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737s?

Australian regional airline Regional Express (REX) is reportedly discussing taking some Boeing 737s off Virgin Australia’s hands.

Press Release: Adoption of ATPCO’s NDC Exchange accelerates

ATPCO today announced the addition of new sales channels to NDC Exchange, the only neutral, industry-owned platform that connects the airline ecosystem and helps accelerate the adoption of airline retailing.

Press Release: Jamco announces Project Blue Sky clean cabin initiative

Jamco Corporation announces its new “Project Blue Sky” initiative, which is a global, collaborative clean cabin initiative between Jamco and its affiliates to develop and produce touchless, hygienic cabin interior products for the aerospace industry.

Press Release: Air Canada unveils transformed Aeroplan program

Air Canada today revealed the details of its transformed Aeroplan loyalty program, outlining the program attributes and credit card benefits members can enjoy when the new program launches November 8, 2020.

Arabian Rail News

216 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Negev rail projects announced

Plans to construct rail and light rail links to a military intelligence campus which is to be built at Likit near Be’er Sheva have been announced by Minister of Transport & Road Safety Miri Regev.

Etihad Rail Triples Its Fleet in Readiness of Stage Two

Etihad Rail (UAE) is expanding its fleet to allow it to transport containerised and bulk freight, such as petrochemicals, aggregates, raw steel, limestone, cement and construction material, industrial and household waste, aluminium, food commodities and general cargo, both domestically and internationally.

First U-Girder erected on priority corridor of Kanpur Metro Rail project

The project team of Afcon Infrastruture and Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) today launched first U-Girder on 9-km priority corridor of Kanpur Metro Rail project.

Etihad Rail places order for 842 freight wagons

The new wagons will more than triple Etihad Rail’s fleet to more than 1000 units and will help to multiply the railway’s annual transport capacity by eight times to 59 million tonnes.

The house by the rail line

A favourite pastime was watching trains pass and weave stories about the passengers

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted last year
'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

3345 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Indian Railways issues draft specifications for private operations

Indian Railways has issued draft specifications that private operators need to adhere to while providing train services in the country.

23 firms join Indian Railways’ Pre-bid meeting for running private trains

The Railway Board has conducted the second pre-bid meeting with global firms for running private trains in 12 clusters of Indian Railways.

First Tokyo Metro series 17000 train unveiled

Tokyo Metro plans to have the rest of the fleet, comprising six 10-car trains and 15 eight-car trains, in service by 2022.

Hitachi announces purchase of Perpetuum

The purchase, announced August 11, is primarily intended to support the expansion of Hitachi’s Lumada diagnostics and analytics platform, with a view of solving more complex customer challenges and improving the range of data available.

GMRC invites bids worth Rs. 942 crore for Surat Metro

Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) has invited Open Tenders from eligible applicants, who fulfil qualification criteria as stipulated in the official tender notification.

Aurizon

258 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Aurizon 2020 Full Year Financial Results

Aurizon today reported Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) of $909 million in its continuing operations for the year ended 30 June 2020.

Glencore shunts coal mines impacts Aurizon

Today's Australian is reporting Glencore's plans to shutdown its 17 Australian coal mines in September for "several weeks" due to depressed thermal and metallurgical export coal prices.

Latest recipients of Aurizon's Community Giving Fund announced

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with the local community, Aurizon provides much needed financial assistance to community organisations through its Community Giving Fund.

Monitoring processes improved following rail flood incident

An out of service water level sensor led an Aurizon freight train to plough through flood waters that had inundated a rail bridge near Tully, Queensland, in 2018.

ACCC's Sims refuses to back down on rail freight sale decision

Competition watchdog boss Rod Sims will not back down in his fight to challenge the sale of a key Queensland rail freight terminal saying the deal, between Pacific National and ASX-listed rail freight operator Aurizon, warrants a second look at the High Court.

Australian High Speed Rail

32 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Fast rail and high speed rail solve different issues for Australia's regions

At the hearings of the parliamentary inquiry into financing of faster rail in June, Bob Bennett, co-convener of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, spoke of the "chilling effect" that the possibility of high speed rail has had, over years, on more modest upgrade proposals.

Financing faster rail networks

The federal government is mulling a value capture tax to recoup the costs of its ambitious program to build faster rail connections along the eastern seaboard.

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.

Bus Transport News

574 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 56: SmartBus turns 18!

A quick note to celebrate the 18th anniversary of SmartBus in Melbourne.

Timetable Tuesday #85: Blackburn North's busy bus 270

We haven't had a regular Timetable Tuesday for a while.

Timetable Tuesday #84: Victoria's most complex bus network: Welcome to Wodonga!

Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak is still not contained and travel remains restricted to necessary trips.

Pandemic puts brake on plan for new city bus contract

Commuters face a year longer riding with bus company Transdev than the Andrews government intended, due to complications finding a replacement operator during the coronavirus pandemic.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 53: SmartBus orbitals - time to split?

The SmartBus orbital routes, introduced about 10 years ago, are easy to explain.

Canada

715 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Canadian Pacific celebrates expanded intermodal offerings in Eastern Canada

Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) launched its foray into Eastern Canada intermodal service on Tuesday, sending its first westbound intermodal train from Brownville Junction, Maine, and through the Port of St.

CN adjusts operations amid strike at Port of Montreal

Canadian railway CN (NYSE: CNI) is relying on port terminals in Halifax and elsewhere on the East Coast as longshore workers continue to strike at the Port of Montreal.

CP reintroduces freight services to the Atlantic coast

The inaugural train carried containers from the Hapag-Lloyd ship Detroit Express bound for intermodal terminals on the CP network in Canada and the United States – the first eastbound intermodal train to the Port of Saint John departed Montreal on August 7.

VIA Rail Canada announces temporary job cuts due to COVID-19

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt in the passenger transportation industry across the country, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has announced temporary layoffs of some 30 management and professional employees, effective from 14 August 2020.

Canadian railways expect steady grain carload volumes in 2020-2021

The Canadian railways anticipate their grain volume movement in the 2020-2021 crop year will be roughly in line with how much they’ve hauled in recent years, according to outlooks from Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and CN (NYSE: CNI).

Cityrail News

785 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Sydney Trains to reword 'women only' trainee job ad

Sydney Trains says it intends to change the wording of a “women only” job advertisement to better reflect its plans to promote gender equality in the industry.

Free navigation help is on the way for visually impaired Sydney train commuters

Sydney train commuters who are blind or low vision will temporarily have free access to a navigation service to help them get around the city’s stations, with advocates now pushing to make the change permanent.

Have your say on Circular Quay’s revival plan

Until August 31, 2020, the community is invited to share their ideas on how to renew the public spaces around Circular Quay.

Pyrmont perfectly poised for vibrant future

A new 20-year vision for Pyrmont will shape the waterfront peninsula as an innovative, connected and creative around-the-clock destination.

Coronavirus Transport News

310 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Train stations under scrutiny after teenagers return to Qld from virus hot spot

There will be a probe into train arrivals after two girls allegedly breached border restrictions after travelling to Queensland from virus hot spot Sydney.

COVID-19 crisis expected to heighten passenger expectations for IFC

With millions of people teleworking and using high-bandwidth applications to facilitate business amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it stands to reason that travelers will have a far greater expectation for accessing robust inflight connectivity links when the airline industry recovers from the crisis.

Economic saviour or white elephant? What COVID-19 can teach us about delivering big infrastructure projects

Governments are banking on infrastructure projects to help the Australian economy recover from the coronavirus recession, but not everyone is convinced it will be worthwhile.

Code commits states and territories to keep freight flowing

State, territory and federal infrastructure and transport ministers have released an enforceable code for the border control of freight movements; however, differences remain.

UK railways struggling post-Covid could get cutting-edge tech boost

Since the beginning of the lockdown in March, the number of rail passengers has dropped by over 90 per cent even in some of London’s busiest stations.

Europe

5325 stories | Newest story posted 41 minutes ago
Catalunya network modernisation programme underway

Infrastructure managers ADIF and ADIF Alta Velocidad have begun a €280m programme to enhance the network in Catalunya, with a number of projects to be undertaken in 2020 and early 2021.

Latvia aims towards a single infrastructure manager for Rail Baltica, appoints the national implementing body EDZL to commence t

On 11 August 2020 the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia took a position in favour of a single joint infrastructure manager for the Rail Baltica line.

Berlin S-Bahn tenders invited

Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg has launched the competitive tendering process for the remaining two portions of the 331 route-km Berlin S-Bahn network, covering the North-South and east-west Stadtbahn service groups.

Case Study: The effect of extreme cold on the GURU Plug

On 6 January 2020, ThermOmegaTech conducted an environmental exposure test to determine if extremely cold air temperatures could cause the GURU Plug to nuisance dump when engine coolant water temperature is above the valve’s release set-point.

Kone to supply 70 escalators for Grand Paris Express Line 15 South

Engineering company Kone Corporation has received an order to provide and install more than 70 elevators for the Grand Paris Express in France.

Gunzelling Reports

1145 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
LDP001 makes an appearance!

LDP001 made an appearance on TM81 Tahmoor coalie today with 8205 and 8207 on the rear.

Cosco 22G1 Repair

A bit of an odd patch colour on this suspected repaired Cosco 22G1 box.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/8/2020

There were 80 sightings for this week; This is 9 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/8/2020

There were 89 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings less than last week.

Newsletter Update 31-07-2020

I am hoping to have this Newsletter, Issue number 13, completed sometime tomorrow, probable be in the Evening.

Inland Rail Project

389 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Riverina and Central West communities benefit from Inland Rail grants

Seven community groups in the Riverina and Central West have received vital grants of between $1,000 and $4,000 in round five of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

ATSB supports Rail Safety Week 2020

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is joining over 80 organisations in promoting the important messages of Rail Safety Week 2020: Rail safety – I am RailSAFE, across 10-16 August.

Australia’s rail freight crisis deepens

The crisis facing Australia’s rail network has suddenly become much worse.

Inland Rail grant helps Forbes Public School to purchase new laptops

Forbes Public School Parents and Citizens' Association have received a welcome boost for their school with the addition of five new laptops, made possible through an Inland Rail Sponsorships and Donations grant.

Concerns international shippers are undercutting transcontinental rail

[color=#1d1d1d][size=3][font=merriweather, georgia, serif]Australia's largest private rail freight operator has warned the sector is in danger of being "disadvantaged "out of existence, due to growing competition from foreign ships.

International Rail News

5448 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
TCU authorises renewal of Vale concessions in Brazil

The draft addendum of the updated contracts will now be sent back to the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT), which will analyse the recommendations and include the determinations made by the TCU’s reporting minister, Mr Bruno Dantas.

Commentary: Is outlook for Mexico’s rail freight still relevant?

Mexico has a freight railway system owned by the national government.

EMD Joule battery shunting locomotive under development

Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a lithium-ion battery shunting locomotive which it hopes to make available to the global market in early 2021.

CAF awarded maintenance contracts worth €40m

Amat, the public transport operator in Palermo, Italy, has awarded a joint venture between CAF Italia and EDS Infrastructure a contract to undertake four years’ maintenance on 17 LRVs, which operate on the city’s four-line network.

Letters to the Editor

307 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Sols 2829-2830: Come to My Arms My Breamish Boy!

Our weekend observations of the target Breamish showed some interesting chemistry results (which always make our scientists exclaim “O frabjous day!

UQ unveils new solar farm at Warwick

Australia's renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of The University of Queensland’s 64 megawatt solar farm at Warwick in the state’s south east.

Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin

Fancy a gin made from botanicals taken from Buckingham Palace’s own back garden?

Every Little Boy Loves Trains and TL153 from Hong Kong

Every little boy loves a train set.

A gin for a good cause

The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the lockdown, and likely to struggle for months to come, so there’s a campaign raising money for people laid off by the industry.

Model Railways

1780 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
39 | Scenery Experiments | Part Five | How I Screwed Up The Order of Operations

This Episode is Part Five of my video series Scenery Experiments.

Taree and District Model Railway Club annual general meeting

Saturday, August 8 saw more than 20 members brave the frigid weather and COVID-19 to attend the club's annual general meeting, with strict adherence to social distancing and face masks.

Bench Time #138: Puddles, Thunderstorms, Easiest Builds & Beer Returns

In the last week of July, we talk about pretty much everything!

Bench Time #139: Steven Haworth is BACK | Rio Grande Southern Railroad

We’re so happy to have had Steven Haworth on the Bench Time Podcast this week!

Narrow Gauge

119 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Cane train crashes into harvester in Ingham

Wilmar Sugar has released shocking new footage of a crash between a cane train and a harvester as frustrations rise over the number of incidents in milling regions this season so far.

Behind Closed Doors…

Whilst the restrictions around COVID-19 mean we aren’t currently able to open to the public, behind the scenes Puffing Billy’s workshops are a hive of activity, so an update seems timely.

Ride on one of London’s minature steam trains

We all love a steam train and dotted around London are a number of miniature steam railways to ride on.

Ruislip Lido Railway confirms reopening date after Coronavirus closure

The Ruislip Lido Railway has confirmed their planned reopening date for passenger services following the Coronavirus closure.

Keep an eye out for cane trains this sugar season

Locals in the Bundaberg Region are advised to keep an eye out for cane trains from Monday, 22 June in the lead up to the cane harvesting season.

New South Wales Rail News

4032 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
New South Wales approves two freight rail projects

Australia’s Government of New South Wales (NSW) has approved two freight rail projects to facilitate cargo movement in the state.

NSW greenlights two freight rail projects

The New South Wales Government has greenlit two freight rail projects designed to ease traffic congestion on busy Sydney roads; the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop projects.

Building a Better Bus Network for Bathurst

Bathurst residents are invited to have a say through until August 16, 2020, on how bus services around the region might be improved.

Sydney's 'Tech Central' gets New Boost

Rezoning of land around Railway Square marks the beginning of Sydney's future Silicon Valley.

Freight Rail Line Duplication Fast-Tracked

Fast-tracked planning assessments will enable construction on the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop Project to begin within months

New Zealand Rail News

451 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Auckland metro rail network in worse condition than first thought

Wear on Auckland's metro rail network is more widespread than first thought, triggering urgent work to replace 100km of track in six months.

NZ rail continues during lockdown

Rail services have continued in New Zealand despite the reimposition of lockdown measures to control the spread of new cases of COVID-19.

Upgrade of Auckland network begins with development of third main line

Downer NZ, a subsidiary of Downer, Australia, was awarded the contract through an open tender, with national railway KiwiRail saying it received no wholly-New Zealand-owned bids for the contract.

Rail repair long overdue

Rail opinions published over the past few months

Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city.

Northern Territory Rail News

220 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is constructing a new two-lane sealed road and a new 45 metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

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.

Opinion

106 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
NASA Openly Admits Alien Life Exists: Get Ready for Disclosure

Most people ‘in the know’ realize that NASA is just part of the military industrial complex, but a recent open admission on mainstream news that “there are indications of alien life” is likely the beginning of a bid to get your undivided attention before full-forced disclosure ensues.

Drilling Deep: Trucking got big money from PPP; what will be the impact?

With the release of the identities of the biggest recipients of money under the Paycheck Protection Program, reviewing all the names of those who got money and figuring out how this will impact the industry’s operations is now the hot topic of discussion in trucking.

The eccentric engineer: endless railway wheels that crawled like a caterpillar

In a time when it seems none of us are going anywhere, it might be interesting to look back on a time when travel horizons were just opening, but the ‘going’ remained decidedly ‘soft’.

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

Other Transport News

949 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Sale and registration of Electric Vehicles without batteries allowed in India

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries.

Britain launches £2 billion Cycling and Walking Plans in country

Britain’s Cycling and Walking revolution stirred up by the Prime Minister, now incorporated plans containing cycling prescriptions and free training and higher cycling infrastructure standards and e-bike programmes at National level.

How The North East Link Toll Road Will Affect You

Join us for a forum with experts, community members and local activists to find out how the North East Link will affect you.

Dubbo Freightway in fast lane thanks to widened Purvis Lane

The newly widened Purvis Lane is delivering quicker journeys and improved heavy vehicle access to the North Dubbo industrial precinct.

Pacific National News

46 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Fremantle port shuttle to move more freight via rail

A new port shuttle rail service between Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Terminal in Kewdale could take over 20,000 return truck trips off roads in Fremantle and Perth each year.

ACCC launches Pacific National High Court bid

The competition watchdog has asked for special leave to appear in the High Court to challenge Pacific National's $205 million acquisition of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal from rival Aurizon.

New construction and freight jobs for Western Sydney

Up to 80,000 truck trips will be taken off Sydney’s congested motorways each year, while 230 jobs will be created in Western Sydney, as part of a combined investment value of up to $100 million to shift freight off the city’s road network and onto rail.

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.

Press Releases

241 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

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

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.

Qube Logistics

9 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Qube remains in a strong financial position

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

CONTAINERS AND GENERAL FREIGHT CRIMP QUBE OUTLOOK

Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts

QUBE BOOKS CHALMERS WIN BUT BRACES FOR UNCERTAINTY

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

2564 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Light rail to the Gold Coast Airport business case to begin

The Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast have committed to begin the business case for the jointly-funded light rail link to the Gold Coast Airport.

Study to assess double-stacked freight on Mount Isa line

The Queensland government will complete a business case into the potential to run double-stacked freight trains from Mount Isa to Stuart and the Port of Townsville.

Cross River Rail bungle begging for independent inquiry

Cross River Rail will include two stations that are barely more than a stone’s throw apart.

Opposition finally finds its mojo — but is it too little too late?

The Palaszczuk Government is on the back foot — if not on the rails — in Parliament over potential cost blow-outs with the Brisbane Cross River Rail project, writes Peter McCutcheon.

Govt ignored safety advice to save rail commuters 'nine-minute walk'

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defended her government's decision to forge ahead with a new train station for its Cross River Rail project despite experts warning of engineering and safety flaws.

Rail Events

564 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Call for nominations for RTSA Marketing and Communications Representative (2-year term)

The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) is calling for nominations for a Marketing and Communications Representative – a voluntary role on the RTSA Executive Committee.

IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: Voestalpine offers longer life rail steel

The 340 Dobain HSH rail steel is designed for use on lines which operate at high frequency with heavy traffic, with limited windows for maintenance.

InnoTrans Confirms Strong Exhibitor Interest for 2021

The world’s biggest railway exhibition, InnoTrans, which has been postponed from September 2020 to April 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, says that the current level of bookings is at the same level as it was for InnoTrans 2018.

Rail Live 2020 Cancelled | New Dates for 2021

Rail Live, which was to take place at Long Marston, England, on 9 and 10 September has been cancelled because of the continued uncertainty around coronavirus restrictions.

Rail safety a community responsibility

The experience around Australia when a new rail line is opened is that the community it serves flock to the service.

Rail News

4277 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Bench Time #137: More of our Top / Favorites in Model Railroading

We’re back from the beach and Todd & Brett break down some more of our favs this week!

Straddling both gauges: A dual hi-rail attachment

A local manufacturing solution to Australia’s dual-gauge headache from Harrybilt Engineering.

KTK Australia denies forced labour allegations

Allegations that slave labour was used in the production of components used in a number of Australian rollingstock fleets have been strongly denied by KTK Australia.

KHES Ltd completes first solar panel project for Southeastern

KH Engineering Services Limited has confirmed it has completed its first major photovoltaic solar panel deployment on the rail network, just outside of London on behalf of train operator Southeastern.

Big reforms without a big price tag

CEO of the ALC Kirk Coningham outlines how governments could make significant reforms to unlock freight and logistics networks.

Rail Travel

314 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
How You Can See the Greek Islands with Eurail

The Greek islands are among Europe’s most revered destinations.

From Broken Hill to Sydney, 14 outback hours by train

When people think about long-distance rail journeys in Australia, the ones that come to mind are the Ghan, 

What airlines can learn from Australia’s Indian Pacific transcon train

Travelling by rail across Australia between Sydney and Perth on the fabled Indian Pacific is truly a pleasure trip rather than purely a means of transportation.

Steam Through the Rockies in Your Own Private Rail Car

It's a rail fan's dream come true: a private rail car being pulled by a steam locomotive through some of the most gorgeous scenery in the nation.

Hello Douglas!

I have been remiss.

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

100 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
The Coolest Place on the Train

With the summer heat still on the rise, it might be a scorcher out there today.

Rolling Along in the Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Paint Schemes

When the bicentennial rolled around in 1976, the railroads celebrated the 200th birthday of the United States by painting engines in red, white, and blue.

Freedom Trains of the United States

Freedom Train Part One: 1947-1949

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.

Railway Preservation

737 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
10,000 visitors for Bathurst Rail Museum, despite three-month closure

The Bathurst Rail Museum has recorded 10,000 visitors through its doors since the facility opened in February.

Tutuban Station - 2009

Below is a photographic look at the new Tutuban station (Manila) during trackwork in 2009.

New build steam locomotive 4709 arrives at Leaky Finders in Devon

The 4709 Group has announced that W J Balsdon Heavy Haulage has delivered the frame for new build steam locomotive GWR 4700 No.

LSL HST set for Pullman Blue Livery as new railtour announced

Locomotive Services Ltd (LSL), under their Statesman Rail trading name, will be running a brand new railtour on Saturday the 14th November 2020, featuring their Class 43 (High-Speed Train (HST).

Railway Publications

162 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Bells & Whistles—Maryland prepares to take over Purple Line project

Signs point to Purple Line builder, investor leaving project.

RT&S July issue now available online

The July issue of RT&S is now available digitally.

Race to the finish: Future Rail Issue 85 is out now

Future Rail is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted 2 months 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

140 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Moscow commuter operator orders EMUs

Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory a contract to supply seven 11-car EP2D 3 kV DC electric multiple-units by September.

Covered van order signed

Manufacturer United Wagon Co, leasing company TransFin-M and freight forwarding company FT Logistic have signed an agreement for the supply of 200 Type 11-6874 covered vans by the end of next year.

CPPK orders seven EMUs for Regional Express project

Under the contract signed last month, the 11-car 3kV dc trains are being manufactured between July and September.

Russian Rail Network Could Join the Blockchain Adoption Wave

An advisor to Russian Railways, the country’s national rail operator, praised the rise of blockchain technology and hinted that it could be implemented as part of the country’s rail network.

RZD launches Moscow – Yaroslavl – Kostroma Swallow service

The new service, which will operate daily with five-car 160km/h Swallow EMUs, will also reduce travel times between Moscow and Yaroslavl from four hours to three.

South Australian Rail News

801 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Can we reform public transport without throwing users under the bus?

Public transport is an essential service, and its occasional reform is a necessary, if unenviable, part of modern governance.

Tracklaying in progress on Flinders Link

Three kilometres of new track will be laid on the Flinders Link project this week.

Local ingenuity from Bombardier keeping the wheels turning

In Adelaide, Bombardier have developed an in-house remote diagnostics system.

Marshall appoints new SA transport minister

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has appointed Corey Wingard as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

Productivity-boosting rail project on track for South Australia

The $252 million major re-railing upgrade between Adelaide and Tarcoola is nearing completion, with final contracts being awarded from this month.

Tasmanian Rail News

405 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
TasRail safety data shows 60 per cent drop in incidents

Tasmanians appear to be getting the message when it comes to rail safety, with new data revealing an annual 60 per cent drop in the number of people failing to stop or give way at level crossings.

Burnie port upgrade mustn’t come at expense of rail safety

Tasmanians have been dudded by the state and federal governments over the redevelopment of the Burnie port.

Government hits the drawing board over mass public transit options

The state government is considering a wide range of options when it comes to installing more public transport in Hobart’s northern suburbs – not just light rail.

Tasmanian couple's tiny house plan for 130-year-old train carriage shunting along

When Ash Barwick and Jake Williams-sims transported their new 130-year-old train carriage home to Tasmania's Gravelly Beach on a truck, bits of it fell off on the highway.

Australian Bauxite's Tasmanian mine in full swing

Bauxite Mining is in full swing near Campbell Town in Tasmania and trucking to the bell bay port has started.

Technology News

94 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Waze adds global level crossing alert feature to keep road users safe

Waze – the platform bringing together communities on and off the road – has announced a new feature that will provide alerts to road users approaching level crossings.

Press Release: Travizory helps countries reopen borders

Safe and controlled air travel is today a step closer, following the news that Travizory has secured investment from Atlantic Labs for its traveler management platform, which provides seamless digital interactions between travelers and host countries.

Technology Choices to Talent Gaps, Top of Mind Topics for Rail Industry Executives

Transportation, banking and capital markets are three very different industries with one thing in common: high susceptibility to future disruption, according to Accenture.

Connected analytics – The next game changer in construction

In this whitepaper, Catie Williams, InEight product director, Connected Analytics, explains how the sharing of data in construction can maximise productivity and increase margins.

Quick Fix, Long Term Protection – GEOWEB® Geocells

Quick Repair of Track Subgrade & Railroad Right-of-Way Heavy rain and flooding costs the railroad industry millions of dollars in maintenance and repairs.

Train Simulator News

71 stories | Newest story posted last month
REVIEW: Rivet Games’ Engadin Line for Train Simulator

Rivet Games has released their Engadin Line add on for Train Simulator, and have very kindly sent RailAdvent a copy to review.

You can drive a Bakerloo line train with Train Sim World 2

A train driver simulator is about to be upgraded and will include the Bakerloo line so you can pretend to be a tube train driver at home.

Dovetail Games announce Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games has just announced Train Sim World 2, the next game in the Train Sim World franchise.

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

1816 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Karlsruhe receives new tram-trains

The order is the third made by AVG as part of a 2009 framework agreement for up to 75 vehicles, which will be used on the 663.

Gold Coast light rail extension works could start by Christmas

Construction on the $709 million Broadbeach to Burleigh section of the Gold Coast light rail project could begin before Christmas.

Thuringia provides support for Jena LRV order

The financing for the LRVs is divided into two lots.

Tender for 504 LRVs worth €4bn launched

The tender was launched by Albtal Transport Company (AVG), Karlsruhe Transport Authority (VBK), Saarbahn, the State of Salzburg, the Neckar-Alb tram-train association, and Upper Austria infrastructure manager, Schiene OÖ.

Go-ahead for business case for Gold Coast Light Rail stage four

The Queensland and Gold Coast governments will jointly fund the business case for stage four of the Gold Coast Light Rail line.

UK

4258 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Train derailment in Scotland kills three people

A train derailment in the eastern part of Scotland has killed three people and injured six others.

Siemens commissions signalling system at Hither Green

Siemens Mobility has completed the commissioning of the UK’s Hither Green Area Resignalling Project, which will help provide a better passenger service.

Siemens Completes 2-Year Signalling Upgrade Project

Siemens Mobility has commissioned a new signalling system at Hither Green, south-east London.

RDG: We Need a Level Green Playing Field in Transport

Train operating companies have called for changes to be made to transport taxes to create a level green playing field with taxes taking pollution into account.

In The News: 12th August

The rail headlines today.

USA

4346 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Colbert County, Ala., residents look over five options to improve rail traffic

Enjoying fresh air, residents of Colbert County, Ala.

Sound Transit to increase service on Link light rail effective September 19

September service changes also include two additional Sounder South roundtrips and adjustments to some ST Express routes

Body camera footage shows Calif. officer rescue disabled man from oncoming train

A police officer in California pulled a man from a wheelchair that was stuck on railroad tracks seconds before the train came past, in a dramatic rescue caught on the officer’s body camera.

Amtrak collaborates with George Washington University on Covid-19 standards

The operator will receive technical guidance from the institute’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

Victorian Rail News

7434 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Still no time frame for VLocity trains on Warrnambool line

High-speed VLocity trains are yet to roll into the Warrnambool train station despite being announced by the state government more than 900 days ago.

Why changing how we pay for transport is a good move

In both phases of COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne, roads have been eerily quiet as numerous businesses, venues and attractions have been forced to close.

This 19th century locomotive is a symbol of Ballarat's innovation, so why is it in WA?

The Ballarat locomotive was a ground-breaking example of 19th century innovation.

Renewed calls for revised Murray Basin Rail Project business case release

The Victorian Farmers Federation and key grain accumulators say the secrecy surrounding the Murray Basin Rail Project's revised business case must end.

A long-term strategy for supply chain infrastructure

In early 2020, Port of Melbourne received government approval for the major $125 million Port Rail Transformation Project to go ahead.

Western Australian Rail News

1292 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Building resilience in the ports sector

Resilience is the first thing that comes to mind when reflecting on the ports’ role through COVID-19.

Western Australia endorses Kwinana Port proposal

The Westport Taskforce Stage 2 Report, recommending a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, has been endorsed by the Western Australian Government.

Furious Bayswater locals call for redesign of 'Bunnings trestle table' train station

Angry Bayswater residents are calling for a redesign of the suburb's soon-to-be-built train station after the plans were mocked on social media over their resemblance to a Bunnings trestle table.

WA endorses plan for new container port at Kwinana fed by rail

The Western Australia government has endorsed the creation of a new container port at Kwinana to relieve pressure on Fremantle Inner Harbour.

The critical role New Zealand’s Wilkie brothers played in laying rail across the Goldfields

Early in 1895, John, Adam and David Wilkie left for Western Australia after John had sold one Waitotara property in New Zealand and a boot shop to help finance the Coolgardie contract.

Yarra Trams

518 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Route 1 Disruption - Monday 10 August

Route 1 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

St Kilda Road Disruption - Friday 7 August

Due to a tram fault in St Kilda Road at Toorak Road

Route 70 Disruption - Thursday 6 August

Due to a truck colliding with a bridge in Swan Street near Richmond Station

Sponsored advertisement