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ACT

40 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Driving light rail to give former teacher a new lease on life

Anthony Reid taught high school maths for 21 years, but will swap the classroom for the cab when Canberra's light rail begins running.

If a tree falls on Northbourne and no-one's around, does it make a playground?

Canberra's main drag was a leafy-green festival of foliage before being turned into a barren stretch of cement and construction detritus to make way for the light rail.

Authorities revoke approval for recycling plant's rail siding

ACT planning authorities have made the "unprecedented" decision to revoke a development application approval they gave more than a year ago, after an internal review found it should never have been given the green light in the first place.

Historic rail car arrives in Landrum

Landrum will dedicate its historic Pullman rail car Friday shortly after its arrival.

Canberra light rail misses milestone targets by months, but ACT Government confident of 2018 finish

The consortium building Canberra's billion-dollar light-rail project has failed to meet all but one of its delivery targets this year.

Africa

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Algeria to handle 17 million tonnes of freight in 2021

The Algerian government plans to transport 17 million tonnes of freight by rail in 2021, when the construction of a new railway station in Beni Saf, a city close to the frontier with Morocco, is completed.

Kenyan government officials charged with fraud over $3bn railway

A Kenyan court has charged two senior government officials with fraud over land allocation for a new rail line worth $3bn linking Nairobi with Mombasa, East Africa’s biggest port.

Kenyan rail operator sold its own land to itself for SGR rail scheme, prosecutors say

The chairman of Kenya’s National Lands Commission (NLC) and the managing director of the country’s rail operator, Kenya Railways, were among 14 officials to 

The Digital Transformation Of Africa’s Rail System

Few modes of transport evoke such a sense of history and romanticism as rail.

Arabian Rail News

33 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
EBRD to provide €205m loan to revamp Cairo Metro Line 1

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to provide a €205m loan to support the partial refurbishment of Cairo Metro Line 1, one of the main transport systems in the Egyptian capital.

Hot and dusty, with rain in the forecast for the UAE

Highest temperate recorded in the country on Monday was 51.

Emirates signs codeshare deal with Italy's national rail firm

Emirates and Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, on Wednesday announced a new codeshare agreement which will enable passengers to discover new destinations across Italy.

A tour through Iran as a rail freight transit country

Iran is strategically located to serve as a transit country on a variety of international rail freight corridors.

New agriculture railway line Kazakhstan-Afghanstan

A new route has been established between Kostanay in Kazakhstan and Herat in Afghanistan.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted last year
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.

Irwin to leave Pacific National

Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.

Asian Rail News

850 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Kerala deluge throws railway schedule off track, several trains cancelled

Train services in the region have gone haywire in the aftermath of floods in Kerala.

Rail services slowly restart, list of trains that remain cancelled

The decision to resume traffic between Ernakulam-Shoranur and Shoranur-Ernakulam will be reviewed after 4 pm on Sunday

South Korea proposes rail route to North Korea by year-end

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced plans to develop railroad links to North Korea by the end of this year.

MTR completes trial run of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong HSR

Hong Kong-based railway operator MTR has successfully completed the trial run of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Rail’s (HSR) Hong Kong section.

Proposed Cessation of Selected Train Services and New Bus Subsidiary for KTM Berhad

Recent line closures, reduced frequencies and delayed express KTM Intercity trains by an average of 3 hours daily, are affecting passenger satisfaction on the national railway operator, KTM Berhad, bringing it to an all-time low.

Aurizon

182 stories | Newest story posted 38 minutes ago
Aurizon's Australian Hunter Valley coal rail operations hit by 28-hour strike

Australian rail operator Aurizon had 28 hours of industrial action take place on its Hunter Valley coal rail corridor over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed via email Monday.

Rail operator Aurizon drops sale deal of Qld Intermodal business

Rail freight operator Aurizon has pulled the plug on the sale of its Queensland intermodal business to Pacific National and Linfox, but vowed to exit the business as soon as it is free to do so.

Australian Aurizon's coal volumes via rail rise 7% on year in fiscal 2017-18 to 212.4 mil mt

Australia's largest rail freight operator Aurizon carried 7% more coal by rail year on year in fiscal 2017-2018 (July-June) at 212.

Aurizon prevented from closing Queensland intermodal business

The Federal Court has ordered that Aurizon (ASX: AZJ) must continue operating its Queensland intermodal business while the ACCC’s case against Pacific National and Aurizon is heard and determined.

Aurizon Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Aurizon today reported a 6% increase in Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to $941 million for the year ended 30 June 2018 (FY2017 $884 million), reflecting increased coal volumes and transformation outcomes achieved during the year.

Bus Transport News

91 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
The buses that run through a military firing range to Imber

Just outside the Salisbury Plains a TfL bus sign shows a curious route, the 23A, that runs once a year, and is the only bus route allowed through the military firing ranges.

Why it’s OK (but not great) to pause Select Bus Service rollouts for now

NYC Transit may put a pause on rolling out Select Bus Service routes for the next few years.

Indcar and EVM Join Forces in Ireland

Spanish minibus bodybuilder Indcar joins forces with EVM Limited as it seeks to build on its presence in Ireland.

Now Glasgow Considering Pedestrianisation

Following our posting on 13th August announcing that Key roads across Edinburgh will be closed to traffic once a month, it has now been announced that Glasgow City Council is looking at permanently pedestrianising George Square.

Phase Two of New Lothian Services

Two days prior to commencing their operations in West Lothian, Lothiancountry have announced that customers in West Lothian are to receive a further two new routes from Sunday 30th September.

Canada

150 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
To strengthen Manitoba’s rail infrastructure, CN will invest $130 million

Canadian National Railway (CN) plans to invest approximately $130 million in Manitoba during 2018, with the aim of strengthening the rail network across the province, including an expansion of its primary rail yard in Winnipeg.

Ruest appoints CN senior team to focus on efficiency and customer service

“Amid solid market demand, we aim to grow faster than the broader economy,” Ruest said.

CN: Ruest rounds out senior management team

Veteran CN executives Doug MacDonald and Keith Reardon will head CN’s sales and marketing initiatives and all non-rail supply chain operations, such as intermodal container terminals and transload facilities, “to produce solid supply chain services that will compete across various markets,” CN said.

Australian man loses limbs after falling from train in Canada

An Australian man has undergone full and partial limb amputations after falling from a train in Canada, local media is reporting

Canadian National Railway and Vossloh sign multi-year tie and turnout agreements

The realisation of the framework contract for the delivery of concrete ties is with Vossloh’s Tie Technologies business unit (Division Core Components), which was acquired at the beginning of 2017.

Cityrail News

606 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Passengers face chaos as 'open-heart surgery' cripples Sydney train network

Thousands of Sydney train passengers face delays of up to three hours as work to replace an old analogue signalling box takes longer than expected, with fears the disruption could have a knock-on effect for Monday's commuters.

Indecent assault on Sydney train

A man is alleged to have indecently assaulted a woman on a city-bound train from Hurstville before other passengers stepped in.

Sydney train network faces delay backlash

CHAOS is expected on Sydney’s rail network this morning after massive delays and a major customer backlash over the weekend.

Sydney train network hit by chaos as 39yo signalling box replaced with digital system

Thousands of Sydney train passengers have faced delays of up to three hours after the scheduled replacement of an old signalling box took longer than expected.

Waratah Series 2 trains to roll out on Macarthur lines

The days of Macarthur region commuters toughing it out on the old silver tin rattlers are numbered.

Europe

940 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Austria’s ÖBB signs deal for 700 passenger coaches

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has signed a framework agreement to procure up to 700 passenger coaches from Siemens Mobility over the next five years.

[SI] ETR 485 31 en route to Greece, TrainOSE tests starting soon

A SŽ series 363 locomotive pulling an ETR 485?

Slovenia starts preliminary works on Divača-Koper railway

The government of Slovenia will start preliminary work on the second track of the Divača – Koper railway line before the end of this month.

First results of Innovative Freight Car project DB Cargo and VTG

In the Innovative Freight Car project has produced the first results of the testing of four new types of wagons.

Gunzelling Reports

705 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/8/2018

There were 82 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/8/2018

There were 85 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/8/2018

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 1 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/7/2018

There were 91 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/7/2018

There were 94 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings less that last week.

Inland Rail Project

184 stories | Newest story posted 36 minutes ago
Inland Rail info sessions are being held at North Star, Boggabilla and Goondiwindi

Community members are invited to share their local knowledge and learn more about Inland Rail’s comprehensive environmental studies, with community information sessions being held in North Star, Boggabilla and Goondiwindi later this month.

Moree Plains Shire Council shares Inland Rail vision with Federal Minister Dr John McVeigh

Moree Plains Shire Council’s plans for leveraging and capitalising on the Inland Rail inched a step closer to reality last week as the shire’s bold visions were shared with visiting Federal Minister for Regional Development, The Hon.

Community outrage over Inland Rail in Brisbane

THE Brisbane section of the Inland Rail realignment has become a hot potato, with no-one in either state or federal politics willing to take responsibility for triggering stronger environmental measures being demanded by affected communities.

Locals to get seat on Inland Rail group

RESIDENTS living along the route of the proposed Inland Rail Track have had a small victory after the federal government promised to set up a community consultative committee.

Inland Rail to host briefings and community drop-in sessions

With construction for Inland Rail due to begin in the coming months, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is ramping up its presence in the Central West with a series of local industry briefings and community drop-in sessions throughout August and September.

International Rail News

4709 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Knorr-Bremse acquires rights to Federal-Mogul technology

Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems announced on August 20 that it had acquired Federal-Mogul’s ‘know-how and intellectual property rights’ for the development and production of friction materials for rolling stock and industrial applications.

Optic fibre cable troughing launched

Groundworks and civil engineering product supplier Scott Parnell has expanded its Arcosystem range with the launch of Arcosizesero glass-reinforced plastic elevated troughing which is designed for the easy installation of lightweight optic fibre cables.

Stations to get even greener – Network Rail marks World Environment Day

Network Rail has today announced plans to tackle three significant environmental issues in the country’s biggest and busiest rail stations

Rail and tech collaboration is key for growing the international market

The first and potentially most important way we can work together is to implement standardised rail data internationally, meaning customers can receive the same booking experience wherever they travel in the world.

Strukton to show track defect recognition technology at InnoTrans 2018

Strukton Rail is to use InnoTrans 2018 to unveil automatic video recognition technology which can identify potential tracks defects before they occur.

Letters to the Editor

211 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Why Rail Trails and their group ideology is wrong

Rail trails, another smoke-and-mirrors grab for government (read taxpayer) cash for the benefit of a few.

Melbourne loses world’s most liveable city status after seven years at the top

MELBOURNE has lost its prized mantle as world’s most liveable city, after seven years at the top.

Road trauma is breaking the nation

There are few Australians that have not felt the grief, the loss, the hopelessness, of the ongoing tragedy of the consequences of road trauma.

Delivering For Those Who Deliver To Us

The Andrews Labor Government is making work fairer and safer for workers who are owner drivers or forestry contractors – including drivers using digital freight and delivery platforms.

Last chance to see the FATBERG!

This week marks the final chance to see the Museum of London’s infamous chunk of Fatberg, before it goes off of display on Sunday 1st July.

Model Railways

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Last Of The B Wagons

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a picture of the final Worsley brass B wagon which Himself had finished tarting up, now it's been painted and is ready for lettering and a coat of varnish.

Ready To Run Revisions

As soon as we received our Bachmann Baldwin 590 he was pulling it apart - as much as he dared!

Happy Couplings

Himself is on a mission at the moment to standardise, as far as possible, all our couplings.

Black Spot

I'm ready to make the first casts of the Mk2 BZ wagon.

Bogie Maintenance

More felting of the stock has been going on this week over at Himself's place.

Narrow Gauge

68 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Harold The Second

We have a number of duplicates in our fleet, mostly this is because we've made an improved version as our techniques have improved, or because a better kit has come onto the market.

80-year-old Washington Twp. man still a kid at Carillon’s Rail Fest

Each June, the sounds of trains and family fun emanate from Carillon Park’s Rail Festival.

The NG/G16 Countdown Begins!

With a projected completion date of mid-2019, the race is on to get our re-gauged South African NG/G16 class Garratt assembled and tested.

Heidi the steam train in big need of donations

Katanning Miniature Railway Club’s steam locomotive Heidi is in need of a new boiler, and the club is calling on the community to help put Heidi back together again.

NG/G News For Febuary

Over the past few months, we have been progressing a lot of different tasks, in order to keep the project moving along at a good pace:

New South Wales Rail News

3051 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Premier Gladys Berejiklian will ‘consider’ opal card refunds for Sydney train delays

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian says she’s open to considering Opal card refunds in future for stranded commuters in the wake of a train meltdown over the weekend partially caused by a flyaway balloon.

Train driver vents amid rail chaos

PASSENGERS have expressed their frustration at Sydney Trains after delays caused customers to be stuck for hours, sparking huge delays for the already troubled network.

Rail commuter delays as tree blows onto overhead wires at Springwood

Commuters experienced delays on the Blue Mountains train line on Sunday, August 19 after strong winds blew a tree onto overhead wires at Springwood.

Sydney trains experience major delays as 'urgent repairs' causes chaos

Some Sydney train services are experiencing major delays of up to an hour, cancellations and frequent stoppages because of urgent overhead wiring repairs at Wynyard station in the CBD.

Kangy Angy residents save small stand of trees next to rail facility

KANGY Angy residents have won the fight to save a small stand of trees providing a barrier between their properties and a rail maintenance facility.

New Zealand Rail News

294 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Look Right, Look Left as rail lines get busier

Close encounters with trains are on the rise and as train frequencies increase, KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ are encouraging everyone to take a simple action that could save their lives.

Coastal Pacific service to restart in December

KiwiRail’s tourist-focused [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Coastal Pacific service from Christchurch to Picton is to restart on December 1, two years after being suspended as a result of damage to the line caused by the 7·8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake of November 14 2016.

Auckland Council plans to expand City Rail Link scope

The Auckland Council has revealed plans to expand the scope of the City Rail Link, a 3.

Auckland City Rail Link to be bigger and more expensive

The City Rail Link is going to be bigger, and cost more, because the original projections for use now look inadequate.

Tararua tourism benefits from rail riders

Tararua's iconic tourist hot spot, Tui Brewery, continues to attract visitors to our region, most recently on Sunday last week when 209 visitors made the steam-train journey from Wellington and the Kapiti Coast for a real taste of Tararua Country at Mangatainoka.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 9 months ago
Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

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

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

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

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

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

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

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

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

A new rail project crossing the Northern Territory and Queensland border has taken another move forward after the governments agreed to progress the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway.

Opinion

96 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Canon 77D - First Thoughts

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

Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

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

Is the Mildura Standardisation Project doomed?

Poor management and penny pinching may ultimately result in it being found out very early in the piece that the standardised Murray Basin Railway will end up with inferior operational flexibility and capability compared to its existing broad gauge counterpart.

I was upskirted while sitting on a train with my boyfriend

The story I'm about to share isn't uncommon.

Burnley to Camberwell quadruplication

The PTV Network Development Plan from 2013 includes quadruplification between Burnley and Camberwell on the Belgrave/Lilydale/Alamein lines, as part of Stage 4.

Other Transport News

476 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
New exit open this week on CityLink Tulla Widening project

New, earlier outbound English Street exit and separated road set to open next week.

Malindo Air/Batik Air Malaysia OD580: Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh by Boeing 737-800

With a fare difference of almost 4 times more if I had flown non-stop from Changi Airport, I decided to get a bus to KL the night before instead to catch the Malindo Air/Batik Air Malaysia flight OD580 to get to Phnom Penh.

Staying Safe And Dry On The Portarlington Ferry

Taking a trip on the Portarlington ferry service will be safer and dryer with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build a new covered walkway along the Portarlington Pier.

Vietnam Airlines VN675: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Kuala Lumpur by Airbus A321-200

Vietnam Airlines is the flag carrier of Vietnam with a pair of flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur daily.

Pacific National News

10 stories | Newest story posted last month
ACCC takes action against Pacific National and Aurizon

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Pacific National and Aurizon (ASX: AZJ), and their related entities, for allegedly reaching an understanding in relation to Aurizon’s intermodal business that had the purpose and/or would be likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in the supply of intermodal and steel rail linehaul services.

PN puts bigger wagons on rail for sugar season haul

[font=Calibri",sans-serif]Pacific National is utilising new high-capacity wagons to more efficiently transport sugar and molasses, with the major rail freight operator hoping to reap the benefits of this year’s harvest in North Queensland.

Pacific National boss rails against road lobby dominance

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle is on a mission to boost rail’s public and policy presence, saying an industry voice has been sorely lacking in a nation facing a surge in population and associated infrastructure challenges.

Pacific National and Aurizon trains collision near Cloncurry

On Tuesday, February 27 a collision between two freight trains at Oonoomurra, near Cloncurry on the Mount Isa line occured.

7MW2 Steel Train breaks apart at Goulburn Station

Last night at 1910, 7MW2 northbound steel train, headed by four NR class locomotives with 100 vehicles, with about fifteen loaded container wagons ahead of 85 empty steel coil wagons broke apart as the train was passing through Goulburn Station.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

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

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

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

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

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

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

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

Logistics giants join forces for improved freight outcomes

To celebrate 10 years' operation in Parkes, SCT Logistics is focusing on delivering improved levels of freight services from the Parkes region to Port of Sydney by teaming up with DP World Australia to present a joint capabilities initiative.

Queensland Rail News

2142 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
QLD transport minister defends train driver recruitment process

Queensland’s transport minister Mark Bailey has revealed that Queensland Rail (QR) is well behind on its target to employ 200 new train drivers by the middle of 2019.

Boyne Valley Rail Trail could attract 30,000 tourists a year

POTENTIALLY up to 30,000 people a year will visit the Boyne Valley to walk, cycle or horseride sections of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail once it is built.

'Deplorable' $140m spent to fix south-east Queensland's rail network

More than $140 million of taxpayers' money has been spent by the Queensland Government to bring the rail network under control over the last two years, the Opposition says, calling Labor's handling of the beleaguered network "deplorable".

Train inquiry to examine why NGR carriages don't comply with disability laws

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a retired judge will conduct an inquiry into the procurement of the problem-plagued New Generation Rollingstock and their failure to comply with disability laws.

Queensland Rail's overtime bill hits $41 million since 'rail fail'

Queensland Rail forks out nearly $1 million a fortnight for crew overtime during an 18-month period, a figure the State Opposition describes as "obscene".

Rail Events

143 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Rail approved cable glands at InnoTrans 2018

Cable gland, cleat and accessory specialist CMP will be showcasing its range of rail-specific products, which have been supplied for high-profile projects including London’s Crossrail and metro lines in Dubai and Doha.

Get connected with Era-Contact

The latest features of Era-Contact’s Ethernet coupler will be presented at InnoTrans 2018.

3D printing demonstration at InnoTrans 2018

A Fortus 450mc Production 3D printer will be running live on the Stratasys stand, demonstrating how the use of additive manufacturing to produce high-performance replacement parts on demand can accelerate product development cycles and overcome the limitations of traditional manufacturing for low-volume production.

Wabtec highlights three core themes at InnoTrans 2018

The multinational component specialist Wabtec has three core areas of focus at this year’s InnoTrans.

InnoTrans 2018 will offer copious services, in and around the event

InnoTrans 2018 is offering numerous services to ensure visits to the trade fair are both efficient and enjoyable.

Rail News

3819 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
New bridge across Felixstowe branch line to allow more freight trains

Network Rail has secured permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch line, replacing six pedestrian level crossings in the area.

Government ministers and rail officials discuss Australia’s rail safety issues

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA), the TrackSAFE Foundation, the National Rail Safety Regulator and the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, The Hon.

Smart technology has preserved the UK railway’s safety record

Recently released figures have confirmed train travel to be one of the safest forms of transport, with the car being 21 times as risky, the bicycle nearly 350 times and motorcycle nearly 1,400 times more dangerous than travelling by train.

Huber+Suhner communicates about connectivity

The electrical and optical component manufacturer Huber+Suhner will be on hand to talk all things connectivity at InnoTrans 2018.

Ready for the cold?

HOTSTART, a supplier to the railroad industry since 1965, is expanding its efforts to serve the market.

Rail Travel

102 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Special Express 25 Isan Mankha: Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Nong Khai by Train

The Special Express 25 Isan Mankha is a popular train running from Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Nong Khai, close to the Thai-Lao border.

Bealiba Tour - Sunday 9 September and dates for 2018/19

The first main line railways in Victoria were opened between Geelong and Melbourne in 1857, followed in 1862 by Geelong to Ballarat.

Take the slow train

[center]Some train journeys get you from A to B in the blink of an eye.

VietJet Air VJ811: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Singapore by Airbus A321-200

VietJet Air is a Vietnamese low-cost carrier with one of the youngest fleets in the world.

A Brit lost in a haze of American landscapes – Thomas Cole at the National Gallery

The National Gallery has given over space to a British born artist, who is best known for his sweeping, somewhat chocolate box landscapes of rural America.

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
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.

Voting open for July 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

106 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Classic 42103 diesel electric train heads to Kiama

The chaos surrounding Sydney’s train system on Saturday even delayed the arrival in Kiama of ‘Chumster’, the 1966 diesel electric locomotive.

Getting closer and with colour

Only a few days before gauge conversion of locos and carriages.

Getting ready for standard gauge

The principle focus for the last couple of months has been on preparing for operating on standard gauge.

Zig Zag tunnel work: Helicopters to be used in tree removal operation

Helicopters will be buzzing between September 3-5 in conjunction with tree removal around the Zig Zag railway tunnels.

Tocumwal Markets Heritage Train - 29/9

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

Railway Publications

7 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Crossrail: The Art of the Build

As Crossrail was being constructed, along with a couple of TV shows, there’s been a number of books published — and the latest is Crossrail: The Art of the Build.

Feature articles in the August 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries.

Book Review: VIA Rail - A History of Canada's National Passenger Rail Service

I've been meaning to read this book for some time.

Book Review: EHH, a lean, mean street fighter

Say “Hunter,” and contemporary railroaders know precisely of whom you speak—a most complex disrupter of the status quo, equally identifiable in his bold pinstriped suits and excessive displays of rock-star-like bling conceivably masking a personal insecurity or simply an extension of his childhood infatuation with sequin-festooned showman Elvis Presley.

Book Review: Heckman's Canadian Pacific

This is a review of the book "Heckman's Canadian Pacific: A Photographic Journey" by Ralph Beaumont.

Railway Stories

66 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Somewhere only we know: Morisset

I got on a train to Newcastle on a whim.

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

Sydney’s Transport History – Double Decker Trains

Sydney has a long history with double deckers trains.

Making Pictures

I like to think about the craft of photography more than the mechanics of it.

Making Lemonade

#GOJETSGOYou know the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?

South Australian Rail News

635 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Renewed push for light rail between Adelaide Airport and city

Passengers at Adelaide Airport could soon be travelling to the city on a battery-powered light rail network.

Gawler train upgrade by 2020

After years of uncertainty, the electrification of the entire Gawler Train Line has now been confirmed as the Federal Government last month announced a $220m grant to complete stage two of the project.

Gawler line services cancelled after pedestrian hit by train at Elizabeth

[justify]SERVICES have returned to normal on the Gawler train line after a pedestrian was struck by a train at Elizabeth causing delays this morning.

Excavation works begin for Oaklands rail crossing removal

The effort to build a rail underpass and enable grade separation at the Oaklands rail crossing on Adelaide’s Seaford Line is now well underway, with the beginning of major excavation works in the area.

New Adelaide Metro fares from 1 July 2018

From Sunday 1 July 2018 new fares will apply for all Adelaide Metro bus, train and tram services.

Tasmanian Rail News

360 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Family's near miss at rail crossing prompts renewed call for caution

A woman and her two children are lucky to be alive after their car is nearly crushed by a freight train in Tasmania, prompting a call for caution from TasRail as a former train driver says collisions play on the mind of train drivers.

Renewed plea for motorists to take extra care at train crossings as part of Rail Safety Week

A TRAIN driver has spoken of the trauma associated with collisions with cars as two recent crashes prompt TasRail to issue yet another stern warning to motorists.

Expert urges light rail fix to solve traffic and housing woes

A LIGHT rail system is the key to solving not just Hobart’s traffic congestion issues but its housing woes too, says a leading voice on developing sustainable cities.

Rail enthusiasts mark 40 years since Tasman Limited was stopped in its tracks

TODAY marks 40 years since Tasmania’s express passenger train, Tasman Limited, stopped its run through the state.

North East Railway Line compromise fails to please rail advocates who vow to fight on

Proponents of a heritage train project say the Tasmanian Government's decision on what to do with the disused North East Railway Line is a cop-out.

Train Simulator News

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DB BR 10 Steam Loco Add-On

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 challenging and enjoyable scenarios for the Three Country Corner route on Steam, covering freight and passenger operations in this scenic cross-border region of Western Europe.

NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B Loco Add-On

The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972.

Atlantic High Speed Route & TGV Atlantique

Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.

Tram and Light Rail News

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TriMet steers onto Barbur Boulevard

The LRT will stretch 12 miles from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin.

VTA to launch pilot project to improve safety near light rail

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is to launch a pilot project aimed at increasing safety near the light rail in downtown San Jose, California, by the end of the year.

Transport for West Midlands to purchase 50 new battery-powered trams

UK public transport company Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has unveiled plans to expand its battery-powered tram network by adding up to 50 new trams.

NEWCASTLE 102 AND GATESHEAD 5 IN THE mid-1970's - Keith Chadbourne

Looking through some old fotos Keith found this blast from the past at Crich.

Unhappy Newcastle traders pack out light rail class action meeting

The state government appears to have a class action on its hands over the impact of Newcastle’s light rail works after unhappy traders packed out a meeting with lawyers on Saturday.

UK

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Operator of London Overground appoints Concession Transformation Director

Arriva Rail London (ARL), which operates the London Overground on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), has announced the appointment of Alicia Andrews as the company’s new Concession Transformation Director.

London generated £190m from Night Tube service last year

A new research report from London First and EY has revealed that the UK city generated an additional £190m from its Night Tube service last year, highlighting a £20m increase since the service launched in 2016.

Network Rail to build new bridleway bridge across Felixstowe branch line

Network Rail has received permission to construct a new bridleway bridge across Felixstowe branch line to deliver a safe public route across the railway while allowing rail freight to carry more goods and enhancing reliability for passenger services.

Earlsfield station’s railway bridges getting a heritage makeover

The two shabby railway bridges right outside Earlsfield station in South London are to get a Victorian heritage inspired revamp.

The night tube delivers bigger boost than expected to London’s economy

The night tube launched on 19th August 2016, three years after it was announced by Boris Johnson, and the expected boost to the London economy is now thought to be higher than originally expected.

USA

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High-speed rail in America: Tracks to the future

“We must find ways to move more people, to move these people faster, and to move them with greater comfort and with more safety,” were the words spoken by President Lyndon B.

Hyundai Rotem closing Philadelphia plant

The South Korean company is vacating its 300,000-square-foot factory on Weccacoe Avenue in South Philadelphia where it has been for 10 years.

Indiana will soon see increased train capacity and bottlenecks eliminated

To improve Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) passenger service between Chicago and South Bend, and to support future economic growth in Northwest Indiana, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad (CSS) is joining NICTD and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) in a major trackwork project.

Transforming NYC rail infrastructure for a better freight distribution system

New York has long been a pioneer in supply chain management.

WSP USA’s Adams elected to COMTO board

At WSP USA, Adams is responsible for a variety of marketing, networking and business development initiatives, including implementation of regional diversity programs, client relations, public relations and community engagement.

Victorian Rail News

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Craigieburn trains replaced by buses due to Buckley St blitz

WORKS to remove the Buckley St crossing at Essendon station will shut down most of the Craigieburn line from this Thursday.

Give up the car? Unthinkable ... then wonderful

I grew up in a car culture – the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan.

V/Line CEO Jeroen Weimar takes standing only high capacity trains off the table

V/Line is not considering removing seats from trains to lift capacity on the Geelong line, its chairman says.

We did it! Locals board first trains to Mernda in 59 years

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1950s, Roslyn Wilson would hail trains to pick her up at Stopping Place Number 9, across the road from her house in Plenty Road, south of Mernda.

Where Victorian political parties stand on rail freight lines

THE $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project has ground to a halt.

Western Australian Rail News

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BHP’s Mackenzie vows to give shareholders slice of new cash flow

A 15% reduction in unit costs and the development of several high-return capacity projects over the past two years has put BHP Billiton in a great position to pass more of its free cash flow on to shareholders, chief executive Andrew Mackenzie has said.

Western Australia reveals Denny Avenue level crossing removal design

The Government of Western Australia (WA) has unveiled the design of its level crossing removal project at the Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott.

Huawei secures $100m digital radio system deal in Australia

Huawei Australia has secured a contract valued at A$136m ($100m) from Western Australia’s (WA) Public Transport Authority to develop and maintain digital radio systems across Perth’s rail network.

Western Australia rail network to receive digital radio systems from Huawei

It has been announced that the radio systems that deliver voice and data services across Perth’s rail network will be built and maintained by Huawei Australia and UGL.

Warning 'good rosters, good rates' will be needed to lure workers to build Metronet

Premier Mark McGowan is confident WA has the right skilled workers to deliver on the state's Metronet public transport masterplan, despite industry concerns about competition for talent.

Yarra Trams

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'I can’t unsee it or un-feel those emotions': women tell of tram attack

Two women who were assaulted by a man on a tram on their way to work on Wednesday have told of how the attack left them “unsafe, violated, confused and angry”.

Stop before you cross tram tracks - Rail Safety Week

Yarra Trams is calling on pedestrians to cross tram tracks safely during Rail Safety Week.

Flagship project to refurbish trams and improve reliability and passenger experience

More than 90 per cent of Melbourne's trams are being refurbished in a program that has generated over 100 jobs, and will see the availability, reliability and passenger amenity of trams improved.

Lasers and infrared cameras explore Melbourne's tram network like never before

A tram fitted with infrared cameras, laser scanners and vibration sensors has been used to undertake the most comprehensive analysis of Melbourne's tram network infrastructure ever conducted.

Moreland Road track renewal between Nicholson Street-Holmes Street and Cameron Street

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks at Moreland Road between Nicholson Street / Holmes Street and Cameron Street.

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