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ACT

257 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Infrastructure Australia publishes Sustainability Principles

Recently released Sustainability Principles from Infrastructure Australia are set to guide and promote sustainability across the infrastructure sector, securing major investments to provide the best outcomes for the community.

Minister talks up Australian transport infrastructure investment

The federal government is talking up transport infrastructure spending as a way out of the pandemic.

Wheels turn on Rail Trail construction

Work is about to start on a 3.

Calls for rail reform to meet predicted boom

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is calling for swift policy reforms to ensure Australia can capitalise on the imminent rail construction boom and has recommended nine areas of action to drive growth across the rail supply chain.

“Urgent reform” crucial to making the most of next infrastructure construction boom

Australia has a rare opportunity to drive innovation and build export potential, according to a key industry group.

Africa

319 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Ethiopia releases first National Transport Policy

ETHIOPIA has released its first National Transport Policy, which has been developed to address the ever-increasing demand for transport infrastructure and services across the country.

South Africa courts third-party operators to support rail redevelopment

SOUTH Africa is looking to open the core railway network to third-party freight operators and grow the railway sector as a means of stimulating economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

ARIA’s CEO says rail lies at the heart of reviving South Africa’s economy

The CEO of the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) – Mesela Nhlapo – has said in an interview that the South African government’s move to introduce third-party access to the country’s railway network is one of the most significant policy developments in recent years.

Ghana to spend $US 2bn on rail network

THE Ghanaian government will spend at least $US 2bn on ongoing and approved railway projects, according to president, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo.

SGR operating contract to be terminated

The government has given notice that it intend to transfer control of operations on the country’s standard-gauge railway to Kenya Railway Corp from May 2022.

Airline News

368 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Ukraine International Plans Anniversary Flight Over Chernobyl

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is planning a special sightseeing flight over Chernobyl this month.

SriLankan Airlines Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Airbus Continues

Colombo-based SriLankan Airlines is continuing to pursue its lawsuit against European plane builder Airbus.

Why Does The Airbus A380 Have Such A Good Safety Record?

In commercial terms, the Airbus A380 has not proven to be as commercially successful as the European manufacturer would have hoped.

Tokyo Narita Airport Begins Trialing Facial Recognition Boarding

On Tuesday, Tokyo Narita Airport began trialing the use of facial recognition for international travelers.

Emirates Unable To Factor In 777X For Route Planning

Emirates already has an impressive route network spanning almost every continent, touching on major cities all over the world.

Arabian Rail News

276 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
AfDB backs Egyptian railway modernisation

The African Development Bank has approved a €145m loan to support reliability and capacity upgrading works as part of the Egypt National Railways Modernisation Project.

African Development Bank approves loan for Egyptian network improvements

THE African Development Bank (ADB) board of directors has approved €145m loan to finance reliability and performance upgrades to Egypt’s rail system under the Egypt National Railways Modernisation Project (ENRMP).

AfDB approves €145m loan for rail upgrade works in Egypt

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a €145m loan to finance key railway upgrade works in Egypt.

Etihad Rail secures first customer for Stage 2 of UAE network

ETIHAD Rail and Ras Al Khaimah’s Stevin Rock, one of the largest quarrying companies in the world, have signed an agreement under which Etihad Rail will transport raw materials from Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Abu Dhabi.

Egypt and Sudan to connect rail networks with new line

EGYPT and Sudan have agreed to construct a line from Aswan, Egypt, to Halfa, Sudan, to connect the two countries’ rail networks.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

The threat of court sanction would be enough to ensure the new owner of a key east coast freight facility did not exploit its powerful position to the detriment of competitors, the judge behind a landmark case has said.

Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Asian Rail News

3791 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
ICF India made Coaches on Trial

Recently imported  railway coaches went on a trail run to Polgahawela from Colombo on last Saturday(2021/4/10).

Sri Lanka Railways Hotline

Sri Lanka Railways has introduced a hotline number to obtain railway related information, make inquiries and lodge complaints about railway services.

Warangal Metro Neo Project gaining pace

Warangal Metro Neo Project is gaining pace as the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Metro Neo proposed for Warangal city will be submitted soon to the State Cabinet for approval.

Consultants appointed for Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor and Dhaka Line 5

HARYANA Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (HRIDC) has appointed a consortium of SMEC and Rail India Technical and Economic Service (Rites) to provide general consultancy services for the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) in India.

Second 285km underground metro proposed to ease Dhaka congestion

THE government of Bangladesh has unveiled a proposal to construct a second 258km underground metro network in Dhaka over the next 50 years to ease congestion in the capital.

Aurizon

273 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

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

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

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

Aurizon prepares to resume grain haulage in Queensland

Aurizon transferred a previously stored grain set from Acacia Ridge to Willowburn (Toowoomba) yesterday in apparent preparations to haul grain off the South Western Line.

CBH Group adds locomotives, wagons, and drivers to move grain crop

Two locomotives, 48 wagons, and drivers are on loan from Aurizon to CBH Group to help the grain handler get a record braking harvest to port.

Aurizon reports half year results

The impact of the challenging trade environment has been a factor in lower coal volumes moved during the first half of the 2021 financial year

Australian High Speed Rail

38 stories | Newest story posted last month
High-speed rail’s role in transforming travel recognised in industry report

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

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

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

Report calls for investment in faster rail

A report calls for investment in faster rail services across Australia to connect CBDs to neighbouring regional centres, but says high speed rail isn’t the immediate answer.

Faster Rail

The ARA launched its Faster Rail Report in February 2021.

Cabinet papers show an opportunity lost on fast rail

Having been the bid manager for the under bidder in the Sydney - Canberra High Speed Rail Tender and, later, the consultant project director of the Commonwealth's East Coast Very High Speed Train Study, I found the recently released 2000 Cabinet papers of considerable interest.

Bus Transport News

763 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Farewell to the Mercedes Benz 0405NH ‘Citaro’

After 22 years in service across Sydney, the final Mercedes Benz 0405NH Citaro will be retired by the end of this month.

The Bus Arrives at the New York Times

Well, this was great to see!

Dallas: A New Bus Network Proposal Seeks Your Feedback

We have been working with DART in Dallas for almost two years to develop a new network concept for the bus layer of the DART system.

Miami: Explore your New Bus Network

Our collaboration with the amazing folks at Transit Alliance Miami has reached its conclusion.

Bus Service Changes from 18 April 2021

There will be changes to bus services across Western Sydney from 18 April 2021.

Canada

885 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Rail service disruptions may be ‘flashpoint’ in CP-KCS merger proposal: Consultant

As Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) press the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to approve their proposed merger, the issue of rail service is going to serve as a “key flashpoint,” according to an executive with consulting firm FTR Transportation Intelligence.

From automatic to autonomous

To meet the demand for safer, more efficient and increasingly sustainable mobility, railways are taking the next step forward towards autonomy.

Canadian construction firm picked for $1B Mexico-Canada rail link project

Engage Construction Management and Consulting Inc.

More shippers voice support of CP-KCS merger

More shippers and other stakeholders have lent their support to the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU).

Cityrail News

826 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Gap buffers to be installed at station platforms on the Sydney Trains network to prevent falls

In an average week, five people fall into the gap between the train and the platform on the Sydney Trains network.

Sydney rail line moved in 48-hour operation

A crew of 250 workers has relocated 900m of a major railway line in Sydney, Australia, in an operation that took just 48 hours.

Fresh faces: Talgo and Metro Trains Sydney appoint new CEOs; Keolis appoints new executive director

TALGO has appointed Mr Gonzalo Urquijo Fernández de Araoz as the company’s new CEO, effective immediately.

Siemens secures $147.26m worth contracts to upgrade Sydney rail network

Siemens Mobility has won two contracts from Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government to upgrade the rail network in Sydney.

New technology helps

Rubber gap filler technology is being trialed at Circular Quay, to improve safety and accessibility across the Sydney Trains network.

Coronavirus Transport News

430 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Hong Kong Wants To Require A Vaccine For Singapore Travel Bubble

Hong Kong is reportedly looking at limiting a planned travel bubble with Singapore to those who have been vaccinated.

Highways and Zoning: Tools of Racist Policy

2020 was a pivotal year because of the pandemic, the abysmal federal governmental response, and the amplified call for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the state.

Rail Transit and COVID-19, One Year Later

The nation and the world are entering their second year of living with the COVID-19 virus.

RENFE sees Covid-19 recovery

Passenger traffic on the national rail network has recovered to around 50% of pre-pandemic levels, RENFE Present Isaías Táboas has reported, adding that RENFE is anticipating that the figure would reach 70% by the end of 2021.

Together – the railway reflects on a year since lockdown

Today (23 March) the railway has come together to mark a year since the UK entered its first lockdown.

Europe

6436 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
France’s SNCF Voyageurs orders 12 dual-mode electric-hydrogen trains

France’s SNCF Voyageurs has placed an order with Alstom for first 12 dual-mode electric-hydrogen trains in the Coradia Polyvalent range for Régiolis.

Toyota Motor Europe to supply fuel cell modules for train prototype

Toyota Motor Europe has secured a contract to supply fuel cell modules for a train project as a member of the Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack for Rail Applications (FCH2RAIL) consortium.

SŽ offers update on Czech high-speed network plans

CZECH rail infrastructure manager Správa Železnic (SŽ) has presented an update on work to prepare for construction of several high-speed lines in the Czech Republic.

Biodiesel-electric units in order for lingonberry-coloured trains

Leasing organisation AB Transitio and CAF have finalised a contract for the supply of 28 multiple-units, formed of 20 electric units and eight bimodes which will also be able to run on renewable biodiesel to meet local environmental targets on lines which are not currently electrified.

DB Cargo issues tender for up to 250 hybrid shunting locomotives

DB Cargo has issued a tender to select bidders for a framework contract to manufacture up to 250 hybrid battery-diesel shunting locomotives with external charging facilities.

Gunzelling Reports

1293 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
(Video) CP HERITAGE UNIT on 252 and More Spring Action on the North End!

On April 8th and 9th, I headed out for some trackside action in beautiful spring weather.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/4/2021

There were 79 sightings for this week; This is 11 sightings more than last week.

Waiting on the Meet, and a Local Run to Rouses Point

Yesterday morning I got a message saying that D11 was departing Rouses Point heading south, pulling two centerbeam flats 252 set off.

(Video) Building Benchwork for my New Layout (Time-Lapse +Helpful Tips!)

Don’t forget to check out the video on YouTube too, so you can smash that like and subscribe button.

Inland Rail Project

590 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Yallaroi Creek rail bridge replacement

Trans4m Rail will conduct rail bridge demolition and replacement works near Yallaroi Creek and Boonery Park Road, south of North Star, between April and September 2021.

Gurley Creek rail bridge replacement

Trans4m Rail will conduct rail bridge demolition and replacement works near Gurley Creek alongside the Newell Highway, south of Gurley, between April and October 2021.

Beveridge to Albury Incorporated Document April 2021

This document is an Incorporated Document in the Whittlesea, Mitchell, Strathbogie, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga Planning Schemes and is made pursuant to section 6(2)(j) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Gil Gil Creek rail bridge replacement

Trans4m Rail will conduct rail bridge demolition and replacement works near Gil Gil Creek and Crooble Road, south of Crooble, between April and September 2021.

Inner Darling Downs and Southern Darling Downs combined CCC meeting agenda 13 April 2021

Meeting agenda for the Inner Darling Downs and Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee meeting scheduled for 13 April 2021.

International Rail News

5548 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Uruguay’s Central Railway project delayed

THE Uruguayan government has extended a deadline to complete the Central Railway project to May 23 2023 from September 2022.

Ferrocarril Central completion delayed until 2023

The completion date for the Ferrocarril Central programme to modernise the 273 km line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros has been put back from September 2022 until May 2023.

Job! Transit Planner and Project Manager with Our Firm

Yes, it’s time for us to look for our next senior colleague!

Bamin wins Brazil’s West-East Integration Railway concession

BAHIA Mining (Bamin) has won the concession for the first phase of Brazil’s West-East Integration Railway (Fiol) , with a planned investment of Reais 3.

World rail freight news round-up

News from the world rail freight market

Letters to the Editor

328 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Housing Donut

Yesterday, the government announced an ambitious new plan, a grabbag of housing policies ranging from okay to highly laudable designed to lower the price of housing.

Rapido Trains announces definitive HO-scale Northeastern Design Caboose

Reading is credited with heling make the well-known Northeastern Design Caboose a reality.

Australians with rooftop solar panels could soon be charged for exporting power into the grid, under proposed changes

Australians with rooftop solar panels could soon be charged for exporting electricity to the grid, under new rules being recommended by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC).

Avoiding the Cascading Technology Trap

This problem is not unique to the railroad industry.

US burger giant Five Guys will open its first Aussie store in Penrith

Sydney’s burgerphiles were rapt with drool-worthy anticipation last July, when American meat maestros Five Guys announced their intention to open the brand's first Down Under franchise in early 2021.

Model Railways

2300 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Micro-Mark’s UncoupleLITE

Micro-Mark’s UncoupleLITE enhances the standard uncoupling tool with a light feature.

Waybills, Part 84: weigh slips

In several previous posts in my series about prototype waybills, I have pointed out the way many railroads indicated the results of weighing a car on a scale.

Featured scenes and projects

Rolling into the weekend we’ve got a showcase of great modeling for you this week, including pristine scenery, gloriously grimy weathering, and even an HO scale cab ride.

A New “Horizon” in HO scale Rapido Trains’ Amtrak Horizon passenger cars

Supplying high quality cars long requested by Amtrak modelers, Rapido Trains has expanded its HO-scale passenger rolling stock with Bombardier-built “Horizon” models.

Motorman from Iowa Scaled Engineering

Iowa Scaled Engineering’s Motorman is an automatic reversing train shuttle controller for use with standard DC and Digital Command Control (DCC)-equipped locomotives.

Narrow Gauge

127 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Skegness’ Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway awarded £5,000 grant after zero steam trains in 2020

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway has received a grant worth £5,000 from the Lincolnshire County Council’s Business Recovery Fund.

Ruislip Lido Railway announce Mid-April reopening date

The Ruislip Lido Railway has announced that their railway will be opening it’s doors again from Monday 12th of April 2021.

Never seen before photos uncovered after 50 years of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

A previously unseen collection of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway photos has been published after more than 50 years.

Bedfordshire’s Fancott Miniature Railway launches Track Improvement and Ticket Office appeal

The Fancott Miniature Railway, found at the Fancott Pub in Fancott, Bedfordshire has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds to improve track as well as build a ticket office for the railway.

New South Wales Rail News

4301 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
What is lost can now be easily found

Customers will now have a one-stop shop to recover items lost on public transport, with a new digital system launching.

World's smartest computer recruited for future transport

The world’s smartest computer could be used to tackle Sydney’s complex transport problems.

Uber taps on for discounted public transport

Opal digital customers will gain credit to their account when they transfer to public transport from Ubers and other rideshare services

Lighting the spark

With a local subsidiary now established in Australia, Holland, L.

Minister 'joking' over NSW trains: union

The NSW transport minister says the state's new intercity train fleet will be operational within weeks, but the railway workers' union says that's an "April Fools' Day joke".

New Zealand Rail News

519 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Hamilton – Auckland commuter service launches

NEW Zealand national railway KiwiRail launched the Te Huia commuter rail service from Hamilton to Auckland on April 6.

New unit launched to revitalise Auckland light rail project

NEW Zealand transport minister, Mr Michael Wood, has announced the formation of an Establishment Unit to progress the stalled Auckland light rail project.

Easter weekend chance for work on Auckland’s rail lines  

Important works should ensure the Auckland rail network is kept to a high standard.

Kiwi train highlights “skill and innovation”

The Prime Minister, Maori King and leaders of local government were among those to attend the first service of the Waikato – Auckland commuter train.

Light Rail Trade-offs

The release of the latest Auckland Transport Alignment Project two weeks ago included this comment about light rail.

Northern Territory Rail News

222 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

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

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

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

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.

Opinion

122 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Basics: Access, or the Wall Around Your Life

What if we planned public transit with the goal of freedom?

TransLink Expands Pilot to Test Copper Coating on Transit

The first phase of the pilot project found the copper killed up to 99.

Khapra beetle – the story so far

If khapra beetle was to establish in Australia, many trading partners would reject stored produce from Australia, causing huge losses and affecting the economy.

Australia leads the way with world first regeneration certification for producers

Australia is the first country in the world to have a certification scheme for regenerative and sustainable farmers, and their produce

Late-sown sorghum set for a stellar finish

In a dramatic turnaround from a run of drought-affected summers, sorghum crops in the eastern summer farming regions are on track for a promising finish as the main harvest approaches.

Other Transport News

1128 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Road Freight Keeps on Trucking in NSW through Weather Crisis

To assist the movement of supermarket and medical supplies after recent weather events, road freight access on key routes will be expanded.

NASA Invites Public to Take Flight With Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.

The Next Pandemic Surge: Traffic

This year has begun with more uncertainty than 2020.

Leapfrogging Past the Urban Highway

Urban highways are obsolete technology.

Trucking job numbers: Stronger but tempered

In the midst of one of the strongest freight markets in years, there are still fewer workers employed in the truck transportation sector than a year ago.

Pacific National News

55 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Scurrah and Cory to lead Pacific National

Paul Scurrah has been selected as the next Managing Director & CEO of freight operator Pacific National, succeeding Dean Dalla Valle who had announced his intention to step down earlier this year.

Paul Scurrah appointed managing director of Pacific National

Paul Scurrah is the new MD and CEO, while Mike Cory has been appointed as chief operating officer.

Pacific National Executive Appointments

Paul Scurrah appointed as Managing Director and CEO

Pacific National Goods Train 4BM4 derails north of Coffs Harbour

Pacific National 4BM4 lead by locos NR39/NR43/ANXx has derailed at Gana Glen, New South Wales just north of Coffs Harbour.

New construction and freight jobs in the heart of Western Sydney

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted last month
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

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

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

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

Three new members join Ports Australia

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

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

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

Qube Logistics

13 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Fitting the signal to the system

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

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

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

Maurice James to depart Qube

Maurice James has spoken out in the past about the need for rail to play an increased role in the movement of freight RAIL and logistics operator Qube has announced its managing director Maurice James is to step down from his role on 30 June.

Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

Qube has reported a net profit drop of over 50 per cent due to the impact of COVID-19, bushfires, and floods during the 2020 financial year.

Qube remains in a strong financial position

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

Queensland Rail News

2717 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
East End Branch and Fisherman's Landing Branch

The East End Branch and Fisherman’s Landing Branch were constructed to transport limestone from the Cement Australia East End quarry near Mt Larcom to its Fisherman’s Landing processing plant and port facility about twenty kilometres north of Gladstone.

Central Line

Once a crossing loop it is now just a control point on the double track line.

Kuranda Scenic Railway returns to full timetable

In a sign life is returning to normal, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is back to two services a day.

Drive-by shooting at Brisbane train station, man injured

Police are investigating a drive-by shooting outside a Brisbane train station that left a man with leg injuries.

A group of healthcare workers have started a protest at the Carmichael rail site

The group says the health effects of coal and climate change mean the controversial Carmichael mine must be stopped.

Rail Events

697 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
THIS WEEKEND: We Are Railfans to hold Railfan Fest

We Are Railfans, alongside Dovetail Games, will hold their Railfan Festival this weekend, 10th to 11th April 2021.

Webinar: Optimising rail maintenance strategies via rapidly deployed tactics

A webinar on May 6 is set to reveal how to unlock the potential of your organisation’s data with predictive maintenance strategies.

Final preparations underway for Women in Rail lunch, Heavy Haul Conference

Michelle Cowan from West Coast Eagles AFLW will deliver the keynote address at the Women in Rail lunch.

WEBINAR: Leveraging Digital Twins: From concept to operations for transport infrastructure

An industry webinar on 22 April is to discuss rail trends and challenges, strategies for planning and the role of Digital Twins.

Rail News

4345 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Digital ground based warning systems lead to improved safety and better environmental outcomes

Traditionally, the sounding of a loud train horn has been an important part of moving trains safely around railway stabling yards and hubs.

Getting smart about bearings

Combining the latest technology with a century of expertise, SKF is ensuring that bearings are providing ever more uptime for railway operators.

RegioJet wins tendered operating contract

The Ministry of Transport has selected RegioJet for a contract for to operate R23 fast passenger services on the 135 km electrified line between Kolín and Ústí nad Labem-západ.

Cars, trains and ships: Albanese pledges $15bn fund for Australian manufacturing jobs

With number of workers in the sector at an all-time low, Labor leader says pandemic has shown the country must return to its sovereign capabilities

Ports Australia welcomes new Deputy Chair

Ports Australia has welcomed a new Deputy Chair, following the retirement of outgoing Deputy Chair, Chris Leatt-Hayter, from his role as CEO at Fremantle Ports in late 2020.

Rail Travel

394 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Travel Diaries: Germany and Denmark (Part 1)

A few days after I got back from London, I was off again - this time heading east, on a bit of a loop through Germany and Denmark.

Next Time, Try Power-Touring

Several years ago, I interrupted a cross-country ride on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to hop off for a 24-hour look at Dodge City, Kansas.

Questions from Folks Sick of this Damn Pandemic

I’m getting my second vaccine shot in ten days.

Travels in Australia, Siberia and Canada

I really enjoy looking at photos I’ve taken on some very memorable rail journeys (especially when I’ve spent months under “house arrest”).

Revising The Plan!

The One Way Road Out of Lockdown?

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 3 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

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

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

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

Calling for software testing volunteers

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

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

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

Railway History

230 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours – The Second World War ….. and after. …

I recently picked up a copy of each of the two volumes of ‘Permanent Way‘ written by M.

The Kampala to Bombo Railway

I first came across this ‘railway’ completely by accident.

Shed 24H team open opportunity to stay overnight at Hellifield railway station

As staycations are set to continue to be popular in 2021, people can now stay at one of North Yorkshire’s most picturesque railway stations.

Private car GHM-1

Memories have a way of aggrandizing themselves in our minds.

FreightWaves Classics: Central of Georgia Railway persevered (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article, the early history of the Central of Georgia Railway was featured.

Railway Preservation

952 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
March 2021 Update from The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust

The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust have released their March 2021 update on the construction of new build British Railways Standard Class 3 Tank No.

Overhaul update on Robert Stephenson steam locomotive No. 2767 in South Africa

Work on the overhaul of Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 19D No.

Engineering update on GER Holden F5 steam locomotive 789

The Holden F5 Locomotive Trust has released a small update on the work progressing on the new build locomotive.

Railway Publications

248 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
The European Year of Rail with Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE (European Rail Industry Association):

In this episode, IRJ Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Smith’s guest is Philippe Citroën, Director General of the European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE).

The European Year of Rail with Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE (European Rail Industry Association): RAIL GROUP ON AIR

The European Commission has designated 2021 as the European Year of Rail and is planning a series of events and initiatives throughout the year to promote rail as a sustainable transport mode.

Rail Group On Air: Europe’s Rail with Shift2Rail Executive Director Carlo Borghini

The European Commission (EC) confirmed a proposal to proceed with the program in February 2021.

Interview: Digital becomes tangible

There is a window of opportunity to combine increased public funding with the demonstrable operational benefits of digital technology in order to drive modal shift to rail after the pandemic, Knorr-Bremse’s Board Member for Rail Systems Dr Jürgen Wilder explains to Nick Kingsley.

The best railway shows you need to watch on Prime Video!

Fancy watching a new railway film or series?

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted last month
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

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

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

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

Experience: I was run over by a train

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

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Russian Rail News

171 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
RB Group orders 3 600 wagons for Asia – Europe traffic

RB Group has ordered 3 600 Type 13-6903 container wagons from United Wagon Co.

RZD completes Zabaikalsk electrification

Russian Railways has completed the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of its 365 km line from a junction with the Trans-Siberian Railway at Karymskaya to Zabaikalsk on the Chinese border.

Interlocking lab opens

Transmashholding company LocoTech-Signal has opened a research laboratory in Moscow where it will test the HMR9 computer based interlocking developed by Progress Rail’s Italian subsidiary ECM and adapt it to suit conditions in the 1 520 mm gauge region.

South Caucasus Railway orders rolling stock

SOUTH Caucasus Railway (SCR), a Russian Railways (RZD) subsidiary which has a 30-year concession to operate the railway in Armenia, has signed contracts with Transmashholding (TMH) for the supply of 27 passenger coaches and two two-car EP2D dc EMUs as part of its rolling stock renewal programme.

Sinara chooses production site for 2TE35A locomotives

SINARA Transport Machines (STM) has announced that it will produce its new 2TE35A asynchronous traction diesel freight locomotives at the Ural Locomotives facility in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region.

South Australian Rail News

868 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Pacific National/Linfox announcement of property signing at Adelaide Freight Terminal

A new agreement is expected to accelerate development of co-location logistics solutions to ensure efficiency in costs and service delivery.

Rolling train stoppages hit multiple Adelaide lines, including Gawler line from April 25 to end of November

A series of unfortunate events will close the Gawler line from April 25 to the end of November.

'Just fantastic': Mount Gambier community stoked about plans to light up the Rail Trail

Mount Gambier locals welcome extensions and lighting installations to the Rail Trail that runs through the city along the former railway line.

Indoor city stadium worth $700 million promised for Adelaide's rail yard precinct

A new $700 million indoor stadium has been promised by South Australia's Liberal State Government, 

Tasmanian Rail News

431 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

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

Northern suburbs light rail going nowhere on Ferguson’s broken promise

Premier Peter Gutwein and State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson need to tell Tasmanians this week when they will start work on Hobart’s crucially needed northern suburbs light rail or admit they have broken yet another promise.

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Dorset Council to make decision on rail trail DA

More than 1000 people have signed a petition asking the Dorset Council to cease and desist all activities leading to the destruction of the North East rail corridor between Lilydale Falls and Scottsdale.

'It needs to be more than a train trip': 150yo tourism icon's battle to survive

For more than 150 years, steam locomotives have travelled along the banks of the Don River in Tasmania, first transporting coal and eventually tourists — now, enthusiasts say without a major injection of funds, the "tourist icon" train line will cease operating.

Technology News

158 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Day-One Project Visibility with Today’s Best Building Information Modelling Tech

You need to know where you’ve been to plan where you want to go with information modelling technology.

Rail-specific cybersecurity platform

RazorSecure has launched a new Security Gateway which has been developed specifically to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks on railway infrastructure or rolling stock data networks.

RoleSpot, the rail talent app

Stefan Heaton talks about how technology is speeding up the process of filling talent gaps in rail businesses.

Train Simulator News

77 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Game Look: Train Station 2

Recently I discovered a new online game called Train Station 2.

Rivet Games’ Arosa Linie is coming to Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games and Rivet Games has announced that the Arosa Linie: Chur – Arosa is coming to Train Sim World 2.

Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

Train Simulator 2021 has now arrived on PC with a new collection of routes, improved Steam Workshop feature and a Deluxe Edition that includes a brand-new experience with the West Coast Main Line South.

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

Welcome to the primary metropolitan transportation choice for New Yorker's besides walking, the subway!

Tram and Light Rail News

1982 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sound Transit Northgate Link LRT Slated for October Debut

Northgate, Sound Transit said, “is expected to come in under budget.

Rennes metro Line B opening delayed

THE opening of Rennes metro Line B, the French city’s second driverless metro line, will not take place in September 2021 as planned after Siemens announced that it is unable to deliver the trains on time.

MARTA Advances Atlanta BeltLine Transit Study

Under a $500,000 contract, VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Gold Coast light rail: 20 years since Gold Coast Airport tram extension first unveiled

Stepping off a plane and on to a sun-yellow Gold Coast tram will be a reality within the decade, with funding for the light rail extension set to be fast-tracked in support of the 2032 Olympic Games bid.

UK

5854 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Hull Trains to launch passenger tracking technology for safe travel

UK-based railway operator Hull Trains has announced the launch of Safer Travel Tool, a new passenger tracking technology to support social distancing when it makes its third return from lockdown on 12 April.

Parcel lockers coming to more TfL stations

A trial of putting parcel lockers for online shopping in TfL car parks and stations is to be substantially expanded.

Hull Trains back on track with safer travel tool after hibernation

Hull Trains have resumed services after a third period of hibernation due to the pandemic and lockdown.

CCTV images released after stabbing at North London underground station

The British Transport Police are investigating a ‘serious assault’ at Turnpike Lane London Underground station, and have now released images in connection with the incident.

£31m of upgrades completed on the railway between London and Scotland

Over the Easter period, Network Rail completed a number of upgrades to the railway in a £31m project.

USA

5360 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
CP, KCS Advocate for Waiver ‘Right’

On March 21, CP and KCS announced their merger proposal, which would create the “first USMCA railroad.

Rehabilitation work completes on Metra station in Illinois

Officials from commuter railway Metra, Woodstock and McHenry County have announced the completion of the $250,000 rehabilitation work on the Metra station in downtown Woodstock, US.

Cowen Surveys Find ‘Encouraging’ Shipper Business Outlook

Order expectations by the shipper sub-group of railcar buyers declined slightly, according to Cowen Transportation OEM Analyst and Vice President Equity Research Matt Elkott.

FRA Promoting Diversity, Inclusion

The electronic, invitation-only survey, which FRA notes takes an estimated fifteen minutes or less to complete, “underscores the Biden-Harris Administration’s focus on promoting diversity and inclusion,” the agency said.

Brightline CEO confirms Las Vegas construction in 2021, but Amtrak enters the scene as a competitor

Brightline West CEO Mike Reininger said he is certain construction of a Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles route will begin in a matter of weeks.

Victorian Rail News

7958 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Developers, heritage protectors line up over airport rail bridge plans

Plans to build a viaduct to carry Melbourne’s airport rail link within metres of a historic flour mill have alarmed developers and Victoria’s most influential heritage lobby group.

First look at the new Mt Derrimut Road

The Victorian Government has released concept designs for a new rail bridge to replace the Mt Derrimut Road level crossing in Deer Park, which is set to be removed by 2024 – a year ahead of schedule.

Another level crossing set for the axe

For too long, the Mt Derrimut Road level crossing is said to have made the lives of locals a misery.

Western Australian Rail News

1373 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
CBH seeks a rail new deal

THE CBH Group has commenced a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for its above-rail operations.

Major grain rail investment is on track

MAJOR work on a critical part of WA's grain rail network is set to continue this year as part of a seven-year upgrade program that will see $54 million invested in the Midland Railway (MR) line that runs from Midland to Geraldton.

Unused 21-year-old tunnel to be upgraded for Perth rail line

A 21-year-old tunnel will be upgraded to accommodate Perth’s Thornlie-Cockburn rail link, part of the city’s first east-west rail link.

Fremantle Ports signs ten-year container terminal leases

Patrick and DP World have signed ten-year leases with Fremantle Ports for two existing container terminals in Fremantle.

CBH not overcharged: rail review

THE CBH Group was not charged more than 'ceiling costs' of more than $486.

Yarra Trams

618 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
North Melbourne power supply upgrade works

Monday 3 May to Tuesday 4 May, first to last tram

Parkville tram power upgrade works

Monday 3 May to Tuesday 4 May, first to last tram

City Disruption - Tuesday 6 April

Route 86a and 96 trams have resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption.

Route 59 Disruption - Tuesday 6 April

Due to a tram fault near Stop 27 Essendon Tram Depot

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