Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) has welcomed today's announcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that the voluntary Access Undertaking it has given, for that part of the interstate rail network under its control, has been approved.
More than 120,000 tonnes of freight traditionally transported each year by road will now go to Darwin byrail following the signing of a contract between FreightLink and Scott Group’s Northern Territory Freight Services (NTFS) today.
After suddenly painting five Ps in about six months, triggering rumours that they had committed to getting rid of the orange livery by the end of 2003, VLP have surprised me by leaving P18 in V/Line livery. It was at Dudley Street Carriage Maintenance Depot this morning (8/1/04).
January 15, 2004
The first train to travel the new Adelaide to Darwin railway departed Adelaide today amid much fanfare. The $1.3 billion railway was officially opened with the departure of a freight train which will take three days to make the 3000km journey to Darwin.
Today, nearly a century and a half after Melbourne businessman J. Robertson first proposed a rail link between Adelaide and Australia's tropical north, one of the great dreams of nation-building becomes a reality.
January 15, 2004
South Australia would enter a new era in trade and tourism today with the departure of the first freight train from Adelaide to Darwin, federal Finance and Administration Minister Nick Minchin said.
Images taken during November 2003 of the freight australia oil working have been placed online.
The Federal Government will kick off its election year this week by announcing a national roads and rail project worth more than $1 billion.
Prime Minister John Howard has told The Age the Government is preparing to deliver more "nation building" infrastructure projects.
Launched in January 2003, almost 10 years after the first version of railpage australia became live on the Internet, the forum service is an online community bulletin board service, complete with discussion groups, private groups for members only, e-mail system and online private messaging.
History in the making today with the Northern Territory leg of the inaugural freight train journey, from Adelaide to Darwin, beginning in Alice Springs.
Speaking from the official send-off Chief Minister, Clare Martin, said that the new Territory leg of the AustralAsia Railway had begun with the first freight train rolling into and out of Alice Springs.
Today’s inauguration of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway represents a momentous achievement for all those involved in its planning and construction.
The construction of the railway has been the dream of many since Federation, and it is wonderful to now have all mainland capital cities linked by rail.
Another good week of sightings with all the B/G diverted trains; we are four trains down on last week, which is not bad seeing that we have only had one S/G grain train for the week whereas last week we saw 21 S/G grain trains.
For much of the past week, the nation's weary taxpayers have been haunted by images of the first Alice Springs-Darwin freight train - a symbol of everything that has conspired to deprive this nation of economic greatness, accompanied appropriately by the leering faces of provincial politicians and the froth of television news writers.
The Victorian Government has called on the Federal Government to fund urgently-needed rail projects in Victoria as part of its Auslink package.