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ACCC approves of ARTC rail access undertaking

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2004 by Railpage_Archive in Press Releases

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.

FreightLink signs up Scotts Group

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

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.

How To Beta Test

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2004 by jmorgan in Railpage Australia News

In this thrilling installment of "How To:", James explains how on earth you Beta Test.

Upgrade To Alice Springs Railway Station

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

A $300,000 upgrade of the visitor arrival area at the Alice Springs Railway Station was announced today by Chief Minister, Clare Martin.

Last V/Line orange liveried loco with VLP

Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2004 by in Gunzelling Reports

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).

Sydney light rail group axed before it met

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A taskforce that was supposed to explore new light rail lines in Sydney was quietly buried after the state election without formally meeting.

Adelaide-Darwin train departs

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

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.

Editorial: Rail link must turn our eyes to the north

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

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.

Rail link 'heralds new era'

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

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.

Rann defends Darwin rail link

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

January 15, 2004

South Australian Premier Mike Rann today dismissed transport mogul Chris Corrigan's prediction that the financial returns from the Darwin rail link would be smaller than ticks' testicles.

B class in NSW

Posted Saturday, 17 January, 2004 by DavidB in Gunzelling Reports

West Coast Rail's B80 arrived in Sydney on Friday 15/1 on MS9.

Beta Testers: Known Issues

Posted Monday, 19 January, 2004 by webslave in Railpage Australia News

This document contains a listing of known errors as reported by testing staff.  Please keep an eye on this article for changes.

Freight Australia Oil Train images now online 18th November 2003

Posted Monday, 19 January, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Images taken during November 2003 of the freight australia oil working have been placed online.

PM to spend more than $1b on roads

Posted Monday, 19 January, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

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.

Railpage Australia Online Forums

Posted Tuesday, 20 January, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

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.

Train to carry 4000 tonnes of freight

Posted Tuesday, 20 January, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Goods ranging from cornflakes to cars will be among the first 4000 tonnes of freight carried on the inaugural rail journey from Adelaide to Darwin today.

Freight Train Begins First Haul Through The Territory

Posted Tuesday, 20 January, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

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.

Inauguration Of The Alice Springs To Darwin Railway

Posted Tuesday, 20 January, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

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.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/1/2004

Posted Tuesday, 20 January, 2004 by bevans in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Putting Transport in Train

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

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.

Govt pledges $1.2 billion for roads

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The federal government will plough an extra $1.2 billion into roads under a $2 billion transport initiative, Acting Prime Minister John Anderson announced today.

Commonwealth Urged To Give Victoria A Fair Deal On Rail

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Victorian Government has called on the Federal Government to fund urgently-needed rail projects in Victoria as part of its Auslink package.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/1/2004

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2004 by bevans in Gunzelling Reports

Not much time to write a report this week, in the last two days I have hosted three BBQ’s and had about 40 visitors to Gheringhap Loop.