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Pacific National sidetracks Hunter jobs

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in Press Releases

Hunter Valley manufacturing jobs have been threatened by rail freight operator Pacific National, who has moved to source flat top wagons from China despite previous safety problems with imported rolling stock.

WA: Miners' rail fight just not cricket

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Iron ore developer Andrew Forrest hit out at rivals Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton yesterday, saying their "sledging" in a rail access dispute would make cricketers look like choirboys.

NSW: Rail hub hums along

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A freight rail hub in Glen Innes, shifting more than 150,000 tonnes of freight each year into major ports at Brisbane and Newcastle took another step close to reality on Tuesday with major stakeholders meeting together for the first time.

NSW: Railway graffiti vandals to clean up their own mess

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Vandals who spray-painted four historic train carriages at Richmond Vale have been apprehended - and they have volunteered to clean up their mess.

Railroad says Korean-built bullet train is not fit to run

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Korean National Railroad says tests of South Korea's self-designed bullet train, the G-7, have turned up serious flaws that could push back the target date for its rollout on the Seoul-Jeolla province line.

UK: City leaders unite in bid to halt rail service axe

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The civic leaders of both Glasgow and Edinburgh united today to warn of rail cuts which could damage the cities' economies.

RailAmerica acts on Canadian railroad

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Short-line railroad operator RailAmerica Inc. on Thursday said it is exploring alternatives to dispose of its E&N Railway in British Columbia, Canada, and has arranged an amended $450 million senior credit line.

Vic: Push for toxic waste rail option

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A central Victoria council is urging the State Government to use rail if it decides to ship toxic waste from Melbourne to a proposed storage in the Mallee.

Revolution on India's railway runs out of wheels

Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Plans to modernise India's railway network, the largest in the world, have ground to a halt after the railways minister refused to import wheels for 40,000 carriages.

NT: Darwin station on track for national building honours

Posted Monday, 4 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Darwin Rail Passenger Terminal took out the top prize at the Northern Territory Construction Association awards.

Rail hub public meeting

Posted Monday, 4 October, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss the rail hub concept and a forum for the New England candidates will be held at the Town Hall next Tuesday from 5pm.

A tough line

Posted Monday, 4 October, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

QUERIES over fire safety in the City Loop highlight the need for urgent modernisation of the train system if there is any hope of reaching the goal of having 20 per cent of travel done on public transport.

NZ: Treasury reveals millionaires' freight monopoly plan for rail

Posted Monday, 4 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Mainfreight and millionaire investors Trevor Farmer and Alan Gibbs pitched the idea of breaking up Tranz Rail and creating a rail freight monopoly.

UK: Court blocks rail freight strike

Posted Tuesday, 5 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A strike by EWS rail freight workers has been temporarily blocked by the High Court in a row over its legality.

CA: CN plans cuts to BC Rail service

Posted Tuesday, 5 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

CN Rail plans to decrease service from Prince George to North Vancouver by two-thirds. The Opposition says the information is contained in a letter sent by a railway executive to unions representing locomotive engineers.

NSW: Group upbeat about rail return

Posted Tuesday, 5 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A lobby group says it is confident it can return the Casino to Murwillumbah train to its tracks.

NSW: Railway repairs to see grain go

Posted Tuesday, 5 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

About 60,000 tonnes of grain from last year's wheat harvest are still stored in silos along the Gwabegar to Binnaway restricted grain line, but the State Government has promised it will be cleared before the 2004 harvest begins.

Renovation loan boost for railway

Posted Tuesday, 5 October, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

A Somerset steam railway is set to receive an £80,000 loan from the county council to help renovate a station

Knowles faces court battle over rail interchange

Posted Tuesday, 5 October, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The transport giant Patrick Corporation has vowed to fight a senior NSW minister over a four-year delay in approving a rail interchange that promised to take nearly 1000 trucks a week off suburban streets.

Qld: Injured rail worker awarded $1m

Posted Wednesday, 6 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A locomotive driver has been awarded nearly $1 million in damages for serious injuries he sustained when he fell from a stationary train while on the way to the toilet.

NSW: Vandals hit out at 3801 steam train

Posted Wednesday, 6 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

An attack by "senseless" vandals marred the otherwise successful visit of the 3801 steam train at the weekend.

Qld: Call made to abandon light rail study

Posted Wednesday, 6 October, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A Gold Coast business leader has called for a feasibility study into a proposed light rail network to be scrapped.

ADB helps China prepare east-northwest railroad

Posted Wednesday, 6 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday that it is helping China prepare an east-northwest railway project through a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$500,000 dollars.

Taiwan to spend $12b on railway, ports

Posted Wednesday, 6 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Taiwan's government plans to spend NT$400 billion (US$12 billion) in the next four years building railway lines and expanding ports to improve the island's public infrastructure, according to the transport ministry's budget.

SA: City tram revolution pulls out all stops

Posted Thursday, 7 October, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Victoria Square's tram terminus will be rejuvenated as part of a track upgrade for the city's new $47.4 million trams.

UK: Rail firm puts up ticket price by 170%

Posted Thursday, 7 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A rail passenger group has branded a 170 per cent price hike on a day-return ticket as "wholly unacceptable".

NZ: Rail co-operation just the start

Posted Thursday, 7 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, has welcomed the co-operation among Wellington MP’s leading to the announcement of more than $10 million from the government for refurbishing rolling stock on the Wairarapa train service.

CA: Alberta study finds Edmonton-Calgary high-speed rail link feasible

Posted Thursday, 7 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rapid population and economic growth in Alberta over the last 10 years has made a high-speed rail link between Edmonton and Calgary feasible, says a new study by a transportation group.

Qld: Fires close rail line

Posted Thursday, 7 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The interstate railway line between Brisbane and Sydney was closed today by a large grassfire in Brisbane's south-western suburbs.

Vic: Tram, minibus crash; 7 hurt

Posted Friday, 8 October, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Seven people have been taken to hospital after an accident involving a tram and minibus in Melbourne's inner east.

Toll plans to take on NZ couriers

Posted Friday, 8 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Australian freight giant Toll Holdings has unveiled plans to take on dominant national courier operators Freightways and New Zealand Post.

UK: Rail franchise auction could see passengers paying the price

Posted Friday, 8 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Bidders for the east coast main line rail franchise will have to submit a "high-return" option that could include raising some fares and replacing poorly-used services with buses.

US: Monorail foes boost light rail

Posted Friday, 8 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

With four weeks left to campaign, leaders of "Monorail Recall" are positioning the anti-monorail Initiative 83 as a boon for mass transit.

Rail tour rocked Canada

Posted Friday, 8 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The recovery of 1970s film featuring some rock icons makes for a good documentary. During the summer of 1970, such iconic acts as Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band and others travelled across the country by CN train to play music festivals in Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary over five crazy days.

Victoria, 3-10 to 8-10-2004

Posted Saturday, 9 October, 2004 by mars in Gunzelling Reports

Hi all,
I returned home last night from my trip to the Wimmera for a few days, with some top photos and interesting sighitngs in my possesion.
I travelled on V/lines 'luxury coaches', as The Overland was booked out.

Body of a man hit by train recovered

Posted Saturday, 9 October, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

POLICE are trying to identify the body of a man who was hit by a train this morning

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/10/2004

Posted Sunday, 10 October, 2004 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guy's

This weeks sightings have picked up a little on last week with six extra sightings.

Qld: Teen survives being hit by train

Posted Sunday, 10 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A 14-year-old boy has miraculously survived after being run over by a train in Bundaberg, in south-east Queensland, overnight.

Vic: Driver puts out train blaze

Posted Sunday, 10 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Quick action by a train driver stopped a fire from spreading through a carriage after it was deliberately lit by a passenger in Melbourne, police said today.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway expected to open to traffic in 2007

Posted Monday, 11 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Witnessing a smooth work for track laying the Tibet section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway project has made a favorable progress into Nagqu County, an important center in northern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Up to now, the total length of track laying along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway has covered 618 km, sounding another major breakthrough in the construction

Israel Railways opens new line to Ben Gurion airport

Posted Monday, 11 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Israel Railways launched a new line running between Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday, when the first train arrived at the airport's new station.

Russia, North Korea develop plan for new railroad link

Posted Monday, 11 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A previously undisclosed North Korean and Russian plan to link the Trans-Siberian Railroad with Rajin, North Korea's northeastern-most port, was revealed yesterday.

RailPage turns 12!

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in Railpage Australia News

Today is the he 12th anniversary of the first incarnation of RailPage Australia going live.

Toll NZ gets green light on debt move

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rail operator Toll NZ has received a New Zealand Stock Exchange waiver from gaining shareholder approval to refinance $NZ269 million ($250 million) of debt held by its majority owner, Australia's Toll Holdings.

Virtual reality on track for rail safety

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Railcorp has ordered an evaluation of its $22 million virtual reality accident and disaster training program to help avoid train crashes.

NSW: Major development fails to do Newcastle justice

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Newcastle's much touted metamorphosis from industrial port to designer-burb seemed about as plausible as gentrifying Launceston. The masterplan had two main planks: reconnect the city to its harbour and, to this end, remove the rail line.

NZ: Queensland Rail executive on track

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A Queensland Rail executive, David George, will become chief executive of the NZ Government company that owns the national rail network, New Zealand Railways Corp.

China to issue railway construction bonds

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

China will issue its 2004 railway construction bonds soon, with three security companies, including CITIC Securities Co., Ltd, as major underwriters, sources from theChinese Ministry of Railways said Monday.

Sudan railway to be electrified

Posted Tuesday, 12 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The proposed railway project linking Kenya to Southern Sudan will be powered by electricity.

Vic: Text aims to keep train commuters on track

Posted Wednesday, 13 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

When a V/Line train crashed into a Ford Falcon sedan trapped at St Albans, Connex Melbourne, the company that operates the metropolitan trains passing through St Albans station, cancelled all trains on the line for the next four hours to allow emergency services to clear the scene. The train company also automatically sent out SMS alerts to registered customers informing them of the cancellations.

NSW: Passenger rail services back on track after train line cleared

Posted Wednesday, 13 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Commuters travelling to work yesterday were thrown off schedule as disrupted rail services continued in the aftermath of a train derailment near Thornton.

Tranz Rail execs face insider trading charges

Posted Thursday, 14 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Tranz Rail Holdings' former managing director, Michael Beard, and two former directors and two investors had been charged with insider trading in the railway company's stock in 2002.

JP: Tokyo Stock Exchange to Investigate Seibu Railway

Posted Thursday, 14 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Tokyo Stock Exchange will investigate Seibu Railway Co. on suspicion the company misstated the percentage stake held by its 10 biggest shareholders, the government-run NHK television reported on its Web site.

NZ: Securities Commission goes after Tranz Rail

Posted Thursday, 14 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Following up on a Market Surveillance Panel report issued in February 2003, the Securities Commission has launched an unprecedented insider trading lawsuit against defendants associated with the former Tranz Rail, alleging that they sold shares to escape a coming decline in share prices.

NSW: CityRail considers single deck trains

Posted Friday, 15 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

If you're nostalgic, you might be glad to hear that CityRail is considering turning back the clock and bringing back single-deckers. But don't worry: the return of the Red Rattler is not on the cards. CityRail will buy 498 new air-conditioned carriages worth $1.5 billion over the next six years and a modern single-deck train may be the answer.

NSW: Rail authority stands by weekend work

Posted Friday, 15 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

State Rail has defended the timing of maintenance work on the NSW south coast rail line this weekend.

NASA studies space railway to explore planets, stars

Posted Friday, 15 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A NASA-led team is studying the construction of a railway in space for a pair of telescopes that will provide views of planet, star and galaxy formation in unprecedented detail.

No Rockingham Light Rail - A Mc T lets us down!

Posted Saturday, 16 October, 2004 by Riccardo in Press Releases

:cry: 14/10/04

A high-frequency shuttle service will connect the new Rockingham Train Station, the town centre and the city's popular foreshore precinct, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced today.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/10/2004

Posted Sunday, 17 October, 2004 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guy's,

Well the weekly sightings are like a yoyo at the moment with only 93
sightings for this week which is 12 down on last week.

Vic: Rail issues on agenda

Posted Monday, 18 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

CENTRAL Victorian mayors will take their concerns about fast rail to the State Government on Thursday. A meeting comes after seven central Victorian mayors wrote to the government, demanding it release new timetable information for Bendigo to Melbourne train services under the fast rail project, before construction on the line began.

United Goninan wins $44m QR contract

Posted Monday, 18 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail today awarded United Group's Goninan division contracts for the supply of coal wagons and bogies worth $44 million.

Vic: Councils to get fast rail scheme briefing

Posted Monday, 18 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Council leaders in central Victoria have been invited to Melbourne to hear the latest on the State Government's regional fast train project.

NT: Ghan dry season services to double

Posted Monday, 18 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Great Southern Railway is doubling its Ghan passenger train services into Darwin next dry season.

Vic: Rivals rail at $200m deal

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

State Government spending promises for better public transport in the eastern suburbs have been described as a sham.

SA: Residents urged to have say on railway station future

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Tatiara council is asking residents of Keith to voice their opinion on whether the town's railway station should be demolished.

NT: Questions raised over rail service timetable

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Tennant Creek Regional Tourism Association says doubling the Ghan rail service between Adelaide and Darwin will not boost visitor numbers to the town until Great Southern Railway changes its timetable.

NT: Accommodation developments set to meet Ghan demand

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) says several new Darwin developments should help meet the increased accommodation demands created by the Ghan's service expansion.

NSW: Railway museum in demand

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

For five years Bishop Druitt College teacher, John Lambitt has lead his students from Coffs Harbour straight to Tenterfield Railway Museum as part of his course in Tenterfield studies.

NSW: Stevedores claim ports plan jeopardises growth

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Other Transport News

One of Sydney's major stevedore operators, P&O Ports, says the planned expansion of Port Botany will put the state's overall ports growth plan in jeopardy and rail infrastructure has not been planned to keep thousands of trucks off suburban roads.

Skills shortage bothers Downer EDI

Posted Tuesday, 19 October, 2004 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Diversified engineering services outfit Downer EDI said it expects profitability in the current year to improve by at least 12% over 2003/04, despite a shortage of skilled engineering workers hurting its ability to meet booming demand for services. Downer EDI, which operates across the areas of rail and road infrastructure, telecommunications, mining and power generation, has lifted its revenue forecasts for 2005, built on an increase in secured sales and above-budget first quarter trading.

Vic: We want rail moved: Brumby

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Victorian Treasurer John Brumby said the State Government was working to have the railway relocated from central Wodonga as soon as possible.

UK: Third largest rail franchise to be broken up

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The break-up of the third largest train franchise was ordered yesterday as part of an attempt to reduce the number of rail companies.

CA: CN, CPR team up for freight traffic efficiencies in Vancouver port

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Canadian Pacific Railway and CN will work together to move freight more efficiently through the Vancouver port, the rail giants said Tuesday morning.

US: City lifts its train horn ban following pedestrain fatality

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Everett, AL has lifted its train horn ban and state regulators asked other communities to follow that city's lead before another fatal accident occurs at a rail crossing.

Vic: Guilty pleas on 115km/h train derailing

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The man charged over a train derailment which injured more than 40 people suffered a huge emotional burden and had lost all joy in his life since the accident, the Victorian County Court was told today.

Vic: V/Line rules out Bendigo-Echuca rail boost

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

V/Line has rejected calls for more rail services linking Bendigo and Echuca.

NZ: New train whistles past motorway cars on test

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

Train users can expect a smoother ride, bike racks, more seats and wheelchair spaces, and air-conditioning this month. A new driving cab with increased passenger capacity and fuel efficiency is due on the tracks after driver training.

UK: Commuters escape from train blaze

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

At least 20 passengers fled from a train on to the tracks after a carriage caught fire on the outskirts of Bristol on Monday.

Vic: Truckie to face trial over train collision

Posted Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 by sthyer in Rail News

A Wodonga truck driver involved in a collision with a steam train near Benalla, in which three people were killed, will stand trial for culpable driving.

NSW: Heat blamed for black week on trains

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Commuters were stranded on platforms on the hottest October day on record after CityRail ordered drivers to slow down because of the heat, delaying 79 services and causing 85 per cent of trains to be late.

NSW: Train services resume after heavy rain

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Train services have resumed between Wollongong and Sydney. Services between Thirroul and Waterfall were temporarily suspended due to rain in the region.

Bridgewater Progress Association

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

My name is Heather Chamberlain I am President of the Bridgewater Progress Association.
Our association together with the Loddon Shire and State Government and Heritage Victoria have obtained funds to restore the Bridgewater Railway Station this is nearing completion and we plan to hold a Grand opening on the 31st October 2004.

Vic: Court hands pair suspended jail terms after rail crash

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Two men have been given suspended jail terms over a train crash north west of Melbourne last year.

RU: Yukos resumes rail deliveries to China

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Oil major Yukos has resumed full rail supplies to China after reducing them by two-thirds several weeks ago when it could not pay carriage charges, an official from Russian Railways, or RZD, said Wednesday.

Persian Gulf railway dream step closer to reality

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Transport ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states have approved a feasibility study for the establishment of a multi-billion-dollar railway network across the Arabian Peninsula.

Track laying completed on half of Qinghai-Tibet railway

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The track-laying of Qinghai-Tibet railroad has finished 645 kilometers accounting for 56 percent of the total mileage. Currently the track-laying is proceeding from Naqu town to Dangxiong county.

NZ: Ports of Auckland and Toll Rail announce rail shuttle for inland port

Posted Thursday, 21 October, 2004 by DavidB in Press Releases

Press Release: Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland’s new Wiri inland port will be serviced with a Toll Rail shuttle train. Ports of Auckland Chief Executive Geoff Vazey announced at the Company’s annual meeting today that the shuttle train would increase the capacity of container movements to and from the seaport, provide very early delivery from ships to importers in Auckland, and lessen the future demand on roads.

Vic: 'Stupid' driver sorry for train crash

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Two thirsty fishermen escaped jail yesterday over a day out that caused a $3 million train crash and injured 30 people.

Vic: Govt demonstrates fast train

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Government has used the latest technology to show off the capabilities of its new fast train service between Bendigo and Melbourne.

Vic: Mayors assured over fast rail

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A display showing the capacity of the State Government's fast rail network has been received positively by two central Victorian mayors.

Albury-Wodonga bypass to be a single line

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Wodonga's railway bypass is likely to start as a 5.7km single standard gauge line despite multi-million dollar upgrades promised for the railway network.

NSW: Downpour cuts coast rail lines

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW South Coast rail system was in chaos early yesterday as flash flooding and track faults forced hundreds of commuters onto buses.

NSW: Rail guru gets Glen Innes on track

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The rail track between Glen Innes and Tamworth needs an upgrade and a large rail freight company should be encouraged to set up shop in Glen Innes for the ambitious Rail Hub project to be successful.

Vic: Chiltern crash blamed on communication

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Poor emergency communications between train control centres contributed to a rail crash in Victoria's north last year, an inquiry has found.

NSW: The train guard from hell

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by TheLoadedDog in Rail News

A transit officer was branded "poorly trained or vindictively violent" by a magistrate yesterday after he crash-tackled and handcuffed a passenger.

Vic: Recommissioning of Kelly & Lewis locomotive

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by sawdustoz in Rail Events

On Sunday 14 November 2004 at 1100, the Alexandra Timber Tramway will be officially recommissioning Kelly & Lewis 0-6-0DM 5957 of 1936.

Set free, man apologises for $3m rail disaster

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

It was just another country fishing expedition for Darren Andrew Harper last November until he managed to get something caught on the line.

Investigation into train collision begins

Posted Friday, 22 October, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

An investigation has started into a collision between a train and several V-Line maintenance vehicles near Glenrowan in north-eastern Victoria.

Second World War II bomb found in Linz

Posted Saturday, 23 October, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Police evacuated hundreds of people from Linz's main train station after finding a large, unexploded World War II bomb - the second such discovery in two weeks - authorities said.

Freight train derails in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs

Posted Saturday, 23 October, 2004 by bevans in Gunzelling Reports

A Pacific National freight train has derailed at Coolaroo in Melbourne's north. The derailment was throught to occur at approximately 6am this morning.

It is thought the train is blocking the UP passenger lines at Coolaroo. No futher details are available at this time.

Discussions on the derailment can be found at Coolaroo Derailment where photos of the accident are also available.

WA Government plays down rail project delays

Posted Saturday, 23 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Western Australian Government is maintaining its $1.5 billion Mandurah rail project will be completed on time, despite the project falling weeks behind schedule.

Albury risks losing V/Line passenger services, says Traill

Posted Saturday, 23 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Albury could lose an important rail link if the Wodonga rail bypass was built as a single track, a trains advocate said yesterday.

Electrifying idea from Whitlam

Posted Saturday, 23 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Former PRime Minister Gough Whitlam urged Albury-Wodonga people last night to launch a national campaign to electrify the railway lines from Melbourne to Sydney and Brisbane.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/10/2004

Posted Sunday, 24 October, 2004 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Bullet train derailed in Japanese earthquake

Posted Sunday, 24 October, 2004 by maybenever in International Rail News

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 and two big aftershocks hit northern Japan today, derailing a train, triggering at least one landslide and causing widespread power outages, media reported. A bullet train had derailed in Niigata and an expressway had partially collapsed, media reports said.

NSW: STAYSAFE report on railway level crossings

Posted Sunday, 24 October, 2004 by faulksie in Rail News

The STAYSAFE Committee, NSW Parliament's road safety watchdog Committee, released its report into the safety of railway level crossings on Thursday 21 October 2004. The report can be downloaded from NSW Parliament's website: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au

Click on Committees, scroll down to STAYSAFE Committee.

WA's rail delay not surprising: Opposition

Posted Sunday, 24 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

West Australia's Opposition says it is not surprised the Perth to Mandurah rail project has been delayed only months after it started.

US: Rail-transit dilemma is false

Posted Sunday, 24 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The guerilla war between monorail and light rail in Seattle has finally tumbled out of the political shadows.

CN Rail opens offices in Beijing and Shanghai

Posted Sunday, 24 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Canadian National Railway Co. is opening its first offices in China to try and capture a larger share of the growing freight market for Canadian commodities shipped to China as well as consumer goods coming from China to North America.

Vic: Late trains a jobs risk

Posted Monday, 25 October, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

Workers taking trains to work are in fear of their jobs, with outer suburban services almost invariably late.

NT: Alice Springs to Darwin rail operators defend price hike

Posted Monday, 25 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The freight operators on the Alice Springs to Darwin railway say their services are still competitive with road transport despite a 20 per cent hike in charges.

VIC: Owners rail against high-rises in Jolimont

Posted Tuesday, 26 October, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A PLAN to build three high-rise towers on the former Jolimont railway yards has been replaced with a proposal for a higher structure.

Owners to be liable for speeding trucks

Posted Tuesday, 26 October, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

Trucking companies would be liable for the speeding offences of their drivers under a law flagged by the Roads Minister, Carl Scully.

US: Rail industry is on track to expand

Posted Tuesday, 26 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Thousands more people may soon be working on the railroad. With the economy picking up and an increasing demand for freight transportation, rail businesses plan to hire more than 80,000 workers over the next six years, according to the Association of American Railroads. But finding enough qualified people for the positions could be challenging, experts said, because the work is physically demanding.

Uganda stalls rail deal

Posted Tuesday, 26 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Implementation of the Seamless Train Service between Mombasa and Kampala came to a standstill last week following the postponement of signing a memorandum of understanding to start it off.

Delhi Metro begins trials

Posted Tuesday, 26 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Delhi Metro's first train entered its underground section for trial runs on Monday. The train entered the tunnel at 5 pm for the test run. The trains will be run on the 4-km section from Kashmiri Gate to Delhi University, through Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines for trial runs.

Jetstar plan to fly from RAAF base

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

A PLAN by budget airline Jetstar to start flights next year from Adelaide's RAAF Edinburgh base is being considered by Defence Minister Robert Hill.

Doubt cast on Serco contract

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

THE bus company responsible for more than 50 per cent of Adelaide's metropolitan coverage may not get a renewed contract with the State Government.

UK: Tube fire safety rules 'in place'

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

A decision not to change fire safety rules for London's underground railway stations has been applauded by a rail union.

JP: New quake stops Shinkansen between Tokyo and Niigata

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

High speed rail services between Tokyo and earthquake-hit Niigata prefecture were suspended after a magnitude 5.7 tremor struck the region at 10.40am local time today.

India seeks fast rail technology

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Indian Railways will explore the technology for a high-speed rail corridor at a global rail conference in Italy on Nov 7-9.

NSW: Local governments call for rail services upgrade

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Research commissioned by the New South Wales Local Government Association and the Shires Association has recommended more money should be spent on improving rail services in rural areas.

Vic: Traffic and train chaos in storm

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Wild winds and heavy rains lashed Victoria today, closing train lines and causing chaos on Melbourne's roads.

UK: 140mph intercity trains confirmed

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

High speed rail links between London and Kent are to become a reality, the government has confirmed. New trains are to run from Kent on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to a new Eurostar terminus at St Pancras station in central London.

US: FBI probes possible railroad sabotage

Posted Wednesday, 27 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The FBI has been called in to investigate possible sabotage of railroad switches belonging to the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad Corporation in Muscatine which authorities say could have led to disaster

Vic: Light rail for south-east Melbourne

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

The Mitcham-Frankston tollway, including a light-rail link, is at the heart of a strategy to drive economic growth in Melbourne's south-east until 2030.

Travel 'nightmare' on Spencer StreetVic:

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

Poor signage and insufficient customer service at the Spencer Street Railway Station have been blamed for confusion among passengers, leading to missed trains and delays.

Smartcards, but not that smart

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

Victorians will not be able to make purchases with their public transport smartcards when the new ticket system begins in 2007.

Questions raised over NSW rail service

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Local Government Association of NSW has been told the state's rail system is inflexible and declining.

Govt accused of botching rail freight deals

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The CLP has accused the Northern Territory Government of botching its role in attracting freight to the Alice Springs to Darwin railway.

NSW: Scorn for Scully's views on light rail

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Light rail supporters including the Government's own sustainability commissioner have attacked comments by the Roads Minister, Carl Scully, raising doubts about the viability of trams in the CBD.

Freeways aren't the answer to our gridlock

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

At what point will the penny drop? An RACV survey of 7500 members showed three-quarters of respondents said traffic congestion in Melbourne had worsened in the past five years.The Government must commit itself to improving public transport, not building freeways, writes Kenneth Davidson.

Toll threat to ditch railway

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

FreightLink this month hiked freight costs reportedly by 15 per cent, less than a year after the operation began. Toll managing director Paul Little said most major customers were hostile about the increased charges.

Toll expecting record profit

Posted Thursday, 28 October, 2004 by DavidB in New Zealand Rail News

Transport and logistics firm Toll Holdings Ltd reaffirmed its expectation of a record financial result for fiscal 2005 and said it was well positioned for acquisitions. Toll reported a 59 per cent lift in net profit for the 2004 financial year of $168.6 million, helped by a contribution from its New Zealand acquisition, Toll NZ (formerly Tranz Rail).

A TICKET FOR MY WIFE'S LIFE

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

NEARLY three months after his wife fell to her death from the Indian Pacific train, Donald Morrison has a complimentary train ticket but no answers to how she died.

Toll threatens blockade of Alice-Darwin link

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Toll Holdings has savaged the performance of FreightLink's Alice Springs-to-Darwin railway line and threatened to reintroduce trucks on the route.

Qld: Gold Coast light rail plan no certainty

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke says it is far from certain that the city will have a light rail service. The findings of a joint federal and state feasibility study are expected to be released shortly.

NSW: Plea for rail improvement

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Reversing the long-term decline of NSW's regional rail services is possible and could bring strong economic and environmental benefits, research has shown.

US: Governor Jeb Bush rallies against bullet train

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Gov. Jeb Bush hit the road Thursday to stop a bullet train. Bush backs Amendment 6, which if passed, would repeal a previous amendment requiring the state to build a high-speed rail network.

The long awaited sequel to Railroad Tycoon is here!

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Railroad Tycoon 3 realizes your dream of establishing and running a railroad empire. Build rail lines, purchase trains and start hauling cargo to begin building your railroad.

WA: Firm to extend Rio Tinto's Pilbara rail

Posted Friday, 29 October, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rio Tinto Iron Ore has appointed civil construction company Macmahon to extend its railway lines in the inland Pilbara in north-west Western Australia.

Your ticket's punched, sir

Posted Saturday, 30 October, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A British train conductor stamped and carefully returned the ticket of what he thought was a slumbering passenger without realising the man was dead.

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