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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

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