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Showing stories from November 2004

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Vic: Heavy rain hits rail network

Posted Friday, 5 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Melbourne's trains experienced delays this morning when heavy rain penetrated a junction box between Spencer Street and North Melbourne stations.

NT: Martin highlights Ghan shortcomings

Posted Friday, 5 November, 2004 by TA 2000 in Northern Territory Rail News

The Northern Territory's Chief Minister says some people have had "pretty good reasons" to be unhappy with the Ghan passenger train running between Adelaide and Darwin.

Death toll rises from UK train derailment

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A British high-speed passenger train has crashed into a car at a level crossing and flown off the rails, killing six people and injuring scores.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/11/2004

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Another drop in the number of sightings this week with 92 trains, which is 13 sightings down on last week. The total number of sightings for the year to date is 5239 (we had 3603 up to day 311 in 2003). A few trains may have been missing due to the Melbourne Cup holiday in Melbourne on Tuesday?

Six confirmed dead in train crash

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

Six people have died and 11 are seriously injured after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Berkshire, emergency services have confirmed.

Train barriers 'extremely safe'

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

The Berkshire fatal train collision happened at an automatic level crossing with half barriers on each side of the road, Network Rail said.

MAN RUN OVER BY TRAIN

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by jacko in Rail News

AN ORMAND MAN 26, SUFFERED SEVERE ARM INJURIES AFTER BEING RUN OVER BY A TRAIN WHILE ON THE TRACKS AT GLEN HUNTLY RAILWAY STATION AT ABOUT 12:35AM YESTERDAY. IT IS BELIEVED HE MAY HAVE FALLAN FROM THE PLATFORM.
EMERGENCY SERVICES FREED THE MAN FROM UNDER THE TRAIN AND TOOK HIM TO THE ALFRED HOSPITAL.
THE MAN WAS IN A SERIOUS, BUT STABLE CONDITION.

South rail on track

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The State Government has awarded a $32 million contract to John Holland Pty Ltd to build stations at Canning Bridge, Bull Creek and Murdoch.

Railcorp to train workers to deal with passenger abuse

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

New South Wales's Railcorp says training programs have been introduced to help staff cope with abuse from passengers who are angry about trains running late.

Palin on top

Posted Sunday, 7 November, 2004 by bevans in Railway Stories

TV's favourite adventurer heads off through some of the most remote and rugged terrain on Earth en route to the Himalayas. Brian Courtis reports.

Michael Palin is pretty sure now it is an addiction. Television's best-known world traveller says his insatiable curiosity, the places on the map he still wants to visit, and his very real interest in other people's lives all suggest he will keep coming back for adventure.

Cop tried to prevent fatal train crash

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

AN off-duty police officer tried in vain to prevent yesterday's deadly crash of a 300-passenger train that hit a car at a rail crossing in southern England, police said toda

Auckland Council veers Left - Avondale-Southdown rail line to reopen?

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by Riccardo in Other Transport News

Auckland City Deputy Mayor Dr Bruce Hucker will today point the council in a strongly left direction with a raft of social programmes spanning low-cost rental housing, educational help for immigrants and working closely with gay, lesbian and transgender communities.

Anti-nuclear protester run over by train in France

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

An anti-nuclear protester has died in north-eastern France after being run over by a train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany, regional authorities said.

Candidate puts campaign to retain XPT service on track

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Travellers had a chance to share concerns about rail services with The Nationals' Dubbo candidate Jen Cowley and Opposition transport services spokesman Mike Gallacher yesterday.

QR taxi bill hits taxpayer pockets

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

TAXPAYERS are meeting the cost of cab fares for Queensland Rail passengers stranded by cancelled and delayed train services.

Freight train crashes into abandoned car

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Northern Territory Police say the freight train on the Adelaide to Darwin railway hit an abandoned car over the weekend.

No strike this week: train boss

Posted Monday, 8 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

RAILCORP chief executive Vince Graham today downplayed the prospect of a New South Wales rail strike this week over stalled negotiations for a new pay agreement.

NZ consider new locos

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by james_c in New Zealand Rail News

Toll NZ wants to build more rail equipment in New Zealand, including new locomotives. In his first interview since becoming Toll NZ's rail chief, Gary Taylor said yesterday the company was now considering options for new locomotives.

Vic: Late trains cost Connex $4.6 million

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

Train operator Connex has been hit with a record $4.6 million fine for again failing to meet service standards. It is the largest penalty dished out to a private train company in Victoria.

NSW: Rail staff hit $61m jackpot

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Train drivers will earn more than police, teachers and nurses after the Carr Government rewarded days of commuter chaos with a $61 million bribe.

Development institute backs infrastructure calls

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Urban Development Institute of Australia has echoed calls for governments to act now to avert a future infrastructure crisis. A report has found there has been a lack of planning and money spent on rail, roads, water treatment and electricity.

NSW: Student exams avert rail action

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail unions were to meet today to discuss the NSW government's pay offer as they ruled out strike action this week while HSC exams continue.

NZ: Te Rapa site for massive road and rail hub

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Toll NZ is expected to confirm within days the timetable for work on a $25 million freight centre at Te Rapa in Hamilton.

CountryLink reservations to go online

Posted Tuesday, 9 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW rail services provider CountryLink's adoption of online reservations will flow into a new ticketing system, a significant new outsourcing deal and an upgrade of its desktop systems.

Last stand for station

Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 by train_lover01 in Gunzelling Reports

Historic Rupertswood station due to be demolished. One of rupertswood's train platforms will be demolished and the other decommissioned to make way for the regional fast rail project, cutting off salesian college from rail services.

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