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Showing stories from November 2004

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Nuclear waste train reaches dump

Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A TRAIN carrying highly radioactive nuclear waste reached a German dump today at the end of a 600-kilometre odyssey from northern France clouded by the death of an environmentalist.

Innocent victims of train stupidity

Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

COMMUTERS will be stranded at railway stations as early as next week as the Carr Government and rail unions refuse to give an inch in the wages standoff.

Bid to limit speed gauge

Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

AUSTRALIAN-made cars would have speedos capped at 130km/h under a State Government plan to tackle the road toll.

Seymour (SRHC) Video

Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Having recently been on my first trip with SRHC, the Benalla trip, and also finding myself in the position where I actually ran out of DV video tape, I decided to my camera phone.

Fischer wants cameras on Stuart Highway

Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer says safety cameras should be installed along the Stuart Highway between Port Augusta and Darwin.

Student exams avert rail action

Posted Thursday, 11 November, 2004 by freightgate 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.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson convened a meeting of union officials this morning to discuss the pay offer and a possible strike.

WA: Fortescue signs state rail deal

Posted Thursday, 11 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Iron ore start-up Fortescue Metals today said it had entered into a deal with the Western Australia state government for its planned open access rail line in the state's north-west.

Qld: Truckie dies in crash with freight train

Posted Thursday, 11 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Emergency crews are at the scene of a fatal accident involving a freight train and semi-trailer near Bowen in north Queensland.

US: Tentative map of California high speed rail route reviewed

Posted Thursday, 11 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

California High Speed Rail Authority officials unveiled a tentative map of routes for the proposed statewide bullet train on Wednesday – a plan that includes a 120-mile, nonstop stretch between Bakersfield and Fresno.

UK: A more ambitious rail link to Glasgow Airport

Posted Thursday, 11 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The proposed rail link to Glasgow Airport will fail to accomplish its intentions as presently conceived. Certainly, it will be attractive to those living south of the river but its appeal will be small for the many on the north bank. Connections through Central low level station for any particular route are too infrequent and indirect.

Man dies in rail mishap

Posted Thursday, 11 November, 2004 by e1109 in Tram and Light Rail News

A man who fell asleep on the railway tracks just outside Alice Springs has died after being hit by a freight train overnight. Police say the 38-year-old was from a nearby community.

India to introduce highspeed train

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

The Indian Railways has announced plans to introduce bullet trains between Bangalore-Chennai and Mumbai-Ahmedabad. Minister of State for Railways, R Velu, said that a Japanese firm had been asked to prepare a feasibility study for the project by the end of the current financial year.

Alstom wins Valencia Metro order

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), the public company that manages and operates the railway, metro and tram lines of Valencia region, has ordered 10 four-car trains for the Valencia metro from Alstom.

Eurostar 10 years old!

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

High-speed Channel Tunnel train company Eurostar celebrated its 10th birthday by announcing record passenger levels. Eurostar carried 641,957 passengers in October - a record figure for the month.

India Minister fare-evasion!!

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

state and his personal security guard were for travelling ticketless on a train. Awadh Bihari Choudhry, a member of federal railways minister Laloo Prasad Yadav's regional RJD party and a minister in Bihar's government, had to pay 1,412 rupees to avoid arrest.

NSW: Rail crisis latest: boss gets $15,000 pay rise

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW Transport Minister Michael Costa today defended a $15,000 pay rise for RailCorp chief Vince Graham, saying he had a difficult job.

NSW: Train debate continues in AIRC

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The NSW Government will today identify what issues it is prepared to negotiate in an attempt to halt a proposed one-day rail strike. The battle between train drivers and the Carr Government spilled into the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) this week where conciliatory talks are continuing.

Rail chief says trucks must pay

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The rail industry has reignited the transport funding debate, accusing big trucks of not paying their way. Stephen O'Donnell, chairman of the Australasian Railway Association, said car owners were effectively paying 40 per cent more than they should to subsidise the impact of long-haul trucks on Australia's highways.

Philippines: 10 dead as train falls into ravine

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by colinw in International Rail News

A speeding passenger train derailed and fell into a ravine in the northern Philippines early today, overturning several times and killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 118 others, officials said.

NSW: Rail chief not getting pay rise

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Railcorp chief Vince Graham would not get a 4-per-cent pay rise awarded to senior NSW public servants, a government spokesman said today.

UK: Rail chiefs to demand payout over Edinburgh tram

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rail chiefs are set to demand compensation from Edinburgh City Council amid claims a tram project will threaten plans to build over Haymarket Station’s car park.

India: Train boss caught without ticket

Posted Friday, 12 November, 2004 by Silver_City_Comet in International Rail News

THE transport minister of India's eastern Bihar state and his personal security guard were fined $41 each for travelling ticketless on a train, a report said.

Road jams: a $3bn bill

Posted Saturday, 13 November, 2004 by james_c in Rail News

Tens of thousands of Melburnians will be telephoned at home and urged to adopt public transport as part of a new State Government effort to unblock the city's congested roads.

New Hitachi A train for channel tunnel

Posted Saturday, 13 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Hitachi announces that it has been selected as preferred supplier to deliver around 30 high-speed "A-trains" to operate domestic services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) and local lines in Kent as part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise. Each train will consist of 6 coaches and will have the ability to rapidly couple to operate as 12 coach trains. Hitachi will also maintain the new trains, initially for the duration of the new Integrated Kent Franchise.

Swedish Railway record profit

Posted Saturday, 13 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Swedish passenger rail operator SJ has increased its quarterly profit by reducing costs 10%. Jobs have been cut and catering and cleaning have been insourced. Though revenue fell 2%, profit increased to SEK67m.

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