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NSW: Talks hold off rail strike

Posted Tuesday, 16 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW commuters appear to have escaped a strike by rail workers this week after the industrial court ordered unions and RailCorp back to the negotiating table in a last ditch effort to resolve the rail crisis.

Qld: Investigators comb train wreckage

Posted Tuesday, 16 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Queensland Government says there is no need to suspend the Tilt Train service at this stage, despite a derailment in central Queensland in which 120 people were hurt this morning.

WA strike hits Mandurah rail project

Posted Tuesday, 16 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A strike by more than 280 workers has brought construction work on the Perth-to-Mandurah rail line to a standstill.

UK: London’s mayor to take over rail project

Posted Tuesday, 16 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Mayor Ken Livingstone will today announce that he is to take control of the East London Line Project from the Strategic Rail Authority.

Qld: Union surprised by crash

Posted Tuesday, 16 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The union for rail workers aboard Queensland's derailed Tilt Train said today the train had boasted one of the nation's highest safety standards.

Qld: Three investigations probe train crash

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Three separate investigations are under way into yesterday's tilt train accident in central Queensland. The accident is being investigated by police, Queensland Rail and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Qld: Opposition calls for freeze on QR cuts

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg has called on Queensland Rail (QR) to freeze plans to cut 700 jobs until an investigation into the Tilt Train derailment is complete.

CA: CN, CP Rail have deal to improve network operations

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Canada's two leading freight railways have taken more steps to share tracks and equipment to make them both more efficient.

US: Public invited to discuss study on high speed rail

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will host the first of three regional meetings in Newport News today to discuss a study on high speed rail between Hampton Roads and Richmond.

Indian Railways to to set up cyber cafes at 51 stations

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Railways have decided to set up Internet Cyber Cafes at 51 stations across the country in the current financial year under the aegis of the RailTel Corporation of India Ltd.

NSW: Audit slams rail system

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The NSW rail system has been criticised for a $670-million line maintenance backlog and a rapid deterioration in trains running on time.

Vic: Rail crash miracle

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A young girl and her mother walked away without a scratch after their car clipped a Melbourne to Warrnambool passenger train yesterday at Garvoc.

Fast rail system to link 8 Chinese cities

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A plan to link eight cities in East China's Jiangsu Province with a fast railway network is under way, sources with the Jiangsu Provincial Construction Bureau say.

Qld: Rail accident report 'months' away

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says it will probably take months to complete a report on yesterday's tilt train derailment in central Queensland.

UK: Orient Express to buy Royal Scotsman

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Orient Express Hotels is buying the UK’s Royal Scotsman deluxe tourist train from L&R Group.

SA: Train spills flammable glue

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Local ambulance and police officers, and about 25 firefighters, attended the scene of a leaking container on board a train at Port Augusta's Spencer Junction on Friday.

Tilt Train was speeding, QR says

Posted Wednesday, 17 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Police and Queensland Rail (QR) have confirmed that the Tilt Train involved in a derailment in central Queensland this week was travelling more than 50 kilometres per hour above the speed limit when the accident happened.

NSW: The bitter stand-off ruining the railways

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The father and grandfather of Bob Carr were train drivers. His Transport Services Minister, Michael Costa, the son of a train guard, once trained to be a train driver and was president of the train drivers' union. Costa's hand-picked rail boss, Vince Graham, is the son of a train driver, and started as an apprentice on the railways.

So why, with such impeccable pedigrees at the top, is our rail system in such a mess and the Government's relationship with train drivers at an all-time low? Perhaps some complex Freudian drama is playing out every time the 7.20 from Bankstown runs late.

NSW: Backlog of rail maintenance work balloons out to $680m

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The backlog of maintenance spending on the state's creaking rail network has ballooned to almost $680 million. Most is in country NSW, where $596 million of maintenance work had banked up by June - $57 million more than last year, according to the NSW Auditor-General, Bob Sendt.

QR rejects call for tilt train speed limiters

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail has rejected claims it should have equipped the state's tilt trains with a speed limiting device known as Automatic Train Protection.

UK: London rail plan delay deals blow to Olympic bid

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has had to abandon plans to build a rail line circling the capital in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.

UK: Snag to airport rail link

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Glasgow's airport rail link could be held up by unexpected planning red tape.

Qld: Train strike threat in Tilt row

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Train drivers were threatening strike action today, angry Queensland Rail had revealed details of the high speed a Tilt Train was travelling when it derailed on Tuesday.

Vic: Train and car collide in Melbourne

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by Loco in Rail News

Several people have been injured in a collision between a train and a car near the Hampton railway station in Melbourne's south.

Vic: Train drags truck along tracks after collision

Posted Thursday, 18 November, 2004 by Loco in Rail News

Ambulance paramedics are at the scene of an accident involving a train and a truck near the Hampton Railway station in Melbourne's south.

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