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Showing stories from November 2004

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3 more Shinkasen lines near approval

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

New bullet train lines near green light
Prefectural haggling may delay 1.16 trillion yen three-way shinkansen project

Prospects look good for a ruling coalition proposal to begin constructing three shinkansen lines in fiscal 2005.

Canada: VIA dome car for sell

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

VIA Rail Canada Inc. is soliciting offers for the purchase of retired passenger railway rolling stock on an `as is and where is' basis including,

Philippines push for railway modernisation

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Three lawmakers from Central Luzon said yesterday that the construction of a "modern, efficient and safe" railways system has "become absolutely necessary."

Vic: Spencer St Station rebuild two years behind

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by joffie in Rail News

The passenger hub of the new Spencer St station will open to the public 753 days late. Work will not be finished on the project dubbed "Treasure Island" until December 22 next year, the Auditor-General said.

Qld: First train travels over crash site

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The first train since Tuesday's Tilt Train crash in south-east Queensland has travelled over the accident site.

Qld: Possible law changes for rail investigation

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Cabinet will consider on Monday whether state laws have to be changed to help the investigation into the cause of this week's Tilt Train derailment.

NSW: Fine day for no pay day

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

RAILCORP has vowed to fine tens of thousands of commuters who plan to protest by not buying a ticket on Monday.

NSW: Airport rail link settlement may run over $100m

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A proposed $100 million Government settlement with the owners of the airport railway line may not be the last public money poured into the troubled link if Sydney's late-running trains are not brought up to scratch.

French rail takes on cheap flights

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

French railways took on low-cost, no-frills airlines yesterday with a high-speed train to shuttle internet-savvy urbanites between Paris and the Mediterranean for as little as £13 each way — plus extra for a massage.

QR meets train drivers to avert 24hr strike

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail's (QR) chief executive officer (CEO) Bob Schueber will meet train drivers in Bundaberg today. They are threatening to hold a state-wide strike.

NSW: It's not our fault: rail workers

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW rail workers took to the platforms today to hand out fliers explaining why they were not to blame for the city's train woes. Rail staff handed out 50,000 fliers to commuters at stations across Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast, claiming they were just as much victims of poor train services as the travelling public.

Vic: Girl struck at level crossing dies

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A teenage schoolgirl was killed when she was hit by a train at a level crossing in suburban Melbourne this morning.

Qld: Lucas urges train drivers to stay on the job

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Queensland Transport Minister Paul Lucas says industrial action by train drivers is unwarranted and unnecessary.

NSW: Rail commuters get free day

Posted Friday, 19 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The NSW government today bowed to public and union pressure and announced a fare-free day on Sydney's train network on Monday.

NSW: Forcing Carr into giving us a fare go

Posted Saturday, 20 November, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

One defiant woman threatening a day of civil disobedience, took on Premier Bob Carr – and won. Yesterday Rebecca Turner, The Daily Telegraph's Captain Commuter, brought the State Government to its knees, forcing Mr Carr to back her two-week campaign for a fare-free day on all Sydney trains on Monday.

Qld: Tilt Train services back on track

Posted Saturday, 20 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

It is business as usual for Queensland's rail services, with Tilt Train services between Brisbane and Cairns resuming last night.

UK: Train times get worse in first month of new rail firm's reign

Posted Saturday, 20 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Trains in some parts of Scotland suffered their worst delays for years during the month after First ScotRail took over the franchise, according to figures to be published today.

NSW: Rail rebel vows to fight on

Posted Sunday, 21 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The 24-year-old legal secretary who forced the State Government into submission over tomorrow's free rail travel day has threatened more action if the situation does not improve.

Qld: Tilt train drivers 'sorry'

Posted Sunday, 21 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE two drivers of a derailed tilt train have offered their "deepest sympathy" to injured passengers but have declined to discuss revelations the train was speeding. Queensland Rail has released "black box" data showing the train was travelling at almost twice the speed limit when it crashed.

SA: Derailed freight train narrowly misses homes

Posted Sunday, 21 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A freight train has derailed near a railway crossing in South Australia's Adelaide Hills, damaging a station platform and narrowly missing homes. One freight container has come off the rails near the on Main Road crossing, and several other containers are tangled up further down the line.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/11/2004.

Posted Sunday, 21 November, 2004 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

This weeks sightings are down by five trains to 93 sightings, that makes the total for the year to date at 5522 (last years sightings on day 326 was 3777).

Freight train derails in Adelaide Hills

Posted Sunday, 21 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The derailment of a freight train today in the Adelaide Hills would disrupt passenger services for about four days, authorities said today. A Pacific National freight train derailed at Belair, east of Adelaide, about 10am (CDT) today, causing damage to a train station and blocking a road but causing no injuries.

NSW: All stops out to fix rail chaos, says Carr

Posted Monday, 22 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

With free train travel today in Sydney, fixing the "atrocious" rail system would help revive the popularity of the State Government, says the Premier, Bob Carr.

SA: Derailment prompts calls to move rail line

Posted Monday, 22 November, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

There are calls to move a key rail line out of the Adelaide Hills after yesterday's train derailment.

UK: Regulator silenced over rail success

Posted Monday, 22 November, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The British Government is putting pressure on the Strategic Rail Authority to keep quiet about the success of South Eastern Trains - the only rail franchise in state hands since Connex lost the licence a year ago.

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