The Czech train operating company CD took delivery of the first two of seven tilting Pendolino trains last year, but they will not be put into service until next year due to problems the trains cause with the Czech signalling system.
TRAINS will run all night this New Year's Eve to avoid last year's shambles, when thousands of revellers were stranded.
A fare-free day on Sydney's troubled rail network failed to ease the frustrations of long-suffering commuters. Angry passengers said they would still rather pay for a punctual train than have the aggravation of waiting for a free one that's still running late.
The parents of two teenagers killed when struck by express trains on the same level crossing in Melbourne want an urgent safety upgrade at the site. David Bramwells, whose daughter Alana Nobbs, 15, was killed on the Centre Road level crossing near Bentleigh railway station on Friday morning, and Maureen Rainey, whose son Troy, 18, was killed six years earlier, spoke out today on the crossing's safety.
The company building the Perth to Mandurah railway expects more of its striking workers to return to the job today after issuing orders against them.
An emergency braking system on Melbourne's trains that should activate if a driver loses consciousness is unreliable and should be replaced, an independent report says.
The need for a dependable safety system has also been underlined by a survey of Melbourne train drivers in which more than 60 per cent admitted having been in charge of a train while drowsy or inattentive.
New South Wales Assistant Planning Minister, Diane Beamer, yesterday presented a cheque for $130,900 to Parkes Shire Council to assist in the preparation of a strategic plan for land use in the region over the next 20 to 25 years.
Distraught relatives and friends have farewelled a 15-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl, who was killed when she was struck by a train at Bentleigh last week.