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Showing stories from November 2004

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NSW: Rail cuts report out today

Posted Thursday, 25 November, 2004 by Loco in Rail News

The findings of a New South Wales parliamentary report into rail cuts on the NSW north coast will be released today.

Work starts on $6m rail crossing bridge

Posted Thursday, 25 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Construction has begun on a bridge at a rail crossing near Gerogery, in southern NSW, where five young men were killed in a traffic accident nearly four years ago. The $6 million bridge on the Olympic Highway is the next phase of the Five Mates Crossing project.

Mayor sets rail plan in motion

Posted Thursday, 25 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Dubbo City Council will call on local governments along the Western XPT rail line to join forces and fight for better passenger services in the bush.

Two arrested at schoolies gathering

Posted Thursday, 25 November, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Two youths have been arrested in the Western Australian seaside town of Dunsborough after windows and a surveillance camera at the local police station were smashed.

Slab thrown through police window

Posted Thursday, 25 November, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

A MAN and a youth have been charged following an overnight incident in which rocks and a concrete slab were thrown through a police station window in the West Australian holiday town of Dunsborough.

Ballarat rail line to be renamed

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE Ballarat rail line will be renamed the Eureka Line to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka uprising. Premier Steve Bracks announced the name change at the Ballarat Railway Station yesterday as part of a visit by the State Cabinet.

New deal could fix ailing rail network

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

AFTER months of strife for NSW rail commuters, the Carr Government is close to a breakthrough deal with unions aimed at averting threatened statewide strikes and putting chronically delayed services back on track. Four days of intense negotiations between senior union officials and a specially appointed government troubleshooter have led to a two-stage agreement on pay and work practices that both sides hope can fix the state's beleaguered rail network.

Another train, another country

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

The adventure has already started and I haven't even reached Central Station. "The country platforms?" the cab driver asks. "Yes," I reply, trying to hide the excitement in my voice. "The country platforms."

Major rail accidents in Australia

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

A chronology of some of the major railway accidents in Australia:

Our state tourism award winners

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

REGION - The Fleurieu Peninsula has fared extremely well after the 2004 SA Tourism Awards were held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday.

Study shows rail suicides on rise

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A STUDY of rail-related fatalities has found the suicide rate has dramatically increased in the past decade while the number of accidental deaths was down.
Train drivers battle for trauma compo
Living with gruesome reality
Deaths haunt driver

Wambo rail link gets green light

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

COMMISSIONED in 1998 the Jerry's Plain rail line extension from Wambo Coal to the Warkworth Development Project rail loop has finally been given the green light to proceed.

NSW Rail cuts report released today

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The findings of a New South Wales parliamentary report into rail cuts on the NSW north coast will be released today.

United Kingdom. State-run rail more punctual

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Britain's only publicly run train franchise is outperforming its private competitors in both punctuality and customer satisfaction, putting pressure on the Government to keep it in the public sector

Ireland. New station for Dublin docklands

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Work is due to commence new year on a new railway station in Dublin's Docklands. The station, which will be located between the IFSC and the Point Depot, will be used by trains from lines to the west of the city.

Hong Kong metro set to expand

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Hong Kong's underground rail operator, MTR Corporation, has made its fourth attempt to expand into Britain by taking a 29 per cent stake in a joint venture to bid for a commuter and high-speed train franchise.

USA. Alstom secures contract for Washington Metro

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded Alstom an order worth US$187 million (€150 million) for the supply of 120 heavy rail subway cars.

Kenya. World Bank supports rail privatisation

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

The World Bank will spend US$77 million (Sh6 billion) to prepare Kenya and Uganda's railways corporations for a privatisation programme scheduled to begin next year.

United Kingdom. 35 hour week for Tube staff

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

All-night Tube services on New Year's Eve have been agreed by workers under a "groundbreaking" deal to give them a 35-hour week.

Canada. Bombardier wins Madrid Metro contract

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Bombardier Transportation has received two orders worth C$161 (€104 million) million to supply an automatic train control system to the Madrid Metro.

Belgium. Rewards for regular rail users

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

The Belgian government has promised low fares and free parking to regular train users.

United Kingdom. Rural rail review launched

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling warned that "we can't be in the business of carting fresh air around the country" as he launched a review of rural rail services.

Canada. SNC-Lavalin selected for Vancouver

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by james_c in International Rail News

Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Inc and British firm Serco have been selected to build a major mass transit system in the Vancouver area, although it still requires approval from the B.C. government.

VIC: Log on at railway stations

Posted Friday, 26 November, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

COMMUTERS may soon be able to surf the web, get the latest news and even play games against each other while waiting for a train.

The shameful neglect of our railway epicentre

Posted Saturday, 27 November, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

If Melbourne is to show a happy face, Flinders Street Station will need a lot of work, writes Alan Atwood. ONE night recently I was gazing across the Yarra from the south side of Princes Bridge. I was admiring the view, especially the venerable Flinders Street Station all lit up, when I remembered the music I once heard seeping out of the building.

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