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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/3/2004

Posted Tuesday, 9 March, 2004 by bevans in Gunzelling Reports

This weeks sightings are down to 98, making a total of 1117 for the year to date. B/G trains were down to 22 which included two diverted 9140's.

Teen 'caused $2.7m damage' with train fire

Posted Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 by webslave in Rail News

An 18-year-old train passenger left M>Train a damage bill of $2.7 million after he lit a fire on board a Sandringham-bound train two years ago, the County Court was told yesterday.

French rail giant signs contract to run Auckland trains

Posted Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 by webslave in Rail News

French-based transport operator Connex today formally signed an agreement to run Auckland's passenger trains

Tram Staff Shown The Door

Posted Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 by webslave in Tram and Light Rail News

Approximately 90 front line staff to become casualties of the Yarra/M>Tram merger.

Railpage 2.0 - Now Approaching

Posted Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 by webslave in Railpage Australia News

Sources at Railpage Headquarters suggest that Railpage 2.0 is due to arrive at any minute.

Terror suspect studied Ghan rail line

Posted Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 by webslave in Rail News

A Pakistani national with links to al-Qaida was seen carrying out surveillance on the Darwin to Adelaide rail link, it was learned last night.

Rail guards lack of counter-terror training

Posted Thursday, 25 March, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

There are concerns a lack of counter-terrorism training for train guards could make Perth's public transport system an easy target for attacks. The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has rejected Government claims train guards are trained to detect terror threats.

Farmers want more rail line funds

Posted Thursday, 25 March, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Local farmers have welcomed news that the NSW Government is to spend $5.3 million improving the Bogan Gate to Tottenham rail line, but say it is less than a quarter of what is needed.

Memo foretold rail disaster

Posted Thursday, 25 March, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

An emergency services exercise on the Airport rail line raised questions about how emergency services could cope with a disaster, the Waterfall inquiry has been told. Wombat 2001 is one of two live exercises dealt with in any detail by the Waterfall inquiry, conducted by Justice Peter McInerney. Both have indicated that had the scenario occurred in real life a catastrophe was likely.

Freight companies rail at spending

Posted Thursday, 25 March, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Recent derailments of grain trains in Victoria highlight the need to spend more money on rail infrastructure, according to industry leaders. Australasian Railway Association chief executive Bryan Nye said most rail infrastructure had not been upgraded for a long time.

RP2 Beta Testing Closing Off

Posted Sunday, 28 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Friends, I would like to finalise all beta testing on the new service by Wednesday 31st March 2004 ready for a production launch. If anyone still has outstanding fault tickets for problems identified with the service, would they please contact us again prior to Wednesday.

RailAmerica Enters Into Agreement to Sell Freight Australia for AUD $285 Million

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

AT THE COMPANY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Susan Wright Greenfield
March 30, 2004
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications
(561) 994-6015

AUSTRALIAN CONTACT
Freight Australia
Marinus van Onselen
Chief Executive Officer
03 9619 1043

RailAmerica Enters Into Agreement to Sell Freight Australia for AUD $285 Million Boca Raton, FL, March 29 – RailAmerica today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell 100% of its ownership of Freight Australia for AUD $285 million (US $214 million) to Pacific National, a leading Australian rail freight logistics company.

Freight Australia Commences Daily Melbourne – Sydney Services

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Freight Australia Commences Daily Melbourne – Sydney Services

Private rail operator, Freight Australia has today announced that it has taken the next step in the expansion of its freight operations by introducing a daily intermodal service between Melbourne and Sydney.

Opening of Acacia Ridge Assists Competition In Rail

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

PRESS RELEASE

28th May, 2003

OPENING OF ACACIA RIDGE ASSISTS COMPETITION IN RAIL

Freight Australia has warmly welcomed Queensland Rail’s decision to open the Acacia Ridge intermodal freight terminal in Brisbane to multiple users.

Sydney rail patronage drops

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Driver shortages and service disruptions have led to more than 50,000 people deserting the Cityrail network over the past month. Rail Corp estimates use of its trains over February was 6 per cent less than the year before.

Railpage welcomes the Unofficial Metcard Website

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Railpage welcomes the Unofficial Metcard Website. Basically, from 1977 a range of developments began to occur with Government operated, urban public transport ticketing methods around Australia. These ranged from the adoption of magnetic strip tickets and vending machines or validating machines through to full automatic fare collection.

Take a trip into railway history at Australia's top railway attraction.

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

National Railway Museum - Port Adelaide (formerly Port Dock Station Railway Museum)

Take a trip into railway history at Australia's top railway attraction. Port Dock Station Railway Museum, managed by a voluntary association, houses the largest undercover collection of locomotives, passenger carriages and freight vehicles in Australia.

South Western Railway Society

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

South Western Railway Society - The South Western Railway Society, is a non-profit organization involved in maintaining Railway Operations in The South Western area of Victoria. We operate various Special trains around Victoria and Southern NSW, and are available to assist other parties in railway operations.

Railpage Australia would like to welcome the Perth Electric Tramway Society

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Railpage Australia would like to welcome the Perth Electric Tramway Society. For much of the twentieth century, people travelled around Australian cities by electric tram or trolley-bus. In Western Australia, trams ran in Perth (1899 - 1958), Kalgoorlie (1902 - 1952), Fremantle (1905 - 1952), and briefly in Leonora.

John Clevedon's Locopage has been updated

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

John Clevedon's Locopage has been updated. Locopage is a Web site dedicated to Australian diesel and electric locomotives, and is the most comprehensive site on such locomotives. Locopage provides photographs and tech specs for nearly every class of diesel and electric loco in mainland Australia. As well, information on individual locos is included, as well as extensive lists of builders numbers.

Have you seen the Australian Railmaps Page recently?

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

On this site you will find a number of pages - each containing a diagrammatic map of one part of Australia. These maps show EVERY passenger railway and EVERY station served by passenger trains.

Passengers yearn for the return of British Rail

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Passengers yearn for the return of British Rail
By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor
30 March 2004
The privatisation of the rail network has failed and the system is in a "mess'', according to passengers' representatives.

Users of the system look back fondly on the state-owned British Rail which, at the time, was accused of a lack of vision and inability to invest, the report by the Rail Passengers' Council (RPC) said. Passengers wanted the industry to be controlled by one person with a strategic vision of how the railways should develop.

Project manager optimistic about Cunningham rail line

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The proposed Cunningham rail line on the Darling Downs in Queensland is yet to be given the green light, despite two years of lobbying. The project will provide a standard gauge line railway through Inglewood, Warwick and Killarney before connecting to the main line at Rathdowney.

Pacific National Pty Ltd, enters into agreement over Freight Australia

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

PACIFIC NATIONAL Pacific National Pty Ltd, a company jointly owned by Toll Holdings Limited and Patrick Corporation, today announced that it had entered into an agreement with Rail America Inc to purchase the Victorian based rail operator Freight Australia.

Poland asks EU for delay in opening national rail market

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Negotiators from Poland's Infrastructure Ministry asked the EU to extend the transition period for opening the cargo rail market.

South Korea launches high speed train

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

South Korea's first bullet train goes into service this week promising to transform people's lives by easing chronic traffic congestion.

Russia to rail more oil to China

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Yukos, Russia's second-largest oil company, said on Monday an agreement with Russian Railways (RZD) to boost crude shipments to China fivefold by 2007 will support the company's efforts to tap new fields in eastern Siberia.

U.S. rail crunch could snarl Asia trade

Posted Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

Freight congestion has spread across the Union Pacific Railroad system, especially in Southern California and the southwestern United States, raising concern about the effects on America's trade with Asia.

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