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Athens hit by transport chaos

Posted Thursday, 1 April, 2004 by webslave in International Rail News

A ONE-day strike by Greece's largest labour union paralysed public transport and sea traffic today and further threatened preparations for the summer Olympics, already bogged down by delays.

Cancelled trains rile crowds

Posted Thursday, 1 April, 2004 by webslave in Rail News

ANGRY commuters were being forced to cram into fewer trains after at least 120 services were cancelled in the past week.

High speed rail supporters fight back

Posted Thursday, 1 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Florida high-speed rail advocates launched a new effort Wednesday to counteract information they deem inaccurate.

Crime drops on Vic transport

Posted Thursday, 1 April, 2004 by webslave in Rail News

CRIME on and around public transport has dropped by almost 13 per cent, Victorian Police Minister Andre Haermeyer announced today.

Transport alert on state masterplan

Posted Thursday, 1 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Bracks Government's planning blueprint, Melbourne 2030, is at risk of collapse without big improvements in public transport, an advisory committee to the Government has warned.

The committee says key groups, including developers and the building industry, "do not have confidence that the transport elements of Melbourne 2030 will be adequately delivered or addressed".

All aboard for tourist recovery

Posted Friday, 2 April, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

THE upcoming launch of a high-speed railway service in South Korea is expected to give a much-needed boost to the country's tourist industry.

The outbreak of bird flu late last year ended the industry's post-SARS recovery, causing a slump in inbound travel, including a fall in the number of Chinese tourists in the country.

My Redesdale Line Exploration

Posted Friday, 2 April, 2004 by freightgate in Gunzelling Reports

In November 2003, after staying the night at Heathcote, I left late in the morning for Ballarat intending to drive along a few backroads which approximately followed the route of the old Redesdale rail alignment.

The Whitfield Train

Posted Friday, 2 April, 2004 by freightgate in Railway Stories

Early recollections by: L. McD Simpson

Although in its early days the rail service consisted of four weekly trips, my earliest memories are of the late twenties when two mixed trips per week were provided.

I can recall making my one and only trip accompanied by my mother, sister and younger brother, from Wangaratta to Docker (the return trip to Whitfield).

It was an afternoon in summer. The one passenger carriage was occupied by a few travellers who were seated on leather-padded bench seats along each side of the carriage. At each end of the carriage was the entrance platform with a guard rail over the coupling gear, and a small hood or verandah extending from the carriage roof. It was here a large canvas waterbag hung - the carriage’s only passenger amenity. Being a very hot afternoon and having eaten sweets before the journey began, we children regarded it as the train’s most indispensable piece of equipment.

Goods Train to Whitfield The Memories of a Victorian Railways Guard

Posted Friday, 2 April, 2004 by freightgate in Railway Stories

We would sign on at 2am at Wangaratta to run the Tuesday Whitfield Goods. The engine would also come off the pet at 2am to do the shunt and the van and carriage would be pushed down to the buffer stop. Here they were charged with Pintich gas for their lighting, and the gas point serving both the broad and narrow gauge. Then the engine would run round and push them back on to the van. The driver would check the brakes and by this time it was 3am- the Whitfield Goods was due out.

Residents have their Let traffic flow all way through, say locals

Posted Saturday, 3 April, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

THE vast majority of Gungahlin residents want the controversial Gungahlin Drive Extension to go ahead, a poll conducted for The Sunday Times has found.

A telephone survey on Thursday and Friday conducted by the Australian School of Government Studies showed 90 per cent of residents wanted the $71million extension.

An overwhelming majority - 80 per cent - were prepared to see the road, which will run between Tuggeranong Parkway at the Glenloch Interchange and Gungahlin Drive at the Barton Highway, go through the Canberra Nature Reserve, which includes the O'Connor and Bruce ridges.

The Runaway Rail Truck

Posted Saturday, 3 April, 2004 by freightgate in Railway Stories

Recollections: L M Simpson/K Shanley

In the early life of the Whitfield rail line there was the occasion of the runaway truck - an empty rail truck that somehow, quietly and unnoticed moved under its own momentum, away from the Whitfield siding and travelling towards the Wangaratta end, began an exciting little episode in the line’s history.

Bomb found on train tracks

Posted Saturday, 3 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A bomb found on a high-speed train line in central Spain appears to contain the same type of dynamite as used in the March 11 Madrid rail bombings, Spanish state radio has reported.

"First examination indicates that it is the same dynamite - Goma 2 Eco - as used in the Madrid attacks," the radio said.

A bomb was found on a high-speed rail track in central Spain yesterday just weeks after 191 people were killed in suspected al-Qaeda bombings of four packed Madrid commuter trains.

Army called to protect Spanish railways

Posted Saturday, 3 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Spain sent in the army to guard its railways today after finding a bomb on a high-speed track that may contain the same explosives used in last month's Madrid train bombings.

Interior Minister Angel Acebes said police would check the 350 kph Madrid-Seville line on which the bomb was found kilometre by kilometre and would then use helicopters and army vehicles to guard key tracks.

The 12 kg of dynamite packed in a bag was found near the central city of Toledo and defused safely.

Train death treated as suspicious

Posted Saturday, 3 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

A TEENAGER was killed after falling into the path of a train during an alleged gang fight at Mooroolbark railway station late yesterday. Last night homicide squad detectives confirmed they were investigating whether the 17-year-old had been deliberately pushed to his death.

Strong Police presence at Show

Posted Saturday, 3 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

FIFTY police, 100 transit officers and the dog squad will patrol key train lines in a high visibility policing operation to coincide with the Royal Easter Show.

Murder charge over train death

Posted Sunday, 4 April, 2004 by webslave in Rail News

POLICE have charged a man with the murder of a teenager killed by a train in Melbourne's east.

Light rail vision at centre of Adelaide plan

Posted Tuesday, 6 April, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Light rail projects will be the central element of a new infrastructure plan to be unveiled by the end of this year. While no details of any projects have been outlined, one of the keynote speakers at the weekend's Economic Summit Revisited was Fred Hansen, general manager of Trimet, the light rail system operating in Portland, Oregon, US.

Police probe bid to derail high-speed train

Posted Tuesday, 6 April, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

April 5, 2004 - 11:07AM

German police were today investigating an apparent attempt to cause a high-speed passenger train to crash with hundreds of people aboard over the weekend.

£3.6m saves 'Flying Scotsman' for the nation

Posted Tuesday, 6 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The world's most famous steam engine will be seen regularly on Britain's railway network again after the Flying Scotsman was saved from sale abroad at a cost of £3.6m.

$1.5 billion for rail, hold the lemons

Posted Wednesday, 7 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Sydney's commuters have barely recovered from the Millennium train fiasco – now a new "hi-tech" train is headed for the tracks. "New generation" train carriages worth $1.5 billion will replace a third of the ageing CityRail fleet over the next six years.

Murwillumbah XPT axed, line to close

Posted Wednesday, 7 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government says it can no longer afford to keep the rail line between Casino and Murwillumbah open and will stop rail services between the towns. Coaches will replace the daily passenger train.

Union Pacific worker shortages slowing West Coast commerce

Posted Wednesday, 7 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The nation's biggest railroad has taken the unprecedented step of asking some customers along its 33,000-mile system to scale back their shipments at least temporarily.

Victoria: Rail police numbers cut

Posted Wednesday, 7 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

The number of police patrolling Melbourne's train system is to be slashed by 10 per cent.

Rail link saved by community action

Posted Thursday, 8 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Friends of the Northern Railway say "people power" prevented the loss of the Armidale to Tamworth rail link in this week's state mini-Budget.

Railpage Australia Scheduled Downtime - Friday Evening 9th April

Posted Friday, 9 April, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Friends, Railpage Australia will experience downtimes over the evening probably around 9pm until midnight. The downtime window will be approximately 2 -3 hours and is scheduled to enable cutover programming for the pending rp2 deployment, plus database schema changes.

Once the service is back online, users will experience changes to the rp network in terms of access and hosts. RP2 is close!

Regards,
Brian

Railpage Australia - Extended Downtime Update

Posted Saturday, 10 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Railpage Australia News

Railpage Australia is experiencing extended downtime continuing from last night's maintenence. Tech's have been working throughout the night and morning to restore service. We expect the rp2 and the new forums to come online around 4pm today. This work has been necessary to combine the rather large forum databases and the new rp2 content management system. -Operations.

Vic: Massive Fast Rail Works to Revitalise Ballarat Rail Line

Posted Saturday, 10 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Sections of the Ballarat rail line will be closed from 17 April until early July 2004 for the biggest upgrade of the line in 120 years, the Minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor announced today.

Mr Batchelor said the closures would allow the major track works for the Regional Fast Rail project to be completed between Deer Park and Ballarat.

Railpage Announces Gallery Service

Posted Saturday, 10 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Railpage Australia News

Railpage's image gallery is now live, along with Railpage 2.0 - but you too can get involved!

Old Railpage Services still available

Posted Sunday, 11 April, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

If you are wondering where the old railpage site is and all our hosted customers off the .org.au domain, well they are there, but the machine had a major flame out yesterday and once i can access the data centre and reboot all will still be there.

Sorry about the downtime, but we decided to fix the forums first.

Finally, there are no changes to accessing your sites and requesting space. The new server is 20 times the capacity so we can host a lot more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Posted Sunday, 11 April, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

We are starting the release of Frequently Asked Questions packs or FAQ's for RP2. You can access the FAQ's by clicking on the link contained under the Site section on the left menu.

If you have any thoughts or contributions for the FAQ's please contact one of the service administrators.

Good Friday guarding a steam train

Posted Sunday, 11 April, 2004 by Maikha in Railway Stories

From a young aspiring railway volunteer, I discover that after being partially 'passed out' as a guard for the Zig Zag Railway, the fact that a railway is anything but perfect becomes the realisation for me as a young railway worker, destined to one day be on the footplate. The pressures of delays, disruptions and stressed collegues are at the least, an assessment of my performance and aptitude, trying to manage a train according to schedule, at the same time, carry aboard happy passengers.

Learning the Safeworking - Where it all starts

Posted Sunday, 11 April, 2004 by Maikha in Railway Stories

After spending years as a 'typical' train buff, taking photos, travelling far out to see locos, going on tours and all that, there was something ahead which would really satisfy me in my love for trains. Something better than all the previous combined. Something that would set the road (Excuse the pun!) towards my lifelong dream.

The long childhood dream of mine to one day be on the footplate of a steam locomotive, and be the one opening the regulator was going to start somewhere. It was at Clarence station on the Zig Zag Railway filling out a membership form. Months later, the start of a dream would really begin where all volunteers do, their safeworking course. This was going to be my initial exposure to the operations of a railway, and it was the first step on the ladder I'd ever take.

Railpage Australia Releases Rail Events Calendar

Posted Monday, 12 April, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

The Railpage Australia team would like to announce the release of a national rail events calendar provided as a link under the contents section of the navigation toolbar

The calendar is designed to provide groups and individuals with a centralised events calendar which is available to internet based railway enthusiasts.

Feedback on the service to be directed to the RP support team via the feedback section

Vic: Ticket inspector accused

Posted Tuesday, 13 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

A TICKET inspector grabbed a young female passenger around the neck with his two hands, police have been told.

Memories of Broad Gauge steam around Adelaide

Posted Tuesday, 13 April, 2004 by sarail in Railway Stories

The early 90's saw substancial changes with standardisation of the 'Main South' resulting in the relocation of Steamranger from Dry Creek to Mount Barker. The following is just a few recolections of the last few years of steam out of Dry Creek.

By Peter Michalak

Rail system a laughing stock

Posted Wednesday, 14 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Grain farmers are taking an active interest in rail matters these days, much more than previously and for good reason. For too long it has been the policy of successive NSW governments to close down rural rail lines on the grounds that they do not pay.

Restoration planned for historic NZ tram

Posted Wednesday, 14 April, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The Otago Settlers Museum will launch a public appeal to raise $140,000 to restore one of New Zealand's oldest electric trams.

WEST COAST RAILWAY S CLASS S 311 Derails in Warrnambool Yard Tonight

Posted Wednesday, 14 April, 2004 by dalts 1985 in Rail News

18:45 Hours Wednesday 14 April 2004.

WCR's S 311 has come off the rails and ended in the dirt at Warrnambool, CFA Currently in attendance.

Amtrak President says rail stations vulnerable to attack

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Amtrak's president says last month's rush-hour train attacks in Spain could happen in the United States.

Union laments north coast rail cuts

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The union representing rail workers says the decision by the NSW Government to cut rail services on the state's north coast is a sin and should be reversed.

Save our train group on alert as coastal service gets the axe

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

THE AXING of the Casino to Murwillumbah train will serve as a reminder to the Armidale community to continue the fight for its own rail service.

Hybrid loco pulls its weight

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Switching locomotives are the tugboats of the rail yards because they haul rail cars from one location or track to another. They are called "goats" in the industry and most North American switchers are 40 to 50 years old, noisy and expensive to operate and maintain. As well, they are constantly polluting the atmosphere.

Mail train could soon be back on UK rails

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Royal Mail is in talks with the freight arm of transport operator FirstGroup, which could see post being delivered by railway once more.

Taiwan high speed rail to start in 2005

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Both the government and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) said yesterday that the north-south high speed rail system will start service in October next year as scheduled.

Bush Administration to scrap Amtrak

Posted Thursday, 15 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Bush Administration is planning on scrapping the nationally owned Amtrak railway service. The White House has asked the States for proposals and plans for the future “if Amtrak were dismantled and some or all of its routes were open to competition.“

Commuters reveal ticket-dodging secrets

Posted Friday, 16 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

ON the Penrith-bound train, people are jammed in like sardines, clinging to anything they can wrap their hands around.

Fast rail project going off track

Posted Saturday, 17 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

THE cost of Victoria's troubled fast rail project is ballooning by more than $1 million a week.

Wimmera and Ballarat area 9 - 16/4/2004

Posted Saturday, 17 April, 2004 by mars in Gunzelling Reports

Sightings from the Wimmera, Featuring a trip to Ballarat.

New operators promise a new beginning

Posted Sunday, 18 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Connex and Yarra Trams have vowed to revitalise Melbourne's public transport by upgrading services and safety during a five-year, $2.3 billion contract with the State Government.

Train driver training time slashed

Posted Monday, 19 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

THE NSW Government has cut the training time of rail drivers by five months in an effort to get more drivers on the tracks sooner.

Rogue package caused train delays

Posted Monday, 19 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE discovery of a suspicious package at Beverly Hills railway station yesterday afternoon left many Sydney commuters facing long delays home.

Vic: Full steam ahead on port scheme

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

The State Government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to deepening Port Phillip Bay's shipping channel, but was unable to say how the $450 million project will be funded. Its economic statement said legislation would be introduced this year to accelerate the project's planning approval and to declare it a priority for the state, subject to a satisfactory environmental effects study.

Driver training starts on Bairnsdale line today

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

The training of V/Line drivers on the new Bairnsdale railway line has commenced, the Minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor announced today.

Mr Batchelor said the track works were now complete, the line had received safety approval, and an announcement regarding the return of passenger services would be made very soon.

Rail vandal put lives at risk

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A vandal who hauled concrete slabs and steel fencing on to railway tracks caused thousands of pounds of damage and threatened the lives of hundreds of passengers, police said yesterday.

CP Rail shifts focus from cuts to growth

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Strong Chinese demand boosts railway volume

Canadian Pacific Railway Co. says years of downsizing and layoffs are past as it focuses on growing, in part to handle the Chinese market's huge shipping demands for imports and exports.

NZ rail customers call for strong track operator

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Tranz Rail's customers are lobbying for a transparent and strong track-owning company when the track returns to the Government.

Concern over Hunter Valley rail facility

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Metford and Thornton residents have joined forces to fight a $12 million railway siding facility between the two suburbs.

NYC train collision leaves 130 injured

Posted Wednesday, 21 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

An empty Amtrak train ploughed into the back of a commuter laden train near New York's Penn Station on Monday, leaving 130 people with minor injuries.

NSW: Train users told to 'take car'

Posted Thursday, 22 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

EVEN when they are trying to do the right thing, CityRail seems to get it wrong.

Boost for Pinjarra Rail Heritage Centre

Posted Thursday, 22 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The bid to establish a rail museum at Pinjarra's Rail Heritage Centre received an $845,000 boost this week.

Tram loop recommended for Glasgow

Posted Thursday, 22 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A tram loop running west from Glasgow city centre along both banks of the Clyde has been recommended by transport consultants.

Rail group wants independent study

Posted Thursday, 22 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail lobby group Northern Rivers Trains for the Future says it welcomes the Federal Government's offer to fund a feasibility study into rail services in the region, but says the study must be independent.

Thousands dead in North Korea rail blast

Posted Friday, 23 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Up to 3,000 people were killed or injured when two fuel-laden trains collided and exploded at a North Korean station just hours after leader Kim Jong-il had passed through, according to South Korean media.

New York MTA orders 120 Bombardier electric cars

Posted Friday, 23 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates several commuter services in the New York City area, has exercised an option to buy 120 more M-7 electric rail cars from Bombardier Transportation for $280 million.

3000 feared dead in crash

Posted Friday, 23 April, 2004 by jmorgan in International Rail News

AS MANY as 3000 people were killed or injured today when two trains carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas collided and exploded at a North Korean train station, South Korean media reported.

Beaudesert Rail has added a special wheelchair-friendly carriage

Posted Friday, 23 April, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

Beaudesert Rail has added a special wheelchair-friendly carriage to the seven nicely rennovated ones which its C17 steam train pulls regularily on its beaudesert-Logan village run. Wednesday's are usually reserved for group bookings, with the weekend trips for steam engine fans and other sightseers.

VIC: Ads take us for a ride

Posted Friday, 23 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

MELBOURNE commuters say the latest campaign to promote train travel is a con.

Rail rescue within seconds of train

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

It sounded like a car smashing into a pole, but when Tony Digrazia ran from the Brunswick factory where he worked, he could not see a thing through the dark and rain.

NSW: Rail staff get $750 cab rides

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

TAXIS costing taxpayers as much as $750 a fare are being used to take train drivers home after a fortnight's work.

Internet bookings to replace rail jobs

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

As many as 400 workers could lose their jobs when the State Government closes the rural rail reservations office at Central Station and at least 30 CountryLink travel centres in Sydney and across the state.

Trams still aren't good enough: report

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Light rail routes need to be better integrated with other travel services and cheaper to construct, if they are to succeed in Britain, a report has warned.

NSW: Police on track to detect train drugs

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

New South Wales police officers are stepping up their efforts to find drug dealers and couriers using Sydney's train network.

N Korea remains tight-lipped on train disaster

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Foreign aid workers said on Sunday they were not given enough information by North Korea to mount a comprehensive relief operation following a railway explosion near the Chinese border.

South Korea offers North Korea aid

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

South Korea has offered medical supplies and food worth $US1 million to North Korea to help victims of a deadly train blast, officials said.

New MSTS add-ons available in Downloads section

Posted Sunday, 25 April, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

New MSTS add-ons are now available in the railpage download section. Click on new to see files released over the last 7 days.

Train blast recovery continues

Posted Monday, 26 April, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

International aid agencies said they would return to the site of a devastating North Korean train blast, which killed at least 161 people, in an urgent effort to help the victims.

Three teens charged over attack

Posted Tuesday, 27 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

THREE teenagers have been charged over an attack on a rail employee at Blackburn in Melbourne's east yesterday.

Woman trapped on train platform escapes injury

Posted Tuesday, 27 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Hospital staff say a woman has been very lucky to escape serious injury after being trapped between a train and a platform at a station in Sydney's south last night.

Stopwork meeting will disrupt train services

Posted Tuesday, 27 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

April 27, 2004 PERTH metropolitan train services will be disrupted tomorrow as drivers attend a union meeting to discuss their latest pay offer.

Drunk Mexican sleeps as train runs over him

Posted Wednesday, 28 April, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

April 28, 2004 A drunk Mexican man who fell asleep on railroad tracks and was run over by a train slept through the entire episode and escaped unharmed, local officials said. Jorge Lozano Lopez, a 32-year-old electrician, did not regain consciousness until well after paramedics arrived on the scene late one recent night.

Tourist tram celebrates 10th birthday

Posted Wednesday, 28 April, 2004 by James Holt in Tram and Light Rail News

One of Melbourne's top tourist attractions, the city circle tram, has turned 10 today.

Wellington Rail Talks On Track

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

There has been a positive outcome to initial negotiations between TranzMetro and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Federal MP airs Murwillumbah rail concerns

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by dbromage in Rail News

There are concerns the NSW Government will try to dismantle the north coast rail line before plans for its future use can be fully investigated.

Call for Vic Govt to boost rail say

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by dbromage in Rail News

The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, is urging the Victorian Government to ensure it has a bigger say in the future of the state's rail lines.

Tranz Rail becomes Toll NZ

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

The 10-year-old Tranz Rail name has been dumped in the dustbin of New Zealand transport history.

NT station owners say rail compo offers unfair

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by dbromage in Northern Territory Rail News

A lawyer representing a group of eight Northern Territory cattle station owners says a test case could be mounted if the Territory Government does not readdress issues over the acquisition of land for the Alice to Darwin railway.

Jarvis admits liability for Potters Bar crash

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

Two years after seven people died in a horrific derailment blamed on points failure, maintenance company Jarvis and track overlords Network Rail accepted "legal liability".

Woman killed in train derailment

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A CAMBODIAN woman was killed and three other people seriously injured when a train derailed en route from the southwestern port town of Sihanoukville to the capital, officials said today.

Train staff go on strike

Posted Thursday, 29 April, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

29apr04 About 500 CountryLink reservations staff have walked off the job for 24 hours to protest against the New South Wales Government's proposed cuts to regional rail services. Also protesting today are people affected by the planned cutting of an XPT rail service between Casino and Murwillumbah on the NSW north coast. The strike by CountryLink reservations staff was timed to coincide with the community protest, which will be held at Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney later today.

70 protest rail plans

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in Rail News

Regional commuters continued to suffer service cuts at the hands of the Sydney-centric NSW Government while millions were pumped into the CityRail network, protesters said yesterday.

Inquiry sought into Murwillumbah line closure

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in Rail News

The State Opposition will push for a parliamentary inquiry into the termination of train services on the Casino to Murwillumbah line.

China to Europe rail link planned

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

Officials in Kazakhstan say they are planning a railway link that will speed up transit between China and Europe.

Belvidere & Delaware River Railway o start rail excursions this Saturday

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

As the tracks of the Belvidere & Delaware River Railway come alive, so will the dreams of a revived Phillipsburg. Saturday marks the long-awaited start of the Delaware River Railroad Excursions which officials are heralding as the town's first major tourist attraction and a sure-fire boost for the economy.

Vic opposition questions fast rail timetable

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in Rail News

The Victorian Opposition says the State Government is stalling the regional fast rail projects for optimum political advantage.

Palin invited on nostalgic rail journey

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in International Rail News

Television star Michael Palin has been invited to join railway enthusiasts on a nostalgic trip along the under-threat line to Londonderry. The Modern Railway Society of Ireland said it had invited Palin to travel with them on its "The Threatened Lines" tour this Sunday.

Train driver shortages to continue

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

Shortages in the amount of train drivers needed to properly run Sydney's rail network will plague the system for another two years, it was reported.

Roads set to score millions

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

VICTORIA'S roads will be the big winners in next month's state and federal budgets.

Countrylink Hunter Valley rail service reviewed

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by dbromage in Rail News

Countrylink's rail services in the Hunter will undergo a review over the next eight weeks.

First Interail train to Brisbane

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by semartin in Rail News

The first northbound Interail train between Melbourne and Brisbane is due into Acacia Ridge at 9pm tonight. The first southbound train ran on Wednesday 28 April.

Train driver over the limit

Posted Friday, 30 April, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

A SYDNEY train driver has been removed from duty for allegedly testing positive for alcohol after a rail crash today.

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