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