The new state-of-the-art, high speed Prospector train will come into service on June 28, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced today.
Bookings for the new Perth-to-Kalgoorlie train open on Monday, May 17.
A passenger train has arrived in Stratford in Victoria's Gippsland, for the first time in almost 11 years.
Tens of thousands of Sydney commuters were delayed or stranded yesterday when most services ground to a halt after the rail network's communication system failed. Crowds choked platforms with passengers left to endure lengthy delays, even after RailCorp said it had fixed the problem.
They're strange bedfellows but the Greens and farming groups are content to cosy up on opposing rail branch line closure. The rural hamlet of Greenthorpe played host to NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon and the NSW Farmers' Association this week as they bonded over branch lines.
NSW TRAINS authority RailCorp has sent in software engineers to find the source of the outage that left up to 300,000 commuters stranded yesterday, saying the new Sasser worm, which has already spawned two variants, is being evaluated as a possible cause. A RailCorp spokesman confirmed that software engineers were investigating the problem, which prevented drivers from talking to signal boxes. A virus attack was one possibility being investigated, he said. RailCorp was unable to confirm when the investigation would be complete.
The mysterious death of an elderly woman passenger who fell from the Indian Pacific train has sparked two separate inquiries into the tragedy. Safety procedures are meant to prevent passengers from opening the carriage doors during a journey. The woman disappeared from a Perth-bound train on Friday after it crossed into WA.
Tuesday, May 4
THE State Opposition is demanding to know why the Government is yet to renew a contract with Geelong's West Coast Railway for the Warrnambool train service. Shadow Transport spokesman Terry Mulder said the Government had been negotiating the contract since November 2002 and questioned why it had taken so long.
By STAVRO SOFIOS and MATT SUN May 4, 2004 SYDNEY'S fault-riddled Millennium train was officially declared a lemon yesterday – after barely 15 months on the tracks. The State Government axed its contract to buy any more of the trains after manufacturer EDI tried to get an extra $22.6 million out of taxpayers. However taxpayers should not feel pleased – $658 million was spent on the Millennium – $100 million more than the public was first told.
The makers of the dumped Millennium trains would be allowed to bid to provide their substitute, NSW Premier Bob Carr said.
The news that Bairnsdale was to re-open was all that was needed to convince the parents to take me there. It was an enjoyable day. Warning, this is actually part of my english essay! Please excuse off topic parts.
The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has vowed to stage a campaign to lobby the New South Wales Government to reconsider cancelling the third stage of the Millennium trains contract.
West Coast Railway says it is likely it will continue to run passenger services to Warrnambool, after its contract runs out next month West Coast director Don Gibson says it looks like the current contract will be extended, but the company will hand the service back to the Government sometime before 2006.
The Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, John Turner, said the proposed rearrangement of timetabling for the Countrylink train service out of Taree south in the dead of night is the backdoor way of cancelling services.
Paris yesterday added to Silvio Berlusconi's pleasure at becoming the longest-serving prime minister in postwar Italian history by agreeing to co-fund an ambitious 52km tunnel under the Alps that will link Lyons with Turin and extend the high-speed French rail network into northern Italy.
Business leaders formed a coalition on Wednesday to back Amtrak's request for a record $1.8 billion in federal subsidies, saying a functioning passenger rail network is important to the economy.
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ANTHONY RADFORD Tuesday, 4 May 2004 A CITY of Greater Bendigo councillor last night claimed political interference was behind his failure to gain support for abandoning the council's plan to extend the tram line around Lake Weeroona. Whipstick Ward councillor Kevin Gibbins accused Bendigo's two state politicians of pressuring mayor Greg Williams and chief executive officer John McLean into silencing him over the issue.
A RENEWED focus on rail has grain-handling company Ausbulk looking closely at Eyre Peninsula's rail infrastructure including options to extend the rail onto the wharf at the Port Lincoln silos. The company's discussions centre on how to accommodate longer trains, which would mean less shunting and facilitate faster unloading.
A WRANGLE between Australia's two biggest rail operators threatens the expansion of Geelong's freight network. Geelong's $5.1 million dual-guage rail link to Lascelles Wharf, promised two years ago, cannot begin because the line's owner, Freight Australia, will not grant the State Government access to the line.
THE new Adelaide to Darwin rail link has increased competition with road transport in the north or Australia and the truckies are fighting back. Damaged and late goods are causing a shift from rail to road transport and trucking companies report a 15 per cent trade upswing since the "Steel Snowy" opened. Hailed as Australia's last great rail project, the first train on the $1.3-billion, 3000km, Adelaide to Darwin AustralAsia railway debuted on January 15. http://countryman.thewest.com.au/20040429/cm-home-sto124082.html
An extension of Sydney's light rail network is almost certain to go ahead with a new $200 million link taking passengers up and down George Street from Central Station to Circular Quay, new Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
All leftover equipment from the construction of the Alice Springs to Darwin railway line will go under the hammer from tomorrow. Auctioneer Andrew Maros said the four-day sale was a good chance to pick up a bargain among the more than 3500 lots up for grabs.
Up to 200 jobs in Cootamundra and the surrounding area have come under threat in a deal struck between the Rail Infrastructure Corporation (RIC) and the Commonwealth Government's Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
With the development of urban rail transit, on the one hand, it is promoting the process of urban modernization, alleviating congested traffic in cities, and narrowing the distance between time and space. On the other hand, it changes the way people travel, accelerates the pace of their life and work, and affects the quality of life.
The Armidale to Tamworth rail line is about to reopen to regular freight traffic for the first time in many years.
Investment in trams is booming in many European countries including Switzerland where new track is being laid in the cities of Zurich, Basel and Geneva. On May 16 voters will have their say on a new SFr153 million tramline serving a western suburb of the capital, Bern.
There has been a call for the Victorian Government to use the Freight Australia sale to promote competition on the State's rail network.
RECENT vandalism directed at the Busselton Jetty's train service has raised fears by Busselton Jetty Management Committee executive Len Boyling that unless the culprit is caught someone could get hurt. Mr Boyling said that the jetty had experienced ongoing vandalism for the past 18 months but a recent spate of damage to the train system was a deliberate attempt to sabotage its operations.
A final effort will be made today to save rail services on the Casino to Murwillumbah line on the northern New South Wales north coast. Local mayors from the region will take their protest to State Parliament.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor is still refusing to say when passenger train services will resume between Ballarat and Ararat, in the wake of an Auditor-General's report outlining a cost blowout.
A super luxury train service will be introduced from Colombo to the Bandaranaike International Airport soon. The service which will only take 20 minutes from the Airport to Colombo will be set up with assistance from the Government of the People's Republic of China.
A new type of bus that looks more like a tram is being designed by First Group in a drive to get more passengers out of their cars and on to public transport. The bus and rail operator said yesterday that research showed people preferred trams to buses, so it had decided to build a "tram bus".
A fold-out map spread out on her lap, Alison Wooden traces the last seconds of her son's life. Here is the train, 17.6 seconds before it crashes into the car in which Kyle was travelling, she says, pointing to a bullet-shaped mark on the far right of the map. Here is the car, she says, sweeping her finger to a much smaller spot halfway across the map.
A Japanese consortium is set to bid for a $1b-plus Chinese rail project this month designed to double the speed of conventional locomotives on China's main railways to more than 200km per hour.
New Jersey intends to revive a long-stalled plan to bore a tunnel costing about $5 billion under the Hudson River to expand commuter rail service into New York City's Pennsylvania station, a state official said.
Geelong's new fast trains were on time and on budget, State Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said yesterday. At a special progress review of the Regional Fast Rail Project at the Dandenong factory where the new trains are being built, Mr Batchelor said the project was on schedule.
This is the first glimpse of the sleek, high-tech V'Locity trains that will travel at speeds of up to 160kmh under the Fast Rail project. Transport Minister Peter Batchelor yesterday inspected progress on the construction of the 38 two-carriage trains at Bombardier Transportation's Dandenong plant.
THREE men were taken to hospital after a collision between a road train and an empty freight train, which partially derailed, near the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi today. Two train drivers and the truck driver were taken to Goondiwindi Hospital after the accident at a level crossing on the Cunningway Way, 2km north-east of Goondiwindi at 11.15am (AEST), Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) area director Mike Flanigan said.
Byron Bay's Railway Friendly Bar will keep rocking, but when the last train leaves the platform tomorrow night the town's railway service will stop rolling. The bar of the Railway Friendly in Byron backs on to the tracks of the Casino-Murwillumbah branch line, which carried its first train 110 years ago.
Ten years after privatisation, the government is to take a historic step back towards virtually recreating British Rail as part of a wide-ranging shake-up to slash costs and boost the dire performance of the railways.
AN Australian firm is attracting interest from rail companies here and overseas with a software project that may help trains run on time. Researchers at the Co-operative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies (Rail CRC) — set up in 2001 and funded by the federal Government, the Australian rail industry and six universities — are working on a bundle of real-time train scheduling and optimisation tools.
The Auditor General has severely criticised the Bracks government's poor management of the Ararat passenger rail project.
A new tram line intended to cut travel time and ease traffic congestion will not provide service in central Athens during the Olympics.
Construction work has begun on a 2.5-billion-dollar project to build a rail tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait, which flows through Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul. Despite fears about the risk of earthquakes, the tunnel will run 1,600 meters at 60 meters below sea-level.
THE campaign to save South Coast rail services went full steam ahead at a protest rally yesterday morning, on the same day the State Government announced that from July, no trains would run to or from the Shoalhaven after 9pm.
City design officials in Shanghai said that the traffic management department was considering a planto connect Shanghai with the neighboring cities in the Yangtze River delta through rail transport systems.
Scientists examining the brains of the top 16,500,000 people in Australia with very high IQs have discovered a correlation between high intelligence and two chemicals called Ferrocarbohydroxide (FeCH2O - "Steel and Steam") and Tetra-Osmium-Nitrate (Os4N3 - "Dense Fertiliser").
Alexandrina Council Mayor Kym McHugh joined 150th Anniversary of Australia's First Public Railway Celebration organisers in thanking the volunteers for making the celebration such a success at a morning tea at Signal Point on Tuesday morning.
The Eastern Seaboard rail system will receive a $550m funding boost next month as part of a broader plan to help increase the efficiency of freight transport and ease the pressure on the national highway network. Government sources said the money would mainly be used to fix the rail line between Melbourne and Sydney, in addition to the $450m previously allocated to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for upgrading the Sydney to Brisbane line.
The chief executive of RailCorp, Vince Graham, yesterday verged on openly clashing with the Waterfall commissioner, Peter McInerney, in his defence of the program RailCorp had taken to prevent new rail disasters.
Three out of four UK business rail travellers want to use Wi-Fi for Internet access on the move, believing on-train connectivity is a clear reason to choose rail travel over other forms of transport, according to research released by Broadreach Networks Limited.
Wodonga's double railway plan for a $30 million freight hub at Barnawartha North and a relocation of the tracks from the citys centre has reached a crucial stage.
The UK's two busiest rail systems face simultaneous disruption after Network Rail staff voted in favour of striking days before the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union ballots its London Underground staff on industrial action.
The Department of Homeland Security issued its first anti-terror directive for the nation's commuter rail and subway systems yesterday, calling for wide-ranging precautions dealing with checks of unattended bags, bombproof trash receptacles and the use of explosive-sniffing dogs.
From correspondents in Amsterdam 22may04 A PASSENGER train crashed into an empty train at Amsterdam's central station, killing two people, the NOS national news service said today. The national disaster information service ANWB estimated 10 to 15 people were injured, but could not immediately confirm the fatalities.
THE proposed 35-kilometre Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Reserve walking track was unveiled on Tuesday and a Friends group launched in support. It was the first public event organised by the Committee of Management and more than 60 people from across the district attended.
A Spanish judge investigating the Madrid train bombings has re-arrested a Moroccan man after new evidence came to light linking him to the March 11 attacks which killed 191 people, state radio reports.
TRANSPORT Minister Peter Batchelor admitted V/Line's punctuality performance has been below par, according to the State Opposition. Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder accused Mr Batchelor of making the blunder about the government-owned rail service in a public hearing of State Parliament's Public Accounts and Estimates Committee on Thursday.
WEST Coast Railway's entire fleet of locomotives has been taken off the tracks after a safety alert was issued late yesterday. The director of Public Transport and Safety notified West Coast Railway about the possibility of stress cracks in locomotive underframes. The company took immediate action to cancel all rail services for at least the next four days and replace them with coach services.
Top managers and frontline staff within NSW's rail agencies were not properly trained to help prevent the Waterfall rail disaster, a special independent safety audit ordered by the inquiry into the fatal accident has found.
Buses will continue to be used in place of the passenger rail services between Warrnambool and Melbourne until safety concerns with the locomotives are resolved.
The prospect of a stock market flotat of Deutsche Bahn in 2006 dimmed on Sunday after advisers to the government said the German rail operator would need government subsidies and higher profits for a successful sale.
A VISITOR survey during Easter has confirmed the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is one of Victorias leading attractions. The traffic count found 7596 people had cycled the trail on Saturday and Sunday of the Easter long weekend.
The task ahead for the railways is huge. Right now, we have a situation in the country where the freight cost is cheaper for moving steel from Rotterdam to Mumbai than it is to bring it over from Jamshedpur or Bhilai. Inefficient overland transport makes several industries like steel and coal non-competitive vis-a-vis imports. Railways should play a major role in changing this situation.
Bentley Systems today announced that First Great Western, a leading U.K. train operating company, has unveiled the world's most advanced and realistic train simulator. As a commitment to rail safety, First Great Western is investing in three train simulators based on Bentley software.
The head of the French subsidiary of Lastminute.com, a British online travel service, said Monday the unit would next month file a complaint with French competition officials against the online travel agency of the French state rail authority.
It had a rather humble start in August 2002 when only 3,352 passengers logged on to their computers to book tickets online. It would get even simpler once the IRCTC launches its booking service through mobile phones.
More than a year since it was officially opened, Tasmanian's West Coast Wilderness Railway will today be given a certificate of accreditation acknowledging it has met required safety standards.
The first bullet train to be shipped overseas from Japan arrived here Tuesday. The train -- the first of 30 to be delivered over the next year -- was built by a Japanese consortium led by Mitsui & Co. It was shipped from Kobe.
Hospital officials in the Indonesian province of East Java say seven people have been killed and more than 20 others injured in a railway level crossing accident.
Mayoral candidate Simon Hughes is today outlining his proposals to prevent Oxford Street becoming gridlocked with buses. Despite a ban on cars, the street frequently comes to a halt. The problem worsened after more buses were introduced alongside the congestion charge. Now Mr Hughes, the Lib-Dem mayoral candidate, is proposing to pedestrianise the popular shopping street. He also suggests eventually running a tram along it if the removal of buses can be made to work.
Ottawa has created a one-year contribution program to provide funding for four remote and regional passenger rail lines across Canada. Transport Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will both contribute to the program.
Amid safety concerns after an Amsterdam train collision last week, Transport Minister Karla Peijs announced Tuesday she is to spend EUR 40 million on upgrading the present rail safety system, starting with the busiest routes.
The Shoalhaven Group of Unions says it is partly satisfied with assurances from RailCorp and officials from the Ministry of Transport that there are no plans to phase out train services between Kiama and Bomaderry.
West Coast Railway was unable to say yesterday when passenger services to Warrnambool would return to normal. West Coast's entire fleet of 10 locomotives will have to undergo repair works before they are allowed back on the tracks.
Silicon Valley residents want a bullet train - but not one that runs through a state park. That was the message Wednesday afternoon from speaker after speaker as 200 people turned out at a state hearing in San Jose to offer opinions on California's proposed $37 billion high-speed rail project.
Japan's Hanshin Electric Railway Co said Thursday it posted record-high group net profit and sales for fiscal 2003 ended March 31 as sales at its affiliates were boosted by the Hanshin Tigers winning their first Central League pennant in 18 years.
A photo in Wednesday Business showed tracks of the Jamaica Railway Corporation at Industrial Terrace, part of the main line leading out of Kingston. But as the caption stated, this was just one more section of the tracks which was paved over.
West Coast Railway's services may be disrupted for months after stress fractures were found in seven of its 10 locomotives. Safety checks ordered by the Director of Public Transport and Safety last Friday found the company's seven S and B class Clyde locomotives needed repairs.