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Train passenger in court after drugs find

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

An Indian Pacific train passenger has appeared in Broken Hill Local Court in western New South Wales after up to $23,000 worth of marijuana and amphetamines were found in his luggage.

Miners hail freight deal

Posted Saturday, 5 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE mining industry yesterday welcomed a landmark agreement to transfer the NSW freight lines to commonwealth control - and a promise to overhaul a costly Hunter Valley rail bottleneck. Under the deal announced yesterday, the Hunter Valley line, which was designed more than a century ago, gets a $170 million upgrade to lift the capacity of the gateway to the lucrative coal fields.

Rail deal brings 50 new SA jobs

Posted Saturday, 5 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

MORE than 50 new Adelaide jobs are expected to follow yesterday's signing of an $872 million deal to increase Australian Rail Track Corporation's management of national rail lines. The agreement by the Federal and New South Wales governments and ARTC gives the company a 60-year lease of major NSW rail lines. Adelaide-based ARTC will also manage secondary NSW lines for the NSW Government.

Cameras catch gang attack

Posted Sunday, 6 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A BRUTAL gang attack at an eastern suburbs train station has been caught on video.

Rail chiefs ask for $355m extra

Posted Sunday, 6 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Senior managers have asked for $355 million more than they have been allocated in their budgets to run the state's troubled rail network.

Pair hit waiting for tram

Posted Sunday, 6 June, 2004 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A PREGNANT woman and her 11-month-old girl had a lucky escape yesterday after a car slammed into the tram stop where they were sitting.

Deputy PM to make Coffs visit

Posted Sunday, 6 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson is to make a whistle-stop visit to the the mid north coast region of New South Wales next week after the Commonwealth makes a major pre-election announcement on road and rail infrastructure.

Two charged over train assault

Posted Sunday, 6 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

POLICE have charged two more men in relation to an assault at a Melbourne railway station on Friday night which left two men in hospital.

On the right road to better rail

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The elevation of Footscray Road, which will dramatically expand Port of Melbourne capacity and efficiency, is a key project in the Federal Government's $1.9 billion AusLink program to be launched today. It would allow full integration between the docks and the Dynon rail precinct, creating what Patrick Corp chief executive Chris Corrigan last month said would be a world-class transport hub.

$11.8b pledged to road and rail program

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

An $11.8 billion AusLink plan would help address Australia's land transport needs which have increased due to rapid economic growth, federal Transport Minister John Anderson said today.

India rules out rail privatisation

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav on Saturday strongly opposed privatisation in the Railways saying he would step down from the ministry if any such attempt was made.

Koreas agree to open a cross-border road and rail links

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

North and South Korea agreed Saturday to open their first cross-border road and rail links by October, as South Korea announced that it would extend a 400,000-ton rice "loan" to North Korea.

Transport plan a bribe: Labor

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Federal Government's $11.8 billion national transport plan was a half-baked vote buying exercise, opposition transport spokesman Martin Ferguson said today.

On the right road to better rail

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The elevation of Footscray Road, which will dramatically expand Port of Melbourne capacity and efficiency, is a key project in the Federal Government's $1.9 billion AusLink program to be launched today.

Damaged train to undergo repairs

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

West Coast Railway plans to have one of its damaged locomotives repaired and back in service early next month, after a safety alert forced the trains off the rails two weeks ago.

Like it or not, Victoria is fast becoming an insignificant railway rust belt

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2004 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Whilst the Federal Government's Auslink programme announced today will go a long way to upgrading this country's road and more importantly rail links, let's hope the work and management for Victoria's projects stays with the Federal Government's Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Rail boost will ease road jams

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A PUBLIC project rivalling Australia's ambitious Snowy Mountain Scheme will overhaul freight-carrying on the east coast.

Sydney-Brisbane rail mess heads rescue priorities

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Sydney to Brisbane rail "goat track" will receive a much-welcomed straightening, as part of an $1.8 billion upgrade of the national rail network.

Dubbo centre of new rail link

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Dubbo is set to become one of the nation's major transport hubs under an $11.8 billion plan released by the Federal Government yesterday.

End of the line, then they wired for success

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

When the vintage steam train the Leschenault Lady cancelled its day-trips to Boyanup, few believed the museum there would survive.

Israel railway passenger traffic up 48% in May

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

There were 1.9 million railway passengers in Israel in May 2004, 48% more than in May 2003, according to figures published today by Israel Railways.

Fare for the fare: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The ride is as smooth as the pate on Melbourne's Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Ben Canaider goes along for the feed.

Editorial: First steps towards efficient transport

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

John Anderson promises a land transport revolution the equivalent of two Snowy Mountains schemes. But given the time Australian governments traditionally take to finish roads and railways, this new project will likely seem to take as long to build as the Snowys. Not the hydro-electric project, the mountains.

Anthony champions northern rail link

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Federal Member for the northern New South Wales seat of Richmond says he hopes a multi-billion dollar project to improve the nation's road and rail system will convince the NSW Government it should restore the Casino to Murwillumbah rail link.

Rail standardisation funds just the start

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor says the Federal Government's promised $20 million for rail standardisation between Geelong and Mildura is only the beginning of the project.

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