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Govt under fire over road-rail

Posted Thursday, 1 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The WA Government is under fire over its slow progress on the implementation of the road-to-rail Albany Heavy Freight Forum Action Plan.

Ararat trains set to return

Posted Thursday, 1 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Trains will once again roll out between Ballarat and Ararat next week after a 10-year absence. Twice-daily passenger services will return to the line on July 11- a year behind schedule - after an $8 million works project to revive the line.

Vic Fast Rail project gains speed

Posted Thursday, 1 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A group f manufacturing firms, operating under the banner of the Australian Rail Manufacturers consortium, has won an $18m supply contract in connection with the Victorian Fast Rail Project.

NZ govt promises rail spending cap

Posted Thursday, 1 July, 2004 by James Holt in International Rail News

There are limits to how much the taxpayer will have to spend on the rail network after it returned to public ownership, officials said.

End to 'disastrous' New Zealand rail privatisation

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

New Zealand's rail network has been re-nationalised, with the government pledging to invest almost $US130 million over the next four years on trains and track upgrades.

Los Angeles awards Gold Line extension Contract

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by colinw in International Rail News

LOS ANGELES Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a $600m contract to Eastside LRT Constructors for construction of the 9·6km East Los Angeles extension of the Gold Line.

ACCC won't oppose takeover

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The competition watchdog says it will not oppose Pacific National's $285 million acquisition of Victorian rail operator Freight Australia.

Hope remains for rail jobs

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Things may be looking up for many of the southern NSW region's rail workers, after recent talks between their union and the NSW Government.

Rail worker killed after train fall

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A RAIL worker was killed yesterday when he fell underneath a moving train in Sydney's south.

Toll to hand back NZ rail

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

After about nine months of tough negotiations, transport giant Toll Holdings yesterday said it had finally agreed to terms for the transfer of New Zealand's rail network back to the Government.

Feature: Australian Railfreight Gets A Major Boost

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia’s rail network has received a major boost through the allocation of extra funds from the national budget, the AusLink strategy, and the leasing of interstate and coal lines in New South Wales to Australian Rail Track Corporation. This will have major benefits for railfreight in Australia.

VIC: Freight Australia calls on Government to now approve rail freight sale

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by bevans in Press Releases

Freight Australia today welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ruling that the proposed sale of Victoria’s rail freight network could go ahead.

Watchdog unlocks rail deal

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

PACIFIC National's plans to develop a national rail freight network gathered steam today after getting the OK from the competition watchdog to buy Freight Australia.

Rail bridge entombed in Ipswich shopping centre

Posted Friday, 2 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The brickwork of an old rail bridge in Queensland will be buried beneath a shopping centre, in an unusual solution to a heritage problem.

Fox rival wins go-ahead

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

DESPITE objections from Lindsay Fox's transport group, Linfox, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday granted its rail rivals clearance to buy Freight Australia.

Bus strike slows Sydney commuters

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

Thousands of commuters faced lengthy delays this morning when strike action stopped 1,200 public buses in Sydney and Newcastle.

Missing boy found safe

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

A 10-year-old Korean boy who went missing in Sydney's west has been found unharmed, police said today.

Train security force in disarray amid theft and assault claims

Posted Sunday, 4 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Plagued by claims of widespread pilfering and cowboy conduct, the security force charged with stamping out crime on Sydney's trains is in crisis, with more than half its officers wanting to jump ship.

Connex warns: year of rail delays ahead

Posted Sunday, 4 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

The spate of train cancellations on Melbourne's rail network will continue for at least another year, Connex has warned.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/7/2004

Posted Sunday, 4 July, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

This weeks sightings have taken a dive and will probably become the norm in the coming weeks, the reason being that the rebuilt line between Melbourne and Ballarat is now open for freight traffic between Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat and all traffic between Bacchus Marsh and Melbourne. The last diverted train through Gheringhap was last Monday night.

'God of machines' responsible for rail accidents says minister

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

India's railways minister has absolved himself of blame for accidents plaguing the world's largest train network, saying the fate of its 13 million daily passengers rested with the Hindu god of machines, Vishwakarma.

Dont delay FA sale: van Onselen

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Freight Australia has called on the Victorian Government to follow the ACCC and approve the sale to Pacific National.

Competition is a matter of access

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Government has confirmed plans to revamp the Victorian Rail Access Regime. Treasurer Mr John Brumby and Transport Minister Mr Peter Batchelor announced the revamp following the Australian Comp-etition and Consumer Commis-sions decision not to oppose the sale of Freight Australia to Pacific National.

Council hopes $5.7m rail project can move on

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The City of Ballarat is confident the sale of Freight Australia will pave the way for the relocation of Ballarat's freight centre from the city centre to Walsh Estate in Wendouree.

Hobart tram turmoil

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

HOBART'S bicentenary tram project could be scrapped when the Hobart City Council's policy committee meets tomorrow as more problems with the proposal emerge.

Steam 'killed three in train smash'

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THREE people travelling home from a wedding were killed by steam when an historic train collided with a truck at a level crossing, a court was told today

Ararat's proud rail history

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by DavidB in Railway Stories

Ararat's past is steeped in the history of the railways. Almost 130 years ago, on April 6 1875, people made their way to Ararat in coaches, carriages and on foot for the opening of the new railway.

Toll, Patrick wait for approval

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

TOLL Holdings and Patrick Corp will have to wait at least another week to find out if their joint venture rail business, Pacific National, will be allowed to acquire Freight Australia.

WA: Newsletter from the Mandurah line project

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by Riccardo in Rail News

Discusses: city demolitions, Nowergup depot, Clarkson station, railcar testing, Thornlie line, Mt Henry bridge, Alice-Darwin contractors and more

Road train's brakes cut

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A Territory road train's brake lines were deliberately cut in a brazen act of sabotage, it was learned last night.

Talks aim to avert bus strike

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

SYDNEY bus drivers are threatening more industrial action this week unless a pay offer is increased and productivity improvements linked to the wage rise are taken off the table.

National Trust's big bill for tram appeal

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

The cash-strapped National Trust has spent about $50,000 trying to stop Hobart's Sullivans Cove tramway. And the embattled body could face even more legal bills, adding to its $750,000 debt.

Spain probe of Madrid train bombings gets under way

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Parliament's investigation of the Madrid train bombings opened yesterday with a witness account of three young men wearing wool caps on a warm spring day, and with handkerchiefs covering their faces, at the station that was the starting point of the attacks.

Toowoomba-Gladstone rail link on track

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Toowoomba and Gladstone will be linked by rail for the first time in less than three years.

Man falls off train in tunnel

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A MAN fell from a peak-hour train this afternoon, forcing the closure of a railway line in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Whistle preceded crash: Witnesses tell court of steam trains blasts

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

A steam train whistled “heaps” of times before it collided with the trailer of a B-double truck, a former Benalla man told Wangaratta Court yesterday.

PacNat threatens to derail deal

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

Pacific National has threatened to withdraw from the $285 million deal to buy Victorian rail operator Freight Australia if the State Government tries to buy back the rail track.

First inland rail link by 2006

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

THE first link in the ambitious Melbourne to Darwin railway is expected to be completed by the end of 2006.

Police contradict claims over Madrid train blasts

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Two senior Spanish police officers have contradicted claims soon after the Madrid train bombings made by the government then in power that there was evidence to show Basque separatists were responsible.

Victorian rail terminal operators fear PN monopoly

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

Operators of Victorian country rail terminals want the State Government to ensure their businesses are not destroyed and a monopoly created if Pacific National takes over Freight Australia.

Mixed reactions to Indian rail budget

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Railways Minister Laloo today surprised everyone, with no hikes in fares and freight charges, and touched the hearts of the youth by making second class travel free for those attending interviews for government jobs.

Community unhappy with Rankin Springs line closure

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

The decision to close a railway branch line near West Wyalong has upset the local community.

VIC: New fines for fare dodgers start

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

FARE evaders face stiff fine increases from next week, with even bigger fines for repeat offenders.

Rail back on track

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by aussiebbq in Rail News

RAIL services will return to Ballarat today following a $130,000 upgrade of the Ballarat-Melbourne line.

Britomart first birthday: Huge increase in passengers over previous station

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

Dwindling foreign student numbers and extra trains have reduced passenger loads on Auckland buses, casting doubt on the future of some services.

Tram horror girl's parents' thanks

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by James Holt in Tram and Light Rail News

TEENAGER Maria Sokolova has smiled for the first time since her arm was severed 11 days ago as she was hit by a Melbourne tram.

Fortescue Metals launches fresh bid for Pilbara rail accres

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has moved a step nearer to becoming the "new force in iron ore" with Worley Group Ltd's appointment to manage detailed studies on its planned $1.85 billion Pilbara project.

Virgin drops bid for East Coast Main Line

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Sir Richard Branson’s bid to add a main London to Scotland route to his rail empire ended today. Sir Richard’s Virgin Group was part of a consortium bidding with three other companies for the East Coast Main Line franchise.

Exporters have no faith in Auckland rail

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rail has to make giant leaps to persuade companies to take goods off Auckland roads, industry insiders say. Getting more containers on to trains would cut back congestion but exporters such as Auckland Farmers Freezing Company have turned their back on rail.

Work begins on Cardiff International Airport rail link

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Work has begun on a new rail link to Cardiff International Airport. The £6m scheme will enable people from as far as Birmingham and Swindon to use the airport in Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan.

Olympic rail link running late

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Greece has missed another critical deadline for the Athens Olympics because of a two-week delay in completing a rail link from the airport to the city centre.

India bans railway bookshop that sounds "too English"

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A chain of booksellers that has been synonymous with Indian rail travel for 125 years is facing the axe because it sounds too English.

Truckie awaits level crossing crash committal hearing

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

A Wodonga truck driver accused of causing a steam train smash that killed three passengers, will have to wait more than two months before he finds out if he will have to stand trial.

Sydney train running times a disgrace: opposition

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

On-time running figures for NSW trains were a disgrace, with just under a quarter running on time during last Friday's afternoon peak, the state opposition said today.

Heritage nod for Pt Fairy railway shed

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

In just a few months the Port Fairy railway goods shed has gone from near demolition to being labelled of state cultural heritage significance.

French state rail finances slammed

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

French taxpayers urgently need to learn the real cost of their love affair with the lavishly funded state railway monopoly, a parliamentary report into the train operator SNCF said yesterday.

PacNat's bid for Freight Aust may go off the rails

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Within the next week or so Toll Holdings' Paul Little and Patrick Corp's Chris Corrigan will know whether their $285 million bid for Victoria's country rail freight operator, Freight Australia, has succeeded. If it doesn't, it could get ugly.

Ararat sleepers awake to new sound

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Train services will return to Ararat and Beaufort this weekend, more than 10 years after the line was closed.

Lithgow to Darwin rail link

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

An important new role for Lithgow in international tourism opens next month when the first Ozback Explorer Railcruising Experience train pulls out of this city to follow a meandering route across much of Australia.

Rail service off track: Napthine

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

WARRNAMBOOL'S rail system is unreliable and unsafe, member for South West Coast Denis Napthine says. Dr Napthine is calling for the State Government to take over the service from West Coast Rail immediately, after timetable confusions and passengers have been frightened with fights.

V/Line service costs criticised

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

The first V/Line passenger train in 10 years from Melbourne to Ararat will run this morning.

Rural residents welcome train

Posted Sunday, 11 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

RESIDENTS of the western Victorian township of Ararat and surrounding communities have welcomed the return of passenger rail services with the first passenger train in more than a decade rolling into town today.

Solid Energy to ship more

Posted Sunday, 11 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Solid Energy is to bring on an extra coal train each day, which will boost its West Coast distribution capacity from 2.1 million tonnes to 2.4 million tonnes a year and create several new jobs.

France: Mother, baby attacked on train

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A YOUNG woman and her baby have been attacked in a suburban train near Paris by unidentified men who drew swastikas on the mother's stomach. Police today said it was an anti-Semitic assault. The six attackers who were armed with knives clipped the 23-year-old woman's hair, and cut her tee-shirt and trousers before drawing three swastikas on her body.

3526 Re-Launch This Saturday

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by 3642 in Rail Events

The RTMs newly restored 3526 is to be officially relaunched this weekend at Central Station in Sydney.

Ghan to transport Army to NT exercise

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Press Releases

The Australian Army’s use of the newly completed Adelaide to Darwin rail link demonstrates the strategic value of the railway for the Australian Defence Force, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today.

NSW train workers threaten action

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW train maintenance workers are threatening to stop doing repairs on some trains in protest over government moves to increase private contractors in the sector.

Rail return seen as tourism winner

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Government is hailing the return of passenger rail services to Ararat after 10 years as a bonus for tourism in the region.

NSW: Rail job losses to cost $5.7m

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail job losses will be felt across the board in the Goulburn area from September 4 when the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) starts a 60-year lease agreement to control the NSW interstate rail network.

Vic: Big day in the west as they ride the rails again

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The west is back on track. About 4000 people crowded platforms at Ararat and Beaufort stations at the weekend as passenger trains returned for the first time in a decade.

VIC: Ararat sleepers awake to new sound - the train

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Train services will return to Ararat and Beaufort this weekend, more than 10 years after the line was closed.

VIC: Support for more rail competition push

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Labor Member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins, is backing his Government's decision for more competition on the state's rail network.

SA: Ghan to help move military equipment

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Ghan will be a lot longer than usual when it travels through regional South Australia today.

NSW: Talks may halt bus strikes

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

BUS strikes in Sydney may be averted, with the State Transit Authority (STA) expected to put a firm pay offer to drivers this afternoon.

NSW: Minister blasts rail staff workrate

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

RAILWAY workers threatening strike action over government moves to increase private contractors were not doing their jobs well enough, New South Wales Transport Minister Michael Costa said today.

NSW: Travellers to face new train chaos

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

SYDNEY train commuters will face even more delays and cancellations this week, with RailCorp workers black-banning carriages repaired by contractors from today.

Mother, baby train attack in doubt

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

DOUBTS arose today over an alleged anti-Semitic attack on a mother and her baby on a Paris suburban train.

NT: Massive military rail load arrives tomorrow

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

More than 200 vehicles as well as surface-to-air missile systems and their portable radar systems are being freighted from Adelaide to Darwin for use in the Pitch Black military exercises beginning across the Top End next week.

VIC: Rail on a roller-coaster

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE new wave in public transport is taking shape as work progresses on the Spencer St station revamp.

NSW: Smorgasbord for train spotters

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Blue Mountains Line has become more than ever a train spotters' paradise since the opening up of the NSW freight rail system to open competition.

Vic: VLine working on rail promotion

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

V/LINE will work to build patronage on the reopened Ararat rail line through a range of promotional programs.

Vic: Uni backs pleas for returned rail services

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Deakin University has added its voice to calls for the Victorian Government to restore normal train services between Warrnambool and Melbourne.

Vic: Doubts on Warrnambool rail return

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

V/Line can not guarantee full rail services will return to the Warrnambool line on September 1 despite an announcement by city Mayor Glenys Phillpot last night.

Adelaide-Darwin rail strategic: Hill

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The largest consignment of military equipment moved by rail in two decades demonstrated the strategic value of the newly completed Adelaide-Darwin railway, Defence Minister Robert Hill said. More than 200 army vehicles, surface-to-air missile systems and some radars were loaded in Adelaide on Monday for transportation to Darwin on the railway.

NSW: Gas leak evacuees go home

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

ABOUT 50 evacuees were allowed to return to their homes and rail services resumed after a gas pipe was ruptured today near Kiama in New South Wales.

NSW: Trains run out of drivers

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

CityRail was forced to cancel services for the second day in a row after running out of drivers.

NSW: Wheat hopper derailed at Henty

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

Police were called to the Henty Railway Station to a minor derailment of a wheat carriage on the Henty north siding line at 3.45pm on Monday July 5.

Vic: V/Line speaks out over Warrnambool concerns

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

V/Line says it understands Warrnambool residents are frustrated by the current service to Melbourne, with many trains being replaced by buses.

Vic: Opposition says V/Line performance off the rails

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

The Victorian Opposition has labelled the latest V/Line performance results "abysmal" and says the State Government needs to do better by country train travellers.

NSW: Arrest after train disturbance

Posted Wednesday, 14 July, 2004 by Loco in Rail News

A TRAIN was evacuated after a man began threatening passengers as it travelled through Sydney's south today, police said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/7/2004

Posted Wednesday, 14 July, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

The number of sightings this week was better than expected with 130, this makes a total of 3392 sightings for the year to date. 41 of the sightings were on the B/G which included two diverted 9140's and a diverted 9141 as well as a six car EMU transfer behind T369(WC), the T returned later that day on the down as a light loco movement with a van.

NZ: Toll could hold up Alstom sale

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

New Zealand asset sales by troubled French engineer Alstom could be blocked by rail operator Toll.

NZ: Rail workers lose employment battle

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

Rail workers have lost an Employment Court battle to keep their collective agreement under a new employer, Connex.

NZ: Toll fee for rail network use to be revealed

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

The Government looks set to reveal next week what Australian transport firm Toll Holdings will pay for sole use of the rail network, it was reported today.

UK: Rail system shake-up expected

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

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling is due to announce a major shake-up of the national rail system in a White Paper being released on Thursday.

CA: BC Rail sale a done deal

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

The controversial decision by British Columbia's Liberal government to unload its Crown-owned railroad in a C$1-billion deal with a private, U.S.-controlled railway company now is final, says Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.

NZ: Tranzrail destroyed Top Cat documents

Posted Thursday, 15 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Tranz Rail has admitted destroying e-mails and "possibly documents" related to a competition inquiry over rival fast ferry Top Cat.

Woman fabricated anti-Semitic attack claim

Posted Thursday, 15 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A woman who provoked nationwide outrage and sympathy when she reported being accosted at knifepoint in an anti-Semitic attack on a French commuter train has confessed to making up the story.

Vic rail network to face independent safety probe

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The state of Victoria's country rail network will be examined after a spate of derailments and accidents.

Vic: Rail war of words set to roll on

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The slanging match between the builders of Melbourne's new transport hub and the State Government looks set to drag on.

Vic: Wodonga awaits rail line decision

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Wodonga City Council believes the Victorian Government will soon make a decision on the lease of the state's railway lines.

Vic: Safety breaches prompt country rail inquiry

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government has launched an inquiry into Victoria's country rail network following dozens of recent safety breaches and accidents, including derailments and collisions.

UK: Strategic Rail Authority scrapped

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Government today signalled a major shake-up of the railways by grabbing more state control of the system. Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced that the Labour-created rail policy body the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) would be scrapped.

UK: Rail authority chairman quits over shakeup plan

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, Richard Bowker, is to step down in protest at a government shakeup of the rail industry which he has privately dismissed as an ill-judged form of "quasi renationalisation".

NSW: Railway job losses Coalition's responsibility: Greens

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Greens Party MLC, Lee Rhiannon, says the Federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz, is deceiving the people of Goulburn by trying to dodge responsibility for the loss of 88 railway jobs.

Vic Government defends rail inquiry

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Government has defended its decision to order the Director of Public Transport and Safety to conduct an inquiry into eight derailments on country rail tracks.

Vic: Safety fear over fast rail project

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rails not properly anchored to sleepers and sub-standard welds that led to tracks breaking when trains passed over them had reportedly compromised safety on Victoria's new regional fast rail network.

NZ: Tranz Rail case referred to police

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

NZ's Commerce Commission has referred the destruction of company information at Tranz Rail during a commission inquiry to the police.

Vic: Council confident rail sale imminent

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Wodonga council remains confident negotiations on the sale of Victorias railway lines will soon be completed. This is despite tensions erupting yesterday between the Victorian Government and the rail networks private operator, Freight Australia.

WA: Railway a $2b dud

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Perth business veteran Harold Clough, one of Australia's most respected engineers, has branded the Perth to Mandurah rail link a white elephant which he claims will cost taxpayers at least $2 billion.

UK: Rail industry unlikely to meet 2010 freight goal

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2004 by DavidB in Letters to the Editor

The Association of Train Operating Companies claims that rail freight traffic has increased by 32.6 per cent over the past 10 years. The association's statistics are based on "freight moved" which do indeed indicate growth in traffic over this period. But using recent Strategic Rail Authority statistics, over the past five years, "freight moved" has only increased from 18.2 to 18.9bn tonne kilometres, a less than flattering increase of less than 4 per cent.

City can't wait for trains

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by aussiebbq in Rail News

Melbourne's sprinter railcars should be brought to Warrnambool to return a full rail service to the city, according to Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder.

Baltimore Suit Blames CSX for Derailment

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by vanessa in International Rail News

BALTIMORE (AP) - The city sued CSX Corp. on Friday, charging the company was responsible for a train derailment and fire in a tunnel that paralyzed parts of downtown for several days in 2001.

The city wants $10 million for fighting the five-day fire and repairing a broken water main after 11 cars of a 60-car train derailed in the tunnel under the city's central business district.

The drama continues: City Can’t Wait For Trains: Warrnambool.

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by dalts 1985 in Rail News

City Can't Wait For Trains

By Sarah Lipovas

Melbourne's Sprinter Railcars Should be brought to Warrnambool to
return a full & proper Rail service to the city, according to
Opposition Transport Spokesman: Terry Mulder.

Sightings : 03/07/04 - 17/07/04

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by mars in Gunzelling Reports

Detailed sightings from SA and Vic from 3/7/04 to 17/7/04.

NR29 on 7SA8 & NR30 on MX6

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by mars in Rail News

NR29 on 7SA8 & NR30 on MX6

CityRail slashes weekend train services

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Cityrail station staff fear an angry customer backlash when the new train timetable begins operating on Saturday, slashing some weekend services by up to 50 per cent.

Going plum loco on 200th birthday of steam train travel

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

There will be puffing and chuffing tomorrow as Sydney rail enthusiasts mark the 200th anniversary of one of mankind's greatest moments - the running of the world's first steam train.

Wodonga awaits rail line decision

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Wodonga City Council believes the Victorian Government will soon make a decision on the lease of the state's railway lines.

Spot the train

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Trainspotting is a phrase made popular by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, whose book of the same name became the blockbuster British movie of 1996. Now Melbourne artist Daniel Crooks has taken the concept to a new realm.

Nightmare on Spencer Street

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Who will accept the blame for the way Melbourne's landmark project is languishing? No one, it seems, writes Ewin Hannan.

NZ: Watchdog after competition dodgers

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

NZ competition watchdog the Commerce Commission has warned it won't hesitate to use search warrants on companies when investigating allegations into anti-competitive behaviour.

Vic DOI pre-empts NTC review of rail safety regulation

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by chairman in Rail News

Victoria's Department of Infrastructure (DOI) issued an Issues Paper entitled Improving Rail Safety in Victoria: a Review of the Rail Safety Regulatory Framework on 13th July 2004.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/7/2004

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guy's, The sightings this week are down a little to 124, making a total of 3516 sightings for the year to date.

VIC: Flinders St Station in decay

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

MELBOURNE'S Flinders St station is decaying as officials wrangle over who should maintain and repair the showpiece.

End of the line for West Coast Rail

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

The pioneer of the Kennett government's rail privatisation program, West Coast Railway, will close its books at the end of next month.

QLD: Old train just chew-chews up money

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

THERE have been times when Ken Devencorn has wondered if the Beaudesert to Bethania tourist railway line he manages in southeast Queensland is cursed. Taxpayers probably think it is given the cost of bailing out the historic steam train has reached more than $6million.

NSW: $20m gravy train

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

NEARLY $20 million in compensation has been paid to NSW rail passengers in three years – with claims including deep vein thrombosis, chewing gum damage to trousers and spilled coffee. Details of the payouts, obtained by The Daily Telegraph under Freedom of Information laws, has revealed RailCorp has processed 603 compensation claims since 2001.

Wodonga awaits rail line decision

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

The Wodonga City Council believes the Victorian Government will soon make a decision on the lease of the state's railway lines.

Vic: Grampians council to lobby for rail changes

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

Victoria's Southern Grampians Council is using the Cabinet visit to the state's west to lobby Premier Steve Bracks for rail standardisation.

NZ: NZ regulator accuses Tranz Rail

Posted Monday, 19 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The New Zealand Commerce Commission is standing by its claim of "Enron-like" document destruction at Tranz Rail during an investigation into anti-competitive behaviour.

Ghan late after 'unusual incident'

Posted Monday, 19 July, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The Ghan passenger train will arrive more than four hours late in Alice Springs after it was involved in an unusual incident north of Adelaide last night.

People pods coming to get you

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by colinw in Tram and Light Rail News

ANOTHER Mayor, another idea to move people around the Gold Coast.

Train shortage warning for Games

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A train driver shortage affecting the Spencer Street Station redevelopment and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of rail services could get worse by the 2006 Commonwealth Games, a union has warned.

Rail freight restricted to trickle up line

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Railway operator FreightLink has transported only about 4000 tonnes so far.

But Port of Darwin trade development manager Gary Scanlon said the trade was still in its infancy.

He said FreightLink hoped to reach its target of 50,000 TEU's (20-foot equivalent units, or about 6m) by 2007.

He said this compared with the Port of Sydney's 1.1 million and the Port of Melbourne's 1.6 million.

NSW: Rail service is way off track

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE litany of disasters that is CityRail continues. How one public service agency can continually get things wrong is mind-boggling. If Waterfall and the Millennium trains – which still don't work properly – weren't enough, now the travelling public has to put up with a deteriorating service.

WA: Rail accidents spark union concern

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union is concerned about three unrelated, but potentially disastrous incidents in Western Australian over the past week.

NSW: Weekend train cut adds one service

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THE NSW Government will cut one-third of weekend CityRail trains from Saturday to provide just one extra weekday service.

Jetstar-Qantas in near miss

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A Jetstar plane was forced to avoid a Qantas aircraft above Hamilton Island at the weekend, Jetstar said yesterday.

Tram horror girl's parents' thanks

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

TEENAGER Maria Sokolova has smiled for the first time since her arm was severed 11 days ago as she was hit by a Melbourne tram.

Toll NZ to pay for use of rail network

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

Toll New Zealand will pay $38.4 million to the Government for sole use of the rail network in the year to June 30, 2005.

NSW: Rail users told to climb aboard

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

COUNTRY train users across the north-west are being urged to hit the rails if they want to preserve vital links to Sydney.

Bus behaviour guidelines similar to conduct code

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A long-serving Wagga Wagga school bus driver says the new New South Wales guidelines on misbehaving students on buses are not that different to the code of conduct already in place.

Weakest get hit by weekend rail cuts

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

CityRail's weekend cutbacks will hit pensioners, casual workers and young people hardest - the ones official figures show are most reliant on off-peak trains.

VICTORIA NEEDS FULL AND OPEN INQUIRY INTO RAIL SAFETY

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 by bevans in Press Releases

Freight Australia today urged the State Government to launch a full, independent and open public inquiry into all aspects of Victoria’s rail networks. The inquiry should examine all Government projects, including the development of the Regional Fast Rail Network.

NSW: Steam dream derailed

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

The dream of the Ben Chifley engine and its publicly-purchased carriages operating as a tourist train on the Central Tablelands has derailed.

Rail link 'not a white elephant'

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

THE Alice-Springs-to-Darwin rail link could not be called a white elephant, Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson said today.

QLD: Rock throwing incident prompts police investigation

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Sunshine Coast police have asked the south-east Queensland community for help in finding those responsible for damaging two trains earlier this month.

Panic stations over CityRail driver exodus

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

CityRail is losing more train drivers than are graduating from its training program, six months after a critical shortage of staff nearly crippled the commuter rail network.

NSW: Rail men enjoy a line out

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

IT LOOKS like nice work if you can get it, but don't blame the workers. These rail workers, being paid weekend penalty rates to fix up the notoriously unreliable Blue Mountains line, were photographed instead watching the football last Sunday.

First inland rail link by 2006

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

The first link in the ambitious Melbourne to Darwin railway is expected to be completed by the end of 2006.

Tim Fischer 'Literary Luncheon'

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2004 by Lazza in Press Releases

Your Invitation to join us on Puffing Billy for a Literary Luncheon on Friday 6th August 2004.

Qld: Project aims to boost rail stations' access

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

A $1.3 million upgrade has begun to improve passenger access to 10 railway stations in central west Queensland.

Vic: Action group questions fast rail plans

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

The Castlemaine-based Better Rail Action Group wants work stopped on the Bendigo line until there has been an independent review of the fast rail project.

NSW: Rail bridge is essential

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

Lithgow Council has again refused approval for a major residential development at Marrangaroo until a number of issues are addressed by the developer. The biggest issue of concern to Council is the question of access over the main western railway line.

WA: Prospector sabotage unlikely to affect patronage

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

The Public Transport Authority in Western Australia says it does not expect people to be deterred from travelling on the Prospector train service after last week's apparent act of sabotage.

Bendigo gets go ahead for lake tram route

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2004 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has dismissed an appeal against plans to run trams around Bendigo's Lake Weerona.

139 reported dead in Turkish rail disaster

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by TheLoadedDog in International Rail News

A total of 139 people were killed and 57 others were injured when an express train packed with passengers derailed this evening in north-western Turkey, the crisis centre in Ankara said.

AFP

Turkey train derailment death toll revised

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

Thirty-six people have been killed when an express train derailed in north-west Turkey, a spokeswoman for the transport ministry crisis centre told AFP, revising an earlier death toll of 139.

Train driver morale at new low

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail News

Train driver morale was at "rock bottom" despite a pledge by the NSW government that a driver shortage plaguing the rail system would not worsen, their union said.

NSW: Rail cuts to bite this weekend

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Sydney's rail network will shut down at least an hour earlier on most lines and passengers face longer travel times and more train swapping when weekend services are slashed tomorrow.

NT: Anger over Ghan death

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

A womanwho died on The Ghan yesterday had to be "pushed, pulled and dragged" off the train because there was no platform at a Northern Territory station.

Vic: Lake tram warning

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A swnior Victorian Opposition figure has urged the City of Greater Bendigo council to be cautious about its plans to extend the tram line around Lake Weeroona.

PTA pushes for on-time Prospector

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) says it is working to ensure all journeys on the Prospector train run on time.

Trains crash head-on in Czech

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

ONE person died and about 30 people were injured when two passenger trains collided head on in the south of the Czech Republic today, a Czech railways spokesman said.

Train disasters

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A Turkish express train heading to Ankara from Istanbul derailed today, killing as many as 128 people, officials said.

Sydney rail commuters face delays

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Sydney commuters were again warned to expect delays during today's afternoon peak as a result of a worsening driver shortage.

Turkish rail officials under fire

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Turkish authorities faced strong criticism for starting up a fast train service on decade-old tracks, after 36 people perished in one of the country's worst railway disasters.

Rail chaos the last straw joke

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Twenty-eight years after the Wran government was elected on a platform of putting public transport right, there is precious little left to show for its promise of a "whole new railway".

If decision-makers used the service with the same dependency as the million daily commuters, they would understand this failing alone - among the myriad crises of confidence in the Carr Government - could bring the administration down. Since the highs of the Olympics, when a focus on resources and attention to detail demonstrated achievable excellence, the rail system has staggered from deficiency to disaster, culminating in the farce of a new timetable that sees weekdays pinching from weekends and nights just to apply another Band-Aid to public transport's house of cards.

Rail link on right track

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

FREIGHTLINK, the owner-operator of the $1.3 billion Adelaide-Darwin rail link, has defended the service's performance in its first six months. Outgoing chief executive Bruce McGowan said FreightLink was on track to become financially viable by 2008 when freight volumes were expected to reach 800,000 tonnes. In the first six months, FreightLink moved 200,000 tonnes of a first-year target of 350,000 tonnes, Mr McGowan said.

Matthewson on railways board

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Having watched New Zealand rail begin its journey towards privatisation, former Labour MP Dr Clive Matthewson has found himself in charge of a renationalised rail track network.

It's a steam effort

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2004 by crivens in Rail News

THE whistle of the steam train returned to the Walhalla Goldfields for the first time in 60 years yesterday.

Where's my train, Mr Costa?

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

A blind woman who will now be forced to spend an extra hour each day travelling to and from work has just one question for the Minister for Transport Services: "Why, Mr Costa?"

Train drivers charged over fatal crash

Posted Sunday, 25 July, 2004 by James Holt in International Rail News

A court yesterday charged three men over a train crash in the north-west of the country in which 37 people were killed and 81 injured, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Scrap lake plan, say tram protesters

Posted Sunday, 25 July, 2004 by James Holt in Tram and Light Rail News

RESIDENTS opposed to extending Bendigo's tram line around Lake Weeroona are planning a protest in an attempt to have the proposal scrapped.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/7/2004

Posted Sunday, 25 July, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

We have had 124 sightings again this week making a total of 3640 sightings for the year to date.

15 killed in rail crossing smash

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

A TRAIN slammed into a minibus crossing the tracks in western Turkey today, killing 15 people and injuring four. The dead and injured - accounting for all 19 people in the minibus - were returning from a wedding party when the accident happened.

Stop-work meeting disrupts Perth train services

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Trains in Western Australia's capital, Perth, have been temporarily suspended this morning, with special bus services running in their place.

Train cuts going to plan: Costa

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A NEW train timetable which saw massive cuts to weekend services was going to plan despite 15 formal commuter complaints, the New South Wales government said today.

Three arrested over Turkish train accident

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

The crew chief and two others have reportedly been arrested by a Turkish court after a high-speed train crash that killed 36 people and injured 81 this week.

Alarm at rush for untested rail safety scheme

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Victoria's regional rail operator has accused the Bracks Government of gambling with passenger safety by opting for a multimillion-dollar fast rail warning system without carrying out a full safety assessment.

Rail security upgrade puts vandals on notice

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The South Australian Government is beefing up security on Adelaide's trains, with a half-a-million dollar upgrade.

Where's my train, Mr Costa?

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A blind woman who will now be forced to spend an extra hour each day travelling to and from work has just one question for the Minister for Transport Services: "Why, Mr Costa?"

New rail timetable working so far

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

CityRail says despite some minor delays this morning, the new timetable has been able to cope with peak demand, after running well all weekend.

Warning of more train changes

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

NSW commuters were warned today to get used to changing trains mid-journey as a new weekday timetable took effect.

Rail drivers raise fears on safety system

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2004 by Loco in Rail News

Freight train drivers have expressed concerns over a new automated safety system to be installed on Victoria's regional fast-rail network.

Read all about it - the little book that spelled bad news for some

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

It was an unusual sight on a railway station: as many commuters flipping through the new CityRail timetable as were reading newspapers.

Party backs Gibbins

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2004 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE Bendigo Liberal Party has gone into damage control mode over the controversy surrounding its candidate for the federal seat of Bendigo.

Train slams into minibus in Turkey

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A passenger train slammed into a minibus at a railroad crossing today in western Turkey, killing 15 people and injuring four just days after the deadly derailment of a Turkish express train.

No cuts to rail training

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

Connex has ruled out shortening the 68 weeks it takes to train new train drivers as a way of easing the driver shortage crippling Melbourne's rail network.

Warning of more train changes

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

NSW commuters were warned today to get used to changing trains mid-journey as a new weekday timetable took effect.

Stop-work meeting disrupts Perth train services

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

Trains in Western Australia's capital, Perth, have been temporarily suspended this morning, with special bus services running in their place.

Airline plans Alice-Tennant Creek service

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A central Australian airline has drawn up a business plan outlining proposed passenger flights between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

Plane forced to return to Sydney

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A United Airlines flight was forced to return to Sydney International Airport as a precaution because of a problem on board, the airline said.

Alarm at rush for untested rail safety scheme

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Victoria's regional rail operator has accused the Bracks Government of gambling with passenger safety by opting for a multimillion-dollar fast rail warning system without carrying out a full safety assessment.

New strategies to boost NW port developments

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

EFFICIENT transport of people and freight across Bass Strait is vital to the future of Tasmania. And that is the vision behind the Port of Devonport's five-year strategy. Launched yesterday in Devonport by Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Minister Bryan Green, the strategy hopes to provide a springboard for future development at the port.

UNTESTED AND UNPROVEN PASSENGER SAFETY SYSTEM MANDATED

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by bevans in Press Releases

Freight Australia today called on the State Government to properly review the introduction of a new train stop enforcement system - the Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) for Victoria’s Regional Fast Rail Network pending the results of a full Safety Case assessment.

Tranzrail destroyed Top Cat documents

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

Tranz Rail has admitted destroying e-mails and "possibly documents" related to a competition inquiry over rival fast ferry Top Cat.

Tunnel construction closes roads

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

ACCESS to Pages Beach and Point Moore from Marine Terrace will be blocked off for the next nine months as part of ongoing works for the Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor (GSTC).

Vic: Regional rail safety in the spotlight

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A consultant has been appointed to carry out an independent inquiry into the safety of the Victorian country rail network.

NSW: Industrial woes, sickness hurting rail services

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail says a continuing industrial campaign by train drivers in Wollongong and high levels of sickness are to blame for another disruption of train services on the south coast line.

Political billboard reaches end of the line

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The State Rail Authority of New South Wales has ordered a billboard promoting Queanbeyan-based Federal MP Gary Nairn to be pulled down because it is political advertising.

Coroner urges traffic safety awareness campaign

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A Victorian coroner has suggested the State Government develop an advertising campaign to make parents aware of their children's deficiencies in traffic safety.

Train cuts blamed on cheap air tickets

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

Country train passengers face cuts to services as travellers abandon rail travel for cheap fares on the budget airline Jetstar.

Victoria moves to derail lower bid from PacNat

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

The Victorian Government is believed to be planning legal action if Pacific National scales back its Freight Australia bid to 49 per cent to avoid having to get state approval for the deal.

Vic: Access issues shadow rail deal

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Pacific National could be forced to quarantine the rail track assets of acquisition target Freight Australia into a subsidiary company, under proposals released by the Victorian Government yesterday.

Improvement works to cause disruption to Dublin rail services

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Iarnród Éireann has announced that improvement works on commuter rail services in north Dublin will begin this weekend.

Vic rail action gets US hearing

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian government is being attacked in the US Congress and the US Trade Department over its "interference" in the sale of a rail network privatised by the former Liberal regime of Jeff Kennett.

NSW: Farm group fears rail branch lines closures

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Farmers Association says it is convinced Transport Minister Michael Costa will close the state's railway branch lines.

Vic: Warrnambool rail promises

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

V/Line has committed to three return rail trips a day between Melbourne and Warrnambool when it takes over the franchise from West Coast Railway.

Vic: Freight firm backs rail access paper

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

One of Victoria's biggest rail freight operators has welcomed a State Government options paper on ways of improving access to Victoria's rail network.

Along the Savannah Way; The Savannahlander Train

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by bevans in Railway Stories

The 3,699km stretch of National Highway 1 has been renamed the Savannah Way and aims to entice more travellers to regional Australia.

Vic dismisses pressure on rail deal

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian government has dismissed efforts by an American rail company to rally US Congressional support for the stalled sale of an Australian freight operator.

Qld: Gathering to discuss Fraser Island light rail plan

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A proposal for a light rail system for Fraser Island, off south-east Queensland, will be on the agenda at an upcoming conference in nearby Noosa.

US: Federal Cash Comes to Dulles Rail

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

$58.9 million to begin preliminary engineering

The decades-old dream of building a Metro line to Washington Dulles Airport got a boost last week as the federal government opened the funding spigot and sent $58.9 million pouring into state coffers for the project.

UK: Network Rail train delays fall by 21%

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Train delays caused by Network Rail have fallen by 21 per cent in the areas where the company has taken control of maintenance away from private contractors.

Vic: Rail owner lifts heat over sale

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Govern-ment has dismissed an American rail companys efforts to rally U.S. Congressional support for the stalled $285 million sale of a freight operator.

NSW: Fears aired about more rail cuts

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A Shoalhaven councillor is concerned there may be further cuts to the south coast railway line between Kiama and Bomaderry.

Smartcard travel For Victorians

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

A new Victorian public transport smartcard system to be introduced in 2007 would make travel cheaper and easier for commuters, Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said.

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