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Union wants rail handover delayed

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

RAIL unionists have called on NSW Transport Minister Michael Costa to defer the start of Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) 60-year lease of railways until rail workers' futures are assured.

RailAmerica sells Aussie railroad

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Railamerica said it agreed to sell its Freight Australia railroad unit to privately held rail operator Pacific National for $US204 million ($A292 million) as part of an effort to reduce debt.

Rail network 'needs duopoly to survive'

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Funds for upgrading Australia's railways may not be available unless a duopoly is permitted similar to that in the airline industry, says Toll Holdings managing director Paul Little.

Fischer steamed up over rail's 'sad story'

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

RAILWAY buff and former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer was like a child with a new toy when he took the controls of the tourist train at Armidale.

Rail line wrangling continues

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson says the New South Wales Government has passed up a chance to immediately reopen the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line in northern NSW.

NZ Heritage groups reach agreement on track access

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by chairman in International Rail News

A FRONZ media release dated 1 Sept 04 announces a breakthrough in rail access for NZ mainline steam following the re-structuring of NZ rail.

Train collision at level crossing

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

An investigation is under way into a collision between a tractor and a train at a level crossing in Cornwall.

V/Line back in Warrnambool

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by aussiebbq in Press Releases

V/Line’s new Warrnambool-Melbourne service returns on Wednesday 1st September when it takes over from West Coast Railway.

Biggs in hospital

Posted Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

RONNIE Biggs, the ailing great train robber, has been rushed from prison to a London hospital after his condition deteriorated, his son Michael said last night.

Glen Innes named as hub of freight network

Posted Thursday, 2 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A FEASABILITY study released last week on rail freight for the New England has identified Glen Innes as the best site for a possible rail hub network.

NSW: Say goodbye to Gwabegar grain line

Posted Thursday, 2 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The fight to keep NSW's poorly maintained grainbelt branch lines open has copped an unexpected blow with the entire 140-kilometre Binnaway to Gwabegar line being declared unfit for use.

SG: MRT investigating platform doors

Posted Thursday, 2 September, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

Responding to MP's suggestions after recent track deaths, SMRT says it has been considering barriers but isn't sure if costs will be passed to commuters. The installation of safety barriers to keep commuters from falling onto train tracks could cost up to $5 million, SMRT Corporation has said.

RoyalAdelaide Show Train & Tram Services

Posted Thursday, 2 September, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

Just reminder that showgrounds central station will be operation again for this years Royal Adelaide Show.

For further information and timetables visit this website:

http://www.transadelaide.com.au/special_services/show_services04_MainPage.htm

Pay rail owners to make money: users

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Victoria's independent rail users have called on the State Government to cap track access prices and pay a subsidy if necessary to ensure competition on the state's rail network.

Tram viability doubted

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

DOUBTS have been cast about the financial viability of extending Bendigo's tram line around Lake Weeroona.

UK: Network Rail told to give more warn of timetable changes

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The rail regulator has told Network Rail it needs to give customers more warning of changes to train timetables.

UK: Stagecoach and Virgin make joint East Coast rail bid

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Transport group Stagecoach says it is going ahead in its bid for the InterCity East Coast rail franchise with Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

Track laying starts on high speed railway in western China

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Workers have begun laying trackson the first high-speed railway line in western China recently.

RAIL WORKERS SNIFF AT DUNNIES

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by JACKO in Press Releases

RAILWAY WORKERS WANT OLD-FASHIONED TRAIN TOILETS DUMPED OR THEY MAY STRIKE. OLD-STYLE DROP TOILETS, WHERE WASTE FALLS DIRECTLY ON TO THE TRACKS, WERE A HEALTH RISK TO TRACK WORKERS, RAIL, TRAM AND BUS UNION SECRETARY TREVOR DOBBYN SAID. DROP TOILETS ARE STILL USED ON THE OVERLAND. GREAT SOUTHERN RAILWAY CHIEF EXECUTIVE TONY BRAXTON-SMITH SAID IT CARRIAGES WERE MORE THEN 40 YEARS OLD.
GSR WAS INVESTING UP TO $6 MILLION IN AN UPGRADE OF TOILETS.

Hervey Bay rail link: tourism body sceptical

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A call to re-establish the rail link to Hervey Bay, in south-east Queensland, has drawn a sceptical response from the local peak tourism body.

Ventura Bus acquires National Bus Company

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by DavidB in Other Transport News

National Express Holdings Australia, the parent company of National Bus Company Victoria, has sold its 100% shareholding in the company to Ventura Motors with immediate effect.

Labor candidate criticises PM following rail job losses

Posted Friday, 3 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Labor candidate for the marginal seat of Page, Kevin Bell, has criticised Prime Minister John Howard for the timing of his visit to South Grafton in north eastern NSW today.

End of line for railway lover

Posted Saturday, 4 September, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

An enthusiast who volunteered for 50 years on the railway which inspired the Thomas the Tank Engine stories has had his ashes carried by steam train to a final resting place.

Sun 12th Sep - Ballarat Workshops Open Day Update

Posted Saturday, 4 September, 2004 by jmorgan in Rail Events

Sunday 12th of September 2004 · Alstom Ballarat Railway Centre Open Day - Due to some sensitive issues associated with the Ballarat Workshops at this time - it is unfortunate, but the Ballarat Workshops Open Day planned for September 12th 2004, has been postponed.

Train enthusiasts, historians celebrate Birdum 'birthday'

Posted Saturday, 4 September, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The old Darwin to Birdum railway track may rattle again at this weekend's 75th anniversary celebrations, but only if the ghost train comes to town.

CA: Vancouver rail company wins passenger business

Posted Saturday, 4 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Great Canadian Railtour Company has been selected by CN Rail to run tourist passenger trains along the old B.C. Rail lines to Prince George, and on to Jasper along the CN line.

UAE: Dubai moves a step closer to light rail project

Posted Saturday, 4 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Dubai has moved one step closer to one of its most cherished dreams with the pre-qualification process for the Dubai Light Rail Project, and the likely announcement of short-listed bidders for the final design and construction of the ambitious undertaking.

Operator off track

Posted Sunday, 5 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

AN out-of-control railcar travelled through two unprotected level crossings in the Adelaide Hills after its operator got out to wash his hands, an inquiry has found.

Rail unions threaten strike action over 'slow' talks

Posted Sunday, 5 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

October 15 is looming as D-day for the ailing NSW rail network, with 16,000 frustrated workers threatening to walk off the job.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/9/2004

Posted Sunday, 5 September, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

11 people killed at Indonesian train crossing

Posted Sunday, 5 September, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

In Indonesia, a passenger train has hit a pickup truck at a level crossing - killing ten women and a baby.

Vic: The right tram

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

THE use of eight key tram routes to test an upgrade of the system is a welcome step towards saving Melbourne from disappearing beneath cars and bitumen.

NSW: Commuters want say on transport smartcard

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

RailCorp will spend $60 million on equipment including new ticket gates to cope with the introduction of the transport smartcard.

Bathurst rail jobs axed

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

This morning 21 rail workers in Bathurst are headed to a 'careers transition centre' in Kelso - their Rail Infrastructure Corporation (RIC) jobs in lower Keppel Street in tatters.

NZ: Election candidate wants trams in Manukau

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

Manukau mayoral candidate Len Brown is promising a transport policy based on a tram route through the fast-growing city.

MY: New deadline for rail project

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Malaysia's RM4.2bil Rawang-Ipoh double tracking and electrification project, due to be finished by the first quarter of 2006, has been further delayed.

US: Crisis on freight rail lines - Gridlock must be resolved

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Gridlock isn't limited to roadways anymore. Railways are experiencing similar congestion as well. Increased demand, too many rail cars and insufficient manpower are creating gridlock on the freight rail system.

Vic: Hook turns hit suburbs

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Melbourne city's famous hook turns will be introduced across the suburbs from next month. Transport Minister Peter Batchelor will announce today sweeping changes in the suburbs to improve tram travel times and reduce traffic congestion.

New 150th Anniversary Stamps Released Towmorrow

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by popey in Rail News

A new set of stamps to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Australian Railways is set to be released tomorrow by Australia Post.

Hurstbridge Wattle Festival

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by railnut in Railway Stories

Being lucky enough to have heard of your website, I am fortunate enough to travel on mainline steam trips, as I did on the 5 of September, 2004.

Fortescue attacks BHP Billiton over rail

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Mining entrepreneur Andrew Forrest on Monday ratcheted up the rhetoric against BHP Billiton as he fights for access to the iron ore giant's Pilbara rail network.

Connex chief in driver's seat for ad

Posted Monday, 6 September, 2004 by crivens in Rail News

Connex Australia celebrated getting an extra $165 million from the State Government to run Melbourne's train network by hiring an advertising agency part-owned by its chairman, Bob Annells, to produce a television advertisement.

$10m for Pakenham rail

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Federal Labor will contribute $10 million to a $25 million upgrade of the Pakenham station and railway if it wins Government.

Court hears of road train load in triple kids' fatality

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

But the lugs were downward and when the car hit it at 120km/h it flipped up and speared through the left-rear tyre, smashed a section out of the brake disc and possibly a shock absorber.

A forgotten train driver is honoured

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

It was September 12, 1854, and British-born engineer William Pattison was about to enter the history books as the driver of the first Australian steam train.

Delays On The Belair Line This Evening

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by TA 2000 in Gunzelling Reports

A 2 car Class 3000/3100 broke down on the Belair line this evening causing delays of round 35-40 minutes for commuters on the 7:55 belair bound train.

NSW: Rail denials are repeated

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin has again issued a denial that there are any plans to terminate City Rail services at Mt Victoria instead of Lithgow.

Canberra pledges money for NSW rail line

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The federal government would provide funding to reopen and maintain a rail line on the NSW north coast, Transport Minister John Anderson says.

Vic: Safety fears after train staff attacked

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

SHOCKED train passengers have witnessed two violent confrontations involving Connex staff in three days.

BHP under fire over rail access

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

BHP Billiton has been accused of squeezing competitors out of the north-west iron-ore market.

Youths accused of rail worker assault to front court

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Two teenage boys are expected to appear in Taree Local Court today, charged over the assault of a rail worker at Taree station in July.

Please complete the Railpage Online Chat survey

Posted Tuesday, 7 September, 2004 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Due to the level of expressed interest, Railpage is considering the installation of an online chat module. This module if installed would facilitate the real-time communication "chat" between users that are currently connected to the server during that period.

Would you please take some time to complete the current survey so that we may receive some feedback on the idea.

Railpage Management Team

Vic: Train honours fallen police

Posted Wednesday, 8 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A Blue UE Ribbon Memorial Train will honour the 137 Victoria Police members who have been killed in the line of duty.

Rail row won't hit toll plan: Leighton

Posted Wednesday, 8 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The fallout between construction giant Leighton and the Bracks Government over the Spencer Street Railway Station would not affect the building of Melbourne's equally controversial Mitcham-Frankston tollway, Leighton chief Wal King promised yesterday.

Vic: Warrnambool services await safety tests

Posted Wednesday, 8 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Restored train services in the south-west are in the balance as V/Line awaits safety tests on one of its locomotive fleet.

Whistleblowers bullied by rail body: Brogden

Posted Thursday, 9 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The dismissal of two State Rail employees who raised corruption allegations suggested there was an entrenched bullying attitude to whistleblowers in the NSW public service, the Opposition said.

(TransAdelaide) $120,000 fine for Torrens oil spill

Posted Friday, 10 September, 2004 by TA 2000 in Rail News

TRANSADELAIDE has been fined $120,000 after admitting it caused a diesel oil spill which forced the closure of the River Torrens last year.

Hurstbridge Wattle Festival

Posted Friday, 10 September, 2004 by noddy in Gunzelling Reports

Wurstbridge wattle festival tour and shuttles news.

Vic: Fast Rail $6.6m blowout: Mulder

Posted Friday, 10 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Geelong Fast Rail project has blown out by $6.6 million, the State Opposition claimed yesterday.

Vic: Tram stalwart awarded life membership

Posted Friday, 10 September, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Former Portland Cable Tram Inc president Des Hein was honoured at the annual general meeting last week with a life membership, one of only four given out.

NT: Mango train's sweet fruit

Posted Friday, 10 September, 2004 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Territory mango growers are expected to benefit from huge cost savings following the successful arrival of a trial pallet in Adelaide via rail.

NSW: Rail hub meeting called

Posted Friday, 10 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Stakeholders, council and departmental representatives will be invited to a forum in Glen Innes on September 28 to develop a strategy to establish a rail freight hub in the town.

Vic: Delays and fine print hit Connex for $2.4m

Posted Saturday, 11 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Connex has been hit with a record $2.4 million fine for cancelled and delayed trains — the largest such penalty in five years.

Vic: Transport upgrade plan targets congestion

Posted Saturday, 11 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Government is considering a plan that will see a multi-million dollar upgrade of train and bus services in Melbourne.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/9/2004

Posted Sunday, 12 September, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

TIP Turns 4!

Posted Monday, 13 September, 2004 by jmorgan in Press Releases

Internet railway identity, "The Intercity Platform" originated as a small and scrappy website, made out of boredome to express an interest in NSW 's Intercity trains. Since then, it has grown rapidly in quantity and quality to become one of Australia's most known railway websites. Today, The Intercity Platform celebrates 4 years on the internet. As the website's main creator and operator, Maikha "V" Ly reflects upon some of the sided history of this website and makes emphasis on his stance towards the website's new direction.

NSW: Push to use capsicum on rail louts

Posted Tuesday, 14 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Transit officers patrolling Sydney trains may be given the power to use capsicum spray on unruly passengers under a proposal being considered by RailCorp.

Vic: Daylesford train joins celebration

Posted Tuesday, 14 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Railways across the state celebrated a century and a half of Victorian rail travel at the weekend.

Opposition to tram plan grows

Posted Tuesday, 14 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

People are continuing to sign petitions calling for a rethink of plans to extend Bendigo's tourist tram line around Lake Weeroona.

Iran and Malaysia ink rail track deal

Posted Tuesday, 14 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Malaysia and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of 1,521km of railway tracks in the Islamic Republic, paving the way for the first possible joint-venture infrastructure project between the two countries.

UK: Historic rail firm 'could return'

Posted Tuesday, 14 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The former London and North Western Railway (LNWR) could be recreated under government plans to slash the number of rail franchises, a report says.

NSW: Debate erupts over rail line cost

Posted Tuesday, 14 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

An ALP candidate in the upcoming federal election says he is concerned about an independent study that suggests reopening the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, in northern NSW, will cost a lot less than what the State Government is quoting.

Roads, rail funding plan

Posted Wednesday, 15 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Coalition will announce hundreds of millions of dollars in new road and rail funding today.

TV images of Madrid train bombing

Posted Wednesday, 15 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

FOR the first time since the Madrid train bombings, blurred images taken by closed circuit television were published today showing three explosions and people fleeing in panic in the first seconds of the deadly March 11 attacks at the Atocha train statio

WA: NCC goes to heart of Pilbara rail claim

Posted Wednesday, 15 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The National Competition Council has provided some early encouragement for Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals in its battle to gain access to BHP Billiton's iron ore railway network in the Pilbara.

Record freight moved by rail

Posted Wednesday, 15 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has made a record-breaking start to the new financial year. Adelaide-based ARTC said yesterday freight volumes in July and August were at record levels and that more strong growth would follow, thanks to an $872 million deal signed in June.

$30m for rail security: Latham

Posted Thursday, 16 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A LABOR government would spend $30 million to boost the protection of Australia's railways and rail stations, Opposition Leader Mark Latham said toda

China opens bids for rail passenger technology

Posted Thursday, 16 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

China has opened an invitation to bidding domestically for import of manufacturing technology of rail passenger car power unit with speed of 200 kilometers per hour.

WA: Timber firm delivers rail ultimatum

Posted Thursday, 16 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Western Australia's biggest wood chipping company has given the State Government until the end of the year to fix the south-west rail line or expect a massive haul of woodchips by road.

Labor rail security plan ill-advised, Anderson says

Posted Thursday, 16 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson the Opposition's election promise of an extra $30 million for rail security has not been properly thought through.

Qld: Train collision trashes trailer

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A RAAF truck driver escaped serious injury by just seconds when his semi-trailer failed to clear a level crossing at Macrossan, east of Charters Towers, and was struck by a loaded QR ballast train.

WA: Barclay Mowlem to join Fortescue project

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Barclay Mowlem Construction said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) for a joint venture to build Fortescue Metals Group's Pilbara railway.

WA: Govt considers buying rail line amidst chip concerns

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Western Australian Government has indicated it may move to buy back the south-west rail line, which was privatised under the previous Liberal government.

UK: Unions step up pressure for nationalisation of rail network

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Government will be forced to put the renationalisation of the rail network into its next election manifesto under a resolution almost certain to be passed at the Labour conference this month.

Train station overhaul on track

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

AUSTRALIA'S train stations would share in a $30 million security upgrade under a Labor Government in a bid to counter Madrid-style terror attacks.

Bracks tests Very Fast Train

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

VICTORIA'S first Very Fast Train was today taken for a test run under the watchful eye of Premier Steve Bracks and Transport Minister Peter Batchelor

NSW: Opposition under fire over rail report

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The NSW Government has accused the Opposition of hypocrisy for not tabling in Parliament a feasibility report into the reopening of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

V/Locity Falling Apart

Posted Friday, 17 September, 2004 by Nexas in Rail News

V/Locity Trains are falling apart, says Channel 10.

Vic: Fast train loses panels at 160 km/h

Posted Saturday, 18 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

V/Line has played down an incident in which two skirting panels came off a state-of-the-art fast train on Thursday as it travelled at up to 160 km/h during testing near Trafalgar, south-east of Melbourne.

Very fast rattlers

Posted Saturday, 18 September, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

A SAFETY scare has rocked the regional fast rail project when panels peeled off a train during high-speed testing.

Vic: Talking tram now offers a weekly ticket

Posted Saturday, 18 September, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Bendigo Tram patrons can get even more value for their dollar thanks to the introduction of a weekly ticket.

Girl hit by tram dies

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A TEENAGE girl hit by a tram in north Melbourne yesterday has died in hospital.

Step aboard for the ride of your life

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by bevans in Railway Stories

Come, come ride in my streetcar
By the bay
For I must know how fine you are
In your way
And the earth will roll by
And the sea, and the sky
For it's really too hard
For to fly

For to Fly, Nick Drake

'Seoul Train' makes impact on the crowd

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by bevans in Railway Stories

Before traveling around the world for 14 months filming "Seoul Train," Minturn businessman Jim Butterworth and Vail Valley Medical Center nurse Lisa Sleeth had never touched a camcorder. Now, whether or not the pair become the next Michael Moore remains to be seen.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/9/2004

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

Dunny features in Heritage Week display

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A new retro country dunny based on an 1885 design will be one of the features at the Adelaide River Rail Heritage Open Day today.

Three bus crash students still in hospital

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

All but three of more than 20 students taken to the Royal Children's Hospital after a bus crash on Friday have been released.

China recovers wreckage of WWII-era cargo plane

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

China has recovered the wreckage of a World War II-era American cargo plane that crashed in Tibet about 60 years ago.

UK: End of line for cheap day fares

Posted Sunday, 19 September, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

A rail operator is withdrawing a range of cheap tickets because too many people were using them.

NSW: Rail commuters face delays

Posted Monday, 20 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail commuters in northern Sydney face delays because of an "operational problem".

Railway Gauge - An analysis

Posted Monday, 20 September, 2004 by freightgate in Railway Stories

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why is that gauge used?

NSW: Murwillumbah rail return costs much less

Posted Monday, 20 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Murwillumbah rail services could be back on track within a week for a fraction of the $188 million cost claimed by the NSW Government, an independent audit has revealed.

Rail indecency on the rise

Posted Monday, 20 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

SEXUAL offences on the New South Wales rail system have increased by nine per cent over the past two years.

CN: New lines make Guangdong rail hub

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

outh China's Guangdong Province plans to build a railway to link major coastal cities in the province, heralding an ambitious programme to more than double existing rail length for long-term infrastructure needs.

UK: Tilting train breaks record

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A train owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Rail has travelled from London to Manchester in just one hour and 53 minutes -- the first time the journey has ever been done in under two hours.

India supports integrating Asian railway systems

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the BIMSTEC summit, India has renewed its interest in integrating its railway system with other Asian countries, especially those in the Bay of Bengal region.

WA: Rail line's future still clouded

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The future of the Diamond to Greenbushes railway line needed to be made clear, according to Warren-Blackwood MLA Paul Omodei. Mr Omodei said Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan needed to either confirm or deny rumours that the line was set to close.

Rail tour stopped for want of engine

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by e1109 in Rail News

A Sydney based tour company has had its inaugural Darwin-bound rail tour turned back from Alice Springs for being short one locomotive.
The company, Ozback Explorer, had rented an engine to ferry 68 tourists, primarily from overseas, in heritage carriages from Sydney to Darwin.

Call off the funeral – I'm alive

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

DANE Squires was late for his own funeral – and scared the wits out of everyone involved.

First Australian Railway Monument sculpture erected

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by badger1 in Rail News

Australia’s only railway monument will begin to take shape on Thursday 23 September, when the first of six stainless steel sculptures representing railway workers will be set in place at the NSW railway town of Werris Creek.

Rail level crossings discouraged

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

Level crossings on Britain's railways are to be discouraged in safety measures aimed at reducing fatalities.

Travelling at full tilt

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by crivens in International Rail News

It was an oddly old-fashioned ceremony for a 21st century railway.

Man dies at level crossing

Posted Tuesday, 21 September, 2004 by Loco in Rail News

A 33-YEAR-OLD man died when he was hit by a freight train at a level crossing in central Victoria tonight.

Vic: Passenger numbers remain low

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Two months after the fanfare reopening of the Ararat to Ballarat railway line as few as 10 passengers per journey are using the service.

Vic: Tram talks private

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The tram around Lake Weeroona issue has set tongues wagging for months, but yesterday, its most vocal supporters and detractors were tight-lipped about the controversial project.

Downer EDI secures $250m rail deal

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Engineeering group Downer EDI has secured a locomotive maintenance contract valued in excess of $250 million with Australia's largest private rail freight operator, Pacific National.

Tas: Concerns aired about rail line future

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Concerns have been raised about how well the Scottsdale rail line in Tasmania's north-east will be maintained after TasRail suspends its service next month.

Vic: Passengers welcome regular rail

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Government operated transport provider V/Line restored full train services about 10 days ago when it recommissioned a locomotive it bought from former route operators West Coast Railway. A V/Line spokeswoman said anecdotally the public response to the company's services had been very positive.

French rail profits back on track

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The French state-owned railway system was back in the black in the first half of 2004, posting a parent net profit of EUR43 million after losing EUR243 million in the first half of 2003.

Saudi railway awaits private sector

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Only four passenger trains per day operate from the six-platform Riyadh station and along the sole operating track in the vast desert kingdom. The trains carried around 900,000 passengers in 2003 between the capital - home to some four million - and the center of the oil-rich Eastern Province.

Russia-Korea Railway Project Chugging Along

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Railway specialists from Seoul, Pyongyang and Moscow will likely get together once more within the year to discuss a project to link the Trans-Korean Railway (TKR) and the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR), South Korea’s top envoy to Russia said.

China hopes more Russia oil comes via rail

Posted Wednesday, 22 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

China hopes Russia will increase crude oil export to China by railways, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Kong Quan here Tuesday at a press conference.

Vic: Train derailment Melbourne-bound

Posted Thursday, 23 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A train derailment in Victoria's north-east early today was expected to disrupt the passenger train service between Sydney and Melbourne.

NSW: Cheaper rail prospect excites train group

Posted Thursday, 23 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A NSW north coast train lobby group says the release of a rail feasibility study has confirmed that a service can be put back on the track much cheaper than the State Government estimates.

Blackberry picker causes German rail chaos

Posted Thursday, 23 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Trains on a busy German route were delayed for four hours after a train driver hit the emergency brake fearing a man next to the tracks was trying to kill himself – but he was only picking blackberries.

UK: Ken says yes to tram extension

Posted Thursday, 23 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has given his clearest indication yet that Tramlink will extend to Crystal Palace.

NZ: Climb in rail shares reflects stand-off

Posted Thursday, 23 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Shares in the former Tranz Rail rose to a year high of $2.78 yesterday, further vindicating those who shunned the $1.10 a share takeover by Australia's Toll Holdings last year.

Mystery over Benalla train derailment

Posted Thursday, 23 September, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will investigate a train derailment on the Sydney to Melbourne line at Benalla.

NSW: Train Late? Blame Granny

Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

According to Transport Minister Michael Costa the elderly are now to blame for late train services, Member for Southern Highlands Peta Seaton said.

NSW: Thieves no friends of train Thomas

Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Richmond Vale Railway Museum operators are at a loss why anyone would want to take one of their Friends of Thomas banners that were promoting last weekend's event.

NSW: Rail services to be back on track soon

Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail says it expects train services between Kiama and Bomaderry, in south-east NSW, will be back to normal on Monday, after buses replaced trains all this week.

WA: Double the good news for railway station group

Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Collie Railway Station Group has had a run of successes this week with two major acknowledgements.

Brakes slammed on German rail privatisation

Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Plans to privatize Germany's national railway, Deutsche Bahn (DB), ahead of national elections in 2006 have been stopped in their tracks after the supervisory board deemed the timeframe "unrealistic."

Russian rail boss rolls out $1b plan

Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Russian Railways said Thursday it will spend more than $1 billion upgrading and expanding its sole link to China to double cargo shipments to and from the world's most populous nation within six years.

Rail rage mounting on trains

Posted Saturday, 25 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A SURVEY has found "rail rage" is a problem, with 41 per cent of respondents saying they had witnessed physical or verbal abuse on trains.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/9/2004

Posted Sunday, 26 September, 2004 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guy's

This weeks sightings are up by another five trains with a total of 122 sightings for the week. The total sightings for the year to date is 4720
(3041, same time 2003).

Rail safety good but still no breath tests

Posted Sunday, 26 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has failed to implement random alcohol breath tests despite safety recommendations made two years ago following a train accident in NSW that left seven dead.

Rail freight change 'too little, too late'

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

STRUGGLING truckies in Alice Springs have cried foul over moves by the operator of the Adelaide to Darwin railway to raise freight rates nine months after the service began.

connex employing revenue inspectors

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by diesel in Rail News

Connex Melbourne have posted on there website an opportunity to become a transport revenue inspector.

Man unhurt in spectacular crash

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A DRIVER escaped injury when his car rolled 30 metres down an embankment and was struck by a train in Melbourne early today.

UK: Rail vote likely to embarrass leaders

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Labour's conference is expected to vote today in favour of renationalising the rail industry despite opposition from Tony Blair and lobbying from ministers.

UK: First full run for tilting trains

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Virgin's new high-speed tilting trains are finally coming into passenger service on the West Coast Main Line.

The Virgin Pendolino should cut journey times between London and Glasgow by about half an hour.

CA: Saskatchewan farmers buy 500-km railway line

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A group of Saskatchewan farmers have bought a 500-kilometre stretch of railway after the company that owned the line planned to shut it down.

US: Rail routes at risk

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A state-sponsored study says ten lines, including some serving area towns, may soon be abandoned.

Road train spills tonnes of explosive chemical

Posted Monday, 27 September, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A triple road train carrying 90 tonnes of the explosive chemical ammonia nitrate has lost a trailer on the Great Northern Highway near Newman in the north of Western Australia.

NSW: Uproar puts brakes on attempt to demolish historic railway bridges

Posted Tuesday, 28 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The former railways chief David Hill calls the old Great Northern line that first linked Sydney and Brisbane the most important stretch of heritage track in the country.

Pakistan Railways hopes for private investment

Posted Tuesday, 28 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Pakistan Railways plans two big projects involving the corporate sector to revive its freight business.

UK: Tram talks raise hopes

Posted Tuesday, 28 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Metrolink campaigners said they were convinced that Greater Manchester's tram network "big bang" expansion would win government approval.

UK: Labour facing defeat on rail takeover

Posted Tuesday, 28 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Labour’s leadership looked tonight to be heading for an embarrassing defeat over rail re-nationalisation. On a show of hands, it appeared that delegates had backed a controversial motion calling for the railways to be publicly owned.

Melbourne bus tours terminated

Posted Tuesday, 28 September, 2004 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Safety fears have forced Melbourne's fleet of red double-decker tourist buses from city streets.

NSW: More rail woes for commuters

Posted Tuesday, 28 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW south coast rail commuters faced more delays yesterday and early this morning, with buses replacing trains between Kiama and Bomaderry due to a broken down train.

WA: Rail woes spark forest policies attack

Posted Wednesday, 29 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Member for Warren-Blackwood has blamed the Gallop Government's forest policies for the financial demise of part of the West Rail freight network.

UK: Rail and air sink ferries as 1,200 jobs are cut

Posted Wednesday, 29 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

The popularity of cut price airlines and the Eurostar rail service to the continent is threatening to sink the ferry industry, where 1,200 job losses were announced yesterday.

CN: Wuhan enjoys new light rail metro line

Posted Wednesday, 29 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Living in the most important transportation hub in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, residents in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, can now enjoy new public transit: urban light rail.

UAE: Dubai Light Rail Project right on track

Posted Wednesday, 29 September, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Dubai’s answer to the frustrating traffic gridlock on its roads is just a few months away with the Dubai Light Rail Project entering stage two of tendering. Tenders for major construction works are expected to be issued by the Dubai Municipality early next month, setting the stage for actual ground-breaking on the project as early as April next year.

WA: Day of free train travel for Perth residents

Posted Thursday, 30 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The West Australia Government will forego $50,000 in revenue next Monday by offering free travel on all of Perth's trains.

Qld: Train smashes into dune buggy

Posted Thursday, 30 September, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A freight train has ploughed into an empty car in Brisbane's southwestern suburbs.

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