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NT: Uranium to be shipped to Darwin by rail

Posted Saturday, 1 January, 2005 by Loco in Northern Territory Rail News

WMC Resources has been given approval to send uranium oxide concentrate from its Olympic Dam and Beverley Mines to Darwin by rail.

Vic: Minister lauds public transport success

Posted Saturday, 1 January, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor says the free trams, trains and buses were very successful in getting Melbourne's large New Year's Eve crowds home.

Safety regulator defends uranium transport trial

Posted Saturday, 1 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The Northern Territory's work safety regulator says plans to transport yellowcake uranium on the Adelaide to Darwin Railway could be safer than using the road.

Mining company WMC Resources has been granted approval for a three-month rail trial transporting products from its Olympic Dam and Beverley mines in South Australia to Darwin's East Arm Port.

NT Worksafe's director Mark Crossin says WMC has met all accident response and staff training requirements.

U.S. Rail Safety Administrator Resigns

Posted Sunday, 2 January, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

The person in charge of enforcing railroad safety in the United States is stepping down. Rail Safety Administrator Betty Monro's resignation followed a federal investigation into Monro's close relationship with Union Pacific.

New Israeli rail line to traverse parts of West Bank

Posted Sunday, 2 January, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A planned rail line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will traverse the West Bank in two areas, an Israeli official said on Friday, raising questions about Israel’s intentions for the disputed territory.

WMC trial doubles uranium transport through SA

Posted Sunday, 2 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A three-month trial of transporting WMC Resources' uranium to Darwin by rail will see the material travel twice through South Australia.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/1/2005

Posted Sunday, 2 January, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

A Very Happy New Year to you all. We have had 51 sightings for this week which is 35 sightings less than last week. The total number of sightings for the year of 2004 is 6041 for 366 days (last years (2003) sightings on day 365 was 4338). 2002 = 5893. 2001 = 6243. 2000 = 6224. The sightings for 2004 are up by 1703 sightings on 2003.

Vic: Driver survives crossing smash

Posted Monday, 3 January, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

A MAN escaped with minor injuries when a train slammed into his four-wheel drive at a level crossing in Melbourne's south overnight.

UK: Lightbulb fiasco left rail passengers in the dark

Posted Monday, 3 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The rail watchdog for Wales has hit out at a "who owns what?" attitude which left passengers in the dark at one station.

More deaths expected at rail crossings

Posted Tuesday, 4 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Without improvements in driver behaviour more Australians are likely to die in level crossing accidents this year, according to new research.

Light rail line the answer to Maitland's traffic congestion

Posted Wednesday, 5 January, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Traffic congestion will reach boiling point when large-scale residential developments surrounding Maitland come on line unless a light rail service is established, according to transport planner Len Regan.

NSW: Rail probe after guard threat

Posted Wednesday, 5 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An irate CityRail guard had to be restrained by workmates when he tried to punch an elderly passenger in Sydney's south yesterday.

Welsh Highland Railway to build final link

Posted Wednesday, 5 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A new ‘Great Railway Journey of the World’ is in prospect for Wales following the announcement of plans to complete the scenic Welsh Highland Railway.

Turkish firm starts Moroccan rail link

Posted Wednesday, 5 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Turkish Ibrahim Polat private group will launch works for a $274 million rail link in Morocco's under-developed north, the country's state railway board ONCF said on Tuesday.

Vic: Fast Rail work starts Passengers offered coach services

Posted Thursday, 6 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Central Victorian train travellers will spend much of this year sitting on buses, with V/Line beginning Fast Rail works later this month.

NSW: Rail hoax traced to Moree

Posted Thursday, 6 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A bomb threat on Christmas Day that delayed the northbound CountryLink Xplorer at Sydney's Central Station was traced back to a public phone box in Moree, police revealed yesterday.

Vic: Freight firm cops fuel spill fine

Posted Thursday, 6 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Freight Australia has been fined $5,000 over a large fuel spill at Sale in Victoria's south-east last year.

UK: Rail route battle hots up over food

Posted Thursday, 6 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Hot food is at the centre of a battle between operators vying to run trains on the East Coast Main Line.

NSW: Rail guard suspended

Posted Thursday, 6 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A CityRail guard who allegedly tried to punch an elderly passenger had been suspended from his regular duties, CityRail said today.

Vic: Country rail users miss out

Posted Friday, 7 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Liberal opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder has lashed out at the Labor Party's failure to provide discount Sunday public transport rates for people using the Ararat-Ballarat train line.

The 'Argentina' Rescue Fund

Posted Friday, 7 January, 2005 by martynbane in International Rail News

The 'Argentina' Rescue Fund has been launched to save L.D.Porta's first locomotive for posterity.

NSW: 'Sardine' service irks rail travellers

Posted Friday, 7 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Illawarra rail commuters are furious about a temporary timetable forcing them to stand for hours on packed trains.

Japan: Ministry aims to cut railway crossing delays

Posted Friday, 7 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Construction and Transport Ministry plans to upgrade 200 level railway crossings by fiscal 2007, cutting by 40 percent the number of crossings that cause regular delays in rush hour traffic, ministry sources said Thursday.

WA: Pilbara iron ore project delayed

Posted Friday, 7 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Progress on the Hope Downs iron ore project in the Pilbara, in north-west Western Australia, has been delayed, with the company given an extension to lodge its development application to the WA Government.

NSW: Rail timetable plans on track

Posted Friday, 7 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail says it hopes to have information on its website today about south coast rail timetables for next week.

Italian train collision kills 18

Posted Saturday, 8 January, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Eighteen people are reported to have been killed and many others injured in a train crash near Bologna in Italy.

NSW: Spider bite halts train in its tracks

Posted Saturday, 8 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Raymond Rutter's morning driving a commuter train from Gosford to Sydney became a race against time to save the life of a passenger bitten by a funnelweb spider.

WA: BHP moves to block Fortescue rail ruling

Posted Saturday, 8 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

BHP Billiton has upped the ante in its battle to prevent Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group from winning free entry to its Pilbara railway, appealing against a National Competition Council ruling that opened the door to the budding iron ore magnate last month.

US: Eight die in train crash that released toxic fumes

Posted Saturday, 8 January, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Eight people were killed after two freight trains collided in South Carolina and released a poisonous chlorine gas cloud, authorities said Friday morning.

Japan to sell stake in rail company

Posted Saturday, 8 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Central Japan Railway Co. said Friday the government plans to sell its 39.6 percent shareholding in the company.

Tas: Steaming back to early love

Posted Sunday, 9 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

AS a child, Caroline Hodge would stare up at the steam trains at the West Coast Pioneers Museum and wish she knew what all the valves and knobs did.

Indian Railways to auction tickets online

Posted Sunday, 9 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Taking a cue from the airlines, the Railways intend to launch on-line auction of tickets for air-conditioned coaches in all trains.

NSW: Mayor puts support behind rail to transport timber products

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

There is further support for the push for railways to replace trucks in the transport of timber products out of the Riverina Highlands.

NSW: Terrorism training exercise focuses on railway station

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Firefighters and ambulance personnel have descended on Sydney's Wynyard railway station to take part in a terrorism training exercise.

US probes chlorine train tampering

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

US investigators are looking into why railway points were set to switch a train carrying toxic chlorine gas to a line where rail carriages were parked on a siding.

NSW: Amended train services operating smoothly

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Railcorp is reporting no major congestion on Illawarra and south coast lines this morning as trains run to an amended timetable for the next two weeks.

WA: Greens seek BHP warning in rail dispute

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The WA Greens are calling on the State Government to reprimand BHP Billiton for violating its State Agreement Act which states it must share its infrastructure with other players.

Wonthaggi Coal Mine

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by railnut in Letters to the Editor

Infamous in the burning quality of it's coal, WSCM was closed to the general public a few months ago. Tourists that come into the Township-Come in to the shoe shop wrench'es and sign the peititon to bring it to the standards of a working mine.
After all, Oldies? Didn't it power those engines to make good photos, and fuel our love for steam? People have been signing it from all around the state-from what I've seen, as far as Rowville. Come on' railfans.

57 killed in bus crash in India

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by bevans in Other Transport News

Some 57 people have died in the southern Indian state of Karnataka after their bus crashed into a canal.

Tas: Long-haul Metro buses

Posted Monday, 10 January, 2005 by bevans in Other Transport News

ONE of Tasmania's Metro buses has racked up enough kilometres to travel around the world 24 times and keep going.

WA: Logs to stay on rail line

Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

West Australian Plantation Resources will continue using the Manjimup to Picton rail line after the State Government announced a $10.93 million upgrade late last month.

Vic: Work on rail upgrade to begin

Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Major work will begin on Monday on upgrading the Bendigo rail line for fast train services.

Tram stop dispute may travel to High Court

Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A dispute over the location of a Melbourne University tram stop may be decided in the nation's highest court soon.

Sri Lanka mulls express rail line to South

Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Transport Ministry is exploring the possibility of constructing an express railway line along the Southern expressway from Colombo to Matara.

Mount Gibson shares jump

Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Shares in Mount Gibson Iron Ltd have surged almost six per cent after the iron ore miner confirmed a Chinese state-owned enterprise has taken a 5.9 per cent stake in the company.

Rail and sea snarls blamed for trade loss

Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Pressure is building on the Federal Government to review the capacity of rail and shipping after bottlenecks in those areas were blamed for the country's second largest trade deficit in history.

NSW: Association steps up rail campaign

Posted Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail's proposed changes to the Blue Mountains Fish and Chips train services have been met with disapproval by commuters.

Russia, Georgia to open railway-ferry route

Posted Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin is discussing the organization of a direct railway and ferry link between the port of Poti in Georgia and the Kavkaz port in Russia at a meeting in Tbilisi.

Iran earmarks $2.5b for rail sector

Posted Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Some $2.5 billion will be invested in the rail transport sector in the fourth development plan (2005-2010), the managing director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railway Company said on Monday.

UK: Chunnel firm in move to bring back Glasgow trams

Posted Wednesday, 12 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

One of the teams behind the Channel Tunnel Rail Link will draw up plans for Glasgow's new transport system that could see the return of trams.

Calls for sweeping rail reforms after local man's death on the line

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

In September 7, 2004, Port Augusta railway worker Karl Petry lay by the side of a road in the wind and rain for four hours because he was unable to contact anyone - and no-one enquired as to his whereabouts.

GM to sell Electro-Motive Division

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

General Motors Corp., the world's largest car and truck maker, said Wednesday it agreed to sell its Electro-Motive Division to an investor group led by Greenbriar Equity Group LLC and Berkshire Partners LLC.

WA: Chinese interests hope for rail boost

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Mt Gibson Iron hopes the interest of a Chinese railway group will boost its exports in the mid west by allowing improvements to the local rail system.

China plans massive new rail investment

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

China will invest about $12 billion to build railways in 2005, the official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

NSW: Train to stop in Cobar

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Cobar farewelled its last regular passenger train in 1975 but on Easter Saturday, March 26, the western mining town will host a visit from the restored Southern Aurora.

NSW: Call for Newcastle railway workshops proposals

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Honeysuckle Development Corporation is calling for proposals for the long-term lease of three iconic railway workshop buildings in Newcastle.

WA: Safety campaign warning about railway crossings

Posted Thursday, 13 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Country drivers are being warned as part of a national road safety campaign not to be complacent at railway crossings.

Goat's death costs $86,000

Posted Friday, 14 January, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A TRAIN driver in Britain who suffered from nightmares after his train struck a goat was been awarded 35,000 pounds ($86,340) in compensation, his lawyer said.

Firefighters battle rail line blaze in southern NSW

Posted Friday, 14 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Firefighters are battling a blaze along a rail line near Jindalee in southern NSW, a Rural Fire Service spokeswoman said today.

Vic: Final tram decision expected

Posted Friday, 14 January, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The future of Bendigo's tourist tram service will be decided next week, putting an end to the long-running controversy on the issue.

NSW: Hornsby train station to get $60m upgrade

Posted Sunday, 16 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Government will spend $60 million upgrading Hornsby train station over two years, as part of its program to simplify the Cityrail network.

Taipei-Kaohsiung high-speed line nearly complete

Posted Sunday, 16 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The High Speed Rail bureau yesterday announced that the 345km line between Taipei and Kaohsiung is near completion, and will begin operations in October this year.

Indonesian railway schedules changed to cut travel time

Posted Sunday, 16 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

At least 16 main trains operating in Java will have new schedules starting on Jan. 17, which are expected to cut travel time and reduce the number of delayed trains.

Vic: Rail overhaul starts

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The controversial overhaul of train services between Bendigo and Melbourne will begin today, with the State Government launching major Fast Rail works.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8 & 15/1/2005

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

NT: Train service impacts on road transport

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The trucking industry in Australia's Northern Territory says it is recovering from a year of job losses since the opening of the Adelaide to Darwin rail service 12 months ago.

NSW: Train blamed for fire

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Sparks from a goods train seem to be the most likely cause of simultaneous bushfires in between Cootamundra and Wallendbeen on Thursday afternoon.

Russia: 110 trains standing idle on Far Eastern Railway

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Huge “jams” have developed on the Far Eastern Railway. Around 110 trains with coal, metal, petroproducts and other goods stand near ports of the Primorye Territory, which are not ready to handle their cargoes.

US: Lawmaker wants government to do more to ensure railroad safety

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling for stronger federal regulation of the railroads.

Companies vie to get Yemen railways

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A number of international construction companies compete for getting licenses to build railways and highways in Yemen.

NSW: Waterfall report due two years on

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

THE final report of a special commission of inquiry into the Waterfall train crash in New South Wales will be released this afternoon.

Vic: Corio work brings fast rail service closer

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

GEELONG'S fast rail project is one step closer to completion with crossover tracks installed at Corio station at the weekend.

Vic: Railroad era ends

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

FOR the Harding family, yesterday's 6.50 pm train service from Bendigo to Kyneton marked the end of an era.

100 hurt as trains crash in Bangkok subway

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Two trains on Bangkok's five-month-old subway system crashed during the morning rush hour today, injuring about 100 people and forcing authorities to suspend services, officials and witnesses said.

NSW: More crashes likely: rail report

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Railcorp lacked a culture of safety and further train crashes were likely in New South Wales unless it implemented reforms, the final report in the Waterfall train disaster has found.

NSW: Government is serious about rail safety: Carr

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail safety reforms introduced since the Waterfall train crash showed the New South Wales Government was serious about improving safety for train travellers, Premier Bob Carr said today.

Alice-Darwin train celebrates first anniversary

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Alice Springs to Darwin freight train is celebrating 12 months of operation today.

Trial rail shipment of yellow cake arrives in Australia's north

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The first shipment of uranium yellow-cake to be transported on the Adelaide to Darwin Railway has arrived in northern Australia for shipment overseas later this week.

Qld: Heritage railway to get second locomotive

Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Work is about to start on the refurbishment of a second locomotive for Gympie's Mary Valley Heritage Railway.

NSW: Rail safety was 'grossly inadequate'

Posted Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

THE final report of the Waterfall inquiry has delivered a damning assessment of the state of the NSW rail system at the time of the crash that claimed seven lives, blaming "grossly inadequate" safety management as a major contributing factor.

Vic: BRAG up in arms as railway works start

Posted Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Yesterday was labelled a black rail day for Bendigo as trains between the city and Sunbury shut down in preparation for works on the fast rail project.

Tel Aviv light rail tender postponed 5 months

Posted Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The deadline for submitting bids in the Tel Aviv light railway tender will be postponed by at least five months.

NSW: Rail-crash report 'a wake-up call'

Posted Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales rail system remained a liability 28 years after 83 people lost their lives in the state's worst train accident, the organiser of the Granville memorial service said today.

Vic: Picture this - with trams!

Posted Thursday, 20 January, 2005 by James Holt in Tram and Light Rail News

Williamstown is considering a radical plan to get people out of their cars

NSW: Storm creates rail chaos

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail commuters were left stranded across the Illawarra last night after heavy rain and hailstorms battered the region.

Vic: Passengers uninjured in XPT crash

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a crash involving an XPT train and a freight train.

Vic: "No tram" plan pleases

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The City of Greater Bendigo's decision to scrap the tram extension around Lake Weeroona has been hailed a win for the community.

Vic: Bendigo Trust calls for review of tram project

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The Bendigo Trust says the scrapping of the Lake Weeroona tram extension will threaten the future of the service and cost jobs.

Vic: Future on line for Bendigo's historic trams

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Bendigo's tourist tram service could be heading for closure after the local council abandoned upgrade plans.

NZ: Better buses and rail the answer

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

It is a fair bet that nine out of 10 Aucklanders hardly ever use public transport - bus, rail or ferry. Many may not have have caught a bus since their schooldays. And rail is just emerging from the days when only masochists caught the train - they enjoyed wondering whether it would arrive late or at all.

US: Rail or Bus? Highway plan raises controversy

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A proposal to provide express toll lanes to Washington's Dulles Airport, could also affect I-66 though Arlington. The plan, put forward by a private business group, is causing havoc among transportation officials and those who support the state's plan to extend rail out to Dulles and beyond.

US: Chemical weapons may be shipped by rail

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The US Army said Wednesday it will study the possibility of shipping chemical weapons between storage and destruction sites, a move opponents said could mean tons of aging, lethal munitions being sent across country by truck or train.

WA: Premier plans underground rail

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A $190-million plan to put underground a section of the rail line separating Perth from its main entertainment precinct would rid the city of its dullsville tag, WA Premier Geoff Gallop said today.

Contract for Bangkok airport rail link signed

Posted Friday, 21 January, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The State Railway of Thailand yesterday signed an agreement with the consortium led by the local trading company B. Grimm Group to build a railway linking Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi international airport.

Govt quizzed over rail project

Posted Sunday, 23 January, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The West Australian Opposition has accused the Government of leaving taxpayers in the dark over the cost of the southern metropolitan rail project.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/1/2005

Posted Monday, 24 January, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 114 sightings for the week which is two sightings more than last week, making a total for the year to date at 302 sightings (Total sightings up to day 22 last year was 423

NSW: Decision on rail 'unlikely to change'

Posted Monday, 24 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore is disappointed newly appointed transport minister John Watkins won't reverse a decision to cut the Newcastle rail line at Broadmeadow.

Indian soldiers throw passengers in front of speeding train

Posted Monday, 24 January, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Five train passengers have been killed after Indian soldiers threw them out of a compartment into the path of a speeding train.

NSW: Visy not considering rail investment

Posted Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Visy Industries spokesman says the company is not planning to invest in reopening a railway between Tumut and Cootamundra.

NSW: Visy not considering rail investment

Posted Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Visy Industries spokesman says the company is not planning to invest in reopening a railway between Tumut and Cootamundra.

Qld: Rail talks consider job losses

Posted Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Talks are continuing between unions and Queensland Rail as the organisation prepares to shed up to 700 jobs state-wide.

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