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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 29/10/2005

Posted Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Sightings are up again for the third week in a row with 133 sightings for the week which is 4 more than last week.

Frequent train pledge for Melbourne Cup

Posted Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Rail operator Connex is today hoping to avoid the crowd problems that clogged trains on Derby Day.

Extra trams, trains bound for Flemington

Posted Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

With up to 140,000 people expected to attend the Melbourne Cup today, racegoers are being urged to arrive early.

Tram inspector hit for invalid threat

Posted Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A tram inspector threatened to report a Chinese student to the Immigration Department after he failed to produce a valid ticket.

NSW farmers demand improved rail lines

Posted Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Farm lobby groups are ramping up pressure on the New South Wales Government to fix dilapidated country rail lines.

Steam railways against drinks ban

Posted Wednesday, 2 November, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

A Gwynedd steam railway company said it will fight any plan by the UK government to ban alcohol on trains.

Fast rail saga sounds familiar

Posted Wednesday, 2 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

FOR anyone who may have experienced any part of the Central Coast to Sydney High Speed Rail Link saga in NSW, they would be suffering a severe case of deja vu.

Train driver shortage fear

Posted Wednesday, 2 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The launch of full regional fast rail services by late next year is expected to lead to reduced suburban train services due to driver shortages, secret government documents reveal.

Train users quit -- commuters ditch service

Posted Wednesday, 2 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

BENDIGO commuters have slammed the latest changes to V/Line services, saying they will unnecessarily add to travel times and jeopardise jobs.

Future regional road needs under scrutiny

Posted Wednesday, 2 November, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A federal parliamentary inquiry is looking at ways of making Australia's regional roads and rail networks more efficient.

3801 out of service until 2006

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

As most will be aware 3801 has been withdrawn from service due to worn tyres. The wheels are in the process of being removed from the locomotive and forwarded to Ipswich Workshops in QLD for the new tyres (obtained earlier from South Africa) to be fitted.

Train delayed once too often

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Egged on by suspected leftist demonstrators, mob anger mushroomed into rioting that left 17 people wounded.

The trouble began about 8.30am when officials told 2000 travellers in Haedo, about 15km west of Buenos Aires, their train would not leave because of technical problems. They had already been on board for about 50 minutes.

Thousands hit by train cancellations

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A lightning strike caused a signal failure at Caulfield station this morning, forcing cancellations of trains on two main lines, affecting about 20,000 commuters.

BHP seeks funding for rail link

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

MINING giant BHP Billiton has revealed it wants government funding for a new rail link to connect its massive Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine to the Adelaide to Darwin railway.

Transport industry driving head-on into a crisis

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S peak transport group has warned of a looming crisis in the transport industry that could have wider-reaching economic effects.

Upbeat Downer spoilt for choice

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Downer EDI managing director Stephen Gillies said there were so many growth opportunities on offer that the group must resist the urge to act like "a child let loose in a sweet shop".

$200 million poured into freight rail

Posted Thursday, 3 November, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Freight rail infrastructure between Sydney and Brisbane will get a $200 million upgrade.

Commuter delays expected as freight train derails in Sydney

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

CityRail says there will be delays of up to 10 minutes on the Bankstown, south and inner-west lines in Sydney this morning because of a freight train derailment overnight.

Lightning causes train havoc, sparks Connex probe

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

CONNEX will investigate how it copes with lightning strikes after a dawn storm shut down three citybound lines at peak hour yesterday, delaying tens of thousands of commuters including VCE students on the way to exams.

Parking tax to fund bus

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

A free shuttle bus loop from Carlton to Southbank linking 15 tourist sites is due to get the green light from the city council next week, despite strong opposition.

Man dies after being hit by train

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A 69-year-old man struck by a train in Melbourne last night has died in hospital.

BHP Billiton to share railway with FMG

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

BHP Billiton Ltd faces sharing its Mt Newman railway line in Western Australia with other mining companies after a draft ruling by the National Competition Council.

QR blames vandals for tilt train mishap

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland rail investigators says vandals were responsible for an overnight tilt train accident which injured three people near Gladstone.

Downer EDI awarded locomotive contracts for SCT

Posted Friday, 4 November, 2005 by chrisr001 in Rail News

Friday, 4 November 2005

Downer EDI Limited (Downer EDI) today announced that its Rail division, EDI Rail has signed contracts with SCT Logistics (SCT) for the design, supply and maintenance of 11 new locomotives. The value of the contracts is approximately $75 million.
Under the terms of the agreement, EDI Rail will supply 11 mainline AC traction diesel-electric locomotives, and provide maintenance services over a ten year period. The locomotives are scheduled to commence service progressively from the second half of 2007.

Melbourne grinding to a halt

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S dysfunctional public transport system will grind to a halt without massive investment, becoming a liability for the city's much-vaunted liveability.

A major report, to be launched by

CityRail closes public timetable changes

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The public exhibition period for changes to the City Rail timetable on the Illawarra and South Coast lines ends today.

State favours freeways over rail, trams: expert

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

ONE of the Bracks Government's most senior public sector consultants has accused it of being the most "freeway-friendly" government in Victoria's history.

Ruling may force BHP to open Pilbara rail line

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The National Competition Council has given a preliminary ruling in favour of BHP's competitors in a long-running rail dispute in Western Australia's Pilbara.

NCC backs Fortescue on BHP rail

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

In an encouraging sign for Fortescue Metals, the National Competition Council put out a draft recommendation that would allow the iron ore upstart access to BHP Billiton's private railway network in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Rural train relief in time for events

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Country Victorians with Commonwealth Games tickets will enjoy cheap V/Line train or bus fares of no more than $10 to get to and from Melbourne on the day of their event.

Trial by public transport: why the system is failing

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

IN THE driveway of Peter Newman's Fremantle home sits a clean, white family sedan — an unlikely accessory for the transport planner whom critics dub "the man who hates cars".

Career train a track to the world

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

He's about to become head of the world's peak engineering organisation after a career spent serving South Australians. But, Barry Grear still just loves the sound of a locomotive in full flight.

Are Melburnians being taken for a ride?

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

JUST one tram can cut the number of car trips on Melbourne's roads by 300,000 each year. This is the message Yarra Trams hopes to drive home in its new campaign reminding commuters of the importance of the tram network to Melbourne. The advertising is slick. Picture a tram carrying 140 commuters, then contrast it with a traffic jam accounting for the same number of people — more than 100 cars at a standstill. It is a stark contrast, likely to prompt some people to consider switching to public transport. In theory, that is to be applauded. Melburnians are well aware of the detrimental impact on the environment of our increasing dependence on cars and the idea of travelling with company in comfort (the ads imply abundant seating) is quite appealing.

Two die after car collides with train

Posted Saturday, 5 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Police are yet to determine the cause of a double fatal crash between a train and a car in South Australia's mid-north.

Flood of calls from angry passengers

Posted Sunday, 6 November, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S Public Transport Ombudsman — the man charged with investigating complaints about tram, train and bus services — has received almost double the expected number during his first year in the job.

He was appointed by the State Government last year in an attempt to improve the complaints process for people using public transport in Melbourne.

Cause of fatal rail crash unknown

Posted Sunday, 6 November, 2005 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Crash investigators do not yet know why a train and a car collided near Snowtown in South Australia yesterday.

Teen train crash victim was homeless

Posted Sunday, 6 November, 2005 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A TEENAGE girl who died when a 2km long freight train ploughed into a ute was a drifter, police said today.

The 13-year-old died alongside a 26-year-old woman from Adelaide's southern suburbs when the train hit the ute they were travelling in and dragged it along the tracks for more than 150m.

"There was no fixed address of the young girl, she must have been living from house to house with friends," police spokesman Colin Haigh said.

Two dead as ute, train collide

Posted Sunday, 6 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

An apparently homeless 13-year-old girl and another person were killed when a freight train crashed into a utility in South Australia's mid-north.

Games train late? Don't expect a refund

Posted Monday, 7 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

SPECTATORS who miss Commonwealth Games events because of public transport breakdowns and delays should not expect refunds from the State Government.

Call for 'tube' line underneath Melbourne

Posted Monday, 7 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A $5 BILLION rail tunnel under central Melbourne is needed to take the pressure off inner-city train and tram services, according to a leading transport academic.

$21m penalties for late trains

Posted Monday, 7 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne rail operator Connex has paid almost $60,000 in penalties to the State Government every day for the past year.

Minister is off the track with his cheap Games rail travel plan

Posted Monday, 7 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

There can be little doubt that the Commonwealth Games in March will provide Victorians with a wonderful chance to see this nations top sportsmen and women in action.

Trams could go in 25 years: expert

Posted Monday, 7 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A transport expert claims Melbourne's trams could be phased out within 25 years.

Bank eyes transport system

Posted Monday, 7 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Macquarie Bank would consider investing in Melbourne's ailing public transport system in conjunction with the State Government, councils or community groups, the company's executive director has said.

Loop use off-track, expert says

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

TRAIN services along the packed Dandenong line could be doubled at minimal cost -- without the planned third track.

Massive tunnel plan backed by business leaders

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government is considering a multibillion-dollar freeway and rail link between Melbourne's east and west, including an underground extension of the Eastern Freeway under the inner northern suburbs and city.

The ambitious freeway-rail link is

Car wars: a tale of two cities

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne’s public transport is at a crossroad and the Government has a choice: massive investment now or wait until the system hits rock bottom. Perth and Sydney show the way. Dan Silkstone and Royce Millar report.

V/Line trains to get more comfortable

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S regional rail passengers will soon be travelling in more comfort thanks to a $13 million refurbishment of V/Line trains.

St Kilda Rd has slowest trams

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

St Kilda Rd -- gateway to the city -- is also a boulevard of broken dreams for tram travellers.

Grim outlook for Melbourne's trams

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

MELBOURNE'S trams cannot withstand the delay and disruption caused by rising traffic congestion and could be gone within 25 years.

Funds pledged to refurbish Bendigo's trains

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

BENDIGO'S existing rail fleet will receive a major refurbishment as part of a Regional Victoria statement to be released next week.

Long-awaited refurbishment announced for region's trains

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

V/Line passengers will travel in improved style with a $13 million upgrade planned for regional locomotive carriages.

Red alert on train safety

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Train drivers can mistake a red danger signal for a yellow light in certain conditions, according to Australian researchers, who say their finding is a "major safety concern".

Corrigan braces for worst on PN split

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp chief Chris Corrigan said yesterday that he expected to lose an arbitration decision that could have helped him fend off a hostile $4.5 billion takeover bid from Toll Holdings.

Photo Detectives: The untold story of our railways

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A series of battered old sepia photographs have revealed a story of passion, pioneers, hard work, railways and ghosts.

Tree puts stop to train trip

Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A passenger train trip was suddenly cancelled last night, after the locomotive hit a tree north of Bendigo.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/11/2005.

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

This week’s sightings included a public holiday on Tuesday for the Melbourne Cup, and the sightings were down by 14 trains on last week with a total of 119 for the week.
Making a total for the year to date at 4349* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 309 last year was 5298).

Toll claims victory in rail stoush

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport conglomerate Toll Holdings Ltd has claimed victory in its fight with takeover target stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd over its joint-venture rail operator, Pacific National.

Arbitrator backs Toll in rail row

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corporation has copped a caning in its dispute with Toll Holdings over rail operator Pacific National, with an independent arbitrator backing Toll's position and ordering Patrick to pay the costs of arbitration.

Patrick still against Toll bid

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

PATRICK has pledged to continue trying to break up its Pacific National rail joint venture with hostile takeover bidder Toll Holdings, after an independent arbitrator yesterday ruled against a resolution that could have allowed the asset to be split between the two companies.

Setback for Corrigan, but only a Little one

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The umpire's decision is in and Paul Little has every reason to feel more than a little smug at the vindication it offers him.

Tunnel plan 'should not see light of day'

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

PLANS for a road tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway and Princes Freeway under the inner northern suburbs have come under fire from a council and a public transport group.

Toowoomba-Gladstone rail line developer to front inquiry

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The developer of a proposed rail line from Toowoomba to Gladstone will give evidence to a federal parliamentary inquiry today.

$200 million rail improvement to increase share: ARTC

Posted Wednesday, 9 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has signed a contract for the North Coast Improvement Alliance with Transport Express Alliance, a joint venture between Barclay Mowlem Construction and Balfour Beatty Australia.

Tunnel vision: a victory for the road lobby

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

PETER Batchelor is Victoria's longest-serving transport minister. He has been in the job for six years and before that spent seven years as opposition spokesman on public transport.

Great rail yarns

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

In the days before semi automated electric trains, there was romance and hardship in working and travelling on Australian railways.

Border at end of line

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

More trains for Games but what about us? V/Line will increase train services across its network during the Commonwealth Games but is yet to confirm whether the Border will benefit.

Homes on the line in rail link

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

An inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane's port could lead to the resumption of thousands of southeast Queensland homes, a federal inquiry has been told.

Fewer using trains, trams

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Train and tram patronage is down by 0.6 per cent and the rising fuel price presents a significant cost pressure, TransAdelaide's annual report says.

Linfox, Macquarie rumoured as possible Patrick bidder

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

There are market rumours that a rival bid for Patrick Corp may come from Linfox and the Macquarie Bank.

Rail station makes heritage list

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Another western Queensland historic railway station is set to join Charleville's rail building on the Queensland Heritage List.

Wait and see on rail travel

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

THE Victorian Government will wait and see what additional train services V/Line offers travellers before deciding if it needs to change its $10 Commonwealth Games ticket deal.

As it stands, the discount return fare is valid only on the day of a ticket holders event.

Amtrak fires president after damning Congress report

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by freightgate in International Rail News

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The board of US rail operator Amtrak fired its president, David Gunn, after a stinging official report urged sweeping reforms of its troubled operations.

"Amtrak's future now requires a different type of leader who will aggressively tackle the company's financial, management and operational challenges," Amtrak chairman David Laney said in a statement.

Inland rail plan steams ahead

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

CONGRATULATIONS to Gilgandra council for the successful rail meeting on October 21 seeking the best rail path for a trunk rail route Melbourne to Brisbane, to serve the interests of rural Australia that will provide cohesion and a life of its own for rural Australia away from the coastal cities.

The Gilgandra meeting will prove to be a circuit breaker for people of rural Australia who have for too long been without a fast trunk rail service to serve the needs and aspirations of rural people who need fast transport co-ordinating the already extensive rail links that are by definition branch lines that at present, have little or no relationship with each other.

Boom gate falls on ute

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

A MAN had a lucky escape after a rail crossing boom gate fell on his utility near Cressy.

Sergeant Don Scott of Colac police said the man was driving across the level crossing on the Hamilton Highway about 10am yesterday when the accident occurred.

Another car narrowly avoided the falling boom gate.

ACCC has issues with Toll's bid

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by freightgate in Rail News

Transport company Toll Holdings Ltd's proposed $4.6 billion takeover of stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd would lead to a substantial lessening of competition, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

The ACCC released its preliminary view in a statement of issues relating to Toll's bid and a timetable for further submissions on the matter.

Toll has to offer something better

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission hasn't derailed Toll Holdings' $4.6 billion bid for Patrick Corp, but it has taken some steam out of its boilers.

Little faces big task to talk Samuel around by Christmas

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

PAUL Little has a lot of clever talking to do between now and Christmas if he is to convince Graeme Samuel to clear Toll Holding's bid for Patrick Corporation.

Minister surprised at state of Mildura rail line

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government says it will need to virtually rebuild 450 kilometres of railway line to return passenger trains to Mildura in the state's north-west.

Regulator clouds Toll bid

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings might be forced to sell its 50 per cent of the Pacific National rail joint venture before it could proceed with a $4.3 billion bid for Patrick Corporation, the competition regulator declared yesterday.

Rail standardisation plan raises regional questions

Posted Friday, 11 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is to invest $120,000 to standardise rail across the state this financial year, raising questions on whether any will go to regional rail.

How to fix Melbourne's woes

Posted Saturday, 12 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Co-authored by Professor Peter Newman, internationally respected public transport expert. Backed by MTF (a collection of 15 local councils).

Spirit of Hellfire Pass revived

Posted Saturday, 12 November, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

IT WAS hard going on the old legs that carried them back down Hellfire Pass yesterday, wobbly on the granite ballast that still covers the railbed, but they were glad to be in its "hallowed atmosphere".

Heritage Council rejects Camberwell Station listing

Posted Saturday, 12 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A controversial development at the Camberwell Railway Station in Melbourne could go ahead, after the Heritage Council decided not to list the site on Victoria's heritage register.

New rail pass aimed at backpackers

Posted Monday, 14 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government has released a new rail travel pass aimed at the 300,000 backpackers who visit the state every year.

Pacific National Staff walk off the job

Posted Monday, 14 November, 2005 by sthyer in Rail News

Railworkers are standing up to Pacific National's insistence that it be allowed to strip money from the pockets of future generations.

Pacific National negotiators have told RTBU reps the push to dud new starters is not an issue of cost but rather one of “philosophy”.

Breath of life for unloved rail link

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Tarana-Oberon rail link may have a new lease of life after all - at least on a limited basis.

The line was one of many rural branch lines was closed years ago by the State Government as no longer economical to maintain.

Sparks to fly over rail post

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

More fireworks are expected today when Toll and Patrick directors seek a replacement for Pacific National chief executive Stephen O'Donnell.

Rail trail project given top priority

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A long-awaited rail trail between Port Fairy and Warrnambool will be a top priority under the State Government's $8 million Provincial Pathways Program.

Govt to beef up London train station security

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Railway stations in London are to trial a raft of new security measures in the new year.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/11/2005

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 94* sightings for the week which is 25 less than last week.
* I would have missed at least one sighting on Friday due to being no power at Gheringhap for five hours.
Making a total for the year to date at 4443* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 316 last year was 5398).

Rail information boost planned for Illawarra lines

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government has announced a comprehensive five-year plan to improve passenger access to information on CityRail trains and stations.

Freight company sticks to the road

Posted Tuesday, 15 November, 2005 by STW in Northern Territory Rail News

NATIONAL freight company Northline has reignited the "road versus rail" battle by defending its controversial support for road freight, despite escalating fuel costs.

Man to face court over transport bomb hoax

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A man is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning charged over Monday's public transport security scare.

A coat of paint? What about some services!

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The funding announcement to repaint the Queanbeyan, Gunning and Yass Railway stations is an insult to rail users when compared to the deliberate rundown of rail services in rural NSW by the State Labor Government, The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson said today.

Iconic loco's future clouded: Lease agreement impasse

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

IN this, the NSW Railways much lamented and prestigious 150th birthday year, Goulburn district people who have been enthralled by the giant streamlined steam locomotive 3801, will be alarmed to hear its future is under a cloud.

SCT purchase $75m locomotive fleet

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

SCT Logistics will invest $75 million in 11 new AC locomotives, for work on the interstate rail network.

Rail corridor upgrade underway

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The upgrade of the North Coast Rail Line will help alleviate pressure on the Pacific Highway as more freight move onto rail as a result of improvements in the productivity of the interstate rail network according to Deputy Prime Minister and Lyne MP, Mark Vaile.

17 lose rail jobs from next week

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Railway Group informed the drivers last week that they would be made redundant from this week.

Wimmera rail trail hopes

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A Wimmera River rail trail for cyclists could become a reality after the State Government's release of its $502-million Moving Forward plan for regional Victoria.

Forum to discuss wine train's future

Posted Wednesday, 16 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The Herald, in conjunction with newly-formed Bluebird Preservation Group, will host an open public forum on Wednesday, December 14, to highlight the re-introduction of the wine train service to the Barossa.

The great train swipe

Posted Thursday, 17 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

It has been trumpeted as the smart card of the future - a one-stop ticket that works on all of Sydney's trains, buses and ferries.

Famous rail icon must be preserved

Posted Thursday, 17 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Shadow Minister for Tourism and the Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson has called on the NSW Labor Government to guarantee the operating future of the historic 3801 steam locomotive, so familiar on Lithgow/Blue Mountains lines.

Bracks plans off track

Posted Thursday, 17 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Bracks Government's toll of broken promises stretches further than the Premier's now infamous 2002 pre-election pledge to build the Mitcham to Frankston freeway without tolls.

From vows to be more open and accountable to reducing hospital waiting lists and delivering natural gas to country towns, the Government has struggled to always match its actions with its electioneering boasts.

Transport has proved the Government's biggest truth test, with even its much vaunted Regional Fast Rail program at best a bare pass on a promise.

Bourke part of city-wide tram revamp

Posted Friday, 18 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Bourke St is to be overhauled as part of a city-wide plan to improve tram services.

South Africa's fast rail link on track

Posted Friday, 18 November, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

South Africa's $3 billion high-speed train project will proceed as planned, despite objections from politicians, with construction expected to start in 2006, project leaders said on Thursday.

Steam park to fire up new passion for rail

Posted Friday, 18 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A $1 million heritage steam park for Maitland would spur a new generation of steam enthusiasts according to Steamfest chairman and city councillor Peter Garnham.

Both Toll and Patrick are destroying value

Posted Friday, 18 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Over at Patrick Corp, the takeover target, Chris Corrigan has once again demonstrated how aggressive a defence strategy can become. With the release of Patrick's earnings yesterday - more particularly news of its generous dividend policy - Corrigan is playing the ultimate card to ramp up his company's share price and put it out of reach of the current offer from Toll.

High rail costs keep freight industry away, Toll says

Posted Friday, 18 November, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Australia's biggest freight forwarder says the Adelaide to Darwin rail line will lose significant business unless it becomes cheaper to use.

Ministers consider Pacific National's funding request

Posted Saturday, 19 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's Transport Minister is cautious about committing to a bail out of the state's rail operator, Pacific National.

Rail shortage threatens bumper wheat exports

Posted Saturday, 19 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

CHRONIC lack of investment in trains and freight infrastructure is threatening the export of Australia's bumper wheat crop.

Work to start on rail move

Posted Saturday, 19 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Work that will pave the way for the relocation of the railway from central Wodonga will start next week.

Freight industry stakeholders to front transport inquiry

Posted Monday, 21 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Stakeholders in Australia's freight industry will have their say on the future of regional networks and ports at a parliamentary hearing in Sydney today.

A train of thought on creeping fascism

Posted Monday, 21 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Picture this. It's 8.10am at Blackburn station. Ticket in hand, I am undecided: will I take the express or the all-stations-stopper? The express, it's faster. No. The all-stations, I'll get a seat. But on the express I will get there sooner.

FreightLink says railway costs competitive

Posted Monday, 21 November, 2005 by STW in Northern Territory Rail News

FreightLink says that after 18 months of operation, the Adelaide to Darwin railway is a cost competitive option for freight forwarders.

Toll may cut Patrick bid in wake of payout

Posted Monday, 21 November, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Toll Holdings will consider reducing the value of its $4.6 billion offer for Patrick Corporation to reflect the value of the special dividend Patrick declared on Thursday, according to managing director Paul Little.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/11/2005.

Posted Monday, 21 November, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 99 sightings for the week which is 5 more than last week, which is a surprise seeing that PN went on a 48 hour strike that resulted in over 20 S/G trains missing this week.

Grain farmers crushed by transport troubles

Posted Tuesday, 22 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia's wheat exporter, AWB Limited, says the grain industry is being crippled by the nation's transport inefficiencies.

Mayor up-beat about rail project

Posted Tuesday, 22 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Bowen's Mayor says a $600 million rail project still needs the commitment of coal companies to secure its future.

Souris bets coal will keep rail line open

Posted Tuesday, 22 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Coal trains leaving Ulan for Newcastle may roll through Mudgee, Rylstone and Kandos to Mt Piper, reversing the latest downgrading of the line, if George Souris proves right in his forecast of things to come.

Jobs, safety fears as new trams arrive

Posted Wednesday, 23 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The first two of Adelaide's new trams have been delivered to their depot - along with union warnings about safety and jobs.

Pilbara goes loco as ore giants ramp up production

Posted Wednesday, 23 November, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Downer EDI Limited (Downer EDI) today announced that its Rail division, EDI Rail, will provide a further ten heavy haul diesel electric locomotives to BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd (BHPBIO).

South-east SA transport planning under way

Posted Wednesday, 23 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon says a strategic solution for the south-east's busy transport network is being developed.

Town Hall fire

Posted Thursday, 24 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Town Hall train station will reopen later this morning after an evacuation caused by a small fire.

Wedged truck halts trains

Posted Thursday, 24 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A truck wedged under a railway bridge has stopped trains on Melbourne's Alamein line.

Feds allocate $40m to WA rail infrastucture

Posted Thursday, 24 November, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The Federal Government's allocation of an extra $40 million for vital rail infrastructure is recognition of Western Australia's need for a fairer share of transport infrastructure funding, according to Alannah MacTiernan.

Ashford coal find fuels Inverell rail line

Posted Friday, 25 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Reopening the old rail link between Inverell and Moree and drilling in additional sites north of Ashford have not been ruled out by Ashford coal miner Northern Energy Corporation Limited.

Taree rail staff to go

Posted Friday, 25 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A cutback in staffing levels and services at the Taree Countrylink travel centre has union officials concerned that it could be the first step towards the region losing its rail services.

Asbestos stops rail work

Posted Friday, 25 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Asbestos contamination has halted work on the new rail project at Roxburgh Park.

Central rail freight "too dear"

Posted Friday, 25 November, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Australia's biggest freight forwarder says the nation’s newest railway between Adelaide and Darwin is too expensive.

Overdue rail overpass nearing completion

Posted Friday, 25 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Construction of a railway overpass where five Wagga teenagers died in a level crossing smash is behind schedule, but it is due to open to traffic within weeks.

R761 departs spencer street for Ballarat today!

Posted Saturday, 26 November, 2005 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

One of railpage's youngest roving reporters was on the scene at Spencer Street Railway Station this morning. The results of the visit including the arrival and departure of R761 for Ballarat can be found online now at:

Henry's R761 gallery

Further works from Henry can be found at:
Henry's Gallery

The Editors

Tram funds better spent on roads: Opposition

Posted Saturday, 26 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The South Australian Opposition says the Government should abandon its plan to extend Adelaide's tram line from the city to North Adelaide.

Woman struck dead by train in Croydon

Posted Sunday, 27 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A young woman is dead after being hit by a train in Croydon about 10.30pm yesterday.

ACCC boss gives Toll fresh hope on Patrick takeover

Posted Monday, 28 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings might be able to appease the competition watchdog in its bid for Patrick Corporation without offloading assets.

BHP Billiton places additional order for Electro-Motive SD70ACe locomotives

Posted Monday, 28 November, 2005 by chairman in Press Releases

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. announced Tuesday that BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty. Ltd. (BHPBIO) will take delivery in early 2007 of ten SD70ACe locomotives for use in mining operations in northwest Australia. This follows on the heels of a recent order for 14 locomotives of the same type.

Travellers rail at transport system

Posted Tuesday, 29 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Commuters have given an overwhelming thumbs-down to Melbourne's public transport system.

Plenty of encouragement for Toll

Posted Tuesday, 29 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Toll Holdings camp must be feeling more confident of getting their $4.6 billion bid for Patrick Corporation past the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after comments by the commission's chairman, Graeme Samuel, at the weekend.

Proposals to investigate combined road-rail corridor

Posted Tuesday, 29 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Federal Government says it could subsidise Toowoomba's proposed second range crossing if it was built by the private sector and became a tollway.

Authorities investigate Adelaide tram derailments

Posted Tuesday, 29 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

There has been another derailment on the Adelaide to Glenelg tramline.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/11/2005.

Posted Tuesday, 29 November, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 119 sightings for the week which is 10 more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 4661* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 330 last year was 5572).

Railway revamp gets nod

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

It's going to be big, it's going to be beautiful and it's going to be the CBD's bookend. Announcing the approval of the masterplan for stage one of the $235 million development of Townsville's railway north yards yesterday, Mayor Tony Mooney described the plans as 'the other bookend' to Townsville's ocean terminal development.

Tamworth CountryLink jobs to go: Opposition

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Opposition says three CountryLink staff in Tamworth are to be sacked later this week.

Top rail team told three jobs on line

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Having the best customer service in the State may not save the jobs of three CountryLink staff at Tamworth.

Warrnambool turntable to stay

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Train buffs have been assured Warrnambool has no plans to sell its railway turntable to Colac despite growing speculation to the contrary.

Toll's undertakings in doubt

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings' chances of getting its hostile takeover of Patrick Corp past the competition regulator were reduced yesterday, when a company with which Toll claimed to have a deal to ensure rail competition refused to confirm the agreement.

New station named Sherwood Park

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Dennington grandmother Jill Heathcote can now include the honour of naming a Warrnambool railway station among her lifetime achievements.

Govts weigh future of Tas rail freight

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's freight rail service hangs in the balance as the federal government considers two reports about its viability.

Bluebird forum at Tanunda

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Wheels are in motion for the Bluebird Train public forum to be held at the Tanunda Clubhouse on Wednesday, December 14.

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