As most will be aware 3801 has been withdrawn from service due to worn tyres.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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 passengers will travel in improved style with a $13 million upgrade planned for regional locomotive carriages.
A series of battered old sepia photographs have revealed a story of passion, pioneers, hard work, railways and ghosts.
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).
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 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.
The developer of a proposed rail line from Toowoomba to Gladstone will give evidence to a federal parliamentary inquiry today.
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.
There are market rumours that a rival bid for Patrick Corp may come from Linfox and the Macquarie Bank.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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”.
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.
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).
The NSW Government has announced a comprehensive five-year plan to improve passenger access to information on CityRail trains and stations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia's biggest freight forwarder says the Adelaide to Darwin rail line will lose significant business unless it becomes cheaper to use.
Tasmania's Transport Minister is cautious about committing to a bail out of the state's rail operator, Pacific National.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Toll Holdings might be able to appease the competition watchdog in its bid for Patrick Corporation without offloading assets.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.