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Rail investment to take hundreds of trucks off highway

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A $1.4 billion private sector investment in the Sydney to Brisbane rail network is expected to take 400 trucks a day off the Pacific Highway.

Rail system 'on brink of collapse'

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian rail freight network is facing a crisis and urgent government action is needed to save it, a transport leader has warned.

Week takes toll on Patrick play

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A week is a long time in politics and, apparently, even longer in competition regulation. Last Sunday, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel apparently opened the gate to Toll Holdings's bid for Patrick, saying Toll chief Paul Little had "taken a step in the right direction" towards securing regulatory clearance.

Govt rejects freight rail claims

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government denies private rail operator Pacific National is threatening to walk away from the freight rail network.

Chips to go by rail

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The Manjimup to Bunbury Railway line will be up and running in the coming year as Western Australian Plantation Resources plans to reopen a section of it.

Port chief concerned about freight rail line future

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

There are concerns over the future of some of the freight rail lines used to transport grain around Victoria.

Union members face lockout in rail dispute

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Dozens of members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) have been locked out of their workplaces in Broken Hill in far west NSW and Port Augusta in South Australia, bringing freight trains to a grinding halt.

Pique hour as PN chief lays it on the line for rail workers

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Stephen O'Donnell has chosen an historic way to mark his final 10 days as the chief executive of Pacific National. Yesterday the boss of the riven Toll-Patrick rail freight operator delivered orders for the first ever lock-out of Australian rail workers.

Patrick moves again on FCL

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp's Chris Corrigan showed his contempt for Toll Holdings' $4.6 billion takeover bid yesterday by making a fresh attempt to acquire Melbourne based FCL Transport Services.

Unions to control Spencer St station

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Unions are to seize control of Spencer St station in a multi-million-dollar deal that has sparked claims commuters could become pawns in future industrial disputes.

Patrick enters into FCL Option

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in Press Releases

Patrick Corporation today announced that it has entered into an option with the owners of FCL Interstate Transport Services (FCL) to acquire FCL. The option secures the opportunity for Patrick to acquire FCL as part of its broader strategy to rapidly expand its own freight forwarding business.

Pacific National train drivers cancel planned industrial unrest

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Industrial action by Pacific National train drivers planned for Monday has been called off.

Mudgee rail terminal proposed

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A Mudgee locomotive driver is in discussions with Lachlan Valley Rail Freight and Fletcher International about the possibility of creating a rail freight terminal at the Mudgee Regional Abattoir.

Freight forwarders 'hurting' in PN lock-out

Posted Friday, 2 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Pacific National (PN) has locked out its employees after rolling industrial action brought freight to a standstill.

Qantas gets into rail

Posted Saturday, 3 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

QANTAS and Queensland Rail have been exploring a strategic freight alliance as the government-owned rail group faces a challenge for market share from Pacific National.

Track maintenance causes train changes

Posted Saturday, 3 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Track maintenance will cause major changes to train services in Melbourne's eastern and south-eastern suburbs this weekend.

Firms go green to save rail

Posted Sunday, 4 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

In an unholy alliance, Tasmania's major business organisation has called on green groups to join it in pleading with the State Government not to let Tasmania's rail services be axed.

Delays as tram derailed in CBD

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A tram derailment at the corner of Flinders and Spencer streets has cut overhead power lines, affecting inner-city traffic and seven tram routes.

More support for Tas rail network

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The state's peak conservation group has joined calls from business to save Tasmania's rail services.

Flagstaff station site of $200,000 'bombing'

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A mock terrorist bombing in Melbourne's underground train loop has shown the city is prepared for a real-life attack, according to the Victorian Government.

Services resume after tram derailment

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Widespread traffic delays have followed a tram derailment in Melbourne's CBD this morning.

Green group backs rail freight plan

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The North Coast Environment Council says the plan to boost the competitiveness of rail freight between Sydney and Brisbane is a big win for common sense.

QR, Qantas in freight alliance

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) is exploring forming a strategic freight alliance with Qantas as it battles for market share with Pacific National (PN).

The Future of Tasmania’s Railways (TATRail Media release 1/12/05)

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by chairman in Press Releases

The landscape for the mainline heritage operators in Tasmania is presently bleak without the added concerns of closure of the majority of the network. Removal of funds from mainline operations and increasing insurance costs will be highly detrimental to the ongoing preservation and operation of Tasmania’s Rail heritage.

The views expressed in this media release represent the views of TATRail which represents Tasmania’s 9 tourist railways including the 4 major mainline tourist operators specifically Don River Railway, Derwent Valley Railway, Burnie Rail and the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/12/2005

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 124 sightings for the week which is 5 more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 4785* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 337 last year was 568).

ACCC will kill us, says PN rail rival

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Private transport group SCT Logistics has challenged the competition watchdog's belief that a Toll Holdings takeover of Patrick Corp will strangle competition on the main east-west rail line.

Rail line to stay open

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Grain will be moved by rail between Shepparton and Dookie despite claims Pacific National would close the line if it could not cover maintenance costs.

Fortescue fights BHP line over right to use Pilbara rail

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Iron ore aspirant Fortescue Metals has challenged BHP Billiton claims that opening up the mining giant's Pilbara rail network would undermine its efficiency and discourage investment in new capacity.

New trams on track for service in summer

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

One of Adelaide's new trams caused a stir in Victoria Square on its first daytime test run yesterday.

Rail viaduct catches another unwary victim

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Truck drivers are being asked to check the height of their vehicles before travelling under rail bridges after another accident yesterday at Tamworth's Marius St viaduct.

Oscar winner fights to save station

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Australian Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has pledged to take his fight to save a historic Melbourne railway station to next year's Victorian election.

Shepparton Show Me Supertram

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2005 by chairman in Tram and Light Rail News

A supertram incorporating the ribbons currently used in all Shepparton Show Me campaigns will be zooming around Melbourne from December 2005 to February 2006, spreading the word that Shepparton is a great place to visit.

Peak hour train derails

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Peak hour passenger services on a busy commuter line ground to a halt today when a freight train derailed west of Melbourne.

Train, tram fares take another rise

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne train and tram fares will increase 3 per cent from January 1 -- a rise of 10 to 20 cents for most tickets.

Miners to share rail and port

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The biggest hurdle for exporting iron ore is the huge cost of building the necessary port and railway - just ask Fortescue Metals, which has so far found it tough to raise $2.3 billion for its project.

Stalemate on railway staff plan

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A marathon session between union representatives, Albury Railway Station employees and CountryLink management ended in a deadlock yesterday with the XPT operator refusing to meet demands for around-the-clock staffing at the station.

Order bans strikes on rail tunnel

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Militant construction union members have been banned from taking industrial action on the $324.5 million Perth city rail tunnel until the strike-plagued project is completed.

Opposition claims Govt planning to sell-off railways

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says the State Government is deliberately under-funding rail branch lines because it intends to sell them off.

ARTC has another swing at Toll

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings' designated rail freight umpire, David Marchant, has extended his brutal campaign against Paul Little's plan to buy Patrick Corp.

Rail pressure mounting

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Federal Government is expected to outline a funding package today which would put pressure on the State Government over the Tasmanian rail crisis.

Leader-less PN in danger of closure

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The boardroom brawl at Pacific National (PN) between fueding owners Patrick Corporation and Toll Holdings could see the rail giant cease operations as soon as Monday.

Toll must dump half of PN: ARTC

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia's rail regulator has delivered a scathing rebuke of Toll Holding's takeover bid for Patrick Corporation.

Truck lobby dismisses rail network claim

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Claims that a new investment in the east coast rail network will remove 400 trucks a day from the Pacific Highway have been dismissed by the Australian Trucking Association.

Package may save Tas railways

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Federal Government is expected to announce a major funding package for the Tasmanian rail system as early as today.

Local CountryLink calls urged

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

If rail service union representatives have one message for residents it is this: Call the local station for personalised service when booking your next rail trip, despite what CountryLink tell you.

Girls Loco

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2005 by chairman in South Australian Rail News

History was made on Sunday when the Lions Club of YP Rail train pulled out of Wallaroo on its way to Bute and return. In a first for the club, and a first in South Australia for Tourist and Heritage Railways, the train was entirely in the hands of females.

ACT govt called on to promote rail travel

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey says she is concerned about the closure of the CountryLink ticket booking office at Canberra's Jolimont Centre at the end of the year.

Smooth government negotiations over Tasmania's rail future

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Government is happy with the way negotiations have been held between it and the Federal Government over the future of the state's rail network.

Tasmanian road train fear

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Tasmanians face the prospect of monster road trains thundering up and down the Midlands and Bass highways between Hobart, Launceston, Bell Bay and Burnie if all rail services are permanently axed next week.

Attack on 'slow' fast train

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Liberal Party has attacked the State Government for failing to deliver the fast train on time and on budget.

Toll about to get its way

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corporation is now within Toll Holdings' grasp. Late last night Toll's managing director, Paul Little, was at Australian Competition and Consumer Commission headquarters in Melbourne negotiating an agreement and, barring a last-minute hitch, an announcement giving the go-ahead is likely soon. It will then come down to price, and there is not much doubt Little will pay almost whatever it takes. He has to.

City tram line plan is 'crazy'

Posted Sunday, 11 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The $21 million plan to extend the Glenelg tramline down King William St to the North Tce railway station has been blasted as "crazy" by the RAA.

End of the line for rail society

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

An unpaid tax bill seems certain to close the popular Derwent Valley Rail Society.

Decision day for Tas railways Governments consider funding

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The future of the Tasmania's rail system could be decided today.

No ACCC deal: Patrick

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

No deal has been struck between Toll Holdings and the competition watchdog on the takeover of Patrick Corporation, Patrick insists.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/12/2005

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 125 sightings for the week which is one more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 4910* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 344 last year was 5833).

$78m rescue offer for Tasmanian rail, but the future of rail still in doubt

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

In a last-gasp bid to save the state's rail system, the Federal Government has offered Tasmania a $78 million rescue package.

Tasmania rail deal 'a heist'

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Federal Government has offered Pacific National more than the rail freight network demanded to maintain rail services in Tasmania.

Tas Govt condemns $100 million rail bailout

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The future of Tasmania's freight rail service remains clouded after a row broke out over a proposed Federal Government bailout.

Rail package angers Tas Govt

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

A rescue package has been put forward for Tasmania's rail network, but it has been met with an angry reaction from the State Government.

What the Feds suggest to get Tas rail service going

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Rail operator Pacific National would hand 780km of track back to the State Government under a plan mapped out by the Federal Government.

Toll Holdings backs down on rail, ships

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport giant Toll Holdings has made further rail, road and shipping concessions to the competition watchdog to win approval for its $4.6 billion takeover offer for Patrick Corp.

Patrick bid takes Toll on PacNat's CEO

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll's takeover battle for Patrick Corp claimed its first casualty yesterday, with the chief executive of the companies' joint venture rail business, Pacific National, being shown the door as Toll boss Paul Little anointed himself as head of the company.

Rail head rolls as battle deepens

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

After a day bizarre even by the recent standards of life inside Pacific National, Australia's biggest rail freight company is now without a chief executive, has been subject to a high-risk quasi-coup by one its shareholders, and could soon be in big trouble with rail safety regulators.

Behind the train tangle

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmanians could be forgiven for wondering what on earth is happening behind the scenes in the continuing wrangle between the Lennon Government and the Federal Government over funding to fix the State's rail network.

Work on Ballarat fast rail finishes

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Works have finished on the Ballarat rail corridor to Melbourne. The State Government yesterday evealed construction had been completed and confirmed driver training and testing on the line was underway.

Expansion at risk: QR chief

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

New regulatory limits on Queensland Rail's revenue and capital expenditure risked undermining the unfolding multibillion-dollar expansion of the state's Bowen Basin coalfields, chief executive Bob Scheuber warned yesterday.

No boss for Pacific National after board storm

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Pacific National rail freight group is still without a chief executive after a heated board meeting ended when Patrick Corporation chief executive Chris Corrigan stormed out.

Rail Decision Will Save Lives, Jobs And Boost Tourism Says Union

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by rtbujournal in Press Releases

The announcement by the Australian government that it is willing to inject $78 million in capital funding to help save Tasmania's rail operations has been welcomed by the state’s rail workers.

CEO's resignation delays rail workers' pay deal

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Negotiations of an enterprise bargaining agreement for Pacific National rail workers have been delayed after the chief executive officer resigned overnight.

Time's up at last for railway landmark

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

What was once known as Batman's Hill Railway Station, now more widely known as Spencer Street Station, has become Southern Cross Station.

Rail discord could sink rescue plan

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The warring board of rail operator Pacific National is expected to consider the Tasmanian rail crisis at a special meeting on Monday.

Train cancellations top 500 a month

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

November was a cruel month for Melbourne's suburban train passengers as cancellations mounted and an alarming number of services ran late.

Dynon a nightmare for Toll competitor

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The North Dynon rail terminal Toll has offered to sell following a merger with Patrick is small, and has the wrong track type and pavements that appear to have been used for artillery practice.

$75m upgrade but trains will still go backwards

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by loud_noises in New Zealand Rail News

After the Auckland Regional Transit Authority announced its plans for the redevelopment of Newmarket, the second busiest station on Auckland's metropolitan network, commuters and enthusiasts are unhappy that the station will be situated in a position where trains will need to reverse to get into the Waitakere line.

Connex under fire for delays

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

When s a late train not a late train? When it's 5 1/2 minutes late, according to Connex.

Support builds for south-east rail line

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Community leaders say a proposal for a new billion dollar railway line in south-east Western Australia would ease heavy haulage on a major highway.

XRB blitzes high speed test run

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by GunzelHater in Victorian Rail News

Last weekend (Sat 10-12-05) The first XRB class locomotive was tested at high speeds by Pacific National. The XRB Locomotive is a 3000 HP Slave Unit based on the design of the XR class Locomotive.

Financial backer sought to get tourist train back on track

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Supporters of the Barossa Bluebird tourist train are hoping changes to public liability insurance costs will help attract a financial backer to get the service running as soon as possible.

State Transport Plan Scrapped for SA

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by Adelaide Observer in Other Transport News

The State Transport Plan has been Official Scrapped by the State Government despite around 4 months away from the State Election.

Fears company infighting will harm Tas rail prospects

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

There are fears internal bickering at freight operator Pacific National may result in the company pulling out of Tasmania.

Patrick to haul Toll into court

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The takeover battle for Patrick Corp is about to get personal, with the company set to sue Toll Holdings chief Paul Little and director Mark Rowsthorn over allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct at their joint venture rail business Pacific National.

Fast rail speed claims off-track

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The regional fast rail network will not be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games. Fast trains that do run during the Games will be driven at the old slower speeds.

Compromise plan will keep city rail services

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Trains would continue to run from Maitland into the Newcastle central business district under a transport plan unveiled by the Hunter Business Chamber yesterday.

Tasmania 'at mercy' of Pacific National

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it will be difficult to convince rail company Pacific National to stay in Tasmania.

Patrick plays a spoiler as Toll keeps to the takeover track

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The welter of claims and counter-claims make it difficult to sort out just who's behaving badly in the spat between Toll and its takeover target, Patrick Corp, over their 50-50 owned rail joint venture, Pacific National.

Wheatbelt railway money better spent on roads: MP

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The federal Member for O'Connor, Wilson Tuckey, says it would be hard to justify spending $1 billion on a railway through the central wheatbelt.

Operator weighs $38m injection to save Tas rail freight

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Rail operator Pacific National says it will examine the details of yesterday's agreement between the Tasmanian and federal governments before deciding whether to contribute the $38 million needed to save that state's rail system.

Rail deal depends on stricken carrier

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The future of Tasmania's rail operations is in the hands of strife-torn Pacific National after the State and Federal Governments agreed on a rescue package yesterday.

Mayors ask Minister to boost coast rail services

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Transport Minister Paul Lucas has been urged to fast track the Camcos rail project to provide rail services to the Sunshine Coast's seaside communities.

Watchdog plain loco on BHP rail

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

BHP Billiton says "foreseeable demand" for iron ore from China and India means its Pilbara mines in Western Australia could triple production to 300 million tonnes a year within 20 years.

$12bn at risk of being derailed

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Australia isks losing $12billion in export income through a massive expansion of the Pilbara iron ore district if the nation's peak competition body forces BHP Billiton to share its rail network.

Trams take character out of King William St

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

RUNNING trams down King William St will reduce its "ceremonial character", a State Government development application says.

QR gauges iron ore haul in the west

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

State-owned Queensland Rail is the hot tip to be the operator of a new 370km iron ore railway in Western Australia's mid-west region.

Works to put tram back on track

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

It will not be known until early 2006 which capital works projects will be ousted from the city budget to make room for repairs to damaged Bendigo tram cables.

Rail link struggles with new $53m loss

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Losses on the struggling $1.3billion Adelaide-to-Darwin railway have worsened, despite the transcontinental trade corridor capturing most of the road cargo to and from Darwin.

Tram: You say no

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The SA Government's plan to spend $21 million to extend the Glenelg tramline has aroused strong community feelings with a resounding public rejection of the project.

Historic train back on Ida Bay track

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The historic Ida Bay Railway in the far south of Tasmania is reopening after a two-year shutdown due to safety concerns.

Freightlink records loss

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The operator of the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway has reported a $53 million loss for the 2004-05 financial year.

On track toward a better rail system for Auckland

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by loud_noises in New Zealand Rail News

Auckland rail passengers will benefit from a multi-million dollar package announced today by Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Transport Minister David Parker to upgrade the Auckland rail network.

Patrick's on track to sue Toll

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick is expected to start legal action against hostile takeover suitor Toll Holdings early in the new year over a contract dispute at their joint venture rail business, Pacific National.

Toll meeting snub

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The acrimonious relationship between Toll Holdings and takeover target Patrick Corp entered a new phase yesterday when Patrick formally advised it would launch a multi-million dollar damages claim against the Melbourne-based raider.

Freightlink yet to reach potential: Govt

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Northern Territory Government says it is not concerned by Freightlink's $53 million loss for the last financial year.

Uranium deal on track

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Freightlink chief executive John Fullerton says a possible deal to carry uranium oxide from the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia on a regular basis could also help boost freight volume.

Railway rescue package on hold

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Rail operator Pacific National is unlikely to consider a $118 million federal and state government rescue packages for Tasmanian rail services until February.

Uranium freight future unclear

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The freight operator on the Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line says it is still unclear whether it will carry uranium oxide from the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia on a regular basis.

Green sees red on rail decision delay

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Rail operator Pacific National needs to get its act together and decide on the future of the state's rail network, the Tasmanian Government says.

Rail work to boost reliability: Iemma

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by Grazza in New South Wales Rail News

The cost of fixing Sydney's troubled rail network has increased to $1.5 billion, NSW Premier Morris Iemma says.

The plan to untangle CityRail's 14 lines in favour of five separate lines by 2010 was predicted to cost more than $1 billion when announced in 2003.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/12/2005

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 139 sightings for the week which is 14 more than last week, not a bad week, with a total of 27 trains on Friday. Making a total for the year to date at 5049* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 351 last year was 5871).

Rail throws Iemma budget more off track

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The NSW Government suffered another financial blow yesterday, with Premier Morris Iemma revealing a $500 million cost overrun on a key rail project.

Port Kembla could win rail fleet job

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Port Kembla could soon become a major centre for the construction of train carriages for the CityRail network.

Toll ready to devour Patrick

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport giant Toll Holdings is close to getting the nod from the competition watchdog to win the bitter battle for Patrick Corp — but a final decision is still about two weeks away.

Toll wants Patrick takeover wrapped up by February

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings managing director Paul Little says he will be "very disappointed" if his company does not wrap up its $4.6 billion takeover bid for Patrick Corp by February.

Transperth considers late-night transport services

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Transperth says it may be open to a proposal to run train services longer and have mini buses running from suburban train stations to get people home during the festive season.

Tougher train ticket fine claim 'wrong'

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Reports the Victorian government was set to increase public transport fines to more than $500 were false, the state's transport minister said today.

Fears for future of XPT

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Sydney to Dubbo XPT will be downgraded through the removal of a passenger carriage from the train service, according to the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee.

WA to get new port, rail line for ore

Posted Saturday, 24 December, 2005 by E1109 in Western Australian Rail News

THE nation will get a new 400km iron ore rail line and port costing at least $1.3 billion to serve the emerging iron ore producers of Western Australia's midwest region.

Train derailment kills two

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2005 by TA 2000 in International Rail News

AN express train derailed overnight in northern Japan, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen others, officials said.

Pair granted bail over Cronulla train attack

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Two teenage boys charged over the violence at Cronulla railway station earlier this month have been granted bail.

Rapid resolution of rail dispute sought

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's peak business group has called on the parties negotiating the state's rail rescue package to reach a conclusion as soon as possible.

Cronulla train bashing accused released on bail

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

TWO teenagers accused of being involved in a racist bashing on a train at Cronulla station have been granted conditional bail, but a 17-year-old boy who burnt an Australian flag at an RSL club will stay in jail.

Rail yard graffiti attacks prompt CityRail security fears

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE amount of graffiti removed from trains in Sydney has quadrupled, prompting claims by the NSW Opposition that commuters are being forced to travel on "mobile ghettoes".

Winter winds derail express train

Posted Wednesday, 28 December, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A fourth person has been found dead inside an express train that derailed in northern Japan in strong winter winds.

Signs defaced at rail bridge

Posted Wednesday, 28 December, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

VANDALS have defaced the newly constructed $23 million Five Mates Crossing rail overpass at Gerogery.

The Five Mates Crossing sign on both sides of the overpass, opened in the past fortnight, has been blacked-out so instead of reading “Five Mates Crossing”, it now reads “Crossing”.

Police quiz man over train attack

Posted Friday, 30 December, 2005 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

TRANSIT police were last night interviewing a 55-year-old man from Williamstown in relation to a sexual assault on a woman who fell asleep on a train yesterday morning.

Watchdog plain loco on BHP rail

Posted Friday, 30 December, 2005 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

HP Billiton says "foreseeable demand" for iron ore from China and India means its Pilbara mines in Western Australia could triple production to 300 million tonnes a year within 20 years.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/12/2005

Posted Friday, 30 December, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 137 sightings for the week which is only two less than last week, another good week. Making a total for the year to date at 5186* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 359 last year was 5968).

Phantom Trails

Posted Friday, 30 December, 2005 by chairman in Railway Stories

The trains that linked up with Melbourne's current rail system have long gone, but their ghostly tracks remain, writes Stephen Cauchi in The Age

Freight system is off the rails, says study

Posted Friday, 30 December, 2005 by jamesholt in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA must make major improvements to its "crumbling" freight infrastructure if it is to cope with a predicted explosion in freight volumes over the next 15 years, an industry study says.

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