A suicidal man who authorities say caused a chain-reaction train derailment in the US that killed 11 people has been charged with multiple counts of murder and could face the death penalty, the district attorney said.
THE $1.3 billion Adelaide to Darwin railway was "simply uncompetitive" for international freight, according to the first shipping company to trial shipments from Shanghai to Adelaide using the transport corridor.
The South Australian Government says it is doing all it can to improve railway safety in South Australia, despite claims that its efforts have been unsatisfactory.
Patrick's $1.1 billion bid for Virgin is top of mind, but the logistics giant also has big plans for the Port of Melbourne, writes Philip Hopkins.
DAMAGE DONE: Part of the wreckage (left) after the train derailment. Damaged carriages were strewn for 100 metres around the area.
Federal and state governments are being urged to reach an agreement on overdue national rail legislation in the wake of yesterday's accident at Regency Park in Adelaide's north.
The New South Wales Government is being urged to build its new south-western Sydney rail line underground.
Maitland Greens' campaign to retain the Newcastle rail line stepped up as Greens Upper House MLC Sylvia Hale called into Maitland Station on Thursday to show her support.
A high-speed rail link that could take passengers from London to Manchester in less than 90 minutes - a reduction of at least 50 minutes - was in prospect after the Government revealed it is to undertake a feasibility study of the project.
Fifty-two people, mostly women and children, were killed when a passenger train collided with a tractor carrying people back from a wedding in central India, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said on Friday.
The Conservatives' privatisation of the railways left Railtrack unable to police maintenance work on its lines adequately, according to a barrister defending the company against charges relating to the Hatfield train crash.
The wild weather uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and flooded coastal caravan parks. Mt Sabine in the Otway Ranges, north of Apollo Bay, recorded the state's highest rainfall -- a staggering 190mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.
Wodonga City Council believes an agreement to move the railway line out of the central city area is only months away.
Transport ministers from Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan will hold talks on connection of their railroads next month.
The bid deadline for the Edinburgh to London rail franchise looks certain to be extended after an 11th-hour intervention by the Treasury.
It was meant to be the embodiment of Teutonic design prowess, "Vorsprung durch Technik" on rails, yet Germany's latest high-speed train has instead proved a costly embarrassment.
Deutsche Bahn is switching to Linux step by step and expects the process to be finished by the end of 2005 when such critical systems as databases, application servers, Web servers, mail servers and network infrastructure will be running on Linux.
Canada is providing US$25 million and teaming up with a U.S. group to pay for a short railway in central Russia that will carry nearly two million chemical weapons to a U.S.-built destruction facility.
President George W. Bush’s budget plan, which he sent to Congress today, allows $2 billion to be used for a rail link connecting lower Manhattan to the Long Island Rail Road and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Rutherford resident Antoinette Griffiths is determined that her anger over the State Government's plans to cut the rail line into Newcastle will be felt.
Southern Highlands rail travellers will gain five weekday services between Campbelltown and Moss Vale under a draft rail timetable for 2005 released this week.
A high-powered steering committee has recommended that the old Dublin to Dunboyne rail line be re-opened at a cost of €156 million after their feasibility study concluded the line would be economically viable.
A court has overturned a $6.6 million judgment against Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in a deadly traffic accident.
A draft Southern Highlands CityRail timetable was "small comfort for local travellers as it goes nowhere near replacing the depth of services lost over the last seven years in the wake of Labor's rail salami slicer," says the Member for Southern Highlands, Peta Seaton.
Northern Territory Opposition Leader Denis Burke has told Parliament the Martin Government should have established an airline if the object of the Alice-to-Darwin railway was to carry tourists.
Our resident preservation hobby horse, Maikha "V" Ly, has spent a great deal of time in preservation circles ever since finishing his schooling. Although in his role mainly as a Train Guard, he has since progressed onto other roles like Trainee Signalling, yet his latest progression is one most desired by all with the common aspirations.
Here, Maikha details his first experiences in firing a large and heavy steam locomotive and the many trials and tribulations he experiences as a trainee, but all as a means of a start to reach every little boy's dream of working on a steam locomotive.
Patrick Brady's exhibition of his tram paintings may cause quite a stir in Williamstown.
The British government told the Strategic Rail Authority not to publish a document estimating a quarter of the rail network would need to close to fit the government's rail budget, according to documents released yesterday.
Interstate pensioners will get cheaper V/Line travel to country Victoria, after an overhaul of concession rates.
A leading Victorian business group has urged the State Government to start planning for a second underground rail loop, between Melbourne University and St Kilda.
The incident happened as the woman tried to cross in front of the tram at the corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets about 3pm. Yarra Trams spokeswoman Naomi Helleren said the woman was trapped under a bar at the front of the tram.
A carefully planned outing to Sydney ended dismally for a Bowral family recently when the late arrival of their train left them stranded late at night at Campbelltown Railway Station.
Bundaberg train drivers will meet today to discuss their response to an agreement about a back-up speed-limiting device.
Drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and others routinely try to beat trains. From January to November last year, 19 people were injured and one person died in 55 accidents at grade crossings across Virginia, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety analysis office.
Land Transport New Zealand has agreed to contribute over $760,000 to fund an evaluation of different power modes for Auckland passenger rail services.
Australian listed property trust developers and retailers Westfield and Multiplex - which have increasing exposure to the London market - are keeping a close watch on reports that nine out of 10 retailers in London's controversial congestion zone view the introduction of the congestion charge as having an adverse affect on their business.
Amtrak "is dying and everyone knows it," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Monday, but President Bush is committed to reforming the nation's passenger rail system.
Metra and other railroads would compete with Amtrak to run long-distance passenger trains under a concept the nation's top transportation official announced today in Chicago to replace the "fundamentally irrational" intercity rail system
The Federal Government is again under fire over its regional grants program, with the Opposition raising concerns in Parliament about a $600,000 offer to a bankrupt rail project in the Queensland seat of Forde.
In the battle between road and rail in Australia, the railways have for decades seen themselves as the poor relation. Now Australia's rail transport operators are putting up a fight against what they say are massive cross subsidies for the heavy trucks on the nation's roads.
The State Government is considering a Supreme Court appeal to try to overturn a magistrate's ruling that public transport ticket inspectors have been improperly appointed and have no legal authority.
The Moroccan Office of Railways (ONCF) will direct a budget of 2.9 billion Dirhams (290 million Euro) in 2005 to upgrade the railway services, security and infrastructure, said, the director general of ONCF, Mohamed Rabie Khlie.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau today released an interim report on its investigation into the derailment of Queensland Rail's tilt train last year.
V/Line admits its performance on the Melbourne to Ballarat rail line is well below standard.
An interim report into the tilt train derailment near Bundaberg in south-east Queensland last year has confirmed speed was a factor.
CSX Transportation, Inc. today said that it filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court, asking the Court to declare invalid the District of Columbia's ban on the transportation of hazardous materials by rail.
Linfox, the Fox family's giant trucking company, has teamed with Queensland Rail to challenge Pacific National's rail freight dominance in Victoria, but Victoria's rail access regime is stymieing their efforts.
The state's top planners have cast adrift an ambitious plan to massively expand cargo facilities at the Port Botany container terminal - arguing its size should be reduced by 25 per cent to avoid traffic gridlock.
Despite having financial troubles the Beaudesert railway project in Queensland appears to have had a charmed life.
Singleton Council may have approved the Wambo to Warkworth coal rail loop without a proper environmental impact statement, according to a local lucerne farmer.
An extensive light rail system to relieve inner Sydney's traffic congestion is affordable, would reduce commuting times for city workers and would halve the number of buses on clogged streets, the State Government will be told.
Train operations on the tsunami-hit coastal railway were fully restored yesterday nearly two months after the disaster.
The future of light rail in central Sydney appears doomed to just the existing single line after the Premier, Bob Carr, poured cold water on plans for its expansion.
From red state and blue, from left wing and right, from big coastal cities and small heartland hamlets, from Republican and Democratic parties, Congress banded together this month to protest President Bush's proposal to strip Amtrak of its funding in the next federal budget.
The ever cautious Premier, Bob Carr, is caught in a classic political squeeze over rail safety.
Queensland Rail's "abysmal service" had cost Toll Holdings millions of dollars, Toll chief Paul Little said yesterday, but the transport group still reported a record profit of $109 million for the December half year.
The State Government has baulked at implementing a key safety recommendation on railway signalling from the Waterfall train crash inquiry because it is untested and potentially too costly.
Toll New Zealand today posted a December half year net profit of $9.06 million, against a $346,020 loss in the same period last year, it said.
Maitland public transport commuters are encouraged to bring a baby, buggy, bike or board to Newcastle today to protest against the planned cutting of the rail line at Broadmeadow.
International rail engineering companies are expected to bid next week on the planned Beijing-Tianjin high-speed railway project, a well-placed source from the Ministry of Railways said yesterday.
In its first year of operation more than 13million passengers used Croydon's trams. Five years on and the tram link now carries 22million passengers a year
assenger train service through Central Texas could come to a screeching halt if Congress passes President Bush's budget cuts. In an effort to cut the deficit, the President wants to cut all of Amtrak's federal funding for 2006.
Victoria's Auditor-General has issued a damning report on the State Government's regulation of rail safety, leading to claims from the Opposition that the Government has been sloppy in its running of the rail safety system.
Queensland police are investigating a break-in at the offices of a bankrupt heritage railway project the federal opposition has used as an example of alleged government rorting of a regional grants scheme.
About nine buses were held up for 15 minutes outside Newcastle railway station on Wednesday as Maitland and Newcastle Save Our Rail (SOR) members protested against the State Government's plan to cut the rail line.
A Senate inquiry into the Federal Government's regional grants program has heard a tourist train project in south-east Queensland was suspected of being sabotaged.
The mayor of Beaudesert Shire, south of Brisbane, says the local council is not to blame for the failure of an historic tourist train venture.
Sydney is in the unenviable position of being a major city in a First World country with no transport plan. The city creaks under the weight of decaying and inefficient public transport and still it has no plan. It is surprising, then, that the Premier, Bob Carr, feels able to simply dismiss the City of Sydney's light rail study while offering no alternative solutions. And the city clearly needs solutions. Buses are the backbone of our public transport and they are close to breaking point.
The Old Ghan Train Museum in Alice Springs is in the hands of a new and vibrant management committee and plans are well underway to get the museum and the railway fully operational again after many years of sitting in the doldrums.
HE operator of the $1.3billion Adelaide-Darwin railway has defended its trade performance, saying it was "still in ramp-up mode" after revelations that only 989 containers had crossed the Port of Darwin since the rail link opened for business.
The Association of Tourist Railways Inc (Victoria) reported a very mixed half-year (sept 2004 - Feb 2006) to the delegates heading towards the six-monthly meeting of Association of Tourist & Heritage Rail Australia (ATHRA). Whilst there were notable sucesses with 15oth anniversary celebrations and the Castlemaine line re-opening, there were significant difficulties on the reulatory front.