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Tas: West Coast Wilderness Railway steams to victory in Australian Tourism Award

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2005 by DavidB in Press Releases

Federal Hotels & Resorts has announced a special package to celebrate the success of its famed West Coast Wilderness Railway in the recent Australian Tourism Awards.

NT: Chief Minister backpedals along rail link

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

She once touted it as a land bridge to Asia but now Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin claims the Adelaide-Darwin rail link was never expected to carry international trade in its first year.

Vaile urges States to up infrastructure spending

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Federal Government was trying to put a positive spin on the trade results today. The Trade Minister, Mark Vaile, has used the results to call again on the States to improve infrastructure spending.

NSW: Plan to save Dubbo rail service

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A twice-daily XPT service to Lithgow with links to Sydney commuter trains has been flagged as a solution to the current impractical and non-viable service from Dubbo.

Hobby sends trains off the rails

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2005 by James Holt in Rail News

For rail enthusiasts with a fast computer, it is all-aboard for the future.

Vic: MCC rejects plan to axe city trams stops

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A controversial plan to cut the number of tram stops on Collins Street was rejected by Melbourne City Council at a meeting last night.

Vic: Train derails in wild storms

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A passenger train derailed and homes were damaged when wild storms ripped across Victoria last night.

NSW: Delays after freight train derails

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A freight train derailment is expected to cause Sydney train passengers lengthy delays on the city's western outskirts today.

QR backs push for coal terminal infrastructure boost

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has joined calls for the need for infrastructure upgrades at Dalrymple Bay coal terminal near Mackay in north Queensland.

Madrid bombers had NY subway plans

Posted Thursday, 3 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The bombers who blew up crowded commuter trains in Madrid last year had plans of New York's Grand Central Terminal, but nothing in them suggested an immediate attack threat, US authorities said today.

Vic: Tram driver speaks out - Axed man volunteers to stay on

Posted Thursday, 3 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A Bendigo Tramways driver of more than two decades is offering to continue working for the tourist icon as a volunteer, despite being sacked last week.

NSW: Speed restrictions blamed for the poor CountryLink performance

Posted Thursday, 3 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Speed restriction put in place on the main rail line between Sydney and Melbourne are being blamed for the poor 'on-time' record of CountryLink trains arriving and departing Cootamundra.

Public transport should drive our future

Posted Thursday, 3 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It seems the idea of public transport, the way Australians want it, has been lost. But for environmental and social reasons we should be investing in public transport infrastructure, because it is obvious our romance with the internal combustion engine is unsustainable.

WA: Coal on trucks as it waits for rail

Posted Thursday, 3 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

UP TO 2,000 tonnes of coal could be trucked along Coalfields Highway to Bunbury Port as coal exports gear up.

Vic: Bendigo Trust eyes public transport

Posted Friday, 4 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

BENDIGO'S tourist trams could in future be used as public transport to ferry residents around the central business district.

NSW: Hundreds of residents oppose rail timetable changes

Posted Friday, 4 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The campaign to improve rail services in the NSW Southern Tablelands is continuing with more than 500 residents signing a petition opposing the State Government's proposed train timetable changes.

Qld: EDI Rail workers to head back to work

Posted Friday, 4 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

There has been a breakthrough in a bitter pay dispute at the EDI Rail facility in Maryborough.

SA: State government refuses to hear railway proposal

Posted Friday, 4 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An international railway company has plans to establish a multi-million dollar railway network which passes through Tailem Bend, Murray Bridge and the Mid Murray area. However, the project may not go ahead because State government has refused to meet with the company.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/3/2005

Posted Sunday, 6 March, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 114 sightings for the week which is 5 sightings less than lastweek, making a total for the year to date at 916 sightings (Total sightings up to day 64 last year was 1084).

NSW: Rail blackspots solved

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An ambitious plan to eliminate mobile phone black spots along the scenic South Coast rail line could soon deliver rail commuters uninterrupted reception between Wollongong and Sydney.

NZ: Train hits woman driving on railway tracks

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A woman escaped unscathed after a train hit her car while she was driving on railway tracks at Port Chalmers near Dunedin early this morning.

Israel: Suspect arrested in theft of old Jezreel Valley railway tracks

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A 25-year-old Julis man was arrested yesterday morning in possession of iron rails that once were part of the Jezreel Valley railroad from Haifa to Damascus.

Rail industry needs 'Eliot Ness', union says

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

South Australia's Rail Union says Premier Mike Rann should be looking for an "Eliot Ness" to police the state's rail industry.

Search continues for Sri Lankan tsunami rail victims

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Sri Lankan police have found another 28 bodies during a weekend search of a site where a commuter train was swept away by the December tsunamis.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway to test run next July

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Railwars Minister Liu Zhijun, said during the deliberation of the Tibet delegation at the Third Plenary Session of the Tenth National People's Congress that after four years' construction the groundwork of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway has been completed at the end of last year. All the tracks will be laid by the end of this year and the railway will begin to test run on July 1, 2006.

UK: Hatfield crash 'was preventable'

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Hatfield train crash could have been prevented if standards had been followed, the Old Bailey has heard.

NSW: Authorities probe train derailment

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

An investigation is under way into the cause of a goods train derailment yesterday near Wauchope on the NSW mid-north coast.

NSW: Rail campaigner nominated for Woman of the Year

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

Rail campaigner Del Dempster joined more than 100 nominees for the NSW Woman of the Year Award at Government House yesterday as the Southern Highlands Woman of the Year.

NSW: Save Our Rail protestors take message to minister

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

It will take more than NSW transport minister John Watkins stating he won't revisit the decision the cut the rail line into Newcastle to convince Joan Dawson the fight is over.

SA: P-plater drives into train - and survives

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

A P plate driver made a terrible mistake early yesterday, driving into the path of a freight train.

NSW: RIC on the wrong track

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

Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon has questioned why the Rail Infrastructure Corporation wants to sell off an economically viable unit in the Goulburn Railway Workshops and called on the State Government to abandon its plans.

WA: Logs on rail not viable: report

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

Road transport is more commercially viable than rail for transporting plantation timber, a State Government study has found.

NSW: Save Our Rail protestors take message to minister

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

It will take more than NSW transport minister John Watkins stating he won't revisit the decision the cut the rail line into Newcastle to convince Joan Dawson the fight is over.

NSW: Government on 'wrong track' with rail closures

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

Basing the removal of the rail line on a report "full of errors" continues to propel the State Government down the wrong transport track, according to a Maitland City Councillor.

Vic: Tram bells ring in appeal

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Jessica Warrick can't believe she is on the side of a Melbourne tram.

Vic: More trams fail to run

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Tram cancellations are soaring, with as many as 900 services a month failing to operate as scheduled.

Volunteers Go Loco : The Australian Sugar Cane Railway

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

The recent closure of Bundaberg's Fairymead Sugar Mill, has highlighted the importance of restoring the history of the sugar industry. The Australian Sugar Cane Railway have a workshop and railway circuit in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens.

Brazil spends $408m on railway revamp

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The Brazilian governmentis to lead a $408m capitalisation of one of the country's most important railways to help overcome a transportation bottleneck threatening export growth.

US: Few climbing aboard to help rescue Amtrak

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Amtrak's Acela is a silver bullet of debt, shunned by the president in his budget request, repudiated by governors, and, perhaps, coveted only by developers eager to stop it and use its stations as something other than railroad depots.

Vic: Buffet back on for train passengers

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

The long haul to Melbourne on Warrnambool's VLine train service became a gourmet experience yesterday as passengers toasted the trek with a drop of bubbly from the new buffet.

US: Seattle waterfront trolley may close

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2005 by chairman in International Rail News

Seattle Metro's top officials say they have little option but to shut down the waterfront streetcar indefinitely this fall so the Seattle Art Museum can move forward with building its Olympic Sculpture Park — a prospect that angers at least one of the downtown neighborhoods served by the vintage trolley line.

CityRail staff spend $1m on taxi fares

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

CITYRAIL spent $1 million-plus on taxis for its workers last year because public transport was "unable to meet specific business needs or time constraints".

Rail, ports need big injection, say grain exporters

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

Grain rivals AWB and Graincorp have called for massive government and private investment in rail and port infrastructure to cut bottlenecks and boost agricultural exports.

Rail, port bottlenecks choke exports

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

Australia's chronic infrastructure bottlenecks have reached the radar of global investors, with one of the nation's biggest blue-chip companies warning of international concern about the effects on exports and corporate profits.

Qld: Rail stoush heads to court

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

The battle between Queensland Rail and interstate freight operator Pacific National, which has been attacking the state-owned monopoly's hold on business, shifts from the tracks to the Federal Court next week.

At stake is the right to control QR's strategically important Acacia Ridge freight terminal – another costly infrastructure bottleneck straddling the standard gauge rail link between Queensland and the NSW border.

Rivals unite in call for better rail services

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

Grain rivals AWB and GrainCorp have called for massive government and private investment in rail and port facilities to cut bottlenecks and increase agriculture exports.

NSW: Greens want rail freight audit answers

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

The Greens are questioning what has happened to an audit of railway freight lines in New South Wales.

PM ducks questions over railway funding

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

Prime Minister John Howard has batted away a series of questions about how a bankrupt heritage rail project received almost $6 million in federal funding before collapsing last year.

WA: ACCC to green light iron ore joint venture

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

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is planning to approve a new iron ore joint venture in Western Australia's Pilbara region. The ACCC says there has been concern over access to the railway line, which was established by BHP in the 1960s.

NSW: Parramatta to city in 11 minutes: now that's a fast train

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

A high-speed tunnel train that could sprint from the city to Parramatta in 11 minutes and would be built without government funds is crucial to Sydney's future, the state's top sustainability expert has warned.

Qld: QR may use untested trains

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

Untested locomotives may be rushed into production to service Queensland's congested coal fields after delays to an $88 million project designed to help Queensland Rail's fleet cope with increased demand.

Vic: 1920s tram gets new lease on life

Posted Tuesday, 15 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Bendigo Tramways has completed a three-year $200,000 project to recreate another piece of tramway history.

New Railpage database service commissioned

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Due to a series of server overloads covering a period of the last 2 weeks, a new purpose built database server was commissioned yesterday, providing extra support for rp2 and other projects.

Qld: Gold Coast rail expansion to cater for growing demand

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by davidb in Rail News

Queensland Transport Minister Paul Lucas says just under three million people use the Gold Coast rail line each year and the Government is moving to cater for more passengers in coming years.

SA: $20 million to save Eyre Peninsula rail network

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by davidb in Rail News

A $20 million upgrade could save Eyre Peninsula's rail network, according to the region's recently completed Grain Strategy.

Vic: Traders turn on tram plan

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by davidb in Tram and Light Rail News

South Melbourne's hook-turn trial, giving priority to trams, was driving away shoppers, business owners said yesterday.

NSW rail workers to strike

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by davidb in Rail News

About 300 rail maintenance workers in the NSW Hunter Valley will down tools on Thursday in protest over plans to privatise parts of the state's rail industry.

NSW: Protesting rail workers demand job protection

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by davidb in Rail News

More than 300 Hunter Valley rail manufacturing workers have marched on a meeting of local Labor MPs, demanding protection for their jobs.

Vic: Government funds sought for tram work

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Bendigo council is seeking $850,000 from the Victorian Government for the city's tramways.

NSW: Meeting secured to discuss rail concerns

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

Member for Southern Highlands Peta Seaton said she had secured a meeting with Transport Minister John Watkins and along with a contingent of local representatives will face him next week to discuss rail concerns.

Vic: Fire alarm halts Melbourne trains

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

Melbourne trains ground to a halt for up to 15 minutes early today when the city's train control office was evacuated following a fire alarm.

Vic: More Echuca-Bendigo train services under consideration

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

Calls for extra train services between Echuca and Bendigo will be considered as regional fast train timetables are developed in the next year.

NSW: Transit officers given spy cameras to drive down crime

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

NSW transit officers will be armed with spy cameras to help combat vandalism which cost CityRail $10 million a year in the repair and cleaning of trains, NSW Premier Bob Carr said today.

Patrick set to take on Toll in domestic rail freight

Posted Friday, 18 March, 2005 by mjja in Rail News

NSW: Complaints prompt rail staff inquiry

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

CityRail's transit officers will come under scrutiny by the State Government after hundreds of complaints from commuters, including accusations that officers have behaved violently.

Vic: Person killed when car and steam train collide

Posted Sunday, 20 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A person was killed today when a car and a historic steam train collided at a crossing south-east of Melbourne.

VIC: Kilmany Train Crash

Posted Monday, 21 March, 2005 by jamesholt in Rail News

This morning around 7.30am, a V/LINE passenger train collided with a vehicle at a train crossing in Kilmany, ten minutes from Sale in Gippsland.

NSW: Train buffs to enjoy escape

Posted Monday, 21 March, 2005 by jamesholt in Rail News

Once the "pinnacle of luxury in rail travel", the famous Southern Aurora is pointed our way as part of the Great NSW Rail Escape.

Second death in car-train crashes

Posted Tuesday, 22 March, 2005 by crivens in Rail News

A PERSON died today in the second accident involving a car and a train in Victoria in two days.

UK experts to help get NSW rail back on track

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

It has been revealed RailCorp in New South Wales has recruited two rail experts from the United Kingdom to help solve the state's rail woes.

NSW: Bondi train breakdown leaves thousands stranded

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

A train which broke down in the tunnel between Bondi Junction and Edgecliff left thousands of commuters stranded this morning.

Vic: 2030 rail planning attacked

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

The State Government would be wasting millions of dollars of taxpayers' money if it followed its long-term metropolitan plan, Melbourne 2030, and built new rail lines to outer suburbs.

NSW: The Creek full steam ahead to rail unveiling

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

Werris Creek is firing on all cylinders as it gears up for this year's historic Australian 150th rail anniversary.

NSW: Tram plan is on the move

Posted Tuesday, 22 March, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A piece of Sydney's tram history could again come alive as part of a $50 million residential unit development.

Qld: Fast track for $1bn coal plans

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

The Queensland Government will fast track planning for more than $1 billion of north Queensland infrastructure projects to meet an ever-increasing demand for coal.

Vic: Fatal crash sparks rail crossing safety debate

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

A fatal train crash yesterday near Sale, in south-east Victoria, has reignited calls for improved safety features at unprotected railway crossings.

UK: GNER pays £1 billion for train deal

Posted Tuesday, 22 March, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Train operator GNER will pay about £1bn to run rail services from London to Edinburgh over the next decade.

Vic: Trapped 20 leap to danger after train breakdown

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Impatient commuters were almost hit by an oncoming train on Monday night when they forced open emergency doors and jumped onto the tracks after their train broke down near Richmond station.

NSW: All aboard the $12m Railcorp gravy train

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Details of senior RailCorp management's lucrative salaries have been revealed a day after the State Government announced it has taken on two more highly-paid executives to fix the ailing network.

Vic: Parking fines just the ticket

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Train ticket inspectors could start issuing fines to motorists who use railway station car parks but don't travel on the train.

Qld: Govt praise for rail link fast-tracking

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Business and local government groups have applauded the Queensland Government for committing funds to fast-tracking work on a rail link between Bowen Basin mines and the Abbott Point port.

Qld: Train drivers' jobs spared in QR shake-up

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says stronger than expected demand for coal and vacancies within the Citytrain network mean no train drivers will be made redundant under company plans to cut 700 jobs.

Qld: Mt Morgan railway station to be training base

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Mount Morgan Shire Council is in discussions with the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE to use its historic railway station as a training facility.

BHP, coalminers seek funding for Newcastle port work

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

BHP Billiton and five other Australian coalminers will look for investors in a proposed $500 million coal loader at Newcastle, the world's largest coal export harbour.

NSW: Bus, rail tickets via Bill Express

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Bill Express is close to clinching a deal with ticketing provider ERG that would result in it selling public transport tickets through its growing network of terminals that are housed in newsagents, supermarkets and chemists around Sydney.

NZ: Roads lose to public transport spending

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Auckland political leaders have given a big tick to maximum public-transport spending, infuriating roading lobbyists and possibly delaying a key motorway link through Avondale.

NSW: Steam train to visit region

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

TODAY is your chance to view a vintage steam train, the Locomotive 3801, in its finest form as it stops over in Muswellbrook on a journey from Sydney to Narrabri.

Melbourne to Brisbane railway to have feasibility study

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2005 by Seal in Rail News

In a matter of weeks, an inland railway stretching from Melbourne to Brisbane will become more than just talk.

Rail software system is now patently smart

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Modular Mining Systems, the market share leader in providing powerful information management solutions to mining operations worldwide, has been issued a U.S. Patent for its "Integrated Railroad System", the core technology within its SmarTrain™ Rail Management System.

NSW: Buses to replace axed rail services

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

Buses will replace weekend Moss Vale-Bundanoon rail services and weekday Goulburn-Moss Vale services to be axed under the new City Rail timetable, Minister for Transport John Watkins said last week.

NSW: Region in line for inland rail route

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

TAMWORTH could play a vital role in a bold $3 billion plan to create a new inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.

$3bn interstate rail link proposed

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

Powerful forces are aligning to realise another massive railway infrastructure dream - an inland line that links Melbourne and Brisbane and serves huge tracts of regional NSW.

Vic: Govt asked to explain rail revamp plans

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

The State Government has been urged to clarify its long-term plans for rail upgrades in western Victoria.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/3/2005

Posted Wednesday, 30 March, 2005 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

Rail will prove the only answer down the track

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

Cities have to be constantly renewed and revitalised. Many older industrial areas and inner area sites have been renewed and most people can see that they are better. To allow areas to decline is to deny the possibility of new opportunities for younger people, and opportunities for new infrastructure and services.

Business Council promotes rail agenda

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

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has repeated calls by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to hike truck charges and create an investment environment, which promotes more spending on rail infrastructure. BCA claims to represent Australian Chief Executives.

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