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Rail to overtake road freight within three years: Little

Posted Friday, 1 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

In his address to the Australian Trucking Convention Toll Managing Director Paul Little predicts the company's rail business will overtake its road freight business within three years. Road freight currently represents 40 percent of the company's turnover.

Teen dies in rail bridge fall

Posted Friday, 1 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A TEENAGER died when he tried to cross a Queensland rail bridge on a motorbike and fell 25m.

NSW: Support for rail link

Posted Friday, 1 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

John Brogden, the leader of the NSW opposition, has thrown his support behind calls for a feasibility study into an inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Pope's condition 'stabilised'

Posted Friday, 1 April, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Pope John Paul II seems to be reacting well to antibiotic treatment and his condition "appears to have been stabilised", the Vatican's official radio said today.

Thirteen held over Madrid train bombings

Posted Saturday, 2 April, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

AP - Spanish police have staged one of the biggest raids since last year's deadly Madrid bombings, arresting 13 people on Friday in connection with the attacks that killed 191 people.

Man killed by tram

Posted Saturday, 2 April, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A MAN has died after being hit by a tram in Adelaide, in what police suspect was suicide.

NSW: Man charged after suspicious package found at railway station

Posted Saturday, 2 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Police have arrested and charged a man accused of planting a suspicious package at Sydney's central railway station earlier this week.

Well off the rails

Posted Saturday, 2 April, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

E. Nesbit wrote of Victorian rectitude in children's books but she was prey to bohemian desire, writes Lyn Gardner.

Local farmers fuel TransAdelaide

Posted Saturday, 2 April, 2005 by TA 2000 in Press Releases

Canola oil grown by Australian farmers maybe used to produce biodiesel in trials to fuel TransAdelaide rail cars.

Coal shortage derails toy train

Posted Saturday, 2 April, 2005 by D_Spike in International Rail News

The train goes to the highest station for steam engines. The famous toy train that ferries tourists in India's tea country in Darjeeling has run out of steam.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/4/2005

Posted Sunday, 3 April, 2005 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 82 sightings for the week which is 9 sightings less than last week, sightings are down due to the Easter holiday. Making a total for the year to date at 1216* sightings(* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 92 last year was 1477).

Making tracks on public transport

Posted Sunday, 3 April, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The fight is on to win public support for plans and proposals to speed up Melbourne's tram service, reports Dan Silkstone.

Our trams are great, no butts about it

Posted Sunday, 3 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Navigating the joys of Melbourne's tramways - by the seat of your pants.

I am a great fan of public transport. I ring my bell for it. I blow my whistle. I toot my horn. Indeed, over the years I have travelled on the creme de la creme of public conveyancing: the Metro in Paris, the subway in New York, a cyclo in Saigon. When I was at primary school in Glasgow there was nothing I liked more than having a quiet fag on the upper deck of a Corporation bus trundling down Shettleston Road.

Vic: Three killed in crash with truck

Posted Sunday, 3 April, 2005 by bevans in Other Transport News

Three people were killed and three others injured in a collision between a truck and a car in south-western Victoria yesterday.

Vic: Plan 2030: a scheme set for failure

Posted Sunday, 3 April, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

The planning model for Melbourne won't stop the sprawl or the cars, writes Kenneth Davidson.

Vic: Union bans to disrupt trains

Posted Monday, 4 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Passengers could be left waiting for trains that don't arrive this week when railway workers impose bans.

Japan: Groper-free travel move

Posted Monday, 4 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Tokyo today began its first women-only subway car during the morning rush hour in a bid to crack down on groping, which is rampant on the Japanese capital's crowded trains.

Vic: Celebrations for Stawell Railway Gallery

Posted Tuesday, 5 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Stawell Railway Station Gallery is preparing for its 10th anniversary celebrations.

Train changes aim to cut deaths

Posted Tuesday, 5 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The risk of vehicle accidents at level crossings may soon be reduced, with a new standard for train visibility being developed.

Qld: Tilt train driver given more leave

Posted Tuesday, 5 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A driver of a tilt train that crashed last year had been given three months more medical leave from work, Queensland's train union said today.

Pope mourners block rail line

Posted Tuesday, 5 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

THREE hundred angry pilgrims, heading for Rome to bid farewell to Pope John Paul II, blocked a railway line in southern Italy today after they could not get on a packed train.

CFCLA expands lease solution for rail locos and wagons

Posted Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

In a major development for the Australian rail industry, the leading supplier of leased locomotives and rolling stock to the industry, CFCL Australia (CFCLA), has signaled a significant expansion of its investment in locomotives and wagons to meet expected industry demand.

Vic: Bridge to be a rail trail icon

Posted Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Structural testing of the Sandy Creek bridge pylons is the first step in what is hoped to be the creation of an icon for the High County Rail Trail.

Adelaide tram line to be extended through city

Posted Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Trams will be running down King William St and North Tce by 2007. The $21 million extension of the Glenelg line will be the first new tram line in South Australia since the 1920s. Construction on the 1.2km of track will start next year.

NSW: Rail-bus plan under fire

Posted Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Southern Highlands' residents have criticised the NSW Government's promise to replace the region's cancelled trains with buses, saying it does not go far enough to improve local transport.

Vic: Bendigo tram chief walks out

Posted Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The Bendigo Trust has endured another shock with the news its chief executive will resign after less than a year in the top job.

NT railway crossings considered safe

Posted Thursday, 7 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australasian Railway Association says the Northern Territory is one of the safest places in the country to cross a railway line.

Rail industry adopts new safety standards for crossings

Posted Thursday, 7 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The rail industry has adopted new national lighting and visibility standards for its locomotives in a bid to reduce level crossing fatalities.

QR pays out $134,000 to tilt train passengers

Posted Thursday, 7 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has so far paid out more than $130,000 in compensation to passengers of the tilt train that derailed north of Bundaberg, in south-east Queensland.

United Group secures order for 81 passenger railcars

Posted Thursday, 7 April, 2005 by DavidB in Press Releases

MEDIA/ASX RELEASE 7 APRIL 2005

United Group secures order for 81 Passenger Trains with NSW RailCorp worth $262 million

Leading services company United Group Limited has extended its contract with NSW RailCorp for the design and manufacture of an additional 81 OSCAR passenger railcars to service Sydney’s outer suburban rail network. United Group’s rail business, United Goninan, secured the contract with project value of $262 million.

NSW: Rail contract allows Taree apprentice boost

Posted Friday, 8 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Taree company is to take on 10 apprentices as a result of a $262 million contract awarded to its Newcastle headquarters to build new train carriages.

WA: Jetty train halts

Posted Saturday, 9 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

THE Busselton Jetty train service has been suspended indefinitely after concerns that the two remaining timber-decked sections of the jetty may not be able to cope with the load.

Grace Jones escorted off train after row

Posted Saturday, 9 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

British police escorted actress Grace Jones off a Eurostar train after she allegedly grabbed a ticket inspector's arm in a row about her fare, the cross-Channel rail operator says.

NZ firm to drive probe into Tas truck safety

Posted Saturday, 9 April, 2005 by bevans in Other Transport News

A New Zealand company has been commissioned by the Tasmanian Government to assess heavy truck safety in the state.

SA: RAA plays down regional road funding worries

Posted Saturday, 9 April, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The RAA says country South Australians should not be getting too worried about the amount of money the State Government has committed to Adelaide roads this week.

Govt urged to spend funds on regional roads

Posted Saturday, 9 April, 2005 by bevans in Other Transport News

The South Australian Opposition says the Government has no excuse for neglecting regional roads if it can afford to spend $21 million on a tram line in Adelaide.

Qld sells rail expertise to Vietnam

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The Queensland Premier has announced Queensland Rail will sell its expertise to Vietnam, as the Asian nation seeks to modernise its rail network.

NT: Train leaves trail of small blazes

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Alice Springs police say a fire in a carriage on a goods train travelling from Adelaide to Darwin started dozens of spot fires in the early hours of this morning.

Tatong - Benalla Railway line

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by kirky in Letters to the Editor

Update on Tatong - Benalla station signs As of today, this evening really, the signs for Mallum and Lima stations are on site, only the Karn railway station sign to go and all will be sign posted. Later we will place plaques on rocks to also designate the former sites.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/4/2005

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for the week which is 21 sightings more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 1319* sightings(* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 99 last year was 1602).

Qld sells rail expertise to Vietnam

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Queensland Premier has announced Queensland Rail will sell its expertise to Vietnam, as the Asian nation seeks to modernise its rail network.

NT: Train leaves trail of small blazes

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Alice Springs police say a fire in a carriage on a goods train travelling from Adelaide to Darwin started dozens of spot fires in the early hours of this morning.

The ugly side of Sydney

Posted Sunday, 10 April, 2005 by Maikha in Other Transport News

ALMOST two decades after it was built, the monorail has cemented its position as Sydney's most-hated eyesore.

SA: Call for $40m rail upgrade

Posted Monday, 11 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

SECTIONS of the Eyre Peninsula's railway will be unusable within five years if a $40 million proposal to help rebuild the region's grain transport system is not federally funded.

NSW: Blitz on train vandals

Posted Monday, 11 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Railcorp is investigating one of its own employees after a crackdown on vandalism on the South Coast rail line.

Qld: Train hits car stuck on crossing

Posted Monday, 11 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A freight train hit an an unoccupied car today at a rail crossing in central Queensland.

WA: Assault claim halts rail link work

Posted Monday, 11 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Western Australia's Perth to Mandurah rail link has suffered another setback this morning, with claims of a work site assault bringing progress to a halt.

NSW: RailCorp worker accused of train vandalism

Posted Monday, 11 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A RailCorp employee has been found to be involved in a vandalism attack on a CityRail train.

NSW: Richmond Vale group's vital rail preservation work

Posted Monday, 11 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Richmond Vale Railway has received a grant of $10,000.00 from the Mineworkers Trust towards the restoration of the demonstration non-air coal train.

Vic: Vandals strike at rail tracks

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Vandals are wreaking havoc on the city's rail network, leaving bizarre and dangerous items on train tracks as the rate of collisions between trains and stationary objects soars.

Qld: Court told why rail talks called off

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Former Queensland Rail chief executive Vince O'Rourke testified yesterday that he had expected National Rail Corporation to secure a long lease of a key terminal in Brisbane but ended talks in 1997 after plans to privatise the federal entity were announced.

Vic: Motorists warned as tram incidents leap

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The number of crashes and other incidents across Melbourne's tram network has almost doubled in the past 12 months, prompting the State Government to warn motorists to be more careful near trams.

Tas: Fan's bid to bring Tram 120 home to Hobart

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A tram lover who has found a rare 1936 Hobart specimen in a Canberra tram graveyard is working to bring it home.

NSW: More country trains running late

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

New South Wales country train services are less reliable now than at any stage in almost three years, new figures reveal.

Vic: Driver blows whistle on train speed

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Connex train drivers speed in the city loop, drive at night without headlights, and call disabled passengers "wheelie bins", a whistleblower says.

Rail workers strike in WA

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Construction on the $1.2 billion rail link between Perth and the city of Mandurah, 75km to the south, has ground to a halt.

Qld: Tilt derailment response earns Government plaudits

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government has presented awards to Gympie and Tiaro emergency services workers this morning who were involved in last year's tilt train derailment.

WA: Breath of life for old railway station

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

NORTHAM'S historic railway station on Fitzgerald Street has had a new lease of life.

NSW: $262m contract means more jobs

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

UNITED Goninan's Lansdowne Road plant will begin advertising its 10 new metal fabrication and fitting and machining apprenticeships about September.

NSW: New jobs on track

Posted Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Workers at Newcastle's United Goninan plant have welcomed the announcement that their jobs are looking secure, and an additional 70 new positions will be created in the company.

NSW: Trio arrested over train vandalism

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Three people have been arrested over an estimated $10,000 damage to a carriage of the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney overnight.

WA: Too late to share rail facilities: Rinehart

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Mining heiress Gina Rinehart yesterday rebuffed suggestions her planned Hope Downs iron ore project might be amended to share railway and port facilities with West Australian entrepreneur Andrew Forrest's planned mine nearby.

Vic: Ground control to Major Tram: we're here to help

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Yarra Trams opened its state-of-the-art control centre in South Melbourne yesterday, predicting it would help make Melbourne's tram network the world's finest.

Vic: Collins St tram trip to get three stops shorter

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Melbourne City Council last night approved a controversial plan to remove three tram stops from Collins Street.

NSW: Rail travel scam not a fare fight

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

THOUSANDS of train commuters are saving money by buying cheaper concession fares from unmonitored ticket machines.

Vic: Plan for station land

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by jamesholt in Rail News

RAILWAY land beside the Williamstown North station may be redeveloped.

Qld: Call for more funds for Mt Isa-Townsville rail line

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland's peak industry group says more money needs to be spent on the railway line between Mount Isa and Townsville.

Vic: Council defends tram 'superstops'

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Melbourne City Council has defended its support for fewer tram stops on Collins Street.

Govt announce $62m rail technology package

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Federal Government will spend $62.3 million over four years on new communications and control technology for Australia's interstate and Hunter Valley rail systems, Transport Minister John Anderson has announced.

NSW: Labor brands Inland Rail a lemon

Posted Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW Liberal Leader John Brogden has attacked Labor Treasurer Dr Andrew Refshauge for ignoring country New South Wales after he described proposals for an inland rail study as a "lemon" and as providing no benefit to Sydney.

Vic: V/Line coach only

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

COACH services will replace all trains to and from Melbourne as part a new temporary V/Line timetable.

Qld: Purists rail at 'sham'

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

THE old [Townsville] Flinders St railway station will not feature in the VP60 troop train re-enactment in August. Instead the train will end its journey at the new railway station near the causeway, a Queensland Rail spokesman said yesterday.

Vic: Push to be on time a 'safety risk'

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Melbourne's tram drivers are being pressured to meet unreasonable timetable targets, causing them to take risks such as running red lights, a Yarra Trams driver said yesterday.

Hostage to XPT ways and woes

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Angry, frustrated and with a sense of inevitability was how passengers and their families reacted to the hour delay in the XPTs arrival in Albury yesterday afternoon.

NSW: Group highlights Tumut-Cootamundra rail cost

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The project to reopen the Tumut to Cootamundra railway line could cost almost $100 million.

Vic: Passengers consulted on fast train timetable

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

V/Line is continuing work to develop a suitable timetable for the proposed fast train from Traralgon to Melbourne.

Rail lobby calls for grain network planning

Posted Thursday, 14 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) says 68 percent of Australia's grain export crop is at risk if urgent investment is not made on regional rail lines.

Vic: Tram trouble makers persist

Posted Friday, 15 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A small group of young Portlanders are continuing to reek havoc on the cable tram, throwing eggs and bottles at conductors, stacking rocks on tram lines and chasing and riding the moving tram.

Vic: Senator backs removal of railway

Posted Friday, 15 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Removing the railway from the Wodonga central business district was a “great idea”, the Australian Democrats leader said this week.

NSW: Close shaves get rail tunnel workers in a lather

Posted Friday, 15 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Construction workers on the Chatswood underground rail link are furious after being ordered to shave their beards and moustaches and don masks to stop them inhaling dangerous silica dust.

NSW: Plans continue for Tumut line

Posted Friday, 15 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Plans to construct a transport rail line between Tumut and Cootamundra continue to roll along with Cootamundra Shire Council motioning to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between itself and other proponents of the line.

NSW: Nationals hopeful of rail line reopening

Posted Friday, 15 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Nationals' leader says he hopes the Transport Minister's visit to the north coast signals the possible reopening of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

SA: No help for Bluebird

Posted Saturday, 16 April, 2005 by Paul in Rail News

Key people pushing for the return of one of the state’s luxury tourist trains are now doubtful the train will ever return to its original tracks.

SA: Barossa Wine Train urgently needs local buyer

Posted Saturday, 16 April, 2005 by Paul in Rail News

Barossa Wine Train enthusiasts are still calling for the train’s revival, despite somewhat negative responses from the State Government and the Bluebird railcars’ impending sale.

Qld: Rail stock sale latest chapter in rorts saga

Posted Saturday, 16 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The regional rorts saga continued to roll on yesterday with the sale of a locomotive and carriages belonging to the ill-fated Beaudesert tourist railway.

NSW: Farmers need rail decision

Posted Saturday, 16 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The threat of closure still hangs over the grain rail line at Boree Creek as the NSW Transport Minister has been accused of dragging his feet on a decision.

NSW: Express to stay: Carr

Posted Saturday, 16 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Bob Carr says the Sydney to Albury XPT service is here to stay. And the NSW Premier has placed his faith in Transport Minister Mr John Watkins to make sure that happens

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/4/2005

Posted Sunday, 17 April, 2005 by gheringhaploop in Gunzelling Reports

NSW: Train graduates to begin work

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

State Rail today introduces its latest round of fully qualified train drivers, as part of the State Government $3.7 million plan to improve the embattled rail network.

NSW: Watkins train talks considered pointless

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Train lobbyists say their meeting with the New South Wales Transport Minister last week was a waste of time.

Lobby group seeks urgent regional rail investment

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

One of Australia's major rail lobby groups has called for urgent investment in regional railway lines in New South Wales.

Govt announces rail project for the Eastern states (audio available)

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The first step towards a massive new rail project, costing more than $3 billion has been taken, with the Federal Government today announcing a multi million dollar feasibility study of a north-south railway line.

Time is right for rail link says operator

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

There has never been a better time to consider building a $4 billion direct rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane, rail operator Pacific National says.

Parkes mayor welcomes rail link benefits

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rural Australia would be a major beneficiary of an east coast inland rail link, with potentially thousands of jobs created, the mayor of Parkes says.

Govt plans for north-south rail link

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Federal Government has revealed it will fund a feasibility study into a $3 billion project to build a freight rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane, completing the rail network linking the mainland state capitals.

Anderson says new rail link necessary

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A proposed new inland rail route linking Melbourne and Brisbane would be an economic necessity within the next five years, Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson said today.

Teenager charged over tram theft

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A motorist has told of the "pretty brutal" arrest of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly took a tram for a joy ride last night.

Vic govt cautious on rail link

Posted Monday, 18 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian government will adopt a wait-and-see attitude to ambitious plans for a new $4 billion direct freight rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.

NSW: Rail link worth 'millions' to city

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Dubbo would benefit by "hundreds of millions of dollars" from an inland rail corridor, Dubbo mayor Allan Smith said yesterday.

Windsor backs rail corridor study

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor, has welcomed a feasibility study into building an inland rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Carr scathing about proposed $3bn rail line

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The NSW Government has ridiculed a federal proposal to build an inland railway line for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane and ruled out any state money for the project.

Darwin-to-Adelaide rail operator welcomes eastern link plan

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The operator of the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway has welcomed a feasibility study into a proposed inland eastern corridor railway.

Mildura-Darwin rail enthusiasts remain optimistic

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Proponents of a northern rail link between Mildura in north-west Victoria and Darwin say they are not deterred by the Federal Government's announcement of a major study of a Brisbane-Melbourne inland rail corridor.

Call for extension to rail link plan

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A proposed inland rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane should be extended to Gladstone to prevent another infrastructure bottleneck developing, freight and resource experts have warned.

No short cuts for teen tram driver

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A boy who stole a tram and drove it 30km around Melbourne could one day get a job as a driver - if he behaves himself.

NSW: Farmers not consulted on line upgrades

Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Farmers are unhappy that three branch lines used for the grain harvest have been left off a list of lines to be upgraded in New South Wales.

NSW: Rail closure out of line

Posted Wednesday, 20 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Western NSW residents could be excused for confusion after this week's mixed messages from government on the future of inland rail.

NSW: Govt seeks train delay review

Posted Wednesday, 20 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Government has requested an independent review of the impact of freight services on the state's passenger trains.

Vic: Warrnambool passengers `ignored'

Posted Wednesday, 20 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Warrnambool train travellers are being ignored and priority given to fast rail projects, according to local politicians.

Road transport group backs inland rail plan

Posted Wednesday, 20 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The proposed national inland rail line from Melbourne to Darwin is winning support from an unlikely source.

NSW: Freight is jeopardising passenger services: Watkins

Posted Wednesday, 20 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The embattled New South Wales rail freight system has been dealt another blow, with the NSW Minister for Transport John Watkins pointing blame for passenger network delays squarely at the freight sector.

Vic: Tram boy to face new charges

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly took a Melbourne tram on a 15km joy ride has been charged with nine new offences, including stealing a bus and the attempted theft of a train.

NSW: Rail line cuts anger farmers

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government is indefinitely "suspending" three of the 15 remaining railway branch lines in western NSW that farmers use to carry their grain.

Australian/NZ business travellers take to the train overseas

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Press Releases

Close to 20,000 passes or tickets for rail travel in the UK, Europe, Japan and The United States will be purchased this year by Australian and New Zealand business travellers.

Vic: Boy's spree on trams, train and bus

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A boy charged with stealing two trams also tried to steal a bus and a train, police said yesterday.

NSW: Grain by train

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail transport of Forbes-grown grain looks more assured after the State Government announced a $13 million upgrade of restricted rail lines.

India train crash kills dozens

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A passenger train slammed into a stationary cargo train in western India, killing at least 24 people and leaving dozens more injured, a top official said.

NSW: Lobbying to begin for New England rail route

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Lobbying to promote New England as the favoured inland rail route between Melbourne and Brisbane is set to start in earnest following yesterday's announcement confirming a north-south rail corridor feasibility study.

SA: Minister looks at Eyre Peninsula rail plan

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Commonwealth Government will consider if and how it can fund a $20 million upgrade of Eyre Peninsula's deteriorating rail network.

NSW misses the train: Carr backhands inland rail proposal

Posted Thursday, 21 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Premier of NSW, Bob Carr, today challenged the Federal Government to expedite planning work on the proposed Melbourne to Brisbane rail link.

SA: Inspectors' victory in fight for train safety

Posted Friday, 22 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Sixty train ticket inspectors who were assaulted a total of 600 times have claimed a major victory in a safety campaign against Workplace Services and TransAdelaide.

Ashford coal company welcomes inland rail study

Posted Friday, 22 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Northern Energy Corporation has welcomed Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson's announcement that the Federal Government will fund a feasibility study into a $3 billion project to build a freight rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.

NSW: Rail line will reopen temporarily

Posted Friday, 22 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The chairman of the Gwabegar to Binnaway Rail Action Group, in northern New South Wales, is demanding to see the figures behind the State Government's audit of the line.

NSW: Rail plan argument against superhighway

Posted Friday, 22 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Federal Government's proposed north-south rail link should finally sound the death knell of the Bells Line of Road superhighway, according to Macquarie MP Kerry Bartlett.

Northern Rivers Echo - End of the line

Posted Saturday, 23 April, 2005 by gregrudd in Rail News

Transport minister John Watkins (pictured) left Northern Rivers residents derailed last Friday when his visit to Murwillumbah ended with a firm refusal to restore any train services on the line.Transport minister John Watkins (pictured) left Northern Rivers residents derailed last Friday when his visit to Murwillumbah ended with a firm refusal to restore any train services on the line.

Vic: Strangers on a train

Posted Saturday, 23 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Commuter Vin Maskell finds himself in a parallel universe when technology turns human.

Qld: Clash of rail giants

Posted Saturday, 23 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia's rising transport tsar, Patrick Corp boss Chris Corrigan, sat down for a chat with Premier Peter Beattie this week at a particularly awkward moment for both men.

NSW: Banned minister takes train

Posted Sunday, 24 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Stripped of his licence because of a drink-driving conviction, Craig Knowles was forced to catch the train yesterday.

Qld: Airport train in line for another station

Posted Sunday, 24 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A third station servicing the much-maligned Airtrain Citylink line could be built at Brisbane airport within three years following a major restructure of the service.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/4/2005

Posted Sunday, 24 April, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Plan mooted for northern NSW-Qld rail link

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A plan is being considered to link the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, in northern New South Wales, to the Queensland rail system.

Qld: Tourist train plan sparks debate

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A central Queensland Mayor has dismissed a proposed tourist train service as a "white elephant."

Vic: New station slows train trips

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Passengers travelling from Warrnambool to Melbourne will have up to nine minutes added to their trip from tomorrow when a new station opens at Marshall, near Geelong.

Dozens injured in Japanese train derailment

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by nm25 in International Rail News

A commuter train has derailed and smashed into a apartment building in western Japan, injuring up to 50 people, Kyodo news agency has reported.

16 reported dead as Japanese train slams into apartments

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by joffie in International Rail News

A COMMUTER train derailed and smashed into an apartment building in western Japan today, reportedly killing 16 people and injuring at least 185, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Japan train crash claims 37 lives

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

At least 37 people were killed and over 220 others injured today in western Japan when a morning commuter train derailed, sending one carriage hurtling into an apartment block in the nation's deadliest rail accident in 14 years.

Japan train toll at least 43

Posted Monday, 25 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A packed commuter train jumped the tracks in western Japan today and hurtled into an apartment complex, killing 49 people and injuring more than 340 others in the deadliest rail accident here in four decades.

Japanese train crash toll rises to 69

Posted Tuesday, 26 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rescuers have worked through the night to free trapped survivors of Japan’s worst train crash in 40 years, which killed at least 69 people and injured over 400 others.

Ecclestone denies train heist role

Posted Tuesday, 26 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has scoffed at rumours he was the brains behind the 1963 Great Train Robbery in England.

Japanese train disaster death toll rises to 73

Posted Tuesday, 26 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The death toll from Japan's worst train crash in over 40 years rose to 73 today as rescue operations continued, police and the fire department said.

No injuries in second Japan accident

Posted Tuesday, 26 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

An express train has derailed after colliding with a truck at a crossing near Hatori Station on the Joban Line in Ibaraki Prefecture, East Japan Railway Co (JR) said.

Japan train toll at 89

Posted Wednesday, 27 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

THE death toll from Japan's worst train crash in more than 40 years rose to 89 today as rescue operations entered a third day, police and the fire department said.

NSW: Carr's attitude to inland rail line a slap in the face to bush

Posted Wednesday, 27 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Premier Bob Carr's ridiculing of a new inland rail route linking Melbourne and Brisbane meant he had no vision and no interest in any project outside of Sydney, NSW Leader of The Nationals, Andrew Stoner, has claimed.

Qld: Mayor up-beat about Yeppoon freight centre

Posted Wednesday, 27 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Mayor of Livingstone Shire says he is confident the community will support a proposed freight centre on the outskirts of Yeppoon.

NSW: Pram caught in train doors exposes safety flaw

Posted Wednesday, 27 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A woman who watched in horror as two children in a pram caught in a train's doors were dragged along a platform says Sydney's CityRail must get serious about safety.

Qld: Beattie plans for Inland Rail ... in 20 years

Posted Wednesday, 27 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A $55 billion infrastructure plan unveiled by the Queensland Government today includes a $1.05 billion standard gauge rail link and tunnel connecting Gowrie to Grandchester. Completion is planned by 2026.

WA: City rail project blows out by $45m

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

HE Gallop Government has admitted a four-month delay in completion of the $1.5billion rail line to serve Perth's southern suburbs and a second cost blowout in the troubled project, despite previous assurances it would be delivered on time and within budget.

NSW: Rail branch lines in doubt for harvest

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

FARMERS' groups and NSW Nationals' members are calling on the State Government to make a firm commitment to the long-term security of the State's 15 branch rail lines.

Japan: Obsession with punctuality takes its toll on commuters

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Anywhere else in the world, a train running 90 seconds late would perhaps be considered on time. But in Japan, 90 seconds would foil commuters who depend on trains connecting with balletic precision, often with only a couple of minutes to spare.

SA: Train buffs on cloud nine

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The first Steam Up Quorn weekend, held on April 23 and 24, has helped renew interest in the fantastic vintage locomotives and history of the Pichi Richi railway.

Qld: Trains to keep influx moving

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail links stretching from Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast to Coolangatta on the NSW border will be built to cope with an expected influx of 1million people to southeast Queensland over the next two decades.

NT: Railway boost with mine deal

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Adelaide to Darwin railway received a boost today with the signing of a new deal to carry 600,000 tonnes of manganese a year.

LK: Up to 60 dead as train hits bus

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by joffie in International Rail News

MORE than 50 people were feared dead after a passenger train crashed into a commuter bus in central Sri Lanka today, police said.

Japan train crash toll reaches 101

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News


The death toll in Japan's worst train crash in four decades topped the 100 mark on Thursday, with the discovery of four more bodies - bringing the death toll to 101, the fire department said.

Driver among Japan train toll of 106

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Workers have pulled the uniformed body of the driver from the wreckage of Japan's rail disaster as the death toll rose to 106 people.

Vic: Batchelor releases rail pricing paper

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Victoria's Minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor says the Government was continuing to drive improvements to Victoria's rail access arrangements, with the release today of a discussion paper on pricing rules.

Rail deal to double freight between Adelaide and Darwin

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

A South Australian-based rail freight company says a new multi-million dollar deal will double the tonnage travelling on the Adelaide to Darwin rail-line each year.

NT: Outback railway lands big customer

Posted Thursday, 28 April, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Adelaide to Darwin railway has landed its biggest customer, a new outback Northern Territory mine.

Vic: Fast trains are slow coaches

Posted Friday, 29 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Half the trains to be delivered by the Bracks Government's $1.3 billion fast rail project will be slower than existing services.

WA: Rail workers threaten protest if Minister fails to agree to meeting

Posted Friday, 29 April, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Construction workers on the Perth to Mandurah railway are threatening to protest if the Western Australian Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan does not agree to a face-to-face meeting with them.

Benalla Signal box

Posted Friday, 29 April, 2005 by bon in Letters to the Editor

Located at the Nunn Street railway crossing Benalla is a great old building, a signal box. I may seem biased writing as I was a cleaner/fireman on the VR in the late 1950's, but its sad to see it being vandalised [windows broken]. Its obviously on its last legs and needs help!!. I know I am opening a tin of worms suggesting this, but what can be done? All to soon it will be gone like most everything else. 'Now is the time to act'. Will finish hoping these remarks haven't fallen on deaf ears.
Regards ....Bon Jackson...member..4803

Vic: Railway times revolt

Posted Saturday, 30 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Premier Steve Bracks was forced to defend the upgrade after the Herald Sun revealed many trains would be slower than those now running. Commuters from all four lines say Regional Fast Rail will be no better or worse. Hume City mayor Kevin Sheahan said Sunbury would get no extra peak-hour services.

Harbour crossing may help save rail

Posted Saturday, 30 April, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The backers of a second railway on the Harbour Bridge believe passengers would flock to a new service, which would bring much-needed capacity to the city's overstretched lines.

WA: More info on Perth Light Rail

Posted Saturday, 30 April, 2005 by Riccardo in Tram and Light Rail News

New riverside hub for Perth

JESSICA STRUTT

Perth will get its own waterfront playground set to rival the likes of Melbourne's Docklands and Cockle Bay Wharf in Sydney as part of a State Government plan to redevelop land near the East Perth Causeway.

The newly named Riverside development will be home to 5000 residents and 1000 workers and is expected to earn the State Government $25 million from land sales.

Under plans unveiled by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan yesterday, the under-used riverside land will be revitalised with a mixed-use redevelopment to include taverns, restaurants, offices, apartments and specialty shops.

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