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Buy back rail network, says union

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Rail workers calling for the renationalisation of the railways are set to march through London.

£10m repairs shut train tunnels

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Rail tunnels connecting two Kent towns will be closed for four months from Saturday as part of a £10m overhaul.

Goulburn For Sale

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2005 by e1109 in Press Releases

A secret plan to flog off the Goulburn railway workshop has been unearthed by a rail worker.

The scheme was uncovered when a workshop manager let the cat out of the bag to an AMWU member, said Paul Bastian, NSW AMWU State Secretary.

Plan for Harbour Bridge facelift

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A FOUR lane roadway could be built beneath the world renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge under a plan to ease the city's traffic and train congestion.

Workers clear Japan rail crash debris

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Workers hauled away mangled railway cars as a massive cleanup continued at the site of Japan's worst train crash in four decades.

Baton run to sweep nation

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

MELBOURNE's Commonwealth Games baton will be held high in 217 Victorian towns and suburbs next year.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/4/2005

Posted Monday, 2 May, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Vic: Train brakes blasted

Posted Monday, 2 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The safety system chosen for the state's $1.3 billion regional fast rail upgrade was initially declared substandard.

Qld: Light rail shunts back into favour

Posted Monday, 2 May, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Brisbane Deputy Mayor David Hinchliffe put the city's on-again-off-again light rail concept back on the public agenda yesterday, proposing a multi-million-dollar mass-transit system for the inner city.

NSW: 'Filthy trains' drive commuters away

Posted Monday, 2 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

COMMUTERS are choosing to drive their cars rather than use dirty, unreliable trains which are hotspots for criminals, the NSW opposition says.

Vic: Passenger train makes welcome return

Posted Monday, 2 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Today marks the first anniversary of the return of passenger services to Bairnsdale.

Vic: Major delays in train services

Posted Monday, 2 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Connex and V-Line are warning passengers of long delays on outbound Werribee Line rail services due to power lines downed by a truck.

Vic: Third rail track for Dandenong

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Dandenong will be targeted in today's budget with transport and planning initiatives aimed at improving train services to the fast growing region and boosting residential development. The measures will include advancing the struggling Dandenong transit city project.

NSW: Rail passenger numbers fall by half a million in two years

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The number of people travelling by train has been steadily declining for the past two years, CityRail figures show.

Vic: Fast train off tracks

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

THE slow coaches that have cost Victorian taxpayers a staggering $1.3 billion will in many cases be slower than existing rail services.

WA: Man's body found near rail tracks

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A POST-mortem examination will today be carried out on the body of a man found near a rail line on the outskirts of Perth.

ARTC to increase Hunter Valley investment

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by d_spike in Rail News

ARTC will increase its planned investment in the Hunter Valley from A$153 million to A$270 million.

Vic: Carriage breaks free of passenger train

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A train carriage carrying passengers broke free from a suburban train and continued travelling in one of two incidents involving Melbourne public transport operator Connex.

SA: Council to get unused rail land

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The South Australian Government has agreed to hand back to council unused rail land in Mount Gambier.

NSW: Griffith relieved with branch line upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

There is relief in Griffith at confirmation the rail branch line to Hillston will be upgraded by the next harvest.

Rival inland rail link proposed

Posted Tuesday, 3 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

High speed trains would whiz passengers and freight between Brisbane and Melbourne overnight under an alternative $3.1 billion inland rail project to be show-cased at a conference later this month.

Rail-link groups urged to work together

Posted Wednesday, 4 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A advocate for an inland rail expressway linking Melbourne and Brisbane says there is no need for competition amongst different groups offering proposals for the link.

Qld: Labor talks up light rail for Brisbane CBD

Posted Wednesday, 4 May, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A light rail line through Queen Street Mall is among proposals in a report detailing mass transit options for inner Brisbane.

SA: Council given prime railway land

Posted Wednesday, 4 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Prime railway land, worth more than $1 million, has been given back to the citizens of Mt Gambier.

Vic: Secret extra cash for fast rail

Posted Thursday, 5 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Connex and the State Government have struck a secret deal that will see taxpayers paying more for the $1.3 billion Regional Fast Rail project.

$60m for new train systems

Posted Thursday, 5 May, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

THE federal Government's interstate rail corporation will deploy a $62.3 million train management system and CDMA communications network developed by aerospace group Lockheed Martin under a new agreement announced today.

Councils urged to have inland rail link input

Posted Friday, 6 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The driving force behind a proposed Brisbane to Melbourne inland rail link is encouraging local councils to have their say on the route.

Tas: Five have lucky escape as freight train hits van

Posted Friday, 6 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An 18-year-old first year driver and the four occupants of her van escaped injury after a collision with a train at Glenorchy last night.

Vic: 350 racegoers arrived by rail

Posted Friday, 6 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

More than 350 Melbourne daytrippers took advantage of an extra Warrnambool races train yesterday morning.

NSW: Contingency on track

Posted Friday, 6 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Tanker trains available as Goulburn's major water users targeted

The operation of water trains to Goulburn would pose "absolutely no technical problems," says the principal of Chicago Freight Car Leasing (Australia), Ian Gibbs.

New laws for Vic rail access

Posted Friday, 6 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor, has introduced new laws into State Parliament to reform Victoria's rail access regime.

Bombs rock southwestern Pakistan

Posted Saturday, 7 May, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

TWO paramilitary soldiers were injured in a blast close to a railway track, while a main powerline was bombed in a restive southwestern Pakistani province today, officials said.

Councils urged to have inland rail link input

Posted Saturday, 7 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The driving force behind a proposed Brisbane to Melbourne inland rail link is encouraging local councils to have their say on the route.

Train bomb pair get 2775 years' jail

Posted Saturday, 7 May, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

SPAIN'S High Court has sentenced two members of the Basque separatist group ETA to 2775 years each in prison for a plot to plant bombs on a Madrid-bound train on Christmas Eve 2003.

Vic: Bill opens gate to rail freight

Posted Saturday, 7 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A bill that promises to give all freight train operators the equal right to use Victoria's privately owned rail network has been introduced into State Parliament.

Councils urged to comment on rail route preference

Posted Monday, 9 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Riverina councils are being asked to comment on their preferred route for the inland rail corridor for a report to be given the Government next month.

NSW: Rail workers set example

Posted Monday, 9 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Goulburn Railway Workshops treated its staff to a barbecue lunch on Friday to celebrate an industry milestone, 400 days without an injury.

NSW: Train commuters increase

Posted Monday, 9 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The South Coast rail line has defied the trend across CityRail to record rising passenger numbers, prompting renewed calls to upgrade the line.

Tollner backs proposed inland train route

Posted Monday, 9 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Federal Member for the Darwin seat of Solomon says a proposed 200-kilometre train line connecting north-west Victoria to inland routes would increase freight travel between Melbourne and Darwin.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/5/2005

Posted Monday, 9 May, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 92 sightings for the week which is 6 sightings more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 1688* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 127 last year was 2113).

Mayor urges NSW to extend rail line to border

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Mayor of the northern NSW Tweed Shire says his council would like to see the NSW Government investigate extending the eastern rail line to the Queensland border.

NSW: Madness rules the metropolis

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

I do try, now and then, to write on something other than the pageant of NSW planning. But what a fabulous pageant it is. Carl Hiaasen once likened the Miami development scene that is his daily bread to those Keystone Cops movies, where your heroes tumble one by one from the back of the paddy wagon and spend the rest of the film trying to get their arms and legs moving in a forward direction.

Network Rail to hold roadshow

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Network Rail, the operator of Britain's rail infrastructure, will hold a roadshow in Australia this month.

WA call for rail funds rebuffed

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Western Australia's claim that it has been massively short-changed by the Federal Government in the distribution of freight rail infrastructure funds has been firmly rebuffed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson.

Qld: Missing link no panacea for coalfields

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Building the so-called "missing link" between Queensland's two main coalfield railways was no quick "silver bullet" solution to freeing up the state's infrastructure bottlenecks, Queensland Rail chief Bob Scheuber warned yesterday.

Late? Well, follow that bus

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Savvy Victorian motorists who are late to work may soon speed their arrival by catching the tail of a bus running behind time. But other drivers may have to wait longer at traffic lights to allow buses and trams to stick to their schedules. Part of a $7 million contract to supply smart transit systems to Melbourne's public transport network includes technology from Brisbane wireless logistics designer Technisyst, which requests late buses be given priority at controlled intersections - changing lights to green to speed a vehicle's passage. Similar notions are being investigated by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and in south-east Queensland, where a tender is soon to be let.

SA: State gives $10m for roads, rail

Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

TheState Government will spend an additional $10 million on local road and rail infrastructure with the intent of boosting the grain industry on Eyre Peninsula.

VIC Wins funding for Rail Projects from the 2005 -2006 Federal Govern't Budget

Posted Wednesday, 11 May, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Press Releases

Extract from the Aust. Federal Govern't Department of Transport & Regional Services Portfolio - Budget 2005/06 Press Release

AUSLINK INVESTMENT PROJECTS
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Building Our Transport Future in Victoria:

Victoria Rail Projects:

# Rail links to the Port of Melbourne

# Melbourne to Albury rail standardisation

# Geelong to Mildura rail standardisation
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Rail paths needed to get mineral exports rolling

Posted Wednesday, 11 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

THEY should use Newcastle as a role model," the head of the world's biggest coal port shouted over the noise of a coal loader.

NSW: Upgrades to ease rail delays in inner west

Posted Wednesday, 11 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Frustrated rail commuters on the troubled inner-west lines may begin to arrive home on time, with CityRail's upgrades of the network easing congestion and minimising delays in the notoriously late evening peak period.

Budget breakdown — road and rail re-announcements

Posted Wednesday, 11 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The Australian Government will spend $2.2 billion on the land transport system in 2005-06. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, made the announcement today.

Snap Sydney train strike

Posted Wednesday, 11 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A SNAP strike by 300 rail workers threw Sydney train services into chaos late today, creating delays and cancelled services throughout the network – with more of the same expected tomorrow.

Dynamic packaging for agents booking Queensland Rail products

Posted Wednesday, 11 May, 2005 by bevans in Press Releases

Travel agents will be able to book online and dynamically package holidays through Queensland Rail following the operator’s selection of World.Net technology as a basis for its new holiday booking system.

NSW: Drug test row sparks train chaos

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

THOUSANDS of commuters will be late for work today after train maintenance workers called a snap strike last night, protesting random drug testing procedures.

Vic: Wake-up call over sleepers

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Two weeks ago the State Government announced an investigation into the future of the state's red gum forests along the Murray River.

Rail strike hits Sydney commuters

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

SYDNEY rail commuters faced train cancellations and delays during this morning's peak period because of a snap strike by rail workers over a dispute about random drug testing.

NSW: Hunter Valley rail service to be reduced

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The rail service to Scone will not be cut permanently but will be reduced for an extended period of time, according to City Rail Hunter regional business manager James Adam.

NSW: Silverton backs Tumut line reopening

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It has been revealed two of the nation's biggest rail companies are behind the proposal to reopen the Tumut to Cootamundra rail line for freight.

Qld: Council urged to boost rail link efforts

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce is calling on the city council to show more enthusiasm for the proposed Brisbane to Melbourne inland rail link.

Vic: Mayor in Melbourne for rail move talks

Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Wodonga's Mayor is in Melbourne today for talks on moving the railway line out of the city centre.

SA: No money for rail, road project

Posted Friday, 13 May, 2005 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

THE 2005/2006 Federal Budget did not contain good news regarding the request for $20 million to secure the future of rail transport on Eyre Peninsula.

NSW: Eye, Decaux join for rail tender

Posted Friday, 13 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

THE Ten Network's outdoor advertising business Eye Corp and French outdoor group JC Decaux are teaming up to bid for Australia's second-biggest outdoor advertising contract, worth up to $100 million.

Vic: Batchelor denies fast rail blow-out

Posted Friday, 13 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Transport Minister Peter Batchelor denied Opposition claims yesterday that the price tag for the embattled regional fast rail project would blow out to more than $1 billion.

NSW: Talks stave off further rail strike

Posted Friday, 13 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Crisis talks between the New South Wales Government and Sydney rail workers have averted further strike action over a dispute about random drug testing.

War of words erupts over highway work

Posted Friday, 13 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The official start of works on the Hume Highway upgrade at Wodonga has descended into mud-slinging between politicians.

A reasonable man, pushed far too far

Posted Friday, 13 May, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Something happened to my good, close, personal friend Ernie that I have to tell you about with some urgency. First, though, I must tell you that I love Ernie. I love him like no other human being, and the reason I love him in this very special way is reflected in the affectionate nickname I have for him.

Japan: Rail crash exposes cracks in a society under strain

Posted Saturday, 14 May, 2005 by jamesholt in International Rail News

More dangerous even than the train crash that killed 107 people in Japan three weeks ago was what lay behind it: a frightened driver, a brainwashed rail network and a nation under pressure.

Woman stabbed at city train station

Posted Sunday, 15 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A 24-year-old woman has been stabbed during an attack by a group of teenage girls at Flinders train station in Melbourne.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/5/2005.

Posted Sunday, 15 May, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 92 sightings for the week which is the same number of sightings
as last week. Making a total for the year to date at 1780* sightings (* One
weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 134 last year
was 2254).

Mandurah line more popular than ever: WA govt poll

Posted Sunday, 15 May, 2005 by Riccardo in Letters to the Editor

The survey series has shown that the support for the rail link has if anything grown over
the period from December 2002 to May 2005. It is interesting to note that the current
supportive findings come from a survey conducted over May 2-4 2005, a week after the
Minister for Planning & Infrastructure announced probable cost overruns in the order of
$45 Million.

We're an option as home for famous locomotives

Posted Sunday, 15 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Could Lithgow become 'home' to some of the State's most treasured historic steam locomotives?

Cattle company calls for national rail network

Posted Monday, 16 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Agricultural Company says it will be able to use the Adelaide to Darwin railway to export cattle if the Federal Government invests in a truly national rail network.

Qld: University 'smart train' begins state tour

Posted Monday, 16 May, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) begins its fourth "smart train" tour with its first stop in Toowoomba this morning.

Vic: Batchelor signed on for rail bypass

Posted Monday, 16 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

While Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor claims the Wodonga rail relocation is a Wodonga council problem, documents that he signed in August, 2001, clearly suggest otherwise.

Qld: Mayor demands heritage rail funds

Posted Monday, 16 May, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Cooloola Shire's Mayor says he wants the Department of Transport and Regional Solutions to hand over the money it promised the Mary Valley Heritage Railway (MVHR) almost a year ago.

Vic: Council says Govt to help move rail line

Posted Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Mayor of Wodonga says the Victorian Government has agreed to help move the railway line out of the town centre.

NSW: Windsor sees benefits in rail line plan

Posted Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A proposal to consider the New England rail line through Armidale, Glen Innes and Tenterfield as part of a new national rail transport corridor has won the support of local federal MP Tony Windsor.

SA: Rail crossing life-saver

Posted Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Rail authorities are considering using red-light cameras at level crossings after two accidental deaths and a spate of near-misses this year.

EDI Rail workers down tools in industrial row

Posted Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Industrial Relations Commission has suggested a rail manufacturer in Maryborough and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union try to resolve an industrial dispute on their own.

Vic: New bid for rail tower

Posted Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A big to build a $100 million tower of flats on the old Jolimont railyards site may finally win approval.

SA: Train drivers in stopwork meeting

Posted Wednesday, 18 May, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

TRAINS will stop for more than three hours in Adelaide today while drivers attend a stopwork meeting.

Vic: Surveyors take to the fast track

Posted Wednesday, 18 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It's a task that once would have required a veritable army of surveyors armed with an array of measuring instruments.

SA: Inquiry into cost of access to rail system

Posted Wednesday, 18 May, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Regulated fees for access to South Australia's rail network may be abolished.

Region battles over rail bragging rights

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

NEW England and the north-west are braced for a long battle as each draws up plans for bragging rights for the proposed inland rail route through northern NSW.

NSW: Melbourne to Brisbane rail line through Guyra?

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor met with the New England Local Government Group in Armidale this week to discuss the proposed Inland Rail route from Melbourne to Brisbane and beyond with a view to putting the New England route up as a viable possibility.

NSW: Union hopeful about Goulburn rail workers' future

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The union representing employees of a Goulburn rail workshop says it is hopeful about their future following a meeting with New South Wales Transport Minister John Watkins.

NSW: 'Snub' puts rail plans in doubt

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A $2 million rail infrastructure project planned for Dubbo could be lost because roads minister Michael Costa won't give Dubbo businessman Roger Fletcher five minutes of his time.

SA: Next stop: Adelaide Oval, O'Connell St

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by TA 2000 in Tram and Light Rail News

TRANSPORT Department officers will begin a six-month feasibility study to determine just how far the Glenelg tram line will be extended north of the city.

SA: Opposition unimpressed by tram plan

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by TA 2000 in Tram and Light Rail News

The South Australian Opposition has accused the Government of making policy on the run, after flagging a further extension to the Glenelg tram line.

Tas: Rail passion keeps Geoff chugging along

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Deep within the cavernous Don River Railway train shed, among the idle carriages and engines, Geoff Brown spends a couple of days a week indulging his passion for rail.

Patrick to keep investing in ports, rail

Posted Thursday, 19 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport company Patrick will continue to invest heavily in expanding its ports and rail businesses and does not plan to change the business model at budget airline Virgin Blue.

NSW: $1.4bn rail link trapped in limbo

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

THREE years after its preferred route was announced, the State Government is going back to the drawing board on the $1.4 billion northwest rail link.

Barossa wine train gains momentum

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A solution to the wine trains return is near according to Member for Schubert Ivan Venning.

Vic: Report highlights poor train service

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

TRAIN commuters on the Cranbourne line have been hit hard by delayed trains, figures released last week suggest.

Department of Infrastructure figures showed more than 15 per cent of Cranbourne line trains were late in April, more than any other metropolitan train line in Melbourne. Cranbourne resident Irene Zentay, 57, said the delays were affecting her family and her daughter was sometimes half an hour to an hour late for work in the mornings, time she had to make up for at night.

Patrick to invest heavily in port, rail

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia's biggest port cargo handler Patrick Corp Ltd will continue to heavily invest in the expansion of its ports and rail businesses, earmarking an initial $425 million for development.

NSW: $1.4bn rail link trapped in limbo

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Three years after its preferred route was announced, the State Government is going back to the drawing board on the $1.4 billion northwest rail link.

Patrick punts on ports, rail

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Shares in Chris Corrigan's Patrick Corp rallied to their biggest gain for 2 1/2 years yesterday, as the diversified transport group outlined plans for "massive" investments in its port and rail infrastructure to take advantage of the export boom.

Sydney to Darwin by rail travel review

Posted Friday, 20 May, 2005 by Warks in Railway Stories

The Sydney Morning Herald's travel writer Ben Cubby rides the rails from Sydney to Darwin via the Indian Pacific (which went via Goulburn!) and The Ghan. A long read.

NSW: Approaching the end of the line

Posted Saturday, 21 May, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

SYDNEY's 7km light rail system is in financial strife and may be forced to shut or rely on taxpayer funds if a proposed CBD extension is refused.

Royal Mail trains back on track

Posted Sunday, 22 May, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

The Royal Mail plans to use trains to transport about a million letters a day between Scotland and London.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/5/2005.

Posted Sunday, 22 May, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 99 sightings for the week which is seven sightings more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 1879* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March)

(Total sightings up to day 141 last year was 2403).

Anderson denies ports at crisis point

Posted Monday, 23 May, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

The Deputy Prime Minister says the capacity constraints at Australia's shipping ports are not at a crisis point but more needs to be done to ensure the country can meet an expanding export market.

Push to reawaken city's sleeping beauty

Posted Monday, 23 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

One of Melbourne's most enduring problems is about to be tackled by some of its most influential people. Flinders Street Station is now the target of the powerful Committee for Melbourne - a private body of prominent corporate, scientific and academic figures instrumental in such projects as City Link and Docklands.

NSW: 1242 train breakdowns in three months

Posted Monday, 23 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail's 200 trains broke down 1242 times in the first three months of the year, the shadow minister for transport, Peter Debnam, said today.

Vic: Flinders Street changes as overpass demolished

Posted Tuesday, 24 May, 2005 by james_c in Other Transport News

Traffic will be able to use the Flinders Street overpass at King Street until the first weekend in June, when the first of three weekend closures will allow it to be demolished.

Removing the overpass will open up the intersection and allow right-hand turns. Trams have been re-routed, and the changes are expected to be in force until late November.

NSW: Minister guarantees rail line future

Posted Tuesday, 24 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Transport Minister, John Watkins, has given the Young Shire Council an assurance there are no plans to close the Greenthorpe to Koorawatha rail line.

Qld: EDI Rail workers take tool kits elsewhere

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The union representing EDI Rail workers at Maryborough says a number of employees are looking for work elsewhere because of a protracted industrial dispute.

NSW: Freight train delayed after ute accident

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Manildra Flour Mill freight train was delayed yesterday morning following a two-car accident near the railway crossing at Borenore.

Gun threat halts Indian Pacific

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Passengers were locked on a train for more than an hour yesterday as police negotiated with a man who said he was armed with a gun.

New ARG Melbourne to Adelaide rail service for P&O

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Responding to recent industry focus on rail networks, P&O Ports today commenced its own dedicated rail service on the Melbourne–Adelaide rail corridor.

NSW: Residents band together to oppose rail cuts

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Residents of Bundanoon and Exeter are joining together to oppose the cuts in rail services that the State Government is planning for the southern villages from September.

WA: Rail removal brought forward

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes confirmed the PTA expected to have the ballast and track removed [from Geraldton] within about three weeks of the finish of GSTC work.

NSW: More rail carriages

Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The train journey to Sydney will be more comfortable after funding in yesterday's State Budget for new South Coast train carriages.

Vic: Passengers evacuated from train

Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

ABOUT 100 people have been evacuated from a passenger train after it smashed into a car, causing a gas leak, north of Melbourne.

NSW: New powers follow Waterfall probe

Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

THE New South Wales Government has strengthened the powers of the state's transport regulator to ensure a safer and more reliable rail system.

Vic: Train hits car at Melbourne level crossing

Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A train was evacuated after it hit a car at a disused crossing in Melbourne's north about 7:00pm AEST yesterday.

NSW: Case re-stated for New England rail

Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

NEARBY industry should not be the sole determining factor in the establishment of an interstate rail freight route through the New England or Gwydir areas, according to the Member for New England Tony Windsor.

Japanese train crash reveals fatal flaw of obsession with punctuality

Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2005 by tsubame800 in International Rail News

The fatal train wreck in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, has revealed how JR train drivers are under constant pressure to make up any delay, prompting the public to have second thoughts about a society obsessed with punctuality. running may have caused that fatal accident.

NSW: Forbes to lobby for new rail line

Posted Friday, 27 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Forbes Shire Council is lobbying the group behind a proposed inland railway to include Forbes on the line.

WA: More train glitches

Posted Friday, 27 May, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

TRANSWA officials continue to be frustrated by ongoing mechanical problems plaguing the new Prospector rail service between Kalgoorlie and Perth.

Vic: Opposition raise concern over rail access costs

Posted Friday, 27 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Transport Legislation (Further Amendment) Bill passed its second reading in the Legislative Council this week. It sets out to implement a third-party access regime, which requires track owner Pacific National (PN) to provide the Essential Services Commission (ESC) with standard terms and conditions of access, including price.

SA: Tailem Bend realises railway dream

Posted Friday, 27 May, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

It has taken hard working, dedicated volunteers, long hours and the town's support, but the Tailem Bend railway station has finally been restored to its original state.

Anger at Connex email

Posted Saturday, 28 May, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

MELBOURNE transport operator Connex has angered customers by revealing the email addresses of 350 subscribers in a promotional newsletter.

Outback Icons Railway Adventure Tour On The Ozback Explorer

Posted Saturday, 28 May, 2005 by bevans in Press Releases

Well known TV presenter and train aficionado, Scott McGregor, is teaming up with The Ozback Explorer, Australia’s newest long haul passenger train, to host a seven day tour exploring some of Australia’s most famous and little known Outback Icons.

Scott hosted Railway Adventures Across Australia on Channel 10 and recently followed it up with adventures by train in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam in a 6 part series, “Down The Line” screened on Channel 7 over Christmas. He is a well-known face from his work as the host of the ratings winning show Room For Improvement and as the DIY guy on Better Homes and Gardens. “My adventures on the tele have inspired me to share my passions with other fellow travellers” he said.

Train guards stage 24-hour strike

Posted Sunday, 29 May, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Train guards in Merseyside were staging a 24-hour strike on Saturday in a dispute over working hours.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/5/2005.

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Off the rails: the suburbs where the car rules

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Almost all commuters in Sydney's newest suburbs drive to work, but up to 91 per cent of these workers are given few other options.

Crowded, polluted and a mess – the fix list for Sydney

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Sydney is in desperate shape. There are many signs, but you only have to look at the weather to see something is badly wrong.

NSW: Once debt-ridden, now run down

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Fifty years ago the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith observed a paradox in advanced economies - how private wealth grows alongside public squalor. Frustrated commuters might think he was writing about Sydney in 2005. Despite unprecedented private riches, much of the city's public infrastructure is deteriorating.

Infrastructure's future 'shaky'

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Howard Government will have to change the way it funds the states and adopt a more co-operative approach with the Labor premiers to tackle the nation's bottlenecks in road, rail, ports and electricity.

Qld: Coal rail project on schedule

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Coal trains should be running on a new central Queensland rail line by the end of the year.

Vic: Rail money off track

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Melbourne's train service has been slowly starved by a lack of cash.

Vic: Dissatisfaction - all along the line

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by xtrapolis954m in Rail News

Connex has more train carriages than it needs to cope with peak-hour demand, but too many are sitting in maintenance sheds, industry experts say.

Vic: Sandringham commuters hit hardest

Posted Monday, 30 May, 2005 by xtrapolis954m in Rail News

Jammed in like sardines or reading the sports section in comfort? Your experience of commuting depends on which the line you travel on.

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