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NSW: World city demands a transport system that befits its status

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Sydney's public transport is in crisis. CityRail's on-time running plunged to 49 per cent in early 2004, and patronage is down by 4 per cent since 2001. Trains are 25 per cent slower than in Perth, and will be even slower with the new September timetable.

NSW: The buried report that predicted transport disarray

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Four years ago the state's top rail official, Ron Christie, warned that Sydney's rail network faced "strangulation" and "operational paralysis" because of a lack of essential maintenance and infrastructure spending in recent years.

NSW: City line could add to airport link bill

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The private owners of the Airport Rail Link may need to be paid compensation if the Government builds a new rail line underneath the city.

NSW: Railway cure could have crippling side effects

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government's $1 billion plan to untangle the CityRail network does not go far enough and could in fact worsen problems in some areas, according to a secret study conducted for rail officials.

NSW: Man killed in level crossing smash

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A man has been killed in a level crossing smash after skidding to a stop in the middle of the tracks in central western NSW.

Wheelchair-bound man dragged by Sydney train

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A 57-year-old wheelchair-bound man feared he would be killed when he was dragged along a platform by a moving train in Sydney.

Vic: Historical Society brings steam train

Posted Wednesday, 1 June, 2005 by mjja in Press Releases

For those of the Waverley area old enough to remember steam trains, 12 June will be a day full of nostalgia.

Union flags legal action in EDI Rail dispute

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says it intends to take EDI Rail in Maryborough in south-east Queensland to the Federal Court over a protracted industrial dispute.

Vic: Rail journeys to take longer

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Passengers travelling from Warrnambool to Melbourne will have to allow at least 30 minutes extra travelling time from June 11 as coaches replace trains between Geelong and Spencer Street.

NSW: Car, train collision fatal

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A level crossing accident between a vehicle and a train claimed the life of a 67-year-old Forbes man on Tuesday afternoon.

NSW: Commuters voting with feet on accelerator pedal

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The shift by commuters away from Sydney trains and into cars is worsening. New government figures show 9 million fewer trips were made on CityRail this year than in 2001-02.

Qld: Further QCA delay over third party rail access

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland's competition regulator will fail to finalise new third party access arrangements for the state's rail network before the existing regime expires at the end of the month, after more than a year on the case.

United to acquire rail business Alstom

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

United Group Ltd will acquire the Alstom transport business in Australia and New Zealand for $267.5 million.

NSW: Thousands flock to train event

Posted Thursday, 2 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Thousands of railway enthusiasts flocked to Mount Victoria last weekend to enjoy the Great Train Weekend.

United goes to the head of the train

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

United Group has bought the Australian and New Zealand engineering assets of French conglomerate Alstom for $267.5 million, four months after it confirmed it was in talks to buy the business.

NSW: Council calls for inland rail corridor

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Tenterfield council wants an inland rail corridor to be built in its shire for freight trains.

Qld: EDI Rail workers back on the job

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

There has been a breakthrough in an industrial dispute at EDI Rail in Maryborough.

NSW: Armidale firm to build rail monument

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An Armidale company has won the contract to build the Australian Railway Monument at Werris Creek.

Qld: Xstrata scorns rail, port upgrade plans

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Mining giant Xstrata has warned the Federal Government an infrastructure investment bubble could develop in response to the current resources boom.

NSW: All aboard the campaign train

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Bundanoon residents have climbed aboard a campaign to save rail services to the Highlands' southern villages.

Inverell district to benefit from proposed north south rail link

Posted Friday, 3 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A proposed inter-state rail corridor linking Melbourne and Brisbane would help the economy of Inverell, but freight volumes out of the area and local industry will be unlikely to influence whether the route goes via Moree or Glen Innes.

New rail regime welcome

Posted Saturday, 4 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail operators have welcomed a decision to standardise Australia's archaic rail safety regime, which requires train operators to comply with a plethora of sometimes contradictory regulations, following an agreement between state and territory transport ministers.

SA: Trams stop tonight as line upgrade starts

Posted Saturday, 4 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in Tram and Light Rail News

ADELAIDE'S trams will stop running tonight – but disruptions will not affect motorists for another week.

Rail victim awarded $185,000

Posted Saturday, 4 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

When it comes to assessing a teenager's recklessness in a court case, there is a yawning gap between impulsiveness and deliberate thrillseeking.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/6/2005

Posted Sunday, 5 June, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

NSW: Teen sends train safety off rails

Posted Sunday, 5 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A teenage boy with no qualifications was caught working as a safety observer on a busy Sydney suburban rail line.

Qld: Granny takes the fight to rail ratbags

Posted Sunday, 5 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Pull them into line, or we will! Infuriated train travellers say they are being forced to wage their own war against rail rogues.

Vic: Industrial row to affect Melbourne train services

Posted Monday, 6 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Melbourne train commuters are experiencing delays because of industrial action by Connex staff.

Transport ministers take a one-track approach

Posted Monday, 6 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

In a breakthrough for rail, state and federal transport ministers have agreed on a single safety code.

NSW: Railway bridge work to start

Posted Monday, 6 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A NEW bridge will be constructed across the railway line near the Orange ast Fork railway station in coming weeks.

SA: Tram disruption will be worth the wait

Posted Monday, 6 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in Tram and Light Rail News

TransAdelaide says an upgrade of the city's tram line will cause traffic disruptions in parts of Adelaide over the next nine weekends.

Qld: Derailment causes train delays

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by colinw in Queensland Rail News

AN early-morning train has derailed near Brisbane's Central Station, delaying rush-hour commuter services.

Qld: 'Tracks safe' despite derailment

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by crivens in Queensland Rail News

THE Queensland Government has played down Opposition claims the state's rail network is unsafe after an early morning commuter train derailment in Brisbane today.

NSW: Key rail pylons 'safe' despite cracks

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

HUGE cracks in pylons supporting the rail line at one of Sydney's biggest tourist areas did not pose a safety threat, authorities said today.

NSW: Train driver trainees given the answers, says Opposition

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

LEARNER train drivers are being given the answers to tests they must pass to become qualified drivers on Sydney's rail network, the NSW opposition says.

Union blames rail delays on Connex

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A dispute over a trainee signaller who was late for work caused tens of thousands of city commuters to suffer the same fate yesterday when rail operator Connex was hit by a snap strike.

Give rail and bus users a break, says NSW

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Tax concessions for commuters would ease the gridlock in Sydney more effectively than a congestion charge like the one that had slashed car dependency in London, the Transport Minister, John Watkins, said yesterday.

New rail regime welcome

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

AIL operators have welcomed a decision to standardise Australia's archaic rail safety regime, which requires train operators to comply with a plethora of sometimes contradictory regulations, following an agreement between state and territory transport ministers.

Innovation is the locomotive

Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Niche player SCT Logistics holds its own against bigger rivals, writes Philip Hopkins.

SA: Powering up the suburban rail network

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

ELECTRIFYING and upgrading Adelaide's suburban rail network is under consideration with TransAdelaide undertaking a major feasibility study.

NSW: 'No cheat sheets' for train drivers

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

RAILCORP has rejected claims that learner train drivers have been given "cheat sheets" before sitting exams they must pass to work on Sydney's rail network.

NSW: All aboard for a more effective train system

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The city needs an ambitious but achievable strategic transport plan. Yet there is no integrated plan, let alone one linked to urban development priorities.

NSW: Pylons show up new cracks in rail safety record

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government has come under more pressure on rail safety after cracks were uncovered in the pylons beneath the rail line and expressway at Circular Quay.

NSW: Govt unable to rule out train driver exam cheating

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says it will ask the corruption watchdog to investigate claims that trainee train drivers are being given questions and answers to exams in advance.

Qld: Union threatens action over QR code of conduct

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says Queensland Rail (QR) can avert a 24-hour strike next week which threatens Brisbane's commuter services.

Qld: Regions on the move with $1.2b

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Stung by criticism that its big-spending southeast Queensland infrastructure plan had ignored the rest of the state, the Queensland Government has promised $486 million for rural roads and almost $800 million for rail and port projects.

Rail upgrades complete within four years, say ARTC

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) CEO David Marchant recently briefed potential alliance partners in Sydney on the program to revitalise the Eastern Seaboard rail network.

NSW: Push to get trams on track

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Light rail is often touted and often misunderstand. It is a mode of transport used to serve medium-sized corridors when bus capacity is exceeded or greener energy required.

Vic: Clarendon Street tram stop trial gets the hook

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

It was the flagship project in the State Government's bid to improve the reliability of Melbourne's tram services, but a Clarendon Street trial has ended in a backdown, with the Port Phillip Council bowing to pressure from locals.

NSW: No cheating in train tests - RailCorp

Posted Wednesday, 8 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An internal audit conducted early this year found no corruption in the NSW train driver testing process, the state's rail body said today.

NSW: Revealed: the harbour tunnel to ease rail crisis

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A secret report reveals the State Government is planning to build a rail tunnel under Sydney Harbour and a new line under the city to ease congestion on the increasingly gridlocked CityRail network.

NSW: Metro line shifting to the North Shore

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Government rail planners have been forced to rethink the vital new rail line through Sydney's CBD, moving it further east than was originally planned.

NSW: Railing against the trucks that eat Sydney

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It is not our worsening addiction to cars that will further clog already packed bitumen arteries. The truck industry - obliged to take greater volumes of freight - will be responsible for most of the problem. Freight haulers have no other option at the moment than to go by road because of the poor rail network.

NSW: Freight plan is off the rails

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It's not actually that hard, freight. A little complicated, sure, but nothing as difficult as, say, moving molecules around the human body. Not even close.

Qld: Rail trip to mark victory in the Pacific

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

World War II veterans from around Queensland will make an historic rail journey to Townsville to mark the 60th anniversary of the allied victory in the Pacific (VP).

NSW: Carr announces rail expansion plan

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

New South Wales Premier Bob Carr says the State Government is embarking on the biggest expansion of the rail network in 30 years by building a new rail line from Sydney's north-west to south-west.

NSW: $8bn spend on city rail line

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Government would spend $8 billion on a new train line through Sydney in the biggest expansion of the rail network in 30 years, Premier Bob Carr said today.

Patrick-FCL deal riles regulator

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp's plan to buy freight-forwarding company FCL Interstate Transport Services might allow it to put competing freight firms out of business, the competition regulator warned yesterday.

Boy 'tram driver' denied bail

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A teenager charged with joy-riding in buses, trams and trains was denied bail yesterday.

VIC - First Tram to Vermont South

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by 627zl in Tram and Light Rail News

B2 2095 ran the first trip to Vermont South extension on a test run on the evening of Wednesday 8th June 2005.

Patrick rubbishes ACCC concerns

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp has responded to the ACCC's statement of issues regarding its proposed acquisition of FCL. The company says it is not in Patrick's or FCL's interests to discriminate against other freight forwarders, which could force containers onto road or to another rail operator.

Vic: Fast trains are off to slow start

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The V'Locity trains, worth $525 million, were supposed to begin passenger service earlier this year.

NSW: Rail motor ride to Boree Creek

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

TRAIN lovers stopped over in Albury yesterday as part of a tour from Sydney to Boree Creek on a restored rail motor.

Vic: Long, slow, wait for a faster train

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government has spent almost $13 million on consultants to help it manage its $750 million regional fast rail project. It has hired management experts, surveyors, lawyers and contract advisers to help it complete the over-budget and behind-schedule upgrade of rail links to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Latrobe Valley.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/6/2005

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guys
There were 101 sightings for the week which is four sighting more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2173* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 162 last year was 2822).

Fast train safety called 'B-class'

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

Safety experts have called the State Government's new safety system for the $750 million regional fast train project a "B-class" stopgap solution.

Bad blood of The VIC RFR rears it's ugly head: 'Farce rail' angers rural voters

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Victorian Rail News

'Farce rail' angers rural voters

February 16 last year was supposed to be a seminal day for Victoria's regional fast rail project and Peter Batchelor wasn't going to miss out.

Vic: Rail trail school link backed

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

TOWONG council has backed a suggestion to make the former Colac Colac primary school an indirect link to the High Country Rail Trail.

Corryong College controls the old school and in April its principal, Robert Lappin, wrote to the council seeking to explore the possibility of using the site to “celebrate and promote the past history of education in the Corryong District”.

The rail trail under development travels from Wodonga to Cudgewa.

http://www.bordermail.com.au/newsflow/pageitem?page_id=981656

Vic: Wind fear may slow rail: MLC

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE fast train will be slowed to just 40kmh on the Millbrook bridge amid fears it could be blown off the rails at 160kmh, Ballarat Province MLC Dianne Hadden has claimed.

Ms Hadden yesterday said there were grave fears strong winds could derail the fast rail project's express service on the towering bridge, across the Moorabool River, on the Ballarat to Melbourne line.

"Trains are at risk of blowing off the rails. It's a safety risk," she said.

'Bomb blast' derails Chechnya-Moscow train

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A suspected terrorist bomb blast derailed a train travelling from Chechnya to Moscow on Sunday morning, injuring at least 12 people, officials said.

QLD (Breaking): Rail strike called off

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A BRISBANE train strike planned for Wednesday has been called off after a sitting of the Industrial Relations Commission today.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) threatened last week to strike over an incident in which a guard was assaulted by a co-worker at Nambour station in December last year.

The assailant was dismissed from his job but the victim was threatened with the same punishment.

The union was concerned workers could be sacked for trying to defend themselves, under a code of conduct introduced recently.

RTBU state secretary Owen Doogan said the union and Queensland Rail today had reached a mutual agreement, but part of that agreement was that its details remained confidential.

"I can only say we came to an agreement that we and Queensland Rail are both satisfied with," Mr Doogan said.

News

SA:Trains to halt after talks stalemate

Posted Tuesday, 14 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

SUBURBAN trains will be out of service for four hours tomorrow while rail employees hold a stop-work meeting.

WA: Are our railways safe?

Posted Tuesday, 14 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The revelation this week that two freight trains on the Kalgoorlie to Esperance line had a 'near miss' should raise concerns in the mind of anyone that uses, or has family or friends that use any part of the current rail system for travel.

Vic: Fast train budget runs off the rails

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Who is accountable for the huge costs of what now looks like small benefits?

SA: Rail services to be disrupted as workers to discuss new EBA

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

TransAdelaide says it will try to ensure train services get back to normal by peak hour tonight after a stopwork meeting today.

Qld: Brisbane train services disrupted

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Brisbane suburban train services have been disrupted by a failure of overhead power lines.

Rail shock - trucks to cart rice from Deniliquin

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail operator Pacific National has denied the Echuca-Deniliquin line will close, after it was announced this year's rice would be carted from Deniliquin by truck.

Vic: Council upset over delayed rail line meeting

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Wodonga City Council says the community feels let down by the Victoria Transport Minister's decision to defer a meeting to discuss moving the railway line out of the city centre.

Bomb found at Jakarta train station

Posted Thursday, 16 June, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Indonesian police have found and dismantled a partly assembled bomb, made with a switch similar to one used to trigger a blast last week.

WA: Majors link for Pilbara rail war

Posted Thursday, 16 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Arch rivals BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have formed an unprecedented alliance to protect their iron-ore duopoly in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. BHP and Rio have emerged as allies in the fight to stop Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group gaining access to existing rail lines in the region - part of its effort to become the "third force" in Pilbara iron ore.

NZ: Taxpayers' $200m not enough to fix track

Posted Thursday, 16 June, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The NZ Government yesterday admitted that the rail network it sold in 1993 and bought back in 2004 is in appalling shape and will cost taxpayers more than the pledged $200 million to fix.

China paves way for first foreign-owned rail track

Posted Thursday, 16 June, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

China's eastern province of Shandong has called for overseas investment in up to six new local railway lines, opening the way for what analysts say would be the first wholly foreign-owned track to be laid since the 1949 communist revolution.

Qld:Govt should derail 'freeloader' tilt train, mayor says

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in Queensland Rail News

The Mayor of Cairns, Kevin Byrne, in far-north Queensland says the State Government should mothball the tilt train because it has failed to attract full-fare paying passengers

WA: No to mill puts rail in jeopardy

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The continued use of the Manjimup to Picton rail line has been put in doubt with the City of Bunbury recommending its councillors not support a planned wood chip mill at the Bunbury Port.

NSW: $7m upgrade for Town Hall station

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Retail outlets at Sydney's Town Hall railway station will soon be closed down as part of a $7 million preliminary upgrade announced by the NSW government today.

NSW: Town Hall upgrade superficial, Opposition says

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Almost all of Town Hall station's shops will be demolished to create more space for passengers as part of a $7 million upgrade.

Vic: Iconic trammie wears the cap for 50 years

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

In a world where people change jobs like they change their shoes, their hair colour or even their spouses, Lenny Bates is something of a sticker.

Vic: Traders rally for trams

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

City traders have developed an alternative to the planned closure of three tram stops in Collins St.

NSW: Slower and lighter grain trains plan

Posted Friday, 17 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Imagine, instead of using the 1500-tonne grain trains now considered efficient for branch line work in the wheat belt, a special train of just 600 tonnes gross weight, crawling along at 20 to 30 kilometres an hour.

Another link for fast train

Posted Saturday, 18 June, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

STANDING taller than Melbourne's Bolte Bridge and spanning twice the length of the MCG, the rail bridge at Lal Lal is an engineering feat. The bridge has 11 columns stretching 350 metres across a valley at Lal Lal, and is only weeks from completion.

New technology to improve tilt train safety

Posted Saturday, 18 June, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail says it will make its tilt trains safer by introducing new technology to monitor driver's speeds.

Keeping freight on the rails

Posted Saturday, 18 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Some players are doing all they can to improve rail's share of freight, but more is required to keep pace, writes Martin Feil.

NSW: Rydal railway's official opening ... 135 years late

Posted Saturday, 18 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An oversight by the railway authorities in 1870 will be corrected by the Minister for Transport, John Watkins, on a visit to Rydal next month.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/6/2005

Posted Sunday, 19 June, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Vic: Patron saint of trams

Posted Sunday, 19 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Lenny Bates first donned the khaki uniform and peaked cap of a tram driver in the year before Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games.

NSW: We're proud to be greatly extending our lack of service

Posted Monday, 20 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

In infrastructure news, NSW Premier Bob Carr has announced his Government will spend $8 billion on Sydney's biggest rail expansion in 75 years. The expansion will extend the CityRail network to Sydney's outer north-west as far as Vineyard, and south-west to Leppington and, eventually, Bringelly.

Commuters from Sydney's mortgage belt welcomed the news, which means that within a decade they will be able to stand on empty platforms waiting for non-existent trains just like those within the existing CityRail network.

SA: Dithering Vics hold up line

Posted Monday, 20 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

A $10 million plan to reopen the South East rail line is under threat because of Victorian dithering over work on a connecting line.

Vic: Pledge over fast train times

Posted Tuesday, 21 June, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Changes will be made to the final timetable for the Ballarat rail line after criticism of the draft schedule, the Department of Infrastructure announced yesterday.

NSW: New Hunter transport aims to keep rail lines

Posted Tuesday, 21 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Maitland public transport users should not give up hope of retaining the rail line into Newcastle, according to Newcastle MP Bryce Gaudry.

NSW: Students protest plans to cut rail lines in the Hunter

Posted Tuesday, 21 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

More young people could be tempted to drink and drive if the State Government cuts the rail line into Newcastle, a pair of Maitland school students believe.

Vic: New 45-min line idea put to state

Posted Wednesday, 22 June, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Committee for Ballarat has asked the State Government to investigate the possibility of a 45-minute fast train to Melbourne.

Vic: Do rail job now and save

Posted Wednesday, 22 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Relocating the railway from Wodonga in the short-term could create savings on the cost of the internal freeway, the member for Benambra said yesterday.

Vic: Wodonga to host rail freight forum

Posted Wednesday, 22 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Wodonga will organise a forum on the future of Australia's rail freight network.

NSW: Bus plan shunts light rail option

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Fixing the gridlock in Sydney's CBD with more bus lanes was like "moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic" according to the light rail company, while business groups expressed cautious concern at the announcement.

NT: Ghan operator denies breath-tests delayed train

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The operators of the Ghan passenger train say its departure from Darwin in the Northern Territory this morning was delayed due to a faulty hose, not the breath-testing of staff.

Vic: Commuters angry at rail delays

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Delay and disruption, discomfort and discontent: welcome to the world of the country commuter, struggling to deal with the construction of Victoria's Regional Fast Rail lines.

NSW: Trains lost in the twilight zone

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail staff typically have no idea where trains are, how late they are running or when they will arrive, a report has found.

NSW: Opposition presses NSW Govt over damning Cityrail report

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News


The New South Wales Opposition has produced a State Treasury memo that suggests train drivers work around 15-hours-a-week on average, out of a rostered 38-hour week.

NSW: 2004 worst year in decade for CityRail

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail must work harder to keep train passengers informed about breakdowns and delays, a government report shows.

NSW: CityRail slammed for their late trains

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

CityRail has the worst train running times in a decade and focuses on timetables over customer service, an audit said yesterday.

NSW: RailCorp told to look after customers

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW's RailCorp must focus more on the needs of its passengers and less on train timetables, a performance audit has found.

Federal Transport Minister resigns

Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Resgional Services John Anderson has told his National party colleagues he is resigning.

Train robber tracked by eBay sale

Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

A man who stole one of the UK's largest model railway collections was caught after he tried to sell part of the set on eBay, a court heard.

Qld: Bowen Basin train crash under investigation

Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A major train crash in central Queensland's Bowen Basin is expected to further delay coal loading operations.

NSW: Telstra signs rail communications deal

Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Telstra Corp Ltd will provide a new integrated communications system for Australian Rail Track Corp (ATRC) covering the interstate rail network and the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

Global warming threatens China-Tibet rail link

Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Chinese climate scientists say global warming could pose a threat to a new railway linking China and Tibet.

CRT Group bought by QR National

Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by DavidB in Press Releases

QR (Queensland Rail) will proceed with the purchase of the CRT Group, one of Australia’s leading logistics companies, effective as from July 1.

Queensland Rail to buy logistics company

Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) is set for further expansion after acquiring leading logistics companies CRT Group.

Qld: Train crash hits coal exports

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

SPECTACULAR collision between two fully laden coal trains has cut the main supply line to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal in north Queensland, further delaying shipments to China through the country's most notorious export bottleneck.

Qld: Coal exports in rail setback

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Problems exporting Queensland coal have hit a further snag as a result of a train derailment that will delay some Bowen Basin consignments reaching loading ports near Mackay.

NSW: Fumes, heat but not much light rail

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

It is hard to imagine much worse for the pedestrians who will take refuge along the shopfronts of George Street after it is converted into a bus mall. A road full of semi-trailers might be slightly noisier and more polluting, but they are unlikely to crowd the city's main thoroughfare. A bus onslaught will, though, in the next year, if we believe the government press release and DVD with animation.

SA: Funding for peninsula rail projects

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

RAIL projects on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia have received $30 million in federal and state government funding.

Japan fires bullet

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A Japanese rail company has unveiled a new Shinkansen bullet train that will travel at 360km/h, making it possibly the world's fastest.

NSW: Carr urged to revive Maldon-Dombarton rail plan

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It was 17 years ago that Bob Carr stood at the site of the abandoned Maldon-Dombarton rail link and vowed to take action.

NSW: Fischer backs Oberon rail freight

Posted Saturday, 25 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister, one-time Leader of the federal National Party and now head of Tourism Australia Tim Fischer has criticised the State Government's failure to re-commission the Tarana-Oberon rail link.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/6/2005

Posted Sunday, 26 June, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guys
There were 97 sightings for the week which is seven more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2360* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 176 last year was 3097).

Vic: Passengers terrified as rocks rain on train

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A man was injured and terrified passengers were forced to duck for cover when vandals hurled rocks at a train as it approached Laverton station on Friday night.

NSW: Bundanoon residents not forgotten

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Bundanoon residents have called on Wingecarribee Shire Council to support their campaign to save rail services to the southern villages.

Cities on fast track

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Victorian Steve Bracks has thrown his support behind a Japanese-style bullet train to run between Melbourne and Sydney.

Vic: The waiting game at Spencer St

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by freightgate in Rail News

At Spencer Street Station in a piece of cute symbolism, even the escalator down to the platform from the Bourke Street foot bridge had stopped.

Commuters milled chaotically or sat in carriages and waited. On platform six, Shirley Pears sat with her crossword, waiting in a stationary carriage for more than 30 minutes, all ready to return home from a doctor's appointment.

Vic: Train network at a standstill

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by freightgate in Rail News

Melbourne's train network has come to a halt after staff were forced to evacuate the central control centre this morning.

All trains in the city loop have stopped, while trains heading into the city have been been forced to wait at outer-CBD stations such a Clifton Hill, Caulfield, Burnley and North Melbourne.

The evacuation occurred about 11.40am.

Vic: Flooding sparks Melbourne rail chaos

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Melbourne railway network is running again after being shut down because of a flooding problem at the computer control centre in Collins Street.

Peak-hour delays expected

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

MELBOURNE rail commuters can expect lengthy delays and cancellations tonight after trains stopped for two hours today.

NSW: Mums-to-be told to avoid turnstiles

Posted Monday, 27 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

PREGNANT women and the elderly are being urged to avoid using the turnstiles at entrances to CityRail stations in Sydney after several reported injuries.

Rail link plan for ore miners

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Shane Condon has come up with an idea, and it's a big one. If some of the world's biggest companies and the federal and state governments buy into it, it could transform Australia's resources industry.

Vic: Rail shutdown strands 30,000 commuters

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A simple leak in an air-conditioning hose stopped Melbourne's trains in their tracks yesterday.

Qld: Better communication helps ease impact of coal train derailment

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The operators of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal say the limited impact of Friday's train derailment on the port is partly due to a new communications set-up.

WA: Police to takeover train security

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) says a move by police to takeover security on Perth trains does not mean transit guards are not doing their job.

Vic: Rail revamp too quick to push speed

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Victoria's most senior public transport bureaucrat has admitted the $1.3 billion regional rail overhaul was not properly sold to the public.

Vic: Compo for commuters caught in train delays

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Thousands of train passengers will be able to claim a free daily ticket after the network ground to halt yesterday.

SA: 15 million reasons to smile

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

A Federal Government allocation of $15 million has brought the $30 million upgrade to Eyre Peninsula's aging rail network a huge step forward.

Vic: Victorian infrastructure substandard: report

Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

An independent report has revealed much of Victoria's road and rail network along with its electricity, gas and water supply is barely able to cope with present needs.

Vic: State roads, rail, ports 'barely adequate'

Posted Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A key industry lobby group has called for a dramatic increase in spending on Victoria's roads, railways, gas, water, electricity and ports after a report said the state's infrastructure was barely adequate.

Vic: MetLink to shame train and tram fare evaders

Posted Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

If you are reading this on a train or tram and you do not have a ticket, start blushing. Melbourne's public transport operators yesterday announced that they have fare evaders in their sights and shame will be their weapon of choice.

SA: Coles Myer invests in Adelaide distribution hub

Posted Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Coles Myer has signed a 20-year lease agreement with the Macquarie Goodman Group for a new major distribution centre in Edinburgh Parks, Salisbury, South Australia. The property is recognised for its strategic location, close to the national highway network and the Adelaide to Darwin rail line.

NSW: Melbourne-Sydney track revamp to help Wagga

Posted Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Wagga Wagga region is set to benefit from a multi-million dollar upgrade to the Melbourne to Sydney rail line.

Vic: Study backs infrastructure concerns

Posted Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Claims by farmer groups and politicians that the Wimmera-Mallee's irrigation infrastructure is inadequate have been backed up by a new study by engineers. Restriction of freight train speeds on the Mildura line to as low as 20 kilometres an hour have been criticised by local MPs, and Engineers Australia's Tim Gosbell says the push for rail standardisation must succeed.

Victorian L class locomotive (MSTS) released at steam4me

Posted Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 by freightgate in Railpage Australia News

I'm pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of the Victorian L class locomotives by Geoff Forrest.

Under construction for almost two years, the package includes 23 models with versions ranging from "as delivered" right up to the last V/Line models in service and beyond with the preserved L1162 as well.

NSW rail lines in disrepair: secret report

Posted Thursday, 30 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A report into New South Wales' rural rail network shows branch lines are in a state of disrepair, the Greens claim.

WA: Unrest threatened over 'lowest bidder' rail contracts

Posted Thursday, 30 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The construction union is warning there will be further cost blow-outs and delays to the $1.5 billion Perth to Mandurah rail line.

NSW: Greens demand no branch lines privatisation

Posted Thursday, 30 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Greens say the state's remaining branch rail lines must be upgraded and kept in public ownership, not privatised.

WA: Train station contracts signed

Posted Thursday, 30 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The contracts for the construction of the Mandurah, Rockingham and Warnbro train stations have been signed by the State Government.

Two dead, 84 hurt in Jakarta train crash

Posted Thursday, 30 June, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

At least two people were killed and 84 injured when two passenger trains collided during rush hour in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, police said.

Qld: Ipswich factory wheels out 2000th wagon

Posted Thursday, 30 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Listed engineering company Bradken celebrated a milestone at its Ipswich plant yesterday, producing its 2000th iron ore wagon as part of a $300 million contract with Rio Tinto's Pilbara Iron.

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