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ARTC ups investment ante

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

Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) has commenced a $1.3 billion upgrade of the North South rail network over the next three to four years which includes $421.6 million on the Main North Line from Sydney to Brisbane.

NSW: Moves to upgrade rail underpass

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

A public meeting will be held in Coonabarabran today to develop a plan to upgrade a rail underpass.

MSTS QR 4000 class released at steam4me site

Posted Friday, 1 July, 2005 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

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NSW: Govt announces Kiama-Bomaderry rail electrification

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

NSW Transport Minister John Watkins says the electrification of the south coast rail line between Kiama and Bomaderry will be carried out.

Qld: Rail authority pays thousands in tilt train crash compensation

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail says it has paid out more than $180,000 in compensation to the victims of last year's tilt train derailment near Bundaberg in south-east Queensland.

Vic: The ball starts rolling on new train control

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The State Government has moved quickly to replace the aged computer system that plunged Melbourne into commuter chaos this week when a water pipe burst.

NSW: All is in train, now where is the transport minister?

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

No self-respecting politician would miss the chance these days to big-note themselves at a major extension of a beleaguered railway system, but when the western line reached Rydal in 1870, there was no pageantry.

Vic: Ballarat warned of waste transport possibility

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

The argument over a toxic waste dump may not be over in the Ballarat region. The Save the Foodbowl Alliance, which is fighting the planned location of a toxic dump near Mildura, says the toxic waste could be transported from Melbourne by rail via Ballarat.

NSW:Four injured in Sydney Harbour ferry crash

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

Investigations have begun into the cause of a ferry crash on Sydney Harbour today.

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Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2005 by Ozsteam in Press Releases

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K 190 fails

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2005 by the vr days in Gunzelling Reports

k190s main internal steam pipe failed today while on shuttle trips and left k153 to handle the train while 190 limped back to newport light engine.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/7/2005

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 100 sightings for the week which is three more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2460* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 183 last year was 3226).

Vic:Passenger killed as car, train collide

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

A man has been killed after the car he was travelling in collided with a train in eastern Victoria.

Barossa needs ignored again

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2005 by Paul in Other Transport News

Mr Venning says major projects that need to be undertaken urgently include a heavy vehicle bypass, a daily commuter service from Adelaide to the Barossa by rail, and the upgrade of Barossa Valley way, which he described as ‘SA's Tourism Boulevard'.

The Government has recognised the need to repair the road between Lyndoch and Tanunda, but will only be able to do so as funding becomes available.

NSW: Ski Resort Train Derails

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2005 by qrig in Rail News

A TRAIN with 19 passengers on board has derailed on the Skitube Alpine Railway in Perisher Valley, New South Wales.

Rail celebrations launched

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

NEW South Wales Transport Minister John Watkins today launched celebrations for the 150th anniversary of NSW rail by unveiling the refurbished Locomotive No.1 at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.

Vic: $170,000 PR stunt

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

A party celebrating two of the Bracks Government's most troubled and costly major projects has left taxpayers with a six-figure bill.

NSW: 19 evacuated as snow train derails

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

An investigation is under way after a train heading to Perisher Blue's ski resort derailed, forcing the evacuation of 19 people.

All aboard the supply train

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

The Australia Logistics Council’s 10th meeting in Brisbane came at a busy time in our industry. Members, including Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, and representatives from Pacific National, Linfox, Qantas, and Queensland Rail met to discuss progress against the ALC’s ten point plan to avert the looming crisis in logistics where rapidly increasing demand is threatening to outstrip the capacity of the logistics system and to cement their involvement with AusLink.

NSW on track to mark 150 years of rail service

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

Celebrations have begun to mark 150 years of rail services in New South Wales.

NSW: Tourist train kills man on track

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

A man has died after falling onto the tracks and being hit by a train at a tourist railway in the Blue Mountains.

NT: Darwin rail link `is best in the nation'

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The Adelaide-to-Darwin railway is the most successful freight corridor in Australia says John Fullerton, the chief executive of operator FreightLink.

Vic: Rail extension cost-cutting prompts safety fears

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

One of the state's largest rail projects - the $98 million Craigieburn electrification - has suffered serious modifications and is running behind time because of budgetary problems.

NSW: Rail services safe, but jobs are at risk

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

XPT passenger rail services to country New South Wales are not under threat and will not be replaced by buses, State Transport Minister John Watkins said at the weekend.

NSW: Centre to provide transport training and recruitment

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

Sydney will become home to an $8 million national transport and logistics centre.

Qld: New members Queensland Rail Board

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas announced three new appointments to the QR board.

$100m boost for east coast rail

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

Rail lines on Australia's east coast have been awarded a $100 million grant from the Federal Government.

Rail tragedy: race to stop Zig Zag train fails

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

A 21-year-old steam train enthusiast, killed after a rock ledge collapsed and threw him onto tracks before his friend could stop a train, has been named as Brian Rieseberg.

Govt unveils $100m rail boost

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

Federal Transport Minister John Anderson has used his second last day on the frontbench to announce a further $100 million for the north-to-south rail network between Melbourne and Brisbane.

NSW: Worker killed during rail line construction

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

A man has been killed during construction of the Epping to Chatswood rail line in Sydney's north.

Vic: Batchelor concedes rail bypass caused headaches

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

The Victorian Transport Minister has agreed with Wodonga council that the Wodonga rail bypass has caused some frustration.

Vic: Return of Echuca passenger train services looming

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

The Victorian Government has indicated a resumption of passenger train services between Bendigo and Echuca.

NSW: New deal aims to boost Hunter coal exports

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

Coal exports from the Hunter Valley are expected to increase by 20 per cent under a new agreement to improve the mining sector's supply chain.

NSW: Rail workers down tools to honour colleague

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

Workers on the Chatswood to Epping rail line in Sydney's north have voted to walk off the job for a week as a mark of respect after the death of a colleague.

Vic: Farce Rail hit by MP

Posted Wednesday, 6 July, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

STATE Transport Minister Peter Batchelor has again been forced to defend the Regional Fast Rail Project from another Opposition attack. Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder said the new safety system for the fast trains would endanger lives because it could not detect objects on the tracks. Ms Mulder said the new train protection warning system would be unable to warn the train driver if a vehicle was stranded at a level crossing.

NSW: Coleman delivers for RailCorp IT division

Posted Wednesday, 6 July, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Eight months into her job as RailCorp's first chief information officer, Vicki Coleman has the nod from the board to carry out reforms in the company's IT division.

Vic: City Loop may change direction

Posted Wednesday, 6 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A month after its 20th anniversary celebrations, Melbourne's City Loop could be set for a change of direction.

Vic: Regional Victoria's fast rail safety system under fire

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

The Victorian Government has been accused of putting lives at risk because of sub-standard safety on the regional fast rail system.

Vic: Border misses train on $100m

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

Wodonga council has been stonewalled again in its plans to move the railway out of the heart of the city.

NSW: Coal firm welcomes rail funds pledge

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

Idemitsu Boggabri Coal has welcomed a funding boost to the proposed multi-million dollar Murrurundi rail tunnel.

NSW: Rail contractor says heart problem behind worker's death

Posted Friday, 8 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

The major contractor building the Chatswood-to-Epping rail-link in Sydney says it has been told that a heart problem caused the death of a construction worker this week.

UK: Multiple explosions rock London

Posted Friday, 8 July, 2005 by drnilescrane in International Rail News

At least 33 are dead and scores wounded after a series of four "callous" and coordinated bombings in London's transport system, Scotland Yard said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/7/2005

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 98 sightings for the week which is two less than last week making a total for the year to date at 2558* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 190 last year was 3350).

Rethink on rail security

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

ARMED terror police and sniffer dogs would patrol trains across Australia and passengers would be put through random bag checks under a security crackdown to be considered by the Federal Government.

Labor urges Govt to step up rail security

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

The Federal Opposition says rail commuters in Australia's capital cities are no safer now than they were before the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Crews toil to retrieve UK blast victims

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Police have revised the timing of the deadly blasts that tore through the London Underground, saying the explosions were detonated just seconds apart and were so powerful that none of the 49 dead have been identified.

The facts about the London bombings

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A rundown of the facts available so far about London's worst terrorist attacks:

Families of Australian victims arrive in London

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Relatives of some of the Australian victims of the London bombings have arrived in the British capital.

Vic: Spencer Street a 'world-class mess'

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

Commuters will be exposed to the rain and heat at the new Spencer Street Station redevelopment because of design cutbacks, according to the State Opposition.

Vic: Station redevelopment changes an embarrassment, Opposition says

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

The Victorian Opposition says a winding back of the Spencer Street Station redevelopment is another example of the State Government's inability to manage major projects.

Vic: Safety lack slammed

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

Hundreds of Connex staff took industrial action late yesterday, claiming that a lack of appropriate training meant they were unable to safely perform emergency evacuations such as those required after the London Underground attacks.

ACT: Light rail still a transport option, says planner

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A planning expert says light rail could still be an option for Canberra.

Vic: Union wants staff back on stations

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

Melbourne's rail union has launched a campaign to restore staff to every station in the city, warning that staff levels leave the rail network vulnerable to a London-style attack.

XR558 Commissioning

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2005 by in Rail News

XR558 is drawing close to the completion of it's commissioning phase. The qualification of the engine and electrical systems once complete will see the Locomotive on it's test run.

Rail funding does little to secure future: Nationals

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

The National Party has joined the debate on funding for New South Wales grain rail lines, saying the Government's $25 million investment is appallingly inadequate and ignore the findings of a Government audit that stated $168 million was required to bring the lines up to scratch.

Vic: Man falls out wrong train exit

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

A train passenger who accidentally exited a carriage from the wrong side at Camperdown Railway Station and fell to the railway tracks was found by passers-by after the train continued on its journey.

Vic: Level crossing safety under fire after weekend death

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

The weekend death of an 18-year-old Streatham man at a level crossing at Mininera, west of Ballarat, has renewed calls for more money to be spent on improving safety at Victorian level crossings.

Vic: Mt Alexander concerned at train travel times

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

The reopening of Sunbury Railway Station has slightly improved travel times for Castlemaine bus commuters.

Qld: Historical journey marks rail milestone

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The history of Queensland Rail is on display right throughout the state as a historic train weaves its way through Queensland.

Vic:Smartcards for Vic commuters

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

A CONSORTIUM led by US smartcard vendor Keane Corporation has trumped Hong Kong's MTR to win a $494 million smartcard rollout for Victoria's bus, train and tram network.

Rail safety expert says time to go

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A NSW rail safety expert, Kent Donaldson, has resigned unexpectedly with more than three years left on his contract amid Opposition claims he was fed up with the State Government's approach to safety.

Don't abandon train containment policy: Union

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A NSW rail security policy that locks passengers inside trains should not be abandoned because of the London bombings, the rail worker's union says.

Govt celebrates Ararat rail anniversary

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The Victorian Government says strong patronage on the Ararat rail line has vindicated its decision to resume passenger services to the city.

Harry's train waits

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

The world is holding its breath for the great moment next Saturday. At one minute past midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, an unassuming blonde woman will enter the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle and start to read a book.

Vic: Narrow escape as man falls on train tracks

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

An injured man made a desperate call to his mother as he lay helpless on a train line in Melbourne early today.

NSW: Rail Veteran Turns 80

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

There was a birthday cake and a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' when the Lachlan Valley Railway's Railmotor No.12 celebrated its 80th birthday last weekend.

NSW: A long standing battle is coming to an end

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

A long standing battle to secure the future of a local railway line has finally come to an end with the State Government's decision to fund the upgrade of the Greenethorpe to Koorawatha railway line.

Qld: Capricornia celebrates 140 years of Queensland Rail

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

If you didn’t grow up in the age of steam trains then you might be surprised, as ABC Capricornia’s Martin Powley was, that a steam engine is relatively quiet. Apart from the blast of the horn, the sound of the engine itself is a gentle hissing of steam and a soft hum.

Qld: Fears of Q-Rail job losses ease

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

There are signs of increased job security at Queensland Rail, despite the introduction of a new freight operator in the State.

Three-way train crash kills scores in Pakistan

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

At least 150 people have been killed and about 1,000 injured in Pakistan's worst rail disaster in more than a decade.

Metcard System Designer/Provider: ERG frets on reach of Hong Hong Octopus Cards

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by dalts 1985 in International Rail News

ERG, a Perth smartcard vendor, has warned it may consider legal action against competitor Octopus Cards over intellectual property issues relating to the Hong Kong company's moves to market smartcard
systems overseas.

Slow track for smart cards: The History of Smartcards & Aust's Railways

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Letters to the Editor

SMART cards have generated thousands of headlines, as pundits promise a seachange in the way we think of and use everything from credit cards to train tickets.

Consortium wins New Victorian PT Smart Card System Contract

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Rail News

AN international transport and technology consortium led by Keane Inc has won a $500 million contract to implement Victoria's new Smartcard ticketing system.

Pakistan train disaster kills 120

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

Three passenger trains have collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 120 people and injuring hundreds more.

SA: $70m needed for rail: Union

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

RAILWAY workers and their union have welcomed the $30 million upgrade to a section of track at Lock announced on June 28, but say at least double that amount is needed to ensure the future of rail on Eyre Peninsula.

Vic: Hopes new ticketing system will entice country people

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

There are calls for the Victorian Government to use a new ticketing system to encourage more people from regional areas to use public transport to and from Melbourne.

Vic: Smartcard bids leaked

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

SECRET documents revealing the exact details of rival bids for Victoria's $500 million smartcard tender have been leaked.

Vic: Access concerns at Spencer Street Station

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

There are fears about the safety of the new $700 million Spencer Street station in Melbourne.

Vic: Difficulties of change at Spencer Street

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Design alterations at the new Southern Cross station point to a fraught construction process.

NSW: Watkins outlines rail station work

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

The NSW Government has today called for tenders for work to upgrade Helensburgh and Bulli railway stations.

Train of thought leaves many ashamed

Posted Sunday, 17 July, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

The worst thing about the tube last week, as it returned to work, was not the obvious stuff. Not the closure of the Piccadilly line along the section that for much of the week entombed the undiscovered dead.

QR record tonnage

Posted Sunday, 17 July, 2005 by bevans in Press Releases

Queensland Rail's (QR) coal and freight division, QRNational has hauled a record amount of freight in 2004/05. More than 176 million tonnes of freight were carried during the financial year, an increase of more than eight per cent on the previous year.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/7/2005

Posted Sunday, 17 July, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 97 sightings for the week which is one less than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2655* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 197 last year was 3482).

SA: City-Gawler freeway link

Posted Sunday, 17 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

A $300 MILLION freeway – one of South Australia's biggest infrastructure projects – will be built linking Adelaide with Gawler.

Vic: Docklands rail plan would 'ruin' harbour

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

Plans for a railway bridge to run beside the Bolte Bridge are under attack from Docklands developers, who say it could ruin the new suburb.

Qld: City's steamy affair

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

More than 1300 Townsville people enjoyed that experience again on Saturday when Queensland Rail's historic steam train conducted seven return excursion trips to Stuart.

NSW: Council throws support behind north-west rail route

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

Inverell Shire Council says it would support the proposed north-south rail link going through the north-west of the region rather than the New England.

Sydney transport 'vulnerable to attack'

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

Australia's major transport networks will always be vulnerable to terrorist attacks like the London bombings, federal Transport Minister Warren Truss says.

Vic: Number of public transport fines falls

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2005 by TA 2000 in Rail News

There has been a decrease in the level of fines being issued on Victoria's public transport system.

Vic: WCC's wish list for upgraded rail services

Posted Tuesday, 19 July, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Rail News

Warrnambool and Corangamite councils are lining up for a State Government cash grab. Funding to upgrade Warrnambool's harbour precinct and an improved rail service top the lengthy wish list.

Truss to build on Anderson's rail 'vision'

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

New federal Transport Minister Warren Truss has promised an end to inefficient rail safety regulation and a more strategic approach to grain line infrastructure in a speech to the Australian Rail Summit in Sydney yesterday.

Inland rail plan needs coordinated approach: ATEC

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

The proponent of the inland rail corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane is lobbying the Government for a national infrastructure authority to implement and finance national projects.

Govt investment in rail infrastructure under discussion

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

Rail industry leaders are gathered in Sydney for the annual Australian rail summit.

NSW: $2m freight site project on track

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

Dubbo businessman Roger Fletcher's $2 million road/rail freight terminal has gained initial council approval, on the proviso he completes six pages of conditions council has attached to it.

UK: Tube train pulled from Underground

Posted Wednesday, 20 July, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

British authorities today began removing a London Underground carriage hit in one of the four bombings carried out nearly two weeks ago.

SA: Moonta Mines Tourist Railway opens new loop

Posted Wednesday, 20 July, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Volunteers from the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway track crew have completed a new loop at the Moonta Tourist Information Centre (Old Railway Station) at Moonta.

Proposal for Murchison rail link

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2005 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Mr Sellenger said traffic between the Shire and City had increased "10 fold" with mining operations in the region growing rapidly.

He said plans for two more mines, at Weld Range and Jack Hills, emphasised the need for rail transport.

"Even if you look back over the past two years before Tallering Peak mine opened up north of Mullewa, the amount of traffic between Geraldton and Mullewa is considerable," Mr Sellenger said.

Vic: Mock rail attack plan as city prepares for terror

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A mock attack on Melbourne's City Loop rail line will be carried out in coming months as the Victorian Government intensifies efforts to prepare the state for the possibility of a terrorist strike.

NSW: Glen Innes has its say on inland rail

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

Glen Innes Severn Council was among 40 shires across three states that have expressed views of where the Australian Inland Rail Expressway (AIRE) will be built in a survey conducted by the Australian Transport and Energy Corridor Ltd (ATEC).

Vic: Rail service to undergo terror simulation

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

A simulated terrorist emergency will be held on Melbourne's underground rail loop later this year.

Qld: Tourism head wants Robina-Coolangatta rail link fast-tracked

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The chairman of Tourism Australia says the Robina to Coolangatta rail link on the Gold Coast should be completed as quickly as possible.

NSW: New management for railway heritage buildings

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

The Lithgow local government area has been bequeathed a unique heritage legacy from its place in the expansion of the railway beyond the Blue Mountains; the district boasts a concentration of some of the finest old railway buildings to be found anywhere in the State.

UK: London tube, bus hit again

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Police were hunting four would-be suicide bombers last night after they set off devices on three Tube trains and a London bus in an apparent effort to repeat the deadly attacks of a fortnight earlier.

Qld: Call for rail link to travel further

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A lobby group says a suggestion to extend the new Gold Coast rail link to Murwillumbah, in northern New South Wales, does not go far enough.

SA: Eastern Plains Railway plan stopped in its tracks

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

A PLANNED $2 billion railway link through the Murraylands may never go ahead because it is at odds with the State's major infrastructure plans.

ACT: Plan for Civic monorail

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2005 by DavidB in Other Transport News

A radical third plan to rejuvenate Canberra's city centre has emerged that would divert traffic under Civic's City Hill and build high-speed monorail links between Canberra's town centres.

WA: Suitcase sparks scare on Perth train

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

A suitcase left unattended on a Perth train sparked a security scare that led to the evacuation of a suburban station.

SA: Police investigate rail death

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Police believe a man whose body was discovered yesterday morning beside rail tracks at Kaniva, in south-east South Australia, had been hit and killed by an interstate train.

WA: Jetty train delay not expected to deter tourists

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The executive officer of the Busselton jetty has moved to reassure residents the popular icon will still attract many tourists, despite its train being out of action.

Vic: Mayor upset over Govt rail response

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

The Mayor of Warrnambool is disappointed with the Victorian Government's response to concerns raised over V/Line train services in the south-west.

Vic: Tram boy 'didn't consider risks'

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A 15-year-old Melbourne boy facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing a tram and a school bus had not considered his actions could have caused injury or death, a children's court was told today.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/7/2005

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for the week which is eight more than last week.

Making a total for the year to date at 2760* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 204 last year was 3601).

There has been an increase in B/G traffic this week with a total of eight trains, we have seen six up grain trains, one down grain and one visit of 9140 on Tuesday. No big B/G lash ups, just one train with three locos.

Qld: Campaign targets train safety

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

An information campaign urging commuters to take heed of their personal safety on railways will be launched by local police this Thursday morning.

SA: Govt urged to act on passenger rail services

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Barossa Valley's state MP Ivan Venning is calling for the South Australian Government to reinstate passenger train services between Adelaide, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla.

Vic: 'Tram boy' refused bail

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A 15-year-old Melbourne boy obsessed with public transport who is facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing two trams and a school bus will try to re-offend, police warned today.

Vic: MP airs rail service standards concern

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

There has been a call for the Victorian Government to investigate the standard of service being provided by V/Line to Mildura and Swan Hill travellers.

Operator confident of Ghan security arrangements

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Great Southern Railway says it is constantly assessing security arrangements on its Ghan passenger service between Darwin and Adelaide.

NSW: Tamworth-Armidale service back on track by Friday

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Government says rail services between Tamworth and Armidale are expected to resume this week.

NSW: Opposition seizes on rail figures

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says the latest CityRail on-time running figures shows the reliability of services is decreasing.

Vic: Thousands sign petition urging rail line move

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The Wodonga Chamber of Commerce is finalising its petition calling for the railway line to be moved out of the city centre.

Vic: Bag searches mooted for trams, trains

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Police may be given extended powers to search people's bags on trams and trains as part of Victoria's response to the London bombings.

Vic: Derailed tram blocks Bourke St mall

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A derailed tram has brought trams down Melbourne's main central business district mall to a halt.

Vic: Meeting to pave way for rail line move

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

A meeting in Melbourne tomorrow is expected to clear the way for the railway line to be moved out of Wodonga central business district (CBD).

Vic: Rail service inertia anger

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

Mayors are seething and councillors are unimpressed over the State Government's reluctance to improve the region's train services.

NSW: Hunter rail line betrayal

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

Ripping out the rail line into the Newcastle CBD would be a "complete betrayal" of the Hunter community, Opposition spokesman for transport services Peter Debnam said yesterday.

NSW: Trams the solution for Hunter Valley?

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Patronage on the Hunter's rail network could increase eightfold with the introduction of a light rail system, a Maitland city councillor believes.

NSW: No train luck

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

It seems the Blue Mountains Commuters and Transport Users Association (BMCTUA) has had little luck in their campaign to change the new train timetable.

Yarra Trams CEO's new Italian Job Beckons

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Tram and Light Rail News

Yarra Trams CEO/Boos Hubert Goyot is set to leave behind Melbourne's Reunified Tram Network which is run by Yarra Trains in September after 6 years at the helm as CEO of Yarra Trams for a new appointment in Genoa Italy.

NSW: Final stop ahead for tram shed plan

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Plans to turn historic inner-city tram sheds at Harold Park into apartments and shops look set to fail, with Sydney's main planning body expected to reject the $53 million project.

Museum Accreditation achieved by Daylesford Spa Country Railway

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2005 by VRfan in Rail News

In a first for a railway based tourism attraction, the heritage regional attraction called the Daylesford Spa Country Railway has become an accredited museum in the Museum Accreditation Program or MAP. MAP Accreditation recognises that the railway is committed to, is achieving, maintaining and improving upon high professional standards within both the museum and tourism industries.

Qld: Crowd turns out for rail station opening

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

About 100 people converged in the Gulf town of Croydon yesterday to celebrate the opening of a new railway station.

NSW: Trains remain party's biggest hurdle

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

The Labor Party's biggest challenge in the 20 months before the 2007 election is as easy to identify as it is complex to fix: getting the trains to run on time, operating safely and reliably.

NSW: Trains 'challenge for next premier'

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

The biggest challenge for the new New South Wales premier would be getting trains to run on time, Bob Carr said today.

Vic: Tram drivers' derailment warning

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Yesterday's tram derailments in central Melbourne have prompted claims from the tram drivers' union that it is only a matter of time before there are serious injuries from what it says is an unacceptable number of derailments.

NSW: New England rail means business

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

Representatives from the Glen Innes Severn Council will reiterate the importance of a rail link being re-established through the New England at the New England Local Government Group meeting at Guyra on Monday.

100,000 people catch the Ghan

Posted Friday, 29 July, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

A hundred thousand passengers have boarded the Ghan since it extended its service to Darwin almost 18 months ago.

Vic: All aboard for a mock train attack

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

At least one full commuter train is likely to be the centrepiece of Melbourne's City Loop counter-terrorism exercise this year.

Vic: No decision yet on Traralgon express train

Posted Friday, 29 July, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A decision on whether Traralgon will get an express train service to Melbourne could still be months away.

Vic: Council to rescue Portland Cable Trams

Posted Friday, 29 July, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The Portland cable tram will be off the tracks if it does not receive help to combat its public liability premium woes.

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