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XR559 to be finally test run

Posted Sunday, 1 January, 2006 by GunzelHater in Victorian Rail News

Wednesday will finally see XR559 on the tracks for it's commissioning run.

Bushfires cut northern rail link

Posted Monday, 2 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

COMMUTERS between Sydney and Newcastle face lengthy delays today because of bushfires on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Passenger train derails

Posted Monday, 2 January, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

A PASSENGER train derailment has left travellers stranded in central-western Queensland.

2006 Hornby Range Announced

Posted Monday, 2 January, 2006 by E350 in International Rail News

Hornby's 2006 range had been anounced, and an interesting addition to the range are the DCC operated locos.

Rain damages rail track

Posted Monday, 2 January, 2006 by crisfitz in Western Australian Rail News

Rail services between Western Australia and the eastern states have been cut after rain damaged a section of track along the Nullarbor at Nurina, approx 400km east of Kalgoorlie.

Flood closes main WA rail link

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

HUNDREDS of passengers were stranded after flash floods cut the main rail link between Western Australia and the eastern states, forcing the cancellation of freight and passenger services.

No steam allowed

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

ZIG ZAG Railway's vintage ex-Queensland Railways rail motors, normally used on quiet mid week days, had to be pressed into service on one of the busiest weekends of the year over the New Year break.

Rail station icon

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Albury railway station is losing its old disused tracks and equipment despite new moves to place the precinct on the National Heritage List.

Mudgee rail line freight stopped

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A freight train exporting cotton from Moree to Port Botany to an overseas destination was cancelled recently because the Mudgee rail line could not accommodate an emergency route during maintenance on the Sydney to Newcastle Line.

Still hope for Casino-Murwillumbah line

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government will consider a number of options to re-open the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line in north-east New South Wales.

Horror start to the year at Zig Zag

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by jamesholt in New South Wales Rail News

The New Year holiday period is normally one of the busiest - and most beneficial - of the year for the operators of Lithgow's Zig Zag Railway.

I've been sleepin' on the railroad

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by jamesholt in Railway Stories

Train buffs will love this return to a former era, writes Erin O'Dwyer.

High Speed trains

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by Douglas in International Rail News

KREFELD, Germany - Even more high-speed trains? Europe must be kidding.

In one vast hall, workers in blue overalls are putting the finishing touches on what would, on an old-fashioned train, be a locomotive, except that it houses a spacious conference room with a large table and seven comfortable armchairs.

In an adjacent hall, others are attaching what look like ordinary wheel trucks to a rail car, except that these contain electric motors that will essentially do the locomotive's job of pulling the train.

Rail link to reopen

Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2006 by E1109 in Western Australian Rail News

THE main rail link between Western Australian and the eastern states will be reopened tomorrow afternoon after flash flooding washed away part of the track.

Suburban train passenger limits breached

Posted Wednesday, 4 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

OVERCROWDING on Melbourne's trains has worsened dramatically, resulting in contraventions of load limits and raising questions about how the State Government can achieve its goal of increasing public transport use.

Crowded trains safe: Batchelor

Posted Wednesday, 4 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

It is not unsafe for Melbourne's trains to carry more passengers than the number designated in an official Government agreement, Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said today.

Toll to surrender rail paths

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

UNDER pressure from the competition watchdog, transport group Toll Holdings has tightened the concessions it is making in its $4.6 billion takeover bid for Patrick Corp.

Train firm pays price for delays

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S troubled train operator has been fined almost $4 million for its latest system-wide delays and cancellations.

Youths held over train rampage

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

FRENCH police were holding three youths suspected of terrorising and robbing passengers on a train journey in the south of France early on New Year's Day, an official said overnight.

Train line remains closed after derailment

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

The main southern railway line to Melbourne is closed after a freight train derailment in south-west New South Wales.

Overcrowded trains 'show success'

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Overcrowding on Melbourne trains was a sign of success and not a safety issue, Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said today.

Truss frustrated by Tas rail rescue package delay

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss has expressed his frustration at the length of time it is taking for rail freight carrier Pacific National to accept a government rescue package for its Tasmanian operations.

Melbourne tram bound for Princess Mary

Posted Thursday, 5 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

They've been rattling through Melbourne's streets for more than a century, but now one of the city's iconic heritage trams is going off on a right royal trundle.

Talks to continue over Tas rail deal

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by Loco in Tasmanian Rail News

The Federal Government says it is ready to meet the joint owners of the rail operator Pacific National as soon as possible to sign off on a rescue package for the company's Tasmanian operations.

Perth-Adelaide rail line reopens

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

The railway line between Perth and Adelaide has been reopened after a section of the track was damaged by heavy rain.

Power cut signals rail outage for Ballarat

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

THE Ballarat train line — reopened with pomp and ceremony by Premier Steve Bracks less than a fortnight ago — was shut down yesterday due to a signalling fault that was described by the Government as "teething problems".

Train guard stood down over passenger incident

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A train guard is being investigated by Rail Corporation New South Wales, and according to his union, may lose his job for detaining a passenger who allegedly punched him.

Bridge opens in August

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

Old crossing to close - ALBURYS cable-stay footbridge bridge at the eastern end of Dean St should be opened in August.

Possum stops trains

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A fortnight after it was launched, Ballarat's fast rail was yesterday brought to a grinding halt . . . by a possum.

V/Line confident fast train timetable on track

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

V/Line is confident train travellers will be pleased with the final timetable for fast trains between Bendigo and Melbourne.

Grain marketers sign SA haulage deal

Posted Friday, 6 January, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

ABB Grain and AWB Ltd have signed a new five-year contract with the Australian Railroad Group for grain rail haulage in South Australia.

Tilt train compo claims set to rise

Posted Saturday, 7 January, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

At least 45 passengers and crew of the tilt train that derailed in late 2004 are still negotiating with Queensland Rail over compensation for injuries and economic loss.

Libs losing traction in tram debate

Posted Saturday, 7 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

"AN ICONIC project that would make Adelaide more accessible for visitors, workers and residents . . ."

That was how Premier Mike Rann first described Adelaide's transport upgrade and the purchase of 11 "super trams" to replace the city's much-loved, but less than comfortable, H-type stock. The announcement was heralded at the time, helping to fill the good news quota of the Government, and in particular the Premier.

Fast forward several months - and the headlines and talkback callers are singing a different tune. "$21m can be better spent elsewhere." "Not enough seats for Adelaide's commuters." "Trams will put us on a road to ruin" and "City tram line plan is crazy".

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 31/12/2005

Posted Saturday, 7 January, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

As expected for the Christmas period, the sightings took a dive this week with only 89 sightings for the week which is 48 less than last week. Making a total for the year of 2005 to 5275* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March)

Truckies could pay $70 toll

Posted Sunday, 8 January, 2006 by E1109 in Other Transport News

From: By Paul Dyer and Ben Johnson
January 08, 2006

TRUCKIES could pay up to $70 in tolls on the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane under plans to fast-track the final upgrade of the road.

Man hit by Train

Posted Sunday, 8 January, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

POLICE are yet to identify a man struck by a train at a level crossing in Maddington on Friday night. Insp George Putland said the Aboriginal man, thought to be in his 20s, jumped at cars on Albany Highway before walking into the path of a Perth-bound train at 11pm. He died instantly. Passengers waited in the train for an hour while emergency services cleared the scene. (Sunday Times)

New trams to make maiden run

Posted Monday, 9 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Controversial new trams will roll into action tomorrow between Adelaide and the popular beachside suburb of Glenelg.

Dithering state told tram plan will work

Posted Monday, 9 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Pressure on the NSW Government to extend light rail through the city will be heightened with the disclosure of a study that shows a Central-to-Circular Quay route should be pursued.

Which track now for rail's future in NZ?

Posted Monday, 9 January, 2006 by loud_noises in New Zealand Rail News

Stories of rail's past and present in the hit television series Off The Rails connected so well with viewers they have been rescreened this summer. But finding anyone to talk about rail's future is hard, as it remains subject to finalising an acceptable tie-up between the Government and the private sector.

Respect tram rules

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Irresponsible motorists who put commuters' lives at risk by speeding past trams or not stopping at tram stops face a new police crackdown.

Coalition promises to expand light rail

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A coalition government would expand the light rail network in central Sydney and consider similar systems for Newcastle and Wollongong, says NSW Opposition Leader Peter Debnam.

SA grain line contract ensures rail 'has a future'

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian grain industry has signed a new five-year contract with the Australian Railroad Group to upgrade rail haulage in the state.

The future of bus city - clogged streets

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Sydney's streets may be congested by an extra 2000 buses by 2021 unless the State Government develops a better transport system, such as light rail.

Greens call for action on light rail reports

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The New South Wales Greens say the State Government can no longer ignore reports which show the viability of light rail.

Toll bid an expensive distraction - Patrick

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The $4.6 billion takeover bid by transport group Toll Holdings for Patrick Corp has been an unwelcome and expensive distraction, Patrick Corp said on Monday.

MP wants more reliance on rail freight

Posted Tuesday, 10 January, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

A south-west Liberal MP says the Western Australian Government should encourage more industries to use the Greenbushes to Bunbury rail line as an alternative to transporting goods by heavy haulage trucks on the South-Western Highway.

Lewd broadcast reveals train security flaw

Posted Wednesday, 11 January, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Two train passengers were able to break into an inactive driver's cab during a peak-hour train service last week and broadcast lewd messages over the PA system because of a security flaw in the trains, Connex confirmed today.

Light rail's air benefits hailed

Posted Wednesday, 11 January, 2006 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

AIR pollution in Sydney would drop dramatically if the city was serviced by a light rail system each day, rather than thousands of buses.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/1/2006

Posted Wednesday, 11 January, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 91 sightings for the first week of 2006 which is not a bad start, as on day 7 last year we had seen only 63 sightings. The 91 sightings were two sightings more than last week, Christmas week.

Rail costing demand

Posted Wednesday, 11 January, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

THE Opposition has urged the State Government to release all costing documents on its plan to electrify Adelaide's rail system.

'Hysterical' blue broadcast on train

Posted Wednesday, 11 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A train passenger has told how a carriage full of people burst into laughter on a peak-hour train last week when lewd messages were broadcast over the PA system by a passenger who broke into an empty driver's cabin.

Warning on rail access

Posted Thursday, 12 January, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

BHP Billiton has claimed that opening its Pilbara railway line to rivals would serve only to inflate the share prices of junior explorers, not promote competition.

Saucy speech on train out of line

Posted Thursday, 12 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S train temptress has struck again.

Union backs moves to curb attacks on transport workers

Posted Thursday, 12 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says it is encouraged by the NSW Government's moves to boost security on buses and reduce the level of violence against transport workers.

In the fight to clear the streets, light rail is streets ahead

Posted Friday, 13 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Trams on the right routes can free buses for better service.

Fast train hasn't left the station

Posted Friday, 13 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

THERE is no evidence a promised $2 million State Government investigation into the now shelved Sydney to Central Coast fast train proposal ever took place.

Train seductress in full voice

Posted Friday, 13 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

TRAIN operator Connex has deployed a crack squad of inspectors specifically to catch Melbourne's train temptress before she strikes again.

Rail link opening date set -- timetable release held up

Posted Friday, 13 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

AFTER months of delays and multi-million-dollar cost blow-outs, rail services will return to Bendigo before autumn.

Train security breach traumatises passengers

Posted Friday, 13 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

Connex is changing the locks on its train drivers cabins after a series of security breaches.

Rail buffs visit old branch line

Posted Saturday, 14 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

RAILWAY enthusiasts have the chance to travel back in time today as the Tatong Heritage Group revisits the Benalla-Tatong train line.

Govt cops flak over rail delay

Posted Saturday, 14 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

LOCAL political representatives have lashed out at delays in construction and timetabling troubles for central Victoria's new train service.

21 killed when bus, train collide in Russia

Posted Saturday, 14 January, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

Twenty-one people are dead and six injured in southern Russia when a bus they were travelling in collided with a train in fog, the Emergencies Ministry says.

$10 train tickets go on offer

Posted Monday, 16 January, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

FROM today, people can book their $10 return train ticket to the Commonwealth Games.

Rail patronage increases

Posted Monday, 16 January, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

SOUTH Coast commuters are being lured back to rail services, as the latest CityRail figures reveal the train line has recorded its best six-month performance in three years.

Union, workers meet over rail project

Posted Monday, 16 January, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

The construction workers union will meet with workers on the billion-dollar Perth to Mandurah rail project this morning to recommend they use disposable cameras to photograph any safety breaches.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/1/2006

Posted Monday, 16 January, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 135 sightings for this week, which is 44 sightings more than last week, making a total of 226 sightings for this year to date. On day 14 last year we had seen 172 sightings.

Patrick takes Toll Holdings to court

Posted Monday, 16 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The bitter feud between Pacific National joint venture partners Toll Holdings Ltd and Patrick Corporation is heading to the courts with Patrick alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.

Trains still running late

Posted Tuesday, 17 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

GEELONG train services were again late during December, with 18 per cent of trains on the southwest line more than five minutes late, Opposition Transport spokesman Terry Mulder said yesterday.

Commuters warm to new services

Posted Tuesday, 17 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

TRAIN commuters have given the thumbs up to the new V/Locity trains. Passengers are warming to the sleek modern trains, almost four weeks after the state's first V/Locity train was introduced on the Ballarat line.

Costly and cumbersome: it's time to get off the light rail bandwagon

Posted Tuesday, 17 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Sydney already has the right combination of heavy rail and buses, so why change, asks John Lee.

United Group awarded $90m in rail contracts

Posted Tuesday, 17 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

United Group Limited today announced contracts worth over $90 million awarded to its rail and infrastructure businesses. The contracts involve rolling stock and track and signaling works for various groups including Queensland Rail, BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Freightlink.

Train services expected to be back on track soon

Posted Tuesday, 17 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government expects regular train services to return between Bendigo and Kyneton at the end of next month.

Granville train disaster remembered

Posted Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A memorial service is being held today for the 29th anniversary of Australia's worst train disaster.

No agreement yet on Tasmanian rail

Posted Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Pacific National is considering a government rescue package for rail freight in Tasmania after a meeting with ministers yesterday.

ACCC nod on Patrick bid likely to tease out more from Toll

Posted Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings is widely expected to increase its takeover bid for Patrick if the competition regulator agrees to allow the hostile merger to proceed, with a decision expected imminently.

Train hits car, derails

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

A TRAIN was partially derailed after hitting a car at an eastern suburbs railway station last night.

ACCC to oppose Toll bid for Patrick

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by MelbourneCity in Rail News

Transport group Toll Holdings Ltd's $4.6 billion takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd received what could be a fatal blow when the competition watchdog opposed the bid because the combined group would have too much power.

Govt under fire over looming coal rail legal row

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A federal MP has blamed the Queensland Government for what could be an expensive legal dispute over coal rail access charges.

All aboard the light rail to the future

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Sydney needs to act on a looming transport crisis before it chokes on its own growth, writes Peter Seamer.

More changes for new rail timetable

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Further changes have been made to a new train timetable for the NSW south coast, the Illawarra and eastern suburbs lines.

Top rail staff line up to quit

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RAILCORP has been rocked by the resignations of at least 10 high-ranking executives amid suggestions of bad blood between rail's top brass.

Crush hour anger

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Commuters are being crammed on to packed trains and left behind at stations as skeleton holiday timetables continue long after most Melburnians are back at work.

Roses on tracks mark day of tragedy and heroism

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Father Les Campion blessed the roses, representing the victims of the Granville rail disaster 29 years ago, and remembered again how he went down into the carriages to help the survivors.

Port vision for $260m city-beach tramline

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by chairman in Tram and Light Rail News

A VISION for the next extension of the tram line has been revealed, in a $260 million proposal that would see trams return to Port Adelaide.

No passenger trains

Posted Thursday, 19 January, 2006 by Paul in South Australian Rail News

The future of passenger rail travel to the Barossa, including any plans to re-launch the Bluebird wine train, is in doubt as the owners of the line north of Gawler have banned passenger transport indefinitely.

Council joins fight for railway

Posted Friday, 20 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Mid-Western Regional Council has agreed to join forces with Lithgow City Council in a campaign to have the Gulgong-Kandos rail line retuned to full operation status.

Call for Objects -Great Railway Journeys of Australia Exhibition

Posted Friday, 20 January, 2006 by PeterAppleton in Rail Events

The Workshops Rail Museum (Ipswich, Queensland) is seeking objects and photos associated with the Great pioneer and tourist railways of Australia for possible inclusion in a major new touring exhibition with the working title Great Railway Journeys of Australia.

Freightlink to double stack containers

Posted Friday, 20 January, 2006 by STW in Northern Territory Rail News

The Alice Springs to Darwin railway's freight operator says it is planning to start double stacking containers on the train in the near future.

Toll keeps Patrick bid alive

Posted Friday, 20 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport group Toll Holdings Ltd on Friday moved to keep alive its hostile $4.6 billion takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd as a new round of bickering broke out over their rail operator Pacific National.

Light rail - the cure for blocked arteries

Posted Saturday, 21 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

As Sydney traffic moves closer to unbearable congestion, it is time to develop the only real solution: light rail.

When I lived in London years ago, no one I knew drove into t

100,000 travellers stranded

Posted Saturday, 21 January, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

AUTHORITIES sent in armed police to help control some 100,000 passengers stranded at Beijing train stations after snowfalls in central China paralysed a key section of the nation's railway grid, media reported today.

The little guys who helped kill Toll's Patrick bid

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

THE Toll-Patrick takeover dispute is a particularly vituperative and personal affair where personalities as much as business or economic realities have been at the forefront in the armoury deployed in the $4 billion-plus battle.

Ugly picture of delays

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE train travellers are being held hostage by graffiti vandals who force trains to be sidelined for cleaning and repairs.

Arrest over train damage

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

POLICE claim they have made another breakthrough in their war on Melbourne's graffiti menace.

New trams can't take the heat

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

THE new Bay trams have been taken out of service because their airconditioning cannot cope with Adelaide's heat.

The real cost of running off the rails

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Transport should be the lifeblood of a city. In Sydney it is a slow poison.

A city going nowhere fast

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SYDNEY'S reliance on cars is costing more than $18 billion a year through congestion, accidents and air pollution, and threatens to stunt the state's economy.

Heavy road congestion is killing us, study finds

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

ROAD transport is costing Sydney $1.4 billion a year in greenhouse gas and other air pollution, with the city's heavy congestion exacerbating ill health and climate change.

Patrick to seek Pacific National breakup

Posted Monday, 23 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd will start legal action to break up its joint-venture rail operation, Pacific National.

Other operators keen to replace Pacific National: Govt

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Government says it has been contacted by other companies interested in operating the state's rail system should current operators Pacific National pull out.

Train in bright and early

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Train commuters on the Melbourne line arrived in Ballarat before 9am for the first time yesterday.

Greens hop on rail hope

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Greens have thrown their support behind the community campaign to extend the Epping rail line to South Morang.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/1/2006

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 131 sightings for this week, which is 4 sightings less than last week, making a total of 357 sightings for this year to date. On day 21 last year we had seen 284 sightings.

Barossa Under the Stars rail service cancelled

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

In the latest blow for train services to the Barossa Valley, a train scheduled to take Adelaide passengers to and from a festival in Tanunda has been cut.

Toll has confidence in Pacific National

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

Transport firm Toll Holdings has expressed confidence in its joint-venture rail operations, Pacific National, expecting the financial performance of the business to improve in coming months.

Toilet training with a difference

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

MIGRANT workers in south China were wearing adult diapers on packed trains heading home for the Lunar New Year holiday because they hadno access to a toilet, state media said today.

Cash to teabags tempting for thieves

Posted Tuesday, 24 January, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Thieves who have been cutting a swathe through Lithgow district business premises in recent weeks have wide ranging tastes in their targeted haul.

Train driver spills his grief

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE commuters were yesterday given an insight into the grief felt by residents hit by the fires from an unlikely source — a train driver.

Protesters post calls to save rail to Premier

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Rail supporters will don Australia's national colours on Thursday to push their case for the retention of the rail line into Newcastle.

Rail fees blamed for crisis

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The delay in setting fees for access to Tasmanian railway lines was to blame for Pacific National's failure to resolve the state's rail crisis, a Liberal senator said yesterday.

Toll bid cost $130m

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Paul Little's thwarted ambition came at a personal cost of $130 million.

Toll bid to put takeover back on rails

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TOLL Holdings shares continued their free fall, losing another 4.6 per cent, as Toll paraded further possible amendments to its $4 billion-plus bid for Patrick Corp before the competition watchdog in the hope of winning approval.

Offers to take on State's railway

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The uncertain future of Tasmania's rail system has already prompted several companies to approach the State Government with offers to take it over.

Charge over train bomb threat

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

POLICE have charged a Melbourne man over a bogus threat of a bomb on a city train.

Residents face longer rail services wait

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Swan Hill people will be forced to wait another two months for the return of regular train services between Bendigo and Melbourne.

Rail operators circle Tasmania's PN contracts

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Several rail businesses have reportedly approached the Tasmanian State Government with offers to take over the State's rail system.

Pacific National row intensifies

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

There are calls for rail operator Pacific National to either commit to Tasmania or move out so another operator can be found.

Lib slams Wodonga plan delay

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE Victorian Government must come clean on exactly what is holding up the Wodonga rail relocation, the Opposition transport spokesman said yesterday.

Loop spy cams for Commonwealth Games

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A NEW network of spy cameras will be up and running on Melbourne's city loop for the Commonwealth Games.

Unfair preference for private transport

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The demise of mass transport systems has, echoing the sentiments of Mark Twain, been greatly exaggerated, writes Brian Buckley.

Toll stops talks with ACCC over Patrick bid

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport company Toll Holdings Ltd today said it would discontinue talks with the competition watchdog over its $4.6 billion hostile takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp and contest the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's opposition to the bid.

Extension approved for Ulan mine

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Planning Minister Frank Sartor has approved an extension to the Ulan coal mine near Mudgee.

SA Rail heritage

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Letters to the Editor

There would not be many who would say that organisations such as Steam Ranger, Pitchi Ritchi or the National Rail Museum in Port Adelaide, were a wasted effort in keeping a very important part of South Australia, and its rail heritage, alive for all to enjoy, experience, and help us to understand how South Australia was built, and survived in its early years.

Silverton Rail workers unite

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Silverton Rail employees, told they would not get a job with their new employer unless they signed an Australia Workplace Agreement (AWA), have won their fight to keep their jobs and conditions.

Toll's bid for Patrick heads to court

Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport company Toll Holdings Ltd's beleaguered $4.6 billion hostile takeover offer for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd is headed to the courts, after Toll broke off talks with the competition watchdog.

Witnesses sought in stabbings

Posted Thursday, 26 January, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

POLICE have appealed for witnesses to two Melbourne stabbings which seriously wounded two men.

Heat's on - but will the tram stay cool

Posted Thursday, 26 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

One of the new trams will be on the tracks today to see if it can cope with the scorching heat that is predicted reach 39C.

Court fight to take Toll on shareholders

Posted Thursday, 26 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Shareholders in logisitics giants Toll and Patrick are facing six months or more of uncertainty, after Toll boss Paul Little stuck by his $4 billion-plus takeover bid for Patrick, forcing the competition watchdog to take him to court in an attempt to enforce its veto.

Thieves steal Sydney train keys

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THIEVES have stolen access keys to Sydney's trains eight times in the past two years, statistics show.

Focus on rail for public hearings

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The role of rail in the Hunter Valley will be in the spotlight during a public hearing in Newcastle on Monday.

Rail union dismisses on-time figures as 'impossible'

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says statistics showing a marked improvement in the number of passenger trains running on time between Perth and Kalgoorlie are "an illusion".

All aboard for trainees

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE Government has promised to boost the number of train drivers in Melbourne's public transport system.

PN rail joint venture set to terminate

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

WHATEVER happens now, rail giant Pacific National is almost certainly finished in its present state - and the big winner could be Chris Corrigan.

Opposition blasts train brake delay

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has been blasted for seven years of bungling over a train safety system that could have prevented the 2004 tilt train derailment.

Suburban rail corridor worth consideration

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

PUSHING a dedicated rail corridor through the suburbs of Melbourne taking the new V/Locity trains and their passengers even more quickly into and out of Southern Cross Station is a legitimate and worthwhile project.

Our flawed trams

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A DESIGN flaw in Adelaide's new trams means their airconditioning systems cannot work effectively in South Australia's summer heat.

NT to ship iron ore again

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

WHILE the battle for iron ore is centred in Western Australia, one group is quietly plugging away in the Northern Territory, reviving a mine destroyed by Cyclone Tracy.

Freight train derails

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A freight train has derailed south-west of Sydney, closing the Southern Highlands line.

Woodchips set to return to rail

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

WORK to reopen the Greenbushes to Bunbury rail line will cost about $20 million and the line should be in operation again later this year.

Work to start soon on new rail bridge

Posted Friday, 27 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A new rail bridge over the Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Wagga is expected to be built by the end of the year.

US rail freight profits track strong domestic economy

Posted Saturday, 28 January, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

US railroad operators are forecasting another year of strong growth in 2006, after surging freight volumes and rising prices helped the industry achieve record profits last year.

New hope for Railway Institute Hall

Posted Saturday, 28 January, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

THE ongoing saga of the fate of Merredin's Railway Institute Hall continued last week, when Merredin Shire Council resolved to investigate the cost of incorporating the hall in the proposed expansion of the medical centre.

Trains out of order at Werris Creek

Posted Saturday, 28 January, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

IT WAS all aboard the buses yesterday for hundreds of train passengers passing through the region, after rail services ground to a halt at Werris Creek.

A.N.G.E.R. over ad

Posted Saturday, 28 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

COMMUTERS already battling late and crowded trains are fuming that scarce transport dollars are being spent on a gobbledygook slogan telling them to remember to buy tickets.

Gangs battle to mark their turf

Posted Sunday, 29 January, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

GRAFFITI vandals are threatening a "fresh wave of attacks" as turf wars between rival gangs spark an escalation in spraypaint crime across southeast Queensland.

Three killed in Pakistan rail crash

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

Three people were killed when a Pakistani passenger train derailed on Sunday and one carriage plunged into a ravine, but all other passengers were rescued, military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan said.

Neglecting Public Transport Will Put Melbourne On A Road To Nowhere

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by xtrapolis954m in Victorian Rail News

By Bernie Carolan

SUCCESSFUL modern cities need to grapple with very complex debates about the levels of accessibility and mobility by which they wish to be characterised.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/1/2006

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guys
There were 146 sightings for this week, which is 15 sightings more than last week, which is a very good week for sightings which also included the Australia Day holiday. Making a total of 503 sightings for this year to date.

Firm gets nod for rail freight terminal

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A national transport company has lodged an application to build a multi-million dollar rail freight terminal and warehouse in Parkes.

$12m rail project further develops hub concept

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SCT Logistics revealed plans on Friday to set up a freight centre to the west of Parkes (on land formerly owned by Austop) which will employ between 30 to 40 people by the end of the year.

SCT's Parkes plan moves ahead

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SCT has lodged an application to build a multi-million dollar rail freight terminal and warehouse in Parkes.

Historic railway back on track

Posted Monday, 30 January, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

A twist of fate for a grandmother of 12 has sparked the resurrection of one of Australia's historic railways. Tasmania's Ida Bay Railway is Australia's last original bush tramway.

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