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Train station CCTV to reduce terrorism threat

Posted Sunday, 1 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney's busiest train stations will have cameras installed that can recognise faces, in an attempt to curb terrorist threats.

National Trust moves to protect art deco tram depot

Posted Monday, 2 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A PLAN to bulldoze a historic art deco tram depot in Fitzroy to make way for an office tower must be stopped, the National Trust says.

Steam train blow

Posted Monday, 2 October, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

An accreditation glitch in the fast rail line from Bendigo to Melbourne is likely to prevent passenger steam trains visiting Echuca for this weekend's Heritage Steam Festival.
Only two steam trains have used the rail line into the port, despite $500,000 spent linking the port to the line in 2003.

Govt urged to lift regional tourism with cheaper rail fares

Posted Tuesday, 3 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is being challenged to halve V/Line fares to help boost tourism to country Victoria.

Doubt cast on Tas rail solution

Posted Tuesday, 3 October, 2006 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

A transport expert has described the latest solution to Tasmania's rail problems as a bandaid approach.

More country rail lines could close, Government says

Posted Tuesday, 3 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

WITH an election eight weeks away, the State Government did not have a long-term plan for rail freight, and further closures of country lines could not be ruled out, a senior Government member indicated yesterday.

Power surge causes peak-hour chaos

Posted Tuesday, 3 October, 2006 by joffie in Victorian Rail News

A POWER surge has halted peak hour commuter trains in Melbourne's city loop.

Councils urge regional rail freight network upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 3 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Local councils are calling on the Victorian Government to upgrade the state's regional rail freight network.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/9/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 4 October, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 118 sightings for this week, which are 11 sightings less than last week. Making a total of 4517 sightings for this year to date. On day 273, last year we had seen 3735 sightings.

Fury at rail delays

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

BENDIGO rail passengers have expressed concern at V/Line's ability to handle busy services after delays and confusion on a crowded train last week.
The complaints come after passengers on a 3.15 pm service from Melbourne last week were taken off the train and transferred to buses at Sunbury. But V/Line has defended using buses to handle a '‘surprise" rise in use of the service caused by school holidays and a special $10 Royal Melbourne Show offer.

MAV urged to back rail freight advisory council

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) will be asked to support a push to form a rail freight advisory council.

Developer awaits rail line decision

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Queanbeyan building company says it is still waiting for any substantial plans for a rail line connecting the new Defence Headquarters in Bungendore with Canberra, before it gets behind a possible development.

Rail group exclusion upsets Warwick Mayor

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Warwick Shire Mayor says he is unhappy he has been left out of a new group that has been set up to lobby the Federal Government to build an inland railway.

Copper wire thieves target rail lines

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Police at Parkes and Lithgow are investigating overnight thefts of copper wire.

Reopening of train line makes sense: Queanbeyan Mayor

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Queanbeyan City Council says a private developer is looking into the possibility of reopening an old train line, connecting Canberra with the new Bungendore Defence Headquarters.

Rail linked to land release: Winnel

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A rail service linking Jerrabomberra to Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore and the new Defence joint operations HQ would become a "serious option" when and if the proposed southern Jerrabomberra land release became a reality.

Call for more investigation into freight train derailment

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

Independent investigators have found a freight train derailment between Nevertire and Nyngan on Sunday morning warrants further investigation.

Court case puts fatal train crash investigation on hold

Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's public transport safety authority has suspended its investigation into a fatal train crash near Trawalla in central Victoria.

Govt funds vital for rail link plan

Posted Friday, 6 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

INVERELL Shire Council will send a letter imploring a newly formed inland north-south rail corridor lobby group to push for a major funding commitment from the Federal Government.

Shake, rattle and roll, it'll be a fine tram party

Posted Saturday, 7 October, 2006 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

They are as much a part of Melbourne as the MCG, and tomorrow the city's famous trams will be on display.

Govt to consider Gold Coast rapid transit system options

Posted Saturday, 7 October, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland's Transport Minister says detailed consultation will start next year on a rapid transit system for the Gold Coast.

New terminal open

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

AS CBH gets ready to handle its smallest harvest since the 2002 drought year, it last week officially opened the doors of its $130 million upgrade to the Albany Grain Terminal.

The upgrade, which was started in July 2004, has increased storage capacity by 60,000 tonnes through the installation of 10 6000t steel cells.

Union predicts more regional rail jobs to go

Posted Monday, 9 October, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says it fears Queensland Rail (QR) will shed more country jobs, after a business review this week in western Queensland.

Opposition vows to axe level crossings

Posted Monday, 9 October, 2006 by E1109 in Victorian Rail News

FIVE deadly level crossings across Melbourne's east would be removed under a $200 million election pledge from the Victorian Opposition.

Fortescue fighting for Pilbara railways

Posted Monday, 9 October, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Iron ore developer Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has told the Federal Court that BHP Billiton is neither the owner nor the operator of two railways in West Australia's Pilbara region.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/10/2006.

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 110 sightings for this week, which are eight sightings less than last week. Making a total of 4627 sightings for this year to date.
On day 280, last year we had seen 3841 sightings. On the B/G the traffic continues to drop, with only 11 sightings for the week, which were another five sightings less than last week.

Up to 12 killed in French train crash

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

A passenger train from Luxembourg has collided with a goods train in north eastern France, killing about 12 people, state SNCF railways said.

Separate regulator lifts rail safety: expert

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A transport expert says the New South Wales rail network is not as safe as it could be because safety and reliability are both overseen by the same regulator.

Big 'go-slow' for trains this summer

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

LOCAL passengers using many CountryLink trains on the southern rail corridor over summer will be faced with slower services.

Councils urge rail action

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by in Victorian Rail News

RAIL extensions to Epping North, South Morang and Mernda by 2015 are the major recommendations of a new report on transport in the north-eastern suburbs.

The Keeping People Moving report addresses the “fundamental challenge” for Melbourne’s public transport network in the face of growing demand for train, tram and bus services.

Push to rebuild lake rail bridge

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by in Victorian Rail News

WODONGA council has joined Towong and Indigo councils in applying for money to reinstate the Sandy Creek inlet bridge as part of the High Country Rail Trail.

Reinstatement of the 594m bridge and sealing of 24km of the trail would complete the link between Wodonga and Tallangatta, providing a major drawcard for tourists, Wodonga Mayor Lisa Mahood said yesterday.

Train fire passenger angst

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE passengers were thrown into disarray on Sunday night when the locomotive pulling the Melbourne to Warrnambool train service caught fire.

Warrnambool couple Henk and Bep Hiensch were travelling on the evening train from Southern Cross station to Warrnambool.

``We were just getting into Lara when the train started going all funny,'' Mrs Hiensch said.

V/Line trail derailment being investigated

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by UnitedG in Victorian Rail News

A V/Line train has derailed 11 kilometres east of Traralgon in Gippsland in the south-east of Victoria.

Timetable changes prompt rail crossing warning

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

V/Line is warning motorists to take extra care at level crossings because of the new train timetable being introduced on the weekend.

Train passengers in dark on bomb threat

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Passengers on this morning's tilt train journey from Bundaberg to Brisbane say no one has told them why their journey has been stopped at Cooroy on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Man's leg cut off by train

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

A 23-year-old man has lost a leg after being run over by an iron-ore train in northern Western Australia.

The man tried to climb aboard the rear carriage of a slow-moving iron ore train about 10km from Newman, 1186km north of Perth, about 4pm (WST) yesterday, police have said.

City-bound V/Line train derails

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Terrified passengers have praised the driver of a derailed V/Line train after they were safely evacuated from carriages this afternoon.

Train hits car, one dead

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A person is dead after a car was hit by a train near Tottenham station in the Melbourne suburb of West Footscray this afternoon.

Train line to remain closed for 24 hours

Posted Thursday, 12 October, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Eastern train line from Melbourne to Bairnsdale, in south-east Victoria, is expected to remain closed tomorrow, due to a train derailment this afternoon.

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