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Plans urge boost to rail

Posted Wednesday, 1 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Train services into inner city Newcastle would be retained and slowed to 40kph as part of a region-wide public transport strategy proposed by the Hunter Business Chamber.

'Unwise' to bow to King on rail link

Posted Wednesday, 1 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

THE West Australian Government has been told it would be "very unwise" to agree to demands from Leighton Holdings for the appointment of a mediator to settle a dispute on cost overruns on the $1.7 billion Perth-Mandurah rail link.

Plan to axe cars from city centre

Posted Wednesday, 1 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

CARS will be driven out of the city in favour of public transport and bicycles under a radical new council strategy that abandons plans for a multibillion-dollar cross-city tunnel and suggests slashing speed limits in the CBD.

Service remembers Waterfall train tragedy

Posted Wednesday, 1 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The third anniversary of the Waterfall train disaster has been commemorated at Helensburgh south of Sydney.

Connex Auckland to be renamed Veolia Transport

Posted Wednesday, 1 February, 2006 by loud_noises in New Zealand Rail News

Connex to adopt new shared identity of parent company, Veolia Environnement, world leader in environmental solutions, from 1st March 2006.

Council reveals Melbourne transport strategy

Posted Wednesday, 1 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

The Melbourne City Council has released a new transport strategy to try to discourage people from using their cars in the city.

Newcastle council to support rail line plans

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Newcastle City Council is considering putting its support behind an independent report that slams the State Government's decision to cut the rail line into Newcastle.

Rail's wild west station

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

USED needles, mice, bashings and drug dealers are all part of the daily grind at Melbourne's second busiest metropolitan train station.

Queensland wine a seasoned traveller aboard The Sunlander

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland wines will again tempt the palates of passengers on-board Queensland Rail's iconic rail service The Sunlander with today's announcement of the 2006 Traveltrain Holidays/South Bank Queensland Wine Selection.

City car plan hits heavy traffic

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

MELBOURNE City Council's plan to reduce traffic congestion in the city has been labelled "anti-car" by the road lobby, but hailed as long overdue by public transport advocates.

Bring it on: Toll presses ACCC over court case

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TOLL Holdings has urged the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to speed up its legal proceedings against the transport group's $4.6 billion mainly scrip takeover for Patrick Corp.

Toll requests ACCC action over offer

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport firm Toll Holdings Ltd called upon the competition watchdog to commence court action against it in relation to Toll's $4.6 billion hostile takeover offer for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd.

Tourist train work steams ahead

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The final peg in phase one of the Glenreagh Mountain Railway will be driven in today as part of a project to run a tourist steam train between Glenreagh and Dorrigo.

Rail freight deal close

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's Infrastructure Minister Bryan Green says a deal to secure the future of the state's rail freight network could be just days away.

Leighton heads for showdown with WA govt

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The West Australian government believes Leighton Holdings is 'just trying it on' with its claim for $191 million worth of cost overruns for the construction of the $1.5 billion Perth to Mandurah rail link.

ACCC hits back at criticism from Toll

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has hit back at criticism by transport firm Toll Holdings Ltd that the watchdog was taking too long to start legal action against Toll.

End of the line for Hotham Valley service

Posted Thursday, 2 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

THE Hotham Valley Tourist Railway engine will not visit Collie any more.

Rail project is progressing

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE Victorian Government has already commenced the first stage of the Wodonga rail bypass project.

Putting the sparkle back into trams

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

HOUSE-proud is fine, but you can take spit and polish too far.

Snap rail strike in Queensland

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A SNAP rail strike today is affecting thousands of commuters and many train services across Queensland.

Rail workers call 24-hour strike

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A SNAP 24 hour strike is forcing thousands of Queensland Rail (QR) commuters to make alternative travel arrangements today.

Union criticised over rail strike

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has described as 'disgraceful' a decision by the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees (AFULE) to call a snap 24-hour strike at midnight last night.

All Aboard for Yass

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Yass residents are invited to celebrate 150 years of rail in Australia with the arrival of All Aboard, a travelling display from the National Museum of Canberra.

Bracks to go with VLocity

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Premier Steve Bracks will launch Geelong's first fast train today.

City bids $5m to ease congestion

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

MELBOURNE City Council is preparing to spend $5 million on new ways to cut congestion, despite being months away from finalising its transport strategy.

Railway Restaurant opens in style

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Mudgee's newest tourist attraction, a restaurant in one of the oldest buildings in town, came back to life Wednesday evening with a star-studded dash of fanfare.

Strike shows 'disregard' for commuters

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A DECISION by the train drivers union to ignore a directive to return to work is illegal and shows an utter disregard for the travelling public, the Queensland government has said.

Railway again in the spotlight

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin and members of the Mudgee-Lithgow rail link committee are scheduled to meet with Transport Minister John Watkins next Wednesday to discuss the 20km speed limit restriction on the Gulgong to Kandos line as well as the need for repairs to a damaged section between Lue and Mudgee.

Train strike to affect coal deliveries

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says this morning's train strike will shut down coal deliveries from Bowen Basin mines.

Rail drivers strike called off

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND train services will resume this afternoon after a snap 24-hour strike by rail unions was called off.

Minister threatens action against rail union

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND'S Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton has threatened further action against the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees for today's strike.

Opposition raises doubts over fast train plans

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Opposition says there are grave doubts about fast train services running on a regular basis to regional Victoria.

VLocities Launched on Geelong Line

Posted Friday, 3 February, 2006 by bevans in Gunzelling Reports

Today, Friday 3rd February 2006, the new VLocity railcars were launched into revenue service on the recently completed Geelong line as part of the Regional Fast Rail project.

The first down train from Southern Cross, departed Platform 4 at 1040 (a special express train – numbered 8291), arriving into Geelong 50 minutes later, and on time at 1130 into Platform 3. Consisting of VLocity Units VL23, VL20 &VL07, this train conveyed around a dozen or so invited guests to the launch ceremony. Because of the small amount of invited guests aboard, only VL20 had conveyed passengers.

Police car hit by coal train

Posted Saturday, 4 February, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

TWO police officers are minus their patrol car after it was hit by a coal train following a pursuit near Newcastle early today.

Quick off the mark

Posted Saturday, 4 February, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IT STARTED as a $20 million pipe dream to link Geelong and Melbourne by high speed rail.

Nearly seven years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, the first train smoothly pulled out of Geelong station yesterday and headed for Melbourne.

Waving a colourful V/Line flag, Premier Steve Bracks grinned from ear to ear as the train, driven by Councillor John Mitchell, began its sleek exit from the platform.

Pressure on to fix rail woes

Posted Saturday, 4 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Negotiations aimed at resolving a problem surrounding the future of Tasmanian rail operations will continue in Melbourne over the weekend.

The day Queensland was railroaded

Posted Saturday, 4 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The transport union behind yesterday’s rogue railway strike may be sued for millions for loss of Queensland Rail earnings after a day of complete commuter chaos not seen since the 1970s.

Train strike strains Brisbane bus services

Posted Saturday, 4 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

The Brisbane City Council says it was not able to meet the massive demand for its buses at the peak of yesterday's rail strike.

Auckland's train fares to increase

Posted Saturday, 4 February, 2006 by loud_noises in New Zealand Rail News

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) today announced the rail network’s first fare increase in over five years. An average 10 per cent increase in train fares (excluding day and monthly passes which stay the same) will commence on Monday 13 February 2006.

It's hard to keep track...

Posted Sunday, 5 February, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

Thieves have dismantled and carted away around five kilometres of disused rail track close to the German town of Weimar, railway operator Deutsche Bahn says.

Every journey under scrutiny

Posted Sunday, 5 February, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

SECURITY cameras and closed-circuit surveillance will be upgraded on South Australia's public transport system as part of a multimillion-dollar overhaul

Consultants link project to future or freight trains

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

CONSULTANCY reports have added to the calls for the Wodonga rail bypass to happen sooner rather than later.

Farmers urge government to upgrade rail and irrigation

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S farmers have urged the State Government to spend money in this year's budget on upgrading the rail and irrigation networks and contributing funds to channel deepening.

Strike shows gross lack of judgment

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

STRIKES can be a legitimate form of industrial protest – the ultimate avenue available when negotiation, conciliation and all else fail. Yesterday's disgraceful effort by the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees and the Rail Tram and Bus Union did not fall into this category, or even come close to it.

$2bn tunnel plan for West Gate Bridge

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A $2-billion-plus road-and-rail tunnel under Melbourne's West Gate Bridge has been proposed to ease traffic chaos.

Thomas the Tank Engine Man

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

As a boy, Wilbert Awdry lay awake at night, listening to the goods trains shunting in and out of the nearby railyard and inventing dialogue for them as they chugged up the hill.

Melbourne road and rail tunnel proposed

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A $2-billion-plus road-and-rail tunnel under Melbourne's West Gate Bridge has been proposed to ease traffic chaos.

Freeing the city from traffic snarls and smog

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

The City of Melbourne is on the right track with its transport strategy.

CountryLink Travel Centre services reduced

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

CountryLink Travel Centres in western New South Wales have started operating with fewer staff and reduced opening hours.

Melbourne to be urban transport research hub

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by sthyer in Victorian Rail News

Reducing traffic greenhouse emissions and linking rail, bus and tram travel with cycling and walking are among key projects slated for a new $4.3 million transport research centre at the University of Melbourne.

Coal train trashes police car stuck on rail tracks

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Two police officers had to abandon their patrol car when it became stuck on railway tracks at Lochinvar in the path of an oncoming coal train on Saturday morning.

Port authority green lights new berth

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Port Hedland Port Authority has approved the construction of a berth which will be used by mining company Fortescue Metals Group.

Global warming threatens Tibet railway

Posted Monday, 6 February, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

A Chinese researcher says global warming could threaten the world's highest railway, the new Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Wu Ziwang, a frozen soil specialist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told the Xinhua news agency his research over three decades revealed large areas of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau showed signs of shrinking, as they were frozen less of the time.

Courts key to PN deadlock

Posted Tuesday, 7 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TOLL Holdings is coming under extreme and increasing pressure to do something about the debilitating impasse it has reached with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the destructive relationship it has with its joint venture partner and takeover target, Patrick Corp.

Just over a month ago, with the market convinced Toll was ab

Tunnel plans split experts

Posted Tuesday, 7 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

LEADING Victorian businesses and road users have called on the Government to back a new $2 billion super tunnel plan to ease traffic on the West Gate Bridge. But a transport expert has described the tunnel plans as delusional fantasies.

ACCC backs Toll into a corner and Patrick might have a chance to out Fox it

Posted Tuesday, 7 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

THE Toll Holdings camp is coming under extreme and increasing pressure to do something about the debilitating impasse it has reached with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the destructive relationship it has with its joint venture partner and takeover target, Patrick Corp.

Work begins on the $98 million Hornsby Station upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 7 February, 2006 by Grazza in New South Wales Rail News

Minister for Transport, John Watkins, announced yesterday that work had begun on the $98 million Rail Clearways project at Hornsby Station.

Mr Watkins said the project included the construction of a new Platform 5 and train stabling facilities.

“The Hornsby Station project will help to reduce delays on the Newcastle and Central Coast Line and improve service reliability,” Mr Watkins said.

“It will allow intercity and freight trains to pass quickly through the station without causing disruption to suburban services,” he said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/2/2006

Posted Tuesday, 7 February, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 128 sightings for this week, which are 18 sightings less than last week. Making a total of 631 sightings for this year to date. On day 35 last year we had seen 462 sightings.

Council gets look at railway yards plan

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Mount Gambier City Council has had it first peek at concept plans for the former Mount Gambier railway lands.

Leaders praise rail link pledge

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Coalition’s rail proposal had “trumped” the Beattie Government in responding to the needs of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochy mayor Joe Natoli said yesterday.

XPT passengers forced to catch buses

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE XPT has become so slow and unreliable, passengers are being forced to catch buses.

Governments set to back rail's truck tax plan

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Governments look set to green light a controversial plan to tax trucks out of the freight market at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Friday.

Time to bring the watchdog to heel over Toll

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

If the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is able to get away with refusing to initiate court action to prevent Toll Holdings from acquiring Patrick Corp, it would become a law unto itself.

Steamtown celebrates 125 years

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Peterborough's glory days have always been associated with the railways which provided the town's main source of employment and prosperity.

Rail station revamp nears end

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Restoration work at the Ballarat railway station should be finished by the end of February, despite the return of train services.

Bypass start hinges on rail company talks

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government says it is still waiting on discussions with rail companies before announcing an official start date for the Wodonga rail bypass.

Fine over train driver death

Posted Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A RAIL freight company has been fined $50,000 over the death of a train driver in Melbourne.

Fee sparks rail outrage

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Without CountryLink Patricia Milburn would be lost. Like many others, the Lightning Ridge pensioner, who travels to Dubbo about once a month for doctors visits, is distressed about losing face-to-face customer service, and a new $10 booking fee for pensioners.

Bendigo tram plan flagged - Fischer suggests train link

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

FORMER deputy prime minister Tim Fischer yesterday flagged a plan to rejuvenate the city's tourist tram route.

Patrick profits on track

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp has reaffirmed its profit forecast for this financial year and says it plans to build its own competitive rail business.

Greens begin save CountryLink push

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Greens want to protect rural rail services and today are launching their "Save CountryLink" campaign in Coffs Harbour.

Passengers vent spleen

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

PEAK-hour crushes, filthy trains and heavy-handed inspectors are making commuters see red.

Govt defends rail voucher tax

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government is standing by its decision to introduce a new tax on pension rail vouchers for CountryLink services.

QR strike back on

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Rail workers have walked off the job once again in a statewide action, voicing dissatisfaction with Queensland Rail management.

More disruption possible as rail workers meet

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Rail services across Queensland could be affected if workers vote to continue their strike when they meet today.

Patrick sees rail as big growth area

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd says it sees rail as a big growth area for the company.

Infrastructure access laws go through

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

New ways to determine how much users of key national infrastructure like ports, rail lines and pipelines have to pay was passed by the House of Representatives.

ACCC starts Patrick court action

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has started court proceedings against transport group Toll Holdings to stop Toll from proceeding with its $4.6 billion takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd.

WA rail project budget dealt another blow

Posted Thursday, 9 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

There is mounting pressure on the Western Australian Government to pay for multi-million dollar cost over-runs on the Perth to Mandurah rail project.

Patrick says rail break up may ease ACCC

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia's biggest stevedore, Patrick Corp Ltd, says the break-up of its joint-venture rail operations with takeover predator Toll Holdings Ltd may help ease competition concerns, as it eyes its own acquisitions in the transport industry.

Axle defect halts service of rail fleet

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THOUSANDS of long-distance rail passengers were stranded yesterday when the entire XPT fleet was halted for safety inspections after a derailment.

Tunnel campaign could be rejuvenated

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A renewed campaign is expected to be launched today for a rail tunnel through the Liverpool Ranges near Murrurundi.

ACCC urges court to quash Toll bid

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

THE competition watchdog has thrown down the gauntlet to Toll Holdings, taking it to the Federal Court to block its bid for rival and partner Patrick Corp.

Patrick ponders Linfox deal as PN loophole discovered

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

PATRICK Corp plans to take on hostile takeover suitor Toll Holdings on its own turf - land-based logistics - using a recently discovered loophole that would keep the pair's Pacific National rail joint venture intact.

Rail routes hit as fleet grounded

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE NSW country rail fleet of XPT trains has been taken out of service while the locomotives are tested for an axle fault.

Govt urged to boost regional rail services

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Greens have called for a significant improvement to rail services in country New South Wales.

XPT rail services stop as safety tests under way

Posted Friday, 10 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales' XPT rail services have been replaced with coaches for at least the next few days after a derailment raised safety issues.

Rail group gets a head of steam

Posted Saturday, 11 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

BUSINESS groups and political representatives from across the Upper Hunter and north-west joined forces yesterday in a bid to forge ahead on crucial rail upgrades at Murrurundi.

Rail tragedy averted, but still a crisis

Posted Saturday, 11 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

WITH scores of train passengers left stranded and in tears by the cancelling of XPT CountryLink services, the State Government faces more anger over its management of the railway system.

Patrick plans to stymie Toll

Posted Saturday, 11 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

PATRICK Corp plans to acquire half the freight-carrying capacity of Pacific National, further undermining Toll Holdings' position in the marketplace.

Watkins calls for child care near trains

Posted Sunday, 12 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government is urging people to take care of young children around trains following a spate of pram-related incidents on Sydney train platforms.

Woman hit, killed by train

Posted Sunday, 12 February, 2006 by witsend in Victorian Rail News

AN elderly woman has been struck and killed by a train in a Melbourne suburb.

Train derailment under investigation

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has begun investigations after a train was derailed in the state's northern inland over the weekend.

Revamp for Redfern ignores railway heritage

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SYDNEY may lose a large part of its railway heritage under plans to revamp Redfern and Waterloo, the National Trust has warned.

Baton to travel by tram, train and horse

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton relay will today visit Granite Island, on its second day crossing the state.

Decision looms on XPT train services

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp will finish inspecting its CountryLink XPT trains today for faults that have seen coaches replace all services since last week.

Crews work on derailment

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

REPAIR crews are working to clear a rail track after 30 wagons of a freight train derailed in northwest Queensland.

Wilpinjong coal mine work has now started

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Construction of the Wilpinjong Coal mine was set to begin this week with construction of mine infrastructure including a coal handling and preparation plant and train loading facility expected to get under way on Monday.

Man killed as car struck by train

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

A TEENAGER died when he was struck by a passenger train at a level crossing in Perth after driving on the wrong side of the road.

Japanese vet wants Burma rail kept

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

A JAPANESE World War II army officer is lobbying Thailand to support calls for the infamous Burma railway to be recognised as a World Heritage site.

Rail welcomes transport competition review

Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

The rail industry has welcomed a review into pricing structures for freight transport, announced at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Friday.

Australasian Railway Association (ARA) CEO Bryan Nye says a changed approach to transport policy settings is needed.

Council report calls for public decision on rail

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The State Government should reveal when it will announce its decision on the future of the Newcastle rail line according to a report to tonight's Maitland City Council meeting.

United Group well on track

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

RAILWAY equipment maker United Group expects to beat its full-year earnings targets and come close to doubling last year's annual profits as it continues to prosper from the resources and infrastructure boom.

Fast trains slow, late

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE $750 million Regional Fast Rail project will not be completed until December, documents obtained by the State Opposition show.

Batchelor gives reassurance on trains' return

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government has reassured Bendigo that trains will return to the tracks once upgrade works and driver training are completed at the end of this month.

Railroaded on plan

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A CEREMONIAL train line at Townsville's old railway yards has disappeared from plans drawn up to redevelop the site.

QR and B&B buy Australian Railroad Group

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Babcock & Brown Ltd., Australia's second-biggest investment bank, and state-run Queensland Rail agreed to buy Australian Railroad Group for $1.3 billion.

QR - now a true national player

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Press Releases

QR Chairman, Bronwyn Morris and CEO, Bob Scheuber are pleased to announce QR's intention to acquire most of the above rail assets of of Western Australia railroad group Australian Railroad Group (ARG).

Sale of Australian Railroad Group

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Press Releases

Wesfarmers and Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) of the United States, joint venture partners in the Australian Railroad Group (ARG), today announced an agreement to sell ARG to Babcock & Brown Limited and QR (Queensland Rail).

Commuters warned on Games security

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE commuters have been warned to expect more patrols by transit police and explosives sniffer dogs in the lead-up to next month's Commonwealth Games.

Qld Rail buys into freight market

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail is set to become a major national freight player after an announcement it will purchase the "above rail" assets of Australian Railroad Group.

Qld Rail 'goes national' with freight expansion

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has announced a multi-million-dollar expansion of its freight business.

Train cancellations worst in a year

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

More than a 1000 metropolitan trains were cancelled in January, the worst performance in a year.

Praise for $1.3bn rail sell-off

Posted Tuesday, 14 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Diversified industrial company Wesfarmers is to sell the Australian Railroad Group (ARG) for $1.3 billion.

US firm to buy stake in SA regional rail

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

A deal has been struck that will see a US-based company take full ownership of a large part of South Australia's regional rail network.

QR in $1.3b WA rail deal

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail is going national after teaming up with investment house Babcock & Brown to buy a slice of the lucrative West Australian railway network for $1.3 billion.

QR just drove a train through the ACCC's Toll argument

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

WHEN the ACCC last month gobsmacked Toll Holdings by opposing its takeover bid for Patrick Corp this commentator questioned whether Toll had been listening properly to the competition watchdog - now it appears that it may have been the ACCC that wasn't listening.

Train spotters see Toll on turntable

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

IT is hard not to view the long-awaited consummation of Queensland Rail's plan to buy the best bits of Australian Rail Group through anything but the prism of the bristling feud between Toll Holdings and Patrick Corporation.

Trains can't take the heat

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

FAULTY airconditioning on Melbourne's trains during January inflicted a horror month on commuters, who had to endure more than 1000 cancellations.

XPT train services back on track

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE New South Wales country rail fleet of XPTs will be back on the tracks tomorrow after safety testing cleared the trains of major concerns.

Council push for $187m tramway past Port

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A NORTH WESTERN suburbs council wants the State Government to announce a $187 million tram extension to Port Adelaide and North Haven during the state election campaign.

Libs vow to scrap tram extension

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Extending Adelaide's historic tramline is an irresponsible - although somewhat romantic - idea, the South Australian Liberal party says.

QR, B&B get freight on track

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail will emerge as one of the top two freight carriers in the country after sealing a deal with investment bank Babcock & Brown to buy Australian Railroad Group from Western Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers and its US partner Genesee & Wyoming for $1.3 billion.

Metlink warns of passenger overload

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

TRAIN and tram users be warned — Melbourne's public transport system is to get even more squashy during the busiest two weeks in its history.

XPT train services back on track

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE New South Wales country rail fleet of XPTs will be back on the tracks tomorrow after safety testing cleared the trains of major concerns.

Trains deal has them all chuffed

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

THE driving force behind investment and advisory juggernaut Babcock & Brown, Phil Green, is an astute investor. He buys well and sells even better.

Qld Rail and B&B divvy up WA rail

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has set out to challenge Pacific National's dominance in transcontinental rail freight after joining forces with Babcock & Brown in a $1.3 billion purchase of the West Australian rail system.

Melbourne commuters told to prepare for Games

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne commuters are being told to prepare for crowded public transport during the Commonwealth Games.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/2/2006

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 133 sightings for this week, which are five sightings more than last week. Making a total of 764 sightings for this year to date. On day 42 last year we had seen 566 sightings.

A new Australian rail duopoly?

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

With the bulking up of Queensland's rail assets, the embattled Pacific National (PN) faces a formidable — and sizable — opponent.

QR may consider staff levels-derailment link

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) may consider whether a lack of maintenance staff contributed to Saturday's goods train derailment between Townsville and Mount Isa.

Trains on the go from Bendigo

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Trains are set to resume full time on the line between Bendigo and Melbourne.

Pacific National urged to improve level crossing roads

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

VicRoads believes more work needs to be done by railway track owner Pacific National to upgrade the roads around level crossings.

Gippsland line trains still running late

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

New figures by V/Line show 34 per cent of passenger trains on the Gippsland line ran at least five minutes late last month.

Toll, Patrick start legal action

Posted Wednesday, 15 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport firm Toll Holdings Ltd and takeover target Patrick Corp Ltd both began legal action that will determine the future of their Pacific National joint-venture rail operation.

Toll tries to shunt Corrigan off board

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

THE soap opera starring Australia's two largest freight handlers took another dramatic turn yesterday.

Toll tactic could backfire as Patrick moves to break up PN

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TOLL Holdings has embarked on a high-risk strategy in seeking to resolve the impasse over Pacific National by having the existing Patrick representatives - Chris Corrigan and Allan Davies - thrown off the board of the rail joint venture on the grounds of oppression.

New rail owners

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

A NEW rail deal has seen a United States based company take ownership of a large part of South Australia's regional rail network.

Threat of second rail strike as talks collapse

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND could face its second rail strike in two weeks, with the state's rail union due to decide today whether to take further industrial action after talks about a 38-hour working week collapsed.

Split could help Patrick

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

THE Supreme Court legal actions launched by Paul Little's Toll Holdings and Chris Corrigan's Patrick Corp yesterday over the Toll-Patrick container and bulk rail joint venture, Pacific National, underline the fact that while Little's options for growing Toll will diminish if PN is broken up, Corrigan's growth options could multiply.

Council angry over bridge repair delays

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A report to Tenterfield Shire Council has revealed delays of up to seven years have prevented the repair of at least two railway over-bridges linking parts of the town.

Minister says train times still need improvement

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Transport Minister, John Watkins, says Sydney trains are falling just short of the Government's target of having 92 per cent running on time.

Train death not considered suspicious

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman hit by a train last night at Dapto.

Angry people going nowhere

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SIX months after it introduced a new timetable to fix massive delays on the rail network, CityRail is still battling to run trains on time, new figures show.

Experts defend railway crossing cameras

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Road safety experts have dismissed criticism of a plan to install digital cameras at railway level crossings, to catch and fine drivers who try to outrun trains.

QR wins battle for Acacia Ridge

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has won its protracted legal battle with Pacific National (PN) over the Acacia Ridge rail terminal in Brisbane.

Opposition criticises late trains

Posted Thursday, 16 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Almost 15 per cent of rail services on the Ballarat line have run late since the introduction of new "fast trains".

Qld rail strike called off after talks

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Today's threatened rail strike by rail workers in Queensland has been averted after more than seven hours of talks overnight in the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).

Acacia Ridge rout may prove terminal for Pacific National's reach

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

THE bloody loss of the battle of Acacia Ridge will cost Pacific National upwards of $16 million and signals the start of the endgame in the war over the national rail freight company.

Are we making any progress?

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

THERE once was a famous passenger train service between Melbourne and Sydney known as the Spirit of Progress. It epitomised modern travel of that day but has most likely succumbed to the speed and convenience of air travel.

PacNat out of luck at Acacia Ridge

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

RAIL giant Pacific National has had a setback in its rivalry with Queensland Rail by losing a Federal Court case over access to Brisbane's key rail terminal.

Asbestos scare at Muswellbrook Barracks

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

POLICE and fire officials will continue investigations today into a fire which was suspected to be deliberately lit at "The Barracks" in Muswellbrook.

Group lobbies Govt over inland rail line route

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

A new campaign is under way to lobby the Federal Government over the proposed route for an inland rail line linking Melbourne and Darwin.

Uni train station to open

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The new train station at Warrnambool's Deakin University campus will officially open today.

Study tracks rail corridor contamination

Posted Friday, 17 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The Department of Environment and Heritage has reinstated a study into contamination along South Australia's rail corridors that was abandoned four years ago.

Work to clear train wreck

Posted Saturday, 18 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

BACK in 1991, the state and federal governments banded together to sort out the interstate rail network. The over-staffed, under-utilised, state-based rail operators had lost a combined $377 million in the 1989-1990 financial year - and that wasn't even one of the bad years.

Rail strike off but both sides look for concessions

Posted Saturday, 18 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND'S second train strike in as many weeks was called off yesterday, but further action is possible after marathon talks failed to break the deadlock.

Talks to continue between QR, unions

Posted Saturday, 18 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Talks between rail unions and Queensland Rail (QR) are set to continue over the weekend in an attempt to resolve their wages dispute.

NSW locks in transport corridors

Posted Saturday, 18 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has secured transport corridors through Sydney's CBD for a new $8 billion rail link, in what would be the biggest expansion of the network since the 1930s.

BHP coal deal fuels talk of new rail tunnel

Posted Saturday, 18 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says BHP Billiton's search for coal in north-west New South Wales is the strongest indicator yet that the Murrurundi rail tunnel could be viable.

Govt moves ahead with Sydney rail links

Posted Sunday, 19 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has moved to reserve two corridors of land for a planned rail link between Sydney's north-west and south-west.

New trains could halt Westfield

Posted Sunday, 19 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

WESTFIELD'S controversial plan to build a massive shopping centre and car park at Pitt Street Mall could be foiled by a new rail corridor to be built under Pitt Street.

Tears and flowers for queen of the desert

Posted Monday, 20 February, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

Pakistan and India have resumed a train service across the Thar Desert, 40 years after it was suspended following the second of the three wars between the two countries.

NSW coal hunt to fund new rail path?

Posted Monday, 20 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

BHP Billiton's search for coal in north-west New South Wales is the strongest indicator yet that the Murrurundi rail tunnel could be viable, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is reported as saying.

Investors to focus on Toll's strategy

Posted Monday, 20 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The growth strategy for the future and the ongoing saga over the future of joint-venture rail operator Pacific National will be two of the key issues when Toll Holdings Ltd reports its first half results on Tuesday.

DOI, Connex and Yarra Trams speak at CEDA function in Melbourne

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by Scrutiny in Victorian Rail News

Express trains near last stop

POPULAR express services face the axe unless more money is poured into Melbourne's train system, a secret meeting of transport chiefs was told yesterday.

Connex boss Bruce Hughes yesterday issued the warning behind closed doors to a select group of government and business elite.

Silverton Tramway Sold

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by markcurtis in Rail News

Local employees hope a change of ownership of Silverton Tramways will boost on-ground works in Broken Hill. An undisclosed figure was paid, last month, by a specially formed company, run by the South Spur group, to buy over 300 wagons and 70 locomotives from Sydney based company Transcorp.

A little over the top

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

Stand on top of a mountain at Innsbruck, which I did two weeks ago, and you can see three countries at once: the one you're in, which is Austria; Italy in front; Germany behind.

This can create geographic hybrids such as the Zugspitze, pr

Qld truck driver sets world's longest road train record

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by bevans in Other Transport News

The world record for hauling the longest road train has been broken in southern Queensland.

Another property attached to Logic

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

WODONGA council last night approved the purchase of 174ha of farm land at Barnawartha North for a $25 million rail terminal and industrial development.

Toll revisits old turf

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

This is followed by a detailed update on how Toll is trying to remove the Patrick directors from Pacific National claiming "oppression", and a summary of how Patrick is trying to wind up Pacific National.

Newcastle train services to stay

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RAIL services into central Newcastle will remain, Premier Maurice Iemma said today when announcing a $20 million upgrade of the NSW city's rail corridor.

More work needed on bridges

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Tenterfield Shire Council will be advising the Australian Rail Track Corporation that it won't be contributing to signposting costs for the Douglas Street railway overbridge closure.

Iemma backflips on Newcastle rail decision as Cabinet set to meet

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The new look state Labor Cabinet meets for the first time today at Maitland in the Hunter Valley. Before Cabinet meets, the Premier will visit Newcastle railway station, where he will announce the continuation of rail services and upgrades at Broadmeadow and Glendale.

Express trains near last stop

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

POPULAR express services face the axe unless more money is poured into Melbourne's train system, a secret meeting of transport chiefs was told yesterday.

Public transport on track for relief

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S rail network looks set to expand with the surprise inclusion of a train service to South Morang likely in the upcoming transport and livability statement.

Toll in talks with SembCorp over stake

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport firm Toll Holdings Ltd is in talks with Singapore's SembCorp Logistics about the possibility of taking a stake in the company but says there is no certainty of a deal.

Clear track for resurging rail industry

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

As Government moves to shift freight away from road transport and meet population needs, manufacturers are enjoying a significant slice of an industry estimated at $11bn in rail infrastructure.

Derailment affects Prospector train services

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

All Prospector train services between Perth and Kalgoorlie were cancelled yesterday due to a derailment 164 kilometres west of the Goldfields city.

United commits to program to bring Prospector up to scratch

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

United Group Rail, the manufacturer of the $58 million Prospector train, has committed to an extensive program of works designed to improve the reliability of the passenger service.

Toll ready to expand transport empire

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TRANSPORT group Toll Holdings today posted a 10 per cent rise in first-half net profit and said it was ready to expand its operations.

Toll to pursue opportunities in Asia

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport group Toll Holdings Ltd is considering expansion opportunities in Asia as it continues to pursue its stalled $4.6 billion takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp.

Residents fear 600-tonne silos

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

PLANS to streamline local grain transport have met with resistance, with neighbours of a proposed silo development in Tamworth fearful it will bring increased dust and noise.

Territory Iron Announces Go-ahead for Frances Creek Project

Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 by DavidB in Press Releases

Preliminary Feasibility Study Highlights Economic Viability of Northern Territory Mine

Territory Iron Limited is pleased to announce it has approved the development of its Frances Creek iron ore mine in the Northern Territory. The approval follows a recently completed preliminary feasibility study which highlighted the strong economic viability of the project.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/2/2006

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 117 sightings for this week, which are 16 sightings less than last week. Making a total of 881 sightings for this year to date. On day 49 last year we had seen 668 sightings.

New twist in Toll bid

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings has conceded it may seek a joint venture for parts of its $4.6 billion bid for Patrick as a way of overcoming objections by the competition regulator.

Trains welcomed back on Bendigo line

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Swan Hill's public transport users have welcomed the resumption of train services along the Bendigo rail line this morning.

Newcastle line saved by Iemma's rail reversal

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

JUST two weeks after shelving plans for a desalination plant in Sydney, the State Government has reversed its plans to close the rail line through the centre of Newcastle, after a strident local campaign.

Wider tram network call

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Trams to the new Adelaide Airport are the "centrepiece" of the Democrats' sustainable transport policy.

Greens press for light-rail system

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The Tasmanian Greens have called for a light-rail system from Bridgewater and Gagebrook to Hobart.

Prospector train overhaul likely to affect passenger services

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

It appears reliability problems with the troubled Prospector train service could get worse before they get better.

Farmers concerned over branch lines

Posted Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Farmers Association says it wants a commitment from the NSW Government about its future plans for 15 branch rail lines.

NSW grain rail sale plans on hold

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Any proposal to sell or lease NSW grain rail lines will be put on hold until the industry stabilises following the AWB affair, Deputy NSW Premier John Watkins said.

Borner's ready to take baton for historic ride

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Ballarat's own basketball champion Ray Borner should have an easy time carrying the baton in the Queen's Baton Relay. Borner, a four-time Olympian, will be carrying the baton on one of Lake Wendouree's trams.

Judge orders one PN trial

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The looming court feud between transport enemies Paul Little and Chris Corrigan is expected to be considerably shortened after a Victorian judge intervened yesterday.

Trains run again after derailment damage fixed

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by barbruce in Tasmanian Rail News

RAIL services were resumed between Hobart and Burnie yesterday, after track damaged in a derailment was repaired.

Councils call for repairs to railway fencing

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Councils on the Western Darling Downs say people could get hurt unless something is done to repair the rail corridor between Toowoomba and Charleville.

$450m to go to north-south rail line revamp

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Federal Government will spend $450 million to upgrade the rail line between Sydney and Brisbane.

Watkins highlights grain lines instability

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Transport Minister John Watkins says the Government cannot call for expressions of interest to lease or franchise grain lines because the industry is too unstable.

Govt to investigate transport pricing

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The Productivity Commission will hold a public inquiry into the costs and charges of the nation's key rail and road networks.

Crash driver 'didn't see train'

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A truck driver did not see a steam train before a horrific smash on a railway crossing that left three people dead, the peak transport safety authority has found.

Democrats make safety plea for rail line reopening

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian Democrats say lives will be saved if the Mt Gambier-Wolseley rail line reopens.

Man Murdered on Suburban Train

Posted Thursday, 23 February, 2006 by MelbourneCity in Victorian Rail News

A man has been stabbed to death on a train in Melbourne's east this afternoon.

Train riders must be wooed back

Posted Friday, 24 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

It's not a fashionable thing to do these days - spending money on a railway line upgrade in Australia, which is as car-centric as any country in the world.

VLocity trains begin service

Posted Friday, 24 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The new fast trains will hit the Bendigo to Melbourne rail line for the first time today.

Rail line construction halted until Tuesday

Posted Friday, 24 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Workers walked off the job this morning at the troubled Perth to Mandurah rail line with plans to halt construction until Tuesday.

Word war as FMG's rail dispute with BHP gets down to detail

Posted Friday, 24 February, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The wrangling over Fortescue Metals Group Ltd's access to BHP Billiton Ltd's Mount Newman railway line continued at the 9th Annual Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference yesterday.

Farmers vow to fight for grain rail

Posted Saturday, 25 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Farmers Association says it will continue to pressure the State Government to keep the 15 grain branch lines open and operating across the state.

V/Locity train rolls out

Posted Saturday, 25 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Central Victorian rail passengers had their first ride in a new V/Locity train yesterday, and were farewelled by Premier Steve Bracks as they left the Bendigo station.

After Carr's price freeze, train fares set to jump by 25%

Posted Saturday, 25 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The price of an off-peak return rail fare is set to rise by 25 per cent from the middle of the year, and peak-hour fares by 3 per cent after the Government announced it would support a CityRail proposal to increase fares.

Blaze which threatened rail line contained

Posted Sunday, 26 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Fire crews have contained a factory blaze which threatened a Sydney suburban rail line.

Rail, tram commuters out of puff

Posted Sunday, 26 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Smoking police will be on patrol from Wednesday to stop people lighting up at tram stops, train stations, underage events and enclosed workplaces.

OLD TRAIN AT FULL STEAM

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by E1109 in Tasmanian Rail News

One way is as a hobby for private enthusiasts who pay for it out of their own pockets, and keep the public at a safe distance. The other is making it a public attraction and running it as a business, managed mainly by paid professionals, with some volunteer help.

The second option was chosen, with spectacular success, by the West Coast Wilderness Railway, traversing country of breathtaking beauty between Strahan and Queenstown in Western Tasmania.

Bell tolls as rail partners vote

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The Toll Holdings - Patrick Corp battle continues today with both sides to vote on a new move to wind up their much-troubled rail partnership, Pacific National.

Uncoupling PN

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The battle between Toll Holdings and Patrick Corp continues today with both sides to vote on a new move to wind up their much-troubled Pacific National rail partnership.

Great Southern Railway loves our sunburnt country

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Great Southern Railway, owners and operators of Australia’s two iconic train services - The Legendary Ghan and the mighty Indian Pacific - have launched a new national brand and retail television campaign.

Best of both worlds in CountryLink restructure

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Armidale train travellers have secured a 'good outcome' within the CountryLink reform package, according to Northern Tablelands MP, Richard Torbay.

Business backs Enfield Intermodal development

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Property Council is calling for the NSW Government to approve the construction of an Intermodal Logistics Centre at Enfield to provide efficient and cost effective freight movements in Sydney.

Toll to present new undertakings on Patrick Corp

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings Ltd will present a new set of undertakings to the consumer watchdog in another effort to get approval for its stalled $4.6 billion hostile takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd.

Track work delays new early morning train

Posted Monday, 27 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The new early morning train into Bendigo was 45 minutes late this morning.

Smart tickets face final test

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The smartcard readers at Sydney train stations remain wrapped in gaffer tape while the state's troubled $600 million integrated ticketing system grinds towards its first major public test.

Turner wants CountryLink toilets open

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Member for Orange Russell Turner has called on the Minister for Transport John Watkins to change the set up at Orange Railway Station and leave the waiting room and toilets open outside office hours.

Fast train hits glitch

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The much-hyped return of trains to Bendigo has already struck a hitch, with services from Melbourne to the city delayed by more than 40 minutes yesterday.

Toll offers sale to calm watchdog

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings has offered to sell off half of its joint-venture rail business in a series of new undertakings aimed at winning approval from the competition regulator for its hostile $4 billion bid for Patrick.

Toll discloses concessions in bid to win Patrick court case

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings has offered to bring in a new investor to rail group Pacific National as part of a last-ditch attempt to gain regulatory approval for its hostile $4.6 billion takeover of Patrick Corp.

Libs 'back-track on trams'

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

South Australian Liberals are being accused of contradicting themselves by calling for the Glenelg tram extension to be scrapped.

QR in $1b rail deal

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Over the past 20 years, more and more traditional public infrastructure has passed into private hands. Although the jury's still out on Telstra and the so-called public-private partnerships on toll roads, in some states at least, are on the nose with many commuters.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/2/2006

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 117 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings we had last week. Making a total of 998 sightings for this year to date. On day 56 last year we had seen 787 sightings.

$2.4m Overland upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 28 February, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The nation's longest-running interstate passenger train, The Overland, is to get a $2.4 million upgrade.

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