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Army travels south to beat wet

Posted Sunday, 2 April, 2006 by E1109 in South Australian Rail News

ARMY NEWS
Volume 11, No. 39, March 23, 2006

WHEN The Ghan rolled into Port Augusta from Darwin in early February – loaded with tanks and armoured military equipment – the locals could have been forgiven for thinking they were being invaded.

Connex to dump Dandenong Expresses?

Posted Sunday, 2 April, 2006 by MelbourneCity in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's looming rail congestion crisis is about to claim it's first victim, with express services likely to be cut. EXPRESS trains on the Dandenong line could be dumped as Connex tries to fight capacity restraints and improve reliability for passengers.

ARG on board Queensland Rail

Posted Monday, 3 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The competition regulator has given the green light to Queensland Rail's takeover of Australian Railroad Group, paving the way for QR to challenge Pacific National's market dominance.

Tram loop idea floated instead of mall upgrade

Posted Monday, 3 April, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A Bendigo trader believes the $8 million plan to overhaul the Hargreaves Mall should go towards a CBD tram loop.

Toll signals bid for Patrick is 'final'

Posted Monday, 3 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings is set to draw a line under its hostile takeover bid for Patrick Corporation, declaring that $5.2 billion in shares and cash is its final offer.

Tough new fines for train vandals

Posted Monday, 3 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Tough new penalties have been introduced for anyone caught tampering with railway equipment or vandalising NSW trains.

Councils up-beat about rail link

Posted Monday, 3 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Western Downs' councils says they are optimistic their two-year battle to have a new rail link built will soon come to an end.

Signalling woes blamed for weekend train woes

Posted Monday, 3 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

V/Line says signalling problems on the Bendigo-Melbourne line caused Saturday morning train services to be replaced by buses.

$2m to rebuild bridge

Posted Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The London Street bridge is falling down and if it needs to be rebuilt the Port Lincoln council may have to foot the majority of the $2 million repair bill.

Patrick courts Toll ruling reversal

Posted Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick has mounted another legal challenge to Toll's hostile $5.3 billion takeover bid, seeking to have the competition regulator's approval of the merger overturned in the Federal Court.

Crossing unsafe: MP

Posted Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Member for Flinders Liz Penfold is calling for boom gates or warning lights at the railway crossing on Pine Freezers Road to make it safer for drivers after one vehicle had a close call.

MP calla for train station upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Photographs depicting an `unsightly' and `dangerous' Horsham railway station have circulated State Parliament.

New reforms to Boost Victoria's Public Transport... Safety

Posted Wednesday, 5 April, 2006 by chairman in Press Releases

Media Release from the Minister for Transport 30th March 2006
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The Transport Legislation (Safety Investigations) Act 2006, which was passed by Parliament last night along with the related Rail Safety Act 2006.

“Victoria’s new Rail Safety Act 2006 is now the model legislation for all other Australian jurisdictions to follow in achieving nationally uniform or consistent rail safety regulation throughout the nation,” Mr Batchelor said.

Train services under fire

Posted Wednesday, 5 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's troubled fast rail project will arrive 12 months late and without an express train on its biggest line.

Torrent of text near high tide as Toll opens the floodgates

Posted Wednesday, 5 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Take heart small shareholders in Patrick Corporation, an end to the la nina of paper could be at hand.

Procrastinating Patrick gets a final warning

Posted Wednesday, 5 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings chief executive Paul Little says he will declare his hostile bid for Patrick Corp final if he can't convince the Patrick board to rethink their rejection of his $5.3 million offer.

New value to haggle over in Toll-Patrick war

Posted Wednesday, 5 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Investors are looking to Patrick Corp's new Target's Statement to gauge where the pricing battle line will be drawn in Toll's $5 billion-plus takeover bid.

Connex denies assault on passenger

Posted Wednesday, 5 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Connex has defended its ticket inspectors after a passenger claimed he was assaulted at Flinders Street station.

Cost blowout on Fortescue rail and port

Posted Thursday, 6 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Fortescue Metals has reported a $90 million blowout in the estimated cost of building a railway and port for its iron ore project in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Vehicle Decoration - the Karachi Tram Project

Posted Thursday, 6 April, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

In Melbourne an elaborately decorated tram in the Pakistani motif took to the rails during the Commonwealth Games.

Corrigan Pac Nat court bid

Posted Thursday, 6 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Chris Corrigan will ask the Federal Court next week to rule that corporate regulator Graeme Samuel and Toll Holdings both overstepped the mark by making a deal to carve up the Toll-Patrick Corp rail business Pacific National.

Patrick case in Federal Court

Posted Thursday, 6 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp's legal challenge to Toll Holdings' hostile $5.3 billion takeover bid will go before the Federal Court next week.

Motorists could pay higher peak-hour tolls

Posted Thursday, 6 April, 2006 by David G in Other Transport News

MOTORISTS could pay more to use the city's toll roads during peak periods under options being considered to ease Melbourne's congestion woes.

Under the proposal, CityLink and the operator of EastLink would charge drivers more during the morning and evening peaks but less in off-peak times.

If the plan was implemented, changes to toll prices would be negotiated as part of the contract between the road operators and the Government.

Train fares should go up

Posted Friday, 7 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Train commuters should be hit with higher fares to help bring the ailing rail system up to scratch.

ARTC says updated strategy money well spent

Posted Friday, 7 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says while its revised Hunter Valley Coal Network Improvement Strategy will cost $100 million more than originally planned, it will be money well spent.

Train crews abandon industrial action

Posted Saturday, 8 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Train crews in New South Wales have called off threatened industrial action to Sydney's weekend services.

Groups may join forces over inland rail line route

Posted Saturday, 8 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Interest groups from Victoria to Queensland will consider joining forces to lobby the Federal Government over the proposed route for an inland rail line linking Melbourne and Darwin.

Green light for $1b Dandenong ail project

Posted Saturday, 8 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A $1 billion project to build a third rail track on the crowded Dandenong line has been given the green light in secret.

$10.5m tram line blowout

Posted Saturday, 8 April, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Costs of extending the tram line down King William St could face a huge blow-out because of the need to relocate hundreds of vital underground services.

Light at the end of the Toll/Patrick tunnel

Posted Saturday, 8 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Another of those decisive moments — perhaps the decisive moment — is looming in the torrid eight-month battle by Toll Holdings to win control of Patrick Corp.

Privatised trains, trams on the wrong track

Posted Sunday, 9 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The promises ran faster than an out-of-control express train. Premier Jeff Kennett was full of steam in 1999 and the public transport sell-off was the most exciting game in town.

$1.2bn sting in the rail

Posted Sunday, 9 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Privatisation of Melbourne's public transport has cost taxpayers $1.2 billion more than if the system had remained in public hands, according to a analysis by transport experts.

Public transport should be returned to public hands

Posted Sunday, 9 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Privatisation has been a disastrous failure, but the Premier can do something to put transport back on track.

Some Sydney trains have 'flawed brakes'

Posted Sunday, 9 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Some Sydney trains are operating with flawed emergency braking systems which fail to activate as designed once a driver leaves the controls.

RailCorp denies faulty brake accusations

Posted Sunday, 9 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp has rejected claims that Sydney's trains are operating with faulty emergency braking systems.

Wagons off the rails

Posted Sunday, 9 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Hundreds of Queensland Rail coal wagons are sitting abandoned on lines in southeast Queensland and New South Wales.

Driverless train raises safety fears

Posted Monday, 10 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney trains were safe, said RailCorp, despite a train driver's concerns over an allegedly flawed emergency braking system.

Patrick to test ACCC's power through Pacific National court challenge

Posted Monday, 10 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corporation will test the limits of the competition regulator's powers this week in a Federal Court challenge to undertakings made by hostile bidder Toll Holdings.

Transport privatisation a 'failure'

Posted Monday, 10 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government has been urged not to renew its contract with the private operators of the public transport system, with a transport expert saying it has been an expensive failure.

3801 steams ahead to help Westhaven

Posted Monday, 10 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Train watchers might be highly surprised when they see Australia's most famous and best-loved steam locomotive 3801 in Dubbo over the Easter weekend.

Privatisation blamed for $1.2 billion loss

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Private operators are running trams and trains badly, costing Melbourne its "most liveable city" title, and being paid a lot for doing so, transport academics claim.

Ramble with Billy

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Enjoying the magic of Puffing Billy on weekends and public holidays from Gembrook to Emerald Lake Park is now possible as the railway introduces its new Gembrook Rambler service.

Toll asks panel for Patrick hurry-up

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings has upped the ante against Patrick Corp, taking official action to force its takeover target to take a stand on Toll's revised $5 billion-plus bid.

ARTC to consult coal industry on Hunter strategy

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) announce a round of consultations with the coal industry on its updated Hunter Valley Coal Network Capacity Improvement Strategy for the next 5 years.

Rail group claims small victory

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Residents pushing for a train service to South Morang are claiming a small victory after the State Government said it plans to address capacity issues on the Epping railway line.

MP demands inquiry into rail woes

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Member for the western New South Wales state seat of Dubbo, Dawn Fardell, is demanding an investigation into what she calls the "inhumane treatment" of CountryLink passengers travelling from Dubbo to Sydney earlier this month.

Ghan brings tourists back to Katherine

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

In a sign Katherine is slowly returning to normal after major floods, the Alice to Darwin railway has brought tourists back to town.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/4/2006

Posted Tuesday, 11 April, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 133 sightings for this week, which were three sightings more than last week. Making a total of 1742 sightings for this year to date. On day 98 last year we had seen 1304* sightings (* 1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).

Oolong locals level rage at rail officials

Posted Wednesday, 12 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

State Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson has taken the plight of Oolong residents to parliament following plans to close their local railway level crossing.

Toot sweet for the model train tragics

Posted Wednesday, 12 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The Lilliputian world of model trains has a huge following and generates prices that are, frankly, er, loco.

Million-dollar campaign to derail graffiti

Posted Wednesday, 12 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government will announce today a $1 million campaign to tackle graffiti on the metropolitan rail network.

Judge sends Toll bid to Patrick's holders

Posted Wednesday, 12 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick's latest legal challenge to Toll's hostile takeover bid received a substantial setback yesterday, when the Federal Court ruled it would not hear the matter until after the Toll bid is scheduled to close.

Owners can sell Patrick shares, but there's a but

Posted Wednesday, 12 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp shareholders are free to sell their shares to Toll Holdings - but they will do so with the possibility of litigation hanging over their heads.

Looks like Corrigan has seen the writing on the wall

Posted Wednesday, 12 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick's blitzkrieg of legal action appears designed to frustrate, if not destroy, Toll's bid.

Third-party mine rail access risky: report

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

A new report shows Australia stands to lose billions of dollars in exports and investment if resources companies are forced to share private iron ore railways.

Rio's rail report comes too late

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Rio Tinto lobbed the latest grenade in the fight to deny others access to its railway system in the Pilbara yesterday - but it may be too late.

Mandurah railway costs blow-out further

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

There has been a third official blow-out in the cost of the Perth to Mandurah railway project.

Constructors appointed for four rail projects

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

One of the largest rail infrastructure programs in Queensland history is closer to reality with the appointment of constructors Thiess United Group as partners to construct four major projects.

Trans-Asian railway one step closer

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

A UN meeting has adopted a resolution on an agreement to construct the ambitious Trans-Asian Railway Network connecting 28 countries from Asia to Europe, paving the way for its signing in November.

Lynbrook station steams ahead

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Lynbrook Railway Station will be built at Aylmer Road after the State Government confirmed the new site.

ACCC nod for Patrick FCL buy

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corporation has been given the all-clear by the competition regulator to acquire freight forwarding company FCL Interstate Transport, after offering to split up its rail joint venture with Toll Holdings.

Patrick buy leaves it out on a limb if Toll bid fails

Posted Thursday, 13 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick is taking a big risk if it buys freight forwarder FCL while fending off Toll.

Chamber plan would ultimately close rail line

Posted Sunday, 16 April, 2006 by grasshopper in Letters to the Editor

THE February announcement by Premier Iemma that the Newcastle rail line would not be closed, was greeted with relief. However, Save Our Rail and other groups are concerned about the Government interest in the Hunter Business Chamber proposal, which would ultimately achieve the same result as the Broadmeadow plan - of closing the line after all.

Station upgrade: $6.1 million facelift for Helensburgh

Posted Sunday, 16 April, 2006 by wurx in New South Wales Rail News

Helensburgh railway station can descend into chaos during peak morning and afternoon periods as cars, buses and pedestrians jockey for position.

Safety rail call; Towradgi station neglected

Posted Sunday, 16 April, 2006 by wurx in New South Wales Rail News

Mel Jack is sick of waiting for tragedy to strike on Towradgi Road's railway bridge.

Travel hub still 'on track'

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

AMID suggestions of a Budget blowout, the State Government is adamant its Oaklands Park bus and rail interchange is going ahead.

Bondi rail project 'to boost efficiency'

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Rail services in Sydney's east and on the NSW south coast are set to receive a boost with the opening of a new $77 million tunnel in Sydney, the NSW government says.

Trips up by 8 minutes

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RAIL commuters in Sydney's southern and eastern suburbs will have to endure trips up to eight minutes longer in a bid by the Government to resurrect its dented punctuality record.

Station master honours rail accident victim

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Temora's station master has paid tribute to his deputy who died on Saturday when crushed between two rail wagons at Ariah Park.

Property developers may be consulted over rail lands

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The views of commercial property developers are likely to be sought for ongoing discussions on the future of Mount Gambier's rail lands precinct.

Case for rail link is strong

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

It's 200km shorter, there is no flood plain to cover, the Government owns the land and the infrastructure already exists are just some of the reasons why the New England rail line should be considered for the lucrative Melbourne to Brisbane rail link.

QR looks to bulk up on Linfox

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail is in the market to buy the Linfox transport business in an attempt to build up enough muscle to compete with the Toll Holdings behemoth following the takeover of Patrick.

Rail group wary as plans go on show for new-look Newcastle line

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The devil could be in the detail of the State Government's decision to keep the rail line into Newcastle, with rail supporters believing the plan could still lead to the closure of Newcastle station.

A nice line in luxury at Ruwenzori

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The signs don't look good as our car climbs the steep hill to our weekend retreat. The place seems like an industrial junkyard, with odd bits of railway memorabilia strewn across the hillside. Then we turn the corner and see our accommodation. The bemused voice of our three-year-old pipes up from the back seat. "Oh, my goodness. Is this it?"

Trains put cities on track to boom

Posted Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Let's start with the obvious: infrastructure, or the lack of it, significantly influences the value of retail property.

Training to 'fudge' the rail figures

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE first plank in the State Government's rail clearways project has been branded a $77 million face-saver that will allow CityRail to "fudge" on-time running figures.

High country Rail Trail set for big opening

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

More than 1,000 bike riders are expected to take part in the official opening of the High Country Rail Trail east of Wodonga this Sunday.

Full head of steam for train lovers’ rail project

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Plans are under way to establish a private commuter service on the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line.

Alliance bell tolls for 'leftovers'

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Some of Australia's largest transport companies are considering forming an alliance that would allow them to compete head-to-head with the behemoth created by the Toll Holdings acquisition of Patrick Corp.

Little's Toll on a roll

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The market yesterday responded to the Easter takeover of Patrick Corp by Toll Holdings by driving a 12 per cent rise in the transport group's shares.

What does it take to fill a train? $1.32

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

QUESTION: At what point does public transport become more attractive than the convenience of a car? Answer: $1.32.

'Iron Boomerang' pitch to Asia's steel makers may return a winner

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

A proposed rail link between Western Australia's iron ore and Queensland's coal, feeding blast furnaces at each end, has fired interest overseas.

Anger aired over rail changes

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

V/Line is under fire for announcing it will substitute trains for buses on the Gippsland line for the next four months.

QR talks national expansion in Toll battle

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) is not interested in buying Linfox — but it is talking to the national logistics giant, and others, about strategic partnerships as it steels itself for the fight against a merged Toll-Patrick.

Tourism train wreck

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Ivan Venning has countered the positive message portrayed by the South Australian Tourism Comission, claiming South Australia's tourism has dropped to a "new low". And the Liberal stalwart has maintained his attack on Tourism minister Jane Lomax-Smith for the lack of a passenger train service operating to the Barossa.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/4/2006

Posted Wednesday, 19 April, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 117 sightings for this week, which were 16 sightings less than last week, due to the Easter holiday. Making a total of 1859 sightings for this year to date. On day 105 last year we had seen 1398* sightings (* 1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).

Late running

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

FOUR out of seven major metropolitan lines failed more often than not to meet CityRail's peak afternoon reliability targets since new timetables were introduced in September.

Sending mountain folk off the rails

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

REPLACING trains with buses between Penrith and Central next month could add almost two hours to the round trip to the city for Blue Mountains commuters.

ESC derails Pacific National's freight plan

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S corporate regulator has rejected Pacific National's plan for competition on the state's rail network, accusing the company of overcharging and a lack of commitment to rail quality.

Fearless SCT Logistics steams ahead

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

PRIVATE rail and trucking operator SCT Logistics has brushed aside fears about the power of a bigger Toll Holdings and is gearing to expand in the national rail freight market.

Rail plans move ahead

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A group of historians calling themselves TOOTS has sounded the horn of approval for Queensland Rail's plans for Townsville's north rail yards redevelopment.

ACCC gives nod to allied action against dominant Toll

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The competition regulator has given its tacit approval to an alliance of second-tier transport operators to compete with the logistics giant that will emerge from the marriage of Toll Holdings and Patrick Corp.

Days of steam to be immortalised at park

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Councillor Peter Garnham remembers childhood days when he went along to work with his dad at the South Maitland railway workshop.

Company outlines plans for road-rail terminal

Posted Thursday, 20 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A private company says it is close to lodging a development application with Jondaryan Shire Council for the establishment of a multi-million dollar road and rail terminal.

Bootu Creek manganese mine commences rail shipments to Darwin

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by STW in Northern Territory Rail News

THE Territory's economy took another giant step forward yesterday when the first shipment from a new manganese mine was exported to China from Darwin.

Up to 600,000tonnes of ore a year will be shipped through East Arm Port after being freighted by rail from Bootu Creek, 110km north of Tennant Creek.

TranzAlpine, TranzCoastal for sale

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by xtrapolis954m in New Zealand Rail News

Toll New Zealand is putting its TranzAlpine and TranzCoastal South Island railway services up for sale.

Yesterday, Toll NZ announced it was seeking expressions of interest in its two long-distance South Island tourist trains – the TranzCoastal between Picton and Christchurch and the TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth.

Council keen to see Casino-Byron Bay rail service

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Lismore council is eager to see a light rail service established between Casino and Byron Bay and says it will look at how it can help in the preparation of a business plan.

Qld Rail tries to build alliance

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has asked Qantas to join a national alliance and will invite P&O to take over management of Brisbane's Acacia Ridge rail terminal as part of its plan to build a major transport competitor to the new Toll-Patrick combination.

Dozens arrested in train crime crackdown

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Police have made 39 arrests during a two-week blitz on anti-social and criminal behaviour on Perth trains.

Assurances called for on rail network

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) wants Pacific National to guarantee it will keep its rail network in working order.

Railway Hotel (South Melbourne)

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

South Melbourne's Railway Hotel has an interesting recent history. Back in 2000, the owners of Fitzroy's Builders Arms Hotel sold out to brewing giant Lion Nathan. Shortly after the takeover, the Builders underwent a character change, with the formerly grungy pub denying entry to people who weren't wearing dress shoes.

Graincorp names silos set to close

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Seven silos in the New England and north-west NSW operated by Graincorp are to close.

No10 steams home

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Steamfest puffed into Maitland with the homecoming of the No 10 class steam engine on Thursday.

Why QR must reinvent itself

Posted Friday, 21 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail chief Bob Scheuber likes to use cricket analogies when he talks about expanding the company he has loyally served for the past 31 years.

Ticket changes allow easier Melbourne travel

Posted Saturday, 22 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A new system of fare integration will allow country train travellers to get around easier in Melbourne.

Dynon port link makeover given go-ahead

Posted Saturday, 22 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Access to the Port of Melbourne (PoM) is to undergo a makeover, with the Federal and State Governments today announcing the $120 million-plus Dynon Port Rail Link upgrade project.

Sandbags take the steam out of rising waters

Posted Sunday, 23 April, 2006 by wurx in New South Wales Rail News

Last week's big swell may have proved a boon for surfers, but rail enthusiasts at Illawarra Live Steamers in North Wollongong have not been so lucky.

Train fares going the wrong way; Why should Illawarra commuters be excited??

Posted Sunday, 23 April, 2006 by wurx in Letters to the Editor

How tremendous: Deputy Premier and Transport Minister John Watkins has been out inspecting the new Bondi Junction rail works; promises of extra trains to follow, with the new timetable coming in May. Golly, how terriffic.

Red Hens return for rail celebrations

Posted Sunday, 23 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The public is being offered the chance to step back in time and take a ride in a 55-year-old railcar, as part of today's 150th anniversary celebrations of rail to Port Adelaide.

Anger as rail doubts go on

Posted Sunday, 23 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Commuter train schedules were thrown into disarray after a quarter of Adelaide's train fleet was withdrawn from Friday peak hour services.

Toll pledges to mend Pacific National

Posted Sunday, 23 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport giant Toll Holdings is anxious to fix up its ailing rail business, Pacific National, now that the Patrick takeover has been approved.

Rail crime wave

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

DOZENS of passengers are bashed every week and sex attacks on public transport have jumped, as crime hits Melbourne's trams, trains and buses.

Crime rife on Melbourne's public transport

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Crime is rife on public transport in Melbourne, with dozens of passengers bashed every week and sexual assaults on the rise.

Toll urged to guarantee workers' rights

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Unions are calling on transport company Toll to give a long-term guarantee for workers' rights as it takes over its rival Patrick.

Toll sticks to estimates

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings chief executive Paul Little believes forecast cost savings from the $6.2 billion acquisition of Patrick Corp are "conservative".

Council urged to fight for pedestrian railway crossing

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Tamworth Regional Council is to be asked to lobby for the retention of a pedestrian railway crossing near the Robert Street level crossing in the city's south-west.

Thousands flocked to rail festival

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Organisers of Maitland's annual rail festival, Steamfest, say this year's event attracted more than 75,000 people from all over the state.

Veterans stranded by city-centric services

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Veterans relying on public transport to travel from the Southern Highlands to Sydney for ANZAC Day have been let down by inadequate local train services, according to Member for Southern Highlands Peta Seaton.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/4/2006

Posted Monday, 24 April, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for this week, which were 12 sightings less than last week, due to the Easter holiday. Making a total of 1964 sightings for this year to date. On day 112 last year we had seen 1495* sightings (* 1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).

14,000 stranded by trains each day

Posted Wednesday, 26 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

UP to 14,000 commuters are being put off broken down trains every day as CityRail's maintenance and reliability performance slides back towards the horror days of 2004.

End of the track for railway buff

Posted Wednesday, 26 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Jeffrey Manser has seen hundreds of trains pass through Maitland railway station.

Travellers rally to rail

Posted Wednesday, 26 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Whether it's because of the onboard bar or a result of skyrocketing fuel prices, one thing is certain - train travel is becoming popular again.

Nambour set to have first light rail system

Posted Wednesday, 26 April, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Nambour is on track to have the first operational light rail system on the Sunshine Coast.

BBI buys energy, rail assets for $3.5b

Posted Wednesday, 26 April, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Babcock and Brown Infrastructure Group (BBI) will beef up its asset portfolio with $3.5 billion worth of acquisitions in the energy and rail sectors in the US and Australia.

Express ride to despair

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by wurx in Letters to the Editor

CityRail, again....not that the appalling performance of the trains is newsworthy any more but how can an express train from Burwood to Central (stopping only at Redfern) take almost 30 minutes?

Fine evaders cop rail price blame

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by wurx in New South Wales Rail News

Transport Minister John Watkins today blamed fare evaders who did not pay fines for driving up rail ticket prices.

Train trial: Miss carriages for Rio

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by wurx in International Rail News

A law reserving train carriages exclusively for women during rush hour in Brazil Rio's Metro and suburban train routes has had a rocky start.

Serial evaders buck the fare trend

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

CRIME does pay - at least for the state's serial fare evaders. Three out of four fines for fare evasion are not paid and the number of repeat offenders has almost tripled since 2000, a report by the NSW Auditor-General has found.

Roads tipped to close in rail project

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

THE intersection of Rouse and Rafferty Roads with Fremantle Road could be temporarily closed as part of the Southern Suburbs Railway construction.

Heritage train trip planned via Ulan line

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A heritage train trip to Cobar during the June long weekend (June 10-12) is being planned by the Patterson based NSW Rail Motor Society. The Society which is located near Newcastle, proposes to run two CPH class 'Tin Hare' rail motors to Cobar via the cross country Ulan line.

Old railway barracks being demolished

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Work is currently under way to demolish the former railway barracks in Muswellbrook, after it was partially destroyed by fire in February this year.

Commuters set for longer travel times

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

V/Line trains will be replaced by buses on the eastern line for the next four months starting from tomorrow.

Rail backdown

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Commuters had a reason to smile last week after their outcry forced RailCorp to postpone mid week trackwork, just two weeks before it was due to begin.

Trenorden accuses minister of abandoning AvonLink.

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

MEMBER for Avon Max Trenorden has said the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure's track record on the AvonLink service leaves little to look forward to in the Perth to Mandurah rail link.

No train fare freeze; Govt

Posted Thursday, 27 April, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE New South Wales government has rejected opposition calls for it to freeze train fares to give families financial relief from rising petrol prices.

Opposition warns of rail station woes

Posted Friday, 28 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Opposition has warned country travellers face several more months of inconvenience at Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne.

Queensland Rail confirms P&O terminal deal

Posted Friday, 28 April, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has confirmed a deal for stevedore P&O Ports to operate the Acacia Ridge rail terminal in Brisbane.

Vlocity derails at Trawalla

Posted Friday, 28 April, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A Velocity passenger train has derailed at Trawalla after colliding with a farm truck. There are many injuries and two confirmed fatalities.

The train consists of 2 Vlocity cars and is partly derailed.

Two dead in train crash

Posted Friday, 28 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Two people have died after a collision between a train and a truck caused the train to derail in central Victoria.

Rail land meeting hears parking concerns

Posted Friday, 28 April, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Parking and the fragmentation of Naracoorte's shopping district were concerns raised at a public meeting on the future of Naracoorte's railway land last night.

Disruption to Ararat services - Friday evening, 28 April

Posted Friday, 28 April, 2006 by bevans in Press Releases

V/Line advises that there will be no trains running between Ballarat and Ararat until further notice. Coaches will replace all services between these stations.

Update: Two dead in horror train smash

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TWO people were killed and a man was fighting for his life last night after a horror train smash.

Fast rail's costs rise by $3.9m

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE much-maligned fast rail project will meet its overall budget despite revelations of a further $3.9 million blowout, the State Government said.

Rail-port duo take on Toll

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has hired ports giant P&O Ports to run its key rail terminal in Brisbane, deepening their alliance in a bid to challenge the power of the new Toll Holdings goliath in the national freight market.

Midday Update: Families to visit rail crash site

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Family members of two people killed in a horror train crash in north-west Victoria are expected to visit the site today as investigators continue to pick through the wreckage.

Rail line contract row reaches court

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Another contract dispute has broken out between the Western Australian Government and construction company Leighton Holdings over the Perth to Mandurah rail line.

Safety concerns at fatal crash level crossing

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by Ummagumma in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian opposition has called for an independent inquiry into a train crash in the state's west in which two people have died.

AAP reports that Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder said the collision between the new VLocity passenger train and a semitrailer carrying a load of bluestone at an unprotected level crossing highlighted ongoing safety concerns and called into question the government's plans for high speed services in the area.

Long inquiry starts into Vic train crash

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A long and complex police investigation has begun into a train crash in Victoria which killed two people and left dozens injured.

Opposition calls for greater scrutiny of rail line contract

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Western Australia Opposition believes more cost blowouts are on the cards for the Perth-to-Mandurah rail line and is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the project.

Fast rail's costs rise by $3.9m

Posted Saturday, 29 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE much-maligned fast rail project will meet its overall budget despite revelations of a further $3.9 million blowout, the State Government said.

Train death woman was driver's mum

Posted Sunday, 30 April, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

ONE of two passengers who died in Friday's horror V/Line crash was the train driver's mother.

Snapshot finds 49 trains off the rails

Posted Sunday, 30 April, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A snapshot of Melbourne's passenger rail system shows that almost 50 of the city's 322 trains were out of action during a 48-hour period last year.

Vic train driver critical after crash

Posted Sunday, 30 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The driver of a train that hit a truck in rural Victoria, killing two people, remains in a critical condition in a Melbourne hospital.

Train crash prompts crossing review calls

Posted Sunday, 30 April, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

There are calls to review safety at level crossings across Victoria after Friday afternoon's fatal accident involving a fast train and a semi-trailer.

Man critical after tram hit

Posted Sunday, 30 April, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A Melbourne man is in a critical condition after being struck by a tram.

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