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Truck driver's body found amid train wreckage

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE body of a truck driver whose semi-trailer collided with a freight train in the state's west last week has been found — on the day the railway line reopened.

Rail sale starts end for Patrick

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TRANSPORT giant Toll Holdings has begun selling the assets it promised to divest to secure regulatory approval for its $6 billion-plus takeover of stevedore Patrick Corporation.

Train service returns to normal

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Passenger train services will return to normal today between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Nomad OnBoard gets Adelaide Metro mobile

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by TA 2000 in Press Releases

South Australia’s entire public transport system is entering the mobile age and once again proving a worldwide trendsetter.

Rail line to go through golf course under plan

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A railway line through Horton Park Golf Club and nine high-rise sites form part of Maroochy mayor Joe Natoli’s preferred vision for the Maroochydore CBD.

20% target on trips 'ambitious'

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A KEY commitment to boost public transport has been all but abandoned by the State Government.

Treasurer hopeful of minerals transport solution

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The West Australian Treasurer Eric Ripper says he hopes a speedy agreement will be reached for the transport of minerals across the Pilbara.

Beattie unveils rail and port infrastructure injection

Posted Thursday, 1 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

An $825 million infrastructure injection in Tuesday's state Budget will fuel a forecast boom in Central Queensland's resources industry, Premier Peter Beattie has revealed today.

Victoria's country rail network under scrutiny

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE heat is on the Bracks Government to spend millions to save Victoria's privately owned country rail network after the government regulator finalised state policy on third-party rail access.

Rail safety line a lie

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RAIL users are being robbed of time every day because of a Government lie that trains had to be slowed down for safety reasons.

State to set rail tariffs

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian state Government will decide how much Toll Holdings subsidiary Pacific National can charge for use of the state rail network, after twice rejecting access arrangements proposed by the company.

Several trains of thought inspired by rail relocation

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

All change for Wodonga? Moving the tracks from central Wodonga is a good thing but don’t curse the railway. It hasn’t been a bad thing for Wodonga.

Transport firm wants action to stop level crossing crashes

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Federal and state governments are being urged to act to prevent more level crossing accidents.

Goods train derails

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A GOODS train has derailed in the centre of the Victorian town of Benalla on the main railway line between Melbourne and Sydney.

Goods train smashes into building

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

A goods trains carrying steel and plastic has derailed about 180 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, destroying part of a building and disrupting interstate rail services.

Train derailed in collision with truck

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A Queensland Rail locomotive has derailed in a collision with a semi-trailer in central Queensland.

QR trains derail

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Two Queensland Rail trains have derailed in separate incidents today.

Line reopened after derailment

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail's north coast line has been reopened following an early morning derailment.

Truckie walks away after collision with train

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Police were called to the scene on the Trundle Road - between Bogan Gate and Trundle - following the accident at approximately 6.20pm.

Rail link stays closed after train derailment

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The main rail link between Melbourne and Sydney will remain closed after this morning's goods train derailment at Benalla in Victoria's north-east.

Ministers reach rail safety agreement

Posted Friday, 2 June, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

EACH state and territory was to adopt new laws to improve safety on the nation's railway networks.

Regional air services cut

Posted Saturday, 3 June, 2006 by E1109 in Other Transport News

COUNTRY airline Regional Express (Rex) has been forced to cut its service between Armidale and Sydney after losing almost $1 million in the past 18 months.

Make bus fares a tax deduction

Posted Saturday, 3 June, 2006 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

BUS, train and tram users could be allowed to deduct the cost of some tickets from their income tax.

Why can't this train get us to the airport?

Posted Sunday, 4 June, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Fly into most big cities in the world and you will be able to take a speedy train from the airport to the city centre. So why not in Melbourne, asks Richard Webb.

Perth to Mandurah rail project hits milestone

Posted Sunday, 4 June, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

There were scenes of jubilation last night when workers on the Perth to Mandurah rail project broke through to complete the first of two tunnels under the city.

Driver’s fate now in jury’s hands

Posted Sunday, 4 June, 2006 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

A COUNTY Court jury at Wangaratta is expected to retire on Monday to reach verdicts in the trial of a Wodonga truck driver charged with three counts of culpable driving after a collision with a steam train at Benalla.

Forget the tunnel - all hail the tram

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A LIGHT RAIL system could be built in central Sydney within two years, move more than 10 million people a year and turn Castlereagh Street into a vibrant pedestrian and retail precinct, independent reports have found.

Perth to Mandurah rail project hits milestone

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

There were scenes of jubilation last night when workers on the Perth to Mandurah rail project broke through to complete the first of two tunnels under the city.

Tram plan avoids real issue: Watkins

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The State Government says a return to trams in the CBD would cause traffic chaos, but a transport consultant offers a different view.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/6/2006.

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 71 sightings for this week, which were 12 sightings more than last week, due to the derailment of AM3 near Lismore Victoria at 0730 Thursday 25th June. Making a total of 2532 sightings for this year to date. On day 154 last year we had seen 2061* sightings (* 1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).

Car explodes in train crash

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A man has died after a collision with a train near the NSW-Victoria border.

Govt stands firm on light rail proposal

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The New South Wales Government has reaffirmed its opposition to expanding the light rail network through Sydney's CBD.

One dead after car, train collide in NSW

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

One person is dead after a car was struck by an XPT express train on a level crossing in southern NSW, police say.

Man killed in train-car crash

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A MAN died when his car was struck by an express train at a level crossing in southern NSW.

Man killed after car struck by XPT train

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A man died when his car was struck by an express train at a level crossing in southern NSW.

State promise for new cop shop, rail link

Posted Monday, 5 June, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

PREMIER Morris Iemma yesterday promised Hawkesbury Police new premises by June 2010 and to buy the corridor for the Epping-Rouse Hill stretch of the North West Rail Link by June 2007.

Truck driver innocent

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A Wodonga truck driver was yesterday found not guilty on four charges relating to an accident with a steam train at Benalla in 2002 in which three men died.

Be kid again at model rail show

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Model trains from around the globe will be on show at Ballarat and District Model Railway Club exhibition this weekend.

Passengers tell of seeing crash unfold

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Witnesses reported what seemed like a slow-motion chain of events leading up to yesterday’s tragedy.

Clean-up is long process

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Locomotives and wagons were still being removed yesterday from the scene of Friday’s derailment at Benalla.

Rail strategy on track

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A fourth platform will be built at Macarthur Railway Station to improve running times and allow for an expansion in train services.

Police identify train crash victim

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Police have released the name of a man killed in a collision between a car and train at a level crossing just north of the Victoria-New South Wales border yesterday.

PPPs part of the future: United boss

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

United Group Ltd boss Richard Leupen says private public partnerships (PPPs) will be part of the future regardless of any public unpopularity.

Rail focus in transport spend

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A RECORD $3.4 billion will be spent on public transport over the next year in a NSW government push to expand and improve rail services.

United Group targets overseas markets

Posted Tuesday, 6 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Train maker and engineering services provider United Group Ltd expects overseas markets to provide the fastest part of its growth as the company's market position in Australia becomes more significant.

MP unhappy with Budget road, rail funding

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The state Budget has been delivered and there is no sign of funds to reopen a major rail line on the north coast or build a bypass for Alstonville.

Yarra Trams looks to cut system's ugly overheads

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

LIKE computers and telephones before them, Melbourne's trams could one day go wireless.

Man hit by train, loses leg

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A MAN has had his leg severed when he was struck by a train in Brisbane's south.

Rail demolition irresponsible

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in Letters to the Editor

The triumphalism associated with the announcement of the destruction of the Wodonga railway begs the question as to how this city will benefit from this outlay of $125 million.

NSW Budget rural transport funding disappoints

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Farmers in New South Wales say they are disappointed with a lack of money for rural rail and roads in the state Budget.

Post-mortem done on level crossing crash victim

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A post-mortem examination has been carried out on the body of a man killed in a collision between his car and the XPT train near Albury on Monday.

Peterborough to celebrate 125 years of rail

Posted Wednesday, 7 June, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The Peterborough community will celebrate 125 years of rail from June 9-12 with a packed program of exhibitions, displays and activities.

Heritage headquarters for rail tourism

Posted Thursday, 8 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

One of Lithgow's most significant 19th Century heritage buildings, sadly neglected in the past, is to gain a new lease of life as the administration centre for a newly emerging railway heritage and tourism operation.

Hopes dashed for Sydney Rail tunnel

Posted Thursday, 8 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Hopes for a faster train link from the South Coast to Sydney have been dashed for at least the next decade.

Two engines shipped from EP

Posted Thursday, 8 June, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Two locomotives which had been working on Eyre Peninsula were loaded onto trucks at Kimba and shipped to New South Wales last Thursday.

Councils push for rail line to stay open

Posted Thursday, 8 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Councils are lobbying the Victorian Government to retain the Ararat-Maroona-Portland rail line.

Warning unnecessary

Posted Thursday, 8 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

MEMO: Yarra trams. Check the doors on your rattler No. 289.

Petition to scrap tram extension

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A PETTION signed by more than 2700 South Australians calling for the scrapping of an extension to Adelaide's historic tramline has been presented to State Parliament.

Drivers paid to put feet up

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SYDNEY train drivers have revealed they spend their days at work watching DVDs, because the Government's new timetable has cut so many services they have nothing to do.

Call for better service at Central

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

MEMBERS of the NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) will today call on the state government to provide better levels of service, safety and cleanliness at Sydney's major railway station.

Memorabilia donated

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The family of a former inspector of locomotive maintenance has donated all his railway memorabilia to the Ararat Railway Heritage Association.

We'll fight golf course rail line: unit owner

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A Horton Park Golf Club member who bought a “$700,000 plus” luxury apartment overlooking the golf course has vowed to fight any plans for a neighbouring railway line.

Level-crossing upgrades delayed

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

ONLY half the number of level-crossing upgrades planned this year will be finished.

Rail smash bill nears $30m

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

As the bill from Lismore's fatal train smash nears $30 million, one of its biggest corporate losers has paid its respects to the family of deceased truck driver Jamie Webb.

Libs blast train driver plan

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

THE New South Wales opposition has labelled as incompetence and mismanagement revelations RailCorp employs 150 more train drivers than it needs each day.

Govt delays fast-rail timetable release

Posted Friday, 9 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is remaining tight-lipped about the release of a new fast-rail timetable for the Bendigo to Melbourne line.

Israeli train derails, several dead

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by markcurtis in International Rail News

An Israeli commuter train has derailed after slamming into a truck crossing the tracks, causing several deaths and injuring about 150 people, rescue services say.

Miner appeals against Pilbara rail line decision

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Perth-based miner Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has appealed to the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) to be allowed access to a Pilbara rail line owned by BHP Billiton.

Govt accused of snubbing regional rail users

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Nationals say the State Government is discriminating against country Victorians by excluding V/Line services from certain concessions.

Operator says problems with rail software fixed

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

TransAdelaide has reintroduced a new computer software program that caused disruptions to metropolitan rail services last month.

Vintage train draws big crowd

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Nothing gets kids’ hearts racing like the sound of a steam train whistle.

Nationals demand state rail buyback

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Nationals and state grain growers have renewed pressure on the Bracks Government to buy back the state's rail network from Pacific National to prevent the system collapsing.

Toll-Patrick merger could increase competition: Samuel

Posted Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

A merged Toll-Patrick is not anti-competitive, and may even increase competition, competition authority boss Graeme Samuel says.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/6/2006

Posted Wednesday, 14 June, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 101 sightings for this week, which were 30 sightings more than last week. Making a total of 2633 sightings for this year to date. On day 161 last year we had seen 2157* sightings (* 1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).

Work uncovers historic rail line

Posted Wednesday, 14 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A Tenambit man is calling for a piece of Maitland's historic railway line to be restored for future generations.

Rail appeal puts spotlight on Govt competition stance

Posted Wednesday, 14 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

A rail line in the Pilbara is set to become a test of the Federal Government's competition policy credentials. The Perth-based mining company Fortescue says it needs access to the line to exploit an iron ore deposit. But BHP Billiton, which owns the line, has refused to let them use it.

Rail access: Fortescue fights Costello decision

Posted Wednesday, 14 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

AFTER taking on the world's biggest mining company in its fight for railway access, Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group is now targeting the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello.

CityRail's $1m secret

Posted Wednesday, 14 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

IN another win for image over substance, the Iemma Government has spent $1 million in taxpayer funds promoting Sydney's troubled train system on TV and radio.

Community backs rail trail: development board

Posted Wednesday, 14 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Riverina Regional Development Board says the community is largely behind its multi-million-dollar plan for a rail trail in the high country.

12 collisions in 7 years

Posted Thursday, 15 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

The Sunlander train has collided with 12 vehicles at level crossings in Queensland since 1999, a Queensland Transport spokesman revealed.

Rail works to delay coal ships

Posted Thursday, 15 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) says lengthy coal ship delays are expected off the Newcastle coast this month.

O-Bahn's buses pass useby date

Posted Thursday, 15 June, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

Adelaide's O-Bahn combined bus and rail technology urgently needs an upgrade, a commuter lobby group says.

Mini world still evolving around many trains

Posted Thursday, 15 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The backyard shed has long been a favourite retreat for Australian men, but not many would contain what John James has in his.

Fuel prices push up bus, train fares

Posted Friday, 16 June, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The price of bus, train and tram tickets will rise almost 10 per cent, costing the average public transport user an extra $100 a year, with the State Government blaming rising fuel costs.

Jammed: new transport card

Posted Friday, 16 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The $340 million contract for Sydney's long-awaited travel smartcard is in legal limbo amid claims the cash-strapped company behind it needs a multi-million-dollar rescue payment.

ERG Group is developing software specific to Sydney, but is

Sydney train fares to rise

Posted Friday, 16 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Most Sydney train fares will rise 2.9 per cent when CityRail's first price increase in three years comes into effect on July 2, a pricing authority says.

Rail death trap

Posted Friday, 16 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

FOLLOWING continued dangerous incidents at the railway bridge over the Hunter River, three organisations will join forces to target the problem.

Police investigate after man found dead at train station

Posted Sunday, 18 June, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Police are treating a man's death as suspicious, after he died shortly after being thrown out of a club in Sydney's west overnight.

Trams, trains for cops

Posted Sunday, 18 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

POLICE are forced to use trams, trains and buses to get to crime scenes.

Rail crash claims need fast-tracking

Posted Monday, 19 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

WHEN Christine Ludmon's husband Andrew perished in the Waterfall tragedy, she instantly became a sole parent to their two children, while struggling with the knowledge that their youngest, a son who she was pregnant with at the time, would grow up without meeting his father.

Waterfall families still waiting

Posted Monday, 19 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

SOME of the families of victims from the Waterfall rail disaster are yet to receive compensation, nearly three and a half years after the fatal train derailment.

Rail report highlights staff issues

Posted Monday, 19 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

A report into the rail industry has found a shortage of staff will occur in the next five to ten years if no action is taken to address human resources.

Last Trains on Limestone Coast Railway?

Posted Monday, 19 June, 2006 by limestone in South Australian Rail News

Insurance costs spell end to Tourist Railway

Track fatality halts trains

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A PERSON has been struck and killed by a train at St Mary's station in Sydney's west, forcing the suspension of CityRail services between St Marys and Penrith.

Thomas a driving force for rail staff

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

THANK goodness for Thomas the Tank Engine. Without him, it might be even harder to fill jobs on the railways.

Tram's in a class of its own

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

TRAM lover Carmelina Di Guiglielmo is calling "all aboard" for a new-style tram.

Footscray catches slow train to safety

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Footscray station is unable to cope with its 12,000 daily commuters, according to the local mayor, who has accused the State Government of neglecting the western suburbs.

Waterfall cave-in

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

FAMILIES of Waterfall train crash victims who have waited nearly four years for compensation will be paid within weeks after a sudden backdown by the State Government.

Rail group questions timetable delay

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Better Rail Action Group is questioning why there is a delay in the release of a new rail timetable for the Bendigo-Melbourne line and the introduction of new express services.

Mayors urged to act against rail waste transport

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Ballarat and Moorabool councils are being urged to take action now to eliminate rail as the method of transport for waste to the proposed Nowingi toxic waste dump in north-west Victoria.

Rail workers in shock drugs find

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

NSW rail workers subjected to random tests are 15 times more likely to test positive to drugs than alcohol, the state opposition says.

Steamed over reception

Posted Tuesday, 20 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The town of Young is set to capitalize on the percieved rudeness of Cootamundra motel operators, when a touring group of 60 train enthusiasts with the 3801 Limited, Silver tour, pulls in here in September.

Runaway train crashes into boom gates

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A RUNAWAY train has rolled about 500 metres before derailing and crashing into boom gates on a disused track in Melbourne's south-east.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/6/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 95 sightings for this week, which were six sightings less than last week, which included the "Queens Birthday" public holiday. Making a total of 2728 sightings for this year to date On day 168 last year we had seen 2248* sightings (* 1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).

Councils back rail corridor plan

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

About 20 shire councils from across New South Wales have offered their support to a proposed inland rail corridor linking Melbourne and Darwin that would travel through Coonamble.

Resources boom and rail link push up Top End

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Darwin has been the country's standout industrial market with the resources boom pushing rents for sheds and warehouses up 50 per cent over the past year, McGees' property report says.

V/Line verdict in

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

One in four V/Line trains travelling to the Border last month was late.

Plan to cut train services

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

THE State Government is considering reducing the Australind train services between Bunbury and Perth and replacing it with coaches that would link commuters with the Perth-Mandurah rail link.

Fast rail project a waste of money: Opposition

Posted Wednesday, 21 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's Opposition says V/Line's failure to meet performance targets is a sign the Government's fast rail project is a dud.

Tas rail rescue in no man's land

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss has hit back at Tasmanian claims his office is responsible for a delay in signing a $118 million rail rescue package for the state.

Rail authority told to clean up its weeds

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

YEARS of landholder complaints about noxious weeds along rail tracks have prompted Tamworth Regional Council to ask for Federal Government intervention.

Toll looks for Patrick buyers

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Toll Holdings is looking for interested parties to buy parts of Patrick Corporation, which it acquired last month.

Under the Southern Cross, the fumes must move

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The new Spencer Street Station redevelopment has an innovative roof designed to naturally extract internal air and fumes out of the station, without the use of electric fans.

From the Southern Cross Station website

IT WOULD appear more work needs to be done on the preceding claim.

Ivanhoe hub in major road-rail link

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Plans to promote the small Central Darling Shire town of Ivanhoe as a major transportation hub linking road and rail between Adelaide and north eastern Australia, are being canvassed by Local Government and farming groups in the area.

Doubts raised over Perth-Bunbury rail plan

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

A proposal to halve the number of train services between Perth and Bunbury has been strongly criticised by unions and seniors' groups.

Truss comments spark rail infrastructure stoush

Posted Thursday, 22 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

A war of words has broken out about whether the rail freight industry is pulling its weight when it comes to funding infrastructure around the country.

Track slows trains

Posted Friday, 23 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE embattled fast-rail project is set to miss its latest deadline, has now cost taxpayers more than $1.3 billion and could take another year to be completed.

Queensland Rail goes national for new chairman

Posted Friday, 23 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

Former BHP CEO John Prescott will begin a three-year term as QR chairman, as the government-owned rail operator goes national.

Union up-beat about Goulburn rail jobs

Posted Friday, 23 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Union representatives are confident most of the staff at the Goulburn rail workshops will be offered new jobs when they work their final shifts for the New South Wales Government today.

Kim Jong-il's train Russia-bound

Posted Friday, 23 June, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

A SPECIAL train used by Kim Jong-il was spotted heading toward Russia, raising speculation the North Korean leader may be making a rare overseas trip, a South Korean daily reported today.

Ballarat Liberal protests against toxic waste rail transport

Posted Friday, 23 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

The Liberal candidate for Ballarat West wants to stop rail transport being used for taking toxic waste from Melbourne to the Mallee.

Fears for rail

Posted Friday, 23 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

HORSHAM Rural City Council will fight to retain all existing country freight lines in Victoria.

Man stabbed in front of commuters

Posted Saturday, 24 June, 2006 by joffie in Victorian Rail News

A MAN has been stabbed in front of commuters at Southern Cross railway station in central Melbourne

Tram in smash

Posted Saturday, 24 June, 2006 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A TRAM driver was taken to hospital after the tram he was driving and a bus collided.

North coast railway could reopen with joint funding

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government says it will spend $75 million to reopen the Casino-to-Murwillumbah rail line on the state's north coast, but only if the Federal Government agrees to match the funding.

Task force considers NSW-Gold Coast rail links

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

An interstate task force has been set up to investigate potential rail links between northern New South Wales, Coolangatta and the Gold Coast.

Lack of transport for crowd under fire

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government drew fire yesterday for failing to run extra trains and trams after Australia's World Cup clash against Italy overnight.

Competition on Pilbara rail may not work: ABARE

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Forcing companies such as BHP Billiton to open its rail lines to competitors could hurt the economy and restrict valuable exports, the national commodities forecaster warns.

MP says Bunbury bus plan sparks community anger

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The Liberal member for Bunbury, John Castrilli, says a proposal to replace half of Bunbury's train services to Perth with buses has provoked an angry reaction from his electorate.

Giants fund $2bn rail and port study

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Prospects for a major new iron ore port in Western Australia improved significantly yesterday with news of a study funded by Korean steel and Japanese manufacturing giants.

United in $163m US purchase

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

TRAIN maker, engineering and property management company United Group has made its third acquisition in 14 months, with the $163 million purchase of US property management business Equis Corporation.

Study looks at rail services north of Maroochy River

Posted Tuesday, 27 June, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

As the Sunshine Coast looks forward to the development of a railway service through to Maroochydore, a new study is to be undertaken into rail services north of the Maroochy River.

Fed Govt urged to match Casino-Murwillumbah rail funds

Posted Wednesday, 28 June, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government says it can reopen the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line in 19 months, but only if the Federal Government agrees to take on a half share of the cost.

Where steam rules the rails

Posted Wednesday, 28 June, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Everyone loves a steam train. There is a magic about the old steam locomotives that stirs the imagination of people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Give us the money to fix our rail line

Posted Wednesday, 28 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Work to return our train should begin immediately and not be contingent on the Commonwealth matching NSW’s $75 million pledge, local mayors and rail lobbyists have said.

All but united in workshop transfer

Posted Wednesday, 28 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The sale of the Goulburn railway Workshops to private enterprise promised so much. Now, with United Group Rail moving in for a July 3 start up, some staff say they have been disadvantaged by the sale.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/6/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 28 June, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 112 sightings for this week, which are 17 sightings more than last week. Making a total of 2840 sightings for this year to date. On day 175 last year we had seen 2346 sightings.

Heat, unstable track blamed for derailment

Posted Wednesday, 28 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

An investigation into two freight train derailments in the West Australian Goldfields has found the most likely cause was an unstable track line and hot weather.

Faster than a locomotive

Posted Thursday, 29 June, 2006 by SM247 in New South Wales Rail News

SYDNEY'S trains have become so slow under CityRail's 2006 timetable it is faster to travel between key stations on foot.

NSW tries to pull Canberra into line on restoring rail lin

Posted Thursday, 29 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss isn’t talking about it, but his department restated a Federal Government promise of $30 million for our train as recently as a year ago.

Search for railway workers

Posted Thursday, 29 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

MANDURAH MLA David Templeman wants to hear from residents who were Western Australian Government Railway (WAGA) workers, Westrail workers or Australian Government Railway workers.

Fight to save history

Posted Thursday, 29 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

COLLIE resident Henny Earnshaw is fighting the government to protect a part of South West history.

Ms Earnshaw said she was disturbed by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Allanah MacTiernan's plans to faze out part of the Australind train service.

BHP predicts tough year for iron ore

Posted Thursday, 29 June, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

BHP Billiton is forecasting a tough year for iron ore production because of continuing infrastructure problems and labour shortages.

Iemma's sour grapes

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

COMMUTER superhero Steve Moneghetti has ruled out a rematch with a CityRail train after the Government yesterday attempted to explain away its humiliating defeat.

It's the end of the line on top of the world

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

CHINA unveils its latest dazzling engineering feat on Sunday — the 30 billion yuan ($A5 billion) Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest.

Meeting to save $128m rail rescue deal

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Infrastructure minister Jim Cox will meet rail operator Pacific National in Melbourne next week in a bid to save the $128 million rail rescue package.

Govt denies miscalculation claims for rail service revamp

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government is denying claims it has grossly overestimated the cost of returning rail services to the Casino to Murwillumbah line in the state's north.

MacTiernan: Esperance should be patient

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

MINISTER for Planning and Infrastructure, Alannah MacTiernan has urged residents to be patient as the solution to Esperance's Port transport corridor is sought.

Beattie welcomes cross-border partnership with NSW

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in Rail News

The Queensland Premier says he is looking forward to co-chairing a new cross-border partnership with New South Wales.

Opposition urges better south coast rail services

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The State Opposition says train services on the south coast are below standard.

Promises, promises... looks like an election’s coming

Posted Friday, 30 June, 2006 by gregrudd in New South Wales Rail News

NSW election time is on the way and already the pork barrels are coming out of storage.
Four years ago the promises included things like completion of the Alstonville bypass in 2006. The town is still choking on Bruxner Highway traffic and not one step towards construction has been taken.
Meanwhile, everyone remains exasperated by the bickering between state and federal governments about how much each should contribute to upgrading the deadly Pacific Highway.

Last Monday a collective cynical sigh echoed over the Northern Rivers as NSW Transport Minister, John Watkins, announced $75 million for the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, which his government trashed two years ago. But of course it wasn’t without a catch – the federal government had to come up with the other half of the $150 million needed to put trains back on the tracks.

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