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SWEEPING changes to Adelaide bus routes will be made within months

Posted Saturday, 1 July, 2006 by E1109 in Other Transport News

A draft plan of the changes obtained by The Advertiser shows dozens of routes will be discontinued, some replaced and others significantly modified. The managing director of Torrens Transit, Neil Smith, said the plan was "97 per cent complete" but was still undergoing fine tuning during "intense" discussions with the Transport Department's Public Transport Division.

Rail sweeps China to roof of world

Posted Saturday, 1 July, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

CHINA has completed a staggeringly difficult railway across high-altitude terrain to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

Govt denies miscalculation claims for rail service revamp

Posted Saturday, 1 July, 2006 by bevans 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.

Rail prices, smoke laws to change in NSW

Posted Saturday, 1 July, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Smoking areas in pubs and clubs will be halved, train fares will be dearer and some people will pay more for water in NSW from next week.

TRANSPORT CRISIS: Being late grates aboard the 8.08

Posted Sunday, 2 July, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

THE modern train interchange at Mawson Lakes gives the impression that Adelaide's rail system is on the mend.

Six-month stall: Conlon dithers on proposal for extra Hills buses

Posted Sunday, 2 July, 2006 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

A SUBMISSION to beef up bus services for the burgeoning Adelaide Hills community is still on Transport Minister Patrick Conlon's desk - six months after it was first lodged with his office.

Travel on the train of thought: where Nietzsche is in, but love is forbidden

Posted Sunday, 2 July, 2006 by Douglas in International Rail News

France, the country which invented the philosophy café, has just had another smart idea: the train of thought. From this week, passengers who book by internet on certain long-distance French trains can arrange to sit next to other passengers with similar interests.

Would you like to travel from Paris to Marseilles while discussing Nietzsche or football or prospects for next year's presidential elections? Would you like to exchange 90 minutes of conversation in French, for 90 minutes of conversation in English? Would you like to learn to knit? Or play snap? Or combine forces to defeat diabolical sudoko puzzles?

Hunt for thugs after dad viciously bashed

Posted Monday, 3 July, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A FATHER of three was king hit, then kicked, punched and had his leg broken as he lay unconscious in front of two of his children. They were travelling home by train from a rugby match at Telstra Dome.

Tibetans rail at high train

Posted Monday, 3 July, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

PASSENGERS left Beijing for Tibet yesterday on the first run of the world's highest railway. There were some critics of the two-day, 1140-kilometre service that reaches altitudes of more than 5000 metres. Many Tibetans fear the train will spur an influx of tourists and migrants who will erode Tibet's cultural identity.

Watkins defends public transport fares rise

Posted Monday, 3 July, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government says commuters are getting value for money despite an increase in train fares today.

'Missed chance' for NSW rail boost

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

The New South Wales Government had missed a golden opportunity to raise public transport usage in the wake of rising petrol prices, the Opposition said today.

Minister rules out Sydney congestion tax

Posted Monday, 3 July, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

New South Wales Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal has ruled out imposing a congestion tax on cars entering Sydney's central business district.

BREAKING: 200 evacuated from XPT

Posted Monday, 3 July, 2006 by E1109 in New South Wales Rail News

MORE than 200 passengers were evacuated from an express train in southern NSW after smoke filled one of the front carriages.

More than 30 die in Spanish metro crash

Posted Tuesday, 4 July, 2006 by Grazza in International Rail News

At least 37 people were killed when an underground train ran off the tracks in a tunnel and overturned at high speed in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia, officials said.

Tourist train ruled out as too expensive

Posted Tuesday, 4 July, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

Albany MLA Peter Watson says he would love to see passenger trains travelling to Albany but doubts they would be economically viable.

MP calls for reflective rail tape

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

Yellow lines painted on freight trains as a visibility measure are a "cheap cop-out", member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said yesterday.

Tibet by rail breathtaking in more ways than one

Posted Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

EXHAUSTED passengers stumbled out of China's inaugural train from Beijing to Lhasa yesterday.

Blackout hits train network

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

THOUSANDS of Melbourne commuters were stranded yesterday after a blackout shut down almost half the rail network.

Rail deal still needs last shunt

Posted Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Government and rail operator Pacific National have again failed to sign a memorandum of understanding over a $128 million rescue package.

Toll sell-off to raise $1.5bn

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

Toll Holdings, the transport and logistics conglomerate, expects to raise more than $1.5billion from a string of asset sales, including divestment of a half-share in rail freighter Pacific National before year's end.

Higher petrol prices fuel rail return

Posted Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

New figures reveal more people are travelling by train on the New South Wales south coast and southern highlands lines.

Tibet railway an 'invasion' by China

Posted Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 by DavidB in International Rail News

A nephew of the Dalai Lama has likened a new railway linking China and Tibet to a second invasion of his homeland that will make its people "an endangered race".

Coles Myer backs new freight rail link

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

One of Australia's biggest retailers has thrown its weight behind a plan to build an inland rail link focused on getting freight into eastern seaboard cities faster.

New figures show boost in Hunter train travellers

Posted Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

New figures show there has been a significant increase in the number of Hunter people travelling on the region's rail services over the past year.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/7/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 130 sightings for this week, which are 18 sightings more than last week. Making a total of 2970 sightings for this year to date. On day 182 last year we had seen 2445 sightings.
On the B/G we saw another increase in traffic with a total of 28 sightings, which were 10 more than last week.

Workers face legal battle over WA rail strike

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

Western Australia's major construction union is reassessing its industrial campaign tactics after the nation's new building industry watchdog issued writs against more than 100 workers.

7th Annual Steam Festival

Posted Thursday, 6 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

TIMBERTOWN Steam & Oil Engine Club (TSOEC) is hosting its 7th Annual Rally "Steam Festival" at Timbertown on July 8 and 9 (opening times are Timbertown opening hours 9.30am – 4.30pm).

Rail firm wins $3m project

Posted Friday, 7 July, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A Ballarat company has secured a $3 million contract to refurbish Australia's longest running interstate passenger train - The Overland.

New doubts over viability of rail line

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

It is amazing how quickly nature reclaims the land we take from her. Barely more than two years have passed since trains were removed from the Casino to Murwillumbah branch line, but in parts it may as well have been 20.

Rail corridor makes sense

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

The prospect of an inland rail corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane has been hailed as "commonsense" by Dubbo rail enthusiast Gordon Tindall who can see nothing but good things coming from it for Dubbo.

Train patronage on rise

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

Maitland residents are swapping their car keys for train tickets as rising petrol prices and improved timetables spark a return to public transport, new figures reveal.

Threat to tram 'with change of council'

Posted Friday, 7 July, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A decision to fast-track legislation postponing Adelaide City Council elections for a year came after the State Government was warned any change in the make-up of the council could have "catastrophic consequences" for its $21 million Glenelg tramway extension in the city.

Toll takeover may reap more cost savings

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

Transport conglomerate Toll Holdings Ltd says it may reach higher than expected cost savings from its $6 billion-plus takeover of Patrick Corp Ltd - and ahead of schedule.

New trains way off

Posted Monday, 10 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

EVEN by RailCorp's rubbery standards the state's latest train project - the $440 million outer-suburban car (OSCAR) - is seriously late.

Truth at last: Trains jammed

Posted Monday, 10 July, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

TRANSADELAIDE has admitted its train services are at bursting point, with passengers forced to stand for journeys as far away as Noarlunga - the furthest station south of the city.

Fuel costs blamed for train price rise

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

RISING fuel costs have been blamed for a new surcharge on the price of a ticket on main Australian passenger trains.

Need to tackle coal bottlenecks at back end

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

BOTTLENECKS in providing water, rail and housing in the Queensland coalfields could hamper efforts to lift exports, despite planned major port expansions.

Timetable fails

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

TRANSPORT Minister John Watkins' new rail timetable is a failure, with on-time targets missed for afternoon peak-hour suburban trains in 40 weeks out of the 43 since its introduction.

Tram past is revived

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

BENDIGO'S heritage tram service is back on track, thanks to some lucrative restoration projects and the dedication of its paid staff and volunteers. With trams from all over Australia and even parts of the United States being sent to its depot to be repaired or rebuilt, the Bendigo Tramways is about $40,000 ahead of its budget for external works.

Militant rail union faces walkoff fines of $11.4m

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

THE decision by Perth rail workers to strike illegally earlier this year could cost them and their militant union $11.4 million in fines, not including court costs.

Cross-country rail link moves step closer

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

AN AMBITIOUS project to link Queensland with WA via a 3000km railway is a step closer after a favourable reception from major steel producers.

Tourism body defends rail fuel levies

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

Central Australian Tourism says it is reasonable for Great Southern Railway to pass its rising fuel costs on to passengers.

We're still going to miss the bus

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by E1109 in Other Transport News

THE SA Government has conceded it is unlikely to meet its goal of doubling weekday public transport use by 2018.

Patience nears end of line

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

COMMUTERS have been patient with Transport Minister John Watkins but you wonder whether they are reaching the limits of their tolerance.

Tram past is revived

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

BENDIGO'S heritage tram service is back on track, thanks to some lucrative restoration projects and the dedication of its paid staff and volunteers.

Public transit smartcard best in west

Posted Tuesday, 11 July, 2006 by DavidB in Other Transport News

NSW remains locked in a death match with its long-running public transport smartcard project, but Western Australia has won the race to install the first major system in Australia.

Minister hopes for better rail line hazard reduction

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

Emergency Services Minister Tony Kelly is hopeful there will be proper hazard reduction on rail lines in future, to prevent fires like the one near Cootamundra early last year.

Meeting to hear rail trail concerns

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

There is a call for the Riverina to look to Victoria and South Australia for examples of successful rail trails.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/7/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 12 July, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for this week, which is a drop of 25 sightings on last week. Making a total of 3075 sightings for this year to date. On day 189 last year we had seen 2545 sightings.

QR bids for FCL

Posted Wednesday, 12 July, 2006 by rhino in Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has lodged a formal bid to buy freight forwarding company FCL Interstate Transport Services in a deal likely to be worth about $140 million.

Train late? It depends who you ask

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

IF YOUR train arrives five minutes late, the Government says it is on time, no matter how accurate your watch.

Farmers say no to rail trail plan

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

Farmers between Wagga, Tumbarumba, Tumut and Batlow have voted overwhelmingly against the proposed Riverina rail trail.

No new spending on Vic roads: Greens

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

No new roads would be built under the Greens Victorian transport policy, which instead calls for $10.5 billion to be pumped into the state's public transport system over 10 years.

Pledge made to address rail trail worries

Posted Thursday, 13 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

There has been a commitment to address farmers' concerns about the proposed Riverina rail trail in the next stage of planning.

Planning under way for Gold Coast rapid transport scheme

Posted Thursday, 13 July, 2006 by l_Blue_l in Other Transport News

A proposed rapid transit system for the Gold Coast has moved a step closer.

Adelaide railways may go electric

Posted Friday, 14 July, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

The SA Parliament is about to debate a motion calling for the metropolitan rail network to be electrified.

Try rail, says Liberal

Posted Friday, 14 July, 2006 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S public transport woes could be fixed by large cash investments from the Federal Government, according to leading Liberal Malcolm Turnbull.

Transwa backs 'cost-effective' transport plan

Posted Friday, 14 July, 2006 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The state's public transport authority says a proposal to replace half of the south-west's passenger train services with buses is the most cost-effective way to service the region's transport needs in the future.

QR's empire-building well on track

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by rhino in Queensland Rail News

Being state-owned doesn't mean QR is run by cardigan-wearing bureaucrats.

Trolleys to answer NSW rail emergencies

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Special rail trolleys designed to help emergency workers dash to the scene of train disasters were put on show by the NSW government.

Driver follows train along tracks

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A 52-year-old woman has been charged with dangerous driving after she took a wrong turn and followed a train 300m along a railway line, police said today.

Railway copper thefts top $30,000

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The value of copper cable stolen from railway installations around Lithgow and Portland over the past two weeks has now topped the $30,000 mark.

Terminal on track

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Construction of a $10 million freight centre to the west of Parkes is on schedule for an early October opening.

Use rail links for cycling

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Desicated cycling routes along rail corridors are the answer to reducing the number of run-ins between cyclists and motor vehicles, according to the Bicycle Institute of South Australia.

Cheaper off-peak travel the ticket for Melbourne

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by anothermelbournite in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is considering cheaper off-peak public transport fares to increase patronage.

NSW Government to close down 3801 Limited

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by GabiCseh in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp has refused to re-sign a lease with the company for the 3801 engine and has advised them that the engine will be sent to the Rail Transport Museum in Thirlmere. This will mean the 3801 Limited business will shut down.

Railway fight resurrected

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

A campaign to resurrect a rail line linking Wollongong to south-western Sydney is gathering momentum.

Train crash prompts new safety measures and upgrade

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

VicRoads will immediately work on making the site of a fatal train crash near Lismore, south-west of Ballarat, safer.

Asbestos finds not expected to stop rail upgrades

Posted Monday, 17 July, 2006 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp says proposed upgrades to Illawarra railway stations should not be affected by the discovery of asbestos.

Historic locomotive rail-roaded

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

THE NSW Government has been accused of forcing Australia's most famous heritage steam train off the rails and demolishing its home to make way for a high-rise apartment block.

Woman driver charged for tailgating train

Posted Tuesday, 18 July, 2006 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A FEMALE driver has taken a wrong turn on her way home - and ended up following a train along a railway line.

NSW lobbies for public transport tax concessions

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

The New South Wales Government is again calling on the Commonwealth to consider introducing tax concessions for public transport users.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/7/2006.

Posted Tuesday, 18 July, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 118 sightings for this week, which are 13 sightings more than last week. Making a total of 3193 sightings for this year to date. On day 196 last year we had seen 2640 sightings.

Federal govt won't fund public transport

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

The federal government has categorically ruled out funding state based public transport networks.

Why QR needs FCL: analyst

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

QR needs to expand nationally to both protect existing customers and grow a balanced portfolio of transport businesses, QR National Manager Commercial Development, Darrin Rawson-Harris told the AusIntermodal conference in Melbourne yesterday.

Islington rail site to be new housing estate

Posted Wednesday, 19 July, 2006 by E1109 in South Australian Rail News

CONTAMINATED former railways land at Islington will be remediated and developed into housing for students and retired people.

Drug sniffer dogs on patrol at railway station

Posted Wednesday, 19 July, 2006 by E1109 in South Australian Rail News

MORNING commuters at Adelaide Railway Station were yesterday greeted by new drug-sniffing dogs on a training run.

3801 engine to stay for Steamfest

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

A tussle over the control of the historic 3801 steam locomotive is threatening to shut down the company that has brought it to Maitland for the past 20 years.

Railway yards to be turned into student housing

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

A developer will clean up heavy metal pollution at the old Islington railway yards in Adelaide's inner north, and turn the site into housing for students and retirees.

Council proposes underground train line

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

A $6 BILLION underground rail line could carry commuters from Brunswick to Windsor through the City Loop, under Melbourne City Council's latest transport proposal.

Campbell rejects push to resurrect rail project

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

The Minister for the Illawarra, David Campbell, has dismissed the suggestion that the Maldon-Dombarton rail project should be resurrected.

Southern Cross pollution levels get a pass

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

Southern Cross railway station management have defended air quality levels at the station following a draft study showing air quality is well within the required safety standards.

Train to the Barossa to get back on track

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

THE Barossa Wine Train, one of South Australia's most-loved heritage drawcards, has been saved and will run again for the first time in three years.

Fare evasion drops in Vic

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

MORE Victorians are paying their way on public transport, figures released today show.

Four arrested over Mumbai train bombings

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

Three men have been detained in India and a fourth, one of the country's most wanted terrorist suspects, was picked up in Kenya in the first arrests in connection with the Mumbai train blasts that killed 183 people this month.

Nats' new chief gets down to business

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

THE Queensland Nationals have elected as their new president a businessman who was brought into the party 12 months ago to determine its electoral and financial future.

Loco for 3801 to lose steam

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

TOMORROW, when you're waiting in the freezing cold at Strathfield station, wondering where the 7.15am service to Wynyard is, console yourself that there is a train operating on NSW railways that runs on time, where the staff are hospitable and serving tea and scones to happy passengers who arrive at their destination with a smile.

Building workers support WA colleagues

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

The construction union in New South Wales has launched an appeal to help 107 workers from Perth who are facing fines of up to $28,000 for breaching new workplace laws.

Rate and fuel rises hit home

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

SOARING petrol prices and hefty mortgages are forming tracts of financial pain around Melbourne. Many are hurting from a double whammy, a study warns.

State asked to match federal rail funds

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The State Government is being urged to match Federal Government funding of $2.4 billion to improve rail infrastructure.

Ted's transport woes

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

CENTRAL Victorians complained to State Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu about train travel when he visited the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo Showgrounds yesterday.

Why BHP doesn't want to share its railway

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

FOR a vicious battle, the railway dispute between BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals had a surprisingly tame beginning.

Concern for Fiji sugar cane growers as rail blockade continues

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

The blockade of a sugar cane rail line in Fiji could force some farmers out of the industry, according to the Sugar Cane Growers Council.

Railway line tests to start

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

ECHUCA is a step closer to having passenger trains running from Echuca to Bendigo, with line testing to start today.

Train drivers pinpoint bad spots

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

TRAIN drivers will next week pinpoint the state's "hidden blackspots" - railway level crossings with a high frequency of near misses between trains, vehicles or pedestrians.

Land sale 'a mistake'

Posted Monday, 24 July, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

THE State Government has been accused of political expediency by selling contaminated land at Islington for student and aged housing.

Uncertainty surrounds Barossa wine train plan

Posted Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

There are doubts surrounding plans to resurrect the Barossa wine train service.

Academic backs Maldon rail link.

Posted Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

AN international planning expert has supported calls for the completion of a rail link between Wollongong and south-western Sydney.

Sunshine train

Posted Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

AN $8 MILLION high-tech solar-powered ultra light rail system could connect Healesville to Lilydale, running via Yarra Glen and Coldstream.

Fog delays planes, trains, cars

Posted Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 by Loco in Other Transport News

Thick fog has delayed flights to and from Melbourne Airport this morning.

Rail revival

Posted Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

HIGH petrol prices are believed to be responsible for luring 16,000 new passengers back on to the rail network in the Wollondilly shire, new figures have shown.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/7/2006.

Posted Tuesday, 25 July, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 119 sightings for this week, which was 1 sighting more than last week. Making a total of 3312 sightings for this year to date.

Barossa cluedo

Posted Wednesday, 26 July, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

John Geber plans to have the Barossa Wine Train sitting in front of Chateau Tanunda, overlooking the cricket pitch as Old England takes on Old Australia in the 'Masters Ashes' on Thursday, November 30.

Our trains getting later and later

Posted Wednesday, 26 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

DESPITE putting on fewer and slower trains, the Iemma Labor Government's own figures show on-time running performance of trains on the western line, which includes the Richmond line, has been getting progressively worse.

NZ's Auckland, Wellington train service to stop running

Posted Wednesday, 26 July, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

AFTER a run of almost 100 years, the only passenger train service between Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand is at the end of the line.

Aussie firm to end old NZ train service

Posted Wednesday, 26 July, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

The Australian owner of New Zealand's rail network has signalled the end of one of the country's last long-distance passenger train services.

Westpac to bring airport ghost train back from dead

Posted Thursday, 27 July, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

WESTPAC has trumped Macquarie Bank to emerge as the preferred buyer for Sydney's struggling Airport Rail Link.

Fire damages railway station

Posted Thursday, 27 July, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A suspicious fire damaged a railway station and disrupted train services in Melbourne's south-east overnight.

Up to 10,000 passengers late for work

Posted Friday, 28 July, 2006 by Loco in Other Transport News

Eastern suburbs bus services were disrupted this morning over an industrial dispute involving emergency release buttons.

Train hits landslide in London

Posted Friday, 28 July, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

AP - Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a rush hour train after it struck a landslide, London's public transport operator says.

Wandoan-Banana rail link timeline set

Posted Friday, 28 July, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

The State Government says the long-awaited "missing link" in Queensland's rail system should be finished in five years.

Derailment delays trams

Posted Friday, 28 July, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

Passengers were delayed along route 109 when a tram derailed at Yarra Trams' Southbank depot this morning.

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