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Addition tram project extension planned

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

The South Australian Government is planning an additional $10 million extension to its controversial Adelaide tram project.

Face slashed in train attack

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

POLICE are looking for this man after a vicious train attack in which a passenger had his face slashed.

Coal windfall fast-tracks rail

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

THE massive tax windfall generated by the coal boom has convinced the Queensland Government to fast-track a $1billion rail line linking untapped coalfields west of Brisbane with the port of Gladstone on the state's central coast.

Minister defends tram plans

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

TRANSPORT Minister Patrick Conlon has strongly defended plans to further extend the planned city tram route, saying critics should `lift their eyes' to see the benefits that accrue.

Train tourism back on rails

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

TRAIN tourism is set for a revival and whether it is high fuel prices or a stronger need for unique holiday experiences that is driving it, Queensland is gaining face as a future frontier for this growing industry.

Man found bashed at train station

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

A MAN is in a critical condition after being attacked by up to six men at a train station in Brisbane's south.

$25 million for Melbourne's worst blackspot

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Other Transport News

THE federal government has offered $25 million to upgrade the Whitehorse and Springvale Road intersection in Melbourne's eastern suburbs - the city's worst blackspot and congestion point.

Govt to blame for tramline opposition, MP says

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

South Australian independent MP Bob Such says the State Government has only itself to blame if people object to the proposed extension of the Glenelg Tramline.

Fire delays Eastern Suburbs trains

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

Peak hour rail services on the Eastern Suburbs line were temporarily delayed this morning after a small fire broke out in a sub-station at Central Station.

Cane train crash under investigation

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

Mackay Sugar has begun investigations into Friday's head-on collision between two cane trains in the northern Queensland city.

Think bigger on light rail, says transport expert

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

SYDNEY should be more ambitious in its vision for light rail and demand a network fanning out to Bondi, Newtown and the North Shore, a transport summit will hear this week.

Calls for completion of Maldon-Dombarton rail link

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon says the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link could help to relieve commuter congestion on Sydney rail services.

Goods train derails in Victoria

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A GOODS train carrying grain has derailed in Victoria's northwest.

Country rail crossings neglected: SA Opposition

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian Opposition says the Government has failed to invest in country rail safety.

Govt gives support to missing central Qld rail link

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

The Mayor of Banana Shire says a new rail line between Wandoan and Banana will help to open up development in the central Queensland region.

Rail heritage needs view ahead

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

AS part of the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Central Station this week, Transport Minister John Watkins has the delightful task of announcing Railcorp's new heritage plan.

Man killed by train in Adelaide

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

A MAN died when he was hit by a train in Adelaide's north-western suburbs early today.

City tram goes west

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

ADELAIDE'S tram system will be further extended into the city's West End, in a move designed to kickstart a redevelopment of the area. In the first stage of a city loop, the Glenelg tram line will be extended past the Morphett St bridge to the University of South Australia's City West campus at an extra cost of $10 million.

Man slashed in brazen train attack

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

POLICE will scan security camera footage today after a thug slashed a Melbourne train passenger across the face with a Stanley knife.

Plan for $1bn rail link

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

THE Queensland Government has revealed plans for a $1-billion rail link that will allow the export of four billion tonnes of thermal coal.

Mumbai train attack arrests

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by markcurtis in International Rail News

INDIAN police investigating the deadly Mumbai train blasts said they had arrested two brothers amid reports that one was a suspected senior commander of a top Muslim militant group.

Minister defends tram plans

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

TRANSPORT Minister Patrick Conlon has strongly defended plans to further extend the planned city tram route, saying critics should 'lift their eyes' to see the benefits that accrue.

Minister attacks tramline critics

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

AS opposition to the $31 million city tram project grows, Transport Minister Patrick Conlon defended the project yesterday against "small-thinking" critics who believe the money would be better spent elsewhere.

Federal funding for Springvale Rd level crossing

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by ninthnotch in Victorian Rail News

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,19964402-2862,00.html

ONE of Melbourne's worst intersections is finally in line for a facelift to ease chronic traffic congestion.

Federal Treasurer Peter Costello will today announce $20 million to upgrade the junction of Springvale and Whitehorse roads at Nunawading.

Goods train derails in Victoria

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by E1109 in Victorian Rail News

August 01, 2006 02:23am

A GOODS train carrying grain has derailed in Victoria's northwest.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 29/7/2006.

Posted Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports


Hi Guy's

There were 123 sightings for this week, which were 4 sightings more than
last week. Making a total of 3435 sightings for this year to date. On day
210 last year we had seen 2846 sightings.

Lobbyists welcome new Bendigo train lines

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

Welfare groups have applauded new train services on the Bendigo line, saying they will help ease the impact of high petrol prices.

RAIL CRASH

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A 21-YEAR-OLD Birregurra woman miraculously escaped serious injury when her car and a passenger train collided in Birregurra yesterday.

Freight train details, wheat cargo spilt

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A FREIGHT train derailed near Boort on Monday night, spilling its precious wheat cargo across 50 metres of track.

Fast rail project near completion

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government says its regional fast rail project is almost complete.

Train bomb kills three

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

MILITANTS detonated a bomb on a bridge on the main railway line through Thailand's rebellious Muslim south today, killing three policemen and stranding thousands of travellers.

New train services for regional Victoria

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

Victorian country rail will get a boost with 401 extra services each week when a new timetable is introduced next month.

Fast trains a flop, say Libs

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A controversial rail upgrade in country Victoria, which will introduce hundreds of extra services from next month, fails to deliver what the government promised, the state opposition says.

Poor season affects transport company

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

A southern Queensland trucking company says the poor grain growing season on the Darling Downs is having an impact on its business.

Suitors scramble for Toll's rail stake

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

TRANSPORT behemoth Toll Holdings has fielded more than 40 expressions of interest from potential buyers of a 50 per cent stake in Pacific National, the rail business it won full control of after buying joint venture partner Patrick Corp earlier this year.

Fast trains hit the rails a year late

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

NEW train services offered as part of the troubled Regional Fast Rail project will begin within weeks as the State Government seeks to bolster country support in the lead-up to the November election.

Bracks delivers fast rail service despite delays

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

MASSIVE budget blowouts and delays aside, the State Government should be applauded for delivering on its promise to dramatically improve rail services to provincial Victoria.

Mini rail builds up momentum

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

THE clickety-clack of miniature trains should be heard at Lake Pertobe before the end of the year, fulfilling the hopes and dreams of an army of enthusiasts behind the drawn-out project.

Trains could cut town in half

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

THE construction of a rail tunnel through the Liverpool Range at Murrurundi could have a drastic effect on Scone, enabling coal trains twice their current size to travel through town.

Rail group keen to ensure train remains competitive

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

ONE month since Regional Express pulled out of Armidale, restoring a monopoly to Qantas for flights to Sydney, the Friends of the Northern Railway (FONR) have expressed concern about the part that trains will play in keeping public transport competitive.

Train and truck near-miss almost derails Government

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

COINCIDING with the Premier's new faster-rail timetable announcement, there was only one glitch on the 11.08am VLocity service to Ballarat, which could have turned the Government's day quite literally into a train wreck.

Freight row

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

Wimmera councils demand answers

QR faces raid on profits

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

THE State Government will raid 80 per cent of Queensland Rail's profits despite massive write-downs in the value of its trains and tracks.

Spencer St dispute leads to $33m bill

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIAN taxpayers will be forced to pay almost $33 million to settle a bitter contractual dispute over the State Government's largest public-private partnership — the Spencer Street Station redevelopment.

Civic Nexus takes over station redevelopment

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government has paid just over $32 million to settle its dispute with builder Leighton Holdings over the Spencer Street Station redevelopment in Melbourne.

Fashionable, but not practical, insists bus fan Watkins

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Tram and Light Rail News

THE battle between buses and trams intensified yesterday as the Transport Minister, John Watkins, spelt out his most detailed case yet against light rail through the city.

Train-track mum faces court

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

A BRISBANE woman, who allegedly drove a car on to a railway line, honking her horn at a train in front of her, has been charged with dangerous driving.

Special patrol halts railway monkey business

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, but India's Delhi Metro has hired a monkey to frighten off other monkeys from boarding trains and upsetting passengers.

Dubbo woman hit by London train to come home

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A Dubbo woman who suffered a fractured skull when she was hit by a train in London a month ago is expected to be flown home to a Sydney hospital tomorrow.

Teen charged with blackmail, robbery

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with armed robbery and blackmail after threatening a younger boy during a hold-up at Brighton in Melbourne's south-east.

Station security off track

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

SEXUAL assaults, bashings and robberies are occurring at a rate of more than one a day on Queensland railway stations.

Steam train operators welcome upgrade plan

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

The operators of the 3801 steam locomotive have welcomed the New South Wales Government's plan for a $500,000 upgrade of the train.

NSW to save rail heritage

Posted Saturday, 5 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Transport Minister John Watkins plans to spend $20 million over five years on conserving the state’s rail heritage and has intervened in a row over the future of a historic locomotive.

Light rail debate is far from home

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

THIS week's Herald transport forum threw up some interesting points about light rail in particular and transport in general. It was a reminder that arguing about public transport versus cars is useful but can obscure a bigger point, which is that Sydney is weak in both areas. As I've reported before, compared with other cities, Sydney is poorly provided with freeways. So the suggestion we often hear, that public transport money has been diverted to roads, is not significant in any meaningful way. The truth is that all travellers have lost out.

The secret life of us - tunnel vision exposed

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

THOUSANDS pass through Central Station every day, but no one notices the bullet hole. A tiny dent in a marble pillar near the platform one entrance is the only trace of the Battle of Central, when one man died and several were injured as World War I troops rioted in 1916.

Fashionable, but not practical, insists bus fan Watkins

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

THE battle between buses and trams intensified yesterday as the Transport Minister, John Watkins, spelt out his most detailed case yet against light rail through the city.

Column 8 giggle

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

"CityRail instructs us to inform the guards if suspicious items are found, but are they qualified to handle them?" asks Leslie Leong, of North Epping. "A few days ago, I informed the guard at Town Hall that there was an abandoned bag in the carriage. The guard walked up to the bag, picked it up, gave it a violent shake and pronounced: 'It's OK, it's not a bomb.' Is this standard CityRail procedure?"

Off the rails: motorist on track honks at train

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

A woman who allegedly drove a car onto a railway line, honking her horn at a train in front of her, has been charged with dangerous driving.

$1.3b fast rail fails time targets

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

JUST six out of 160 daily country fast rail services will meet the Bracks Government's advertised travel time targets.

Tilt train victims getting 'peanuts'

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

VICTIMS of the 2004 tilt train crash near Bundaberg are receiving an average of only $7500 compensation for their ordeal, which must also cover their legal and medical bills.

SCT looking at FCL too

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by rhino in Other Transport News

MELBOURNE-based SCT Logistics is gearing up to outflank Queensland Rail and challenge Pacific National, as the fight for business in the national rail market unfolds.

PN is a key strategic asset of the Toll Holdings behemoth. Its overwhelming market power in road, rail, air and ports is generating a potential coalition of opposing companies, ranging from QR to Linfox. However, SCT, a family-run rail and trucking company based at Altona in Melbourne's west, pioneered competition on the east-west rail corridor in the 1990s and still is doing its own thing.

SCT is developing a major rail terminal at the strategic outpost of Parkes in NSW; has bought land near Brisbane for a big rail terminal; will start using its own locomotives from next year; has plans for a north-south rail service; and has thrown its hat in the ring to buy Melbourne company FCL.

Vandals had artistic touch in graffiti attack on Xplorer

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

RAIL travellers arrived at Armidale railway station on Saturday morning to find the Xplorer covered in graffiti.

Special patrol halts railway monkey business

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, but India's Delhi Metro has hired a monkey to frighten off other monkeys from boarding trains and upsetting passengers.

Life hangs in balance after railway collision

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A young Branxton man was fighting for his life in Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital yesterday after being struck by an XPT as he walked along the edge of the railway line near Maitland High Street station.

Parkes is the name and transport's the game

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

SCT Logistics is gearing up to outflank Queensland Rail and challenge Pacific National, as the fight for business in the national rail market unfolds.

Train-based tourism benefiting from high petrol prices

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) says train-based tourism across the state is undergoing a revival due to high petrol prices and cheaper holiday options.

Ghan bans smoking on board

Posted Monday, 7 August, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

Smoking will soon be a thing of the past on the Ghan's railway journeys between Adelaide and Darwin.

Train service under fire

Posted Tuesday, 8 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

WARRNAMBOOL'S councillors are pleased with improvements to the city's bus service, but not so happy about V/Line's efforts with the trains.

New train timetable

Posted Tuesday, 8 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

New rail services to Ararat on weekdays are set to benefit the region.

Waterfall train crash safety recommendations nearly adopted

Posted Tuesday, 8 August, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A report out today says three-quarters of the safety recommendations from the Waterfall train crash inquiry have now been adopted.

VFF says rail infrastructure needs urgent upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 8 August, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says dozens of important rail lines across the state urgently need upgrading.

Woman killed as train hits car

Posted Tuesday, 8 August, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

A WOMAN died when a freight train struck her car on a level crossing west of Brisbane.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/8/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 9 August, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 126 sightings for this week, which were 3 sightings more than last week. Making a total of 3561 sightings for this year to date.

Rail services to resume by September

Posted Thursday, 10 August, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

Passenger trains between Echuca, Bendigo and Melbourne are due to resume by the end of September.

A train will leave Melbourne for Echuca via Bendigo at 6.17pm Fridays and 12.15pm Sundays.

People returning to Melbourne after the weekend will be able to catch a train at Echuca at 5.10pm Sundays. There will be also be a Friday night train from Echuca to Bendigo, leaving at 9.35pm and arriving at 10.45pm.

Train timetable `disappointing'

Posted Thursday, 10 August, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

V/Line's new timetable for the upgraded Echuca to Bendigo and Melbourne train line has disappointed the Bendigo Better Rail Action Group and surprised Campaspe Shire mayor Judi Lawler.
Action group spokesman, former Echuca resident Chris Oaff, said the $10m upgrade of the Echuca line would see only the reinstatement of the suspended Friday evening and Sunday afternoon passenger train.

Traffic chaos hits Melbourne's north

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Malfunctioning boom gates at a series of railway crossings have caused traffic chaos in Melbourne's inner north this [Monday] morning.

Rail blowout due to inflation: Iemma

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by Grazza in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Premier Morris Iemma says the majority of a $250 million blowout in the cost of building a suburban railway line in Sydney's north is because of inflation.

The 12.5km Chatswood-to-Epping rail line had been estimated to cost around $2 billion, but will now cost an additional $250 million.

Waterfall train crash safety recommendations nearly adopted

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A report out today says three-quarters of the safety recommendations from the Waterfall train crash inquiry have now been adopted.

Reprieve for Australind

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

THE Australind train service will remain a twice daily return trip after heavy lobbying, including from the Collie community.

Train plan falls to people power

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

PEOPLE power has prevailed over a proposal to reduce Australind train services in favour of increased country coaches linking up with the Perth to Mandurah rail line.

Planning and Infra-structure Minister Alan-nah MacTiernan said this week the two daily return services on the Australind train were here to stay.

Govt under fire after blow-out in rail link cost

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition has accused the State Government of being incapable of delivering transport projects on time or within budget.

QR, PN reach short-term agreement over Acacia Ridge

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has struck a short-term deal with Pacific National (PN) over access to its Acacia Ridge rail terminal.

But the long-term future of PN in Queensland remains uncertain, with QR vowing to stand its ground on access pricing.

The parties have signed a five-week agreement, giving PN access to the Brisbane terminal until August 31.

Panic stations as rail line costs soar

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE COST of the Epping-to-Chatswood rail link has blown out by up to a quarter of a billion dollars due to bungled noise estimates and higher than expected building costs.

China to extend Tibet railway

Posted Saturday, 12 August, 2006 by in International Rail News

CHINA plans to extend the railway to remote, mountain-bound Tibet that opened just over a month ago, stretching the line to the region's second largest city, an official said today.

Work on a 270km rail link from Tibet's capital, Lhasa, to Xigaze will begin next year and take three years to finish, Yu Yungui, a Xigaze official announced, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Darwin light rail would be heavy on our pockets

Posted Monday, 14 August, 2006 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

A LIGHT rail link in Darwin would cost at least $10 million a kilometre.
This would mean a link between the CBD and the rural area, as suggested by Lord Mayor Peter Adamson, would cost an estimated $500 million.

Mr Adamson released his five-year draft vision for a modern and attractive Darwin last month.

His plans for the future development of the NT capital included a light rail link between the CBD, Palmerston and Darwin's rural area.

Station upgrade ties in with Wimmera transport hub

Posted Monday, 14 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Horsham train station will be upgraded as part of plans for a new passenger hub for the Wimmera.

Rail riding the ticket for United Group

Posted Tuesday, 15 August, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

SHARES in United Group, an engineering and property services company, surged after demand for rail wagons to move coal and iron ore boosted second-half profit.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/8/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 122 sightings for this week, which were 4 sightings less than last week. Making a total of 3683 sightings for this year to date. On day 224, last year we had seen 3020 sightings.

Wesfarmers posts $1.05b profit

Posted Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 by TA 2000 in Western Australian Rail News

Western Australian-based industrial conglomerate Wesfarmers has posted a record $1.05 billion net profit.

Historic tourist train operator call for supporters

Posted Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The company that manages the historic 3801 locomotive is calling on supporters of the Cockatoo Tourist Train Service to pressure the State Government into assuring the company's future.

$30m rail link

Posted Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

THE road between Bunbury and Bridgetown will be safer in the future thanks to a $30 million plan to improve rail links and reduce truck traffic by 144 trucks a day.

Horsham finds rail freight ally

Posted Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

COMMUNITY leaders in the district's west have joined a fight to save rail freight lines.

Station upgrade ties in with Wimmera transport hub

Posted Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Horsham train station will be upgraded as part of plans for a new passenger hub for the Wimmera.

Toll's axing NZ train a mistake

Posted Friday, 18 August, 2006 by plaird in New Zealand Rail News

An Opinion Piece from The Dominion Post (Wellington NZ) pB5
15 August 2006

Train operator Toll NZ should have tried harder with its Auckland-Wellington passenger services writes Dr Philip Laird.

See also Final Overlander rail journey sold out
15 August 2006 Waikato Times

The Overlander may have been running empty for several years but it's going to end its days fully booked, with the final Overlander service on September 30 sold out.

Meanwhile, Ruapehu Mayor Sue Morris said she was going ahead with plans to try to save the 97-year-old North Island main trunk passenger rail service. Ruapehu District Council unanimously supported her moves to meet Finance Minister Michael Cullen as soon as possible. "The public reaction has been overwhelming."

Mrs Morris said she had letters of support from all around the world.

Fond farewell to the railway

Posted Friday, 18 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

HENRY Porter completed his last shift as an engine driver yesterday and brought to a close a career on the railways lasting 45 years and eight months.

Train too slow for Transport Minister

Posted Friday, 18 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IT SEEMS Victoria's Regional Fast Rail just isn't fast enough for Transport Minister Peter Batchelor.

Linfox reacts

Posted Friday, 18 August, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

ENDING months of silence, Australia's second largest road transport company, Linfox, has made its first move to counter Toll Holdings' tightened grip on the Australian freight industry.

3801 Limited calls for answers on its future now!

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by GabiCseh in Rail News

3801 Limited Chairman, Dr John Glastonbury has called for the half a million citizens of NSW who have enjoyed the iconic experience of locomotive 3801 to ask for answers from the Premier.

$500 million mystery

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by xxxxlbear in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA's highest-paid bureaucrat is at the centre of explosive new allegations that cast fresh doubt over the $500 million public transport smartcard tender.

Fast Rail: Too slow, too expensive

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by xxxxlbear in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S auditor-general has given a damning assessment of the state government's attempt to deliver a fast train network to Victoria's regional areas.

Vic Govt continues push for Mildura rail line upgrade

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government says it is still negotiating on contracts for an upgrade of the Mildura rail line.

Feeder transport network to change when rail arrives

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

THE start of passenger train services on the Southern Suburbs Railway in July 2007 will mark a significant change in the public transport network through Mandurah and the southern corridor.

Assaults prompt rail station safety call

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A commuter group has called for Connex to reintroduce staff at railway stations after a group of four men terrorised two victims in separate attacks near railway stations in Flemington last night.

Toll NZ announces sharp profit rise

Posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

Rail and ferry operator Toll NZ Ltd reported it had nearly doubled its June year net profit to $NZ53.3 million ($A44.81 million).

MP says Vic Govt has failed in rail line standardisation scheme

Posted Friday, 25 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A western Victorian MP says rural Victoria should question the Government's commitment to rail.

Funding for rail upgrade

Posted Friday, 25 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Million dollar loading facility for Greenbushes

Fast rail project slammed

Posted Friday, 25 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S financial watchdog has slammed the Bracks Government's $750 million fast rail project saying it failed to deliver time savings for most train travellers and was hampered by poor construction planning.

Commuters urged to re-check train bookings

Posted Friday, 25 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

People hoping to catch trains on the Gippsland line between Melbourne and Bairnsdale tomorrow are being warned to double-check their bookings.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/8/2006

Posted Friday, 25 August, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 118 sightings for this week, which were another 4 sightings less than last week. Making a total of 3801 sightings for this year to date. On day 231, last year we had seen 3115 sightings.
On the B/G we saw 25 sightings, which were four less than last week. 9140 was seen on all week days this week. We saw 19 grain trains this week on the B/G which was four down on last week.

Echuca Rail Action

Posted Friday, 25 August, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

Echuca's railway station has returned to life after a long period of inactivity.

'Nerds' set subway record

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by E1109 in International Rail News

TWO self-professed "infrastructure nerds" have set a new record after riding the entire New York subway system non-stop in just over 24 hours, according to reports today.

Vital scrutiny puts the spotlight on the need for speed

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government's fast rail project has cost $750 million and its time-saving benefits for passengers are negligible. So says Victoria's financial watchdog. The Auditor-General, Wayne Cameron, this week took the lustre off one of the Bracks Government's jewels in the crown with a damning assessment of the project. Mr Cameron said that less than 7 per cent of the state's 6 million rail passengers would derive any faster time benefits from the project. As to the others,

Fare-evading man finds loophole in rail security

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

THE vulnerability of Melbourne's rail network was exposed yesterday when a man entered an underground tunnel in the City Loop to escape ticket inspectors.

Buses to service interrupted train routes

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Buses will replace trains on four of CityRail's lines in Sydney and on the New South Wales central coast this weekend, as infrastructure works are carried out.

Portland wants rail standardisation for exports

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The port of Portland is asking for clarification on when western Victorian rail can expect to be standardised.

Fast rail project slammed

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S financial watchdog has slammed the Bracks Government's $750 million fast rail project saying it failed to deliver time savings for most train travellers and was hampered by poor construction planning.

Vanishing man stops city rail network

Posted Saturday, 26 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man wearing a backpack spotted walking into a city loop rail tunnel this morning brought Melbourne's train network to a standstill.

Let's get commuters on the right track

Posted Sunday, 27 August, 2006 by luznug in Letters to the Editor

Now then, let's see if we've got this right.

The State Government has spent $750 million improving regional rail services and that is a scandal. The minister is called to account because the fast trains aren't fast enough.

Then the minister announces that $1 billion is to be spent widening freeways and there is not a peep.

Trains buckle under pressure

Posted Sunday, 27 August, 2006 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

BUCKLED tracks and broken sleepers are forcing trains to slow down at 59 points across Adelaide's rail network, with TransAdelaide failing to spend a third of its budget on rail upgrades.

The Sunday Mail has obtained a TransAdelaide document that shows drivers are being ordered to drop their speed to as low as 10km/h on some sections of the network because tracks need to be replaced.
And one driver says the company is underestimating the extent of the problem and wants more speed restrictions to be enforced to ensure passenger safety.

Coalition makes law and order election pitch

Posted Sunday, 27 August, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Coalition has made a law and order pitch on Day 13 of the state election campaign.

Free Sunday public transport for over 60s

Posted Sunday, 27 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Senior citizens will now be able to travel for free on public transport on Sundays in Melbourne and regional centres.

Govt hints at funding for Darwin regeneration

Posted Sunday, 27 August, 2006 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The Federal Government says it is keen to look at proposals for urban regeneration in Darwin with a view to providing Commonwealth funding.

Germans issue arrest order for bomb plot

Posted Sunday, 27 August, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

German authorities issued an arrest warrant for a Syrian suspect in a failed plot to detonate bombs on German trains last month.

Vic Government impressed by own rail performance

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by luznug in Victorian Rail News

THE Victorian Government is plugging its record on improving the state's rail network in the lead-up to the November 25 state election. Transport Minster Peter Batchelor today challenged the Victorian Liberals to match the commitment the Bracks Government had shown to the state's passenger and freight rail networks if it won government.

New port site tailored to third stevedore

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by luznug in New South Wales Rail News

THE New South Wales Government has announced the second stage of its $500 million Port Botany expansion will be built at a site north of the first stage. An independent panel investigated three potential locations for the new site, including east and west options.

DORC isn't cool: rail group

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by luznug in Rail News

THE rail arm of Engineers Australia has questioned the merit of the mechanism currently used to obtain investment in Australia's rail infrastructure.

In a submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into road and rail infrastructure pricing last week, the Rail Technical Society of Australasia questioned whether the Depreciated Optimised Replacement Cost (DORC) system complied with economic efficiency principles.

Four train trips: Batchelor

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

Passenger rail services to Echuca from Bendigo will return from Sunday after an absence of 19 months.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor announced yesterday the return to the previous service levels of four single trips a week.

QR expanding Melbourne base

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by rhino in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) aims to expand its operations in Melbourne as part of its plan to compete for general freight against Pacific National.

QR, a State Government-owned corporation, will triple the warehousing capacity at its terminal in Altona, acquired from CRT Group last year.

Bendigo-Echuca rail line upgrade complete

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Limited rail services will resume on the Bendigo-Echuca line from Sunday after a $10 million upgrade.

Queensland Rail on Melbourne expansion track

Posted Monday, 28 August, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) aims to expand its operations in Melbourne as part of its plan to compete for general freight against Pacific National.

GMR Little Nymboida Bridge fire set back for Lowanna operations

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by fred59 in Rail News

The Glenreagh Mountain Railway and the community of Lowanna and Ulong are in shock by unexplainable fire on the main rail bridge over the Little Nymboida River. After 8 years of hard work by the community and members of Glenreagh Mountain Railway, public trike operations were planned to commence in October between Lowanna and Ulong.

Man dies on world's highest railway

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by E1109 in International Rail News

A 75-year-old Hong Kong man has become the first passenger to die on board the world's highest railway line running from western China to Tibet, a radio report said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/8/2006.

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 116 sightings for this week, which were another two sightings less than last week. Making a total of 3917 sightings for this year to date. On day 238, last year we had seen 3225 sightings. On the B/G we saw 20 sightings, which were another five less than last week. 9140 was seen on all week days except Monday this week. We saw 16 grain trains this week on the B/G which was three down on last week.

Thousands hit by UK rail strike

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News


Thousands of rail passengers faced a chaotic return to work on Tuesday (local time) as a strike crippled some of London's busiest commuter lines.

Bridge holds up workers

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

COMMUTERS arrived at work up to three hours late yesterday morning after delays to a rail bridge upgrade at Heatherdale train station - part of the EastLink freeway project - caused chaos on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines.

A smoother ride for Yarra Trams

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

WHEN Yarra Trams started reviewing its asset management, it found that its most valuable assets were locked inside the heads of its employees. And worryingly few employees, at that.

Rail project worker rues IR court case

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

One of the first workers to be charged under the Federal Government's new workplace laws says the court case against him and 106 of his colleagues will have a devastating effect on their lives.

Union warns of long fight for rail project workers

Posted Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Western Australian branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has warned rail workers at the centre of a Federal Court wrangle, the case is likely to drag on for months.

Opposition says train emergency plan taking too long

Posted Wednesday, 30 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says the Government's five-year timetable for fitting new exit devices on train carriages is too slow.

Train emergency locked doors rule dumped

Posted Wednesday, 30 August, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE State Government will spend millions on fitting emergency door releases to more than 1000 train carriages after it dumped its policy of locking passengers inside in a crisis.

Flagship Chinese train to Tibet derails

Posted Wednesday, 30 August, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

One of China's new trains to Tibet, the world's highest railway, has derailed, disrupting the line for five hours and delaying thousands of passengers.

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