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Bomb hoax hatched to stop partner's train

Posted Friday, 1 September, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A man called police saying he had overheard "Arabs" talk about a bomb on an airport-bound train because he wanted to stop his partner and child catching a plane, a Brisbane court has been told.

ARTC announces resleepering of NSW Western Main Line

Posted Friday, 1 September, 2006 by SEMartin in Rail News

Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) will install 61,732 timber sleepers this financial year on its Western rail corridor between Kinalung and Broken Hill in a project valued at $8.27 million, David Marchant CEO of ARTC announced today

“ARTC will begin negotiations immediately for the supply of the timber sleepers now that the project has received Board approval.” David Marchant said.

Vic regional trains safest in Aust, says Govt

Posted Friday, 1 September, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The state Transport Minister says Victoria's regional rail network will be the safest in Australia.

Shuttle to link city, station

Posted Saturday, 2 September, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A NEW shuttle bus service will connect Bendigo residents with train services from Sunday.

Rail price dispute may see grain trucked

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

AWB and GrainCorp say all Queensland grain could have to be transported by road in future because they have not been able to strike a deal on freight rates with Queensland Rail.

Three hurt, driver missing as train derails

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

AT least three people were injured and a driver was missing after a passenger train derailed in northern Thailand, police and railway officials said.

Calls for trains to slow down

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

THE speed of passenger trains passing through built up areas could be restricted to 80km/h following recommendations handed down yesterday at the inquest into the death of a woman whose car was struck on a railway level crossing at Baan Baa two years ago.

Train misprints fixed

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

BALLARAT'S new express train would take a record 61 minutes to reach Melbourne according to V/Line's webpage yesterday, but there was just one problem.

Vic regional trains safest in Aust, says Govt

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The state Transport Minister says Victoria's regional rail network will be the safest in Australia.

Stand clear called for fast trains

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The first of the fast rail express country services and new peak period city trains will run on Monday. And the Government is gunning to have the last of the fast trains, a semi-express service from Traralgon, on track for October 16.

Farce rail runs off cash tracks

Posted Sunday, 3 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

EXPECT pandemonium on country train services from next week.

Project offered to suing company

Posted Monday, 4 September, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

THE West Australian Government has given preferred status to a major highway development to a company which is trying to sue it for $200 million over another project.

Man dies in train-car collision

Posted Monday, 4 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A GEELONG man died after his car was struck by a train at Corio yesterday afternoon.

'Farce rail' defies critics

Posted Monday, 4 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

FASTER, more frequent country train journeys were promised with yesterday's launch of new V/Line timetables, the culmination of a seven-year project to revitalise the Victorian rail network.

Ballarat train exceeds 'fastest' time

Posted Monday, 4 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The first express train from Ballarat to Melbourne on V/Line's new regional timetable has outdone its 64-minute expected travel time, completing the trip in less than an hour.

Tilt train could return to 160 kph in 2007

Posted Monday, 4 September, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail says its tilt train services will remain under speed restrictions until at least the end of the year.

Fast trains rolling

Posted Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 by HHHHH in Victorian Rail News

Morning trains from Ballarat and Geelong pulled into the city minutes earlier than their timetabled arrivals.

$2b rail and port link hits early snag

Posted Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

THE plan certainly sounded grand.

Forum to be held to discuss inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane

Posted Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

The date has been set for a forum to lobby for an inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Rail operator mourns depot death

Posted Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 by Loco in Tasmanian Rail News

RAIL freight operator Pacific National has sent condolences to the friends and family of a worker killed at its northern Tasmanian maintenance depot today.

Up to five dead in Egypt train crash

Posted Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

An Egyptian passenger train and a freight train collided head-on, killing up to five people and injuring 28 in the second fatal rail crash in Egypt in two weeks, security sources said.

Railway project receives council support

Posted Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A two year plan to revitalise the precinct around Wollongong Railway Station has been supported by Wollongong City councillors.

Ballarat fast train delays 'embarrassing'

Posted Wednesday, 6 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The State Opposition says delays with the fast train to Ballarat within its first two days of operation are embarrassing.

NZ woman survives train running over her

Posted Wednesday, 6 September, 2006 by Loco in New Zealand Rail News

A young New Zealander run over by a freight train as she lay between the tracks is "incredibly lucky" to be alive, a rail spokeswoman said today.

Woman dies after being hit by freight train

Posted Wednesday, 6 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A young woman is dead after being hit overnight by a train at Coffs Harbour, on the mid north coast of New South Wales.

Barossa Valley passenger rail service suffers setback

Posted Wednesday, 6 September, 2006 by Loco in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian Government says it will not be upgrading the passenger rail line from Gawler to the Barossa.

Funeral train

Posted Wednesday, 6 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

HUNDREDS of family and friends watched as Puffing Billy stalwart Graeme Breydon took his final train journey last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/9/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 6 September, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 109 sightings for this week, which were another seven sightings less than last week. Making a total of 4026 sightings for this year to date.

Fast rail service off but not flying

Posted Thursday, 7 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

THE Auditor-General did not reckon it was value for money, but behind the grumpiness and Monday-itis thousands of country commuters were glad the regional fast rail project was finally on track.

Severe weather delays Sydney commuters

Posted Thursday, 7 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

Gale force winds and heavy rain have caused major disruptions to Sydney's transport network.

Qantas linked to Fox hunt

Posted Thursday, 7 September, 2006 by Loco in Other Transport News

QANTAS has been linked to a plan to buy the Fox family owned road, rail and logistics business Linfox/FCL for $1.3 billion.

Sydney trains to get $13m door revamp

Posted Thursday, 7 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has announced a $13 million allocation to improve Sydney's rail fleet.

Mudslide cuts south coast rail line

Posted Friday, 8 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

THOUSANDS of rail commuters were forced onto buses after a mudslide near Otford forced the closure of the South Coast rail line.

Taking the myki: the future of commuting in Melbourne

Posted Friday, 8 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

IT'S funky and the size of a credit card. It's "myki" — and by the end of next year it will be your key to travelling on Victoria's public transport network.

Albury rail link ‘ideal’

Posted Friday, 8 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

IT would cost $500 million less and cut travelling time by about three-quarters of an hour to link any of four proposed railway sub-corridors between Melbourne and Brisbane via Albury rather than Shepparton.

Inland rail options released

Posted Friday, 8 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

CONSTRUCTION of an inland railway from Brisbane to Melbourne is starting to firm as a reality with an operation date of 2019 proposed so it can meet the nation's forecast transport needs.

Govt calls for feedback on routes for north-south rail corridor

Posted Friday, 8 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

THE Federal Government has set a time frame of 2019 for a new inland railway linking Melbourne and Brisbane.

Fast train timetables off track

Posted Monday, 11 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

THE Bracks Government has been hit with another embarrassing bungle involving its much-vaunted regional fast rail.

Three hurt as taxi, tram collide

Posted Monday, 11 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

THREE women were injured when a taxi collided with a tram in central Melbourne tonight.

Melb-Bris rail 'cheapest' through Goondiwindi and Toowoomba

Posted Monday, 11 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

The Australian Transport and Energy Corridor (ATEC) says it makes sense to build the Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway through Goondiwindi and Toowoomba.

Stoner backs inland rail plans

Posted Monday, 11 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

Oxley MP and NSW Nationals leader Andrew Stoner is throwing his support behind plans for a new inland rail route.

V/Line Snubs Tatura

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

TATURA residents have hit out at the lack of consultation carried out by V/Line in relation to the new timetable which commenced earlier this month.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/9/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 132 sightings for this week, which were a welcome 23 sightings
more than last week. Making a total of 4158 sightings for this year to date.
On day 252, last year we had seen 3438 sightings.

Vic Opposition doubts Govt plan for Ballarat station

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Opposition is sceptical about the Government's announcement it will spend $11 million building a new train station for Ballarat.

Hop on for park visit splash

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Press Releases

SPRING is here and it’s time to delight in the beautiful, natural attributes of Emerald Lake Park.

Oakeshott pushes for rail link to be coastal

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

A NSW north coast politician is calling for the coastal option for a north-south interstate rail link to be put back on the table for debate.

Man 'threatened to bomb' train station

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A man has been charged after he allegedly threatened to bomb a Sydney railway station.

Dispute over heritage rail bridge causing concern in Mt Doran

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

MOORABOOL mayor Peter Russell discusses the dispute between rail operator Pacific National and Heritage Victoria which may block access to the town of Mt Doran.

Bridge dispute may close major freight road

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

A dispute is preventing the 1860s rail bridge in Mount Doran, south-east of Ballarat, from being repaired.

Riding the rails

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

After seven years and $1 billion, the fast train has finally arrived. Was it worth the wait? Stephen Moynihan reports.

Council undecided on highlands rail proposal

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

The Wagga Wagga City Council is holding off on endorsing the feasibility study into the planned Riverina Highlands Rail Trail.

Toll divestment on the rails as Dynon switches to VRTC

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

TOLL Holdings has handed its Dynon rail freight depot to the Victorian Rail Track Corporation as part of its regulatory obligations following its $6 billion purchase of Patrick Ltd.

'Grenade' perfume evacuates terminal

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

NEW York transport authorities shut down part of the city's main bus terminal after someone spotted an object that resembled a hand grenade but was in fact a bottle of perfume.

ABARE backs BHP over rail access row

Posted Wednesday, 13 September, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

Australia's chief commodity forecaster is warning there will be costly implications if iron ore explorer Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is allowed access to a rail line owned by BHP Billiton in the Pilbara.

Legendary loco visits - Keen crowd meets train

Posted Thursday, 14 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

A small but enthusiastic crowd braved the cold and wet conditions on Saturday evening to see history in the making when Locomotive 3801 rolled into Cobar.

Road makes way for rail

Posted Thursday, 14 September, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

THE road closure of Carleton Place in Greenfields to make way for the new Perth to Mandurah railway has been recommended for approval, despite the fact it will cut off pedestrian access to the nearby education campus from the western suburbs.

More rail needed

Posted Thursday, 14 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

The Bells Line Expressway falls into the same "must be built transport infrastucture" category as the inland railway linking Melbourne and Brisbane, the chairman of the Bells Line Expressway Group, Ian Armstrong, said today.

Historic trip off the rails

Posted Saturday, 16 September, 2006 by hansonator in Victorian Rail News

TOMORROW'S historic train ride from Southern Cross Station to Maryborough has been cancelled — a humble 19th century steam train cannot run on a 21st century track, it seems.

QR Derailment at Laidley

Posted Saturday, 16 September, 2006 by alantrains in Queensland Rail News

A Freight train has derailed somewhere between Grandchester and Laidley on the Brisbane - Toowoomba line.

Chirac's voice just the ticket to cheer commuters

Posted Saturday, 16 September, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

The voice of Jacques Chirac greets passengers over the speakers of a Paris commuter train every morning, announcing the next station and wishing them a nice day.

Memo foreshadows train guards shortfall

Posted Saturday, 16 September, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The West Australian Opposition has released a memo which says Perth daytime train services could be without transit guards for up to eight weeks.

Police seek witnesses to Melb train bashing

Posted Saturday, 16 September, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police want to hear from witnesses to an attack on a young man on a Melbourne train early this morning.

Rail bosses defend train safety

Posted Sunday, 17 September, 2006 by E1109 in New South Wales Rail News

RAILCORP has defended safety levels on NSW trains amid claims the number of crashes, fires and derailments have soared in recent years.

Man left unconscious on train track

Posted Sunday, 17 September, 2006 by E1109 in Queensland Rail News

A DOCTOR who deals with anger management has been bashed by two men in an apparent unprovoked attack and left unconscious on a Brisbane railway track.

Monkey in a flap over fez

Posted Sunday, 17 September, 2006 by E1109 in Western Australian Rail News

RACISM complaints have forced Transperth to withdraw taxpayer-funded ads showing a gorilla wearing a fez.

Memo foreshadows train guards shortfall

Posted Sunday, 17 September, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

The West Australian Opposition has released a memo which says Perth daytime train services could be without transit guards for up to eight weeks.

Mystery surrounds city's rail job claim

Posted Monday, 18 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

UNCERTAINTY exists around the proposed employment of a marketing officer to promote the Regional Fast Rail project in Ballarat.

Can he fix it? We'll find out

Posted Monday, 18 September, 2006 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

TRANSPORT Minister Pat Conlon has held the challenging portfolio for 18 months – and Thursday's Budget will reveal if he has a blueprint to tackle the state's road, rail, bus and tram problems

800 angry gunzels as V-Line cancels steam train service

Posted Monday, 18 September, 2006 by D3 624 in Victorian Rail News

A historic steam train service from Melbourne to Ballarat and Marybough is cancelled at the last moment by V-Line because of concerns it will interfere with the fast rail service.

Teen arrested over psychologist bashing

Posted Monday, 18 September, 2006 by E1109 in Queensland Rail News

A 16-year-old boy has been charged over an attack which left a father-of-three unconscious on a Brisbane railway track.

Rail cost evasion hit by MP

Posted Tuesday, 19 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

TONY Plowman says he is being deliberately stonewalled in his bid to discover the reasons behind the Wodonga rail bypass cost blow-out.

Steam fans get Fast Rail shunt

Posted Tuesday, 19 September, 2006 by D3 624 in Victorian Rail News

A SCHOOL holiday steam train ride for hundreds of children is in doubt because of clashes with Victoria's new fast train network.

Class envy hits on a long-haul train

Posted Tuesday, 19 September, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

THE cheap seats weren't all Mal Chenu had bargained for

New rail cars to boost peak hour capacity

Posted Tuesday, 19 September, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Western Australian Government says the purchase of 45 new rail cars will mean more frequent train services during peak periods.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/9/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 20 September, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 112 sightings for this week, which is a dive of 20 sightings less than last week. Making a total of 4270 sightings for this year to date.

Railwayman hit by bullet

Posted Wednesday, 20 September, 2006 by E1109 in South Australian Rail News

A RAILWAYMAN has been hit by a bullet that ricocheted around the cabin of a freight train in South Australia's mid-north.

Trains reliable, says report

Posted Wednesday, 20 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE exceeded 96 per cent reliability on the Ballarat line, according to August performance results released yesterday.

Traffic chaos feared over rail works

Posted Thursday, 21 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

One of Melbourne's busiest suburban roads is set to be clogged with buses when construction starts on a $55 million project to eliminate a notorious level crossing.

Epping-Chatswood rail link 'basket case'

Posted Thursday, 21 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

THE man in charge of the Epping to Chatswood rail link has described the project as a "basket case".

Commuters face 3-year wait for new trains

Posted Thursday, 21 September, 2006 by Loco in Western Australian Rail News

PERTH commuters will have to put up with overcrowded trains for at least another three years despite the State Government announcing that it will spend $150 million on 45 new railcars.

Train track driver now on the wagon

Posted Thursday, 21 September, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

A WOMAN who consumed a bottle of wine before driving 300 metres along a railway track was on her way to pick up her daughter from a train station, a court was told.

More trains for Perth's transport system

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

Up to 8,400 extra places will become available on Perth trains following a multi-million dollar investment by the State Government.

Rail services rise

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by Chris Oaff in Victorian Rail News

Daily passenger trains between Echuca and Bendigo will run from February 2007.
A service increase of 320 per cent announced on Wednesday will see daily trains arrive in Bendigo before 9am.

Victorian Transport Minister Peter Bachelor announced the new timetable, with V/Line passenger trains from Echuca to Bendigo to be increased from four to 18.

Coal boom fast-tracking rail upgrade

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) plans to upgrade the North West's rail system in time for the coal boom were revealed at yesterday's Gunnedah Coal Conference.

Hold that tram

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Spooked by chintz, John Saxby sets off to find his comfort zone in Melbourne.

Collins Street, Melbourne, has a celebrated, tree-lined, "Pa

Historic Mount Buffalo Chalet to close

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

The historic Mount Buffalo Chalet, in Victoria's high country, will close early next year.

Impressive line up for rail forum

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

Earlier this week only 12 councils had registered for the conference.

Train guard loses teeth in rock attack

Posted Friday, 22 September, 2006 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp has defended safety measures for station staff after a guard lost two of his teeth and suffered head wounds in a rock-throwing attack on the NSW south coast.

Passengers killed in magnetic train test

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by E1109 in International Rail News

AN elevated Transrapid train carrying around 30 people has crashed on a test run in northern Germany, killing some passengers, authorities said today.

$500m Abrams tanks in the wars

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by E1109 in Other Transport News

THE army's newest frontline weapon, the Abrams battle tank, arrived in Australia yesterday and immediately encountered problems, with no rail transport available to carry the tank to the Northern Territory.

Flying cane toad hitches train ride

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

THE Ghan may be bringing unwelcome visitors to the Top End -- pest birds.

Thieves try to steal rail TV

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by realmakoym8 in New South Wales Rail News

TWO men wearing balaclavas and using a ladder and bolt cutters tried to steal a television from a Sydney train station platform early today.

The pair roused suspicion at Bondi Junction station, about 2.30am

Maglev trains promise super speed, but cost is high

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

Using magnets to hold trains in the air so they can travel at speeds comparable to planes has long been a goal for making long-distance travel enjoyable.

German train crash toll lowered to 23

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

A high tech magnetic train smashed into a maintenance vehicle on a test run in northern Germany on Friday, killing 23 people, authorities say.

High-tech train crash kills 23

Posted Saturday, 23 September, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

A high-tech German train that floats on powerful magnetic fields smashed into a maintenance car on an elevated test track, killing 23 people - the first fatalities on a maglev train.

Train security concerns prompt creation of new squad

Posted Sunday, 24 September, 2006 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

A new group of officers will be deployed on Perth's trains following concerns public safety is being put at risk because of a shortage of transit guards.

Bus and rail ban for lout

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by E1109 in South Australian Rail News

THE first South Australian has been banned from using public transport.

Deputy PM attends rail corridor meeting

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

Politicians and council delegates from across the New England north-west are today attending a forum to campaign for a proposed rail network from Melbourne to Brisbane to be built west of the divide.

Manslaughter probe after train crash

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by E1109 in International Rail News

GERMAN prosecutors are investigating whether a high-speed train crash in Germany that killed 23 people and injured 10 was the result of human error and could therefore lead to manslaughter charges.

Vaile wins support for railway fast-track

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

A railway consortium says it supports Nationals leader Mark Vaile's call to speed up construction of a rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Delegates push for earlier inland rail completion

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by bevans in Rail News

Delegates at yesterday's rail conference in Parkes have voted to push the Federal Government for a 2014 completion date of the inland rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Japan to invest $US3b in magnetic trains

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by bevans in International Rail News

Central Japan Railway Co will invest 355 billion yen ($A4.13 billion) to develop high-speed magnetic trains in Japan over the next decade, the company said, just days after a deadly crash involving an experimental magnetic train killed 23 people in Germany.

Commuters forced to miss trains

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by in Victorian Rail News

PASSENGERS are being left behind as the rail system chokes on record numbers of commuters.
High petrol prices in the past 12 months have helped lift trip numbers by 27,000.

At the same time just 11 extra services on four lines have been rolled out as part of the Government's "more trains more often" promise.

City-bound passengers are regularly squashed like sardines into trains at North Melbourne station.

We must pick right rail path

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by in Letters to the Editor

REGARDING the North South Rail Corridor Study Executive Report, commissioned by the Department of Transport and Regional Services, at present about 10 per cent of the Sydney-Melbourne freight goes by rail.

There are moves to increase it to 50 per cent by rail.

When this happens the citizens of Albury-Wodonga and Wagga and others are likely to notice the difference in rail movements in urban areas, as did the citizens of Botany Bay when rail was used to move freight in that area.

Hughenden concerned over possible train driver changes

Posted Tuesday, 26 September, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A group of business leaders in northern inland Queensland says it is concerned about the safety of train drivers if Queensland Rail (QR) change job conditions.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/9/2006.

Posted Wednesday, 27 September, 2006 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 129 sightings for this week, which are 17 sightings more than last week. Making a total of 4399 sightings for this year to date.

Nearly $1m paid out in tilt train crash compo

Posted Wednesday, 27 September, 2006 by Loco in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says it has paid out close to $1 million in compensation so far as a result of the 2004 tilt train crash near Bundaberg in the state's south-east.

Govt says inland rail line not a priority

Posted Wednesday, 27 September, 2006 by Loco in Rail News

An inland rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane is not high on the Federal Government's agenda, despite strong support in western NSW for the project.

Tourism group calls for return of Ghan pensioner discount

Posted Thursday, 28 September, 2006 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

THE Northern Territory Government is under pressure to subsidise pensioner concessions on the Ghan.

Sydney train users still voice concerns

Posted Thursday, 28 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

Rail commuters are more satisfied with reliability across Sydney's train network but are still concerned about crowding, a new survey shows.

CityRail's report card: better late than never

Posted Thursday, 28 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

ONE-THIRD of commuters still believe the punctuality of trains is either "poor" or "very poor", an annual survey of CityRail customers has found.

Green light for bus plan

Posted Thursday, 28 September, 2006 by Loco in Other Transport News

BUSES will be linked via satellite to traffic lights to allow them to rush through traffic if they are running late, the State Government has announced.

Rail project

Posted Thursday, 28 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

THE South Morang Rail Alliance (SMRA) has joined a chorus of concern over a State Government transport strategy for the northern suburbs.

More rail trail consultation planned

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

Proponents of the Riverina Highlands Rail Trail say they will further consult affected landowners, many of whom oppose the development.

GE signs $860m Kazakh rail deal

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in International Rail News

KAZAKHSTAN is set to sign a $US650 million ($860 million) deal to buy 310 railway locomotives from General Electric today, reflecting surging rail traffic between China and Russia.

Train too late for a night out

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

CHANGES to North East public transport timetables are a huge inconvenience for travellers, the region’s politicians said yesterday.

Telstra cuts railway station payphone numbers

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

Telstra will remove payphones from a number of Melbourne railway stations but says it will ensure there is at least one left at each station.

All the world's a train, and all the travellers merely snoopers

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in Letters to the Editor

HOW many times have you heard this half of a mobile phone conversation?

Toll does turnaround on NZ rail services

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in New Zealand Rail News

The Australian transport conglomerate Toll Holdings has reversed its controversial decision to scrap all passenger train services between Auckland and Wellington.

Smoke drama evacuates peak-hour train

Posted Friday, 29 September, 2006 by Loco in New South Wales Rail News

COMMUTERS were directed by CityRail staff to walk through acrid smoke after a packed peak-hour train was evacuated at Redfern station this morning, a passenger says

Govt signs off on Tassie rail package

Posted Saturday, 30 September, 2006 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The federal government has signed off on the long-awaited Tasmanian rail rescue package, securing the future of the state's freight rail network for the next decade.

Railway plaza a shocker, angry architects lament

Posted Saturday, 30 September, 2006 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S architectural elite have broken ranks to heavily criticise a significant component of the State Government's Spencer Street redevelopment, the West End Plaza, declaring it an appalling scar on the city.

Tracks lifted at Roma Street for new rail-bus hub (Qld)

Posted Saturday, 30 September, 2006 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

South East Queensland's $333 million Inner Northern Busway expansion has taken a major step forward, with work starting on the new Roma Street rail and bus station. Tracks are being removed at Platforms 2 and 3 of Roma Street Railway Station - the first part of transforming it from a rail-only station to an integrated rail-bus hub.

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