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Transport cash card plan axed

Posted Tuesday, 2 October, 2007 by grace in Victorian Rail News

A PLAN for Victoria's new smartcard ticketing system to double as a cash card has been shelved after Government intervention.

Staff of the Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA), set up to roll out the myki ticketing system — had been examining commercial opportunities for the card based on similar systems overseas.

Hong Kong's Octopus card allows customers to add money to their cards to pay for train and bus fares and also to buy food and drinks from retailers and to buy books.

If introduced here, the TTA would be able to generate millions of dollars by taking a small percentage of each transaction.

Ballasting in Western Victoria

Posted Tuesday, 2 October, 2007 by loco621 in Letters to the Editor

El Zorro is operating ballast trains between Kaniva and Horsham and is operating out of Glenorchy with locos T386 (V/Line colours) GM45 (leased from GWA) and GM36 (believe leased from Seymour Loco Group)

The website for El Zorro only mentions the operation of two grain trains in Victoria. No mention is made of ballast operations.

I would like some information on their origins in Victoria, their future contracts and what rolling stock they currently own.

Ivan Marchant

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 29/9/2007

Posted Tuesday, 2 October, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 100 sightings for this week, which is the same as last week. Making a total of 4066 sightings for this year to date. On day 272 last year we had seen 4500 sightings. On the B/G we have seen only two sightings for the week, on Monday we saw an up grain train with XR558(PN)+XR553, and it returned on the down that afternoon as 9123.

Iraqis Take over Basrah Railroad Station

Posted Tuesday, 2 October, 2007 by freightgate in International Rail News

BASRAH, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2007 — The completed rehabilitation of the Basrah railroad station marks an important achievement in the development of basic transportation services and strategic infrastructure for the Iraqi people.

The $480,000 project was one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ main transportation projects in southern Iraq. In the Basrah Province, the Basrah station is one of seven railway stations that are being rehabilitated. All were looted and damaged after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Violence at Dandenong and Noble Park Railways Stations

Posted Thursday, 4 October, 2007 by freightgate in Letters to the Editor

I read with interest the recent announcements by the Federal Government over African refugee immigration. I have heard rubbish callback radio regarding the move with people appalled at the decision of the government.

The Melbourne Age newspaper with I rarely buy ran a article on how African refugees are assimiliating with modern Australia.

Call for transit police to curb rise in violence

Posted Thursday, 4 October, 2007 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE workers are demanding greater powers to curb rising violence on country trains.

They blame unprecedented patronage growth for a series of assaults and unruly behaviour.

Patronage has risen almost 30 per cent in a year with more than two million extra passenger trips across the state.

More than nine million passenger trips were taken last year compared with 7.26 million the year before.

Currently, V/Line conductors have the power only to inspect tickets.

Kojonup Tourist Railway running again

Posted Thursday, 4 October, 2007 by KTR in Western Australian Rail News

Although we have not had a train running for two years, our group has not been idle. We recommenced a service for tourists on the 28th September and will now operate on a regular basis.

BHP Pilbara Rail Access Appeal Dismissed

Posted Friday, 5 October, 2007 by GrahamH in Rail News

From AAP.
"The miner had appealed a Federal Court of Australia ruling made in December that declared the company's railway lines in the Pilbara were not part of the production process. This decision paves the way for the rail lines potentially to be declared open to third-party access under the Trade Practices Act."

NT: Trials show 'safety issues' with rail crossing

Posted Friday, 5 October, 2007 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

Posted October 5, 2007 15:50:00
Updated October 5, 2007 15:49:00

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says railway crossing regulations need to be overhauled across the country, after investigating a train crash south of Darwin.

ON TRACK: EXTRA train services on horizon after sustained boom on WBL Line

Posted Saturday, 6 October, 2007 by dalts 1985 in Victorian Rail News

EXTRA train services are on the horizon after a sustained boom in Warrnambool line passenger numbers.

A record 39,900 individual trips were made between Warrnambool and suburban Geelong in August.

SA - Opposition demands safety audit of troubled train system

Posted Tuesday, 9 October, 2007 by witsend in South Australian Rail News

AN independent safety audit of TransAdelaide must be conducted in light of the latest incident on Adelaide's troubled trains, the State Opposition says.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/10/2007

Posted Tuesday, 9 October, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 102 sightings for this week, which is two more than last week. Making a total of 4168 sightings for this year to date. On day 279 last year we had seen 4612 sightings.

Time To Get Serious About Rail

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by colinw_mk2 in Queensland Rail News

Setting up a new transit authority to fix South-East Queensland's public transport system sounds promising - but until there is some significant investment in new rail infrastructure, we're not going to see any real improvement.

More Melbourne trains ordered by state Government

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by Poath Junction in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government will spend $272 million to buy eight additional trains for Melbourne's overburdened rail system. The order comes on top of a $362 million order for 10 new trains announced in this year's state budget

MP urges Govt action on port rail link study

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

The state Member for Bundaberg, in south-east Queensland, says the State Government has delayed an election promise to undertake a study on a new rail link for the Port of Bundaberg.

Truckies call for safer rail warnings

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

A spokesman representing truck drivers says warning lights at level railway crossings are too difficult to see in time to stop for long and heavy vehicles.

Four robbed in attacks by railway gang

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Three teenagers have been arrested after two armed robberies in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

NSW considers hybrid trains

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has commissioned a study into whether new Japanese hybrid trains could be introduced onto parts of the state's rail network.

Police seize stolen railway sleepers

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Walgett police say they have seized a semitrailer and front-end loader allegedly used to steal sleepers from a railway line at Pokataroo near Collarenebri in north-west New South Wales.

Report finds no need to close Nyngan rail crossing

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

A consultant's report commissioned by Bogan Shire Council has found the main railway crossing in Nyngan, in central western New South Wales, does not need to close.

$270 million for more city trains

Posted Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government will spend $272 million to buy eight additional trains for Melbourne's overburdened rail system.

More train carriages for regional Victoria

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by Poath Junction in Victorian Rail News

Premier John Brumby will spend part of his unexpectedly large budget surplus on 8 more train carriages for the state's stressed regional rail system.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by train

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

Police and emergency services remain at the scene of a fatal rail accident in Bayswater.

Vic Govt announces regional rail boost

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is boosting the rolling stock on the regional rail network.

Second stage of railway yards development launched

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

The second stage of a $350 million development at Townsville's old railway yards will officially be launched later today.

Gateway link 'part of transport plan'

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

NSW Transport Minister John Watkins denies a new "Gateway" road link will increase traffic congestion in Sydney, saying a balanced approach is needed to meet the city's transport needs.

First steps towards electric rail

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

Physical preparations are starting for Auckland's $1 billion-plus rail electrification project, with the deepening of a tunnel under Newmarket's main street.

$2.5m offer to link Auckland airport to Britomart

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

Auckland's public transport agency is offering a down-payment on the "holy grail" of a possible rail link between the airport and Britomart.

Toll could exit NZ rail market

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

Rail buffs are speculating Australian company Toll Holdings Ltd is finding New Zealand too hard a place to make a dollar and may sell its rail business to the government.

Survey shows remote areas paying more for groceries

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

A Queensland Government survey has revealed outback residents are paying up to $113 more for supermarket groceries than city residents...

Kelly defends planning decisions in wake of coal mine transport woes

Posted Saturday, 13 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Regional Development Minister Tony Kelly has defended State Government planning decisions that have led to transport log jams affecting coal mines in the Gunnedah and Narrabri districts.

Collision causes train to derail

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by flying_donkey in New South Wales Rail News

A train was derailed after it collided with a B-double truck at Moree Graincorp silo yesterday.

Commuters dump ageing trains

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

COMMUTERS are abandoning Adelaide's ageing rail network, new figures show.

Why commuters are not happy with our old train fleet

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

THEY are dirty, old and covered in graffiti. Windows are cloudy and they rarely arrive on time, sometimes not turning up at all.

City tram runs after 50 years

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

TRAMS are running along North Terrace for the first time in almost 50 years.

Official opening for tram extension

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

Adelaide trams have started taking commuters beyond Victoria Square through to the City West stop on North Terrace.

Train crashes into car in Geelong

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Four people had a narrow escape when their call stalled on train tracks at South Geelong in Victoria on Saturday night.

Official opening for tram extension

Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

Adelaide trams have started taking commuters beyond Victoria Square through to the City West stop on North Terrace.

Ghan crash truckie 'confused by dust'

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

TARA RAVENS
16Oct07

THE driver of a truck which collided with the Ghan, derailing it and closing the Adelaide to Darwin rail line, says he did not deliberately ignore the oncoming train.

Trams crash in Melbourne - 16 October 2007

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by Poath Junction in Tram and Light Rail News

A tram driver and several passengers were injured in a rush hour crash involving two trams in St Kilda Road this morning.

Queensland Rail awards Siemens with a 170 Million Dollar contract

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Press Releases

Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has been awarded an over 108 Million Euro contract by Queensland Rail (QR) in Australia to supply 25 Class 3800 heavy haul electric locomotives. The 25 Class 3800 heavy haul electric locomotives will be delivered over a period of 12 months commencing at the end of 2009.

Signal problems delay trams

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

TRAMS ground to a halt on the city's [Adelaide's] new tramline extension for about an hour this afternoon because of signalling failures.

Heritage listing for Melbourne tram tracks

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

A recently-discovered remnant of Melbourne's original tram network is to be preserved, with a listing on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Truck driver to defend Ghan train crash charges

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Northern Territory Rail News

A truck driver involved in the derailment of the Ghan passenger train last year has pleaded guilty to six traffic offences, but not guilty to more serious charges related to the accident.

Motorcyclists dead in separate crashes

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

A 20-year-old man has died after driving into the path of a B-double truck that overturned next to the Melbourne-Sydney rail line in Albury last night.

Light rail proposed for western Sydney

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

The New South Wales Government says it is prepared to consider a proposal to extend the light rail network in Sydney's inner-west.

Perth's first underground train station in operation

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Alannah MacTiernan, says the Perth to Mandurah train line is a step closer with the opening of Perth's new underground train stations this morning.

Rail commuters stranded in Melbourne

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

The discovery of a body on rail tracks and a level crossing accident on the same line stranded city bound commuters in Melbourne's south-east on Tuesday when services were halted.

Light rail opportunity left idling on the track

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

A FREIGHT line in Sydney's inner west is soon to lie idle, but the NSW Government will not commit to allowing light rail to use it.

Iemma defends Sydney trains overhaul

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has defended its plan for a $10 million overhaul of Sydney's rail network following opposition claims of a money-wasting "talk fest" that would do little to improve services.

Plans on track for railway-themed country, folk and poetry festival

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Plans have been released for a proposal to develop a major song and poetry festival at the Werris Creek Rail Museum, in conjunction with the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Three passengers injured in tram crash

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

THREE passengers were taken to hospital after a tram crash in central Melbourne this morning.

Mt Colah bushfire halts traffic

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Train services have been suspended between Hornsby and Cowan in Sydney's north because of a bushfire at Mount Colah.

Rock incidents delay thousands of passengers

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's train operators say they are alarmed at an increase in the number of rock throwing attacks on trains.

CityRail review insults commuters: Opposition

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says the State Government's plan to spend $10 million on hiring a consultancy company to survey CityRail and suggest improvements is a waste of taxpayer money.

QR says new coal train service almost ready

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says it is on track to deliver a new train to service the central Queensland coal industry next month.

Planes, trains or cars?

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

GREENPEACE propelled airline travel into the headlines as a climate change issue when it offered airline passengers free train tickets if they would give up their seats in Britain in June.

Track damaged

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

The New Zealand main trunk railway line was due to be reopened last night after it was closed as a result of a freight train derailment at Huntly.

French unions split after train workers' deal

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

The French Government has struck a pension deal with the main train drivers' union, driving a wedge between labour groups the day after a strike halted most rail traffic.

Oil surge sparks call for new Brisbane connection

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Rail News

TRANSPORT titan Paul Little last night called for a $5 billion inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane to offset the nation's heavy reliance on oil.

Man brutally attacked at train station

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

A man has been critically injured in a brutal attack at a train station in Sydney's west, police say.

Gas cylinder raises suspicion after severe railway delay

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

Police are investigating the possibility that a gas cylinder, perhaps left on railway lines on purpose, caused yesterday's "severe" delays to thousands of Auckland rail commuters.

Wear and tear tells at Rio

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Rail News

RIO TINTO'S prized iron ore infrastructure has shown signs of being overstretched.

Councils to fund 'rail trail' study

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

The Maryborough and Hervey Bay city councils, in south-east Queensland, have agreed to jointly fund a feasibility study into building a path on the old railway corridor between the two cities.

Lost teen unsure of his name

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales authorities are taking care of an intellectually-impaired boy who was found in north-west Sydney last night and is unsure of his name and address.

Tracking our late suburban trains

Posted Sunday, 21 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

A THIRD of all suburban trains run late, according to figures obtained by the Herald Sun.

Teens play railway roulette

Posted Monday, 22 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

HUNDREDS of people continue to put their lives on the line for "cheap thrills" at train stations.

Tram extension success

Posted Monday, 22 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

TRAM patronage has skyrocketed more than 39 per cent in the first week of the extended route to Adelaide's North Terrace.

RailCorp suspends worker in drug video

Posted Monday, 22 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

ONE of three men at the centre of a YouTube drugs scandal was a RailCorp worker who has since been suspended.

A suitable toy for protector of India's trains

Posted Monday, 22 October, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

BY DAY Robert Lee lectures in Asian history at the University of Western Sydney. After hours he becomes a campaigner for some of India's most romantic but financially troubled railways.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/10/2007

Posted Monday, 22 October, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for this week, which is seven sightings more than last week, making a total of 4371 sightings for this year to date. On day 293 last year we had seen 4831 sightings.
On the B/G we have seen no trains again for the week. We have not seen a B/G train since 24th September.

Start on moving railway out of Wodonga is expected this summer

Posted Wednesday, 24 October, 2007 by peterg in Victorian Rail News

A JANUARY start on construction of Wodonga’s rail relocation project is looking increasingly likely.

However, the Victorian Government is continuing to hold out on announcing a commencement date to the public.

Electric trains loom from planning haze

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

Auckland's regional leadership has big plans for electric trains to be ready for the 2011 Rugby World Cup - but just how 60,000 fans will converge on Eden Park remains sketchy...

No injuries in Spring Bluff derailment

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

Police say they have handed the management of this morning's train derailment at the Spring Bluff station, north of Toowoomba in southern Queensland, to Queensland Rail.

Rail crossing signs not good enough, says Safety Bureau

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

An investigation into a level crossing accident involving a truck and a train in Victoria's south last year, has found signs leading up to the crossing did not meet Australian standards.

New Mandurah rail line short of trains: Opposition

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The State Opposition says rail cars destined for the new Mandurah rail line are actually being used to service Perth's northern line.

Signalling fault causes chaos for train commuters

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The Public Transport Authority is working to fix a signalling problem which is holding up Perth trains on several lines this morning.

Wrong train to St Albans

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne train operator Connex says some commuters ended up on the wrong side of the city this morning, when a Frankston train was wrongly labelled for St Albans.

You transport gurus will love it here - one tip, hire a car

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Opinion:
Dear Boston Consulting Group, congratulations on getting that $10 million job to consult about the Sydney train network. Talk about a TravelTen!

Stoush over Maryborough street closure

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

The Mayor of Maryborough, in south-east Queensland, says the council will object to an application to close a portion of Wharf Street near the river, on the grounds that it is critical to the city's future.

Champagne at 320 km per hour

Posted Thursday, 25 October, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

After a Paris breakfast of cafe and croissant, how about lunch and a glass of bubbly in France's Champagne region?

Commuters pay for rail flaws

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

THE State Government is looking at ways to shift the burden of CityRail's costs from taxpayers to passengers on the back of an average 5.9 per cent fare rise.

NT Govt to explore bulk minerals trade through Darwin

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Northern Territory Rail News

The Northern Territory Government says discussions will be held with BHP Billiton executives later this year about moving more product from the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia on the railway and through the Port of Darwin.

'Electrify, extend' railway

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

ONKAPARINGA Council has called for the extension and electrification of Adelaide's ageing train system.

Sydney firm wins Tokyo rail contract

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

Sydney-based Delkor Rail has been making noise in Japan, winning a contract that will make Tokyo home to one of the quietest railway tracks in the world.

Toll in mood for shopping

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Rail News

TOLL HOLDINGS still has the pallet supplier Brambles on its radar screen and is keen to buy parts of the defence contractor Tenix and Queensland Rail.

Train fares up by 6%

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney's commuter train fares are to rise an average 5.9 per cent, twice the rate of inflation, and more than double the 2.9 per cent rise agreed to last year.

CityRail trips leap by 10 million

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

More than 10 million more trips were taken on the CityRail network in the past 12 months, NSW Transport Minister John Watkins has announced.

Graffiti artist charged

Posted Saturday, 27 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

A Queensland man has been granted bail after being charged with vandalism on a Melbourne train.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/10/2007.

Posted Monday, 29 October, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is two sightings less than last week, making a total of 4474 sightings for this year to date. On day 300 last year we had seen 4955 sightings. On the B/G we have seen no trains again for the week.

More traffic potential for Freightlink

Posted Monday, 29 October, 2007 by arctic in Northern Territory Rail News

Freightlink have signed an MOU with Altona for potential transport of liquid fuels.

Rail freight system under scrutiny

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Businesses reliant on freight in Victoria have expressed frustration and disappointment at the current rail freight system.

Sydney train stations get heart starters

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Four of Sydney's busiest train stations have been equipped with portable emergency defibrillators to treat heart attack victims.

Free train travel for early birds

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Early commuters will get to travel for free on some Melbourne train lines this morning, as part of a new push to reduce peak hour congestion.

Tram patronage up 40pc, says minister

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says a jump in patronage on the extended tram route in Adelaide has been beyond expectations.

Authorities deny tram causing congestion

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

The manager of Adelaide's tram line extension says city traffic congestion should ease once the Bakewell underpass opens.

What's fair for rail fares?

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Opinion: In two weeks CityRail fares will rise by an average of 5.9 per cent, following a net 5.1 per cent rise in July last year. That adds up to an extra 11 per cent in 16 months, four times inflation for the period.

Hunter Valley farewells red rattler

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The last of the red rattler trains will make its final journey later today, marking an end of an era on the New South Wales Hunter Valley's passenger rail network.

Fence for Dubbo bridge to stop rock attacks

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

Rail maintenance crews will start erecting a security fence on a Dubbo railway bridge in an effort to prevent rock attacks on motorists.

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