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Train derails in Adelaide

Posted Wednesday, 1 August, 2007 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A SUBURBAN commuter train has derailed in Adelaide's southern suburbs.

TransAdelaide said no one had been hurt in the incident this morning at Oaklands railway station.

Sydney installs terrorism-alert speakers

Posted Thursday, 2 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Dozens of loudspeakers have been installed around Sydney's CBD to tell people what to do in the event of a major emergency like a terrorist attack.

Vandals blamed for late trains

Posted Thursday, 2 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Victorian train operator Connex has blamed vandalism for 1500 late trains during July.

Frustrated commuters to ride free

Posted Thursday, 2 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

Public transport users will be entitled to a free ride after train operator Connex revealed it had fallen short of performance targets for July.

State government makes tracks from Robina to Varsity Lakes

Posted Friday, 3 August, 2007 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

The Gold Coast commuters are set to benefit from a major boost to public transport with today’s announcement by Premier Peter Beattie that work will begin soon on the 4.1 kilometre rail extension from Robina to Varsity Lakes.

Premier Peter Beattie said the $324.4 million rail extension was the latest improvement to public transport on the Gold Coast.

“We are already duplicating the track on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines and building new trains to provide more services and seats,” Mr Beattie said.

Tourist numbers to Tibet double on new railway

Posted Friday, 3 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

The number of tourists visiting the remote Himalayan region of Tibet in the first half nearly doubled to more than 1 million, helped by a new rail link and new airport, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.

Take airport train during APEC, police say

Posted Friday, 3 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit should boost passenger numbers on the airport train despite an impending fare increase.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/8/2007.

Posted Sunday, 5 August, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 108 sightings for this week, which is nine more than last week. Making a total of 3301 sightings for this year to date. On day 216 last year we had seen 3543 sightings.

Commuter train derails in Brisbane

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

ABOUT 30 passengers were forced off their train today after it derailed on Brisbane's southside.

Great Train Robbery crim's plea for mercy release

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

GREAT Train Robber Ronnie Biggs is making a fresh bid to be released from a British prison on compassionate grounds, his legal team says.

Boy sentenced to detention for attack on transit guard

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced by the Perth Children's Court to five months detention for assaulting a female transit guard.

Transit guard assaulted by boy 'still recovering'

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union says a transit guard who was attacked by a 15-year-old boy four months ago is still recovering from her injuries.

Millennium trains unaffected by profit warning: Govt

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government says a project to build Sydney's next generation of trains will not be affected by the financial troubles of the engineering company in charge of the contract.

Congo train crash kills 100

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

The death toll has risen to at least 100 after the crash of a goods train in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sydney trains shut down to arrest escapee

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Police have charged a man after he forced an underground rail line in Sydney to temporarily shut down last night.

G Class Locomotive changes

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by train1 in Gunzelling Reports

T413 hauling dead attacthed,to seymour g532/g533 (both units in sct livery) though sunshine station ex newport shops down light locomotives 09.20 .
addnote to this g532/g533 both sitting turn table at seymour on the 2.8.07

Ghan train and truck collide at crossing

Posted Monday, 6 August, 2007 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Police say the Ghan passenger train and a truck have collided near Mallala, just north of Adelaide.

The collision was on the Two Wells to Mallala Road.

Great Southern Railway reports there are no injuries to passengers on the train.

Truck driver injured in collision with Ghan

Posted Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

A truck driver has suffered chest injuries when his vehicle collided with the Ghan passenger train near Two Wells, just north of Adelaide.

'Truck exploded in segments'

Posted Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

The Ghan passenger train has collided with a semitrailer north of Adelaide, the company that operates the train says.

The train, which was due to arrive in Adelaide at 1.10pm local time, hit the truck shortly before midday (12.30am Sydney time) at a crossing near Two Wells, about 20 kilometres north of Adelaide.

Graffiti blitz nabs vandals

Posted Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

ARRESTS of railway vandals and graffiti artists have more than doubled in a crackdown by NSW transit police.

Rail operator angry about number of truck collisions

Posted Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

The rail operator Pacific National has expressed frustration over yesterday's collision between a truck and the Ghan passenger train, just north of Adelaide.

Man struck, killed by Bendigo train

Posted Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

A MAN has been struck and killed by a train in the central Victorian city of Bendigo.

'Miracle escape' in Ghan crash

Posted Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

THE third serious accident in five years involving central Australia's passenger express The Ghan yesterday raised fresh concern about level-crossing safety.

German train drivers vote to strike

Posted Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

GERMANY'S train drivers voted overnight to stage strikes over pay that would first affect freight traffic but could also paralyse travel for millions of passengers during the peak holiday season.

RailCorp getting better: NSW govt

Posted Wednesday, 8 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Complaints against RailCorp transit officers have fallen by 25 per cent, new NSW government figures show.

Rail threat to Bulldogs

Posted Thursday, 9 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Train crews are threatening to boycott services to and from Bulldogs rugby league games after a series of violent attacks, some involving the team's fans.

End of line for boss of train firm

Posted Thursday, 9 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

THE $8 billion contract for Sydney's next generation of trains has descended into farce after the project's chief executive quit without explanation after just six months in the job.

Waterfall train crash helps pave safety changes

Posted Friday, 10 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Transport Minister John Watkins says most safety recommendations made after the Waterfall train crash have now been implemented.

Rail freight panel heads to Gippsland

Posted Friday, 10 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government's panel reviewing the state's rail freight system is on its way to Gippsland in the south-east.

Transport inquiry looking at light railway

Posted Friday, 10 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

A Hobart Alderman hopes light rail will be considered as part of the metropolitan area's transport needs into the next 20 years.

Authorities probe cane train derailment

Posted Friday, 10 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

Investigations will continue today into the cause of a cane train derailment west of Mackay in north Queensland last [Monday] night.

Bus industry confederation stays out of rapid transit route debate

Posted Friday, 10 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Tram and Light Rail News

A bus industry lobby group says it will not enter the debate over proposed routes for a rapid transit system on the Gold Coast.

NSW: Ferry service puts Sydney tourism 'at risk'

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by E1109 in Other Transport News

By Katrina Yu
August 10, 2007 04:27pm
Article from: AAP

SYDNEY'S inadequate ferry service poses a risk to the city's tourism industry and should be privatised, an industry group said today.

Fortescue says iron ore prices won't plummet

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The chief of iron ore hopeful Fortescue Metals Group says global prices for the metal will stabilise but not plummet when production begins at its Pilbara operations in north-west Western Australia.

Subway flooding causes chaos for New York commuters

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

Flooding in New York's subway lines in the US has ground the city's morning commute to a halt, angering New Yorkers who are facing rail and utility fee hikes to support an ageing infrastructure.

TAC processes Kerang train crash aid claims

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) says it has received 50 applications for assistance from the Kerang train crash in June.

Brambles takeover rumours mounting

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

SPECULATION is mounting that a private equity consortium is considering a $22 billion bid for Brambles, the world's biggest pallet company, after Toll Holdings and its ports-rail spin-off Asciano revealed they had built a stake in the outfit.

French police check trains

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

FRENCH authorities stepped up security on trains in eastern France after receiving indications of a "terrorist threat", an official said overnight.

More delays hit Mandurah line

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The State Government has been hit with another delay on the $1.6 billion Mandurah rail project, with Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan saying yesterday she was “pretty optimistic” it would be open by Christmas.

CityRail 'lost $190m in upgrade funding'

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

A section of the NSW government's plan to disentangle Sydney's CityRail network has been removed from the project without notice, the opposition says.

Final location closer on new tunnel project

Posted Monday, 13 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

THE State Government is set to announce the final route for Sydney's next big tollway, the long-awaited M4 East tunnel through the inner west, the NSW Co-ordinator General, David Richmond, said yesterday.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/8/2007.

Posted Monday, 20 August, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 91 sightings for this week, which is another five less than last week.

Massive train derails in desert

Posted Tuesday, 21 August, 2007 by E1109 in Western Australian Rail News

Article from: AAP
August 17, 2007 03:55pm

Freight trains were banking up across the Nullarbor today after a derailment near Kalgoorlie closed the interstate railway line.

Perth to Mandurah railway tests begin

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Perth to Mandurah railway is a step closer to completion with the first train being run through the New Metro Rail tunnel at the weekend.

The trial runs were aimed at testing the overhead lines which power the trains, as well as checking clearances for platforms.

Pensioners' group backs move to end CountryLink booking fee

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Group in Griffith, in southern New South Wales, has welcomed the Opposition's push to abolish CountryLink's booking fee.

Bid for coastal councils to join inland rail link push

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Rail News

An alliance of councils lobbying for an inland rail link is asking councils on the New South Wales north coast to join the fight.

Rail inquiry begins as ranks reshuffle

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

THE transport safety watchdog has begun an inquiry into a train disruption in March that trapped commuters for several hours, and Railcorp's bungled investigation into the incident.

Calls for more police to tackle rail crime

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

POLICE Minister David Campbell will ask for more uniformed officers to patrol the Sydney rail network after a five-week blitz made 60 arrests for crimes including assault and robbery.

Dodgy brakes on Melbourne's trains - report

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

A BOTCHED contract saw Melbourne's Siemens trains begin services with brakes that did not work properly in wet weather.

Dogs fans go home happy pussycats

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

EITHER the warnings were heeded or, more likely, yesterday's crackdown on rail violence at Bulldogs games was a giant case of overkill.

Megellan Metals applies to ship lead through Fremantle

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application from Magellan Metals to export lead through the Fremantle Port.

Call to review coordination of vital transport projects

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

A federal parliamentary report has recommended setting up Commonwealth and state funded commissions to streamline the planning of major cross-border transport projects.

Negotiations over future of central west rail workers

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The rail union says up to half of the rail maintenance workers in New South Wales could leave their jobs, after a breakdown in negotiations with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) over a new draft enterprise agreement.

QR announces New Chief Executive

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Queensland Rail News

QR Chairman John Prescott today announced the appointment of global steel executive Lance Hockridge as the corporation’s new CEO.

Woman plays chicken with train?

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

WE received these photos in an email yesterday and perhaps you've seen them too.
The sequence apparently shows a woman sitting on the tracks at Sandgate station near Newcastle in NSW and then being hit by a train.

Liberals seek answers to pulp mill transport concerns

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in Tasmanian Rail News

The State Opposition is calling on the Tasmanian Government to explain its transport plan for the proposed pulp mill claiming concerns are being ignored.

Explosion derails Russian train, dozens injured

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

An explosion has derailed a Russian train travelling between Moscow and St Petersburg, injuring dozens of passengers, officials say.

Committee recommends finishing Maldon-Dombarton rail link

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

A House of Representatives committee has recommended the completion of the Maldon to Dombarton rail link in New South Wales, with the help of money from a proposed Federal Government fund for ports infrastructure.

Russia launches probe into railway explosion

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by markcurtis in International Rail News

Russian officials are investigating an explosion that derailed a passenger train on the popular route between Moscow and St Petersburg on Monday (local time), injuring at least 60 people.

$18mil bill for Ghan crash truckie

Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2007 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

THE owner of a truck that crashed into The Ghan passenger train last year has been hit with a demand for more than $18 million.

Train airborne in level-crossing truck smash

Posted Thursday, 23 August, 2007 by in Victorian Rail News

FORTY passengers were lucky to escape with their lives when their V-Line train became airborne after it was hit by a truck at a level crossing.

Truck driver Geoff Young died when his vehicle slammed into the locomotive in Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula about 10.30am yesterday.

Microsoft Reveals New Partner and Products for Games for Windows (MSTS2)

Posted Saturday, 25 August, 2007 by bevans in Press Releases

Microsoft also announced that "Train Simulator 2" from Microsoft Game Studios will join the roster of more than 60 titles currently announced to carry the brand. "Train Simulator 2" brings to gamers the most realistic train simulation experience ever from Microsoft, allowing train enthusiasts to explore the world's rail network or build their own in a detailed and immersive world.

Runaway train

Posted Monday, 27 August, 2007 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

IT took Connex months of examining its Siemens trains to understand why last November and January they began slipping past platforms.
Yet warnings have been sitting in government files for more than three years.

The original buyer of 61 trains, previous operator M>Train, warned both the State Government and Siemens of a braking problem in 2003.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/8/2007

Posted Thursday, 30 August, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 96 sightings for this week, which is five more than last week. Making a total of 3584 sightings for this year to date. On day 237 last year we had seen 3901 sightings.

Unspecified incident at Dandenong railway station

Posted Thursday, 30 August, 2007 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Buses are replacing trains between cranbourne and Dandenong this morning due to the unspcified incident at Dandenong railway station . It is not known when normal train services will resume.

Tram driver suffers heart attack

Posted Thursday, 30 August, 2007 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Early morning commuters faced delays this morning when a tram driver suffered a cardiac arrest.

Paramedics were called to assist the Yarra Trams driver who collapsed outside Federation Square.

The driver, en route to Moreland, collapsed when the tram was stopped at traffic lights on Swanston Street. North-bound services resumed at 8.30am.

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