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Olympic torch to dodge Heathrow baggage chaos

Posted Tuesday, 1 April, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

The British Government has revealed that 28,000 bags have been lost at Heathrow Airport's new fifth terminal.

The problems mean the Olympic torch will now go through another part of the airport.

Aviation Minister Jim Fitzpatrick says passengers have suffered from an unacceptably poor travel experience.

New tunnel, rail link proposed for Melbourne

Posted Wednesday, 2 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Sir Rod Eddington will release his plan to ease congestion and overcrowding on Melbourne's roads and public transport system.

The report is widely believed to recommend an east-west road tunnel to link the Eastern Freeway with Citylink to reduce congestion on the West Gate Bridge.

$18b to get Melbourne moving

Posted Wednesday, 2 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIANS have been challenged to accept up to 10 years of disruption, and higher taxes and charges to allow an $18b Melbourne transport plan to go ahead.

A major city road tunnel, an underground rail link and a new western suburbs rail line costing $18 billion are the key projects required to get Melbourne moving again.

Victoria's weather causes chaos and rail delays

Posted Wednesday, 2 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Tens of thousands of city commuters face long delays getting home as wild winds wreak havoc across Melbourne's public transport system.

Connex has urged passengers to find alternate forms of transport because all train services are severely disrupted. Replacement buses are expected to be crowded and delayed.

Ticket chief stopped in tracks

Posted Wednesday, 2 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S $1 billion public transport ticket fiasco has claimed its first victim, with the State Government's highest-paid public servant forced to quit.

Vivian Miners, chief executive of the Transport Ticketing Authority, quit his $545,000-a-year position yesterday — hours before his scheduled appearance at a parliamentary committee hearing this morning to answer questions over the affair.

Silverton Derailment

Posted Thursday, 3 April, 2008 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

Southern & Silverton Rail's Alco DL531 locomotive No. 28 lies in a precarious position tonight, following a derailment under the South Road overpass in Broken Hill on Tuesday.

R766 - Feature - Outside Local Offer May Halt Hunter Valley Steamfest Derailment

Posted Thursday, 3 April, 2008 by dalts 1985 in New South Wales Rail News

HUNTER Valley Steamfest could take on a new look next year with local steam trains, and luxury train travel from Sydney to the region's wineries.

Derailment At Broken Hill Shunting Yards

Posted Thursday, 3 April, 2008 by bevans in Press Releases

Earlier this afternoon there was a derailment at the Broken Hill shunting yards.

A locomotive rolled from a stationary position and was caught in the yard’s ‘catch points’. This resulted in a derailment. The locomotive and some wagons have rolled onto their side.

Track Repair Following Pura Pura Derailment

Posted Thursday, 3 April, 2008 by bevans in Press Releases

ARTC site managers and support staff have shown sure-handed professionalism in the task of clearing and repairing the rail line between Melbourne and Adelaide as a result of the train derailment near Pura Pura, Victoria late Sunday.

Late yesterday afternoon the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators opened most of the site for repair which allowed track work and wagon recovery to commence.

Train services getting back on track.

Posted Friday, 4 April, 2008 by alstom_888m in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's rail network is getting back on track after the wild weather that caused massive train delays yesterday and left peak-hour commuters stranded.

Connex spokesman John Rees said around 30 trains were cancelled this morning compared to the 330 services that were cancelled yesterday after fierce winds caused widespread destruction across Victoria.

The Frankston and Pakenham lines were among the worst affected services, he said.

Mr Rees said he was hopeful normal services would resume this evening.

Derailed Broken Hill train taken to Adelaide for repairs

Posted Friday, 4 April, 2008 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

A train used in Perilya mining operations which was damaged in a derailment in Broken Hill earlier this week is being taken to Adelaide for repairs.

More trains in railway overhaul

Posted Thursday, 10 April, 2008 by alstom_888m in Victorian Rail News

More than 200 new weekly train services will be introduced in the biggest overhaul of Melbourne's rail timetable since the City Loop opened in 1981.

Rail workers stood down for standing up

Posted Thursday, 17 April, 2008 by railroader2000 in New South Wales Rail News

Rail workers having to work for free due to cut backs

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/4/2008

Posted Thursday, 17 April, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for this week, which is 59 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1431* sightings for this year to date. On day 103 last year we had seen 1556 sightings.
We have seen no trains this week on the B/G.

Rail Forum May 20th

Posted Friday, 18 April, 2008 by rodegens in Rail Events

Pacific Highway Alliance &
Coffs Harbour Greens
Wish to extend an ….

Invitation to our Climate Change Forum
Rescue Rail:
Resurrecting the Sydney to Brisbane Rail Line

Dear Rail Supporter

We are pleased to announce our Climate Change Forum: ‘Rescue Rail’ will be held on Tuesday 20th May, 2008, at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club (Vernon Street) commencing promptly at 6:30 p.m. (Registration 5:30-6:30 pm)

Rail expert, Professor Philip Laird & Greens MP Lee Rhiannon will be joined by regional planning specialist Cr James Ryan and Ecologist, Mark Graham to present strategies to reinvigorate the Sydney to Brisbane rail freight and passenger system, protect our biodiversity & promote sustainable planning for the Mid North and North Coast of NSW

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/4/2008

Posted Tuesday, 22 April, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is 2 sightings less than last week, making a total of 1534* sightings for this year to date. On day 110 last year we had seen 1669 sightings.
We have seen one train this week on the B/G. On Friday at 1838 we saw a down PN grain with X+X44?(PN) and 20 hoppers.

VLocity middle carriages on track with 1600 new seats

Posted Tuesday, 22 April, 2008 by vlocity160 in Victorian Rail News

Media Release from the Minister for Public Transport.

Public Transport Minister, Lynne Kosky, today announced that testing will begin on the first of 22 new rail carriages for V/Line's VLocity train fleet.

Once rolled out, the additional carriages will add more than 1600 extra seats onto the V/Line network.

Saudi rail project set to deliver huge money to Asciano

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

TRANSPORT infrastructure group Asciano expects to generate a "very attractive" capital return on a $7 billion rail infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia.

Asciano, the ports and rail owner spun out of Toll Holdings, and its seven Saudi Arabian partners who make up the Tarabot consortium have been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the project.

Rail line revamp planned for Wimmera-Mallee lines

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Five Wimmera-Mallee rail lines will get upgrades under a new $43 million funding plan.

The lines affected are between Korong Vale and Quambatook, Korong Vale and Charlton, Murtoa and Warracknabeal, Swan Hill and Piangil and Mildura and Yelta.

Rail operator hopes to minimise Indian Pacific disruption

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

There is still no definite word on when Indian Pacific services will resume on the Adelaide to Perth rail service, although Great Southern Rail says it is hoping to minimise the disruption.

Nyngan rail crossing to stay open

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Plans to close the main railway crossing in Nyngan have been scrapped.

The New South Wales Government was considering shutting the level crossing in Mitchell Street because of safety concerns.

It is the only one left in NSW with manually operated gates.

Drought driving livestock freight services demand

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says drought has driven a huge increase in demand for livestock freight services in western Queensland.

Spokesman John Galligan says twice the number of cattle has been moved out of the state's north-west this year on trains.

He says bookings for livestock trains around central western centres, including Longreach, have also been strong and the demand looks set to continue.

Rail freight woes spark crisis of confidence

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Local councils say there is a crisis of confidence in Victoria's rail freight industry.

Last week, rival Wimmera grain businesses banded together to voice their concern about the future of the region's rail freight service.

Nullarbor rail delays all week

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Great Southern Railway hopes the track across the Nullarbor Plain will reopen on Anzac Day, after a freight train left the rails at the weekend.

The company says it is working to minimise disruption to Indian Pacific rail services.

Man on tracks delays Prospector

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Prospector train was delayed for 25 minutes in Northam last night when a drunk man jumped on to the tracks.

Two off-duty policemen were forced to intervene when the man became disorderly in a carriage of the Prospector train between Merredin to Northam.

Geelong Line ~ Coach replacements and minor train delays ~ 23-30 April

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in Press Releases

V/Line is currently undertaking a program of works to replace sleepers in on the Geelong Line.

In addition to the service disruptions shown below, customers are asked to allow an additional 5-10 minutes journey time for all Geelong Line train services, as they are operating at restricted speeds through the area of works.

Railcorp misses anti-corruption deadline

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Railcorp has failed to implement key anti-corruption measures within the time frame outlined by NSW Transport Minister John Watkins, the opposition says.

Opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian said the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) had made 41 recommendations for change within the state rail authority in the past 12 months.

Kangaroo Flat Station is reopening this Sunday

Posted Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 by bevans in Press Releases

Kangaroo Flat Station is reopening this Sunday, almost 10 years after it closed and will be staffed from 06:15 to 12:15 weekdays.

An extra 186 train services a week are now stopping at Kangaroo Flat Station thanks to the roll out of the new V/Line timetable on 27 April. This brings the total number of services at the station to 200 per week.

Hunter Valley Steamfest 2008

Posted Thursday, 24 April, 2008 by garno in Press Releases

The rain fell and the temperature dropped but Maitland’s annual festival of steam is not out of puff.
More than 50,000 people gathered in Maitland for the three-day 23rd annual Steamfest – and while numbers were down on last year’s 80,000-strong crowd the show still went on.

Ghan service back on track

Posted Thursday, 24 April, 2008 by raye in Northern Territory Rail News

The Ghan is expected to leave Darwin without incident this morning.

The Ghan's journey north was delayed yesterday after a freight train partially derailed yesterday, blocking the line 65 kilometres south of Darwin.

Opposition casts doubt over freight lines revamp

Posted Thursday, 24 April, 2008 by raye in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Opposition says most of the run-down rail freight lines servicing the state's grain belt will not qualify for an upgrade under funding announced yesterday.

QUEENSLAND Rail will force almost one in five of its drivers to retire

Posted Sunday, 27 April, 2008 by Qbase in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail will force almost one in five of its drivers to retire over the next decade despite expanding demand for coal and passenger services

Driver stops possible train derailment.

Posted Sunday, 27 April, 2008 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

A set of points in Adelaide station yard hadn't been reset after track maintenance earlier in the week. The 10:55pm Adelaide-Belair service was as a result sent heading towards the Outer Harbor line. The driver heard a 'bang' from the track and immediately came to a halt. Services on a couple of other lines were cancelled.

Lost locomotive found in desert

Posted Sunday, 27 April, 2008 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

DALE WEBSTER

27Apr08

A LOST locomotive has been found in the Territory desert after more than 60 years.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/4/2008

Posted Sunday, 27 April, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 80 sightings for this week, which is 23 sightings less than last week, making a total of 1614* sightings for this year to date. On day 117 last year we had seen 1771 sightings. This week sightings were down due to the ANZAC day holiday, and yet another derailment in the west affecting the PM/MP trains.
We have seen no trains this week on the B/G.

'Nothing wrong' with tram ventilation

Posted Wednesday, 30 April, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23613928-5006301,00.html

Conlon refuses invitation to endure crush hour on Glenelg tram

Posted Wednesday, 30 April, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23613928-5006301,00.html

Connex introduces new timetable for Melbourne

Posted Wednesday, 30 April, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Connex has launched its new timetable which will deliver 105 extra services per week. The timetable will take effect from the 27th April 2008.

China train collision

Posted Wednesday, 30 April, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

Two passenger trains have collided in China, with authorities confirming dozens of people may have been killed or injured in the incident.

The trains collided when one of them derailed, causing at least 10 carriages to topple into a ditch.

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