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Coal ports blocked after train derailment

Posted Thursday, 1 May, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Access to two central Queensland coal ports has been blocked after a train derailed south of Sarina.

Three wagons came off the tracks on the approach to the Jilalan depot early this morning.

Crews are now on site repairing the damaged lines and overhead wires.

Councils reject bid to close Nyngan-Burke rail line

Posted Thursday, 1 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A request to permanently close the disused Nyngan to Bourke railway line has been rejected by both local councils.

The line from Nyngan to Bourke has not been used since 1989 when it was damaged by flooding, and required $12 million in repairs.

No decision about Wakefields' future

Posted Thursday, 1 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The administrator of troubled Mildura transport firm Wakefields says no firm decision has been made about the company's future.

Overland Breaks Down at Monarto South

Posted Friday, 2 May, 2008 by witsend in South Australian Rail News

A LOCOMOTIVE breakdown left Overland passengers stranded for almost four hours near Monarto Thursday afternoon.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/5/2008

Posted Sunday, 4 May, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 104 sightings for this week, which is 24 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1718* sightings for this year to date. On day 124 last year we had seen 1884 sightings. We have seen no trains again this week on the B/G.

Man survives after being hit by freight train

Posted Sunday, 4 May, 2008 by raye in Western Australian Rail News

Police are investigating how a 42-year-old man was struck by a freight train in Western Australia's wheatbelt this morning.

Police were called to the Merredin train station about 2.30am AWST when the driver of a freight train noticed the man lying near the railway lines.

NZ Government buys back Rail

Posted Monday, 5 May, 2008 by Centralvulcan in New Zealand Rail News

NZ Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced this morning that agreement has been reached between Toll Holdings and the Government for the rail and ferry business to return to public ownership.

Wrong turn - freeway funds a waste

Posted Tuesday, 6 May, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

IT IS not too far fetched to say that the Bracks-Brumby government is a waste of space.

The seminal study on cities and motor vehicle dependence, by transport planners Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy, found that Melbourne had one of the highest ratios of road space to population of any of the cities they surveyed in the 1990s.

Fortescue jumps one railway barrier

Posted Tuesday, 6 May, 2008 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

FORTESCUE Metals has won another round in its long-running quest for third-party access to Pilbara railway lines.

The Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday rejected Rio Tinto's claim that the National Competition Council should rely on a 1999 decision denying access to Robe River instead of considering Fortescue's recent application for access.

Transrapid to dissolve

Posted Wednesday, 7 May, 2008 by Tonymercury in International Rail News

Transrapid partners to decide this week to dissolve firm

FRANKFURT (Thomson Financial) - The Transrapid consortium partners are expected to decide this week to dissolve the company after Munich opted not to build the magnetic levitation railway in the city, Die Welt said, citing sources.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/5/2008

Posted Tuesday, 13 May, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is one sightings less than last week, making a total of 1821* sightings for this year to date. ( On day 131 last year we had seen 1996 sightings.
We have seen four trains on the B/G this week, on Sunday we saw an El Zorro ballast train on the up at 0924 with T395(SRV)+9 BAL WAGS+T342(VR)+T356(SRV), it returned on the down at 0942, it looked like it was discharging ballast in the area. And we have seen two 9140 trains, on Wednesday it turned up at 1951 with G525+A81 after being stabled at Ballarat after loosing it's path via the marsh earlier in the day. And on Friday morning it came this way again with G525.

Next stop, Port Adelaide

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

A CITY-Port tram line, possibly running down the Port Rd median strip, will be one of the big ticket items in the June 5 budget, the Portside Messenger has heard. Port Adelaide Enfield mayor Gary Johanson says he is "reasonably confident" of securing funding for the light rail project while Opposition transport spokesman Duncan McFetridge also believes a funding announcement is imminent.

Melbourne's next stop: underground?

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TO GET from his home in West Footscray to work in Abbotsford, Tom Ryan usually rides his bike. Occasionally he drives. But Ryan, who works in arts education, rarely gets the train - but not because he doesn't like public transport.

"It's disgusting, the overcrowding is just putrid," says Ryan, who is lucky enough to have an option to avoid the crush that has become the lot of Melbourne's 600,000 daily train commuters.

Budget aids two Sydney transport plans

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Rudd government's first budget has delivered $25 million seed funding for two massive projects designed to relieve choke points on Sydney's congested rail and road network.

A feasibility study will look at a new Sydney to Parramatta metro rail line which, if given the green light, will cost up to $10 billion, Premier Morris Iemma says.

Toll buys NZ trucking business for $42m

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2008 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

Australia's largest freight company, Toll Holdings, has acquired New Zealand's United Carriers trucking company after the suitor recently sold its rail and ferry operations in that country.

The transport operator said it had signed a conditional purchase agreement for the trucking business, which had an annual turnover of about $NZ50 million ($A41.7 million).

Future funds: State pitches for 25% share

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA wants at least $10 billion of the money put aside in Tuesday's federal budget to build roads, rail lines, hospitals and schools. State Treasurer John Lenders wasted no time pitching for Victoria's share of the $40 billion that his federal counterpart, Wayne Swan, put into three separate investment funds. Victoria has 25% of the nation's population, and Mr Lenders said it deserved the same share of the money from the funds.

Plan to get drivers off the road comes off the rails

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A PLAN to reduce dependency on the car in Melbourne is failing, figures from last week's state budget reveal.

Despite the Brumby Government's stated desire to see Melburnians drive less, the budget shows that the proportion of trips taken on public transport is virtually static.

SA: Wet City Streets Too Dangerous For Adelaide Trams

Posted Saturday, 17 May, 2008 by witsend in South Australian Rail News

TRAMS have been stopped from operating on wet city streets this morning because of fears they could run down pedestrians.

Tramline operator TransAdelaide has confirmed that the trams have been stopped before entering the CBD because they are unable to brake in slippery conditions.

Railpage Thread: Flexitys Stopped By Wet Weather (Trams and Light Rail)

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/5/2008

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for this week, which is two sightings more than last week, making a total of 1926* sightings for this year to date. On day 138 last year we had seen 2115 sightings.
We have seen four trains on the B/G this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week.

Police probe Melbourne 'train-surfing' death

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on the top of a train in Melbourne on Sunday morning.

Mindi deaths spark rail safety debate

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Questions have been raised in State Parliament about Queensland Rail's safety credentials after a fatal accident west of Mackay in December last year.

Transport workers angry at Queensland Rail division plans

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union today presented the Transport Minister with about 2,500 letters from workers angry with the plan to split Queensland Rail into three divisions.

Spokesman Owen Doogan said union delegates rallied outside John Mickel's office and were seeking advice to see if the split is legal.

More commuters travelling early on free tickets

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government says it does not know whether its early bird train travel plan in Melbourne is helping to relieve overcrowding.

The Government has introduced free tickets for train commuters arriving at their destination before 7:00 am (AEST).

Conlon: tram stoppage 'not the end of the world'

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

South Australian Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says it is not the end of the world that tram services had to stop today because of the wet conditions.

Passengers were forced to get off in the rain this morning when all services between Victoria Square and North Terrace were stopped because the tracks were too slippery.

Investors show 'strong interest' in metro plan

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Transport Minister John Watkins says questions about the planned North-West Metro's ability to attract customers have not scared off private investors.

Mr Watkins and Premier Morris Iemma last night briefed industry groups on the proposed project.

The $12.5 billion project is designed to replace plans for an above-surface rail link and will run from St James Station in the city towards Epping then onto Castle Hill and Rouse Hill.

Opposition angry over late trains

Posted Monday, 19 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Services on just one of Victoria's 12 country rail lines met punctuality targets during April.

One in every three trains on the Geelong line were at least six minutes late.

Henry slams Libs for truck tax block

Posted Wednesday, 21 May, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

AUSTRALIA'S most powerful bureaucrat, the Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry, has lambasted the embattled Opposition over its decision to block an increase in taxes on heavy vehicles.

Coalition senators, who retain control of the Senate until July 1, have voted down legislation to increase the heavy-road-users charge from 19.63 cents to 21 cents a litre from the beginning of next year and increase it each year with inflation.

Melbourne Uni demotes transport dissident

Posted Wednesday, 21 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE University has demoted one of its most outspoken academics after a complaint against him by the State Government.

Paul Mees, a senior lecturer in transport planning and a prominent public transport advocate, was told his pay would be slashed and his position downgraded after he made a strongly worded attack on the Government over transport privatisation.

Call to Restore S.A. Rail

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

Family First wants South Australia's regional rail service restored under a plan that could be subject to a full parliamentary inquiry.

New Auckland to Wellington rail service floated

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in New Zealand Rail News

The Government has confirmed it has had an approach from a consortium interested in operating the troubled Overlander service between Wellington and Auckland.

FreightLink sale will not affect services, chief says

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in Northern Territory Rail News

The chief executive of FreightLink says services will continue to run as usual despite the board's decision to sell the business.

Wodonga rates rise proposed

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in Victorian Rail News

The Wodonga council is proposing a 3.5 per cent rate increase for the coming financial year.

Top End miner expresses interest in Freightlink purchase

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in Northern Territory Rail News

The owner of a Territory iron ore mine says it is interested in buying part of Freightlink's Adelaide to Darwin rail operation.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/5/2008

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 101 sightings for this week, which is four sightings less than last week, making a total of 2027* sightings for this year to date. On day 145 last year we had seen 2231 sightings. We have seen four trains on the B/G this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week.

Fuel puts bite on vegie prices

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

THE costs of supermarket staples such as fruit and vegetables are tipped to rise sharply as increasing diesel fuel prices hit the trucking industry.

Rail decision will be soon: Brumby

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by peterg in Victorian Rail News

From Albury Wodonga Border Mail

By Di Thomas
24/05/2008 8:53:00 AM

Queries raised over deadlines for metro

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

DELAYS are already threatening the North West Metro, and internal documents show that a senior State Government official believes the planned 2010 construction start date will be a "push to achieve".

More rail investment inevitable: TOOT

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in New South Wales Rail News

The Northern Rivers Trains on our Tracks (TOOT) group says it is only a matter of time before the state and federal governments invest more money in local rail services.

FreightLink defends rail investment, freight numbers

Posted Sunday, 25 May, 2008 by markcurtis in Northern Territory Rail News

The company that operates the Adelaide-Darwin railway says governments have never been exposed to risk.

Melbourne-Brisbane rail route on the wrong track

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by Hendo in New South Wales Rail News

THE inland rail route from Melbourne to Brisbane is a bad idea whose time may have come.

With $20 billion burning a hole in his pocket, Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese has signalled that the link is close to the top of his list of priorities for his new statutory authority, Infrastructure Australia.

New tram conductors website

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by picoallen in Tram and Light Rail News

There is a new tram conductors website - http://www.tramconductors.net - to mark the tenth anniversary of the last Melbourne tram conductor.

There is a YouTube short film, a poll in which you can vote in on whether and in what manner conductors should return, and a proposal of how this should be done.

Full steam ahead

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The rail line between Seymour and Albury will be standardised to match interstate networks, as part of a $500 million project.

The joint Victorian and Federal Government deal will see the tracks upgraded, including a conversion from broad gauge to standard gauge to match the rest of the Sydney to Melbourne rail line.

'Commuters stranded' in transport surge

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says the State Government has failed to prepare for an increase in the use of public transport due to rising fuel costs.

Patronage on some train lines, including Sydney's western line, has increased by 6 per cent in the last year - double the projected growth.

Opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian says a shortage of services has left commuters stranded at rail platforms and bus stops.

Train fire leaves two in hospital

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Two people were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a fire on a train in Sydney's south last night.

Greens urge boost to Gippsland public transport spending

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Greens' candidate for the Gippsland by-election, Malcolm McKelvie, has called on the Federal Government to invest more in public transport.

Dr McKelvie says the Government's 5 per cent allocation of its budget for public transport is evidence it is not serious about easing the pressure on families.

He says the Government should have had fuel efficiency measures in place long ago to combat an expected rise in oil prices.

Cross-border train service report due shortly: Iemma

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma says a report on cross-border train services between Queensland and the Tweed should be finalised soon.

He says he is aware that petrol prices are high in regional areas and public transport needs to be improved.

Mr Iemma says he will release the findings of the report shortly.

Goulburn Murray to get rail freight centre

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

There will be a new centre for rail freight in the Goulburn Murray region by the end of the year.

Work has started on the road and rail hub at Ettamogah, north of Albury.

Bendigo rail use on the rise

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

V/Line says the Bendigo line recorded the biggest increase in passenger trips in Victoria during April.

The increase of more 42 per cent helped V/Line break regional train travel records for a second month in a row, with more than a million passenger trips recorded.

V/Line spokesman Daniel Maloney says 22 new V/Locity carriages, to be introduced from July, will help cope with the unprecedented growth over the past two years.

Rudd to hear of rail link 'priority'

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Yesterday's tour of the Limestone Coast region by Parliamentary Secretary John Murphy and Austrade deputy chief executive officer Peter Yuile was deemed a great success, with both visitors impressed by what the region has to offer.

The visit took in local businesses that get export assistance from Austrade - including Van Schaiks, Bio Gro at Wandilo, the Mil Lel Cheese factory and the Auspine Timber Mill at Tarpeena.

Albury / Wodonga line upgrade announced

Posted Friday, 30 May, 2008 by Junior in Press Releases

The Federal and Victorian governments today announced a $550 million upgrade of Victoria’s north-east rail corridor between Melbourne to Albury-Wodonga.

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