There were 110 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 2137* sightings for this year to date. (* most of the sightings missing for 1st week of 2008). On day 152 last year we had seen 2348 sightings.
We have seen seven trains on the B/G this week, which are three more sightings than last week.
The London transport system was heavily disrupted overnight as thousands of revellers held an unauthorised "drinks party" on underground trains before an alcohol ban went into effect.
The key Circle Line which serves some of the capital's most exclusive districts was shut down as thousands of people gathered for a booze-up on Tube trains after being rallied by social networking websites.
Trains will stop running between Melbourne and Albury for at least a year, while the track is improved.
It is part of a $500 million project to convert the rail line to standard gauge, bringing it in line with most freight tracks in the country.
The track will also be moved out of the centre of Wodonga.
CHICAGO -- Railway executive Matthew Rose stood before fellow industry leaders, pointing to a map meant to tell the future of the U.S. rail freight network. It was drenched in red -- east to west, north to south.
The blotches illustrated areas where, by 2035, traffic jams could be so severe trains would grind to a halt for days with nowhere to go.
"For those of you who've ever seen a good rail meltdown, this is what it looks like," Rose, CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., said as the crowded hall shifted uncomfortably in their chairs. "It's literally chaos in the supply chain."
The $73 million project to upgrade the Mildura rail freight corridor is progressing well and moving north towards Maryborough, said the Victorian Public Transport Minister, Lynne Kosky.
The project is jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal governments, with $53 million from the State Government and $20 million from the Commonwealth AusLink program.
Wodonga police say they will alter their patrols to ensure the city's new train station is safe.
The station will be moved out of the CBD to the end of Melrose Drive in the next few years as a result of the rail relocation in Wodonga.
The South Australian Road Transport Association says it wants to sit down with the State Government to look at which country level crossings it plans to upgrade with funding in this week's Budget.
The South Australian Opposition says the railway servicing the billion dollar Eyre Peninsula industry is in desperate need of repair.
The Opposition's transport spokesman, Duncan McFetridge, says the Government is being too city-centric in its plans for a $900 million upgrade to the Adelaide network.
The operator of the Adelaide-Darwin rail line, Freightlink, says government will not be called on to financially support the link after a sale.
The company has put the line up for sale, amid concern about the profitability of the rail service.
At least 18 people have been wounded in a rush-hour bomb attack on a packed train just outside Sri Lanka's capital, officials said.
The bomb exploded between Colombo's Wellawatte and Dehiwela areas when the train was rolling past, police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera said.
A memorial service will today be held to mark the one-year anniversary of the Kerang rail disaster.
On June 5 last year, in one of Victoria's worst rail disasters, 11 people were killed at Kerang when a semi-trailer slammed into a passenger train crossing the Murray Valley highway.
Victorian Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky said the past year had been a difficult time for many of the families connected to Kerang.
A six-year-old boy has died after a collision between a school bus and a train at a level crossing about 20km west of Dalby.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the crash between the mini-bus and a loaded coal train at Macalister, on the Warrego Highway, shortly before 8am.
The boy, identified only as Ben, was deceased when crews arrived.
It is understood the child was the first to be picked up by the privately operated mini-bus on its school run.
The Queensland government will resume more than 300 properties for a new 18km bus route through Brisbane's east.
The route for the Eastern Busway from Buranda to Capalaba has been confirmed and will be built and opened in stages over the next 20 years.
Construction of the first section, between the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the South-East Busway at Buranda, has already begun and is due to be completed in late 2009.
INFRASTRUCTURE was the centrepiece of the State Budget, with the Government promising to spend $10.3 billion on major projects over the next four years.
ADELAIDE'S trams are running late more than ten times more often since the city line extension was opened last year, TransAdelaide documents reveal.<
There were 113 sightings for this week, which is three sightings more than last week, making a total of 2250* sightings for this year to date. On day 159 last year we had seen 2462 sightings.
We have seen three trains on the B/G this week, which are four sightings less than last week.
Queensland Transport must test an inner-city rail loop linking the Ipswich and Beenleigh lines in a bid to take the pressure off overcrowded bus services, a rail lobby group urged today.
Rail: Back On Track has called for the reactivation of a largely under-utilised line to form an inner-city loop from Central station to Yeerongpilly, Tennyson across to Sherwood, Normanby and back to Exhibition (RNA Showgrounds) and Brunswick rail stations.
An independent review of CityRail has recommended higher ticket prices and job cuts to improve the efficiency of Sydney and Illawarra trains.
LAST July, the Transport Minister, John Watkins, asked the pricing regulator to find a new way to regulate train fares.
A WOMAN has suffered suspected spinal injuries after being hit by a tram and dragged underneath in the city last night.
A $2 million mass transit study will decide whether inner-Brisbane gets a network of trams, light rail or giant buses.
Premier Anna Bligh and Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman today separately announced a full scale feasibility study into setting up a rapid transit network to service a route between West End and Newstead.
Cr Newman said he favoured the giant buses option, which was outlined in an options paper a Liberal councillor undertook last year.
A Shepparton rail group says a freight link through the Goulburn Valley is still a better option than a link through Albury.
The Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line is likely to go through Albury, because of the recent announcement to standardise the north-east Victorian passenger rail track.
The Federal Government will decide on the route in the middle of next year.
The New South Wales Government has set out how it intends to spend $140 billion on new and upgraded infrastructure projects over the next 10 years.
Last week's Budget outlined $13.9 billion dollars worth of infrastructure spending for this financial year. The state infrastructure strategy released today sets out the program for the next decade.
The New South Wales Government's 10-year plan for $140 billion worth of infrastructure spending is causing concern because of what has been left out, rather than what is included.
Opposition roads and ports spokesman Duncan Gay says Newcastle Port was slated for redevelopment in 2010 in the last State Infrastructure Strategy but it is not in this year's revised strategy.
Tasmania's Treasurer has hinted the government might take over the state's rail services as a last resort.
Michael Aird says the government is hoping to find a replacement for Pacific National, which is pulling out of Tasmania despite the State and Federal Governments committing 120-million dollars to upgrade rail lines over the next decade.
The State Opposition says one of central Victoria's most disadvantaged towns will buckle under the rising cost of petrol.
The Liberal MP for the Western Region, John Vogels, says some Maryborough residents have told him they cannot afford the cost of everyday travel in cars.
The State Government is getting advice on possible legal action after Tasmania's freight carrier announced it is quitting the state.
Pacific National is selling its local rolling stock.
The company has long complained about its local viability, despite the State and Federal Governments spending $120 million to upgrade rail lines over the next decade.
The publicly owned operator of Tasmania's ports is interested in running the state's rail freight network.
The State Government is searching for a new operator after Pacific National announced after months of uncertainty it would no longer run trains in Tasmania.
The company selling the Adelaide-Darwin rail link says the rising cost of oil will boost demand to put freight on trains.
Freightlink announced last month it was selling and says there has been interest from overseas and Australia.
There is a push to upgrade the state's antiquated rail network to attract a new operator and restore passenger services.
It is estimated $260 million would be needed to upgrade the track between Hobart and Launceston to allow a fast train passenger service.
Things are looking up for Amtrak. The House overwhelmingly approved nearly $15 billion for the national passenger railroad Wednesday, more than doubling its funding, just as ridership is at the highest point in its 37-history.
OVERCROWDED trams on the most popular routes forced Yarra Trams to consider peak-hour cuts on other sections, according to a secret briefing.
But after a draft submission, the State Government told the operator it did not want to know.
A Yarra Trams document said over-stretched infrastructure meant "politically sensitive" peak-service cuts on under-used routes were inevitable, in spite of growing patronage.
Passengers aboard a steam train making its last journey through Victoria's bushranger country on Saturday could be forgiven for thinking it was again 1880 when "Ned Kelly" caused its abrupt halt at Glenrowan.
The train was making its way for the last time along the 200km broad gauge track that runs from Seymour to Albury in the state's north-east.
The Tasmanian Opposition is demanding the State Government reveal when it discovered Pacific National wanted to withdraw from Tasmanian rail services.
It has been reported that the government knew Pacific National would pull out of Tasmania up to a month ago, but kept the information from the public.
This week included the Queens birthday public holiday. There were 102 sightings for this week, which is eleven sightings less than last week, making a total of 2352* sightings for this year to date. On day 166 last year we had seen 2551 sightings. We have seen no trains on the B/G this week.
A GOVERNMENT plan to make Macquarie Park the fourth-largest CBD in Australia, behind Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, may be undermined by the NSW cabinet's decision to dump the North West Rail Link.
Billions of dollars are being spent in turning the growing area into Australia's answer to Silicon Valley, with technology businesses setting up next door to an expanding Macquarie University.
THE volume of freight moving east-west by rail has doubled in the past decade and transit times are faster, figures show.
Rail has also become generally cheaper than road, but there are still problems with punctuality and north-south rail freight is still struggling.
CARRIAGE loads of cashed-up rail buffs will not reach Warrnambool anymore with track changes at Colac forcing an end to the nostalgic return diesel train trips from Melbourne.
Rio Tinto is spending US$371 million on automating its iron ore railway over 1,300km worth of track in WA's Pilbara, in a move that will herald the advent of driverless trains.
While train automation may not be new, Rio Tinto says it's using the technology on a whole new scale.
The Tasmanian Greens today revealed that there are approximately 25,000 new sleepers and several kilometres of new line sitting and rusting in a yard at Derwent Park and accused the State Government of being negligent and too slow with carrying out its responsibilities to restore the state’s railway line, saying that Labor has clearly missing the opportunity to make the railway ‘investment ready’, which would be an essential positive signal to send to any potential new operator, prior to the departure of Pacific National.
THE need for an extended train line to service the booming suburbs of Seaford and Aldinga Beach can no longer be overlooked. Traffic is clogging southern roads while skyrocketing petrol prices are hitting drivers hard. The Seaford District Residents Association, with the support of Messenger Newspapers, this week launches a petition
calling on the State Government to commit to extending the Noarlunga train line to Seaford by 2013 and Aldinga Beach by 2018.
Tramexpert 2.0 is a database prepared by a team of experts compiling the characteristics of all trams and light rail systems ordered since 1990. Its ambition is to consolidate all data on current world vehicles that can travel on rail, road or dedicated reserved lanes and is the most complete source of data available on the market.
There are concerns the Tasmanian Government has artificially raised the sale price of Pacific National's Tasmanian rail operations.
The Liberals are concerned interested operators will assume the Government is ready with its cheque book and taxpayer funds to make the business attractive.
A $90 million agreement is about to be signed in Adelaide to create a GPS train tracking system, which will be tested on a section of the Adelaide-Port Augusta rail line.
Train drivers will be notified of other trains close by and will have easier access to information on track work and suggested safe speeds.
A tidy $7.3million for Brisbane's train network is tucked away in the latest version of the South-East Queensland Infrastructure Plan under this month's state budget.
The substantial sum has caused relatively little "noise" although it will be spent on inner-city rail projects over the next 20 years.
Queensland Rail must re-open the Exhibition rail spur in Brisbane to help thousands of hospital staff get to work at the three hospitals at Herston, Queensland's Nurses Union said yesterday.
brisbanetimes.com.au yesterday reported that there were more 10,000 staff working at the Royal Brisbane, Royal Women's and Royal Children's hospitals, right across from the closed-down Exhibition rail line.
Double-stacked containers can now be transported along the east-west rail route after a $5.7 million upgrade of the corridor.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says it has now completed works on the line between Parkes in new South Wales and Crystal Brook in South Australia.
MELBOURNE public transport commuters face up to three years of worsening congestion as some of the city's busiest train lines reach capacity long before planned upgrades are delivered.
In an ominous warning to already pressed commuters, the head of Connex has warned the Sydenham line will reach capacity this year, while eight other lines to the city's north, west and south will hit capacity by 2013.
A BOMB scare stopped the Sunlander passenger train in its tracks yesterday and almost closed the Bruce Highway while police evacuated passengers and searched carriages at Babinda.
Officers and paramedics swarmed the town’s usually quiet train station about 3pm after Queensland Rail received a threat and contacted police.
Unsatisfied with the new fatigue management laws and increased charges, truck drivers are planning to hold a nation-wide shutdown.
Over 150 truck drivers from across NSW and Queensland held a crisis meeting in Toowoomba, and voted on an action to halt the transport industry.
Drivers are enraged over an increase in registration and excise charges, along with new fatigue management laws that can make drivers lose demerit points, organiser Mick Pattell told the ABC.
South Australia's Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith says a tramline extension planned for Adelaide's western suburbs would be scrapped under a Liberal government.
In his Budget reply speech, Mr Hamilton-Smith promised to also match the Government's pledge to electrify the rail lines in northern and southern Adelaide.
A possible fix to the Melbourne public transport crisis has dawned on the State Government: make the trains longer. Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky yesterday said her department was looking at making Melbourne's trains run seven carriages at peak hour, instead of the current six, in a bid to relieve extreme overcrowding.
NEW tests show Melbourne's bungled and increasingly expensive ticketing system is still not operating correctly, although authorities claim some progress has been made.
But in a show of faith in the beleaguered myki system, Transport Minister Lynne Kosky visited the Transport Ticketing Authority yesterday for the release of the results of a small trial of the system in Geelong.
A man is believed dead and others injured after a car crashed through a fence and hit a train after leaving a major road in Sydney's south.
A man has died after his car drove through a fence onto a rail line in Sydney's south colliding with a train, emergency services say.
Emergency officers were called out at about 5.50pm (AEST) on Friday after the car drove onto the rail tracks between Waterfall and Heathcote stations, about two kilometres south of Heathcote.
New commuter services starting next month from the two outer extremities of Auckland's rail network - Pukekohe and Helensville - will mean timetable changes for passengers throughout the region.
A SPECIAL overnight sleeper steam train to Warrnambool is being organised for November at $500 or more a ticket.
There were 105 sightings for this week, which is three sightings more than last week, making a total of 2457* sightings for this year to date. On day 173 last year we had seen 2660 sightings.
We have seen no trains on the B/G again this week.
LONDON, England (CNN) -- As airlines slash flights and cut spending in the wake of rising fuel prices, rail travel across Europe is entering into a period of renewal.
Eurostar launched services from its new London station, St Pancras International in November 2007.
By 2010, the continent's rail operators expect 25 million passengers to be using its high-speed networks, up from around 14 million today.
New digital signal technology introduced on the Brisbane to Sydney corridor will cut rail freight times by 45 minutes, according to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
The government-owned corporation has replaced the outdated Electric Train Staff (ETS) mechanism, meaning trains will no longer be required to stop at regular intervals.
THE Carr government knew in October 1996, when it announced its Cashback scheme to repay motorists' tolls on the M4 and M5, that it could cost taxpayers $962 million - but it did it anyway.
The huge spending on this program alone in Labor's heartland, revealed in cabinet documents obtained by the Herald, is in sharp contrast with the cries for transport relief from residents of Liberal seats on the North Shore and in the north-west, who endure soaring road tolls and long-haul bus routes.
Beset by transport woes, the NSW government has announced extra rail services and a move to cut train ticket queues.
But it has also ruled out a car congestion tax for Sydney, aimed at reducing vehicle use.
PACIFIC National and grain handler GrainCorp will cease rail freight operations on the Yaapeet to Dimboola rail line.
GrainCorp southern division manager Jack Tansley said officials had deliberated on lines they would cease to service while finalising a contract.
He said officials finalised their decision to cease carrying freight on the Yaapeet line in past weeks.
There were 114 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 2571* sightings for this year to date. On day 180 last year we had seen 2770 sightings.
We have seen two trains on the B/G this week, 9140 was seen on the up Wednesday with G525+A81+X41(PN) and again on Friday with G525+A81.