Giday All, Only newish to Railpage, My name is Steve, no doubt some of you out know who I am, not sure if thats a good thing or bad thing... but anyway I am an Area Controller at Sunshine, my website is a fotopic site, and I thought I would start my first post off with the trip report of my latest trip. photos can be found at http://steamer711.fotopic.net Thanks and here is the report....
Thursday evening a freight train derailed in Victoria between Benalla and Glenrowan. Sources indicated approximately 800m of track has been damaged in the incident with 20 to 30 wagons derailed.
A major railway route in north-east Victoria is blocked by a derailed freight train.
The train went off the track about 9:00pm AEST yesterday north of Benalla, and lost 20 carriages of steel cargo.
NORTHERN suburbs commuters could be riding their buses along Hobart's train tracks if a groundbreaking public-transport proposal wins approval.
The Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia have identified Hobart's rail corridor as an ideal route for an express O-Bahn-styled bus service.
Rail passengers travelling between Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend will spend half their journey on buses with debris from a train derailment is still blocking the tracks.
Rail workers are trying to clear up and repair a kilometre of track that was ripped up on Thursday night when 12 carriages carrying steel derailed north of the Victorian town of Benalla.
There has been an official opening of the new Port River bridges in Adelaide's north-west.
Completion of the Tom 'Diver' Derrick road bridge was delayed by almost a year.
It took three years to complete the twin road and rail bridges, at a cost of $178 million.
There were only 93 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings less than last week, making a total of 3072* sightings for this year to date. On day 215 last year we had seen 3287 sightings.
We have seen no trains on the B/G this week.
IRON ore magnate Andrew Forrest says Treasurer Wayne Swan has committed to making a decision one way or another over third-party access to BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto's Pilbara iron ore rail lines.
He has also taken a shot at speculators for shorting his stock and then spreading negative rumours, calling their activity as almost criminal.
RAIL and ports giant Asciano Group has knocked back an unsolicited $2.89 billion takeover offer from two aggressive foreign predators.
Asciano's rejection came after the close of the market, which saw its share price swell 16.4 per cent, or 68c, to $4.83.
THE future of private toll roads in Australia has been called into question after traffic on EastLink slumped dramatically in the first week of tolling.
- EastLink traffic below projections
- Some trains over official capacity
- 'Not the end of toll roads': expert
Investors yesterday dumped shares in the tollway owner, ConnectEast, after the company said traffic volumes had fallen to 28% below its projections.
A GOVERNMENT promise to build a new rail line from Caulfield to Dandenong appears to have been shelved.
The Government announced the "third Dandenong line" as part of its 2006, $10.5 billion transport plan Meeting Our Transport Challenges.
Now the Government is indicating new "sections" of a third track will be built.
ASCIANO'S move into the lucrative Queensland coal market is likely to spark an eventual break-up of Queensland Rail and the privatisation of significant parts of the carrier.
Analysts and coal industry leaders yesterday said it was now only a matter of time before QR moved to privatise parts of its business, with Asciano's Pacific National entering the Queensland market and securing key coal contracts with Xstrata and Rio Tinto from 2010.
THE Queensland Government is facing a major challenge to one of its most valuable revenue streams with southern rail group Asciano announcing it was moving aggressively into the state coal market.
Asciano and its rail business Pacific National is spending nearly $600 million to break into the local coal market which was previously the sole domain of the state government-owned Queensland Rail.
NEVER do anything for free. Certainly don't even think about opening a toll road and giving free access for a month because, if you do, it'll be an expensive exercise.
You'd almost feel sorry for the unfortunate investors in EastLink (known on the stockmarket as ConnectEast): four years ago they stumped up $1 each for their shares. This year they watched as the splendid road that runs from utterly congested Ringwood to mildly congested Frankston finished five months early.
There were only 93 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week, making a total of 3165* sightings for this year to date. On day 222 last year we had seen 3386 sightings.
We have seen no trains on the B/G again this week.
The Tasmanian Opposition has cautioned the Infrastructrue Minister, Grame Sturges to keep out of the sale process of the state's rail freight operations.
Last month, Pacific National announced it was selling its rolling stock and leaving the state, after struggling to stay viable for several years.
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and Union Pacific agreed on a $14.3 million price tag Thursday for the rail line that runs between Davenport and Watsonville.
That step should lead to public acquisition of the 32-mile Union Pacific rail line.
WARRNAMBOOL to Melbourne rail passengers were delayed 90 minutes yesterday when the train they were travelling on, crashed in to a herd of cows on the track west of Camperdown.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport John Watkins today met with representatives from
Eco Transit Sydney, a public transport advocacy group, where a proposal to further extend the
privately operated Sydney light rail system was discussed.
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister John Watkins today announced the appointment of
Macquarie Bank and Ernst & Young as financial and commercial advisors for the $12 billion
North West Metro.
Mr Watkins said the two firms have been appointed following a comprehensive tender and
assessment process. Mr Watkins made the announcement while addressing a briefing for
business and community leaders at Norwest Business Park – one of Sydney’s commercial
hubs that will benefit from the project.
The latest festival to be added to the ‘must do’ events calendar for northern Victoria is the Steaming Up Broadway Festival – Wycheproof on 11-12 October 2008. This festival of steam trains, cycling, and music will showcase the town of Wycheproof and celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of railway to the town.
For information and bookings see the website http//www.wycheproof.vic.au or see the Steamrail Victoria http//website www.steamrail.com.au
When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932, it did not carry anywhere near the volume of traffic it does today. But that was OK because our political leaders were building for the future. Aside from the iconic status it gave to our city it was a civic project for coming generations, allowing quicker travel between The Rocks and Milsons Point to the growth areas of the North Shore.
There were only 98 sightings for this week, which is five sightings more than last week, making a total of 3263* sightings for this year to date. On day 229 last year we had seen 3478 sightings.
We have seen one sighting on the B/G this week, on Friday we saw an up transfer of two IP cars BRG168C & DF294 from Ballarat with T356(SRV).
A COALITION of 24 regional councils has strongly urged the State Government to bring Victoria's rail freight network up to top standard within three years.
The councils, which reach into southern NSW, have called on the Government's December transport strategy to reinstate the platinum, gold and silver lines identified by the Fischer report on Victorian rail freight.
Rail industry lobbyists say a revamp of Victoria's rail network is crucial for the economy and the environment.
The Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development met in Melbourne on Thursday to discuss the problems - and solutions - facing the sector.
THE investigator of the Kerang rail disaster has rejected claims police were pressured to charge the truck driver involved in the deadly crash.
Christiaan Scholl, 49, is facing Bendigo Magistrates' Court charged with 11 counts of culpable driving over the June 5 crash last year, after his semi-trailer ploughed into a Melbourne-bound V/line passenger train.
Mr Scholl's lawyer, Paul Higham, suggested there was outside pressure for police to charge Mr Scholl 25 hours after the accident, but Sergeant Geoff Exton from the Major Collision Investigation Unit rejected this.
RAIL operator Connex should be sacked and management of Melbourne's suburban trains brought back into public hands, prominent transport academic says.
- 'Dismal' performance
- Tunnel proposal slammed
- New contract
Melbourne University transport planner Nick Low says Connex has performed dismally.
MELBURNIANS are piling on to the city's trains in record numbers, but the State Government is not putting on enough extra services to deal with the patronage boom, new figures show.
Premier John Brumby yesterday took the train to North Melbourne station to release new patronage figures for Melbourne's public transport network.
Queensland Transport Minister John Mickel says light rail is the preferred option for a rapid transit system on the Gold Coast in the state's south-east.
A TransLink report favours light rail over a rapid bus system.
ELECTRICAL engineering company O'Donnell Griffin has been awarded a $14 million government rail project.
The company will build a five-kilometre diversion around the city of Wodonga, as part of the Wodonga Rail Bypass Project, jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.
CONNEX has warned that any attempt to hand its lucrative contract to run Victoria's train network to another operator could derail current improvements.
With five other private operators vying for the contract, which expires on November 30 next year, and calls for Connex to be dumped over poor performance, the French-owned company has come out fighting.
There were 101 sightings for this week, which is three sightings more than last week, making a total of 3364* sightings for this year to date. On day 236 last year we had seen 3570 sightings. We have seen no sighting on the B/G again this week.
27th August 2008
NSW residents and interstate tourists are reaping the benefits from the Iemma Government’s $42 million upgrade of the iconic CountryLink XPT fleet with works on all passenger carriages now complete, Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport John Watkins announced today.
Massive B-triple trucks eight times the length of a family car would be allowed to run on CityLink and many other main commuter routes, under a secret Department of Transport plan leaked to the State Opposition.
FEELING a bit squashed? It's probably because an extra 100,000 Melburnians a day have squeezed on to our public transport system in the past year.
Metlink figures for an average weekday show 1.5 million commuters jam trains, trams and buses, with packed-out peak times dragging out to almost six hours a day.
While morning and afternoon peaks are the most crowded, some of the biggest hourly increases have come outside peak, as strap-hangers try to avoid the crush.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport John Watkins today announced the new electronic transport ticketing system for Sydney is a step closer with an Expression of Interest process now open.
The company recruited to rebuild a south-west Western Australian rail line says its parent company's financial problems will not affect plans to build the line within 12 months.
The State Government has promised to spend $20 million to reinstate the line from Greenbushes to Bunbury to transport timber logs if it wins the election.
WestNet Rail, which is owned by troubled investment company Babcock and Brown, will upgrade the old track at a cost of $13.5 million.
The Australian Wheat Board (AWB) hopes its decision to expand freight rail services will convince the Victorian Government to invest in the Benalla-Oaklands line.
AWB and freight train operator El Zorro have announced a five-year deal for bulk grain haulage in Victoria and New South Wales.
The Tasmanian Government and the state's rail operator Pacific National have clashed over unpaid accounts.
The Infrastructure Minister Graeme Sturges has told State Parliament that Pacific National is not happy about certain matters involving unpaid bills.
A group lobbying for more passenger rail in western Victoria says it would like a new service expanded to take in more of the region's towns.
Under the six month trial, 12 seats will be made available on each Overland train service, which will take passengers to Melbourne from the Wimmera.
A private consortium pushing for a fast train from Sydney's outer west to the city is demanding an explanation as to why the Government has scrapped the project.
The $3.9 billion network would transport passengers between Penrith and the CBD in 30 minutes.