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Trip Report to Port Augusta

Posted Friday, 1 August, 2008 by steamer711 in Gunzelling Reports

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....

Freight train derailment betwen Benalla and Glenrowan

Posted Friday, 1 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Derailed freight train blocks rail line

Posted Friday, 1 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Bus traffic could be diverted to rail

Posted Monday, 4 August, 2008 by grace in Tasmanian Rail News

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.

[ABC NEWS] Derailment clean-up causes passenger delays

Posted Monday, 4 August, 2008 by grace in Victorian Rail News

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.

[ABC NEWS] Official opening for new Port bridges

Posted Monday, 4 August, 2008 by grace in South Australian Rail News

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.

[ABC NEWS] Qantas passengers stranded in Adelaide

Posted Monday, 4 August, 2008 by grace in Other Transport News

Dozens of Qantas passengers were stranded at the Adelaide Airport for more than four hours today, because of a technical problem with a plane.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/8/2008

Posted Monday, 4 August, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Asciano soars on $2.9bn takeover offer

Posted Monday, 4 August, 2008 by wolfpac in Rail News

PRIVATE equity is back in town with two US firms making a $2.9 billion bid for Australia's biggest rail and ports owner, Asciano.

Forrest expects rail line decision

Posted Tuesday, 5 August, 2008 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

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 rejects $2.89 billion takeover bid

Posted Tuesday, 5 August, 2008 by bevans in Rail News

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.

Drivers desert EastLink as rail network overflows

Posted Saturday, 9 August, 2008 by vanessa in Other Transport News

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.

Plan for new Dandenong train line off the rails

Posted Saturday, 9 August, 2008 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

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.

Queensland Rail bust-up down the track after coal move

Posted Saturday, 9 August, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

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.

Rail group Asciano moves into Queensland coal market

Posted Saturday, 9 August, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

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.

Work set to begin on East Tamar rail bridge

Posted Sunday, 10 August, 2008 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Government will begin work in a few weeks to replace the East Tamar rail bridge that was damaged last month.

Rail takes its toll on EastLink

Posted Sunday, 10 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/8/2008

Posted Sunday, 10 August, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Rail talks warning to Government

Posted Tuesday, 12 August, 2008 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

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.

Rail line agreement reached

Posted Tuesday, 12 August, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

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.

VLP W'bool Up Morning Train... hits stray cows at Camperdown

Posted Friday, 15 August, 2008 by dalts 1985 in Victorian Rail News

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 meets with proponents of light rail extension

Posted Friday, 15 August, 2008 by HughBear in Tram and Light Rail News

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.

Macquarie Bank and Ernst & Young appointed to $12 billion North West Metro

Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008 by HughBear in New South Wales Rail News

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.

Steaming up Broadway Festival Wycheproof Victoria

Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008 by millerj in Rail Events

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

Ignore the hysteria, this metro is our best solution

Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008 by HughBear in New South Wales Rail News

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.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/8/2008

Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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).

Councils plead for railways upgrade

Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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 may seek 'green' revamp

Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Truck Driver to stand trial on Kerang disaster

Posted Tuesday, 19 August, 2008 by 574M in Victorian Rail News

THE Wangaratta truck driver involved in the Kerang level crossing disaster last June, in which 11 people died, has been committed to stand trial.

Police deny pressure to charge Christiaan Scholl on Kerang crash

Posted Tuesday, 19 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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 fired, Melbourne transport expert says...

Posted Wednesday, 20 August, 2008 by alstom_888m in Victorian Rail News

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.

Public transport use hits all-time high

Posted Wednesday, 20 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

More than 200 million people travelled on Melbourne's trains between 2007 and 2008, according to Premier John Brumby.

Train trips exceed 200 million

Posted Thursday, 21 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Gold Coast Rapid Transit to be light rail

Posted Monday, 25 August, 2008 by SM247 in Tram and Light Rail News

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.

Rail contract win

Posted Monday, 25 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Don't cancel our service: Connex

Posted Monday, 25 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/8/2008

Posted Monday, 25 August, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Council urged to extend Gold Coast light rail

Posted Tuesday, 26 August, 2008 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The head of the Gold Coast Council's planning committee wants the first stage of the city's proposed light rail system to run from Griffith University at Parklands to Burleigh Heads.

Iemma Government's CountryLink fleet investment on track

Posted Wednesday, 27 August, 2008 by HughBear in Rail News

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.

Anger over mega-trucks plan

Posted Thursday, 28 August, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

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.

Connex may be here to stay

Posted Thursday, 28 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Connex could continue to operate Melbourne's trouble-plagued train system, with the State Government today revealing its shortlist of companies bidding to operate the network.

Commuters' fit of peak as Melbourne trains fill up

Posted Friday, 29 August, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

New electronic ticketing to streamline public transport

Posted Friday, 29 August, 2008 by HughBear in New South Wales Rail News

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.

Babcock woes won't affect south-west rail line

Posted Saturday, 30 August, 2008 by grace in Western Australian Rail News

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.

AWB hopes freight decision attracts Govt investment

Posted Saturday, 30 August, 2008 by grace in Victorian Rail News

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.

Govt clashes with rail operator over bills

Posted Saturday, 30 August, 2008 by grace in Tasmanian Rail News

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.

Wimmera-Mallee group wants rail service expanded

Posted Saturday, 30 August, 2008 by grace in Victorian Rail News

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.

Grain harvest size to determine rail route

Posted Saturday, 30 August, 2008 by grace in Victorian Rail News

A Melbourne-based freight train operator says the size of this year's grain harvest will determine what parts of Victoria it services.

Please explain: Govt ditched $3.9b 'fast rail'

Posted Saturday, 30 August, 2008 by grace in New South Wales Rail News

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.

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