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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/9/2008

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 93 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 3637* sightings for this year to date. On day 257 last year we had seen 3856 sightings.
We have seen no sighting on the B/G this week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/9/2008

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 93 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 3637* sightings for this year to date. On day 257 last year we had seen 3856 sightings.
We have seen no sighting on the B/G this week.

Channel Tunnel shut after blaze

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

The Channel Tunnel has been closed after a fire broke out on a freight train about seven miles from Calais.

Thirty-two people on board were led to safety, 14 of whom had suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation.

The blaze broke out on a lorry on board the shuttle train at about 1400 GMT, about 11km (7 miles) from the French entrance, the operator Eurotunnel said.

Passenger rail service investigated

Posted Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A state parliamentary committee will investigate the viability of reinstating a rail passenger service between Mount Gambier and Adelaide.

Civic, tourism and political leaders yesterday welcomed the inquiry, which will canvass the possibility of introducing rail passenger services to several regional centres.

It is understood a viable passenger service will hinge on the future of the $1.5 billion Penola Pulp Mill, which has signed an agreement with the State Government to reopen the abandoned South East network for freight.

The government has earmarked more than $10m to standardise the ageing South East network.

Member for Mount Gambier and Cabinet Minister Rory McEwen told The Border Watch yesterday the return of passenger rail services was “certainly possible” if the Penola Pulp Mill used rail for freight.

Penola rail pledge confirmed

Posted Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The State Government has repeated its commitment to standardise and upgrade the South East rail network to support the Penola Pulp Mill project.

A spokesman for Transport Minister Patrick Conlon gave the assurance yesterday after the Victorian Government announced a $15m upgrade of the Portland-Maroona line.

The announcement prompted a call by the Port of Portland to reopen the Mount Gambier to Heywood railway.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation said it would welcome reopening the Mount Gambier line, but said this was a matter for the SA and Victorian Governments.

Victoria's most dangerous level crossing to be removed

Posted Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 by Poath Junction in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S most dangerous level crossing — which the State Government has left largely untouched since coming to power in 1999 — is set to be removed in a complex engineering project to be carried out just months before the 2010 state election. Engineers Parsons Brinckerhoff last week won a contract from VicRoads and Connex to work on a grade separation, a crossing that uses an underpass or overpass, to fix the notorious Nunawading intersection, just near the corner of Springvale and Whitehorse roads.

Victorian seniors win on train tickets

Posted Thursday, 18 September, 2008 by alstom_888m in Victorian Rail News

In a major embarrassment for Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky, her decision to force seniors to buy Metcards in packs of five has been reversed in her absence.

Six rail projects face axe as budget falters

Posted Thursday, 18 September, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

SIX rail projects worth a combined $14.4 billion are on the chopping block as senior bureaucrats and a new cabinet team frantically search for a new transport strategy in the face of a faltering NSW budget.

Treasury officials are sharpening their knives in preparation for the November mini-budget promised by the new Premier, Nathan Rees, which will be forced to balance a huge revenue shortfall against the state of rapidly decaying transport infrastructure.

Tram stops need safety barriers, says Opposition

Posted Friday, 19 September, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

SAFETY barriers must be built around Adelaide's tram stops as part of a statewide campaign to improve pedestrian safety, the Opposition says. Opposition road safety spokesman Stephen Wade is calling on the State Government to act on pedestrian safety following a 42 per cent increase in serious injury accidents this year.

Train fans fear LA crash will derail their hobby

Posted Friday, 19 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They stand within feet of speeding locomotives, climb signal poles to photograph passing trains and try to befriend conductors and engineers.

Passionate train buffs call themselves railfans, but they are derisively known as "foamers" by critics who say the hobbyists foam at the mouth at the sight of a train while reveling in the minutiae of engine types, timetables and whistle sounds.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/9/2008

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 3741* sightings for this year to date. On day 264 last year we had seen 3952 sightings.

We have seen no sighting again on the B/G this week.

Restored SteamRanger collides with car

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by crivens in South Australian Rail News

The tourist train, The SteamRanger, has collided with a car on its public launch after a two-year restoration.

BNSF Railway allocates millions to lay new rail in two states

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

BNSF Railway Co. said it is laying 13 miles of new rail between Arkansas City, Kan. and Gainesville, Texas.

The capital improvement project is valued at $3 million and will require the work of 30 crew members to complete by November.

15 killed while stealing fuel from rail wagons

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

Guwahati: Fifteen people died of asphyxiation and several others were taken ill in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Friday night when they were trying to pilfer fuel from wagons after detaining a goods train.

The police have so far recovered eight bodies while local villagers put the figure between 15 and 20 and claimed that some bodies had been taken away by the miscreants before the police reached the spot. Police claimed that two of the deceased were identified to be cadres of the militant National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).

[ABC NEWS] Train derailed near Esperance

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

An iron-ore train has derailed on its way to the Esperance Port this morning.

The iron ore was being transported from Portman Limited's Koolyanobbing mine near Southern Cross.

Flinders Street 'dangerously overcrowded'

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Hundreds of commuters crammed into Flinders Street Station yesterday, forcing trains to pull into packed platforms and leading to calls for more trains to cope with surging passenger numbers.

Upfield passenger Lachlan MacDowall said he feared someone would be seriously injured as people flooded into the station just before 5pm.

Magill Road tram proposal

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

A FARMER’S market, people living above shops, brick road paving and trams - not Melbourne’s Brunswick St but a vision for Magill Rd in a decade. Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council has unveiled a bold plan to put Magill Rd on par with The Parade at Norwood, including:

Creating five precincts lifestyle, traditional, terminus, landscape and organic;

Extending the city tram line to Magill Rd and linking it to The Parade;

More standing room on trains

Posted Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

MORE than 700 seats will be removed from Adelaide trains over the next three years to increase standing room.

The State Government yesterday announced a $37 million refurbishment of 70 railcars in TransAdelaide's 3000 and 3100-class fleet. That includes replacing decks of three seats on one side of the carriage with decks of two seats. This reduces seating by between 10 and 12 per carriage. Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the move would increase the capacity of each carriage by allowing more standing room.

Graffiti-resistant glass for Adelaide trains

Posted Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

Damaged windows on Adelaide trains are to be replaced with graffiti-resistant glass, in a program costing $700,000.

Trucking industry inquiry warned of 'safety crisis'

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by luznug in Other Transport News

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has told a Government inquiry the industry has a safety crisis.

The inquiry is investigating a link between truck driver pay and road accidents.

C 503 in the dirt at Broken Hill

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by QR2 in New South Wales Rail News

While setting back on C503+Na1874 and crew van trailing bogie split the points.18/08/2008

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/9/2008

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week, making a total of 3844* sightings for this year to date. On day 271 last year we had seen 4051 sightings. We have seen no sighting again on the B/G this week.

Works Start On Major Project To Build Wodonga Bypass

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by bevans in Press Releases

Work will begin today on the Wodonga Rail Bypass, marking the start of an historic $501.3 million Rudd and Brumby Government project to revitalise Victoria’s north-east rail corridor by creating an interstate rail freight super-highway and delivering major passenger rail service improvements.
In Wodonga, Victorian Premier John Brumby and Commonwealth Infrastructure and Transport, Minister Anthony Albanese turned the first sod on the Wodonga Rail Bypass project, the first major works in the North-East Rail Revitalisation Project.

“We are taking action to ensure our regional communities are well-equipped to grow and thrive and the Wodonga Rail Bypass project will create new jobs and drive new investment in this already dynamic regional city,” Mr Brumby said.

ABB Grain and Genesee & Wyoming’s new rail agreement

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Press Releases

Australian premier agribusiness, ABB Grain, and rail-freight transportation operator, Genesee & Wyoming Australia, are close to signing a five-year broad gauge agreement to annually move up to 300,000 tonnes of Victorian grain.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of finalising the agreement which would start on November 1.

Ipswich line closed for maintenance

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Queensland Rail News

The Ipswich train line between Sherwood and Ipswich, west of Brisbane, is closed for maintenance this weekend.

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