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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/9/2009.6

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 85 sightings for this week. This is nine sightings less than last week, making a total of 3226 sightings for this year to date. On day 269 last year we had recorded 3816 sightings.

We have seen only two sighting on the B/G this week, which are eight sightings less than last week. The two sightings seen were 9140 from Mildura, on Monday and Friday with G525(FA)+x49(FA).

Casino (NSW) set for railway revolution

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by The Man in Blue in New South Wales Rail News

CASINO is on the cusp of a railway renaissance, with a development application to build a $10 million rail terminal about to be lodged with the Richmond Valley Council.<

Mixing it with big boys on Melbourne's freeways

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by freightgate in Other Transport News

DRIVING a car on one of Melbourne's freeways or ring roads can feel a bit like paddling a canoe between container ships. It is not for the faint-hearted or the claustrophobic.

The overlords here are enormous trucks, seemingly the size of a block of flats as they rumble past almost close enough to touch.

While the 1970s film might have been entitled The Cars that Ate Paris, a contemporary sequel might be entitled The Trucks that Ate Melbourne.

Our clogged freeways just keep on truckin'

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

FEEL like Melbourne's freeways are filling up with trucks?

New figures published by VicRoads show the goods carried by trucks on Melbourne's roads have grown by a massive 50 per cent in the past decade.

The boom in road transport has come as rail freight has collapsed to carry what one expert said was just 2.5 per cent of the state's freight load - a quarter of what it was a decade ago.

City tram collision fractures teen's skull

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by freightgate in Tram and Light Rail News

A 19-year-old woman is in hospital with a fractured skull after she was knocked down by a tram in the city, leaving peak-hour traffic in disarray.

Police said the woman was lucky to be alive after being hit outside the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road about 9.15am.

"She was very, very lucky not to have been killed," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Letter from Minister Campbell to 'Tweed Daily News'

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by Xgentric in New South Wales Rail News

Here's a letter from NSW Transport Minister Campbell, in the Tweed Daily News, dated Tuesday 29/9/09 (and possibly in other regional papers as well)

Rail freight closures to 'hurt regions'

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A north-west Queensland mayor says small communities will suffer because of an ongoing push by Queensland Rail (QR) to focus on transporting minerals and coal.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says QR wants to close freight distribution centres at Cloncurry, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek and Charters Towers but QR has not confirmed when.

Vic Govt lobbied over Clunes' rail inclusion

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

There are calls for Clunes to be factored into the planned train service between Ballarat and Maryborough.

A committee has been formed to lobby the Victorian Government to include the town on the timetable when the service starts next year.

More work bans affect public transport

Posted Thursday, 1 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

TransAdelaide electricians have resumed work bans on use of mobile phones and two-way radios.

Their action is an attempt to get their stalled pay negotiations moving.

Electrical Trades Union official Simon Pisoni says the tram electricians have also put a ban on fixing ticket machine faults.

Mayor threatens to pull funds in light rail dispute

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore is threatening to pull out of a study into the extension of the light rail network, because the New South Wales Government has again ruled out a light rail line through the CBD.

The State Government and four inner city councils are looking at a plan extend the light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

Rail freight terminal planned for Casino

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The developer behind plans to build a new rail freight terminal in Casino says the infrastructure will play a viral role in the future of the region's plantation forest industry.

John McMahon is expected to lodge a development application for the 10-million-dollar project with the Richmond Valley Council this week.

Mayor gets cattle trains commitment

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A north-west Queensland Mayor says he has been given a commitment that cattle trains to the region will continue, despite the closure of some freight distribution centres.

Lufthansa computer glitch causes worldwide delays, cancellations

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

A computer glitch forced worldwide flight delays and European cancellations yesterday at the leading German airline Lufthansa, a spokesman said.

"A problem in our check-in system occurred around 04:00 a.m. (0200 GMT)," he said.

GrainCorp reaches deal with QR

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

GrainCorp Ltd has reached agreement with transport and logistics company QR for the provision of main line trains to service its Queensland export grain port terminals.

The contract with QR's bulk freight subsidiary, Australian Railroad Group (ARG), secures three trains for the terminals at Mackay, Gladstone, and Fisherman Islands for a period of three years.

BHP's trains hearing goes off the rails

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

IT WAS, as one wag suggested, one of the odder moments in the Australian Competition Tribunal.

As redoubtable Queen's counsel Alan Archibald launched into BHP Billiton's arguments why Fortescue Metals should not be allowed to use BHP's railways in the Pilbara, a neatly dressed woman interrupted the Melbourne proceedings and asked to be heard.

Her problems stemmed, sadly, from an altogether different cause in a different jurisdiction but she insisted repeatedly that the leaden dispute between Fortescue, BHP, Rio Tinto and the National Competition Council was her case and that she wanted to examine all their documents.

Rees rejects light rail through city

Posted Friday, 2 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

SYDNEY'S Lord Mayor has threatened to pull out of a major study into the extension of the light rail network after the Rees Government unilaterally ruled out a light rail line through the city centre.

Clover Moore wants the study to examine a loop up George Street and down Hickson Road via the planned development at Barangaroo on the western side of the central business district.

Woman falls from railway platform

Posted Saturday, 3 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A woman has escaped with minor injuries after falling from a railway platform in Melbourne's west, disrupting V/Line and Connex services.

The woman, believed to be aged between 65 and 75, fell from the Middle Footscray railway station about 11am, a Victoria Ambulance spokeswoman said.

Another budget airline looks to fly into Melbourne

Posted Saturday, 3 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

Melbourne travellers would be enticed to fly direct between Macau and Melbourne by a new cut-price airline that is in negotiations with the State Government and Melbourne Airport.

Viva Macau is a budget airline flying direct already into Sydney, with economy return fares retailing for around $600 and business seats selling for about $1500.

Bus drivers' union rejects fatigue laws

Posted Saturday, 3 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

The union representing Newcastle bus drivers is opposing new fatigue laws that came into force this week, saying it will reduce their "take home" pay.

Coal companies 'partly to blame' for ships queue

Posted Saturday, 3 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The operator of a major Queensland coal export terminal say coal companies are partially responsible for the latest backlog of ships waiting to be loaded at the facility.

About 65 ships are waiting off the Dalrymple Bay terminal, south of Mackay, much higher than the ideal queue of 15 to 20.

Cats fan 'could have died' in railway station attack

Posted Saturday, 3 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A Geelong fan felled by a vicious punch after an AFL football final match could have been killed by it, police say.

The attack left the 32-year-old Patterson Lakes man lying unconscious and bleeding from the head at Richmond train station following the Geelong-Collingwood match on September 20.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/10/2009

Posted Monday, 5 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 86 sightings for this week. This is one sighting more than last week, making a total of 3312 sightings for this year to date. On day 276 last year we had recorded 3915 sightings.

We have seen no trains on the B/G this week, only one sighting of EM100 on Wednesday. From next week we see the start of a new timetable for the Mildura fruit trains, they are no longer 9140 & 9141. They will be numbered 9103 via Gheringhap (1343) on Monday, 9107 via Gheringhap (1343) on Wednesday and 9111 via Bacchus Marsh (2144) on Fridays down trains. And the up trains will be 9100 via B/M (0349 Mon) on Sunday, 9104 via B/H (0229 Wed) on Tuesday and 9108 via Gheringhap (0345 Fri) on Thursday. It’s Interesting to note that the S circular states that 9103 and 9107 will shunt cement wagons at North Shore and 9108 will detach empty cement at North Geelong. As over the last few weeks this as been done at Gheringhap, and every day this week a gang of workmen and machinery have been very busy laying two new footpaths, one each side of the former gypsum siding? And it will be Interesting to see how many of these trains do actually run via Gheringhap every week.

Govt rejects rail line sell-off claims

Posted Monday, 5 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has rejected claims proposed legislation will mean a large sell-off of rail lines and corridors.

The Government's Rail Trails Bill is now before State Parliament.

If passed it will allow the Minister to authorise the closure of rail lines on a case-by-case basis after public consultation and dispose of the assets, without a special act of Parliament.

Miner urges Tennant Creek-Mt Isa rail link

Posted Monday, 5 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The company developing a rock phosphate deposit on the Northern Territory's Barkly Tablelands says the region needs a rail connection between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa in north-west Queensland.

Minemakers hope to begin direct shipping of ore from their Wonarah deposit, east of Tennant Creek, in the middle of next year.

Sydney's transport system run off the rails

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

After four election victories in a row, the New South Wales Labor Government's 15-year reign is entering a spectacular endgame.

There is an ever-growing whiff of scandal: political donations, corruption findings, sacked ministers and continuous leadership speculation which the Government seems unable to do anything about.

Dog sniffs out rock throwers

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

Victorian Police are using dogs to sniff out rock-throwers. The Age reports on the discovery of perpetrators who had been throwing rocks at cars.

At least seven dead as Thai train derails: police

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

A passenger train derailed during heavy downpours on Monday killing at least seven people, including a two-year-old girl, and injuring scores of others near a Thai coastal resort, officials said.

The overnight train, travelling from southern Trang province to the capital Bangkok, came off the tracks 13 kilometres (eight miles) south of resort town Hua Hin -- a popular tourist getaway and regular retreat of Thailand's king.

Renewed calls to dump CBD Metro

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government is again being urged to pull the plug on its much vaunted Sydney CBD metro.

The Opposition leader Barry O'Farrell says last night's Four Corners program has demonstrated the economic irresponsibility of pressing ahead with the $5 billion project.

Ceremony to honour police train crash response

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Police officers who worked at the scene of a train crash in north Queensland last year will be recognised this morning.

MP says rail scepticism understandable

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Labor's duty MLC for Ballina and Tweed says deliberate mischief is being spread about the State Government's rail trails legislation.

Protesters gathered in Murwillumbah this morning to campaign against the bill, which they fear could see the Casino-to-Murwillumbah corridor sold to developers.

3265- Back on track!

Posted Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 by nswgr3642 in Press Releases

After 11 years of restoration by 3801 Limited and the Powerhouse Museum, ex NSWGR steam locomotive 3265 (named Hunter) is finally steaming again.

Crash truck used crossing without permit: report

Posted Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

An official report into a collision between a freight train and a cement truck in Adelaide's north-western suburbs has found that the truck was not authorised to use the crossing and it was likely its driver failed to stop.

Fleet street

Posted Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Trucks are increasingly clogging up Melbourne's roads and freeways. Is there a solution? Clay Lucas reports.

AFTER slamming on her brakes to avoid hitting the truck in front, Michelle Canny looked into her rear-vision mirror - and was terrified: a truck was hurtling towards her, its brakes locked, with little chance of stopping. ''It was awful: sitting there, looking in my rear-vision mirror, hanging on as tight as I could before it hit.''

Federal Govt ready to boost grain freight network

Posted Thursday, 8 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Commonwealth says it stands ready to help the Western Australian Government by investing in the grain freight network.

The Strategic Grain Network Committee is said to be weeks away from reporting back to the State Government on the network's rail infrastructure needs.

Time to rethink infrastructure cash splash: Coonan

Posted Thursday, 8 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Opposition Finance spokeswoman Helen Coonan says yesterday's interest rate rise should prompt the Government to rethink spending on several major infrastructure projects.

The Reserve Bank's decision to lift interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.25 per cent has prompted accusations from the Opposition that the Government's stimulus spending is responsible for the rise.

The Opposition believes the rise is proof that the economy is recovering and that stimulus spending should be wound back.

Group forms to aid cancer cluster probe

Posted Thursday, 8 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has established a reference group to aid an investigation into a suspected cancer cluster at a central Queensland rail depot.

Article in the Tweed Daily News, 7/10/09

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2009 by Xgentric in New South Wales Rail News

PROTESTERS at the old Murwillumbah train station yesterday claimed the State Government could not be trusted with legislation that would give it power to rip up rail lines across the state.

Cars honked in support as about 50 supporters of Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT) converged to protest the government's Transport Administration Amendment Bill - which they say could lead to the sell-off of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail link.

Could Byron coastal plan jeopardise north coast rail?

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Byron mayor says she expects a flood of responses when the shire council's draft coastal zone management plan goes on public display later this month.

Councillors today voted 8-1 in favour of putting the document on exhibition for two months from the 22nd of October.

Jan Barham says a strategy of planned retreat in erosion-prone areas has been formulated over 20 years.

Green light for coal rail project

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Premier Anna Bligh says Queensland's coordinator-general has given conditional approval to a coal rail project in the state's central region.

Ms Bligh has told Parliament, the coordinator-general's report shows the Moura link Aldoga rail project in Gladstone can proceed subject to conditions.

Smooth sailing tipped for new transport timetable

Posted Saturday, 10 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Transport Minister David Campbell says he does not think there will be any teething problems when a major new public transport timetable starts on Sunday.

The timetable was developed so the new Epping to Chatswood rail line could be integrated into the CityRail network.

Cancer expert visits rail yard hot spot

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by grace in Queensland Rail News

An independent cancer cluster expert will visit a central Queensland rail yard today.

There have been nine cases of cancer amongst workers at the Jilalan rail depot in the past 20 years, with four diagnosed in the past three years.

Transport consultants scoop $47m

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

As Melbourne's public transport network creaks towards another punishing summer, evidence has emerged of where money that could be spent renewing the train and tram fleet is going: on consultants.

Just over $47 million - enough to buy at least nine trams or two trains - was spent on lawyers and engineering, accounting, technology, branding, advertising and marketing consultants to keep the train and tram system privatised.

Taxi smashed by train at level crossing

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A taxi-driver and his two passengers fled their cab seconds before it was destroyed by a train at Oak Park in Melbourne's northwest last night.

Police believe the taxi got lodged on the tracks after the driver tried to do an U-turn on a level crossing at Devon Street, near Pascoe Vale Road, about 10.40pm.

Indian Railway Challenge

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by Lester in Letters to the Editor

Hello down there from up here in the UK.

I am planning a backside breaking challenge to circumscribe the Indian rail network by travelling from Mumbai, to the 4 extremeties of the network, being Dwarka, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati and Cape Kanyakumari (in any order), then back to Mumbai in the shortest possible time.

Tracks of their tears

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

BHP and Rio’s stranglehold on Pilbara rail is being tested, writes Leonie Wood. Klaus Clemens is a professional train buff. He might have started his career 30 years ago as an industrial chemist in the petro-chemical industry, but more recently Mr Clemens has taken to analysing train traffic for state rail authorities.

The need for speed: Europe's trains beat planes

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

With the advent of high-speed trains, rail travel in Europe has become so popular that some intercity flight routes are being cancelled.

Why would you fly from London to Paris, for example, and tackle Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle airport check ins plus security when you can catch a high-speed train that lands you right in the centre of town?

Traffic confusion on West Gate Freeway

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

New changes to the West Gate Freeway caused traffic confusion for peak-hour drivers this morning.

The eastbound ramps from the Bolte Bridge and over Montague Street were opened as part of the $1.39 billion M1 upgrade.

The changes have confused drivers with callers to 3AW this morning saying signs weren't clear enough and there were a lot people changing lanes.

NSW Govt agrees to study

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by seb2351 in Tram and Light Rail News

The NSW Government has recommitted itself to a new study looking at the feasibility of running a tram network in Sydney, including along George St. The new study would work together with local councils, with a 10 person panel already being appointed to oversea the study.

Crowding on regional lines

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A record 12 million travellers have taken Victorian regional rail services in the past year, as drivers left the car at home and piled on to trains - creating overcrowding problems on the most popular routes.

Rail stations 'not meeting disabled access guidelines'

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Disability groups say some of the Hunter's busy railway stations are failing to meet access guidelines.

The CEO of Disability Advocacy, Mark Grierson, says many disabled people need to use public transport to get around, but struggle to access train stations.

Rail terminal move a 'commercial decision'

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Ports Minister says he would like Griffith's rail terminal moved but it is going to be a commercial decision.

Joe Tripodi visited Griffith yesterday for a meeting with the Sydney Ports Corporation and local exporters.

The State Government, Sydney Ports and Griffith City Council are looking into the feasibility of moving the freight terminal out of the CBD amid concern about congestion.

Rail, road delays as tanker rolls

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Indian Pacific train passengers have been transferred to buses because of a gas tanker accident in the mid-north of South Australia.

Teen chases down robbers after being kicked in face

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police have released an image of a man suspected of kicking an 18-year-old woman in the face before stealing her handbag at a railway station in Melbourne's west.

The teenager was waiting for a bus at Sunshine railway station just before 6pm on September 15, when a man jumped a fence and crossed the railway tracks to get to her while his friend waited on the other side of the station.

Lord Mayor forces Labor's hand over light rail study

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE NSW Transport Minister, David Campbell, has caved in to Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, and agreed to investigate a light rail through the city centre.

His concession will alarm officials pushing for the controversial CBD Metro because if the study finds light rail is viable, it would undermine the case for the $5.3 billion metro.

Transport plan a rejig of old ideas

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE showpiece transport plan the Rees Government will take to the next election will recycle several previously announced projects, the Minister for Transport has revealed.

In the Government's submission to a Herald-backed public inquiry into Sydney transport, David Campbell said the 2031 blueprint ''will shape the way we travel now and in the future''.

Designers pull out all stops for metro plan

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THREE leading architects, landscape designers and artists will be commissioned by the State Government to devise ideas for the controversial Sydney Metro stations at Pyrmont and Rozelle.

Transport Minister David Campbell said the experts would be split into three teams and meet community representatives selected by Sydney Metro in consultation with community groups and councils to discuss ideas this month.

Each team would come up with a proposal for each station and those proposals would be unveiled at a National Trust breakfast in November and published online.

CityRail plan allows a north-west metro

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

RESIDENTS of north-western Sydney could have an underground metro line from the CBD without the metro system taking up a critical heavy rail corridor beneath central Sydney, government documents show.

Private group seeks slice of $3b rail budget

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE lobby group representing big transport and construction companies is pushing for a slice of the NSW rail budget, which is worth more than $3 billion.

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, which lobbies for public-private partnerships on big projects, is angling for a role in running the publicly owned suburban network.

Tardy trains drive commuter slump

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

PUBLIC transport use in the northern suburbs has defied national and international trends and fallen in the past five years, due mainly to the unreliability of the rail system, civic leaders say.

While the Chatswood to Epping train link has been a success, attracting at least 15,000 passengers a day in the first six months of operation, car ownership north of the harbour is up.

Call for Mt Isa to join NT

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The chairman of a major transport company says the north-west city of Mount Isa should be part of the Northern Territory, instead of Queensland.

Child incidents at rail stations 'surge'

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne rail operator Connex says there has been a surge in potentially serious incidents involving children and babies in prams travelling on trains.

Connex head of customer services Geoff Young says there have been incidents in recent weeks where infants have narrowly avoided accidents.

'Judas' Ludwig betrays unions, Oppn says

Posted Thursday, 15 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Opposition has accused a senior union leader of betraying workers opposed to the State Government's privatisation plans.

Australian Workers Union (AWU) secretary Bill Ludwig says Parliament has passed legislation to pave the way for asset sales and unions should stop fighting the sell-off.

V/Line services thrown into chaos after a derailment at Southern Cross station

Posted Thursday, 15 October, 2009 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE services have been thrown into chaos this afternoon following a derailment at Southern Cross station.

South East Queensland Fares To Rise

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by colinw_mk2 in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND commuters will be showered with millions of dollars of giveaways and off-peak discounts to lure them from paper tickets to Go Cards.

Built to last

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

EARLY one December morning in 1993, workers at the Commonwealth Engineering plant in Dandenong put the finishing touches on a new tram, and saw it roll out of the factory on the back of a truck, headed for the Preston tram depot. Soon after, tram number B2132 started running on Melbourne's tracks. It still runs today.

What those workers didn't know was that this would be the last tram built in Melbourne, for Melbourne, for at least 16 years. For Geoffrey Daniels, project manager at the Dandenong plant from 1987, the demise of locally built trams has been a great shame: ''It wasn't the intent that it would be the last tram.''

Get onya bike, but don't let the road lobby 'greenwash' you

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

Melbourne academic and transport commentator Paul Mees expresses wariness of the road lobby's support of cycling, laments that fewer people use bicycles as transport these days as more children are driven to school and emphasises the importance of developing public transport over developing cycleways.

Baby in pram hit by train

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Trains have been suspended on the Alamein line after a pram carrying a baby rolled onto the tracks, and was struck by a train.

The incident happened at 4.02pm today.

Major delays are expected and Connex has called in buses to replace services.

Coroner to investigate level crossing deaths

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A Victorian coroner has said she will hold three inquests into level crossing deaths in the state.

Twenty-nine people have died in collisions between trains and vehicles in Victoria between 2002 and 2009 including 11 who died in the Kerang level crossing accident in 2007.

Govt urged to put focus on highway revamp

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition Leader says the State Government should be paying for the Pacific Highway upgrade instead of spending billions on a metro rail system for Sydney.

Barry O'Farrell made the comment in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

He says it is obscene that the mid-north coast Pacific Highway upgrade is incomplete and that people continue to die on the road.

Rapid transit project to seek private backing

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The director of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project says the organisation is nearly ready to call for expressions of interest from private firms keen to help finance, design and operate the city's light rail system.

Tim Poole has told a Gold Coast business luncheon the process will begin late this month.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/10/2009.

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 90 sightings for this week. This is four sighting more than last week, making a total of 3402 sightings for this year to date. On day 283 last year we had recorded 4013 sightings.

We have seen five sightings on the B/G this week, which is five more that last week. On the new Mildura train timetable we saw the two down trains but we didn’t get to see the one up train due to run via Gheringhap.

Lord Mayor forces Labor's hand over light rail study

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE NSW Transport Minister, David Campbell, has caved in to Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, and agreed to investigate a light rail through the city centre.

His concession will alarm officials pushing for the controversial CBD Metro because if the study finds light rail is viable, it would undermine the case for the $5.3 billion metro.

$2 Billion tunnelling cost blowout on Sydney Metro

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by Athol in New South Wales Rail News

THE cost of the controversial Sydney CBD Metro has blown out by $2 billion without even a sod of dirt being turned.

Power blackout causes train chaos

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

An electricity problem is causing major delays on the Frankston train line.Connex says the electricity supply is too weak to power the trains. Spokesman John Rees says some carriages are blocking the tracks.

NSW Opposition commits to tearing Metro contract irregardless

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

The Opposition leader Barry O'Farrel today has told the people of Sydney, and NSW, that the Liberal Party will terminate the Metro project if they win the next state Election in 2011. When asked about the prospect of compensation to the tunnel operators, he replied that Nathan and the ALP will wear the blame.

Concerns grow about state of rail system

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Farmers in many parts of the country are gearing up for a good grain harvest.

But concerns are growing about the state of the rail system, that's supposed to get much of the grain from the farm to the port.

The Federal Opposition says it's inevitable there'll be delays this harvest, and it could put Australia's reputation as a reliable exporter at risk.

Moree-Weemelah train line reopens

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Minister for Transport, David Campbell, has announced the reopening of the Moree to Weemelah rail line.

The 20 kilometre branch line was closed last month after engineers determined it was unsafe.

O'Farrell will derail metro whatever the cost

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition has committed to scrapping Sydney's multi-billion-dollar CBD metro rail project during construction, no matter what the cost to the taxpayer.

The State Government has set the price tag for the metro at no more than $5.3 billion but costings published by News Limited today estimate the bill to be $2 billion more.

Railcorp Workers Taxi up a Bill of 4 Million Dollars

Posted Sunday, 18 October, 2009 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

Over the past 3 years, Railcorp has racked up a taxi bill in excess of $4 million. Documents, obtained by the NSW opposition under the Freedom of Information act claim it shows that even the Government has no confidence in its own rail network.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/10/2009.

Posted Sunday, 18 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 88 sightings for this week. This is two sighting less than last week, making a total of 3490 sightings for this year to date. On day 290 last year we had recorded 4122 sightings.

We have seen four sightings on the B/G this week, which is one less that last week. All three Mildura trains were seen this week and all trains had G527(PN) on the front.

Teen safe after falling under train

Posted Sunday, 18 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A missing Melbourne teenager has returned home safe and well, after he was last seen falling under a train.

Fourteen-year-old Jarni Blakkarly disappeared after he fell and a train approaching Parliament Station ran over him yesterday.

Sharp criticism for 16% increase in transport fares

Posted Monday, 19 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

COMMUNITY, consumer and welfare groups have criticised proposals by the State Government to introduce steep rises in public transport fares, saying higher charges will hit people in western Sydney especially hard.

Irregularities in Bankstown Council’s decision to reduce commuter.

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by BCAG in New South Wales Rail News

Bankstown Council's decision to cut commuter parking at Marion Street carpark tainted by irregularities and possible misconduct.

Ghan Derailment

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by nswgr3642 in Northern Territory Rail News

The famous Ghan, that runs from Adelaide to Darwin, has derailed.

Qld unions told to back words with deeds

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Unions threatening to boycott talks over Queensland government asset sales should back their words with action, the opposition says.

The state government has hired former Reserve Bank chief Bernie Fraser to mediate the talks, which continue this week.

But the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has threatened to pull out of the talks, believing Treasurer Andrew Fraser has misrepresented their aim in the media, and is not at the table in good faith.

Public transport fares frozen until end of 2010

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Train, tram and bus fares in Victoria have been frozen until after next year's state election late next year.

Ghan derails after hitting large bull

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by Sydney_Gunzel in South Australian Rail News

A Ghan train travelling between Alice Springs and Adelaide has derailed after hitting a large bull.

Late Ghan arrives

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

About 200 passengers on the Ghan have arrived in Adelaide more than half a day late.

The front locomotive of the train was derailed about 300 kilometres south of Alice Spring on Sunday night when it hit a large bull.

Opposition forms plan to stop rail sell-off

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition will work with the Greens to try to stop the State Government's plan to sell disused rail corridors, including the Casino to Murwillumbah line.

Ballina MP Don Page says there is strong opposition to the Government's proposed rail trails legislation.

Grain rail report tipped to back user-pays scheme

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Federal Government report is expected to recommend freight operators contribute to the cost of keeping grain lines open in New South Wales.

The Government invested $3 million on a special task force to get grain exports back on track in NSW.

A1 collapse sparks rail route questions

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A Gold Coast councillor says the cancellation of the A1 GP motor race at Surfers Paradise has raised questions about the route of the city's new light rail system.

Cr Susie Douglas represents Surfers Paradise and says the light rail route was designed to accommodate the race precinct.

Barnett flags need for better port rail access

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says an upgrade of rail access to the Bunbury port is necessary if the city is to cope with a pending industry boom.

Riverina rail branch lines stay closed

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government says rail branch lines in the Riverina which have been suspended will remain closed until their maintenance can be financed.

The Federal Government spent $3 million on the NSW Grain Freight Review and is expected to announce its recommendations shortly.

Not all grain rail lines to reopen: Campbell

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has been handed a Federal Government report on the future of grain rail lines in the state.

The Commonwealth is yet to publicly release its recommendations from the New South Wales Grain Freight Review, which will determine what happens to about 15 rail lines that are currently suspended.

Lobby group warns against rail sell-off

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Newcastle lobby group Save Our Rail is today protesting outside New South Wales Parliament to prevent disused rail lines from being sold.

The Greens say proposed legislation would give the State Government the power to sell-off rail corridors.

Man crushed to death by Melbourne train

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man has been crushed to death after jumping off a moving train in Melbourne.

The train was departing the city's Central Station just before midnight (AEDT) when a woman forced the doors open and jumped onto the platform.

Bathurst freight hub derailed

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by flying_donkey in New South Wales Rail News

THE future of Patrick PortLink’s rail freight terminal at Kelso is in doubt.
Patrick has advised Bathurst Regional Council its local operation could close as soon as the end of the month.

Fire at Victoria's Maldon Railway Station destroys office

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Reports flowing in suggest a fire overnight has destroyed the Maldon Railway Station located in Central Victoria. The Railway station located at the end of the Castlemaine to Maldon branch line contained the heritage groups offices.

Tramways Depot gets $1m boost

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Bendigo's iconic Tramways Depot has received a $1 million heritage grant from the Federal Government's Jobs Fund.

Trains collide in northern India, 10-15 feared dead

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

Two trains collided in the early hours of Wednesday near the town of Mathura in northern India, leaving 10 to 15 people dead and up to 50 trapped, Indian television channels reported.

Level crossing near miss sparks safety warning

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says it is stunned by a recent incident at a level crossing near Moranbah, where a car and a fully loaded coal train almost collided.

The incident happened near the Isaac River crossing on Monday afternoon - it is believed the utility crossed the lines with a coal train less than 100 metres away from the intersection.

Most grain rail freight lines should stay open: report

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A federal report into grain rail freight in New South Wales has recommended most lines remain open.

The first of 18 recommendations is that conditions on nine rail freight lines be stabilised at a level that meets the minimum requirements of industry.

Queensland Derailment: Train derailment blocks line

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A COAL train derailment has forced Translink to cancel train services on the Rosewood line this afternoon.

The derailment occurred at Ebenezer, west of Ipswich, about 2.20pm.

Power problems delay Richmond line

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by Sydney_Gunzel in New South Wales Rail News

Major delays are expected for rail commuters in Sydney's northwest after overhead wiring came down on the Richmond branch line.

The cables came down at Schofields about 2.10pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, affecting services between Quakers Hill and Mulgrave, NSW's Transport Coordination Group says.

Myki users overcharged

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MYKI smartcard users in regional Victoria have been overcharged by $5 almost 50 times in the past week, the Government admitted yesterday.

Regional bus travellers using myki have already been overcharged $1.15 a total of 10,800 times earlier this year.

Commuters urged not to force train doors after man killed in city loop fall

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters have been urged not to force the doors on trains after a man fell to his death from a moving train inside Melbourne’s city loop.

Police believe the man and his companion, a woman, forced the doors to get off the Frankston-bound train as it left Melbourne Central station shortly before midnight last night.

Woman tells of 'miracle' pram baby rescue

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A woman who helped rescue a baby from underneath a train after his pram rolled off a railway station has described the "miracle" of finding him alive.

Amanda said a teenager was the first to rush to the aid of the six-month-old baby, who incredibly survived after being hit by a train and pushed about 30 metres while strapped into his pram last Thursday.

$10b up for grabs in transport sell-off

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

THE state's public transport agencies should get into the property development business, selling or renting land around key transport hubs at a premium price, a key tourism and transport lobby group has urged.

In a submission to the Rees Government's 2031 Blueprint, the Transport and Tourism Forum estimates the Government could fund more than $10 billion worth of mass transit projects, including heavy rail extensions and a metro network, by becoming developers or landlords.

QR signs Hunter Valley Energy Coal deal

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Transport and logistics company QR Ltd announced a long-term coal haulage contract with BHP Billiton Ltd subsidiary Hunter Valley Energy Coal Pty Ltd (HVEC).

Under the contract, QR's coal business, QRNational Coal, will transport from HVEC's Mount Arthur thermal coal mine in NSW (near Muswellbrook) to the Port of Newcastle, in line with the expansion of the mine.

Teen stabbed in rail underpass

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A 16-year-old youth sustained multiple stab wounds when a group of males attacked him under a railway underpass this afternoon.

Police said the youth was with another boy when the offenders surrounded them.

Kingoonya - a seriously outback trainspotting town

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by outbackjack in Press Releases

Kingoonya a town that once was, was not and now is! I have recently joined the Kingoonya and Areas Progress Association and wanted to tell all Gunzellers about what the town is up to.

Report urges more western branch line investment

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Commonwealth report has recommended more investment is needed in the western New South Wales region's grain branch lines, which are facing closure.

The Grain Freight Review Task Force has found nine tracks, including Walgett to Burren Junction, Warren to Nevertire and Coonamble to Troy Junction, should be upgraded over the next three years.

Plans for coal trains to return to mid-west

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Coal trains could be set to roll through the New South Wales mid-western region again.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has signalled it wants to use the Kandos to Gulgong route for transporting cargo from a proposed mine in the Cobbora district near Dunedoo, to power stations in the Hunter Valley.

Maldon rail station blaze 'devastating'

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Mayor of the Mount Alexander Shire says the community is devastated by the loss of the historic Maldon Railway Station.

Support for rail freight report findings

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A grain producer and former senior vice-president of the New South Wales Farmers Association has welcomed the findings of a federal report into rail freight in NSW.

Wimmera-Mallee forum to discuss rail projects

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Wimmera-Mallee local government leaders are meeting the Victorian Transport Minister in Ouyen today for an update on progress on the region's rail projects.

Rail group spruiks Bathurst-Sydney link

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government is being urged to investigate the central west's transport needs as part of a bid to get a daily rail link from Bathurst to Sydney.

CountryLink and RailCorp executives have discussed a commuter service with local campaigners at a meeting last night and are vowing to take their requests to the Transport Minister.

Coal companies sign on for $1b rail link

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A billion-dollar rail project in central and north Queensland is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Grain freight review welcomed by farmers

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A federal review of grain freight rail lines across New South Wales has recommended the state government consider closing two lines but upgrade nine others.

The New South Wales Grain Freight Review was funded by the Federal Government and looked at road and rail infrastructure used by the state's grain industry.

Today the report has made 18 recommendations including closing two of the lines if funding cannot be found.

Bridges next step in rail bypass project

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE Wodonga rail bypass project is on track for its opening next year with the bulk of earthworks nearly completed.

Australian Rail Track Corporation spokesman Brian Dale said the next stage would be the erection of about 240 beams across the project’s seven bridges.

“The job is progressing well and we’re still on line for completion in the second half of 2010,” Mr Dale said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/10/2009.

Posted Sunday, 25 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 94 sightings for this week. This is six sighting more than last week, making a total of 3584 sightings for this year to date. On day 297 last year we had recorded 4223 sightings.

We have seen only three sightings on the B/G this week, which is one less that last week.

Train route 'risking lives'

Posted Sunday, 25 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A SECTION of the Melbourne to Sydney rail freight route has become so unsafe it is putting lives at risk, the train drivers' union has warned.

The number of trains breaking apart on the stretch of track between Melbourne and Seymour has jumped 200 per cent since 2007, figures compiled by Public Transport Safety Victoria show, with 17 incidents this year.

At least 20 killed in train collision

Posted Monday, 26 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

A collision between two passenger trains in Egypt has killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more.

Emergency services have been working in the dark to complete their rescue operation, pulling bodies and the injured from the wreckage and taking them to nearby hospitals.

New rail service could be even worse

Posted Monday, 26 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

NEW Melbourne rail operator MTM could deliver a worse service than current operator Connex and still meet its contractual obligations to improve the network.

MTM's deal with the State Government, signed off last month, means it must cut cancellations by 24 per cent and improve punctuality by 10 per cent in its first year.

Bus driver bashed by road rage cyclist

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

A union has called for urgent action to protect bus drivers after a cyclist allegedly attacked a driver in a bus-only lane in Sydney's north west.

Planning crucial to avoid infrastructure bottlenecks

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Having emerged from the global financial crisis largely unscathed, the Federal Government is being urged to tackle the critical issue of infrastructure spending in Australia.

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) says now is the time to confront the big infrastructure challenges to ease capacity bottlenecks with railways and ports.

Govt asks for changes to $340m freight plan

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The Federal Government wants the Glenelg Shire to adjust its application for funding to help pay for the introduction of the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan.

The plan will oversee the development and maintenance of the road and rail network in far south-west Victoria, in preparation for the blue gum harvest.

Coal managers welcome rail link commitment

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Central Queensland coal infrastructure managers have welcomed the Queensland Government's commitment to build the Northern Missing Link.

Queensland Rail says it has reached an agreement to build the 69-kilometre rail link, connecting the Bowen Basin coal fields with Abbot Point coal terminal.

Rail plans spark fresh mining concerns

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A group opposed to coal mining at Felton, near Toowoomba in southern Queensland, hopes new rail projects will not sway government thinking when it comes to the approval of coal mines.

A private consortium last week announced it intends to build two major rail links from Toowoomba to Moree and Gladstone to Toowoomba, which would open up the Darling Downs to the port of Gladstone.

Australian Transport & Energy To Build Moree-Toowoomba Rail

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

CANBERRA -(Dow Jones)- Privately-held Australian Transport & Energy Corridor Ltd. on Friday announced plans to build a new open access standard gauge railway linking Moree in northern New South Wales and Toowoomba in southern Queensland for about A$900 million.

Swanston bus ban blasted

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

After a provisional ban was placed on buses using Swanston Street a year ago, the Bus Association is protesting about a permanent ban on tourist buses, especially the Skybus hotel shuttle, entering Swanston Street.

Push for airport to city rail

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The Property Council of Australia says a light rail system should be constructed to connect central Adelaide to the airport.

The council's recommendations for Adelaide by 2036 also include extending tram routes around the western and eastern ends of Adelaide.

Connex intercoms 'failing'

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

Following a fatality in the Caulfield loop last week, passengers report that the emergency buttons don't always draw a response. The Age queries the government and the RTBU about reliability of emergency buttons / intercoms.

Paralympic swim champ's shock death

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

PARALYMPIAN Alex Harris was killed by a train at Lara yesterday morning, devastating friends and the sporting community.

Harris was struck by a Pacific National Freight train and died at the scene.

Govt splurges on asset sales ads

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government will spend $1.9 million on an "information campaign" about asset sales, countering union advertisements against privatisation.

The Government plans to sell five commercial businesses, but polls have shown many voters are opposed to the plan.

Jetstar engine fire forces passenger evacuation

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

Budget airline Jetstar will investigate an engine fault after fuel residue sparked a fire on a flight from Brisbane which forced the emergency evacuation of 173 passengers at a regional airport in New South Wales.

Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway said the aircraft travelling from Brisbane had landed and was stationary at the Newcastle airport terminal, when a ground crew member noticed a fire in one engine.

Councils demand scrapping of CBD Metro

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

MOST of the state's councils have demanded that the Government scrap the CBD Metro and revive the north and south-west rail links as Labor loses support among its own councillors for the line.

Yesterday all but a handful of more than 500 councillors at the NSW Local Government Conference in Tamworth supported a motion by Leichhardt Council to oppose the metro.

Rail journeys gather steam

Posted Thursday, 29 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Jump aboard a train and be part of one of the fastest-growing trends in travel, writes Jane E. Fraser.

Rail travel is on a determined upward curve thanks to new services, faster travel times, improved on-board comforts and environmental benefits.

In Europe in particular, trains are increasingly replacing flights as the preferred method of travel for both business and leisure travellers.

Road funds may be 'too late' for harvest

Posted Thursday, 29 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Glenelg Mayor Geoff White says Federal Government funding for road and rail improvements in the municipality will probably come too late to help with the wheat harvest.

Rudd touts plan for better cities

Posted Thursday, 29 October, 2009 by Speed in Letters to the Editor

The Prime Minister proposes using infrastructure grants to allow Commonwealth intervention in planning decisions.

Lucky escape in level crossing smash

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

An elderly driver had a lucky escape when his car collided with a train at a level crossing at Preston in Melbourne's north.

The 75-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering minor neck injuries from the crash at the Cramer Street crossing.

Witnesses at the scene said sun glare may have contributed to the crash.

Fast train on track to nowhere: business chamber

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Hunter Business Chamber says a fast train link between Newcastle and Sydney is unlikely to get off the ground because it is too costly.

Survey shows most feel safe on buses, trains

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Transperth says the results of a customer satisfaction survey show its security initiatives are working.

Train crash probe finds truckie may have missed lights

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

An investigation into a fatal tilt train collision in far north Queensland has found a truck driver may not have noticed flashing warning lights on a Bruce Highway level crossing.

Two Queensland Rail drivers were killed at a level crossing on the Bruce Highway, south of Cardwell, last November.

Man killed in level crossing crash

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

An investigation is under way into a crash in the Wheatbelt in which a man was killed when his car and a train collided.

Police say the collision occurred at a level crossing on the Brand Highway about 12:00 (AWST).

Report urges better rail service

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A new report suggests people commuting between Newcastle and Sydney are being let down by substandard train services.

Document leak reveals rail project blow-out

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has come under fire after leaked Cabinet documents showed a rail project in Sydney's south had blown out by about $6 million.

Minister not fazed by rail clearways cost increase

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE cost of the State Government's rail clearways program, designed to separate the network into distinct lines and minimise delays across the system, has blown out by more than $800 million, documents reveal.

The documents, obtained by the Opposition under freedom of information legislation, show the total cost of the clearways program is now $1.888 billion, up from the original estimate of $1.018 billion.

$5b metro counting on ghost passengers

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE State Government agency building Sydney's controversial $5.3 billion City Metro has vastly overestimated the number of people who will use the service, official figures reveal.

The figures, obtained by the Herald from CityRail records, show the Sydney Metro Authority has almost doubled the number of potential passengers who might board the metro at Central.

The revelations come just weeks before three construction teams lodge their bids to build the seven-kilometre line between Central and Rozelle.

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