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Announcing the Winners of the 2009 Railpage Bogies awards

Posted Friday, 1 January, 2010 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Railpage Management would like to announce "The Bogies" have been voted on and winners announced for the 2009 series.

A roll of worthy recipients can be found in The Bogies - 2009 Winners

Railpage Management and Moderators would like to thank all Bogies nominees for 2009. Congratulations to all of you who were lucky enough to win an award. We would also like to thank 574M for running the awards. Great work!

Rail transport subsidy for fuel call

Posted Friday, 1 January, 2010 by 2001 in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government should restore its rail petrol freight subsidy in the wake of a fatal crash involving a petrol tanker, the Greens and Opposition say.
Both parties are also called on the state Government to develop a freight policy that favoured rail over road for the transport of hazardous goods.

Three people died in Monday's crash when a fully laden fuel tanker ploughed into three cars about 20km north of Batemans Bay on the Princes Highway.

Ulladulla couple David and Debbie Bridge are fighting for their lives in two Sydney hospitals after suffering burns to 80 per cent of their bodies in the crash.

Their two daughters, 11-year-old Makeely and 13-year-old Jordon, were killed when the tanker slammed into their vehicle and burst into flames.

A new year’s revolution: Build the high speed Australian ring rail

Posted Friday, 1 January, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

“In this New Year, Australia must urgently take a lead from the Chinese, and build a high speed rail network to conquer Australia’s ‘tyranny of distance’ and open up vast areas of Australia for future economic development,” Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood said today.

Mr Isherwood said that China has just commenced a regular, scheduled train service on the high‑speed railway between central China’s Wuhan and the southern coast city of Guangzhou (formerly, the British Canton). The 1069‑kilometre journey, which used to take 10.5 hours, can be now completed in three hours. The train’s average speed was 350 kilometres per hour, reaching at one point a speed of 394 km/h. For comparison, the average speed for high‑speed trains in Japan is 243 km/h and in France, 277 km/h.

“This would be brilliant technology for Australia!” exclaimed Mr Isherwood.

“In 2010, we need to start building Professor Lance Endersbee’s 1997 proposal for an Australian Ring Rail, which is a rail system to connect Melbourne through inland Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, to Darwin, and then from Darwin to Perth, Western Australia. His proposal means that we could take a trip from Melbourne to Darwin, via inland towns of Shepparton (Vic), Dubbo (NSW), Narrabri (NSW), Moree (NSW), Roma (Qld), Charleville (Qld) through to Darwin, a distance of about 4,000 kilometres in around 11 hours.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/12/2009.

Posted Monday, 4 January, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

A very Happy and Safe Christmas to you all. This weeks sighting are well done due to the Christmas holidays.

There were 72 sightings for this week. This is 34 sightings less than last week, making a total of 4427 sightings for this year to date. On day 360 last year we had recorded 5044 sightings.

We have seen four sightings on the B/G this week, which is one less than last week.

Keneally urged to take charge of CBD redevelopment

Posted Monday, 4 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Newcastle business leaders are calling on the NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally to take charge of the rejuvenation of Newcastle's inner-city.

The local business community launched the "Fix Our City" campaign five months ago, saying they are frustrated the State Government is stalling making a decision on the future of Newcastle.

The report recommends building a new bus and rail interchange at Wickham and creating a university campus in the city.

SE Qld public transport fees going up

Posted Monday, 4 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Opposition says commuters in the south-east are being gouged, with public transport fares going up from today.

Translink says fares for paper tickets will go up by an average of 40 per cent, while an average Go Card fare will rise by 20 per cent.

The Opposition's Transport spokeswoman Fiona Simpson says it is a huge price jump.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/1/2010

Posted Monday, 4 January, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

A Happy New Year to all my friends and Railfans.
As expected this week's sightings are well down again with only 43 sightings for the week, which is 29 sighting less than last week.

Qld coal industry 'cautiously optimistic' about 2010

Posted Monday, 4 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says it's 'cautiously optimistic' about what the year ahead holds for the coal industry.

QRC chief executive Michael Roche says the record coal export level of 73 million tonnes set in the September quarter could be broken this year.

He also says the Chinese, Japanese and Indian economies are expected to strengthen, leading to continued demand for Australian coal.

Runaway train carriages crash into hotel in Helsinki

Posted Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 by Wallip in International Rail News

HELSINKI, Jan. 4 -- Four runaway two-level carriages that separated from a intercity train crashed into hotel at the Helsinki Railway station early Monday. A train conductor who had been in the carriage at the time of the incident got light injuries to his arm.

Floods close Emerald-Longreach rail line

Posted Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says the line between Emerald and Longreach in central Queensland remains closed because of flood damage.

It has forced the cancellation of three 'Spirit of the Outback' passenger trips, and a small number of freight services.

Three hurt in Mandurah train evacuation

Posted Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 by Sydney_Gunzel in Western Australian Rail News

THREE passengers were injured while being evacuated from a broken-down train near Mandurah this afternoon.

Passengers were escorted from the carriage after an overhead powerline fault stopped trains at 2.30pm.

Unions call for NSW fuel to be transported by rail after fatal crash

Posted Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

TRUCKS carrying dangerous or hazardous materials should be banned from state roads over the Christmas period, rail unions, transport and motoring groups say.

Following a series of fatal collisions involving trucks - including a fuel tanker - the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is leading a NSW campaign pushing for goods such as petrol to be transported largely by train, Fairfax is reporting.

Rail worker admits fire charges

Posted Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

A 45-year-old rail worker has admitted at Inverness Sheriff Court to setting fire to his firm's offices in Inverness.
Graeme Macmillan, of Bunchrew, near Inverness, admitted three charges of wilful fire-raising at the EWS railway depot in the city.

Truck accidents claim 8 lives in 10 days

Posted Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 by bevans in Other Transport News

A ten-year-old girl has died and a woman is in a critical condition after their car collided head-on a with a truck on the New England Highway in New South Wales.

The girl is the eighth person to be killed in accidents involving trucks on the state's roads in the past ten days.

Myki webserver fails to impress users wanting cards

Posted Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Despite repeated assurances from the Victorian Government that Myki was indeed ready for prime time, many users who are wishing to take advantage of the free card prior to the Jan 17th, it is not good news.

Push for end to road fuel transport

Posted Thursday, 7 January, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

Local efforts to stop fuel being transported through the region on B-double trucks could be boosted by a new campaign by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

More fuel tankers have been travelling western region roads since Shell stopped transporting fuel by rail to Dubbo, Tamworth and Canberra in November.

The union is lobbying to have each state and territory introduce a uniform change to their Dangerous Goods Act, which would require materials such as petrol to be transported via rail.

Region excluded in truck safety campaign

Posted Thursday, 7 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Transport experts in South East New South Wales have welcomed a campaign to reduce truck related fatalities, but say the region has been left-out.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union is pushing for a national change to dangerous goods laws, that would ban them from being transported by road.

Eurostar cancels trains again due to weather

Posted Thursday, 7 January, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Eurostar cancelled four trains on Wednesday due to bad weather and expects more problems just three weeks after powdery snow turned its rail link between Britain and France into a pre-Christmas undersea travel trap.

Snowstorms sweeping across southern England and northern France brought road and rail chaos, with Eurostar warning travellers of the same problems that left thousands stranded in the Channel Tunnel last month.

Translink expands Go Card sales network

Posted Thursday, 7 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

South-east Queensland commuters will soon be able to buy Go Cards at an extra 94 train stations.

The cost of paper tickets rose by up to 40 per cent this week, prompting more than 6,500 people to buy Go Cards on Monday alone.

Myki operators to win bonus payments

Posted Thursday, 7 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TAXPAYERS will have to give bonus payments to the operator of Melbourne's maligned myki smartcard.

News of the expected windfall for Kamco comes as the company bungled its first mail-out of myki cards in another blow to the troubled fare payment system.

Nearly 1700 myki customers have been sent the wrong card or a wrong letter with their card.

Oh, myki, you've done it again

Posted Thursday, 7 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE distribution of myki cards was halted last night in the latest bungle to plague the introduction of the troubled smartcard.

Contractor Kamco was investigating the blunder, in which commuters received letters saying they had been sent a concession myki when they did not order one.

It comes on top of almost 1700 commuters being sent the wrong card, or the wrong letter with their card.

Flooding stops Ghan in its tracks

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

Passengers almost halfway through a train journey across Australia have had to turn back because of flooding in the desert.

Claims infrastructure holding exports back

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry says farmers and producers still face problems with the rail and port network.

The rural lobby group AgForce says heavy rain in the state could lead to a boost in production of 10 to 15 per cent, which would add billions of dollars to the economy.

China rolls out high-speed train network

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

China is rolling out a network of high-speed trains right across the country which will be the biggest in the world within the next five years.

Cars hurtling down China's highways are, at times, being made to look as though they are just crawling along. If a road is next to one of the new high-speed rail lines then drivers can easily miss the trains that zoom past them in the blink of an eye.

Wet conditions delay Ghan repair work

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Repair crews may have to wait until Sunday before they can start work on a section of the Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line washed away by floodwaters.

The Ghan passenger train was forced to turn back to Darwin yesterday as a result of the damage.

'Progress being made' on rail crossing design

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says it understands the level of urgency in finalising the design for a crossing near Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter.

A tunnel was first mooted for the Liverpool Range more than a decade ago and stakeholders are now considering seven options for a rail crossing.

Minister calls in Myki operator to explain

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

EMBATTLED myki chiefs have been rebuked by Acting Premier Rob Hulls as a third glitch in three days emerged.

Transport Ticketing Authority officials were yesterday summonsed to Mr Hulls' office for the dressing down.

The contractor, Kamco, was singled out for criticism.

$1.3bn transport smartcard under fire

Posted Friday, 8 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE executives who oversaw the establishment of Adelaide's electronic transport ticketing system say they have "watched with jaw- dropping incredulity" at the bungled introduction of Melbourne and Sydney's systems.

James Rowan and Dean Fidock, who headed South Australia's State Transport Authority when Adelaide's system was introduced in 1987, said they were stunned at the amount of money wasted in the myki fiasco and Sydney's cancelled Tcard.

Ghan driver hailed as hero

Posted Sunday, 10 January, 2010 by E1109 in Northern Territory Rail News

PASSENGERS on board The Ghan, which was forced to return to Darwin after large parts of the train track were flooded, praised the efforts of the train driver yesterday.

Indian Railways 'fires' rebel after 29 years

Posted Sunday, 10 January, 2010 by Speed in International Rail News

Indian Railways has finally sacked a separatist militant from Assam, 29 years after he last turned up for work.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/1/2010.

Posted Sunday, 10 January, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 71 sightings for this week. This is 28 sightings more than last week, making a total of 85 sightings for this year to date. On day 9 last year we had recorded 95 sightings.

We have seen two sightings on the B/G this week, which is two more than last week.

Bell Bay rail freight axed

Posted Monday, 11 January, 2010 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Government is suspending rail services to Bell Bay in northern Tasmania in favour of services to Burnie in the north-west.

A month after taking control of rail operations as the Tasmanian Railway Company the government is suspending operations between Hobart and Bell Bay.

Snow strands thousands in Europe

Posted Monday, 11 January, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Snow and icy weather has disrupted travel across Europe, closing Geneva airport on one of its busiest tourist weekends of the year and prompting a state of emergency on part of Germany's Baltic coast.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at Geneva's Cointrin airport after heavy overnight snow kept it closed until noon.

"It was the first time we had so much snow on the runway since 1985," said airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli as departures began at midday.

Delays were expected as frustrated passengers queued to re-book flights at the airport, where 100,000 people had been due to transit over the weekend.

Go Card error investigated

Posted Monday, 11 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland's acting Premier Paul Lucas maintains Queensland's Go Card transport system is the envy of other states, but concedes the Government needs to do better.

An investigation is underway into how one person's Go Card credit was wrongly transferred to another person with the same name.

Rail chaos as mercury nudges 45

Posted Monday, 11 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters faced widespread train disruptions as extreme heat again took its toll on the metropolitan rail network.

As the temperature passed 43 in the city, and nudged 45 in outer western suburbs and Geelong, 110 trains had been cancelled across the network by 6pm.

All but three train lines were experiencing cancellations and buses replaced trains on two lines. Metro Trains reported disruptions on all lines except Glen Waverley, Pakenham, Racecourse and Stony Point.

Here we (don't) go again: trains wilt in the heat

Posted Tuesday, 12 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne’s train network looks set to suffer another day of widespread delays and cancellations after yesterday’s extreme heat.

Even before this morning's peak-hour rush got into full swing, 12 of the city’s 17 train lines were experiencing disruptions.

The Metro Melbourne website warns commuters to expect major delays on the Alamein, Belgrave, Broadmeadows and Lilydale lines.

By 7am, trains had been cancelled on the Werribee, Sydenham, Cranbourne and Hurstbridge lines.

The Metro website said overhead power supply issues were affecting city-bound trains on the Alamein line between Camberwell to Burnley, with buses replacing services along that stretch of track.

Railway repair work set to begin

Posted Wednesday, 13 January, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The owner of the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway says work will begin today to repair a flood-damaged section of the track 230 kilometres north of Alice Springs.

The line has been cut since last Thursday with neither freight nor passenger trains able to travel between Alice Springs and Darwin.

No quick fix for heat-stressed train network

Posted Wednesday, 13 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government says there is no overnight fix for Melbourne's trouble-plagued train network.

There were mass cancellations on the system during yesterday's extreme heat, and further disruptions this morning.

About 12 per cent of services were cancelled yesterday.

Sydney Metro's viability under the spotlight

Posted Wednesday, 13 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney Metro has ruled out putting an underground bus interchange at Rozelle despite expecting thousands of bus commuters to use the CBD metro once it is built.

To be viable, the metro will rely on passengers to switch from the bus to the underground rail line.

In a community submissions report to the Department of Planning, Sydney Metro says it instead intends to put a bus bay outside the Balmain Leagues Club.

Mine conditions of consent released

Posted Wednesday, 13 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The conditions of consent for the planned $2 billion Cadia East gold mine near Orange have been publicly released.

Cadia Valley Operations (CVO) will be subject to 50 conditions with about 30 sub-clauses as it develops its underground gold and copper mine.

More than 30 conditions relate to water.

The Department of Planning has ruled the company must offer compensatory water supplies to any private landowner whose water entitlements are affected by the mine's operations, and it must be provided within 24 hours of the loss being identified.

School children killed as train and bus collide

Posted Thursday, 14 January, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

At least nine people, eight of them children, were killed and 18 others injured on Wednesday when a passenger train hit a bus packed with school children in central Pakistan, officials said.

The crash took place at an unmanned crossing with no barrier near Mian Channun town, about 100 kilometres east of the central city of Multan in Punjab province, which was enveloped in fog at the time.

"The Lahore-bound Jaffer Express collided with a school van, killing nine people including two girls and the driver and wounding 18 others," senior police official Kamran Khan said.

Labor ministers Kosky and Cameron must deliver in election year

Posted Thursday, 14 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The stress on Melbourne's train network during this week's extreme heat has revealed the Victorian Government's frailty just 10 months out from an election.

Thousands of commuters had their trains cancelled on Monday, as temperatures reached the mid 40s across Melbourne. Disruptions continued well into the next day.

The Public Transport Minister, Lynne Kosky, blamed engine break downs, faulty air conditioners and sagging power lines.

Go card error an isolated incident: Nolan

Posted Thursday, 14 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Transport Minister Rachael Nolan says it appears a recent security breach involving the Go Card ticketing system for south-east Queensland was an isolated incident.

It is believed the breach happened when a call centre worker wrongly transferred a person's Go Card credit to another person with the same name.

Train facility offers '100s of jobs'

Posted Thursday, 14 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Pacific National expects to lodge plans soon with the State Government for a $50 million train maintenance facility near Cessnock, creating hundreds of jobs.

Australia's largest private rail freight operator submitted a preliminary environmental assessment to the New South Wales Department of Planning late last year for the facility on land at Greta, near the Hunter expressway extension.

Glen Waverley train services suspended

Posted Thursday, 14 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Train services have been disrupted on the Glen Waverley line this afternoon because of a problem with overhead wiring.

WA farmers rail freight fears

Posted Thursday, 14 January, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Wheatbelt farmers are worried that if government plans to close down part of the state's grain freight rail line go ahead, their farms will become unviable.

There has been speculation about the future of the grain freight network since it was privatised by the Labor government in 2000.

Opposition pledges to double transport funding

Posted Friday, 15 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition says it will double the amount of funding for rural community transport groups if it wins the next election.

The Opposition's transport spokeswoman, Gladys Berejiklian, is touring the central west to hear locals' concerns about a lack of investment in road infrastructure and public transport.

She has committed to develop a feasibility study into a rail commuter link from Bathurst to Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian says more money is also needed for community transport groups.

Sell Go Cards in all newsagencies: Simpson

Posted Friday, 15 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Opposition says the Go Card system still has a long way to go to be customer-friendly.

The Government announced yesterday every staffed railway station in the Translink system now sells the transport smart cards.

Head of Oakajee Port project appointed

Posted Friday, 15 January, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The former chief executive of the West Australian Chamber of Commerce, John Langoulant, has been appointed to lead the Oakajee Port project.

The consortium behind the deepwater port and rail project near Geraldton says Mr Langoulant will replace Christopher Eves, who left the position in September last year.

QR ramps up rail safety campaign

Posted Friday, 15 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has stepped up its campaign to reduce the number of accidents at level crossings.

QR says there have been more than 300 near-misses at level crossings across Queensland this year.

Spokesman Dave McMah says the company will run a series of television advertisements to boost awareness about the risks of not stopping at level crossings.

Rail line now open from Qld to WA

Posted Saturday, 16 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A $55 million rail upgrade from the Queensland border to Brisbane's southside has been finished, to create the first single national rail line.

The Queensland Government has leased the new line to the Australian Rail Track Corporation, which will operate the standard gauge track linking every state from Queensland to Western Australia.

Train timetables 'too complicated'

Posted Saturday, 16 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S timetables are far too complicated and need to be drastically simplified as part of a major two-year regeneration of the rail network, the new head of the city's rail system says.

A ''run-to-failure philosophy'' that had endured under previous train operators was no longer good enough, Metro chief executive Andrew Lezala said yesterday in an interview with The Age.

''It is time for the railways to step up now and play our part in keeping Melbourne moving, because with another 1 million people coming in the next 15 years, the roads simply won't cope,'' he said.

Mr Lezala does not own a car in Melbourne, does not yet have a myki card and rides the tram to work from his inner-city home.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/1/2010.

Posted Monday, 18 January, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 83 sightings for this week. This is 12 sightings more than last week, making a total of 168 sightings for this year to date. On day 16 last year we had recorded 172 sightings, which are four sightings down on the same time last year.

We have seen seven sightings on the B/G this week, which is five more sightings than last week.

Mining boom expected to place strain on infrastructure

Posted Monday, 18 January, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A central Queensland council says it will have to boost local infrastructure to meet the needs of an expected mining boom over the next decade.

The Queensland Resources Council estimates more than 18,000 new jobs will be created in the coal seam, gas and LNG industries and another 23,000 in the minerals sector by 2020.

First train in 10 days to top up Darwin supplies

Posted Monday, 18 January, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The first freight train in 10 days is expected to arrive in Darwin today.

Food stocks in Darwin were reduced when a 100 metre stretch of the Adelaide to Darwin rail line was washed away by floodwaters earlier this month.

Granville train crash victims remembered

Posted Monday, 18 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The victims of the 1977 Granville train disaster have been remembered at a memorial service in Sydney's west.

83 people died when an express train hit a bridge at Granville station.

EIS highlights new mine concerns

Posted Monday, 18 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Preparatory work has started for a new billion-dollar coal mine near Dunedoo which is being developed by three state-owned power companies.

The preliminary environmental assessment for the Cobbora Mine reveals surface and groundwater supplies, air quality and heritage areas are at high risk of being affected if the project is approved.

Kosky leaves her station for family reasons

Posted Monday, 18 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's Public Transport and Arts minister, Lynne Kosky, has resigned from State Parliament.

Ms Kosky has cited health problems within her family as the reason for her decision to step down from politics.

At an emotional media conference this morning, Ms Kosky said she agonised over the decision, but realised she had to put her family's health before politics.

Brumby loses loyal mate

Posted Wednesday, 20 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

With only 10 months until he faces a general election, the last thing Victorian Premier John Brumby would have wanted was the sudden departure of a senior minister with responsibility for a sensitive portfolio.

Given this, both Brumby and Lynne Kosky - whose resignation as minister for public transport and MLA for Altona come into effect immediately - can be believed when they deny that the minister's departure was the direct result of problems confronting Melbourne's public transport system, including its controversial new ticket system.

Vital lifeline for ageing rail network

Posted Wednesday, 20 January, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

After months of controversy the WA Government has committed to a multi-million dollar rescue package for the state's ageing grain rail freight network.

The government has committed to funding half of a $43.5 million upgrade of the Avon to Albany grain freight line as long as the Commonwealth pays the rest.

Regulator denies rail line sharing approval

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Western Australia's economic regulator has denied reports it has given approval to Fortescue Metals Group to share its Cloudbreak rail line in the Pilbara.

Fortescue is establishing a railway link between mining operations in the Chichester Range and port facilities in Port Hedland.

Opposition attacks Myki consortium as Kosky departs

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Opposition is concentrating on public transport policy in the wake of Lynne Kosky's resignation from politics.

The former Public Transport Minister left Cabinet and the Parliament yesterday, citing family health reasons.

Ms Kosky denies the troubled implementation of the Myki ticketing system contributed to her decision to leave politics.

Keneally 'committed to metro' despite pause

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally says the government has stopped its acquisition program for the Sydney Metro while it makes a final decision on its fate.

An announcement on the future of the rail project has been promised for late next month.

WestNet backs grain freight rescue deal

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Western Australia's rail operator, WestNet, has welcomed the Government's multi-million dollar interim rescue package for the ageing grain freight network.

The WA Government has promised to spend $20 million upgrading the Avon to Albany rail line, contingent on the Commonwealth matching that funding.

Lane Cove Tunnel operator hits the wall

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by Speed in Other Transport News

The operator of Sydney's Lane Cove tunnel, joining the Harbour Bridge to northern and north-western suburbs, is in receivership.

Transurban (operator of Melbourne's Citylink) is seen as a possible purchaser.

New State Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula takes taxpayer-funded car

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TIME is up for Melbourne's iconic W-Class trams, Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula has confirmed.

Mr Pakula today confirmed the old trams would no longer be used for commuter routes, as soon as new trams become available.

W-Class trams, which currently run along routes 78 and 79, between North Richmond and St Kilda, will be phased out when new trams are available in 2012, a spokesman for Mr Pakula, Stephen Moynihan, said.

“I don’t think anything is forever,” Mr Pakula said. “The tram network needs to be consistently improved in the same way the train network does, and we want to get the best, most modern fleet of trams that we can."

Queensland train surfers dicing with death

Posted Thursday, 21 January, 2010 by raye in Queensland Rail News

THE deadly game of train-surfing is being played regularly in Queensland - as demonstrated by a "stupid and irresponsible" video which was posted on the internet.

The 79-second video shows at least one person jumping on to a freight train on the Toowoomba line and riding on the roof of a carriage.

The last two frames of the video feature still shots of the apparent culprits - two young men and a young woman sitting and standing on train tracks.

The recording was posted by "Quantumx" on YouTube on Sunday night before being abruptly removed yesterday following media inquiries.

Safety warnings on metro deleted

Posted Friday, 22 January, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

SOME of the world's top engineers have warned RailCorp that the construction of the CBD Metro would cause a serious risk to CityRail operations in the centre of Sydney - but their warnings were dropped from RailCorp's official response to the controversial metro.

The Herald has obtained a crucial extract from a draft report by the international engineering consultancy GHD Australia, which was hired to write RailCorp's response to the metro's environmental assessment.

Metro investigating safety incident that saw two trains heading for collision

Posted Friday, 22 January, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

METRO has launched an investigation into a serious safety incident that saw two trains heading for a collision.

The operator said safety back-up systems worked as expected to prevent a crash between the trains.

Metro spokeswoman Lanie Harris said an empty train left Flinders St station at 9am on Tuesday heading for Greensborough.

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