Commuters faced a nightmare journey home tonight as London's transport network ground to a halt in the face of snow and freezing conditions.
Passengers at Victoria Station were told all trains into and out of the terminal were cancelled while other services around the the capital were severely reduced.
Workers were earlier warned by Network Rail to begin their homeward journeys as soon as possible with colder weather and heavier snowfall expected through the night and tomorrow.
And with drivers struggling to use an icy road network, and Gatwick Airport cancelling 16 flights while others were affected by suspensions and delays, one of the coldest Novembers in decades has left Britons facing anxious journeys this evening and on Wednesday morning.
The Brisbane City Council is hailing the success of its anti-graffiti measures.
A joint Council and police taskforce has resulted in the arrest of 180 vandals for more than 6,000 offences over the past two years.
The most striking feature about the gridlock that enveloped Perth on Monday can be seen in the first few seconds of this video.
Yes, as frustrated motorists were brought to a standstill and a journey that should take minutes took hours instead, chugging (or whatever it is electric-powered engines do) merrily into the city was a train on the Joondalup line packed with hundreds of commuters.
No doubt many of them wouldn't have given the motorists a second glance. After all, traffic snarls are common on the Mitchell Freeway and other major roads into the CBD during weekday peak hour.
An out-of-control bushfire south of Perth could threaten lives and homes and has cut rail services along the Mandurah train line, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority has warned.
Peak hour rail commuters face a long journey home as they travel in buses navigating busy roads instead of trains travelling at speeds of up to 130 kmh.
The Mandurah rail line is closed between Cockburn Central and Mandurah and not expected to re-open until about 7pm.
Rail line operator Genesee & Wyoming has paid $334 million for the 2200 kilometre Tarcoola to Darwin railway.
The company has bought the assets of FreightLink with both the South Australian and Northern Territory governments welcoming the deal.
Genesee & Wyoming already provides rolling stock and train crews to FreightLink for the NT line.
VICTORIANS will have to wait until the middle of next year before seeing the first of 940 police protective services officers promised by Premier-elect Ted Baillieu on suburban and regional railway stations, Coalition costings released before Saturday's election show.
Two armed protective services officers are to be employed to staff each suburban station in Melbourne, and some regional stations, from 6 o'clock each night until the last train service.
Train operators and Network Rail came under renewed attack after commuters faced a day of cancellations, delays and frustration.
Rail routes in Kent, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Scotland were worst hit and scores of passengers, travelling from London to Hastings, were forced to spend Tuesday night on a train after it broke down.
LITHGOW’S famous Zig Zag Railway is one of our most important and internationally famous heritage tourism attractions. But it is facing serious problems, including a possible suspension of operations, unless funding can be found quickly for the first significant maintenance work on the basic infrastructure in more than 141 years.
The potential is so serious the tourist railway might have to be mothballed within 18 months.
“Unless some government department comes up with some funding we are going to be in trouble,” Zig Zag’s Business Development Manager, Michael Forbes said yesterday.
MINING magnate Nathan Tinkler is working on a plan to convert at least part of the former Mayfield steelworks site into a coal terminal.
Mr Tinkler holds a substantial stake in Newcastle development company Buildev, which controls an inland 62hectares of the 150-hectare site after winning a 2008 state government tender to develop it for industrial and port-related uses.
The new operator of the Adelaide-Darwin railway line says it wants to increase the volume of minerals transported along the line.
Genesee & Wyoming bought the rail line from FreightLink, which went into receivership in 2008.
Genesee & Wyoming's managing director Robert Easthope says it is in a better financial position to boost services on the line.
Commuters such as Greg Sheppard, a regular on the beleaguered Frankston Line, delivered government to the Coalition in Victoria this week.
NO longer prepared to tolerate a shemozzle of a train service, feeling unsafe travelling home at night and watching billions blown on what he considers politically motivated projects, English language teacher Mr Sheppard jumped on the Baillieu bandwagon last Saturday.
Ted's travellers didn't vote Liberal solely because of the poor quality of their daily commute, but they did see it as emblematic of the 11-year-old Labor government's broader failure on service delivery.
A funding agreement for one of the mostly highly anticipated infrastructure projects in southeast Queensland was formalised this morning.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today signed a document ensuring the $1.15 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link, which will run from Petrie to Kippa Ring, will proceed.
The rail link was first proposed in 1895 and has been an election issue in the seat of Petrie on numerous occasions in recent decades.
THE Labor MP defeated in what became the state's most knife-edge seat says the former government's failure to fix public transport problems plaguing the south-east was one of the main reasons he lost his seat.
Rob Hudson, beaten in Bentleigh by just a few hundred votes, told The Age the Frankston line had been ''bedevilled'' by problems. Train punctuality plunged from 80 per cent in July last year to 65 per cent in June this year.
UPDATE 9:55am: TRAIN drivers, security guards and staff employed to make Victoria's public transport network safe are routinely working under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs.
There were 98 sightings for this week. This is two sighting less than last week, making a total of 4777 sightings for this year to date. On day 338 last year we had recorded 4137 sightings. This is 640 sightings up on the same time last year.
Hundreds of cattle are stranded on a train in central-west Queensland because of floodwaters.
State Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson is on his way to Alpha where a cattle train is waiting to be unloaded.
Mr Johnson estimates there are up to 800 cattle from Winton and Longreach on their way to an abattoir but the rail line has cut between Alpha and Emerald, west of Rockhampton.
Tasmania's state-owned rail company is said to be "teetering on the brink of collapse".
It has been a year since TasRail was established and chairman, Bob Annells, has told a parliamentary hearing it has been a tough 12 months.
"This is a company, a freight railway, teetering on the brink of collapse," he said.
He told the hearing many of TasRail's locomotives and wagons are in desperate need of replacing.
Construction has begun on the Karara iron ore railway in mid-west Western Australia.
The 79 kilometres of single-line narrow-gauge track will link Gindalbie Metal's Karara mine with the existing state-owned railway line north of Morawa, providing rail access from Karara to the Geraldton Port.
The operator of the Ghan passenger train says it is confident the new owner of the Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line will make the necessary improvements to the track.
Water damage to the track has caused a series of freight train derailments this year, disrupting the Ghan passenger train.
Freightlink has officially handed the line to new owner Genesee & Wyoming.
The South Australian Government says a loss on the Adelaide-Darwin railway will be partly offset by higher turnover from mining activity.
US company Genesee and Wyoming has completed its purchase of FreightLink assets for $334 million.
FreightLink had been in receivership.
WARWICK, R.I. -- The long-awaited commuter rail service to T.F. Green International Airport began Monday, with commuters saying they're excited and relieved to have a new way to travel between Boston and Rhode Island's second largest city.
The service, provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority under an agreement with Rhode Island's Department of Transportation, will run six trains each weekday during peak commuting times from Providence to Warwick and from Warwick to Boston via Providence.
LEIGHTON Holdings Ltd subsidiary John Holland has snared a $550 million contract to build a rail line and undertake other works in New South Wales.
Under the agreement John Holland will build 10.5 kilometres of twin track electrified railway line from Glenfield to Leppington, for Sydney's South West Rail Link, including two new stations and a train stabling yard.
As part of the works more than 1 million cubic metres of earth will be moved, John Holland said.
QR National Ltd says all its rail lines that had been affected by flooding and heavy rain are now re-opened and no impact on earnings is expected.
QR National's rail network sees coal for export transported from several sites in Queensland to five port terminals in the same state.
THE proposed Western Express, a fast train service between Sydney's western suburbs and the CBD, could cause havoc with interstate and country trains, expert analysis has found.
Rail industry experts contacted by the Herald say the plan to run up to 24 services an hour during the peak periods on the main western line could crowd out CountryLink services, including XPT and Explorer trains, which serve regional NSW, Brisbane and Melbourne.
There are reports the mainline (east west) out at Mallala has been closed due to the rain. The track which is located north of Adelaide, was closed by flooding earlier today at Korunye between Two Wells and Mallala after the River Light burst its banks.
A regional Victorian train has hit a car that crashed onto railway tracks in the state's east.
Police say a dark blue Holden Commodore sedan went out of control in wet weather about 5.10pm (AEDT) on Wednesday on Princes Drive in Morwell, and ended up rolling onto the V/Line tracks.
The rollout of 626 new Waratah train carriages in NSW won't be delayed further by negotiations with the manufacturer over access to tracks for testing, RailCorp says.
The builders of NSW's new Waratah trains, Downer EDI, has put back the date for the first handover of new rolling stock to January at the earliest, blaming lack of access to rail tracks.
As at 0640, this train is sitting on the Nth Melb flyover with the bogies of at least half a dozen wagons no longer where they should be. The last few wagons are sitting out blocking the up and down east lines. Should make the peak interesting.
Southern region Due to a mudslide between Queanbeyan and Bungendore, the 06:43 hrs Canberra to Sydney XPLORER service has been replaced by a road coach service for the entire journey.
Southern region Due to floods in Victoria, the 20:40 hrs (Wednesday 8 December) Sydney to Melbourne XPT service has terminated at Albury; passengers will transfer to road coaches for the remainder of their journey.
Plans to make Casino a major transport hub are another step closer to becoming a reality.
A $12.7-million freight-rail terminal was approved by the northern Joint Regional Planning Panel yesterday.
The developers behind the project say it could generate more than 500 jobs in industries such as forestry and agriculture and generate up to $250-million in revenue and investment for the region.
BEIJING: China will be connected by rail with its neighbours in South East Asia, including Singapore, Thailand and Laos, in the next three years.
This will add a new dimension to cooperation among ASEAN+1 countries and also influence India's relationship with them.
The network of rail lines connecting China's Kunming city with Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia , Vietnam and Malaysia is meant to give a boost to the creation of a Free Trade Area in the region.
The State Government has given the green light to the proposed $1 billion Surat Basin Rail (SBR) project after three years of rigorous environmental assessment.
Premier Anna Bligh has welcomed Coordinator-General Graeme Newton's conditional approval of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed new rail line between Wandoan and Banana known as the Southern Missing Link.
The move follows the state government's recent approval of the proposed $3 billion Wandoan Coal project, which would produce coal to be transported on the railway line to port facilities at Gladstone.
There were 87 sightings for this week. This is 11 sighting less than last week, making a total of 4864 sightings for this year to date. On day 345 last year we had recorded 4236 sightings. This is 628 sightings up on the same time last year.
Australia's largest rail freight company, QR National Ltd, says its Goonyella and Blackwater lines in Queensland have reopened after being shut because of wet weather-related damage.
Heavy rains caused the Goonyella system, which is in central Queensland and services the Bowen coal basin, to close at 2300 AEDT on Saturday.
REGION - The future for passenger rail services in country Victoria is in the hands of the newly elected Coalition Government, according to Wimmera Mallee Rail Services Association members.
The association will keep pressure on the new Government to resurrect and improve the passenger rail services in western Victoria.
"We must not let them (the Government) forget who initially started the decline in passenger rail services," Wimmera Mallee Rail Services Association secretary, Audrey Hoffmann, said.
US intermodal group Watco Companies is poised for a long-term entry into the Australian freight market, driven by a 10-year grain rail deal with Western Australian agribusiness CBH Group.
Predominantly a railway operator, Watco does conduct trucking and light truck and van operation in the US midwest, south and west through its ‘transload & intermodal services’ arm.
It expects to begin WA operations in May 2012, after CBH's existing contract with QR subsidiary Australian Railroad Group expires.
Lachlan Valley Rail’s campaign to take over the Cowra to Demondrille line has received a major setback.
LVR staff this week discovered a section of line near Crowther had been washed away.
A PLAN to buy out the privately run stations on the airport rail line, and link inner western and south-eastern Sydney with light rail via Sydney Airport and the job-rich Mascot area, has gained support from local government, transport, education and sporting bodies.
The City of Sydney, the Sydney Airports Corporation, the University of NSW, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Randwick Racecourse all have backed the plan by EcoTransit and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
THE NSW government could be on the hook for more than $1 billion in termination payments to investors should Reliance Rail, the vehicle set up to deliver and maintain 626 commuter trains for the state, fall over.
The threat to Reliance was underlined yesterday when the ratings agency Moody's downgraded the entity three notches to B3, highlighting the risk that its bankers could pull the plug and leave the company short of funding from 2012.
THE state's railway workers are on a collision course with the new Baillieu government, over its plan to put armed guards on railway stations after dark.
In a resolution expected to be passed this morning by ticket inspectors, and to be followed by a vote of metropolitan railway station staff next week, members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union are opposing the government's armed guards promise.
The government was elected last month on a pledge to install two armed police protective services officers on every suburban railway station, and major regional stops, from 6pm until the last train each night.
Newly-floated freight rail business QR National and the government-owned Queensland Rail have lost their appeal against a court decision which found they breached dozens of workplace laws during their push towards privatisation.
BROCKMAN Resources is in advanced talks with Fortescue Metals Group on securing rail haulage and port access for its iron ore project.
Brockman said if a binding agreement is reached, this would mark a critical step towards getting the $1.3 billion Marillana project in Western Australia off the ground, enabling it to achieve its objective of completing a bankable feasibility study on the project in the second quarter of 2011 and a final investment decision in the following quarter.
A WEST bound QR National coal train has derailed near Bowenville, about 60 kilometres west of Toowoomba.
No-one was injured when the 20 empty wagons derailed.
There were 102 sightings for this week. This is 15 sighting more than last week, making a total of 4966 sightings for this year to date. On day 352 last year we had recorded 4343 sightings. This is 623 sightings up on the same time last year.
The only qualification you need to help restore a treasured part of Canberra's rail heritage is a willingness to get your hands dirty.
With work about to start on the restoration of Diesel Locomotive 4807 - a branch line engine that took over from steam on the Canberra to Sydney run in the 1960s - Canberra's Australian Railway Historical Society branch is seeking helping hands.
Manager of locomotives Peter Reynell, who freely admits to being more used to working with steam, said no specialist engineering skills were needed.
''I feel like I've signed the pledge or changed sex to be working with these [diesels],'' he said.
FROM the reef to scenic railways, adventures await on a holiday to Cairns, writes Martin King.
Growing up in the UK, day trips were typically a grim affair. We bravely built sandcastles in the face of a gale, or sat in the car watching the rain as my mother tried to pour something hot out of a Thermos.
I reflect on these memories as I lift my head from snorkelling and see my wife and two sons swimming along against the striking backdrop of Green Island, with its rainforest and white sand. Now this is what I call a day trip.
Hundreds of train commuters were stranded between stations for almost an hour after an equipment fault triggered major peak-hour delays on the Sydenham line this afternoon.
About 200 angry passengers were told to disembark their train at Footscray station just after 5pm.
But two other trains were stranded between Sunshine and Tottenham stations for about 45 minutes as maintenance crews scrambled to fix the fault.
Queensland Rail's new performance standards are “not just easy giveaway” targets, the organisation says.
The government-owned railway operator launched its customer charter last week – but clearly has more work to do on four of the eight targets it set for itself.
Queensland Rail has identified a range of areas it believes customers feel are important, namely safety, comfort, train and station cleanliness, on-time services, accurate information about disruptions, personal service and timely feedback.
Auckland Council and mayor Len Brown's dream of getting a CBD rail loop took a tentative step forward today with the Minister of Transport asking government agencies to review the business case.
The business case, released last month, showed that the CBD rail loop was the best option of three - despite a $2.3 billion price tag.
Brown heralded the business case and said the loop would make Auckland into a truly international city. However since then the response from government has been lukewarm- until today.
For the second time this year, workers have discovered a large stash of marijuana in a railroad car at the Cargill plant in Blair, Neb.
Cargill employees discovered 356 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $400,000, on Sunday, said Detective Kevin Willis of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The pot was hidden behind a false wall at one end of a tanker used to carry corn syrup.
Willis said Cargill workers called police about 7 p.m. to report the discovery of 37 bundles of marijuana. The false wall, he said, was made of plastic foam and painted in such a way as to blend in with the inside of the railcar.
MARYBOROUGH rail passengers are paying $11.20 a day for a trip that is costing Victorian taxpayers $200-$300.
The massive subsidy is revealed in the Victorian Transport Plan, which shows the former Labor Government spent $19.1 million to re-establish the service from Ballarat to Maryborough in July, just four months out from the state election.
At some time in the latter part of the week ending 18 December the was a burglary at the ARHS Vic Div Inc Railway Museum in North Williamstown
Entry was forced into the signal box and the following items were stolen
PUBLIC transport ticket inspectors have used excessive force on commuters and been given their jobs without proper screening, according to the state Ombudsman.
As a result of a damning report tabled in State Parliament yesterday by Ombudsman George Brouwer, the Department of Transport has accepted all but one of 14 recommendations to overhaul the ticket inspector regime.
Defective trams are causing lengthy delays on the St Kilda light rail this afternoon.
Commuters are being advised to use route 112 trams while maintenance crews work to clear the rail on route 96.
A Yarra Trams spokesman said there were two defective trams - one in each direction - and there had been no services on the light rail since 1pm.
BEIJING - A CHINESE news agency says a multibillion dollar railway project that took seven years to complete has started operations.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday the project touted as the country's most expensive to build per km involved digging 159 tunnels and 253 bridges to connect Yichang city in Hubei province to neighbouring Chongqing region.
ERLIN: Thousands of air travellers remained stranded and train services were severely disrupted as fresh snowfall and sub-zero temperatures worsened Europe's Christmas travel chaos.
For the fifth consecutive night, several hundred stranded passengers slept on camping beds at Germany's largest airport in Frankfurt as the authorities struggled to cope with the tension building up among those still unable to catch a flight.
Port Kembla's future capacity to accept steel, grain and coal into the future via rail is set to be scrutinished as part of a new study.
The University of Wollongong's SMART Infrastructure Facility will examine the port's rail capacity in partnership with the CSIRO.
The study will analyse bottlenecks, the future demand on the existing train line for passengers and freight, and possible expansion.
Fourteen wheatbelt shires have formed an alliance to push for the Western Australian Government to reconsider its move to decommission a series of grain rail lines.
Last month, the Government announced Tier Three rail lines would be deemed 'non-economic' and put into care and maintenance as part of a $179 million upgrade of the state's grain freight network. Funding would instead go towards improving roads.
Northlanders are expected to get their say over the future of the railway between the region and Auckland early next year, with KiwiRail reviewing the future of four under-used railway lines.
KiwiRail announced in May that it was considering mothballing four under-used railway lines, including the link between Auckland and Moerewa.
The company said it was responding to a signal by the Government, which owns it, "to focus the scarce capital we get into the most productive areas where the revenue is".
ATLAS Iron's $828 million move on Giralia Resources will provide the new entity with enough iron ore to justify building its own railway.
This will remove the need to deal with the majors refusing access to their infrastructure.
"This makes them the master of their own destiny in terms of transport infrastructure," Hartleys analyst Andrew Muir said in a client note. "The use of its own rail may also make other previously stranded deposits viable."
KAKINADA: Managing director of Delhi Metro Rail E Sreedharan said on Wednesday that the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project was unviable. He said the HMR project might not fructify as it could run into several roadblocks.
National Express, the company former transport secretary Lord Adonis tried to run off the railways, has won a two-year extension to its c2c franchise after achieving record-breaking punctuality.
There were 84 sightings for this week. This is 18 sighting less than last week, making a total of 5050 sightings for this year to date. On day 359 last year we had recorded 4423 sightings. This is 627 sightings up on the same time last year.
AFTER a shaky start, the grain is flowing in one of southern NSW's biggest harvests of the decade. Yields are "surprisingly good" despite a trying year of frosts, floods, thunderstorms, hail and plague locusts.
AWB Grainflow's giant 200,000-tonne receival site at Oaklands is expected to triple last year's intake of 56,500 tonnes. Manager Phil Goldsmith said 180,000 tonnes of canola, barley and wheat had been budgeted for the site.
A WEBSITE created by a disgruntled retired train conductor contains lurid allegations of extramarital affairs, sexual harassment, cronyism, safety breaches and workplace bullying - all aimed at the management of NSW's rural passenger train network.
CountryLink and RailCorp have spent close to $1 million in a seven-month effort to shut it down.
FOR the time being Transport Minister Terry Mulder cannot confirm if the South Morang rail extension will go ahead.
In a phone message, Mr Mulder said that since coming to office he had been inundated with media inquiries and could not comment on the South Morang rail project until the new year.
QUEENSLAND is braced for more evacuations flooding worsens and the price of food skyrockets.
Premier Anna Bligh says 12 communities are currently isolated by the flooding and more water is on the way.
"What's happening here is a disaster on an unprecedented scale," Ms Bligh told the Seven Network this morning.
"It's not isolated to one part of the state. We've got communities, both large cities and very small towns, that are now affected.
RIO TINTO says severe monsoonal rain in Queensland has hit its operations and has called a force majeure on coal sales contracts from mines in which it has a majority interest.
The mines are Hail Creek, Kestrel, Blair Athol and Clermont in Queensland's Bowen Basin.
"The severe monsoonal rain, on top of the significant rainfalls in November and December, has had an adverse impact on mining operations, and has cut access roads and rail networks," Rio Tinto said in a statement on Wednesday.