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Queensland Rail launches its US roadshow

Posted Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail management is telling potential investors in North America that an integrated model would be a better investment than one broken up into the above and below-rail assets.

Queensland Rail chief executive Lance Hockridge and chief financial officer Deborah O'Toole are holding about 30 meetings in New York, Toronto, Boston and the US West Coast to spur institutional interest in the privatisation of the Queensland Rail's coal-carrying business later this year.

But last week, a syndicate of Queensland coalminers offered the state government $4.85 billion to buy the tracks that the coal trains run on.

Knox bemoans Waratah terms with NSW state-owned Rail Corp

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by StaffStrikeBack in New South Wales Rail News

DOWNER EDI rail boss Guy Wannop was a star speaker at last month's CeBit technology conference on the subject of keeping big companies nimble, but yesterday it emerged he had left the company by "mutual agreement" after $190 million in provisions were booked largely because of the $1.9 billion Waratah train contract he managed.

Kingoonya wants to build Railway heritage site

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by outbackjack in South Australian Rail News

Easter 2012 Kingoonya Hotel will be celebrating it's 75 birthday. The progress association, of which I am a member would like to do something in town to preserve the railway history of the town and we need your help.

We avoid packed trams, says inspector

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE secret is out. Ticket inspectors do not fine passengers on over-crowded trams.

Or so a Yarra Trams ticket inspector told a Melbourne court yesterday during a hearing in which a university student beat a charge of failing to validate his ticket.

Push for light rail to Carrara by 2018

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

COMMONWEALTH Games bid boss Mark Stockwell's vision is that Gold Coast people will be able to catch the light rail system all the way to the Carrara stadium by 2018.

Mr Stockwell, who believes solving the public transport issues are key to the event's success, raised the idea for the first time when addressing Southport Chamber of Commerce members at a breakfast yesterday about the Gold Coast's chances against Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka.

"We need to get a link out to Carrara and look at the public transport needs of the area," said Mr Stockwell.

"This will be a major sporting and cultural hub into the future."

State Government believes commuters prepared to stand for 45 minutes

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TRANSPORT Minister Martin Pakula has distanced himself from a briefing document that claims commuters are prepared to stand on crowded trains for up to 45 minutes.

The bold statement, made in a confidential briefing document for Metro from the State Government, has provoked commuter outrage.

When asked about the report, Mr Pakula replied: “That’s not my view.

Competition council rejects bio energy rail bid

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The National Competition Council has all but rejected a request to allow North Queensland Bio Energy (NQBE) access to CSR's railway lines in the Herbert region of in north Queensland.

NQBE wants to build a world-class $400 million sugar, ethanol and renewable energy plant at Ingham, which would compete with CSR's sugar arm, Sucrogen.

Passengers hurt as trams collide heavily on St Kilda Rd (Serious Injuries)

Posted Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

TWO passengers were hurt, with one taken to hospital, after two trams collided heavily outside Melbourne's Arts Centre this morning.

The trams were stuck for two hours outside the centre as crews worked to free the stricken trams after the crash at 11.15am.

Passengers said there was a “severe impact” as the city-bound trams crashed, with several passengers thrown from their seats.

NSW faces widespread strike action

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

The RTBU representing workers in the current EA negotiations with Railcorp has threatened widespread strike action. The RTBU has claimed that the 5% payrise was to be funded by a written agreement with RailCorp that would put 70 millon dollars aside from workplace productivity savings.The government and Raicorp reject this claim.

Transport NSW- A single public transport agency

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

Last night legislation was passed in NSW parliament to create the states first single public transport agency responsible for the planning and operation of transport. The agency will be known as "Transport NSW".

All aboard a quiet revolution on rail

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by Speed in Press Releases

Federal Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner praises improvements made to interstate freight under the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Viaduct demolition is expected today

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

t’s a lot longer than initially anticipated but Cowra Council has been assured the removal of three rail viaducts at Brougham St, Lachlan St and the Low Level Bridge will start today.
Council had obtained Ministerial approval to remove the viaducts last year and had initially mooted

demolition was likely in October 2009.

However, an assessment report on the removal process added extra months to the wait.

Final NSW Metro compensation payment made.

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW state government has made the final compensation payment of $93 millon today to the major construction tenderers after axing the Metro project earlier this year.

Heritage-listed railway building up for sale

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government says the former Yeppoon railway station yard and workshop site in central Queensland will be put up for sale this week.

The Member for Keppel, Paul Hoolihan, says the 2.8 hectare site in the heart of the Yeppoon CBD includes the heritage-listed former railway station building.

Residents rally for city renewal action

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

One year after the Newcastle City Renewal Report has been released, the Fix Our City group is demanding the New South Wales Government take action.

The group has organised a supporters' rally this afternoon.

MP attacks rail security camera loss

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The state Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock, says Wollongong train station is set to lose its closed-circuit TV security camera.

The Liberal MP and shadow parliamentary transport secretary says 16 CCTV monitors across the network are shutting down.

Ms Hancock says RailCorp has confirmed this week that the move includes cutting the jobs of 38 staff across the CityRail network.

V/Line Corporation - Brumby to Run Victorian Rail Freight?

Posted Friday, 4 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Liberals are going to scream bloody murder when Pacific National transfers the rest of Victoria's Intra-State (equipment purchased by PN by way of their Freight Australia acquisition) locomotives north of the Murray River and announces that they have departed country Victoria.

Police given old data on killer rail crossing

Posted Saturday, 5 June, 2010 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

In examining the transcript of Scholl's trial, the Age finds that the Department of Infrastructure gave police investigating in April 2008 the Kerang truck crash of June 2007 a risk assessment from August 2006 rather than a risk assessment from November 2007 and that the risk-rating in the latter assessment was far higher.

Crossing the line on safety

Posted Saturday, 5 June, 2010 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

The Age revisits the Kerang level-crossing, the circumstances that led to the collision there and the reaction to it.

Timetable revamp aims to get reliability on track

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

CHANGE is never easy - something the long-suffering train travellers in Melbourne's south and south-east Melbourne are about to find out.

From tomorrow train operator Metro - which this week failed its punctuality targets for the sixth month in a row - is re-making timetables in a bid to fit in more services and increase reliability. While almost all lines will have ''tweaked'' timetables, the big changes are to the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines in peak hour from Monday.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 05/6/2010.

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 111 sightings for this week. This is two sightings less than last week, making a total of 2087 sightings for this year to date. On day 156 last year we had recorded 1811 sightings. This is 276 sightings up on the same time last year.

Train network offenders snared by video and 'wanted' posters

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

With camera surveillance through Melbourne's suburban network having been upgraded to digital, pictures of offenders can now be easily captured. Displaying these images at premium railway stations has led to arrests.

Africa opens its first High Speed Train

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by seb2351 in International Rail News

Despite being marred by strikes and construction issues, Africa has opened its first high speed rail line, just in time to transport World Cup fans.

Train commuters face chaos and more delays as Metro changes its timetables

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

UPDATE 9.25am: MORE delays faced train commuters this morning, despite a new Metro timetable designed to improve services.

Several lines saw trains cancelled and delayed today on the second day of a new timetable regime introduced by Metro that were aimed at helping it reach its punctuality targets.

Springfield to get Railway 2 years earlier

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by Peter_J in Queensland Rail News

Qld Government to make announcement in State Budget about the Springfield Line being brought forward 2 years.

THE $646 million Springfield rail line will be delivered two years ahead of schedule.

Part of tomorrow's State Budget announcement, The Queensland Times can exclusively reveal the move will fast-track one of the western corridor's major pieces of infrastructure.

Passenger tells of train attack terror

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Passengers on board a Melbourne train that was terrorised by a large group of teenage thugs had broken bottles thrust into their faces and rocks hurled at them during the terrifying assault on Friday night.

One of the passengers, Tim Redmond, suffered life-threatening head injuries during the attack on the Frankston-bound train at McKinnon station in Melbourne's south-east.

Growers to hear grain line revamp benefits

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A rail specialist says upgrading the branch grain line from Dubbo to Coonamble would significantly benefit communities in the region.

A logistics supply specialist, Jock Carter, will address grain growers at a meeting over the future of the branch line tonight.

Mine suspension hits rail project

Posted Monday, 7 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A developer has warned the suspension of Xstrata mining projects will prevent a central Queensland rail project from going ahead.

Everald Compton was planning to start construction next year on a freight line from the proposed Wandoan coal mine in the Surat Basin to the port of Gladstone.

Pacific National to stay in Junee

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A MONTH out from the expected closure of the Junee Pacific National depot the freight company has announced a stunning back flip in its decision.
Rumours circulating about the depot remaining open have been confirmed by Pacific National in a statement released to the Southern Cross/The Daily Advertiser.

A Pacific National spokesperson said the company deferred its decision to close the depot as a result of "having identified an alternative operating model that could see the depot become commercially viable and its employees retained."

Lucky escape as man falls into path of train

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man has had a lucky escape after falling on to train tracks, into the path of an oncoming train in Melbourne last night.

The man in his 40s was knocked unconscious when he fell onto the tracks at Parkdale Railway Station in Melbourne's south-east.

400 rail workers stage unauthorised strike in Townsville

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) says more than 400 rail workers have walked off the job in unauthorised industrial action in Townsville in north Queensland.

RTBU spokesman Les Moffitt says rail workshop staff and train drivers are striking for 48 hours over the State Government's asset sales.

Major Accident: Trams collide in Melbourne

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 by seb2351 in Tram and Light Rail News

7 passengers were injured today at Southbank depot at Normanby Road after 2 trams collided.

Coal Train derails near Coniston (New South Wales)

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 by plettner in New South Wales Rail News

An empty coalie headed by EL61/51 has had a wagon derail and tip over just after Coniston. The derailment has occurred on the down line on the double section of track just south of Coniston where the line branches from the flyover.

Train blame: no one takes full responsibility, report says

Posted Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's train system is badly run because no one takes ultimate responsibility when things go wrong, a report tabled this afternoon in Parliament has found.

"Responsibility for delivery of Victoria's train services is fragmented across a range of government authorities, private operators and independent statutory bodies," the report states.

Missing rail links show vision is limited, say industry groups

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

INDUSTRY and transport groups say the Keneally government missed the chance to spend its $101 million budget surplus on starting vital new transport projects, including the north-west rail link.

They also criticised the failure to start work on the Epping-Parramatta rail line and a second rail crossing for Sydney Harbour.

Vic Govt must fix rail freight

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE former Kennett Government's move to sell off V-Line's rail freight business has been a disaster.

But another disaster is impending if the current Government doesn't move to fix the system.

Pacific National wagons idle

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

RAIL freight operator Asciano has come under fire for withholding its grain wagons from operation, when they could be used to transport Victoria's crop to port.

Another freight operator, El Zorro, and the Victorian Government have tried to buy rolling stock from Asciano, owner of Pacific National, but all offers have been rejected.

QR probes coal train derailment in Queensland

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) crews are assessing damage to a major rail line in the state's central region from a derailment near Duaringa, west of Rockhampton, this morning.

The main coal line between Blackwater and Gladstone in the Bowen Basin has been blocked since a fully loaded coal train came off the tracks on its way to port about 5:30am (AEST).

Rail workers' strike underlines asset-sale anger

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE Bligh government's difficulties in selling its $15 billion asset-sale program were highlighted yesterday when Queensland Rail workers at two key maintenance depots went on strike in protest against the sale.

The budget for the coming year contained the $603 million the government obtained from the sale of Forestry Plantations Queensland, but that was the only mention of the asset sales program in the budget.

Rail workers ordered back to work

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

More than 400 rail workers in Townsville in north Queensland have returned to work this morning after an order from the Industrial Relations Commission.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union spokesman Les Moffitt says the workers walked off the job yesterday without approval from the union.

Adelaide-Darwin railway sold to US company

Posted Wednesday, 9 June, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The Adelaide-Darwin railway has been sold to a US-based transport company, the receivers of FreightLink say.

FreightLink was forced into voluntary administration in 2008 after several attempts to sell the railway failed.

Light rail a ticket to votes as other MPs push for new services

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

LABOR MPs and councillors are stepping up pressure on the Keneally government to extend the light rail network beyond plans in the budget.

The government announced on Tuesday that it would spend $55 million to begin work on extending the line from the terminus at Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill station, with services to begin within two years.

Missing links in Queensland's coal rail network

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THERE are two missing links in the Queensland coal freight rail infrastructure: a relatively short one in the distant north and a very long one in the south.

Both those missing bits were supposed to be filled by sometime maybe before 2014 at a collective cost of comfortably more than $2 billion to the likes of the coal companies and Queensland Rail.

But then along came that solid citizen of Queensland, Kevin Rudd, with his shiny new resource super-profits tax.

Darwin-Adelaide rail link sold for $334m

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

CONFIDENCE in Chinese and Indian demand for minerals has convinced a US rail company to pay $334 million for the Darwin-to-Adelaide rail link.

Genesee & Wyoming announced yesterday that it was buying all assets of FreightLink, Asia Pacific Transport and related corporate entities from receivers KordaMentha.

The company expects to be owner-operator of the line by the end of the year. It has operated the line since 2004.

Design Unveiled for Caroline Springs Station

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Press Releases

Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula, has unveiled designs for the new train station for Caroline Springs, marking an important milestone for the project.

Minister Pakula said the $220 million New Stations in Growth Areas program is progressing to deliver important transport infrastructure to key areas across the Melbourne network.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to delivering high quality, contemporary facilities reflecting the needs of transport users,” said Mr Pakula.

“The new station for Caroline Springs will be a functional and modern space, enhancing passenger safety and security with closed circuit camera security surveillance throughout the facility.

“There will be bicycle facilities, a taxi rank and bus stops, making it easier for those who use different modes of travel to get to and from the station.

Taxpayer funds sought from new rail owner

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

ELEANOR HALL: It was a public private partnership that involved millions of taxpayer dollars.

But when the Adelaide to Darwin railway went into receivership two years ago it looked like that money would not be recovered.

Now the company that operates the rail line has been sold to a US buyer at a big discount and while the new owner is promising to reinvigorate the business it's pouring cold water on claims that it owes money to the South Australian and Northern Territory Governments as Jason Om reports from Adelaide.

Passengers evacuated from smoky V/Line train at Bacchus Marsh

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

UPDATE 12pm: HUNDREDS of passengers have been evacuated from a V/Line train at Bacchus Marsh after smoke leaked into the carriages.

The service was the 7:25 from Ararat to Southern Cross, and the train was one of the new V’Locity models.

V/Line spokesman James Kelly said a problem developed in one of the train’s carriages as it was going downhill into Bacchus Marsh.

Westvic Container Export and Wettenhalls - On track for Victoria

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Press Releases

The Wettenhalls Group is one of Australia’s leading national providers of fully integrated ‘end to end’ logistics services. Established over 80 years ago with one truck and one customer, today we span the entire country with a national network, a large fleet, expansive warehouse capabilities and over 500 employees. And we’re continuing to build on our successes.

As part of that growth, Wettenhalls is very pleased to announce the union of the Wettenhalls Group and Warrnambool’s Westvic Container Export Services.

Old debts not our problem, says rail buyer

Posted Thursday, 10 June, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The new owner of the Adelaide-Darwin railway says it has not inherited any debts from FreightLink, including $87 million owed to the South Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

US company Genesee and Wyoming has bought the line for $334 million, two years after FreightLink went into receivership.

Pssst! Myki works on trams - most of the time

Posted Friday, 11 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TECHNICALLY, it's against the rules, but thousands of Melburnians are using their myki card on the city's trams, despite it being valid for travel only on trains.

Leaked government data logs obtained by The Age show that travellers with myki cards have used the system on trams 41,000 times over the past fortnight, including almost 5000 times last Friday.

QR may team up with coal companies

Posted Friday, 11 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

QR NATIONAL would consider teaming up with coal companies to make investments in Queensland's freight railroads following the state government's planned float of the group later this year, Queensland Rail chief executive Lance Hockridge said.

The company, which is planning a $3 billion float of its freight business by November, would consider "part-funding models" with coal companies that use the railroads to raise money for future capital spending, Mr Hockridge told The Australian ­Financial Review.

Qld Rail failed to consult with workers: court

Posted Friday, 11 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Federal Court has ruled Queensland Rail (QR) failed to consult with its workers over the State Government's privatisation plans.

Five rail unions took QR to court, claiming it breached as many as 20 provisions contained in enterprise bargaining agreements.

Chevrolet changes gear as staff told to stop selling it short

Posted Sunday, 13 June, 2010 by Speed in Other Transport News

General Motors Chevrolet sales & marketing requests General Motors employees not to say "Chevy" because it demeans the brand.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/6/2010

Posted Monday, 14 June, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 104 sightings for this week. This is seven sightings less than last week, making a total of 2191 sightings for this year to date. On day 163 last year we had recorded 1887 sightings. This is 304 sightings up on the same time last year.

Complete, utter disaster for Verbeek and the Socceroos

Posted Monday, 14 June, 2010 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

The Socceroos, or at least those players we have come to identify as our national team, have passed their use-by date. On the evidence of this excruciating football lesson handed out by Germany, there’s no doubt they have.

S.African high-speed rail hit by delays

Posted Monday, 14 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

CAPE TOWN — South Africa's new high-speed rail link buckled on Sunday under high demand as visitors flocked to see the new service unveiled for the World Cup.

Long queues backed up for the train service which had 20,000 to 25,000 passengers, less than a week after the three billion dollar project was opened.

"We were just overwhelmed by the huge number of people coming to visit us. It did put a massive strain on the facilities, which took a little bit of time to recover," said Errol Braithwaite of the operator Bombela.

$4.3b link won't cut travel times

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

ONE of Victoria's most expensive rail projects - the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link from Werribee to Southern Cross Station - will not speed up regional rail services, a state government submission shows.

The state and federal governments are building the link, 47 kilometres of new track, to improve access for trains from Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

The Brumby government argues it will allow a boost in the number of regional services to Melbourne and create capacity for an extra 9000 passengers an hour across the suburban and regional networks at peak times.

Obama's high-speed rail initiative back on fast track

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Establishing a high-speed passenger rail network has been high on President Barack Obama’s wish list from the time he took office 18 months ago. Following a meeting between Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the nation’s rail freight executives, construction on some of those projects could begin by month’s end.

The nation’s freight railroads are receiving the bulk of $8 billion in stimulus funding, ticketed for infrastructure upgrades that will accommodate faster passenger trains. However concerns by the freight carriers had the potential to derail the project before it ever got started. LaHood said the meeting was called to allay those fears and address concerns.

Residents to voice rail link concerns

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

WYNDHAM Vale and Tarneit residents have been asked to voice their concerns on the Regional Rail Link.

The design team will host a series of community information sessions this month following community backlash.

The $4.3 billion link will create a dual track from West Werribee to Southern Cross Station.

Asciano wins Anglo coal contract

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Rail and ports operator Asciano Ltd has won a 10-year $775 million contract to move 16.5 million tonnes a year of coal for miner Anglo American Plc, Asciano said.

The new contract will see Asciano take on the 10.9 million tonne German Creek facility currently serviced by QR National as well as the 5.75 million tonnes Moranbah North mine currently serviced by Pacific National.

The deal makes Anglo American Coal Asciano’s largest contracted customer in Queensland.

Coal operators must guarantee rail access to rivals

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE Queensland government's plan to privatise QR National as a rail freight haulage business that is integrated vertically with the track infrastructure serving the state's coal fields is now the subject of a competing proposal by the Queensland Coal Industry Rail Group.

This consortium of 13 coal producers questions whether a privatised QR National will have the incentive to undertake the track infrastructure investments needed to meet anticipated growth in global demand for export coal.

QCIRG contends that if it is permitted to buy the coal tracks, which would be separated from the locomotives and rolling stock that comprise QR National's haulage business, its "club" of coal company owners would have a stronger incentive to deliver timely investments in new track infrastructure. But is that the case?

Govt defends new western rail track

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The State Government is defending its $4.3 billion regional rail track that is being built in Melbourne's west between Werribee and Southern Cross Station.

The Age newspaper is reporting that government documents showed that there will be no difference in train travel times once the track is built.

Delays hit five Metro lines

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Rail commuters were hit with delays on five Metro lines in Melbourne this morning due to an ill passenger on a train and an equipment failure.

Paramedics were called to Melbourne Central station about 9.30am after a 26-year-old man collapsed on a train and other passengers believed he was having a heart attack.

A Metro spokeswoman said all trains in the city loop were halted while paramedics assessed and treated the man, before trains were re-directed to Flinders Street station.

READY FOR TOMORROW: $19 MILLION TO RETURN PASSENGER RAIL TO CLUNES

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Press Releases

The Premier John Brumby today announced that passenger rail services would return to the central Victorian town of Clunes as part of a major $7 million Victorian Government investment to overhaul the dilapidated station and include it on the soon to re-open Maryborough train line.

At historic Maryborough and Clunes stations today, Mr Brumby announced Clunes station would become a stop on the route to Maryborough following the completion of a $50 million project to return passenger rail to Maryborough which was shut-down by the Kennett Government.

The $7 million investment is part of the Victorian Government’s $631 million Ready for Tomorrow: A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria.

More train attack charges likely

Posted Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

More charges are expected over a rock attack on a Melbourne suburban train that left a passenger with life-threatening injuries, a court has heard.

Matthew Simon Hamilton-Holt is accused of playing a leading role in the June 4 attack that left Hobart man Tim Redmond with serious head injuries.

Mr Redmond was a passenger on a packed Frankston-bound train when he was felled by a piece of ballast which struck him in the head at McKinnon station, the Melbourne Magistrates Court has heard.

Fears over Liverpool to Manchester rail electrification

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Suggestions that the electrification of the railway line between Liverpool and Manchester could be put on hold have been attacked by a local MP.

Earl Attlee told the House of Lords there were "problems" with spending money on electrifying lines given the state of the public finances.

Freight car problem likely caused derailment

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

AVONDALE — A mechanical problem with a freight car is the likeliest cause of a derailment Sunday that forced the evacuation of seven families in northeastern Nova Scotia, says a spokesman for the railway.

Peter Touesnard, vice-president of Rail America Inc., said Wednesday his company has ruled out criminal activity, track conditions or the handling of the train as possible causes.

He said the company's investigation is ``focused on mechanical issues'' with a freight car.

Partners in a storm over picking a port for new coal project

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

IT'S hard to disagree with Tony Poli's Aquila Resources that a feasibility study of the proposed Eagle Downs coking coal project in Queensland's Bowen Basin should take into account the prospects of actually getting the coal to a port and shipped out.

But Aquila's joint venture partner in Eagle Downs, Vale, does not agree. It contends that the port and rail logistics don't need to be included at this stage.

Aquila and Vale are already 50:50 partners in a producing mine in the Bowen Basin, the Isaac Plains coking and thermal coal operation. But they are at loggerheads over Eagle Downs and a fight appears to be looming over another Bowen Basin coal joint venture, Belvedere.

Headphone danger warning after cyclist using iPod hit by tram

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Cyclists who wear headphones while riding are increasing their risk of being involved in a serious crash, according to a transport safety expert.

The warning comes after a 45-year-old man cycled into the path of a tram while listening to his iPod in Melbourne’s south today.

The Windsor man was pushed along the tram tracks after he was struck on the corner of Williams and Dandenong roads in St Kilda East just before 1pm.

Train late, but pokies full steam ahead

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

NOT all ''infrastructure'' in Melbourne's newest suburbs takes years to arrive.

While residents of one of Melbourne's fastest growing areas, Point Cook, may be waiting until mid-2012 before the train station at Williams Landing opens, the wait for dozens of new poker machines could be much shorter.

$3.2 million for central Victorian rail trail

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government has committed funds to extend a Central Victorian rail trail between Bendigo and Heathcote.

The Government's regional blueprint released this week includes $1.9 million to create 24 kilometres of track between Axedale and Heathcote.

Win for Waterfall rail smash rescuers

Posted Thursday, 17 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Two ex-policemen who rescued victims of the Waterfall train disaster have had a big High Court win as they seek compensation for their mental trauma.

Then senior constables David Wicks and Phil Sheehan were among the first at the scene of the 2003 derailment, which killed seven, including the train driver.

They were confronted by horrific scenes, including dismembered bodies and injured passengers, and helped the distressed and injured to safety.

Man killed on iron ore train line

Posted Friday, 18 June, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

A MAN has died on BHP Billiton Iron Ore's main train line, 200km south of Port Hedland on the West Australian north coast.

South Hedland police are currently investigating the incident, which occurred some time before 4am (WST) today.

Rail crossing safety improvements near completion

Posted Friday, 18 June, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Safety improvements at railway crossings in Alice Springs will be completed by the end of the month, the Planning Department says.

The Government announced nearly two years ago that it would install boom gates at several key locations in the town.

Analyst says Asciano success not the end for QR

Posted Friday, 18 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A senior resources analyst says the success of Asciano in Queensland's coal haulage market is likely to force QR National to review its pricing.

Earlier this week, Asciano announced it had secured a 10-year deal with Anglo Coal to rail coal from the German Creek mine in central Queensland to two export terminals.

US bid for FreightLink sees watchdog leap into action

Posted Saturday, 19 June, 2010 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

GWI of the US wants to buy all the assets of the rail freight operator.

The Australian competition watchdog has called for comment on the proposed acquisition of Adelaide-to-Darwin rail freight operator FreightLink by US company Genesee & Wyoming.

Comment was also sought on whether the deal could limit competitors' access to the railway and affect prices.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission this week commenced an informal review of GWI's bid for FreightLink, whose main asset is the 2244km railway line between Tarcoola, in South Australia, and Darwin.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/6/2010.

Posted Monday, 21 June, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week. This is one sighting less than last week, making a total of 2294 sightings for this year to date. On day 170 last year we had recorded 1967 sightings. This is 327 sightings up on the same time last year.

EPA crackdown on industry

Posted Monday, 21 June, 2010 by s301 in Other Transport News

The Environment Protection Authority will lead a major crackdown on industry and heavy commercial vehicles in Melbourne's west today.

Other government agencies will be involved in the blitz, targeting sites in the Brooklyn area.

BREAKING NEWS - Richmond station is closed by gun-man

Posted Monday, 21 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A gun man is reported to be on the loose in the vicinity of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is reported that trains have stopped running into and through Richmond Railway Station.

WA ore rail line reopens after fatality

Posted Monday, 21 June, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The main iron ore rail line from Newman to Port Hedland has reopened following the death of a man on Friday morning.

Operations along the main BHP Billiton Iron Ore rail artery resumed more than 10 hours after a contract employee died in a non work-related accident shortly before 4am, a BHP Billiton spokeswoman said

Queensland rail may face court fine

Posted Monday, 21 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail could be fined in a federal court on Monday for breaching workplace laws.

The Federal Court ruled on June 11 that Queensland Rail (QR) failed to honour its consultation clauses in its contracts to workers, over plans to sell part of the company.

The Electrical Trade Union (ETU) claims that QR did not consult with its employees about future employment arrangements arising out of the proposed sale of sections of QR and the associated restructure of the government-owned corporation.

Keneally announces Illawarra rail sweetener

Posted Tuesday, 22 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

South Coast and Illawarra train services will be revamped under a new timetable announced by Premier Kristina Keneally yesterday.
With her party still reeling from its electoral annihilation in Penrith, Ms Keneally fled to Wollongong to shore up support in the Labor stronghold.

The timetable, due to start in October, has 16 weekday electric services between Kiama and Sydney replacing older-style diesel trains, while weekend services on the Illawarra and Eastern Suburbs line will become more frequent.

ARA Welcomes NSW and QLD Investment in Rail

Posted Tuesday, 22 June, 2010 by bevans in Press Releases

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) welcomes the New South Wales and Queensland investment in rail as announced recently in their 2010-11 Budgets.

“I commend the Keneally and Bligh Governments for their commitment to rail as they acknowledge the central role it plays in ensuring Australia’s future productivity and economic expansion.” said Bryan Nye, CEO of the ARA.

CP Rail says Canada traffic delayed by floods

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 by freightgate in International Rail News

VANCOUVER, June 22 (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP.TO) is rerouting freight traffic, some via other carriers, after flooding on the Canadian Prairies damaged its transcontinental line, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

CP had its tracks between Maple Creek, in southwestern Saskatchewan, and Medicine Hat, in southeastern Alberta, knocked out on Friday by flooding that has also played havoc with farmers and cut the Trans-Canada Highway.

Spectacular' QR breach may set national precedent

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) says a court decision ordering Queensland Rail (QR) to pay $660,000 in penalties for breaching industrial agreements has set a national precedent.

The Federal Court has ruled QR breached agreements to consult with employees about the sale of certain rail assets.

Justice John Logan decided excluding workers in the face of radical change was a very serious contravention and says the maximum penalty was deserved.

Melba Line derailment in Tasmania

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 by tasrail2100 in Tasmanian Rail News

Train 378 was derailed on the Melba Line at approximately 10 pm last night after hitting debris on the track caused by a minor landslide. The fully loaded ore train was returning from the West Coast heading to Burnie.

No injuries were reported. One locomotive was derailed from the track but in an upright position close to the track. No fuel spillage or product loss / damage has been reported.

A train and car collide at Elleker, west of Albany

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 by 8888 in Western Australian Rail News

Railpage has received a report of a collision between a train and a car at Elleker, west of Albany.

The collision is believed to have aoccured around 10 am (WST).

No injuries reported, and no other details are available.

D.Bahn in talks on access to UK high-speed railway

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

(Reuters) - German state rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG is in talks with Britain about running its trains on the country's only high-speed railway, in a move that could break rival Eurostar's monopoly.

UK

Mark Bayley, head of state-owned London and Continental Railways (LCR) said on Wednesday: "We are discussing several options with them (Deutsche Bahn)."

LCR operates the high-speed, 110km railway linking London and the Channel Tunnel. The British government is selling the concession to run the line, as part of moves to cut the budget deficit.

Deutsche Bahn has expressed interest in running direct rail connections between London and the continent following the liberalisation of the European cross-border rail passenger market at the start of the year.

London Paddington rail services hit by cable theft

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2010 by freightgate in International Rail News

Mainline rail services in and out of London Paddington station have been severely disrupted after 300ft (90m) of signalling cable was stolen.

Only one train per hour is running in each direction between Paddington and Oxford, Penzance via Bristol, Swansea and Castle Cary, for Glastonbury.

Ten killed as train hits youths crossing rail tracks

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2010 by freightgate in International Rail News

MADRID — At least 10 people were killed when a high-speed passenger train slammed into youths crossing railway tracks at a station in northeastern Spain late Wednesday, Spanish national radio said.

It said 15 were also injured in the accident at the Castelldefels Playa station near Barcelona at around 11:30pm (2130 GMT).

The youths were celebrating the Saint John's Day festival, which takes place annually on June 23 in the northeastern region of Catalonia and includes bonfires, fireworks, concerts and dances, the Europa Press news agency said.

Gina Rinehart's $7.2b Roy Hill rail line approved

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2010 by freightgate in Western Australian Rail News

The unlisted company owned by Australia’s wealthiest woman and its Korean joint venture partner have been given the green light to develop a rail line linking their Roy Hill iron ore project to Port Hedland in Western Australia.

The WA government today approved a $7.2 billion plan by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and Posco to construct a 300km rail line connecting the Roy Hill mine, about 110km north of Newman, with port infrastructure.

Oaklands Coal Deposits to be sold?

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2010 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

THERMAL coal prices edged up a little during last week to $US64 a tonne. Keep an eye on this commodity, but don't get too excited for now.

We simply don't know what is going to happen in the short term, but in the long term, for all the many new nuclear power plants being foreshadowed, there will be enormous demand for thermal coal as people in China and other developing economies get air-conditioners and flat-screened television sets and, more importantly, factories begin to open rather than close

Regulators OK voluntary rail yard emission cuts

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

LOS ANGELES — State air regulators on Thursday approved a set of voluntary pollution cuts at the dirtiest rail yards in Southern California despite overwhelming objections from residents, local air regulators, port officials and environmental groups who called the agreement weak.

The California Air Resources Board has been working on cutting pollution from rail yards for over a decade. The latest agreement between the board and the rail companies calls for cuts at four rail yards that could reduce 2005 emission levels by 85 percent by 2020.

"This is not a perfect plan," conceded board member Ronald O. Loveridge, who voted for the agreement. "I'm compelled by certain action now and the need to do something."

Rail deal stymies Asciano

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Asciano claims that Queensland Rail's coming privatisation is stopping it from co-operating with other parts of the coal logistics chain.

Asciano's coal general manager, David Irwin, told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia conference in Brisbane yesterday that since the formation of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Co-Ordinator to run the coal logistics chain from coalmines in the Hunter Valley to port at Newcastle, there had been considerably more coal put through the port.

This contrasted with the situation in the coal chain leading to Dalrymple Bay in Queensland, where upgrades to the port meant that it now had the capacity to move 85 million tonnes of coal each year, but the coal chain was only delivering about 70 million tonnes.

Adelaide to Melbourne rail upgrade not cost effective

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

Operators servicing the Adelaide to Melbourne route may be able to put fears of increased rail competition to rest if the final Adelaide Rail Freight Movements Study report is accepted.

The report, compiled by consultancy firm GHD for the federal transport department, concludes that even the cheapest upgrade − improving the tortuous existing rail path through the Adelaide Hills − is not cost effective.

Adelaide's rail capacity adequate until 2025

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2010 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Adelaide's rail infrastructure will be able to handle the city's freight traffic until at least 2025.

This finding was contained in the federally-funded Adelaide Rail Freight Movement Study, released yesterday.

Train derailed by buck-passing and vested interests

Posted Saturday, 26 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

STEPHEN Smith is piling his luggage into the SkyBus at Melbourne Airport after a 10-hour international journey. Businessman Smith started his trip in Singapore, where a train whisked him in under 30 minutes from the centre of the metropolis to Changi Airport for about $A2.25.

''At this end, I'm getting on to a bus that'll probably get stuck in traffic," says Smith, having handed over his $16 fare.

Rail noise rules fail to silence critics

Posted Saturday, 26 June, 2010 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Mitcham Council says it is ridiculous that proposed guidelines on train noise will not apply to existing rail networks.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has drafted South Australia's first rules on how loud passenger, light rail and freight train noise can be.

But EPA air and noise manager Kelvyn Steer says the decibel limits will only apply to new and upgraded rail networks as it would be impossible to apply them to all existing lines.

Mitcham mayor Ivan Brooks says the policy should cover noise caused by Adelaide-Melbourne freight services which pass through the Adelaide hills.

"There's up to 20 trains per day, mainly in the night of course, coming through the hills," he said.

"It's not designed for huge freight trains. In some cases ... they need three engines to pull them up the hill.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/6/2010.

Posted Sunday, 27 June, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 101 sightings for this week. This is two sighting less than last week, making a total of 2395 sightings for this year to date. On day 177 last year we had recorded 2047 sightings. This is 348 sightings up on the same time last year.

Stokes faces loss of Pilbara rail route

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

KERRY Stokes-controlled Iron Ore Holdings is facing the loss of a market route for its Phil's Creek iron ore deposit in the Pilbara.

This follows a dispute with proposed buyer Rio Tinto.

The dispute pits Mr Stokes, chairman of WA Newspapers, against one of his WAN board, Rio iron ore chief Sam Walsh.

Two Canadians held for Auschwitz rail-spike theft

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

WARSAW — Polish authorities detained two Canadians who allegedly stole spikes from a railway line that shipped Jews to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, museum staff told AFP on Monday.

"Security guards detained two Canadians in their twenties shortly before noon on Saturday in possession of two spikes that held down the rails," said Bartosz Bartyzel, a spokesman for the museum at the World War II camp.

Forrest, Rinehart in rail-sharing talks

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

AUSTRALIA'S two richest miners -- Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart -- are in talks to share FMG's West Australian iron ore railway.

It is understood Mr Forrest, Fortescue's chief executive, was previously not prepared to let Ms Rinehart have access to his railway for her Roy Hill project, because he wanted to keep spare capacity for his Solomon project.

However, the $US9 billion ($10.2bn) Solomon project is now on hold because of uncertainty about the proposed resource super-profits tax.

Doyle plea for rail link to airport

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

MELBOURNE would fall behind other international cities unless planning began now on an airport rail link, lord mayor Robert Doyle said yesterday.

His comment comes as the head of Melbourne Airport says the state government is considering widening the Tullamarine Freeway again, from four to six lanes between the Western Ring Road and the airport.

Inland rail route pushed in foodbowl direction

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell said the Nationals' federal conference in Canberra recently carried a motion supporting the proposed foodbowl route as the alignment for a major new inland rail corridor.

The rail corridor would run between Melbourne and Brisbane, with the foodbowl route taking it through Shepparton, Tocumwal, Jerilderie and Narrandera.

Members of Food Bowl Inland Rail Alliance (FBIRA) met with federal Nationals leader and Shadow Trade, Transport and Local Government Minister Warren Truss in Narrandera before the conference to advocate for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Corridor to follow the foodbowl route.

Train delays after mechanical problems on two rail lines

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Commuters have suffered extensive delays this morning after mechanical problems halted trains on two different rail lines.

CityRail have warned of major delays on the Blue Mountains line after a trains at both Katoomba and Leura needed mechanical repairs earlier this morning.

It is believed delays have exceeded 45 minutes and will continue throughout the morning.

Public transport patronage rises in NSW

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A promising report into public transport usage in NSW has brought calls for more investment in trains and buses.

But the opposition says NSW is still performing worse than the other states, overlooking the plight of "long suffering commuters".

According to the Household Travel Survey, train travel went up by 3.1 per cent during 2008/09, while bus travel rose by 2.4 per cent.

Freight tracks could free up space for Metro to offer extra city services

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

SPARE train tracks that could help relieve over-crowded commuter trains will not be used for extra services.

A network of little-known freight tracks in the western suburbs could be used for country services.

This would give Metro more room to put on extra services for commuters on the western lines.

Qld Rail sale to go ahead: Bligh

Posted Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Premier Anna Bligh says a court's decision to fine Queensland Rail (QR) won't derail privatisation plans.

Unions are claiming a big win over the government's deeply unpopular assets sale after Federal Court Justice John Logan said QR must pay them $660,000.

Justice Logan found QR breached workplace agreements by failing to consult with staff about future employment arrangements and restructuring ahead of its coal network sell-off.

Miner says poor infrastructure jeopardises projects

Posted Wednesday, 30 June, 2010 by vanessa in Rail News

The company behind a North Burnett mine says projects in the Wide Bay region in southern Queensland are suffering because of inadequate transport infrastructure.

RMM Capital took control of Monto Minerals in January 2009 after the company's Goondicum mine at Monto failed to meet production targets.

The company is currently investigating logistical and market prospects before a decision to reopen the mine is made.

NJ hiker rescued from NH mountain by 1800s railway

Posted Wednesday, 30 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. — An injured New Jersey hiker has been rescued from the Northeast's highest peak via an old railway.

New Hampshire state police contacted the Fish and Game department Monday evening about the hiker, on Gulf Side Trail on Mount Washington.

Personnel from the Appalachian Mountain Club hiked down to examine him and determined he needed to be carried out.

Canadian Pacific rail lines reopened after flooding in Maple Creek area

Posted Wednesday, 30 June, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

REGINA — Like their Trans-Canada Highway cousin, all Canadian Pacific rail lines are now open after being shut down for over a week because of record flooding.

CP lines experienced seven washouts — mostly due to erosion of the track beds — in a 65-kilometre stretch from Maple Creek to Medicine Hat during recent flooding in southwestern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta.

After a week of work, a section of the southern line between Maple Creek and Dunmore reopened Saturday and the main line, east of Medicine Hat, reopened Tuesday.

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