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Don't send waste to Muckaty, doctors say

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2011 by freightgate in Northern Territory Rail News

A study into the risk of transporting radioactive material to a proposed dump in Central Australia has found the waste should instead be dealt with where it's produced.

A team of Alice Springs doctors looked at the dangers of transporting low-level nuclear waste to Muckaty, near Tennant Creek.

The proposed dump at Muckaty could result in large-scale transport of radioactive materials through Alice Springs and other locations, said a co-author of the report, Dr Tom Keaney.

Mayor says new mine could overwhelm capaicity of rail line

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

North-west Queensland's rail corridor won't be able to handle a new underground mine opening next week, according to a local mayor.

Mining giant Xstrata says its Ernest Henry underground copper mine, about 40 kilometres north -east of Cloncurry, will be operational next week.

GVK looks to Asia to fund $10b coal plans

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

EUROPEAN and US banks have ''shut up shop'' in providing new loans, according to the Indian developer of $10 billion in coal mines and associated rail and port works in central Queensland.

The company, Indian asset and infrastructure manager and investor GVK, plans to retain majority ownership of the three coal mines, along with the planned rail link and port project it acquired control of this year from Gina Rinehart.

Cross river rail firms as pre-election sweetener

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

The business case for Brisbane's $8 billion cross river rail project will be finished “in the next few months”, raising the possibility of a pre-election announcement.

But Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday declined to comment when asked what discussions she may have had with the federal government about a potential election eve funding agreement.

Honolulu signs rail contract with Italian company

Posted Thursday, 1 December, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

Honolulu's rail authority has signed a $1.4 billion contract with Ansaldo Honolulu for the design and construction of train cars for a planned commuter rail line. The contract also covers the maintenance and operation of the rail line after it's built.

Car hits train at Callington

Posted Saturday, 3 December, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A MAN has been lucky to escape alive after he drove his work car into a train at Callington on his way back to work this afternoon.

The Lakkey Test It Tag It worker - who was the only occupant in the Kia sedan - either did not see the railway lights flashing or tried to beat the freight train. The train's locomotive struck the car on its side just before 2pm, propelling it into a nearby paddock.

The car was severely damaged in the collision, while the man - known only as Bradley and who was driving back from a job at Murray Bridge - was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Free public transport for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, and metro NYE trains

Posted Sunday, 4 December, 2011 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

Friday's press release from the Victorian Transport Minister on public transport arrangements for the coming public holidays promises services much like last year.

707 Operations Suburban Tour

Posted Sunday, 4 December, 2011 by Vicki in Rail Events

Hi everyone, I don't know whether this will be posted too late for anyone to read, but just letting you all know that for anyone living in the Frankston region or along the Frankston line, there will be a steam-hauled special running along the Frankston Line between 14:35 and 17:00, operated by 707 Operations. I have also heard from a reliable source that the train will be at Frankston Station between 16:00 and 16:30.

Clarkson does it again with rail suicides rant

Posted Sunday, 4 December, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

THE British Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is embroiled in further controversy after branding people who throw themselves under trains as ''selfish''.

The 51-year-old, who was forced to apologise last week after saying all striking workers should be shot, reiterated his view that those who commit suicide at railway stations cause ''immense'' disruption for commuters.

Second high-speed rail study announced

Posted Sunday, 4 December, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

FEDERAL Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says a second and final study on a high-speed rail network along the east coast will evaluate its merits and costs to the Australian economy.

Global Transport consultant AECOM has been retained for the study and will have the opportunity to complete the work it started on this project almost a year ago, Mr Albanese said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/12/2011

Posted Monday, 5 December, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 139 sightings for this week. This is three sighting more than last week, making a total of 5385 sightings for this year to date. On day 337 last year we had recorded 4767 sightings. This is 618 sightings up on the same time last year.

Clunes Train Station historic verandah removal sparks anger

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government will proudly unveil the newly refurbished Clunes train station this weekend — but with one glaring omission.
Contractors working on the $7 million project ripped down the station’s ornate iron verandah and sent parts of it to a scrap merchant.

Local residents are appalled and are still waiting for answers to how the mishap will be fixed.

Baillieu's sting on commuters

Posted Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 by richardlu_yy in Victorian Rail News

Victorian public transport fares will jump by an average of 8.6 per cent on New Year's Day, in the biggest one-off impost on commuters in nearly a decade.

1 Billion dollar upgrade for Main North frieght link

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 by Blackadder in New South Wales Rail News

MORE than $1 billion will be spent to speed up the movement of freight trains through Sydney and get more trucks off the roads.

The NSW and Federal Governments today announced a major upgrade of the rail corridor between North Strathfield and Newcastle.

Commuters face delays after man hit by V/Line train

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Rail services have been delayed after a man was struck by a train in Melbourne's west, police said.

The Queensland man, in his 20s, was struck by an empty V/Line train heading for Melbourne from Geelong at South Kensington station about 8.15.

He was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he is fighting for his life in a critical condition.

Zoned out: why cars are better than trains

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

This week's news that Metro ticket prices are about to jump by twice the rate of inflation reinforces what I've suspected for some time: despite all good intentions, it's just not worth catching the train to work.

And I think thousands of Melburnians in zone-2 suburbs might have arrived at the same conclusion. Even loosely, the maths just don't add up. And it's a simple equation:
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A Metro daily ticket from a zone 2 station into the city? $11.90 from January 1.

Petrol from home to work and back? two to three litres. Parking: less than $10 a day on the city's edge.

Train cancellations jump as fares set to rise

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

More than 1000 trains were cancelled in the last month in the worst performance since February, as commuters prepare to pay more to travel on them.

Metro cancelled 1165 trains in the past four weeks, including 78 on Monday and 331 services last week. That's about 2 per cent of all the trains scheduled to run in November.

It is the highest number of cancellations since February, when storms and flash flooding across Melbourne damaged trains and sent commuters into chaos, with 604 trains cancelled in just four days.

Outdoor museum tracks back to rail history

Posted Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Townsville is now home to a new outdoor museum celebrating a rail line linking the north Queensland coastal city to the west.

The $3.2 million heritage walk in Townsville will trace the development of the Mount Isa line.

The walk features historic rail installations dating back to the late 19th century.

Cross-river rail won't happen: Newman

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Brisbane's $8 billion cross-river rail project will never happen, Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman has declared, arguing shorter gaps between trains could be part of the solution to looming inner-city capacity problems.

The future of the state government's yet-to-be funded underground rail project is shaping up as a key election issue, amid imminent moves to submit the business case to the federal government's funding body Infrastructure Australia.

The proposed 18km north-south railway line would include 10 kilometres of underground tunnels from Yeerongpilly to Victoria Park.

High speed rail brings promise

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

The Member for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly, says south east New South Wales is set to benefit from a high-speed rail network regardless of the chosen route.

The Government has announced the next phase of a study into the east coast network, with proposed routes along the Princes and Hume Highways.

Games means light-rail fast track

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2011 by freightgate in Tram and Light Rail News

EXTENSIONS to the Gold Coast light-rail project and three park-and-ride facilities are on the State Government agenda, despite earlier reports that they wouldn't be completed until 2021.

A Government-led industry briefing in Brisbane yesterday to outline various transport projects revealed extensions of the light-rail route at Helensvale, Coolangatta and east to Robina could be fast-tracked ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Establishing park-and-ride facilities at Molendinar, Helensvale and Merrimac will also be looked into as a top priority.

It's a leap of faith to expect a fare result

Posted Thursday, 8 December, 2011 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

The Sydney Morning Herald's Heckler column rants and raves about Cityrail yearly tickets only lasting 365 days, even if one of those days is the 29th February.

TasRail tracks 'past use by date'

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2011 by freightgate in Tasmanian Rail News

The Chairman of TasRail has told a parliamentary hearing the state's rolling stock is in such a condition he "wouldn't wish it on his worst enemy."

There have been eight train derailments in Tasmania since July last year and Tasrail's Chairman Bob Annells was not trying to play down the situation at yesterday's hearing.

He said most of the tracks were built in the late 1800s and are well past their use by date.

CityRail new cool zone locations this summer

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2011 by urailes0623 in New South Wales Rail News

Stations in the Sydney CBD will feature cool zones to help customers beat the heat this summer.

For three months, starting 5 December 2011 and finishing on 26 February 2012, the cool zones have been installed at four of our busiest underground stations:

Murray Railway Modellers annual show

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2011 by mrmshow in Rail Events

Model Railway Show - Albury/Wodonga - 2012

$500m rail revamp urged

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2011 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

TASRAIL has 36 locomotives and 374 wagons "you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy", the chairman of the state-owned enterprise told a parliamentary committee yesterday.

 

Bob Annells also told the committee that the $30 million operation needed more than $500 million for upgrades to rolling stock and the 632km of operational track.

Costly Christmas greeting is merry slow

Posted Friday, 9 December, 2011 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

mX ridicules Melbourne City Council for its decoration of Flinders Street Station

Government poised to rip up Newcastle inner-city rail

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE state government is poised to make one of the biggest political statements in the Hunter’s history by ripping up the inner-city rail line between Hamilton and Newcastle.
At least that’s been the talk of the town all week.

Woodville Junction at Hamilton is understood to be the preferred terminus, with a green corridor left, allowing for a future light rail service, into the CBD.

Fast rail link cost quoted at $30b

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

Engineers from Japan and China believe they could build a high-speed rail line between Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle for about $30 billion, according to the Australasian Railway Association.

The ARA made the claim to an inquiry into rail costs in NSW yesterday, where it said the costs of tunnelling for major rail projects was falling around the world. If so, that would be a major benefit for the NSW Government's north-west rail link project, which involves a 15km tunnel, Sydney's longest and one of the longer rail tunnels in the world.

Springvale rail crash truckie fined

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A TRUCK driver has been fined after a train hit the back of his vehicle in Springvale, causing disruptions to the Pakenham line and Springvale Rd.

On November 28, a train hit the back of the tip truck at the Springvale Rd level crossing about 9am.

The collision damaged the train, the truck, the signals and the boom gates at the crossing.

There were no reports of injuries.

Rail campaign gathers pace

Posted Saturday, 10 December, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

A CAMPAIGN to overhaul Harrogate’s railway line is gaining strength thanks to significant new support.

Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce now counts City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire PTE (Metro) and Leeds City Regional Transport Panel among its advocates.

Unanimous votes of support have been given by Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council’s Harrogate committee.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/12/2011

Posted Sunday, 11 December, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 131 sightings for this week. This is eight sighting less than last week, making a total of 5516 sightings for this year to date. On day 344 last year we had recorded 4848 sightings. This is 668 sightings up on the same time last year.

Go on, Gladys, stop that gravy train

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2011 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

IN OPPOSITION, Gladys Berejiklian was a vociferous critic of the RailCorp bureaucracy. Story after story about waste and mismanagement at RailCorp's headquarters at Central Station came with an obligatory damning quote from the then shadow transport spokeswoman. It was her relentless attack-dog approach that won her a place in Barry O'Farrell's heart and succession plans.

Rapidly approaching a year in power, the Transport Minister is finding that turning around the entrenched culture of mediocrity and waste among the 15,000-strong RailCorp workforce is harder than talking about it.

Kennett calls for all-night public transport

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has called for public transport to run around the clock on weekends during the festive season in a bid to get revellers home quicker and address Melbourne's taxi shortage.

Long queues are common for cabs in the CBD and Melbourne's inner-city suburbs and often cause tension as people wrangle over hailing taxis or wait in ranks on their way home from a night out.

North West Sydney rail link plans unveiled

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney's North West Rail Link will include a 4km skytrain and two extra stations under plans lodged by the NSW government.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell on Monday unveiled plans for the 23km rail line through northwest Sydney, which is expected to cost somewhere between $7.5 and $8.5 billion, and be completed in around a decade.

Big wheat harvest to stretch rail capability

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

This year's bumper wheat harvest has exposed a lack of investment in rail infrastructure, with the NSW Government lifting a long-standing curfew on grain truck deliveries, even though it will add millions of dollars to handling costs.

GrainCorp says rail is no longer capable of adequately servicing Port Kembla terminal's grain export program, which now has approval to receive grain by road around the clock, as well as more than double the volume, from 200,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes, and more in exceptional circumstances.

Leaders, businesses welcome rail news

Posted Monday, 12 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

CIVIC leaders and business groups have welcomed news of an imminent decision on the Newcastle rail line.
It follows a report in Saturday’s Newcastle Herald that business sources believe the state government will announce early in the new year the creation of a terminus at Woodville Junction.

The Hamilton to Newcastle link would become a green corridor, which could be used for a future light rail service.

Newcastle lord mayor John Tate, whose support for a Woodville Junction interchange goes back a decade, said it remained the best option.

RailCorp sale of Sydney train passengers' USB keys sparks probe

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp's sale of 50 misplaced USB keys containing sensitive personal information about passengers has sparked an investigation by the NSW Privacy Commissioner.

The investigation has led to a tiff between the privacy watchdog and Sophos, the computer security company that bought the USB keys from RailCorp's lost property auction for just over $400.

Metro on track for $2m bonus

Posted Tuesday, 13 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE Baillieu government has rewarded rail operator Metro with a bonus of more than $2 million for getting Melbourne's trains to run on schedule between July and September.

Metro received a $2.19 million ''incentive payment'' for exceeding its 88 per cent punctuality target in each month of the September quarter, when 90.3 per cent of trains were punctual - meaning they ran less than five minutes late.

$60m loco contract to double freight

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's problem-plagued rail company has bought 17 new locomotives, more than doubling its freight capacity.

It will cost TasRail more than $60 million which the state-owned company will cover with its state funding.

TasRail's chairman Bob Annells told a parliamentary hearing last week he would not wish the current rolling stock on his worst enemy.

Skytrain plan raises hackles in NW Sydney

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has come under fire for its plan to build a section of elevated railway in Sydney's north-west.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian revealed yesterday that four kilometres of the planned 23-kilometre North West Rail Link will be on elevated rail called the Skytrain.

Previously the section of the track between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill was to be in an underground cutting.

Ms Berejiklian says the Skytrain will be less disruptive for the suburbs it will pass through.

Northland rail network could have reprieve

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 by freightgate in New Zealand Rail News

The Northland rail network, due to be shut down next July, looks to have won a six-month reprieve.

A critical factor in the change of plan is the possibility of using low-floor wagons which can carry the new "high-cube" containers through existing tunnels, saving millions of dollars in tunnel reconstruction costs.

The larger containers cannot go through about half of the region's tunnels, forcing many customers to move freight by road.

Rail fix must happen, says 'uphill battle' Bligh

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has rubbished claims the $8 billion cross-river rail project is a pipedream, hitting back at opposition predictions the unfunded plan to transform Brisbane's transport network would never happen.

In an end-of-year interview with brisbanetimes.com.au, Ms Bligh described the flagship underground rail project as crucial while admitting she faced an uphill election battle next year.

Ms Bligh said she would ultimately accept the people's judgment but vowed to fight to hold onto the role she still loved, placing jobs, education and environmental protection at the centre of her re-election pitch.

RailCorp privacy saga deepens

Posted Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp won't say whether laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices sold at its lost property auction were cleaned of sensitive personal information before being sold.

The NSW Privacy Commissioner is already investigating RailCorp for selling 50 USB keys containing personal information to security firm Sophos at the auction on September 10. Sophos had analysed the USB keys and posted its findings on its blog.

The incident raised speculation that the state-owned corporation may not have erased data on other electronic devices sold through Pickles Auctions this year, such as the 2100 mobile phones, 110 iPods, 75 cameras and other devices like laptops and tower computers.

Canadian, Indian firms to build Australia coal port

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec 14, 2011 (AFP) - - Australia on Wednesday awarded land to an Indian and a Canadian firm to build a massive US$10 billion coal export port amid forecasts of a long-term boom for energy demand.

Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said India's Adani and Canadian Brookfield Infrastructure Group had each been awarded 190 hectares (469 acres) at northern Dudgeon Point to develop two new coal terminals.

"The proposed two terminals will provide export capacity up to 180 million tonnes per year, that’s 50 million tonnes more than the current capacity at the (nearby) Port of Hay Point," said Bligh.

"This massive project is potentially worth about US$10 billion in investment and would deliver about 5,000 jobs."

Fears aired over coal terminal impacts

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

A north Queensland environment group says it is concerned about the plan for a new coal terminal, south of Mackay.

Indian-owned Adani Mining and Dudgeon Point Project Management, a subsidiary of the Brookfield Infrastructure Group, have been awarded 190 hectares each for the development of coal terminals at Dudgeon Point in central Queensland.

They will also get land required for infrastructure outside the stockyard.

Forums on Newcastle port plans

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

Future development in the Port of Newcastle will be discussed at two separate forums tonight, including Nathan Tinkler's multi-billion dollar coal loader proposal.

Billionaire mining magnate, Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Ports Group is proposing a fifth coal loader on the former BHP steelworks and Managing Director Steve van Barneveld says a public information session's being held tonight.

"We're talking with the public early in the process to ensure that we hear what they like about our concept but also making sure that we very clearly understand any concerns," he said.

Ferrari boss unveils high-speed train

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

Ferrari head Luca di Montezemolo has unveiled Italy's first private high-speed train near Naples, with his company NTV planning to take on a state monopoly in the sector starting next year.

"Finally there will be a period of competition, of choice for travellers, for citizens," Mr Di Montezemolo said, as he inaugurated the train, applauded by about 1,000 employees of French company Alstom which is building the carriages.

Waiting times to blow out at rail crossing

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

Improvements to freight rail services between Newcastle and Sydney are set to increase waiting times for traffic at one of Newcastle's worst rail crossing bottlenecks.

Work on the $1 billion rail upgrade will start in February and will increase the capacity of the line from 29 to 44 freight trains a day.

Trains over trucks with $1b Sydney rail upgrade

Posted Thursday, 15 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government and the Commonwealth have officially announced a $1 billion project to speed up the movement of freight trains through Sydney.

Premier Barry O'Farrell and federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese headed to Hornsby in Sydney's north this morning to unveil the plans to upgrade the rail corridor between Strathfield and Newcastle.

V/Line still in dark on boom gate error

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

INVESTIGATORS are at a loss to understand what went wrong this week when a boom gate at a busy level crossing in Sunshine swung open as a train approached.

A V/Line VLocity train was about to pass through the Anderson Road level crossing about 7.15 on Sunday night when the boom gates opened.

The train passed through the level crossing without harm. Investigators are yet to identify what caused the malfunction.

Rail line on right track

Posted Friday, 16 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

PUBLIC transport authority Robert Dow has backed TransLink figures that show the Ipswich rail line is busier but less crowded.

TransLink acting CEO Matt Longland this week said Queensland Rail data showed the new timetable that started on June 6 was driving a positive change for its train customers.

Mr Longland said passenger numbers were counted in August and September and the data shows a 6.8% growth in morning peak train boardings and a 4.1% growth in afternoon peak use, compared to last year.

"Some of the most significant growth occurred on our two busiest lines during the morning peak period with Ipswich/Richlands line growing by 7.3% and the Caboolture line by 9.9%," Mr Longland said.

NSW transport fare rise blame game

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government says its decision to increase Sydney public transport fares by more than double the rate of inflation is essential to make up lost ground.

NSW Treasury figures released on Thursday forecast a two per cent increase in Sydney's consumer price index during the current financial year.

However, City Rail and bus fares will go up by an average of 5.4 per cent from January 2, the first rise in public transport costs since April 2010.

NSW minister open to private rail operator

Posted Saturday, 17 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney's North West Rail Link could possibly be run by a private operator, the NSW government says.

A 23km rail line through northwest Sydney is expected to open in about a decade.

Asked if a private operator could run the train service, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the government had an open mind.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/12/2011

Posted Sunday, 18 December, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 117 sightings for this week. This is 14 sighting less than last week, making a total of 5633 sightings for this year to date. On day 351 last year we had recorded 4953 sightings. This is 680 sightings up on the same time last year.

Study starts on fast rail gains

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

THE Australasian Railway Association has begun a study of the economic benefits of high-speed rail for regional areas such as Albury- Wodonga.
It follows the federal government’s announcement it would proceed with the second phase of its investigation into the viability of the train between Brisbane and Melbourne.

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, a long-time supporter of high-speed rail, said: “Now is the time to keep moving forward on high-speed rail in Australia, exactly when there is a slowing in the northern hemisphere with high-speed rail projects.

Cyclists rail against new Northcote tram super stops

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

MAJOR changes being made to road conditions at the southern end of High Street in Northcote are ''the way of the future'' for Melbourne's tram routes, urban planners say.

But it is a future in which cars, bicycles and even ambulances and fire trucks will be drastically squeezed for space, and cyclists fear a disaster on the redesigned road is only a matter of time.

''What we're looking at is a state of chaos,'' said Bicycle Network Victoria's Jason den Hollander

New headquarters for Greater

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

With continued uncertainty over the Newcastle rail line and the decline in the CBD, the Greater Building Society is moving to build its new headquarters at Honeysuckle.

Plans have been drawn up for a building on Honeysuckle drive costing up to $80 million, but a development application may not be lodged until the latter half of next year.

New rail link promises 'huge' boost to exports

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser says a new rail line linking central Queensland mines to the Abbot Point terminal near Bowen, north of Mackay, will provide a significant boost to the state's economy.

The 69-kilometre Northern Missing Link, north of Collinsville, south-west of Bowen, will officially be opened today.

Mr Fraser says it is an important project.

Fast-train study begins

Posted Monday, 19 December, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

THE Australasian Railway Association has begun a study of the economic benefits of high-speed rail for regional Australia.

It follows the federal government's announcement it would proceed with the second phase of its investigation into the viability of a fast train between Brisbane and Melbourne.

Man loses part of hand in rail accident

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man has lost part of his hand after falling from a train station platform while running away from police.

Police say two officers were walking towards the man for a routine check-up after he got off a train at North Melbourne station at 6.20pm last night.

Call for funds to fix Loop's problems

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S City Loop has ''heavy'' concrete corrosion, water ''leaching all over the place'' and emergency systems that should be improved, inspections by Victoria's independent transport safety watchdog have revealed.

Alan Osborne, the man in charge of safety on Victoria's rail system, has called on the Baillieu government to commit significant funds to fix the problems of the city's underground tunnels.

QR National opens coal link

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A new era for Queensland coal exports has begun with the opening of a rail link that will unlock a further 50 million tonnes each year.

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser on Monday opened the Goonyella to Abbot Point rail link, north of Moranbah in central Queensland.

Known as the "northern missing link", the 69-kilometre line increases the capacity of Queensland's coal exports by 50 million tonnes a year through the Abbot Point port by bridging the gap between the Goonyella and Newlands rail systems.

Coal train slams into excavator

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

Two rail maintenance workers have escaped injury after an excavator they were operating was hit by a coal train at Maitland in the Hunter Valley.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation says the accident is affecting coal haulage to the Port of Newcastle, but is not impacting on passenger train services.

Three injured as train shunts car 250 metres

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

A four-year-old boy was among three people injured when a train hit a car in central-western New South Wales.

The train carrying copper ore hit the car about 11:00am (AEDT) at a level crossing at Gulgong.

Police said the car was shunted for 250 metres before the train was able to stop.

Reduced rail services extended

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

The Indian Pacific will cut down its passenger services through Broken Hill for an extended period due to fluctuating tourist demand.

Russell Westmoreland, the interim CEO of Great Southern Rail, says the company is trying to work around a challenging market amid a strong Australian dollar and evolving new travel patterns.

Rail firm fined over heavy truck traffic

Posted Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

A Hunter Valley woman is hoping a fine handed to Pacific National for breaching a local traffic management plan, will stop the company sending heavy trucks through suburban streets of Greta.

The company had been fined $3,000 for allowing trucks to use Nelson Street, Greta during construction of its $110 million train support facility.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure says the breach was observed only four days after it issued a warning notice for the same offence.

Severe winds caused train derailment

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 by freightgate in South Australian Rail News

A report on a freight train derailment in South Australia's far north blames severe weather, with wind gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour.

None of the four crew on board was injured when the train left the tracks at Cadney Park, south of Marla, in November last year.

Vandal attack shuts key rail platforms

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

A vandal attack at a busy Melbourne railway station overnight appears to be linked to an incident at the station earlier in the week in which part of a man’s hand was severed while he was allegedly running away from police.

North Melbourne railway station was trashed overnight, with police and Metro targeted in numerous graffiti attacks all over the platforms.

‘‘A man is chased under a train by inspectors ... and cops... NO EXCUSE,’’ the vandalism reads.

V/Line's $6m push for 24 extra Geelong services each weekday

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 by damooops in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE has tabled a bold $6 million plan to dramatically improve train travel between Geelong and Melbourne

Vic rail link moves ahead

Posted Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

It's all aboard Victoria's regional rail link as nearly a dozen companies are splashed with $1.6 billion in government contracts to get the project rolling.

"The work is under contract and under way," a jubilant Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said on Wednesday as he announced half of the six needed contract packages.

Melburnians get mini myki price reprieve

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Rail commuters across Melbourne will get a mini price reprieve weeks after higher fees were announced.

The one-off cost of buying a Myki card, which is used to pay for trips on trains and trams across the city, will be cut from $10 to $6 while lost or stolen cards will be replaced free of charge.

Boy survives fall from moving train

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

A five-year-old boy is recovering in hospital in Cairns in far north Queensland after falling from a moving train.

It is believed the boy fell from a doorway on the Sunlander train last night as it travelled slowly between Babinda and Gordonvale, south of Cairns.

His distraught mother reported the boy missing around 7:00pm (AEST).

She had been travelling on the Cairns-bound train with her four children.

Police say a passing motorist found the boy wandering near the tracks beside the Bruce Highway, between the Babinda and Gordonvale about two hours later.

He had suffered cuts and bruises but escaped serious injury.

No contracted rail, port arrangements for coal project

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Aquila Resources says its joint Eagle Downs Coal Project in the Bowen Basin in central Queensland could be approved without contracted rail and port agreements.

The company says a decision to go ahead with the project with Brazilian joint venture partner Vale, was made by the project management committee yesterday.

Man-hunt closed rail station

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Police have revealed why Dunmore railway station was closed yesterday morning, throwing train timetables into disarray.

The area was sealed off due to the search for a 20-year-old Berkshire Park man wanted for theft.

QR National finds leverage for $1.1bn project in Rio Tinto contract

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

RAIL operators QR National and Asciano today signed new 10-year deals to haul millions of tonnes of coal for Rio Tinto from its Queensland mines.

QR National, Australia's largest rail freight company, said in a statement that its contract leverages its $1.1 billion Goonyella-to-Abbot Point expansion project.

In statements to the Australian Securities Exchange, QR National said it would haul 3 million tonnes per year from Rio Tinto's Blair Athol/Clermont operations, while Asciano will move a combined 8.5mt from the miner's Hail Creek and Kestral mines, all located in Queensland's coal-rich Bowen Basin.

Rail officials say train safe despite boy's fall

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail has moved to reassure customers it is safe to travel on its long-distance trains after a five-year-old boy fell from an open carriage in the state's far north.

The boy was released from hospital on Thursday afternoon after suffering minor injuries when he fell from the Cairns-bound Sunlander train shortly before 7:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

V/Line to give North Melbourne a miss

Posted Friday, 23 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IN WHAT state authorities are calling a ''streamlining'' of rail services, trains from Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo will no longer stop at North Melbourne station once a $5 billion railway line through Melbourne's west is completed in 2016.

The authority behind the Regional Rail Link - which is designed to speed up V/Line services from the west by separating them from suburban trains - confirmed that trains from regional centres that now pass through North Melbourne would no longer stop there once works were completed in four years.

El Zorro Grain Train derails near Birchip

Posted Friday, 23 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

About 5:30 pm tonight, loaded El Zorro grainy from Birchip was approaching the Sunraysia Hwy level crossing to the south of Donald when a wagon about halfway through the consist, WGSY 2008C, lost a bogie and ripped up about 300 metres of track including across the crossing, blocking the Sunraysia Hwy.

Locos G521, S302 and the X were at the point. Train split with the next 7 wagons coming off the track, but remaining upright.

Don't get mad, but maybe it's time to rail against a Melbourne icon

Posted Friday, 23 December, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Every city has its sacred cows. Try telling a Sydneysider that the harbour is a little underwhelming, or a Brisbanite that the weather is not all it's cracked up to be. You probably won't be invited back.

In Melbourne we have our fair share of icons that are not up for discussion. The MCG (Australia's premier sporting venue); our laneways (unique); our coffee (the best in the world). Stray from the accepted script and you'll find the process of social interaction in this city challenging.

Warning of need for trains, trams to Chadstone Shopping Centre

Posted Saturday, 24 December, 2011 by fabricator in Victorian Rail News

The proposed $500 million expansion of Chadstone shopping centre will create gridlock on the roads and should be rejected by the Baillieu government, unless it can extend rail and tram services there.

So says the Public Transport Users Association, which has called on the government to revive a long-lost stretch of railway track that ran from Alamein to Oakleigh until 1895.

Torquay train on agenda

Posted Sunday, 25 December, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

A GEELONG-Torquay train service is being considered by the State Government as it strives to upgrade transport to the region's fastest-growing areas.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder revealed this week he was on track to identify a route for the potential service by the middle of next year.

He said three forms of public transport were in the running to link Torquay to the Geelong-Warrnambool train line.

"A proposed alignment for either a heavy rail or light rail line or bus rapid transit are being identified," he said.

"This transit spine should be known by mid-2012, when I expect to receive detailed information from the Department of Transport.

"Unashamedly, since being elected, the Coalition Government has focused on rail as it is the only mode that attracts motorists from their cars in large numbers."

Ghan and Indian Pacific services cut

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

The number of Ghan and Indian Pacific train services will be cut because of falling passenger numbers.

Beginning in April, the Adelaide to Darwin train will make one instead of the usual two journeys per week during the off-peak season.

Possible derailment on the Darwin Rail Line

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Reports are coming in of an unconfirmed derailment on the Darwin Line. Flooding is the suspected cause.

We have an unconfirmed report a crew member may have been injured in the incident.

Trains out as storms damage tracks

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Parts of the Hurstbridge railway line have been badly destabilised by Christmas Day’s ferocious storms, with one train forced to turn back as the track slowly gave way.

That news came as the state-wide clean-up continued in the wake of the lashing that saw hail pound the suburbs as pelting rain delivered floodwaters that in some areas submerged cars and roads.

Two trapped as train derails in cyclone flooding

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

Two men are trapped in a freight train after it derailed near Katherine, south of Darwin, in localised flooding caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Grant.

Heavy rain from system, which is now a tropical low, has caused isolated flooding in the Northern Territory, cutting sections of the Stuart Highway.

Storm toll sparks rail safety fear

Posted Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE destabilisation of parts of the Hurstbridge railway line in Christmas Day's ferocious storms has sparked deep concern about the safety and maintenance program of Melbourne's rail tracks.

Around four kilometres of the track between Hurstbridge and Macleod were left dangerously unstable after hours of rain and hail swept away ballast that supports it.

Metro spokeswoman Leah Waymark said yesterday the operator was alerted to the problem just before 8pm when one train without passengers left Hurstbridge station to be stabled.

200 Ghan passengers stuck in Katherine

Posted Wednesday, 28 December, 2011 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

PASSENGERS travelling north on the Ghan are stuck in Katherine after a freight train derailed earlier this morning.

Great Southern Rail spokeswoman Jessica Playford confirmed the Ghan, which was travelling with just under 200 guests, was supposed to get into Darwin later tonight.

She says the train is now in the middle of its scheduled break in Katherine, so the guests' timetable hasn't yet been officially disrupted.

Oakajee venture will be completed: Barnett

Posted Wednesday, 28 December, 2011 by mick987654 in Western Australian Rail News

The West Australian government says it will continue to work with Oakajee Port and Rail despite the joint venture losing its exclusive rights over the iron ore transport project.

Premier Colin Barnett has been an enthusiastic backer of the project to provide rail lines and a port at Oakajee, just north of Geraldton, to ship out the iron ore reserves of WA's Midwest region.

Train driver snaps over Roar fans' singing

Posted Wednesday, 28 December, 2011 by mick987654 in Queensland Rail News

A cranky driver stopped a train and called police after his plea for Brisbane football fans to stop singing fell on deaf ears, passengers say.

The Queensland Rail driver halted the train about 30 seconds after leaving Robina train station, on the Gold Coast, about 10pm on Monday.

On board were about 400 enthusiastic Brisbane Roar football fans who had just attended the Boxing Day clash with Gold Coast United.

NT rail line remains cut after floods

Posted Wednesday, 28 December, 2011 by mick987654 in Northern Territory Rail News

It is too early to tell when the rail line between Katherine and Darwin will reopen after a freight train derailment.

The train, operated by Genesee and Wyoming Australia (GWA), derailed at Edith River on Tuesday because of flooding across the track.

OZ Minerals says rail spill not material

Posted Thursday, 29 December, 2011 by mick987654 in Northern Territory Rail News

OZ Minerals says the potential loss from a train derailment in the Northern Territory is not considered financially material and it expects to meet its planned shipments in the first quarter of 2012.

The company said late on Wednesday a train travelling to Darwin carrying about 1,500 dry tonnes of copper concentrate from Prominent Hill derailed in bad weather near Edith River in the Northern Territory.

The shipment was valued at about $US7 million ($A6.91 million) to $US8 million ($A7.90 million), OZ Minerals said.

Queensland Rail received almost 10,000 pieces of feedback

Posted Thursday, 29 December, 2011 by mick987654 in Queensland Rail News

THE creation of a "fat carriage" for people who may be discriminated against by others because of their size was among thousands of suggestions, complaints and compliments received by Queensland Rail in the past year.

People who took up more than one seat, quiet-carriage vigilantes and slow or late trains were among other gripes raised by passengers in the 12 months to November.

In total, almost 10,000 pieces of feedback were received by the passenger train operator, including 7697 complaints, 1227 compliments, 608 inquires and 243 suggestions.

Boom gates to create road chaos

Posted Thursday, 29 December, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

PLANS to boost train services along the Dandenong corridor could have a disastrous impact on road traffic, with some major routes tipped to be almost perpetually blocked by boom gates in peak periods unless more level crossings are removed.

A secret letter to the Baillieu government predicts peak-hour gridlock in some suburbs by 2018 if much-needed boosts to train services go ahead.

While the government has promised to remove 10 of Melbourne's level crossings, the letter says at least another two along the Dandenong corridor will have to go - putting more pressure on the state budget - to deal with the traffic crisis.
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The warning came in a letter to Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder in June by VicRoads chief executive Gary Liddle and Department of Transport director Hector McKenzie.

The letter, obtained by freedom-of-information request, said: ''If more peak-hour trains are added to the Dandenong line, by 2018 or earlier, boom barriers at many crossings are forecast to be closed for 70 per cent to 90 per cent of peak periods … Realistically, some crossings will be effectively closed during peak periods.''

Three children almost hit by Tilt Train in near miss

Posted Thursday, 29 December, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THREE children aged as young as ten, have narrowly missed being hit by the high-speed tilt train in central Queensland.

The children were walking along the tracks on the Boyne River Bridge near Benaraby, south of Gladstone, yesterday when the tilt train approached at 140km/h.

Queensland Rail acting chief executive Martin Ryan said the driver was forced to brake to avoid hitting the children who jumped off the bridge to avoid being struck.

Genesee & Wyoming Update on Cyclone Grant

Posted Thursday, 29 December, 2011 by mick987654 in Northern Territory Rail News

GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 27, 2011-- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYSE: GWR) today reported that a train operated by its subsidiary Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd (GWA) derailed in the vicinity of the Edith River bridge approximately 40 km north of Katherine, Northern Territory, at approximately 5:45 a.m. local time December 27.

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