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Showing stories from December 2011

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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.

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