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Petition over rail service is growing

Posted Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Wrexham & Shropshire operated its last direct service to Marylebone, London, on Friday.

The company blamed low passenger numbers and the fallout of the economic downturn for the demise of the three-year-old route.

Australian coal rail networks shut as cyclone nears

Posted Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

SYDNEY Feb 1 (Reuters) - Australia's largest coal freight company, QR National , has temporarily suspended operations on two rail networks in preparation for a massive cyclone bearing down on the northeast coast, the company said on Tuesday.

Miracle escape from train-car smash outside Mildura

Posted Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

FIVE men made miracle escapes after their car apparently lurched forward at a crossing before it was crushed by a freight train this morning.

The five men inside made a miracle escapes after their car was left a mangled wreck by a Pacific National freight train near Red Cliffs, south of Mildura, this morning.

High Speed rail study slowly leaves the station

Posted Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

The east coast of Australia high speed rail study is slowly pulling out of the platform, all lights amber.

There is only a minor reference in today’s update to its relationship with air travel even though that issue seems to have a higher priority in the public mind.

Now that China has a rail link of similar length to Sydney-Melbourne operating in under three hours between Guangzhou and Wuhan, it definitely deserves to be front-of-mind.

Failures cause Metro Network delays

Posted Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Heat related delays are causing havoc across the Melbourne Metropolitan rail network. Services are now suspended on the Sydenham line in both directions between Footscray and Sunshine.

Rail terminal brings jobs on line

Posted Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A NEW $30 million rail terminal at Penfield will bring more industry and jobs to the Edinburgh Parks area, its owners say.

SCT Logistics opened its interstate rail freight terminal last week, allowing trains to effectively pull up at the backdoor of warehouses.

“We’ve added 6km of rail tracks on our own site from off the main line, where trains coming from Melbourne can pull into warehouses, pick up freight and then continue on the track to Perth,” SCT Logistics CEO Geoff Smith said.

Electrification renaissance

Posted Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 by urailes0623 in Rail News

The gradual electrification of the world’s rail systems is taking hold although yet to be considered seriously outside metropolitan cities in Australia – and research into technologies to support this is undergoing a renaissance

QLD Gov delays Cross River Rail

Posted Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 by urailes0623 in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government will delay the $7bn Brisbane Cross River Rail project for at least two years to help fund the $5bn damage bill for the state’s public infrastructure that was affected by flooding.

Rail services on track for June return

Posted Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is hoping to reintroduce V/Line train services to Wodonga by June.

Passenger services were replaced by V/Line buses more than two years ago, while the track was upgraded.

Before the Liberal Party was elected to government last November, it accused the former Labor government of failing the public because of delays in returning train services.

New Hope hopes rail to resume in April

Posted Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Coal producer New Hope Corporation has declared force majeure on some export coal contracts, as it negotiates with the Queensland government for alternative modes of getting product to port from its Acland mine site on Queensland's Darling Downs.

New Hope said it was negotiating with the Queensland Department of Transport for permission to truck up to 50,000 tonnes per week of coal from Acland to port at West Moreton, pending the reopening of the Western Rail System.

Sydney-Melb fast rail priority: Greens

Posted Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

The Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne corridor should be the priority of a study on a high-speed rail line, the Australian Greens say.

The Sydney to Newcastle focus of the study should be switched to the feasibility of a very fast train link between the NSW capital and Melbourne via Canberra, Greens leader Bob Brown says.

"That's a very good measure of how high-speed rail is going to work best," he told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.
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"It's between the two biggest cities in this nation."

QR National halts rail freight services

Posted Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Rail haulage heavyweight QR National has suspended services ahead of Cyclone Yasi, expected to be Queensland’s worst.

The Goonyella and Newlands coal rail networks are once again at a standstill following the closure of Abbot Point Coal Terminal near Bowen, the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and Hay Point Coal Terminal, south of Mackay.

“The closures are a precautionary measure as Cyclone Yasi approaches the Queensland Coast,” QR National says in a statement.

Hunter business chamber welcomes high speed rail study

Posted Thursday, 3 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed confirmation the Federal Government has started work on a feasibility study

into a high-speed rail line for Australia's east coast, including a link to Newcastle.

The terms of reference for the study indicate the Newcastle to Sydney line should form a core element of the rail network.

Rail, ports, mines shut ahead of onslaught

Posted Thursday, 3 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

MANY mines, ports and railways recently reopened after the Queensland floods have been closed again because of cyclone Yasi.

Zinc and coal companies, including Rio Tinto and Xstrata, closed operations yesterday, and Queensland ports were eerily quiet as dozens of ships stayed away.

Asciano scores Anglo American contract

Posted Thursday, 3 February, 2011 by urailes0623 in Queensland Rail News

Asciano announced yesterday that it has scored a $200m contract to move coal for Anglo American Metallurgical Coal in Queensland.

Cooperative Research Centre launches train simulation laboratory

Posted Thursday, 3 February, 2011 by urailes0623 in Other Transport News

The Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation, in collaboration with the University of South Australia will today launch a cutting edge train simulation laboratory at UniSA.

Trains back by June, or else...

Posted Thursday, 3 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

PASSENGER trains will return to the Border by June or heads will roll, says Bill Tilley.

The tough talking member for Benambra yesterday said rail line chiefs, including V/Line, had been told it was what the new Victorian Coalition government wanted and expected.

But a spokesman for Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder was not making any promises.

Blowout puts RRL project in doubt

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

CHAOTIC planning surrounding a proposal by the Brumby government to build the most expensive rail project in the nation's history has led to a massive blowout in its likely cost, the Baillieu government says.

The blowout could ultimately lead to the abandonment of the Regional Rail Link, a 47-kilometre rail line from central Melbourne to Werribee that was to cost $4.3 billion.

Vital road and rail links remain cut

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

OME major freight transport routes were yesterday paralysed in the wake of Cyclone Yasi.

Strong winds were preventing a preliminary assessment of potential damage at the Port of Townsville, the major outlet for metals and concentrates from the Mount Isa region.

A spokesman said a timeframe for reopening hinged on the assessment outcome.

Ports Corporation of Queensland, which owns Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen, said there was no power into the area but the first train was likely to arrive Friday, provided power was restored.

Regional rail link project to be 'reprofiled'

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victorian Transport Minister, Terry Mulder, says a cost-blowout will force changes to the regional rail link project.

The $4.3 billion plan to build new train lines through Melbourne's west, is now expected to cost over $5 billion.

Mines, rail lines coming back online

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Xstrata says it will re-start production at its Mount Isa and Cloncurry mining operations, as they received no damage when former Cyclone Yasi passed through the region overnight.

Xstrata says it is still assessing whether Yasi caused any damage at its Townsville copper refinery and port operations.

BNSF worker airlifted from depot

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

WILLMAR — Emergency responders used hydraulic jacks to free a man pinned under a 221,000-pound grain car Thursday morning in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway yard in Willmar.

The man, described as in his mid-30s, suffered severe injuries to his legs, according to a statement delivered after the incident near the scene of the incident by Willmar Ambulance Service Operations Manager Brad Hanson.

£17bn rail link a 'white elephant'

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

The new high-speed rail link proposed to run between London and Birmingham has been branded a "white elephant".
Pressure group Taxpayers' Alliance said the planned scheme, known as HS2, would cost £17 billion and yet would only benefit a minority of rail passengers.

The 200mph link would neither produce a financial return nor cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report produced for the group by rail expert Chris Stokes. They claimed it was an inappropriate move in difficult financial conditions.

Blowout puts rail project in doubt

Posted Saturday, 5 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

CHAOTIC planning surrounding a proposal by the Brumby government to build the most expensive rail project in the nation's history has led to a massive blowout in its likely cost, the Baillieu government says.

The blowout could ultimately lead to the abandonment of the Regional Rail Link, a 47-kilometre rail line from central Melbourne to Werribee that was to cost $4.3 billion.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/2/2011

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 108 sightings for this week. This is 21 sighting more than last week, making a total of 460 sightings for this year to date. On day 36 last year we had recorded 416 sightings. This is 44 sightings up on the same time last year.

Residents face lost sleep over rail project

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

HUNDREDS of residents in Melbourne's western suburbs face ''chronic'' sleep disturbance from noise pollution generated by the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link, the state's environmental watchdog has warned in unreleased reports commissioned by the former Labor government.

Accusing Labor of a ''scandalous cover-up'', the Coalition yesterday vowed to investigate fully the project's environmental and health impacts.

NSW Fares Policy Will Lead to Greater Use of Public Transport

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2011 by Stew in Press Releases

Kristina Keneally’s pledge to cap increases to public transport fares will encourage more people to use public transport, especially as the cost of petrol becomes more and more expensive for commuters.

Rail upgrade threatened

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Opposition transport spokeswoman Fiona Richardson has accused the state government of ‘‘punishing’’ families who live on the Frankston line and says premium station upgrades along the popular route are under threat.
Ms Richardson said premium station upgrades at Carnegie, North Brighton and Highett train station were on the verge of being scrapped.

‘‘The local Liberal MPs have also failed their first test by lacking the backbone to stand up to Ted Baillieu and Terry Mulder over the scrapping of premium station upgrades along the Frankston line.

‘‘[Mordialloc MLA] Lorraine Wreford, [Bentleigh MLA] Elizabeth Miller and [Prahran MLA] Clem Newton-Brown must explain to local residents how cutting services on the Frankston line and scrapping premium station upgrades is delivering on their promise to fix the problems with public transport.’’

New York rail system suffers through brutal winter

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

When members of Congress met recently to discuss revitalizing passenger trains in the United States, they chose Grand Central Terminal, a majestic hub of New York's vaunted mass transit system. From a balcony above the main concourse, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told lawmakers he rides the subway every day and called high-speed passenger rail "the track to the future."

But to actual New York commuters, such talk rings hollow these days.

Rain in outback holds up trains

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 by outbackjack in South Australian Rail News

Maria from Kingoonya Waterhole Hotel spoke to me yesterday via phone to let me know that they have had over 7.5 inches of rain which has had a big impact on the railway line.

Both rail links just not good enough, western councils say

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

FOR western Sydney councils, commitments from the Premier, Kristina Keneally, and the Opposition Leader, Barry O'Farrell, to build the rail link from Epping to Parramatta and the north-west rail line fall well short of meeting the transport needs of the region.

Councillor Alison McLaren, the president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, which hosted yesterday's leaders debate, said both projects were welcome but inadequate for western Sydney's 1.8 million people.

Regional Rail Link: Fear that floods could soak up rail cash

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

A BITTER political stoush over the Regional Rail Link is threatening the future of the project and promised rail overpasses for Sunshine's Anderson Road.

More than $4billion in investment for the project could be in jeopardy as the Baillieu government points a finger at its predecessor over a $880million cost blow-out.

The 47-kilometre rail line from Werribee to central Melbourne, potentially the most expensive rail project in Australia's history, was to cost $4.3billion. The federal government has agreed to provide $3.2billion, with $1.1billion from the state. But a delay caused by the federal government withholding money and wrangling over the likely final cost could lead to the project being scuttled. That would almost certainly sound the death-knell for the two rail overpasses promised for Sunshine's Anderson Road.

End of the line for Queensland railway workers

Posted Wednesday, 9 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

MORE than 3000 workers who were promised their jobs would be safe under a privatised Queensland Rail are now being asked to consider redundancy packages.

QR National, which was sold off in a $6.7 billion public share float in November, has asked 3500 employees - more than a third of its 9400-strong workforce between Townsville and Brisbane - to consider voluntary redundancies.

NORTHERN SYDNEY FREIGHT RAIL LINE

Posted Wednesday, 9 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The federal government has “re-profiled” several infrastructure projects in order to free up funds for rebuilding natural disaster-hit areas.

“Following consultations with the Victorian and NSW Governments, three infrastructure projects will be re-profiled in order to free up additional funding for the urgent task of rebuilding flood affected communities,” federal infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese said.

A $53 Billion Plan to Bring High-Speed Rail to the U.S

Posted Wednesday, 9 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

It's no secret that the U.S. lags behind countries throughout Europe and Asia in the high-speed rail department. In 2009, the Obama administration announced a plan to catch the country up with an $8 billion high-speed rail project. But apparently, that wasn't enough money.

Earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a strategy to spend a whopping $53 billion on high-speed rail over the next six years. It's a plan that will, according to Biden, bring the U.S. closer to giving 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail in the next 25 years--a goal highlighted in Obama's recent State of the Union address.

Downer faces $100m class action over rail project

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

Embattled engineering and contracting group Downer EDI has been whacked with a proposed shareholder class action over allegations it misled the market over its controversial Waratah train project.

Litigation funder IMF will bankroll the class action, speculated to be as much as $100 million, alleging the company failed to keep the market fully informed between February 2010 and June 1, when it made a shock $190 million writedown related to its Waratah rail project in NSW, forcing it to miss its profit targets.

Report says 'scrap £17bn rail link'

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

The new high-speed rail link proposed to run between Birmingham and London has been branded a "white elephant".

Pressure group Taxpayers' Alliance said the planned scheme, known as HS2, would cost £17 billion and yet would only benefit a minority of rail passengers.

The 200mph link would neither produce a financial return nor cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report produced for the group by rail expert Chris Stokes. They claimed it was an inappropriate move in difficult financial conditions.

Project delays 'inevitable' after underground rail shelved

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Some of the big-ticket development slated for Woolloongabba and Bowen Hills may need to be delayed following the deferral of Brisbane's $8 billion underground rail project.

The Queensland government says the cross-river rail postponement will affect the timing of development in the key inner-city urban renewal areas, but has downplayed the overall impact.

The government last year unveiled plans to allow buildings up to 40 storeys high in some parts of Woolloongabba, where a new underground railway station would also be built.

DEW on the line as rail passengers endure more misery

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

We have all heard about leaves on the line and the 'wrong type of snow'.

But rail bosses today added a novel excuse to their list of reasons why trains are delayed - dew on the line.

London-bound commuters on Southern services were surprised to hear that their journeys today were being delayed by 'poor railhead conditions' - especially given the mild weather conditions.

A Southern spokeswoman later explained: 'This is a railhead phenomenon that happens at this time of the year. Dew gets on the tracks and makes conditions difficult.'

Woman killed by train

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

A woman has been killed by a city-bound train while her husband stood on the other side of a level crossing in Melbourne’s east early today.

Witnesses said the woman, believed to be in her 60s, tried to cross the train line at Nicholson Street, Bentleigh, near Bentleigh station while the crossing was closed to traffic and pedestrians, but was hit and killed by the train.

The Age understands the woman's husband had already crossed the train line and was waiting for her on the other side.

Regional rail link still a priority: King

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

BALLARAT MP Catherine King says the federal government considers a multi-billion dollar regional rail link project a priority despite reports of an expensive cost blowout.

Ms King said construction of the new rail line was expected to begin over the next 12 to 18 months.

The regional rail link is a new rail line running from West Werribee to Deer Park and along an existing rail corridor through suburbs including Sunshine and Footscray to Southern Cross Station.

QR National redundancies spark fears for outback rail

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

A south-west Queensland mayor says he is worried about the future of rural train services and livestock trains when QR National sheds jobs.

The company has announced it is offering voluntary redundancies to a third of its workforce next month, with around 3,500 staff eligible.

Premier Anna Bligh says no workers will be sacked.

Quilpie Mayor David Edwards says he is concerned it could mean a further demise in rural rail services.

"If the Government says they'll replace the line, will QR National replace the rolling stock and continue to shift livestock and goods on these western lines?" he said.

CN Rail announces $1.7B billion in 2011 capital spending; $1B on tracks

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

MONTREAL - Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) will devote a billion dollars to improving track infrastructure in 2011 while focusing the rest of its capital spending plans on business expansion and new equipment, the company said Wednesday.

Canada's largest railway, based in Montreal, announced a $1.7-billion capital spending plan for the year, up slightly from last year's projected capex guidance of $1.6 billion.

Rail workers reject pay offer

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by freightgate in South Australian Rail News

Adelaide train and tram union members have rejected a pay offer.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says the vote was overwhelmingly against accepting a pay rise of 7.5 per cent over three years.

Seven News invaded minister's privacy, but no breach

Posted Thursday, 10 February, 2011 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

Seven News invaded the privacy of former NSW transport minister David Campbell when it outed him last year, but the broadcasting regulator has decided it did not breach television standards because of the public interest in knowing why he quit.

Republican Backlash Against High-Speed Rail Begins

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Not surprisingly, President Barack Obama’s plan to connect 80 percent of America by high-speed rail by 2025 is facing major resistance from Republicans.

Earlier this week, the White House unveiled a plan to spend $53 billion on high-speed rail over the next six years.

The money would have gone to building new lines and well as upgrading existing passenger lines in areas such as the northeast and midwest.

Police defuse V/Line protest over seating

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

A V/LINE passenger who refused to move from an empty reserved carriage into a crowded non-reserved carriage said he was shocked when the conductor called the police.

The passenger, who asked to be named only as Mr Yip, 28, of South Geelong, said calling officers to remove him from the train had been an ``over-reaction'' and lacking in common sense.

Mr Yip, who commutes to Melbourne daily and holds a monthly ticket, said he attempted to get a reserved seat on Tuesday's 6.37pm service from Southern Cross to Warrnambool, via Geelong, but was told there were none available.

On boarding, he found the one non-reserved carriage was packed with passengers, but the reserved seats were only a third full.

High-speed rail: Obama's gift that nobody wants

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

President Obama sent his vice president, "Amtrak Joe" Biden, to Philadelphia's 30th Street rail station earlier this week to announce the administration's latest gift to the American people: A six-year, $53 billion government subsidy for the mass transit industry in order to give "80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years."

And therein lies the fundamental problem - Obama, Biden and liberal Democrats in general can't resist giving the rest of us things we don't want. And they almost always use our money to pay for them, whether we like it or not. Nothing better illustrates this phenomenon than their obsession with forcing Americans out of the private passenger vehicles that enable them to go where they choose and into government-run transit systems like Amtrak, San Francisco's BART and Washington, D.C.'s Metro subway that take them where and when politicians and bureaucrats think they should go.

Rail link could 'open up' north mine development

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

An infrastructure company says it is still pushing for a proposed rail line between Mount Isa in north-west Queensland and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to expand industrial growth in the region.

The Australian Transport and Energy Corridor (ATEC) says it has been negotiating with phosphate mines and other resources companies in the NT and in Queensland to help fund the multi-billion dollar rail link.

QR staff warned over redundancies

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

LABOR MPs who fought to stop the State Government's sell-off of Queensland Rail's freight division have warned its employees to think very carefully before taking voluntary redundancies being offered to 3500 people.

QR National confirmed on Tuesday that it would be making the offers in the next few weeks, with the redundancies taking effect in April.

MP Jo-Ann Miller, whose seat of Bundamba includes the Redbank railway workshops, said the timing of the offer was appalling as it came on top of the Ipswich floods.

China signs $13b rail deal with Iran

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Iran and China have signed a contract worth US$13 billion to build a railroad network extending 5,300 kilometers (3,293 miles).

China has recently emerged as the largest trading partner of the Islamic republic. Assadollah Asgaroladi, the head of the Sino-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, was reported as saying direct bilateral trade currently stands at US$30 billion.

Cross-river rail 'vital' for development

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Brisbane's leading developers say the state has dropped the ball on vital infrastructure projects, costing the city crucial investor confidence in the property market.

While Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and Prime Minister Julia Gillard continued to exchange jibes over how Brisbane's flood recovery would be funded, developers met in Brisbane yesterday to discuss the property market outlook.

Rail jobs lost, and more to go

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE WORST fears of Maryborough rail manufacturers have been realised, with Bombardier confirming it has been forced to sack 22 workers.

The job losses last week came after months of speculation that work would dry up for Bombardier and Downer EDi, when Queensland Rail failed to sign another contract for 38 trains — instead rolling its future orders into a $3.2 billion, 200-train tender that will be contested internationally.

But in another blow to workers, a Bombardier spokesperson said the redundancies would not be the last, unless the situation turned around.

U.S. Travel: Plan to Invest in High-Speed Rail Much-Needed

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

U.S. President Barack Obama’s controversial plan to invest in high-speed and intercity rail service over the next six years won the support of the U.S. Travel Association. In a statement, Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel said the administration's high-speed rail proposal was a "much-needed step toward strengthening" the U.S. economy.

Bombs damage rail tracks in Sindh

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

KARACHI: Unidentified miscreants blew up railway tracks at four sites in Sindh early on Friday, disrupting train services on various routes, officials said.

The small bombs damaged the tracks near Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and Mehrabpur districts, in what appeared to be coordinated attacks, police and railway officials said.

Three people were injured when two low intensity explosive devices went off, damaging a railway track near Omar Colony on Friday morning.

Five-star and only $5: a pristine car park minus the cars

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2011 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

A paid-parking station at Cabramatta, built from Commonwealth funds, lies empty because passengers prefer free parking on the street. The council calls for more free parking.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/2/2011

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 92 sightings for this week. This is 16 sighting less than last week, making a total of 552 sightings for this year to date. On day 43 last year we had recorded 519 sightings. This is 33 sightings up on the same time last year.

Werribee and Laverton stations are worst dumping grounds

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2011 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

WERRIBEE train station is officially among Melbourne’s biggest dumping grounds for illegal hard rubbish.

Upfield Line in Melbourne - Services Suspended

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man and his dog have died in Melbourne's North this morning after being struck by a Metro train near Gowrie railway station.

Currently all rail services on the Upfield line are suspended.

A police spokesperson at the scene said it was unclear how the man came to be hit.

Fears review of rail link scandal may be tainted

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

TRANSPORT Department bureaucrats cannot be ''trusted'' to conduct an impartial review of the $5 billion Regional Rail Link (RRL) project, which some transport specialists are warning could become a more costly disaster than the Myki ticketing debacle.

Instead, public transport advocates and academics are calling for independent transport experts to assess the controversial development.

'Slack' Metro's overcrowding claim a poor excuse, says expert

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Metro's claim that overcrowding on Melbourne's trains is slowing down journey times is a poor excuse to defend itself against dismal performance figures, according to a public transport academic.

Paul Mees said trains in Tokyo carried as many passengers in one week as Melbourne's carried in a year, yet trains in Japan's capital were not forced to slow down to cope with the numbers.

"Anyone would think that Melbourne's the only city in the world where they have to carry a lot of train passengers," Dr Mees, an RMIT transport academic, told radio 3AW today.

Govt buys up properties despite uncertainty over rail link

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government is continuing to buy-up homes in central Footscray, despite uncertainty over a proposed rail line through the area.

Dozens of homes were earmarked for acquisition by the former Labor Government, to make way for the Regional Rail Link.

Scrap or save? Time for a decision on myki

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE Public Transport Users Association has urged the State Government not to ditch myki, as a decision on the embattled project looms.

Transport experts, commuters and unions have condemned plans to axe myki.

It's estimated taxpayers would face a $2 billion bill if myki was dumped and replaced with a new system.

Fare cheats rip us off for $80m

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

FARE evasion on the public transport system has soared following the introduction of the troubled myki smartcard.

As many as one in five tram travellers have been getting a free ride after the former government ordered inspectors to go soft on myki users.

Train operator Metro conceded fare evasion was "high", but has vowed to crack down on cheats.

A new rail recipe

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TRAIN timetables are rather pointless when the entire system regularly stalls in delays and cancellations.

No government or operator so far has been capable of fixing these worsening problems.

It does not help that delays mean arriving trains are sometimes so crowded they cannot be boarded.

On these points alone, a timetable overhaul featuring 127 extra services a day warrants cautious praise.

China's Rail Chief Sacked Over Scam

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 by richardlu_yy in International Rail News

CHINA'S long-suffering migrant workers have reason to cheer this spring festival as they fight for long-distance train tickets to get back to work, after the railways minister was removed over corruption allegations at the weekend.

New Metro timetable as trains struggle to cope with commuter numbers

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

METRO'S radical timetable revamp will ease the strain on Melbourne's train system, but commuters shouldn't be unrealistic in their expectations, the Public Transport Users Association says.

PTUA president Daniel Bowen this morning said the biggest shake up to public was overdue and people should be patient as it is rolled out.

“Some people will have to change lines now under the new routes to go through the city loop, hopefully they will realise the changes will make the system better,” he said.

Men caught riding between freight containers

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 by freightgate in South Australian Rail News

Two men have been caught riding between containers on a freight train leaving Adelaide for Melbourne.

Rail link for West on hold

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

DESIGNS for the Regional Rail Link, for which contractors were being sought recently, are close to the cutting room floor, with the State Government “reprofiling” the project after cost blowouts and funding delays.

A spokesman for Roads Minister Terry Mulder told the Leader the Government was reviewing the project in light of the Federal Government deferring $500 million and a “concealment” of $880 million in unfunded costings by the preceding State Government.

Vic govt defers decision on ticket system

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian government has postponed a decision on the fate of troubled public transport ticketing system, saying it needs more details from treasury officials.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the state government was still seeking briefings on how much it would cost to keep or scrap the "myki" system, despite last week indicating an announcement was imminent.

Baillieu Government orders yet another myki review

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

PREMIER Ted Baillieu has defended another review into the bungled myki ticketing system, claiming no final decision should be made on a hunch.

"It will take as long as it takes to get information to make a prudent decision," he told MTR Radio this morning.

Mr Baillieu said all information about the cost of scrapping myki needed to be available to the Government before it could make a decision on the embattled project.

Police crackdown on rail level crossings continues

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Police have fined 35 people for disobeying warning signals at rail level crossings in Melbourne's south-east over the past two days.

Rail Access Agreement finalised

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by WestNetRail in Western Australian Rail News

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers has reached a significant milestone for the Perdaman Collie Urea Project, finalising rail transport arrangements for the $3.5 billion urea manufacturing plant today.

The partnership between Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers, WestNet Rail and QR National via its bulk freight subsidiary Australia Railroad Group will enable up to 2 million tonnes of urea per annum to be transported from the plant site at Shotts Industrial Estate near Collie to Bunbury Port.

Police blitz on level crossing safety at Melbourne railway stations

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

POLICE are conducting a blitz of Melbourne railway stations this week in a bid to improve level crossing pedestrian safety.

Transit police are onsite at Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond railway stations this week both undercover and in uniform targeting level crossing pedestrian safety.

Operation Cross Safely follows the death of a 70-year-old woman last week who was hit by an express train at Bentleigh railway station.

150 myki workers sacked

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

One-hundred-and-fifty staff hired to help public transport users navigate the myki ticketing system have been sacked this week, fuelling speculation the beleaguered $1.4 billion system will be scrapped.

The customer service employees, known as myki mates, were reportedly informed by email yesterday that their services would no longer be required.

The workers had previously been employed casually at a number of stations around Melbourne to explain the new ticketing system to passengers.

NSW govt, opposition zero in on transport

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW opposition plans to dump half a million people in Sydney's western suburbs, but cut essential public transport services to the region, the government says.

State Transport Minister John Robertson on Thursday released the government's Better Public Transport policy announcing that a re-elected Labor government would be committed to building the Parramatta to Epping rail link and the Western Express line.

A re-elected Labor government would also double the number of NightRide buses to Sydney's western suburbs and install WiFi on buses, ferries and trains, he said.

Florida rejects $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money for High-Speed Rail

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to build a high-speed train between Orlando and Tampa Wednesday, baffling supporters who already had spent $66 million getting ready for the project.

Scott made the announcement in a hastily called news conference at which he denounced President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget.

"You don't have to be an economic expert to know when you spend more money than you take in, you will fail," Scott said.

We've been ripped off, say residents on regional rail route

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Western suburbs residents who have been forced from their homes to make way for the proposed $4.3 billion regional rail line say the state is ripping them off for a project that may never be built.

The first of about 24 residents who went ahead with compulsory acquisition orders received valuations yesterday and are preparing a legal challenge seeking more money.

The government is continuing with acquisition of homes despite announcing a review of the project after discovering costs had been underestimated by at least $880 million.

Keneally pledges free Wi-Fi for CityRail

Posted Thursday, 17 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government has pledged to deploy free Wi-Fi on all Sydney buses and trains from next year should it win the looming state election, Minister for Transport John Robertson said today.

At least four dead after Argentina passenger trains collide

Posted Friday, 18 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

AT LEAST four people were killed today and at least 70 injured when two passenger trains collided in a north-west suburb of Buenos Aires.

Just before 7pm local time, a long-distance train rammed a local train packed with rush-hour commuters that had emerged from the Retiro station, which connects Argentina's federal capital with populated north and northwest suburbs.

"There are four dead and 14 seriously injured," said Buenos Aires province governor Daniel Scioli.

Murwillumbah line, TOOT runs candidate for State election

Posted Friday, 18 February, 2011 by The Man in Blue in New South Wales Rail News

I want to let you know that Karin Kolbe, our President , is standing as a candidate in the State seat of Ballina [encompassing most of Byron Shire (about 40% of the seat) and Ballina Shire (about 60%) for the upcoming NSW election on the 26th March.

Murwillumbah line; filming at Lismore & Byron Bay

Posted Friday, 18 February, 2011 by The Man in Blue in Rail Events

We need a crowded station of people ‘waiting for a train’ as we play & sing together the song ‘TOOT for the Future’. Find below a copy of the lyrics and feel free to copy and circulate these widely as with this invitation.

Newcastle airport transport links lacking

Posted Friday, 18 February, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

A new report on Australia's airports reveals poor transport links to Newcastle airport, particularly rail, are holding back investment.

The Tourism and Transport Forum's Accessing Our Airports paper found 60 per cent of people travel to and from Newcastle airport by private car, while only nine per cent use public buses.

Alarm over railway 'near misses'

Posted Friday, 18 February, 2011 by freightgate in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's state-owned rail operator is alarmed by a reported increase in 'near misses' at railway level crossings.

TasRail says there had been more than 40 incidents since July, including two in the last 24 hours, of drivers ignoring warning signs and crossing in front of trains.

Sydney rail service cuts claim

Posted Friday, 18 February, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government claims the State Opposition would have to cut Sydney rail services to implement its north-west rail link plan.

The Coalition has promised to give priority to the proposed north-western rail link and begin work within its first term if it wins government as next month's election.

Naviland begins new port shuttle service between Germany and Le Havre (FR)

Posted Saturday, 19 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

NAVILAND Cargo gave the starting signal for a new international rail shuttle on January 17, connecting the port of Le Havre ( www.havre-port.fr ) with the Rhineland-Palatinate area (South-West of Germany) via Strasbourg.

Florida tries to move forward on High Speed Rail with congressional delegation

Posted Saturday, 19 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Some members of Florida's congressional delegation and state lawmakers are trying move forward with a high-speed rail line from Orlando to Tampa without Gov. Rick Scott's approval, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday he'll give them a week to come up with a plan.

Revenue services commence on new Benalla to Wodonga SG Line

Posted Sunday, 20 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The first revenue goods service departed Benalla at yesterday for Wodonga. This is the first revenue train to use the SG west line from Benalla to Wodonga since services were suspended some years ago.

Announcement: Call for Nominations 2011 Bogie Awards

Posted Sunday, 20 February, 2011 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

We are now calling for nominations for the 2011 Annual Railpage Bogie Awards.

The Bogies have been reduced from 22 to 12 categories, as per the suggestions and polling here

The Bogies Nominations threads are now open all year for you to add nominations. Guidelines can be found here

Florida High Speed Rail debate deepens

Posted Sunday, 20 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Florida state Senate President Mike Haridopolos is throwing his support behind Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject federal funding for high-speed rail.

13 killed in 2 train crashes

Posted Sunday, 20 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Thirteen people were killed and 45 others injured in two train-bus collisions in Comilla and Jessore yesterday.

Dhaka-bound Subarna Express from Chittagong collided with a Comilla-bound bus around 10:15am at a level crossing near Shashidal Rail Station in Brahmanpara upazila, leaving eight dead and 25 others injured.

The dead were identified as Faisal Ahmed, 14, Nahid Mia, 17, and Pakhi Akhter, 11, of Brahmanpara upazilla; Sabina Akhter, 13, and Sohel, 15, of Burichong upazila; Alauddin, 40, of Karimganj upazila of Kishoreganj; and Faridur Rahman, 30, and Badsha Mia, 25, of Kurigram, reported a correspondent from Comilla.

Monthly Metcard a rip-off: survey

Posted Monday, 21 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE commuters are getting ripped off by the cost of monthly tickets compared with daily fares, a public transport lobby group says.

Public Transport Users Association research shows that comparing the cost of monthly public transport tickets with daily fares in 16 cities around the world, Melburnians are paying too much.

Sydney rail deal pressures NSW Opposition

Posted Monday, 21 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government is putting more pressure on the Opposition's state election transport pitch, with Premier Kristina Keneally signing an agreement with the Federal Government today to fund the Parramatta to Epping rail link.

The Coaltion plans to shelve the project if it wins next month's election to concentrate on south-west and north-western rail links.

Brisbane rail extension to cost $171m less

Posted Monday, 21 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government says a rail extension from Brisbane to Springfield, west of the capital, will cost $171 million less than expected.

It says the tendering process has brought the cost down to $470 million, with work to start in a couple of months and due to finish in 2013.

Rail project to start next year

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE floods may have forced a redesign of the Surat Basin rail project, but plans are at full steam ahead after an American company invested $300 million to get the proposal moving.

Everald Compton, from infrastructure company ATEC, said his company now has the funds to begin construction next year on the rail line, which will link Toowoomba and the Gladstone Port.

Labor lays down law on rail link funding

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Federal Labor has laid down the law to NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell over the Parramatta to Epping rail link.

Mr O'Farrell says if elected in March he would try and divert the commonwealth's $2.1 billion commitment "to a more urgent priority" in the northwest line.

Vic govt may scale back regional rail link

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian government has flagged the state's $5 billion regional rail link may be scaled back.

The project, which was a central plank of the former Labor government's $38 billion transport strategy, includes 47 kilometres of new track from Werribee to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's central business district.

Myki or Metcard, it's a ticket to ride

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

University student Lachlan Campbell, 19, has given the myki system a gruelling workout by catching 10 trains, seven buses and five trams in a day.

The train enthusiast yesterday accepted a challenge by The Age to spend a day on the city's transport network to observe the dual ticket systems. A month ago, his attempt to stop at each of Melbourne's suburban railway stations in a day was thwarted by train cancellations.

Federal agency favoured rail: Keneally

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally says Infrastructure Australia's "preference" for rail projects was behind its decision not to support certain road projects in the state.

The federal government agency had rejected NSW's appeals for funding to ease some of Sydney's most congested roadways because the projects were poorly planned, Fairfax Media has reported.

Rail services return to north Qld after cyclone

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Regular rail services will resume in far north Queensland tomorrow.

There has been no freight or passenger service between Townsville and Cairns for more than a fortnight since Cyclone Yasi.

Fortescue puffs out chest on rail lines

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

JUST days after the full court of the Federal Court condemned Fortescue Metals and its founder, Andrew Forrest, for issuing misleading and deceptive disclosures, the iron ore company with a punchy attitude was back again yesterday before the chief justice.

This time, however, Fortescue's lawyers were arguing the finer points of competition law as it doggedly pushes on with its bid to gain access to rail lines in the Pilbara that are owned and operated by rival miner Rio Tinto.

Light rail, road dangers raised

Posted Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A residents group in Sydney's inner west is consider taking legal action over the New South Wales Government's decision to extend the city's light rail system.

The extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill includes a 3m-wide shared pedestrian and cycle path known as the Greenway Project.

Transport Minister has never used myki

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The man who will have a big say on the future of Melbourne’s myki public transport ticketing system has never used it.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said instead of using the ticket, he listens to the public. ‘‘I have one (myki card), I haven’t used it yet,’’ he said this afternoon.

Announcement: Gheringhap Loop Sightings

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Gheringhap Loop Sightings wishes to announce that a permanent change of URL has taken place.

The Gheringhap Loop Sightings database is now located back at Railpage Australia on the original url at http://ghaploop.railpage.org.au

Ghaploop requests that all regular users please update their browser bookmarks to reflect the change.

Transport releases strategy paper for a national rail and road freight network

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

The Federal Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, has released a draft strategy on developing a national freight network to integrate road, rail, ports and even airports.

Mr Albanese says such a strategy is overdue, and once it receives public submissions, it will go to Australian Infrastructure Project for funding consideration.

He says that "such a strategy, as well as being national, ensures that there's effective local planning, that ensures government agencies work with the private sector and of course this strategy will work hand in hand with the national ports strategy that was supported at COAG a couple of weeks ago."

MILDURA PASSENGER TRAIN FEASIBILITY STUDY SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

The Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, is delighted to announce that in response to community requests the Minister for Transport has extended the due date for responses to the Mildura Passenger Train Feasibility Study

Avalon 2011 – Australian International Airshow

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Every second year, the Australian International Airshow takes place at Avalon Airport, just outside Geelong.

The Airshow features a wide range of exciting displays, demonstrations and events showcasing a range of domestic and international aviation attractions.

AgForce sees benefits in national freight plan

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

Rural lobby group AgForce says the new national transport strategy is a good start to tackling infrastructure bottlenecks across Queensland.

The draft National Freight Strategy would allow more roads to be open to bigger trucks, land corridors would be set aside to build new roads or rail lines and dedicated freight routes.

Labor shirks pledge to publish map for moving port freight

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

THE NSW government will go to the state election without a plan to handle the massive growth in container freight expected for Sydney, despite promising one.

NSW remains alone among the eastern states in not having at least a draft strategy to manage an expected tripling of trade through the country's ports in the next two decades.

The movement of containers through Sydney Ports rose more than 8 per cent last year and, after adding a third terminal, the port is planning for continued heavy growth.

Call for freight-only roads and rail: infrastructure

Posted Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

THE states are being urged to introduce a user-pays regime for roads to help fund on overhaul of the way freight is transported around the nation.

Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese yesterday released a draft national freight strategy that would include dedicated roads and rail lines exclusively for cargo.

While Mr Albanese said the strategy would help future priorities for federal infrastructure investment, there is $1.8 billion in uncommitted funds left in the Building Australia Fund and it has yet to be decided where the funds for dedicated new freight infrastructure will come from.

Push for rail authority

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIAN councils want the State Government to set up a new authority to solve some of the problems facing the state's rail freight network.
Members of the Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development met in Melbourne last week to put the finishing touches on recommendations emanating from a rail freight review by transport consultant Bill Russell.

The group plans to present the report to Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Ports and Regional Cities Minister Denis Napthine next Monday.

Backtracking on regional rail is a perilous route

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Inaction speaks louder than the Coalition's words on an urgently needed upgrade.

Does the Baillieu government have the memory of a goldfish? How else do you explain talk of possibly scrapping the $5 billion-plus Regional Rail Link.

Not so long ago, images of dangerously overcrowded platforms and packed trains dominated the news - a few additional services have not fixed the problem.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/2/2011

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week. This is 11 sighting more than last week, making a total of 655 sightings for this year to date. On day 50 last year we had recorded 624 sightings. This is 31 sightings up on the same time last year.

O'Farrell promises more Sydney light rail

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2011 by wolfpac in Tram and Light Rail News

SYDNEY'S light rail line would be expanded under a coalition government in NSW to reach parts of the southeast and more of the inner west.

Billion dollar freeway fizzer

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2011 by bevans in Other Transport News

Melbourne's massive congestion busting Monash Freeway upgrade appears to be an embarrassing flop, carrying limited additional traffic, and in danger of being outpaced by the bike path that runs along side it.

A count undertaken on a recent weekday registered 1772 vehicles in the new, extra city-bound lane of the freeway between 7am and 9am.

Railway contract derails Macmahon

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

SHARES in Macmahon Holdings have been hammered after the construction and mining contractor reported a first-half net loss due to worse-than-expected cost blow-outs on its $500 million rail contract for BHP Billiton in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Macmahon reported a net loss for the six months to December of $13.2 million, which included a $48.9 million writedown of the RGP5 Rail North contract - a joint venture with its 19 per cent shareholder, Leighton Holdings, to duplicate 220 kilometres of rail line as BHP ramps up iron ore production in the Pilbara.

Woman sues after tripping over bag on bus

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2011 by bevans in Other Transport News

A Brisbane woman is suing a bus company for injuries she received after tripping over a bag in the aisle of a bus.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has issued proceedings in the District Court of Queensland on behalf of Lorraine King against Clarks Logan City Bus Service.

The firm says Ms King's wrist was seriously injured when she fell over a school bag in the aisle of a bus in February 2009.

UK Fears over high-speed rail impact

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

The Government's plans for the HS2 high-speed rail project between London and Birmingham must not lead to less investment in the rest of the network, a transport campaign group has said.

Budgets could be cut on other rail schemes while the Government concentrates on HS2, the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) said.

Rail upgrade cuts travel time: govt

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Rail travel time between Sydney and Perth has been cut by an hour through an upgrade of a key section of the track, the government says.

Infrastructure and transport minister Anthony Albanese said the extensive modernisation of the interstate rail network brought about by Labor's Economic Stimulus Plan was beginning to deliver long-term dividends.

Mr Albanese said the upgraded link which passes through the NSW towns of Parkes and Cootamundra would be able to carry more freight at faster speeds than ever before.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/2/2011

Posted Sunday, 27 February, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 92 sightings for this week. This is 11 sighting less than last week, making a total of 747 sightings for this year to date. On day 57 last year we had recorded 716 sightings. This is 31 sightings up on the same time last year.

Man sacked for doing too much work

Posted Sunday, 27 February, 2011 by wolfpac in New South Wales Rail News

PING HAN was a successful small business owner - he ran an insulation business, a travel agency, an interpreting service, a migration agency and also managed several rental properties.

Grain logistics hit bumps

Posted Sunday, 27 February, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

GRAIN exporters are reporting difficulties in getting grain onto vessels, due to the logistical issues caused by the east coast floods.

Chris Ayers, CBH eastern manager, said exporters were having an issue with cargo assembly.

“Vessels are queued up all the way down the east coast.”

GrainCorp corporate affairs manager David Ginns said it difficult getting grain from up-country sites to the ports.

Kingston blaze guts old railway carriage

Posted Sunday, 27 February, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

A 1940s railway carriage looks set for the scrap heap after a fire ripped through its insides in Kingston yesterday afternoon.

The blaze was reported by Canberra Railway Museum staff at 2.35pm.

Japan's JR East,JR Tokai eye US railway deals-media

Posted Sunday, 27 February, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Feb 27 (Reuters) - East Japan Railway Co (JR East) plans to join hands with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and trading house Sumitomo Corp to bid for a high-speed railway project in California, the Nikkei business daily said.

Another Japanese railroad operator, Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) , has agreed to cooperate with U.S. engineering firm Fluor Corp and the U.S. unit of British builder Balfour Beatty Plc to win a similar project in Texas, the Nikkei said on Sunday.

Pet project was just a Cliche idea

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2011 by Speed in Tram and Light Rail News

If you thought that the dog in the Tram Tracker logo and renders of the new livery was based on Spot, the children's book characer, think again.

His name's Jake.

Man killed on top of moving train

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2011 by poppins122325 in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Police and the State Government are urging people to be sensible when using the Sydney rail network after a man who was standing on top of a moving train was killed.

Knife attack on transit guards

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2011 by Speed in Western Australian Rail News

Two Perth transit guards on a bus have been attacked by a man wielding a knife.

NSW govt rejects rail crime increase data

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2011 by HM2701 in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has rejected opposition claims that the incidence of crime on Sydney's CityRail network has increased sharply.

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