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Tenders called for Thornton rail bridges

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Maitland MP Frank Terenzini says the Roads and Traffic Authority is calling for tenders to build the first of two new Thornton Rail Bridges in a multi million dollar construction project.

The first stage involves building a new eastern bridge and road approaches..the old bridge will then be demolished and a new western bridge constructed.

Mr Terenzini says the first stage wasn't expected to start until 14-hundred new homes had been built, but the project has been fast-tracked.

Waratah train a headache for Keneally

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 by HM2701 in New South Wales Rail News

The troubled NSW Waratah train project has gone from bad to worse for the Keneally government struggling at the polls, with the manufacturer hinting at further delivery delays.

Queensland Rail shakes off weather damage

Posted Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

QR National is expected to beat its 2012 prospectus forecasts after revealing internal cost saving initiatives and better margin contracts helped it limit earnings downgrades from floods and cyclones this financial year.

The Queensland rail freight group cut its guidance for full-year earnings by about 10 per cent, but that was better than earlier expectations for a downgrade of almost 20 per cent, and QR National shares hit a record high.

They closed 4.6 per cent higher at $3.21 yesterday.

Train cameras to catch Tokyo gropers

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 by Speed in International Rail News

A train line in Tokyo has started installing security cameras inside some carriages to combat the menace of sexual molestation on crowded peak-hour carriages.

Death for train arsonists

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 by Speed in International Rail News

A Delhi court has handed down 11 death sentences and 20 life terms to those found guilty of setting a train on fire in 2002, triggering anti-Muslim rioting that left 2000 dead.

London-Cardiff rail electrification, but not to Swansea

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 by wolfpac in International Rail News

Journey times from south Wales to London will be reduced by 20 minutes

A £1bn electrification of the main rail line between London and Cardiff is to go ahead, it has been confirmed.

Green Square and Mascot commuters to save $17 a week

Posted Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 by urailes0623 in New South Wales Rail News

From Monday 7 March the station access fee at Green Square and Mascot will no longer apply - saving customers using these stations up to $17 a week.

Miracle as runaway train misses motorists in Narrandera

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

A RUNAWAY train narrowly missed motorists when it careered along a disused rail line today. The train smashed onto a busy main road in southern New South Wales, The Weekly Times reports.
About seven rail wagons, believed to be carrying wheat, tore along the line which had been closed for at least 25 years at Narrandera.

Rail link could take 6000 off Parra's roads

Posted Thursday, 3 March, 2011 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

The Parramatta to Epping rail link could take up to 6000 commuters to Parramatta off the roads every day.
Census statistics show nearly 7 per cent of the workforce commuting to Parramatta comes from Hornsby and Ryde, which would be provided with direct rail links to Parramatta via the new line.

While Premier Kristina Keneally signed federal funding contracts for the project last week, Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell is refusing to commit to the project.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/3/2011

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

There were only 73 sightings for this week, with most MP/PM trains cancelled due to floods in WA. This is 19 sighting less than last week, making a total of 820 sightings for this year to date. On day 64 last year we had recorded 821 sightings. This is one sighting down on the same time last year.

Cloud over Metro's figures

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

METRO has been accused of deceiving commuters on how many scheduled train services it delivers, with new figures showing thousands of trains bypassing stations or only completing part of a scheduled journey, and only a fraction counted as cancellations.

Figures provided to The Age show there were 9343 ''short services'' (trains that did not complete a full scheduled service) and loop bypasses in the city and at Altona in 2010 - but only 1766 cancellations recorded for the incidents.

Man, 52, dies in rail crossing crash

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

ONE man has died and another has been injured in a car crash which has closed the main Sydney to Melbourne railway line in southern New South Wales.

A 52-year-old man was driving a car which hit a guard rail at a level crossing on the Olympic Highway, 5km north of Bethungra, about 5.20am (AEDT) today, police said.

Put homes above railway lines: Hunt

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Housing developments and offices should be built above railway lines, a senior federal Liberal frontbencher says.

The coalition's environment spokesman Greg Hunt says neighbours would be happy to see overhead transmissions lines covered, and suggests offering tenders for strata titles above train corridors.

"Perhaps more controversially, I believe that we are wasting the space above our rail lines," he told an audience on Melbourne on Monday.

Lucky to be alive

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

A SPLIT-SECOND moment between life and death, captured by Queensland Rail cameras at East Ipswich, chillingly highlights the dangers of crossing busy rail tracks.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk released footage on Saturday, which she described as the “most disturbing ever captured by Queensland Rail security cameras”.

Diamond Valley Railway - Night Run

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

The Diamond Valley Railway is proud to present our 2011 Night Run. This Sunday DVR will be running from 11:00am until 11:00pm!

Tunnel vision inflates cost of building rail links, say Greens

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

THE cost of building rail tunnels in NSW is more than four times that in Europe, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the way the state government budgets for public transport.

NSW Treasury's method of predicting rail costs was fundamentally flawed by including big allowances for risk, according to the Greens transport spokeswoman, Cate Faehrmann.

She told a forum in northern Sydney last night she feared the huge price tag attached to rail projects was a ploy to make public transport less attractive to governments than motorway building. When Parliament resumes after the election, she will move for an inquiry by the Legislative Council, where the Greens might have the balance of power.

Driver's bungle puts the brakes on peak hour

Posted Monday, 7 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Peak-hour trains were delayed for 40 minutes in Melbourne’s east this morning when a motorist parked his car and forgot to apply the handbrake, causing it to roll onto the tracks.

Trains on the Glen Waverley line ground to a halt at East Malvern railway station when the white sedan, with no driver, rolled onto the tracks just as peak hour was kicking off at 7am.

QR National reopens final flood-hit rail line

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

AUSTRALIA'S largest coal hauler is set to have its entire rail network operating today for the first time since heavy flooding around Christmas washed away track and damaged bridges.

QR National has completed work to repair a 100km trunk line linking the Blackwater rail system and the Rolleston coal mine operated by Xstrata in Queensland, Xstrata spokesman James Rickards said.

Trains will travel today to the Rolleston mine, which has an annual output capacity of 8 million tonnes of thermal coal, for the first time since December, he said.

New rail loading dock to help ease truck traffic

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A new mineral sands loading facility at Hopetoun is expected to create about six new jobs in the town.

The Victorian Government provided nearly $4 million to build the rail loading bay at Hopetoun and an unloading facility at the Iluka processing plant at Hamilton.

New rail freight group forms

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A NEW rail taskforce will be set up to continue pushing the State and Federal Governments to re-route the freight line out of the Hills.

The Mitcham Rail Task Force, which will take over from the disbanded Mitcham Rail Freight Committee, will include up to 15 members and begin meeting in a few months.

Never enough money for rail

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

SOMETHING strange happens when rail projects pass through the NSW bureaucracy. Capital works which elsewhere in the world - and elsewhere in Australia - cost about $100 million a kilometre are suddenly estimated to cost $400 million a kilometre. What is going on?

The head of Transport NSW, Les Wielinga, revealed last September that a 30 per cent contingency premium was built into the cost when projects were planned, but that does not account for the extraordinary claimed cost of tunnelling through soft and easy-to-work Sydney sandstone, which the state government has stated is $400 million a kilometre.

Council questions disused rail land future

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Grant District Council is calling for the future of local rail lands to be considered.

A motion will be put forward at a meeting tonight, seeking an investigation into the status of the disused infrastructure.

The council's chief executive officer, Russell Peate, says a future direction needs to be determined.

Growing support for western commuter rail links

Posted Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Bathurst campaigners say they've received strong support to extend a proposed commuter rail link from Sydney to Orange and the Mid-Western Region.

Rail Action Bathurst and the local branch of the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association have held an election debate with the three state candidates.

The transport lobby group's been fighting for a daily train link from Bathurst to Sydney for several years and also wants it to go to Orange, Kandos and Rylstone.

Train drivers threaten disruption

Posted Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

THE union behind Melbourne's train drivers has threatened industrial action unless rail operator Metro stops station staff using electronic ''paddles'' on busy railway platforms.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union's locomotive division represents the city's 800 suburban train drivers.

Last month drivers elected a new divisional secretary, Marc Marotta, to aggressively take on Metro over workplace issues in the lead-up to a new industrial agreement to be signed next year.

Mayoral hopeful wants light rail plan extended

Posted Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A mayoral candidate says the light rail system on Queensland's Gold Coast should be extended to the Coolangatta airport.

The former Liberal member for McPherson, Margaret May, has announced she will be an independent candidate at the mayoral poll in March.

American freight rails plan to spend $12 bln in 2011

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - Freight railroads plan to spend a record $12 billion on hiring new employees, laying down new track, and other capital projects in 2011, an industry group said on Wednesday.

The Association of American Railroads, whose members include Canadian Pacific Railway (CP.TO), Union Pacific (UNP.N), Norfolk Southern (NSC.N), and CSX (CSX.N), said freight railroads intend to hire about 10,000 new employees this year.

Train crashes into bank

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

A TRAIN has smashed into a bank in Melbourne's south.

The train overran a track at Sandringham station and crashed through a wall of the Bendigo Bank about 8.10pm (AEDT) yesterday.

Grain handling inquiry wins support

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

State Parliament will investigate grain handling in South Australia amid widespread anger from farmers over the latest harvest.

The House of Assembly has given bipartisan support for a select committee inquiry.

Farmers have complained about such things as silo closures, long waits and quality downgrades they disagreed with.

Hundreds of Queensland jobs at risk after company pulls out of QR tender

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

More than 1000 Australian jobs - most of them in Queensland - will be threatened by the decision of a local train manufacturer to pull out of a Queensland Rail tender to build new train sets, a union says.

The Queensland government announced in October last year it would invest $189 million to buy another Tilt Train and upgrade its existing two.

Govt agrees to fund Wellington rail upgrade

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2011 by freightgate in New Zealand Rail News

The Government has agreed to fund the rebuild of the Wellington region's rail network as the regional council considered rate rises to fund its share of the project.

Under the deal the Government "agreed in principle" to fund $88 million to complete the renewal of the rest of the signalling and traction on the network while the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) agreed to refurbish the 43 30-year-old Ganz Mavag trains at a cost of $80 million.

$500m rail spectrum investment in limbo

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

THERE was still no certainty for the states' 1800MHz spectrum-dependent $500 million investment in national rail safety after a meeting between rail representatives and the federal government today.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's most senior departmental advisors from the communications regulator have told the rail industry's peak body that they will have to prove they can't use commercial carriers to run the new system.

Flooded rail line still causing food shortage

Posted Thursday, 10 March, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

A major supermarket chain says its stores throughout Western Australia are still dealing with the fall out from a flooded rail line in South Australia.

The flooding caused the derailment of a major goods train a week ago and both Coles and Woolworths have been affected by food shortages as a result.

Australian MPs trapped on bullet train

Posted Saturday, 12 March, 2011 by Speed in International Rail News

Five Australians MPs are trapped on a bullet train that ground to a halt following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan. The federal Liberal member for Fadden, Stuart Robert said he and four other MPs were on the train when the earthquake hit on Friday.

Mr Robert said he was with Labor MPs Stephen Jones and Amanda Rishworth, Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash and Victorian Labor MP Natalie Hutchins. He said the group was travelling on the bullet train from Kyoto and Osaka in the south when the quake hit.

Southern Queensland rail line will reopen sooner than expected

Posted Monday, 14 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The southern Queensland rail line will reopen again at the end of the month after flooding destroyed large parts of it.

Premier Anna Bligh says the rail line that runs from Brisbane to Dirrinbandi and Quilpie was washed out in 260 places, including a 25-metre-deep hole at Springs Bluff on the Toowoomba Range.

Approval given for Oakajee Projects

Posted Monday, 14 March, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has provisionally approved two major projects for the planned Oakajee port and rail development.

Old rail lines are a huge tourism pull

Posted Monday, 14 March, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

I READ with interest the view on preserving old railways in Malaysia (Sunday Star, March 13). I am a regular visitor to the country on business and an now here on holiday.

The article mentions many aspects of railway history that are being forgotten and suggests a lack of enthusiasm for preserving such. This may be short sighted in respect of tourism potential.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/3/2011

Posted Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 99 sightings for this week. This is 26 sighting more than last week, making a total of 919 sightings for this year to date. On day 71 last year we had recorded 917 sightings. This is two sighting up on the same time last year.

$170m rail straightening for NSW

Posted Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE Federal Government has begun the latest part of its $3.4 billion upgrade of the freight rail network - $170 million on line straightening in regional NSW.

Labor has committed to the funding over six years to rebuild the network and extend tracks by 235 kilometres.

Lead shipments halted through Fremantle

Posted Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

MAGELLAN Metals has halted its shipments of lead through the port of Fremantle after it was revealed trains from its Wiluna mine deviated from the allowed route.

The company's lead shipments only resumed recently after being banned on December 31 when lead carbonate was detected in air samples taken outside double sealed bags in rail containers.

Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority is investigating the latest breach in lead handling procedures by the company.

it's Conroy's call on rail safety radio spectrum, says Albanese

Posted Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

FEDERAL Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has bemoaned the lack of consistency across Australia's rail signalling systems as his government pursues a spectrum policy that threatens to derail the industry's biggest ever attempt to fix the problem.

Last week Mr Albanese told delegates at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia luncheon that lack of consistency across rail signalling systems was a source of danger.

Cranky have no time for rail vows

Posted Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

TWO billion dollars doesn't get you a lot of new rail in Sydney, about 11km on current costs.

When NSW politicians talk big on public transport, voters should expect high price tags.

The city's rail system is so mature that any addition is brutally expensive and complex.

Yet for federal and state politicians, reducing traffic congestion and improving commuters' travel times remains a Holy Grail in the nation's largest city, especially in the distant, newly-lawned suburbs of the southwest and northwest.

Labor's many years of stop-go-delay on transport policy has left commuters cranky and confused; the Coalition's Barry O'Farrell faces the same voter consternation and scepticism about new services, but is promising to start work on a proposed North-West Rail Link in his first term.

Building China's ghost train

Posted Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

China's emphasis on rail development is understandable given the huge demands placed on its railway system and what will be expected of it in the future. Those demands are accelerating in step with the relentless pace of its overall growth and urbanisation. Despite the expansion of China's network and high utilisation rates, rail capacity remains under great pressure, especially for freight, which has had to meet a massive requirement to transport coal and other bulk commodities. A 2007 Deutsche Bank report claimed only one third of rail freight demand was being met.

Metro crash train 'speeding'

Posted Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A suburban train that overshot a platform and crashed into a bank in Sandringham this week was travelling at more than twice the speed limit at the time, according to train operator Metro.

An initial investigation concluded that the Siemens train was travelling at 33km/h when it entered the rail siding, well above the 15km/h speed limit, before it smashed into the Bendigo Bank and tore a two-metre hole in the brickwork on Wednesday night.

The crash at 8.15pm happened less than an hour after another Siemens train derailed at Pakenham.

Pakenham trains excuse 'pathetic'

Posted Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

CLAIMS by Metro that its trains on the Pakenham line ran late because of excessive numbers of travellers have been criticised by a public transport expert.

RMIT transport academic Dr Paul Mees said the claims were laughable and that problems on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines would grow if changes were not made quickly.

Man bashed at railway station in front of children

Posted Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A father of two was savagely bashed in front of his children by up to five men after he asked them to stop swearing at a train station in Melbourne’s west, say police.

The victim, Gary, was waiting at St Albans train station about 2pm last Friday with his wife and children, a three-year-old girl and four-year-old boy, when the men turned on him after he suggested they ‘‘relax the language’’.

Rail union action ruled illegal

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

FAIR Work Australia has ordered Melbourne's train union to stop unlawful industrial action.

Operator Metro took the Rail, Tram and Bus Union's militant locomotive division to the tribunal on Wednesday, over a threatened industrial campaign.

The tribunal found the union had been involved in promoting illegal industrial activity.

Train fix yet to depart Ted's station

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

ANGRY suburban commuters swept the Coalition to victory in November's election.

But there is increasing concerns the new government is fumbling to find ideas to fix Melbourne's train system.

Premier Ted Baillieu's election mantra of fixing the problems struck a cord and delivered a swathe of key seats along the Frankston line that were vital in breaking Labor's 11-year stranglehold on power.

But it may become an albatross around the government's neck unless commuters start to see tangible improvements.

It is still early days but the Coalition has gone silent about improving Melbourne's transport networks.
Instead the focus is on threatening to scrap Labor's pet project the myki ticketing system and scaling back the vital Regional Rail link.

Commuters ignore rail boycott

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The organisers of today’s rail boycott admit few, if any, commuters participated this morning.

Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said despite weak support, publicity surrounding the protest had successfully highlighted excessive rail fare increases.

‘‘We did have some support on the Cleveland line and the Sunshine Coast line,’’ he said.

Toowoomba rail back on track

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Premier Anna Bligh visited one of the worst affected areas of the rail line at Spring Bluff railway station. Ms Bligh says she takes her hat off to the 150 Queensland Rail staff and 100 contractors that have worked around the clock to repair the damaged lines.

"The effort put in here, to fast-track the $30 million in repairs, shows the tremendous rebuilding spirit in Queensland. More than 260 sites required repairs in the Toowoomba Range, including a 25-metre deep washout near the historical Spring Bluff station."

Albanese pledges to protect rail spectrum

Posted Thursday, 17 March, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

FEDERAL transport minister Anthony Albanese has pledged to personally approach the communications minister to protect an allocation of 1800MHz radio spectrum needed for a new national rail safety system.

Mr Albanese has already brokered one meeting between the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), the communications regulator and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's senior advisors.

ARA chief Bryan Nye said Mr Albanese had pledged to step up his effort and take the matter to Senator Conroy on the rail industry's behalf personally.

Baillieu slow to act on commuter safety pledge

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

The Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, has denied the Government will struggle to deliver a key election promise to have Protective Services Officers patrol Melbourne's rail network after dark.

The ABC has learned only 50 of the promised 940 officers will be trained at the Police Academy this year.

The Goods Shed in Castlemaine

Posted Friday, 18 March, 2011 by ChrisHosking in Letters to the Editor

In Castlemaine sits a heritage listed goods shed from the 1870's. The Maryborough Highland Society want to turn it into a mini casino with 65 poker machines.

Soon Heritage Vic will advertise the highlanders' permit application and there will be 14 days to make a submission against the works.
Is there anyone out there willing to help save this shed?

Traffic worries spark call for rail rethink

Posted Friday, 18 March, 2011 by freightgate in Northern Territory Rail News

The Alice Springs Town Council is writing to rail operators, asking them to consider changing train timetables to allow better traffic flow during peak hour times.

Union demands dumped rail tender answers

Posted Saturday, 19 March, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says it wants answers from a train manufacturer on the state's southern Fraser Coast that has pulled out of a multi-billion-dollar tender with Queensland Rail.

Downer EDI was bidding for a $3.2 billion contract to build 200 three-car passenger trains in Maryborough, but told staff yesterday it was pulling out because the process was too difficult and expensive.

Rail disaster hero honoured 34 years later

Posted Saturday, 19 March, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

A Gold Coast man has received a bravery award for rescuing victims of the fatal Granville railway crash in New South Wales, 34 years after the tragedy that claimed 83 lives.

Paramedic Richard Newman arrived at the Sydney railway station soon after a bridge collapsed on two carriages of a crowded commuter train in 1977, injuring more than 210 people.

Floods force rail project rethink

Posted Saturday, 19 March, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Last month's floods have prompted a redesign of the Surat Basin rail project in southern and central Queensland.

Construction on the line, linking Toowoomba and the Gladstone Port, is scheduled to start next year.

Heritage Railway Magazine 3801

Posted Saturday, 19 March, 2011 by Black5 in New South Wales Rail News

Article in the latest issue of Heritage Rail in the UK regarding 3801s Boiler.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/3/2011.

Posted Sunday, 20 March, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 117 sightings for this week. This is 18 sighting more than last week, making a total of 1036 sightings for this year to date. On day 78 last year we had recorded 1032 sightings. This is four sighting up on the same time last year.

Study on Melbourne Airport rail link

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

THE Baillieu Government will begin investigating options for a rail link to Melbourne Airport within weeks.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the Melbourne Airport Rail Link Study would start in June and be completed by the end of 2012.

Barry O'Farrell plan for $100 rail fare cut

Posted Monday, 21 March, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

TRAIN fares will be cut by more than $100 a year under an O'Farrell government in an effort to boost public transport use and reduce queues at ticket turnstiles.

Commuters will save $108 a year on monthly tickets and $100 a year on quarterly and annual tickets under the plan, which is aimed at coaxing more people away from weekly tickets to lock them into public transport use.

Mr O'Farrell will announce the policy today and compare it to IPART figures which show train fares have increased 64 per cent since the election of the Carr government in 1995 - almost twice the rate of inflation.

London to Frankfurt high-speed rail link back on track

Posted Monday, 21 March, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

Plans to transport 1 million rail passengers a year between Frankfurt and London are back on track as an independent report prepares to back German rail operator Deutsche Bahn in a row over Channel tunnel safety.

DB's ambition to launch a Teutonic Eurostar has been threatened by French objections to the state-of-the-art rolling stock it plans to use in the tunnel. David Cameron and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, are believed to have raised their concerns about the row with the French government, amid fears that it will hinder the growth of pan-European high speed rail services.

$4m Hoddle Street plan shelved

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

A report into how to fix Hoddle Street's traffic problems, commissioned by the Brumby government at a cost to taxpayers of almost $4 million, will be shelved.

The Baillieu government will this year begin planning work on a railway line to Doncaster, first promised by conservative Premier Henry Bolte in 1969.

Premier Ted Baillieu has promised the railway line will be built along the Eastern Freeway's median strip, with an expected impact on the amount of traffic along the connecting Hoddle Street.

Greens propose light rail between Penrith and Richmond

Posted Monday, 21 March, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

reens candidates Suzie Wright for Penrith recently met with David Shoebridge, lead candidate for the NSW Upper House, to discuss 21st Century transport solutions for Greater Western Sydney.

"Light rail can be a key transport solution for Sydney’s West, providing fast, reliable, environmentally sustainable transport,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“The Greens proposal is for a light rail corridor between Campbelltown and Penrith and Penrith to Richmond, where minimal public transport options now exist,” said Mr Shoebridge. “The Greens will work in the next parliament to deliver a 12 month feasibility and scoping study for light rail, with an estimated cost of $8 million, to determine the most viable route.”

Dad bashing: arrests over train-station assault in front of children

Posted Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Four teenagers have been detained over the vicious bashing of a father of two at a train station in Melbourne's west this month.

The victim, Gary, 37, was at St Albans train station about 2pm on Friday, March 11 with his wife and two of his children, aged three and four, when he approached a group of men and asked them to "relax the language" and was allegedly attacked.

He required reconstructive surgery for injuries to his face.

Smartcard miscalculation gives travellers 2¢ worth

Posted Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

USERS of zone 1 myki passes who travel into Melbourne's suburban zone 2 areas on weekends are being given a little present - 2¢.

The 2¢ dividend comes because of a flaw in the smartcard's calculations of travel zones, and was brought about by last week's rise in public transport fares.

Oakajee cost blowout 'speculation'

Posted Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 by freightgate in Western Australian Rail News

Murchison Metals has dismissed as speculation that its Oakajee Port and Rail project in the Mid West is facing a $2.3 billion cost blowout.

The project is backed by Japanese joint venture partners, Murchison Metals and Mitsubishi.

The Australian Newspaper is reporting the construction costs of the project are expected to balloon from $4.4 billion to $6.7 billion.

V/Line releases 2011 Round 1 Footy Season Timetables

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

V/Line has today released the the timetables for the start of the 2011 AFL Season. Round 1 timetable information can be found at: http://www.vline.com.au/footy/

Rail plans build up steam

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

PLANS to allow 1.8km freight trains to run through the Hills are one step closer, with the state’s Development Assessment Commission (DAC) considering a proposal to build a $20 million crossing loop at Ambleside.

The commission supported the plan at a hearing last month but the recommendation was withdrawn when more than 30 people, who had lodged written submissions, were mistakenly not given a chance to speak.

Barnett says Oakajee contribution capped

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Premier Colin Barnett says the Japanese consortium behind the Oakajee Port and Rail development has not asked the State Government for any more money to build the project.

The Australian newspaper is reporting the project is facing a more than $2 billion cost blowout.

Gippsland V/Line services have been cancelled or disrupted due to flooding

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

Many Gippsland passenger rail services have been either disrupted or cancelled this morning (March 23) due to flooding in the Gippsland region.

Coast rail users could lose under Newman

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

INCREASING speculation Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is about to ditch council politics for a tilt at State Parliament could prove costly for Gold Coast rail commuters.

Cr Newman is refusing to rule out running for State Parliament amid a bungled Liberal National Party bid to sideline leader and Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek in favour of the more popular mayor.

Despite Premier Anna Bligh's rebounding popularity as a result of her performance during the floods, polling still has the LNP ahead, almost guaranteeing Cr Newman would be premier after the state election if he did make the jump.

Freight rail link costs blow out to $50 million as work suspended

Posted Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE COST of a vital Sydney rail project has blown out by about $50 million after work was suspended on it for almost a year.

The Southern Sydney Freight Line, considered crucial for reducing the amount of freight carried by trucks in Sydney and throughout the state, is expected to be finished by the end of next year. It will have cost $350 million, well above the most recent estimate of $309 million.

Historic shale-oil mining village up for auction

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

It is 100 years since Joadja Creek village in the Southern Highlands was first sold. The mining town was abandoned in 1904 after shale-oil deposits dwindled, alongside growing competition from imports of cheap kerosene from the US.

The property was sold in 1911 by Raine and Horne of Sydney, for £4400, as grazing land.

Extra 1.4 million cars in 20 years

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

VICTORIA'S congested roads will need to cope with an extra 1.4 million cars within 20 years.

Car ownership is predicted to grow in Australia by 5.5 million in that period, a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit has found.

But soaring fuel prices, and better public transport, could see those predictions reined in.

Manchester rail link welcomed as a 'boost' to region

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Funding for a new rail link connecting Manchester's main stations has been welcomed as a boost to the region.

In the budget, Chancellor George Osborne gave his backing for a new £85m line between Piccadilly and Victoria.

The rail link is part of a wider £530m plan to improve rail services in and around the city.

Man wielding fake gun terrorises Fitzroy tram commuters

Posted Thursday, 24 March, 2011 by Speed in Tram and Light Rail News

A man wielding a fake gun has chased a packed tram in Fitzroy, forcing the driver to let him on board and terrorising commuters before police swooped to arrest him.

Hamilton City Council is investigating reopening the long-disused station

Posted Friday, 25 March, 2011 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

Hamilton City Council is investigating reopening the long-disused underground railway platform at the city’s station for Rugby World Cup Games.

It has approached KiwiRail about booking trains from Auckland for Waikato Stadium's three World Cup matches in September and October.

Myki dilemma - now it's working

Posted Friday, 25 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

MYKI usage has surged with more than four million trips taken using the system last month.

Growing acceptance of the troubled smartcard system is putting further pressure on the Government as it continues to debate the future of myki.

A Cabinet sub-committee is expected to provide a report on whether to scrap or retain the controversial smartcard to Premier Ted Baillieu, possibly as early as Monday.

Overhaul call on guards with guns at Melbourne train stations

Posted Friday, 25 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

UPDATE 9.20am: THE Opposition has labeled the Government’s policy for armed guards at train stations a "joke", claiming it has not been thought through.

Pressure is mounting on the Baillieu Government to overhaul its plans for armed guards on all railway stations.

As State Parliament yesterday passed the first set of new laws to implement the proposal, the Police Association called for compromise.

Train overshoots platform at Macleod Railway Station

Posted Friday, 25 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

A TRAIN has overshot a platform after its brakes apparently failed in another embarrassing incident for Metro.

Passengers were thrown from their seats as the X’Trapolis train slammed through fencing at the end of the platform at Macleod Railway Station.

Metro cancelling trains

Posted Friday, 25 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

METRO has been quietly cancelling trains this week on the Frankston, Werribee and Pakenham lines, as it struggles to deal with a lack of stabling facilities caused by recent crashes.

It took place as a Metro train last night overshot a platform in Melbourne's north-east, two weeks after a train smashed into a bank after failing to stop.

The X'Trapolis train failed to stop in time at Macleod station, on the Hurstbridge line, about 4pm.

Ballarat's steam salvation back on track

Posted Saturday, 26 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

BALLARAT'S train lovers can rest easy knowing part of the city’s rail history will now be looked after by the state’s locomotive enthusiasts.

Steamrail Victoria commissioned two large cranes yesterday to transport a 1954 R Class steam locomotive from a rail yard in Ballarat East to a different yard nearby.

Train buff and Steamrail Victoria volunteer Tom Chambers was at the site when the ageing steam engine was moved.

Baillieu defends delays to state's major projects

Posted Saturday, 26 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

PREMIER Ted Baillieu has defended the billions of dollars worth of taxpayer-funded projects his government has put in limbo, blaming huge cost blowouts on the former Labor government.

With the fate of the $5 billion regional rail project, the myki ticket system, the HealthSmart hospital IT system and the Epping wholesale market in the balance, Mr Baillieu said Victorians expected the government to look at the projects carefully due to budget overruns.

Rail plan grinds to halt

Posted Saturday, 26 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA’S $5 billion regional rail project has stalled.

The regional rail link plan would give Bendigo, Geelong and Ballarat trains a dedicated line through the metropolitan system to Southern Cross station.

But Nationals MP Damian Drum said a $1.3 billion shortfall in the project’s costings would see no action until at least the Baillieu government’s May budget.

“Now that we are in government we have discovered that the (former) government undercosted that project by $800 million, so we are liable for that extra money,” he said. “And we now find that Julia Gillard, the Labor prime minister, has ripped $500 million of her

Travelling in fine surrounds

Posted Saturday, 26 March, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

Kristie Kellahan nominates six picturesque rail journeys that combine history and grandeur.

West Highland Line

Consistently voted the best train journey in the world, the West Highland Line from Glasgow up the west coast of Scotland is an incredibly scenic railway trip of lush green hills and valleys. It has been immortalised in film - in Trainspotting and as the site of the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series - making it a big drawcard for movie buffs. During the warm summer months, a steam locomotive-hauled daily return service, the Jacobite, operates between Fort William and Mallaig. This is one very Scottish experience.

See http://raileurope.com.au.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/3/2011

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

There were 107 sightings for this week. This is 10 sighting less than last week, making a total of 1143 sightings for this year to date. On day 85 last year we had recorded 1032 sightings. This is five sighting up on the same time last year.

Homes evacuated, VIA Rail shut down after derailment near Port Hope

Posted Monday, 28 March, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

A “significant” derailment of a CN Rail freight train en route to Toronto forced families in 20 houses to be evacuated and both east and west VIA Rail passenger lines to close.

The derailment of about 20 cars of the 116-car train happened at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, three kilometres east of Port Hope, CN Rail communications director Jim Feeny said.

“These are rare,” he said of the accident. “This is a main track derailment, something significant.”

End of the line for Jolimont project?

Posted Monday, 28 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

FORMER premier John Brumby's vision to link Melbourne's arts and sporting precincts with a deck over Jolimont rail yards may be scrapped after a government decision to review the Federation Square East proposal.

Senior government sources confirmed that Major Projects Victoria had been instructed to revise the plan, which was ridiculed by Premier Ted Baillieu when he was opposition leader last November.

The review follows a growing list of projects worth billions of dollars that have stalled under the Coalition government. Some have been halted despite construction being well advanced.

Barry O'Farrell to meet Julia Gillard on carbon tax, rail

Posted Monday, 28 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

PREMIER-elect Barry O'Farrell will square off with Prime Minister Julia Gillard over carbon tax and federal funding for rail projects in one of his first acts in office.

Mr O'Farrell and National Party leader Andrew Stoner are expected to be sworn in as premier and deputy premier today, a two-man cabinet to get the state moving before a full swearing in next week.

Ms Gillard telephoned Mr O'Farrell to offer her congratulations yesterday and the two agreed to meet on issues including his request to divert $2 billion in funding from the Parramatta to Epping rail link to the northwest rail link.

East Coast rail delays spark passenger anger

Posted Monday, 28 March, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Train passengers left stranded by signalling problems on the East Coast main line have complained of being left to fend for themselves.

Many people were eventually brought to York station after being stuck on trains for hours.

Middlesbrough passenger Mike Oyston said: "It was just chaos, there was no information at all."

A spokesman for train operator East Coast said: "We sincerely apologise for the queues and inconvenience."

Western rail line back in business

Posted Monday, 28 March, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Western railway line reopened today, three months earlier than originally forecast, with the first coal train passing through Toowoomba this morning.

Premier Anna Bligh says the reopening of the Western line will reconnect vital freight trains to towns all the way out to Quilpie, as well as the South Western line, which connects Toowoomba to Thallon via Warwick.

Fed govt won't transfer Epping rail funds

Posted Monday, 28 March, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The commonwealth is still committed to funding Sydney's Parramatta-to-Epping rail link despite the priorities of the new NSW government.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says a change of state government does not alter the commonwealth's priorities.

How cool is Cityrail service!

Posted Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 by shaungo in Letters to the Editor

My wife was taking her 7 year old boy to see his Dad for the weekend and her boy decided he would like to carry his mum’s backpack because his was a bit big and heavy with his things for the weekend.

Lack of grain trains

Posted Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S grain industry should not expect the State Government to rush to help solve a train shortage.

Department of Transport senior policy manager Bernie Cahir told the grain logistics conference last week buying or leasing rail rolling stock by the Government was a "complex" issue.

The Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development and some rail operators have been arguing for the Government to step in to buy idle wagons to help with the huge task of transporting grain to port in bumper seasons.

$100m added to cost of myki

Posted Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 by nukegrove in Victorian Rail News

THE cost to Victorian taxpayers of the myki ticketing episode could blow out to as much as $1.5 billion as the Baillieu government moves to recast the bungled transport smartcard and extend the life of the old Metcard system.

Grain delay halts ships

Posted Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

BIG delays in loading grain ships have been experienced at GrainCorp's Geelong terminal.

Three ships have been idle in Port Phillip Bay for weeks after being partially loaded with grain.

One ship chartered by CBH Group arrived at Geelong on February 11 and was partially loaded with malting barley before it anchored outside the harbour until last weekend.

Initially contracted to load 40,000 tonnes of barley at Geelong, it was loaded with more barley at the port on the weekend before sailing with only about 25,000 tonnes of grain to top up in Esperance, in Western Australia.

Flood damage in VFF focus

Posted Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

THE impact of heavy rain and floods on rail lines, roads and grain storages will be a key focus of the VFF grains group conference.

The conference is on at Longerenong next week.

The VFF will hold a panel discussion on grain logistics, with grain marketers and bulk handlers taking part.

Grains group president Russell Amery said the conference would discuss flood damage to infrastructure and marketing options which remain for producers.

Accident hyrail excavator v train in Western Australia

Posted Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 by mizu in Western Australian Rail News

There are reports of an accident involving a hi-rail vehicle and a freight train in Western Australia.

Altona commuters slam delays from Metro timetable changes

Posted Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

ALTONA commuters are outraged by the new Metro timetable that will more than double the time taken to make some trips.

A ride from Altona to Hoppers Crossing that now took 13 minutes would take 31 minutes under the changes to come into effect from May 8, Greens MP Colleen Hartland said.

Those travelling into the city during the day would have to get off at Newport and wait seven minutes for a connecting train.

Pressure on Metro over late trains

Posted Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

METRO is about to end one of its worst months running Melbourne's train network.

Train punctuality has slumped over the past month and an improving trend took a nosedive.

Metro has only managed to run 83.4 per cent of services on time over the past 28 days, well below the 88 per cent minimum.

Wagga duo wins $3m Rio Tinto bid

Posted Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 by DesL in Rail News

A WAGGA business has caught the eye of international mining giant Rio Tinto which has awarded it a $3 million contract.

Child killed by train in Victoria

Posted Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A child died after being hit by a train at Geelong in Victoria tonight.

The boy, believed to be about five years old, was struck by the V-Line service at Corio about 7.30pm (AEDT).

Police say he was by himself when the Warrnambool-bound train hit him between Refinery and St Georges roads.

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