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Discovery could re-open rail line

Posted Friday, 1 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The discovery of high quality bauxite near Guyra could provide a reason to re-open the Guyra to Armidale rail line.

Operations on the rail line were recently suspended, but Australian Bauxite Limited says it will need to use if they decide to extract the mineral.

The company drilled 63 holes on a dozen properties in the hope of finding the mineral, which is used to manufacture aluminium metal.

Journey ends for Singapore train station at age 79

Posted Friday, 1 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Train enthusiasts, tourists and officials thronged an iconic 1930s railway station in downtown Singapore on Thursday, hours before it was to be closed, with a sultan from neighbouring Malaysia driving out the last train.

O'Farrell on the spot after rail privatisation rumblings

Posted Friday, 1 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE head of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union has demanded answers from the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, after comments by the head of the premier's new infrastructure body supporting the privatisation of transport services.

In an interview with the Herald, the inaugural chief executive of Infrastructure NSW, Paul Broad, praised Jeff Kennett's Victorian privatisations of the 1990s, but stressed that he was still early in his job and he had no agenda yet for NSW.

Graziers want coal rail lines done 'right'

Posted Friday, 1 July, 2011 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

Central Highlands' property owners say they hope the Queensland Government acts on their concerns about proposed coal rail lines from the Galilee Basin.

All aboard the very late Waratah train

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

IT may have been three years late but the first of the much-hyped fleet of Waratah trains finally joined Sydney's rail network yesterday.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian was among the first passengers and couldn't resist a dig at the former Labor government.

Crews finish repairing track; removing train cars after derailment

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

BROOKS, KY (WAVE)- At least half a dozen mangled rail cars were sitting upright in Erick Richardson's front yard Friday morning.

"It looks a whole lot better than it did last night," He said.

The clean up effort was just as big as the massive derailment. Richardson says he watched the derailment happen Thursday, as his brother was getting the mail.

KTMB To Introduce New Packages After The Closure Of Tanjong Pagar

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

JOHOR BAHARU, July 1 (Bernama) -- With the closure of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will introduce new rail tourism packages to entice tourists to use its services to the island state.

Sydney and Randwick councils team up for light rail extension

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Two major Sydney councils will work together to support an extension to Sydney’s light rail system, easing gridlocked streets and improving public transport in Australia’s only global city.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP and Randwick Mayor Murray Matson have agreed to join forces to support the extension of light rail into the CBD and into Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with the City of Sydney and Randwick City to formalise their cooperation through an official Memorandum of Understanding.

Chug your way to the railway tracks at Tanjong Pagar

Posted Saturday, 2 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Singapore: The Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah Railway Stations are now shuttered, but they are anything but quiet.

Works are being carried out for the removal of furniture and equipment by KTM and its tenants as well as maintenance works.

As for the railway tracks, they are open from today for those who want to take a walk through the past.

Waratah has all gunzels a-blazing

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE arrival on the tracks of the Waratah trains will be welcomed by Sydney's gunzel community. Gunzels are Australian railway enthusiasts. In Britain, the beanie-wearing characters who mill around train stations with cameras and clipboards noting down times and locomotive registration numbers are known as trainspotters.

Russia invites China for high-speed rail co-op

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

MOSCOW - As Russia expands its railway construction, China could enjoy greater cooperation potential with Moscow in the sector, especially on high-speed rail projects, says the president of the state-run Russian Railways company.

Vladimir Yakunin told Xinhua that based on China's rich experience in railway construction and the mature mechanism of technology exchange between the two countries, China would have good chances of winning in the public bidding on major Russian railway projects. Those projects include the Moscow-St. Petersburg high-speed railway, the first in Russia.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/7/2011

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 111 sightings for this week. This is 17 sighting less than last week, making a total of 2713 sightings for this year to date. On day 183 last year we had recorded 2488 sightings. This is 225 sightings up on the same time last year.

Car stuck on tracks stops trains

Posted Sunday, 3 July, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

ALL inbound trains to Richmond from the eastern suburbs have been stopped after a student drove his car onto train tracks.

The Chinese student was travelling along Yarra Blvd when he tried to turn into Swan St.

But the young driver mistook the tracks for the road and became stuck on the tracks.

Commuters face snarls as $5.3bn rail project digs in

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MOTORISTS and rail commuters coming in through Melbourne's west should expect delays over the next two weeks as the first major works on the $5.3 billion Regional Rail Link project begin.
Crucial environmental approvals are still missing from the rail project, which began in earnest on Saturday.

The project is a new set of railway tracks through Melbourne's west which will separate Metro trains from V/Line services.

Brockman turns focus to new horizons

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

WAYNE Richards reckons this week will be better than last week, and not least because he'll spend it pulling large fish out of the tropical waters around the Montebello Islands.

Few would begrudge the Brockman Resources managing director a few days break after a turbulent ownership struggle culminated with his company losing almost a quarter of its value in barely 48 hours last week.

O'Farrell opens with a classy 100

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The view from the command deck of the giant social machine known as New South Wales sweeps over Sydney Harbour from the 40th floor of Governor Macquarie Tower. It must have looked formidable to Barry O'Farrell when he took control on March 28: a $59 billion budget, 22 ministers, 300 government entities - from the Ambulance Service to Taronga Zoo - and more than 300,000 public sector workers.

The first thing O'Farrell did was turn away from the grand view and the soaring tower. He chose instead to work in the more modest, historic and comfortable Premier's quarters in Parliament House. As a symbol of greater financial discipline and efficiency he gave himself fewer personal staff. There were plenty of empty desks in the Premier's suite after he moved in.

Italians clash with police over rail line

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

ITALIAN police have clashed with thousands of demonstrators protesting a high-speed rail line linking Italy to France.

Officials said yesterdat anarchists infiltrated the protest and were responsible for injuring nearly 200 police officers. It was not immediately clear how serious the injuries were or how many protesters were injured. At least five people were arrested.

Amtrak sues trucking company over Nevada crash

Posted Monday, 4 July, 2011 by freightgate in International Rail News

(Reuters) - Amtrak has sued the trucking company that owned a tractor-trailer rig which slammed into one of its trains in Nevada last week in a fiery crash that killed six people and injured dozens of others.

The passenger rail service, partly owned by the U.S. government, sued the John Davis Trucking Company in U.S. District Court in Nevada on Wednesday, seeking unspecified damages.

Murchison risks being run off the rails

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by freightgate in Western Australian Rail News

The scale of the challenge confronting new Murchison Metals chairman, and former AGL chief executive, Greg Martin has been made clear by today’s presentation on the proposed Oakajee Port and Rail project and Murchison’s Jack Hills iron ore joint venture.

Murchison, a company with a market capitalisation of less than $300 million, is trying to develop projects with combined capital costs of almost $10 billion.

Murchison does have a couple of things going for it. Its partner in both projects is Japanese giant Mitsubishi Development and both the West Australian and federal governments are very supportive of the Oakajee project, which would open up WA’s mid-west iron ore province.

Regional rail works mean longer commute

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters on the Bendigo, Ballarat and Sydenham rail lines face a significantly longer journey to work over the next fortnight with the cancellation of all train services.

Buses will replace trains as workers carry out maintenance on the regional rail link.

Plan to privatise airport rail link

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The much vaunted rail link between Perth Airport and the central city could be delivered as an entirely privately financed and operated project, the latest report by the Federal Government's peak infrastructure body reveals.

Infrastructure Australia's annual update of projects of national significance says it has been involved in discussions with the WA Government to "advance plans and develop a robust business case" for a private rail link in the context of a broader examination of the Gateway WA airport roads project.

The report says there may be scope "for the provision of a rail link with private project proponents and the establishment of an appropriate equity vehicle".

Passive Victoria set to miss out on infrastructure billions

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA is at risk of losing billions of dollars of federal infrastructure funding because the Baillieu government has failed to deliver a single major project proposal to Australia's independent infrastructure umpire.

In a report to state and federal governments, Infrastructure Australia also issues a blunt warning that it is ''very unlikely'' to support state government proposals for new freeways unless they are tolled.

V/Line mute on train delays (Albury)

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by dkaarma in Victorian Rail News

After all the fanfare of the launch V/Lines one return service a day to Albury is running up to an hour late with commuters frustrated by V/Lines lack of information.

Train travellers stuck after teen hit

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

Nearly 250 V/Line passengers are stuck on a train in Melbourne's south-east after it hit a teenager who escaped with leg injuries.

The passengers on the city-bound Traralgon line train have been unable to get off since just before 10am, when the 18-year-old was hit when he crossed the tracks near a pedestrian crossing at Springvale station.

The train was not close enough to the platform for the passengers to be able to get off the train safely, a V/Line spokesman said.

The Gap to Boggabilla line leased by ARTC

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The rail line between Boggabilla and the Gap, on the North Coast, will be upgraded as a part of the Gunnedah Basin Coal Link.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation is leasing the 370-kilometre line from the New South Wales Country Rail Infrastructue Corporation.

Buses face 'real test' as rail replacement

Posted Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

The Public Transport Users Association says the bus services replacing trains in central Victoria will face their stiffest test today.

The Bendigo-to-Melbourne line has been closed for two weeks to allow work to begin on the multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link project.

No funding deal for north-west rail link

Posted Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has not yet formally applied for Commonwealth funding to build its promised rail line in Sydney's north-west.

During the Coalition's campaign for Government it repeatedly said the north-west rail link was its number one transport priority.

P&O Trans Australia buys South Australian logistics company Mackenzie Intermodal

Posted Thursday, 7 July, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

LOGISTICS firm Mackenzie Intermodal has been sold to P&O Trans Australia for a multimillion-dollar sum.

The deal is expected to settle in July with the 29-year-old SA company's 8000 sqm Outer Harbor container facility, close to the Adelaide Ocean Terminal, a key asset in the takeover.

Mackenzie Intermodal, which also has depots in Melbourne, Murray Bridge, Bordertown and Hynam in the State's south east, would "deliver a significant regional network, strong management team and exposure to an excellent customer base to the existing P&O Trans Australia businesses," P&O Trans Australia managing director Paul Digney said.

More Aboriginal remains found at Seaford rail extension site

Posted Thursday, 7 July, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

MORE ancient Aboriginal remains have been found on the site of the $291 million Seaford rail extension, the Transport Department has confirmed.

The bones were found on Monday - the fourth time such a discovery has been made since work on the project began earlier this year, the Southern Times Messenger reports.

Northwest rail link tunnel deeper than harbour

Posted Friday, 8 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE northwest rail link will include Sydney’s deepest tunnels – reaching almost 70m, or the equivalent of a 25-storey building, underground.

By comparison, the Epping Chatswood rail link averages only 20m underground and most City Circle tracks are only a few metres below the surface.

Regional Rail Link: Buses lengthen workday

Posted Friday, 8 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

SHUTTING the Sydenham line to start work on the Regional Rail Link has caused confusion for commuters and residents.
The Sydenham line will be closed until Monday, July 18, for preparatory works and maintenance.

Trains between Albion and Footscray have been replaced by buses. An express bus from Albion and Sunshine stations takes passengers to Flemington racecourse where they can board trains to the city.

Premier Barry O'Farrell promises light rail revolution

Posted Saturday, 9 July, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

BARRY O'Farrell has committed to making a start on a light rail line through the city to the sporting grounds at Randwick and Fox Studios in this term of government.

In an interview to mark 100 days in the job, the Premier says a feasibility study into the line will be done within 12 months and "we will see light rail built in this city".

About 1000 people join rally to save rail jobs

Posted Saturday, 9 July, 2011 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union says it's heartened by the turnout at Saturday's protest rally in Dunedin against plans to axe up to 40 jobs at the city's Hillside Railway Workshops.
At least 1000 people attended the rally, including the city's Mayor, the Chamber of Commerce, Greenpeace and local MPs.

Fears of too few services on north-west rail link

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

IT IS THE multibillion-dollar question the NSW government is asking taxpayers to take on trust: has it chosen the right route for the north-west rail link?

After the travails of her predecessors, the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, has promised a more transparent approach to the job.

Water leak closes Kings Cross Station

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A water leak temporarily forced the closure of Sydney's Kings Cross Station on a busy Saturday afternoon.

Trains were forced to bypass the station after CityRail closed the stop over safety concerns, The Department of Transport said.

Rail study will go ahead

Posted Sunday, 10 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A study into the viability of reopening the Blayney to Demondrille rail line in central western New South Wales will continue under the new state government.

The Blayney, Cowra, Young, Harden and Weddin Councils were concerned the study to reopen the line, which was commissioned by the previous government, could be stopped by the new transport minister.

Believe it or not, we're driving less than ever

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by Speed in Other Transport News

CITY driving in Australia and other developed countries peaked in 2004 and has been declining since.

A paper by Curtin University academics Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy, Peak Car Use: Understanding the Demise of Automobile Dependence, cites soaring oil prices, traffic congestion, a preference for inner-city living, public transport growth, an ageing population, and more crowded cities for pushing people away from cars. ''Peak car use is a major historical discontinuity that was largely unpredicted by most urban professionals and academics,'' write the authors. ''The peak car use phenomenon suggests we may now be witnessing the demise of automobile dependence in cities … the phenomenon of peak car use appears to have set in to the cities of the developed world.''

Emergency crews race to site of Sunlander train and truck crash site in Nth QLD

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by wolfpac in Queensland Rail News

A MAN and woman have been flown to hospital in a serious condition after their truck collided with the Sunlander train in North Queensland.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/7/2011

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 117 sightings for this week. This is six sighting more than last week, making a total of 2830 sightings for this year to date. On day 190 last year we had recorded 2593 sightings. This is 237 sightings up on the same time last year.

On track for light rail to Randwick

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

BARRY O’Farrell’s light rail revolution is headed to Randwick, with the NSW Premier committing to making a start on the southeast light rail line in this term of government.

“A commencement will be made on new light rail tracks in this city before the next election,” Mr O’Farrell said.

A fast train network, not localised light rail, holds the ticket

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

Canberra needs to be part of a new nation-building system which links south-east Australia.
There has been, of late, some exploration of Canberra's transportation needs most of which appears to be focused on a simple, seemingly attractive solution.

The notion that there will be great environmental benefits from increasing density that will justify investment in light rail is simply astounding.

The environmental argument made so far is quite limited and misses the main points.

Rather than adopt a physical deterministic solution of the kind proposed, we need to have a more encompassing review of what the situation is and what a serious strategy for investment in public transport looks like.

Death toll climbs to 80 in India rail accident

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

The death toll in a train accident in northern India climbed to 80 on Monday with more than 350 injured in one of the worst rail disasters to hit the country's troubled rail network in years.

Hope for extra rail service to fix 'Bombay Express'

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Commuter groups say they hope an extra rail service will fix the problem of serious overcrowding on Sunshine Coast trains.

The new service begins today and will run from the Brisbane CBD to Nambour during this afternoon's peak.

It was introduced after passengers complained of fainting and falling out of crowded trains onto platforms when the doors opened on a service labelled 'The Bombay Express'.

Serious injuries after Sunlander train and truck crash in North Queensland

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail crews are inspecting damage sustained to its Sunlander train after a horror smash on a level crossing in North Queensland.

More than 200 passengers were onboard the Cairns-bound train when it struck a truck at a level crossing near Abswold Rd and the Bruce Highway, about 100km north of Townsville and 20km south of Ingham just before 11am.

Power failure cripples China's bullet train service

Posted Monday, 11 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

BEIJING: China's newly launched high-speed bullet train faced opprobrium after the service between Beijing and Shangahai was paralysed for nearly 90 minutes following a power breakdown due to thunderstorms.

In a first major malfunction since its launch on June 30, nineteen trains on the Beijing-Shanghai rail link came to a standstill for nearly 90 minutes yesterday, railway authorities said.

BHP IRON ORE HALTED BY 'SIGNIFICANT' INCIDENT'

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

SYDNEY (AFP) - Global mining giant BHP Billiton halted port and rail operations at its massive west Australian iron ore deposit Thursday after a "significant incident" which claimed the life of a worker.

BHP said the fatal incident occurred in the early hours of the morning at its Port Hedland export docks on Australia's west coast.

"At this stage we are unable to provide any further detail about the incident, but will do so as soon as possible during the day," the miner said in a statement.

Kerang rail inquest continues

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The coronial inquest into the Kerang rail disaster will resume today.

The crash between a V/Line passenger train and a truck killed 11 people in 2007.

Qld eyes Vic rail radio alert trial

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in Rail Events

A Victorian trial that will use car radios to prevent deaths at level crossings might be introduced in Queensland if it's successful.

Queensland Rail chief executive Paul Scurrah says all options are being considered to prevent a repeat of Monday's crash between the Sunlander train service and a truck in the state's north.

Renewed attempt to remove western railway line

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A renewed bid to remove the disused railway line between Byrock and Brewarrina in western New South Wales does not have the support of the local council.

A Trangie businessman plans to re-lodge a proposal with the new state government to recycle the 70 kilometres of steel sleepers.

Blacktown station soon be stretched to the limit

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

BLACKTOWN has become the central station for people in the west of Sydney who travel regularly by train.
The failure of consecutive governments to build the North West Rail Link or to invest in significant up-grades on the Western and Richmond lines has isolated Blacktown station as a central hub.

Police figures show that up to 4500 people pass through the station every hour.

Many of these people come from areas outside Blacktown such as Windsor, Richmond or Kellyville, because these suburbs lack frequent public transport.

Road and rail stand to lose more than $500m in fuel rebates under Carbon Tax

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

RAIL and road transport groups will lose more than half a billion dollars in fuel rebates from 2014 under the government's carbon tax regime, with only some businesses able to pass on the costs.
The Australian Trucking Association estimates the cost to the heavy vehicle industry at about $510 million, while analysts estimate the bill for the country's two biggest rail businesses, Asciano and QR National, at about $30m, The Australian reports.

ATA managing director Stuart St Clair said the industry would have liked some incentives to help with the transition, given the special exemptions and support given to other sectors.

Regional Rail Link: Short-term rail pain for long-term gain

Posted Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

CLOSURE of the Sydenham line to enable work to start on the Regional Rail Link (RRL) has resulted in a mixed reaction among commuters.
The Sydenham line will be closed until Monday for preparatory works and maintenance.

Trains between Albion and Footscray have been replaced by buses. An express bus from Albion and Sunshine stations takes passengers to Flemington racecourse where they can board trains to the city.

No light rail and parade clash

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

New Mardi Gras (NMG) is making sure the needs of the Mardi Gras parade will be taken into account in NSW Government plans to run light rail on Oxford St. The City of Sydney supports the plan.

Before the election, then Opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian announced plans for a light rail line connecting Circular Quay to the University of Sydney, with the most likely route running up Oxford St to turn at Taylor Square on to Flinders St and then down Anzac Parade.

Miracle escape as car crashes over embankment, collides with train

Posted Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

A motorist has had a remarkable escape this morning after her vehicle crashed over an embankment and hit a moving train in Melbourne’s north during peak hour.

The smash at Pascoe Vale just after 8am threw the Craigieburn line into chaos, with the line suspended and buses replacing all services between Broadmeadows and Essendon.

All services have since returned to normal.

Barnett backs light rail for Perth

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett is backing the introduction of light rail in "car-intensive" Perth and predicts increasing government investment in public transport.

He says light rail will figure in his government's Public Transport Network Plan for Perth to be released by Transport Minister Troy Buswell on Thursday.

China urges patience as delays hit high-speed train

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

BEIJING — China called Wednesday for "patience" with a flagship high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai as passengers suffered fresh delays on the newly opened line.

The official Xinhua news agency said people should be "tolerant" of problems with the trains after delays caused by power outages on Sunday and Tuesday sparked a slew of criticism online and in the Chinese media.

"It is lack of confidence if we immediately get suspicious of the high-speed rail and hype it up to attract attention whenever a glitch or accident happens," Xinhua said in a commentary.

Glossy plans but Brisbane's cross-river rail link in doubt

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE timing of Brisbane's crucial cross river rail link remains uncertain despite the State Government's release of a glossy 96-page Queensland infrastructure plan for the next 20 years.

Barely two years ago, Premier Anna Bligh said modelling showed a second rail bridge was "desperately needed" by 2016.

The document, released on Tuesday, made no reference to a possible construction timetable beyond the phrase "medium to longer term". It also classified the ambitious scheme as still being in the "pre-project" phase.

Train from Las Vegas to Calif. gets environment OK

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

LAS VEGAS -- A rail project that would connect Las Vegas and Southern California and could create tens of thousands of jobs is moving forward.

Fatal rail crossing had five near misses

Posted Thursday, 14 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE level crossing where a truck and train crashed in 2007, killing 11 people, had five near misses the previous year, an inquest has heard.

Former police inspector Garry Bennett told an inquest into the rail disaster that train operator V/Line advised him train drivers had five near misses with vehicles at the crossing north of Kerang before the fatal crash.

Mr Bennett said the advice, given in July 2006, prompted him to arrange an article in the local newspaper and a broadcast on the local ABC radio station warning people about rail crossing dangers, particularly at the one near Kerang.

Twenty-year public transport plan revealed

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The state government's 20-year public transport plan will cost more than $4 billion to implement, Transport Minister Troy Buswell said.

The much anticipated blueprint released today outlines a light-rail network between Mirrabooka and the city, trains to Yanchep and a bus-rapid transit system in Ellenbrook are the state government's key public transport priorities for the next 20 years.

The $4 billion price tag includes $2.9 billion for network infrastructure such as railway lines, and $1.2 billion to buy 156 new rail cars, 900 buses and 29 light rail vehicles.

Come and find out more about the Northwest Rail Link

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE first community information sessions on the North West Rail Link will be held in Rouse Hill, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook and Epping, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

Carbon price may hit southeast Queensland commuters

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Higher public transport fares for southeast Queensland commuters, as a result of the federal carbon pricing scheme, have not been ruled out by the state government.

The Victorian Liberal government said this week the carbon tax would increase electricity costs for the state's public transport system by $13 million, about the price of one new train.

Premier denies broken promise on rail line

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Premier Colin Barnett has rejected suggestions that he promised to build a railway to Perth's north-eastern suburbs.

During the 2008 election campaign, Mr Barnett matched the Labor Government's proposal to build a spur line to Ellenbrook in 2015.

The Government has today unveiled its 20 year plan for Perth's public transport system, but it does not include any plans to build rail to Ellenbrook.

RTA to be axed

Posted Friday, 15 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE Roads and Traffic Authority and three other transport agencies are about to be killed off.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay announced this today as part of the most significant restructure of transport in state history.

NSW Maritime, the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority will also cease to exist.

Discovery could re-open rail line

Posted Saturday, 16 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The discovery of high quality bauxite near Guyra could provide a reason to re-open the Guyra to Armidale rail line.

Operations on the rail line were recently suspended, but Australian Bauxite Limited says it will need to use if they decide to extract the mineral.

The company drilled 63 holes on a dozen properties in the hope of finding the mineral, which is used to manufacture aluminium metal.

Commuters will pay for carbon tax: O'Farrell

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Premier predicts that Sydney too is likely to have increased fares because of the carbon tax.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/7/2011

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week. This is 14 sighting less than last week, making a total of 2933 sightings for this year to date. On day 197 last year we had recorded 2707 sightings. This is 226 sightings up on the same time last year.

Train services return to normal after works

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Three Melbourne train lines are returning to normal services today, after preparatory works for the Regional Rail Link were completed.

Passengers had to make do with replacement buses on the Sydenham, Ballarat and Bendigo lines for the past fortnight.

More disruptions are expected later in the year as works continue.

Many bid final goodbyes to the KTM railway tracks

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

SINGAPORE - Hordes of people - including three presidential hopefuls and National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan - turned up yesterday to bid a nostalgic goodbye to the KTM railway tracks, which will be closed from today for works.

A three-kilometre stretch of the tracks - from Rifle Range Road to the Rail Mall - will remain open till the end of the month.

Many were with their family and dogs - after Mr Khaw had invited people to bring their pets and join him for the walk - to take one last jaunt along the 26-km green stretch. For some, it had been a regular haunt. Others showed up out of curiosity.

Those who spoke to Today reiterated their hope that the stretch would be conserved.

Experts probe freight train crash

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Two rail workers are lucky to be alive after a freight train collided with a maintenance vehicle outside Menindee.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says the freight train was en route from Sydney to Perth and had only minor damage after the crash on Wednesday afternoon.

However, Peter Foley from the ATSB says the maintenance vehicle was badly damaged.

Inquiry promises not to repeat Viterra review

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into South Australia's grain industry says its report will not be a repeat of grain handler Viterra's post-harvest review.

The committee will hear from several grain and agricultural groups this week, including Viterra and the South Australian Farmers Federation.

Exploring the rail Australia on The Ghan

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

THEY were the ships of the desert camels loaded with essential supplies and led by mainly Afghan handlers to help open up the vast interior of this wide brown land.

It's fitting, therefore, that these Afghan cameleers and their "ships" are immortalised in the name of The Ghan, for it is more than just a train a journey on it is more a cruise than a rail trip.

V/Line back on the rails - mostly

Posted Monday, 18 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

After a fortnight off the rails, Victoria’s regional train service is once again up and running.
V/Line services commenced this morning following a two-week closure for work to start on the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project.

There were reassurances early on that the final product would be a great benefit to regional train passengers.

Donald Lions receive VLCX 201 for trainpark

Posted Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 by Donaldidit in Victorian Rail News

The Donald Lions Train Park has a new attraction in the VLCX van recently arrived.

Chatswood the best direction for North West Rail Link

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE initial concept plan for the Northwest Rail Link claims Chatswood is a better connection point than Strathfield to avoid congestion and impacting on nearby residents.

The State Government is now using these plans to consult directly with residents.

Coalition accused of rail double standards

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Opposition is accusing the State Government of double standards over the return of a passenger train service to Mildura.

The Government has still made no decision on returning a train to the line, despite a consultant's report on the issue being completed 10 months ago.

Oakeshott defends carbon negotiations

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

Rob Oakeshott, the Member for Lyne, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, is calling for the emotion to be taken out of the carbon debate, amid claims by the Nationals that heavy vehicles will not be excluded from the carbon pricing scheme.

The Nationals say Mr Oakeshott is lying about the exclusion because Labor has flagged its intention to remove the heavy vehicle fuel rebate in 2014.

North West Rail Link: Schofields stabling yard to boost jobs

Posted Thursday, 21 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

LOCAL companies and residents could be the biggest winners if the proposed stabling yard for the new north west rail link is established at Cudgegong Rd.

Trains will be parked there overnight or during off-peak hours, though the size of the facility will be decided later.

Jobs will be created around the yard for construction, support services and other work, if it is built.

Behind-the-scenes at RailCorp's Rail Management Centre

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

IT'S pouring in Sydney and half a million people are about to board their morning train, expecting to get to work without a hitch.

There is a buzz at the RailCorp's Rail Management Centre at Central as a team of 30 staff are about to endure the exhausting and hectic morning peak.

Dwarfed by a 20m-long screen projecting the entire metropolitan rail network, the staff will watch every train live as it runs into town.

1 day, 205 stations, 17 hours, 25 minutes

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

YOU can call him eccentric. Perhaps you can even call him a trainspotter. But you can't call Lachlan Campbell a quitter.
In January, a delay on the Epping line foiled the 19-year-old's first attempt to achieve his dream: to stop at every railway station in Melbourne on one day.

Like Everest, this mountain had been conquered before Mr Campbell got to it.

Man fronts court accused of rail station offensive behaviour

Posted Friday, 22 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Police have charged a man and cautioned two teenagers over separate incidents of defecating on railway property at train stations in southern Lake Macquarie and the New South Wales central coast.

Attention please, Metro staff told

Posted Saturday, 23 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TIRED of the distracted ticket seller behind the counter at the train station? Metro is.

The rail operator's 300 station staff have been warned: put away your newspapers and magazines, switch off that radio, and sell tickets.

In a memo to all Melbourne station staff sent last week, workers were told it was unprofessional to have a radio or reading material on public view at any of the city's 90 booking offices.

Metro has super idea to make more money

Posted Saturday, 23 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

METRO is testing a new revenue stream, selling advertisements on the side of Melbourne's trains in a trial that state Transport Minister Terry Mulder has approved

Since July 1, the rail operator has been running advertisements on the outside of three trains, for superannuation fund VicSuper.

A Metro spokeswoman would not say how much the operator was being paid to run the ads, which are only on trains made by Siemens.

Smartcard swipe at rail cheats

Posted Sunday, 24 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE transport smartcard system to be phased in on trains could slash fare evasion and potentially save NSW millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Passengers who use smartcards to travel on the train network will have to swipe on and swipe off, at which point the fare is deducted from stored value on the card. But those who do not swipe off at the station where they disembark will have a higher, default amount deducted from their card after a set time has elapsed. Smartcards will be introduced by 2014.

China rail crash kills 33, injures 190

Posted Sunday, 24 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

Emergency workers are battling to rescue survivors from the mangled wreckage of two Chinese bullet trains involved in a high-speed collision which left 33 dead and nearly 200 injured, reports say.

The first train had been halted by a lightning strike and was rear-ended by the second, state media said, causing two carriages to fall off a viaduct in a disaster likely to raise fresh questions over the safety of China's rapid rail expansion.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/7/2011

Posted Sunday, 24 July, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 95 sightings for this week. This is eight sighting less than last week, making a total of 3028 sightings for this year to date. On day 204 last year we had recorded 2817 sightings. This is 211 sightings up on the same time last year.

Bullet trains collision leaves 33 dead

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2011 by The Man in Blue in International Rail News

Emergency workers are battling to rescue survivors from the mangled wreckage of two Chinese bullet trains involved in a high-speed collision which left 33 people dead and nearly 200 injured.

Rail delays as Airport line closed due to emergency equipment repairs

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Rail commuters on the Illawarra line face delays this morning after the Airport line was closed between Wolli Creek and Central due to emergency equipment repairs.

TAC strikes agreement over Kerang crash

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has struck an out of court settlement with the train conductor from the Kerang rail disaster.

Downer awarded WA transport contract

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Downer EDI has been awarded a public transport rail maintenance services contract in Western Australia.

"The value of the contract is more than $285 million for the seven-and-a-half-year contract term and Downer's share of this contract exceeds $140 million," the engineering company said in a statement on Monday.

The contract is for work for WA's Public Transport Authority through Downer's joint venture with Bombardier Transportation Australia.

'Swamp monster' threatens Auckland rail project

Posted Monday, 25 July, 2011 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

A MYTHICAL swamp monster "hiding" under Auckland is threatening to derail a project to improve the New Zealand city's traffic gridlock.

The North Island city is trying to move ahead with a multi-billion railway tunnel project to improve the minimal train network and free up its car-filled streets.

The Economics Of China's High-Speed Rail

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

The huge “accident” of two high-speed rail trains crashed near Wenzhou is not an accident at all (via China Geeks) because given the poor operating records, it is hardly inconceivable that something serious might happen some day.

$1.5bn of rail savings at risk in spectrum licence sale

Posted Tuesday, 26 July, 2011 by bevans in Rail News

STATES will lose $1.5 billion worth of rail infrastructure savings within five years of losing control of 1800MHz spectrum licences if they're auctioned to carriers, the federal government has been told.

Melbourne and Sydney's passenger rail networks could also lose $400,000 an hour in potential benefits from more frequent urban train services, according to the report that Deloitte Access Economics prepared for the Australasian Railway Association.

The report also identified a huge lost opportunity to derive social benefits from reduced congestion and pollution if the licences are re-farmed.

Rail revolt reborn in Kyneton

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A dramatic day in Kyneton 150 years ago will be re-created next month with a cast of striking railworkers, goldfields police and militiamen.

They will face off to mark the Kyneton Railway Navvies Revolt.

The dispute saw 500 rail-line construction workers (known as navvies) working on the Melbourne to Echuca Port Railway converge in Kyneton after hearing their pay would be cut by a third.

North West Rail Link: Cost planning contract

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE state government has awarded a cost planning services contract for the North West Rail Link.

Work on quantifying the cost to build the North West Rail Link will get under way following the appointment of Turner & Townsend Pty Limited.

Council's station plea rejected

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE state government has rejected calls from a council in Melbourne's west to reopen two abandoned railway stations, in a move the council says will worsen parking shortages and road congestion.

Hobsons Bay City Council wrote to Transport Minister Terry Mulder in May asking that he investigate rebuilding Paisley and Galvin stations on the Werribee line.

Long delays as train runs out of petrol, blocks lines

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Rail passengers in Melbourne’s west have been warned to expect major delays of more than an hour on the commute into the city this morning after a V/Line train ran out of fuel and blocked the lines.

A Metro spokeswoman said the V/Line train came to a halt at Footscray at 5.45am on a line that was shared with Metro’s Williamstown and Werribee lines.

'Cowardly' Metro officer pushed passenger from train

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A FORMER Melbourne Metro officer who pushed a passenger from a moving train on to a station platform has been branded a coward for his ''thuggery''.

The passenger was holding the door open for a friend as the train pulled away from Ringwood station.

The officer, Robert Watson, rushed at the man and pushed him from behind, forcing him from the train and into his friend.

Yarra Trams warned

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Yarra Trams is putting the safety of its drivers at risk, by forcing them to walk into moving traffic on a busy Kew road when they need to change the direction their tram is running, the state's workplace safety investigator says.

WorkSafe has told KDR, the French company that operates Yarra Trams, that it must make it safer for drivers based at the Kew tram depot, at the corner of Barkers Road and High Street.

Vline train narrowly avoids accident on Albury Line

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Reports are coming into the Railpage News Desk which suggest a Vline passenger train travelling to Melbourne on Monday morning narrowly avoided a collision with a maintenance vehicle engaged in track maintenance.

Downer Bombardier wins Western Australia rail car contract

Posted Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Downer EDI Limited has announced that it had been awarded a contract, through a 50:50 joint venture with Bombardier Transportation Australia, with Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the supply of passenger rail cars.

The value of the contract is more than $160 million, of which Downer’s share is in excess of $80 million.

Japanese rail firm punished staff with toilet cleaning and weed cutting

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2011 by bevans in International Rail News

A JAPANESE railway company was today ordered to compensate train drivers and staff for forcing them to clean toilets and cut weeds as punishment for train delays and other lapses.

Japanese trains are world-renowned for their punctuality - but strict and punitive management measures have also been cited as a factor behind Japan's worst train crash in decades, which claimed 107 lives in 2005 when a train belonging to the same firm derailed.

The Osaka District Court ordered West Japan Railway, or JR West, to pay a total of Y6.2 million ($72,685) to 61 train drivers and other staff for its controversial practice of "nikkin kyoiku" or "dayshift education".

Consortium Led by AECOM Gets Railway Contract in Australia

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

AECOM Technology, a company that offers professional, technical and administrative support services for the commercial and government clients all over the globe, declared that a consortium lead by it has been contracted by the Government of New South Wales to provide the needed design for the North West Rail Link in Sydney, Australia.

Truck crash blocks key rail line

Posted Thursday, 28 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

V/Line services have returned to normal after a cement truck earlier rolled onto the rail line in Geelong, spilling cement across the tracks.

The truck driver lost control of the vehicle on Forest Road South, Corio and careened onto the railway line just before 9.30am.

Avalon rail link still on

Posted Friday, 29 July, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

PLANNING for the Baillieu government's rail link to Avalon will continue despite reports troubled cut-price airline Tiger is to pull out of the airport.

Premier Ted Baillieu said the reports had no long-term implications for the rail link, saying it was ''hypothetical'' that Tiger was moving from the airport, located outside Geelong, and that no other airline would replace it.

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