Showing stories from October 2012

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The Bunbury Street Railcam Project update

Posted Monday, 15 October, 2012 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

The Bunbury Street Railcam Project kicked off around May 2011. A project I had been promising to do for a while and luckily I finally found the time. With help from a number of people including Tim, Rob, Peter, Michelle and others we managed to build what I thought might be of some interest to the railfan community.

My inspiration for this project came from the tremendous work undertaken by Graham Elliott at Gheringhap Loop ( I would also like to acknowledge the continued and dedicated support of Michelle who manages the annotations on the photostream with some assiatance from the community.

Never really expecting the site to be of significant interest almost 19 months on I decided it was time to take a look at the flickr stats.

Trouble Stops: Yarra Trams blind to the dangers

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by Speed in Tram and Light Rail News

A blind Melbourne woman wants tram stops to be overhauled after trams struck both her and her guide dog in separate accidents in the city. Kathryn Beaton 28, fears tram drivers aren't being vigilant when pulling out from stops and is begging for action before "some elderly or a child gets killed".

No rush on rail

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

BRIMBANK residents are fighting to suspend Regional Rail Link works between Deer Park and Sunshine stations with fears the upgrade will lead to an increase in traffic, noise and air pollution.

The Residents Rail Action Group will rally to postpone construction works on the railway track until they believe the Regional Rail Link Authority (RRLA) has addressed their concerns about the impact the project will have on the community.

Extra rail resources on track for regions

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The State Government says V/Line is working out where to distribute extra train carriages and locomotives across regional Victoria.

The extension of some suburban train lines has freed up rolling stock for the regional network.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder says V/Line will work with Public Transport Victoria to find the best use for the carriages and locomotives.

"They have a great deal of information at their fingertips in terms of how patronage growth is running, what's occurring on different lines, where the demands are, how we are coping in peak [periods], where we have got people standing a lot of the time on journeys and they will make a decision to allocate those resources based on getting the best outcome across the board," he said.

Light rail, not buses, the only option to clear clogged roads

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A PUBLIC transport advocacy group and a Greens MP reject Infrastructure NSW's conclusion that buses are the most "appropriate" option for Sydney over the next two decades.

The State Infrastructure Strategy, released by Infrastructure NSW this month, concluded that "buses will remain the most appropriate public transport mode for most of Sydney over the next two decades".

The independent body set up by the state government proposed a $2 billion underground bus tunnel in the CBD to ease bus congestion on city roads.

Greens committed to fast rail

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by bevans in Rail News

A FAST rail system linking the nation's big cities will only happen with the Australian Greens maintaining the balance of power, leader Christine Milne says.

She has urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to get on with the job of nation building and commit, rather than complain about the likely cost, as she did last week.

"We've already seen the prime minister saying 'oh well, this is about financial viability'," Senator Milne told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

"Yes it is, but it's also about nation building."

V/Line train trips to take up to 10 minutes longer after metro rail revamp

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

COUNTRY train travellers have emerged as the losers of a metropolitan rail revamp, with some trips set to take up to 10 minutes longer.

An extra 90 rail services will hit Melbourne's train network from November 18, many along the newly electrified line to Sunbury.

But the changes have put the brakes on V/Line passengers travelling through the area via Bendigo, with no hope of a reprieve for years.

Public Transport Victoria chief executive Ian Dobbs said travel times wouldn't return to normal until the regional rail link project - aimed at easing congestion between country and city trains - was finished in early 2016.

"There's a slight slowdown of services on that particular corridor," Mr Dobbs said.

North West rail link demolitions begin at Norwest

Posted Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

HILLS residents have been promised a rail link for so long even Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says there will be some people who will only believe it when they see it.

"I know there are some doubting Thomases out there," Ms Berejiklian said.

Learn a lesson from London's transport manual

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Thank goodness somebody with the stature of a Ron Christie has rubbished the Greiner plan (''Greiner's traffic plan a real choker, says expert'', October 15).

User-friendly cities such as London keep cars out with congestion taxes, build serious underground railways and maintain intensive bus services, using double-deckers to take up less road space.

What's wrong with another harbour crossing? London must have about 40 or 50 river crossings, both over the Thames and under it. Nearly half the crossings are solely for underground Tube railways or above-ground rail.

Please, no more ''studies''. We must have spent enough billions to build all the railways we need, simply on ''feasibility studies''.

Fight for rail line ramps up

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

Regional leaders from Hawkes Bay and Gisborne have agreed to keep fighting for the Napier to Gisborne rail line following a behind closed doors meeting with KiwiRail.

KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn met with the Hawke's Bay Regional Transport Committee in Napier yesterday to discuss its decision to mothball the East Coast rail line, which had been closed since March when storms caused severe damage.

Fears Bendigo trams getting 'stale'

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The Bendigo council says it is wise to consider fresh ideas for the city's tourist tramway.

The trams' operator, the Bendigo Trust, has raised concern that the attraction, first devised in the 1970s, is growing stale.

Opening door was child's play for 5yo who fell from a moving train

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A five-year-old boy was "easily" able to open the carriage doors of a moving train before slipping and falling on to the side of railway tracks, a report has found.

The boy fell from the Sunlander passenger train south of Cairns last December after slipping on water on the floor.

He was found when a motorist saw him walking near the Bruce Highway and meanwhile on the train, his mother had raised the alarm.

A Transport and Main Roads report, tabled in Queensland parliament, recommends Queensland Rail make the doors harder to open and install alarms that are triggered when one of the doors is opened while the train is moving.

Caulfield Cup trains back on track as rail workers back down

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A PLANNED strike by rail maintenance workers that threatened to disrupt services on Caulfield Cup day has been called off.

Rolling stock workers were going to fix only "safety-critical faults" during three days of industrial action due to start tomorrow and end at 1pm on Saturday.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union divisional organiser Grant Wainwright said it had done everything it could to minimize the impact on the travelling public."Agreeing to pull these stoppages is an act of good faith on our members behalf.’’ Mr Wainwright said.

Qld Government derails 'Rattler' railway funds plea

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government has ruled out funding to save the Mary Valley Rattler Heritage Railway at Gympie in the state's south-east, which is struggling to remain economically viable.

The steam train has been shut down for the second time this year after another derailment and services will not resume until at least Thursday.

The Rattler is being run on a month-by-month basis due to financial problems.

Ardeer locals want a rail solution

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

ARDEER residents will hold a rally on Saturday, calling on the Regional Rail Link Authority to address their concerns with the billion-dollar project.

In June they formed a group, "Fix the Links", and are circulating a petition.

They say the project is continuing without the RRLA addressing their noise, pollution and traffic congestion concerns.

John Holland fined over fire affecting trains

Posted Wednesday, 17 October, 2012 by vanessa in Western Australian Rail News

The construction company John Holland has been made to pay $300,000 over a fire which brought Perth's trains to a standstill. Thousands of commuters were affected after an electrical fire shut down several rail lines in March.

Ticket inspectors leaves passenger with drunks

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder concedes Metro ticket inspectors made the wrong call when they left a man alone in a train carriage with drunks. Ticketing inspectors got off the train when they were confronted on the city loop by an angry group of men, three months ago.

Oberon jumps on board Bathurst commuter link

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Oberon Council is hoping to tap into a new commuter rail link from Bathurst to Sydney to meet the needs of its elderly residents.

The council has unanimously passed a motion to ask the state MP Paul Toole to introduce a stop at Tarana which is the closest station to Oberon.

The Mayor John McMahon says the time it would take to stop at Tarana would not delay the rail service.

Next stop: light rail?

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

In the 2008 election race, the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties all made commitments to the viability of the fast link network as the future of ACT transport. But there could be good reason for the lack of action from the politicians. Canberrans may want light rail, but they don't want to pay for it, and they would sacrifice the benefits of the proposed transport link in favour of a far cheaper bus rapid transit.

According to a community survey, commissioned by the ACT Government, over two-thirds of respondents favoured light rail over a rapid bus link. This dropped to less than half after respondents were informed that the cost of light rail was more than double the proposed bus price tag.

Gindalbie Metals Ltd. : Karara ships first commercial iron ore

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Gindalbie Metals Limited (ASX: GBG - "Gindalbie") is pleased to announce that the first commercial shipment of iron ore from the Karara Project in Western Australia has been dispatched from the new Karara Export Terminal in Geraldton, marking another significant milestone for the Karara Project and the first time the integrated Mine, Rail and Port logistics chain servicing the Project has been utilized.

Loading of the shipment of hematite direct shipping ore (DSO), onto the Panamax vessel M.V.Jai Tai, was completed yesterday afternoon and the ship departed Geraldton on last night's high tide, bound for China.
The maiden shipment comprised approximately 58,000 tonnes of hematite DSO.

Grain receival site opens in west

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Narromine based company has opened its first grain receival site in 30 years, at Coonamble.

The owner David Ringland says grains including wheat, barley, lupins, chickpeas and faba beans will be packed for export at the Agrigrain site, so they do not have to be repackaged at a Sydney port.

"Most of the grain that we sell in containers we sell on a direct commodities trading basis," he said.

Scone transport solutions put on table

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Nationals Party says it supports a move for a heavy vehicle bypass of Scone but it is not sure if the Federal Government has the funds to support the project.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has confirmed it is considering five options for Scone including the long heralded rail overpass, as well as a bypass to the west of Scone.

The five options are expected to be open to public comment next month, with a preferred scheme to be announced by the end of the year.

Plan approved for longer Hunter coal trains

Posted Thursday, 18 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved a plan for longer, more efficient trains on the Hunter's coal chain network.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has amended pricing for coal producers to encourage them to utilise the longer trains.

Marshals hired to ease squeeze on train times

Posted Friday, 19 October, 2012 by djf01 in New South Wales Rail News

IN TOKYO subway companies hire ''pushers'' to help cram commuters onto trains.

Sydney is not there yet. But next month the city's train operator will trial posting two guards per train door on the most crowded morning platform at Town Hall Station to help marshal the worst of the peak-hour crush.

The guards, hired in the past fortnight, will try to reduce the amount of time it takes for trains to stop, pick up and unload passengers before leaving the station.

Psychiatrist says extension to coal haulage hours to cause sleepless nights

Posted Friday, 19 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A retired Hunter Valley psychiatrist is warning any extension to rail hours in the Gloucester Basin will have a detrimental impact on hundreds of residents.

Duralie Coal is seeking State Government approval to increase its hours for receiving and dispatching coal on a haulage train from 15 to 19 hours a day.

The Planning Assessment Commission will hold community meetings in Stroud tonight and tomorrow morning.

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