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Showing stories from April 2012

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KiwiRail putting Hillside up for sale

Posted Thursday, 19 April, 2012 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

The business will be advertised for sale as a going concern from early May, 2012 with a final decision due by the end of August, 2012.

KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn said the decision was made after analysing the financial impact of the reduction in construction and refurbishment forward work orders for Hillside Workshops.

While the sale terms were negotiable, the preferred outcome would be that it was purchased as a going concern, he said.

Rail death caused by poorly designed forms

Posted Friday, 20 April, 2012 by bevans in Rail News

A poorly designed application form contributed to a train collision that killed a man in the NSW central west in 2010, an investigation has found.

On May 5, 2010, a train collided with a track-mounted excavator near Newbridge, resulting in the death of the excavator driver.

During the course of the investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), a similar incident occurred near Wards River in the NSW Upper Hunter.

Local mine supports rail line

Posted Friday, 20 April, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The councils behind a campaign to reopen a central west rail line say they have secured freight from a gold mine and are now looking for someone to operate the track.

The general manager of the Weddin Shire Council, Trevor Lobb, says the bid suffered a blow when a paper and pulp miller pulled out of a plan to use the line from Blayney to Demondrille, near Harden.

"At the time it happened it affected us significantly because it, that extra freight would have carried the benefit-cost ratio over the threshold value of one, which we need to do to establish that the line is viable," he said.

Amtrak rail project keeps right on rolling

Posted Friday, 20 April, 2012 by bevans in International Rail News

Governor Christie scuttled the "Access to the Region's Core" tunnel, and the chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority this month effectively quashed an idea to extend the No. 7 subway to Secaucus.

But Amtrak's Gateway Project — the third of three multibillion-dollar proposals to construct a new pair of rail tunnels under the Hudson River – continues to simmer.

Although it has nowhere near the $14.5 billion needed to ultimately propel high-speed and commuter trains along the Northeast Corridor and into New York Penn Station, Gateway is gaining momentum as a project Amtrak is pitching as an answer to the region's need for rail congestion relief.

On Thursday, the project got a boost when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $20 million for Amtrak to continue preliminary design and engineering work on the proposal. It still must be approved by the full Senate and House, but its survival in committee at a time when transportation programs are at risk for large funding cuts or elimination has encouraged backers.

120 hurt in Amsterdam rail crash

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by bevans in International Rail News

Two busy passenger trains have collided head-on near an Amsterdam park on Saturday, injuring scores of people, including more than 50 seriously, a police spokesman said.

National Police Corps spokesman Ed Kraszewski told Amsterdam local news network AT5 that some 70 people had minor injuries and 51 were "seriously or very seriously injured." He said the victims sustained broken bones and neck injuries.

Fleets of ambulances ferried injured away from the scene.

Trains bypass stations to stay on time

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Metro Trains has admitted its drivers are sometimes ordered to deliberately miss stations to ensure trains run on time.

The train drivers' union has questioned the practice saying it is leading to drivers being abused by passengers.

Metro spokesman Daniel Hoare says he understands some commuters are inconvenienced, but the strategy is designed to ensure the majority of passengers arrive on time.

Police investigate fatal stabbing in Kalgoorlie

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Police are treating the death of a 60-year-old man, who was found dead in a Kalgoorlie railway yard donga, as suspicious.

The man was found in a donga at the Transfield rail complex, on Yarri Road, just after midday yesterday.

Call for V/Line train funding in budget

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews is urging the Victorian Premier to commit to funding more V/Line trains in next month's state budget.

V/Line has asked the Government to buy an extra 40 trains because patronage on regional rail services has doubled over the past five years.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder has refused to comment on whether the budget will include funding for more trains.

Dozens injured as Dutch trains collide

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by Speed in International Rail News

Two busy passenger trains have collided head-on near an Amsterdam park, injuring scores of people including more than 50 seriously.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/4/2012.

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 127 sightings for this week. This is 11 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1873 sightings for this year to date. On day 112 last year we had recorded 1579 sightings. This is 294 sightings up on the same time last year.

Forum to consider high-speed train potential

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Bundaberg Mayor says a proposed high-speed train, connecting Bundaberg to Gladstone and Rockhampton, would cut the current travel time in half.

A forum will be held in Bundaberg on Wednesday to discuss the feasibility of the train, which will provide transport for mining workers living in the Wide Bay.

Lorraine Pyefinch says the high-speed train could take just 90 minutes to travel from Bundaberg to central Queensland.

QR putting coal before farming: Johnson

Posted Sunday, 22 April, 2012 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland MP Vaughan Johnson says Queensland Rail is putting the maintenance of its coal lines ahead of agriculture links as cattle farmers in the outback remain hamstrung by a collapsed rail bridge.

The Darr River rail bridge, between Winton and Longreach, collapsed in February while workers were trying to repair storm damage.

The cattle industry in west Queensland had been expecting to move 80,000 to 90,000 head of cattle out of Winton this season but the closure of the bridge has made transporting the livestock expensive and impractical.

South Morang finally gets its line

Posted Monday, 23 April, 2012 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

THE last time South Morang had a functioning railway station it was called Rail Motor Stopping Place 39 - a bush signpost where passengers jumped on and off the line to Whittlesea.

That line was shut down from Epping in 1959 and ripped up, but trains returned to South Morang yesterday, at a cost of $498 million to build three kilometres of track from Epping and duplicate the line from Keon Park. Now a booming suburb in Melbourne's northern growth corridor, South Morang has a new terminus for what was previously the Epping line.

But residents who have fought for years to get rail to South Morang say urban growth is happening so rapidly the line now needs to be extended further north to Mernda to relieve chronic congestion on the roads.

''It takes me 40 minutes to drive from Doreen to Mill Park - that's eight kilometres,'' said primary school teacher Darren Peters, who is also spokesman for the South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance.

QR to begin fixing rail bridge next month

Posted Monday, 23 April, 2012 by vanessa in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) will begin repairing a collapsed outback rail bridge next month which has hamstrung cattle farmers. The Darr River rail bridge, between Winton and Longreach, collapsed in February while workers were trying to repair storm damage.

The cattle industry in western Queensland was expecting to move 80,000 to 90,000 head of cattle out of Winton by rail this season but the closure of the bridge has meant that they are being transported to meatworks and the capital by trucks, which is more costly and time consuming.

Morning rail chaos due to breakdown

Posted Monday, 23 April, 2012 by vanessa in South Australian Rail News

Train services were cut on the Noarlunga line in Adelaide after a train broke down at Clarence Park on Monday morning. The train had mechanical problems about 8:30am, stranding morning commuters on that train and others which banked up behind it. Some commuters got out of their trains and walked, despite rain. Adelaide Metro said the train was towed away for repair work and it appeared the heavy rain had caused an electrical fault.

Flinders to get new rail station by 2014

Posted Monday, 23 April, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Shellharbour rail commuters can finally celebrate today, with plans for a railway station at Flinders back on track.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian, and Kiama MP Gareth Ward, will this morning announce plans to spend $39million building the long-awaited station, improving access to train services for Flinders, Shell Cove and Shellharbour residents.

‘‘You’ve got a growing population in Shell Cove, particularly with young families and they need access to public transport to get to work, to get to school,’’ Mr Ward said yesterday.

‘‘I have been fighting for this since I was elected.’’

The case for high speed rail in Australia

Posted Monday, 23 April, 2012 by vanessa in Rail News

Stage two of the Federal Government's feasibility study into high speed rail along Australia's east coast is underway, with Albury Wodonga on the list of proposed 'stops' along the way. But we get plenty of callers who say a very fast train (VFT) network will never be built in Australia and all this talk is 'pie in the sky' stuff.

Passengers blast updated app for public transport

Posted Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IF IT were a movie, the terrible opening weekend reviews would have consigned it to a quick and brutal box office death.

But the masses of people who went online to vent their loathing for a complex new public transport iPhone app have been told to learn to love it.

The app was released last Thursday by Public Transport Victoria, the government body that this month took over the running of public transport in the state.

City tram users pay an extra $1m

Posted Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

INNER-CITY tram users are being slugged an extra $1 million each year to subsidise the extension of zone 1 along tram routes in outer suburbs, according to secret government briefings.

Documents provided to The Age under freedom of information laws reveal that scrapping the cheapest Metcard fare - the City Saver - has boosted revenues by $110,000 a month under myki, or more than $1 million each year. This has offset the extension of zone 1 fares to the end of the 109, 75 and 86 tram routes.

The briefings appear to contradict claims by the former Labor state government that scrapping the City Saver was only necessary because of a decision to stop all tram passengers from touching-off their myki card, which would have congested tram doorways at busy times.

Trains halted in wedge of city's north-east

Posted Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A medical emergency on board a Metro train near Jolimont station this morning has resulted in passengers being stranded on board for an hour.

Metro warned of major delays of 30 minutes or more on the Epping, Hurstbridge and South Morang lines while paramedics treat a sick passenger.

A Metro spokesman said a passenger on the train suffered an epileptic fit and hit their head just after 9.30am.

"They can't be moved off the train so the train's stopped there," he said.

Rail noise to be reduced

Posted Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government will reduce noise levels along the Footscray stretch of the Regional Rail Link.

A spokesperson from Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s office has told Star a new noise mitigation plan for the Deer Park to Werribee section will also include measures for Footscray.

“The Environmental Management Plan for Regional Rail Link Section 1 (including Footscray) has been endorsed by Minister Guy, subject to a supplement to be provided by 31 Dec 2012, to further address the management of operational noise in the context of the forthcoming policy framework for noise from future passenger rail investment in Victoria,” the spokesperson said.

Another council joins push to reopen Riverina rail line

Posted Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A fifth Riverina council has come on board to support the re-opening of the Narrandera to Tocumwal rail line.

The Griffith City Council's joined the Berrigan, Jerilderie, Narrandera, Urana councils in trying to revive the line, shut down in 1988.

The Griffith Council wants the town's freight rail hub to be relocated out of the city, and Narrandera Councillor Wesley Hall says the Narrandera line could be complimentary.

"Absolutely," he said.

MP fears 'bandaid' rail bridge fix

Posted Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A western Queensland MP says he hopes efforts to rebuild a rail bridge in the central west are not a "bandaid" solution.

Queensland Rail (QR) says it will award a contract to fix the Darr River Bridge between Longreach and Winton within the week.

Cattle producers wanting to use trains to move their stock are worried it could be July before the rail line reopens.

Trawalla V/Line Accident

Posted Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 by steamkiwi in Victorian Rail News

Truck Driver Suing over Trawalla Accident

Lucky escape at level crossing

Posted Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victorian police say a man is lucky to have escaped injury after his car was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Brunswick.

Police say the man tried to cross the rail line in heavy traffic last night.

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