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Texmaco-UGL venture starts production

Posted Sunday, 2 June, 2013 by DesL in International Rail News

Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd said its joint venture project with UGL Rail, Australia has begun production. The venture has secured export orders for loco bogie frames from Kazakhstan and Queensland Rail.

Texmaco-UGL venture starts production

Posted Sunday, 2 June, 2013 by in International Rail News

Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd said its joint venture project with UGL Rail, Australia has begun production. The venture has secured export orders for loco bogie frames from Kazakhstan and Queensland Rail.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/6/2013

Posted Sunday, 2 June, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 114 sightings for this week. This is the same number of sighting as last week, making a total of 2591 sightings for this year to date. On day 152 last year we had recorded 2537 sightings. This is 54 sightings up on the same time last year.

Man threatens to blow up train with hand grenade in Blue Mountains

Posted Sunday, 2 June, 2013 by 9034 in Cityrail News

A man has been arrested after he threatened to blow up a train with a hand grenade in Sydney's Blue Mountains region.

Man threatens to blow up train with hand grenade in Blue Mountains

Posted Sunday, 2 June, 2013 by in Cityrail News

A man has been arrested after he threatened to blow up a train with a hand grenade in Sydney's Blue Mountains region.

Delays hit Pakenham, Cranbourne train lines

Posted Monday, 3 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

COMMUTERS face major delays on the Pakenham and Cranbourne train lines this morning. A track equipment fault at Dandenong is causing city-bound services on both lines to run 20 minutes late. Metro Trains spokeswoman Larisa Tait said a points failure on part of the track was to blame.

Call to speed up train link to Sydney

Posted Monday, 3 June, 2013 by Newcastle Express in Cityrail News

COMMUTERS are making a new push for express rail services between Newcastle and Sydney. [size=2]Draft timetables show Newcastle has missed out again on fast services between the two biggest cities in NSW.[/size]

The Devil incarnate: The way things are going, Doyle may as well ban cars altogether.

Posted Monday, 3 June, 2013 by Speed in Other Transport News

Honestly, why doesn't Robert Doyle erect barricades, put up signs and establish checkpoints around the city to reinforce the obvious? If you're not on two legs, two wheels or public transport, Melbourne doesn't want you any more. Our city no longer likes motorists or their cars and it would be better for everyone if the lord mayor just came out and said it. He came close last year, when he wrote in the foreword to the Transport Plan for Melbourne: ''We are a walking and cycling city, and council provides infrastructure to improve the safety and convenience of cyclists and pedestrians.'' I'll try to remember that when next I'm forced to drive into town because the weather's foul or the train or tram systems fail me. Which is pretty often.

Pichi Richi Double Header 8 June

Posted Monday, 3 June, 2013 by MegDrechslerforPRRPS in Press Releases

South Australia: On Saturday 8 June two heritage steam engines will meet at Woolshed Flat in the heart of the Pichi Richi Pass, then join together in a “double-header” to make the historic journey to Quorn - a spectacle that happens just twice each year.

Pichi Richi Double Header 8 June

Posted Monday, 3 June, 2013 by in Press Releases

South Australia: On Saturday 8 June two heritage steam engines will meet at Woolshed Flat in the heart of the Pichi Richi Pass, then join together in a “double-header” to make the historic journey to Quorn - a spectacle that happens just twice each year.

Electronic ticketing arrives in Sydney

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney is set to begin a trial run of its new electronic ticketing system, Opal. From June 14, passengers on the City Circle line will be able to test the new touch in/ touch out technology, which works on the same principles as London’s Oyster system, ahead of a full launch. If successful, electronic ticketing will be rolled out gradually across more than 300 stations by the end of 2014.

Dutch high speed rail projects hits the buffers

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

The Dutch government is considering abandoning a high speed rail service between Amsterdam and Brussels after months of unsuccessful efforts to fix the project’s malfunctioning trains. The director of the [url=http://www.ft.com/topics/places/Netherlands]Netherlands[/url]’ national passenger rail company said on Monday he would resign amid a fiasco that has tarred the company and the government. Bert Meerstadt, the director of the Nationale Spoorwegen or NS, said he would step down in October.

East-west link could delay airport traffic

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Traffic congestion between the city and Melbourne Airport is likely to worsen once the east-west link is built unless the Tullamarine Freeway is widened, the airport's chief warns.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The northern section of the Tullamarine Freeway already carries on average 42,000 vehicles each weekday, but has a capacity of just 40,000, according to VicRoads.[/font][/size][/color]

Dangerous pranks on Sydney rail network

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

There is nothing like late trains to annoy Sydney commuters, but you might be surprised to find delays are often the fault of fellow travellers. 7News spent a night with transport security and found it is anything but a smooth ride. At 8pm on Friday night, three men are caught on CCTV sneaking into a tunnel at Martin Place with cans of spray paint.

Person trapped in rail crash

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

A person is believed to be trapped after a train crash on Tasmania's west coast. Police were called to the Rinadeena Access Road off the Lyell Highway about half past 11am. They say a rail carriage came loose and ran into another, trapping a person.

Shire keen for rail revamp despite study findings

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The Central Goldfields Shire says it wants the region's rail service improved so its residents can get access to new employment and education options. The findings of a two-year study of the feasibility of passenger train services between Bendigo and Geelong, via Ballarat, Maryborough and Castlemaine, were published yesterday. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) says getting the tracks ready could cost up to $935 million and found that the up-front figure significantly outweighed the predicted benefits.

Gold Coast Light rail driver trainers training in Europe

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

The people who will train drivers to operate the Gold Coast's new light rail system are honing their skills in Europe. The nine members of the new operations management team will inspect similar systems in France and the United Kingdom before trying out the Gold Coast's first unit that's been built in Germany. Susie Homan, from the company that will operate and maintain the light rail KDR Gold Coast, says the team has a hectic schedule before they return to the coast in July.

Liberals rail at big spend

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tasmanian Rail News

THE head of the team responsible for the redevelopment of old railyards on the Hobart waterfront has vowed to run a tight ship amid criticism of spending. Macquarie Point Development Corporation chief executive Elizabeth Jack has defended a $620,000 refurbishment of offices at the site and the bid to employ a $100,000 communications expert. Ms Jack told the Mercury her team was determined to get the best value for taxpayers' dollars with limited funding

Liberals rail at big spend

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by in Tasmanian Rail News

THE head of the team responsible for the redevelopment of old railyards on the Hobart waterfront has vowed to run a tight ship amid criticism of spending. Macquarie Point Development Corporation chief executive Elizabeth Jack has defended a $620,000 refurbishment of offices at the site and the bid to employ a $100,000 communications expert. Ms Jack told the Mercury her team was determined to get the best value for taxpayers' dollars with limited funding

Bound for Bathurst - but no one on board

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]At 5.50pm last Friday I was at Central Station to catch a train to Katoomba. The destination board told me that an express train to Bathurst, stopping at Katoomba, was to leave platform 2 at 5.55pm. At the platform I found what appeared to be a very long train.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In fact they were three separate trains, all lined up, nose to tail. The front train was going to Bathurst at 5.55pm, the second to Wyong at 6pm and the third nowhere.[/font][/size][/color]

Solar powered railcar ready for summer

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

A solar-powered railcar with a top speed of 25 km/h was unveiled at Hungary’s Forest Railway Festival in Krályrét on May 4.

Light rail a step closer after budget boost

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

Canberra's long promised Capital Metro project is a step closer to reality, with $18.7 million in funding allocated for preliminary design work and a coordinating agency included in Tuesday's budget. Announcing a total infrastructure spend of $775.5 million in 2013-14 and $272 million in new capital works, Treasurer Andrew Barr said the Capital Metro agency would be established at a cost of $12.3 million. A project director and board chair will be recruited and an additional $5 million for design work on the light rail transit corridor between Gungahlin and the City, with the route via Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

Qld's Sunlander train on track to celebrate 60 years

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

Queensland's iconic [url=http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/railservices/travelnetwork/pages/thesunlander.aspx]Sunlander train[/url] celebrates its 60th birthday today. The Sunlander set off from Brisbane for the first time on June 4, 1953. Queensland Rail spokesman Martin Ryan says it was the state's first air-conditioned passenger train and replaced steam trains with a brand new locomotive. "They didn't get off at the other end covered in soot or getting the coal dust off their clothing, it really was the new way of rail travel 60 years ago," he said.

CFCL Australia - CF4412 launch

Posted Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 by michaelgreenhill in Rail Events

CFCL Australia (CFCLA) are set to officially launch the newest member of their locomotive hire fleet.  [url=/locos/class/138/CF4412/]CF4412[/url], the latest addition to the [url=/locos/class/138/]CF Class[/url] (Production model [url=/locos/browse/model/C44aci/]C44aci[/url], built at UGL Rail, Broadmeadow, NSW) and is currently undergoing testing. The first six members of the class are on hire to Pacific National for Hunter Valley coal traffic. When launched CF4412 will carry the name "Black Caviar", continuing CFCLA's tradition of naming locomotives after Melbourne Cup winners.

Rail accident victim suffers internal injuries

Posted Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

A man is in the Royal Hobart Hospital with internal injuries after a four wheel drive on rails slammed into another on Tasmania's west coast. Authorities will investigate this morning's crash on the Abt tourist railway involving four other people. Police arrived at the state-owned former tourist railway near Rinadeena Station about 11:30am. They say it appears a mechanical fault caused one car to slam into another behind it.

Mine plan's rail load revealed

Posted Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A $1 BILLION coalmine would transport about 100,000 tonnes of coal a week from Wyee to Newcastle along the main train line.

El Zorro stops trading

Posted Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[b] TRAIN operator El Zorro Transport has ceased trading. [/b] The rail company voluntarily shut down its operations yesterday, blaming the loss of a contract with mining company Iluka Resources and unpaid payments from Cargill for its financial problems.

Greens reject rail patronage estimates

Posted Thursday, 6 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Greens are questioning Public Transport Victoria's (PTV) patronage forecasts for a proposed passenger train service between Bendigo and Geelong, via Ballarat. In its study published this week, PTV says connecting the regional centres by rail could cost up to $935 million.

Asbestos removal near Dudley Street, West Melbourne

Posted Thursday, 6 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

In the coming weeks, the Rail Systems project team will remove asbestos found in the rail corridor close to the West Tower Building near Dudley Street, West Melbourne. The asbestos was found encased on the underside of a disused concrete tunnel and is required to be removed in order to complete works for the Regional Rail Link project.

Community coal train dust study

Posted Thursday, 6 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

A COALITION of Hunter community groups is raising funds to measure how much particle pollution is emitted from passing coal trains.

Driverless trains plan as Berejiklian does a U-turn

Posted Thursday, 6 June, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

Driverless trains will be introduced on the North West Rail Link, while “screen doors” will operate on platforms under a state government plan announced on Thursday. It contradicts a previous government statement that the trains would have drivers, and is likely to fuel tensions with unions over potential job impacts. Fully automated train technology has been in use around the world for 30 years. Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the rail line would be a “fully-automated rapid transit system” – the first of its kind in Australia

Car crashes, lands metres from rail lines

Posted Friday, 7 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A MAN is in hospital with severe head injuries after crashing his car down an embankment and onto a rail corridor this morning. Emergency services were called to Canley Vale station after the car veered off the road and came metres away from landing on the southbound train lines about 6am. The single male occupant of the vehicle sustained "severe'' head injuries in the accident and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to hospital.

Workers hit unmapped asbestos on rail line

Posted Friday, 7 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Large amounts of asbestos have been found - and in some cases handled by unwitting building workers - in unexpected locations along the route of a rail line being built through Melbourne's west. Workers on the $5 billion Regional Rail Link have made ''a number of unexpected finds'' of asbestos, according to a WorkSafe report obtained by Fairfax Media. Large amounts of the deadly material were expected to be uncovered on the $5 billion rail project; much of the work is through an existing rail corridor where asbestos was commonly used. Those areas were asbestos was likely to be found were mapped before construction began and labelled ''hot spots'' by teams working for the Regional Rail Link Authority. The authority has previously said its contractors were removing this asbestos correctly. But in May, contractors Thiess in Sunshine dug up asbestos fragments in locations not previously identified.

$78m for PSO toilets, holding cells

Posted Friday, 7 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters can expect to see detention cells installed at Victoria's public train stations as part of the continuing rollout of Protective Service Officers. In order to accommodate the operational needs of the officers, including secure administration areas and bathroom facilities, the state government has budgeted $78 million in the 2013/14 financial year to update infrastructure at train stations where PSOs operate.

The closest we’ve ever got to high-speed rail is still pretty far away

Posted Friday, 7 June, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

Yesterday, the federal government released a $20 million report into the viability of a high-speed rail link from Brisbane to Melbourne. The [url=https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/trains/high_speed/index.aspx]landmark study[/url], conducted by seven economists and engineering consultants, pronounced high-speed rail as “viable”. But not in the way you would hope. The report believes construction between Sydney and Melbourne would take around 30 years, with three-hour trips between Sydney and Melbourne not expected to begin until 2040, or, under an accelerated, more expensive construction schedule, 2035.

Border trade through rail goes off track

Posted Friday, 7 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

The import-export business through the Attari railway station has remained stuck for the past around a week, causing anxiety to businessmen at least on this side of the international border. As many as 72 wagons loaded with imports from Pakistan continue to await unloading at the Attari  railway station ever since these arrived on this side of the border six days ago, agonising traders waiting for their goods in Amritsar. Similarly, about 100 trucks carrying items meant to be exported to Pakistan on the same wagons have remained parked at the Amritsar railway station.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/6/2013

Posted Sunday, 9 June, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 109 sightings for this week. This is five sighting less last week, making a total of 2700 sightings for this year to date. On day 159 last year we had recorded 2662 sightings. This is 38 sightings up on the same time last year.

Light rail could spell boom

Posted Sunday, 9 June, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#272727][font=Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]THE Gold Coast's light rail corridor could become a $1 billion-a-year ''yellow brick road'' providing a massive transformation of the tourist strip over the next two decades.[/font][/color] [color=#272727][font=Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]That's the prediction from the co-authors of a new report that gives ''hard figures'' quantifying the project's long-term potential.[/font][/color] [color=#272727][font=Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Bond University associate professor Stuart McAuliffe and Integran Infrastructure management executive adviser Andrew McEwan say anecdotal estimates of up to $20 billion of urban revitalisation along the Southport to Broadbeach route over the next 20 years are ''not fanciful''.[/font][/color]

Delays on Joondalup train line as train stops

Posted Monday, 10 June, 2013 by MikeyJackson in Western Australian Rail News

Transperth says a technical issue has caused delays on the Joondalup train line. A train on the line stopped near the Currambine station shortly before 8:00 am.

We are working hard to repair the track where we can get the best journey time

Posted Monday, 10 June, 2013 by MikeyJackson in Rail News

ARTC has now entered the second year of its program of works to improve the track between Sydney and Melbourne. Progress has been steady and we're satisfied with the results so far. While temporary speed restrictions remain in place on some sections of the line, we have been able to reduce a significant number of speed restrictions across the entire corridor with the works completed so far.

Sponsorship urged for Rattler

Posted Monday, 10 June, 2013 by MikeyJackson in Queensland Rail News

The president of a Kandanga community group believes the Gympie-based Mary Valley Heritage Railway should consider sponsorship to help raise money. The Rattler received $2 million in this week's state budget for track upgrades after services were suspended last year due to safety concerns.

No answers yet on train derailment cause

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by MikeyJackson in Western Australian Rail News

Brookfield Rail says it is still working to establish what caused an iron ore train to derail north of Salmon Gums last month. The locomotive was headed for Esperance from Kalgoorlie-Boulder when about 30 wagons derailed on Monday, May 20.

Melbourne trains cancelled in morning commuter chaos

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A least two key metro rail lines in Melbourne have been shutdown this morning.  Metro Trains are not running between Pakenham and Westall and Westall and Cranbourne with Vline trains being terminated at Pakenham.  Operators are attempting to replace the many services with a fleet of buses.

Northern Rivers rail a no-brainer

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE letter in the Echo of May 30 titled Forget the Train, that focussed on a trail, assumes the return of rail services would be as before but this is not what supporters of rail envisage. The expectations of today's traveller are totally different. However, there is no reason why a "rail trail" cannot be established beside a reopened rail line to provide an excellent recreation facility away from busy roads. Lismore, with a population of around 50,000 and growing, is in urgent need of restoring the rail connection however it is not about a single train a day. The reopening of the line must be coupled with an extension into Queensland, meeting the proposed line extension from Varsity Lakes to the Coolangatta Airport and the establishment of intermodal freight terminals.

New rail timetable causes angst

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by Newcastle Express in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Save Our Rail president Joan Dawson has expressed concern about changes to the rail timetable which will come into effect in October.[/font][/size][/color]

Darebin and Moreland councils on same track for problem rail stations

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

A PROPOSED public-private partnership would put Reservoir and Bell stations underground and turn above-ground public land into thriving business hubs.

Work on Goodwood rail underpass may have damaged nearby homes

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

RESIDENTS whose homes are damaged during construction of the Goodwood rail underpass will have them fixed, the Transport Department says. But residents will have a hard time proving the damage was caused by the works, as only about 50 homes were given the pre-work building inspection required to get compensation. Many residents have noticed damage to their homes, believed to be caused by vibrations from heavy rollers, digging equipment and large trucks, since work began on the [url=http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/RR/rail_revitalisation/goodwood_junction]$110 million project to separate the freight and Belair lines from the Noarlunga line[/url].

Metro to use helicopters to track down copper thieves

Posted Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victoria Police are amazed no-one was killed when copper cabling was stolen from the Metro train network overnight. Thieves cut through live overhead cables near Noble Park station around 2:30am and stole 90 metres of cable worth about $700. The theft caused [url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-11/copper-theft-shuts-down-train-services/4745254]major disruptions to train services[/url].

Suspicious package found on tram

Posted Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

A Melbourne tram was at the centre of a bomb scare at the Melbourne University campus on Tuesday with police called to investigate a suspicious package around 5.30pm. The tram was stopped at the junction of Swanston and Elgin Streets, and all passengers immediately evacuated off the service, as a member of the public raised the alarm.

GPS to catch Metro copper thieves

Posted Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Metro will trial the use of GPS tracking nanotechnology to catch copper thieves who cost the rail operator about $1 million a year and shut down railway lines, causing immense disruption to commuters. Tiny GPS units will be embedded in copper cabling at some of the most vulnerable points of the rail network, which will enable Metro to track where copper that is stolen from signalling cables or overhead wires ends up. The nanotechnology trial follows a recent spate of copper theft on the network, most recently on the Dandenong line on Tuesday, which caused major train delays to an estimated 50,000 commuters in the morning peak.

Regional Rail Link Authority ‘considering’ protection from rail noise: the question is how?

Posted Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

INVESTIGATIONS are under way into how to help residents most affected by noise spikes caused by the Regional Rail Link.

D&AD Gives Top Prizes To 'Dumb Ways to Die' and 'Meet the Superhumans'

Posted Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#222222][size=2][font=Droid Serif', serif]The U.K.’s top creative awards show, D&AD, has given its highest honors to just two advertising entries this year - “Dumb Ways to Die” for Metro Trains, and “Meet the Superhumans” for Channel 4’s Paralympics TV coverage -- boosting hopes of success for both campaigns at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity next week.[/font][/size][/color]

Opposition short on detail of rail electrification

Posted Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian Opposition has criticised the Government's failure to proceed with full electrification of the Gawler rail line in Adelaide, but cannot say when it would complete the project, if elected next March. The state budget contained about $150 million to electrify the northern line as far as Dry Creek, but no date was set for full electrification to Gawler.

Goulburn Rail draft timetable needs work

Posted Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]LOCAL rail commuters will be disadvantaged if the state’s new draft timetable is implemented in October without amendment, Rail, Trams and Bus Union (RTBU) representative Greg Price says.[/font][/size][/color]

All aboard for rail centenary

Posted Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]THE Coffs Coast has a proud rail history and a group of dedicated enthusiasts are keen to shine a light on the 2015 centenary of the New South Wales rail revolution.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Prior to the arrival of tracks in the mid-1900s, travel up the coast was a long and uncomfortable overland journey by horse-drawn coaches or a dangerous sea journey via a steam boat.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"Produce, timber and all freight was by sea as in 1915 both roads and the trucks of the day were not able to move freight over long distances," Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail's Neil Manson said.[/font][/size][/color]

Railpage Australia - Who we are

Posted Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

Railpage Australia is a privately owned and run [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website]website[/url] focusing on [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport]railways[/url] within [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia]Australia[/url] and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania]Oceania[/url]. The site was run by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer]volunteers[/url], and provided free or reduced-cost [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet]internet[/url] services to not-for-profit [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway]railway[/url] organizations and preservation groups.

Crane dislodged as truck hits railway bridge in Gladstone

Posted Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]ONE lane of Glenlyon Rd is closed after a 12-tonne truck hit a railway bridge in Gladstone this morning.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Gladstone Police are on the scene. The incident was reported at 9.47am.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The truck had a crane on the back, which was dislodged in the crash.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A police spokesman said there didn't appear to be any structural damage to the bridge, but police have asked that Queensland Rail staff attend to assess the structure.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]At 11am police said they were still waiting on a tow truck, and one lane of Glenlyon Rd was closed.[/font][/size][/color]

France suffers more travel chaos as rail workers strike

Posted Friday, 14 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]PARIS—France suffered another day of travel chaos on Thursday as striking workers shut down more than half the country’s rail lines after an air traffic controllers’ strike grounded thousands of flights this week.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Only about 40 percent of trains were running on the high-speed TGV and regional lines following the strike by workers opposed to a restructuring plan for the state-owned SNCF rail company.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The strike began at 1700 GMT on Wednesday and was to last until 0600 GMT on Friday.[/font][/size][/color]

Dungog sees red over rail changes

Posted Friday, 14 June, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

A new rail timetable due to come into effect later this year has some residents in the Hunter Valley town of Dungog worried that they may have to give up using trains. A leaked draft of the new rail timetable shows not only has Dungog missed out on getting a much-needed late night service, other services are being cut or changed. Joan Dawson from the lobby group, Save Our Rail says the changes are a disaster for people trying to travel to and from Dungog.

Paducah & Louisville Railway says broken rail caused October derailment, hazardous chemical spill

Posted Friday, 14 June, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

Paducah & Louisville Railway reported to the Federal Railroad Administration that a broken railwas to blame for the Oct. 29 derailment of 13 P&L railway cars carrying thousands of gallons of dangerous chemicals. The wreck near West Point caused mass evacuations of people living nearby and travel on Dixie Highway was shut down or restricted for nearly a month. The FRA has not officially determined the cause of the accident but [url=http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Default.aspx]a database on the agency’s website[/url] shows that as part of the ongoing investigation, the company reported a rail break caused the derailment. P&L confirmed in a press release Thursday that’s what it reported to the federal agency.

Mayor vents over slow rail

Posted Friday, 14 June, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

WEST Coast tourism operators are worried the region's rail attraction will not be back on track for the peak summer tourist season. Progress replacing sleepers has slowed since a workplace accident on the track earlier this month. Workers were injured and two rail-modified trucks were written off in the accident on the line about halfway between Queenstown and Strahan. The $6 million upgrade, which involves replacing 12,000 sleepers, was paid for by a Federal Government grant.

El Zorro court application

Posted Friday, 14 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

A NSW train leasing company has made an application in the NSW Supreme Court to wind up rail operator El Zorro Transport. Australian Securities and Investment Commission documents show Consolidated Rail Leasing filed the petition in the Supreme Court of NSW last week. But El Zorro director Ray Evans has blamed Cargill for its financial difficulty. Mr Evans said Cargill had refused to pay El Zorro for work carried out during the past four weeks, prompting a flow-on effect to El Zorro's creditors.

Oakajee port and rail project suspended

Posted Saturday, 15 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

The $6 billion Oakajee port and rail project has been officially suspended. Fifteen employees will lose their jobs and Oakajee Port and Rail Chief Executive John Langoulant will step down from the company at the end of the month. The Jack Hills Iron ore mine is being placed into care and maintenance. The development, which would connect Mid West mines to a deepwater port, stalled last year after Japanese backer Mitsubishi scaled back funding and cut jobs.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/6/2013

Posted Sunday, 16 June, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 101 sightings for this week. This is eight sighting less last week, making a total of 2801 sightings for this year to date. On day 166 last year we had recorded 2772 sightings. This is 29 sightings up on the same time last year.

Inflated budget hurts rail project

Posted Sunday, 16 June, 2013 by Blinkey in Victorian Rail News

Unrealistics expectations and costings will “kill” the proposed rail link between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. The recently released Rail Revival Study, is visionary in concept but unrealistic in terms of project delivery, according to Carisbrook resident Noel Laidlaw.

Unreserved RailCorp Heritage Auction

Posted Sunday, 16 June, 2013 by fred59 in New South Wales Rail News

Auction at the old carriage works at Everleigh, Redfern on the 16 June 2013

Mathematics 'the key' to solving transport woes

Posted Sunday, 16 June, 2013 by railblogger in Other Transport News

Imagine buses turning up every five minutes, and schedules that could deliver passengers to just about anywhere across the city. Impossible? Laughably expensive? Professor Mark Wallace from the Monash University's Faculty of Information Technology says it's a goer. Mathematics, not massive infrastructure spending, is the key. "You'd need twice as many buses, not 10 times as most people might imagine," he says.

Confusion over El Zorro entitlements

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by michaelgreenhill in New South Wales Rail News

There's still confusion about the payment of entitlements to sacked workers in Junee at El Zorro Transport. When the rail freight company closed its doors almost a fortnight ago 26 employees lost their jobs and some have not received any benefits for six weeks.

Newcastle port sale to fund road, rail, in NSW budget

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[b]THE NSW government will sell the Port of Newcastle as it continues its privatisation push to fund big infrastructure projects such as the north west rail link and the Westconnex motorway. [/b] The long-term lease of the port, the largest coal terminal in the world, is expected to raise more than $700 million. Encouraged by the $4.3 billion it received for the sale of Port Botany and Port Kembla, it will sell the port but return about half the proceeds for urban renewal in Newcastle, which includes removing the rail line on Newcastle's waterfront and replacing it with light rail.

NSW State Budget to give Sydney light rail project $75m funding boost

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

[b]LIGHT rail through the CBD and to the eastern suburbs has received a $75 million funding boost in the State Budget. [/b] The major funding allocation for the south east light rail route is included in the State Government's $60 billion infrastructure investment announced in the budget yesterday. The government had allocated just $34 million to the $1.6 billion project to date, which will see a tram line built from the city to Moore Park and on to Kensington by 2019. However, the eastern suburbs will not benefit directly from major investments in education, roads and health, including plans for five new schools across Sydney and significant hospital upgrades.

Illawarra cabbie reprimanded over rail footage

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

An Illawarra cabbie who was filmed driving across railway tracks as flashing lights and closed boom gates signalled an oncoming train has been reprimanded by his employer. The collective called a special disciplinary meeting after video footage of the dangerous act emerged on YouTube earlier this month. Wollongong Radio Cabs chairman Sami Khaled said the vehicle - one of 136 area cabs - was identified by decals on the car body and rims, as the licence plate was not visible.

Illawarra cabbie reprimanded over rail footage

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by in New South Wales Rail News

An Illawarra cabbie who was filmed driving across railway tracks as flashing lights and closed boom gates signalled an oncoming train has been reprimanded by his employer. The collective called a special disciplinary meeting after video footage of the dangerous act emerged on YouTube earlier this month. Wollongong Radio Cabs chairman Sami Khaled said the vehicle - one of 136 area cabs - was identified by decals on the car body and rims, as the licence plate was not visible.

NSW workers should deliver rail project

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

Thousands of NSW job opportunities will be lost unless the state government commits to using local workers to deliver billions of dollars of new infrastructure, a union says. Announcing the NSW budget on Tuesday, Treasurer Mike Baird said infrastructure projects across the state would receive $59.7 billion over the four years to 2016-17. Of this, $4.1 billion will go the North West rail link, while hundreds of millions will go towards new trains, buses and ferries. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union called on the O'Farrell Government to commit to local manufacturing.

NSW workers should deliver rail project

Posted Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 by in New South Wales Rail News

Thousands of NSW job opportunities will be lost unless the state government commits to using local workers to deliver billions of dollars of new infrastructure, a union says. Announcing the NSW budget on Tuesday, Treasurer Mike Baird said infrastructure projects across the state would receive $59.7 billion over the four years to 2016-17. Of this, $4.1 billion will go the North West rail link, while hundreds of millions will go towards new trains, buses and ferries. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union called on the O'Farrell Government to commit to local manufacturing.

Showgrounds could move for light rail route

Posted Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Canberra's showgrounds and the Thoroughbred Park racecourse could be moved to make way for development along the Capital Metro light rail route. The first stage of the light rail network will run down Northbourne Avenue from Civic, down Flemington Road and terminate at Hibberson Street in Gungahlin. ACT Economic Development Director-General David Dawes told an Assembly committee that it was possible Thoroughbred Park and Exhibition Park in Canberra could be moved from their current sites near Flemington Road. This would enable land to be used for new residential or commercial purposes.

Light rail revival for Newcastle

Posted Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]After years of lobbying, a Hunter transport group is praising the announcement to set up light rail in Newcastle.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Yesterday's state budget revealed plans to sell the city's coal port and spend $340 million on revamping Newcastle's CBD, cutting the heavy rail line and replacing it with light rail from Wickham into the city centre.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Convenor of the Hunter Transport for Business Development Lobby group, Alan Squire, says light rail is a much better option than the government's previous position of increasing bus services.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"One of the problems with stopping the heavy rail and putting people into buses is that takes time," he said.[/font][/size]

Push for passenger rail services to return to Horsham

Posted Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The Horsham council will appeal to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in a bid to extend passenger rail services west of Ararat. Councillor Tony Phelan successfully moved a motion at Monday night's council meeting to request the authority investigate integrating a V/Line train service with the existing timetable.

Don River Railway vandals put train offline

Posted Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A GRAFFITI attack has left the Don River Railway with a big bill and put a train out of action for a week while it is repaired.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Newly elected Don River Railway president Bill Housego said yesterday that vandals defaced a railcar overnight on Tuesday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]"It's the last thing we need because it is an added expense that we did not budget for," Mr Housego said.[/font][/size][/color]

Train traffic was significantly affected due to rains in the state, causing inconvenience

Posted Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[left][color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]LUCKNOW: [url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Train-traffic][color=#024d99]Train traffic[/color][/url] was significantly affected due to rains in the state, causing inconvenience to the passengers on Tuesday. While several trains were running late, a couple had to be [/font][/size][/color][color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]cancelled[/font][/size][/color][color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]as the tracks were immersed in water. Railway officials and staff had to put in extra effort to manage the rush of passengers.[/font][/size][/color][/left]

Tram squeeze eases but some still suffer

Posted Thursday, 20 June, 2013 by railblogger in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Overcrowding on peak-hour trams has eased in the past year but remains a stubborn problem on a number of routes mostly serviced by Melbourne's smallest trams.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Commuters heading into the city on the route 55 tram from West Coburg in the morning peak travel on Melbourne's most packed trams, according to a Public Transport Victoria's most recent tram-load survey, published on Wednesday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Those trams are between 122.4 and 125 per cent full on average by the time they reach the corner of Peel and Victoria streets.[/font][/size][/color]

Calls for rail shop shift to Redbank rejected, MP

Posted Thursday, 20 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[b]"Tomorrow's trains" are still set to be serviced in Wulkuraka despite strong objections by some local residents. [/b] Ipswich West MP Sean Choat this week rejected calls to shift the site of a new Queensland Rail electric passenger train maintenance facility away from the preferred site at Wulkuraka to other industrial rail sites at Redbank. The project was expected to generate 200 new jobs, but Wulkuraka's Charlie Greensmith said the facility would likely be nosier, dirtier and less environmentally friendly than anticipated and called for the plans to be shifted to either Redbank, North Ipswich or Karrabin.

Police crackdown on bayside rail network after finding a man transporting a gun under his seat

Posted Thursday, 20 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

POLICE say they will continue to step up train patrols after discovering a man transporting a gun under his seat on the Cleveland line east of Brisbane. Wynnum Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Mark Norrish said an officer noticed the butt of the air-rifle sticking out from under a seat during the routine operation, conducted over two days last month. Sgt Norrish said about 90 people were stopped during the sting. Two people were arrested for drug possession and a further 40 charged with fair evasion. But it was the weapon discovery which baffled police.

U.S. cities are building commuter rail, so where are the riders?

Posted Thursday, 20 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#39434d][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif]Last year, demand for public transportation was the [/font][/size][/color][url=http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/2013/Pages/130311_Ridership.aspx][color=#005399][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif]second highest since 1957[/font][/size][/color][/url][color=#39434d][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif] as Americans took 10.5 billion trips. Every mode of transportation — from buses to subways to light rail — saw ridership increases last year. But there’s one mode that lags behind the rest, despite cities increasingly investing in them.[/font][/size][/color]

Wodonga buys old railway tracks for $1

Posted Friday, 21 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]WODONGA Council is the proud owner of more than five kilometres of old railway track that will be stored at the Logic industrial hub in the hope it can be used to build a rail terminal similar to one already operating at Ettamogah.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The council signed off on the bargain this week after VicTrack offered the redundant track and other infrastructure to the council for $1 on the condition it paid for its removal.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]MJ Farnham Pty Ltd has been awarded a $361,500 contract which is more than three times the amount initially set aside for the job.[/font][/size][/color]

Fortescue Metals Group delays up to $US4bn port and rail deal

Posted Friday, 21 June, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial][b]FORTESCUE Metals Group delayed the sale of infrastructure assets in Australia's Pilbara region worth up to $US4 billion, frustrating smaller miners who hoped a deal would unlock access to key rail and export ports.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial]Fortescue, the world's fourth-largest iron ore producer by output, said it would miss a deadline to conclude a sale of a minority stake in its The Pilbara Infrastructure unit by the end of the month as it deepened talks with a shortlist of investors.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial]"The level of interest generated has necessitated a longer period of evaluation than previously contemplated," the company said in a statement today.[/font][/size][/color]

All class: Bendigo restores grand Melbourne tram

Posted Friday, 21 June, 2013 by railblogger in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Wearing bright orange safety clothes, the workman strides purposefully towards the tram carrying a tin of green paint and a paintbrush. On board, another worker revs a power drill, while another pushes a flat green seat into place.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It's a tick after 9am and this tram is soon to leave the depot, but it's still a hive of activity on board.[/font][/size][/color]

Emerson to hunt down those who damage rail infrastructure

Posted Friday, 21 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has raked in more than $300,000 over the past three years from motorists forced to cough up for damaging rail infrastructure with more than half collected since the LNP came to power. But Transport Minister Scott Emerson makes no apologies for the hard pursuit for damages saying infrastructure incidents are a major inconvenience to public transport. Transport and Main Roads figures show $305,428 has been recovered from motorists who have damaged infrastructure since 2010-2011. More than $153,000 of that was collected between last July and April 5.

Never the rail deal

Posted Saturday, 22 June, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[left]Sydney's monorail, which runs in a 3.6-kilometre loop around the fringe of the city and through Darling Harbour, which has carriages that might have travelled to the moon and back five times, which has inspired mockery and derision from adults and thrills from children and which has left tourists befuddled as to the point of it all, will ride for the last time on Sunday, June 30. It will be 25 years old.[/left]

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/6/2013

Posted Sunday, 23 June, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 101 sightings for this week. This is the same number of sighting as last week, making a total of 2902 sightings for this year to date. On day 173 last year we had recorded 2897 sightings. This is five sightings up on the same time last year.

Commuters lobbying for express link

Posted Sunday, 23 June, 2013 by Newcastle Express in New South Wales Rail News

A GROUP of Newcastle professionals say they are a perfect example of why NSW’s second-largest city should have express train services to its big sister city, Sydney.

Commuters lobbying for express link

Posted Sunday, 23 June, 2013 by in New South Wales Rail News

A GROUP of Newcastle professionals say they are a perfect example of why NSW’s second-largest city should have express train services to its big sister city, Sydney.

Mayor books seat on fast rail forum

Posted Monday, 24 June, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]GEOFF Kettle has secured a seat at the mayor’s table in a High Speed Rail forum to be held at Parliament House this Wednesday. [/font][/size][/color]

Greens predict problems with myki regional rail rollout

Posted Monday, 24 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[left]The Victorian Greens are forecasting major problems for regional rail travellers as myki cards are rolled out on V/Line trains today.[/left] [left]Seymour is the first line to start using the smart card system.[/left] [left]The Greens say many regional stations are not staffed and many local shops do not sell mykis.[/left] [left]Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says students and the elderly will be worst affected.[/left]

Leighton wins $1.15bn rail deal

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

Leighton Holdings Ltd has won a $1.15 billion contract to build Sydney's north west rail link in a joint venture with global conglomerate ACS Group's Dragados. The New South Wales government contract included the construction of two 15km rail tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping, which will be the longest built in Australia, and the excavation of new underground stations for the link.

Transport industry welcomes rail freight boost

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian Freight Council said expansion of a rail freight terminal in northern Adelaide would remove a significant number of trucks from the state's roads. Half the $16 million project at Penfield is being funded from the federal Regional Development Australia fund. The upgrade is expected to be completed by the middle of next year and the terminal is expected to employ about 350 people.

Passenger rail return not easy says transport group

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The Public Transport Users Association says there would be significant hurdles to clear before introducing a passenger rail service to towns west of Ararat. Earlier this week, the Horsham council voted to appeal to Public Transport Victoria to investigate integrating a V/Line train service with the existing timetable at Ararat, to get around the different rail gauges either side of the town.

Report clears train driver over Banyo level crossing crash with truck

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

A Transport and Main Roads report into a crash involving a train and a truck at Banyo in Brisbane's north last September has found the train driver followed correct procedures. The department found the truck driver's heavy vehicle permit did not allow him to use the St Vincents Road level crossing where the truck got stuck before it was hit by the train at Banyo. The low-loader trailer had grounded under the weight of its load - a 38-tonne electrical transformer.

Grain lines big winners in Budget hand-outs

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

Rail lines in the region are also slated for improvement in this year's state Budget, with Wee Waa, Burren Junction and Narrabri the big winners. Around $177-million has been announced for the maintenance of the Country Regional Network, with about $48-million of that to be spent on grain lines.

Corridor needed for fast rail link

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

A Lake Macquarie Councillor says the Federal Government needs to set aside a corridor for a proposed high speed rail network as a matter of urgency. The Federal Government is conducting phase two of a strategic study looking at the possible implementation of a high speed rail network on the east coast of Australia between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

National Trust upset with Islington railyards and Glenside nurses' quarters demolition plans

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

The National Trust of South Australia is upset with the level of protection offered to two Adelaide heritage sites. It said only six of the buildings at the Islington railyards were to be protected. The Trust said the entire rail workshops site deserved to be protected and made available for public use, as happened with the Midland railway workshops in Perth. The Trust also is upset the former nurses' quarters at Glenside, a 1950s building, will be demolished.

Greens call for full disclosure on coal report

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

The Senate is expected to vote on a Greens motion today calling for the Federal Government to release all documents relating to a controversial study of coal train dust in the Hunter Valley. The Australian Rail Track Corporation emissions monitoring report found coal trains do not create any more dust than regular trains. But the Greens say a leaked draft report shows 15 of the ARTC's 18 conclusions were changed in the final copy. Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon says the public has a right to know what happened.

$200m to move utilities for light rail

Posted Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

The ACT Government has revealed more details of plans to build a $614 million light rail network in Canberra's north. Planning and cost analysis work is underway to build light rail between Gungahlin and Civic. Capital Metro project director Glenn Bain has told a Legislative Assembly committee track work will cost $100 million, about a dozen trains will cost $55 million, and rail stations will cost $27 million each. The biggest cost would be moving or securing utilities such as underground waterworks and data cables along the route.

Truck crash creates traffic havoc after hitting railway bridge

Posted Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A truck driver was trapped and traffic in Lloyd Street, West Melbourne, was being diverted after a crash. The truck hit a clearance rail on Lloyd Street just before 9am on Wednesday. It then tipped, trapping the driver. The driver was conscious and breathing while emergency service crews worked to free him.

Wodonga rail terminal 'not on radar'

Posted Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIAN transport minister Terry Mulder cannot guarantee a rail terminal will be built at the Logic industrial hub in the forseeable future. Mr Mulder was responding to Wodonga Council’s decision to spend $361,500 on a contract to remove redundant rail tracks in the city centre and store it at Logic in the hope it can be used to build a rail terminal. A rail terminal has been on the council’s wish-list since 2005. “Providing sidings into the Barnawartha Logic freight handling facility remains an option,” Mr Mulder said.

Woman charged over racist bus attack in Sydney

Posted Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 by bevans in Other Transport News

THE woman believed to be at the centre of last month's verbal racial attack on a young boy on a Sydney bus has been identified and charged, according to police. While no complaint was formally lodged by the victim or his family, police were [url=http://www.news.com.au/national-news/school-boy-racially-abused-by-50-year-old-woman-on-sydney-bus/story-fncynjr2-1226657226955]so horrified at the "disturbing" footage[/url] they sought the woman after an intensive search spanning nearly three weeks.

Trains, planes and wagtails: Spotters share their passion

Posted Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Railway Stories

They’re not exactly birds of a feather, but spotters and twitchers share equal enthusiasm for documenting their treasured subjects, as Sarah Harris observes. TO the casual onlooker, Michelle Delaney might just have stopped at Footscray’s Bunbury Street railway overpass to admire the city backdrop, but her eyes are firmly on the track. “Ah, here you go ... this is the MS4 and that’s NR13 on the lead,” Delaney says, instantly recognising an old friend as it approaches the tunnel.

Mount Gambier Rail Corridor

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by hilly in South Australian Rail News

Rail corridor demolition work scheduled for October This follows the planning process stalling six months ago as Mount Gambier City Council sought “urgent” details from the State Government over the ownership of rail infrastructure on the site. But jubilant elected members and council staff are celebrating this week with news the government has indicated it will hand over all surplus rail infrastructure to the local government body. The legal advice was crucial news given the outcome had the potential to derail the entire project, which is one of two major developments earmarked for the city in the next financial year. The State Government has contributed $1m to the $2.3m stage one of the project, which will overhaul the most strategic untapped parcel of land in the centre of the city.

McCloy lays out own rail plan

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

LIGHT rail down the centre of Hunter Street. That's the vision of Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy, who delivered his proposal in writing yesterday to Treasurer Mike Baird. Mr Baird, who unveiled the O'Farrell government's plans for a Newcastle CBD light rail system in last week's state budget, was in Newcastle for talks on the project. To illustrate his ideas, Cr McCloy pointed to artwork done for a 2010 Newcastle City Council revitalisation project, which said "a well-planned and reliable light rail system" is what this city needed.

High-speed rail ‘must be done’

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

WODONGA and Indigo are yet to decide if they will be part of a group of councils that aims to show united support for the high-speed rail project. Both councils confirmed yesterday they had received requests to join the Coalition of Councils for High Speed Rail and would consider the proposal in due course. The federal government’s high-speed rail report released in April revealed a train station would be built at Barnawartha North.

Glencore Xstrata axes 450 mining jobs

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

Glencore Xstrata has cut back coal production and slashed jobs at two of its Queensland coal mines due to lower coal prices, high costs and the strong dollar. As part of the production cuts at its Newlands and Oaky Creek mines, the company said it will lay off about 450 employees at the two mines by the end of the year.

Rail lines lift home prices by almost $50,000 in Melbourne

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

NEW research has revealed houses in Melbourne suburbs with a train station are worth an average $48,000 dollars more than those far from rail lines. The research from PRD Nationwide found that a median Melbourne house in a suburb with a rail line travelling through it was $618,000, while suburbs without a rail line had a median house price of $570,000. The figure tracks as high as an average $105,000 more for a house in Melbourne's east that has a train line in the same suburb compared with those without a station, $59,500 in the northern suburbs and $40,000 for median prices in western suburbs with train access.

East Coast rail thrown a lifeline

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in New Zealand Rail News

The East Coast rail freight service has been thrown a lifeline by a road and rail transport consortium. Hawke's Bay Regional Transport Committee chairman Alan Dick said today a bid has been made by a commercial consortium to revive the line. "For the past two months investigations have been under way to determine the feasibility of a separately run, privately owned, short-line rail service, leasing the line and infrastructure from KiwiRail. "The project group includes respected and highly successful road and rail transport operators, industry representatives and professional business advisers."

UNP to Invest in Wyoming Rail Line

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

Union Pacific Corporation will be investing $15 million for the development of a rail track in Wyoming. The company will use the fund to replace 127,200 railroad ties as well as install over 61,200 tons of rock ballast and renovate surfaces at 18 road crossings. This upgrade of the rail line between Rawlins and Rock Springs will enhance the transportation infrastructure of this Western U.S. state. The project - which is completely financed by the company - started in mid June and is slated to be wrapped up by September end.

DHL starts weekly rail link from China to Poland

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

The service uses the new Chengdu to Poland express train operated by YHF Logistics, launched this spring. The 9,826 kilometer (km) rail journey takes 14 days, but cuts transit time by 40 days compared to ocean freight. Its once-a-week service runs through to its intermodal hub in Malaszewicze, Poland, and the company then trucks shipments to Moscow to offer a 20-day transit time between Chengdu and Moscow, DHL said. Mr. Kelvin Leung, the Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for DHL Global Forwarding, conceded that it might seem counter-intuitive to ship freight through Russia to Poland before trucking it back to Moscow.

Rail projects threaten future of taxi industry

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has called for a plan to develop the taxi industry because of the threat posed by the massive railway projects taking place in major Saudi cities. Saeed Al-Bassami, deputy chairman of the CSC’s national committee for land transport, said buses and taxis would not be able to compete in terms of cost and services once the rail projects are completed. He said a plan has to be developed to ensure the industry survives the competition. He conceded that buses and taxis have not provided good services for the people of Jeddah. “The small buses in Jeddah will disappear when railways start services within the city. Taxis will also be on the way out,” Al-Bassami told Arab News.

Container Terminal To Close

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by Raichase in Asciano

The rumour mill was churning in Blayney yesterday with claims the local FCL operation will shut this Friday and move to an existing site in Bathurst.

Container Terminal To Close

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by in Asciano

The rumour mill was churning in Blayney yesterday with claims the local FCL operation will shut this Friday and move to an existing site in Bathurst.

Councils urge more focus on rail freight

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

A group of outback Queensland councils says it would like to see more focus on rail to move increased volumes of freight around the state. The State Government is set to release a plan to deal with a massive increase in freight over the next decade, with a strategy due to be finalised by the end of the year. A draft strategy has recommended improving regional rail and expanding heavy vehicle access for industry and agriculture.

Casino Mini Rail needs some maxi helpers

Posted Thursday, 27 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Railway Stories

TRAIN lovers take note: your passion and enthusiasm for all things to do with railways is needed. The Casino Mini Rail is looking for help with ongoing jobs. "We are all volunteers here and we would like some more members to drive trains, do maintenance and track work, as well as mowing, brushcutting and gardening," volunteer William Westman said. "No experience is required as we will teach you everything you need to know, although mechanical experience would be appreciated, " Mr Westman said. The Casino Mini Rail is open to the public every Sunday between 10am and 4pm and for private functions.

Push on to get on board high speed rail link

Posted Friday, 28 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

Regional mayors and international experts will press the federal government on Wednesday to begin buying land for the proposed high-speed train linking Canberra with the eastern state capitals. Their message will be that no action will result in the forced duplication of the recently completed Hume Highway to eight lanes between Sydney and Melbourne. This critical tipping point will be the main focus of a forum in Parliament House, to be addressed by government and opposition figures. The heads of the Goulburn, Wagga, Shepparton and Wodonga councils will form what is effectively a council of war to add pressure for urgent action. They will be joined by about 100 local and international business executives who are pushing for high-speed rail to remain on the federal government's agenda.

Farmers welcome rail for agriculture commitment

Posted Friday, 28 June, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government has unveiled a ten year, 38 point transport strategy today saying it will help the state cope with an expected 70 per cent growth in produce and commodity movements. The freight task in Queensland is expected to rise from 881 million tonnes in 2010 to 1550 million tonnes in 2021.

Riding the grain train

Posted Friday, 28 June, 2013 by bevans in Asciano

It has a kettle in a hole in the dashboard so the crew can boil a hot brew safely, a ''whistle'' that sounds quite a lot like a horn, a ''dead man's switch'' that must be pushed every 90 seconds and an elevated view of the countryside as it rushes past. Diesel locomotive G524 - which pulls a giant train taking Victoria's grain to the docks - also has a fridge, red and green flags in case of an incident and a chunky black ''bat-phone'' to ensure the train driver can stay in contact with train control at all times. And beside the track as it passes - and sometimes on the platform - the diesel has a loyal fan base who will admire it regardless of the time of day. At 2.27am when it slows to a halt at Bendigo railway station for a crew change, two young gunzels (rail fanatics) are waiting with cameras on the platform alongside the crew.

Monorail was a fad: NSW Transport Minister

Posted Saturday, 29 June, 2013 by 9034 in Other Transport News

THE Sydney monorail was a "fad" and a lesson in the risks of creating white elephants, NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian says. The monorail will run its final loop this Sunday after 25 years in operation and workers will begin dismantling it in August.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 29/6/2013

Posted Sunday, 30 June, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 116 sightings for this week. This is 15 sighting more last week, making a total of 3018 sightings for this year to date. On day 180 last year we had recorded 3012 sightings. This is six sightings up on the same time last year.

HS Rail responses closing soon. How about fixing maps, costs for a start?

Posted Sunday, 30 June, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]For something as important as a high speed rail network to reshape the economy and grow technological capital the study for which comments are closing needs more realistic cost estimates and maps that won’t drive lay readers cross eyed.[/font][/size][/color]

A TRAIN has collided with a car at a level crossing in Southern New South Wales

Posted Sunday, 30 June, 2013 by bevans in Asciano

A TRAIN has collided with a car at a level crossing in Southern New South Wales this afternoon.The silver car collided with a Melbourne bound Pacific National freight train at a level crossing in Henty around 1:30 PM on Sunday.

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