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Riding the Sunlander Passenger Train in Queensland by Voldemort

Posted Thursday, 18 July, 2013 by bevans in Railway Stories

[justify][color=#000000][size=3][font=Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]On June 29, 2013, I rode the Sunlander from Townsville to Brisbane. I had been up to Townsville to visit a friend who was posted there in the armed forces, his wife and their baby daughter.[/font][/size][/color][/justify] [justify][color=#000000][size=3][font=Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]After a whistestop tour of Townsville, which I thought was a surprisingly handsome city with Castle Hill providing great views of the surrounds (I wish I had the time to go to Magnetic Island!), I was driven to the simple and yet modern looking Townsville Station half a mile south of the town centre. This was where all passenger trains in both directions up and down the coast departed, as well as the twice-weekly Inlander bound for Mt Isa. [/font][/size][/color][/justify] [justify][color=#000000][size=3][font=Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The platform seemed quite busy with a large number of people from various backgrounds waiting for the train with their luggage and children. However, everyone was basically standing or sitting on the platform, I don't even know whether there was a waiting room. In true American cut-price style, the station is open only for an hour before train departures (five weekly to Cairns, five weekly to Brisbane, and two weekly to Mt Isa).[/font][/size][/color][/justify]

Commuters hailed as heroes for jumping onto railway tracks at Richmond station

Posted Thursday, 18 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TWO commuters have been hailed heroes for jumping onto railway tracks to rescue a woman as a train approached. The victim fell from the platform at Richmond railway station on Tuesday about 9.15am as horrified people waiting for a train looked on. Security footage shows two men jump down to help as the woman, who is believed to have had a fever, lay motionless. One of the rescuers, Sohan Senanayake, said he looked up at a screen and saw there was one minute until the next train would arrive.

Rail body slams Abbott's $6.7bn Bruce Highway pledge as a train wreck

Posted Thursday, 18 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Australia’s peak rail group has hit out at the Coalition’s promise of $6.7 billion in funding to fix the Bruce Highway in Queenslad, labelling the promise a short-sighted quick fix that squibs real commitment by the government to rolling out integrated transport infrastructure. Australian Rail Association chief executive Bryan Nye has hit out at the big ticket spend on bitumen as an “old-fashioned approach to infrastructure funding,” claiming that it will “stifle productivity and efficiency in the transport sector and ultimately disadvantage the Australian people.” The broadside from the rail infrastructure lobby comes as the Opposition leader attempts to spell out a vision for Australia that goes beyond attacking the Labor government’s performance.

Trains halted after two people are hit on Werribee and Pakenham lines

Posted Thursday, 18 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Two people have been hit by trains in separate incidents on Melbourne’s rail network on Thursday. One woman has been confirmed dead, with a Victoria Police spokeswoman saying a woman had died after being struck by a train between Yarraville and Seddon stations, on the Werribee line. The incident is not being treated as suspicious. Shortly before midday another person was hit by a train on the Pakenham line between Dandenong and Berwick. All trains to the area have been suspended and bus services are being arranged, according to Metro Trains.

Confronting rail safety warning

Posted Thursday, 18 July, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail has brought a confronting safety campaign to the Gold Coast, unveiling a shock display at Robina station yesterday, as a chilling reminder of the risks faced by people who enter the rail corridor or cross tracks illegally. Frustrated with thousands of railway trespass incidents each year, the company is warning `not everyone makes it across the tracks'. Queensland Rail Acting Chief Executive Officer Jim Benstead said the campaign highlighted the possible deadly outcome of trespassing on the Queensland Rail network through a graphic display of a coffin made out of railway sleepers.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese highlights urban rail as key election issue

Posted Thursday, 18 July, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says he expects urban rail to be a key issue for West Australian voters at the coming federal election. Mr Albanese today helped to open the latest stage of the Perth City Link project, which is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments. He used the event to attack the Coalition Leader Tony Abbott's preference for funding roads, instead of rail.

Rail operator to make more job cuts

Posted Friday, 19 July, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

[left]RAIL operator Aurizon will cut more jobs under plans to make $230 million in cost savings and productivity gains over the next two years. [/left] The company formerly known as QR National will launch a second voluntary redundancy program in the coming 12 months, after accepting about 750 redundancies in its previous restructuring efforts. The company has shed about 1,600 positions since it was privatised by the Queensland government in 2011.

Undetected problems ATSB Investigation

Posted Friday, 19 July, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

Following an investigation into the partial separation of an express passenger train, the ATSB is reminding rail operators of the need for effective inspection regimes and to ensure that rail components meet service requirements. The investigation was initiated in August 2011, after a scheduled Melbourne to Sydney express passenger train (XPT) partially separated as it passed over a dip in the track near Broadmeadows, Victoria. The train suffered a total loss of power and was unable to continue its journey, coasting for a short distance. Initial inspection of the train suggested that the electrical disconnection was a result of the leading power car decoupling from the carriages; but it was clear that the power car and carriages stayed close together because the brake lines remained connected.

Oil by Rail Is Here to Stay

Posted Friday, 19 July, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Fracking has been a boon to railroads not just because of a huge jump in crude-by-rail shipments—from nearly nothing to 300,000 annual carloads in half a decade. Railroads have also booked rapidly growing revenues delivering "frac sand"—used in hydraulic fracturing of wells. Last year trains moved at least 200,000 carloads of frac sand. In Wisconsin alone, more than 100 frac-sand mines now are operating. Then there's the downstream traffic boom: chemicals, plastics, natural gas liquids.

It's a long wait to do the Bolte crawl

Posted Friday, 19 July, 2013 by bevans in Other Transport News

Average morning peak travel times on CityLink have slowed to a sub-20km/h crawl over the Bolte Bridge, making it Melbourne's equal-worst stretch of freeway. Speeds on the toll road are as slow now each weekday morning as they are on the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Alexandra Parade. A new $6 billion to $8 billion toll road is being pursued as the fix for chronic congestion on the Eastern Freeway but no plan has been announced to remedy CityLink's epic jam.

August appeal for Zig Zag reopening

Posted Friday, 19 July, 2013 by viaprojects in New South Wales Rail News

Lithgow's Zig Zag Railway will next month make an appeal to be allowed to operate again, after being shut down because of safety concerns.

Less costly Rail Revival

Posted Saturday, 20 July, 2013 by Blinkey in Victorian Rail News

The cost of making a Bendigo to Geelong passenger rail service a reality should cost less than $100 million — not the $760 to $935 million suggested in a recent report released by Public Transport Victoria, a local engineer says.

Express from the U.S.: ‘Transformer’ shoulder ballast cleaner to hit the tracks

Posted Saturday, 20 July, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

One of the most up-to-date rail track maintenance machines in Australia, dubbed ‘the Transformer’ by Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) staff, will soon be hitting the tracks between Melbourne and Sydney, ARTC announced today. The $10 million dollar, state-of-the-art, LORAM Shoulder Ballast Cleaner is currently in testing in South Australia after safe delivery from Minnesota, the United States last month. The almost 100 metre-long shoulder ballast cleaner is expected to be in operation along the Melbourne – Sydney rail corridor in late August following completion of the testing and commissioning process.

French probe suspected sabotage of Areva rail line

Posted Saturday, 20 July, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

French police are investigating the suspected sabotage of a rail track used to transport nuclear material and which caused the derailment of a locomotive the same day as a fatal passenger train accident, officials said on Friday. No link has been found between the July 12 derailment of the slow-moving locomotive near the central city of Limoges and the derailment several hours later of a train in Bretigny-sur-Orge just south of Paris which killed six people and injured dozens.

Cameras at Huntingdale train station removed for footage review as dumping continues

Posted Saturday, 20 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

METRO Trains has admitted CCTV cameras installed to capture illegal rubbish dumping at Huntingdale Railway Station have been removed as issues at the station continue. In recent weeks, dumping has continued at the station while cameras have been removed for footage review. It comes despite authorities [url=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/rubbish-still-being-dumped-at-huntingdale-train-station-months-after-crackdown/story-fngnvlxu-1226653775954]still being unsure who is able to fine people caught on camera[/url] dumping rubbish. Rubbish has been dumped at the site for years, and the pile grew to be about 50m in length after items were dumped in the railway station's gravel carpark [url=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/huntingdale-train-station-still-a-mess-of-hard-rubbish/story-fngnvlxu-1226553845228]over the Christmas and New Year period[/url].

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/7/2013

Posted Sunday, 21 July, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 111 sightings for this week. This is 32 sighting less than last week, making a total of 3418 sightings for this year to date. On day 201 last year we had recorded 3355 sightings. This is 63 sightings up on the same time last year.

Camera trial bid for safer level crossings

Posted Sunday, 21 July, 2013 by Amraks in Tasmanian Rail News

MOUNTED CCTV cameras are about to be trialled and could soon be installed at many level crossings in Tasmania to capture near misses that continue to traumatise train drivers.

Luring Brisbane rail commuters to Gympie

Posted Monday, 22 July, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

MORE than 130,000 Queensland Rail commuters were greeted by Gympie Regional councillor Julie Walker and Destination Gympie Region staff at Central Railway Station in Brisbane this week as part of a campaign to promote the region as a holiday destination. Council staff distributed a full-colour holiday guide and information about getaway packages and promotions for our regional food industry at events such as Gympie Gold Regional Produce, during the two day blitz this week. Cr Walker said the council supported a wide range of initiatives to promote the Gympie region and jumped at the chance to take part in Queensland Rail's initiative to promote long distance rail travel for holiday-makers.

Investigation after two trains collide at Norwich railway station

Posted Monday, 22 July, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

A Greater Anglia passenger train struck an empty, stationary East Midlands train in Norwich. Photograph: Alamy An investigation has been launched after two trains collided at a railway station in the early hours of the morning. Eight people received minor injuries when a Greater Anglia passenger train, travelling from Great Yarmouth, struck an empty, stationary East Midlands train as it arrived into [url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/norwich]Norwich[/url] at about 12.15am on Sunday. They were taken to hospital and have now been released. There had been a total of 31 people on board the train arriving at the station, which was "travelling at very slow speed", a Greater Anglia spokesman said.

Aurizon's biggest shareholder warns on Pilbara rail line: report

Posted Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

The United Kingdom hedge fund that own the largest stake of Aurizon Ltd has cautioned the Australian group from constructing a new rail network in the Pilbara, saying the drop in commodity prices made returns on the investment required unsure, [color=#333333][font=inherit]The Australian Financial Review[/font][/color] reports. According to the newspaper, Philip Green, partner at The Children’s Investment Fund Management (TCI) – which holds an 11 per cent stake in Aurizon – said there was no guarantee of returns on investment infrastructure in the long term, particularly as junior miners in the area risk going under if iron ore prices soften as expected.

RECKLESS RAIL COMMUTERS RISKING THEIR LIVES

Posted Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

Dramatic security video obtained by 7News has captured some amazing escapes by Sydney rail passengers who strayed too close to platform edges. Transport bosses say they were lucky not to be killed. Some footage shows a man wobbly on his feet, as he leans for support on a moving train.

Rail hub shift is still in limbo

Posted Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THERE is still yet to be movement on the proposed relocation of Griffith's rail freight terminal into Leeton shire.

Public transport preferred to east-west link, survey reveals

Posted Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

RACV members say better public transport is the best way to fix Melbourne's congestion woes - despite the fact the lobby group has been pushing fiercely for the controversial $8 billion east-west link. A survey has shown the most pressing traffic issue for the group's members was congestion, and many respondents believed the best way to address that problem was by improving trains, tram and bus services. The survey results contradict the transport and motoring giant's strong advocacy of roads projects. RACV's general manager of public policy Brian Negus presented the results of members' transport-related concerns at the recent Northern Business Achievement Awards, The Melbourne Times Weekly Review reports.

Lilydale trains delayed after woman struck, killed at Ringwood East

Posted Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A woman in her 60s has been struck by a train at Ringwood East railway station with major delays expected in both directions on the Lilydale line. Metro Trains announced buses will be operating between Ringwood and Mooroolbark in both directions with a rail service to continue between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

Flinders Street visions 'exciting, inspirational'

Posted Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Six bustling new visions for Flinders Street Station have been hailed as exciting and inspirational by industry and historical experts. Dean of Architecture at Melbourne University, Professor Thomas Kvan, said the major design competition would help Victorians imagine how the under-utilised and neglected space could be transformed.

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