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'Nothing will stop the rail line removal': Baird

Posted Monday, 1 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Premier Mike Baird says nothing will derail the December 26 Newcastle rail line removal, despite embarrassing admissions by a government official at a parliamentary inquiry and further revelations about a key player’s Newcastle property interests.

Heavyweights back new east coast railway proposal

Posted Monday, 1 December, 2014 by wxtre in Rail News

[b]A POWERFUL coalition of companies has urged the Abbott government to build “for a century and not an election cycle” an ambitious inland railway between Brisbane and Melbourne. [/b]

RACV nominates top level crossings to go

Posted Monday, 1 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

LEVEL crossings in Melbourne’s north and west, and those crossing tram lines, should be the first to go as part of the new Labor Government’s promise to remove 50 crossings.

Adani group's Galilee Basin Carmichael mine project 'not viable', Indian opposition says

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by Jack Le Lievre in Aurizon

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Indian opposition MPs have raised concerns about using state funds to bankroll the Adani Group's Carmichael mine project in western Queensland, which they say is not viable.[/b][/font][/size]

Partially demolished Williamstown Beach train station will be rebuilt, but not until next year

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

[b]METRO has promised to rebuild the part of Williamstown Beach train station it demolished 18 months ago. [/b]

Baird has 'no mandate' to rip out rail line

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

OPPOSITION Leader John Robertson has accused Premier Mike Baird of thumbing his nose at a parliamentary inquiry into Newcastle planning issues after the Premier expressed his determination to cut the Newcastle rail line on Boxing Day.

Rebrand part of move to world class rail freight network

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

You may have noticed things look a little different at ARTC. Today Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) CEO John Fullerton launched the new ARTC brand across the business, reinforcing the growth and modernisation of the national freight rail network.

Multitrip tickets for Adelaide public transport to be invalid soon

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by wxtre in South Australian Rail News

The cardboard tickets used for Adelaide public transport will become invalid from the end of this month

Steam train to visit to celebrate rail history

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE railway has been a part of Gladstone for 117 years, and to celebrate, residents will be able to step back in time when a steam train choofs into town early next year. Queensland Rail's heritage fleet, part of which dates back to 1902, has been restored to make a month-long journey to far north Queensland, and will arrive in Gladstone on January 20. The steam train's arrival will celebrate 150 years of Queensland railways and the end of an era for the Sunlander, which is retiring this year after 60 years of transporting passengers from Brisbane to Cairns.

Open Letter to Tony Abbott: Your referendum is lost. Please put the $3 billion back

Posted Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 by Bethungra in Victorian Rail News

Your Referendum Is Lost. Now Please Put the $3 Billion Back Where It Came From. An Open Letter to the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Rail trail could be built alongside old rail line

Posted Wednesday, 3 December, 2014 by Bethungra in New South Wales Rail News

The Member for Northern Tablelands says a rail trail from Black Mountain to Ben Lomond is now likely to be built alongside the existing disused rail line. The Save the Great Northern Rail Line group opposes the transformation of the rail line into a rail trail. The rail trail is supported by the New England Rail Trail group. Adam Marshall said the line hasn't been used in 20 years, and significant upgrades would be needed to run trains on it again.

How Costs Soared at the $4 Billion Train Station for the World Trade Center

Posted Wednesday, 3 December, 2014 by wxtre in International Rail News

With its long steel wings poised sinuously above the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub has finally assumed its full astonishing form, more than a decade after it was conceived.

100,000 Czech rail passengers snowed in

Posted Wednesday, 3 December, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

About 100,000 passengers were stranded across the Czech Republic when ice encased overhead power lines and brought railway traffic to a halt. The big freeze struck on Monday, forcing some people to spend the night in unheated trains or at railway stations as temperatures plunged to a low of minus seven degrees. The cold continued to disrupt rail services into Tuesday.

Hunter Development Corporation manager Bob Hawes interests never fully disclosed to HDC board

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by Newcastle Express in New South Wales Rail News

HUNTER Development Corporation general manager Bob Hawes has never directly declared a conflict of interest about his Newcastle property holdings at an HDC board meeting, contrary to HDC evidence at the parliamentary inquiry into Newcastle planning issues.

Melbourne's train tracks safe, rail watchdog finds

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Australia's rail safety watchdog has found that Melbourne's railway tracks are being safely maintained after a federal MP raised allegations in parliament that shoddy maintenance by rail operator Metro was putting public safety at risk.

Transporters call for rail transparency

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

THE main players in the Tier 3 rail dispute need to "put all their cards on the table" and look at each line's viability to find a solution to the on-going issues. Comparing road and rail quality and developing a long-term plan for freight is key according to Kulin Transport owner and Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association national president Grant Robins. "All of the argument so far has been about Tier 3 as a whole, while some lines are still viable and some lines would be questionable," he said. "We need to look at them individually and to look at the road networks alongside of them.

Mayors refire light rail push

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tasmanian Rail News

[b]TWO southern mayors have banded together to reignite the Northern Suburbs Light Rail proposal. [/b]

Premier Mike Baird confirms rail corridor open to development

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

PREMIER Mike Baird has confirmed land on the Newcastle rail corridor will be up for grabs for development once the heavy rail line is truncated. But ahead of his visit to the city today, Mr Baird said Newcastle City Council would have the final say on all proposals.

Sydney's trams to be the world's longest

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

Back in the 1940s, Sydney could boast the most heavily used tram system the world had ever seen.

Community groups meet with Premier Mike Baird over Newcastle's future

Posted Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by Newcastle Express in New South Wales Rail News

ABOUT a dozen community groups and Hunter organisations, from representatives of the city’s sporting teams to residents groups, will meet with Premier Mike Baird as part of a roundtable discussion of ‘‘Newcastle’s future’’.

Vision unveiled for Alice Springs railway redevelopment

Posted Friday, 5 December, 2014 by wxtre in Northern Territory Rail News

A BOLD vision has been unveiled to build a new railway station and tourism precinct in the heart of Alice Springs.

Sydney trains not running on time and commuter complaints about service have risen to over 41,000

Posted Friday, 5 December, 2014 by SydneyTrainKing in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]Complaints about Sydney trains increased by 34 per cent last year, with timetables, ticketing, service and on-time running all upsetting more commuters.[/b][/size][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]NSW Opposition Leader and Blacktown MP John Robertson said the Government had failed to fix Sydney’s trains, implementing a new timetable without proper community consultation.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Marayong’s Tabitha Ponnambalam faced a longer journey and reduced services on the Richmond line.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]”Getting to work at Olympic Park or Macquarie University is more difficult,” she said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Mr Robertson said cuts to security also left people feeling less safe.[/font][/size][/color]

Metro maintenance: City Loop station escalators come to a halt

Posted Friday, 5 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Several escalators at underground train stations have broken down after Metro ended its service agreement with Otis.

Man hit by train and killed at Footscray Railway Station

Posted Saturday, 6 December, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Open Sans', Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A man was hit and killed by a train at Footscray railway station last night.  [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=3][font='Open Sans', Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]He was crossing the tracks between platforms where he was fatally struck. [/font][/size][/color]

Greens vow to block moves to develop Newcastle rail corridor

Posted Saturday, 6 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Greens say they will oppose any move by the Premier Mike Baird to sell off Newcastle's rail corridor.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Newcastle's heavy rail line is due to be cut on Boxing Day, and initially both major parties pledged to make it off limits to developers.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]But when Mr Baird visited Newcastle yesterday, he said no development would go ahead without the backing of the local council.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi said the government is prioritising private profits over the community.[/font][/size]

FTA requires rail upgrade

Posted Saturday, 6 December, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

FARMERS and agriculture executives have warned there will be little benefit from a free trade agreement (FTA) with China unless railways carting produce to ports for export are urgently upgraded. National Farmers' Federation (NFF) chief executive Simon Talbot said the nation's supply chain was inefficient, driving up costs for farmers that could leave them uncompetitive as other nations strike similar deals with China over the next five years.

Plans to develop Newcastle heavy rail corridor may need Act of Parliament

Posted Saturday, 6 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

THE state’s transport minister says ‘‘at this stage’’ the government does not believe an Act of Parliament is needed to authorise its plans for Newcastle’s rail corridor, although critics argue one would be needed before any development of the land could occur.

Energy demands drive rail car industry backlog

Posted Sunday, 7 December, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

At least 600 rail cars filled with sand arrive each month by train at Jim Lind's shipping terminal and warehouse in McKees Rocks. They're destined for Marcellus shale wells. Each hopper car carries 100 tons of the sand, said Lind, president and co-owner of McKees Rocks Industrial Enterprises, one of a dozen companies in the region that handle sand for shale-gas drillers, much of it delivered by railroads.

Moving freight - road vs. rail

Posted Monday, 8 December, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

The ability to transport goods and people quickly and efficiently is essential to all economic activity and in this country we’ve been shifting more and more to roads.

The east-west link is dead - a victory for 21st-century thinking

Posted Monday, 8 December, 2014 by bevans in Opinion

Labor’s state election victory in Victoria has fatally undermined Melbourne’s most controversial tunnel, the now-doomed [url=http://www.linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au/east-west-link]East-West Link(link is external)[/url], with new Premier Daniel Andrews pledging to rip up the contracts for the project. His decision is a victory for anyone who values 21st-century urban thinking over the outdated car-first mentality. It’s also a financial relief, because – as the project’s back story shows – the East-West Link was always more about politics than economics.

Jewell railway station Brunswick plans released by Neometro

Posted Monday, 8 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

MULTI-MILLION dollar plans for Brunswick’s Jewell railway station rebuild have been released, with community feedback meetings this week.

On-the-spot public transport fare evader fines fail as only one in four pays up

Posted Monday, 8 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

CUT-PRICE fare evader fines aimed at filling government coffers quicker has backfired, with only one in four paying the $75 on-the-spot penalty.

Don't put roads first, Senate finds, public transport is crucial

Posted Monday, 8 December, 2014 by wxtre in Rail News

The federal government should not prioritise roads over rail projects, but should be willing to fund both according to  merit, a Senate report has recommended.

10 Great English Railway Stations

Posted Tuesday, 9 December, 2014 by wxtre in International Rail News

10 Great English Railway Stations

Labor bloc in 11th-hour plea to save rail line

Posted Tuesday, 9 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

NEWCASTLE’S Labor councillors are leading a renewed push to have the council formally oppose state government moves to truncate the city’s rail line on Boxing Day.

Rail workers demand answers over Newcastle line truncation

Posted Tuesday, 9 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

THE removal of the city’s heavy rail will spell big changes for rail workers as well as passengers, prompting criticism from their union about a lack of consultation as the government pushes ahead with its plans.

Labor's metro rail tunnel difficult to deliver in the current economic environment

Posted Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Labor has admitted one of its signature transport policies – the metro rail link – will be difficult to deliver in the current economic environment. In his first interview since becoming Treasurer last week, Tim Pallas appeared to hose down expectations for the capacity-boosting rail link, warning the high cost and a refusal by the Abbott government to fund commuter rail would make the project "difficult to put away". "I want to be frank with people, it will challenge the government, particularly in the current economic environment," Mr Pallas told Fairfax Media. "It is a very large capital outlay [and] we have got a federal government who have no interest in making a contribution to rail."

Myki fare rise for commuters travelling in a single zone

Posted Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Public transport fares will rise by almost five per cent next month when the new Labor government brings in an increase first announced by the former Napthine government 12 months ago. The free ride for early bird commuters who touch off before 7am could also go by year's end, with the new government set to decide on its fate in coming days.

Opal top-up machines coming to NSW train stations, ferry wharves, light rail stops

Posted Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

From next year, public transport users will be able to top up their Opal cards at some train stations, ferry wharves and light rail stops. Public transport users will be able to top up their Opal cards at machines at selected train stations, ferry wharves and light rail stops from next year. The design of the machines – some of which will also allow travellers to purchase disposable tickets –  is part of a $100 million package of additions to the public transport smartcard.

Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!

Posted Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 by bevans in Railway Stories

I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills. The whole government apparatus has been moved here much like Canberra was 100 years ago. It’s a surreal and oddly fascinating place. The albino elephants at grand pagoda are a treat and the hotel here is pure luxury, only a year old and a destination in itself.

East West Link work continues despite Daniel Andrews’ pledge to kill it

Posted Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 by bevans in Other Transport News

Call it the march of the undead: early works continue on the East West Link despite Premier Daniel Andrews' pledge the $6.8 billion road tunnel won't be built. Mr Andrews promised days before November's election to dump the road project and release the contracts and business case for it immediately if he won. The project is set to be abandoned, and Mr Andrews has repeated his pledge to release the documents, although he is yet to do so. But the multinational East West Connect consortium, given the contract by the Napthine government in September to build the road, has pressed ahead with survey works and site investigations.

New passenger rail line through Perth's north east on drawing board

Posted Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 by wxtre in Western Australian Rail News

WA's Public Transport Authority (PTA) is considering constructing heavy rail line through Perth's north east as part of its long-term planning to cater for the city's burgeoning population, it has been revealed.

Project Auckland: Rail delays will cost ratepayers up to $278m

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in New Zealand Rail News

The Government and the Auckland Council are at loggerheads over a start date for the $2.4 billion underground City Rail Link, and the clash could add $278 million to ratepayers' share of the cost.

First direct China-Spain freight train arrives in Madrid

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in International Rail News

Madrid (AFP) - The first freight train to link China directly to Spain arrived in Madrid on Tuesday after covering over 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) in a test run of a planned regular service between the two nations.

Council formally changes its mind on rail

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

NEWCASTLE City Council has formally changed its stance on the planned CBD rail project and will send an ‘‘urgent letter’’ to premier Mike Baird to let him know. Having voted three times in the past eight months to support the city’s urban renewal strategy, including the government’s plans for a new rail interchange at Wickham, the newly-shaped council led by new Labor lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes reversed those decisions on Tuesday night.

Toll motorists to pay for rail tunnel, expert says

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in Opinion

Labor should put tolls on the level crossings they remove and use the money to help pay for projects such as the metro rail tunnel, one of the state's leading transport thinkers says

Tram fault near Flinders St Station creates commuter headache

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

[b]UP TO 20 trams banked up near Flinders St Station have caused commuter chaos in the CBD this afternoon. [/b]

Perth's light rail project firmly on hold

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

Perth's MAX light rail project could be deferred further as the state government invests in other infrastructure and grapples with mounting debt

New journey as tram comes full circle

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in New Zealand Rail News

AT YOUR SERVICE, AGAIN: Staff negotiate the tight galley as Christchurch's restaurant tram gets back on track.

WA Premier Colin Barnett commits to airport, north-east train services before MAX light rail

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

PERTH’S MAX light rail project could be deferred further as the state government invests in other infrastructure and grapples with mounting debt.

Is extending rail to Mernda about good policy (or smart politics)?

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The key parties all promised to build a rail line to outer suburban Mernda at the Victorian election, but good public transport could be provided in the area for a fraction of the cost

Boom: North America's Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem

Posted Thursday, 11 December, 2014 by LancedDendrite in International Rail News

Regulators in the United States knew they had to act fast. A train hauling 2 million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota had exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Now they had to assure Americans a similar disaster wouldn’t happen south of the border, where the U.S. oil boom is sending highly volatile crude oil every day over aging, often defective rails in vulnerable railcars.

Would a rail line to Doncaster really “get cars off the freeway”?

Posted Friday, 12 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Greens appear to have had a welcome change of heart on Melbourne Metro but the party’s support for a rail line to Doncaster is mystifying. It’s not a project progressives should regard as a priority

Tired, old Sydney train station to become world-class precinct

Posted Friday, 12 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The state government is one step away from signing off on a billion dollar development for the Wynyard station precinct, in the heart of Sydney. Private developers want to transform the station and surrounds by building a skyscraper filled with commercial and retail opportunities, awakening a tired part of our city.  The Wynyard train station of the future would feature a light-rail stop outside and escalators leading from George Street to a revamped shopping precinct.

Community groups rally in final effort to save rail line

Posted Saturday, 13 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

With less than two weeks before Newcastle's rail line is due to be cut, a protest rally will be held in the city tomorrow to pressure the State Government into retaining it.

Call for investment in Mount Isa to Townsville rail line

Posted Sunday, 14 December, 2014 by wxtre in Queensland Rail News

A north-west Queensland development group says the output of the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line will not improve without investment.

City rail network back on agenda

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by wxtre in Queensland Rail News

A COUNCIL report has raised the possibility of a light rail system through the city. The Toowoomba Regional Sustainable Transport Strategy states that a rapid transit network could link activity centres and bypass traffic congestion.

Spit Bridge and buses put an end to trams to Brookvale

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

[b]ONE of the most significant days in the history of Brookvale was April 16, 1910 – the day the first tram rolled into the suburb. [/b]

Removal of Newcastle rail line 'could be illegal', NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson says

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The removal of the Newcastle's rail line could be a breach of the law, New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson says.

Frankston line: Passengers angry at plan for trains to bypass the loop

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

[b]A SECRET timetable shake-up could force passengers on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines to change trains to access City Loop stations.[/b] Tens of thousands of commuters along the Frankston line would face journey times up to 10 minutes longer under the draft proposal.

Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway resumes full run after contract issues

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway will resume its full run from Strahan to Queenstown today for the first time in nearly two years.

Terrorists shutdown Sydney rail services

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

Terrorists who have taken approximately 15 people hostage in a cafe in Sydney's Martin Place have reportedly displayed an ISIS flag and caused the shut down of the Bondi Junction railway line.

Documentary on Melbourne's Outer Circle Line tells story of railway 'debacle'

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

A new documentary on Melbourne's steam-era Outer Circle Line will screen to sell-out audiences this month.

Opposition says Newcastle line plan not legal

Posted Monday, 15 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

Premier Mike Baird has dismissed claims the government's controversial plan to truncate the Newcastle rail line falls outside of the law. Opposition Leader John Robertson has written to Mr Baird demanding he release any legal advice his government is relying on to remove the rail line. Mr Robertson says under NSW law, a rail infrastructure owner must not close a railway line unless authorised by an act of parliament.

NSW train ticket sellers fall victim to Opal card

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by SydneyTrainKing in Cityrail News

Dedicated ticket sellers at rail stations in Sydney are soon to be a thing of the past. As a growing number of commuters and transport users adopt the Opal smartcard, the state government is preparing to get rid of all dedicated sales staff. Some stations will still have staff selling tickets at certain times. But these staff will be in general "customer service" positions, and not restricted to sitting behind ticket windows.

US players eye Asciano freight rail business

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by arctic in Asciano

AS ASCIANO'S talks with Chinese conglomerate China Merchants over the potential sale of a stake in its Patrick ports business drag on, it's understood some American groups are eyeing parts of the company's freight rail business.

Businesses put their money and muscle behind Parramatta-Sydney Olympic Park light rail

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

Dozens of high-profile businesses have united to lobby the state government to build a light rail line from Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park.

A special levy on land values would fund the Melbourne Metro Rail

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by wxtre in Opinion

The new Victorian Andrews government has lost no time putting its stamp on the future shape of Melbourne, funding the planning stage of the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel – while fretting about the $9 billion cost.

Boeing, South African Airways Look to First Harvest of Energy-Rich Tobacco to Make Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by Jack Le Lievre in Other Transport News

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, Dec. 9, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) announced today that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants, an important step towards using the plants to make sustainable aviation biofuel.

Nile backs Opposition call for legal challenge to Newcastle rail line cut

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The head of a parliamentary inquiry into controversial planning decisions in Newcastle has backed the Opposition's mooted legal challenge against cutting the city's rail line.

Farm lobby group calling for western Victorian freight rail upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's peak farming body is pressing the new State Government for a major upgrade of rail infrastructure in the state's west.

End of the rail line - part one

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by Michelle12 in New South Wales Rail News

The Newcastle railway line is rich with history and has been a vital vein for transporting locals into the heart of Newcastle for over 100 years. On Boxing Day 2014, the State Government will close the inner city rail line from Wickham to Newcastle, in a bid to revitalise the city centre. The line will be cut west of Stewart Avenue, with plans for a form of light rail or tram to be installed in its place after the closure. The State Government, developers and business groups say it will open up the city, and be a positive step towards revitalising the centre.

Roads, rail and tricky number games

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Instead of pursuing its conviction that work needed to begin urgently on major infrastructure projects, the Napthine government played a pointless political game over East West Link. It deliberately fostered the illusion that the road, on its own, would deliver significant economic benefits for this state, and that the cost-benefit analysis would stack up. The documents released by the Andrews government yesterday show that the Coalition was more interested in dodgy economics than true leadership. The Napthine and Baillieu governments should have had the political courage to explain to Victorians that East West Link would only ever make sense as part of a comprehensive, whole-of-city investment in both roads and public transport. It was never meant to stand alone. Yet, as the documents show, the Coalition ploughed on, deaf to calls for transparency and ultimately trapped by its own agenda. It became immersed in a vapid effort to justify the project.

Adani's Queensland coal rail deal gets extension of time

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Queensland Government is giving the Indian conglomerate Adani more time to finalise a rail deal for a massive coal mine in the state's Galilee Basin.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney last month announced a tight timetable for locking in a final agreement with Adani, which would see the Queensland Government taking a temporary minority share in the 300-kilometre rail line.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"We're not going to drag on endlessly," Mr Seeney told reporters on November 17.[/font][/size]

Report to recommend rail truncation delay

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into planning decisions in Newcastle is set to issue an interim report recommending that the Boxing Day truncation of the city’s rail line be put off because of a flawed case for the project, including the lack of a cost benefit analysis. If the government does proceed, then it must release advice to substantiate its assurances it doesn’t need an Act of Parliament to remove the heavy rail, and it must ensure light rail is installed immediately and runs down the existing rail corridor, the inquiry, chaired by Christian Democrats MP Reverend Fred Nile, is understood to have concluded.

Push for rail trail in Mountains

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Sustainable Transport Group has discovered a new "rail trail" from Blackheath to Mt Victoria, and is hopeful with funding, this and two others will form part of a long-term vision for a bike trail from Manly to Mudgee. Rail trails are shared user paths along unused railway corridors. The train tracks are removed and replaced with road base, gravel or a sealed surface. They can be used for walking, cycling and horse riding. The group last week applied to Rail Trails for NSW, an organisation that provides advice to the government and promotes rail trails, for $65,000 to conduct a feasibility study of three rail trails in the Mountains.

Residents to be quizzed about transport use in bid to boost rail services

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Central and northern Victorian councils plan to survey the public early next year about their transport usage, in the hope of improving rail services. The Railing Ahead group is made up of representatives from the Bendigo, Swan Hill, Campaspe, Gannawarra and Loddon councils.

Coal railings commence at maules creek

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by SydneyTrainKing in Rail News

Whitehaven Coal Limited (ASX: WHC) is pleased to announce that coal railings from Maules Creek have commenced less than a year since construction of the project first started. Following a test train earlier this week the first train with coal will leave the mine site for the port at Newcastle approximately three months head of the original schedule. Marking the milestone, Paul Flynn, Whitehaven Coal Managing Director and CEO, today said: “The railing of the first coal from Maules Creek is a significant achievement for Whitehaven Coal. Railing first coal less than a year from when construction started is a fantastic outcome and I congratulate all those involved in this very successful project.

Naberezhnye Chelny opens tram link

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by wxtre in International Rail News

RUSSIA: The city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan inaugurated a 6·1 km extension of its 1 524 mm gauge tram network on December 12.

Five teenagers charged over graffiti offences on Sydney Trains network

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by SydneyTrainKing in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]FIVE teenagers have been charged following a four-month investigation into alleged graffiti offences on the Sydney Trains network between Berowra and Thornleigh and Berowra and Gordon.[/b][/size][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Officers from Hornsby Police Transport Command and Kuring-gai Local Area Command arrested three of the boys at their homes yesterday.[/font][/size][/color]

Shocking CCTV: Wheelchair rolls onto train tracks

Posted Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Dramatic security vision has been released of the frightening moment a man in a wheelchair plunged backwards onto train tracks at a Melbourne station.

Sydney light rail contract signed, likely to open for services in 2019

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

The light rail line from Circular Quay to Sydney's eastern suburbs is likely to open for services in early 2019, after the $2.1 billion contract for the project was signed on Wednesday night.

Linking Melbourne Authority to be kept despite having no roads to build

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by bevans in Other Transport News

The Linking Melbourne Authority, the agency that was to oversee the East West Link, has virtually no work to do after the Andrews government dumped the $6.8 billion project. The authority's chief executive Ken Mathers is paid about $350,000, one of its contractors got more than $430,000 in the past financial year, and its most recent annual report shows it had about 60 staff in June. But it is unclear what this workforce will now do, and the Andrews government is unable to say - leading the opposition to dub Roads Minister Luke Donnellan "the roads minister with no roads projects". Mr Donnellan on Wednesday said the authority would be kept, but could not say what work it would do now that the East West Link had been dumped.

Victoria Street traders set to fight plans for new tram super stops

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The tram super stop is set to continue its march across Melbourne, as VicRoads prepares to unveil plans this week to build two new raised stops along Victoria Street in Richmond. But the buzzy street's traders' association is already primed to fight the plan, fearful the proposed streetscape changes will restrict footpath trading. Richmond Asian Business Association president Meca Ho said traders had seen the super stops in nearby Bridge Road and did not want the same features imposed on their retail strip. "We are opposed to it, it's likely to impact  the livelihood of the traders of Victoria Street," Mr Ho said. "People who have been trading on the footpath in the front of their shops will no longer be able to bring that service to the customer."

Metro forced to pull trains from service after parts explode beneath carriages

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Exploding train motor parts caused by a series of electrical faults have forced Metro to pull three trains off the rails. The fault is limited to Metro's fleet of Siemens trains that were introduced in 2003. The Siemens trains suffered major brake failures in 2006, when they were also pulled from service for safety reasons after a series of platform overshoots. That problem has since been fixed. The trains were pulled from service on Tuesday following crisis talks between Metro management and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, which raised fears that it was potentially unsafe for maintenance staff to work near the trains.

BREAKING: Report says halt the rail cut: Shoebridge

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by Newcastle Express in Cityrail News

The Parliamentary Inquiry into Newcastle Planning has delivered an interim report that makes a compelling case to immediately halt plans to cut the Newcastle rail line on Boxing Day, according to Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge.

GrainCorp shifts an extra one million tonnes of grain by rail

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by wxtre in Rail News

AN extra one million tonnes of grain in GrainCorp storages has been transported by rail during the past year.

Miling growers voice rail line concerns

Posted Thursday, 18 December, 2014 by wxtre in Western Australian Rail News

GRAIN rail lines must be viable to remain open was the clear message delivered by Premier Colin Barnett during a tour of the Wheatbelt last weekend.

Interim report says Newcastle's inner-city rail should remain

Posted Friday, 19 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

An interim report into controversial Newcastle planning decisions says the city's heavy rail line should stay put, until other options are looked at.

Save Our Rail seeks court injunction to stop truncation

Posted Friday, 19 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Save Our Rail community group is seeking a court injunction to stop the state government cutting Newcastle's heavy rail line on Boxing Day.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]An interim parliamentary report released yesterday found the truncation should not proceed, until there is a peer-reviewed cost benefit analysis.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The report also says there must be a transparent planning process and ample public consultation around any development on the rail corridor.[/font][/size]

Hands are up to show expressions of interest to bid for Canberra's tram line

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

Expressions of interest from consortiums wanting to build and operate Canberra's tram line close on Friday.

Truck and V/Line train collide at Woodvale near Bendigo

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]TWO passengers have been injured after a train and truck collided at a level crossing without boomgates near Bendigo.[/b][/size][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Police say the train was derailed in the incident about 2.50pm today on Rileys Rd, a dirt track in Woodvale.[/font][/size][/color]

Probe into snapped train power

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by wxtre in Western Australian Rail News

A report into the circumstances of a snapped powerline that halted Perth's rail services this year - and exposed the fragility of the city's transport network - has been completed.

The Queen catches public transport home for Christmas

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by wxtre in International Rail News

Queen Elizabeth has travelled like a regular Joe and made her annual pilgrimage home to Sandringham on the train.

On track to becoming Asean's rail hub

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Located in the centre of Southeast Asia, Thailand occupies the natural intersection of Asean market trade flows and boasts an unique geographical location in the Asia-Pacific region. The country has abundant [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]natural resources, relatively comprehensive infrastructure, and an excellent business environment, which have long attracted a large number of foreign investors. With considerable development, Thailand [/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]has become the second-largest economy in the Asean bloc.[/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/font][/size][/color]

Plan to fix City Loop mobile black spot delayed

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's train tunnels are destined to remain a telecommunications dead zone for another three to six months, breaking a promise by the former Napthine government to fix the City Loop black spot by the year's end.

Luckily most people don’t bring their cars to central Melbourne

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Sometimes in the city, it’s a bit like a Where’s Wally book.

China's high-speed rail traffic to grow within 20 years

Posted Saturday, 20 December, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

By focusing on passenger needs, and efficient operations, China's high-speed rail (HSR) traffic is expected to continue rapid growth over the coming two decades, said a World Bank paper. China has the world's largest HSR network, but passenger numbers have been the subject of debate. A World Bank paper released Friday finds initial traffic volumes are promising, with traffic growing from 128 million trips in 2008 to 672 million trips in 2013. In 2013, China's high-speed rail lines carried more passenger-kilometers (214 billion) than the rest of the world combined, about 2.5 times the volume in Japan and four times the volume in France.

Paid parking eases station jams

Posted Sunday, 21 December, 2014 by wxtre in Western Australian Rail News

Perth's train station carparks are not filling up as fast as they did before the introduction of paid parking this year.

Austrian partners local ÖBB rail firm on Vienna - Linz route

Posted Sunday, 21 December, 2014 by Wallip in International Rail News

Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) has partnered Austrian Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen - ÖBB) in launching "AIRail"; an initiative which will allow the airline's passengers to use ÖBB connections between Linz central station and Vienna Airport.

Save Our Rail granted pre-Christmas court hearing

Posted Sunday, 21 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The Save Our Rail group has been granted a Supreme Court hearing to apply for an injunction to stop the State Government cutting Newcastle's heavy rail line on Boxing Day.

Expert disputes rail lines outlook

Posted Sunday, 21 December, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[color=#555555][size=4][font='Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif][b]Transport expert and Curtin University professor Peter Newman has rejected the claim that all future Perth rail lines will need to be built underground because there is not enough land.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#555555][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif]Department of Transport director-general Reece Waldock made the claim at a parliamentary hearing this week when he revealed plans for an underground line from Morley to the city.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#555555][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif]"Underground railway would have to be part of the future solutions of the city," Mr Waldock said. "We haven't got any more road corridor left. There's no reserve left."[/font][/size][/color] [color=#555555][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif]But Professor Newman said there was plenty of space for heavy rail, particularly in roads.[/font][/size][/color]

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/12/2014.

Posted Sunday, 21 December, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 83 sightings for this week; this is eight sightings less than last week, making a total of 5013 sightings for this year to date.

18yo has legs severed by train at Taree in NSW

Posted Monday, 22 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]An 18-year-old man has had both his legs severed after being hit by a train on the New South Wales mid-north coast.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The incident occured at a railway crossing in Taree about 4:30am on Sunday.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Police said initial inquiries suggested the man was celebrating his birthday at a home near the railway line before he was hit by the train.[/font][/size]

Major companies vying for chance to build ACT light rail network

Posted Monday, 22 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

Major transport, finance and engineering companies are vying for the opportunity to build Canberra's light rail system, the ACT Government says.

Digital Model Could Save Billions in Rail Repairs

Posted Monday, 22 December, 2014 by 8077 in International Rail News

The creation of a highly detailed digital model of the UK’s rail network is expected to dramatically lift the efficiency of maintenance and repair works. Network Rail’s 330 million pound ORBIS project is a mammoth six-year undertaking that involves the creation of a comprehensive and highly detailed 3D digital model of the UK’s entire railway network. Currently in its second year, the project first entails the combination of existing data with new data on key assets collated by means of Lidar technology deployed via helicopter.

Transport for NSW's intercity train tender delayed until next year

Posted Monday, 22 December, 2014 by 8077 in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has delayed the procurement process for its proposed $2.8 billion order of 65 new intercity trains to run between central Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter, and the south coast and Blue Mountains. The delay comes amid industry speculation Transport for NSW might find it difficult to achieve its stated goal of buying the new trains "off the shelf". Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian had said the government would shortlist potential train manufacturers by the end of the year and issue more detailed tender specifications.

Short-list finalised for Wellington’s rail contract

Posted Monday, 22 December, 2014 by wxtre in New Zealand Rail News

Greater Wellington Regional Council hasfinalised a short-list for the tendering of its new rail contract. Greg Campbell, the Regional Council’sChief Executive, says that after careful evaluation of Expressions of Interest the following companies have been short-listed.

Save Our Rail: Newcastle rail campaigners seek Supreme Court injunction

Posted Monday, 22 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

"A rail infrastructure owner must not, unless authorised by an act of Parliament, close a railway line," reads Section 99A of the Transport Administration Act 1988. But that is what the NSW government wants to do from Boxing Day,when it calls in contractors to begin work on its plan to remove the rail line from Wickham to central Newcastle. The ability of the government to implement its policy, however, will be tested in the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. The community group, Save Our Rail, will attempt to use the Transport Administration Act to win an injunction preventing work on the project.

Electrification of Bauhinia rail line complete

Posted Tuesday, 23 December, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Aurizon general manager of major projects Mark Greener and Mayor Peter Maguire at the project. Kelly Butterworth AURIZON'S Bauhinia Electrification Project is being wrapped up, with the project boasting a string of firsts - including a German operating system never before used in Australia. Aurizon general manager of major projects Mark Greener said having the first electric train on the Bauhinia line was a "fantastic achievement", and the new operating system would bring great economic advantages.

GrainCorp feels heard on rail needs

Posted Tuesday, 23 December, 2014 by SydneyTrainKing in Rail News

GRAINCORP bosses are surprisingly upbeat about the likelihood of getting government financial backing for rail infrastructure upgrades at key silo sites across its eastern Australian network. Chairman Don Taylor told last week's annual general meeting there were positive signs governments would "find ways" to work with GrainCorp's infrastructure improvement agenda - the single largest investment in rail loading capability in the company's history. New managing director Mark Palmquist also noted there seemed to be "pretty good confidence about the awareness that something has to be done" with the nation's dilapidated country rail network.

Newcastle rail infrastructure shifted to development corporation, court hears

Posted Tuesday, 23 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has already started to transfer rail infrastructure in Newcastle such as signals, lights, and boomgates to a new owner, the Hunter Development Corporation, as it faces a legal challenge to its ability to shut the city's rail line.

Keolis Downer and KiwiRail - world-class rail for Wellington

Posted Tuesday, 23 December, 2014 by wxtre in New Zealand Rail News

World-leading passenger transport operator, Keolis Downer, and New Zealand’s premium rail operator, KiwiRail, have announced a partnership for the tender to operate and maintain Wellington’s Regional passenger rail services from 2016. The partnership strengthens the long-term offering of incumbent operator, KiwiRail, who has operated commuter rail services in New Zealand since 1938, including under the Tranz Metro brand in Wellington since 2006. “Over the last decade, KiwiRail has established Wellington Region’s Tranz Metro services as one of Australasia’s best performing commuter railway services and we want to help lift the service to one of the world’s best. Both Keolis Downer and KiwiRail are pleased to have been invited to tender for the Metro contract and we will be submitting a strong bid,” said Keolis CEO – International, Bernard Tabary.

Iconic train prepares for final Qld journey

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by wxtre in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND'S iconic train - the Sunlander - will visit the Gympie region twice more before going off the rails for good.

Newcastle rail infrastructure: court to determine if line can be moved

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The ability of the NSW government to start removing rail lines from central Newcastle on Boxing Day is expected to be determined in the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday morning.

Government uses loophole to dismantle rail line

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The fate of the Hunter rail line hangs on a legal technicality. In a twist that no one saw coming, Hunter Development Corporation, which answers to the state government, is attempting to forcibly acquire the Newcastle rail corridor – from the state government. Under the Transportation Act the government cannot rip up the rail infrastructure or dispose of the land without an Act of Parliament, which is where HDC comes in.

Lasers on Trains Can Keep Railway Tracks Clean

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by SydneyTrainKing in Rail News

Engineers in the Netherlands are experimenting with a highly innovative approach to dealing with the problem of track-strewn leaf debris, with a method that sounds akin to something straight from the pages of a work of speculative science fiction. Keeping tracks free of fallen debris is one of the most besetting problems that railway operators face on a regular basis. This is particularly the case for the leaves that tumble onto fall lines in tree-lined areas, as the fallen foliage can create highly hazardous track conditions.

Coast 'secret' rail link plan sparks commuter concern

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by 8077 in Queensland Rail News

THE State Government has called for tenders to provide the concept design of a railway line between Beerwah and Caloundra South it says it has no plans to build. Sunshine Coast rail commuter Jeff Addison stumbled across the call-for-tender documents this week to design a heavy railway line no one knew was on the cards. It was on the Queensland Public Works website and called for the "Concept design and analysis for the Beerwah to Caloundra South investigation".

Newcastle rail line to stay - for now

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW Government will be unable to remove railway tracks through the centre of Newcastle for the time being after a community group won a last-ditch court judgment. The victory for the Save Our Rail group followed the government's extraordinary manoeuvre in which it attempted to bypass laws preventing the disposal of rail assets by beginning the transfer of those assets to another government agency. "David has given Goliath a big headache for Christmas," a jubilant president of Save Our Rail, Joan Dawson, said outside the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Sydney train delays after man trapped

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by 8077 in Cityrail News

[color=#0f0f0f][size=4][font=HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b]Sydney train delays have continued into the night after a man fell from a platform at a city station and became trapped.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#0f0f0f][size=3][font=HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Police say the man, aged in his 50s, had a medical episode and fell onto the tracks at Wynyard.[/font][/size][/color]

Busy CBD intersection to close for seven days for tram works

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

Traffic in the south-west corner of Melbourne's CBD will grind to a halt in early January when the intersection of Spencer and Flinders streets is closed for tram works.

Toll Group divests Cambodian railway stake

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by 8077 in International Rail News

CAMBODIA: Australian logistics group Toll has divested its 55% stake in the Toll Royal Railway joint venture to its local partner Royal Group with effect from December 19. Toll Royal Railway took over the dilapidated metre-gauge network in 2009 under a 30-year concession. The Asian Development Bank and Australian development agency AusAID have provided financial support for rehabilitation, and the 264 km Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville Southern line now carries containers, fuel, coal and cement. However there have been delays to the infrastructure upgrading programme, and disputes about compensating people affected by the railway rehabilitation.

Supreme Court rules to save Newcastle rail

Posted Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

The State government has been prevented from ripping up the Newcastle inner city rail line after the Supreme Court today granted an injunction in favour of community advocacy group Save Our Rail. The court found that the government had failed in it's attempt to bypass legislation requiring a rail infrastructure owner to seek approval of the parliament before closing the railway line.

China extends high-speed rail network to Xinjiang

Posted Friday, 26 December, 2014 by wxtre in International Rail News

Beijing (AFP) - China tied the restive far-western region of Xinjiang closer to the rest of the country Friday, opening a high-speed rail line between its capital Urumqi and Lanzhou, in neighbouring Gansu, nearly 1,800 kilometres away.

Sydney train fares could double under regulator review

Posted Friday, 26 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

IPART analysis produces a dramatically lower estimate of the public benefit derived each time a passenger catches a train in Sydney.

Newcastle rail closure: Light at the end of the tunnel

Posted Saturday, 27 December, 2014 by 8077 in Cityrail News

The Save Our Rail protest group said it was chaotic. The state government, represented by the acting chief executive of NSW TrainLink, Kieron Ritchard,  admitted to a handful of minor "teething problems". Either way, trains stopped running to Newcastle on Friday, with crowds starting and finishing their rail journeys at Broadmeadow as the state government's plans to "truncate" the Newcastle branch line at Wickham began to take effect.

Commuters set to vote on new-look Sydney trams

Posted Sunday, 28 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

WILL it be the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House or perhaps the face of Luna Park?

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/12/2014.

Posted Sunday, 28 December, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 55 sightings for this week; this is 28 sightings less than last week, making a total of 5068 sightings for this year to date.

Sunlander leaves history in its tracks

Posted Monday, 29 December, 2014 by wxtre in Queensland Rail News

AS THE iconic Sunlander train pulls out of Brisbane's Roma St station this morning, the sun will set on one of Queensland's most loved journeys.

Rail work continues despite legalities

Posted Monday, 29 December, 2014 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

YOU wouldn’t know the rail had been saved. Less than a week after a Supreme Court judge told the state government it couldn’t begin work removing the Newcastle rail line without an act of parliament, contractors have been busy getting rid of everything but the tracks.  Since Boxing Day, workers have deactivated the three level crossings between Hamilton and Newcastle stations and, despite the court order preventing the removal of ‘‘rail infrastructure’’, have also conducted ‘‘rail track, signalling, and excavation work’’,  a Transport for NSW spokeswoman says. And it’s not over yet. On Sunday and Monday, work on the rail track and signals will continue.

Power issues Melbourne underground rail loop strand hundreds

Posted Monday, 29 December, 2014 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Hundreds of commuters spent close to an hour stuck on trains in the city loop due to a power fault on Monday morning. Two inbound trains ground to halt in the Melbourne loop about 8.30am, due to an overhead power issue. Both trains lost power, stranding commuters underground for 50 minutes.

Hiking Sydney rail fares would be a grave error

Posted Monday, 29 December, 2014 by wxtre in Cityrail News

How should the fares on buses, trains and ferries be set? If it were simply a matter of recovering costs, fares would be many times higher than they are now.

New map reveals light rail could extend as far as Lanyon in ACT's south

Posted Monday, 29 December, 2014 by wxtre in Tram and Light Rail News

A new map released as part of the latest planning update for Canberra's proposed city-wide light rail network shows the ACT Government is considering extending the tracks as far as Lanyon in the Territory's south.

We salute you for genuinely caring about people around you and going the extra mile each and every working day

Posted Tuesday, 30 December, 2014 by 8077 in Cityrail News

WE LIVE in a cynical world. Companies tell us that they “put the customer first” and that “they really care” but thpppffft, who actually believes that? But every now and then, you meet a special person who really does care. This is the story of one such man. His name is Steven Kalinski. Steven, 43, is the “customer service attendant” at Banksia Station, a small, neat train station in Sydney’s south. (Translated into English, which is the language Steven prefers over bureaucratic doublespeak, that means he’s the guy who mans the train station office and ticket window.)

Transport Minister says govt is making hard decisions on Newcastle rail line

Posted Tuesday, 30 December, 2014 by 8077 in Cityrail News

The New South Wales Transport Minister says her government is making hard decisions by removing heavy rail into Newcastle, and could have easily sat on its hands and done nothing. The government is appealing against a Supreme Court injunction, granted on Christmas Eve, to stop the removal of the city's rail infrastructure. But the Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that has not prevented the stopping of trains into the city, as well as the removal of two rail level crossings, and work on creating five new pedestrian crossings to link the city to the waterfront.

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