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Historical rail lines in WA's Wheatbelt close as CBH and Brookfield continue negotiations

Posted Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

[b]Despite rigorous efforts to negotiate continued access, the remaining Tier 3 rail lines in Western Australia's grain belt have been placed into care and maintenance.[/b] The closure of more than 500 kilometres of track is feared to cause what some farmers are calling a 'trucking hell' on country roads. "We're at a watershed moment in the transportation of our bulk commodities," said Cam Taylor who farms south-west of Tambellup. He made a submission to last week's public hearing on the inquiry into the management of WA's freight rail network before the Economics and Industry Standing Committee.

Pedal-cart plan could keep rail track in place

Posted Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

With all the talk around rail trails and light rail, here’s another idea to consider for our disused railways. RailExplorers Byron are proposing to use the 13km of abandoned railway line that runs between Banglaow and Byron Bay as a ‘tourism experience’. Pedal-powered rail carts could wind their way down the region’s spectacular coastal and rural landscapes. It’s the idea that Alex Catchpoole and Mary-Joy Lu are hoping will be embraced by locals and government, and they have just launched the project after 18 months in research and development.

Shay engine in Hewitt Park would be revived to run a tourist train in New South Wales

Posted Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 by DesL in International Rail News

Shay engine in Hewitt Park would be revived to run a tourist train in New South Wales. The Oroville City Council will be asked Tuesday night if it wants to sell the Lima Shay locomotive in Hewitt Park. The city has received an inquiry and an offer from the Wolgan Valley Wilderness Railway in Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, seeking the engine for an excursion train it wants to run on the grade of a railroad which operated from 1906 to 1932. The railroad used three Shay engines built by the Lima Locomotive Works to service an oil refinery. The venture failed and the rails and engines were scrapped.

WA Farmers and truck drivers rally to reopen Tier 3 rail lines

Posted Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]In a desperate move to rally support from their city counterparts, dozens of farmers and truck drivers from around southern Western Australia gathered at the doorsteps of Brookfield Rail and the Transport Minister's office in Perth to protest Tier 3 rail closures.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]More than 500 kilometres of track was shut down this week as a result of what farmers claim to be inaction by Brookfield Rail, which leases the lines, and the State Government, which owns them.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Many grain growers fear the rail closures will result in a less efficient transport system and will cost farmers more to transport their grain to port.[/font][/size]

Dispute over oil pipeline delays Altona freight depot's rail link

Posted Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A new 40-hectare freight depot in Altona that promises a seamless trip by rail of empty shipping containers back to the Port of Melbourne doesn't yet have a working rail link, due to a dispute over an oil pipeline. Sam Tarascio, the executive chairman of Salta Properties, which officially opened the Nexus Industrial inland port site on Tuesday, says the rail link due to connect his site with Australia's largest container port is being stymied by oil company Shell, which owns the pipeline. ''They're very fussy about the pipeline,'' Mr Tarascio said. ''That's been the delay. Otherwise we'd have it running by now.'' That's not quite the case - Salta still has to build the rail connection that will bring freight into its new site. And the government still has to build the interface that will get containers out of the port.

Train of thought on rail line

Posted Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Plans are in place to bring a rail line to Narellan - but Campbelltown and Camden councils don't see why it should stop there. IN submissions to the NSW government our local councils have both backed the concept of extending the rail line from the proposed station at Narellan through to Campbelltown or Macarthur station. And they've called for a rail corridor to be quarantined now. Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said a rail line would provide another public transport option for those who do not or can not drive. "It would take huge numbers of cars off Narellan Road and linking into the East Hills line would be fantastic," she said.

Staff and Semaphore

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by Raichase in Rail News

Early in the morning of Wednesday, June 18, the Miniature Electric Staff (MES) system of safeworking in operation between Kiama and Bomaderry was suspended and replaced with Pilot Staff Working (PSW) to permit the miniature electric staff instruments to be removed, with the system of safeworking to be replaced with Rail Vehicle Detection (RVD). This would be the final step in replacing all MES sections on the Sydney Trains (formerly RailCorp) suburban and intercity network.

Newcastle rail line to be cut on Boxing Day

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

THE state government has named the date – heavy rail services into Newcastle station will end on Boxing Day and work to truncate the line at Wickham will begin. Early construction work for a new transport interchange at Wickham will also get under way, Transport and Hunter minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced. The start of the overhaul on December 26 will come two years after the government first declared it would truncate the rail and only a few months out from the March 2015 state election.

Orchard Hills residents concerned by South West Rail Link corridor proposals

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]ORCHARD Hills residents fear their way of life and endangered bushland will be railroaded by State and Federal Infrastructure projects.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Residents were surprised to learn that Penrith Council had endorsed a proposal for a rail corridor that would run straight through their homes and the protected Cumberland Plain Woodland preservation area.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Last Wednesday 50 affected residents met near the Orchard Hills Defence Establishment to protest the submission and to hear from Mulgoa state Liberal MP Tanya Davies about the proposed rail corridor.[/font][/size][/color]

A vision for the future of rail

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in Rail News

Ticketless travel, automated freight transport, maintenance drones and faster driverless trains have been envisioned by an engineering and design consultancy . A new [url=http://www.arup.com/for]report[/url] by engineering and design consultancy [url=http://www.arup.com/]Arup[/url] examines the future of rail travel in light of trends such as urban population growth, climate change and emerging technologies. ‘[url=http://www.arup.com/for]Future of Rail 2050[/url]‘ foresees predictive maintenance of rail lines by robot drones, driverless trains travelling at high speed, freight delivered automatically to its destination, and smart technology able to interface with mobile and wearable devices to improve passenger transport and enable ticketless travel. Arup has been involved in many of the world’s high speed rail, metro and driverless train projects including HS1 and Heathrow PRT in the UK and Cityringen Metro in Copenhagen, as well as the creation of Beijing South Railway Station and the redevelopment of St Pancras International Station.  The report is based on developments from current rail projects, as well as insight from the company’s research and innovation department and global contributors.

People gambling with their lives at railway crossings

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

THERE have been 285 near-misses at railway crossings across the state over the past year with regional areas making up a large proportion of the number. Queenslanders are being urged to take care in light of shocking new footage which shows motorists and pedestrians gambling with their lives on the rail network. RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said on Wednesday there was no excuse for driving past the flashing lights or around a boom gate. "You are not just breaking the road rules but you are also placing yourself and your passengers in a dangerous situation and possibly risking the lives of those on board the train," he said.

Takeover offer by Baosteel and Aurizon - Bidders and Aquila agree to an orderly transition of control and management

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by bevans in Aurizon

We refer to the joint takeover offer by Baosteel Resources Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 66 154 815 362) ([color=#7b6953][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Baosteel[/font][/color]) and Aurizon Operations Limited (ABN 47 564 947 264) ([color=#7b6953][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Aurizon[/font][/color]) (together, the[color=#7b6953][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Bidders[/font][/color]) to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares in Aquila Resources Limited (ABN 81 092 002 769) ([color=#7b6953][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Aquila[/font][/color]) that they do not already own for A$3.40 per share (the [color=#7b6953][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Offer[/font][/color]).

Train vandals condemned for social media video

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A video glorifying train vandalism and trespass has been condemned by Victoria Police and Metro Trains in the wake of two deaths from train stunts in Melbourne since mid-May. The YouTube clip shows a group of teenagers breaking into the rooftops of a number of luxury hotels and high-rises in Melbourne, including The Langham, Crowne Plaza,  Rydges Hotel and Melbourne's GPO building before retailer H&M opened in April.

A trip to revive rail links

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

THE Rail Revival Alliance is running a train trip this Sunday through Ballarat, Maryborough and Geelong to raise support for inter-regional rail services. The alliance is also celebrating 140 years of the opening of the rail line between Castlemaine and Maryborough - though the line is currently unusable.

Greens announce transport policy

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

THE Greens announced a new policy to re-open the Goldfields rail line on Wednesday.  The "Geelong to Bendigo train service" policy states the party's support for a train line to link five major regional cities - Geelong, Ballarat, Maryborough, Castlemaine and Bendigo. In an official statement the party said: "We know that people travel to nearby regional Victorian cities, and between them, not just to Melbourne.

Rail move sets scene for election

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

A BOXING Day closure of the heavy rail line between Broadmeadow and Newcastle seems to mean one thing most of all. The rail will be cut, and it won’t be coming back any time soon. In the few months between the end of December and the March state election, enough demolition and dismantling may be done to make the truncation permanent, irrespective of the result of the 2015 poll. Truncation has been the Coalition government’s policy from the outset, and the portion of the population in favour of trimming back the rail line will applaud the government’s courage in sticking with that policy.

Railway tourism scheme on track

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Rail trails were the hot topic when local and state government representatives and Glen Innes members of New England Rail Trail (NERTy) met at Glen Innes Railway Station on Friday to discuss a proposal to establish a trail in the Glen Innes Severn district. All parties were supportive of the idea, nutting out the logistics of getting the project underway while allaying fears often associated with rail trails. Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said turning the disused rail tracks into rail trails does not preclude them ever being returned to train use, should someone come up with the $2 billion investment such as undertaking would require.

Great Central Railway rail link plan gets go ahead

Posted Thursday, 3 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

Plans to reconnect two stretches of historic railway have taken a huge step forward with permission granted for a bridge to span the gap between then. Great Central Railway (GCR) wants to construct the bridge over the Midland mainline in Loughborough to create an 18-mile heritage railway. The attraction received planning permission for the bridge from Charnwood Borough Council.

Near-miss footage shows Queensland motorists, pedestrians playing 'Russian roulette' with trains

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by mikado5910 in Queensland Rail News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Motorists and pedestrians in Queensland are playing Russian roulette with trains, a minister has said after releasing footage of numerous near misses at level crossings.[/b][/font][/size]

Greens join fight for Geelong-Ballarat-Bendigo train line

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

THE Greens have joined the fight to reopen the Geelong-Ballarat-Bendigo train line, saying the population has boomed since buses replaced trains in the 1970s. Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said it was important the 400,000 regional Victorians living along the line had access to fast and frequent train travel to places other than Melbourne. “The Greens support a staged reintroduction of passenger services with existing stations reopened if possible and other new low-cost stations constructed where required,” Mr Barber said. “We know that people want to travel between regional cities for work, education, health and recreation, so it isn’t enough for trains to only connect with Melbourne.” However the party has not provided any of their own costings for the project, except to say that consultant and lobby group activist Noel Laidlaw completed an independent study which found reopening the line to a basic service would cost around $90 million.

Mallee rail lines face closure

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by newsbot in South Australian Rail News

THE Mallee's two remaining rail lines could be closed before the end of the year - just as the region looks headed for a bumper harvest - with reassurances from the railway owner and Viterra doing little to ease the community's concerns. The lines from Pinnaroo and Loxton to Tailem Bend are used to transport large quantities of grain from Viterra sites including Tookayerta, Karoonda, Lameroo and Peake. Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone - whose Riverland and Mallee electorate encompasses much of the two rail lines - first raised the issue in state parliament last month, but rumours about the future of the lines have been circulating for months. "It's pretty clear that the rail line, in its current state, is unviable. At the moment that rail line incurs speed restrictions, load restrictions and heat restrictions."

Minister calls for input from all on rail line cut

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

GLADYS Berejiklian has mastered the art of holding media conferences on train platforms and not batting an eyelid as the Maitland-Newcastle diesels screech past. It’s not that the state transport minister didn’t hear the screech, she’s just not ruffled easily. It’s perhaps the same when it comes to the noise generated by her opponents. ‘‘Every time you have a major transport project, you’re never going to get 100 per cent agreement from the community,’’ she said on Thursday at Wickham while formally announcing a date for the removal of Newcastle’s heavy rail line.

Guyra rail trail halted

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

DON’T rip it up. That’s the challenge a group of farmers have given New England Rail Trail project organisers in their bid to convert the line into a  recreation area  for walkers and bike riders. The issue is dividing the small town of Guyra, with petitions for and against the plan distributed among shops and business. Rob Lenehan wants the line to remain because “it is the historic Great Northern Railway and it’s a national asset”.

Inland rail will be key economic enabler

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Rail News

MOREE Plains Shire Councillors heard from representatives of The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) after they completed a $3.5 million pre-feasibility study of the Dedicated Freight Rail Corridor (DFRC).

Shire fears impact of grain freight rail line closure

Posted Friday, 4 July, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[b]The Shire of Perenjori has expressed concerns about increased truck movements as a result of the closure of WA's tier three grain freight network.[/b] The network has been placed on care and maintenance as Brookfield Rail and grain handler CBH negotiate over who should pay to repair the lines. Perenjori Shire president Chris King says the closure of the Perenjori to Maya line will force farmers to pay more to transport their grain by truck and means roads will become degraded faster.

Geelong-Ballarat-Bendigo train ride aims to revive regional rail

Posted Saturday, 5 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

The railway line between Maryborough and Castlemaine turns 140 this year and parts of it look every day of it. Decaying sleepers better suited to firewood than fast trains, flood-wracked foundations and rusted rail bridges pockmark the 55-kilometre line, which has been fallow for the past 10 years. On Sunday a gang of 50 rail enthusiasts will pay homage to the derelict line, and have hired a heritage diesel train to ride from Melbourne to Maryborough on a cross-country route via Geelong and Ballarat. The meandering joy ride is a celebration of rail heritage with a political message many in Spring Street would prefer not to hear. The four-hour journey is meant to demonstrate that those quiet regional rail lines are fit for the return of passenger trains, just like the Coalition promised it would plan for at the last election.

Investor ready for action on high-speed rail

Posted Saturday, 5 July, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

THE head of the Australasian Railway Association has confidently predicted overseas investment is ready and waiting to build a $114 billion high-speed rail system with a stop in Albury-Wodonga. Chief executive officer Bryan Nye addressed a gathering of councils including Albury and Wodonga on Thursday night and revealed overseas financial backing could be the breakthrough needed to advance the $114 billion project linking Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/7/2014.

Posted Sunday, 6 July, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

This week the ARTC timetable advised that the PN, AM/MA3 Patrick’s trains will no longer run. There were 99 sightings for this week, 18 of them were diverted B/G trains due to RRL works; this is 19 sightings more than last week making a total of 2974 sightings for this year to date

Enjoyable day — 5917 at Singleton

Posted Sunday, 6 July, 2014 by DesL in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Local Train enthusiast Damain Laing was luckier than most on Saturday afternoon when locomotive 5917 pulled into a packed platform at the Singleton Train Station.[/font][/size]

Boeing Assessing Damage to Aircraft Components After Rail Accident

Posted Sunday, 6 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Boeing on Saturday said it was assessing the damage to aircraft components that were aboard a freight train that derailed in Montana en route to its plants in Washington state. The derailment on Thursday threatened to throw a wrench in the tightly choreographed and far-flung aerospace supply chain, which depends on just-in-time deliveries of giant parts by train, plane and boat to meet the record demand for jetliners.

Graffiti artist dies after being electrocuted by third rail in NYC subway station

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

A Queens-based graffiti artist was found dead on the tracks of a Brooklyn subway station this week after being electrocuted by the third rail.  Jason Wulf, 42, may have been 'tagging', or writing one's name in a stylized way, before he died, according to a friend. Wulf was found just before 10pm on Wednesday at the 25th Street Station in Sunset Park. He was reportedly alone when police arrived.  MTA said it is investigating his death.

French rail disaster probe finds tracks in state of disrepair

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Experts tasked with investigating one of France's worst train accidents found "a state of disrepair never seen before" on the rail network.  Michel Dubernard and Pierre Henquenet, appointed by a[url defaultattr=http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q="Court"]court[/url] to find the cause of the July 2013 Bretigny-sur-Orge derailment that left seven people dead, ruled out a malicious act in their report, according to Le Figaro.  But they found more than 200 problems relating to the part of the track where the crash occurred and that the damage took place "over several months".  The experts concluded that "most of these problems were known to SNCF" and were not repaired adequately.

Gold Coast light rail trams to begin services on July 20

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The billion dollar Gold Coast light rail system will begin passenger services within days.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The public will travel on the trams for free on July 20 and paid services will start the next day.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Transport Minister Scott Emerson says the Labor government that commissioned the project was overly optimistic about patronage.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"Their estimation for passenger numbers was way over the top," he said.[/font][/size]

Old silos find new lease on life

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Opinion

It's often the first thing you see on the horizon as you drive into a small country town - the big white silo that symbolizes the town's farming history. And history is where many silos will stay, as GrainCorp announces the closure of 80 facilities on the eastern seaboard. From Queensland down through New South Wales and into Victoria, the silos have been deemed too small or inefficient.

Real time rail profiles

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tasmanian Rail News

With Oscar Corredor, Lucas Loss, and Felipe Barbosa - computer systems analysts for ART, the company contracted to support the implementation of TasRail’s new Train Control System Oscar is Columbian and his two offsiders, Lucas and Felipe, are Brazilian. "I went from Columbia to Brazil to work with them then I came here," Oscar says. "We are finishing adapting the software system for TasRail’s Train Control System needs." ART is the creator of the software the new Train Control System is using. The same software is currently being used in the US, Panama, Brazil, Nigeria and Mozambique – and now Tasmania. Lucas and Felipe arrived in Launceston on 16 June. Oscar arrived more recently. The trio departs TasRail on 4 July and heads back to Brazil on Monday 7 July.

Lobbying continues for return of passenger train services

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[b]A group calling for passenger train services between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo says it has demonstrated that it could be done without too much funding from the State Government.[/b] A heritage train travelled from Melbourne to Maryborough, via North Shore and Ballarat on the weekend, to mark the 140th anniversary of the rail line between Castlemaine and Maryborough.

Rail journey makes case for revival

Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Rail Revival Alliance hosted a train trip through Victorian regional cities on Sunday as part of its campaign for the re-opening of the Goldfields train line. The group hired an old diesel train to take them to Ballarat, Maryborough and Geelong on tracks currently only used by freight trains. Their aim was to make the case for commuter services to be made available between Bendigo and Geelong. Rail Revival Alliance's Scott Ramsay said the event was a "sensational success".

Maersk sees altona progress despite rail link issue

Posted Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Global container shipping and logistics giant Maersk refuses to allow a cloud over the timing of a crucial rail link to its new Altona facility’s to affect its confidence in the asset. Maersk, with its container services and storage facility, is the anchor tenant for Salta Properties’ 40 hectare Nexus Industrial Intermodal Terminal at Altona. Victorian ports minister David Hodgett officially opened the facility last week, hailing it as a pivotal vote of confidence in the State Government’s logistics strategy but it emerged that the planned rail link was subject to Salta’s unresolved negotiations with pipeline operator Shell.

Adani's multi-billion dollar rail project awaiting final nod

Posted Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

The proposed AUD 16.5 billion mine and rail project of Indian mining major Adani Mining Pvt Ltd in Queensland is awaiting the final nod from federal environment minister Greg Hunt and is expected to be taken by August 1st this year.

Sydney tram plan will produce peak-hour chaos

Posted Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

Under a plan approved last month by the NSW government, much of George St in Sydney's CBD is to be converted to a pedestrian mall. There will be few cars and trucks; there will be no buses. Instead, long light rail vehicles will connect Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford via Surry Hills. The NSW government says the project will generate about 10,000 jobs, with economic benefits to NSW at $4 billion, easily justifying the project's expected cost of $1.6 billion. But there is an elephant in the tram. The light rail system described by the government won't have enough capacity for peak-hour passengers. The arithmetic is quite simple: 220 peak-hour buses, which conservatively carry an average 40 seated passengers, will initially be replaced by 20 light rail vehicles which the government claims can each carry 300 passengers. Squeezing 8800 bus passengers into 6000 light rail spaces might sound conceivable, but only 1600 of them will get seats.

Inglewood - Bridgewater line and Damian Drum

Posted Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The feasibility study into trams as a viable public transport is a positive move for public transport in Bendigo. However, the member for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum needs to look into the backyard of his electorate. The rail line between Bridgewater and Inglewood was damaged in the 2011 floods and has not been repaired by the Napthine government and as result the line between Bendigo and Northern Victoria has been cut. There are plans to construct a Inter Modal freight centre at Morang, which would increase the level of freight being returned to rail transport, which is a policy of the Freight Rail Alliance formed by 23 local councils.

BHP happy to trail Rio in driverless road and rail

Posted Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 by newsbot in Rail News

When it comes to breaking new ground on technology in the mining industry, BHP Billiton is happy to ''be first to be second'', says iron ore boss Jimmy Wilson. Mr Wilson says Rio Tinto is ahead of BHP on autonomous trucks and rail in the Pilbara, but that for any technology, the second generation is always better than the first. ''We don't have a deep desire to be first,'' Mr Wilson says. ''We do have the need, however, to exploit the value that technology brings quickly and we would hate to see a competitor have that advantage for an extended period of time. We don't foresee that in either autonomous trucks or rail.'' He says BHP can ''take some of the lessons that others have learnt'' globally from employing autonomous technology, citing work by Rio Tinto and Chinalco.

Rail Budget 2014: 58 new trains, branded foods, focus on safety

Posted Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]Sparing passengers of any further fare hike, Railway Budget for 2014-15 proposes to attract private domestic and FDI in infrastructure projects and pursuing private-public partnership to boost the finances of the cash-strapped railways.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]Having hiked fares to the tune of 14.2 per cent recently, railway minister Sadananda Gowda, who presented the new government's first budget in Lok Sabha, said he plans to leverage railway PSU resources by bringing in their investible funds in infrastructure projects.[/font][/size][/color]

Neglected rail line is in a sorry state

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

In April, 131 trains where delayed by a total of 8080 minutes due to faulty track infrastructure, which cannot be anything but a poor result.   Mr Mulder in his letter points to the Coalition’s investment by the lifting of speed restrictions through by the installation of sleepers.   This statement actually proves the opposite in terms of investment in the line - the reason the speed restrictions have been imposed is the lack of maintenance the line has received over the past four years.

V/Line punctuality fails again

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE has failed to meet its punctuality targets on the Ballarat line for seven months in a row, with June figures revealing a three per cent drop in trains arriving within six minutes of their scheduled time, to 84.7 per cent.

UPS Broadens Multimodal Express Portfolio with China-Europe Rail Offering

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

UPS announced today the addition of a Full Container Load (FCL) rail solution to its China-to-Europe transportation lineup. The move is the latest in a series of expansions of UPS's worldwide forwarding services designed to offer customers more choices for shipping. "Our customers are looking to UPS for ways to achieve their business objectives of reaching new markets and reducing costs," said Keith Andrey, UPS vice president of ocean freight and multimodal services. "We are excited to add our rail option for our customers in one of the world's largest freight lanes to complement our existing ocean and air freight and package capabilities. This gives customers access to a broader transportation portfolio to better meet their business needs."

Katra line opens with pride of place on the railway map

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first train to inaugurate the Udhampur – Katra section of the rail link to Jammu & Kashmir on July 4, saying it represented ‘a triumph of every Indian spirit to overcome the arduous hurdles of nature for reaching the people in this far-flung area’, and would ‘occupy pride of place on the rail map’. Construction of the 25·6 km section was managed by Northern Railway. It has cost Rs11·3bn, reflecting the significant  engineering works required to pass through a difficult region of the Lesser Himalayas with deep gorges, unstable geology and long months of rain and snow.

Where has all the freight rail gone?

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Letters to the Editor

Q:  WHERE HAS ALL THE RAIL FREIGHT GONE? A:: Between 1996 and 1998 6.1 million tonnes of intrastate freight was moved from Rail Freight to the Road Transport Industry.

Bendigo group keen to know tram costs

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[b]A group pushing for increased tram services in Bendigo says it will be good to have some indication of the costs when an investigation into the issue is complete.[/b] The Victorian Government announced last week that the future of the city's historic tramways would be the subject of a feasibility study.

Yakutia Railways commissions genset loco development

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Yakutia Railways has awarded a contract for concept development of a genset locomotive to Swiss firm Molinari Rail and Sinara Transport Machines. The 1 520 mm gauge main line freight locomotive would be based on the Russian manufacturer’s TE8 design, and be powered by two diesel engines. Announcing YR’s commitment to a first order on June 28, Molinari Rail said the genset locomotive would combine ‘proven and innovative technologies from Russia and the USA’.

V/Line not ‘back on track’

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

A BORDER rail supporter and V/Line consumer committee member will host a meeting in Albury this week to discuss issues relating to the train services to and from Melbourne. Bill Traill is inviting individuals, community groups, businesses and politicians, including local councillors, with an interest in North East rail services to the meeting on Thursday. The event will be held at Albury railway station from 5.30pm to 7pm. It follows comments last week from member for Benalla, Bill Sykes, and member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, that the punctuality of V/Line’s service had improved dramatically.

Farmers drive Tier 3 protest

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

Farmers drove a convoy of trucks through Perth on Tuesday to demonstrate their opposition to the closure of Tier 3 rail lines the previous day. The rally, led by WAFarmers president Dale Park and Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance chairman Greg Richards, aimed to show what extra traffic Perth motorists could expect after the lines were closed on Monday, and called on the State Government and Brookfield Rail, which leased the lines, to reopen them.

Tunnelling difficulties delay Express Rail Link completion

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

The expected completion date for the 26 km Hong Kong section of the Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Guangzhou Express Rail Link has been put back to 2016 and the opening to 2017 as a result of unforeseen tunnelling difficulties, MTR Corp announced on April 15. During a severe rainstorm on March 30 a section of partly completed tunnel connecting Tsat Sing Kong and Tai Kong Po was flooded after soil and debris blocked the surface drains. This damaged the tunnel boring machine, which now requires substantial repairs including replacement of its electronic components. Studies are now being undertaken to determine whether an alternative method should be used to complete the tunnel, and the construction programme is expected to be delayed by up to nine months.

Most Bendigo trains on time in June

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[b]Trains on the Bendigo line have met the target for punctuality for the first time since November.[/b]

Mayor pushes for retaining rail lines

Posted Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

While proponents of rail trail continue to spruik repurposing the region’s disused railways, Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson (Greens) is calling on ‘potential providers or users of the rail line for proposals and plans that utilise the rail corridor in Byron Shire, while not removing the tracks.’ He’s organised a meeting at the Byron Community Centre, on Thursday July 17 from 6.30pm and says it’s a chance for the community to come and hear what other options may exist for the rail corridor, ‘aside from a far away train return, or the track-removing rail trail proposal.’

Hastings port expansion to over-burden Melbourne's roads and rail lines, report finds

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

A plan to develop a huge container port at Hastings south-east of Melbourne could put an impossible strain on the city’s roads and busiest rail lines and potentially drive up the cost of imports and exports, an independent report says. Land in wealthy, “leafy green” suburbs including Malvern, Armadale, Toorak and South Yarra would also have to be excavated under the plan to build a new freight rail line to the Tottenham rail yards in the western suburbs. The Napthine government’s long-term plan to vastly expand the Port of Hastings to handle 9 million shipping containers a year risks forcing 1.5 million B-Double trucks or 50,000 freight trains to travel across the city annually, the report by Victoria University’s Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics contends. “Given the current road and rail infrastructure and distribution of import/export containers, more than 70 per cent of all containers would have to work their way through the Melbourne metropolitan area to reach Hastings,” the institute’s Hermione Parsons and Peter van Duyn write in the report, to be launched by the Committee for Wyndham on Wednesday.

LNP to vote on coastal highway and doubled rail line

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

SHOULD we double the North Coast railway line from north of Caboolture to near Gladstone? Should we acquire land for a coastal highway linking the Sunshine Coast to south of Bundaberg? These are just two of the motions Queensland LNP party members will vote on from Friday to Sunday - both from the Wide Bay State Electoral Council. Members will also vote on whether the Royal Australian Mint should cease production of the five cent coin and whether all cigarette filters sold in Australia be biodegradable by 2020.

The rail trail debate: Kiwi advice ‘go for it Guyra’

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Can Guyra learn from the New Zealand experience when it comes to opening a rail trail? One local resident thinks we can and she is in a unique position to weigh in on the argument.

Guardian services axed on Sydney trains, police take over patrols

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Late night guardian trains have been cancelled on Sydney's rail network and replaced by needs-based police patrols on trains.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]There were 14 guardian services that ran every Friday and Saturday night since 2010 using security personnel and camera monitoring to ensure commuters felt safe.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The services have now been removed from the timetable.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Instead, the Police Transport Command will patrol trains on a needs basis under a new campaign called Operation Rolling Shield, which began two weeks ago.[/font][/size]

Brockville train derailment affects Via Rail service

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Via Rail train service to and from Ottawa is being affected by a derailment Thursday. The CN Rail train hauling fraight cars, some containing fuel residue, derailed west of Brockville. The 26-car freight train crashed at around 4:10 a.m. Thursday, a representative from CN Rail said. It is forcing Via to use buses to get passengers to and from Ottawa around the site. Travellers can expect delays getting to their destinations -- possibly up to several hours. No injuries were reported in the derailment. Although half of the derailed cars contained fuel residue, CN Rail officials say there are no reported leaks. “Our initial information is that we still have no leaks or exposures with those fuel residue cars,” said Lindsay Fedchyshyn, the regional manager of public and government affairs at CN Rail.

Ministerial Report Predicts Significant Patronage for Rail Revival Train Service

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Over the past few months, opposition by the State Government to the implementation of Rail Revival, that is the re-introduction of passenger rail services between Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong, has been that there would be insufficient patronage to utilise the service. Clearly the campaign by the Rail revival Alliance to show that the proposal to spend nearly a billion dollars on this project was quite un-necessary and that the passenger train could be up and running for less than 10% of that figure has hit home. It is now widely accepted that the one billion was pie in the sky and a case of consultants "gold plating" a project to get the government off their election pledge.

Train derails at North Melbourne en route to Sydney

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

An interstate passenger train with 180 passengers on board has derailed in Melbourne.

10 years of rail travel in Ararat

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Yesterday marked 10 years to the day since passenger rail travel returned to Ararat and to celebrate the occasion outgoing Member for Ripon Joe Helper will host a celebration at the Ararat Railway Station tomorrow. Mr Helper was a vocal advocate and one of the main drivers of the then Victorian Government's promise to bring back rail services to the region, which eventually saw the first V/Line train in more than 10 years make its way from Ballarat to Ararat on July 10, 2004.

Stick to facts on rail passenger/freight lines

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

ONE wonders whether the real aim of [url=http://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/ministerial-report-predicts-significant-patronage-for-rail-revival-train-service]Rail Revival Alliance[/url] spokesman Scott Ramsay is to improve regional rail or to be a mouthpiece for Labor Party attacks on the Victorian Coalition government, as he continues his letter-writing campaign across regional Victoria. Mr Ramsay has again repeated (The Courier, July 7) something he knows is not true.

Express Seaford rail timetable issued, to shave nine minutes of travel time to city

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2014 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]A NEW express timetable is expected to shave up to nine minutes off peak travel times for Seaford rail commuters.[/b][/size][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]The timetable, including limited-stop train services, is set to will run from Sunday, July 20.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]The express trains will pick up passengers from Seaford, Noarlunga, Hallett Cove Beach, Hallett Cove, Brighton and Oaklands, before heading to the city without stopping.[/font][/size][/color]

The Mid-Western region has a potential Rail Trail in its backyard

Posted Saturday, 12 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]For the first time ever the NSW Government has committed funding for the creation of Rail Trails – converting disused rail lines into pathways for walkers and cyclists – and the body that’s pushing to bring them to the state sees potential in the Mid-Western Region.[/font][/size][/color]

Outrage in Rosewood as rail work cuts town in two

Posted Saturday, 12 July, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

ROSEWOOD will be a town divided this weekend but not for any political, religious or sporting reasons. Work is being carried out at the rail crossing in the town's main street, effectively cutting one part of the town off from the other. It will mean people wanting to drive from one part of John St to the other will have to take a long detour via the rail crossing at Thagoona. Works at the John St level crossing is being done by Queensland Rail (QR), which said it regretted any inconvenience, and is scheduled to take from 2am today to 2.30am Monday. It coincides with the Ipswich-Rosewood line being closed for maintenance.

Rain delays removal of derailed passenger train in Melbourne

Posted Saturday, 12 July, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Efforts to remove the Melbourne-to-Sydney passenger train that derailed yesterday have been hampered by rain overnight.[/b][/font][/size]

Vancouver Island passenger rail soon to be back on track

Posted Sunday, 13 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[size=2][font='Gotham SSm A', 'Gotham SSm B', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]An historic railroad that first roared to life in the 1800′s may soon be back on track.[/font][/size] [size=2][font='Gotham SSm A', 'Gotham SSm B', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It’s the old E&N rail line that runs from Esquimalt to Courtenay on Vancouver Island.[/font][/size]

As rail moves frac sand across Wisconsin landscape, new conflicts emerge

Posted Sunday, 13 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Wisconsin’s boom in production of sand used for hydraulic fracturing has fueled a large increase in rail traffic moving the commodity to other states, causing conflicts and raising safety concerns. While the number of Wisconsin car-train accidents has remained relatively steady in recent years -- and derailments actually are down -- some residents who live near train tracks used for transporting sand, primarily in western and northwestern communities, complain about noise and traffic delays in addition to safety worries.

NZ First proposes $300m swap from roads to rail

Posted Sunday, 13 July, 2014 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

A $300 million cash swap from roads to railways is at the heart of New Zealand First's transport policy for the election, including restoring the Gisborne-Napier line, and looking at extending the Wellington line to Levin and into Wairarapa. Auckland would also be a priority, with electrification of the rail network south to Pukekohe, and supporting the construction of the City Rail Link, starting at the earliest appropriate time - but no later than 2016. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters announced the party's election transport policy in Gisborne today, the centrepiece of which was a 10-year Railways of National Importance programme.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/7/2014.

Posted Sunday, 13 July, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 102 sightings for this week, 17 of them were diverted B/G trains due to RRL works; this is three sightings more than last week making a total of 3076 sightings for this year to date.

MP urges action to get rail loading facility on track

Posted Monday, 14 July, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth says the rail loading facility in Charters Towers is still sitting idle and half built, months after it was due to be finished.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Queensland Government replaced the loading infrastructure at the town's cattle saleyards about five months ago but never attached it to a track.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Government's recent inquiry into rail use recommended seriously considering more investment in rail loading infrastructure.[/font][/size]

Regional Rail Link line work ends but services won't expand until 2015

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

BALLARAT residents will have to wait until next year to see extra train services result from the Regional Rail Link Project despite the last major set of works on the line for the project being completed on Tuesday.

MP Ryan should himself stick to the facts

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

I AGREE with Mr Ryan when he recently said in this newspaper that Scott Ramsay should stick to the facts in his letters.

Spend funds to benefit rail users

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

IT was with great disappointment that I read that the state government was prepared to spend in excess of $500 million on removing the train line between Wickham and Newcastle. This amount could be better spent on improving the existing train services, investing in modern carriages on the Newcastle line and on improving accessibility.

Meeting to consider light rail proposal

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

Queenslander Peter Finch is hoping to be able to cut through the battle between locals who want to see trains back on our tracks and those who would rather have a rail trail. The creative media student and vintage tram enthusiast believes a volunteer-run light rail service, along the lines of Melbourne’s Puffing Billy or the ill-fated Zig Zag Railway could work in Byron Bay. He plans to put his ideas to a community meeting at Byron Community Centre this week.

Moscow rail crash kills 20

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Rescuers are working to free those trapped after a train derailed in Moscow's packed metro during rush hour, killing 20 people and injuring more than 100 in the worst accident to hit one of the world's busiest subways. Russian television on Tuesday described scenes of chaos and panic on the capital city's famed system, saying passengers fell like dominoes when the train braked abruptly and three carriages derailed.

Attack on rail project is well off-track

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

RAIL Revival Alliance spokesman Scott Ramsay's 700-odd word letter yet again delivers Labor attack lines (even as Mr Ramsay protests he is not a tool of the Labor Party), but sidesteps the real issue.

Economic benefits to passenger rail

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

It is a problem of the increasing irrelevance of the major parties, especially in the country – a phenomenon that is Australia-wide.  It has become clear from voting trends across our country that more people are becoming disillusioned with the major political parties. The plethora of independents and minor parties in recent times is an undeniable testament to this trend, no more so than in our own state electorate.

South Coast rail commuters 'not at risk': police

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

Commuters' safety will not be at risk as the government moves to scrap special late-night South Coast trains with added security, according to Superintendent Bernie Ryan. The so-called Guardian trains were introduced in 2010 and included extra security on board in the form of transit officers on designated Friday and Saturday night services from Sydney to other areas in the network.

Major rail freight terminal back on cards for Casino

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

DESPITE a hold-up of four years since it was approved, the Casino Freight Terminal project looks to be back on track. Project managing director Phillip Imrie had been in partnership with Casino-based real estate agent John McMahon until Mr McMahon's business ceased operation in 2012. "We got approval for the terminal in 2010 and the company owned all the designs," Mr Imrie said. Now with rice farmer Rex Boag on board as a co-director, the company could is in a position to start building its modern freight terminal, Mr Imrie said.

Do we need a pedestrian bridge over Gipps Street rail line?

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

Allowing access across the rail line at Gipps Street in North Wollongong would improve pedestrian safety, the walkability of the city and reduce traffic congestion, Wollongong City councillor George Takacs said. At Monday night’s council meeting, Cr Takacs put forward a motion calling on council to write to the NSW government to highlight the need for pedestrian and cyclist access across the train line that now cuts Gipps Street in two.

Neglect, indolence taking toll on railway

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE feasibility study into trams as a viable public transport is a positive move for Bendigo. However, the member for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum, needs to look into the backyard of his electorate. The rail line between Bridgewater and Inglewood was damaged in the 2011 floods and has not been repaired by the Napthine government.  -Scot Ramsay

Mayors bolster push for more Warrnambool rail services

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]South-west Victorian mayors will plan their push for additional V/Line services at a meeting in Warrnambool this week.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Three train services run in each direction between Warrnambool and Melbourne on weekdays.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Colac Otway Shire Mayor Lyn Russell says an additional train and coach service could be added each way using current infrastructure.[/font][/size]

Hunter train commuters to rally in Maitland over Newcastle rail cut

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Upper Hunter rail commuters will take part in a protest at Maitland to express their opposition to the Newcastle rail line truncation later this year.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Two More Trains for Singleton has pledged its members support for the July 31 gathering and is urging other Hunter Line travellers to join with them.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The transport advocacy group has written to the Premier Mike Baird and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian asking for the Boxing Day cutting of the line to be deferred for more public consultation.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Spokesman Martin Fallding says the government needs to hear from rail commuters living outside Newcastle.[/font][/size]

LNP members get behind coastal highway and rail expansion

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

LNP party members voted in favour of approaching government for a coastal highway linking the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg and to double the North Coast railway line up to Gladstone. They also agreed the Royal Australian Mint should cease production of the five cent coin and that all cigarette filters sold in Australia be biodegradable by 2020. But they rejected suggestions the east coast of Australia should all advance 30 minutes in time and that pepper spray should be legalised for self-defence during a state convention in Brisbane at the weekend.

Rail cost discrepancy in CBH ERA submission

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

CBH has provided feedback to the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) saying that it doesn't want any content in the ERA determination regarding Tier 3 rail lines to be made confidential - and now it's clear why. Late last week CBH made public its redacted version of its submission made to the ERA on April 7 this year, stating its position on the floor and ceiling price for Tier 3 rail. Despite some parts of the 44-page document being blacked out for legal reasons, what is made crystal clear in CBH's submission is that there are some huge differences in pricing expectations between CBH and rail provider Brookfield Rail - to the tune of $340 million in some cases. In its summary, CBH said it had made a proposal for access to certain routes on the railway network managed and controlled by Brookfield under section eight of the Rail Code.

Political stoush over Galilee Basin rail corridors

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Queensland Government has denied it agreed to a review of the Galilee Basin Rail Corridors, on the request of LNP backbencher Vaughan Johnson.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The rail lines are proposed to transport coal from the Galilee Basin mines to the Port of Abbott Point, near Bowen.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Earlier this year, the Galilee Basin State Development Area was established, to help the development of the two rail corridors.[/font][/size]

PTV timetables leave commuters confused

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]ONLY a day after the reopening of  rail services on the Ballarat line, commuters  have been left confused after Public Transport Victoria posted new timetables slashing the number of services for Ballarat.[/font][/size][/color]

On the road (and rail) to frustration

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Rail News

THE chronic state of transport infrastructure is a continuing frustration for much of the ­nation, with 38 per cent of people considering that our roads are worse than most other first-world countries. A Newspoll taken exclusively for The Australian’s Great Aus­tralian Survey shows that 16 per cent of motorists think our roads are better, while 40 per cent think they are about the same. The frustration is worse outside capital cities, where 45 per cent of people say road infrastructure is worse. The assessment is especially grim among railway users. Of the 1215 people surveyed, 62 per cent rank our network behind those of other first-world nations and just 9 per cent believe it is better.

The rail trail debate continues

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]I’m not one of the dedicated cyclers in town and I’m not someone who leases the current railway line to graze my sheep. I’m also not a business person who will benefit from having extra visitors to the community, but I am a long time local (I can measure it in generations if you like) and I have a small family. I think I represent a good chunk of the community and I can see the creation of a rail trail as a worthwhile asset to the town.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Imagine this........the rail trail will open up the communities of Black Mountain and Ben Lomond. You and your small family can easily walk, ride, scoot and skate to Black Mountain on a Saturday or Sunday morning. There are no hills on the old railway line, no cars going just that little bit too fast and no trucks rumbling past your 8 year old as you go on your adventure. [/font][/size][/color]

Former MP's bad memory on Victorian train services

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

MY DEAR old late father once told me that if you live long enough, you will see and hear everything.

Malaysia Airlines Plane With 295 Aboard Crashes in Ukraine

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by X'Trapolis-904M in Other Transport News

MOSCOW — A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard was apparently shot down by an antiaircraft missile before it crashed and burned on Thursday in an eastern Ukraine wheat field near the Russian border.

MP convinces Campbell Newman to reconsider rail corridors

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

THE Member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson, says he has persuaded Campbell Newman to reconsider the location of rail corridors. Adani Coal and rail company Aurizon want to build freight lines from the untapped coalfields in the central west, to the north Queensland port of Abbot Point.

A simple sanity check on Canberra's light rail project

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

When Kim Beazley was defence minister, it was accepted wisdom in some parts of his department that if you wanted to get a submission approved, your best chance would be to tag the project as having ''export potential'' for local industry. Similarly, today’s proponents of the ACT light rail largely base their justification for the project on the number of jobs created. Like a Puffing Billy, it’s ''Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Oi! Oi! Oi!'' all the way down the line. But before this train of thought gathers a head of steam, it’s worth applying the brakes and considering whether the project really will deliver benefits. While the jobs mantra holds political appeal, a rigorous social cost-benefit analysis would not include jobs per se as a benefit.

Brookfield takes rail honour

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

WA's multi-user rail freight network is in the best shape of its life, according to the company which has an exclusive long-term lease over the State-owned asset. Brookfield Rail made the claim in a winning submission to the Australasian Rail Industry Awards, which included figures showing freight tonnages had increased 113 per cent since privatisation of the lines in 2001.

Concern locals being forgotten in rush to sign contracts for Dandenong rail project

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Communities in Melbourne’s south-east fear their voices will be ignored by the Napthine government as it rushes to sign contracts for the multibillion-dollar Dandenong rail corridor project before November’s election. The private rail consortium behind the line’s upgrade - which includes removing four level crossings, rebuilding three stations and buying 25 new high-capacity trains - is on course to sign contracts for the major project by the end of September. This includes contracts to demolish, redesign and rebuild the railway stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Clayton.

Aurizon takes home two gongs at rail awards night

Posted Friday, 18 July, 2014 by bevans in Aurizon

Rail freight operator Aurizon has scooped up two awards at the inaugural Australasian Rail Industry Awards. The event, held last night in Melbourne, awarded individuals and companies across 12 categories. Aurizon received the Workforce Diversity and TrackSAFE Foundation awards, while Brookfield Rail, John Holland and Thiess also featured on the winners list. The TrackSAFE prize recognises firms that endeavour to reduce near collisions, injuries and fatalities on the rail network and work to improve awareness around rail level crossing and track safety.

Rail Revival Alliance applauds Nationals candidate for Buninyong, Sonia Smith's support for rail revival

Posted Saturday, 19 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Rail Revival Alliance has applauded Nationals Candidate  for Buninyong, Sonia Smith for her vision in support of the Geelong - Goldfields Rail Link. When asked last week what was the most important infrastructure project for Ballarat, Ms Smith replied that "I believe that is it is absolutely critical to have an effective, fast, safe rail system that connects our regions – Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo. Rail in country communities is our life blood, it is a way to move people, ideas, it will stimulate out economy and it will stimulate our region therefore I think rail is absolutely important."

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/7/2014

Posted Sunday, 20 July, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 92 sightings for this week, six of them were B/G Velo transfers and four B/G light loco movements; this is ten sightings less than last week making a total of 3168 sightings for this year to date.

All aboard - GC light rail takes off

Posted Sunday, 20 July, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A little taste of the future has opened on the Gold Coast, with commuters finally getting on board “The G” – the $1.2 billion Gold Coast light rail link between [url=https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ehq-production-australia/d3392e953a00a08473e1411583936ba66e9b5362/documents/attachments/000/005/010/original/Factsheet.pdf?1393508561]Southport and Broadbeach.[/url] Commuter services begin on Monday morning from 5am to 11.50pm each night and on Fridays and Saturdays the light rail service will run 24 hours a day. Each of the 14 light rail trains has seven carrriages which can carry a total of 309 passengers; 80 seated and 229 standing. The electric-powered trains travel between 16 stations at around 70 kilometres an hour, but given the number of stops they average about 24 kmh over the 13 kilometre journey between Southport and Broadbeach.

Busy rail corridor along U.S. 377 could get busier

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

The ritual plays out an average of 26 times per day in far north Fort Worth, Keller and Roanoke. A Union Pacific Railroad train rolls down the tracks parallel to U.S. 377, often bringing dozens of vehicles to a halt at intersections such as Bear Creek Parkway, Keller Hicks Road and Henrietta Creek Road.

Rail dream a reality

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Stressed by world news last week? I think it’s time for a “good news” story. This is a story about Andrew and Jennifer Forbes, who have devoted the last 40 years to building a dream. Andrew and Jennifer, with the early help of some volunteers, have built the “Kerrisdale Mountain Railway”.  Andrew is a boilermaker, who always wanted to build a steam locomotive. With his railway now built on a beautiful steep site not far from Seymour, and his hand-built steam engine rapidly reaching completion, he will soon have the dream complete.

Gold Coast light rail begins paid passenger services

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Passengers have begun paying to use the Gold Coast light rail network.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Thousands of people crammed onto packed carriages when the service began operating yesterday morning, free of charge.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]GoldLinQ chairman John Witheriff says he is not expecting the same sized crowds today.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"I am pretty confident that we are going to see good numbers coming through and I think Gold Coasters will embrace the tram," he said.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says the light rail system signals a coming-of-age for the city.[/font][/size]

MH17: Rebels reportedly move bodies of crash victims into refrigerated rail carriages as Australian toll rises to 37

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifBold, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]US SECRETARY of State John Kerry has accused the pro- Russian rebels of “unceremoniously piling bodies into trucks, removing both bodies, as well as evidence, from the site’’.[/font][/font] [/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]He slammed the “grotesque’’ manner in which bodies were being placed in a refrigerated rail carriages bound for a rebel-held city, by“drunken separatist soldiers’’ .[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]The train — which has five refrigerated carriages carrying the corpses — has departed from a station close to the main crash site and is reportedly heading for rebel stronghold Donetsk, according to the Associated Press.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail Revival Alliance Applaud's Sonia Smith

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

The Rail Revival Alliance has applauded Nationals Candidate  for Buninyong, Sonia Smith for her vision in support of the Geelong - Goldfields Rail Link. When asked last week what was the most important infrastructure project for Ballarat, Ms Smith replied that “I believe that is it is absolutely critical to have an effective, fast, safe rail system that connects our regions – Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo. Rail in country communities is our life blood, it is a way to move people, ideas, it will stimulate out economy and it will stimulate our region therefore I think rail is absolutely important!”

Rail Trail full steam ahead

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

A TRANSFORMATION of abandoned railway lines into desirable cycling getaways is more than a pipedream. That’s the view of McComas Taylor, the convenor of a newly formed group aiming to drum up support for rail-trail cycling – a cross-country discipline permitted in every Australian state bar New South Wales. A cyclist of more than 40 years, Mr Taylor says a rail trail circuit from Goulburn to Crookwell is ideal on multiple levels. “I’ve seen how these things work in Victoria, I’ve ridden rail-trails there.

British heavyweights pull out of bid for Sydney city light-rail project

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

The risk in digging up George Street to build a light-rail line through the centre of Sydney has been underlined by the withdrawal of one of the consortia bidding for the project. The canning of the multimillion-dollar bid leaves the government with just two candidates for the right to build and operate the tram line, and follows revelations by Fairfax Media that Transport for NSW may be underestimating the difficulty of tearing up one of the city’s oldest and busiest streets. With just weeks to go before final bids were due on July 11 to build and operate the line through central Sydney and the eastern suburbs, Balfour Beatty, the largest construction company in Britain, told partners and the NSW government it was withdrawing from the project. Balfour Beatty’s partners – Keolis Downer, McConnell Dowell, Bombardier and Macquarie Capital – wanted to lodge a bid for the $1.6 billion project. But a last-ditch effort to find another construction company proved fruitless.

Five graphs that show why politicians are actually terrified of high-speed rail

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 by newsbot in Rail News

It’s the one national infrastructure project that our federal and state governments can’t quite seem to kill. Politicians assume a high-speed rail network will run over budget and that it will blow out into a murky, politicised fiasco like the NBN. But the immense support for a network up and down the eastern seaboard has led minister after minister to begrudgingly sell it as 'the project that will eventually happen'. If words alone could build rail lines, we would already have a network running across the entire continent. The government has commissioned and published an exhaustive number of documents on the matter, but has made little real progress.

Rail service still too unreliable

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

AS a bi-monthly user of the V/Line Melbourne service, I would like to commend Bill Traill’s idea of an express service.

Rail corridor or theme park ride?

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 by newsbot in Opinion

Having attended the Simon Richardson transport meeting on Thursday evening I am a little concerned that some of these private proposals for use of the corridor would turn our shire into another Coffs or Gold Coast with a ‘theme park’ atmosphere. Byron Bay particularly is an area people come to relax, surf, walk to the lighthouse, watch whales, kayak and look for places to walk and cycle! They want a natural, adventure or relaxed experience.

Central Queensland farms on the line

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Aurizon

CONCERNS about the Galilee Basin Rail Corridors rest in the hands of the Queensland Government Coordinator-General. Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson met the Premier on Monday to share landholders' concerns. "It was a very constructive talk," Mr Johnson said. "I explained that landholders weren't happy the line runs through a flood plain and across good farming country." Premier Campbell Newman said the boundaries of the state development area were set, but Mr Johnson's concerns would be taken on board.

Two Victorian public servants in IBAC probe over $25 million in contracts

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Senior staff in Victoria's former Transport Department and in Public Transport Victoria set up family companies that won about $25 million in contracts from those departments over seven years, the first hearing before the Napthine government's anti-corruption watchdog has heard. The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission is investigating allegations that serious corrupt conduct went on inside those departments for an extended time, and that those accused did so under the noses of department staff, who failed to act. The investigation, called Operation Fitzroy, is targeting two department project officers.

Out of Step

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Damian Drum appears to be totally out of step and lacks the vision of the National Party’s candidate for Buninyong, Sonia Smith who has publicly stated, ‘I believe that is it is absolutely critical to have an effective, fast, safe rail system that connects our regions – Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo. Rail in country communities is our life blood, it is a way to move people, ideas, it will stimulate out economy and it will stimulate our region therefore I think rail is absolutely important.’

Quarterly above rail volumes - June quarter 2014

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Aurizon

Today Aurizon released their June Quarter freight volumes guidance. Coal volumes in terms of mt are down across Queensland and NSW. Iron Ore volumes by millions tonnes (mt) also fell, falling by 1%.  Non coal and iron ore freight volumes tell a staggering 11% off the same quarter last year. On a YTD basis, Coal and Iron Ore overall volumes were up but general freight volumes fell sharply to 46.3 mt down from 49.3

Reservoir rail crossing ranked Melbourne’s third worst intersection for congestion

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

A RESERVOIR rail crossing has drivers seeing redder than ever with the intersection named the third worst redspot for congestion in Melbourne. And almost one-in-four survey respondents say the issue will be a vote decider at this year’s state election. The intersection between High and Spring streets and Cheddar Rd includes a level crossing and has long drawn complaints over traffic congestion and delays and poorly co-ordinated traffic lights, and being a difficult spot turning left or right.

Aurizon MD & CEO Keynote Address

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Aurizon

Aurizon Managing Director & CEO Lance Hockridge today delivered a keynote address to the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Developers are looking to build apartments on two Queensland Rail commuter car parks in Brisbane

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

DEVELOPERS are eyeing off commuter carparks on the southside in a bid to build apartments on State Government land. City South News can reveal developers are in discussions to build on Queensland Rail car parks at Yeronga and Corinda. This includes a proposal from developers BHC for 50 apartments on the Queensland Rail commuter carpark at Fairfield Rd, Yeronga, which it described as “surplus government land”. An attempt to negotiate use of adjacent land, owned by the Yeronga Dutton Park RSL Sub-Branch, as a temporary commuter carpark during construction has so far been rejected. A call to BHC for comment was returned by a PR representative who advised that questions should be directed to the State Government for any information relating to the proposed Yeronga development. City South News has also seen plans for a proposed development of the Queensland Rail commuter carpark on Browne St, Corinda, featuring multi-storey apartment blocks and retail space.

Billions spent on roads in “hideously inefficient” way

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

More than $20 billion a year of national road funding is being spent in a “hideously inefficient” manner, according to a leaked assessment by Australia’s independent infrastructure umpire. The Infrastructure Australia report, obtained by Fairfax Media, has also delivered a scathing critique of “monopoly” state-run road entities such as VicRoads, claiming a culture of resisting reform has led to a situation  in which political leaders are held “captive” to demands for more funding. “The unhealthy focus of road agencies appears set on ‘getting, controlling and spending’ more taxpayer money, rather than questioning efficiency or value to the motorist and governments,” the report says. The report, "Spend more, waste more, Australia's roads in 2014: moving beyond gambling," was sent to industry experts on Tuesday for comment. But, just hours after it was circulated, Infrastructure Australia’s acting coordinator John Fitzgerald ordered its withdrawal.

Albanese pushes for extended Gold Coast light rail line

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A federal Labor MP says the Gold Coast light rail line should be extended north to Helensvale and south to the Coolangatta Airport before the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Opposition's spokesman for infrastructure and transport says the federal and state governments, as well as the Gold Coast City Council, should contribute to its cost.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Anthony Albanese says the Southport to Broadbeach line is just the first part of a five-stage project that must be completed.[/font][/size]

MinRes launches $70m rail project

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

Mineral Resources has launched a $70 million rail expansion for its Carina iron ore mine in WA's Yilgarn region north east of Southern Cross. The new fleet of trains will help lift exports by almost 25 per cent this year. Launching the expansion, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion praised MinRes for its commitment to the State's resources industry.

Moorabbin Station bus interchange upgrade strengthens transport links

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by waynes in Victorian Rail News

Bus passengers in Moorabbin will soon benefit from a $624,000 joint Victorian Coalition Government and City of Kingston upgrade of the bus interchange.  At the station today, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder was joined by City of Kingston Mayor Cr Paul Peulich to announce the start of works. “About 570 people hop off a bus at the interchange and switch to a train every weekday so this upgrade will benefit hundreds of regular public transport users travelling to and from Moorabbin Station each week,” Mr Mulder said. “By installing new shelters to protect bus passengers from Melbourne’s weather, as well as installing new seating, signage and lighting, this bus interchange upgrade will make catching public transport easier, safer and more comfortable.”

Country towns press their case in lead up to poll for passenger trains

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

PUBLIC transport is the key to attracting city people to country areas. “It was the first question everyone asked me at the regional living expo in Melbourne,” Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper said. Cr Hooper has celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the return of passenger trains to his city. “Having the train is vital,” he said. “All I can say to communities who don’t have passenger rail is to fight for it as hard as they can.”

Light rail seen as cool rather than dopey idea

Posted Thursday, 24 July, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

IN a bid to prevent our inbox melting, Topics mainly steers clear of the light-rail debate. Not so Coolio, the rapper behind the classic Gangsta’s Paradise. He’s weighed in on Canberra’s proposed new trams ahead of his upcoming Australian tour. No, none of that is a typo. “I think a light rail system is dope,” he told the Canberra Times. “It’s a very inexpensive form of transportation and very easy to get around, so yes, it’s dope.”

New conflicts emerge as rail moves frac sand across Wisconsin landscape

Posted Thursday, 24 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

Wisconsin’s boom in production of sand used for hydraulic fracturing has fueled a large increase in rail traffic moving the commodity to other states, causing conflicts and raising safety concerns. While the number of Wisconsin car-train accidents has remained relatively steady in recent years — and derailments actually are down — some residents who live near train tracks used for transporting sand, primarily in western and northwestern communities, complain about noise and traffic delays in addition to safety worries. Chippewa Falls resident Patricia Popple, an activist opposed to frac sand mining, recalls that train traffic in the area was once much less frequent, and the trains were shorter. Now, she said, “they go through here any hour of the night and day ... and have to sound whistles every time they go through an intersection.”

Work begins on California high-speed rail – but there’s a long way to go

Posted Thursday, 24 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

Six years after Californian voters passed Proposition 1A to begin work on an 836km high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles, work has actually begun. Last week the first demolition crews began knocking down and carting away bars and apartments in Fresno, the Central Valley town where the first section of the line is to be constructed.   Trains on the line would travel at speeds of up to 350kmh, reducing the time taken to travel between the state’s main urban centres to two hours and forty minutes. But the $68bn projects still faces a variety of financial and legal hurdles before it can be considered to be properly under way. Initial funding was provided by the issuing of $9.95bn in bonds by the State of California. However, the project took a blow in November when the Sacramento County Superior Court issued two rulings that prevented the release of funding from the passage of Proposition 1A.

Rail car used as 'school on wheels' marks centenary

Posted Thursday, 24 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

A monumental anniversary is being marked in Clinton this weekend. An old rail car that was once used to teach children in Northern Ontario is marking its 100th anniversary. One of the founders of the School on Wheels program, Fred Sloman, was from Clinton.

Rail hub a blueprint for Riverina

Posted Thursday, 24 July, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

THE Ettamogah Rail Hub could be just the first in a series of similar regional freight hubs across the Riverina — or even Australia. Representatives from the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the National Transport Commission were unquestionably impressed when they visited the hub this week.

Children killed in rail accident in India

Posted Thursday, 24 July, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

A passenger train has crashed into a school bus in southern India, killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could rise further, officials say. A senior police officer said "11 students and the bus driver were killed", while a railway official said he feared as many as 25 children were dead after Thursday's collision in newly formed Telangana state. Ravi Nallamala, a local police officer, said at least 16 children aged 7 to 14 had been injured and hospitalised in Medak district. The area is nearly 1,500km south of New Delhi. K Samba Siva Rao, a spokesman for South Central Railway, said the train hit the bus at an unmanned railway crossing in the village of Masaipet, about 62km from Hyderabad in Telangana, which this year was carved out of Andhra Pradesh state.

CN quarterly profit up 18pc

Posted Friday, 25 July, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

The Canadian National Railway (CN) has posted an 18 per cent increase in second quarter year-on-year net profit to C$847 million (US$788.6 million), drawn on revenues of C$3.1 billion, up 17 per cent. Second quarter operating income increased 21 per cent to C$1.2 billion as revenue ton-miles grew 14 per cent and carloadings increased 11 per cent. Increased revenues were attributed to higher freight volumes due to a record Canadian grain crop, strong energy markets and market share gains in intermodal as well the effect of a weaker Canadian dollar on US dollar denominated revenues.

City dead end at Flinders and Elizabeth streets to take a new turn with tram route extension in the works

Posted Friday, 25 July, 2014 by X'Trapolis-904M in Tram and Light Rail News

A KEY Melbourne tram route could be extended under a revamp of a rundown CBD intersection.

Full steam ahead for rail trail development to Kingaory

Posted Friday, 25 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

WORKS to the Kilkivan to Kingaroy section of the Rail Trail have been given the signal to go ahead with the allocation of $2 million to develop the multi-use track. Deputy premier Jeff Seeney announced the grant at the former railway station in Murgon today. "This project will complement the South Burnett's already strong reputation as an attractive bed and breakfast tourism destination for Brisbane residents and beyond," he said.

Asciano timber deal a boon for Bathurst

Posted Friday, 25 July, 2014 by DesL in Asciano

Bathurst Rail Intermodal Terminal reopens with hopes of attracting additional cargo types. Asciano has put Bathurst back on its intermodal map with a supply chain deal for forestry services firm PF Olsen Australia. The three-year contract brings subsidiaries Pacific National and C3 to bear on an integrated logistics services contract to handle and haul 175,000 tonnes of export logs annually from Bathurst to Port Botany, with Patrick Terminals and Logistics expected to stevedore parts of the freight. The town has endured something of a roller-coaster ride with its intermodal terminal, with it opening and closing over the past seven years. "We are pleased that the contract will enable us to re-establish our rail intermodal terminal in Bathurst, and are hopeful that this new contract will help spur additional growth in rail volume in the area," Bob Parton, Pacific National’s service delivery manager for the Bathurst region, says.

End of off-peak return rail tickets in Sydney

Posted Saturday, 26 July, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

The Baird government will soon get rid of one of the most popular discount rail tickets in Sydney because it says it has been offering some travellers too good a deal. The adult off-peak return rail ticket is one of 14 paper tickets the government will stop selling from September, as Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian directs commuters to the Opal ticketing system. Cancelling the ticket means adults without an Opal card will not be able to travel on cheaper fares outside peak hour.

Canada’s greatest hidden rail trip

Posted Saturday, 26 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Weaving along a narrow ledge between razor-sharp mountains and a gigantic, glittering lake, the tiny, two-car [url=http://tsalalh.net/shuttle.html]Kaoham Shuttle[/url] is arguably Canada’s greatest hidden rail journey. And at just 10 Canadian dollars for a two-hour return trip, it’s also a bargain – especially if you’re a fan of both spectacular scenery and wildlife. Founded in 1912, the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (later renamed BC Rail) used to trundle passengers from North [url=

Railway St rail crossing closure raises traffic fears in west end

Posted Sunday, 27 July, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[b]Businesses in Newcastle's west end say there has been no consultation surrounding plans to permanently close a rail level crossing to cars and pedestrians.[/b] The Railway Street crossing connects several car dealerships in Hamilton with workshops and suppliers in Wickham. The pedestrian access is also regularly used by employees.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/7/2014.

Posted Sunday, 27 July, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 89 sightings for this week; this is three sightings less than last week making a total of 3257 sightings for this year to date On day 207 last year we had recorded 3517 sightings. This is 260 sightings less that at the same time last year.

Changes to Ghan schedule due to significant freight train derailment

Posted Sunday, 27 July, 2014 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Great Southern Rail has been advised of a significant freight derailment south of Alice Springs, which will affect two services of The Ghan. Todays 1AD8 will terminate at Marla where passengers will be transferred by coach to Alice Springs, and then continue their journey to Darwin aboard the consist of 7DA8 which will terminate at Alice Springs on Monday. This service would become 2LD8. Likewise passenger on board 7DA8 will be transferred to Marla via coach to join todays 1AD8 Ghan consist for the return to Adelaide arriving tuesday morning.

Promise check: $300 million for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail freight line

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

In the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, the Coalition repeatedly promised it would give $300 million for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail freight line. On August 23, then Opposition infrastructure spokesman [url=https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2013/08/28/inland-rail-future-freight]Warren Truss said[/url]: "A Coalition government, if elected, will kick-start one of Australia's most ambitious rail projects, the Inland Rail from the Port of Brisbane to Melbourne through New South Wales."

Chinese rail lines up to India border

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

China is planning the construction of two railway lines in Tibet that will extend up to the border with India and are expected to be completed by 2020, State media reported on Thursday. The railway lines will run from the town of Shigatse, which next month will be connected to the Qinghai-Tibet railway line that extends to Lhasa. Traffic on the 254 km Lhasa-Shigatse line, which began to be built in 2010, will commence next month. A top official of the Tibet Autonomous Region government said the railway line will be further extended during the 13th five year plan period (2016-2020), running to two regions near the border with India: Yatung, a trade centre close to Sikkim and Bhutan, and to Nyingchi in the east, near the Arunachal Pradesh border. A third railway line will be build to Gyirong, where there is a trade and border checkpoint connecting Tibet’s Yatung county and Nepal.

Carmichael Coal and Rail Project: Queensland mine gets Federal Government approval

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

Australia's biggest coal mine, the $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal and Rail Project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been given federal approval. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the project proposed by Indian company Adani could go ahead, subject to 36 "strict" conditions focused on conserving groundwater. The mine project west of Rockhampton would be one of the biggest in the world, covering 200 square kilometres and producing about 60 million tonnes of coal a year. The colossal proposal consisted of six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines, to supply Indian power plants with enough coal to generate electricity for up to 100 million people.

Mary bikeway plan comes out of rail grant invitation

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

GYMPIE Regional Council has been invited apply for its share of a $3.5 million fund for recreational use of disused railway lines, including in the Mary Valley. The money will be available over four years to enhance the use of "rail trails" by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with ownership and maintenance handed to councils in 2018.

Thai rail line to reopen after derailment

Posted Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Thai railway authorities are preparing to reopen a route where a luxury train derailed and injured two tourists. The six carriages were being moved away from the track to clear the way for regular rail services to resume later in the day, said an official.

Signal fault knocks out trains on key lines

Posted Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

A signal fault at North Melbourne station has caused havoc across the city’s rail network this morning. Trains from five lines in Melbourne’s north and west run through North Melbourne to access the city – meaning the fault paralysed a large swath of the network while Metro crews worked frantically to fix it. The fault was first reported about 5.21am. The Upfield line, which runs from Upfield through Coburg and Brunswick, was the worst hit, with services completely suspended from Coburg. Buses were called in to ferry stranded passengers into the city.

Adelaide-Darwin train derailment affects supermarket supplies through Top End

Posted Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 by mikado5910 in Northern Territory Rail News

Supermarket chains are trucking food 1,500 kilometres from Adelaide to Alice Springs after a train derailment caused a shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables in supermarkets across the Northern Territory.

Family and Community Day Rail Revival Alliance

Posted Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Rail Revival Alliance is pleased to announce a Family and Community Day to be held on Saturday 30th August. The day will consist of a trip on the Historic Victorian Goldfields Railway from Castlemaine to Maldon and return. We will be celebrating the 140 years since  the Castlemaine to Maryborough line was opened and calling for the reopening of the line as part of the Geelong - Goldfields Rail Project.

North-west rail link warned over oversize trucks

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

Officials and companies working on the $8.3 billion north-west rail link project have been warned they could face prosecution if they continue to flout the road rules. For the second time in a week, trucks carrying machinery to be used on the rail line, the state’s biggest public transport project, have been found to be not complying with safety regulations. NSW Police said on Monday night they had intercepted a truck towing a platform for a tunnel boring machine, finding it to be oversize, overmass, and the driver in breach of his work diary. The machinery is to be used to dig the north-west rail link tunnels, the signature public transport project of the state government.

Coalition on track to privatise rail

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

FEARS the State’s passenger trains will be privatised during the next term of the Coalition government have surfaced in Goulburn. The Southern Tablelands Rail Users’ Group (STRUG) has failed to get a straight answer to this question for some months, having posed the issue during a meeting with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and MP for Goulburn Pru Goward in Sydney on May 21. Follow up questions through Ms Goward’s office and the Minister’s own rail advisor Joe Stella, have so far yielded no answers either.

Jobs will flow as timber brings life to rail terminal

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Asciano

Australia’s leading forestry and logistics service providers are working together on a three-year deal for the export of approximately 175,000 tonnes of timber per annum from the Bathurst region. PF Olsen Australia, the nation’s leading independent provider of forest management services, has engaged Asciano Limited subsidiaries Pacific National and C3 to handle and haul the containerised timber from Bathurst to Port Botany in NSW.

Rail link benefits off track, commuters say

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The benefits of commuting to Melbourne via rail are becoming harder to keep track of, a number of Bendigo line commuters say. Faced with disruptions to timetables and increased commuting times, some are even ditching train travel altogether and switching to driving. The commuters' frustrations come after the July opening of Regional Rail Link's new dedicated track for Bendigo and Ballarat lines and new timetable changes coming into effect from this week.  Bendigo line commuter Josh Meadows, who lives in Castlemaine but commutes to Melbourne three times a week, said the original morning express service once made his trip to work  “viable and easy”.

Rally to protest Hunter rail line closure

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

A rally will be held at Maitland Railway Station on Thursday to protest the cutting of the Newcastle railway line.

Light rail figures indicate strong patronage during peak times

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

Revised patronage figures for Canberra's proposed light rail line estimate that as many as 3500 passengers could use the tram service in morning and afternoon peak periods. Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell said on Tuesday that detailed patronage modelling was continuing for the project's business case, including consideration of extending the first stage through busy shopping areas and to Defence offices in the Russell precinct. With services expected to commence by 2019 or 2020, the Capital Metro agency estimates 3500 passengers will travel on the Gungahlin to the city line between 7am and 9am by 2021, with 3400 passengers using peak services between 4pm and 6pm.   Daily boarding rates are estimated at 13,700 for the 12-kilometre line.

Truck gets stuck under Wooloongabba rail bridge delaying trains on Cleveland line

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Trains on the Cleveland line have resumed after a truck became wedged under a rail bridge at Logan Rd and Martin St, Wooloongabba, on Wednesday morning. The incident forced the temporary suspension of rail services in both directions.

Glenreagh Mountain Railway gains accreditation as a rolling stock operator

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by waynes in New South Wales Rail News

On 7 July 2014, Glenreagh Mountain Railway (GMR) was granted a variation to its accreditation by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to allow it to carry out rolling stock operations. This major milestone was achieved after many years of hard work by GMR volunteers to satisfy the regulator thatGMR had the necessary risk management and risk management validation processes and skills to safely operate rolling stock.

Treloar confident rail services north of Cummins to stay on track

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by waynes in South Australian Rail News

The state MP covering Eyre Peninsula, Peter Treloar, says it is vital rail services north of Cummins remain open. There has been community concern that the line, operated by Genesee and Wyoming, would close, forcing farmers to road freight their crops. Mr Treloar says the situation is commercial-in-confidence and he cannot give a definitive assurance. However, he is confident of a good result, with talks now underway between the rail operator and grain marketer Viterra.

Women narrowly escape death by diving under train while crossing US rail bridge

Posted Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 by waynes in International Rail News

Two women narrowly escaped being killed when a train surprised them as they were walking along railway tracks on a bridge in Indiana

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