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Springfield train stations shine

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by wxtre in Queensland Rail News

MORE than 810,000 journeys have been recorded since the Springfield rail line opened a year ago, and the numbers are set to increase.

Free tram travel in CBD and Docklands a touchy subject for some

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by wxtre in Victorian Rail News

Tram travel will be free in the CBD and Docklands from January 1, but unwary passengers who touch on inside the free zone will still be automatically charged for their trip and will need to apply for a refund to benefit from the fare change.

Rail fat cats paid millions as fares soar - including one who earned £2.2 million despite operating most crowded services

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by wxtre in International Rail News

[size=3]The Mail can today reveal the millions paid to rail bosses who run Britain’s costly and overcrowded train services.[/size]

Concerns over plan to strip Newcastle railway station of heritage status

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by wxtre in New South Wales Rail News

Community group 'Save Our Rail' has accused the New South Wales Government of skulduggery over a proposal to change the heritage status of Newcastle railway station.

NSW's southwest rail link to open soon

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Cityrail News

[color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifBold, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]THOUSANDS of commuters in Sydney's southwest will soon have access to new rail stations, which will open a year ahead of schedule.[/font][/font] [/font][/size][/color] [color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]TWO stations - at Leppington and Edmundson Park - will open on February 8 after more than three years of construction and months of testing.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Eight trains will run every 30 minutes from Liverpool to Leppington, stopping at Edmundson Park and Glenfield.[/font][/size][/color]

Railroads seek 1-person crews for freight trains

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif]When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, the steam-belching beasts commonly had seven people aboard — an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif]Trains have since grown much longer, seemingly stretching to the horizon and often taking 20 minutes to pass through a crossing. And crews have been reduced in size — to five people in the 1970s and two in 1991. Now U.S. railroads want to put a single person in charge of today's huge locomotives, taking another step toward a future in which the nation's rail-cargo system increasingly could resemble toy train sets — highly mechanized networks run by computers or distant controllers.[/font][/size][/color]

CP freight train carrying fly ash and lentils derails in Banff National Park

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

Fifteen freight cars containing fly ash – used to make cement – and lentils have derailed in iconic Banff National Park, some spilling directly into a creek just west of the community train station. No one was injured in the derailment around 2 a.m. on Boxing Day, but at least seven of the 15 cars on the Canadian Pacific train landed in 40 Mile Creek, a tributary to the Bow River, about 200 metres north of where the creek joins the river. Some of the cars were breached, but no details were available on how many.

Salem division creates record by operating long haul freight train

Posted Friday, 2 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]MANGALURU: Salem Division, Southern Railway, created a record by operating two linked freight trains for the first time from Mettur Thermal Power Plant, after unloading the coal therein.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]The formation called 'Python', had 118 wagons (59+59 wagons) four Electric Locomotives, and two Brake vans, consisting of a whopping length of 1.4 Kms.[/font][/size][/color]

Redbank Plains crying out for new rail line before 2031

Posted Saturday, 3 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Queensland Rail News

A NEW railway line and station for Redbank Plains is not planned to be completed until 2031 by the State Government but two Ipswich councillors insist it needs to be built sooner to service demand. This week the success of the two stations at Springfield and Springfield Central was highlighted in the QT with passengers embracing the new service. A spokesperson for the Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson has confirmed the department has "preserved a corridor for future rail transport between Springfield and Ipswich however funding has not yet been allocated to deliver a rail extension due to the debt left to us by the former Labor government."

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

Posted Saturday, 3 January, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The New South Wales Transport Minister says her government is making hard decisions by removing heavy rail into Newcastle, and could have easily sat on its hands and done nothing.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The government is appealing against a Supreme Court injunction, granted on Christmas Eve, to stop the removal of the city's rail infrastructure.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]But the Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that has not prevented the stopping of trains into the city, as well as the removal of two rail level crossings, and work on creating five new pedestrian crossings to link the city to the waterfront.[/font][/size]

Efforts to get the Cooma railway back on track

Posted Sunday, 4 January, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Thomas the Tank Engine has placed an intrinsic love and fascination of trains in the hearts of many children but for Rodney Clancy that passion didn't subside with adulthood. Now the president of the Cooma Monaro Railway Incorporated, he wants to reopen the railway line from Cooma travelling north, south, or ultimately, in both directions. Mr Clancy said his plan to reactivate the line could help make Cooma a more popular tourist destination. "I consider Cooma more of a satellite suburb of Canberra than a separate country town and of course with the connection of a rail link it nearly would be," he said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/1/2015.

Posted Sunday, 4 January, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 18 sightings for the first three days of this year 2015. On day three last year we had recorded 50 sightings. This is 32 sightings less than at the same time last year.

Maintenance staff strike at Aurizon rail yard

Posted Monday, 5 January, 2015 by bevans in Aurizon

Rail and locomotive maintenance workers at Mackay have taken a 24 hour protected strike action over the weekend, in protest against an enterprise bargaining agreement proposal by employer Aurizon. Workers at the Jilalan rail yard stopped work at midday Saturday, and went back at the same time on Sunday. Negotiations between the Rail Tram and Bus Union and Aurizon have already been underway for 18 months according to RTBU Queensland state president Bruce Mackie.

Rail changes continue with Hamilton Station reopening as new terminus

Posted Monday, 5 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Newcastle's new temporary railway terminus opens today at Hamilton, after hundreds of workers have spent weeks preparing the station.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]After the last train left Newcastle station on Christmas night, Broadmeadow has been the city's last stop, with passengers having to use buses to get in and out of the CBD.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says since Boxing Day, 200 people have been working to get Hamilton station ready to be the city's new terminus until a new interchange opens at Wickham.[/font][/size]

Andrews must outline Flinders Street Station plan: opposition

Posted Monday, 5 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

Premier Daniel Andrews has described his predecessor's plan for Flinders Street Station as a "colouring-in competition at taxpayers' expense". And he all but ruled out the multi-billion dollar plans for the station selected as part of a 2013 design competition, saying his government was elected to deliver its plan for the state, not its predecessor's.

Canberra's light rail deal shonky

Posted Monday, 5 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Paul Malone's article (Sunday Focus, p17, December 28), describes an intriguing business arrangement for the light rail program which involves a public-private partnership in which the government will receive the fare revenue and will pay the commercial partner a yearly fee.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It is assumed that the yearly fee will cover the private partner's capital costs plus a guaranteed "profit".[/font][/size][/color]

After two-year delay, construction on California's bullet train is set to start

Posted Monday, 5 January, 2015 by LancedDendrite in International Rail News

[color=#666666][size=4][font=Georgia, serif]California's bullet-train agency will officially start construction in Fresno this week on the first 29-mile segment of the system, a symbol of the significant progress the $68-billion project has made against persistent political and legal opposition.[/font][/size][/color]

Russia To Launch High Speed Railway Between Moscow And Beijing With Travel Time Of 48 Hours

Posted Monday, 5 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][url=http://au.ibtimes.com/topics/detail/396/russia/][color=#0051a1]Russia[/color][/url][/font][/size][/color][color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif] will build a high speed railway line between Moscow and Beijing. This will cut down the travel time to about 48 hours. The existing travel time is seven days, and it will be a revolution when it will be cut to two days.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail trail pilot project get $50 million

Posted Tuesday, 6 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE Minister for Regional Tourism, John Barilaro, has announced up to $50 million for rail trail pilot projects.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Barilaro announced the funds allocation while visiting the region with Ballina MP Don Page and Lismore MP Thomas George.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Barilaro said that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for local councils, businesses and community groups to boost their tourism economies and create rail trails along sections of the disused Casino to Murwillumbah and Rosewood to Tumbarumba rail corridors.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]"This $50 million boost to the regional tourism sector will benefit local businesses and create jobs, while offering visitors the chance to access amazing locations currently offlimits on disused rail lines," Mr Barilaro said.[/font][/size][/color]

Road closures at Flinders, Spencer streets hit commuters, traders

Posted Tuesday, 6 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Road closures and tram disruptions are continuing to cause headaches for commuters, workers and tourists in Melbourne's CBD.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Traders are also feeling the pinch, with foot and road traffic in the area affected by construction work.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Work to build a $4.5 million level-access tram stop near the intersection of Flinders and Spencer streets began on Friday, forcing the closure of high-traffic sections on both roads.[/font][/size][/color]

Commuters saved from train network meltdown

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Train users have been spared pain on Wednesday's commute with the drivers' union and Metro striking a late night agreement preventing major service disruptions. Melbourne's train network faced potential meltdown when the Rail, Tram and Bus Union planned industrial action that would take more than half of Metro's train fleet out of operation due to safety fears. The union took the severe course of industrial action over two safety-related faults with Metro's Comeng and Siemens type trains, which together account for about 126 of Metro's 200-odd strong fleet.

Myki: now it's paying you to travel

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Users of the $1.5 billion myki smart card have discovered an upside to the complicated and much-criticised public transport ticketing system: it pays travellers $1.52 to take a trip in the right circumstances.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Andrews government's transport authority has confirmed the smart card dividend, discovered this week, and says it is not a flaw.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"This is a known fare processing scenario and the system is working as it should," Public Transport Victoria spokesman Adrian Darwent says.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The system provides the $1.52 credit to travellers with a zone one smartcard, bought before January 1, when they travel into zone two on a weekend on two separate occasions.[/font][/size][/color]

Free CBD tram rides delight tourists, students

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Melbourne's new free tram zone delighted passengers on Friday with tourists saying they could see more of the city in one day and locals using the trams to get around quickly in the summer heat.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tourists from Sydney, Mahnaz Khan and Rana Mohiuddin, decided they would visit Victoria Markets after spotting a map showing they could get there for free from the top of Collins Street.[/font][/size][/color]

Sunlander 14 trains off the rails

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Queensland Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Georgia, serif][b]Queensland Rail's (QR) project[/b] to replace long-distance trains failed to provide full and frank advice before proceeding, and did not demonstrate value for money, according to the Auditor-General.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Georgia, serif]In his report, [i]Traveltrain renewal: Sunlander 14[/i], Auditor-General, Andrew Greaves said: "The Sunlander 14 project is a case study in obfuscation and ill-informed decision making."[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Georgia, serif]The scope of the Sunlander 14 project was for delivery of three, 14-car trains at a cost of $195 million.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Georgia, serif]"While the capital outlay of $195 million to acquire and upgrade the cars for the Sunlander 14 project was reasonable, the case presented to invest in Sunlander 14 did not demonstrate value for money," the Auditor-General said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Georgia, serif]"The three 14-car train solution exceeded requirements based on patronage, which was declining," he said.[/font][/size][/color]

Queensland Rail to stay out of freight

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Government rejects parliamentary committee recommendation for the state-owned operator to return to goods transport.   The Queensland Government has ruled out a return to the freight industry for Queensland Rail, even in a short term capacity. A parliamentary committee had recommended the now passenger-only train operator be used to plug freight gaps in regional Queensland.  But transport minister Scott Emerson says the Government has other priorities for the state-owned business.

Labor hopeful Jodi McKay backs government on rail plan

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

Future Labor frontbencher Jodi McKay has backed the government's decision to halt rail services to Newcastle, breaking with her party's position on her first day in the role. Opposition leader Luke Foley on Tuesday appointed Ms McKay, Labor's candidate for the inner-west seat of Strathfield, as the party's planning spokeswoman. She would take the portfolio if elected in March.

Newcastle's rail disappearance queried

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]INFORMATION boards on trains bound for the Hunter no longer show Newcastle as a destination since the station's closure, sparking a please explain from one of the region's politicians.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Boards in Sydney no longer list Newcastle as a destination for trains heading into the city, instead indicating that they terminate at Hamilton.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Buses have replaced trains to Hamilton, and previously Broadmeadow, since rail services to Wickham, Civic and Newcastle were closed on Boxing Day.[/font][/size][/color]

Government rejects call for QR to ship freight again

Posted Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND Rail will not be returning to the freight industry after the Queensland Government rejected a parliamentary recommendation. The state parliamentary transport committee recommended Queensland Rail provide freight services in the "short term" until commercial providers could fill the gap in regional locations. However, the final response from the government rejected the recommendation. "The government supports agricultural and general freight transport on rail, but does not support Queensland Rail re-entering the freight business," the response read.

Awabakal land claim over rail corridor

Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The state government is being accused of sidelining the indigenous community in the rush to get work underway on the truncation of Newcastle's inner-city rail line.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council has made a claim on the two-kilometre stretch of the heavy rail corridor, on the basis that it is no longer being used for a public purpose after trains were stopped on Christmas Day.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Land Council CEO Steven Slee said the rail corridor, which is destined for development, is likely to contain several items of cultural significance.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]But he said there has been virtually no consultation with the land council, and he is keen to ensure it is not simply sold off for development.[/font][/size]

Authority behind East West Link ditched

Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Other Transport News

The authority that was responsible for the former Napthine government's dumped East West Link road project is to be disbanded. On Tuesday, staff at the Linking Melbourne Authority were told it would be wound up. A statement from Treasurer and acting Roads Minister Tim Pallas said the government recognised the expertise of staff at the authority in delivering major infrastructure.  Mr Pallas said the Transport Department was now working with the authority to retain key staff and redirect them to work on other projects.

Teen pleads guilty to trespass at Tennyson railway yard after friend's electrocution

Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A teenager whose friend died after receiving a massive electric shock at a Brisbane rail yard last year has been given a probation order.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Billy Anthony Worrall pleaded guilty to two counts of [url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-02/trespasser-electrocuted-in-brisbane-railway-yard/5860482][color=#310099]trespass at a railway yard in Tennyson on the city's southside last November[/color][/url].[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Brisbane Magistrates Court heard the 19-year-old had been acting as a lookout for his 26-year-old friend who was going to graffiti a train.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The friend received a massive electric shock when he brushed against electrical wires and later died in hospital.[/font][/size]

Newman says Gold Coast rail link on agenda

Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2015 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Campbell Newman has hinted at linking the Gold Coast's light rail line to heavy rail on the first official day of the state election campaign. After announcing the January 31 election date on Tuesday, the Queensland premier started his campaign at Broadbeach, which straddles the Liberal National Party (LNP) held seats of Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach, by promoting the state's economic prospects on local radio. Mr Newman says he called a January election because he wanted to avoid the economic uncertainty and 'paralysis' seen during the 2013 federal election.

Rail network BNSF lifts container ban for US west coast ports

Posted Thursday, 8 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

The US’s second-biggest rail network on Wednesday lifted a three-day ban on moving some containers to US west coast ports, but expressed continued concern about the [url=http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/59345b68-8615-11e4-b248-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3O9cdl3jT]severe disruption[/url] that forced it into the radical step. The congestion, which is most severe at [url=http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ce9a61e0-8705-11e4-982e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3O9cdl3jT]Los Angeles and Long Beach[/url], persists despite news on Monday that the federal government would mediate in a labour dispute.

Rail strike fear as wage talks begin

Posted Friday, 9 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]MELBOURNE train passengers will be bracing for a rough ride as the union that almost caused a rail meltdown yesterday prepares for a fierce battle over pay and conditions.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Commuter chaos was narrowly averted after an 11th-hour deal between Metro Trains and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union on Tuesday night, brokered by the Fair Work Commission.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Ten train services were cancelled yesterday morning ­because of the drama.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Premier Daniel Andrews said the snap action by drivers was unusual, but the Government had worked with Metro and the union to avoid passenger pain.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail tours to secure Coffs Harbour festival’s future

Posted Friday, 9 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

RAIL tours on a historic rail motor this weekend will go a long way to securing the success of Coffs Harbour's inaugural Smoke on the Water Festival in August celebrating the centenary of rail. The Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail Committee, which is organising the festival has brought the hugely popular 90-year rail motor back to Coffs Harbour this weekend and next to fundraise ahead of Smoke on the Water. "The money raised from the rail tours will go a long way towards our deposit for the tall ships and vintage aircraft we hope to attract to Coffs Harbour during the Smoke on the Water Festival," committee president Neil Manson said. After the rail tours were advertised in Wednesday's Advocate the committee has reported that their bookings website experienced some difficulty.

New generation brings trains back on track

Posted Friday, 9 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Merriweather, Arial, serif]In the second half of the 20th century, train travel went off the rails. Air travel was faster, more glamorous and eventually cheaper. Highways took over. Trains were for misfits and backpackers and travelling salesmen checking into heartbreak hotels, but a new generation of trains, including high-speed ones, is generating a buzz, with travellers realising that trains are reliable, convenient and full of the clackety-clack promise of adventure.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Merriweather, Arial, serif]"Train travel is on the rise the world over," says Randy Powell, chief executive of Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, which tracked a 135 per cent increase in bookings in the second half of last year. It's part of an explosion in rail holidays that combine train travel with hotel stays and even cruises.[/font][/size][/color]

Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop collection at Australian Technology Park to be sold

Posted Friday, 9 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

The towering machines clustered in a cavernous workshop in Redfern make up one of the world's best preserved yet still functioning blacksmithing workshops.

An Increase in the Fares on the Bendigo Line Cannot be Justified

Posted Friday, 9 January, 2015 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

On Wednesday, 7 January I caught a Velocity from Melbourne to Bendigo, 2.5 hours later we arrived in Bendigo! In terms of value for service this is an atrocious and an incredible inconvenience. The service has gone backwards in the last two years and I am astounded that Jacinta Allan as Transport Minister, can smugly and conceitedly announce and endorse a 5% increase in fares, when the level of service is at such an abysmal level and not really entitled to an increase until they get it right.

Leeton Railway Goods Shed severely damaged by fire

Posted Friday, 9 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Roboto, wf_SegoeUI, 'Segoe UI', Segoe, 'Segoe WP', Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]The large historical goods rail shed at Leeton railway station has been significantly damaged by fire. Fire Fighting teams are currently on site.[/font][/size][/color]

Foley visits Maitland and talks about Newcastle rail cut

Posted Saturday, 10 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Labor has been unable to identify when it will be too late to save the Newcastle train line.[/font][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]During a visit to Maitland yesterday, new state Opposition Leader Luke Foley reiterated Labor’s commitment to re-establish heavy rail services into the Newcastle CBD if elected to government in March.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]But, given work to remove electric train wires along the rail corridor from Wickham to Newcastle has begun, he could not say when it would be too late to reverse the damage.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“That’s why it is important that the government abides by the court’s decision and doesn’t tear down the infrastructure, because we want to make it possible for the rail line to be saved,” Mr Foley said.[/font][/size][/color]

Premier says rail line removal continues despite land claim

Posted Saturday, 10 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Premier Mike Baird says work to cut the Newcastle rail line will proceed despite an Aboriginal land claim on the corridor.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council has lodged the application over a two-kilometre stretch of the rail line, saying it is no longer being used for a public purpose.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Trains between the city and Wickham stopped on Boxing Day, despite an injunction being granted to stop the removal of the tracks.[/font][/size]

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/1/2015.

Posted Sunday, 11 January, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 77 sightings for this week; this is 34 sightings more than last week, making a total of 95 sightings for this year to date. This is 95 sightings down on the same time last year.

Light to heavy rail extension vital before 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Posted Sunday, 11 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]MORE than 10,000 people signed a petition to connect the Gold Coast's $1.2 billion light rail system to the heavy rail network — but so far the only result they’ve got is a six-paragraph letter from the transport minister.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Southport MP Rob Molhoek lodged the petition at the end of November, and Minister Scott Emerson responded to petitioners by email two weeks later saying that a decision had not been made.[/font][/size][/color]

Five new pedestrian crossings for Newcastle to Wickham rail corridor

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Cityrail News

THE NSW government is planning to install five new pedestrian crossings across closed off sections of the Newcastle heavy rail corridor, despite a court order preventing it from removing the line. Transport for NSW, the state’s peak transport body, has released a notification of plans to build ‘‘temporary pedestrian crossings’’ at five locations between  Newcastle and Wickham stations. The work will include the construction of ‘‘new kerbs and gutters, concrete and asphalt pedestrian paths and landscaping’’.

The sky’s the limit as the North West Rail Link lifts its game

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

[b][color=#000000][size=4][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]LIKE a giant Meccano set, two vast frameworks of white steel beams are being bolted together in readiness to build the most eye-catching element of Sydney’s North West Rail Link.[/font][/size][/color][/b]

Building more roads is not 21st century thinking

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by railblogger in Opinion

The trend is clear and it's been that way for a while. The question is what, if anything, to do about it? Every year the average person in big cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, drives less than they used to the year before. In Melbourne, the average person drives about 6 per cent less than they did a decade ago.

World’s Longest Rail Route Part of China’s ‘Silk Road’ Revival

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

The longest rail link in the world is operational, after a train carrying goods from China arrived in the Spanish capital, Madrid, last month. The railway has been dubbed the ‘21st-century Silk Road’ and is the latest landmark investment by China aimed at improving the infrastructure along the old trading routes between east Asia and Europe. The European Union is China’s biggest trading partner, and Beijing’s money is being welcomed in Europe.

Government review of West Australian rail freight inquiry postponed until Parliament resumes

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The state government has delayed its response to an inquiry into the WA rail freight network until parliament resumes next month.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Economics and Industry Standing Committee released its [url=http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/publications/tabledpapers.nsf/displaypaper/3912300ad02cbe5f14cd9d0848257d74000d77af/$file/2300.pdf][color=#e0310e]report[/color][/url] into the Management of Western Australia's Freight Rail Network in October and the government was due to respond within 90 days of the report release.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In accordance with the 90-day deadline, the government was due to respond this week.[/font][/size]

Funding block: plans derailed for now (Goulburn - Crookwell Railtrail)

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by djf01 in New South Wales Rail News

DEPUTY Mayor Bob Kirk is furious the region has missed out on funding for a rail trail project. The joint Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire plan won plaudits when a funding submission was handed to government in November. But high hopes of success were dashed last week. State regional tourism minister John Barilaro announced $50 million for two rail trail pilot projects - the disused Casino to Murwillumbah in the Northern Rivers and the Rosewood to Tumbarumba rail corridors.

Pantless light-rail ride in Phoenix draws hundreds

Posted Monday, 12 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

These are the bare facts: Sunday was No Pants Day on Valley Metro Light Rail trains. It was a [url=http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/01/11/phoenix-pantless-light-rail-ride-draws-hundreds-abrk/21603459/]seat-of-the-pants-less affair[/url]. For the seventh year in a row, an estimated 400 to 500 men, women and even children shed their pants and braved the ride in their undies, their tights, their chonis. Some outfits were revealing, some were not; some were silly, some were hot. Why? "It shakes people," said Heather Herr, one of the event organizers.

Metro trains skip stations to avoid fines for missing punctuality targets

Posted Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]RAIL bosses switch more than 15 trains a day into expresses to avoid paying millions of dollars in fines for missing punctuality targets.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]A secret dossier obtained by the [i]Herald Sun [/i]reveals the full extent of the controversial practice of station-skipping, which inconveniences thousands of passengers a week.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]And commuters are calling for compensation for being stranded on platforms as trains whiz by, or being stuck on an express that bypasses their stations.[/font][/size][/color]

On Track Models Announces the Victorian Sprinter Railcar

Posted Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 by 8077 in Press Releases

On Track Models is pleased to announce our next Victorian model will be the Sprinter Railcar. 22 Sprinter Railcars were introduced into traffic between December 1993 and June 1995.  Cars 7001 - 7017 were introduced in the PTC Teal & Sunflower colour scheme, while cars 7018 - 7022 were released in the V/Line Red & Blue scheme. Eventually all of the 22 cars were repainted to the V/Line Red & Blue scheme. Sprinter 7019 was written off after an unfortunate incident in 1996.

Queensland election 2015: Premier Campbell Newman pledges $500m for second Sunshine Coast rail line

Posted Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Queensland Rail News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Premier Campbell Newman has pledged $532 million to duplicate the rail line from Beerburrum to Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast.[/b][/font][/size]

Prominent Victorian rail historian facing 20 child sex charges

Posted Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

A prominent Victorian rail historian has been charged with 20 child sex offences dating back more than 40 years. Victoria Police detectives arrested and charged Bob Whitehead, 83, in Seymour on Monday after a long investigation. Mr Whitehead was a former senior Victorian government railways official before becoming one of the state's leading rail historians and a long-serving Puffing Billy volunteer. Mr Whitehead's expertise has been sought by the Victorian government and several councils to help promote the state's historic rail lines.

Wi-Fi on Ballarat trains could be years away despite government promise

Posted Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 by 8077 in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]AFTER  announcing last April that Ballarat commuters would receive free Wi-Fi on V/Line trains, the government is still conducting an analysis of potential solutions. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]When[i] The Courier[/i] asked when commuters would be able to use the service no timeframe was given. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“The government is investigating options to improve voice and data services for passengers travelling on the regional rail commuter lines through improved mobile coverage and potentially in-carriage Wi-Fi,” Victorian government spokesman Paul Robinson said. [/font][/font][/size][/color]

Less than 30 homes to be resumed for railway

Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Queensland Rail News

[color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]PREMIER Campbell Newman revealed "less than 30 homes" would be resumed between Beerburrum and Landsborough during a snap press conference at Landsborough this morning in regards to the duplicate rail line.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The Premier was in Landsborough with his five sitting MPs and the LNP candidate for Nicklin to officially announce the duplication of the railway line.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]He promised, if the LNP government was elected, the $532 million project would be finished by 2019 with construction due to begin this year.[/font][/size][/color]

Government vows to restore Ballarat line performance

Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Victorian Rail News

THE Napthine government used timetable manipulation on the Ballarat train line to achieve performance, according to the new government.  The Courier has previously reported on small increases in the timetable which have left many confused by how travel times could balloon out in such a short period of time.  The timetabled service increased from 61 minutes in 2006 to 74 minutes currently for the popular 9am arrival in Melbourne train.

Free Melbourne tram ride may lead to overcrowding warns transport group

Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tram and Light Rail News

Free tram travel in Melbourne's city centre could encourage so many people to jump on board it will lead to serious overcrowding issues, a transport users group and the Greens have warned. From New Year's Day, travel on trams in the CBD and Docklands has been free. The move was promised by the Napthine government in last year's budget, and supported by Labor. Combined with a major zones reform to let commuters travel more cheaply, it will cost taxpayers about $400 million over four years.

Save Our Rail tent embassy established

Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Cityrail News

AN anti-rail truncation tent embassy has been erected at the temporary transport interchange at Hamilton train station. The tent went up in the park next to the station on Monday morning, but by the end of the day Newcastle City Council had advised those manning it that the tent would have to go. The tent was being used by members of Hunter Concerned Citizens and Save Our Rail to collect signatures for petitions opposing rail truncation and to disburse information pamphlets prepared by the groups. The groups have handed out 13,000 flyers at Broadmeadow and Hamilton train stations since Christmas Eve, convener of Hunter Concerned Citizens David Blyth said.

Tram derailed, beer kegs strewn across Melbourne road after truck collision at Parkville

Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Tram and Light Rail News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A truck carrying beer kegs has collided with a tram at Parkville, in Melbourne's inner north, pushing it off the tracks.[/b][/font][/size]

Labor to dump funding for coal mine rail

Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Queensland Rail News

[color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifBold, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]CONSERVATION groups have welcomed Labor's announcement it will end taxpayer support for the controversial Carmichael coal mine and Abbot Point port project.[/font][/font] [/font][/size][/color] [color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]LABOR made the announcement on Tuesday, promising to reverse the deal signed in November between the LNP and Indian mining giant Adani.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Under the deal, the government pledged to give an undisclosed but "significant" amount of taxpayer money to help fund a 300km rail line that will link the enormous Carmichael Galilee Basin mine to the Abbot Point terminal, just north of the central Queensland town of Bowen.[/font][/size][/color]

Ten killed, five injured after Texas prison bus hits train

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy overpass and hit a moving freight train on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead and five others injured, officials said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries sustained in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]"It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers," said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Four of the crash victims were in critical condition and the other was in serious condition, according to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.[/font][/size][/color]

Ten killed, five injured after Texas prison bus hits train

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy overpass and hit a moving freight train on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead and five others injured, officials said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries sustained in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]"It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers," said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Four of the crash victims were in critical condition and the other was in serious condition, according to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.[/font][/size][/color]

Handcars and rail bikes could make trail appearance

Posted Thursday, 15 January, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

SIGHTSEERS could work up a sweat on machines straight from the set of Blazing Saddles, with plans underway to install "rail jigger" handcars along the Casino to Murwillumbah rail trail. North Coast Destination Network co-chairman Cameron Arnold said applications were being drawn up to have certain sections of railway tracks maintained along the trail - not for trains, but for the hand-powered handcars often seen in old Western comedies. Work is also in progress to include rail bikes in the plan - pedal-powered contraptions that hook onto the tracks. "There are a lot of ideas coming out. Some of them have been around for a while, like opening new mountain bike tracks (near Kyogle) and horse riding opportunities," Mr Arnold said.

Cannon fired at steam train

Posted Friday, 16 January, 2015 by Big J in Queensland Rail News

Cannon fired at steam train as it passes through Caboolture to mark 150 years of rail in Queensland

West Australian rail network operator says state government investment needed to reopen Tier 3 rail freight lines

Posted Friday, 16 January, 2015 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]After a three-month halt on negotiations, rail freight operator Brookfield Rail and Cooperative Bulk Handling, will return to the task of trying to lock in a 10-year rail access agreement.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]As Western Australia's major grain handler, CBH needs to sign a deal with Brookfield Rail to keep using the rail freight network to transport grain from country receival points, to port.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Economic Regulatory Authority is overseeing negotiations between Brookfield and CBH as the two parties could not strike a deal on their own.[/font][/size]

Neuendorf calls for an extension of rail line to Withcott

Posted Friday, 16 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Queensland Rail News

[color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE need for an electric passenger rail line to service the region west of Rosewood is a major issue that Lockyer candidate David Neuendorf is pushing hard.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The Katter's Australian Party representative said he was "a strong supporter of an electric rail line as far as Withcott and I think that is something that needs to be looked at urgently".[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Decades ago there was a passenger service that went west to Toowoomba.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Coal trains do use the western rail line, but the electrified passenger rail line currently terminates at Rosewood.[/font][/size][/color]

Public Transport Victoria's train ticket inspectors go west

Posted Friday, 16 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Have you been checked for a ticket on the train lately? If you have there is a high chance you were on the Werribee/Williamstown line. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Metro Trains and Public Transport Victoria will not say which train lines have been targeted by authorised officers or release historic rostering information for ticket inspectors.  [/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]But commuters have spoken of a recent heavy presence of authorised officers on the Werribee line. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A Metro spokeswoman said ticket inspectors work across all lines "most days" and on some occasions target specific lines. [/font][/size][/color]

Steam train chugs in for Qld Rail's 150th

Posted Saturday, 17 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Queensland Rail News

MORE than 200 people, some in period costumes turned up, at Maryborough West station to welcome the Queensland Rail's heritage steam train as part of Queensland Rail's 150th birthday celebrations. It was a historic moment for all knowing that Queensland's first steam train was built right here in Maryborough at Walkers Ltd - now known as Downer EDI. Anne Bradley and John Nestor from Bribie Island were among 300 lucky passengers who got their hands on early tickets, and are stopping in to visit Maryborough. "We bought ours three months ago and are elated to be part of this history. We will be in Maryborough for two days before taking the normal train back home which won't be as exciting," Ms Bradley said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/1/2015.

Posted Sunday, 18 January, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 84 sightings for this week; this is seven sightings more than last week, making a total of 179 sightings for this year to date. On day 17 last year we had seen 331 sightings, this is 152 sightings down on the same time last year.

Passengers evacuated after powerlines fall on overhead lines above Melbourne train

Posted Monday, 19 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Victorian Rail News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Passengers on a Melbourne train had to get off between stations after powerlines fell on overhead lines on Sunday evening.[/b][/font][/size]

Rail relics inspire GCC dream

Posted Monday, 19 January, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

On the outskirts of the town of Rayak in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley are the last remains not just of a fallen empire, but a shattered dream. These rusting steam engines and rotting buildings were once part of the first railway in the Arab world. Built at the end of the 19th century, the line connected Beirut to Damascus in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire. At its height, the network of railways included the Hejaz Railway, which ran from Damascus to Medina, passing through what is now Jordan and with branch lines to Haifa and Nablus. After reaching Aleppo it was possible to change for Istanbul and then on to the cities of Europe.

Hockey hopes Vic East West Link proceeds

Posted Monday, 19 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Other Transport News

[color=#555555][size=4][font=Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif][b]Digging has stopped on Melbourne's controversial East West Link, but Treasurer Joe Hockey still holds out hope Victoria will build the tunnel project.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#555555][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif]Labor promised to scrap the $6.8 billion tollway tunnel if it won the November 2014 election, but pledged to fight to keep $3 billion in federal funding.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#555555][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', arial, tahoma, serif]Mr Hockey said discussions were continuing with Premier Daniel Andrews about the future of the project and the future of the funding.[/font][/size][/color]

Train at Colebrook was travelling at almost double advised speed before derailment: investigators

Posted Tuesday, 20 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Tasmanian Rail News

Transport accident investigators have found a train that derailed in the state's south in November was travelling at almost double the advised speed.

Aurizon raises questions over government plan to use dredge spoil for rail works at Abbot Point

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Aurizon

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Freight rail company Aurizon has raised concerns about the Queensland Government's proposal to use dredge spoil for railway embankments at the Abbot Point expansion project.[/b][/font][/size]

Victorian Government still awaiting a review of the Murray Basin Rail Project

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

A major upgrade of Wimmera and Mallee rail infrastructure is no closer, with the Victorian Government still awaiting an analysis of the project. The former Coalition state government had promised more than $200 million to standardise railway tracks throughout western and north-western Victoria. The Victorian Farmers Federation [url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-16/rail-upgrades-murray-basin/5969692]wants[/url] the current Government to use the $400 million it netted from the sale of Rural Finance, to fund the project.

Cr Kirk ready for lengthy rail trail ride

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]IF a Goulburn to Crookwell rail trail ever reaches fruition, Deputy Mayor Bob Kirk is slated to ride its 56km length.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]By his own admission, he’d rather walk, but the project close to his heart could just spur him to buy a bike.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“But I’ll do it the other way, Crookwell to Goulburn, because it’s all down hill,” he joked.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Despite his passion, the project could be a long way off.[/font][/size][/color]

Waikato youths playing a deadly game of rail roulette

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New Zealand Rail News

Kids jumping off a rail bridge are grinding trains to a halt and risking life and limb. The high summer antics include youths and, incredibly, some adults pelting trains with rocks while delaying traffic and freight for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Finally, a rail connection for NYC's LaGuardia airport?

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

Could New York's LaGuardia Airport finally be getting a rail link? It appears such a plan is in the works, a move that would end decades of talk about connecting the airport to New York's extensive rail system.

Electric rail has people power: stats

Posted Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE Southern Tablelands Rail Users’ Group (STRUG) has been fine-tuning the latest population statistics along the Picton – Canberra rail corridor following the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward’s recent assertion it would require a population of 100,000 to justify electrification. STRUG has discovered the population along the rail corridor far exceeded the suggested “100,000 persons” for according to available census data and council websites, Wingecarribee Council already had 47,054 residents in 2013 and Goulburn Mulwaree boasted 29,230 people at that time.

Man injured after train hits car near Waroona

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Western Australian Rail News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A man had to be cut from wreckage after his car was struck by a train in the Western Australian town of Waroona, about 110km south of Perth, in the early hours of this morning.[/b][/font][/size]

Standard gauge line construction to start ‘in September’

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

[color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A series of meetings between Thai and Chinese government officials on January 20-21 is expected to pave the way for construction of Thailand’s planned 1 435 mm gauge main lines to begin by September.[/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Speaking in Bangkok on January 18, Thai Transport Minister Prajin Juntong set out a provisional timescale for construction of two conventional standard gauge lines totalling 873 route-km. The first of four civil works packages would be implemented from September with a view to the project being completed by March 2018. [/font][/color]

Finland to drop GSM-R in favour of domestic radio system

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

[color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Cabinet Committee for Economic Policy has backed plans for the Finnish rail industry to stop using the current GSM-R network and switch over to VIRVE, a TETRA encrypted communications system launched in 2002 and used by the government, emergency services and military.[/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]According to the Ministry of Transport & Communications, the current GSM-R network known as RAILI is due for replacement by the end of 2018. Interference from commercial networks has caused problems in the use of GSM-R telephones, while the GSM-R network weakens mobile reception on trains.[/font][/color]

Zig Zag Railway battling adversity to finally get itself back on track

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by 8077 in Railway Stories

It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening? The world famous but beleaguered tourist attraction has faced countless trials and tribulations since operations were disrupted for regulatory upgrades in June 2012. The closure was meant to be maintained until safety issues identified by the Independent Transport Safety Regular were addressed. But mother nature had different ideas. Floods, fires, and multiple insurance claims later, is there now light at the end of the tunnel?

Byron mayor promotes rail-bike project

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

A plan to run rail-bikes along the abandoned tracks from Bangalow to Byron Bay has received enthusiastic support from Byron Shire mayor, Simon Richardson, who posed for promotional pictures in Byron Bay on the weekend. A written proposal is now being prepared for the Casino to Murwillumbah rail trail. It comes after the recent announcement from NSW Trade & Investment, which is calling for expressions of interest (EOI). Mary-Joy Lu and Alex Catchpoole from Rail Explorers say they have been working on their pedal-powered rail-bike proposal for the past two years and last weekend put their rail bike on display in Byron Bay.

KB Holding makes Vossloh takeover bid

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

GERMANY: KB Holding GmbH announced an offer to acquire the entire stock of Vossloh AG on January 20.

Crossrail 2 consultants appointed

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: Transport for London has appointed four consultancy teams to develop plans for Crossrail 2 and help to make the case for funding.

Eurotunnel orders extra Freight Shuttles

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has awarded WBN Waggonbau Niesky a €40m contract to supply three more Freight Shuttle trainsets to support its target of carrying 2 million lorries/year in 2020.

Battery train enters passenger service

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: The prototype Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit has entered trial passenger service on the Manningtree –Harwich branch, where it is scheduled to operate on weekdays between January 12 and February 13.

Indra wins €266m Riyadh metro ticketing contract

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

SAUDI ARABIA: ArRiyadh Development Authority has awarded Indra a €266m contract to provide fare collection and access control systems for Riyadh’s future network of six metro lines and 1 000 buses.

New competition for Mexico City – Querétaro high speed line

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

MEXICO: Tendering for the project to build a 210 km high speed line between Mexico City and Querétaro began again on January 14 when the Secretariat of Communications & Transport published ‘pre-bidding documentation’ for a contract including civil works, railway systems and rolling stock.

Freiburg breaks ground on tram extension

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

GERMANY: A groundbreaking ceremony took place on January 15 for the Rotteckring tram extension in Freiburg.

SilverRail acquires SJ ticketing technology company Linkon

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

SWEDEN: US-based passenger rail search and booking technology company SilverRail Technologies has acquired a 75% stake in Swedish national operator SJ’s ticketing IT business Linkon.

Nanjing metro Line 5 MoU signed

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

CHINA: Nanjing city authorities signed a memorandum of understanding with property developer Greenland Group on January 14 for the financing of metro Line 5.

East West Link: Prime Minister will consider allowing State Government to re-allocate funding

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Jack Le Lievre in Other Transport News

[size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will consider allowing the Victorian Government to use money allocated for the East West Link for other major projects.[/b][/font][/size]

The secret Liberal-National Coalition plan to cut 100 V/line jobs has been revealed and stopped by the Andrews Labor Government

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Bethungra in Victorian Rail News

The secret Liberal-National Coalition plan to cut 100 V/line jobs has been revealed and stopped by the Andrews Labor Government. Speaking at Bendigo Railway Station with Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, Ms Allan said she was angry about the cuts the previous Coalition Government intended to force on the regional operator. The cuts, which Ms Allan has intervened to stop, would have forced V/Line to reduce cleaning services and station staffing hours and imposed other service reductions on the line.

Train line checks needed before Culcairn-Corowa rail trail, Jackson says

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE region’s rail corridors shouldn’t be handed over to become trails until the suitability of them being restored as train lines was assessed, according to Labor candidate for Albury Ross Jackson.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Jackson, who works in the rail industry, would not fully back a proposed Culcairn- Corowa rail trail, saying he advocated a “softly softly” approach.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“I’m not opposed to rail trails — they’ve done some very good economic things for towns,” he said.[/font][/size][/color]

UK plans world-class railway supply industry

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: On January 21 the Rail Supply Group published ‘Fast Track for Growth’, a ‘vision statement’ for the development over the coming months of a long-term rail industrial strategy including ‘a clear implementation plan’.

Dolnośląskie awards new operating contract

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

POLAND: Dolnośląskie voivodship has awarded its in-house train operator Koleje Dolnośląskie a new eight-year contract to continue to operate local passenger services.

Northwest rail link under budget and ahead of time as first tunnel sees light

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The first tunnel-boring machine on Sydney's massive North West Rail link has reached the other side.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Premier Mike Baird joined dozens of workers at the future Norwest station to see 'Elizabeth' drill through the wall.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The 900-tonne machine made its way through 2.1 kilometres of rock and earth between Norwest and Bella Vista.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Premier said it was symbolic of the overall progress of the project which is currently running ahead of schedule.[/font][/size]

Kapsch awarded western Czech GSM-R contract

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽDC has awarded Kapsch CarrierCom a €14·7m contract to install GSM-R communications on the 185 km Beroun – Plzeň – Cheb – German border route by late 2016.

Compin capital increase funds Fainsa acquisition

Posted Thursday, 22 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

FRANCE: Equistone Partners Europe and French state investment agency Bpifrance announced on January 20 that they were participating in a €10m capital increase for the holding company that controls Compin, enabling the latter to acquire Spanish seating manufacturer Fainsa.

TasRail implements $11m digital train tracking system

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A new digital control system to track Tasmania's freight trains to improve safety has been rolled out across the state.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tasmania is believed to be the first state in Australia to switch on the technology, which it hopes will prevent incidents like a recent [color=#310099][url=https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/train-at-colebrook-was-travelling-at-almost-double-advised-speed-before-derailment-investigators]derailment in the south of the state.[/url][/color][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Train driver Darrell Coolie said since the late 19th century, railway controllers have been plotting the position of Tasmania's freight trains on graph paper.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"We used to just write down on a piece of paper where we were going to, train controller had one as well, then we'd read it back," he said.[/font][/size]

CK Investments to buy Eversholt Rail leasing company

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: An agreement for CK Investments to buy 100% of rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail Group was announced on January 20.

Rhenus Group to take majority stake in Crossrail

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

EUROPE: Rhenus Group expects regulatory approval in mid-February for a deal to acquire a 50·1% stake in Swiss trans-Alpine operator Crossrail AG for an undisclosed price.

Loan funding for new freight operator

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

URUGUAY: Latin American development bank CAF has approved a US$45m loan to Servicios Logísticos Ferroviarios, a new freight operating company formed by state railway AFE and national development corporation CND.

Seattle gets TIFIA loan

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

USA: The Federal Transit Authority announced on January 16 that it is to provide a $1·33bn Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act loan to Seattle transport authority Sound Transit.

Voestalpine acquires Sydney Trains' track component business

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by 8077 in New South Wales Rail News

Following a competitive tender, Sydney Trains has selected Voestalpine VAE Railway Systems to buy its Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre track component and rail welding plant. ‘A 2012 review of the BRFC found it to be a solid business that would benefit from the innovation and technology of private sector expertise to fully realise its growth potential’, said Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins on December 16. ‘Having a company of this calibre bring its international experience to the BFRC is a win for those who are employed at the facility, as well as for the region and for Sydney Trains.’ BRFC has 51 staff and generated revenue of €34m in 2013.

Düsseldorf signalling upgrade

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

GERMANY: Düsseldorf light rail operator Rheinbahn has commissioned Siemens to upgrade the signalling on the 11 km Stadtbahn tunnel in the city centre.

Use Link cash for rail: Victorian premier

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]VICTORIAN premier Daniel Andrews hopes to change the prime minister's mind and use $3 billion set aside for the East West Link on rail projects.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the money for the dumped road tunnel could be spent on Victorian other projects, but has already ruled out spending it on rail.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]"They really do have to be important projects of national significance and what he can't do is keep the East West money and spend it on whatever he likes," Mr Abbott told Fairfax radio on Thursday.[/font][/size][/color]

Jernbaneverket takes over freight terminals to promote competition

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket has acquired the freight terminals previously owned by the RailCombi subsidiary of NSB’s CargoNet business, and is to make them available for use by any operator.

Onboard adhesion monitoring

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: TRL and Balfour Beatty are co-operating on a trial to use instrumented wheelsets to monitor acceleration data from a Class 159 diesel multiple-unit used by South West Trains.

Special Wheels for Mass Transit

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

By A Ghidini, M Diener and J Schneider

DB Regio awarded S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar contract

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

GERMANY: Following an international tender, on January 15 the Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz Süd, Bergstraße and Saarland transport authorities jointly awarded incumbent DB Regio Südwest a contract to operate S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar Lot 1 services for 17 years from December 2016.

Alstom wins €100m Egyptian signalling contract

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Alstom a €100m contract to supply and maintain for five years signalling equipment for the line running 240 km south along the Nile from Beni Suef to Asyut.

Veolia awarded Halle - Goslar contract

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

GERMANY: The Sachsen-Anhalt and Braunschweig transport authorities have awarded Veolia Verkehr a contract to operate Halle (Saale) – Aschersleben – Halberstadt – Wernigerode – Goslar passenger services for three years from December 2015.

Patient globalisation bears fruit

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

KNORR-BREMSE: Knorr-Bremse Group has announced ‘best ever’ sales of €5·2bn for 2014, a year-on-year increase of 21%.

On-track plant delivered to Bulgarian contractor

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

BULGARIA: Rail infrastructure contractor ZHP Stroy has taken delivery of five machines ordered from Plasser & Theurer in 2013 as the basis for a track construction and maintenance fleet it plans to use across Bulgaria and the Balkans.

World rail infrastructure market January 2015

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

Algeria: Anesrif has awarded the Estel joint venture of Siemens and SNTF a contract to supply signalling for the 90 km Beni Mansour – Bejaia double-tracking.

Man claims $2000 from train company over delays

Posted Friday, 23 January, 2015 by 8077 in Cityrail News

Sydney commuters who found themselves stuck in Monday morning's bus chaos may have a new hero in British IT worker Tom Burridge. The project manager raked in £1090 ($2064) for having been delayed more than 60 times over a year for his 50-minute commute. He cheekily arranged his vouchers into a collage before lodging his claim.  Some United Kingdom train operators run a "delay repay" scheme designed to compensate commuters for delayed journeys. Typically a 30-minute delay will entitle a person to 50 per cent of the fare, and a delay over an hour 100 per cent.

Early openings for rail crossings on track

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE state government has confirmed that five temporary pedestrian crossings over the now-vacant Newcastle rail line will be opened much sooner than expected, and long before the March 28 state election.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Though ongoing court action has prevented the physical removal of the rail lines, work on the temporary crossings has continued over the old lines with bitumen paths  soon to connect Hunter Street with the harbourfront.[/font][/size][/color]

Worker hit by 40kg falling boulder at North West Rail Link site

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A Sydney construction worker has been hit by a falling boulder while working near the entrance to the North West Rail Link tunnel.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Careflight said the 39-year-old was hit by the 40-kilogram boulder while welding at Baulkham Hills in Sydney's west.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]He was treated by paramedics at the scene for cuts and lacerations before being taken to Westmead Hospital on Thursday evening.[/font][/size]

Arrium to mothball Southern Iron operations that include Peculiar Knob mine in SA

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]WHYALLA-based miner Arrium’s decision to halve its mining operations in South Australia will lead to the loss of more than 500 jobs, including contractor positions.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Arrium is closing one of its two South Australian mining precincts in response to falling iron ore prices and will writedown more than $1.3 billion in costs.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]The iron ore miner, formerly known as OneSteel, will mothball the Southern Iron mining operations, which includes its Peculiar Knob iron ore mine and a processing site at Wirrida, to focus on its lower-cost Middleback Ranges operations.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail freight capacity boost for North Sea ferry services

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

NETHERLANDS: Work is to begin shortly on a rail freight capacity enhancement project at Europoort which is being developed jointly by the Port of Rotterdam, ERS Railways and ferry companies P&O Ferries and Stena Line.

Head-hardened rail developed for Siberian temperatures

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

RUSSIA: Steelmaker Evraz ZSMK has completed federal certification of its HH350 rail, which it says is the first head-hardened rail designed for use at temperatures down to –60°C in Russia’s north and far east.

KKR buys ticket retailer Trainline

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: Investment firm KKR announced its acquisition of online ticket retailer Trainline from Exponent Private Equity on January 22.

Helsinki metro automation called off

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

FINLAND: On January 19 Helsinki city council backed a December 18 decision by the board of city transport operator HKL to terminate the metro automation contracts signed with Siemens in 2008-09.

Metro do Porto operating contract award

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

PORTUGAL: Transports Ciutat Comtal has been selected to operate and maintain Porto’s light metro and bus networks for 10 years, subject to final approval by the government.

Kochi metro contracts awarded

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

INDIA: Kochi metro project manager Delhi Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom the electrification, signalling and telecoms contracts for the Kochi metro.

Jinan metro work to begin this year

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

CHINA: The National Development & Reform Commission has announced that construction of the Jinan metro is to begin this year.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/1/2015.

Posted Sunday, 25 January, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 96 sightings for this week; this is 12 sightings more than last week, making a total of 275 sightings for this year to date. On day 24 last year we had seen 455 sightings, this is 180 sightings down on the same time last year.

Will vandals be hindered?

Posted Sunday, 25 January, 2015 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]COMMUNITY pride will hopefully prevent vandals from attacking the Bordertown Railway Station after extensive restoration work is complete.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Works have been approved by the Department for Planning Transport and Infrastructure and are expected to start in April-May according to Tatiara District Council manager development and inspectorial services officer Rocky Callisto.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]When asked how vandalism would be policed, Mr Callisto said video cameras would be installed, but he hoped people would respect the work done.[/font][/size][/color]

Co-operation will get rail result: Brookfield

Posted Sunday, 25 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Western Australian Rail News

TIER 3 rail lines can be reopened, but only if Brookfield Rail, CBH and the State Government agree to invest in the infrastructure, says Brookfield Rail's chief executive officer Paul Larsen. He believes there will be a positive outcome on Tier 3 access, but only if all three groups are willing to invest. "We're railway people, we want to get as much freight on rail as possible," he said. "Clearly it's got to be viable financially and commercially for our organisation to invest as it would be no different for any other business.

Mumbai's suburban railway accidents claimed 9 lives daily in 2014

Posted Monday, 26 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

An average of nine persons lost their lives daily due to accidents, suicides or natural deaths while on the move in suburban Mumbai Railway, the lifeline of the country's financial capital in 2015.  The data of 'Accidental Deaths - Year 2014' available with the Government Railway Police (GRP) states 2,221 deaths occurred on Central Railway (CR) network and 1,202 fatalities on the Western Railway (WR).

Rail upgrade work planned to connect to Wiggins

Posted Monday, 26 January, 2015 by bevans in Aurizon

[color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]AURIZON will begin work on its North Coast Line rail upgrade this month.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The upgrade will involve a 3.5km triplication of the line through Yarwun to connect to the Wiggins Island Balloon Loop, a new 2.5km holding track at Aldoga and two holding tracks, approximately 5.5km, at Kabra.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#505050][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Aurizon's rail infrastructure projects will feed Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal's initial $27 million tonne per annum capacity terminal in stage one.[/font][/size][/color]

Train derailed in Tasmania North-West

Posted Monday, 26 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tasmanian Rail News

AN overnight train derailment in the state's North-West sent 10 wagons crashing from the tracks. The incident occurred near Kimberley soon after 9.30 last night. Nobody was injured in the derailment. The incident comes less than a week after the release of an interim report into a Colebrook train derailment in November last year.

High-speed regional rail link realistic says Indi MP Cathy McGowan

Posted Tuesday, 27 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, says she has no doubt a high-speed rail network linking rural towns to major cities will become a reality.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Ms McGowan recently hosted a meeting with the Member for Bennelong, John Alexander, who is pushing for the Melbourne to Brisbane service, that would stop at Barnawartha and pass through Shepparton, to be established on the basis of a comprehensive study first released in 2011.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Ms McGowan said the second part of the study finished in 2012 highlights how a fast train could bring economic growth to towns along its route.[/font][/size]

Labor won’t double stack through Melbourne

Posted Tuesday, 27 January, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[table][tr][td]Victoria’s Labor government will not run double-stacked freight trains through Melbourne city, says a spokesperson for the minister of ports Luke Donnellan. [/td][/tr][/table]The state’s previous Napthine government originally proposed the idea of double-stacked trains running through Melbourne on a new rail lines from Hastings, through the Dandenong rail corridor to the city and out to the Sydney rail line.

Plan B for Napier-Gisborne rail

Posted Tuesday, 27 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New Zealand Rail News

Hawke's Bay Regional Council will consider alternatives to leasing the Napier-Gisborne railway line, such as re-opening the line's Wairoa-Napier section in a joint venture between KiwiRail and Napier Port. The Napier-Gisborne Railway Shorthall Establishment Group (NGR) is using a project team to develop a business case to be considered by the council next month, after KiwiRail made an offer to lease the damaged railway line. A progress report by council chief executive Liz Lambert outlined several concerns about the draft business case. KiwiRail had imposed "tight timeframes" on the investigation, requiring a decision by March 1.

Rail trail tourism incentive

Posted Tuesday, 27 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

COMPETITION is heating up between councils to secure the first stage of the rail trail - with one mayor anxious that his area might miss out. Tweed mayor Gary Bagnall said he didn't want the Murwillumbah end of the corridor bypassed in favour of tourist-dense Byron Shire. Cr Bagnall cited the government's rail trail feasibility study, which said priority for the opening stages would be given to Byron Shire "around Byron to Bangalow and to Mullumbimby," because of its existing high tourism base. "My job as mayor of Tweed Shire Council is to get results for the residents of this Shire," Cr Bagnall said.

London rail tunnel flood causes Thameslink 'major delays'

Posted Tuesday, 27 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif][b]Flooding from a burst water main in a tunnel has left the Thameslink rail operator "unable to run any trains" in London until the problem is fixed.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif]About 50,000 litres of water poured into the tunnel between St Pancras and Farringdon on Friday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif]Network Rail said it was still pumping water out, and expected disruption to continue for the rest of Monday.[/font][/size][/color]

DEA is tracking millions of cars in real-time across the US

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Other Transport News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency is spying on millions of Americans and keeping constant tabs on them as they travel around the country.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]If this sounds like a repeat of last week’s report, when we found out that the [url=http://www.neowin.net/news/spying-on-citizens-its-not-just-for-the-nsa-anymore][color=#2878c8][font=Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]DEA had its own database of metadata and internet spying capabilities[/font][/color][/url], know that it is not. It is, in fact, even worse.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]As the Guardian [url=http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/27/millions-of-cars-tracked-across-us-in-massive-real-time-spying-program][color=#2878c8][font=Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]reports[/font][/color][/url], citing the American Civil Liberties Union, the DEA is apparently spying on everyone by constantly tracking car license plates.[/font][/size][/color]

Luke Foley derails second harbour rail tunnel

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]LABOR leader Luke Foley has said he will dump the second harbour rail tunnel to connect the North West Rail line to the Bankstown line if he wins the March state election.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]“I am not convinced another connection from the north is a priority for the city,” Mr Foley said yesterday, as he promised to release his infrastructure plan next month.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]“I am looking at all the proposals on the drawing board at the moment and I’ll have a policy before the public of NSW early in the campaign.”[/font][/size][/color]

Talgo partners with Turkish manufacturer on HSR production

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

[color=#444444][size=2][font=Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Talgo has signed a letter of intent with Turkish manufacturer Tümosan to cooperate on high-speed rail projects in the country.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#444444][size=2][font=Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Turkey is looking increase the involvement of domestic companies in the development of its high-speed rail network, as it aims to build around 10,000 kilometres of new railway between now and 2023.[/font][/size][/color]

Aurizon – December 2014 Quarterly Above Rail Volumes

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by bevans in Aurizon

Aurizon have today announced their quarterly volumes together with notes and some guidance as to the up coming period.  Intermodal volumes decreased 13% mainly due to the divestiture of CRT.

Gisborne train travellers call for fare deal on prices

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

Gisborne train travellers are calling for a review of public transport costs after the latest price hike hit the line. Recent changes mean Gisborne commuters now pay up to $13 a day more than people travelling to Melbourne’s CBD from other metropolitan fringe areas, including Bacchus Marsh, Lara and Pakenham.

Werribee and Williamstown lines worst in Melbourne for fare evaders

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by MikeyJackson in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]COMMUTERS on the Werribee and Williamstown train lines try to get a free ride more than travellers on any other metropolitan train line in Melbourne.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]A transport lobby group says poor service on the line may be responsible.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]The latest Public Transport Victoria fare evasion data, released in December, revealed the rate of fare evasion on the Werribee/Williamstown line was 8 per cent, almost double the entire network’s 4.41 per cent average fare evasion rate.[/font][/size][/color]

Nurse appalled after commuters fail to help distressed teenager at Caulfield train station

Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A woman who helped talk down a distressed teenager threatening to jump in front of a train at Caulfield railway station is appalled that dozens of commuters failed to intervene. Malvern woman Jenny Szymanski said the teenage boy was screaming "I want to die, I want to die" on the far end of a station platform on Tuesday afternoon. She said three boys on the opposite platform were taunting and laughing at him. Ms Szymanski said a man with a young child asked her to help, but that about 40 other people at the station south-east of Melbourne failed to act. Ms Szymanski, a former nurse, approached the teenager, fearing he was about to jump in front of the next train. "I was looking at the clock and thinking the train is going to arrive in two minutes," she said. "My gut feeling was that if no one did anything he was going to jump. I walked up really slowly and said, 'it sounds like you are having a bad day'. He said, 'Yeah, I just want to die, I just want to jump'."

Trolley on train tracks causes delays on Sandringham line

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by MikeyJackson in Victorian Rail News

A wayward shopping trolley caused delays in both directions on the Sandringham line on Thursday afternoon. A Metro spokeswoman said the trolley was hit by a city bound train at Prahran station at approximately 1.40pm.

Former Victorian rail official hit with more child sex charges

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by MikeyJackson in Victorian Rail News

A former Victorian railways official and prominent historian has been charged with 12 further child sex offences. In what is shaping up to be one of the state's major child sex prosecutions, Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives this afternoon charged an 83-year-old Seymour man with 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual penetration of a minor aged between 10 and 16. Fairfax Media has previously identified the accused man as Robert Whitehead, a former head controller at Melbourne's Spencer Street station and volunteer on several historic railway lines.

Threat of Rail Privatisation: Queensland Rail

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A document taken from the LNP Government’s website indicating their preference to privatise Queensland Rail through a tendering process. (points 15 & 16) Below the references to Rail you will find the same reference to Bus operations. The second column displays the Newman Cabinet’s position on the Costello Report (Independent Queensland Commission of Audit) recommendations (which is [color=#333333][font=Verdana, sans-serif][size=1]“accepted"[/size][/font][/color]) The [color=#333333][font=Verdana, sans-serif][size=1]Independent[/size][/font][/color] Chair of the Audit was Peter Costello. In respect of the bus operations the RTBU had meetings in the Transport Ministers office on two occasions last year and was advised on both occasions that the timetable to commence the privatisation process for buses is September, 2015.

Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group takes over Sersa Total Track

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

CANADA: Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group has become the sole owner of Sersa Total Track Ltd after purchasing the remaining shares from Tim Mann.

TGVs to be fitted with Energymiser driver advisory system

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

FRANCE: Following the completion of a seven-month proof-of-concept assessment on the Marne-la-Vallée – Marseille/Montpellier routes, SNCF is to go ahead with the roll-out of TTG Transportation Technology’s Energymiser driver advisory system across its TGV fleet.

CNR Dalian orders MTU engines for Transnet fleet

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

SOUTH AFRICA: Rolls-Royce has announced a major order valued ‘in the range of €100m’ for its MTU business to supply CNR Dalian and its South African business CNRRSSA with 232 engines for use on locomotives ordered by Transnet Freight Rail.

Helsinki metro extension contracts

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

FINLAND: Project promoter Länsimetro Oy has awarded further civils contracts for the second phase of Helsinki’s western metro extension to Espoo.

São Paulo Line 6 CBTC contract

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

BRAZIL: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has awarded Nippon Signal a contract for the supply of signalling for São Paulo metro Line 6.

Gauge-changer installed at Belarus-Poland border

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

BELARUS: Belarus Railways has installed a Talgo automatic gauge-changer at Brest station, close the Polish border, and expects to obtain certification for it to be used by Talgo passenger trainsets during the first quarter of 2015

Rio metro selects Tetra radio supplier

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

BRAZIL: Communications project leader ENG has selected Kapsch CarrierCom to implement a Tetra digital radio network for Rio de Janeiro metro Line 4.

Municipal Council approves Kuwait section of GCC railway

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

KUWAIT: The Municipal Council gave its backing for the Kuwaiti section of the planned GCC railway at a meeting on January 21.

Aeroexpress to pull out of Vladivostok and Kazan

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

RUSSIA: Airport rail link operator Aeroexpress has announced plans to cease operations in Vladivostok and Kazan and instead focus on its Moscow services, saying the regional governments have not provided subsidies needed to cover its losses.

All change at the top

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

No fewer than 11 senior management appointments were announced by Indian Railways on December 31, including eight to the position of General Manager.

Mastermind of high speed steps down

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

François Lacôte retired last year after an exceptional career in France’s rail industry.

SNCF appoints supervisory board chief

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

The French government has selected industrialist Frédéric Saint-Geours, formerly head of brands at PSA Peugeot Citroën, to lead SNCF’s new supervisory board.

Hong Kong awards CBTC contract

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

CHINA: MTR Corp has awarded a consortium led by Thales and including Alstom a €330m contract for signalling upgrades on seven metro lines.

Products & Technology in Brief

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

DB Netz has installed novel noise barriers on the Möhrenbrücke bridge near Treuchtlingen.

Bombardier and Alstom selected for SNCB double-deck order

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

BELGIUM: A consortium of Bombardier and Alstom has been selected as the sole shortlisted bidder for a framework contract to supply up to 1 000 double-deck coaches at an estimated cost of €1bn, federal Minister of Mobility & Transport Jacqueline Galant told parliament on January 23.

Aqaba Railway awards wagon repair contract

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

JORDAN: Aqaba Railway Corp has signed a 10-month contract for King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau and Jordan Advanced Machining Co to rebuild 35 accident-damaged wagons at a cost of 665 000 dinars.

Rail maintenance services framework agreed

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

CROATIA: National rail infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura and Vossloh Rail Services have signed a €4·5m framework agreement covering rail measurement, testing, data analysis and machining services.

Four consortia prequalify for Tampere tramway contract

Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

FINLAND: Four consortia have prequalifed to bid for a contract to build the planned 23·5 km two-line light rail network in Tampere, the city council announced on January 19.

Rites signs Bangladesh coach contract

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

BANGLADESH: India’s Rites has signed what it says is its first contract to export broad gauge passenger coaches to Bangladesh Railway.

Test running on transit bridge

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

USA: Test running of light rail vehicles has started over the Tilikum Crossing over the Willamette River in Portland.

Siemens starts work on Banbury resignalling

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: Siemens Rail Automation began work on a £40m contract awarded by Network Rail  to renew life-expired signalling equipment between Leamington Spa and Heyford on January 26.

EU funding for five Polish public transport projects

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

POLAND: The European Commission has approved €293m from the Cohesion Fund for five public transport projects in four Polish cities.

New Orleans breaks ground on Rampart Street line

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

USA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the North Rampart Street/St Claude Avenue Streetcar Project in New Orleans took place on January 28.

Norfolk Southern announces closure of Roanoke office

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

USA: Norfolk Southern has announced that it is to close its Roanoke office building later this year, relocating the functions currently housed there to its operational headquarters in Atlanta and its corporate headquarters in Norfolk.

EIB agrees £480m loan for London Underground extension

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

UK: On January 29 the European Investment Bank announced that it had agreed a £480m loan to finance 50% of the cost of the building a 3·3 km branch of London Underground’s Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea.

Doubt builds over Miling rail line future

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

PUBLIC safety along the Miling-Toodyay rail line will suffer, a local grower has warned, as doubt builds over the line's future. Brookfield Rail chief executive Paul Larsen told Farm Weekly recently that the Tier 2 line is in need of significant upgrade before December 2016 and could be made redundant, due to its proximity to good condition lines out of McLevie and Moora. But Miling grower and shire councillor Ken Seymour has warned already deteriorating shire roads will continue to degrade and threaten public safety if freight is forced onto the road in his region. "About 500,000 tonnes of grain runs on that line each year," he said. "We can cart either side to existing lines, but it will be at the expense of the shire's roads.

Rail worker masturbated over sleeping pregnant passenger because he was stressed

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

A railway worker has been spared jail after he was caught masturbating on a pregnant woman as she slept. Manny Ramos, 35, said he did it because he was stressed due to engineer training and was going through marital problems. His victim, who was six months pregnant, told Golden Hill Street courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that when she screamed for help, no passengers came to her aid. She said: ‘After the incident, I never snoozed or slept again on the train, since I was afraid that it could happen again.

Queensland election 2015: LNP pledges to extend Gold Coast light rail to Helensvale

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tram and Light Rail News

The LNP has promised to extend the Gold Coast light rail line to Helensvale if it is re-elected on Saturday. The Assistant Planning Minister and Member for Southport, Rob Molhoek, said it was an ironclad commitment but the work may not be completed before the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He said it was imperative the light and heavy rail services were linked.

Upper Hunter candidates informed about Newcastle rail line closure issues

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by BenGibbons in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Candidates for the state seat of Upper Hunter will tonight hear how local commuters have been affected by the closure of the Newcastle rail line.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It is now five weeks since the state government pushed ahead with its plan, forcing traveller to switch to buses for the inner Newcastle leg of their journey.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Healthy Environment Group of Denman, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook and Scone has called the public meeting at Muswellbrook RSL Club from 7:00pm (AEDT).[/font][/size]

A little bit more light at the end of the £15billion Crossrail tunnel: 1,000-tonne drill breaks through under Liverpool Street -

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

Workers on the £15billion Crossrail project have made their latest breakthrough after tunnelling under the City of London with a 1,000 tonne drill. The colossal machine, named Elizabeth after the Queen, has broke into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station.  The breakthrough - 40 metres below the financial district - symbolises light at the end of the tunnel for the project which is around 60 per cent complete. Elizabeth now has 750m to bore to reach the end of the line as part of Crossrail's longest tunnelling drive of 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon and is expected to be finished in the spring.

Despite occasional problems, Hong Kong's MTR is second to none

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by AmyRashap in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, 'Nimbus Sans L', sans-serif]If Hong Kong were to do an inventory of what it can showcase to the world, the Mass Transit Railway would definitely be high on the list. Most visitors would be impressed when being whisked along a transport system that is relatively cheap, efficient and reliable. It is as much an engineering marvel as a testimony to our sophistication and development.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, 'Nimbus Sans L', sans-serif]Unfortunately, the MTR is often taken for granted by the millions of passengers who benefit from the system every day. Most only realise how efficient it normally is when they are stranded on the platform. Recently, the company's image has been further marred by project delays and cost overruns.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, 'Nimbus Sans L', sans-serif]There were 12 major service disruptions last year, up from seven in 2013. Although the total duration of the delays was actually shorter than before, punctuality fell from 99.94 per cent to 99.91 per cent, the lowest since 2008. A difference of 0.03 percentage points is arguably insignificant. But those who were caught in the ensuing mayhem would probably think otherwise.[/font][/size][/color]

Perth airport rail link goes to tender

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by 8077 in Western Australian Rail News

[color=#3b3a3a][size=1]Western Australia’s A$2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link has progressed to the expressions of interest (EoI) stage, with industry invited to lodge tenders for the design and construction of the project.[/size][/color] [color=#3b3a3a][size=1]Transport minister Dean Nalder said the EoI period will close on March 12.[/size][/color]

Vossloh España announces French locomotive orders

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

FRANCE: Contracts to supply a total of 12 Euro 4000 freight locomotives worth more than €40m were announced by Vossloh España on January 29.

Russian Railways plans Ukraine avoiding line as high speed test track

Posted Friday, 30 January, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

RUSSIA: Russian Railways, engineering organisations and Voronezh State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering are developing plans for a new 140 km double-track electrified line which would avoid the need for trains on the main line to Rostov-na-Donu, Krasnodar and Sochi to pass through a short section of Ukrainian territory.

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