There were 78 sightings for this week; this is 18 sightings less than last week, making a total of 353 sightings for this year to date. On day 31 last year we had seen 559 sightings, this is 206 sightings down on the same time last year.
ACROSS NSW dedicated people are pursuing the same goal, getting rail trails up and running. A rail trail is the conversion of a disused railway into a versatile path, typically for walking, horse riding and bicycling. However, current laws are crippling their efforts. Rail Trails Australia NSW representative John O'Brien said there were at least 17 identified sections of rail line which should be used. "NSW is the only State that doesn't have them," Mr O'Brien said. "In every other State, townspeople use them to get from one place to another, exercising, walking, bike riding, horse riders and school kids use them to get to school."
[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]EVERY day, 6.5 million passengers take a ride on the London Tube. Few of these riders know that among the crisscrossing lines of the Underground lurks a ghost Tube: the Mail Rail.[/font][/font] [/font][/size][/color] [color=#323232][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Officially known as the London Post Office Railway, the 6.5-mile-long system opened in 1927. Its purpose was to transport letters and parcels to sorting and delivery stations across the city, from Whitechapel in the east to Paddington in the west.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=2][font=Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif]Created by [url=http://mumbrella.com.au/clemenger-bbdo-adelaide-closes-doors-due-smaller-market-268314][color=#336699]ClemengerBBDO Adelaide, which was recently rolled into KWP[/color][/url], and directed by Melbourne-based director Tim White, the ad features wide, dramatic shots of Australian landscapes juxtaposed with fast, moving shots of the trains.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif]White said: “I was really interested in weaving a simple narrative throughout the commercial while maintaining the dynamic energy of their last ad, which I was a great fan of.[/font][/size][/color]
TRANSPORT Minister Gladys Berejiklian has slashed the number of maintenance depots from 130 to 12 to ensure workers spend their time fixing the tracks, rather than sitting around and filling out forms. Ms Berejiklian said that before the change, maintenance staff spent no more than three hours of an eight to 10-hour shift working on tracks. The Granville depot, which opened last month, is the last of the 12 new centres to begin operation.
An $11 million Advanced Network Train Control System (ANCS) is now operating across the Tasmanian Rail Freight Network, representing the single; largest-ever change to rail freight operations in the State. Chief Executive Officer Damien White said the ANCS is a watershed for TasRail and propels the business to deliver modern, innovative, efficient and competitive freight solutions for customers. The ANCS is a GPS-based system supported by a digital data radio network that ensures significant additional safeguards for both rail movements and track maintenance activities. “It provides much improved visibility of network occupation, combined with GPS-based alarming to warn users of potential occupation and/or speed breaches”, Mr White said. “By contrast, the old system was paper-based and required considerable human interaction, meaning that it was vulnerable to human error and resulted in a relatively high number of Safeworking breaches”.
A "BACKBONE" through the region linking some of its best attractions with underrated locales and world-class scenery is the dream of those pushing the Northern Rivers rail trail. Here is a list of some of the highlights of the region that could be immediately blessed with more interest from tourists and locals once the trail is built:
[b]TasRail today welcomed the release of the Preliminary Investigation Report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) into the derailment of train 735 that occurred at Colebrook on 9 November 2014.[/b] Two locomotives and 16 intermodal wagons derailed in the incident. The train driver received only minor injury. TasRail is particularly pleased that the ATSB findings correlate with its own investigation results.[color=#333333][size=2][/size][/color]
Work to redevelop crucial rail and freight transport facilities at the Port of Burnie is set to commence within weeks.
TasRail confirms a low speed derailment of a south bound train caused a total of 10 wagons to come off the tracks last night. The incident was reported near Kimberley on the North West Coast at 21:42 hours. No one was injured in the incident. Two locomotives and a further 18 wagons remained on the track and were not impacted. TasRail Chief Executive Damien White said it was a regrettable but relatively minor incident. “The most likely cause of the derailment appears to be track related”, he said. “Our Track Engineers will carry out further inspections once the track is cleared and we will download and review all available train data over coming days”.
[color=#0f0f0f][size=4][font=HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b]Metro trains has revealed the latest high-tech weapon it is using to catch graffiti gangs in the act.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#0f0f0f][size=3][font=HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Vandalism costs the network a whopping $10 million a year, and 7News has been given exclusive access to the security camera bunker where the vandals’ every movement is being tracked.[/font][/size][/color]
Tram passengers on Routes 1 and 8 will soon enjoy a brand new platform stop on Elgin Street, as part of an important infrastructure project delivered by Yarra Trams on behalf of Public Transport Victoria. The new centre island platform stop between Swanston and Lygon streets will provide passengers with easy access to low-floor trams, safer and faster boarding, tramTRACKER passenger information displays, seating, shelters and new pedestrian signals.
President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal would spend $5 billion on rail safety and development programs, including $550 million to update Amtrak's Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington. The request, included in Obama's $3.99 trillion budget released Monday, represents an increase of almost $3.4 billion from this year's enacted funding. It seeks $28.55 billion over six years – including almost $4.8 billion next year -- for new programs designed to bring current public rail assets into a state of good repair and to expand and improve rail networks throughout the country.
[color=#404040][size=4][font=georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif]Engineers monitor stretch of line in Harbury area of Warwickshire after section of land around 160m long slips next to railway in 'dangerous' incident[/font][/size][/color]
Tram passengers using the free tramTRACKER® app on iPhone or Android devices can now easily see which tram stops are within the Free Tram Zone after an update was released over the weekend.
[color=#3c3c3c][size=4][font=TiemposTextWeb-Regular, Georgia, serif]Chinese railroad shares slumped, led by China Railway Construction Corp., after Mexico again stalled a high-speed rail project that the company was expected to bid on.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#3c3c3c][size=4][font=TiemposTextWeb-Regular, Georgia, serif]CRCC plunged by as much as 9.9 percent to its lowest in more than six weeks in Shanghai trading. Train-maker CSR Corp., part of the consortium led by CRCC, fell as much as 7.4 percent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slid 1.2 percent at today’s trading break.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]An online ad seeking qualified engineers to convert a 135-year-old rail bridge linking Ottawa and Gatineau into a pedestrian crossing was posted prematurely and will be removed, the City of Ottawa said Monday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]The request for qualifications was posted to the tendering site Merx last Thursday with the title, [url=https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1535502-prince-of-wales-bridge-online-ad.html][color=#115278][b]"Prince of Wales Bridge Enhancements [/b][/color][/url][url=https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1535502-prince-of-wales-bridge-online-ad.html][color=#115278][b]—Conversion to a Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge over the Ottawa River."[/b][/color][/url][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]Local transit advocates took that to mean the city is looking to permanently turn the interprovincial bridge that crosses over Lemieux Island into a multi-use pathway.[/font][/size][/color]
A damaging war is brewing between Metro and the union that represents its train drivers, after the company began last week to teach its maintenance staff to drive out-of-service trains short distances at low speed inside rail yards. The clash threatens to exacerbate Metro's chronic train driver shortage and and make it more difficult for Labor to keep its promise to run all-night trains on weekends from next year. Metro insists that if it is to fulfil planned future timetable boosts, maintenance staff must be taught to move trains around rail yards and sidings - a task that has for several years been the exclusive responsibility of fully qualified train drivers.
[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Hunter engineering firm Downer EDI has signed a billion dollar rail maintenance contract at a time when union officials are questioning job cuts at some of its Newcastle sites.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Downer has announced that it has signed a locomotive maintenance agreement with the big private rail freight operator, Pacific National.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The company, which has a major base at Cardiff, says it is an ongoing contract for a further 10 years of work.[/font][/size]
At least seven people were killed when a commuter train hit a car on a level crossing north of New York City on Tuesday evening, in what could be the worst passenger train crash in the US since 2009. Metro-North said one of its trains hit a Jeep Cherokee vehicle at 6.30pm at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla, New York.
Speaking after returning from Laos yesterday, ACM Prajin said Lao authorities want Thailand to provide them with the construction details and the project's time frame so they can go ahead with plans to build a dual-track rail route from Vientiane to Kunming in China.
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Chronicle SSm', serif]A Chinese rail-construction company is seeking compensation from Mexican officials stemming from a halted $3.7 billion Mexican high-speed-rail project.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Chronicle SSm', serif]In a statement Tuesday to the Shanghai stock exchange, [url=http://quotes.wsj.com/CN/XSHG/601186][color=#0080c3]China Railway Construction[/color][/url]Corp. said it was still in negotiations with “the Mexican side and will update if there is important progress.” It didn’t offer further details, but said the postponement won’t have a major effect on its operations.[/font][/size][/color]
DEVASTATED, best describes how I feel after the loss of the twice promised $532 million rail duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough. In my eyes it was first big step towards the goal of a modern rail service to Nambour, for the 330k people of the Sunshine Coast. Campaigning for it has consumed the past 4 years of my life. It's been a long hard road, started by meetings with Alex Somlyay in 2010, Andrew Powell, Fiona Simpson, Tracey Davis, Mark McArdle, Steve Dickson, Jarrod Bleijie and the then Transport Minister, Annastacia Palaszczuk in 2011, Peter Slipper as Speaker in 2012, Warren Truss in 2013, and Scott Emerson and our Premier Campbell Newman in June 2014.
A Boston-bound commuter rail train struck a tractor-trailer in Braintree on Wednesday morning. The train hit the truck on Grove Street, and the tractor-trailer driver reportedly jumped out before he was struck by the train, according to a spokesman for Keolis, the company that operates the commuter rail.
Progress on the inland rail link from Brisbane to Melbourne will be discussed at the first federal Nationals party room meeting of the year. The Nationals are gathering in the Victorian regional centre of Wodonga before federal parliament resumes on Monday.
COMMUTERS have demanded a Labor Government match the LNP's commitment to a long-overdue duplication of the rail link between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The LNP promised rail duplication between Beerburrum and Landsborough, which would give the Coast an extra 150 train services a week. But the rail promise is in limbo with the strong possibility of Labor forming government.
[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Hundreds of feet of electrified rail skewered the first two carriages of a New York commuter train in a collision with a car at a railroad crossing, a federal investigator said on Wednesday, describing the area's worst rail crash in decades.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Investigators were focused on why the car was stopped at the crossing near the suburb of White Plains north of New York City before the Metro-North train crashed into it during Tuesday evening's rush hour, pushing the vehicle about 1,000 feet down the line.[/font][/size][/color]
THE Greens remain the only major political party committed to the introduction of covered coal wagons leading into the March state election. Despite growing community concerns about the health impacts of air pollution, such as coal dust, the government remains opposed to forcing coal companies and rail operators to either physically cover or chemically seal wagons. ‘‘The advice to the NSW government from the independent Environment Protection Authority is that the current science does not support the covering of coal wagons,’’ Environment Minister Rob Stokes has said.
SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has exercised an option for Alstom to supply an additional four ETR610 New Pendolino tilting trainsets for use on the north–south Gotthard and Simplon corridors from 2017.
The West Somerset Railway has added Ivatt 2MT "Mogul” 46521 to the line-up of "guest” engines for its Spring Steam Gala between March 26th and 29th. Normally based on the Great Central Railway the "Mickey Mouse” will be the first of its class to run on the WSR although 78019 of the B.R. Standard Class development of the type has made one previous appearance in a WSR Gala.
German police have helped Metro Trains track down an alleged serial vandal wanted over at least 10 incidents across Melbourne's train network. The 21-year-old German national is accused of going on a vandalism spree over the past two months with multiple trains damaged at various locations.
A broken rail has been determined as the cause of a 32-car derailment on the BNSF Railway line four miles northwest of Wadena on Dec. 1.
Labor's Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has attacked the State Government for wasting taxpayers money on train stations that are not being used. Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian yesterday announced that $20 million will be spent on improving safety and security at more than 40 train stations. Civic, Wickham, Toronto and Metford are included on the list of stations to receive new CCTV, lighting, additional fencing and help points for customers.
[color=#666666][size=4][font=Titillium, Arial, sans-serif]The unprecedented letter of guarantee on the East West Link is part of an ugly, anti-democratic “end game” by the road lobby in the face of public rejection, the Public Transport Users Association said today.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#666666][size=4][font=Titillium, Arial, sans-serif]Former Treasurer Michael O’Brien signed the deed on 29 September last year, eight weeks before losing the November state election, but only released it to the public on 5 February[/font][/size][/color]
Former Victorian railways official and prominent historian, Robert Whitehead, has been charged with yet another child sex offence as more victims emerge alleging he abused them over a 40-year period. Mr Whitehead, 84, was this week charged with another count of indecent assault of a male under 16, bringing his total charges to 34 and number of alleged victims to six.
Plans for a new £500m rail link connecting the main line into London from the west with Heathrow Airport are going on public show. The proposed link, subject to planning permission, includes a 3.1 mile (5km) tunnel from the Great Western Main Line to Heathrow Terminal 5.
From Monday 6 April 2015, the 1.15am and 2.15am trains departing Perth on Friday and Saturday nights (technically Saturday and Sunday mornings) will be withdrawn due to poor patronage.
A rail line in eastern Iowa reopened on Saturday following a freight train derailment that sent three cars tumbling into the Mississippi River, spilling ethanol fuel in the water, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) said. Thirteen cars and two engines went off the tracks after the derailment on Wednesday in a remote location north of Dubuque, Iowa, the company said.
The New South Wales Planning Minister Pru Goward has defended the government's decision to allow residential and commercial development in the Newcastle rail corridor. If the State Government is permitted to remove the rail line, Civic station will be demolished to open the precinct up to the harbour and buildings will be contructed along the corridor.
There were 82 sightings for this week; this is four sightings more than last week, making a total of 435 sightings for this year to date. On day 38 last year we had seen 674 sightings, this is 239 sightings down on the same time last year.
Union Workshop brings you the unique Story of Forest Rail! The route is based on the original Furusato Ginga Line in Hokkadio, Japan with the landscape and route placement the same as that route but with changed station names and a new fictional town to allow the telling of the story of the route through the scenarios. This beautiful route, adorned with custom-built Japanese objects, includes 15 stations and has one main line and one branch line, with a total length of around 135km. Two very distinctive rail vehicles are included to drive, the Kiha 750 and the other is a surprise! The route employs Japanese signalling and there are all-new 3D passenger figures to see on the platforms! Five Standard, five Career and four Free Roam scenarios make up this unique route.
At a time when US locomotive builders were vying for more horsepower, General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division introduced the new generation GP30 that was later to become a hugely successful diesel-electric locomotive for many US Class I railroads. Seen as the answer to competitors’ more powerful diesel locomotives, General Motors’ EMD GP30 was considered one of the first so-called ‘second generation’ diesel locomotives produced by the company. General Electric had already stolen the march on 2,500hp locomotives with its U25B, and although the GP20 was only rated at 2,250hp, EMD traded on its reputation to sell units to US railroads.
The East Coast mainline runs from London to Edinburgh and then on up to Aberdeen. The total length of the whole route is 393 miles. The section covered in this TS2015 route expansion pack runs from Newcastle to Edinburgh - a distance of approximately 125 miles.
[color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif][b][size=4][b]A GERMAN backpacker accused of vandalising 10 Metro trains has been released on bail and ordered to stay away from the train operator’s property.[/b][/size] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Peter James Lorenzen, 21, spent two nights behind bars after allegedly refusing to give police his residential address.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Guardian Sans', Tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', TrebuchetMS, sans-serif]Magistrate Franz Holzer accepted the 21-year-old would unlikely receive any jail time if found guilty of the criminal damage charges, but said he was a flight risk without a stable residence.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=4][font=Open Sans', sans-serif][b]TasRail has been selected by Australian Bauxite Limited as the preferred provider of land transport services for the proposed Bald Hill project.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Open Sans', sans-serif][size=2][font=Open Sans', sans-serif]TasRail secured this new business opportunity, following an exhaustive tender and selection process.[/font][/size] [size=2][font=Open Sans', sans-serif]Contractual and operational details are expected to be finalised before the end of the year but will see TasRail operate up to six new rail services between Conara and Bell Bay each week. The bauxite will be hauled in covered bulk containers utilising the existing intermodal wagon fleet. [/font][/size] [/font][/size][/color]
Sydney has just opened an extravagently costly SW Rail Link which will never, ever, be able to accommodate the trains that will be run on its incomplete NW Rail Link after it opens in four years time.
A MAN with more than three decades' experience in international railways says duplication is not the answer, as the pressure for a State Government rail commitment swells. The duplication of the North Coast rail line through to Nambour has been the basis of much debate on the Coast for years; with Nicklin independent MP Peter Wellington having last week backed the ALP to help deliver what he said was a priority project.
A multibillion-dollar plan initiated under the Napthine government to avert a looming congestion crisis on Melbourne's busiest railway line could be adopted by Labor in a revised form.
A Sydney project compared to New York's famous High Line will not be ready for the grand opening of Frank Gehry's first Australian building after becoming mired in delays. The Goods Line, a former freight railway track being converted into a pedestrian and cycling connection linking Darling Harbour and Central, was expected to open alongside the UTS business school designed by the renowned architect. But the official unveiling of the university's Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will go ahead on Monday with most of the adjoining Goods Line yet to be finished, after the state government project missed the anticipated deadline.
[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]Less than a month after a BC Supreme Court judge ruled the City of Vancouver has no claim to the Arbutus rail corridor, CP Rail has announced it will resume clearing it.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]In a statement issued Sunday, CP Rail said brush clearing will resume Tuesday at West 70th Avenue and continue northward.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]The railway says it expects the work to take about four weeks. After that it says it will proceed with any necessary track-related upgrades.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]Before putting trains on the track, CP says it will ensure the appropriate regulatory approvals are in place.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#2e2d2c][size=3][font=Georgia, serif][b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]You can see an aerial view of this CSX freight passing over double diamonds![/font][/size][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#2e2d2c][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]This is a terrific action video from a [b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]birds eye view [/font][/size][/b]of the this [b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]CSX Q507 [/font][/size][/b]freight passing through[b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]Deshler, Ohio.[/font][/size][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#2e2d2c][size=3][font=Georgia, serif][i][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]More and more [b]railfans[/b] are taking advantage of this new technology![/font][/size][/i][/font][/size][/color] [color=#2e2d2c][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]While the [b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]jury is still out [/font][/size][/b]whether or not they give the[b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif] true experience [/font][/size][/b]of being next to a moving train, they give us a [b][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]fascinating perspective[/font][/size][/b] of the trains that really was not available until now. We all look forward to more of these kind of videos![/font][/size][/color]
OHN McCartney has become a transport triathlete since truncation of the rail line and is now setting new records in his attempt to get to work on time. For the 53-year-old Stockton resident every day is a race against the clock which begins when he leaves home at 5.20am. His destination is Hexham. From home Mr McCartney cycles to Stockton wharf to catch the first ferry at 5.30am.
Always expect the unexpected, even if you are an engineer! This is a great clip of what otherwise was the peaceful, uneventful morning outside of Melbourne, Australia. What comes next on the curve is the result of the effects of extreme heat on the rails causing a "buckled rail".
British Transport Police has made waves online with its new YouTube series featuring near misses around rail level crossings in the UK, as part of a new campaign to raise awareness to the dangers of rail.
Yarra Trams delivered 83.73 per cent of trams on time, with a service delivery of 99.15 in January 2015. While service delivery improved by 1.64 percentage points compared to the same period last year, we recorded a 0.55 percentage point decrease in punctuality. Major events across the network in January affected services, including the closure of the intersection of Flinders and Spencer streets during the construction of the new platform stop at Batman Park, as part of the Premium Line 96 project. We also operated to a summer timetable in January, that reflects changes to traffic conditions at this time of year.
As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are proposing to construct a new accessible tram stop on Flinders Street at Russell Street. Flinders Street is one of Melbourne's busiest tram corridors and a key route for passengers travelling to Melbourne's sport and entertainment precinct.
CIVIC station could be demolished to make way for apartments and open space and Newcastle station converted to host markets, with new buildings nearby, under plans the government is considering for the city’s rail corridor land. Planning Minister Pru Goward will visit on Friday to launch the government’s sales pitch for some development to go ahead near the stations as a trade-off for new public spaces and activity centres.
A WORKER has been killed on the rail line at Guildford, halting rail services between Midland and Perth. The person was struck by the train near Meadow and James Street about 10.45am. Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes confirmed the person struck by the city-bound train had been killed. A commuter at the station told PerthNow: “Another worker tells me a worker wearing a hi-viz shirt was hit by a train and that it didn’t look good’.’’
In November 2014, Steamrail Victoria operated a charter to Shepparton for two individuals who promoted their charter operation as "The Ride to Pride". In the lead up to this charter, the promoters indicated they were having issues making the required payments and that funds were tied up in online payment systems. Steamrail operated the trip in good faith on the basis that the remaining payment would be forthcoming after the trip. Obviously the Board at the time took steps to secure the organisation's interests officially with signed documentation to ensure these terms were met.
The companies contracted to build Melbourne's East West Link road project are taking legal action to force the new Victorian Government to sign off on the construction plan. The action has been filed in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The companies argue that the Government is required to sign off on the plan in order for the consortium to fulfil its contractual agreement to be ready to start work if the suspension of the project is lifted.
A public transport advocacy group claims the Newcastle rail line closure has slashed commuter numbers from one Hunter Valley station by up to 40 per cent. Two More Trains for Singleton argues the use of Hamilton as a terminus, while the Wickham Interchange is built, has confused and inconvenienced Hunter Line travellers. The group is currently trying to convince Transport for New South Wales and the Australian Rail Track Corporation to provide additional Upper Hunter passenger train services.
V/LINE has issued a safety warning to Ballarat commuters following a spate of dangerous near-miss incidents across the state in recent weeks. Police were called to the Wendouree Railway Station level crossing on January 14, after two youths were found sitting on the track.
FIVE horses were killed early today by two trains at Dinton, between Darlington and Middlesborough. Both trains were being operated by Northern Rail. Nobody on board was hurt, but neither train could continue without safety checks and so their passengers were transferred to buses. The line is open again now, and an investigation is under way into how the horses came to be there.
FREIGHT trains are returning to the Port of Sunderland after a gap of more than two decades. Network Rail has invested £600,000 to reinstate the line, and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin was there to see the first ceremonial use of the track by a DBS locomotive on 5 February. He said: "As part of the government’s long term economic plan, we are investing record amounts in improving road and rail connections so that ports like Sunderland can realise their full potential and contribute to regional growth.
Millions of Tube commuters face major disruption after train drivers today voted for strike action in protest over a colleague sacked for allegedly failing an alcohol breath test just before going on duty. Tube bosses said lives could have been put in danger had he been allowed to take out his Northern line train. The RMT union disputes the test results.
A RENEWED campaign against plans to remove Newcastle’s heavy rail will be launched on Wednesday evening, in an effort to increase pressure on the government about the issue before the state election. But the Hunter Concerned Citizens group says it won’t stand for politicking at its first meeting or others to be held before the March 28 poll. ‘‘We don’t want people bringing along Greens or Labor signs ... we want people to make up their own minds on how they vote but to find out about their preferred candidate’s policy on the rail before they do,’’ campaign spokesman David Blyth said.
local news report this evening suggested that the Gippsland line beyond Traralgon will be closed for a month or so beginning in March for "improvements." The spin cycle is well and truly continuing to function as it always has, since the works are merely of a remedial or maintenance nature.
Yarra Trams set a new record in 2014 for punctuality and continued to meet its service delivery targets, overcoming the challenges of extreme weather conditions, third party incidents and traffic congestion around major special events.
BHP Billiton could yet play a role in the development of OZ Minerals' Carrapateena mine in South Australia, with OZ suggesting the economics of a crucial rail link to the project would be helped if BHP's Olympic Dam mine were tied in. Olympic Dam lies between OZ's only operating mine, Prominent Hill, and its best development option, Carrapateena, and with the South Australian government investigating whether it can help OZ build a rail link between its two assets, Olympic Dam is fast becoming part of the conversation.
[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is expecting coal haulage to the Port of Newcastle to continue to increase this year despite the state of the industry.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Coal exports of 158 million tonnes left the port last year, despite low prices from an over-supplied global market and the high value of the Australian dollar affecting producers.[/font][/size]
Service between Seattle - Everett, Wash., and Kelso, Wash., - Portland, Ore., affectedFebruary 7, 2015 6:30 p.m. PT Due to an additional landslide, BNSF Railway Co. has extended the moratorium on passenger trains between Seattle and Everett, Wash. The tracks, which are used by Amtrak Cascades and Empire Builder trains, are expected to reopen on the afternoon of Monday, February 9. Alternate transportation with chartered buses is being provided and will service all missed stops.