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World rolling stock market January 2015

Posted Sunday, 1 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

Argentina: SABB SA is completing a contract to repair 59 wagons for Belgrano Cargas y Logística.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 31/1/2015.

Posted Sunday, 1 February, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Slow train to rail trails

Posted Sunday, 1 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Rail News

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."

London’s abandoned underground mail service set to be revamped as museum

Posted Sunday, 1 February, 2015 by JimYarin in International 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]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]

Great Southern Rail promotes train holidays with ad from shut Clemenger Adelaide

Posted Sunday, 1 February, 2015 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

[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]

Rail workers forced back on track: New depots slashing maintenance waste

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Bethungra in Cityrail News

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.

New train control system is a game changer for Tasrail

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Bethungra in Tasmanian Rail News

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”.

Helsinki - Espoo light rail study commissioned

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

FINLAND: Ramboll and WSP have been appointed to study the costs, feasibility and wider impact of constructing the proposed 25 km Raide-Jokeri orbital light rail line.

Western Line re-opened

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tasmanian Rail News

TasRail advises that the Western Line re-opened today at 12:30 with normal train services resuming across the North West Coast this afternoon.

Rail trail would shine tourism light on under-rated gems

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Bethungra in New South Wales Rail News

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:

Major contract awarded to local company

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tasmanian Rail News

In a boost to the Northern Tasmanian economy, TasRail has awarded a major civil works contract to local company Hazell Bros.

Tasrail welcomes ATSB investigation report

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Bethungra in Tasmanian Rail News

[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]

Deamien White CEO talks Colebrook Derailment

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tasmanian Rail News

TasRail reported a train derailment at Colebrook on Sunday 9 November, 2014.

Major Announcement: Work on the Burnie Port Optimisation Project set to commence

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tasmanian Rail News

Work to redevelop crucial rail and freight transport facilities at the Port of Burnie is set to commence within weeks.

Low speed derailment near Kimberley

Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015 by Bethungra in Tasmanian Rail News

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”.

The latest weapon against graffiti vandals

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[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]

New accessible tram stop for Route 1 & 8 passengers

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by bevans in Yarra Trams

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.

Obama budget would boost rail funding

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by Bethungra in International Rail News

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.

Rail chaos as major landslip closes line between Leamington Spa and Banbury

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by Bethungra in International Rail News

[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]

Extra Free Tram Zone information added to tramTRACKER

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by Bethungra in Yarra Trams

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.

China Rail Stocks Sink After Mexico Shelves High-Speed Rail Line

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by Bethungra in International Rail News

[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]

Ad to convert rail bridge over Ottawa River posted early

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

[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]

Union declares war over Metro change to driver training rules

Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

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.

Downer EDI and Pacific National sign billion dollar rail deal

Posted Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Asciano

[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 die in New York rail crash

Posted Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

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.

Laos seeks rail project detail

Posted Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 by Tracey Davey in International Rail News

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.

China Rail Builder Seeks Compensation Over Canceled Mexico Bullet-Train Project

Posted Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 by JordyWilliamLancaste in International Rail News

[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]

New Government needs to guarantee rail duplication

Posted Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Queensland Rail News

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.

Commuter Rail Train Strikes Tractor-Trailer In Braintree

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by Bethungra in International Rail News

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.

Inland rail briefing at Nationals meeting

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by Bethungra in Rail News

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.

Freightliner PL orders Dragon locomotives

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

POLAND: Freightliner PL signed a contract to lease five Newag Gliwice electric locomotives from ING.

Commuters demand Labor match LNP rail duplication promise

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Queensland Rail News

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.

Electrified rail pierced New York train in crash, official says

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in International Rail News

[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]

Where do the Liberals, Labor and the Greens stand on covering coal wagons

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in New South Wales Rail News

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.

SBB orders more ETR610 tilting trains

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

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.

46521 added to WSR Spring Steam Gala Line up

Posted Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in International Rail News

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.

Police nab alleged graffiti artist

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Advocates push for freight line commitment

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

UPGRADING the freight line to Mildura should be the State Government's "number one priority" in the north-west, say advocates.

3A On The Wheel Drop

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Broken rail caused 32-car trail derailment near Wadena

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in International Rail News

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.

Newcastle's closed rail stations earmarked for safety upgrades

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Cityrail News

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.

Side Letter sign of road lobby’s anti-democratic desperation

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

[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]

Fresh From The Paintshop

Posted Friday, 6 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Fresh charge against former rail controller Robert Whitehead as more alleged victims come forward

Posted Saturday, 7 February, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

Heathrow rail link plans to go on show

Posted Saturday, 7 February, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

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.

Rebuilding Carbon

Posted Saturday, 7 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

All Train Lines - Late night trains withdrawal

Posted Saturday, 7 February, 2015 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

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.

Iowa rail line reopens following train derailment, ethanol leak

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in International Rail News

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.

Planning Minister defends govt decision on Newcastle rail corridor development

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Cityrail News

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.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/2/2015.

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Train Simulator 2015 - Story Of Forest Rail Released

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

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.

OUT NOW: Union Pacific GP30

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

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.

Train Simulator 2015 - Newcastle to Edinburgh

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

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.

German backpacker accused of vandalising Metro trains bailed

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[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]

Rail announced as preferred transport provider for new mine

Posted Sunday, 8 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Tasmanian Rail News

[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 opens two more rail stations for $1.8 billion

Posted Monday, 9 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in New South Wales Rail News

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.

Duplication won't solve the Coast's rail problem

Posted Monday, 9 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Queensland Rail News

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.

Dandenong rail upgrade proposal being considered

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

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.

Sydney's Goods Line misses Gehry business school opening after delays

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by 8077 in New South Wales Rail News

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.

Clearing of Arbutus rail corridor to resume Tuesday says CP

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

[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]

Fantastic CSX Freight Train Footage From A High-Def Drone!

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by 8077 in Letters to the Editor

[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]

Race against clock to get to work

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Cityrail News

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.

“Kink” In The Tracks Nearly Leads To Derailment!

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

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".

‘Near miss’ videos aim to shock

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in International Rail News

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.

January 2015 performance results

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by 8077 in Yarra Trams

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.

Proposed changes to Flinders Street tram stops

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by 8077 in Yarra Trams

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.

Open air plan at Civic; train station could be demolished

Posted Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by 8077 in Cityrail News

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.

Death on Midland line halts rail service

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

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’.’’

Steamrail left with no options on Mardi Gras Express 2015 Pride Train

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by bevans in Rail News

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.

East West Link: Consortium takes Victorian Government to VCAT over contracts

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by bevans in Other Transport News

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.

Claims Newcastle rail closure has led to lower patronage

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

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.

Near-miss train incidents prompt V/Line warning for Ballarat commuters

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by BenGibbons in Victorian Rail News

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.

Horses killed by trains

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

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.

Railfreight link restored at Sunderland Port

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

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.

London Tube strike 2015: commuters face disruption in latest walkout over driver who 'failed alcohol breath test'

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by 8077 in International Rail News

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.

New push to save heavy rail line

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by 8077 in Cityrail News

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.

Gippsland Line to close again

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by MikeyJackson in Victorian Rail News

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.

High altitude freight locomotives ordered

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

NG/G16 Boiler Cradle Progress

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Record tram performance in 2014

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

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.

OZ minerals eyes rail connection to BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam mine in South Australia

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by MarlonFraser in South Australian Rail News

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.

ARTC gearing up for increased coal haulage through Newcastle port

Posted Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[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]

RDC withdraws Bonn - Berlin inter-city proposal

Posted Thursday, 12 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Passenger safety and accessibility take centre stage on Elgin Street

Posted Thursday, 12 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Half Way There....

Posted Thursday, 12 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Landslides Affect Service in Pacific Northwest

Posted Thursday, 12 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

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.

Transport body wants rail freight given priority

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in Queensland Rail News

A 'D' Exam For G42

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Sakhalin diesel locomotive on test

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Proposed changes to Collins Street tram stops

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tram and Light Rail News

NG/G16 Update for June '14

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

DB to invest €700m in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Extra Free Tram Zone information added to tramTRACKER®

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tram and Light Rail News

NG/G16 Tank & Bunker Build

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Unplanned disruption to Routes 1 & 8 - Friday 13 February

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Tram and Light Rail News

SNCF posts stable results as competitive threats mount

Posted Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

PSOs spray teenage boys with capsicum foam over a railway ticket

Posted Saturday, 14 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in Victorian Rail News

Sydney's South West Rail Link wins over commuters

Posted Saturday, 14 February, 2015 by bevans in Cityrail News

BLW Releases GP30 West Pack Part 1 And 2

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

BLW Releases GP30 Mid-Western Pack

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

Dovetail Games Announces Train Simulator 2015

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

Just Trains Announces Train Fever

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by BigBoy2015 in Train Simulator News

PN Coal derailment Kankool

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by JimYarin in Asciano

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/2/2015.

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Ballarat V/Line travellers paying double the price

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

Chinese-built railway in Angola open to traffic

Posted Sunday, 15 February, 2015 by LancedDendrite in International Rail News

Crisis looms for Sydney train commuters

Posted Monday, 16 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Cityrail News

Rail freight firm Aurizon doubles profits to $308m

Posted Monday, 16 February, 2015 by 8077 in Aurizon

$30M rail ticket

Posted Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 by Pastalatzis in Victorian Rail News

Newcastle: A city caught between a rail line and its harbour

Posted Thursday, 19 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Cityrail News

Kankool derailment - update 4

Posted Thursday, 19 February, 2015 by bevans in Press Releases

Metro Rail – keep the plans on track this time

Posted Thursday, 19 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Victorian Rail News

December 2014 performance results

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Freight One awarded steel plant rail outsourcing contract

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Water Tank And Coal Bunker Coming Soon

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Qatar Rail restarts civil works tendering

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Thanks for your patience! Batman Park / Flinders Street stop now open

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Foley backs $1b western Syd light rail

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in Tram and Light Rail News

MDC welcomes Victorian Government rail announcement

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in Victorian Rail News

Revealed: NSW Minister backed dumped rail plan

Posted Friday, 20 February, 2015 by Newcastle Express in Cityrail News

Owen faces inquiry over cabinet paper

Posted Saturday, 21 February, 2015 by Newcastle Express in Cityrail News

Is Dan Andrews the new Keating?

Posted Saturday, 21 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in Opinion

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/2/2015

Posted Sunday, 22 February, 2015 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Port Botany rail upgrade commissioned

Posted Monday, 23 February, 2015 by 8077 in Rail News

Belated Christmas gift for Just Jeans and Portmans

Posted Monday, 23 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

World rolling stock market February 2015

Posted Monday, 23 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Rail News

Why Australia needs more investment in rail

Posted Tuesday, 24 February, 2015 by 8077 in Rail News

Melbourne Metro Rail Project funding 'fast-tracked'

Posted Tuesday, 24 February, 2015 by 8077 in Victorian Rail News

North coast transport corridor needs rail

Posted Tuesday, 24 February, 2015 by 8077 in New South Wales Rail News

Footy trains planned

Posted Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 by NSWGR8022 in Western Australian Rail News

Documents show Hawes did declare interest in rail corridor

Posted Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 by Newcastle Express in Cityrail News

Finland seeks EU rail funding

Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

G&W agrees to buy Freightliner Group

Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

Train surfer injured after jumping off Melbourne train

Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2015 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Kankool coal train derailment costs ARTC $1m

Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in New South Wales Rail News

Hunter lobby group stands by concerns over rail line transparency

Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in Cityrail News

Foundation stone laid for northern Ethiopia line

Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Farmers demand rail answers

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by JoppaJunction in South Australian Rail News

Rail traffic moving through W. Va. derailment site

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by bevans in International Rail News

First Pictures Of The New NG/G16 Boiler Construction!

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

Israel Railways ready to launch first bond issue

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

November performance results

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Yarra Trams, PTV and Metro play ball, in a wheelchair, during Accessibility Week

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Cairo Line 3 Phase 4 contracts awarded

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

The people's tram - Melbourne's favourite revealed

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Summer holiday timetable alterations

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Yarra Trams

Indian Railways budget launches five-year plan

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

Na Cylinder Update

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in Narrow Gauge

MTR tests body-worn cameras

Posted Saturday, 28 February, 2015 by Railpage System User in International Rail News

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