Showing stories from February 2015

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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=][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.

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