Showing stories from February 2015

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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.

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