Posted 4 years ago by waynes
John Snell was a pioneer of railway preservation, firing the first train on the reborn Talyllyn Railway in 1951 and running the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch for 27 years. He was a mentor to many as vice-chairman of the Heritage Railway Association and also an accomplished railway photographer and author.
Snell's passion for steam was born when, as a 15-year-old schoolboy, he visited the Talyllyn, a North Welsh narrow-gauge line that had been left out of the nationalised British Railways and was on its last legs.
Posted 4 years ago by bevans
Rail Safety 2014 will bring together the key national decision-makers to deliver new ideas and develop innovative ways to leverage technology for safer outcomes.
Since the emergence of advanced train control protection and management systems, technology has advanced with new developments in communication. In order to provide the next generation of safety, Rail Safety 2014 will look to technology for a direction towards a safer network. From data sharing to adding layers of safety with software, the three day event will explore the potential to improve safety through technology while also assessing the risk associated with smart systems.
Posted 5 years ago by newsbot
AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation was formally inaugurated at a VIP reception held in Sydney on November 25 to coincide with the opening of the 10th World Congress on Railway Research.
To be headquartered in Canberra, ACRI is an independent organisation supported by both the Australasian Railway Association and the Rail Industry Safety & Standards Board.
The organisation was launched by Australia's former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, who is to serve as the first Chairman of ACRI. Describing the rail sector as 'a big and vibrant industry with so much potential to unveil', he said it was a pleasure 'to be part of this wonderful new independent research centre', which will cover 'not only Australia, but also New Zealand and Indonesia'.
Posted 5 years ago by bevans
Heritage Express will be operating the Legend of Steam Riverina Tour with Steam Locomotive 3642 from August 29th - September 1st 2013.
From Thursday 29th - Friday 30th August, Heritage Express will be running the Riverina Steam Safari Tour. An Express Diesel Loco will haul the train from Sydney - Picton, then 3642 will take over the train from Picton. The train will make its way along the Southern Highlands Line to Goulburn, where the train will stop at Goulburn where passengers can have at the historic Steam Mill Restaurant. After Goulburn, the train will continue it's journey through Yass, Harden and Cootamundra. The next morning, 3642 will haul it's train from Cootamundra to Junee, then it will travel on the branch line for a whistle stop at Coolamon. 3642 will then return back to Junee station. Then the XPT will take the passengers from Junee back to Sydney.
Posted 5 years ago by bevans
The Official Opening of the Gheringhap – Cressy – Maroona Railway took place at Lismore on 8th August 1913. It was an important development for Geelong, the western plains, grain growers in the Wimmera and the Victorian Railways.
The railway had been constructed over a three year period. Goods and passengers were carried on sections of the railway as they were constructed, but it was in August 1913 that construction was completed and the full line available for public services.
The centenary of the Opening will be celebrated in August 2013. This Society initiated celebrations in June 2007 to mark the 150th anniversary of the railway between Geelong and Melbourne and in April 2012 for the Geelong & Ballarat Railway 150th. Community organisations, individuals, local and state government and rail businesses are encouraged to participate in displays and events to celebrate the occasions.
Posted 5 years ago by michaelgreenhill
CFCL Australia (CFCLA) are set to officially launch the newest member of their locomotive hire fleet.
CF4412, the latest addition to the CF Class (Production model C44aci, built at UGL Rail, Broadmeadow, NSW) and is currently undergoing testing. The first six members of the class are on hire to Pacific National for Hunter Valley coal traffic. When launched CF4412 will carry the name "Black Caviar", continuing CFCLA's tradition of naming locomotives after Melbourne Cup winners.
Posted 5 years ago by DoubleEdge
Posted 5 years ago by bevans
KIM and Annie Baxter not only had a ticket to ride to Donald, they renovated a whole vintage carriage.
The Baxters and their extended family were some of the 300 people who boarded the T Class diesel 1950s heritage locomotive on Saturday.
The round-trip 700 kilometre ride from Melbourne to Donald was part of 150th anniversary celebrations of the township.
Posted 5 years ago by ianren
The Australian Model Railway Association Queensland Branch Inc. a not for profit Association Incorporated in Queensland Presents the 2013 Brisbane model railway show.
Posted 6 years ago by bevans
The Geelong Ballarat rail line was officially opened on 10th April 1862. This line was built to a high standard by the Victorian Railways, with double track provided throughout, stone station buildings at all of the initial stations, a number of stone bridges for roads that crossed the line, and the 1,450-foot (440 m) Moorabool Viaduct over the river of the same name. This line remained the only way from Ballarat to Melbourne until 1889 when the current direct line was completed.
Posted 7 years ago by mrmshow
Model Railway Show - Albury/Wodonga - 2012
Posted 7 years ago by Vicki
Hi everyone, I don't know whether this will be posted too late for anyone to read, but just letting you all know that for anyone living in the Frankston region or along the Frankston line, there will be a steam-hauled special running along the Frankston Line between 14:35 and 17:00, operated by 707 Operations. I have also heard from a reliable source that the train will be at Frankston Station between 16:00 and 16:30.
Posted 7 years ago by freightgate
Heading north on the Hume Freeway, I'm out of Melbourne and into the countryside within an hour. The sun's shining, the grass is green and the mountains, albeit modest, look majestic. The Goulburn Valley is ticking lots of boxes.
Surrounded by the Murray River, Yarra Valley, Goldfields and High Country, it probably doesn't get the love it deserves from tourists - especially at this time of lush paddocks and bushland, blossoming orchards, budding vines and rushing rivers. Heritage is among the Goulburn Valley's underappreciated charms, associated as it is with some of Victoria's earliest European settlement (Kilmore is the state's oldest inland town), the gold rush and the Kelly gang.
Posted 7 years ago by freightgate
Following its feel-good formula, the chief executive of Great Southern Rail, Tony Braxton-Smith, dons a disguise and takes long, cross-country trips to appreciate how under-appreciated his hard-working employees are. It is watchable in its soft-hearted, warm way but the local version of this American reality TV concept does not do as proficient a job in disguising the obvious promotional value of being on television with stories of personal hardship and unexpected rewards from grateful bosses.
Posted 7 years ago by Ross1701
GV Rail Club, Shepparton, Victoria, will host the 2011 Shepparton Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th.
Posted 7 years ago by bevans
A Victorian trial that will use car radios to prevent deaths at level crossings might be introduced in Queensland if it's successful.
Queensland Rail chief executive Paul Scurrah says all options are being considered to prevent a repeat of Monday's crash between the Sunlander train service and a truck in the state's north.
Posted 7 years ago by The Man in Blue
We need a crowded station of people ‘waiting for a train’ as we play & sing together the song ‘TOOT for the Future’. Find below a copy of the lyrics and feel free to copy and circulate these widely as with this invitation.
Posted 8 years ago by bevans
The members of the Canberra Society of Model and Experimental Engineers invite you to what could be the last Invitation run at there present site at Kingston prior to re-locating to a new and bigger site at Symonston.
Posted 9 years ago by CLK01
I was on the PSS on the CountryLink Starlight Express. Thankyou to all the great comments that people have made. And some of the pictures i have seen look great!! Initial reports from Starlight and Passengers is that everyone really enjoyed the day.
Posted 9 years ago by splodgelet
Plans for the 25th anniversary of Hunter Valley Steamfest could put the eyes of the world on Maitland.
An ambitious proposal for next year’s program is a four-train parallel run that would see a quadrella of gleaming steam engines hurtling along the tracks, side-by-side.
Posted 9 years ago by RailcarForeman
The Rail Motor Society's 400 Class rail car HPC 402 will be at Maitland Steamfest this year.
Posted 10 years ago by millerj
The latest festival to be added to the ‘must do’ events calendar for northern Victoria is the Steaming Up Broadway Festival – Wycheproof on 11-12 October 2008. This festival of steam trains, cycling, and music will showcase the town of Wycheproof and celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of railway to the town.
For information and bookings see the website http//www.wycheproof.vic.au or see the Steamrail Victoria http//website http://www.steamrail.com.au
Posted 10 years ago by Demonlord Hightower
CORPORATE red tape has strangled the Hunter's friends of Thomas the Tank Engine, according to train buff Graham Black.
Posted 10 years ago by nudge
‘LETS CELEBRATE’ 125 YEARS OF RAIL IN THE TATIARA
Posted 10 years ago by rodegens
Pacific Highway Alliance &
Coffs Harbour Greens
Wish to extend an ….
Invitation to our Climate Change Forum
Resurrecting the Sydney to Brisbane Rail Line
Dear Rail Supporter
We are pleased to announce our Climate Change Forum: ‘Rescue Rail’ will be held on Tuesday 20th May, 2008, at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club (Vernon Street) commencing promptly at 6:30 p.m. (Registration 5:30-6:30 pm)
Rail expert, Professor Philip Laird & Greens MP Lee Rhiannon will be joined by regional planning specialist Cr James Ryan and Ecologist, Mark Graham to present strategies to reinvigorate the Sydney to Brisbane rail freight and passenger system, protect our biodiversity & promote sustainable planning for the Mid North and North Coast of NSW
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