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ACT

279 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Transport sector welcomes additions to skilled occupations list

The Australasian Railway Association and Roads Australia say the federal government’s decision to include several engineering roles on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List will help industry deliver significant works.

ARA welcomes $50million for Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2

More money from the New South Wales government is expected to kick-start Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail project.

Online feedback hub launches for light rail stage 2

Local residents and businesses can now follow the progress of light rail stage 2 and provide feedback on the project with the launch of the ACT Government’s 

Light way is the right for rail

A report, commissioned by the ARA and authored by the RPS Group, has highlighted large social benefits from light rail.

Light rail services return to normal after earlier incident

Light rail services have returned to normal operation.

Africa

335 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Maputo – Harare container train launched

DP World has launched a dedicated container service from Maputo in Mozambique to Harare in Zimbabwe, and is planning further services to connect Maputo with Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.

Commercial services begin on Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge railway

Nigerian Railway Corp launched full commercial services on the 157 km Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge line on June 15, President Muhammadu Buhari having attended an inauguration ceremony on June 10.

Lagos – Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway opens

THE president of Nigeria, Mr Muhammadu Buhari, has launched commercial operation on the 157km Lagos – Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), after construction began in March 2017.

Indian Railways exports third 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotive to Mozambique

Indian Railways has sent another 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotive to Mozambique to strengthen the Indo-African relationship.

Mozambique – Malawi railway reinstatement gets underway

President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi has laid a foundation stone to launch work to reinstate the 44 km section of the Sena line between Mutarara and Vila Nova da Fronteira on the border with Malawi.

Airline News

494 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Portland: A City Of Opportunities For Alaska Airlines

Portland International Airport (PDX) is a base for Alaska Airlines and the home airport for the largest city in Oregon.

SpiceJet Not Looking To Resume 737 MAX Operations Right Now

SpiceJet has reportedly put a hold on its plans to resume using the Boeing 737 MAX.

ANA Flies Domestic Boeing 787-8 Flight Using SAF

An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner winged its way from Tokyo to Osaka late last week using a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that blended traditional jet fuel with fuel made from microalgae.

What Happened To La Compagnie’s Boeing 757s?

French airline La Compagnie has always been a niche carrier.

Oops: Southwest Boeing 737 And Cargolux Boeing 747-8F Suffer Minor Collision In Chicago

A Southwest Airlines passenger plane collided with a Cargolux Boeing 747 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD) on Saturday.

Arabian Rail News

287 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
UITP elects Khalid Alhogail as president

THE International Association of Public Transport (UITP) elected Mr Khalid Alhogail as president for a two-year term during its general assembly held on June 18.

Egyptian National Railways awards loco refurbishment contract

Egyptian National Railways has awarded Ukraine’s Nikolaev Locomotive Repair Plant a contract to modernise 55 Adtranz DE2550 diesel locomotives.

Etihad Rail and Transportr agree to streamline digital logistics services

UAE’s Etihad Rail and digital freight service provider Transportr have signed an agreement to streamline service provision in the logistics sector.

The Daunting Challenge of Saving Lebanon’s Storied Rail Network

Can rusting locomotives and crumbling stations become a vibrant transportation network again?

Egypt and Hyundai Rotem sign localisation agreement

EGYPT’s National Company for Railroad Industries (NIRC) and Hyundai Rotem have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share expertise and knowledge, and increase the localisation of production in Egypt.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

The threat of court sanction would be enough to ensure the new owner of a key east coast freight facility did not exploit its powerful position to the detriment of competitors, the judge behind a landmark case has said.

Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Asian Rail News

3956 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
500th U-Girder placed for the Priority Corridor of Kanpur Metro

500th U-Girder has been erected successfully by the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) for the 9 km long Priority Corridor running from IIT to Motijheel of Kanpur Metro Rail Project.

MTR signs Tuen Ma Line concession ahead of phase 2 launch

MTR, Hong Kong, has signed an agreement with the Hong Kong government and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) to operate the Tuen Ma Line under a two-year concession from the start of services on the final 4.

Chennai Metro invites tender to rent out spaces along Line 1 & 2

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) invites tender for licensing of built-up bare shell Shops / Office Spaces at Selected Elevated and UG Metro Stations along Corridor- 1 & 2 of Phase-I and its Extensions.

Delhi Metro to procure 288 New coaches for Phase-4 Project

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has now invited bids in two parts to supply and commission a total of 288 metro rail coaches for the Central Government approved three lines under Phase-4.

NCRTC is adopting Commuter Friendly AFC system for India’s first RRTS

NCRTC is adopting state of art Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system for the first RRTS corridor (Delhi- Ghaziabad- Meerut) of the country adopting some approaches that are first of its kind.

Aurizon

273 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

The $205 million sale of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal (the Terminal) to Pacific National completed today, with all conditions satisfied and outstanding funds transferred to Aurizon.

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, is inviting community groups and charities located across the Company’s operations to apply for cash grants of up to $20,000 through the latest round of its Community Giving Fund.

Aurizon prepares to resume grain haulage in Queensland

Aurizon transferred a previously stored grain set from Acacia Ridge to Willowburn (Toowoomba) yesterday in apparent preparations to haul grain off the South Western Line.

CBH Group adds locomotives, wagons, and drivers to move grain crop

Two locomotives, 48 wagons, and drivers are on loan from Aurizon to CBH Group to help the grain handler get a record braking harvest to port.

Aurizon reports half year results

The impact of the challenging trade environment has been a factor in lower coal volumes moved during the first half of the 2021 financial year

Australian High Speed Rail

39 stories | Newest story posted last month
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pours cold water on east coast high speed rail ambition

It’s been labelled a “national disgrace” that needs fixing but Gladys Berejiklian has said COVID squabbles has shown it may never happen.

High-speed rail’s role in transforming travel recognised in industry report

The ‘International High Speed Rail Voices’ report published by High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) demonstrates the transformational role high-speed rail is playing in revolutionising travel across the globe, driving policy makers’ economic and environmental decisions, whilst creating international links that will become ever more important in our increasingly globalised world.

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

Brisbane has all but secured the Olympic victory it first tried for 29 years ago, but that goal will now trigger a debate about the infrastructure south-east Queensland needs to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

Report calls for investment in faster rail

A report calls for investment in faster rail services across Australia to connect CBDs to neighbouring regional centres, but says high speed rail isn’t the immediate answer.

Faster Rail

The ARA launched its Faster Rail Report in February 2021.

Bus Transport News

831 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Timetable Tuesday 123: 19 bus routes we could upgrade soon

Last Friday I reviewed Victoria's Bus Plan.

Community Win – Balgowlah Bus Changes from 11 July 2021

Bus services in Balgowlah will be modified from Sunday 11 July 2021 in response to community feedback following a network review late last year.

Oxfordshire Competes for an Electric Bus Future

Bus users in the Oxford area could benefit from new, zero emission electric buses as Oxfordshire County Council prepares to take part in a new government funding competition in a bid to work towards reducing carbon emissions and offering cleaner air for all.

Yellow Coaches Partners with Golden Tours in Bournemouth

Yellow Coaches have partnered with London based Golden Tours to operate a new hop-on, hop-off open top bus sightseeing tour this Summer.

Cambridge Launches Electric Autonomous Shuttles

Cambridge has become one of the first smart cities in the UK to trial autonomous vehicles – investigating the feasibility of the technology being used as part of a public transport service in the future.

Canada

1016 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Why CN’s Open Gateways Offer is a Big Deal

CN’s open gateways offer is a big deal.

CN lays out plan for capital investments in 4 provinces

Canadian railway CN (NYSE: CNI) so far has announced CA$95 million in 2021 capital investment projects in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

CP to STB: We Have More Letters

The total is now more than 330, according CP, which noted that together, more than 1,050 letters have been “filed in support of CP’s proposed combination with KCS or in opposition to the CN proposal.

Canadian National announces capex plans for lines in Ontario and Manitoba

CN has announced plans plans to invest approximately C$350 million in Ontario in 2021 as part of CN’s C$3 billion capital investment plan across its network.

CP to Serve New Richardson Grain Elevator

Slated for completion by fall 2022, it will be situated near Richardson’s Swift Current and Maple Creek Richardson Pioneer facilities (to the east and west, respectively), according to the company.

Cityrail News

837 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Sydney Metro West integration and delivery partner appointed

THE government of New South Wales has selected Bechtel as integration and delivery partner for the $A 18bn ($US 13.

Sydney vs Melbourne PT patronage

Last year I wrote a blog pondering why Sydney’s rail patronage is 50% higher than Melbourne’s.

Sydney trains to run on renewable energy

THE News South Wales state government has announced plans to cut emissions from the Sydney rail network to zero within four years, a move transport minister, Mr Andrew Constance, says is a great step forward in helping the state tackle climate change.

Bridging the safety gap

How an Australian business is ensuring a safer boarding experience for rail passengers.

Sydney Metro confirms two new stations

Australia’s Sydney Metro has confirmed two new metro stations at Pyrmont and Hunter Street in the central business district (CBD).

Coronavirus Transport News

471 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Easing into a COVID-Earned Vacation

At least Portlanders have retained our infamously-odd sense of humor

Final in a Series: From “Commuter Railroads” to “Regional Railroads”

Transit generally is now on a form of life-support from Congress: Federal operating assistance under the COVID-19 relief statutes that were enacted during the past year.

The World Stopped but Transit Kept Moving

Public transportation, despite being an essential service, is frequently on the chopping block for municipal budget cuts.

Coronavirus: ORR stats show UK rail travel is lowest since 1872

Passenger journeys in the UK fell to their lowest levels since 1872, when records began, due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to official statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road today.

Britain’s annual rail passenger figures lowest since 1872

PASSENGER levels in Britain for the 12 months from April 2020 to March 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic were only 22% of the previous year’s figures according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Europe

6801 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Ukraine could allocate $US 1.47bn for fleet renewal under state aid rules

THE Ukraine government may allocate up to Hryvnia40.

Electric-battery locomotive lease fleet framework agreement signed

A framework agreement for the supply of up to 50 electric-battery shunting and main line locomotives has been signed by Paribus Rail Investment Management and Vossloh Locomotives.

Stadler unveils independently-powered electric multiple-unit

Stadler has unveiled a Class 777 electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with a prototype battery energy storage system to enable operation on non-electrified tracks.

Renfe launches low-cost Madrid – Barcelona high-speed service

SPANISH operator Renfe’s new low-cost, high-speed Avlo service began operating between Madrid and Barcelona on June 23.

SNCF reveals more plans for open access services

FRANCE’S rail regulator ART has published details received from French National Railways (SNCF) of new open-access long-distance passenger services under the Oslo project.

Gunzelling Reports

1378 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
(Video) A Couple of Trains on a Saturday Afternoon, Dirtiest CP Engine I’ve Ever Seen!

In this video, I catch 2 trains in Plattsburgh, including 650 with the dirtiest CP locomotive I’ve ever seen.

CN SD70M-2 and D11 With a Caboose

On June 18th, I heard that 931 was coming north with a CN SD70M-2 leading.

(Video) Checking Out Burlington Yard

Follow along as I explore Burlington Yard.

Visiting the Adirondack Live Steamers

After Corey and I visited 30T at Ballston Spa, we made our way north to the Adirondack Live Steamers.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/6/2021

There were 75 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

662 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Three years of continuous road works to build a new bridge to impact traffic moving in and out of Gatton

Inland Rail has been talked about in the Lockyer Valley for years, but its nearing crunch time for the major freight track to commence construction.

Preferred route for NSW Riverina section of new inland rail line released but concerns remain

Five years after an almost 40-kilometre section of new train track were announced in the NSW Riverina for the inland rail project, a 'preferred route' for the line has been announced.

Inland Rail and the “missing link”

Martinus Rail CEO and founder Treaven Martinus recently addressed the Inland Rail conference in Albury about bringing real benefits to regional centres.

Early CSIRO results back economic case for Inland Rail

Early unpublished results from a CSIRO analysis suggest that shifting freight from road to an Inland Rail could save around $170 million in transport costs a year.

Major road and rail projects to face skills shortage

Roads Australia (RA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) are calling on the Federal Government to update the Priority Skilled Occupations List to include specialist skills that are critical to the delivery of major road and rail construction projects, as these sectors will be impacted by the lack of access to skilled overseas workers.

International Rail News

5596 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
An underwater railway line from the USA to China: a dream project?

A 13,000km-long railway line from China to the USA, running partially underwater to cover the Bering Strait.

Construction on Mexico’s Tulum train station to start in 2022

Construction work on the Tulum train station on the Tren Maya railway line in Mexico is expected to commence in January 2022.

Severino Sombra University launches MBA in Railway Engineering

Severino Sombra University is offering a 20-month railway engineering course leading to a Master of Business Administration qualification.

Contract for jaguar inspired Tren Maya fleet signed

The 36·6bn pesos contract to supply 42 diesel and electro-diesel trainsets for the Tren Maya project was signed in the presence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on June 9.

Letters to the Editor

332 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Early morning presentation

I was invited to do a Zoom presention to the St.

RISSB major projects update

RISSB is working with stakeholders to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing rail.

Holistic approach to bridge asset management

There are many and varied standards and documents used by road asset owners and managers.

Stronger partnerships building better housing and communities in NSW

The NSW Government welcomes NSW social housing’s addition to Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 list of national infrastructure priorities; viewing it as another positive step forward and opportunity to work in another strong, strategic partnership, to help solve common problems.

The Housing Donut

Yesterday, the government announced an ambitious new plan, a grabbag of housing policies ranging from okay to highly laudable designed to lower the price of housing.

Model Railways

2384 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
2021 Front Patio Layout: Lyttle-Redd Caboose Co

Each summer I enjoy having a sit on my front porch, step or patio or stoop.

The Mysterious Case of the Malfunctioning Lights

New LED lights provide nice even lighting

A Quick (Or not so quick) Stop at Mohawk Valley Railroad Co

While railfanning with Corey, we made a stop at Mohawk Valley Railroad Co.

Denny’s kit from Summit USA

Summit USA’s Customcuts line adds a Modern Denny’s Restaurant (DN-001) in HO scale.

ScaleTrains.com announces “Tarp Top” Container for HO

Introduced in the late 1990s, “tarp top” containers were standard-height 40-foot steel corrugated examples with the a removable canvas top.

Narrow Gauge

135 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Miniature railway opens at the Nene Valley Railway

Train services have been operating again at the Nene Valley Railway and this weekend the miniature railway will be open for passengers.

Late May Reopening date for Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Leighton Buzzard Railway has announced that their line will welcome passengers from Saturday 22nd of May 2021.

Volunteering in a pandemic

For my starting point we have to go back to 2011 when I retired from full time employment.

Steam locomotive driver vacancy at Newby Hall in Yorkshire

An opportunity to drive miniature trains all day has become available at Newby Hall near Ripon, in North Yorkshire.

Steam locomotive 34028 Eddystone arrives at Norden on the Swanage Railway

SR Bulleid Pacific has returned to the Swanage Railway after a £350,000 overhaul by Southern Locomotives Ltd, the locomotive’s owners.

New South Wales Rail News

4360 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
NSW on a slow track to fast trains: promised regional rail upgrades are long overdue

We have seen a succession of reviews, plans and election promises of faster and better train services for regional New South Wales, home to one 

Tweed council votes to remove tracks and go full steam ahead with controversial rail trail

After a decade of impassioned debate, the council has finally given the green light to a $11.

Heritage trails to preserve 'quirky' Mid North Coast history

A series of heritage trails are being developed for the Mid North Coast in an effort to preserve and pass on the stories of yesteryear.

Innovative construction methodology being used for Muswellbrook bridges

Around 1200 workers conducted a maintenance shutdown on the Hunter Valley Rail Network as part of the Muswellbrook Bridge replacement project.

NSW flags net-zero emissions rail plan

New South Wales transport minister Andrew Constance has revealed plans for the state’s rail network to slash emissions to net-zero by 2025.

New Zealand Rail News

564 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Creative homeless artists contribute to City Rail Link

Five sculptural reliefs by artists who belong to a homeless collective now greet visitors at the entrance of the Te Manawa building at Eden Terrace, Auckland.

Rail operator announces “major hillside redevelopment”

A new wagon assembly facility is expected to boost be a win for both the rail sector and jobs in the Dunedin area.

Flood-damaged Timaru to Ashburton rail link remains closed for repairs

Rail links north from Timaru remain severed over a week after 

KiwiRail to assemble wagons at redeveloped workshops

The redevelopment of KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops to create a wagon assembly facility is to begin this year, following the confirmation of NZ$85m of government funding from the national budget.

Auckland metro closes for long weekend works

Kiwi authorities are ramping up efforts to create an improved rail network in New Zealand’s largest city.

Northern Territory Rail News

222 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

Rail authorities are getting projects done while promoting cross-cultural awareness.

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

With the worsening situation with regard to Covid 19 and South Australia The Ghan passenger train has been stopped at Alice Springs.

Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is constructing a new two-lane sealed road and a new 45 metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

The Northern Territory government has released a request for quotation for the development of a concept design for a rail passenger terminal as part of the Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub.

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

The Defence Department has ruled out building a rail line into the Tindal RAAF Base as part of its $1.

Opinion

126 stories | Newest story posted last month
Getting to the root of Victoria’s tree canopy struggle

Our tree canopies are struggling for space with small lots, renovated homes, new townhouses and apartment blocks, all of which are accommodating Victoria’s growing population.

Viewpoint: CP-KCS merger makes sense; CN takeover does not

Making an exception is different than changing one’s mind.

Designs for the new Bridge Mall

The City of Ballarat's chosen design firm, Hassell, has come back with a preferred design option for the Bridge Mall.

Instead of taxing electric vehicles, heavy vehicles should pay more for the damage they cause

But this would upset powerful industries, so don’t hold your breath

Basics: Access, or the Wall Around Your Life

What if we planned public transit with the goal of freedom?

Other Transport News

1183 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Getting on with the North East Link

A preferred bidder has been selected for the tunnelling package for the North East Link, which will fix the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network, slash travel times and free up local roads for local trips.

Getting More Electric Vehicle Chargers Across Victoria

The Victorian Government is calling for businesses, councils and community organisations to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state

Emirates Air Line gets busy after the lockdown

The Emirates Air Line, aka, the Dangleway, had its busiest day for nearly three years last Saturday, with around 9,000 journeys made on the cable car.

Pacific National News

60 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Pacific National & ACFS Port Logistics committed to St Marys community

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery

Inland Rail and the “Memphis Down Under”

Pacific National CEO has addressed the ARA/ALC Inland Rail conference in Albury, talking of the role of Parkes in the movement of freight.

Pacific National welcomes federal minister

Paul Fletcher got a closer look at the South Dynon freight terminal, an operation crucial for the movement of interstate freight.

Rail co backs kid’s playground in Sydney

Pacific National says giving back to the community is a key part of its St Marys Freight Hub plans.

Former Pacific National executive accepts stevedoring promotion

Andrew Adam is stepping up from being COO to full CEO at DP World Australia.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3.

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

Qube Logistics

14 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Inland Ports, Tricky Politics: Chris Corrigan’s Qube reels in $1.7bn public land sale

Chris Corrigan, golden boy of the Liberal Party, villain of Labor, has won a $1.

Fitting the signal to the system

There’s no doubt that the coming generation of intermodal terminals will take the next step forward in efficiency, backed by the latest in automation technology.

JobKeeper messages between Qube Holdings and Treasury shed light on how ports giant qualified for subsidies

The port and rail giant Qube Holdings had a good year in 2020: strong revenue, healthy profits, bonuses for executives and dividends for shareholders.

Maurice James to depart Qube

Maurice James has spoken out in the past about the need for rail to play an increased role in the movement of freight RAIL and logistics operator Qube has announced its managing director Maurice James is to step down from his role on 30 June.

Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

Qube has reported a net profit drop of over 50 per cent due to the impact of COVID-19, bushfires, and floods during the 2020 financial year.

Queensland Rail News

2757 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
ATSB investigates Westwood rail tragedy

An incident involving a light engine and a coal train led to the death of one worker and injuries to two others.

Works ongoing on Cross River Rail

Construction of the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane is continuing apace.

Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy "deeply saddened and distressed" by Westwood coal train collision

QUEENSLAND Rail has released a statement following the fatal train collision at Westwood, west of Rockhampton on Friday 18 June, which a 40-year-old Margate man died.

Investigation planned following rail tragedy in Queensland

Nick Easy from Queensland Rail says they will cooperate with all investigations following a tragedy in central Queensland.

Queensland shortlists train makers for Rollingstock Expansion Programme

Australia’s Queensland Government has shortlisted three train manufacturers, namely Alstom, CAF, and Downer Rail, for the upcoming phase of the Rollingstock Expansion Programme (REP).

Rail Events

758 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
DRS open day cancelled for second year

The most popular public event in the rail freight calendar has been cancelled for the second year running.

International Women in Engineering Day 2021

This International Women in Engineering Day we're sharing how the railway offers a huge range of rewarding careers for everyone.

CG Railway President Hoffman Lijeron: RAIL GROUP ON AIR PODCAST with MARINE LOG

Two new rail ferries, the Maya and the Cherokee, will enter Gulf of Mexico service this year for CG Railway LLC (CGR), a joint venture of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Unite and VOTE ATU757 Members!

Deke's Note: PLEASE VOTE!

Level crossing safety forum to be held in Sydney

A host of experts from rail, government, road, police and other groups are set to speak at the level crossing safety forum.

Rail News

4364 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
More details about the Oxford Circus pedestrianisation plans

More information has been released about plans to pedestrianise the lengths of Oxford Street next to Oxford Circus and divert road traffic around it.

Bentley Systems completes Seequent acquisition

Infrastructure software provider Bentley Systems has acquired Seequent, but the latter is to retain its brand and unique identity.

Getting smart about grease

SKF on lubricant links, regreasing railway bearings and getting smarter about grease storage.

Why owners should expect more data transparency from their contractors

As the owner of a capital project, have you ever felt like you’re being held at arm’s length from your own project?

Can you get to work within 30 minutes?

How long is your commute to work?

Rail Travel

430 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
One Day on The Hill

I’m making plans for a September trip.

What To Do About Late Trains?

A few years ago, I was in the railroad station in the Italian town of Lucca, waiting for a train to Florence.

My List of Personal Bests/Mosts

Granted, it’s all subjective, but I thought it would be interesting if I rummaged around in my memory for the places and events visited or experienced over the years in my travels.

Texas Eagle Turns Turkey

The following is from a friend who just finished an overnight ride on the Texas Eagle with his eight-year-old daughter.

Real Train Ride to a Virtual Wedding

Our first train ride for monthsOur first stay with friends for even more monthsYoung friends married at last"I'm on the train"

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 3 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway History

294 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Fort Benton, MT: Grain Elevators

The railroad was Great Northern.

Huntington, OR: UP Wood Coaling Tower and Two Water Twoers

It continues to amaze me what our ancestors were able to build with wood.

More about Car Distributors

Late last year, I wrote a blog post about Car Distributors, the railroad job title of the person (or crew) that arranged to fill requests for empty cars that were needed to be loaded.

Mt. Sterling, IL: Wabash Depot

Seven of the images posted by Randall Wiegel with the comment: "1868 Mt.

Morrisville, PA; US Steel Fairless Works

US Steel seems to tear down its newer plants.

Railway Preservation

1114 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Brighton’s Volks Electric Railway announce special evening services

The Volks Electric Railway Association (VERA) has announced that the Volks Electric Railway in Brighton will be running four special evening services this year to raise money for railway projects.

My Thoughts on the Recent Railroad Thefts

It’s happened yet again.

West Somerset Railway Trust announces new trustee appointment

The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust (WSRHT) has announced that they have recruited a new Trustee to join their board.

Class 40 locomotive requires £10,000 to complete repairs – can you help?

The Class 40 Preservation Society (CFPS) has launched a £10,000 appeal to raise the funds needed to complete bodywork repairs on 40145.

Appeal launched after paving stone thrown onto Lancashire railway line

British Transport Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after an incident on the railway near Preston earlier this month.

Railway Publications

281 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Bells & Whistles—Will more progress be made on multiyear infrastructure bill?

High-speed rail is headed straight for a deathblow, but federal lawmakers could do something about it.

New book documents PRR cabooses

The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) has a new book presenting Pennsy’s caboose fleet.

Metro Rail News Published its June 2021 Issue

Dear Readers, Metro Rail News wants to thank all the loyal and regular readers with a special offer to release a research thesis by reader’s choice every month.

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

“Everything I've done has prepared me for ice swimming.

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

Long-distance passenger services were hit particularly hard, falling by 42.

Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Russian Rail News

182 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
RZD places order for 200 diesel locomotives

Russian Railways and Sinara Transport Machines have agreed a firm order for the supply and life-cycle maintenance of 200 2TE35A twin-section main line freight diesel locomotives able to haul trains of up to 7 100 tonnes.

Moscow’s Vostochniy passenger hub opens in the east of the city

A hub station has been opened on the eastern side side of Moscow for use by long-distance trains passing through the capital and as an interchange for passengers who do not need to access the city centre.

Moscow’s first new long-distance station for 100 years opens

A new station has opened at Vostochny in eastern Moscow, the first new long-distance station in the Russian capital for a century.

Russian Railways orders EMUs

Russian Railways has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovo plant a contract to supply a further four six-car and four four-car EP3D electric multiple-units by the end of the year.

Taganrog signs Russia’s first tram modernisation concession

THE City of Taganrog, Russia, has signed a concession agreement to modernise the city’s tram network and acquire LRVs with Sinara City Transport Solutions Taganrog (Sinara GTR Taganrog), a joint venture of Sinara Transport Machines and Regional Concession Companies.

South Australian Rail News

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Homes saved after Hove Crossing upgrade scrapped in Budget

Residents were facing eviction as part of efforts to ease congestion on Brighton Road.

$1.5 billion SA infrastructure blitz underway

The South Australian Government is currently undertaking a $1.

SA Government’s $111 million railway commitment

The SA Government has committed $111 million (over 10 years) in its 2021-22 State Budget to give metropolitan Adelaide railway stations much-needed renovations.

Railway stations across Adelaide in line for much-needed makeovers

Railway stations right across metropolitan Adelaide are set to receive much-needed makeovers as part of a $111 million commitment (over 10 years) from the Marshall Liberal Government in the 2021-22 State Budget ($66.

Victorian passengers kicked off iconic train amid Covid fears

Dozens of passengers have been booted off a train in outback South Australia after the Northern Territory 

Tasmanian Rail News

432 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Kristie Johnston attacks parties’ ‘hollow’ promises as she pushes for fast track of passenger rail

The government is “backing away a million miles an hour” from its passenger rail commitment, an independent candidate says, as she calls for the project to be put on the fast track.

Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

The Port of Hobart will be the state’s international gateway to the Southern Ocean thanks to TasPorts’ planned multi-million-dollar redevelopment for Macquarie Wharfs.

Northern suburbs light rail going nowhere on Ferguson’s broken promise

Premier Peter Gutwein and State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson need to tell Tasmanians this week when they will start work on Hobart’s crucially needed northern suburbs light rail or admit they have broken yet another promise.

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Dorset Council to make decision on rail trail DA

More than 1000 people have signed a petition asking the Dorset Council to cease and desist all activities leading to the destruction of the North East rail corridor between Lilydale Falls and Scottsdale.

Technology News

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Products & Technology: A human-centred ecosystem

tm stagetec systems are introducing the Smart Pi ecosystem – a connected digital network of audio and visual information, which puts the rail customer at the centre.

Fanless railway computer system announced by Backplane Systems Technology

The MRT-7000R from Backplane Systems Technology is purposely built for rolling stock applications.

Robots make more business sense with AI –  just don’t expect fireworks

Robots are secretly becoming practical these days.

I, robot: automating construction with robotic technology

With a $664,580 grant in hand from the Australian Research Council, Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering is undertaking a ground-breaking research initiative using robotic technology to improve the quality and productivity of construction – research that is expected to transform current labour-intensive methods.

Precision sensors and automation solutions

How one company is helping keep rail networks operating and overcoming the maintenance gap.

Train Simulator News

80 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
How to Install Rolling stock , loco sound and Cabview in msts openrails

This tutorial for installation of Diesel rolling stock, sound and cabviewI’m giving sound and cabview folder for Alco and Emd locos.

Cathcart Circle Line released for Dovetail Games’ Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games, makers of Train Sim World 2, has announced that the Cathcart Circle Line has been released for Train Sim World 2.

Vidarbha Route

MSTS Indian Railway Vidarbha Route Part 1.

Game Look: Train Station 2

Recently I discovered a new online game called Train Station 2.

Tram and Light Rail News

2053 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Japan Firm Claims Damages of Rs 5.8bn from Sri Lanka after LRT Deal Scrapped

A Japan-based firm involved in a scrapped light rail transit project had claimed 5,896 million rupees from Sri Lanka, the Auditor General revealed.

Ruhrbahn awards contract to CAF Group for light rail vehicles

Germany-based Ruhrbahn has awarded a contract to CAF Group for the delivery of around 51 light rail vehicles (LRVs).

CAF wins almost €200m of light rail contracts in Germany

SPANISH manufacturer CAF has won two light rail contracts in Germany worth almost €200m in total.

NSW backs Parramatta light rail stage 2

THE future of stage 2 of Sydney’s Parramatta light rail project is assured after the New South Wales state government committed $A 50m ($US 37.

Wholesale sweets venture launched by Beamish Museum

A new venture has been launched by Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

UK

6339 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
HS2’s Old Oak Common station gets formal start

HS2’s huge hub station at Old Oak Common has received formal approval for the permanent construction work to start.

Construction begins on HS2’s West London superhub

The station, which will be approximately half a kilometre south of Willesden Junction, is expected to see over 250,000 passengers using it on a daily basis.

Network Rail chief to deliver initial GBR propositions by end of July

THE chief executive of British infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR), Mr Andrew Haines, has agreed to make propositions to British secretary of state for transport, Mr Grant Shapps, regarding the new Great British Railways (GBR).

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The IET-accredited online MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering from The University of Manchester is a great example of high-quality flexible learning, designed to be completed in parallel with a day-to-day job in the sector.

USA

5876 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Ricardo Appoints Two Leaders for North American Rail Market

They will lead the firm’s North American rail market activities.

For Brightline West, Another Delay

Last year, parent company Fortress Investment Group had been marketing $2.

Transit Briefs: Ottawa Airport, NJ Transit

The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority is project manager for a new C$16.

Supply Briefs: Metro East Industries, Remprex

The acquisition of Midwest Maintenance Service “broadens Metro East Industries’ growing network of locomotive and railcar mobile maintenance providers,” the company said.

$US 4bn tunnel project planned to unlock US’ Northeast Corridor bottleneck

ONE of the United State’s worst passenger rail bottlenecks could soon be unlocked, with plans progressing to construct a $US 4bn twin-bore tunnel to replace the 148-year-old Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel on the Northeast Corridor over the next 10 years.

Victorian Rail News

8092 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Glenhuntly station designs released

There are too many level crossing projects for me to track them all individually, but I am particularly interested in those at stations I’ve used regularly in the past.

Butterfly flaps its wings in Montmorency – and upends $530m rail plan

Hundreds of metres of new railway tracks promised by the Andrews government in Melbourne’s north-east will no longer be built to save an endangered butterfly species.

Designs released for fast-tracked Mont Albert and Surrey Hills level crossing removals

Updated designs for a new railway station in Surrey Hills have been released, progressing the removal of unsafe and congested level crossings at Union Road in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road in Mont Albert.

Peak hour train trips on new Suburban Rail Loop set to be twice as quick as using the car

The train trip on the first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop is set to be at least twice as quick as taking the car between the same commuter hot spots.

More than quarter of Victoria's roads can now take HPFV's

The Victorian government has revealed there's been a 400 per cent increase in applications for heavy vehicle access to the state's roads.

Western Australian Rail News

1397 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Investment in WA Goldfields rail infrastructure aims to support demand

Arc has completed the preliminary stage works on a new rail and intermodal terminal at the Hampton ballast siding on the Esperance Line.

Coughing schoolkids and cancer links, but no monitoring of diesel train emissions

Diesel trains are a constant sight in Esperance, with up to 22 services weekly.

Alstom starts assembling Perth EMUs

Alstom officially began train manufacturing at the Metronet Bellevue assembly plant in Western Australia on June 7, describing the occasion as ‘a watershed moment’ for the local rail sector.

Perth Metro marks National Reconciliation Week

A shared painting exercise titled the ‘Sea of Hands’ to represent the Aboriginal Flag for National Reconciliation Week was featured by Perth train operator METRONET.

Sand screen plan for Yanchep rail works

Yanchep Rail Extension contractors hope to use land near the future Alkimos station to screen sand.

Yarra Trams

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Route 30 Disruption - Wednesday 23 June

Route 30  trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Route 12 & 109 Disruption - Tuesday 22 June

Due to an equipment fault in Victoria Street

Third-party works: Swan St crane removal

Tuesday 29 June, 8pm to last tram.

Route 70 Disruption - Saturday 19 June

Due to a tram fault near Riversdale Station

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