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313 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
National road and rail freight data dashboard unveiled

Fresh data capturing Australia’s freight and supply chain performance for road and rail has been made available.

New resource to boost gender diversity in rail

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has released its Gender Diversity Resource Guide, containing materials to help rail organisations establish new measures supporting gender diversity in the industry.

Australia working on national rolling stock register

AUSTRALIA’s Rail Industry Safety and Standard Board (RISSB) has entered into a contract with software company Aquipa to compile a national register of rolling stock, which will provide a single data source on fleets used across Australia and a central platform for the management of the rolling stock registration process.

Transport Minister Chris Steel defends light rail stage 2A after audit questions benefit assumptions

Transport Minister Chris Steel has defended the benefits of the next stage of the light rail, which will be built between the city centre and Commonwealth Park, after an 

The value of non-destructive testing

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation says a train derailment near Koolyanobbing, WA, illustrates the value of non-destructive testing.


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Tanzanian electric locomotive contract finalised

Hyundai Rotem has awarded Škoda Transportation a Kc580m contract to supply the electrical equipment for 17 passenger locomotives which Tanzania Railways Corp has ordered for use on the 546 km 25 kV 50 Hz electrified standard gauge line under construction between Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Makutopora.

Transnet reopens Eastern Cape’s Cookhouse-Blaney line

TRANSNET has reopened the 200km Cookhouse – Blaney line in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, following a Rand 26m ($US 1.

Portuguese company Mota-Engil to build Mbalam-Kribi railway

The Portuguese construction company, Mota-Engil SGPS, S.

Sustainability pledge for African railways launched

A sustainability pledge for African railways targeting a 25% market share, carbon neutrality and support for employee wellbeing has been launched by UIC Africa as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Africa Climate week.

Transnet to seek private operator for reopened link

Transnet Freight Rail is to invite bids for a concession to operate the 200 km Cookhouse – Blaney line in Eastern Cape, which was reopened for regular traffic on October 7.

Airline News

709 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
ACCC Reports Highlights COVID’s Impact On Australia’s Airlines

Substantial waves of the COVID-19 Delta variant across New South Wales and Victoria over the recent southern hemisphere winter saw most of Australia’s domestic flying come to an abrupt halt.

Could US Passengers Have To Show COVID Status Before Flights?

A US Senator has proposed a bill that would require passengers to prove their COVID-19 status before boarding a US domestic flight.

US Gets Another Startup With aha! In Reno

Another startup in the United States is getting ready to launch operations in less than a month.

Jetstar Asia To Resume Flights Between Singapore And Darwin

After an absence of close to two years, Jetstar Asia is to resume flying between Singapore and Darwin in December.

Canada Lifts Ban On Flights From India

Canada has lifted a ban on direct flights from India after high COVID-19 cases in the subcontinent saw authorities step in and temporarily suspend services.

Arabian Rail News

328 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Thales awarded Dubai contract

Thales has been appointed by French Japanese consortium Keolis-MHI, to maintain some signalling and communications equipment of Dubai Metro, the world’s longest automated metro line.

Dubai metro extends maintenance contracts with Thales

KEOLIS-MHI, the consortium that begun operating and maintaining Dubai’s driverless metro network and operating the emirate’s light rail network in September, has signed a contract with Thales to continue to provide corrective and predictive maintenance, on-demand system enhancements, repairs and spares for the Red and Green metro lines and the Route 2020 extension.

UAE rail network now reaches border Saudi Arabia

The UAE National Railway Network is one step closer to completion, with the delivery of the railway line to the border with Saudi Arabia.

UAE rail network now reach border Saudi Arabia

The UAE National Railway Network is one step closer to completion, with the delivery of the railway line to the border with Saudi Arabia.

Construction of Etihad Rail Phase 2A completed

ETIHAD Rail has completed construction of the 139km Stage 2 Package A of the National Rail Network, which runs west from Ruwais to Ghuweifat, connecting the existing 264km south-north Habshan – Ruwais Stage 1 with the border of Saudi Arabia.


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'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

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Construction starts on Chuo Shinkansen depot

CONSTRUCTION of a new maintenance depot for the Chuo Shinkansen maglev train fleet was marked with a traditional safety prayer ceremony in Nakatsugawa City, Japan, one of two sites where a depot will be constructed.

Hitachi battery fleet saves 2.7 million kgs of CO₂ emissions in five years

HITACHI says its Dual Energy Charge Train (Dencha), the world’s first battery-powered train charged by ac overhead lines, has reduced CO₂ emissions by 2700 tonnes in the past five years.

Kazakhstan’s SilkWay orders 22 electric locomotives from Sinara

SILKWAY Transit, a Kazakhstan rail freight operator, has ordered 22 two-section 2ES7 ‘Black Granite’ electric locomotives from Sinara Transport Machines (STM), Russia, which will be delivered within nine months.

Wabtec opens Indian engineering hub

Wabtec has opened a ‘world-class’ rail component design and performance lab at Bengaluru.

Tracklaying on China – Laos railway completed

TRACKLAYING on the 1024km China – Laos Railway was completed in October 12, with Laos prime minister, Mr Phankham Viphavanh, confirming that the line is due to open as scheduled on December 2.


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Aurizon announces agreement for acquisition of One Rail Australia

Aurizon today announced it had signed an agreement with Macquarie Asset Management, on behalf of its managed funds and client, to acquire One Rail Australia (ORA) for $2.

Aurizon EA Negotiation Update No. 8

Your RTBU Locomotive Division negotiating team continues to meet regularly with Aurizon to bargain for a replacement agreement.

Aurizon EA Negotiation Update No. 6

Your RTBU Locomotive Division negotiating team have continued to meet with Aurizon for  Enterprise Agreement bargaining.

Aurizon EA Negotiation Update No. 9

Your RTBU Locomotive Division negotiating team met again with Aurizon on Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 October 2021 to bargain for a replacement agreement.

Could Qube merge with Aurizon?

Could a $13 billion-plus tie-up between logistics companies Qube and Aurizon be the next major mega merger on the agenda?

Australian High Speed Rail

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Why doesn't Australia have high speed rail?

Why doesn’t Australia have high speed rail?

Fast rail on the freeway: Another approach for the Canberra line

Hot Rails has previously looked at the Southern Highlands corridor, estimating the cost of a 200km/h corridor all the way from Goulburn into Central Station to be in the order of $3.

Foreign investment interest means fast rail in Australia could finally become a reality

Fast rail in Australia has been a long-held dream for many in the country and one expert believes conditions could finally be right for projects to move ahead.

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.

Bus Transport News

936 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Timetable Tuesday #138: Melbourne's 'Rapid Running' bus trial - can it work?

One of the initiatives in Victoria's Bus Plan, released back in June (and reviewed here), was a 'rapid running' trial on certain bus routes.

Date Extended by Which National Express is Required to Make an Offer for Stagecoach

On 21 September 2021, Stagecoach Group plc ("Stagecoach") and National Express Group PLC ("National Express") announced that they were in discussions in relation to a possible all-share combination.

Van Hool Delivers First Hydrogen Bus for STIB-MIVB in Brussels

Van Hool, the independent Belgian bus, coach and industrial vehicle manufacturer has delivered a hydrogen bus (model A330FC) to STIB-MIVB (the public transport company responsible for bus, metro and tram transport in Brussels)

Genoa Order for 30 Solaris Electric Buses

The Italian transport operator (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti SpA) in Genoa has placed an order for 30 Solaris electric buses.

Timetable Tuesday #137: Route 546 - The Yarra's north bank bus

Route 546 is a quirky bus route in Melbourne's inner to middle north-east.


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Canadian Pacific courts customers weary of Southern California port congestion

With congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach poised to extend into 2022, Canadian Pacific is seeking opportunities among customers and even with the steamship lines to divert traffic to western Canada and Atlantic Canada ports, CP’s executives said during the railway’s third-quarter earnings call on Wednesday.

CN CEO: Railway ‘not on the clock’ for choosing successor

Canadian railway CN will not give a specific time frame for when it will elect a new CEO, and the board of directors will open the search to candidates beyond one recently recommended by activist investor TCI Fund Management, according to outgoing CN President and CEO JJ Ruest.

CN CEO Jean-Jacques (JJ) Ruest to retire

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank JJ for his dedicated service to CN over 25 years and as CEO since 2018.

Cityrail News

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Derailed train will close rail line at Kembla Grange for days

The section of the rail line at Kembla Grange will be closed for days after a train derailed early on Wednesday.

Smart upgrade for public information systems

Providing information to the public across public spaces and transport hubs must ensure messages and important notifications are clearly and concisely conveyed.

Silence from transport management forces rail workers to strike again

NSW rail workers have been forced to take industrial action again this month, following senior management at NSW Trains and Sydney Trains’ continued refusal to meet with workers to negotiate fair wages and conditions, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW says.

NSW train strike disrupts rail services

NSW train services are being disrupted throughout the state as drivers strike and commuters are told to make alternative arrangements.

Sydney airport metro secures final approval

THE Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Airport project has cleared the third and final regulatory hurdle after the Australian federal government issued the go-ahead for work to be carried out within the boundary of the new Western Sydney International Airport.

Coronavirus Transport News

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Service disruption - Route 5, 6, 16 and 72 trams

Services on tram routes 5, 6, 16 and 72 are expected to be severely disrupted on Tuesday 19 October and Wednesday 20 October as a significant number of Yarra Trams drivers based at the Malvern Depot isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Service disruption - Route 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72 trams

Services on tram routes 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72 are expected to be severely disrupted on Wednesday 20 October as a significant number of Yarra Trams drivers based at the Malvern Depot isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Union Pacific requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

“After reviewing the White House’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Union Pacific is complying with the executive order requiring employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated by Dec.

Unions back Night Tube reopening

The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed Night Tube services will recommence on the Victoria and Central lines on 27 November, having been suspended since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.

Passengers get back on board

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has released figures showing 182 million rail journeys were made between April and June 2021 (Q1 2021/22).


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Golden Bullet 2.0 wagon unveiled

‘Wagons that seemed new and innovative a few years ago already feel dated.

Baden-Württemberg unveils ambitious plans to expand rail services

THE German state of Baden-Württemberg has approved and presented its 2030 Public Transport Plan for stakeholder consultation.

Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania sign rail corridor memorandum

Ministers from Bulgaria, Albania and North Macedonia have signed a memorandum covering plans to complete the missing rail links between their countries by 2030, but cautioned that this will require signficant investment.

Europe: Mont Cenis base tunnel takes shape

The award of civil works contracts earlier this summer to build the 57 km base tunnel across the Franco-Italian border has given new impetus to plans to complete a high-capacity corridor between Lyon and Torino.

Battery rather than hydrogen trains suggested in Sachsen study

The use of battery rather than hydrogen traction is recommended in a study into options for replacing diesel multiple-units on regional routes around Dresden where electrification is unlikely in the short to medium term.

Gunzelling Reports

1463 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Mike and Mike

Last Saturday a group of us from Northern Virginia made road trip to the Richmond suburbs to see and run some trains on Mike Pulaski's layout.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/10/2021

There were 69 sightings for this week; This is 11 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/10/2021

There were 80 sightings for this week; This is 10 sightings more than last week.

Boxcar 'reborn'?

These pair of 46'6 PN reefers have been rebranded for a number of months now, but have been captive between Perth and Melbourne.

Railway Bridge Tour

In the early to mid 2000's myself and a few others got a tour of the CN Second Narrows Bridge.

Inland Rail Project

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Inland Rail Benalla station to be modified

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has backed a modification of the Benalla station precinct in Victoria through the Inland Rail project, in line with the necessary safety and technical requirements.

Benalla residents delighted with plans to realign city's track connecting Inland Rail

Rebuilding an overpass is ruled out in welcoming Inland Rail's double-stacked carriages to Benalla's station, with a rail realignment enabling better access, more parking, and bus interchange improvements.

Boost for freight, supply chain performance

Newly available data capturing Australia’s freight and supply chain performance over road and rail is expected to help freight operators and the businesses they support to improve their operations, save on costs and grow on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joyce's Gladstone coal trains pledge 'shock' news to Brisbane port workers

The Port of Brisbane is vying for coal trains not to be redirected through a new Inland Rail route.

Barnaby Joyce says 'book in' election commitment of coal trains to Gladstone via Inland Rail

Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minster Barnaby Joyce says the federal government promises to send coal to Gladstone instead of the Port of Brisbane as part of its expansion of Inland Rail.

International Rail News

5661 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
First Argentinean-built locomotive delivered

ARGENTINEAN Trains has taken delivery of the first of two new six-axle 1676mm-gauge diesel locomotives being built in Argentina by Materfer at its plant in Córdoba province.

Why Transit Inequality Persists in Brazil

Called a fundamental right, in reality, transit operates with inequality, especially for Black and low-income people.

Brazil’s Rail Month attracts $US 16.56bn in investments

BRAZIL’s “Rail Month” in September resulted in more than Reais 91.

Bidders sought for Dominican Republic study

A tender has been launched to conduct studies and analysis regarding the development of a new line between Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Digitalisation, sustainability and localisation offer opportunities for rolling stock manufacturers

Rolling stock manufacturers are optimistic about the future, and the merger of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation could create a European heavyweight able to compete with China’s CRRC, according to the latest Worldwide Rolling Stock Manufacturers market study from SCI Verkehr.

Letters to the Editor

335 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

Anyone who has visited the area over the past few months can’t have missed the huge amount of street works going on, as part of plans to revamp the road layout around Aldwych and Strand.

The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

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.

Model Railways

2566 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
A Pollock hot-metal car, Part 2

In the preceding Part 1 on this topic, I described some of the history of this long-lived kit for a distinctive car, which is essentially a 70-ton ladle on a support structure with trucks.

SP car ledgers donated to CSRM

Many readers of this blog (or of my five-book series, Southern Pacific Freight Cars) will know that Southern Pacific kept large book-style ledgers with detailed information about the repair and upgrading history of its entire freight car fleet.

Those peaky coupler screws for brass models

All of us who deal with brass models of railroad equipment (mine are HO scale), eventually deal with the metric screws that they have.

Chromite mining on my layout

A few years back, I wrote a description of the kinds of published information that a modeler can use to find out about mining activities in a particular area being modeled.

SP car ledger donation, Part 2

In the first post on this topic, I showed the appearance of the so-called “car ledgers” of the Southern Pacific (formally, Freight Car Records), with car fleet history from 1920 into the late 1950s.

Narrow Gauge

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Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show 2021

Ken Jones visited the Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show on 29th August and has sent us the following photographs.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway’s flagship steam locomotive returns to service!

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway has confirmed that their flagship steam locomotive, “The Earl”, is back in service hauling steam trains.

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway launches new Day Rover tickets

The Eastleigh Lakeside Railway in Hampshire, has announced that they are now offering Day Rover Tickets for passengers wanting more rides.

Steam locomotive Jurassic returns at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

Jurassic, a 118-year-old steam locomotive, has been back in steam at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway in Skegness.

Prototype Day at the Adirondack Live Steamers

Yesterday was prototype day at the Adirondack Live Steamers.

New South Wales Rail News

4429 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Dubbo MP seeks community input on train station accessibility

Dubbo residents are being asked how Dubbo Train Station can be made accessible to everyone.

Live: NSW Now: Clean-up underway in Coffs Harbour after supercell storm causes widespread damage

Emergency services reported more than 700 calls for help as the region was lashed by giant hail and damaging winds.

Revitalised Byron rail corridor opens at midday Saturday 23 October

The fences are coming down in the Byron Bay rail corridor this weekend, to reveal Council’s newest park, an impressive $1.

NSW train derails leaving several injured

Four passengers and the driver have been taken to hospital for minor injuries after a train derailed at Kembla Grange near Wollongong.

NSW’s rail networks won’t cope with freight surge

NSW’s rail freight networks may not be able to cope with surging volumes of consumer goods and commodities because its transport agencies are not accountable for delivering on plans to put more goods on trains, the state auditor-general has warned.

New Zealand Rail News

606 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
End of the line at Britomart

Work on one of the most complex engineering challenges undertaken in New Zealand has ended with completion of City Rail Link’s (CRL) C1 contract at Britomart Station.

Millions in new charges for rail freight users

Big forestry and dairy producers are 'blindsided', warning a new rail charge jeopardises government ambitions to shift away from road emissions.

Karangahape welcomes Dame Whina Cooper

Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel boring machine (TBM), Dame Whina Cooper, has broken through into the Karangahape Station construction site at the end of its 860 metre-long journey from Mt Eden.

KiwiRail awards Stadler locomotive framework agreement

NEW Zealand railway KiwiRail has signed an agreement with Stadler for the supply of 57 diesel mainline locomotives worth around €228m.

KiwiRail orders 57 Stadler diesel locomotives

KiwiRail has selected Stadler to supply its next generation of main-line diesel locomotives, placing a framework contract with an NZ$403m firm order for an initial 57 to be deployed on freight and passenger services on the South Island’s ‘challenging’ routes.

Northern Territory Rail News

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New rail terminal could turn dreams into reality

There is a window of opportunity needing to be seized following the release of a tender into the relocation of the Darwin Passenger Railway Terminal.

NT cattle's return to transport by rail could save producers $120 per head to SA, study finds

A study looking at the viability of transporting cattle on rail to Darwin and South Australia is being conducted by the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

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.


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Off Topic: Martin Mars Water Bomber 2008

Sometimes even non-railway stuff is interesting.

Equitable Streets Start with Parking Reform

In the past months, two hurricanes, Henri and Ida, devastated the South and Northeast regions of the United States, while forest fires raged in the west.

New Push For a Safer Golden Gate Bridge

A cyclist is five times more likely to crash traversing the Golden Gate Bridge as a motorist, and 21 times more likely to be injured.

Show us the money: Sustainable finance tech for COP26 to think about

COP26 is coming, with world leaders convening in Scotland to discuss the threat of the worsening climate crisis.

Other Transport News

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FreightWaves Classics: I-25 serves three Western states

The FreightWaves Classics series of articles on U.

Insights from Cairo: Improving Mobility Through Bikeshare

Amid the global bikeshare boom, the call for bikeshare systems in African cities is gaining momentum.

FreightWaves Classics: Pennsylvania Turnpike was first superhighway in the US (Part 1)

“An unbroken ribbon of concrete cutting through mountains and across valleys, bypassing towns.

Study: How Megacars, More Driving Could Cancel Out EV Gains

Even the most realistic models of the emissions-cutting potential of electric vehicles are still underestimating how much more Americans are likely to drive in the years to come.

Pacific National News

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Lead Testing at Pacific National Intermodal Broken Hill

Members at Pacific National’s Broken Hill Intermodal Depot have a long standing contract with Perilya Lead Mine and have been pushing for lead testing at their depot in accordance with both state and federal regulation.

Pacific National orders UGL Evolution diesel locomotives

Pacific National has awarded UGL a framework contract to design, manufacture and supply up to 123 C44 Evolution diesel locomotives, with a firm order for 50 in the first tranche.

New Pacific National ESG locomotives

Pacific National recently made a significant investment in its haulage capabilities, commissioning a fleet of 50 new freight locomotives that will be more environmentally friendly.

Call for Rapid Antigen Testing in rail freight  

Australia’s largest private rail freight company is calling on governments to simplify deployment and use of rapid antigen testing (RAT) to help screen essential rail freight workers for COVID.

$297 million contract for UGL

CIMIC Group’s UGL has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture and supply new fuel-efficient diesel electric locomotives for long-standing client, Pacific National.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 8 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

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Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

Qube Holdings has revealed it will write down up to $215 million on a loss-making import-export rail terminal at its Moorebank freight hub as it signed off on a deal to sell land and warehouses to a consortium led by the Logos Property Group.

Qube cool on One Rail’s coal, watching brief on freight

ASX-listed Qube Holdings is not one to shy away from a deal in the Australian transport sector - however the coal exposure inside Macquarie’s One Rail Australia has given it pause for thought.

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.

Queensland Rail News

2830 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
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.

Mian built a new home for his family. Two weeks before moving in he was told the house would be demolished

Dozens of residents will lose their homes to make way for a public transport project planned for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

800 Queensland jobs expected from new train manufacturing

Train manufacturing on Queensland's Fraser coast is steaming ahead with the state government announcing 65 trains will be built in the region.

Homes due to be resumed to make way for faster trains during Olympics

Dozens of residents will lose their homes to make way for a public transport project planned for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Trains bound for Brisbane's 2032 Olympic Games to be built at $7 billion Maryborough site

The Queensland government announces a $7 billion investment to manufacture trains, set for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games, in regional Queensland.

Rail Events

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Rail bridge nominations for IBC award are now open

The International Bridge Conference will once again honor a railroad bridge project during its awards night, which will happen during the conference June 17-20, 2022, at the David L.

Railway Age’s 2021 Short Line and Regional Railroads of the Year

The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Ariz.

Apedale Valley Light Railway to welcome Santa Claus

After keeping safe last year, Santa Claus is heading to Apedale Valley Light Railway (AVLR) this December.

Dean Forest Railway to belatedly celebrate 50th anniversary this October

In 2020, the Dean Forest Railway Society (DFRS) planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its formation as a preservation society.

Rail industry celebrates the Women in Rail Awards 2021

The fourth Women in Rail Awards took place on Thursday 30 September at the stunning and iconic Roundhouse, Camden London.

Rail News

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Railtrain – Shuttle Services: A message to RSS Members regarding their EA

Whilst RSS may think Good Faith Bargaining has been exhausted, your RTBU NSW Locomotive  Division Negotiating Team does not and are still prepared to negotiate a reasonable agreement  that you are happy with.

Job site safety support with BIM

It’s well known that building information modeling (BIM) has set the bar high when it comes to saving time and money — the two project resources against which your construction progress and performance are typically measured.

Railtrain – Shuttle Services EA Negotiations Update

Rail Shuttle Services, which is part of the Railtrain group, advised the NSW RTBU Locomotive  Division yesterday that they believe that Good Faith Bargaining has been exhausted.

Taking Care: Support Services available to Members

As we navigate these difficult times, remember help is close at hand.

Railtrain – The Latest

Rail Shuttle Services On Friday 8th October, advice was received that the Railtrain subsidiary Rail Shuttle Services (RSS)  proposed enterprise agreement was voted down for the second time.

Rail Travel

493 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
For Want of a Taxi

This is being posted from the town of Vernet-les-Bains, tucked into the foot of the Pyranees, the mountain range separating France from Spain.

Tavel Notes and Comments

I took and passed the Covid-19 test yesterday afternoon at a CVS pharmacy here in Alexandria.

Family Bedroom vs. Roomette

Bottom Line: It’s just hard to beat a Roomette.

More on Amtrak Food Service

First, let’s be clear that the opinions I share with you are based on just a few meals served under very different conditions.

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

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A rose by any other name.

I asked my friend John Ott for his advice on renaming the locomotive General to use on the USMRR Aquia Line.

Tolstoy, SD: Old Grain Elevators

Philip Kaminski posted

De Land, IL: Monticello Museum/IC Depot

(Satellite, the steel bins by Hwy Ave now occupy the depot's land)

Railway Preservation

1436 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Get creative with Lego this half term at the National Railway Museum, York

As part of the half term fun this year, the National Railway Museum are putting on free Lego ‘Move It’ and ‘Make It’ activities for families to enjoy.

More operating days as demand soars for Swanage Railway’s Steam and Lights trains

The dedicated Swanage Railway volunteers will be undertaking and operating all the new additions this December including extra services, refreshed line side and station lighting displays, which have all been put in place following the huge success of last years festive services.

Bury return for steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa this November

The East Lancashire Railway has announced that LNER A4 No.

7812 Erlestoke Manor: GWR steam locomotive passes first boiler test

The Erlestoke Manor Fund has announced that GWR Manor No.

Duchess steam locomotive to visit Sheffield this Thursday

Steam locomotive 6233 Duchess of Sutherland is on the mainline this Thursday, its first mainline outing of the 2021 season.

Railway Publications

337 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
COMPETITION: 12 prizes up for grabs in our latest book competition

We are giving you the chance to win a number of prizes in our bumper competition this month.

Review: Works Trams of the British Isles by Peter Waller

Works Trams of the British Isles DEALS

Bells & Whistles—LaGuardia had a new transit line, but now it does not

South Shore Line double track bids still high, but are now low enough

Bells & Whistles—Another delay for HART, but where are the welders?

BNSF is getting ready to open line burned by Dixie Fire

Buyers and Sellers, Enjoy the Show!

Welcome to the 2022 Railroad Financial Desk Book.

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 7 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

216 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Volga-Don Canal bridge opened

RUSSIA: A 155 m long bridge across the Volga-Don Canal near Volgograd has been officially opened, carrying a second track to increase the capacity of the Gornopolyansky – Kanalnaya line to 154 trains each way per day.

RM Rail develops the people’s bogie

Rolling stock manufacturer RM Rail has developed a 25 tonne axleload bogie in conjunction with St Petersburg State Transport University.

Rizhskaya station to become major hub following Moscow Central Diameter openings

MOSCOW Metro says Rizhskaya station on the Kaluzhsko – Rizhskaya Line 6 will become one of the largest rail hubs in Moscow with the under-construction Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) set to connect three above-ground metro lines, two underground metro lines, suburban rail services and in future Russia’s first proposed high-speed line.

Moscow shuttle: Rotterdam’s new gateway to Russia

A new cross-border connection is in the pipeline for Rotterdam, organised by Smartcontainer B.

You can now find TransContainer on

PSJC TransContainer, the Russian rail freight service provider has acquired an account on the Alibaba marketplace.

South Australian Rail News

900 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
South Australian Government moves to remove access to Barossa Valley Rail Line

SARRA has just been made aware of the Murray street railway crossing being removed in Gawler, for those of you who are not aware of the importance of this crossing, it is the gateway to the Barossa by rail.

Heated forum restarts government cogs on Adelaide Hills passenger rail

Despite ruling out the reinstatement of the Adelaide Hills passenger railway line, South Australia's Transport Minister has asked Engineers Australia to look into it after facing a hostile crowd in Mount Barker overnight.

A-City trains delivered

Alstom has delivered the first of 36 locally manufactured suburban railcars to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport in South Australia’s Seaford depot, following the award of the contract for 12 three-car sets in June 2019.

Gawler railway line commuters still without end date for long-awaited train electrification

Commuters in Adelaide's northern suburbs remain without an end date for the electrification of the Gawler rail line, seven weeks after it was revealed the project would continue into the new year.

Drug breaches, safety incidents hit Gawler rail line upgrade

Workers on Gawler’s rail line electrification project are failing drug tests, and there have been hundreds of safety incidents.

Tasmanian Rail News

435 stories | Newest story posted last month
2,000 train trips later

Tom Pavic-Ryan reflects on 11 years of being a guide on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

This railway is synonymous with Tassie's west coast, and now there's a push to have it heritage listed

It's a remarkable feat of engineering, and now there's a push to have this west coast railway added to the national heritage list.

TasRail looks to Tasmanian firm to design and build new shiploader

TasRail is finalising negotiations with a Tasmanian business on the design and construction contract for its new shiploader at Burnie.

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.

Technology News

254 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
More investment in libraries needed to bridge Victoria’s digital divide

When was the last time you dropped into your local library?

For Shift5, $20MM in Series A Funding

OT (Operational Technology) cybersecurity company Shift5 has raised $20 million in Series A funding that will be used “to provide enhanced cybersecurity and operational intelligence for commercial transportation fleet operators and military platforms—aircraft, railways, military vehicles.

REVIEW: Jackery Solar Generator 500

Following on from our review of the Jackery Solar Generator 240 earlier this year, Jackery have been kind enough to send us the more powerful Jackery Solar Generator 500 for review.

Wabtec to transfer production from German site to Italy and India

Plans to transfer production activities from Wabtec’s Bochum site in Germany to Poli in Italy and Hosur in India have been announced, with the loss of around 200 jobs expected by the end of 2023.

Track Technology: Mobile milling saves rail replacement

A compact milling machine can be used for quick interventions to remove rail defects before the damage becomes too severe.

Train Simulator News

82 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games has announced that Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2.

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

2182 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Hydrogen fuel cell tram development project launched

A hydrogen-electric tram demonstration project has been launched by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, which aims to adapt existing automotive hydrogen technologies for rail use to develop a strong position for South Korean suppliers in the global light rail market.

Alstom wins 130 million euros order to supply 37 trams to France

Alstom has won an order from Île -de-France Mobilités and RATP for 37 Citadis X05 trams.

Paris T1 to receive up to 120 new LRVs

ILE-de-France Mobility (IDFM) and the Paris Transport Authority (RATP) have placed an order for 37 Alstom Citadis X05 LRVs for an initial €130m.

Pyrmont Depot Protected Action: Stoppage on 28 Septmber 2021

Footage and images from the Pyrmont Depot stoppage on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

Van Hool Electric Exqui.City Tram Buses Heading for France

A fleet of 24-meter bi-articulated e-buses will be operating in France shortly.


7378 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Bristol to Waterloo train: Campaigners fight to save service

Several campaign groups are joining forces to fight plans to scrap direct trains between Bristol and Waterloo.

Keltbray appoints Neil Lindley as Programme Director for HS2 Portfolio

Keltbray is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Lindley as Programme Director for its HS2 portfolio of works, reporting to Managing Director of Rail, Neil Thompson.

Local groups invited to share ideas for outgoing Tyne and Wear Metro train carriages

As the Tyne and Wear Metro prepare for their new £362m train fleet to arrive in 2023, they have launched a fantastic initiative for local communities to repurpose up to five old carriages.

Northern Takes Control of Neville Hill Depot Safeguarding Jobs

The future of rail engineering in Leeds is in safe hands after Northern confirmed it now has full control of the city’s Neville Hill depot.

Northern now in full control of Leeds’ Neville Hill depot

A deal has taken place to transfer Leeds’ Neville Hill depot to the full control of Northern rather than being jointly managed by Northern and East Midlands Railway (EMR).


6815 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Brightline Sets Service Resumption Date

Brightline President Patrick Goddard in August announced that service would resume in the first half of November, following its suspension on March 25, 2020, due to the pandemic.

CSX 3Q21: Revenue, Volume, Hiring Up (Updated, Cowen, Blaze, STB)

The Class I railroad said that revenue was “driven by growth across all business lines, increases in other revenue and the inclusion of Quality Carriers’ results.

Philadelphia woman allegedly raped on a train while witnesses reportedly filmed

A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted on a transit train in Philadelphia last week as a number of witnesses failed to stop the incident or call police, authorities said.

CSX 3Q21: Revenue, Volume, Hiring Up (Updated, Cowen, Blaze)

The Class I railroad said that revenue was “driven by growth across all business lines, increases in other revenue and the inclusion of Quality Carriers’ results.

Charges unlikely for passengers who saw Philadelphia train rape

Prosecutors pursuing the case against a man accused of raping a woman on a commuter train last week in the 

Victorian Rail News

8264 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Temporary road constructed as part of rail blitz

A new temporary road will run alongside Fitzgerald Road in Ardeer as the level crossing removal works ramp up.

Benalla Railway Station

In 1872, despite a late attempt by Mansfield to have the railway run through that town, the minister and the Victorian Railway Commissioner decided to extend the north-eastern rail line to Wodonga via Benalla.

Metro Tunnel TBMs dismantled

The last of the Metro Tunnel Project’s four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) completed its work on the project in May this year, breaking through at Town Hall Station in the Melbourne CBD.

From Korumburra to Adelaide, the final journey of the last Red Hens

One of Adelaide’s last remaining Red Hen trains was preparing for its final journey back to the state at Korumburra railway station last Saturday

Western Australian Rail News

1434 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
First look: METRONET Whiteman Park station

The Western Australian Government has revealed the first images of Perth’s soon-to-be-built METRONET Whiteman Park Station, with passengers set to step off the platform and into a green park space.

Why isn't this WA iron ore mine paying royalties?

Figures tabled in parliament this week reveal the state has missed out on more than $150 million in mining royalties over the past three years because of a deal designed to save port and mining jobs.

Meet Barry, the man who makes commuters at Murdoch Train Station smile everyday

Christine gets Barry on air so that commuters could thank him, and listeners could give a shout out to the 'Barry' in their lives.

Aboriginal partnership at Lakelands

An exciting new partnership on WA’s METRONET Lakelands Station project is improving the project’s ability to engage with Aboriginal businesses and employees.

Signal your interest

The WA Government is calling on signalling and system experts to submit Expressions of Interest to help deliver METRONET’s High Capacity Signalling Project.

Yarra Trams

793 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Service disruption Thursday 21 October - Route 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72 trams

Services on tram routes 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72 are expected to be disrupted on Thursday 21 October as a significant number of Yarra Trams drivers based at the Malvern Depot continue to isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Service disruption - Route 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72 trams

Services on tram routes 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72 are expected to be disrupted on Thursday 21 October as a significant number of Yarra Trams drivers based at the Malvern Depot continue to isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Yarra Trams disruptions due to covid 19 impacts

Services on five tram routes will be disrupted on Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21 with a lower frequency at times due to driver availability at the Malvern depot.

Route 57 Disruption - Tuesday 19 October

Due to a tram fault in Queensberry Street

Route 30/35/70/75/86 Disruption - Tuesday 19 October

Due to a collision in Harbour Esplanade

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