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ACT

237 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Public transport vital but must meet community needs: ACTCOSS

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has reaffirmed the importance of public transport while calling upon the ACT government to maximises accessibility and connectivity in the next stage of Canberra Light Rail.

Limited real-time freight data causing delays

The findings of a freight data sharing study, which involved trials with companies including Woolworths, Nestle and Toll Group, has outlined the opportunities for improvement in the sector, as well as identifying why supply chains are suffering.

Man to face court for allegedly defacing police cars and light rail vehicles

A 39-year-old O’Connor man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (11 January) charged with a string of graffiti incidents.

ATSB reviewing derailments, finalises reports

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is currently investigating two derailments that occurred in late 2020.

EPIC to Gungahlin light rail service to stop for two weeks

The ACT's light rail network will be partially shut down between the EPIC & Racecourse and Gungahlin Place stops from Sunday for two weeks.

Africa

302 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Mota-Engil to build Niger – Nigeria link

Construction of a long-planned rail link to landlocked Niger is set to go ahead, after Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Transportation signed a memorandum of understanding with Portuguese company Mota-Engil to build a cross-border rail link from northern Nigeria.

Namibian rail operator suspends passenger services following heavy rains

Namibia's railway operator TransNamib confirmed Tuesday that it had suspended passenger railway services due to the heavy rainfall being experienced countrywide.

Chinese companies awarded Mwanza – Isaka standard gauge contract

Tanzania Railway Corp has signed contracts for two Chinese construction companies to build Stage 5 of the country’s embryonic 1 435 mm gauge network, covering the 249 km from the dry port at Isaka to Mwanza on Lake Victoria.

The Uganda Railway during the First World War

I recently picked up a copy of each of the two volumes of ‘Permanent Way‘ written by M.

Airline News

279 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Fly to Hawaii Safely

I’m starting to plan my next trip and—no surprise—there’s a fair amount of train travel involved onceI I get to the Mainland.

All aboard – book premium rail travel with Qantas points

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now earn and use points on premium train trips around Australia including The Ghan, Indian Pacific and the Great Southern – marking the first time Classic Reward Seats have been offered on the ground.

Schiphol’s cargo community readies for vaccines storm

As pharmaceutical manufacturers push to complete their trials of Covid-19 vaccines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is at the centre of a race to make sure the transport of vaccines by air and road will go as smoothly as possible.

India’s SpiceJet eyes cargo flights to the US, starting with PPE

SpiceJet has applied to US authorities to start Covid-19-related cargo flights as soon as possible, and is looking initially to wet lease aircraft for the operation.

BA finally agrees ‘air cargo cartel’ financial settlement with DB Schenker

British Airways has agreed an out-of-court settlement with Deutsche Bahn over the air freight ‘cartel’ – after seven years of arguing.

Arabian Rail News

241 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Siemens Mobility to design, install and commission first high-speed rail network in Egypt

Siemens Mobility has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Authority for Tunnels.

Egypt plans Mediterranean to Red Sea high speed line

A memorandum of understanding for the design, construction and maintenance of a 1 000 km high speed rail network has been signed by the Ministry of Transport’s National Authority for Tunnels, Siemens Mobility and local companies Orascom Construction SAE and The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co).

Railway opening forges ‘bonds of friendship’ between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan

‘Those who thought that building a network of railways in Afghanistan was impossible need to reconsider their perspective’, said President Ashraf Ghani during the inauguration of the line from Aqina on the Turkmen border to the northern town of Andkhoy on January 14.

Saudi Arabia to build residential project THE LINE centred around walking

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced an ambitious new residential scheme in the country, which will feature no roads or cars at all and at its heart will rely on futuristic transport, as well as the two feet of residents.

Etihad Rail Stage Two tracklaying underway

Tracklaying on the Package A section of Stage Two of the national railway network has been ceremonially launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, during a visit to Etihad Rail’s railhead in Ruwais.

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

3614 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
High speed train order increased

China State Railway Group has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 297m yuan contract to supply a further two eight-car CR400AF high speed trainsets by the end of June.

Bombardier’s Chinese JV to supply 16 new high-speed train CR400AF cars

Bombardier Transportation has announced that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd.

CAF-Bombardier consortium selected for Paris RER rolling stock contract

National passenger operator SNCF Voyageurs and Paris transport operator RATP have confirmed their selection of a consortium of Bombardier Transpoartion and CAF as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 146 suburban trainsets for the jointly operated north-south RER Line B.

Low-temperature Fuxing high speed train to serve Harbin

A winterised variant of the Fuxing China Standard high speed train family has been developed for use on 350 km/h services linking Beijing with Shenyang and Harbin in the northern province of Heilongjiang.

Signalling system from Thales first certified CBTC product in China

A CBTC signalling system developed by Thales’s Chinese joint venture, Thales SEC Transport, has received the China Urban Rail Certification.

Aurizon

267 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Brennan IT wins $20 million, multi-year managed services contract with rail freight operator Aurizon

Brennan IT has won a $20 million managed services contract with rail freight operator Aurizon.

Aurizon announces latest recipients of its Community Giving Fund

23 regional charities to benefit from funding from Australia’s largest rail freight company

High Court puts end to Acacia Ridge litigation

The High Court of Australia has dismissed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) application for special leave to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the sale of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal.

Aurizon to change toilets after Rail Tram and Bus Union complained to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Project Kenny is underway at the Aurizon Pring Depot after a crappy situation with toilets and sewerage on locomotives injured two workers.

Aurizon targets net zero operational emissions by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Australian High Speed Rail

34 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Cabinet papers show an opportunity lost on fast rail

Having been the bid manager for the under bidder in the Sydney - Canberra High Speed Rail Tender and, later, the consultant project director of the Commonwealth's East Coast Very High Speed Train Study, I found the recently released 2000 Cabinet papers of considerable interest.

Connecting Australia’s cities and regions by rail

Infrastructure investment approaches and international lessons are on the agenda for the videoconference public hearing on Monday, 14 September for the inquiry into 

Fast rail and high speed rail solve different issues for Australia's regions

At the hearings of the parliamentary inquiry into financing of faster rail in June, Bob Bennett, co-convener of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, spoke of the "chilling effect" that the possibility of high speed rail has had, over years, on more modest upgrade proposals.

Financing faster rail networks

The federal government is mulling a value capture tax to recoup the costs of its ambitious program to build faster rail connections along the eastern seaboard.

Bus Transport News

668 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Gali Batu Bus Terminal

Gali Batu Bus Terminal is a bus terminal north of Bukit Panjang, just off Woodlands Road.

FirstGroup sells Greyhound facilities in North America

FirstGroup has sold three major bus facilities in North America for a total of £102 million.

Autonomous Bus Trial @ Science Park 2

The On-demand Autonomous Shuttle @ Science Park 2 is undergoing a four-month trial from 4 January 2021 to 30 April 2021.

Shearings shifts to trust account model

Payments are stored in an independently operated secure trust account, until after their holiday has taken place and if the holiday does not go ahead for any reason customers can be refunded.

Stagecoach Becomes First UK Bus Operator to Invest in National Roll-Out of New Bridge Alert Technology

Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus operator, announced on 13 January 2021, that it will become the first bus operator in the country to invest in the national roll-out of new bridge alert technology across its fleet.

Canada

794 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
GO suspending Niagara train service, January 9

Starting Saturday, **January 9**, [GO Transit](http://www.

Snapshot of Greenboro Station - January 8, 2021

At Greenboro Station, it appears the old platform is being demolished.

Brampton Transit revises services, starting January 4

Starting Monday, **January 4** [Brampton Transit](https://www.

Cityrail News

804 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Train chaos continues as commuters unable to socially distance on packed platforms

Sydney rail commuters experienced major delays last night with crowds stuck at two stations unable to socially distance following a fatality that stopped trains on several major routes for four hours.

Hundreds of stranded passengers wait outside Strathfield Station

A fatality at Lidcombe train station this afternoon forced trains to be suspended between Central and Strathfield, creating a huge backlog of services.

Police plan helps youth get back on track after paying Sydney Trains fines

NSW Police in partnership with PCYC are collaborating with NSW Legal Aid, State Revenue and Sydney Trains to help young people get back on track and pay off their transport fines.

Increased capacity on Sydney trains as COVID-19 risks for commuters lessen

More people will be allowed to sit together on Sydney trains, and additional trains will be put into service, after COVID-19 risks for commuters were downgraded.

Teenage girls charged after allegedly robbing, punching people on Sydney train

Five girls have been charged after allegedly going on an assault and robbery rampage on a Sydney train on Wednesday.

Coronavirus Transport News

369 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Policy: Passenger rail in the age of coronavirus

The rail sector continues to grapple with the implications of a drastic drop in ridership and the need to deploy extensive Covid-19 mitigation measures.

Catering: Making the customers smile again

Roger Williams, Chairman of International Rail Catering Group, shares his view on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on rail catering and strategies to recover customer confidence.

Bolt offers to help get Londoners to vaccine appointments in the capital

Bolt, one of London’s biggest ride-hailing platforms, is appealing for the UK government to take up its offer to provide free transport to help Londoners travel to Covid-19 vaccine hubs – with an initial pledge of £250,000 worth of rides.

COVID-stricken Tyne and Wear Metro could need more cash bailouts

The Tyne and Wear Metro has warned that significant funding may be required to rescue the network as it continues to feel the pinch due to the COVID-19 crisis.

FTA Makes $14B Available to Support Public Transit During COVID-19

Funding is provided through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) (H.

Europe

5912 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Li-fi trialled at Málaga station

As part of its Digital Stations investment programme, infrastructure manager ADIF launched trials of li-fi technology at Málaga María Zambrano station on January 12.

Bombardier begins mid-life overhaul of Israel Railways’ double-deck fleet

Bombardier Transportation has started the mid-life overhaul for Israel Railways’ (ISR) fleet of 143 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX double-deck coaches.

Turkey’s train to China regular on the 2021 timetable

The rail freight service from Istanbul to Xi’an is now a regular on the timetables.

Rail Baltica signs first agreement for local stop at Kohila, Estonia

Kohila municipality and RB Estonia have signed an agreement of cooperation for the design and construction works of the Rail Baltica stop at Kohila.

More Île-de-France EMUs ordered

Acting on behalf of Paris regional transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités, national operator SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply a further three Omneo Regio 2N electric multiple-units.

Gunzelling Reports

1213 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/1/2021

There were 83 sightings for this week; This is 70 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/1/2021

The last five days of 2020 produced 31 sightings, making a total of 4467 sightings for 2020, this is 519 sightings more than the same time last year, but 2020 had one extra day.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/12/2020

There were 62 sightings for this week; This is 36 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/12/2020

There were 98 sightings for this week; This is 5 sightings more than last week.

42G1 - The unusual

Snapped these 42G1 (8'6") 40ft containers on a Qube job last week.

Inland Rail Project

458 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
$44 million investment into Narrabri to Turrawan rail upgrade

The Federal Government will invest $44.

Narrabri to Turrawan rail line inspected ahead of $44.7 million upgrade

ACTING Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Parkes MP Mark Coulton have visited the site of the Narrabri to Turrawan rail line ahead of its $44.

Moree CBD set to thrive as Trans4m Rail leases three premises in Balo Street

The Moree CBD is about to become a whole lot busier with Trans4m Rail finding a home for its office premises on Balo Street.

Inland Rail starts NSW environmental consultation

National infrastructure manager ARTC has begun public consultation on the Environmental Impact Statement for the longest section of new construction in its 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor.

Inland rail opportunities threatened by foreign shipping reforms

Secret talks to allow cheap foreign-flagged ships access to Australia's interstate transport market could undermine the viability of the massive inland rail project and threaten thousands of regional jobs, unions have warned.

International Rail News

5503 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Chilean operator orders electro-diesel multiple-units

National operator EFE has awarded CRRC Sifang a contract to supply six four-car electro-diesel multiple-units for use from mid-2023 on the partially electrified Santiago – Chillán line.

World rail freight news round-up

News from the world rail freight market

Railway supply industry news round-up

News from the global railway supply chain

[DE / Expert] The Desiro HC for Go-Ahead with (almost) full striping

At the end of 2020, Railcolor News brought a sneak peek at the Go-Ahead Mireo with full striping.

Colombia awards Caribbean Regional Train study contract

The railway will run through the departments of Bolívar, Atlántico and Magdalena to link the main cities of Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta.

Letters to the Editor

321 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Media Insider: Wyndham Destinations Buys Travel + Leisure, NY Post Elects EIC, Digital Media Declined COVID-19 Relief

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

The Empires Return – London and New York City Part 2

The rise of London and New York City as major global cities can be traced in part to investment in high quality transport networks, as we described in Part 1, which helped enable each city and its region to grow both organically, and in its competitive position compared to other city regions.

On PR Newswire: Where Americans Moved in 2020, Sands Chairman Takes Medical Leave, Best Car to Buy in 2021

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists.

Holiday Card, with Controversial Hummingbird

The card was lightly controversial because it has no public transit or urbanism theme, but I’m sorry: Hummingbirds are amazing.

It’s OK to be Absolutely Furious

Today I took a stab at writing a holiday letter and discovered that, right at this moment, I can’t figure out how to cheer up transit advocates, or people who work in local government, or anyone else who loves cities.

Model Railways

2034 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Prototype Profile: Espee’s 100-plus C44-9Ws

Among Southern Pacific’s (SP) last new motive power acquisitions was a collection of 101 examples of General Electric’s (GE) C44-9W.

Athearn Product Manager Opportunity

Horizon Hobby has an opportunity for its Athearn Trains division

Model railroading scenes for 1/8/21

Start your weekend by perusing our latest batch of featured scenes and projects.

Build a Model Railroad in 10 Minutes a Day

This year I’ve decided to devote 10 minutes a day to working on model railroading.

Scratch Building a CN portable Building

Have you ever tried scratch building or kit bashing or a combination of both?

Narrow Gauge

122 stories | Newest story posted last month
Two national awards for Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway locomotive

The restoration of a small diesel locomotive at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, which has taken nearly 30 years, has been shortlisted for two national awards at the Heritage Railway Association Awards.

Restoring a Devore kit, Part 2

Only the older readers of this blog will have personal memory of the kit line from Devore, which were cast metal kits of various kinds.

Miniature delight: Mudgee Miniature Trains' first appearance since March

In their first outing since March, Mudgee Miniature Railway had a fully booked-out event on Sunday, August 16.

Cane train crashes into harvester in Ingham

Wilmar Sugar has released shocking new footage of a crash between a cane train and a harvester as frustrations rise over the number of incidents in milling regions this season so far.

Behind Closed Doors…

Whilst the restrictions around COVID-19 mean we aren’t currently able to open to the public, behind the scenes Puffing Billy’s workshops are a hive of activity, so an update seems timely.

New South Wales Rail News

4205 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Let's spark an expansion in the style of the rail days

IT took a while, but I finally got down to see the new rail museum that has been built next to the train station.

Tracklaying starts on Sydney’s City & Southwest metro

Sydney Metro says that over the coming months 62km of steel weighing more than 4000 tonnes will be used to lay track in the dual bore tunnels which run from Chatswood to Sydenham.

Real time interchange data displayed during Sydney Harbour Bridge shutdown

During the 10-day Sydney Harbour Bridge shutdown in January, screens displaying real-time interchange information guided commuters arriving at Wynyard and North Sydney stations.

Would a rail trail between Molong and Yeoval work?

It's time an enthusiastic local group revisited a plan to turn the closed railway line corridor between Molong and Yeoval into a rail trail opening it up for walkers and bike riders.

New Zealand Rail News

475 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Trains return to New Zealand commuter networks after Christmas shutdown

Trains have returned to the Auckland and Wellington networks on Monday morning, after a two-week shutdown over the Christmas and New Year break.

Martinus wins tracklaying and overhead contract for CRL

Martinus Rail has won the contract for rail supply, track, and overhead wiring for the City Rail Link in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rail Union Calls For Action On Wellington Rail Line After TAIC Report

The union representing rail workers is calling for action to a make a notorious Wellington rail bottleneck safer.

Call for rail north of Auckland as truck convoy starts moving containers

Calls for a rail link to Northport are increasing as extra trucks start transporting 

KiwiRail expands KLP Hybrid Polymer Sleepers application to tunnels and bridges

KiwiRail had to find an alternative solution for its aging timber sleeper infrastructure.

Northern Territory Rail News

221 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

Train services across the NT were disrupted for four hours yesterday after two boys jumped from a moving train.

Opinion

114 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Victoria’s circular, zero-waste future explained

We’re sure you’ve heard the term ‘Circular Economy’ a few times this year.

NASA considering commercial Mars data relay satellites

A constellation of commercial satellites could serve as a communications relay system for future NASA missions, such as an orbiter later this decade to search for subsurface ice on Mars.

First post – what’s this all about?

WELL, this is the first post to my blog!

Other Transport News

1013 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Manly Ferry: Freshwater vessel saved

A SECOND Freshwater class vessel has been saved, but Manly MP James Griffin says he understands not everyone will be happy.

Australian rail group calls for satellite monitoring of trucks

In Australia, rail companies and associations are calling for satellite monitoring of trucks in order to charge them at rates that better reflect their road use.

Air quality impacts of palm biodiesel in Indonesia

Explores how Indonesia’s goal of increasing biodiesel blending is likely to impact vehicle tailpipe emissions of air pollutants including nitrogen oxides.

Faecal matter spills onto major Epsom intersection

Efforts to clear a major Epsom intersection will take two hours longer than previously anticipated.

Ring Over the Water (Laguna Garzón Bridge, Uruguay)

Today’s piece of transport infrastructure is both unusual and attractive.

Pacific National News

51 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
New construction and freight jobs in the heart of Western Sydney

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery.

Pacific National welcomes High Court of Australia decision

Acacia Ridge Terminal in Queensland to be added to company’s rail freight network.

First sod turned on Pacific National’s St Marys Freight Hub

Construction has begun on Pacific National’s St Marys intermodal terminal, which, when complete, will enable rail freight to reach a mode share of 25 per cent of all containers handled at Port Botany.

Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Press Releases

243 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
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.

SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Special Heritage Train Tour from Southern Cross to Seymour, then travel to Mt Buller for a day in the snow or enjoy a Kelly Gang History Tour.

Qube Logistics

10 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
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.

Qube remains in a strong financial position

Despite the continued uncertainty and impact of Covid-19, Qube is in a strong financial position.

CONTAINERS AND GENERAL FREIGHT CRIMP QUBE OUTLOOK

Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts

QUBE BOOKS CHALMERS WIN BUT BRACES FOR UNCERTAINTY

Market clouds gather after first half but acquisition pays out early on land sale

Qube blames virus for weaker profits forecast

Qube Holdings chief executive Maurice James has scaled back growth forecasts amid uncertainty over how badly the coronavirus will disrupt imports to Australia as the logistics group reported a 16 per cent drop in interim profits to $51.

Queensland Rail News

2669 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
New designs show upgrade of Gold Coast rail station

ONE of the Gold Coast’s busiest railway stations will see an extra 500 car parking spaces provided under plans being prepared by the State Government.

TBM Else moved into position to begin tunnelling on CRR

The first of the tunnel boring machines (TBM) that will carve out Cross River Rail’s underground section is now underground.

Gladstone Ports partners with CSIRO for environmental monitoring

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has partnered with Australia’s top science body, CSIRO, on a new water quality and wind monitoring station installed at the Port of Bundaberg.

First Cross River Rail TBM goes underground

The first huge Cross River Rail tunnel boring machine (TBM) has headed underground beneath Brisbane, where it won’t emerge until late-2021.

Queensland Rail says $360m worth of upgrades for Mount Isa line is coming

More than $360m worth of capital upgrades were in the pipeline for the Mount Isa to Townsville line in the next five years.

Rail Events

640 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
RailTech Europe: registrations are open and first speakers revealed

ProMedia Group opened registration for RailTech Europe 2021 Thursday morning and launched the new website.

Emerge’s Leto, marketing expert Pulizzi to keynote Sales & Marketing Summit

In a work world that quickly became remote in 2020, organizations faced pressure on a number of fronts – technology, communications and a rapid digitization of the supply chain to name just a few.

Ray Churchill: Retirement for Tyseley’s Vintage Trains’ mainline steam locomotive driver

Vintage Trains’ driver, Ray Churchill, has taken the decision to hang up his grease top and a signature red scarf as he retires from a jam-packed railway career on the mainline.

Using the lessons of the past to drive innovation for the future: Peter Smith of SCT Logistics

Recognising a career of over 40 years in the rail freight industry, in November this year SCT Logistics founder and current director Peter Smith was awarded the Australian Freight Industry Award for Personality of the year.

A Sensory Friendly Day out with Thomas

For this very special afternoon we will turn the sound down and create an engaging and fun space that children with sensory processing difficulties can share with their families and carers.

Rail News

4315 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
ZF Services UK wins RISAS approval

Nottingham-based ZF Services UK has successfully gained RISAS recertification for a further three years for both rail final drives and bogie overhaul at its Rail Centre of Competence.

Masks now the new normal on more rail systems

Face masks and coverings are becoming an increasingly common feature on transportation networks across Australia.

Christmas work complete between London Wiltshire – including major work at Clapham Junction

Engineering staff worked between Christmas and New Year to improve the railway for passengers in a number of projects in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Amtrak’s on-time performance metric needs tweaks: AAR

Although the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has finalized the rule that defines on-time performance metrics for Amtrak, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is hoping some outstanding issues will be addressed following the rule’s implementation.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Well, another year has passed, and what a different year it has been for everyone.

Rail Travel

362 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
VIA Rail’s Classic Park Car

As far as I know, these classic stainless steel beauties bring up the rear of the Hudson Bay (Winnipeg-Churchill), the Skeena (Jasper-Prince George-Prince Rupert), the Ocean (Halifax-Montreal) and, of course, VIA’s trains 1 and 2, The Canadian (Vancouver-Toronto).

Is Amtrak’s big Rail Passengers Association point bonus worth the cost?

We’re likely to see a big push to help fund and expand Amtrak over the next few years.

It’s About Exceeding Expectations

Sometimes I wonder if the powers-that-be at Amtrak understand the real difference between coach passengers and sleeping car passengers.

These Are The Best Winter Destinations in Europe

Winter is a unique time to visit the European continent.

A Daze on the Hill

Every April—well, not this past year, of course—but every April in previous years, the Rail Passengers Association has met in Washington for its annual three-day Spring meeting.

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

146 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Horncastle station model goes missing – can you help?

A railway station isn’t the kind of thing you expect us to report on being misplaced – whether it is full size or just a model.

The Uganda Railway at the beginning of 20th century

I recently picked up a copy of each of the two volumes of ‘Permanent Way‘ written by M.

County officials push southern Montana passenger rail effort

Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier has a dream to restore a long-gone type of mass transit to Montana's southern railroad route.

LVRF train no.4168 - Cowan bank - 2000 and early 2001

By the end of 2000 the increased frequency with which Lachaln Valley Rail Freight’s train no.

Clearing Snow, Railroad Style!

Snow removal on the railroad is a job that has been around since the earliest railroads themselves.

Railway Preservation

800 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Severn Valley Railway welcomes 4930 Hagley Hall boiler home

The Severn Valley Railway has welcomed back the overhauled boiler of its flagship locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall, following extensive works at Northern Steam Engineering.

Boiler and tender frames update on steam locomotive 75079

The Watercress Line (Mid Hants Railway) has released an update on progress to BR steam locomotive No.

Here is your chance to become a Steam Train Driver at Newquay’s Lappa Valley Railway

The Lappa Valley Railway has told RailAdvent that it is currently looking for a Railway Operations Assistant to join the team at their base in Newquay.

Bahamas steam locomotive to team up with Mayflower for 4-day trip to Devon and Cornwall

Steam Dreams Rail Company has confirmed to RailAdvent that Ex-LMS Jubilee No.

Update on new build steam locomotive 2007 Prince of Wales – Updating electrical systems

The P2 Steam Locomotive Company has released an update on the progress being made on the new lights that will be fitted to P2 steam locomotive No.

Railway Publications

199 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
PREVIEW: January issue of The Railway Magazine

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present.

BOOK COMPETITION: British Industrial Steam Locomotives – A Pictorial Survey

We are giving you the chance to win our review copy of the British Industrial Steam Locomotives – A Pictorial Survey by David Mather.

COMPETITION: Main Line Operations Around Manchester Book Giveaway

We are giving you the chance to win our review copy of the Main Line Operations Around Manchester and The MSW Electrification Book by Bob Pixton.

PREVIEW: Issue 275 of Heritage Railway magazine

We explore the Christmas trains we thought we’d never see again in Issue 275 of Heritage Railway magazine.

Railway Stories

84 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
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.

Travelling on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide - A Trip Report

Arrived as Southern Cross station at 0700, the ticket and website said to be there at least one hour before departure.

Russian Rail News

157 stories | Newest story posted last month
Ukraine needs government support to reach full transport potential

Ukraine has been through many difficulties during the past few years.

Transmashholding delivers new passenger fleets

The coaches will be used to operate services on Sakhalin island, and offer improvements to accessibility including an exterior lifting device.

Russia set to move on €15bn rail plan

The Russian government is eyeing a plan for a RUB1.

Russian Railways open information and training centre in Belgrade

As of 10 November, a Russian Railways information and training centre will operate in the Serbian Railways Head Office at Belgrade.

Railgo to test tank wagons

Rolling stock owner Railgo has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type 15-9993 tank wagons for transporting petroleum products, which it will use to assess the design’s operational advantages before taking a decision on future purchases.

South Australian Rail News

851 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Staff arrangements mark next step in Adelaide rail hand-over

The South Australian government has confirmed that 83 staff drivers will take up an employment offer from Keolis Downer to drive trains once Keolis Downer begins operating the Adelaide passenger network at the end of January.

Better train services right on schedule as drivers sign up

The Marshall Government’s commitment to deliver better services for train passengers is another step closer, with experienced private service provider Keolis Downer Pty Ltd set to operate the Adelaide Metropolitan Passenger Rail Network from the end of this month.

Chateau Tanunda owner John Geber hires former transport boss Rod Hook to help restart Barossa wine train

A high profile Barossa businessman has hired a former transport department boss, in his latest attempt to restart a tourist train in the region.

The Rail - Everything you need to know about the Mount Gambier Railway Lands

The Mount Gambier Railway Lands is a unique and exciting new public space located in the heart of the City of Mount Gambier.

Bike maintenance station installed along Rail Trail

A bike pump and maintenance station has been installed at the Mount Gambier Railway Lands, enabling cyclists to undertake maintenance and repairs at a central and convenient location along the popular Rail Trail shared path.

Tasmanian Rail News

426 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
First big Tasmanian EE (2118 / ZA6) enters formal preservation at TTMS

Although not the first Tasmanian 12CSVT to be set aside for preservation - that honour goes to 2144 (ex ZC19 ex 1318) - the most significant of the extant Tasmanian 12CSVT's, 2118 (ex ZA6), has been delivered, by road, to it new home - the Tasmanian Transport Museum in Glenorchy.

What is next for North East rail trail?

With a development application lodged, the next hurdles the Dorset Council faces in getting its North East rail trail shovel-ready is opposition groups and its neighbouring municipality.

Dorset Council lodges DA for North-East Rail Trail section

The North East rail corridor has sat dormant since freight stopped in 2005, but a decision on its future use has been met by differing views.

Wooden sleepers stolen from North-East rail corridor

The theft of about 176 sleepers from an unused rail corridor in the North-East has caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage.

Launceston and North East Railway group get 2000 sleepers donated from TasRail

More than 2000 donated rail sleepers will ensure the Launceston and North East Railway group can move full steam ahead with its plans to get a pedal-powered rail track rider on the line.

Technology News

131 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Grant for grommets

US company Device Technologies Inc has been awarded a State Trade Expansion Programme grant to help market its Spring-Fast SL-FST grommet edging to the European rolling stock market.

Pantonium Launches Largest On-demand Transit Pilot in Sioux Falls using Full-sized Buses

Pantonium Launches Largest On-demand Transit Pilot in Sioux Falls using Full-sized Buses

Traction: Rail can lead the way with hydrogen deployment

The rail sector is at the forefront of the commercialisation of hydrogen technology, with trains running in Germany attracting interest from around the world, says Amy Adams, Vice-President of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins

PantoInspect launches new digital twin platform for pantograph condition monitoring

PantoInspect, the market-leading manufacturer and supplier of 3D automated and real-time wayside pantograph monitoring systems, has launched its new digital twin platform for pantograph condition monitoring.

From the ground up: Monitor Lifts introduces the RR14 Boomlift to the Australian market

Monitor Lifts’ RR14 EVO Rail-Road Boomlift is providing fast and safe aerial access to the rail industry.

Train Simulator News

74 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

Train Simulator 2021 has now arrived on PC with a new collection of routes, improved Steam Workshop feature and a Deluxe Edition that includes a brand-new experience with the West Coast Main Line South.

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

Welcome to the primary metropolitan transportation choice for New Yorker's besides walking, the subway!

Train Sim World 2 arriving at platform PlayStation tomorrow

Become a driver on the London Underground, take control of high-speed services in Germany, and haul freight across an epic US mountain range.

REVIEW: Rivet Games’ Engadin Line for Train Simulator

Rivet Games has released their Engadin Line add on for Train Simulator, and have very kindly sent RailAdvent a copy to review.

You can drive a Bakerloo line train with Train Sim World 2

A train driver simulator is about to be upgraded and will include the Bakerloo line so you can pretend to be a tube train driver at home.

Tram and Light Rail News

1925 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Blackpool 'Palace' car

1896 Blackpool 'Palace' car 13, at the Squires Gate terminus of the Lytham Road tram route c1918A rare good quality photograph of a Blackpool 'Palace' car has recently been discovered, showing the tram at the Squires Gate terminus of the Lytham Road route, taken around 1918.

Stockholm Trams

Flexity Classic 2 heading towards the city centre along StrandvägenStockholm is the capital city of Sweden and has a tram system consisting of four routes.

FIRST PEOPLES CALL OUT 2021 Melbourne Art Trams

[center]RISING, Public Transport Victoria and Creative Victoria invite First Peoples artists to submit artwork ideas for the 2021 Melbourne Art Trams.

Keolis JV to run Jiaxing tramway

The two-line tramway in Jiaxing (Zhejiang province, China), is to be operated and maintained by the new Shenjia joint venture of Shanghai Keolis and the city for five years.

UK

5226 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
First passenger trains complete journeys on new Northern Line Extension over Christmas

The Northern Line Extension passed a major milestone at Christmas after test passenger trains successfully completed the journey through the new tunnels from Kennington to Battersea Power Station.

New Year’s Honours List recognises Network Rail employees

Three Network Rail employees have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list 2020, published on 30 December.

HS2 celebrates end of successful 2020 with new images showing forward progress on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project

The images show the extent to which work has progressed at some of the project’s biggest sites on the route between London and the West Midlands.

Grade II-listed Station Hall to undergo £500,000 refurbishment

The National Railway Museum’s Station Hall is set to receive a £500,000 refurbishment, thanks to the Friends of the National Railway Museum.

HS2 freight deliveries to a town without a railway station

The first freight rail trains for HS2’s construction site in Buckinghamshire have started delivering aggregate to support the construction of a temporary railhead at the town of Calvert.

USA

4854 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Indiana double tracking project awarded funding

The Federal Transit Administration has announced a $173m grant for Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s $491m project to double-track 43 km of the South Shore commuter line between Gary and Michigan City.

Amtrak CEO issues safety and security statement ahead of Inauguration

Released on 14 January 2021, the statement by Amtrak‘s CEO, Bill Flynn.

Metra orders 500 double-deck coaches from Alstom

The coaches, a customised version of the Coradia Duplex model, will be built at Alstom’s site in Hornell, New York.

Caltrain operating contract extended to support electrification programme

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has awarded Herzog subsidiary TransitAmerica Services a five-year extension to its current contract to operate Caltrain commuter services, which link San Francisco with San Jose.

Victorian Rail News

7803 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Dual-gauge freight connection funded

The federal government and state of Victoria have agreed to fund a dual-gauge connection to the Somerton intermodal terminal in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, as part of a wider strategy to boost rail’s share of the traffic to and from the Port of Melbourne.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 77: Rapid transit options for Airport West

Two weeks ago I discussed the merits of a station at Keilor East to provide the proposed Melbourne Airport line with a more diverse patronage base and improve some local connections.

Metro Trains Melbourne introduces thermal imaging cameras to tackle trespassing

Metro Trains Melbourne (Metro), the operator of Melbourne’s train network, is now using world-class thermal imaging cameras to crack down on illegal trespassing on rail tracks and keep Victorian passengers and train staff safe.

Goodbye Bungaree Loop

The Ballarat line has been shut down for a month from 28 December, as part of the final push to complete the Ballarat Line Upgrade project.

Three contracts awarded for level crossing removal projects

The Victorian government has awarded contracts to three separate alliances for the removal of seven level crossings around Melbourne.

Western Australian Rail News

1354 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Preferred tenderer announced for WA’s Spoilbank Marina project

The Western Australian Government has announced the preferred tenderer for the bulk earthworks package of its Spoilbank Marina project, meaning major works could kick off as early as February 2021.

Man struck by freight train at Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a man being struck by a freight train in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 10 January 2021.

Wi-Fi, station upgrades for Prospector service coming in 2021

Passengers on the Prospector service between Perth and Kalgoorlie will soon have access to Wi-Fi, in a 12 month trial.

McGowan Government delivering Wi-Fi to the Prospector train

The McGowan Government is delivering Wi-Fi on board the Prospector, providing more entertainment options for travellers through the Goldfields.

Fleetwood to upgrade Rio Tinto rail camp

Fleetwood has won a $30 million camp expansion and upgrade contract from Rio Tinto for the Ti Tree Rail Camp in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Yarra Trams

565 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Lunar Festival 2021

Sunday 24 January, 3am to last tram.

Road works: College Crescent, Parkville

Saturday 2 January to Tuesday 12 January, 6am to 10pm each day

Boxing Day Test Cricket 2020

Saturday 26 December to Wednesday 30 December, 9am to 8pm each day

Public holidays: Christmas season 2020

During the 2020/21 holiday season, timetable changes apply to all tram routes.

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