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ACT

263 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Australia’s infrastructure-led recovery can deliver even greater dividends

Spending on infrastructure has once-in-a-generation potential to achieve “a transformative impact”.

Budget boost for rail welcomed by ARA

ARA excited about a Melbourne Intermodal Terminal among other projects.

Beware the Treasurer’s double counting on transport funding

You know all the headlines on Monday about tonight’s federal budget delivering $10 billion in transport infrastructure?

$10 billion on road and rail upgrades spearheads budget spending

Tuesday's federal budget will include $10 billion allocated over 10 years for major infrastructure projects aimed at boosting both jobs and productivity in the COVID-affected national economy.

Passengers slow to return to trains

There were 100 million fewer rail journeys in the first quarter of 2021 than in pre-covid times with passengers slow to return to train travel, according to Australia’s peak rail sector body.

Africa

324 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Ghana outlines $US 12.9bn worth of rail projects to attract private investment

THE government of Ghana has outlined its ambitions for three rail projects worth a combined $US 12.

Viewpoint: Unlocking Africa’s economic growth

Railway reform and regulatory stability will help to revitalise Africa’s railways and put them at the heart of sustainable transport strategies across the African Continental Free Trade Area, suggests ARIA Chief Executive Officer Mesela Nhlapo.

Benalla reference guide

The Benalla Reference Guide includes the latest information about our consultation process, project timeline and how you can have your say for the Benalla Station Precinct project site.

Nigerian rail freight is cheaper, faster and safer than road

Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi ceremonially flagged off a train on April 16 to mark the start of commercial freight operations on the 1 435 mm gauge Warri – Itakpe line.

West African mineral line in prospect as Dakar – Bamako renovation inches closer

The Ministry of Infrastructure has opened negotiations with a view to building a rail link to carry iron ore from deposits located near the headwaters of the River Falémé in the far southeast of the country, close to the border with Mali.

Airline News

411 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Thursday Beats Out Friday To Set A Pandemic-Era Record

US passengers are coming back ahead of the summer.

Spirit Airlines Files Extensive Complaint Against American & JetBlue

Spirit Airlines has filed an extensive complaint against the Northeastern Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines and JetBlue.

Air New Zealand draws giant Kiwi over New Zealand for 2021 Koru Care flight

Air New Zealand has just completed its 2021 Koru Care flight.

Rejoice! Delta’s Quarantine-Free Italy Flights Open To Leisure Travel

Another border is open again when flying on Delta Air Lines.

Tracking the spectacular Air Canada retro Airbus A220

Special liveries are a beautiful thing – if, of course, you’re someone who cares what airplanes look like.

Arabian Rail News

284 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Daunting Challenge of Saving Lebanon’s Storied Rail Network

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

Egypt and Hyundai Rotem sign localisation agreement

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

Hyundai Rotem awarded Egyptian signalling modernisation contract

EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has awarded Hyundai Rotem a Won 122.

Annual rail transit up 29% despite pandemic

“In the past year, the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran took significant positive steps to develop cooperation with the railways of the neighboring counties and regional railways, and to continue cooperating with international railway organizations, despite the pandemic and the intensification of sanctions.

‘Sabotage’ Behind Rail Accident, Egypt Transport Minister Says

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el Sissi says that he is setting up a commission to investigate the causes of Sunday's train crash north of Cairo which killed 11 people and wounded nearly 100.

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

3864 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Evolution of Mumbai Commuter Rail System

The Mumbai Suburban Railway is an offshoot of the first passenger railway built by the British East India Company and is also the oldest railway system in Asia.

HCC-KEC JV wins Rs. 1147 cr contract for Corridor 4 of Chennai Metro Phase 2

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), in a joint venture with KEC International (KEC), has been awarded Rs.

Larsen & Toubro, Tata Projects & HCC-KEC JV bags Civil contract of Chennai Metro Phase-2

On Monday, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) issued work orders to Larsen & Toubro, Tata Projects and HCC-KEC JV for civil construction on 4 major underground and elevated packages of the 118.

Alstom to supply up to 130 locomotives for Ukrainian Railways

ALSTOM is set to supply up to 130 electric locomotives to Ukrainian Railways (UZ) under a €900m contract, one of four framework agreements worth more than €1.

Maha Metro completes 50% Bridge work along the Deccan Gymkhana – Balgandharva Rangmandir

On Thursday, Maha Metro announces that around 50% of the work on the Metro bridge, coming up on the Mutha riverbed along the Deccan Gymkhana-Balgandharva Rangmandir-Pune Municipal Corporation stretch, has been completed said Maha Metro Officials.

Aurizon

273 stories | Newest story posted last month
Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

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

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

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

Aurizon prepares to resume grain haulage in Queensland

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

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

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

Aurizon reports half year results

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

Australian High Speed Rail

39 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pours cold water on east coast high speed rail ambition

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

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

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

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

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

Report calls for investment in faster rail

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

Faster Rail

The ARA launched its Faster Rail Report in February 2021.

Bus Transport News

794 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 91: Fixing the 824 corridor (Moorabbin - Keysborough)

Today we'll look at what I'll call the '824 corridor' in Melbourne's south and south east.

New London City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Operation to Hit The Streets From 20th May

Stagecoach, and the world's leading open-top bus brand, City Sightseeing, have joined forces with Grupo Julià, a specialist in global tourism and mobility services, to launch a brand new sightseeing service for London.

Timetable Tuesday #117: The new 152 and 182 starting this month

Two new bus routes are starting later this month.

Solaris Wins Its First Major Contract in Madrid to Supply 250 CNG Buses

Earlier this year, Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT)  issued a significant Request for Offers for the supply of up to 520 12- metre CNG vehicles, and out of these, 250 will be supplied by the CAF Group subsidiary as part of a contract totalling almost €75 million.

Aberdeen Hydrogen Buses Hit 100,000 Milestone

First Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council are celebrating this week after their hydrogen double-decker bus fleet notched up its first major milestone -  completing 100,000 miles of operation.

Canada

971 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Game Over for CP+KCS? Maybe, Maybe Not

KCS on May 13 announced that its Board of Directors determined that a revised merger offer from CN constitutes a “Company Superior Proposal” as defined in KCS’s agreement with CP.

News Alert: Kansas City Southern declares CN proposal as ‘superior’

Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) has made a decision: it is leaning toward merging with Canadian railway CN (NYSE: CNI).

Funding agreement reached for four Toronto transit projects

THE Canadian and Ontario governments and the City of Toronto have reached an agreement to invest $26.

It’s a guessing game, but Hamilton, Canada, believes there will be more LRT projects

Trudeau said the government would provide $12 billion to transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Cityrail News

833 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Sydney Metro confirms two new stations

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

Two metro stations in Sydney's CBD to be built at Pyrmont and Hunter Street

The stations for the Sydney Metro West line which will link Parramatta and the city will be built at Pyrmont and Hunter Street.

Millions of Sydney commuters to have travel times slashed by two new CBD rail stations

More than a dozen buildings will be acquired by the NSW government to build two new CBD rail stations as part of the Sydney Metro West line, catering for 3 million people.

Sydney's 'third city' a train blackspot

Liverpool's burgeoning population lives just 26 kilometres from Sydney's CBD, and on a good day a train trip can take just under an hour, but experts say it could be faster.

Teenage girl charged after alleged stabbing during brawl at Merrylands train station

A teenager has been charged over the alleged stabbing of a 15-year-old girl during a brawl at a 

Coronavirus Transport News

452 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
German government increases pandemic aid for local and regional transport

THE German government agreed on May 12 to provide an additional €1bn to the country’s 16 federal states to fund local and regional transport in 2021.

AI and Covid’s symbiotic relationship may make for tech’s Trojan horse

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has come into its own during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Can railways accelerate post-Covid-19 economic recovery?

The impacts of Covid-19 have been highly damaging for the UK rail industry, which has seen decreased footfall, reduced services and a downturn of season ticket purchasing which have caused major economic impacts.

Australia’s Borders May Not Fully Reopen Until Mid-2022

The Australian Government continues to dampen expectations about re-opening its international borders and allowing its citizens to begin traveling again.

Environmental factors most important among ESG: Poll

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to address climate change as part of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues of companies and businesses.

Europe

6593 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
German partnership seeks to boost wagonload freight

A new partnership of 12 German rail freight operators, including DB Cargo, Bentheimer Eisenbahn, Sweg, RheinCargo and WLE, known as the Future Network for Single Wagon Freight Transport, is seeking to grow wagonload traffic through better coordination and joint marketing.

Swiss Federal Railways Orders 60 Double-decker Trains from Stadler

SBB has ordered 60 more interregional double-decker trains from Stadler for around CHF 1.

Minho line electrification completed

Infraestruturas de Portugal has completed the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of its Minho line between Viana do Castelo and Valença in the far north of the country.

DB eyes hydrogen for Bavarian contract bid

GERMAN Rail (DB) plans to issue a tender for the procurement of 16 hydrogen electric multiple units (HEMUs) for a prospective contract to operate the Line Star Network centred on Mühldorf in Bavaria.

Renfe loses patience with France

RENFE has denounced obstacles to its prospective entry into the French passenger market, and according to a report in Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Spanish state-owned operator has lodged complaints from its office in Paris with France’s Regulatory Transport Authority (ART) demanding compliance with competition rules set out by the European Commission (EC).

Gunzelling Reports

1330 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
SLZU Block

Following the Qube derailment on the Illawarra Mountain in December 2020 and the destruction of 39 grain hoppers, Qube have resorted to moving bulk grain in bulk containers.

Day 3 of the NCT RT, Part 3: The Capitol Limited in Point of Rocks, MD

After the last coal train passed in Harpers Ferry, we headed to our final stop of the day- Point of Rocks, MD.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/5/2021

There were 86 sightings for this week; This is 6 sightings more than last week.

Seaco SeaPC+

These have been around for a little while but have evaded me on the rail.

(Video) Catching a Meet on the NS Pittsburgh Line, and More Around Harrisburg! Day 2 of the NCT RT

Day 2 of the NCT Road Tour was the most driving we did on the trip- and therefore the least amount of trains, but we were still able to catch some action around Harrisburg, PA.

Inland Rail Project

647 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Port of Melbourne welcomes proposed funding for intermodal terminal

An intermodal terminal to the north of Melbourne is seen as important in connecting Port of Melbourne with Inland Rail.

Camurra to North Star major track upgrade works

From May 2021, Trans4m Rail will commence track construction works within the existing rail corridor between Camurra and North Star.

Truck protesters doubt new freight rail link’s congestion-busting benefit

Anti-diesel truck lobby groups in Melbourne’s inner-west warn the federal government’s $2 billion investment in a freight rail terminal will do little to remove trucks from their pollution-choked streets.

Coalition to inject more than $4bn into infrastructure projects

Funding to include $2bn for an intermodal terminal in Melbourne and $2bn to upgrade the Great Western Highway in NSW.

Business Case for Melbourne Inland Rail Intermodal Terminal

Currently, there is no terminal in Melbourne that is capable of accommodating the Inland Rail service offering of double-stacked 1,800-metre trains.

International Rail News

5578 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Mexico City confirms to construct Chalco-Santa Marta Suburban Train

Mexico City’s mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has confirmed the construction of the 17.

Rail Roundup: Promotions and appointments

Pioneer Lines, a short line operator based in Denver, has a new chief financial officer and chief commercial officer.

IRJ In brief – fleet: Škoda supplies traction parts for Kazakhstan locomotives; Teleste provides on-board systems for Lombardy f

Škoda Transportation subsidiary Škoda Electric is due to begin delivering a series of parts to GE Wabtec, to be installed on locomotives for use in Kazakhstan.

People News: A. Stucki Co., VRE, Quandel, Trapeze, BAI

David Oestermeyer is now Chief Commercial Officer of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bidders emerge for Mayan Train rolling stock contract

CONSORTIA led by Alstom and CAF have submitted bids of just under the $US 2bn limit set by Mexico’s Fonatur, the state tourism authority, for the rolling stock contract for the 1452km Mayan Train project on the Yucatan peninsula.

Letters to the Editor

328 stories | Newest story posted last month
The Housing Donut

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

Rapido Trains announces definitive HO-scale Northeastern Design Caboose

Reading is credited with heling make the well-known Northeastern Design Caboose a reality.

Australians with rooftop solar panels could soon be charged for exporting power into the grid, under proposed changes

Australians with rooftop solar panels could soon be charged for exporting electricity to the grid, under new rules being recommended by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC).

Avoiding the Cascading Technology Trap

This problem is not unique to the railroad industry.

US burger giant Five Guys will open its first Aussie store in Penrith

Sydney’s burgerphiles were rapt with drool-worthy anticipation last July, when American meat maestros Five Guys announced their intention to open the brand's first Down Under franchise in early 2021.

Model Railways

2342 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
(Video) Planning Out Plattsburgh

Although I made a post on this already, if you want to see more accurate road estimates and in a video format, here you go.

Planning out Plattsburgh

I’ve been working on test-fitting track and roads for the first module of my layout.

Narrow Gauge

134 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Late May Reopening date for Leighton Buzzard Railway

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

Volunteering in a pandemic

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

Steam locomotive driver vacancy at Newby Hall in Yorkshire

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

Steam locomotive 34028 Eddystone arrives at Norden on the Swanage Railway

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

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway receives £210,000 grant

The Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have announced that they have received £210,000 thanks to the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

New South Wales Rail News

4329 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
'I feel like crying': Blindsided business owners forced out by new Sydney rail lines

The NSW government says it will need to demolish 13 commercial buildings to make way for a pair of Sydney train stations.

Business owners affected by Metro West development notified after announcement

Some business owners affected by the NSW Government's plan to build two new train stations on the Metro West line were only informed of the forced acquisitions after the announcement.

Two new rail stations in Sydney's CBD to slash travel times for commuters from west

More than a dozen buildings will be acquired by the NSW government to build two new CBD rail stations as part of the Sydney Metro West line, catering for 3 million people.

NSW Government announces two CBD stations for new Parramatta train line

The two CBD stations for the Sydney Metro West line will be built at Pyrmont and Hunter Street.

From biscuits to Bondi

In a conversation with Rail Express, 2XM managing director Matthew Morrish talks about his background in rail and exciting plans for the future.

New Zealand Rail News

542 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
CRL Station taking shape below Auckland streets

CONSTRUCTION of New Zealand’s deepest railway station is celebrating a significant milestone with the project pouring the last concrete to complete the first underground floor ( B1 in pink below) of City Rail Link’s Karangahape Station.

Weekly Roundup – 07-May-20

Queen St to Change

New Zealand’s 10-year Rail Plan prioritises resilience and reliability

The government has published a 10-year Rail Plan, setting out its ambitions for a ‘resilient and reliable’ rail network and outlining its investment priorities.

Final New Zealand Rail Plan outlines decade of investment

THE New Zealand government has released its final New Zealand Rail Plan, which outlines its objectives for rail investment over the next decade with an initial focus on renewing the existing network and fleet to create a platform for expansion in subsequent rail plans.

Dame Whina Cooper at CRL’s starting line after official launch

COMPLETING Auckland’s City Rail Link has taken an exciting step forward today with the official launch of the tunnel boring machine, Dame Whina Cooper, at the project’s Mt Eden site.

Northern Territory Rail News

222 stories | Newest story posted last month
Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

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

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

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

Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

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

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

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

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

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

Opinion

126 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Getting to the root of Victoria’s tree canopy struggle

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

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

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

Designs for the new Bridge Mall

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

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

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

Basics: Access, or the Wall Around Your Life

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

Other Transport News

1153 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
China Will Attempt to Land Rover on Mars in Coming Days

National space agency plans for rover to explore the planet for about three months, marking a milestone in China’s ambitious space program if successful

Roe 8 and 9 bypass funded by federal government despite WA seeking to ban wetlands development

A controversial bypass that would have bulldozed sensitive wetlands is still attracting funding from the federal government, despite WA re-introducing legislation that will effectively bury plans to build it forever.

News alert: April jobs in trucking down by one measure, up in another

Despite months of pay increases and the strongest freight market in recent memory, the number of jobs in the truck transportation sector fell in April according to one benchmark, though it rose by another measuring stick.

Five injured after truck ploughs into Melbourne pavement

Five people have been injured - two critically- after a tanker allegedly ploughed into a crowd of people standing on a 

What’s the plan for bikes and scooters on Queen St?

All eyes are on Queen Street, what with the current legal argy-bargy.

Pacific National News

56 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Former Pacific National executive accepts stevedoring promotion

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

Scurrah and Cory to lead Pacific National

Paul Scurrah has been selected as the next Managing Director & CEO of freight operator Pacific National, succeeding Dean Dalla Valle who had announced his intention to step down earlier this year.

Paul Scurrah appointed managing director of Pacific National

Paul Scurrah is the new MD and CEO, while Mike Cory has been appointed as chief operating officer.

Pacific National Executive Appointments

Paul Scurrah appointed as Managing Director and CEO

Pacific National Goods Train 4BM4 derails north of Coffs Harbour

Pacific National 4BM4 lead by locos NR39/NR43/ANXx has derailed at Gana Glen, New South Wales just north of Coffs Harbour.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 2 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

13 stories | Newest story posted last month
Fitting the signal to the system

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

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

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

Maurice James to depart Qube

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

Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

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

Qube remains in a strong financial position

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

Queensland Rail News

2732 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Trackside signalling work on Shorncliffe Line, Brisbane

Hitachi Rail is continuing construction work along the Shorncliffe Line to deliver a new railway signalling system as part of the Cross River Rail Project.

Cross River Rail requests more hours, more trucks for CBD sites

Organisers of the multi-billion-dollar project want to put up to 20 heavy trucks per hour through Brisbane's CBD on Sundays, but council isn't happy.

Residents say the volume of traffic and lack of infrastructure to blame for woes

Sunshine Coast residents have voiced concerns about Palmwoods roads with traffic volumes and a lack of infrastructure rating among their main issues.

Train and truck collide at Drillham, driver treated for shock

A collision between a train locomotive and a loaded truck near Drillham has prompted a call for greater awareness of trains at level crossings in Queensland's south west.

Driver injured following crash between car and goods train at Rosella

A driver has been called “very lucky” after his LandCruiser was written off following a crash between a ute and train near Rosella.

Rail Events

738 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Early July reopening for Rocks-by-Rail in Rutland 

Following recent announcements from the UK Government, Rocks-by-Rails – the Living Ironstone Museum have announced they will be reopening from Sunday 4th July 2021.

Canadian Pacific’s Keith Creel, Mark Redd and John Brooks Discuss Merging With KCS: RAIL GROUP ON AIR

Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel, Executive Vice President Operations Mark Redd and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer​​​John Brooks discuss CP’s proposed merger with Kansas City Southern with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C.

TrackSAFE welcomes budget mental health focus

Funding for key activities is expected to help build individual resilience and provide a strong focus on suicide prevention.

Profile: Tim Fischer

"Tim agreed to do the interview (with me) on one condition.

Prepare your nominations for Women in Industry Awards

The Women in Industry Awards recognise achievement across multiple sectors.

Rail News

4353 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Australia’s infrastructure spending set to bring benefits

Spending on infrastructure has once-in-a-generation potential to achieve “a transformative impact”.

Farmer Among the Rail Insights 2021 Headliners

Rail Insights 2021 will explore what is affecting business growth, capital investment, technology, regulation, service quality and safety in the North American rail market—freight and passenger.

Ways to fund your equipment for major rail projects

Rail infrastructure projects are popping up everywhere in Australia, with the trend set to continue under the Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Toll Group to sell Global Express business

Toll chair John Mullen says a sale agreement is consistent with Toll’s strategy to focus on its Asia- Pacific logistics strengths.

Rail Travel

408 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Entertainment on board: the tech keeping rail passengers occupied

In 2017 Glyn Pierce-Jones, group managing editor at safety technology company Trolex Group, told Global Rail Review that technology had made it clear that passengers were no longer looking for the transport system to get them from A to B but wanted a more exciting experience.

Honolulu Bigger than Boston? No Way!

About two-thirds of the full-time residents here in Hawaii are located on the Island of Oahu.

Across Canada by Train–Part Two

(On board incidents from notes taken three years ago when I rode from Vancouver to Toronto on VIA Rail’s flagship train, The Canadian.

Across Canada by Train

Based on selected notes taken three years ago when I rode from Vancouver to Toronto on VIA Rail’s flagship train, The Canadian.

L.A. to Chicago by Train—Final Part

At last we come to the point of this narrative, which is that for many reasons, Amtrak can be a better choice for long-distance travel than flying.

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

245 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The Micklehurst Loop – Part 4

I am indebted to Alan Young for a number of the images in these articles about the Micklehurst Loop.

Railroad Museum Celebrates National Train Day

It was National Train Day on Saturday and plenty of families celebrated all things choo-choo over at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth.

Being a youth volunteer at Locomotion

Although it feels like I have been a volunteer at Locomotion for years, in reality I only joined in February 2020.

Riding in Style

In the early 1930s, the Great Depression caused a catastrophic loss of business for American railroads.

Railway Preservation

1024 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Latest Update on steam locomotive 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley

The ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ Locomotive Trust Ltd have published their latest update on the restoration of their locomotive, London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) A4 Class No.

Churnet Valley Railway to run The Polar Express trains this winter

The Churnet Valley Railway (CVR) has confirmed that the very popular The Polar Express event will be returning for 2021.

Wensleydale Railway welcomes Charity Classic Vehicle Run raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance 

The Wensleydale Railway welcomed participants of a Classic Vehicle Run, fundraising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and to remember Heather Dobson, who passed away a decade ago.

April 2021

The month of April 2021 in review.

The Beardman – a Steam Shanty for the South Devon Railway!

Volunteers and staff of the South Devon Railway (SDR) have been thinking of different ways to fund raise for their railway, with their latest idea to produce a re-written version of the “Wellerman” Sea Shanty, calling it “Beardman” a Steam shanty.

Railway Publications

264 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Bells & Whistles—Canada provides update on key rail bypass project

Bids rejected for South Shore Line Double Track project

Bells & Whistles—Will there be light-rail service in Honolulu in December 2021?

New York lawmaker wants Amtrak to repair rail tunnels one way … and it could become law.

Now On Line: Railway Age’s May Digital Edition

Railroad/Supplier Partnerships: What started as “basically a handshake” blossomed over time into a mutually beneficial working relationship for Watco and CDL Electric.

COMPETITION: Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels Book Giveaway

We are giving you the chance to win our review copy of The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels book by Vitali Vitaliev

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 2 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

177 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
TMH sets up hydrogen fuel cell joint venture

RUSSIAN manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) subsidiary TMH-Energy Solutions and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) subsidiary Rusatom Overseas have created a joint venture (JV) to produce hydrogen fuel cells for transport applications.

Russia: Sinara banks on a full-service model

Having built up its track maintenance division through a series of acquisitions in recent years and started developing a new range of high-performance machines for Russian Railways, Sinara Transport Machines is now targeting the export market, reports Vladmir Waldin.

Progress Rail locomotive on test in Russia

Yakutia Railway has taken delivery of a Progress Rail EMD 2TE3250 twin-section diesel locomotive for testing in the region’s extreme environment.

Station opens for Moscow Central Diameter Line 4

THE mayor of Moscow, Mr Sergey Sobyanin, has opened a new terminal at Vnukovo station as part of the development of Moscow Central Diameter (MCD) Line 4.

Long-distance Lastochka EMUs on test

Certification testing has begun with the latest member of Ural Locomotives’ Lastochka electric multiple-unit family, a 10-car variant which is intended for use on inter-regional routes of up to 700 km.

South Australian Rail News

875 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Port Adelaide community continues 'fight' to bring cancelled railway spur back to life

Nearly two years after the state government derailed works to run passenger trains deep into Port Adelaide, the local council wants to re-ignite the project.

Keolis Downer Adelaide to boost employee wellbeing

THE operator of Adelaide Metro train services, Keolis Downer, has committed to training local frontline staff in Mental Health First Aid, in a bid to drive recognition and support for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Freshly painted, made-over iconic Ghan train targeted in rock throwing, windows smashed

THE newly made-over Ghan Train has had several windows smashed by rocks being thrown while it was travelling through Alice Springs on Monday afternoon.

ARTC Chair reappointed

The Federal Government has reappointed Former Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss AC, as Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Warren Truss reappointed as chair of the ARTC

Warren Truss is getting another term at the helm of the ARTC.

Tasmanian Rail News

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

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

Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

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

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

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

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Dorset Council to make decision on rail trail DA

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

Technology News

170 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Supply Side: PS Technology, Savage, Siemens

PST developed a customized training package for Savage, using the logistics provider’s yard configurations, rules and operating practices to shape the curriculum.

Miner Expands Gate Product Offerings

Miner subsidiary Powerbrace Corp.

CBP Launches $46MM Rail Scanner Replacement Initiative

The $46 million initiative is slated to replace aging equipment with scanners that use “linear accelerators to generate X-rays from electricity rather than radioactive isotopes, producing high-quality images that support faster and more secure cargo inspections,” CBP said.

Stabilising train Wi-Fi connections with Netskrt Systems

Customer experience is key to the rail industry to attract more customers to use the service and offer an appealing environment.

Leclanché Batteries Selected for CP HFC Locomotive

CP’s HFC project, announced in December 2020, will retrofit a line-haul diesel-electric locomotive with Ballard Power Systems hydrogen fuel cells and Leclanché’s European-manufactured lithium-ion batteries, which will power the locomotive’s electric motors.

Train Simulator News

77 stories | Newest story posted last month
Game Look: Train Station 2

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

Rivet Games’ Arosa Linie is coming to Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games and Rivet Games has announced that the Arosa Linie: Chur – Arosa is coming to Train Sim World 2.

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!

Tram and Light Rail News

2015 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Toronto secures funding to procure new LRV fleet

THE mayor of Toronto, Mr John Tory, announced on May 12, that $C 568m ($US 468m) of funding has been secured to procure 47 LRVs to enter service starting in 2023.

New Parramatta line sustainably on track

CONSTRUCTION works to reuse materials from the former T6 Carlingford Rail Line, including ballast, sleepers and tracks, for the new Parramatta Light Rail have begun.

Rebirth of the Streetcar

Two centuries ago, before anyone had the idea of laying rails on the ground so wheels could run swiftly and smoothly over them, nobody could travel faster than they or a horse could walk, or a boat could sail.

Is light rail losing over bus rapid transit for the next I-5 bridge?

Back in 2013 a replacement of the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River, which separates the states of Washington and Oregon, was scratched when politics got in the way.

Making a Fair Light Rail/Metro Comparison

Recently the government announced the next steps for light rail in Auckland, the creation of an Establishment Unit to come up with a recommendation of what to build before the end of the year.

UK

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Tickets Alert: Public tours of an HS2 archaeology site

It’s a bit outside London, but there’s a chance to visit a live archaeology site that’s currently excavating a churchyard filled with around 3,000 dead people.

Mace Dragados selected to build HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station

High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) has announced that Mace and Dragados are finalising the design and building the brand new Birmingham Curzon Street railway station.

New East Midlands Railway Connect services feature electric trains between Corby and London St Pancras 

East Midland Railway (EMR) has announced the introduction of their brand-new electric powered EMR Connect service in May 2021, the company’s first electric route.

Network Rail Reaches Key Milestone on Dartmoor Line

The reopening of the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter is one step closer after Network Rail finished relaying the new track and sleepers last week.

Two-year deal signed between GB Railfreight and Maersk

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced they will be hauling freight trains for A.

USA

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Research partnership targets low-carbon freight

Wabtec has set up partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and short line specialist Genesee & Wyoming with a view to developing a range of low-carbon technologies for freight railroads.

Derailment in Illinois closes roads for up to 48 hours

Eight to 10 rail cars came off the track at around 7:45 p.

OmniTRAX railroad receives grant for track rehabilitation

These funds will assist with road’s rehabilitation efforts to the Mahoning Subdivision with the replacement of approximately 8,178 crossties, the installation of 7,501 tons of ballast, nearly 90,000 track feet of surfacing, rail replacement, and ancillary work on the main and side tracks over 12 miles of CCRL’s Mahoning Subdivision.

Port NOLA issues RFP for Louisiana International Terminal preliminary design

Building on Port NOLA’s 50 years of service as Louisiana’s only international container port, the new container terminal will be capable of handling the largest container vessels and accommodate evolving shippers’ needs.

DOJ to STB: Prohibit CN Voting Trust

Following are excerpts from DOJ’s letter.

Victorian Rail News

8012 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Why the cost of so many major infrastructure projects blows out

A new report reveals the cost of major infrastructure projects are blowing out because Australian governments don’t question claims from construction companies.

Masks on and off the train, says Department of Transport

Commuters will need to wear their masks on the station platform as well as on the train and bus as the State Government pushes for greater COVID protection.

Works to support a key freight service

Works are taking place at a junction on the Gippsland line near Morwell where passenger and freight services share the network.

New bio-wash facility for Bendigo

Almost $8m is to be spent on a bio-wash facility at Bendigo, to be managed by Alstom.

Australian budget splurges $A 10bn on infrastructure

A new intermodal freight terminal near Melbourne, designed to handle freight from the under-construction Inland Rail line from Brisbane, which will take hundreds of trucks off inner-city streets, was at $A 2bn ($US 1.

Western Australian Rail News

1385 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Rio Tinto to test Rail Vision collision-avoidance technology

Mining company Rio Tinto is to undertake proof-of-concept testing of enhancements to the collision detection system on its AutoHaul autonomous trains, which would add the capability to identify hazards such as people or vehicles on or near the tracks.

WA’s biggest rail project to be nearly two years overdue after more delays

Bayswater residents should settle in for at least a further six months of construction works in their suburb with Transport Minister Rita Saffioti confirming more delays for Perth’s biggest ever rail project.

Kalgoorlie freight overhaul business case gets budget boost

A project that could eliminate costly freight bottlenecks for booming Goldfields mining operations could get the green light as early as next year.

A safe path to success

Rail technology company Wabtec is on a journey to not only facilitate good business but bring about enhanced industry safety.

WA infrastructure investments announced ahead of Federal Budget

A suite of infrastructure investments have been announced for Western Australia, ahead of the upcoming Federal Budget announcement.

Yarra Trams

644 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Route 59/82 Disruption - Thursday 13 May

Route 59/82 trams have resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption.

Heavy rain forecast - Thursday 13 May and Friday 14 May

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted heavy rainfall this evening with showers continuing on tomorrow morning, Friday 14 May.

Route 57 Disruption - Tuesday 11 May

Route 57 trams have resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption.

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