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ACT

318 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Heavy haul appointment for ARA board

Rio Tinto Managing Director Port, Rail and Core Services for Iron Ore, Richard Cohen, will join the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board to lead the creation of a new Heavy Haul Executive Committee.

The procurement reform needed for rail construction

The release of the ARA’s Rail Supply Chain Blueprint recently included a strong focus on procurement as one of its key themes.

Filler needed for Canberra Light Rail

The ACT Government is seeking 60,000 tonnes of clean fill for ­the next stage of the Canberra Light Rail project – two years after contractors trucked more than 70,000 tonnes of spoil over the border from the ACT into New South Wales.

Awards recognise innovative rail industry achievements

The rail industry has celebrated the 13 winners of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards in a virtual ceremony livestreamed across Australia and New Zealand.

Rail Safety Fight: Families campaign for safer rail standards

There are thousands of railway crossings in rural Australia without safety lights or barriers, and they can be deadly.

Africa

376 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
SA rail is shockingly underused: How 60m tons of cargo could be moved off the road instantly

Plans to allow private operators to use Transnet’s rail network are expected to instantly move some 58 million tons of cargo off South Africa’s battered roads.

Private operators ready to enter South Africa’s rail freight market

The struggle of the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) to allow third-party access to the South African rail freight sector seems to pay off.

Getting railways funding on track

FUNDING of the critical railways sector is back in focus.

Tanzanian railway project offers accessibility examples for Africa, disability body says

The SHIVYAWATA federation of disabled people’s organisations says organisations across Africa can learn from the provision of facilities for people with reduced mobility on the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro standard gauge railway.

Malaysian-built locomotives ready for delivery to Tanzania

The first batch of H10 Series diesel locomotives developed by Malaysian company SMH Rail for the African freight market is now ready to be handed over to Tanzania Railways Corp, the company announced on November 1.

Airline News

711 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The Return of Flybe -- Dash 8-400 Lands at Birmingham Airport

The new Flybe Ltd’s first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft landed at Birmingham Airport.

Wright Electric Developing Electric Version of The BAe 146 Regional Jet

Wright Electric is an American startup company founded in 2016 who are developing an electric airliner based on converting the successful BAe 146 aircraft.

ACCC Reports Highlights COVID’s Impact On Australia’s Airlines

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

Could US Passengers Have To Show COVID Status Before Flights?

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

US Gets Another Startup With aha! In Reno

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

Arabian Rail News

342 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Egis wins Tel Aviv Metro network management contact

METAV, a consortium led by Egis in partnership with Gadish Group, has been awarded the Tel Aviv Metro network management contract by Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems (NTA).

Tunnel excavation complete on Etihad Rail Phase 2

ETIHAD Rail has confirmed that all excavation of tunnels required for Package D of Phase 2 of the United Arab Emirate’s railway project has been completed.

Etihad Rail tunnelling completed

All of the tunnels required for Stage 2 of the national rail network have now been holed through, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on November 21.

Agreement signed for modernisation of Tashkent Metro

TRANSMASHHOLDING (TMH) and Tashkent Metro have signed a 10-year Memorandum of Cooperation relating to the development of the metro which will be valid during 2022-2032.

Mitsubishi and Kinki Sharyo to deliver Cairo Line 4 fleet

EGYPT’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed a contract worth Yen 40bn ($US 351.

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

4337 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
This week in RailFreight Live: the Middle and South Silk Road corridors

As the New Silk Road grows, so do the various routes used by trains to travel between China and Europe.

No real facts indicate that transported chemicals are used for drug production

Assumptions around the possible use of chemicals transported via the China-Netherlands rail connection to produce drugs are incorrect.

Freight-only launch for Laos – China rail link

The 418 km railway linking Vientiane and the Chinese border at Boten was formally opened for revenue services with a ceremony on December 3, marking the 46th anniversary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Eight new railways to open in China this month

EIGHT railways will begin operating across China throughout December, with the 160km/h China – Laos line, part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, due to open on December 3.

Alstom to transfer V300 Zefiro activities to Hitachi Rail

Alstom has agreed to transfer its activities relating to V300 Zefiro very high speed trainsets to Hitachi Rail, which produces the trainsets in partnership with the former Bombardier Transportation business.

Aurizon

291 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
One Rail Australia Sale Agreement to Aurizon

Last week Aurizon announced agreement has been reached for the acquisition of One Rail Australia for $2.

Aurizon EA Negotiation Update No. 12

Your RTBU NSW Locomotive Division negotiating team is pleased to advise that after 3 ½  months of negotiating, agreement in-principle has been reached with Aurizon on a  replacement EA.

Aurizon EA voting Results- Update No. 13

Your RTBU NSW Locomotive Division negotiating team advises that voting for the proposed Aurizon NSW  Coal Operations Enterprise Agreement has now closed.

No coals from Newcastle as 20 trains are blocked by protestors

Australia is often held up as an example of just what can be achieved with bulk transport by rail freight.

Aurizon to haul more grain with One Rail buy

AURIZON has signed an agreement to buy Keswick, South Australia-based One Rail Australia (ORA) for $2.

Australian High Speed Rail

44 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
High-speed rail dreaming is a fast track to nowhere

There’s no surer sign of an imminent federal election than a fast-train promise.

Impact of high-speed rail on road traffic and greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon emission reduction in the transportation sector is essential in the global mitigation effort, and a large-scale public transport system has the potential to be an effective instrument.

Why doesn't Australia have high speed rail?

Why doesn’t Australia have high speed rail?

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

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

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

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

Bus Transport News

980 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Pelican Yutong TCe12 Zero Emission Electric Coach

Pelican Yutong are promoting the TCe12 zero emission electric coach as a solution to school transport and commuter needs.

Timetable Tuesday #144: Bus 732 - Burwood Hwy's tram connector

Which is Melbourne's most frequent 7 day bus route?

Lloyds Coaches Takes its First Three Scania Irizar i6 Coaches

Lloyds Coaches has taken delivery of three used Scania coaches, the first to enter service with the Machynlleth, mid-Wales based company.

ZF Connecting Bus Fleets To The Power of Vehicle Data With ZF Bus Connect

ZF Bus Connect is a new product which caters to the needs of bus fleet operators.

Canada

1271 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Watch: New heights for CN and engineering team

During its annual conference, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) honoured our team and this project with its 2021 Dr.

VIA Rail highlights comfort and accessibility of next generation of Corridor trains

National passenger operator VIA Rail has officially unveiled the first of the 32 push-pull trainsets which Siemens Mobility is supplying for inter-city services on the Québec City – Montréal – Toronto – Windsor corridor.

VIA Rail Showcases First Siemens Test Train

Siemens was awarded the C$989 million (US$781.

Via Rail unveils its new Siemens trains

VIA Rail Canada launched the first of its 32 Siemens trains in Ottawa on November 30.

Alstom wins $C 171m Canadian train overhaul contract

METROLINX has awarded Alstom a $C 171m ($US 134.

Cityrail News

873 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Industrial action hits Sydney network

Sydney’s rail network will be disrupted by industrial action planned for Tuesday 7 December, when services will run at a reduced frequency and take longer to reach their destinations.

Overhaul at Canley Vale

Sydney’s Canley Vale Railway Station has been given a major overhaul, with the installation of two new lifts for better customer access, a widened station entry, platform resurfacing, new toilet facilities and improved safety.

More places to park at Leppington

More than 1000 new free car parking spaces have been created for commuters with completion of the car park at Sydney’s Leppington Railway Station.

Passengers appalled by ‘disgusting’ act on Sydney train

As the numbers of commuters on public transport begin to rise with the easing of Covid restrictions, predictably 

The Sydney trains assets in ‘very poor’ condition amid maintenance backlog

A sensitive government document has revealed a litany of maintenance issues across Sydney’s train network, with hundreds of kilometres of poor overhead wiring forming part of a growing backlog that risks blowing out to $1.

Coronavirus Transport News

572 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Customers who refuse to wear a face covering on the TfL network risk being fined as national regulations reintroduced

In line with new Government regulations on the wearing of face coverings on public transport from Tuesday 30 November, Transport for London (TfL) is reminding all customers travelling on the TfL transport network that they must wear face coverings for the duration of their journeys or risk being fined, unless they are exempt.

Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern vaccine lawsuits combined in court

Ongoing lawsuits between railroad unions and two Class I railroads over requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine have been consolidated in federal court.

SBB outlines 2030 strategy and plans for Covid-19 recovery

SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has presented its Strategy 2030, which outlines the company’s plans and shows how the railway intends to recover from the Covid-19 crisis.

Europe

7689 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Germany – Poland cross-border upgrade begins

Work has begin on the first phase of a project to reduce the journey time between Berlin and the Polish city of Szczecin by 20 min to 90 min.

Trains through Ukraine halted for construction works

Transit traffic through Ukraine has come to a halt due to construction works.

NGE to fit out tunnels on part of Paris Line 16

THE Société du Grand Paris (SGP) has chosen public works group NGE to install all track and overhead electrification and fit out the tunnels on the Grand Paris Express (GPE) orbital metro Line 16.

Hitachi to purchase divested V300 Zefiro platform from Alstom

HITACHI has acquired the business activities related to Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the V300 Zefiro very high-speed train from Alstom.

EU’s Global Gateway to offer ‘values-driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative

The European Commission has unveiled its Global Gateway international investment programme, which aims to offer countries around the works with a ‘values driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative when they are deciding how to meet their infrastructure development needs.

Gunzelling Reports

1474 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/11/2021

There were 89 sightings for this week, [color=#000000]which is 12 sighting more than last week.

SSR Grain Trains

Not a lot of sunny days in the past 4 weeks, so pretty slim pickings.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/11/2021

There were 77 sightings for this week, which is 1 sighting less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/11/2021

There were 78 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/11/2021

There were 78 sightings for this week; This is 1 sighting more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

730 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Delivering for our export sector through rail infrastructure

Anyone who expected the $15bn Inland Rail project to go smoothly qualified as an incurable optimist.

Skills Academy joins forces with Clontarf Foundation

The Inland Rail Skills Academy will provide $500,000 in funding to support 13 Clontarf Academies along the rail corridor in Queensland and New South Wales to help boost school retention, develop leadership and create pathways to employment through training opportunities for Indigenous regional youth.

Inland Rail corridor opens in time for harvest

Inland Rail is on track in North West NSW, with priority construction work on about 29 kilometres of track between Bellata and Moree on the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section completed in time for another bumper grain harvest in the region.

Anger mounts over Inland Rail route

CHARLTON farmer Tim Durre says after three years of seemingly endless talks, and being on the receiving end of threats and attempted intimidation, his confidence in the management of Inland Rail has been shattered.

Academy brings past into the present  

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is bringing the past into the present to reach a new generation of students at the University of Southern Queensland.

International Rail News

5685 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Mexican Authorities OK CPKC

CP and KCS reported the approvals by the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) and Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) on Nov.

Mexican authorities approve CP/KCS merger

THE Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) and the Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) have both approved the planned merger between Class 1s Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS).

Mexican approval for Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern merger

Competition commission COFECE and telecoms institute IFT have granted regulatory approval for Canadian Pacific Railway’s proposed acquisition of Kansas City Southern.

Mexican regulators approve CP-KCS merger

The Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission and the Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute have given regulatory approval of the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern, both companies announced Friday.

Colombia on track to tender US$350mn rail PPP in 2022

The Colombian government is looking to rehabilitate the national railway system and is advancing with the priorities stated in the national railway master plan, outlined in the administration's 2018-2022 

Letters to the Editor

337 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
FreightWaves Classics: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge celebrates 85th anniversary today!

On November 12, 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened.

The introduction of Long Distance Vlocity trains in Victoria falls short

The current standard for Long Haul passenger trains (with the odd exception) is a 4 carriage N set.

Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

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

The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

Model Railways

2651 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
1 Life , my 5 layouts …

Well as I have just taken early retirement and it’s time to get out the armchair.

Missed Opportunities

Seen on fellow forum this asks whether you missed something that you regret.

What's in a Photo?

I have looked at this photo a dozen or more times, but I never noticed the flag pole in the rear.

Continental Shelf

Over the past few years my collection of modern era locomotives with a Brenner Pass theme has grown to the point where I don't have any room to run them on my layout in the loft.

Narrow Gauge

141 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show 2021

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

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

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

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway launches new Day Rover tickets

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

Steam locomotive Jurassic returns at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

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

Prototype Day at the Adirondack Live Steamers

Yesterday was prototype day at the Adirondack Live Steamers.

New South Wales Rail News

4462 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
RIFL HUB SEES RAIL TRACK AND SIDING PROGRESS

Construction of a new section of rail track to connect the Main Southern Railway to the future Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub at Bomen in Wagga Wagga is now complete.

Willow Tree farmer Heath Nichols recovering well after train and truck crash in NSW Upper Hunter

Two months after a truck and train crash nearly claimed his life, Liverpool Plains farmer Heath Nichols has been back at the rail selling cattle.

Floods close Hunter Valley rail

Parts of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Hunter Valley network in New South Wales remain closed after being affected by heavy rainfall and moderate flooding since Wednesday, impacting coal, freight and passenger services.

Police target rail protestors

Police have formed Strike Force Tuohy as they continue proactive operations to actively prevent and disrupt illegal protests throughout NSW’s Hunter Valley rail freight network.

New bus and ferry services introduced with no end to light rail debacle in sight

Transport Minister Rob Stokes has announced several new public transport routes to replace the Inner West light rail in lieu of a timeline for its repair.

New Zealand Rail News

617 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
COVID vaccination proof needed for Interislander

New vaccine and testing requirements have been introduced for passengers on Interislander ferries in New Zealand.

KiwiRail looks for new chief executive

Greg Miller has resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail, after recent and sustained allegations in the media which he has rejected.

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller resigns

Greg Miller resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail with immediate effect on November 24, saying that recent media allegations — which he rejects — had become a distraction and it was in the best interest of him, his family and the company to step down.

KiwiRail chief executive steps down

THE chief executive of New Zealand railway KiwiRail, Mr Greg Miller, has resigned, effective immediately, KiwiRail board acting chair, Ms Sue McCormack, has announced.

Christmas frenzy for Auckland metro network

KiwiRail, Auckland Transport and City Rail Link are finalising plans for an unprecedented Christmas works program to improve and upgrade the Auckland metro rail network.

Northern Territory Rail News

227 stories | Newest story posted last month
Train takeover means access to more markets but no thanks to coal

The big Australian rail group Aurizon has bought some of the nation's biggest rail lines.

Aurizon buys One Rail freight group for $2.35b

Rail group Aurizon has capped off another huge week of mergers and acquisitions with a $2.

New rail terminal could turn dreams into reality

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

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

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

Opinion

158 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Detailed designs for Bridge Mall

Illustrative concept plan for reopening Bridge Mall (via City of Ballarat)

How Highways Wrecked America’s Cities

It is well-documented that America’s urban places have been designed and built for cars since the late 1920s.

After her fiancé was killed by a train, Maddie is determined to improve rail crossing safety

Maddie and Ethan were due to marry in March and looked forward to starting a family.

Trucks and Barges: “Here They Go Again”

Operators of pavement-pummeling heavy trucks and bulk-commodities hauling inland waterways barges have been mooching off the public purse for generations, while railroads themselves build, maintain and even police their 140,000 miles of privately owned rights-of-way on which they also pay property taxes.

ITDP Launches Cycling Cities Campaign at COP26

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) officially launches its global Cycling Cities Campaign while at the UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow

Other Transport News

1308 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Discount on Cycle Hire annual subscriptions

There’s a “Black Friday” offer on the cost of an annual subscription to the cycle hire scheme, offering a 25% discount.

Moves to tame Brisbane's unregulated 100km/h 'wild west' scooters

The Palaszczuk Government is moving to review safety laws covering e-scooters and e-bikes after the exploding popularity of the devices in Brisbane has exposed flaws in how they are regulated.

Hackney’s experimental cargo bike hire scheme

Some unusual looking bikes have come to Hackney and Shoreditch recently – offering an alternative to hiring a small van or car to move stuff around the area.

Blockade in Australia

Anti-coal activists are costing the economy millions of dollars by crippling the Hunter’s rail network with a series of stunts, including dangling themselves from ropes across the tracks and even parking a car in the way of freight trains.

Trinity Industries sells its highway products group

Railcar lessor Trinity Industries is selling its highway products business for $375 million in cash.

Pacific National News

75 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Pacific National boosts services through peak season

Pacific National is offering increased capacity on its intermodal containerised services right throughout the festive season to help its customers with the Christmas rush.

‘Tis the season to keep supplies flowing

Pacific National is offering increased capacity on its intermodal containerised services right throughout the festive season to help its customers with the Christmas rush.

PN Bulk EA Update

Since our previous newsletter in July, the state experienced a second round of Covid lockdowns throughout Sydney and regional NSW and unfortunately negotiations were stalled.

No coals from Newcastle as 20 trains blocked by protestors

Australia is often held up as an example of just what can be achieved with bulk transport by rail freight.

Environmental protest action slammed  

Pacific National chief executive officer Paul Scurrah has condemned protest activity from environmental groups which brought the Hunter Valley rail freight network to a standstill yesterday.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 9 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

16 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

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

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

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

Inland Ports, Tricky Politics: Chris Corrigan’s Qube reels in $1.7bn public land sale

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

Fitting the signal to the system

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

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

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

Queensland Rail News

2859 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Queensland Government loan to interlinksq hub

InterLinkSQ, the planned intermodal hub linked to Inland Rail, has gained $12.

Adani slams protesters locked to railway

At least two people who locked themselves to a railway line to block an Adani train have been arrested, as the mining giant said the anti-coal activists seemed “to be oblivious to the danger they are placing themselves in”.

SE Queensland commuters slipping and sliding

Queensland Rail is encouraging commuters to slow down and take care, as more than 500 customers were recorded slipping, tripping and falling on the South East Queensland rail network in 2020-21.

Historic rail bridge linking the heritage-listed Ipswich Rail Workshops repairs to commence

The historic rail bridge linking the heritage-listed Ipswich Rail Workshops with the broader QLD rail network will be bolstered with a $2.

$49-MILLION ISA RAIL UPGRADE COMPLETE

Thousands of steel sleepers along the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line have been replaced with concrete ones.

Rail Events

846 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Swanage Railway Special: New Year travel for just 50p to mark 50th anniversary since closure

The Swanage Railway is set to run a three day New Year special heritage diesel service marking the 50th anniversary of the line’s closure

KCS Announces ‘Holiday Express’ Challenge

KCS reported in September that it would not operate its Holiday Express train for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic, but the railroad is celebrating the program’s 21st anniversary with the fundraiser.

Around the Tracks Tour

The RTBU Locomotive Division Metropolitan BBQ tour is back!

Updated program for AusRAIL PLUS

The latest program for Australasia’s largest rail industry conference, AusRAIL PLUS, is now available, featuring new international keynotes, presentations from senior industry leaders and unparalleled networking opportunities.

2021 ITS Australia Awards finalists revealed

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia has announced the 36 finalists for the 2021 ITS Australia Awards.

Rail News

4441 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
RR Mergers Advises Platinum Track Services in Its Sale to GCF

Platinum Track Services is a Canadian-based railroad construction and maintenance services company, specializing in railroad mainline tie replacement and rail relay programs.

Fuel cell co-operation agreement signed

Alstom and fuel cell compressor manufacturer Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation have signed an agreement to co-operate to improve the reliability and durability of fuel cells, increase their power density and reduce their costs.

Progress Rail PowerView: More Than Just a Black Box

Locomotives have traditionally been equipped with multiple pieces of onboard hardware.

Pandrol Debuts E+ Products

The E+ products represent a “breakthrough in energy-efficient, environmentally friendly track construction and maintenance,” Pandrol reported.

Rail Travel

512 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Hotel Reservations? Use the REAL Web Site

Reserving a hotel room for a night or two was once a simple process.

Crossing Australia by Train (Part 2)

To begin my Australian itinerary, I took Hawaiian Airlines’ non-stop flight from Honolulu to Sydney.

Kingston-Edmonton aboard VIA, 2019 - Part 1

All the trips I've made to western Canada aboard VIA Rail were missing one thing - a travelling companion!

Facing a Tough Audience

I’m going over to Honolulu tomorrow morning because I’ve been invited to speak to a group of a dozen men who meet for lunch once a month to hear guest speakers on a variety of topics.

How Amtrak Should Spend the Money

I know the tendency was to rejoice when the news first came.

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

502 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: Tennessee Central Railway was “The Nashville Route”

There are many people interested in former transportation companies, whether they were trucking companies, railroads, airlines or ocean lines.

Bethlehem, PA: Bethlehem Steel Works and National Museum of Industrial History

In 1857, the Saucona Iron Company was established there.

Cleveland, OH: Huron Cement Plants and E. M. Ford

Historic Plant: (Satellite, the land is now occupied by rowing facilities)Current Plant: (3D Satellite, it is now owned by Lafarge North America)

Brackenridge, PA: ATI/Allegheny Ludlum Steel 84

Yet another steel mill in Pennsylvania.

Springfield, OH: Cold Springs Tower: Big Four vs. P&E vs. Erie

Rick Giles posted six photos with the comment: "Larry Stone: Like Cory said, LS&MS, not Big Four.

Railway Preservation

1517 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
This Weekend: See the latest progress on the G5 steam locomotive – the last Open Day of 2021

The last open day for the G5 Locomotive Company will be held this Saturday, 4th December.

Clan Line steam locomotive to haul Steam Dreams Christmas tours this December

Steam Dreams has confirmed to RailAdvent that SR Merchant Navy No.

Manchester United steam locomotive tender moves to Sheffield

The tender, once destined for use on LNER B17 61662 Manchester United, has been moved to CTL Seal to be used on B17 No.

Duchess steam locomotive to haul Norwich to Worcester tour

Steam locomotive 6233 Duchess of Sutherland is on the mainline this Thursday and will visit Peterborough with a tour from Norwich to Worcester.

A marvellous model steam train has appeared in Amersham

Earlier this month a large model steam train appeared in Amersham, at the end of the Metropolitan line, and it’s quite simply marvellous.

Railway Publications

351 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
In RailFreight Live this week: Duisport, VIIA and the UIRR

With the climate goals of the EU, combined transport is in the spotlight.

Bells & Whistles—UP to city: Not so fast

Heavy rain, mudslides cover tracks at Port of Vancouver, derail train

New book swap opens at Alderley Edge railway station

Alderley Edge Station Volunteer Group aims to help passengers pass the time waiting for trains by setting up a book exchange at the station.

Bells & Whistles—Some details released on fatal rail bridge accident

Is the ‘Impossible Railroad’ project simply too impossible?

RT&S November issue now online

Product reviews in the track geometry and truck/hi-rail vehicle markets also can be viewed.

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 9 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

223 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Herringbone night train coach design concept

A herringbone pattern concept for a long-distance coach interior which features berths positioned diagonally to the aisle as been presented by rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding and Russian Railways’ Federal Passenger Co.

New player enters Russian infrastructure service market

Sinara Transport Machines Holding (STM) established a new railway infrastructure division to offer infrastructure maintenance services in Russia starting from 2022.

Russian Agroexpress launches first train to Uzbekistan

RZD Logistics and the Russian Export Center organised the first Agroexpress train from Russia to Uzbekistan via Kazakhstan.

New collaboration seeks more volumes between China-Russia

Transport volumes between mainland China and Russia have growth potential.

Clearing snow in Siberia

Sinara Transport Machines’ Remputmash plant is delivering 13 self-propelled PSS-1K snow clearing trains to Russian Railways’ Zapadno-Sibirskaya Railway.

South Australian Rail News

907 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Powering ahead at Gawler

The electrification of the rail network through Adelaide from the suburbs of Gawler to Seaford is the biggest rolling stock project in South Australia for years.

Dartmoor rail lands to be opened

AFTER almost seven years of work by the community, Dartmoor will officially open its rail lands walking track and park next Thursday.

Ovingham level crossing removal project moves ahead

The first major bridge girder for the $196 million Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project has been installed.

ARTC builds resilient future

After five years of planning, development and testing, the Australian Rail Track Corporation has enabled replication of its critical train control systems in backup control centres at Kidman Park, SA, Broadmeadow, NSW, as well as a third under construction in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Adelaide trains resume after stoppage from power outage in windy weather

Train services on Adelaide's Seaford and Flinders rail lines resume after being stopped for two hours this morning.

Tasmanian Rail News

436 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
TasRail on the paper route

TasRail is currently providing 12 weekly services between Norske Skog’s Boyer paper mill in the Derwent Valley and the Port of Burnie.

2,000 train trips later

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

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

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

TasRail looks to Tasmanian firm to design and build new shiploader

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

Kristie Johnston attacks parties’ ‘hollow’ promises as she pushes for fast track of passenger rail

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

Technology News

266 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
One step ahead with voestalpine

Global condition monitoring technology leader voestalpine Railway Systems uniquely provides both rolling stock and railway infrastructure monitoring systems, with proven solutions for metro, mixed traffic, heavy haul and high speed networks.

Pandrol launches new E+ product range

As well as being a landmark in Pandrol’s sustainability journey, the launch represents a major breakthrough in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly track construction and maintenance.

On the right track with CHK

Imagine if railway companies could monitor the health of the pneumatic and electric points along the tracks.

The Best of the Best: Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Review

We have reviewed both the Jackery Solar Generator 240 and the Jackery Solar Generator 500, and both have been superb – but both miss a vital Type C PD port.

Check out Huawei’s 5G gadgets for terminals

5G is not the answer, it is an enabler of realising industrial digitisation projects.

Train Simulator News

82 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2

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

How to Install Rolling stock , loco sound and Cabview in msts openrails

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

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

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

Vidarbha Route

MSTS Indian Railway Vidarbha Route Part 1.

Tram and Light Rail News

2235 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
More high-rises likely on Gold Coast, town planners explain why

High-rises are in the Gold Coast's DNA according to a town planner, and there is good reason there will be more of them.

Proposal beats a track to Rowville

Melbourne’s Knox City Council is lending its voice to support a proposed trackless tram route between Caulfield Station and Rowville, with connections at Monash University and Chadstone Shopping Centre.

Tough tracks pass the temperature test

Temperature variations often place stresses on infrastructure, particularly if it’s in exposed environments.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) hires Matthew Scanlon as director of construction

In his new role, Scanlon will work under the direction of the HART Project Director to lead construction management efforts for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

See Scarborough’s tunnel boring machine prepare for trans-Atlantic journey to Toronto

Before it begins its work deep below the surface of Toronto, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Scarborough Subway Extension will travel more than 6,300 kilometres from Germany.

UK

7783 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Build a better mouse track: how Network Rail is keeping wildlife alive

There is a critically endangered species of dormouse that might end up on the wrong side of the tracks if Network Rail does nothing about ensuring its survival.

About the positives of UK’s new government plan for rail

Rail freight has been let down in the past, argues one-time rail minister Andrew Jones.

33 UK university students offered early careers opportunities from Siemens

In their drive to increase the number of women in engineering, Siemens held a Women in Engineering event to find the next generation of STEM talent.

Night Tube services this weekend could be disrupted due to strike action

RMT’s planned strike action may lead to severe disruption on both Central and Victoria line Night Tube services this weekend.

West Midlands Railway launches ‘Musical Routes’ with help from UB40

West Midlands Railway (WMR) helped by UB40 has launched a ‘Musical Routes’ initiative.

USA

7143 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
KCS Delivers Grain Milestones

KCS attributed the achievement to its delivery of “all-time low cross-border grain shuttle train cycle times.

Governors asking for federal partnership with new infrastructure money

Participants in the three-day summit shared resources and discussed strategies for implementing the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Coming to Metro-North’s Waterbury, CT Branch: PTC, Increased Frequency

The line runs about 27 miles from Devon, a junction east of Stratford, to downtown Waterbury.

TSA directs freight railroads to bolster cybersecurity, report incidents

Freight railroads will be required to report cyber incidents within 24 hours as part of a new Transportation Security Administration directive issued Thursday aimed at strengthening cybersecurity in the sector.

Norfolk Southern taps Shaw to succeed retiring CEO Squires

Norfolk Southern CEO Jim Squires will retire on May 1, 2022, and EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw will take the helm, the company announced Thursday.

Victorian Rail News

8335 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Government infrastructure plan released in response to 30-year infrastructure strategy

Infrastructure Victoria, the state’s independent advisory body, welcomes the release of the Victorian Government’s five-year infrastructure plan.

Extension for Alstom servicing contract

Alstom has secured an important extension to a key servicing and maintenance contract in Victoria, Australia.

Suburban Rail Loop to spark jobs and high-rise suburban population boom

The Suburban Rail Loop will transform Clayton into Collingwood and Box Hill into a “new South yarra”.

New 15km Melbourne rail tunnel project ‘riddled with risk’

Melbourne is set to get a new 15 kilometre rail tunnel under the Yarra River within two decades.

Another heavy vehicle collides with the Flinders Street Rail Viaduct

A truck has hit the rail bridge and overturned at the corner of Flinders and Spencer Streets.

Western Australian Rail News

1448 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Western Australia studies faster Perth – Bunbury link

Work has started on the development of a strategic business case for a ‘Fast Rail’ link between Perth and Bunbury.

50th anniversary celebrations for the iconic Prospector train

The iconic Prospector train that connects Perth and Kalgoorlie has celebrated 50 years of travel and a new competition will give five lucky commuters the opportunity to win a free double return trip on the train.

METRONET’s Morley Station master plan revealed

The Western Australian Government has released its vision for the future of METRONET’s Morley Station and the surrounding public spaces.

The road to recycling

An award-winning road surfacing material named Reconophalt is being used on METRONET’s Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal Project in Perth.

Rolling on Ranford Road

Traffic is flowing over part of the new Ranford Road Bridge being built for the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link in Perth.

Yarra Trams

832 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Disruption to trams in the city - Thursday 2 December

Due to a rally in the CBD from 4pm

Spencer Street Disruption - Thursday 2 December

Due to ongoing work to clear a vehicle involved in an earlier bridge strike in Spencer Street at Flinders Street

Route 58 Disruption - Thursday 2 December

Due to a truck accident in Toorak Road at Glenferrie Road

Route 57 & 82 Disruption - Wednesday 1 December

Due to an equipment fault at Raleigh Rd near Wests Rd

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