There were 92 sightings for the week which is four less last week. Making a total for the year to date at 3747* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 274 last year was 4786). On the B/G we saw only three sightings, which were seven down on last week.
SOUTHEAST Queensland motorists are being increasingly forced to compete for road space with heavy vehicles bound for the Port of Brisbane.
A key agricultural group representing the grains industry has revealed ailing rail infrastructure between the Darling Downs and Brisbane has forced operators to turn to roads.
THE Norske Skog newsprint mill at Boyer would be at risk when rail operator Pacific National ceased services between Boyer and Burnie, unions said yesterday.
CFMEU pulp and paper workers branch secretary Tim Woods said yesterday the 400 jobs at Boyer were at grave risk.
Pacific National has said it would quit operations, cutting 150 rail jobs.
Queensland is set to become home to the world's largest coal port, as Premier Peter Beattie announces a mammoth funding injection into the State's coal supply network.
Gladstone will become the world's largest coal exporting port by 2010 following a $1.8 billion investment announcement, boosting coal export capacity by 20 million tonnes a year.
POCATELLO - team billowed from the million-pound locomotive's black stack like smoke from a wildfire, and its booming whistle carried through the cool morning air.
A crowd gathered by the old Union Pacific depot Wednesday morning to see and hear the immense steel relic. The spectacle prompted old railroaders to tell stories of days gone by, and children covered their ears and jumped back when one of the world's few remaining steam locomotive engineers sounded a thundering "woo, woo!"
GRAYLING - The Polar Express is coming to town - or rather, the inspiration for the film version of the renowned steam engine train.
The retired Pere Marquette steam locomotive No. 1225 will make multiple stops in Grayling October 15-16.
"This is the first time there will be passenger traffic here since the 1950s," said Barbara Greene of the Crawford County Historical Society. "I think it will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people. If you've never heard the sound of a steam engine whistle, it's something to hear."
Reporter: Peter Fairchild, ABC South East SA
Started in 1836, the development of South Australia as a colony was rather unique – it was, for example, the only state developed without the aid of convict labour. To support the rapid development of the country, railroads became critical.
The backbone of South Australia’s economy was agricultural and mining goods, and the railways allowed for the easy transportation of these goods
MURRAY Bridge drivers need no longer crawl across the Mannum Road railway crossing.
Railway workers were forced to re-do a "routine rail upgrade" at the crossing yesterday, after a bungled job last Monday and Tuesday left the tracks raised too high.
VICTORIAN Nationals leader Peter Ryan says Wodonga residents traveling to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games next year will be up to $100 out of pocket per trip because of the State Governments refusal not to extend a free public transport offer to country residents.
Mr Ryan said while Games ticket holders in Melbourne would be able to travel free to their chosen event on metropolitan public transport, the same travel offer had not been extended to V/Line passenger services.
Thursday 6 October, 2005 Media Release. From the Minister for Transport
A new independent rail, bus and marine safety investigation unit with wide powers is one of a number of far-reaching reforms introduced into State Parliament today to further improve public transport and marine safety in Victoria.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said today the Transport Legislation (Safety Investigations Bill) 2005 would, for the first time, establish Victoria’s own dedicated and expert unit to conduct major investigations into rail and marine safety.
Mr Batchelor said the related Rail Safety Bill 2005 would deliver a new and better approach for regulating rail safety in line with international best practice.
RUCKER Mike Almond accepts that the economics of rail can no longer be ignored. His company, Newcastle-based Mountain Industries, runs 22 trucks and sub-contracts about 100 others for its road freight business, which extends from South Australia to Queensland.
Commercial media, politicians and business commentators are describing as a “rail crisis” the September 27 announcement by Pacific National Tasmania that it will cease freight rail services between Hobart and Burnie unless the federal and state governments pledge a $100 million subsidy over 10 years. An October 5 meeting between state and federal ministers projected a two-month study of the issue.
TOLL Holdings has warned it could take legal action to prevent unwilling takeover target Patrick pursuing a merger with freight forwarder FCL - a deal that has already been knocked back once by the competition regulator.
Toll described Patrick's continued discussions with FCL as a "rogue action" designed specifically to frustrate Toll's hostile $4.6 billion takeover offer.