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Labor commits to saving the railway

Posted Tuesday, 4 October, 2005 by tasrail2100 in Tasmanian Rail News

THE need for rail services in Tasmania has been strongly backed by the State Government.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/10/2005

Posted Tuesday, 4 October, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

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.

Truss seeks evaluation of Tasmanian rail options

Posted Tuesday, 4 October, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The Federal Transport Minister is non-committal over suggestions the Australian Rail Track Corporation take over Tasmania's rail service if Pacific National pulls out.

Toll figures on rail

Posted Tuesday, 4 October, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

OLL Holdings and Patrick Corp would generate net earnings of $509 million in the current financial year, according to forecasts made in a bidder's statement filed to the ASX last night.

Roads take on rail burden

Posted Wednesday, 5 October, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

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.

Job fears over rail crisis

Posted Wednesday, 5 October, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

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.

Study to evaluate Pacific National funding demand

Posted Wednesday, 5 October, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The federal and Tasmanian governments have resisted pressure from the operator of the state's rail network, Pacific National, for a cash injection.

Tilt train accident report recommends speed limit

Posted Wednesday, 5 October, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A report into last year's tilt train derailment near Bundaberg in south-east Queensland has made 11 recommendations.

Gladstone flagged to become world's largest coal port

Posted Thursday, 6 October, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

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.

Iron and Steam: Locomotive relic rolling into town brings back memories

Posted Thursday, 6 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

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!"

Steam train ready to rumble through Grayling

Posted Thursday, 6 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

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."

Memories and memorabilia from the South Australian railways

Posted Friday, 7 October, 2005 by chairman in South Australian Rail News

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

Rail crossing fixed

Posted Friday, 7 October, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

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.

$134m deal signals start of new rail era

Posted Friday, 7 October, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

LOCOMOTIVE drivers leaving Brisbane for Sydney will soon no longer have to stop their trains six times before they reach Casino to get out and manually change signals.

Rail perk no joy for bush

Posted Friday, 7 October, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

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.

British firms fined over Hatfield train crash

Posted Saturday, 8 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Two British firms have been fined a total of $31 million sterling for a train derailment that killed four people and injured 102 five years ago.

HISTORIC REFORMS TO BOOST VICTORIA'S PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND MARINE SAFETY

Posted Saturday, 8 October, 2005 by chairman in Victorian Rail News

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.

Vic Gov't announces new rail safety legislation

Posted Saturday, 8 October, 2005 by sthyer in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Gov't has announced new rail safety legislation to be introduced to Parliament.

Melbourne's rail network fit to bust

Posted Sunday, 9 October, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's rail network has reached bursting point and is struggling to cope with ever-increasing numbers of passengers at peak hour, a secret report has revealed.

Teen loses foot in rail accident

Posted Sunday, 9 October, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

14-year-old boy has had his foot amputated after it was run over by a train in Newcastle.

Switching tracks

Posted Sunday, 9 October, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

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.

Qld: Tilt train compo claims 'settled'

Posted Monday, 10 October, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says it has settled more than 50 compensation claims from last year's tilt-train derailment near Bundaberg.

Privatisation caused Tasmania's ‘rail crisis'

Posted Monday, 10 October, 2005 by freightgate in Tasmanian Rail News

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 warns of legal action

Posted Monday, 10 October, 2005 by freightgate in Rail News

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.

Nullarbor bus service proves too costly

Posted Monday, 10 October, 2005 by TA 2000 in Other Transport News

A decline in passenger numbers has forced the operators of the only bus service across the Nullarbor to put an end to the service.

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