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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/10/2005

Posted Tuesday, 11 October, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 106 sightings for the week which is 14 more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 3853* sightings (* One weekssightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 281 last year was 4892).

Fast trains strike costly sound hitch

Posted Tuesday, 11 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S regional fast rail project — already behind time and over budget — has suffered another embarrassing setback after recent testing of new V/Locity trains built for the project found they were too noisy.

Noise problem for fast rail project

Posted Tuesday, 11 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Noisy trains have been added to the list of problems faced by Victoria's behind-time and over-budget fast rail project.

Winton Mayor fears rail move to mean more lost services

Posted Tuesday, 11 October, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

An outback mayor fears a re-allocation of Queensland Rail (QR) staff is signalling a reduction in services to the west.

Naracoorte Council seeks rail meeting

Posted Tuesday, 11 October, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

Naracoorte Lucindale Council says it is seeking a meeting with Local Government Minister Rory McEwen in its bid to take control of Naracoorte's railway land.

British transport operator expands

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in International Rail News

British bus and rail operator National Express Group said overnight it is buying Spanish transport company Alsa in a deal worth STG262 million ($631.71 million), allowing it to expand into continental Europe for the first time.

Privately owned Alsa is the largest coach and bus operator in Spain, controlling a fleet of about 1,400 vehicles. National Express currently carries around one billion passengers a year on its operations in Britain and the United States.

Terminal on track

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

BRAD Webb is as proud as punch and why shouldn't he be?

You would be too if your local company was constructing one of the biggest rail container terminals built in Queensland in a generation.

The $47 million complex for Toll Holdings is rising out of the dust at Stuart and nearing completion - far from the boardroom dramas afflicting Toll and its Pacific National rail joint venture operator Patrick Corp.

Rail noise row - tests find new trains too loud for passengers

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

THE State Government has denied claims that a noise problem with the new fast rail trains will affect the completion date and final cost of the project.

It has been revealed by a 15-month testing process by Dandenong-based manufacturer Bombardier that the trains, which will run between Bendigo and Melbourne, would be too noisy for passengers.

Fine-tuning for new rail timetable

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

SYDNEY'S new rail timetable will be "finetuned" after six weeks of operation to further improve train running times, the NSW Government said.
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister, John Watkins, today said the new schedule, introduced on September 4, has delivered an average on-time running result of 94 per cent so far.

Further adjustments would be made to improve the system, Mr Watkins said.

NSW to fast track new carriages

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney rail commuters will enjoy new air-conditioned carriages sooner, with the NSW government fast tracking delivery of almost 500 carriages.

Calder and Fast Rail vital to region's future

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by DavidB in Letters to the Editor

LABOR'S two large transport initiatives - the duplication of the Calder and the fast rail project - are vital to the future of central Victoria.

LVR celebrates 150 years of NSW rail

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Cowra's Lachlan Valley Railway celebrated NSW rail's 150th anniversary in style over the October long weekend.

Beloved Bluebirds Left Outside to Rot

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by sarail in Press Releases

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

BELOVED BLUEBIRDS LEFT OUTSIDE TO ROT

The future for South Australia’s iconic Bluebird’s (Barossa Wine Train) looks dim after the cars were removed from shelter at Islington last week and banished to the open yards where they will be targets to vandalism and weather.

Tas: Rail workers launch freight campaign

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in Tasmanian Rail News

TASMANIAN rail workers were to launch a campaign tomorrow to secure the future of the state's train freight service.

Victoria's Fast Train Rollout Won't Be Delayed: Premier

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE, Oct 11 Asia Pulse - Efforts to reduce noise levels in trains being built for Victoria's fast-rail project will not delay their rollout, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks says.

The V/Locity trains, being built to travel at 160 kilometres an hour, need corrections to reduce passenger noise levels.

Thirty-eight trains are being built by manufacturing company Bombardier in outer suburban Dandenong, at a cost of $535 million.

Corrigan intent on exacting high toll

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in Rail News

THE latest exchange of hostilities between Toll Holdings and its target over Patrick Corporation's continued interest in acquiring FCL Interstate Transport Services provides another insight into the defence strategy that Patrick's Chris Corrigan is developing.

Last month the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced its opposition to the proposed acquisition of FCL by Patrick, largely because of its belief that it would increase the ability and incentive of the Pacific National Ltd rail joint venture between Toll and Patrick to raise prices and discriminate against independent freight forwarders.

Coal ships queue up as miners struggle

Posted Wednesday, 12 October, 2005 by freightgate in Other Transport News

THE queue of ships waiting to load at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal near Mackay has been growing again as some producers struggle to meet shipment schedules despite an apparent lack of port or rail constraints on them.

The irony in the situation is sweet, as six months ago it was the coal producers blaming the port for export bottlenecks. Now it is some of these very miners who cannot keep up with demand.

NSW Govt vows to end train vandalism

Posted Thursday, 13 October, 2005 by DavidB in Letters to the Editor

The NSW Government is launching a campaign to fight an increase in vandalism and malicious damage on south coast trains.

Cane train may have sparked blaze

Posted Thursday, 13 October, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

A spark from a cane train wheel is believed to have started a large fire that burnt through grazing land and cane fields at Mirani, west of Mackay yesterday.

Council, rail society resolve rail carriage row

Posted Thursday, 13 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The Bathurst Regional Council and the Canobolas Heritage Railway Society have resolved a long-standing dispute about the ownership of five rail carriages

Vic Govt asked for rail services confirmation

Posted Thursday, 13 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Train travellers are calling on the Victorian Government to confirm when rail services will fully return between Melbourne and Bendigo.

Rail security steps over the mark

Posted Friday, 14 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Officers from the State Government's railway security force had made unwarranted citizen's arrests, taken a passenger in a headlock and made an innocent man squat on the ground in handcuffs for 15 minutes, the Ombudsman has found in a damning annual report.

PNT warning signal to rail clients

Posted Friday, 14 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Rail services in Tasmania cannot be guaranteed during a two-month government study into the industry, operator Pacific National says.

Patrick and FCL in $32m alliance

Posted Friday, 14 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick has signed a $32.5 million "alliance" deal with freight forwarding company FCL in what Toll Holdings described as an "uncommercial and desperate attempt" to frustrate Toll's hostile $4.5 billion takeover offer.

Patrick's play for FCL is far from immaterial to Toll

Posted Friday, 14 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp's action in entering into an alliance with FCL after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission opposed the acquisition of the road and rail freight forwarder arguably breaches one of the conditions of Toll Holdings's $5 billion takeover bid.

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