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Patrick looks to future with FCL

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

Stevedore Patrick Corp will form an alliance with FCL Interstate Transport a month after the competition regulator rejected its takeover bid for the freight forwarder.

Ombudsman slams rail officers

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

A SYDNEY rail commuter with a valid ticket was handcuffed by transit officers and made to squat for 15 minutes after he went through a turnstile, a damning report by the New South Wales Ombudsman said.
The Ombudsman's annual report, released today, strongly criticised the grey-shirted transit officers who patrol trains on the CityRail network.

The report detailed one incident in which a man had a valid ticket but was unable to operate the turnstile, so he went through the turnstile – only to be handcuffed by a transit officer.

Sydney-Melbourne rail times improve after bridge check

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

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will lift the current speed restriction on the Menangle rail bridge, improving transit times between Melbourne and Sydney.

A safety assessment has recommended speeds can be lifted from the present 40km/h limit to 80km/h from October 31.

Rail crossing action demands

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

Dennington residents are being forced to walk through water to cross the railway line at Drummond Street, say two city councillors who are demanding action.

Patrick, FCL alliance 'destined to fail'

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

It's the takeover you make when you're not allowed to take over. Patrick Corporation has announced an "alliance" with FCL Interstate Transport, the freight fowarder it has unsuccessfully tried to purchase.

SCT's Greater Freighter promises great things

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

The 'Greater Freighter', an almost six metre tall High Cube rail van, will be hitting Australia's freight network soon.

Sydney Airport line costs taxpayers $800m

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

The State Government has agreed to pay $106 million to resolve the financial disaster surrounding the Airport Rail Link, a private-sector project that was supposed to be fully funded by private funds but has cost taxpayers $800 million.

Ports, rail undercut by tollways

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by E1109 in Other Transport News

AUSTRALIA'S ports, railways and water systems have been starved of funds because state governments have been lured into dubious private sector toll-road deals that often swallow hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies.

Ministers accused over Tas rail crisis

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian and federal governments have been accused of misleading the public about their knowledge of a looming crisis in the island state's rail network.

Rust find to worsen rail squeeze

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Packed train services from the Blue Mountains and Central Coast will become more crowded after 15 CityRail carriages were pulled from service yesterday on safety concerns over rust.

Tas Opposition unveils rail network plan

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Liberals have unveiled a proposal for the state's rail network to be returned to public hands.

Assurance on rail services

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Rail services in Tasmania will not shut down overnight if government funding cannot be found, operator Pacific National has told a public forum of stakeholders in Hobart.

W-class tram for the royal garage

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

JUST what do you give a recently wed royal couple who have good looks, charm, the odd castle and a collection of wedding gifts ranging from the lavish to the bizarre?

When it set about finding a goodwill gift for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, the Victorian Government's choice was simple: say it with a tram.

Fast train critics should "shut up"

Posted Saturday, 15 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

BALLARAT Mayor David Vendy has told knockers of the multi-million dollar fast rail project to "shut up".

Push to save Tas railways

Posted Sunday, 16 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's railway system must not be allowed to wither and die. This was the unanimous sentiment expressed by speakers at a forum on the future of rail in Tasmania held in Hobart yesterday.

PN chief exits amid Toll 'threats'

Posted Sunday, 16 October, 2005 by markcurtis in Rail News

THE chief executive of Pacific National, the rail freight company owned jointly by Patrick Corp and hostile takeover suitor Toll Holdings, has quit amid claims he was threatened and intimidated by Toll directors.

Toll row explodes

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

BLISTERING phone message, coupled with an email barrage from a Toll Holdings director, has left the top management of the Toll-Patrick Corp joint rail venture Pacific National in tatters.

Train crunch postie unhurt

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

THE driver of an Australia Post van walked away unscathed after a collision with a train at New Town last night.

The accident occurred shortly after 6.40pm on the Bell St level crossing, a police spokesman said.

Tas Opposition unveils rail network plan

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The Tasmanian Liberals have unveiled a proposal for the state's rail network to be returned to public hands.

Chinese make tracks to roof of the world

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

BEIJING: It could quite justifiably be called the skytrain.

The just completed railway, which connects Tibet with the rest of China, is the most elevated track in the world.

About 80 per cent of the 1956km line linking Lhasa to the city of Xining in the western province of Qinghai lies above 4000m, says the Government.

Toll out to get me, rail chief claims

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The chief executive of Pacific National, Stephen O'Donnell, was told he was "f...ed up" and warned to seek legal advice "because we are coming to get you" by a director of his own company, Mark Rowsthorn.

Crunch week for Toll's Patrick bid

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Paul Little's share-swap bid for his joint venture partner, Patrick Corp, faces a crucial test this week.

Toll row explodes

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A blistering phone message, coupled with an email barrage from a Toll Holdings director, has left the top management of the Toll-Patrick Corp joint rail venture Pacific National in tatters.

Freight titans on collision course

Posted Monday, 17 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

PATRICK Corporation is set to ramp up its fight against Toll Holdings' $4.6 billion takeover bid tomorrow.

Man trapped in rail loop

Posted Tuesday, 18 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A train passenger has spent a lonely 45 minutes trapped inside the City Loop after a driver mistakenly made a stop.

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