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Casino-Murwillumbah rail line reopening not happening soon

Posted Tuesday, 18 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Transport Minister John Watkins has no immediate plans to reopen the rail line between Casino and Murwillumbah.

The runaway train that's left in O'Donnell's wake

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

Paul Little insists the fireworks over the fate of Pacific National is little more than a distraction to his $4.9 billion main game: capturing control of Patrick Corporation.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/10/2005

Posted Tuesday, 18 October, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 115 sightings for the week which is nine more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 3968* sightings (* One weeks' sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 288 last year was 4987).

Better rail advocate to head probe

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

A senior Tasmanian transport bureaucrat who told the Federal Government last year that the Tasmanian rail network needed a $215 million upgrade is to head up a joint study.

Ghan maintains double services

Posted Tuesday, 18 October, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Demand for travel on the Ghan passenger train has led to Adelaide-to-Darwin services being doubled full-time - to two trains a week in each direction - starting next March.

Toll's 'bully' won't budge

Posted Tuesday, 18 October, 2005 by markcurtis in Rail News

TOLL Holdings executive director Mark Rowsthorn has refused to step down from the board of Pacific National, Toll's rail joint venture with Patrick Corp, over claims he threatened and intimidated PN chief executive Stephen O'Donnell.

V/Line blames upgrades for train delays

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

V/Line has blamed signalling failures and track upgrades for an increase in the number of late trains last month.

Elderly man hit by train, dies

Posted Wednesday, 19 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

An elderly man has died after apparently being hit by a train in Melbourne's east.

White rails at lost vision

Posted Wednesday, 19 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Rail freight lobby group chairman Geoff White has launched a stinging attack on the Bracks Government in the lead up to next year's State election - accusing it of having lost its vision for regional rail freight.

More changes for Echuca-Melb rail line

Posted Wednesday, 19 October, 2005 by chairman in Victorian Rail News

There will be more public transport changes along the rail line between Echuca and Melbourne.

Trucking must pay for rail upgrades: Minister

Posted Thursday, 20 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Planning Minister Frank Sartor believes the trucking industry should make a contribution towards upgrading rail infrastructure linking Port Botany.

Patrick tactics may force up offer

Posted Thursday, 20 October, 2005 by markcurtis in Rail News

ANALYSTS believe Patrick Corp's strident rejection of Toll Holdings' hostile takeover bid appears designed to extract a higher offer rather than persuade investors not to accept it.

NTC Releases draft Rail Safety Reform Bill for comment

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by chairman in Rail News

20th October 2005

INTRODUCTION
This bulletin summarises major aspects of the proposed national Bill to improve rail safety performance in Australia. The model Bill sets out nationally consistent legal duties and operating requirements on all parties responsible for rail safety and will underpin future national regulations, compliance codes, standards and guidelines.

The reform aims to improve regulatory efficiency and effectiveness through the implementation of a number of regulatory best practices. It does not alter the fundamental approach to rail safety in Australia but rather builds on the existing co-regulatory structure.

The Bill has been developed by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in conjunction with the Rail Legislation Advisory Panel and in consultation with key stakeholders. The model Bill will be submitted to the Australian Transport Council (ATC) for approval in late 2005 following this round of consultation, and consideration of submissions from interested stakeholders.

NTC Rail Reform Bill - Supplementary Bulletin for Tourist & Heritage Operators

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by chairman in Rail News

INTRODUCTION
The NTC has recently released consultation materials explaining proposed changes to the co-regulatory framework for rail safety.

This Bulletin outlines some of the implications for Tourist & Heritage Operators

Police plea for help over attack

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Police have released railway station security camera footage of a man they believe may be able to provide information that could help solve a recent abduction attempt on a young woman.

Five injured in Greek train derailment

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A Greek intercity train carrying 140 passengers to Athens derailed near the northern city of Thessaloniki, catching fire and injuring five people, one of them seriously, officials said.

Council fears rail station public liability risk

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Guyra Shire Council is to approach the Australian Rail Track Corporation to resume responsibility for the lease of three railway stations in the shire.

BHP Billiton to spend $1.3 bln on iron ore expansion

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by freightgate in Rail News

MELBOURNE, Oct 20 (Reuters) - BHP Billiton Ltd./Plc. (ASX: BHP.ax) BLT.L, the world's biggest miner, said it will spend $1.3 billion to expand iron ore output and rail and port operations to keep up with demand from Asian steel makers.

BHP board's approval comes one day after Rio Tinto Ltd./Plc. (ASX: RIO.ax) RIO.L committed $1.35 billion to its iron ore mine and port operations in Western Australia and Brazil's Caemi Mineracao e Metalurgia S.A. CMET4.SA, an arm of the world's top iron ore miner, CVRD VALE5.SA, set a $760 million iron ore expansion.

The Indian Pacific keeps on rolling!

Posted Friday, 21 October, 2005 by xxxxlbear in Rail News

A SMALL group of Sydneysiders got to see that other North Shore yesterday as the Indian Pacific passenger train passed through Geelong.

Freight competition won't be railroaded when Samuel has his say

Posted Saturday, 22 October, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

AS entertaining as it is, the slugfest between Toll Holdings and Patrick Corporation will continue to be a rhetorical sideshow until Graeme Samuel has his say.

Canadian Pacific Railway supports federal government investment in Pac Gateway

Posted Sunday, 23 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

CALGARY, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX/NYSE: CP) welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government concerning the Pacific Gateway.

Fred Green, CPR Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: "Today's announcement is a positive development as it reinforces Canada is moving to take full advantage of the tremendous growth of North America's trade with Asia. The federal government has recognized its critical partnership in creating positive economic growth for our country through its investment in transportation infrastructure."

Indian RITES despatches three locomotives to Sudan Railway

Posted Sunday, 23 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

Oct 20, 2005 (TIRUCHIRAPPALLI) — The Indian Central Railway workshop at Golden Rock has despatched three modified ’Cape Gauge’ locomotives to the Sudan Railway Corporation (SRC), as part of an agreement signed between SRC and the Railway Technical and Economic Services (RITES) India.

Construction of coal-transporting railway starts

Posted Sunday, 23 October, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

SHIJIAZHUANG, Oct. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Construction of the coal shipping Qian'an-Caofeidian railway started Friday in Hebei Province, north China.

The 213-km line will be linked with the Datong-Qinhuangdao railway relieve the pressure on the railway which is specialized in shipping coal produced in Shanxi Province to the sea port of Qinhuangdao.

Toll man to seek top job

Posted Monday, 24 October, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

HERE will be more fireworks at today's board meeting of Pacific National, with the man accused of pushing out the former chief executive set to stand for the top job.

Ports expansion hinges on rail freight decision

Posted Monday, 24 October, 2005 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The new head of TasPorts is awaiting a clearer picture on the future of the Tasmania's rail network before committing to an expanded role for the state's ports.

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