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Waiting for the train that never came

Posted Monday, 24 October, 2005 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

FRANK Merlino is waiting for a train that never comes. For more than 20 years he has served as a councillor in the outer-north municipality of Whittlesea, waiting hopefully as planners and politicians have talked up rail extensions for the patches of fresh suburbia sprouting beyond the reach of the Epping station.

State trains running decades late

Posted Monday, 24 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

HUMANS might be living on the moon before Melbourne's rail network is expanded, according to the timetable of the State Government's public transport chief.

Toll's 'bully' touted for PN

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

The man at the centre of "threats" that led to the resignation of Pacific National boss Stephen O'Donnell is being touted as the man to replace him.

Toll's takeover bid is a mess, says Corrigan

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

Patrick Corp chief executive Chris Corrigan says the $4.6 billion takeover offer for his company by Toll Holdings is in disarray.

CityRail train safety getting worse

Posted Monday, 24 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW opposition is asking the Government to explain why safety incidents on CityRail trains have more than doubled over the past two years.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/10/2005

Posted Monday, 24 October, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Thing's are look up, as we had 129 sightings for the week which is another 14 more than last week.

Tensions rising amid Pacific National rail deal

Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Tensions between Toll Holdings and its takeover target Patrick Corporation appear to have spilled over into a board meeting for their joint rail venture Pacific National.

Pacific National rift remains unreconciled as feud descends into farce

Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The farce which is Pacific National spilled into the boardroom yesterday as the feuding directors of Australia's biggest private rail company spent more than 90 minutes in brutal disagreement over the minutes of their meeting last month.

Toll, Patrick tiff not cooling

Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Transport firm Toll Holdings and takeover target Patrick Corp have continued a war of words after clashing at a board meeting of their joint rail venture, Pacific National.

Rail corridor suggested for highway upgrade

Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has been asked to consider using an existing rail corridor on the north coast as part of plans to upgrade the Pacific Highway.

NSW rail safety figures 'concerning'

Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Commuters will be concerned about an increase in reports of safety incidents on trains, the New South Wales opposition said today.

Suburb vision goes off the rails

Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

BLAND, car-dominated new retail centres in Melbourne's growth suburbs are falling short of the State Government's vision of them as vibrant, diverse villages around public transport.

Freight giants 'abuse' rail link

Posted Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The national rail regulator has warned against the $8 billion merger of Australia's two biggest freight companies, saying they have already abused a near-monopoly to lift the cost of carrying goods across the country.

Choo, choo: rail chief bites hand that would have fed him plum PN job

Posted Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Two days ago David Marchant was one of the men Toll Holdings wanted to run Pacific National. In his submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Toll's plan to buy Patrick, Marchant lets us know exactly why he would not have taken the job.

Tensions rising amid Pacific National rail deal

Posted Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Tensions between Toll Holdings and its takeover target Patrick Corporation appear to have spilled over into a board meeting for their joint rail venture Pacific National.

Public transport is key to Melbourne's future

Posted Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Improved investment in transport is crucial to reshaping our suburbs, writes Trevor Budge.

Melbourne 2030 is like a three-legged stool: remove one of the key props and the whole strategy falls over. The Planning Institute of Australia, the professional planners' association with a national membership of more than 4000, has consistently supported Melbourne 2030 as a far-sighted and realistic long-term reshaping of metropolitan Melbourne.

End of the line for rail jobs

Posted Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

MORE job losses tipped for Orange Railway Station is 'death by a thousand cuts' for Countrylink according to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Rail firm 'gouging' customers

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Pacific National's customers have accused the dominant rail freight carrier of using its market power to gouge them.

Threat of rail demise remains

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in Tasmanian Rail News

Railway operator Pacific National Tasmania has renewed its warning that State and Federal Governments must buy the rail track if container services are to continue in Tasmania.

The sold-out circus of our public transport

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

SIX-AND-A-HALF years ago, when the Kennett government broke up Melbourne's inefficient public transport network and sold it to foreign private operators, Melburnians were repeatedly promised a system that would rival the best in the world.

Wodonga rail bypass decision looms

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

A decision on when Wodonga's rail bypass will go ahead is expected within two months after rail companies involved in the project agreed to work together.

Boy hit by train in Adelaide

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

A 14-year-old boy suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a train as he ran across railway tracks in Adelaide today.

Hunt for man after XPT catastrophe averted

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

Police are searching for a man who may have tried to derail an interstate express passenger train in southern NSW.

'Strange signal' alert stopped XPT derail threat

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in New South Wales Rail News

"Strange signals" from the tracks alerted rail crews to a problem, which police believed could have been potentially catastrophic to an express train.

New train line sees boost in rail freight

Posted Thursday, 27 October, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News


Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin says 85 per cent of freight carried between Adelaide and Darwin is now transported by rail.

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