Showing stories from July 2007

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turntable at bairnsdale rail yard

Posted Sunday, 15 July, 2007 by k190 in Victorian Rail News

Hi all,i recently read an article in a local paper regarding the turntable that was trucked down from orbost to bairnsdale some years ago and nothing further has been done.The article refered to the fact that if the turntable had been installed then residents up this way could get to experience the splendour of the ''R'' class steam locomotives,but as a result the are only able to go as far as Traralgon which has a turntable.

A photographic exhibition dedicated to Subway Stations, Tunnels and Train Yards!

Posted Sunday, 15 July, 2007 by keithandlottie in Press Releases

This is a wonderful oppurtunity to view beautiful images from around the world, from cities that few of us ever have the chance to visit and from locations that only the truly intrepid go to sight-see.

Kaleidoscope by David Garland presents a series of photographs that expose the secrets of a deep, dark and luminous underground world.

U.S. Rail Traffic Down in June

Posted Sunday, 15 July, 2007 by vanessa in International Rail News

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2007 — U.S. freight railroad carload traffic fell 2.7 percent in June 2007 compared with June 2006, while intermodal traffic fell 1.8 percent compared with the same month last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported today.

Overall, U.S. railroads originated 1,344,296 carloads of freight in June 2007, down 37,679 carloads (2.7 percent) from June 2006. U.S. railroads also originated 961,545 intermodal units in June 2007, a decrease of 17,956 trailers and containers (1.8 percent) from June 2006.

“Rail volumes remained relatively soft in June, though they are up against some very strong comparisons from last year,” noted AAR Vice President Craig F. Rockey. “Most economists are fairly upbeat about economic growth in the second half of this year, and when the economy does pick up, we can expect rail volumes to rise commensurately,” Rockey added.

Union Pacific presses on with rail yard

Posted Sunday, 15 July, 2007 by vanessa in International Rail News

PHOENIX — With the governor vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the construction of a large rail yard near Picacho Peak, Union Pacific Railroad says it is moving ahead with plans to acquire farmland near the well-known landmark.

Officials have filed an application with the Arizona State Land Department, and Union Pacific hopes for an auction so it can buy the state land within a year.

"We've been working to educate the State Land Department about what goes on at a rail yard," said Chris Peterson, a Union Pacific spokesman.

Melbourne Airport development to go ahead

Posted Sunday, 15 July, 2007 by vanessa in Other Transport News

A MAJOR development plan for Melbourne Airport has federal government approval.

Shops, a childcare centre, petrol station, supermarket and gym will all be built as part of the development.

Transport Minister Mark Vaile said the land chosen for the site would not be needed for aviation in the future.

The development will be built over the next five years, and will cover approximately 48,000 square metres.

Footy fans anger at Geelong rail strike

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

THOUSANDS of angry Geelong fans were left stranded on their way to the big match at the MCG after a snap strike was called by V-Line rail workers in Geelong yesterday.

Trains were cancelled from 7.30am for more than five hours as workers walked off the job. Rail Tram and Bus Union officials were unable to be contacted about the reason for the strike. Geelong fan Peter Sloane said the strike had wrecked his weekend: "It's outrageous, this is the biggest game of the season so far."

Dodgy trains are RailCorp CEO's fault - union

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by vanessa in New South Wales Rail News

THE continued blame game by RailCorp chief executive Vince Graham has led to low morale and poor performance among rail maintenance workers, unions say.
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson says workers are ultimately responsible for incidents such as last Thursday's peak hour train breakdown on the Sydney Harbour Bridge but Mr Graham's management style has contributed to their poor performance.

He said Mr Graham had been tasked with improving RailCorp but had once again bashed his workforce for train debacles that continue to plague the state's rail system.

"Well, I think there are ways and means that he can do it,'' Mr Robertson told Southern Cross Radio.

Rail workers die in Hunter Valley Accident

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Two rail track workers were killed when they were hit by a coal train in the New South Wales Hunter Valley this morning.

The accident happened at the Singleton railway station just before 6:00am.

Police have secured the scene and WorkCover is on its way to the site.

It is not known how the accident happened or if there are any traffic delays at the site of the accident.

Hunter Line - Service cancellations

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

CityRail advises that 10.10am Muswellbrook to Maitland service has been cancelled due to a fatality at Singleton. Delays can be expected.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

We would also suggest that freight train delays are also being experienced through the area.

Apple's iPhone could become one of the most succesful product launches yet

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

Apple's iPhone could emerge as the most succesful product introduction of the 21st century, new research suggests.

Lightspeed Research surveyed 39,000 people on its US online panel in the days following the launch of the device on 29 June - and the research findings are staggering.


Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by bevans in Press Releases

The Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division celebrates 50 years of operating rail tours in 2007. Our very first tour was by rail motor from Brisbane to Nambour in 1957.

Since then the Society has very successfully operated in excess of 800 tours by steam, diesel, rail motor and electric trains to many destinations throughout Queensland.

Cruise passengers stranded after ship damage

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by bevans in Other Transport News

P&O Cruises is attemtoing to find charter flights for hundreds of passengers on a storm-suffered cruise liner stranded near Vanuatu.

The Pacific Star was battered by gale force winds and 10-metre waves only hours after it left leaving Auckland, New Zealand.

The Pacific Star ran into a wild storm that damaged the ship's bow, as well as some windows, doors and satellite equipment amongst other things.

Many of the 1,200 passengers on board were sea sick, some questioning why the cruise was not postponed.

Privatisation last resort for NSW rail yards

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by vanessa in New South Wales Rail News

IF train reliability does not improve, rail maintenance yards may be privatised, NSW Premier Morris Iemma said.

Mr Iemma said today he would prefer the yards to shape up and privatising them was a last resort.

The premier returned from holiday yesterday to bang together the heads of unions and RailCorp, who have been bickering over who was responsible for a hatch coming off a train on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on July 5, resulting in commuter chaos.

NSW Premier should take control of transport

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by vanessa in New South Wales Rail News

NSW Premier Morris Iemma must take personal control of the transport portfolio in order to fix the rail services, the state Opposition says.

Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell today also called on Mr Iemma to order an immediate independent review of RailCorp's maintenance procedures when he returns from holidays next week.

His comments follow bickering between RailCorp management bicker and the unions over who was responsible for a hatch dropping off a train on the Sydney Harbour Bridge last week, resulting in commuter chaos.

Taxpayers spend $7m to fly Howard to Canberra

Posted Monday, 16 July, 2007 by grace in Other Transport News

OHN Howard's decision to shun The Lodge in Canberra and live in Sydney has cost taxpayers almost $7 million for air travel.

Labor Party analysis found Mr Howard flies between Canberra and Sydney on average 141 times every year.

During his 11 years as Prime Minister his aircraft have flown the route so often he has clocked up 369,614km. Each flight is estimated to cost taxpayers around $4180.

Trams back in Brisbane - Courier Mail 16 July 2007

Posted Tuesday, 17 July, 2007 by GeoffreyHansen in Tram and Light Rail News

TRAMS will return to Brisbane streets as part of the biggest overhaul of the city and its transport network yet.

Discussions resume to improve NSW rail maintenance

Posted Tuesday, 17 July, 2007 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Union officials, New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma and RailCorp are expected to meet again today for talks aimed at improving the standard of rail maintenance.

Since returning from leave, Mr Iemma has repeated a warning that unless the situation improves he will consider privatising the sector.

Calls for Govt to confirm or deny rail maintenance cuts

Posted Tuesday, 17 July, 2007 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

An Opposition politician has called on the New South Wales State Government to either confirm or deny it will cut maintenance funding to rail lines, including the Gulgong-Mudgee-Lithgow line.

The Nationals member for Upper Hunter, George Souris, says it should respond to reports he has heard that it will cut maintenance funding to the track manager, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

WA crash shuts train line and freeway

Posted Wednesday, 18 July, 2007 by E1109 in Western Australian Rail News

PERTH'S northern train line and the Mitchell Freeway have been partially closed following a collision between a car and a truck.

Men questioned over train station attack

Posted Wednesday, 18 July, 2007 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TWO men - a Greensborough man aged 20 and a 21-year-old from Balwyn North - were today being questioned by police over the attack at Melbourne Central station on June 29.

The 28-year-old victim, Ben, of Lalor, said he was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched by the men, who pounced as he waited for a train about 11pm (AEST).

Metronet UK is facing administration

Posted Thursday, 19 July, 2007 by vanessa in International Rail News

Tube maintenance company Metronet is facing the threat of administration unless there is a last-minute rescue.

Metronet is part of a public-private partnership (PPP), which use private sector money to fund public projects.

Mildura to lose oil traffic

Posted Friday, 20 July, 2007 by alcoholic in Victorian Rail News

Recently Shell logistics made rational plans to close many of the remaining antiquated wet depots within country Victoria and throughout Australia. With this Mildura's depot is set to close on Oct 31st bringing to an end the distribution of oil traffic to the town.

Connex has problems on Packenham line 20/7/2007

Posted Friday, 20 July, 2007 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Trains on the Packenham line has been disrupted beyond Dandenong due to overhead problems. Some shuttle services are running on the UP line between Packenham to stations east of Dandenong.

Compliment for Cityrail Staff

Posted Friday, 20 July, 2007 by SL66 in Letters to the Editor

On the morning of the recent great train debacle on the Harbour Bridge, the 8.10am train from the Central Coast failed to stop at Asquith station - the next train scheduled to stop was half an hour later.
The Cityrail gentleman in the ticket office calmly picked up the phone, had a short conversation with someone, and three minutes later an express train made an unscheduled stop to pick up stranded passengers.

Vic Government looks to selling railway land

Posted Saturday, 21 July, 2007 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

ONE of inner Melbourne's largest vacant sites has been earmarked as the city's newest residential precinct and is expected to be a showcase for the State Government initiatives in "affordable" housing.

The 20-hectare property in West Melbourne is owned by government rail property agency VicTrack, which recently appointed Major Projects Victoria to assess the prime site, less than a kilometre from the CBD. The Major Projects report is due by the end of the year.

First electric train to Craigieburn arrives

Posted Sunday, 22 July, 2007 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The first electric train into Craigieburn arrived at the railway station last night at approximate 6:45pm.

The train arrived with the drivers cab full and testing gear or similiar located in the middle carriage.

Waiting for phantom trains at ghostly stations

Posted Sunday, 22 July, 2007 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A STRANGE sight greets those who brave the steep walk down Wallaroy Road where it plunges headlong from Edgecliff Road to Double Bay in Sydney's east. Just a short distance along is a wire fence beside what might be an overgrown gully. Look more closely, and you see a railway station. There are platforms and waiting rooms entirely unused, except by graffiti vandals. Trains on the eastern suburbs line rip through without stopping on their way between Edgecliff and Bondi Junction. Indeed, they have never stopped; the station, built decades ago, has never been used. So, here is a station with trains but no passengers, while most of the eastern suburbs has passengers but no trains - it makes Wallaroy Road station an apt symbol of the confusion that besets rail planning in Sydney.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/7/2007.

Posted Monday, 23 July, 2007 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 101 sightings for this week, which is another one less than last week. Making a total of 3094 sightings for this year to date. On day 202 last year we had seen 3295 sightings.

On the B/G it's a case of not being able to get much worse as we only saw one train for the whole week. On Monday we saw 9123 down empty grain train with G527(PN)+XR552 and 40 hoppers at 1450.

On the S/G we have seen 13 AN class loco sightings and 10 DL class loco sightings.

Paper HQ to disrupt trains

Posted Monday, 23 July, 2007 by henry in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE train services will be disrupted during construction of a new Docklands office building.

The new $110 million office block, on the Collins St extension, will sit over train lines opposite Southern Cross Station.

Work is scheduled to begin this year and take up to two years.

Rail operator Connex is in talks with developer Grocon and the Department of Infrastructure about the new building, Media House, which will be the home of The Age newspaper.

Saturday's train strike was all about safety first, says union

Posted Monday, 23 July, 2007 by henry in Victorian Rail News

THE UNION that locked down Geelong's train system on Saturday says it would do it again if the public's safety was put at risk.

Brian Hill, the divisional secretary of the locomotive division of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, said the stoppage was due to a new grain freight operator on the Geelong line not having adequate safety credentials.

``It would have been an erosion of safety standards,'' he said.

Man pleads guilty to raping woman on train

Posted Tuesday, 24 July, 2007 by bevans in International Rail News

OTSU -- A man under indictment for raping a woman on a train pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday.

Takamitsu Uezono, 36, who is also standing trial over a separate rape case, entered his plea during his second hearing held at the Otsu District Court on Friday.

German rail privatisation plans announced

Posted Thursday, 26 July, 2007 by freightgate in International Rail News

Germany's Cabinet has approved a long delayed plan to partially privatise the country's railway operator Deutsche Bahn. Initially up to 25% would be sold for an estimated three billion euros. With the state keeping control of the rail network and stations for at least 15 years, Deutsche Bahn would operate services with private sector partners. German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee said: "The aim is, on one hand, to maintain and improve the quality of rail services for all customers, that means for example stable prices and frequent trains. On the other hand we want to give the company the opportunity to prepare for growing international competition."

WA Government backs new line to Perth Airport

Posted Thursday, 26 July, 2007 by freightgate in Western Australian Rail News

The WA planning minister is backing a new railway line to Perth airport. The rail line would service the domestic and International terminal as well as a new industrial park planned for development on airport land.

Bracks Resigns

Posted Friday, 27 July, 2007 by bevans in Press Releases

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has announced his resignation from the position on Friday morning.

It is understood John Brumby may take the position.

New ARTC Projects will Open East West Rail Network to Double Stacking

Posted Friday, 27 July, 2007 by bevans in Press Releases

Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) has announced that work has begun on the replacement of the Dowd’s Hill tunnel on the rail network between Broken Hill and Adelaide. The project forms a major part of ARTC’s program to enable double stacked container trains to travel from Parkes through Broken Hill to Adelaide and Perth.
“The replacement of the 35 year old Dowd’s Hill tunnel is a $3million project and forms part of a larger $4.8 million ARTC program to improve the clearance and dimensions for containers on rail on this line.” David Marchant Chief Executive of ARTC said.

Brumby indicates Public Transport a focus for Vic Government

Posted Monday, 30 July, 2007 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

John Brumby has indicated that Health, major infrastructure projects and Public Transport will be a major focus for a newly lead Victorian Government according to weekend reports.

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