COMMUTER delays rather than on-time running figures would be a better way to measure how long travellers really spend waiting on platforms or on slow trains, the independent safety regulator has said in a submission to the NSW Government.
OWNERS of the controversial Penola Pulp Mill yesterday signed a $70 million deal to transport 750,000 tonnes of pulp a year via Port Adelaide.
The agreement will also include a major upgrade to the South East rail-line, despite the pulp mill yet to receive final approval by Parliament.
It is expected to create about 100 new rail and port jobs.
Mill operator Protavia had originally planned to take the pulp - destined for South Korea, China and Europe - to Portland or Port Melbourne.
n Indiana mom attempted to outrun a freight train at an intersection but didn't see a train approaching from the other direction and crashed, killing two of her children, police said. Authorities released a video showing Edie Bolanos attempting to outrun an eastbound train in her minivan by cutting through a parking lot and making a quick turn.
There were only 91 sightings for this week, which are eight sightings less than last week. Making a total of 3774 sightings for this year to date. On day 251 last year we had seen 4140 sightings.
On the B/G we have seen only two sighting for the week, which is the same as last week. The two sightings were an up and a down grain train on Monday, with XR550(PN)+XR558(PN) and 38 hoppers on both trains.
Early risers will get free train travel to work in a bid to ease congestion on Melbourne's overburdened rail system. The 'earlybird' Met card will allow commuters to travel free on any train scheduled to arrive at its destination by 7am.
"Rio Tinto Ltd is trialling automated train driving technology at its Pilbara iron ore mining operations in Western Australia.
Pilbara Iron acting general manager railways Sid Hay said the Automated Train Operation (ATO) technology could help the company reach its annual export target for iron ore."