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Airline looks to take to the rails

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2008 by markcurtis in International Rail News

With the high price of fuel raising the cost of flying, Air France is looking into replacing some of its short-haul European flights with a high-speed rail service in partnership with a French train operator, a move that analysts said could lead to significant savings.

Temporary fix for rail bridge

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2008 by markcurtis in Tasmanian Rail News

The Bell Bay rail line in Tasmania's north is expected to temporarily re-open at the end of the week after work is done to stabilise a bridge damaged in an accident last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/7/2008

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 102 sightings for this week, which is 12 sightings less than last week, making a total of 2673* sightings for this year to date. On day 187 last year we had seen 2876 sightings.

We have seen only one train on the B/G this week, 9140 was seen on the up Friday with G525+X39?

Rail productivity will have to rise for higher pay

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The rail unions' original threat to strike during World Youth Day celebrations, the biggest event on Sydney's calendar this year, was deliberately provocative. I am pleased the unions conceded they got it wrong and we were able to come to a sensible outcome that will not disrupt the people of Sydney.

High-speed rail route approved

Posted Thursday, 10 July, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

SAN FRANCISCO—The California High Speed Rail Authority has given its final approval to a route that would link the state's major cities and regions.

Environmental studies approved Wednesday clear the way for a high speed rail system route that would connect San Francisco, Sacramento and the Central Valley with Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.

Victorian Goldfields Railway to remove Thomas the Tank Engine trains

Posted Friday, 11 July, 2008 by NSWRTM123 in Victorian Rail News

The popular tourist railway has been ordered by the multinational owners of the Thomas the Tank Engine copyright to stop using the name.

They must also remove the Thomas-style faces from the front of their locos.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/7/2008

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 102 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week, making a total of 2775* sightings for this year to date. On day 194 last year we had seen 2979 sightings.
We have not seen any trains on the B/G this week.

37 arrests at climate change protest

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by Sydney_Gunzel in New South Wales Rail News

NSW police have arrested 37 protesters who chained themselves to a train and rail tracks at the world's biggest coal export port in Newcastle to protest against climate change.

Kosky stands by tickets as Sydney hails connies

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

PUBLIC Transport Minister Lynne Kosky might argue that ticket machines are more efficient than tram conductors, but the operator of Sydney's only tram service would beg to differ.

MetroRail, a seven-kilometre light rail from Central to Lilyfield with only seven trams, launched in 1997 with ticket machines.

But in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympic Games, the 24-hour light-rail system ditched them.

Melbourne's trams are a hostile place

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

APPARENTLY, it makes economic sense to bring back tram conductors to Melbourne's trams (The Age, 13/7). Excuse my bluntness, but der, Fred. And, ah, what about all the other factors that make something a good idea? Such as safety, functionality, enjoyment?

An instinctual, helpful human presence as opposed to a robot is always going to make good economic sense. Problems of obesity, consumer debt and depression are rising at the same speed as our technological advancement, and it seems the same narrow view has created the problems with our city's tram system.

New rail tunnel may be privatised

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A PROPOSED $7 billion rail tunnel from Footscray to Caulfield could be privatised under funding options being considered by the Brumby Government and being backed by Metlink, the body that promotes Melbourne's public transport operations.

The Government has also refused to rule out fare increases to help pay for the tunnel.

The tunnel was among the key proposals in Sir Rod Eddington's report earlier this year on east-west transport options for Melbourne.

Transport group urges caution on rail tunnel

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Public Transport Users' Association (PTUA) says the Victorian Government should be making the most of existing public transport infrastructure, before investing in a new rail tunnel.

Sir Rod Eddington's report on an east-west transport solution proposed a $7-billion rail tunnel from Footscray to Caulfield.

QR calls for comment on proposed rail link

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland's coordinator-general is calling for public comment on Queensland Rail's proposal to build a rail line to link to Wiggins Island Coal Terminal.

The terms of reference have been released for the $500 million rail upgrade.

Record Botany trade, but rail links need work: Rowsthorn

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A record of more than 1 million TEUs moved through the Patrick Port Botany container terminal in the 2007/08 financial year, the stevedore reports.

The result continues the 7 percent annual growth in container volumes through the Patrick terminal.

Mark Rowsthorn, CEO of Patrick’s parent Asciano, says the growth has been driven by a combination of strategic investment in equipment, improved operational efficiency and providing capacity ahead of demand.

Freight emissions set to double by 2020: report

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

New figures reveal carbon emissions from the freight transport sector in Australia are set to increase by 100 per cent by 2020.

The figures prepared for the Federal Government reveal the growth in pollution from freight vehicles exceeds that produced by transport used for personal travel.

Rail tunnel vision praised, road link less popular

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A $7 BILLION plan to tunnel from Footscray to Caulfield to build a new "metro style" underground rail line has won overwhelming endorsement from councils, transport groups and social welfare bodies.

But support for a proposed $9 billion road tunnel stretching from Footscray to Clifton Hill has received a mixed response in submissions to the Government's review of Sir Rod Eddington's $20 billion transport plan for Melbourne.

CityLink operator Transurban said the road tunnel should be built as a tollway - but even then it could only be built with additional Government funding.

Roads to nowhere

Posted Wednesday, 16 July, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

Three years ago, a 75 year-old academic from Sydney University, Dr John Goldberg, issued a paper claiming Australia's toll road companies were unsustainable unless the Government continued to prop them up with subsidies under its infrastructure bond scheme.

Goldberg was rubbished by the operators Transurban and Macquarie. How could all the broking analysts, institutional investors and other experts be wrong, and this bloke right? PricewaterhouseCoopers, auditor and consultant to most of the stapled infrastructure structures, was also wheeled out as an expert to debunk Goldberg's contention that the toll road model was flawed.

Men jump from Adelaide train travelling at 60km/h

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2008 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

TWO men who jumped from a commuter train travelling at 60km/h did so because it's believed the locomotive didn't stop at their station. The men - including a 19-year-old - jumped from the train travelling south on the Adelaide to Gawler line, between Broadmeadows Station and the Smithfield Interchange about 3.30pm.

New push for Mount Gambier railway

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

There is a strong business case to reopen the Mount Gambier to Heywood railway line, according to the Port of Portland.

The authority was responding yesterday to news the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) had acquired the Portland-Maroona line, which Pacific National shut down earlier this year.

All aboard for a rational national rail plan

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

Would improved rail service help our nation reduce dependence on foreign oil? My short answer is: "It could, but not the way we're approaching rail now." Those seniors old enough to remember the glory days of fast, frequent passenger trains will have a long wait until we see anything like those days again. Here are some of the hard truths about the future of rail service in the United States:

Sydney Rail System Braces for Pilgrims Welcoming Pope

Posted Thursday, 17 July, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

July 17 (Bloomberg) -- Sydney began adding extra buses and trains to its public transportation system today to cope with an influx of people descending on the city for a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day celebrations.

To cater to the extra volume of commuters, 45 additional trains and 2,500 buses will run on the city's transportation network, said Adam Berry, a spokesman for World Youth Day.

End of the line for Thomas the Tank Engine

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2008 by Demonlord Hightower in Rail Events

CORPORATE red tape has strangled the Hunter's friends of Thomas the Tank Engine, according to train buff Graham Black.

Thumbs up for Beijing's high-speed airport rail link

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

A high-speed Beijing airport rail link built in time for the Olympics won kudos from its first batch of passengers who were whisked from the city's gleaming new terminal to downtown in under 20 minutes.

"Normally I take a taxi and that can take an hour or more," said Chen Jianlan, a frequent visitor from Hong Kong, taking one of the first trains into town after the line opened Saturday.

Highpoint lobbies for new train line to Maribyrnong

Posted Monday, 21 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

HIGHPOINT Shopping Centre wants a new train line to Maribyrnong.
The retail mecca has outlined the plan in its response to Sir Rod Eddington's transport report.

Starting from the existing Flemington Racecourse line, it would extend past the shopping centre to former Defence Department land in Maribyrnong.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/7/2008

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 102 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week, making a total of 2877* sightings for this year to date. On day 201 last year we had seen 3081 sightings.

We have seen only one train on the B/G this week, on Friday 9140 was diverted this way with G527(PN)+X39 and 45 wagons.

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