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Dog sniffs out rock throwers

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

Victorian Police are using dogs to sniff out rock-throwers. The Age reports on the discovery of perpetrators who had been throwing rocks at cars.

At least seven dead as Thai train derails: police

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

A passenger train derailed during heavy downpours on Monday killing at least seven people, including a two-year-old girl, and injuring scores of others near a Thai coastal resort, officials said.

The overnight train, travelling from southern Trang province to the capital Bangkok, came off the tracks 13 kilometres (eight miles) south of resort town Hua Hin -- a popular tourist getaway and regular retreat of Thailand's king.

Renewed calls to dump CBD Metro

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government is again being urged to pull the plug on its much vaunted Sydney CBD metro.

The Opposition leader Barry O'Farrell says last night's Four Corners program has demonstrated the economic irresponsibility of pressing ahead with the $5 billion project.

Ceremony to honour police train crash response

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Police officers who worked at the scene of a train crash in north Queensland last year will be recognised this morning.

MP says rail scepticism understandable

Posted Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Labor's duty MLC for Ballina and Tweed says deliberate mischief is being spread about the State Government's rail trails legislation.

Protesters gathered in Murwillumbah this morning to campaign against the bill, which they fear could see the Casino-to-Murwillumbah corridor sold to developers.

3265- Back on track!

Posted Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 by nswgr3642 in Press Releases

After 11 years of restoration by 3801 Limited and the Powerhouse Museum, ex NSWGR steam locomotive 3265 (named Hunter) is finally steaming again.

Crash truck used crossing without permit: report

Posted Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

An official report into a collision between a freight train and a cement truck in Adelaide's north-western suburbs has found that the truck was not authorised to use the crossing and it was likely its driver failed to stop.

Fleet street

Posted Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Trucks are increasingly clogging up Melbourne's roads and freeways. Is there a solution? Clay Lucas reports.

AFTER slamming on her brakes to avoid hitting the truck in front, Michelle Canny looked into her rear-vision mirror - and was terrified: a truck was hurtling towards her, its brakes locked, with little chance of stopping. ''It was awful: sitting there, looking in my rear-vision mirror, hanging on as tight as I could before it hit.''

Federal Govt ready to boost grain freight network

Posted Thursday, 8 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Commonwealth says it stands ready to help the Western Australian Government by investing in the grain freight network.

The Strategic Grain Network Committee is said to be weeks away from reporting back to the State Government on the network's rail infrastructure needs.

Time to rethink infrastructure cash splash: Coonan

Posted Thursday, 8 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Opposition Finance spokeswoman Helen Coonan says yesterday's interest rate rise should prompt the Government to rethink spending on several major infrastructure projects.

The Reserve Bank's decision to lift interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.25 per cent has prompted accusations from the Opposition that the Government's stimulus spending is responsible for the rise.

The Opposition believes the rise is proof that the economy is recovering and that stimulus spending should be wound back.

Group forms to aid cancer cluster probe

Posted Thursday, 8 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has established a reference group to aid an investigation into a suspected cancer cluster at a central Queensland rail depot.

Article in the Tweed Daily News, 7/10/09

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2009 by Xgentric in New South Wales Rail News

PROTESTERS at the old Murwillumbah train station yesterday claimed the State Government could not be trusted with legislation that would give it power to rip up rail lines across the state.

Cars honked in support as about 50 supporters of Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT) converged to protest the government's Transport Administration Amendment Bill - which they say could lead to the sell-off of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail link.

Could Byron coastal plan jeopardise north coast rail?

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Byron mayor says she expects a flood of responses when the shire council's draft coastal zone management plan goes on public display later this month.

Councillors today voted 8-1 in favour of putting the document on exhibition for two months from the 22nd of October.

Jan Barham says a strategy of planned retreat in erosion-prone areas has been formulated over 20 years.

Green light for coal rail project

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Premier Anna Bligh says Queensland's coordinator-general has given conditional approval to a coal rail project in the state's central region.

Ms Bligh has told Parliament, the coordinator-general's report shows the Moura link Aldoga rail project in Gladstone can proceed subject to conditions.

Smooth sailing tipped for new transport timetable

Posted Saturday, 10 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Transport Minister David Campbell says he does not think there will be any teething problems when a major new public transport timetable starts on Sunday.

The timetable was developed so the new Epping to Chatswood rail line could be integrated into the CityRail network.

Cancer expert visits rail yard hot spot

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by grace in Queensland Rail News

An independent cancer cluster expert will visit a central Queensland rail yard today.

There have been nine cases of cancer amongst workers at the Jilalan rail depot in the past 20 years, with four diagnosed in the past three years.

Transport consultants scoop $47m

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

As Melbourne's public transport network creaks towards another punishing summer, evidence has emerged of where money that could be spent renewing the train and tram fleet is going: on consultants.

Just over $47 million - enough to buy at least nine trams or two trains - was spent on lawyers and engineering, accounting, technology, branding, advertising and marketing consultants to keep the train and tram system privatised.

Taxi smashed by train at level crossing

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A taxi-driver and his two passengers fled their cab seconds before it was destroyed by a train at Oak Park in Melbourne's northwest last night.

Police believe the taxi got lodged on the tracks after the driver tried to do an U-turn on a level crossing at Devon Street, near Pascoe Vale Road, about 10.40pm.

Indian Railway Challenge

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by Lester in Letters to the Editor

Hello down there from up here in the UK.

I am planning a backside breaking challenge to circumscribe the Indian rail network by travelling from Mumbai, to the 4 extremeties of the network, being Dwarka, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati and Cape Kanyakumari (in any order), then back to Mumbai in the shortest possible time.

Tracks of their tears

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

BHP and Rio’s stranglehold on Pilbara rail is being tested, writes Leonie Wood. Klaus Clemens is a professional train buff. He might have started his career 30 years ago as an industrial chemist in the petro-chemical industry, but more recently Mr Clemens has taken to analysing train traffic for state rail authorities.

The need for speed: Europe's trains beat planes

Posted Monday, 12 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

With the advent of high-speed trains, rail travel in Europe has become so popular that some intercity flight routes are being cancelled.

Why would you fly from London to Paris, for example, and tackle Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle airport check ins plus security when you can catch a high-speed train that lands you right in the centre of town?

Traffic confusion on West Gate Freeway

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

New changes to the West Gate Freeway caused traffic confusion for peak-hour drivers this morning.

The eastbound ramps from the Bolte Bridge and over Montague Street were opened as part of the $1.39 billion M1 upgrade.

The changes have confused drivers with callers to 3AW this morning saying signs weren't clear enough and there were a lot people changing lanes.

NSW Govt agrees to study

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by seb2351 in Tram and Light Rail News

The NSW Government has recommitted itself to a new study looking at the feasibility of running a tram network in Sydney, including along George St. The new study would work together with local councils, with a 10 person panel already being appointed to oversea the study.

Crowding on regional lines

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A record 12 million travellers have taken Victorian regional rail services in the past year, as drivers left the car at home and piled on to trains - creating overcrowding problems on the most popular routes.

Rail stations 'not meeting disabled access guidelines'

Posted Tuesday, 13 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Disability groups say some of the Hunter's busy railway stations are failing to meet access guidelines.

The CEO of Disability Advocacy, Mark Grierson, says many disabled people need to use public transport to get around, but struggle to access train stations.

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