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Concerns grow about state of rail system

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Farmers in many parts of the country are gearing up for a good grain harvest.

But concerns are growing about the state of the rail system, that's supposed to get much of the grain from the farm to the port.

The Federal Opposition says it's inevitable there'll be delays this harvest, and it could put Australia's reputation as a reliable exporter at risk.

Moree-Weemelah train line reopens

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales Minister for Transport, David Campbell, has announced the reopening of the Moree to Weemelah rail line.

The 20 kilometre branch line was closed last month after engineers determined it was unsafe.

O'Farrell will derail metro whatever the cost

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition has committed to scrapping Sydney's multi-billion-dollar CBD metro rail project during construction, no matter what the cost to the taxpayer.

The State Government has set the price tag for the metro at no more than $5.3 billion but costings published by News Limited today estimate the bill to be $2 billion more.

Railcorp Workers Taxi up a Bill of 4 Million Dollars

Posted Sunday, 18 October, 2009 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

Over the past 3 years, Railcorp has racked up a taxi bill in excess of $4 million. Documents, obtained by the NSW opposition under the Freedom of Information act claim it shows that even the Government has no confidence in its own rail network.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/10/2009.

Posted Sunday, 18 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 88 sightings for this week. This is two sighting less than last week, making a total of 3490 sightings for this year to date. On day 290 last year we had recorded 4122 sightings.

We have seen four sightings on the B/G this week, which is one less that last week. All three Mildura trains were seen this week and all trains had G527(PN) on the front.

Teen safe after falling under train

Posted Sunday, 18 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A missing Melbourne teenager has returned home safe and well, after he was last seen falling under a train.

Fourteen-year-old Jarni Blakkarly disappeared after he fell and a train approaching Parliament Station ran over him yesterday.

Sharp criticism for 16% increase in transport fares

Posted Monday, 19 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

COMMUNITY, consumer and welfare groups have criticised proposals by the State Government to introduce steep rises in public transport fares, saying higher charges will hit people in western Sydney especially hard.

Irregularities in Bankstown Council’s decision to reduce commuter.

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by BCAG in New South Wales Rail News

Bankstown Council's decision to cut commuter parking at Marion Street carpark tainted by irregularities and possible misconduct.

Ghan Derailment

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by nswgr3642 in Northern Territory Rail News

The famous Ghan, that runs from Adelaide to Darwin, has derailed.

Qld unions told to back words with deeds

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Unions threatening to boycott talks over Queensland government asset sales should back their words with action, the opposition says.

The state government has hired former Reserve Bank chief Bernie Fraser to mediate the talks, which continue this week.

But the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has threatened to pull out of the talks, believing Treasurer Andrew Fraser has misrepresented their aim in the media, and is not at the table in good faith.

Public transport fares frozen until end of 2010

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Train, tram and bus fares in Victoria have been frozen until after next year's state election late next year.

Ghan derails after hitting large bull

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by Sydney_Gunzel in South Australian Rail News

A Ghan train travelling between Alice Springs and Adelaide has derailed after hitting a large bull.

Late Ghan arrives

Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

About 200 passengers on the Ghan have arrived in Adelaide more than half a day late.

The front locomotive of the train was derailed about 300 kilometres south of Alice Spring on Sunday night when it hit a large bull.

Opposition forms plan to stop rail sell-off

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition will work with the Greens to try to stop the State Government's plan to sell disused rail corridors, including the Casino to Murwillumbah line.

Ballina MP Don Page says there is strong opposition to the Government's proposed rail trails legislation.

Grain rail report tipped to back user-pays scheme

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Federal Government report is expected to recommend freight operators contribute to the cost of keeping grain lines open in New South Wales.

The Government invested $3 million on a special task force to get grain exports back on track in NSW.

A1 collapse sparks rail route questions

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A Gold Coast councillor says the cancellation of the A1 GP motor race at Surfers Paradise has raised questions about the route of the city's new light rail system.

Cr Susie Douglas represents Surfers Paradise and says the light rail route was designed to accommodate the race precinct.

Barnett flags need for better port rail access

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says an upgrade of rail access to the Bunbury port is necessary if the city is to cope with a pending industry boom.

Riverina rail branch lines stay closed

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government says rail branch lines in the Riverina which have been suspended will remain closed until their maintenance can be financed.

The Federal Government spent $3 million on the NSW Grain Freight Review and is expected to announce its recommendations shortly.

Not all grain rail lines to reopen: Campbell

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has been handed a Federal Government report on the future of grain rail lines in the state.

The Commonwealth is yet to publicly release its recommendations from the New South Wales Grain Freight Review, which will determine what happens to about 15 rail lines that are currently suspended.

Lobby group warns against rail sell-off

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Newcastle lobby group Save Our Rail is today protesting outside New South Wales Parliament to prevent disused rail lines from being sold.

The Greens say proposed legislation would give the State Government the power to sell-off rail corridors.

Man crushed to death by Melbourne train

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man has been crushed to death after jumping off a moving train in Melbourne.

The train was departing the city's Central Station just before midnight (AEDT) when a woman forced the doors open and jumped onto the platform.

Bathurst freight hub derailed

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by flying_donkey in New South Wales Rail News

THE future of Patrick PortLink’s rail freight terminal at Kelso is in doubt.
Patrick has advised Bathurst Regional Council its local operation could close as soon as the end of the month.

Fire at Victoria's Maldon Railway Station destroys office

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Reports flowing in suggest a fire overnight has destroyed the Maldon Railway Station located in Central Victoria. The Railway station located at the end of the Castlemaine to Maldon branch line contained the heritage groups offices.

Tramways Depot gets $1m boost

Posted Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Bendigo's iconic Tramways Depot has received a $1 million heritage grant from the Federal Government's Jobs Fund.

Trains collide in northern India, 10-15 feared dead

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

Two trains collided in the early hours of Wednesday near the town of Mathura in northern India, leaving 10 to 15 people dead and up to 50 trapped, Indian television channels reported.

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