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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/11/2013.

Posted Sunday, 1 December, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 111 sightings for this week. This is one sightings more than last week.

Flash mob of 'ghosts' visit Westfield Doncaster and wait for train as part of Trains Not Tolls campaign

Posted Sunday, 1 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

SHOPPERS looked on in wonder as more than a dozen 19th century "ghosts" wandered through Westfield Doncaster on Saturday. The supernatural spirits milled around the bustling shopping centre before queuing for a train which never came as curious onlookers stared on in amusement just before midday. Every now and then the flash mob - made up of actors and residents involved with Yarra Council's Trains Not Tolls campaign - opened an edition of former Melbourne daily The Argus, which posed the question: 'Doncaster Rail, when?'

Co-ordinated public transport, not more roads, the answer to gridlock

Posted Sunday, 1 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

I wish I lived in one of those cities where politicians competed for my vote with enticing public transport projects. Melbourne seems condemned to an endless stream of leaders - Labor and Liberal - who think the only politically attractive transport project is a big road. Just look at what the big parties have on the table. The Coalition holds power through its public transport promises of the 2010 election, but Denis Napthine is staking his future on the $14 billion east-west link, even though all credible economic analysis shows it to be a dud. We get constant assurances of commitment to the Metro Rail project, but the new ''Plan Melbourne'' has the Greensborough-Bulleen ring road and a Melton-Sunbury freeway connection waiting in the wings.

Four dead, dozens injured after commuter train derails in New York near Hudson River

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]At least four people have been killed and more than 60 injured in a train crash in New York's Bronx district.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The commuter train was travelling from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central with about 150 passengers when it left the tracks.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The accident happened on a large curve just near the Hudson River and one of the carriages came to rest metres from the water.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The New York Fire Department says four people were killed, 11 people seriously injured and another 56 have minor injuries.[/font][/size]

Fischer: don’t close rail line

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

Politician turned author Tim Fischer has spoken against the truncation of the Hunter rail line at Wickham during a book signing tour at Kurri Kurri and Singleton. “I do think they should use common sense and remove the overhead [wires] and switch to light rail so that Hunter trains can still run to Newcastle station,” the rail aficionado said. “I have studied many cities around the world and have never found one that has ripped up a rail corridor in their CBD.”

Corridor set for high-speed rail

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

Federal Parliament is expected to be told this week of a political breakthrough on high-speed rail, which will result in the project gaining a higher priority on the national agenda. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss is, for the first time, committing the Coalition to preserving a land corridor for the train to run between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. He will write to the three premiers and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher seeking their co-operation. He said the corridor would be a multibillion-dollar commitment.

Albury-Wodonga rail services derailed again

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

FOUR train services on the Albury-Wodonga line had to be replaced by coaches yesterday because of a freight train derailment two days earlier.

Reviving long-distance passenger rail in Australia

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

The general case for the reviving of long-distance passenger rail transport in Australia is very hard to dispute. Long-distance passenger rail has a lower carbon footprint than both road and air travel, in most cases uses existing infrastructure, has the potential for providing an alternative to increasingly congested air travel, and provides an important service for rural and regional Australia. However how should we go about reviving what is at the present time a declining form of long-distance travel? I want to suggest some specific initiatives.

Geelong's dedicated train line on track

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by xxxxlbear in Victorian Rail News

[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Geelong's dedicated rail line on track[/size][/font]

Passenger plans may be off the rails as train lines close over summer due to maintenance works

Posted Monday, 2 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]VICTORIANS face reduced train services over summer as part of a major shutdown.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Melbourne passengers will see disruptions on 13 of Metro's 15 lines between December 23 and January 27 as Regional Rail Link and the Mitcham level crossing removal works are undertaken.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder and operators made the announcement today.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Public Transport Victoria CEO Ian Dobbs said patronage decreased by almost 50 per cent over summer, meaning it was the best time to undertake the works.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Metro CEO Andrew Lezala said it was the biggest program works the operator had undertaken.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]He said he was confident everything had been done to prevent a summer meltdown.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]"The reduction services are mainly on the working weekdays where we usually have services every five to 10 minutes," he said.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail Revival alliance Rally this Sunday

Posted Tuesday, 3 December, 2013 by Blinkey in Rail News

Walk the Line - Rail Revival Alliance sponsors a rally on Sunday 8th December at the Carisbrook Railway Station at 2pm calling for the reintroduction of passenger tail services between Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong

Changes made to the design of the Moreton Bay Rail Link ahead of construction beginning

Posted Tuesday, 3 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]A NUMBER of changes have been made to the design of the $1.147 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link as the project nears its construction phase in early 2014.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Some of the major changes to the design include a four-lane extension of Dohles Rocks Rd between School Rd and Ogg Rd, Murrumba Downs.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Duffield Rd will also be extended to connect with the new section of Dohles Rocks Rd to create easier access to the new Kallangur Station.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A new station access road will also be built to connect Anzac Ave to McKillop St at Rothwell.[/font][/size][/color]

Inland rail taskforce has mayor on side

Posted Tuesday, 3 December, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]WAGGA mayor Rod Kendall has welcomed a high-level taskforce to investigate and possibly fast track a Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway track.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]In his address at the Ausrail conference in Sydney last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss said the government was committed to creating greater rail links this century,[/font][/size][/color]

Rail Services return to Noarlunga line for the Ashes Test

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Diesel rail services on the Noarlunga line will resume next Sunday, in time for the Ashes at Adelaide Oval.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said a modern signalling system has been rolled out and drivers have been trained on the upgraded line including the new underpass at Goodwood Junction.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“We are ready to roll with the first service departing next Sunday,” Mr Koutsantonis said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“On the weekend of the Ashes, commuters will be able to catch a train on the Noarlunga line  then walk out of the refurbished Adelaide Railway Station across the Footbridge to enjoy the  cricket from the new stands.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“First and foremost I want to thank the people of the south – they have been very, very patient.[/font][/size][/color]

Freight Train derails in Melbourne causing delays

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by newsbot in Asciano

Buswell and Barnett can't decide on light rail

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]TRANSPORT Minister Troy Buswell has ruled out splitting up the proposed light rail project, even though the Premier said last week other options were being considered.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][url=][color=#999999]The differing opinions come after [i]The Sunday Times[/i] last month revealed Premier Colin Barnett was concerned about extending the $1.9 billion light rail through the malls on Hay and Murray streets and it could stop short of the CBD.[/color][/url][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][i]The Sunday Times[/i] was told Mr Barnett met with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi recently to discuss the line stopping at Kings Square, in the Perth City Link precinct, with future branches of the network being built later.[/font][/size][/color]

Train vandals create havoc for Metro

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Graffiti vandals are causing mayhem on Melbourne's rail network by tampering with signals and train braking systems, breaking into driver's cabs and tagging windscreens while riding on the backs of trains. The trail of destruction has been revealed by a small posse of tech-savvy trainspotters, who hack into Metro's internal radio network to expose raw and sometimes startling details about the daily disruptions to the rail network. The group's publishing of radio communication between train drivers and controllers reveals the scale of Metro's problems with vandalised and defective trains, trespassers on tracks and close calls at level crossings.

America's Neglected Railroads: Report Indicates That Bronx Rail Deaths Could Have Been Avoided

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]As the probe into Sunday’s fatal Bronx rail crash proceeds, questions are being raised about the safety record of Metro-North tracks after two similar accidents earlier in the year. The year's death toll for the system is up to seven, just one short of all the fatalities in the previous nine years.[/font][/size][/color]

First new railcar on Transperth network

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

The first of Perth’s newest railcars was put to use by Transperth passengers this morning, boosting capacity on the Joondalup and Mandurah train lines. Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the three-car set went into service about 6.30am this morning. “Today marks a real turning point for public transport users in Perth,” Mr Buswell said. “This Government has made a significant $243million investment for 66 new railcars to increase the size of the fleet by 28 per cent to meet growing demand on the network.  The railcars started arriving in August and will continue to arrive regularly over the next three years.

Springfield rail line a 'life saver' for western corridor's traffic woes, says Rail Back on Track

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]BRISBANE'S sternest train critic has given a glowing report to Springfield's new rail line, citing it as a potential "life saver" in the battle of the western corridor's growing traffic woes.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]But Robert Dow, spokesman for public transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track, said underperforming bus services could derail grand plans for the new rail line to ease traffic congestion.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Dow said without adequate feeder buses, the rail service would not be convenient enough to lure drivers out of their cars.[/font][/size][/color]

Community rallies for regional rail link

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A RALLY supporting the re-introduction of passenger trains between major regional towns could turn[/font][/size][/color][color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] the tables for "neglected" country residents. [/font][/size][/color]

AvonLink services extended to end of 2013-14 financial year

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

Earlier this year Transwa announced that the train would be replaced with a twice-daily coach service from the end of 2013. A decision has been made to extend the train service for the remainder of the financial year. Passengers who have booked journeys on the coach service (which was due to start in the New Year) will be able to use their tickets on the train instead.

Summer rail woes to hit hard

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]It will be a frustrating summer for rail commuters, with the frequency of services on most lines cut by half while the state government carries out its most ambitious summer rail works program to date.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Train passengers should also hope for temperatures below 45 degrees to avoid the widespread disruptions caused by heat-buckled tracks, Metro Trains chief Andrew Lezala said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]All but the branch lines of Alamein and Williamstown will run as reduced services as the state government takes advantage of reduced patronage over summer.[/font][/size][/color]

Randwick Labor Councillors call on State Government to extend heavy rail network to Maroubra

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]RANDWICK Labor have called on the State Government to commit to extending the heavy rail network from Bondi Junction to Maroubra after making major changes to Randwick Council's position on the light rail project.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]At last night's council meeting, Randwick Labor Councillors successfully moved important amendments to the council's submission to the State Government on light rail as part of the EIS consultation.[/font][/size][/color]

New York train crash driver 'zoned out', says rail union

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif]The driver of a [url=][color=#005689]New York[/color][/url] commuter train that derailed on Sunday, killing four people, told federal investigators he "zoned out" just before the crash, the driver's labour union leader said on Tuesday. The seven-car train was traveling at 82 miles per hour, nearly three times the speed limit for the curved section of track where it crashed, investigators have said. The driver, William Rockefeller, 46, applied the brakes five seconds before it derailed. On Tuesday Rockefeller told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that "he nodded. He zoned out", said Anthony Bottalico, chairman of driver's labour union the Association of Commuter Rail Employees.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif]"By the time he realised [what was happening] it was almost into the curve," Bottalico said. "He put the train into neutral and put the brakes on immediately. That's what he acknowledged he did.[/font][/size][/color]

Mayor welcomes fast tracking of Inland Rail

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith is delighted there has been another major development on the creation of an inland rail line. Cr Keith has welcomed the announcement by Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, that a High Level Implementation Group will be created to fast track the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Railway.

Senate demands end to secrecy on East West toll road

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by bevans in Press Releases

A Greens motion to force the tabling of all documents that Infrastructure Australia has on the East-West toll road was passed today by the Senate. Infrastructure Australia confirmed recently in Senate Estimates that the Victorian Government is yet to provide its full business case for the East West Link despite the Commonwealth Government planning to pour $1.5 billion into the toll road. It also confirmed that the new government had not asked it for advice on the East West link. “The Senate today supported a Greens motion that will lift the veil of secrecy on the Coalition’s East West toll road,” said Senator Di Natale, who moved the Order for the Production of Documents. “The Victorian and Federal Governments want to start paving the East West toll road without any proper public scrutiny. Tony Abbott promised to lead a transparent government but of course the Abbott Government has turned out to be about as transparent as a brick wall.

Police forced to withdraw hundreds of PSO-issued fines after law bungle

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Police have blamed a "misinterpretation of the law" following revelations that protective service officers working at train stations have been issuing fines without the legal authority to do so. An internal audit undertaken by Victoria Police found that about 2 per cent of infringements issued by transit protective service officers were invalid because the officers had been provided incorrect information about their legal authority to issue particular fines. Police Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill said the officers were told during training they had the authority to issue infringement notices for Road Safety Act traffic offences as well as certain offences under the Liquor Control Reform Act. “Unfortunately it appears the amended legislation has been misinterpreted and as a result the information provided to the PSOs was incorrect,” he said.

Geelong City Council Supports Avalon Airport Rail Link

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The City of Greater Geelong Council has resolved to support the Victorian Minister for Planning to act as the Planning Authority for a planning scheme amendment that would secure land for the Avalon Airport Rail Link.  City of Greater Geelong Planning portfolio holder Cr Rod Macdonald said the reservation of land to provide a rail link to Avalon Airport was a key component of the Victorian Government’s transport planning program.  “As the Avalon Airport Rail Link is a State Government project it makes sense to have the Minister for Planning running the planning scheme amendment process,” said Cr Macdonald.

Developer wants shorter time frame for Inland Rail Project

Posted Thursday, 5 December, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A developer says decision-makers have to ensure that Queensland does not become the poor cousin of the Inland Rail Project.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Federal Government has selected a board to start planning the 2000-kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight line.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]John Dornbusch is the head of a group of companies that wants to build a freight hub at Charlton, near Toowoomba, to service the inland railway.[/font][/size]

Second Sydney Harbour crossing to follow North West Rail

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]THE man in charge of the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link said he is building the line on the assumption a second Harbour rail crossing will follow and that Tube-like single-deck trains will then travel all through Sydney.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Transport for NSW's North West Rail Link project director Rodd Staples said his department was working on the concept of a second Harbour rail crossing - a tunnel from Chatswood through St Leonards and involving the creation of a new station at North Sydney. The director's comments show the dilemma facing Premier Barry O'Farrell because, although Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has stated she wants a second Harbour rail crossing, it is completely unfunded, would cost $10 billion to $15 billion and would likely require the sale of the $30 billion electricity poles and wires.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail line does divide city

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]REGARDING ‘‘Train legacy is part of my being’’ (Letters 4/12): I thought keeping the rail line was necessary until I had to go to  Hunter Water on Honeysuckle Drive recently.[/font][/size][/color]

Siemens, Cummins team for Tier 4 passenger locomotives

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#444444][size=2][font=Georgia, sans-serif]Siemens Rail Systems and Cummins jointly announced a partnership on Dec. 3, 2013 that they said "will bring one of the most modern and efficient passenger rail, diesel-electric locomotives in the world to the U.S. marketplace."[/font][/size][/color] [color=#444444][size=2][/size][/color] [color=#444444][size=2][font=Georgia, sans-serif]The companies said [url=][color=#b10d00]Cummins QSK95 diesel engines[/color][/url] will be used in Siemens' diesel-electric locomotives in the U.S., "resulting in one of the most energy-efficient, lightweight, smart, diesel-electric locomotives available today in North America."[/font][/size][/color]

Obama high-speed passenger rail funds could boost slow freight

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Geneva, sans-serif][font=Arial, Geneva, sans-serif]WASHINGTON[/font] — President Barack Obama’s high-speed rail program was supposed to deliver faster and more frequent passenger trains to communities across the country. But some of the $10.1 billion in funding for that program could also benefit one of the nation’s largest freight railroads.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Geneva, sans-serif]Washington state received $781 million from the Obama administration’s 2009 economic stimulus to improve passenger rail service in the 300-mile corridor that stretches from Portland, Ore., north to Vancouver, British Columbia.[/font][/size][/color]

Japan rail car makers up U.S. orders, global cachet

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=utopia-std, Georgia, 'Hiragino Mincho Pro', '?????? Pro W3', 'Hiragino Mincho', ??????, serif]Japanese manufacturers of railway cars are making inroads into the United States, taking a sizable share of orders in a market seen as a touchstone for success in globalization by overcoming challenges on the cost front such as the requirement to raise local content.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=utopia-std, Georgia, 'Hiragino Mincho Pro', '?????? Pro W3', 'Hiragino Mincho', ??????, serif]Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. has won an order for subway vehicles from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, breaking into what had been a stronghold for European manufacturers. It will be delivering up to 748 subway cars worth a total of about $1.48 billion starting this year.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=utopia-std, Georgia, 'Hiragino Mincho Pro', '?????? Pro W3', 'Hiragino Mincho', ??????, serif]Behind Kawasaki’s achievement appears to be discontent with previous suppliers. An executive with the Washington transit authority said European manufacturers give good presentations when they enter bids but don’t send good engineers after winning orders.[/font][/size][/color]

Wrong line of questioning: Brakes put on Southern Cross visitor information centre

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Flocks of tourists with questions about their myki cards have put the brakes on a proposed $800,000 visitor information centre at Southern Cross Station. A new tourist desk near the SkyBus terminal was trialled by Melbourne City Council between September and November this year. But instead of touting the city's top attractions, staff and volunteers found themselves explaining the intricacies of Melbourne's bus, tram and train ticketing system. The helpers handled an average of 50 myki-related inquiries a day, with more than 60 per cent of visitor questions about public transport in general. Only a quarter of queries at the Western Gateway Visitor Service involved a service offered by the City of Melbourne and just a handful wanted to know about Docklands.

MMA tracks in Lac-Mégantic have been repaired and the rail operator hopes to restart service

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=arial, verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif]The Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway hopes to restart rail service to businesses in Lac-Mégantic, possibly as early as next week, the company’s bankruptcy trustee said Thursday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=arial, verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif]Robert Keach said MMA tracks in Lac-Mégantic have been repaired, restoring an east-west connection on the company’s rail line.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=arial, verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif]“The physical and technical requirements for service to be restored have been completed,” said Keach, a Portland, Me., lawyer who was appointed the company’s trustee in August. The tracks are being tested and inspected, he said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=arial, verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif]Discussions about resuming railway service are underway with provincial and federal transportation authorities and the town of Lac-Mégantic, he said. Service would be first restored to businesses in the area, Keach said. Whether or when to resume other operations on the line will be up to whoever buys the bankrupt railway, he said.[/font][/size][/color]

Santa to visit The Workshops Rail Museum for family fun

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]IPSWICH families can get in the festive spirit this weekend and celebrate with Santa at a special event at The Workshops Rail Museum.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]During An Australian Christmas, Santa will hear the Christmas wishes of young museum visitors, with mums and dads encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the moment.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Museum director Andrew Moritz said the family fun weekend was a chance to relax ahead of the silly season.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"We're giving families an excuse for some quality and fun time with each other before life gets too busy, as it does for most of us leading up to Christmas," he said.[/font][/size][/color]

British Rail To Offer Click And Collect Parcel Services

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[justify][color=#333333][size=3][font=Lato, sans-serif]A new parcel service offered by Network Rail in the UK will provide a more old fashioned alternative to the seeming flight of fancy that is [/font][/size][/color][/justify][justify][url=][color=#663399][size=3][font=Lato, sans-serif]Amazon Prime Air[/font][/size][/color][/url][/justify][justify][color=#333333][size=3][font=Lato, sans-serif]. Doddle will allow customers to send and receive parcels from the station. Staff will be on hand to deliver valuable parcels and offer advice on postage,[/font][/size][/color][/justify][justify][url=][color=#663399][size=3][font=Lato, sans-serif]and a smartphone and SMS service will notify customers of a delivery[/font][/size][/color][/url][/justify][justify][color=#333333][size=3][font=Lato, sans-serif]. The company will make its service available to as many retailers and parcel carriers as possible, making it particularly useful for travelers with no set address in the city.[/font][/size][/color][/justify]

Student sing stars rock rail concert

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]AUSTRALIAN singer-songwriter and TV personality Ricki-Lee Coulter made a pit stop in Bathurst on Wednesday night as part of the Indian Pacific Outback Christmas Train.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Ricki-Lee performed a free concert at Bathurst Railway Station, which was the first port of call on her tour through regional Australia.[/font][/size][/color]

Westpac Bets on $72 Billion Road to Rail Boost: Australia Credit

Posted Friday, 6 December, 2013 by newsbot in Rail News

[color=#222222][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]Australian banks are set for a lending boost as Prime Minister Tony Abbott champions ventures to revitalize the economy, accelerating some of the more than A$80 billion ($72 billion) of infrastructure projects.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=3][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]The upgrade of Sydney highways and a Melbourne-to-Brisbane railway are among proposals being part-funded by the government, as Westpac Banking Corp. (WBC) estimates such projects will need as much as A$20 billion of bank debt over the next two years. Syndicated loan volumes in Australia have risen by 32 percent this year, compared with a 6 percent increase in the Asia-Pacific region, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=3][font=Georgia, serif]Abbott’s acceleration of the projects, after dubbing himself an infrastructure prime minister, is crucial to spur growth in an economy suffering from a cooling mining investment boom. Banks are relying on the ventures to boost fees, as the value of mineral and energy projects committed or under way fell 3 percent from a March peak compared with a 10 percent rise in non-resources deals since then, according to Deloitte LLP.[/font][/size][/color]

Eurostar sale shows rail policy is still on the wrong track

Posted Saturday, 7 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#383838][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif]The government’s announcement that it is to [url=][color=#557585][b]sell off its stake in Eurostar[/b][/color][/url] is another sign of its convoluted thinking towards railway policy.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#383838][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif]The operator of international train services from London through the Channel Tunnel to Paris and Brussels has had a turbulent life since its formation. Now, just as it has recently started to report profits, the UK government has decided to sell.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#383838][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif]Treasury minister Danny Alexander has [url=][color=#557585][b]vaguely proposed[/b][/color][/url] a sell-off sometime before 2020 as part of a wider programme of public infrastructure sales. Eurostar is owned by three shareholders: the UK government has 40%; SNCF, the French state-owned railways owns 55%; and the Belgian state operator has the remaining 5%.[/font][/size][/color]

Regional Rail Link track works to disrupt services on the Sunbury and Bendigo train lines

Posted Saturday, 7 December, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Victorian Rail News

[b]TRAIN commuters from Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges are set to endure more than a month of limited services and replacement buses. [/b] From December 22 to January 26, less than half the regular services will be on offer as major works on the Regional Rail Link are carried out. During December 28 to January 19 buses will replace trains on all services on the Bendigo and Sunbury lines.

Work group for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail link formed

Posted Saturday, 7 December, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in International Rail News

A new work group for the proposed High Speed Rail link has been formed by the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia, said a statement released by the Ministry of Transport on Saturday. This after the committee held a meeting on Friday at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club at Nusujaya Malaysia.

U.S. Government Issues Emergency Safety Orders to New York Rail Agency

Posted Sunday, 8 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#353333][size=3][font=Open Sans', HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Federal regulators issued an emergency order on Friday requiring the company that operates the New York commuter train involved in the deadly crash last Sunday to implement urgent temporary safety measures.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#353333][size=3][font=Open Sans', HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The [url=][color=#005647]Federal Railroad Administration[/color][/url] (FRA) said it ordered [url=][color=#005647]Metro-North Railroad[/color][/url], operator of the train that derailed as it entered a sharp curve in New York’s Bronx borough, to take specific, immediate steps to make sure its crews did not exceed speed limits.[/font][/size][/color]

Secret report on east-west link reveals traffic explosion

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Other Transport News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The east-west link will trigger huge increases in traffic on key sections of Melbourne's road network, with parts of Hoddle Street and the Liberal stronghold of Kew among the worst hit.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Napthine government's own secret traffic modelling reveals hundreds of thousands of motorists face more rather than less congestion as a direct result of the $6 billion to $8 billion project.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The detailed forecasts, obtained by [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Age[/font], reveal traffic at the top of Hoddle Street near the Eastern Freeway - already one of Melbourne's most congested spots - is expected to rise by up to 35 per cent during the morning peak by 2021 because of the project.[/font][/size][/color]

Private operators to bid on Spanish rail routes

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[b][color=#404040][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]PRIVATE operators will be allowed to bid for licenses to operate long-distance and high-speed lines in Spain next year.[/font][/color][/b]

Rail car park still in limbo

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

A FENCED-OFF contaminated area at Bathurst railway station is unlikely to be reopened for car parking any time soon. John Holland Rail fenced off a section of land at the railway station soon after taking control of the precinct last year, reducing the number of car parks available at the site.

Underground stations promise peak hour relief for Central Station commuters

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]New underground train stations at George Street and at Roma Street will take the peak-hour commute pressure off a rapidly-congesting Central train station, new modelling for Brisbane's underground rail project shows.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The modelling shows a new underground George Street station would be used by about 14,500 passengers in a two-hour "peak commute" period in 2021, while a new underground Roma Street station would be used by 12,500 in a two-hour "peak commute" period in 2021.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The new modelling was discussed at an industry briefing on December 5.[/font][/size][/color]

Freight rail plan stalled

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A LONG-AWAITED freight rail corridor bypassing suburban Newcastle is no closer after it was left unfunded in a new state government freight and port strategy.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Aiming to guide the movement of freight across the state for the coming 20 years, the strategy is based on a belief  freight volumes will double by 2031.[/font][/size][/color]

Sydney Trains to donate proceeds of lost property auction to Blue Mountains bushfire relief

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

Sydney Trains will hold its first public lost property auction in two years on Saturday, 7  December, with the profits to be donated to victims of October’s Blue Mountains  bushfires.  The auction will run from 9.30am at Pickles Auctions, Nancy Ellis Leebold Drive,  Milperra, and will include thousands of valuable unclaimed lost property items including  smart phones, laptop computers, iPods, cameras and jewellery.  Sydney Trains Director, Customer Service Liz Ward said she hopes the auction will  raise tens of thousands of dollars for bushfire relief charities.

Rail Revival Rally on Sunday a Great Sucess

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by Blinkey in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A group calling for passenger trains to be reintroduced between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo says it will continue to fight for the service, after a rally was held over the weekend.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Rail Revival Alliance says about 200 people protested in Carisbrook yesterday.[/font][/size]

Western Highway freight movements to drop next year

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A DEAL between a Rupanyup grain company and Wimmera Container Line will see 3000 fewer freight movements on the Western Highway each year.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Wimmera Grain Company has joined Wimmera Container Line and SCT Logistics to export more grain from the Wimmera by rail.[/font][/size][/color]

Train derailment at Hagley

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]UPDATED 5.20pm: Hagley Station Lane is now open to traffic.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]EARLIER: A train has come off the tracks at a Bass Highway intersection.[/font][/size][/color]

Signal fault hampers rail services

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]V/Line has cancelled trains from Melbourne to Traralgon this morning and replaced them with buses.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The problem was caused by a signalling fault at Warragul and V/Line cannot say when it will be fixed.[/font][/size]

Metro ticket inspector body slams teenage girl after being punched in the face

Posted Monday, 9 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]ALMOST 5000 people have signed a petition urging Metro to provide anti-violence training to ticket inspectors after footage emerged of a girl being body slammed at Flinders Street Station.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The frightening CCTV vision shows the 15-year-old girl punching a ticket inspector in the face before she is picked up and thrown to the ground.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The [url=][color=#07416c] petition[/color][/url], started today by Thornbury man Daniel A'Vard, asks Metro to call the inspectors involved to account, dubbing the incident "brutal" and unnecessary.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]It had skyrocketed to more than 4900 signatures by early evening.[/font][/size][/color]

XPT crash pair arrested as police consider miracle

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]TWO men, whom police will allege watched as an XPT train smashed into a car they had left on the tracks at Chiltern, were yesterday arrested.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The Chiltern men, 22 and 25, will be charged on summons for reckless conduct endangering life.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The 25-year-old, the alleged driver, is also facing charges of failing to remain at the scene.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Wodonga police Sgt Stewart Smith said the pair attended Wodonga police station yesterday afternoon where they were arrested and interviewed.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Sgt Smith said police could have been investigating multiple fatalities when the XPT train travelling from Melbourne to Sydney smashed into the four-wheel-drive, which belonged to the alleged driver’s mother, at 125km/h at 2.30am on Sunday.[/font][/size][/color]

Sydney Trains ticket-sellers set to lose their jobs

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

Ticket-sellers are being removed from Sydney train stations where commuters can use the Opal public transport smartcard. On the same day that the auditor-general revealed a further spike in complaints about Sydney’s rail system, unions and rail workers were told about the latest cuts to take place on the train system. The changes include the expected loss of more than 60 ticket sellers, starting at stations in inner Sydney that already offer use of Opal card. In addition, more than 20 station staff responsible for electrical maintenance were told on Monday their positions would be outsourced, the Electrical Trades Union said.

Pervert spotted hiding under seats on Beijing Metro trains so he can touch women's legs

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]A creepy man has been caught on camera lying under the seats of a Metro train while he touched women's legs.[/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]The terrifying snaps of a man wearing a blue mask and coat were taken on the underground system in Beijing, China.[/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Another passenger spotted him lying beneath the moulded plastic seats before reaching out to the legs of women who sat down.[/size][/font][/size][/color]

Petition to dismiss Vic train inspector

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]MORE than 8000 people have signed a petition to dismiss the ticket inspector who body-slammed a teenage girl at Melbourne's Flinders Street Station for fare evading.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The petition has called for Metro Trains to provide anti-violence training for all employees.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]CCTV footage of the July incident was obtained by Victorian Greens member Greg Barber through Freedom of Information.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The footage, released on Monday, shows the girl hitting the inspector who then grabs her legs and drops her onto her head in a "spear tackle".[/font][/size][/color]

Commuter Train Hits Truck in Jakarta; 5 Dead

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=proxima-nova, arial, sans-serif]A commuter train hit a truck hauling gasoline in Indonesia's capital Monday, killing five people and sending a fireball of orange flames and black smoke shooting skyward.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=proxima-nova, arial, sans-serif]The accident in southern Jakarta killed the train engineer, his assistant, a technician and two female passengers, said Jakarta Deputy Police Chief Brig. Gen. Sujarno, who revised the death toll down by two, explaining that police earlier thought the truck driver and his assistant had also died. They were instead among nearly 100 people injured, he said by text message.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=proxima-nova, arial, sans-serif]Sujarno, who uses one name, said the fuel tanker truck was stopped on the rail tracks at a crossing and unable to move forward because of backed-up traffic on the road.[/font][/size][/color]

Bids in to run Sydney's $8.3bn North West Rail Link

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The long-awaited $8.3 billion North West Rail Link in Sydney is finally showing signs of leaving the station after the New South Wales government formally received proposals from the two consortia competing to run the badly needed new line.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Scheduled to open in in 2019, the new line is the biggest addition to Sydney’s metro rail network in decades and is intended bridge the big geographical gap between the northern line and the western line that now forces commuters onto badly congested motorways.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The new service will run separately to the rest of the Sydney metro rail network and use new single deck rolling stock that can run more frequently and have more doors and shorter dwell times than the existing double decker cars that can face delays when packed out.[/font][/size][/color]

Aurizon welcomes Galilee Basin Strategy

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by newsbot in Aurizon

[color=#444444][font=FS Albert Web Regular', Verdana, sans-serif]Australia’s largest coal haulage company, Aurizon supports the Queensland Government’s Galilee Basin Development Strategy which aims to unlock vast coal reserves by incentivising first movers in mine, rail and port infrastructure. [/font][/color] [color=#444444][font=FS Albert Web Regular', Verdana, sans-serif]The strategy was released today by the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in Brisbane.[/font][/color]

Summer rail works timetable announced

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Region - Progress on the state's biggest rail projects will take a major leap forward over summer with construction blitzes, including on the Ballarat line, during the quietest period on the network, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder has announced.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]"Over late December and early January, public transport patronage reduces by up to a half, and doesn't return to normal levels until the end of February," Mr Mulder said.[/font][/size][/color]

Pedestrians risk lives at rail crossings

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The number of near misses between pedestrians and trains at level crossings in Victoria was at the highest level it has been this decade last quarter, new data shows, prompting a rebuke from the rail industry over the failure of some people to stop behaving dangerously around trains. The growing frequency of close calls at railway crossings follows a series of recent awareness campaigns by the industry highlighting the dangers of level crossings and the potentially deadly consequences of a collision. There were 45 reported near misses between a train and a person in the three months between July and September, figures released by Transport Safety Victoria show. It is the highest quarterly figure so far this decade, in a year in which the number of such close calls have been at consistent high levels.

Chatswood Station wins customer service award

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

Sydney Trains employees at Chatswood Station have been recognised by Willoughby City Council  for supporting customers who need help accessing and fi nding their way through the station. Staff were presented with a ‘Highly Commended’ certifi cate of appreciation by Willough by Mayor  Pat Reilly at a ceremony at the council Chambers in Chatswood. “Sydney Trains was presented with the award in recognition of the service provided to customers  who need access assistance and guidance through Chatswood station,” said Mayor Reilly.

Wimmera push for shuttle passenger rail service

Posted Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by BigShunter in Victorian Rail News

HORSHAM Rural City Council wants to meet Wimmera and south-western councils in February to push for a shuttle passenger rail service.

Wayward parachute causes rail delays at Fairy Meadow

Posted Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A wayward parachute has caused delays for rail passengers travelling north of Fairy Meadow Station.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Police and emergency crews are currently working to remove the parachute after it landed on electrical wire between Towradgi and Fairy Meadow stations near Rann Street.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail line reopened after train derails near Vegas Speedway

Posted Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

A rail line near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was reopened Tuesday after a coal train derailed over the weekend.

Aurizon welcomes approval for Hunter Valley rail facility

Posted Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 by newsbot in Aurizon

Aurizon today welcomed the approval by the New South Wales Government of a train support facility at Hexham in the Hunter Valley. Today’s announcement of approval by Duncan Gay, the NSW Minister for Main Roads and Ports, marks the start of another major investment in the Hunter Valley economy by Australia’s largest rail freight company. The facility, representing an investment of more than $100 million, will provide for operational management of Aurizon’s fleet in the Hunter Valley including servicing and routine maintenance and provisioning with fuel, water and other supplies. Approximately 200 jobs will be created during construction with a range of work available for tender by local contractors.  The facility will support approximately 30 long-term jobs when operational.

Abbot Point coal port expansion in north Queensland approved amid new rules to protect Barrier Reef

Posted Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Federal Government has approved the creation of one of the world's largest coal ports near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, sparking outrage from conservationists and the Greens.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Late yesterday, Environment Minister Greg Hunt gave the go-ahead to the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion at Bowen in north Queensland.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Mr Hunt likewise approved Arrow Energy's Liquefied Natural Gas project on Curtis Island in central Queensland, and a transmission pipeline to the island.[/font][/size]

Westcountry rail travellers get timetable for WiFi

Posted Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 by newsbot in International Rail News

[color=#000000][font=open_sans, sans-serif]RAIL commuters from Plymouth will get free WiFi from next Spring. [color=#111111][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]First Great Western has promised to fit WiFi on all 53 of its high speed trains and its Night Riviera trains by the end of next year.[/font][/color][/font][/color] [font=open_sans, sans-serif][color=#000000]The pledge follows The Herald’s On-Line On-Rail campaign, and a long-running effort by Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses[/color][color=#000000] and others.[/color][/font] [color=#000000][/color] [color=#000000][font=open_sans, sans-serif]In a statement yesterday the company said: “On October 14 First Great Western pledged to increase WiFi provision as part of its new, 23-month franchise.[/font][/color]

Buses replace trains on T3 Bankstown Line

Posted Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 by bevans in Cityrail News

Buses will replace trains between Sydenham and Bankstown on the T3 Bankstown Line in both directions this weekend, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December.  Sydney Trains Director of Operations Tony Eid said the maintenance work will deliver benefits to customers.  “The work involves replacing sections of rail and replacing junctions between tracks,” said Mr. Eid.  “While we’re carrying out this essential maintenance, we will also take the opportunity to clean up the rail corridor, managing vegetation in particular

Wandoan's rail woe

Posted Thursday, 12 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE State Government will make ex-gratia payments of up to $10,000 available to landowners along the path of the proposed Wandoan to Banana rail corridor, despite the indefinite delay of the rail link project. Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, said the government and Surat Basin Rail Joint Venture (SBRJV) had agreed to end a mandate made in 2006 to develop the rail line, which would have linked the Wandoan thermal coal mine to Banana. “The 214km rail line proposed by joint venture partners Glencore (formerly Xstrata Coal), Aurizon and ATEC Rail Group, would have linked the Surat Basin to the Port of Gladstone to allow the export of coal,” he said.

Burma Govt Hopes for Rangoon-Myitkyina Rail Upgrade

Posted Thursday, 12 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]VIENTIANE — Burma’s government wants to upgrade the country’s main railway line from Rangoon to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, almost 1,000 miles north on the Irrawaddy River.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]The hoped-for renovation would build on a separate deal to upgrade the rail line from Rangoon to Mandalay, and would link from Mandalay to Myitkyina in turn.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]“We are discussing with South Korea and ADB [Asian Development Bank, a Manila-based regional lender] about this project,” Myint Myint San, general manager at the Ministry of Rail Transportation, told The Irrawaddy, referring to the Mandalay-Myitkyina section of the line.[/font][/size][/color]

Revitalised rail freight network to benefit regional towns

Posted Friday, 13 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

REGIONAL towns and cities across Queensland will start to see the economic and social benefits from a renewed push to revitalise the state's rail freight network. The Moving Freight Strategy released on Thursday outlines six key areas aimed at ensuring Queensland's future economic growth will be built on the ability to move freight efficiently to support the resources, agriculture, construction and tourism sectors. A key component of the strategy will see greater investment and expansion of the state's rail network to better cope with increasing demands over the coming decade. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said on Thursday the state's vision for rail was to be receptive and responsive to changing customer and industry needs as well as growing economic activity.

Qube Ports & Bulk Aims to Deliver Port Capacity at Dampier

Posted Friday, 13 December, 2013 by bevans in Press Releases

QUBE is developing a logistics solution to alleviate vessel congestion issues in Port Dampier and facilitate the importation of large, modular and containerised cargo opening up the area for direct shipment and commercial opportunities for the Port and local community. The project commenced in August 2013 and includes a 100m transfer barge, construction of a new 60m long barge berth and hard stand cargo laydown area next to the existing Dampier cargo wharf. The facility will provide the ability for vessels (heavy lift, RoRo or general cargo) to discharge at safe anchorage, off-loading cargo to QUBE’s specialised cargo barge for transfer to the shore facility rather than waiting on demurrage for berth access.  The barge is able to be ballasted and has been designed to enable Pre Assemble Modules (PAM) to be discharged from the stern direct to the wharf; while the barge has an 11m bow door for roll on roll off operations at all tides.

Expansion of Rail Baltica is 'top priority' of Lithuanian government

Posted Friday, 13 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

The expansion of railway is “the top priority” for the EU, and that is why Lithuania is involved in a €26 billion rail project which will link Finland, the Baltic States and Poland together. The Rail Baltica project proposes to create a network from Tallinn to Berlin, with stops at Helsinki, Riga, Warsaw and Kaunas in Lithuania. “Now with the extension of the European rail line up to Kaunas, which is our second biggest industrial city in Lithuania, we are going to have a big intermodal terminal”, the Vice minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania told the Information Daily. The EU plans to expand its railway network across Europe, with an emphasis on fast-train technology, to improve transport connectivity between the East and West, and boost local economies. Rail Baltica, one of the priority projects of the European Union: Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), will help to improve the connection between central and northern Europe and Germany.

County denies request to close rail crossings

Posted Friday, 13 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[b]The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway wants to close area grade crossings it deems redundant, but the Williams County Commission isn’t hearing it.[/b] A BNSF crossing specialist approached the commission this week, saying the company wants to close five crossings in the county. Stephanie Bennett, who also represents HDR Engineering, said the railway is willing to offer $25,000 and more to close each crossing. The county is then free to use that funding as it sees fit. BNSF is seeking to double track its rails whether the crossings close or not as part of its business plans in the area to accommodate more freight, Bennett said.

Second truck in a week hits Palmwoods rail bridge

Posted Friday, 13 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]QUEENSLAND Rail has aired its frustrations after a truck hit the Palmwoods rail bridge for the second time in less than a week.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A Brisbane City train was delayed for 20 minutes yesterday afternoon after a truck struck the rail bridge.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A QR spokeswoman said an inspector attended and advised it was safe for services to resume around 2.30pm.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]She said the over-height vehicle left the scene before the bridge inspector arrived, but QR has reported the incident to police.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail network 'missing link' 'effectively shelved'

Posted Friday, 13 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A consortium says construction on a 'missing link' in Queensland's rail network has been put on hold for the time being.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Surat Basin Rail says it has shelved plans to build a line between Wandoan and Banana because the mines it was going to service are not going ahead.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Chairman Everald Compton says it is waiting for the coal industry to recover.[/font][/size]

Trial signals boost to rail crossing safety

Posted Saturday, 14 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]New technology is being trialled to improve safety on railway crossings on southern Queensland's Darling Downs.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Transport Minister Scott Emerson says last year there were 350 near-misses involving trains and cars or trucks at crossings in Queensland.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"But 350 is 350 too many, so we are very conscious of improving safety at level crossings," he said.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Government is trialling an audio warning system near Dalby.[/font][/size]

Mitcham Council's fresh call to have freight trains diverted away from the hills

Posted Saturday, 14 December, 2013 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]PLANS to have freight trains diverted from the hills must be put back on the table, Mitcham Council says.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]In its submission to the State Government's 30-year transport plan, Mitcham Council said diverting freight trains from the hills was imperative.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]As part of the government's transport vision, released in October, the Belair rail freight line would be retained and expanded.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]"(It) is opposite to council's current position that this line should be diverted and not run through Mitcham," the council's submission said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Residents, who have long called for freight trains to be diverted, have backed Mitcham's stance.[/font][/size][/color]

Former planning adviser hits out at Napthine Government over East West Link and long-term strategy

Posted Saturday, 14 December, 2013 by newsbot in Other Transport News

A FORMER key planning adviser to the Napthine Government has made an extraordinary attack on the East West Link project and Melbourne's urban development strategy. Professor Roz Hansen, who recently chaired the advisory committee on Plan Melbourne, said that the road tunnel would permanently scar the inner suburban landscape with Los Angeles-style flyovers and road canyons. "This inner urban freeway project will undermine, erode and destroy part of our Royal Park ... it is fraught with problems as well as showing a shortsighted and politically expedient approach," she told a city council meeting this week. Prof Hansen also said that five of the six members of her advisory committee had resigned in August in protest against the direction of the Plan Melbourne strategy after changes were made to the draft document.

Asciano urges fast action on IR laws

Posted Saturday, 14 December, 2013 by newsbot in Asciano

[url=]Asciano[/url] has called for the Abbott government to forge ahead with a tightening of industrial relations laws - including workers' ability to take protected strike action - ''sooner rather than later''. Australia's largest listed ports and rail company has a heavily unionised workforce, especially in its container terminal business and has clashed frequently with the Maritime Union of Australia. [url=]Asciano [/url]chairman [url= Limited]Malcolm Broomhead[/url] told shareholders at its annual meeting that the company continued to be ''burdened by an overregulated industrial relations environment''. While it supported the government's plan to review the Fair Work Act via the Productivity Commission, Mr Broomhead emphasised that ''it is important to move towards appropriate change sooner rather than later''.

Border rail forum moved to The Cube

Posted Saturday, 14 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A BORDER forum giving V/Line passengers the chance to raise their concerns with rail managers has been switched from Albury railway station to The Cube in Wodonga.[/font][/size][/color]

Sparks fly over Burnie railcar

Posted Sunday, 15 December, 2013 by Electric C in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmanian train buffs are outraged by the Burnie City Council's decision to sell a burnt-out old railcar, which they say has historical significance

Sparks fly over Burnie railcar

Posted Sunday, 15 December, 2013 by Electric C in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmanian train buffs are outraged by the Burnie City Council's decision to sell a burnt-out old railcar, which they say has historical significance

Heritage group 3801 Ltd gets steamed up about future of rail tours

Posted Sunday, 15 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Prime Minister's wife, Margie Abbott, was there and so were the top brass of the railways. The Make-a-Wish Foundation had assembled hundreds of children at Central Station for a steam-train ride to Rosehill  and a picnic. The chief executives of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains, Howard Collins and Rob Mason, gathered to be photographed with the 120-year-old steam locomotive. The railway band played carols. But, despite the cheer, there was an air of tension around those in the know at Central's platform one on Thursday.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/12/2013.

Posted Sunday, 15 December, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 130 sightings for this week. This is 22 sighting more than last week.

Call for public feedback on North Galilee Basin Rail Project

Posted Sunday, 15 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]QUEENSLAND'S Coordinator General has approved the release of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the $2.2 billion North Galilee Basin Rail project and is now inviting public feedback.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said Adani Mining is proposing to construct a 300 kilometre rail line that will connect the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project to the Abbot Point coal port.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"The Newman Government promised at the election to grow the resources pillar of the Queensland economy and deliver better infrastructure and planning," Mr Seeney said.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"The rigorous independent assessment processes undertaken by the Coordinator General ensure this growth occurs in an environmentally responsible manner and in consultation with the local community.[/font][/size][/color]

Switch glitch affects 14,000 high speed rail passengers

Posted Sunday, 15 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font=微軟正黑體, 新細明體, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) A problem with a switch near Taiwan High Speed Rail's Taichung Station caused 21 trains to be delayed on Sunday, affecting some 14,000 passengers before the problem was repaired.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font=微軟正黑體, 新細明體, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Officials at THSR's Taichung Station said a switch sent out incorrect signals around 12:17 p.m., causing one north-bound train and one south-bound train to stop near the station.[/font][/size][/color]

Oil Billionaire Says Rail Is An Effective, Flexible Alternative To Keystone XL

Posted Monday, 16 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]The chief executive of a major oil company says the U.S. no longer needs Keystone XL because the American oil that will be carried by the pipeline could be shipped by rail.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources — a company that has committed to ship oil on Keystone XL — [url=][color=#333333][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]said[/font][/size][/color][/url] the delay in decision-making on the pipeline and the “effective” and flexible option of shipping oil by rail has him doubting Keystone XL’s importance for the U.S. oil industry.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]“Is it needed for the industry? I don’t think so … not in the U.S,” Hamm told Reuters. “It may be several years yet, you know, before you find out if it [Keystone XL] is going to be built. It’s no way to run your business.”[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]This isn’t the first time Hamm, who has [url=][color=#333333][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]made billions[/font][/size][/color][/url] off the boom in Brakken oil production, has expressed his doubt about Keystone’s importance for the U.S. oil industry. In August, the oil billionaire [url=][color=#333333][size=2][font=Open Sans', Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]said[/font][/size][/color][/url] the pipeline was “not critical any longer” for transporting oil from the Brakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana.[/font][/size][/color]

Morningstar has raised its recommendation on Asciano

Posted Monday, 16 December, 2013 by newsbot in Asciano

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Morningstar raised its recommendation on Asciano to “hold” from “reduce” with a $5.36 price target and said growth was largely a function of the economic cycle, demand for coal and agricultural conditions.[/font][/size][/color]

Barcelona-Paris high speed rail link launched

Posted Monday, 16 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

It is now possible to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train in less than 6.5 hours. A new, direct high-speed rail service has been launched between the two cities, with trains operated by France’s SNCF and Spain’s RENFE. Jean-Louis Conte, a passenger on the first train, said: “It’s a very good thing. We gain time – and it’s is also a way to bring two countries closer in a very effective way.” Antoni Prat, another customer of the new service, complained: “We’ve been waiting for this for 20 years now. The Spanish government still works like it’s in the last century.”

Support builds for light rail service

Posted Monday, 16 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]BYRON Shire Council has given its unanimous support behind a proposal for a light rail service to run between the town and the North Beach Byron Resort at Belongil.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The motion to support the light rail plan was put to the council at its ordinary meeting on Thursday by deputy mayor, Diane Woods and was passed with no opposition from fellow councillors.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The proposal, by the developers of the North Byron Beach Resort, is for a community and tourist rail shuttle service that would use a leased vintage 660 series railmotor that can seat 100 people to transport people back and forth between the resort and the CBD, utilising 3km of railway track.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The project would cost close to $1million in capital works and offer 10 shuttle services a day at a $3 one way fare.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The proposal is before the State Government and if approved, the first rail service could occur by December 2014.[/font][/size][/color]

Aurizon takes asset impairments of up to $197m

Posted Monday, 16 December, 2013 by newsbot in Aurizon

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Updated | Aurizon announces asset impairments as it slashes locomotive fleet by 28 percent and scales back strategic projects as coal customers cut costs.  It is not known if the reduction to Aurizon;s locomotive fleet will result in the sale of assets to other railway operators or other interested parties.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Further, it is not yet known what locomotive classes might be involved in a potential sale or write down and disposal.[/font][/size][/color]

Government reverses course on road funding despite expected $50 billion budget deficit

Posted Monday, 16 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Other Transport News

The Abbott Government has reversed its decision on around $1 billion in road funding, announcing that it will proceed with the projects the day before a budget update is expected to show this year's deficit will blow out to nearly $50 billion. The latest budget figures and revenue forecasts will be unveiled in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) tomorrow. The dire budget talk comes as the Coalition marks its first 100 days in office, with some frustration at its inability to have key laws passed by the Senate. Sheeting home the blame to the previous government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the budget update will show the "full extent of Labor's profligacy".

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by bevans in Other Transport News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]The Napthine Government’s new motorway took another blow last week when members of the [/font][/size][/color][i][color=#333333][size=2][font=Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Plan Melbourne[/font][/size][/color][/i][color=#333333][size=2][font=Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif] Advisory Committee resigned in protest. But why so late and so publicly?[/font][/size][/color]

Fund rail to rescue jobs, Napthine urges Abbott

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Rail News

Premier Denis Napthine is pleading with the Abbott government to ''bring forward'' Commonwealth infrastructure funding to offset the pain caused by the looming end of manufacturing by Holden. Dr Napthine revealed before a meeting of federal cabinet on Monday evening to discuss the car industry crisis he has been pushing for several ''significant'' yet-to-be announced infrastructure projects for Victoria, potentially including a second stage of the east-west link connecting the Tullamarine Freeway to the Western Ring Road, the Metro rail project and public transport improvements. The plea comes ahead of the release of a report warning that Australia's ship-building industry will grind to a halt from 2015 unless major orders for new warships and submarines are brought forward.

British A4 Pacific starts the long journey home

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A famous British steam locomotive that has been displayed in the United States almost 50 years began its long journey home to the United Kingdom early this morning after a crack team of locomotive movers extracted it from its berth at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay.  Passing within inches of the Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy and Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 electric that have shared the display hall built around them in 2000, British Railways A4 4-6-2 No. 60008,Dwight D. Eisenhower, was slowly moved sideways some 80 feet on a steel track system using automated hydraulic jacks. A British moving company and Canadian National employees worked for 10 hours before placing the 1937 British Railways steam locomotive on an active track.

Aurizon Aims to Complete Rail Accord With GVK by Mid Next Year

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Aurizon

[url=]Aurizon Holdings Ltd. (AZJ)[/url], [url=]Australia[/url]’s biggest haulage company, is aiming to complete an agreement to build a railroad for a $10 billion coal project owned by [url=]India[/url]’s GVK Group and Gina Rinehart by the middle of next year. “We’re talking with respect to calendar year ’14, middle year and beyond to go to that next phase,” Lance Hockridge, chief executive officer of Brisbane-based Aurizon, told reporters today during a media call. Aurizon and GVK in March signed an initial pact to construct and transport coal from GVK’s thermal coal projects in Australia’s Galilee basin located about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the coast. GVK acquired the assets for $1.26 billion in 2011, before a slump in thermal coal prices and industrywide spending cuts.

O'Farrell promises to unveil light rail plan by Christmas

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]PREMIER  Barry O’Farrell has promised announcements before Christmas on the state government’s plans for light rail in the Newcastle central business district.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Speaking on Tuesday morning at the opening of a one-stop shop for government services in Parry Street, Newcastle, Mr O’Farrell refused to be drawn on details of the government’s light rail plan beyond saying that more announcements would be made in the coming days.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail users express concerns at heated forums

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Regional rail users have expressed their concerns to authorities in heated forums at Benalla, Wodonga and Wangaratta. On Monday around 90 people gathered on the Benalla train station platform, with about the same number turning up to Wodonga's Cube on Tuesday. Locals questioned V/Line and Australian Rail Track Corporation executives about lengthy delays to services, poor quality rolling stock and other unpleasant experiences.

Grazier overwhelmed by multiple rail developments

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

A central Queensland grazier who's properties would be cut by a major rail project says she's overwhelmed by possible rail developments. The North Galilee Basin Rail project would run a 300km long line from the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail corridor, northwest of Clermont, to Abbot Point. The state government says the two point two billion dollar project would carry 100 million tonnes of coal each year, and create 1700 jobs during construction. The environmental impact statement has been released, and is open for public comment until February 11. Tricia Dennis has cattle properties at Clermont, three of which will be cut by the rail line.

New trains on track but many more are needed

Posted Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S rail network faces a train shortage within five years, despite an extra eight new trains hitting the rails in 2015. The State Government has announced it would spend $176 million over two years to buy eight X'Trapolis trains, each of which can carry 798 passengers.

Rail work to take another 3 years

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

SENIOR officials from the [url=]Australian Rail Track Corporation[/url] and V/Line faced a barrage of questions and criticisms from angry Border residents yesterday about the state of the troubled Albury to Melbourne train service. More than 100 people attended the forum at The Cube to vent their frustration with corporation chief executive John Fullerton and [url=]V/Line[/url] regional manager Jonathon McKeown about the service. They were further incensed to learn the project would not finish until the end of 2016.

Asciano Ltd Receives New Coverage from Analysts at RBC Capital (AIO)

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by newsbot in Asciano

Analysts at RBC Capital assumed coverage on shares of [url=]Asciano [/url]Ltd (ASX:AIO) in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, Analyst RN reports. The firm set a “sector perform” rating and a A$6.00 ($5.61) price target on the stock. AIO has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of [url=]Asciano [/url]Ltd to a “buy” rating in a research note to investors on Thursday, November 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company.  The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of A$5.47 ($5.11).

Asciano eyes Port of Newcastle

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by newsbot in Asciano

Asciano Ltd will express its interest in the Port of Newcastle’s long-term lease before the 1000 AEDT deadline, The Australian Financial Review has reported. According to the newspaper, [url=]Asciano [/url]is "weighing a bid" alongside Japan's Marubeni Corporation, while Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (formerly known as REEF) could join the consortium.

Premier promises light rail announcement before Xmas

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell says he will make an announcement about Newcastle's light rail network within days. The state government will use $340 million from the sale of Newcastle's port towards installing light rail line in the inner-city. The revitalisation project was discussed at a cabinet meeting last week. But Mr O'Farrell has refused to be drawn on reports that Hamilton, not Wickham, is the preferred location for a transport interchange.

Vline introduces heat timetable applies from Tue 17 Dec

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Vline has taken steps yesterday to enforce a series of heat restrictions on the Victorian Regional Network. Vlines says with 36 degrees and above forecast for the north and north east next week, the ‘heat’ timetables will apply on the following days for the following lines.

Rail corporation must face facts

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

WITH the Australian Rail Track Corporation set to front local commuters, it’s worth considering some recent history. The plight of the Albury to Melbourne rail service was first raised in early 2011 when the Rail Tram and Bus Union expressed concern for the safety of their drivers.

Melton rail priority a case of fairness, say groups

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The electrification of the train line between Melton and Melbourne should be included in future transport plans, according to two regional lobby groups. The Western Transport Alliance and LeadWest made the call in a joint submission to the state government’s Plan Melbourne growth strategy. Released in October, the plan is designed to be a planning and transport blueprint that will shape how Melburnians work and live for the next 40 years.

Why our rails can't cope with the heat

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Metro's decision to cancel almost 50 train services before the first forecast hot day of summer on Thursday is a sign Melbourne's rail network is still hampered by decades of neglect, public transport experts say. Melbourne's rail operator announced on Monday that Thursday's forecast 40 degree maximum had "forced" it to cancel 48 services on Thursday and Friday, due to heat-related speed restrictions that take effect at 38 degrees. Metro took the unprecedented step of cancelling trains in advance so passengers who regularly catch those trains could make other plans, it said.

Network Rail to be 'government body', adding £30bn to UK national debt

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by michaelgreenhill in International Rail News

[url=]Network Rail[/url] will be reclassified as a government body in 2014 as part of a package of changes to the public finances, adding £30bn to Britain's national debt, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. Because the government plays a significant role in overseeing Network Rail, through the Office of the Rail Regulator, and the taxpayer would inevitably be left picking up the bill for keeping the trains running if Network Rail collapsed, [url=]the ONS says it is best considered a "central government body"[/url].

Italian contractor to take on elevated section of the North West Rail Link

Posted Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 by michaelgreenhill in New South Wales Rail News

A CONTRACT to build a spectacular four-kilometre elevated section of Sydney's $8.3 billion North West Rail Link has been awarded to the Italian Impregilo-Salini joint venture. Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian today announced the $340 million contract for the "skytain", including a new "landmark" bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill.

50 train services to be cut as buckling heat looms

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters will face train cancellations and delays over the next few days to cope with the sizzling weather forecast to hit Melbourne. Metro has announced that it will be forced to cancel 50 services on Thursday and Friday due to the skyrocketing temperatures. Country trains, meanwhile, will operate on a "heat timetable" with slower speeds, and the replacement of some trains with buses. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures of 40 degrees on Thursday and 34 degrees on Friday. Metro says the Alamein, Craigeburn, Frankston, Glen Waverley, South Morang, Hurstbridge, Belgrave, Lilydale, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines will be affected. "We have planned this in advance as a safety precaution due to the impact of high temperatures on our steel railway tracks," a Metro spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Industry query missing $400m for rail

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

THIRTEEN years have passed since the sale of Westrail's freight business to the Australian Railroad Group (ARG), but a decade has not dampened the questions that many Wheatbelt growers want answered. A commitment of $400 million was part of original negotiations that sealed the deal for ARG, a consortium including Wesfarmers and Genesee & Wyoming, back in 2000. But for reasons unknown, the large scale investment was never included in the final lease contract or other binding agreements and the WA government – the initial owner of Westrail's freight business – didn't seem to notice. As the fate of the Tier 3 lines hangs in the balance following the closure of the Trayning to West Merredin line and the Quairading to York line earlier in the year, industry representatives want answers.

Calls for Richmond Vale rail trail engineering study

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Newcastle Greens councillor is calling on the state government to fund an engineering study into turning an abandoned coalfields railway line into a major cycleway. Michael Osborne says the 28-kilometre Richmond Vale rail trail between Hexham and Pelaw Main could become a significant tourist attraction. The state government's announced funding for a similar study for the Northern Rivers rail trail on the far north coast.

Genesee & Wyoming Aust Donates diesel loco 517 to NRM

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

NRM is very appreciative to receive 500 class broad gauge shunt engine 517, as a donation from GWA. It is due for delivery on Thursday 19 December 2013. This locomotive is not fully operational, however it becomes the third 500 class donated by GWA to the SA rail heritage sector - SteamRanger, Steamtown and now NRM.

Sydney Metro Freight Efficiency Improved

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) welcomed its first service into its new Enfield Staging Facility this month - a port shuttle travelling between Minto and Port Botany. ARTC CEO John Fullerton said the staging facility will provide significant efficiencies for metropolitan rail freight services operating between intermodal terminals in the wider Sydney region and Port Botany.

Extreme Heat - Train service disruptions Adelaide Station

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

Due to extreme heat, Adelaide Metro trains are experiencing delays to all services departing Adelaide Railway Station.

Railway package: putting Europe’s rail sector on the right track

Posted Thursday, 19 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Trains might be safer and less polluting than other transport modes, but only 6% of passengers opt to travel this way. On 17 December, the Parliament’s transport committee approved a package of measures that aim to make rail travel more attractive by creating more competition and a common certification scheme for trains. Find out the facts about Europe's rail sector in our infographic and learn more about the measures proposed by clicking on the link for the press release.

NSW refuses to fund road and rail links for Badgery Creek airport

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

A STOUSH is brewing between Tony Abbott and Barry O'Farrell over a western Sydney airport, with the state telling Canberra it will not contribute any money to build the critical road and rail links. The Premier's newly appointed western Sydney lieutenant Stuart Ayres issued the blunt warning to the Prime Minister yesterday. "My clear message to the federal government is that they are completely and wholly responsible for this decision and if they want an airport in western Sydney, they must build the infrastructure too,'' Mr Ayres said. "And I'll be very, very clear about this: an airport in western Sydney without any enabling infrastructure will be a catastrophic disaster - and I'd be amazed if any person in western Sydney supported it.''

Metro Trains to run hot weather timetable in cooler weather

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Metro has cancelled more trains today than it did yesterday as its hot weather timetable remains in place despite the top temperature being revised from 34 degrees to 26. Thirty-three services have been cancelled today. Only 17 were cancelled yesterday despite the temperature reaching 39 degrees.

Leighton wins $100m rail contract to build Aurizon facility

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by bevans in Aurizon

[color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif][b][b]CONSTRUCTION giant Leighton has won a $100 million contract to build a train support facility in the NSW Hunter Valley.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif]The facility will support rail operator Aurizon's coal haulage fleet and will involve the construction of a train provisioning facility, a combined maintenance building, signalling and power infrastructure, 26 turnouts and 11km of plain line track works.[/font][/size][/color]

Tenders finally called for Sydney freight hub

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

[color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif][b][b]CHRIS Corrigan-chaired logistics group Qube Holdings and partner Aurizon could emerge as the big winners from the development of a $1 billion freight hub in Sydney's west, where they already control an adjacent site.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif]The logjam between the waterfront warrior's company and government-run competitor Moorebank Intermodal Company showed signs of easing as the Abbott government yesterday called for tenders to develop and run its site.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif]The private pair's Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance consortium's bid for a combined approach appeared to be welcomed by the government-owned group.[/font][/size][/color]

Final piece of light rail track to be laid on Gold Coast today

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif][b][b]THE builders of the $1.2 billion light rail system will today lay the final piece of the track, marking a major milestone in the city's biggest transport ­project.[/b] [/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif]The 13km track runs from Parkwood to Broadbeach, with the last concrete pour planned for Surfers Paradise Boulevard at 12pm.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif]GoldLinQ will lay the final section of track after 30,000km of underground services was upgraded and relocated along the corridor.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Times New Roman', sans-serif]CEO Phil Mumford said the team was relieved to have the track finished this year as the system moves full steam ahead towards taking passengers next June.[/font][/size][/color]

Moonee Valley council blasts east-west project

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by bevans in Other Transport News

Moonee Valley Council has confirmed its opposition to the east-west link in a scathing submission on the comprehensive impact statement for the project. The submission said the impact statement ''is not objective in its approach or conclusions'', it contained ''fundamental flaws'' and the ''negative impacts of the project on Moonee Valley and surrounding areas have not been addressed''. Community feedback to the council on the east-west link was overwhelmingly negative. Of 157 responses to the council, 11 supported the project. The biggest areas of concern were the effect on parks and open space, increased congestion and a preference for public transport investment instead.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/12/2013

Posted Sunday, 22 December, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 128 sightings for this week. This is two sighting less than last week.

Very fast train? Here's France's very fast way to do it

Posted Monday, 23 December, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

The question was almost existential. ''What is one hour in a lifetime?'' asked the young man in a bar in Poitiers, a once mighty, now modest town of about 90,000 people between two valleys in western France. He was talking to employees of the consortium building 340 kilometres of high-speed rail between Tours and Bordeaux. Construction began last year and when the line is complete in 2017, trains travelling at up to 320km/h will reduce the journey between Paris and Bordeaux from three hours to just over two. But at what cost? The man's grandparents had spent their life in one of 430 properties bought out compulsorily because they stood along the route plotted by the National Rail Network in consultation with local governments. ''One hour in a lifetime? OK, it's nothing,'' admits Lorene Dumeaux, a 25-year-old environment officer on the project. ''But one hour every day when you're travelling to Paris is a lot. France today is not like it was for my grandparents, who spent their whole lives in one commune.''

Asciano, Toll ink 13-year Qld rail deal

Posted Monday, 23 December, 2013 by bevans in Asciano

Asciano Ltd subsidiary Pacific National Rail has signed on to a 13-year rail haulage agreement to take over Toll Holdings Ltd's North Queensland rail service from February 1. In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Toll said Pacific National would acquire five of its Queensland intermodal rail terminals for $71 million at Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Brisbane, including associated plant and equipment.

Rail trails still not rolling

Posted Monday, 23 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A RAIL trail remains on the agenda in [url=]Tumbarumba[/url], but any plans for one in Wagga remain on the backburner. Last year an independent working group, Riverina Highlands Rail Trail, was fighting to secure a rail trail between the city and Ladysmith, but little has developed in the past 12 months.

Rail symposium scheduled for March

Posted Monday, 23 December, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]ON THE heels of the Federal Government’s announcement that a high-level implementation group will be created to fast track the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Railway, Moree Plains Shire Council (MPSC) has set the date for next year’s Inland Rail Symposium for Friday, March 7 2014.[/font][/size][/color]

Coalition hits rail deadline

Posted Monday, 23 December, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE NSW government promised an announcement about Newcastle’s proposed light rail project before Christmas. It was an ambitious promise, but when Premier Barry O’Farrell reiterated it last week, it was clear there was no turning back.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Now the announcement has come and, to the surprise of many, it confounds speculation that the heavy rail to light rail interchange might have been at Woodville Junction, and sticks firmly to the Wickham site first mooted.[/font][/size][/color]

Cracks found in Metro train bogies

Posted Tuesday, 24 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Potentially dangerous cracks have been found on 18 Metro rail carriages, forcing the state government to spend millions on replacement parts for Melbourne's ageing Comeng fleet. Metro has begun repair work on 18 carriages where cracks have been identified, although it believes any patch-up job is likely to be temporary. The cracks are also likely to affect more of Melbourne's train fleet, Metro said in an internal document, potentially cutting short the damaged carriages' service life. The cracks are confined to the bogies of some of Metro's Comeng trains, which began to come into service in 1981. The trains are due to be taken out of service in 2024. Bogies are part of the load-bearing structure beneath a train carriage, so any severe cracking is a threat to passenger safety and could potentially derail a train.

Man threatened at knifepoint on train

Posted Tuesday, 24 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Shocking footage has emerged of a man being threatened at knifepoint on a Melbourne train. The ten second clip shows two men in the midst of an argument on the Sydenham line train as it pulls into a station, with one man standing in the aisle and holding a homemade knife just inches from the other man's face. He repeatedly tells the other man to be quiet, lashing out at the other man with his free hand and covering the man's face. At one point he makes a stabbing motion with the knife. The footage, which was obtained by Channel Seven, was filmed by passenger Ryland Larbey as he sat just metres away from the two men.

Rail must run down Hunter Street: McCloy

Posted Tuesday, 24 December, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

ANY light rail line linking Newcastle’s west end with its beaches must run down Hunter Street, key civic leaders said yesterday. Lord mayor Jeff McCloy led the charge, saying that a critical mass of people would  use the light rail system only if it went to the shopping strips and services they wanted to go to. The Newcastle Herald yesterday revealed the state government’s latest move on the contentious heavy rail line project, promising to build a new transport interchange at Wickham and producing two options for a light rail link between Wickham and the city’s east. One option runs along Hunter Street, the other along the existing heavy rail corridor.

Network Rail 'doing all they can to get travellers home for Christmas'

Posted Wednesday, 25 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

A number of train companies were unable to run any early-morning trains and when services did eventually start they were subject to delays and cancellations. Rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group said that the strong winds had damaged overhead wires and brought down more than 80 trees on to lines. In addition some parts of the network had been flooded overnight.[color=#282828][size=1][/size][/color]

Whitehaven wins legal bid against Maules Creek mine

Posted Wednesday, 25 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Construction is set to begin on the controversial Maules Creek coalmine near Tamworth after the Federal Court rejected claims by environmental groups that its approval broke the law.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The mine, planned for the Gunnedah Basin in northern NSW and operated by Whitehaven Coal, has been the subject of legal action by conservation group the Northern Inland Council for the Environment.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The group claimed in legal submissions that the former environment minister Tony Burke breached the law when he hastily approved the mine to go ahead.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In a judgment handed down on Friday, Justice Dennis Cowdroy dismissed the claims, as well as those brought against neighbouring Idemitsu's Boggabri mine, on the basis that some of the evidence was not relevant.[/font][/size][/color]

Rotten rail sleepers may pose risk

Posted Thursday, 26 December, 2013 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

[color=#333333][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]KiwiRail is rejecting claims that a "safety nightmare" is emerging on New Zealand's tracks because of rotting wood.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Rail & Maritime Transport Union is calling for KiwiRail to reinspect about 160,000 Peruvian sleepers that are installed in the national rail network.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It says an inspection of a section of track in the Buller Gorge this month highlighted damage to a significant number of sleepers on a curved track.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]RMTU South Island organiser John Kerr said while many of the Peruvian sleepers looked fine, they were actually rotting from the inside.[/font][/size][/color]

Werribee rail black spot changes urged on level crossing

Posted Thursday, 26 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Australia's transport safety watchdog has recommended big changes to one of Melbourne's most dangerous level crossings, after investigating a fatal smash between a freight train and a car last year. A woman, 65, in the passenger seat of a Toyota Corolla was killed at the Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee when the car was hit by a 3000-tonne freight train on May 25, 2012. The car driver, a woman in her 30s, survived. An investigation report, released last week, found the Corolla had been in the path of the approaching train, but that the crossing's safety problems were ''complex and extensive'

With planning, high speed rail could reduce flight demand

Posted Thursday, 26 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#383838][size=3][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]The expansion of UK airports could mean breaching climate targets, Climate Change Committee head David Kennedy [/font][/size][/color][url=][color=#557585][size=3][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][b]has said[/b][/font][/size][/color][/url][color=#383838][size=3][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]. Ahead of a full report next summer that would examine the airport expansion plans, the committee chief explained the climate target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 already accounted for a 60% growth in demand for flights. But if a second additional runway was added beyond that already in discussion for Heathrow or Gatwick, and if demand is not capped by suggested price increases of up to £200, that target would be missed.[/font][/size][/color]

Trees felled in rail trail sabotage

Posted Friday, 27 December, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]POLICE are investigating the sabotage of the North- East Rail Trail last Friday or Saturday.[/font][/size][/color]

Bendigo rail line faces three week shut down

Posted Friday, 27 December, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE rail line linking Bendigo and Melbourne will be shut down for three weeks from Saturday. The line is one of three that will be completely shut down until January 19 as work on the regional rail link goes into overdrive.

MP rejects claims rail plans made

Posted Saturday, 28 December, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE state government has dismissed speculation the Newcastle rail line will be cut in October next year to allow for a three-year construction period of the proposed light rail system. The date appeared in a post on a private Facebook group this week. The post also includes details of alleged works relating to the closure of the Newcastle line and the construction of the transport interchange and light system. It claims Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Premier Barry O'Farrell favoured cutting the rail on Christmas Day this year. However, bureaucrats advised this would not be logistically possible.

Head of railway at centre of Lac-Mégantic disaster: 'I was also a victim'

Posted Saturday, 28 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

The railway executive behind the company whose train smashed into Lac-Mégantic wants people to know he’s been suffering, too. Looking back at the year as it comes to a close, Ed Burkhardt said he’s still troubled by the Quebec derailment and has thought about it every day since the July 6 catastrophe killed 47 people and destroyed part of the town.

Rail car fire kills 23 in India including two children

Posted Saturday, 28 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

A FIRE on an overnight train killed at least 23 people in southern India as it ripped through a carriage packed with sleeping passengers. Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge told AFP that the blaze was believed to have been caused by a faulty air-conditioning system on one of the coaches which caught fire around 3:30am as it travelled from Bangalore to Nanded. Television reports said that some of the passengers had leapt out of the carriage in a bid to save themselves but others were overcome by the thick fumes. Two of those who died were children, the reports added. The tragedy comes little over a year after another train in the same state of Andhra Pradesh killed 32 people and once again shines the spotlight on the Indian rail network's woeful safety record.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/12/2013.

Posted Sunday, 29 December, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 84 sightings for this week. This is 44 sighting less than last week.

High-speed rail opens up line of prosperity

Posted Sunday, 29 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, 'Nimbus Sans L', sans-serif]The new high-speed railway between Shenzhen and Xiamen opened yesterday, slicing the journey from an area many Hongkongers call home to the southeast coast from 15 hours to just 3-1/2 hours.[/font][/size][/color]

Chronology of Indian Major Rail Mishaps in Last 10 Years

Posted Sunday, 29 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#5c5c5c][size=2][font=Trebuchet MS', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]An air-conditioned coach of the Bangalore-Nanded Express train caught fire in the early hours today in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, killing 26 people and injuring 13 others.     [/font][/size][/color] [color=#5c5c5c][size=2][font=Trebuchet MS', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Following is the chronology of major train mishaps in the last 10 years:     [/font][/size][/color] [color=#5c5c5c][size=2][font=Trebuchet MS', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]May 15, 2003: A burst stove in the Mumbai-Amritsar Golden Temple Express (Frontier Mail) near Ludhiana in Punjab led to a major fire, killing 40 people and injured more than 50.         [/font][/size][/color] [color=#5c5c5c][size=2][font=Trebuchet MS', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]June 22, 2003: 53 people were killed and 25 others injured in an accident on the Konkan Railway when the engine and three coaches of the Karwar-Mumbai Central Holiday Special train derailed after crossing Vaibhavwadi station in Maharashtra.[/font][/size][/color]

Queensland Rail planned train line closures disrupt commuters headed to Brisbane International

Posted Sunday, 29 December, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

TENNIS fans have been served up a hot start to their day at the Brisbane International with a series of pre-planned train line closures wreaking havoc for rail commuters. Buses are replacing trains between Roma Street and Corinda, one of the two stations listed as an event arrival point. A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the timing of network maintenance was carefully considered but offered apologies to any customers inconvenienced by the works.

Noarlunga railway line users face more frustration

Posted Sunday, 29 December, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

THEY have endured a year of no service and hours on bus replace­ment services. Commuters on the reopened Noarlunga line now face fresh frustration amid a series of timetable changes ­described as chaotic and a "half 'n' half job". As thousands of workers return to work in the new year, the rail network will again be offline and substitute bus services in operation as workers battle to finish the beleaguered line's upgrade. The Opposition criticised the latest operational debacle to hit southern commutersduring their "horror year" amid claims travellers will now have to deal with up to five different "levels of service".

Female suicide bomber kills 14 at Russian rail station

Posted Monday, 30 December, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

MOSCOW — At least 14 people were killed and 43 injured in a suicide bombing Sunday afternoon at the railway station in Volgograd, an industrial city in southern Russia, officials said. Shortly after 1 p.m. local time, a woman approached a metal detector frame at the railway station's entrance, where she stopped and detonated the explosives after a police officer started walking toward her, authorities said. "When the suicide bomber saw the metal detector frame and saw the policemen on duty as she entered the railway station, she got nervous and her behavior seemed suspicious to the policemen," Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk told Rossiya-24, a news television network. "[Officer] Dmitry Makovkin started in her direction at a fast pace and at that moment the explosion rang.”

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