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Rail changes should reduce impact

Posted Saturday, 1 February, 2014 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

DESIGN improvements to Iron Road's Central Eyre Iron Project at Warramboo should allow for a rail corridor realignment and better position of the proposed rail loop, reducing impact on landholders who will have the rail running through their properties. However this could change road modifications that have already been proposed and costed by some local councils.

France is pushing ahead with the extension of its high-speed rail network

Posted Saturday, 1 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

RECESSION or no, France is pushing ahead with the extension of its high-speed rail network. The biggest of the three projects currently under way is the new line between Tours (where the TGV heading south from Paris stops running and starts crawling) and Bordeaux halfway down the Atlantic coast.

Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade at Burnie Port

Posted Saturday, 1 February, 2014 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The Deputy Premier Bryan Green said today work is set to start on an $8 million upgrade of the Burnie port. Mr Green said tenders for the project will go out next week with construction works expected to begin in March. “The redevelopment will see major improvements to rail operations at the port,” Mr Green said. “This project will consolidate Burnie as Tasmania’s main container port. “The first shipment of iron ore from Shree Minerals’ mine near Smithton left Burnie last weekend, and bulk exports through the port will increase dramatically once more new mines like Venture Minerals’ Riley project get the go ahead.” Mr Green said Tasports, Tasrail and Toll recently finalised contracts for the project, paving the way for work to begin. “This agreement is the first of its kind between the three companies and is a positive step forward in integrating freight transport systems in Tasmania.”

Is a first class ticket worth it when travelling with Rail Europe?

Posted Saturday, 1 February, 2014 by 9034 in International Rail News

EVERYONE knows that flying first class is pretty special. If you've flown either business or first class you've probably had friends and family ask about how comfy the seats were, how the lie-flat beds really felt, what the food was like, the wine, the service … the list goes on. What about trains? Is it worth paying more for the first class experience on trains with [url=]Rail Europe[/url]?

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/2/2014.

Posted Sunday, 2 February, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 105 sightings for this week; this is 12 sightings less than last week. On day 32 last year we had recorded 515 sightings. This is 55 sightings more that at the same time last year.

Beer-swilling idiot risks life and limb for a joy ride on back of a train

Posted Sunday, 2 February, 2014 by 9034 in Victorian Rail News

[b]IT'S a dangerous stunt that can kill - but that didn't stop this beer-swilling man from hitching a free ride on the back of a train on Friday night. [/b] The train surfer was ­snapped perched on the outside of the train with a beer in hand at Jolimont station about 10.55pm. A horrified witness said a person on the packed platform had tried to coax the man to safety before the train left. "I just couldn't believe someone was doing this,'' the onlooker said.

Petition for covered coal wagons

Posted Monday, 3 February, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

MORE than 100 groups across the state will unite today to launch a petition calling for thousands of coal wagons to be covered. Following the Newcastle Herald's Great Cover Up campaign, the groups are demanding that the government take direct action to stop fine-particle pollution from coal wagons. The groups, which include representatives from the Hunter, Sydney, Blue Mountains and Central West, aim to gather more than 10,000 signatures by the end of March. That would then trigger a parliamentary debate.

New life as pathway mooted for rail line under Sydney's Mortuary Station

Posted Monday, 3 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

A disused railway tunnel to Sydney's station for the dead could be given new life transporting pedestrians and cyclists to Redfern. An underground track to Mortuary Station on Regent Street has been flagged as a possible extension to the Goods Line, a former freight corridor between Central and Pyrmont that is being redeveloped as a civic ''spine'' to connect the city to Darling Harbour. The 800-metre tunnel under Railway Square emerges behind the ABC studios in Ultimo, where it meets a section of track that was converted into a walkway in 2002.

Fuel tanker company Cootes, involved in fatal Mona Vale accident, accused of cutting corners on maintenance

Posted Monday, 3 February, 2014 by newsbot in Other Transport News

A fuel tanker company involved in a fatal accident in Sydney last year was using large numbers of dilapidated vehicles that should never have been on the road, according to a whistleblower working inside the company.

Metro Trains blasted on Twitter as commuters get hot under the collar

Posted Monday, 3 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Frustrated commuters are taking to social media to attack Metro Trains’ performance on and off the tracks.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Commuters left stranded on platforms as temperatures hit 40 degrees late last month took to Twitter to complain about services and then complained again about the response they received.[/font][/size][/color]

All-night Kings Cross rail shuttle idea rejected

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]THE state government has rejected a push by police and the City of Sydney to run trains all night from Kings Cross as part of the government's package on alcohol-fuelled violence citing cost issues, senior government sources have confirmed.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]And it was the Attorney-General's department, which opposes mandatory minimum sentencing, that came up with the contentious provision in Premier Barry O'Farrell's mandatory sentencing laws that the perpetrators have to be drunk for the sentence to stick, The Daily Telegraph has learned.[/font][/size][/color]

Train line replacement with rail trail not desired

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

AS talks begin to heat up on possible removal of the Cobram to Shepparton rail lines Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy is leading the battle in a bid to save the rail track as an alternative to removing it for a proposed rail trail for cyclists. Mr McCurdy strongly believes the removal of the land set aside for the rail line would set the area back another 10 years adding it is certainly not desired by the more than 2500 people who had signed petitions seeking for the return of passenger rail services.  “Letting the Cobram to Shepparton rail line be pulled up and turned into a rail trail would be a huge mistake,” Mr McCurdy said.

Fears rail bypass will rule out cycleway

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Newcastle's Green Corridor Coalition says a freight rail bypass across the Richmond Vale rail trail will destroy plans for a major cycleway.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]There are calls for the New South Wales Government to fund an engineering study to investigate turning the abandoned coalfields railway line, between Hexham and Pelaw Main, into a 28-kilometre path.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The community group says it's concerned by reports that one of the routes, identified by the Transport Department for the rail bypass, is on top of the green corridor.[/font][/size]

Drivers responsible for damaging Queensland rail bridges and boom gates pay $213,00 in seven months

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]DRIVERS who plough into rail bridges and boom gates causing widespread disruption are shelling out more than $30,000 a month for their poor judgement.[/b] New figures show the State Government has clawed back $213,740 from drivers responsible for damaging rail infrastructure in the last seven months. The sum works out to an average of about $5,000 per incident since last July. Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the amount recovered was in addition to $330,000 paid back in 2012-13.[/b][/font][/size][/color]

Public urged to share views on railway precinct

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

CHAMBER has been in recess for the holiday season but the first meeting for 2014 is not far away. It will be at the Warwick Library on Monday, February 17 from 5.30pm. All members and interested members are welcome to join us at the meeting. Guest speaker will be Christine Stammers, who will speak on how businesses can assist with mental health issues in the workplace. Chamber will hold a meeting with interested people to discuss the railway precinct and to gauge the amount of community support. This will be held in the last week of February and any groups who would like to have a say please contact myself on the number below. All organisations who have shown interest in the potential of this idea will be invited to be represented;

Former RailCorp manager Joseph Camilleri to face ICAC over corruption allegations

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

The state's rail system is facing its first major corruption inquiry in more than five years, after a senior RailCorp manager was alleged to have solicited more than $1 million from public officials and contractors to give to his daughter. The Independent Commission Against Corruption will hold public hearings this month into Joseph Camilleri, who until early last year was RailCorp's general manager of maintenance contracts. According to the ICAC, Mr Camilleri and his sister, Carmen Attard, another state public servant, solicited by corrupt purposes more than $1.5 million that they gave to Mr Camilleri's daughter. It is unclear why the two were trying to obtain money for his daughter.

Union fears Ingham rail depot closure

Posted Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 by bevans in Aurizon

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) says rail company Aurizon is planning to close its third north Queensland depot.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It says staff were yesterday told the company is reviewing operations at its Ingham depot, leaving the four employees without a job.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Aurizon has recently closed its Ayr and Tully depots after stopping its freight services.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]RTBU spokesman Les Moffitt says Aurizon is working towards stopping the transport of small amounts of freight around Queensland.[/font][/size]

Rail line back in business

Posted Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE rail freight link between Mildura and Melbourne will be restored today, ahead of schedule. The link was broken when about 6000 sleepers were destroyed in a bushfire south of Ouyen in mid-January, taking out more than nine kilometres of track between Ouyen and Speed.

Balfour Wins Part of $3.3 Billion U.K. Rail Electrification

Posted Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Network Rail Ltd. awarded contracts to [url=]Balfour Beatty Plc (BBY)[/url] and three joint ventures for work on a 2 billion-pound ($3.3 billion) electrification program aimed at cutting journey times and adding capacity on U.K. railways. [b]When the project is completed, more than half of Britain’s tracks will be electrified and electric trains will account for three-quarters of traffic[/b], the network operator said in a [url=]statement[/url]. The seven-year program is split into six regional frameworks with potential for three one-year extensions.

V/Line officers used 'unnecessary force' on elderly man: Police, Ombudsman

Posted Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

V/Line staff used excessive force when they removed a “frail old man” from a country train and restrained him on the ground with his pants around his ankles, the Victorian Ombudsman has found. In a report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, Ombudsman George Brouwer said he was satisfied “unnecessary force” had been used by the officers, two of whom held the 62-year-old man face down on the platform for more than nine minutes. The man, who had been drinking alcohol in the carriage, was travelling from Castlemaine to Melbourne when V/Line staff escorted him from the train at Sunbury railway station.

Warning after spate of near misses at rail crossings

Posted Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New Zealand Rail News

KiwiRail is urging drivers to be patient at railway crossings, after 19 near collisions between vehicles and trains across the country in the past month. Of those 19 near accidents, 12 were at railway crossings marked by flashing lights and bells. Four motorists drove around cars stopped at a crossing so they could cross in front of a train. One had to swerve to avoid being hit by the train, and another crossed when the train was just 10 metres away.

Badgerys Creek railway mapped out as Tony Abbott promises airport decision

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The state government has started to map out plans to extend Sydney's train system to a potential second airport site at Badgerys Creek in anticipation of a decision to approve the site. But the state's plans for a train line to Badgerys Creek could put it at odds with the federal government, if it decides it wants to build an airport in western Sydney without first building a rail connection. Prime Minister Tony Abbott indicated on Wednesday his government would soon make a decision on Badgerys Creek. Fairfax Media can reveal Transport for NSW has already hired consultants to examine a possible extension of the south-west rail link to the potential airport site. The south-west rail link is a 11.4-kilometre addition to the Sydney train system from Glenfield to Leppington, scheduled to open next year.

Gas-freight train derailment causes rail havoc in Сentral Russia

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

Thirty-two carriages containing liquefied gas derailed in the Kirov Region, Central Russia, with a dozen bursting into flames. More than 700 local residents and workers from a nearby factory were evacuated from the fire zone. The 72-car train derailed on Wednesday morning due to an outbreak of fire as a result of an overhead system failure. Eleven other carriages caught fire as a result. The fire was localized after nearly six hours of firefighting. However, it spread to 30 garages near the railway line, and one warehouse was also engulfed. No deaths or injuries were reported, the Emergencies Ministry confirmed. The accident caused serious problems with transport connections in the region. Arrivals were delayed and several train itineraries were changed. Railway traffic on the way from Balezino to Kotelnich has been halted.

Queensland Rail has no plan to stop trucks hitting low railway bridge at Morayfield

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]QUEENLAND Rail (QR) has no plans for extra measures to prevent trucks hitting the rail overpass near Morayfield Shopping Centre and disrupting traffic.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The admission comes after rail services were held up for about an hour after a rental truck hit the bridge on the link between William Berry Drive and Visentin Rd on January 20.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]QR said the bridge had been hit by vehicles four times in 2012-13, accounting for 1 in 15 of such incidents in southeast Queensland in the same period.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A QR spokeswoman said the bridge had height clearance signs and it was the responsibility of motorists to obey them and know the height of their vehicle."We consider the most suitable option for each location based on a number of factors, which include number of incidents, type and height of bridge, road layout and road usage.[/font][/size][/color]

Thieves steal railway line from Redhill, Natantawarra and Crystal Brook in South Australian Mid-North

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by 9034 in South Australian Rail News

WE'VE heard of the great train robbers but what about the railway line thieves sweeping the state's Mid-North. A number of lengths of railway line were stolen from next to the train tracks at Redhill, about 175km north of Adelaide on Sunday, February 2.

UK storms destroy railway line and leave thousands without power

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Parts of Britain have been hit by a storm which destroyed a stretch of railway, forced people from their homes and left thousands without power. A section of the sea wall in Dawlish, Devon, collapsed and left the railway to Cornwall suspended in mid-air. Residents of homes on the Somerset Levels were evacuated amid fears flood defences could be overwhelmed.

Brookfield rail back on track in Goldfields

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]After two weeks wait, the rail line between Leonora and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia's Goldfields is back open again.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Heavy rain in the area a fortnight ago caused 19 washouts, closing the track and cutting access for miners using the rail to haul product for processing.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]One of those companies, BHP Billiton Nickel West had resorted to trucking nickel from it's Mt Keith mine to the Kalgoorlie smelter to keep production going.[/font][/size]

Network Rail announce Exeter to Heathrow journey times to be cut by 25 minutes

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

Passengers and businesses in Exeter are to receive a boost to their transport links, after Network Rail announced plans for the preferred route for a new rail line to connect the city with the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow. The initiative would see journey times from Exeter to Heathrow cut from 3hrs 50 minutes today, to 3hrs and 25 minutes in 2021. The Great Western Main Line currently runs from Swansea, through Cardiff, before going on to Reading and London Paddington. Under the new plans passengers from Exeter will no longer have to double-back on themselves via Paddington.

Rail freight deal cuts truck traffic

Posted Thursday, 6 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[b]The Horsham council says a recent deal between two freight companies has resulted in a big reduction in truck traffic in the region.[/b] After more than 12 months of unsuccessful negotiations, Qube and Wimmera Container Lines announced at the end of last year they had reached a deal to use the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal at Dooen. The council's planning and economic director, Tony Bawden, says the deal is only for about four months initially.

Canberra suburbs on track for light rail extension plan

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Canberrans living outside the Civic to Gungahlin corridor could know by the end of the year if their suburb is in the ACT government's light rail plans. The government is beginning work on the next phase of its light rail proposal for the city, before a single piece of track is laid in the 12-kilometre stretch that will connect Gungahlin to the CBD. On Friday, Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell will call for tenders to draw up a masterplan that will guide the next stages of the Capital Metro network. The areas to be considered as part of the plan include Russell, the Parliamentary Triangle, Woden, Belconnen and Tuggeranong.

17 rail cars derail in Sedalia; No injuries reported

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#404040][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]SEDALIA, Colo. - Seventeen BNSF Railway cars derailed in Sedalia on Thursday afternoon.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#404040][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]The empty rail cars derailed about 1:30 p.m. at Highway 67 and U.S. 85 in Sedalia, said Douglas County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan. There are no reports of injuries or hazardous material spills and the derailed car remained upright, he added.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#404040][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]AIRTRACKER7's camera showed box cars and tank cars derailed. Underneath, the tracks and railroad ties were badly damaged.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#404040][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]"We will work through the evening the get our cars back on the track and moved out, we will inspect the track, make whatever repairs needed and continue operations on the track," said BNSF spokesman Andy Williams, who added that the train had a total of 35 cars.[/font][/size][/color]

Call for Albury-Melbourne rail line to get VLocity trains

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Victorian Government is being urged to upgrade trains on the Albury to Melbourne rail line.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It has invested $210 million in new VLocity railcars for the V/Line network including the Ballarat, Bendigo and Echuca lines.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]However, the federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, says none are destined for north-eastern Victoria.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Ms McGowan says now that work on improving the rail track is almost complete, it is time for the State Government to invest in new VLocity trains.[/font][/size]

Locked axle likely cause of Edgecliff derailment

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A locked axle that prevented a train wheel spinning is emerging as the most likely cause of the Sydney Trains derailment at Edgecliff last month, which propelled a metal pole through the floor of a carriage.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It is understood investigators examining the incident have focused on the locked axle, a relatively rare occurrence for a Sydney passenger train that can cause major problems, including derailing a train, if undetected.[/font][/size][/color]

Opinion: Save Our Rail Community group railroaded into action

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by Newcastle Express in Opinion

SAVE Our Rail has begun discussions which could lead to taking a more political position up to the 2015 state election.

V/Line probes freight train derailment

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Victoria's regional rail provider is investigating the derailment of a freight train in the Mallee on Friday night.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]V/Line says three rear wagons came off the tracks about three kilometres south of Piangil.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The company is investigating how the incident occurred and inspected the scene yesterday.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It says details into what happened are mostly unknown.[/font][/size]

Timetable left V/Line service at a standstill

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

IS it possible for someone from V/Line to explain how they schedule their trains on the "Hot Weather Timetable"?  Apparently, if one looks at the timetable on a hot day, it will take almost 40 minutes for the 16:20 from Melbourne to cover the very long distance between Kangaroo Flat and the Bendigo station.

Buses to replace some train services

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/LINE is replacing some Warrnambool train services with buses because of high temperatures.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Buses will replace the 11.29am train from Warrnambool to Southern Cross today and will do so again tomorrow with the 11.43am service.[/font][/size][/color]

V/Line delays freight line fix south of Piangil

Posted Friday, 7 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

V/Line says it has postponed repair works on a freight line, south of Piangil, ahead of this weekend's hot weather. A freight train derailed on Friday night and the line was closed at Miralie.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/2/2014.

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 115 sightings for this week; this is 10 sightings more than last week. On day 39 last year we had recorded 685 sightings. This is 49 sightings more that at the same time last year.

Ivernia resumes rail transport

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by waynes in Western Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]TSX-listed Ivernia on Friday announced that the [b]Leonora [/b]to [b]Kalgoorlie [/b]rail link, in Western Australia, had reopened for traffic after it was closed for two weeks following rain damage.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Ivernia uses the railway line to transport its lead concentrate to the Port of Fremantle, for shipping to overseas customers.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Goldfields area experienced an unusually high amount of rainfall in the second half of January, which caused rail transport along the line to be suspended.[/font][/size][/color]

Goods train likely cause of bushfire at Belair National Park

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A PASSING goods train - rather than a firebug - is now considered the likely cause of a fire at Belair National Park, which threatening lives and homes, on Saturday. Authorities had previously believed the fire was suspicious. Less than 48 hours earlier, a man had been charged with lighting seven fires in the southern suburbs. Just after 8.30am, a police patrol on Upper Sturt Road as part of Operation Nomad spotted smoke coming from the Belair National Park.

Commuters exploit myki loophole for cheap country trips

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by waynes in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]COUNTRY commuters are rorting a myki loophole in a bid to slash their pricey V/Line fares as travellers waste nearly $3 million left on unused cards.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Some rural commuters are buying a new $6 myki for every trip, putting the card into a negative balance to pay their fare - which can cost $27.60 for a peak trip to Bendigo - before throwing it away.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]While it is technically fare evasion, commuters have told the Sunday Herald Sun they are getting away with it.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]And with hundreds of thousands of myki cards sitting idle, Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton says commuters are turning myki into a "de facto single-trip ticket".[/font][/size][/color]

Transport for London Announces Bombardier as Winning Bidder for Crossrail

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

Bombardier today confirmed that it has been notified by Transport for London (TfL) and The Department for Transport (DfT) of their intention to award a contract to deliver rolling stock and a new depot for Crossrail. The intended contract between TfL and Bombardier covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new trains and a depot at Old Oak Common. The contract award is subject to a 10 day standstill period.

Falling rock derails train in French Alps, two dead

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

A huge falling rock derailed a train in the French Alps on Saturday, killing two people and partly pushing one of its carriages over the edge of a mountain slope, officials said. Nine people were injured, one of them seriously, in the accident, which occurred on Saturday morning on a train line popular with tourists between the villages of Saint-Benoit and Annot in southeastern France, the officials said.

Bus lanes to be added to Hoddle Street and Victoria Parade and major tram works planned for Carlton and Fitzroy

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

DEDICATED bus lanes will be added to Hoddle Street and Victoria Parade within two years, while major upgrades to tram services along Lygon, Brunswick and Smith Streets in Carlton and Fitzroy will be completed by 2019 under plans to be unveiled by the State Government. The $100m public transport boost, to be announced Sunday, will also see a major rejuvenation of Alexandra Parade including the planting of canopy trees and the installation of bicycle lanes when the East West Link project finished in 2019. Premier Denis Napthine said the Government wanted to turn Alexandra Parade into one Melbourne's most scenic streets to rival Royal Parade and St Kilda Road

PTA investigating escalator accident at Perth train station

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Three women remain in hospital following yesterday's escalator accident at a city train station.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Two of the women are in a serious, but stable condition, while the other is in a stable condition.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]13 people were taken to hospital late yesterday after they were caught in a human pile-up that sent people tumbling down the escalator as they tried to access the platform at the Esplanade train station.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Public Transport Authority has launched an investigation into the incident.[/font][/size]

Full steam ahead for new boss at Rail, Tram and Bus Union

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]ROUGH and tough unions have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons but from tomorrow one will have a much different face.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Luba Grigorovitch will be the first woman to head the male-dominated state public transport union.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]At 28, she's also the youngest state secretary.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Ms Grigorovitch, who starts her new role at the Rail, Tram and Bus Union tomorrow, is conscious she's taking the reins at a time when unions are feeling the heat amid ­allegations of corruption.[/font][/size][/color]

Tasmanian multi-million dollar road and rail upgrade announced

Posted Sunday, 9 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tasmanian Rail News

A $3.86 million package to upgrade roads and railways in Tasmania's north-west has been announced by the Government. The project is designed to help miners get their minerals to port. Deputy Premier Bryan Green says most of the money will go towards upgrading the west coast rail line so new mine projects can start exporting as soon as they are granted permits.

Rail centenary committee makes tracks

Posted Monday, 10 February, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]PLANNING has started on a celebration for the centenary of rail transport to the Hastings.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail history on track at Queensland museum

Posted Monday, 10 February, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE Brisbane Valley rail line was once the life blood of the Somerset region. It carried passengers and cargo into Ipswich and Brisbane, acted as an ambulance, and took children to schools. One hundred and ten years ago the Toogoolawah Rail Station was set up in the town, with the unique building moved from the Brisbane Exhibition Station to the northern Somerset town. The milestone was celebrated on Saturday with members of the Toogoolawah and District History Group showing off a museum based out of the old the station which was opened in November last year.

V/Line services to resume on Bendigo line

Posted Monday, 10 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/Line expects trains on the Bendigo line to resume this afternoon.[/font][/size][/color]

Felixstowe: Where have all our trains gone? Passengers lose faith in rail service

Posted Monday, 10 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Passenger rail services on the Felixstowe branch have become so unreliable that travellers are no longer using them, Suffolk’s transport spokesman has warned.[/font][/size][/color]

Fire chiefs say the Mallee is "fortunate"

Posted Monday, 10 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]FIRE chiefs this afternoon said the Mallee was "fortunate" to have so far escaped unscathed on a day predicted to have the worst bushfire threat since Black Saturday. [/font][/size][/color][color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]This morning, Mildura CFA senior station officer Malcolm Hayes said there were extreme fire conditions around Victoria and it was a day of state-wide total fire ban.[/font][/size][/color]

Portland push for more rail services

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE CALL for more train services in the south-west is gaining support from councils around the south-west.[/font][/size][/color]

Railway warning: Premier a fan of light rail

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Premier Barry O’Farrell said he was a fan of light rail when discussing plans to cut Newcastle’s rail line at Wickham at yesterday’s community cabinet forum in Maitland.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Save Our Rail members protested in front of Maitland Town Hall yesterday against the NSW government’s decision to replace trains with light rail into Newcastle’s CBD beyond Wickham station.[/font][/size][/color]

Trains terminating at Moe while V/Line assesses fire damaged tracks

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The damage was caused by a fire in the Hernes Oak area over the weekend. Many trains ran normal services yesterday between Moe and Southern Cross Station but buses replaced trains for stops east of Moe and some loco-hauled services were cancelled altogether.

Sleepers burn at rail site

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A fire that raged in a large pile of railway sleepers for more than four hours on Sunday night is believed to have been deliberately lit.[/font][/size][/color]

Setting record straight on the train-blame

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mick Kelly’s negative letter (Sunraysia Daily, February 6) requires a response. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Not only is Mr Kelly negative about our train being returned, and therefore negative towards the thousands of people who are wanting it returned, he is also anti Steve Tittensor (who at least is joining the people’s fight), anti Labor, and even negative towards our current Member.[/font][/size][/color]

Future of railway is steaming ahead

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]THE FUTURE of railway continues to steam ahead in the Rose City, with the arrival of a new carriage from Ipswich last week.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The carriage is on lease from Queensland Rail Heritage to the Southern Downs Steam Railway, who will spend the next six months restoring it to its former glory.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Southern Downs Steam Railway's Bob Amos said the carriage, when completed, would raise the standard of the steam railway experience.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"It's a nice uniform looking train," he said.[/font][/size][/color]

GrainCorp rationalisation closes Brisbane oilseed processor

Posted Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by bevans in Press Releases

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]GrainCorp has announced mass redundancies as it restructures part of its manufacturing business.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The grain handler is investing $125 million to upgrade its edible oils and spreads manufacturing plants in Victoria.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]As a result, 130 jobs at its Brisbane plant will go from early 2016, but GrainCorp says it will try to deploy staff to other areas.[/font][/size]

Stolen truck in Footscray Rd rail yard theft

Posted Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

TWO men allegedly broke into a rail yard and stole more than $200,000 worth of heavy machinery. A man police believe can help their inquiries about the rail yard incident. The men were captured on CCTV tampering with a locked gate at the Footscray Rd rail yard before entering the West Melbourne compound in a gold Toyota Corolla. They used an angle grinder to open a second gate in the yard.

Queensland Rail says no plans for express trains on Springfield line despite commuter push for services

Posted Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif][b][b]COMMUTERS are making a push for express trains on the new Springfield rail line.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif]With more than 100,000 passenger trips made at Springfield and Springfield Central stations in the two months to February 2, commuters want Queensland Rail to cut unnecessary stops to Brisbane CBD.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif]Springfield Lakes resident Tom Smith said he relied on the train for his daily commute but the timetable hadn’t captured the increasing demand for services.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif]“A few express trains in peak times would really be the jewel in the crown of our new rail link,” Mr Smith said.[/font][/size][/color]

Greens seek economic stimulus for states

Posted Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

THE Australian Greens have called for the $12 billion spent on the diesel fuel rebate to be channelled into an economic stimulus package. Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt said the economies of Victoria, South Australia and NSW had been hit by the closure or impending closure of manufacturers, like car makers.

Vic had good hearing from PM: Napthine

Posted Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

ROAD, rail and rail freight projects are the priority in talks with the federal government on infrastructure projects, following the end of the car industry, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says. Dr Napthine says he received a good hearing in his meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday and the fact four federal ministers were present shows his commonwealth colleagues are concerned about Victorian jobs. Toyota announced on Monday it would shut its Victorian car and engine-making facilities by late 2017, shedding about 2500 direct jobs and impacting on thousands more jobs in the auto sector supply chain.

Father calls for rail safety action after drunken louts threaten daughter on train

Posted Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

A Bateau Bay father-of-five is calling for safer trains after his daughter was surrounded and threatened by three men as she travelled to work. Emma Gregory, 20 was subjected to the terrifying ordeal on her early-morning commute to Sydney to her part time job just after 5am on Sunday. The second-year University of NSW medical science student had boarded the quiet carriage on the 5.08am train at Gosford Station when she said she was approached by the three male passengers. One of the group made obscene suggestions and then demanded money from Ms Gregory. “He smelled of alcohol and had dried vomit on his face. He started making comments about me,’’ Ms Gregory said.

Atlas adamant it can link port, rail

Posted Thursday, 13 February, 2014 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

Atlas Iron has given the clearest indication yet that access to a Pilbara rail network would be won by trading off its space at Port Hedland. In a speech which puts him on a collision course with the State Government, managing director Ken Brinsden told an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia breakfast yesterday that Atlas' allocation at Port Hedland's inner harbour was the tool that would unlock plans to expand through a rail deal.

South East Light Rail link ‘could be a health hazard’ to cancer treatment equipment

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by newsbot in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]HIGH-TECH cancer treatment equipment at the Prince of Wales Hospital will be severely affected by noise and vibrations from the South East Light Rail link, health authorities fear.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Construction, and passing trams once the project is built, could disrupt ultra-sensitive linear accelerators which use high-energy X-rays to destroy tumours.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Three accelerators, placed underground, are being installed at a new $76 million cancer treatment centre at the PoW in Randwick.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]In its written submission to the state government’s light rail environmental impact statement (EIS), the government’s Health Infrastructure (HI) agency also said a proposed construction site would encroach on hospital land and “make hospital operations during the construction period impossible”.[/font][/size][/color]

Save Our Rail party would wield clout

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]IT'S no surprise that Save Our Rail now has political ambitions. At a meeting in Sydney between the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian, and Save Our Rail members, which I attended, it was clear they have reached an impasse.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The Save Our Rail campaigners have fought against the truncation of the heavy rail line into Newcastle station for more than a decade.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Member for Newcastle Tim Owen has argued his election gave him a mandate to cut the rail line. On one view that is correct.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]However, it can equally be said that other Hunter MPs who secured a more resounding victory at the election and who are opposed to the truncation of the rail line, equally have a mandate to oppose the truncation, particularly when the O'Farrell government is saying the revitalisation of Newcastle is good for the entire Hunter.[/font][/size][/color]

Light at the end of the tunnel for inland rail?

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by newsbot in Rail News

[color=#000000][font=Arial, Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Inland Rail Implementation Group met with business leaders in Toowoomba to discuss the project, which would see a dedicated rail freight line from Melbourne to Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane.[/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Arial, Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, sans-serif]Chairman John Anderson says "it's the first field visit I've taken as the Chairman of the Group. The first thing is to select the route. The second thing is to organise priorities."[/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Arial, Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, sans-serif]"Australia has the sixth largest rail task in the world. But our rail tracks vary from the world's best to some that still need to be brought into the modern age.[/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Arial, Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, sans-serif]"From the range crossing to port connectors to missing pieces in the middle of NSW, we need to work out where the logical places to start are," Anderson says.[/font][/color]

Questions around economic benefits of rail development

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]An economist from the Australia Institute says the North Galilee Basin Rail Project isn't in the best interests of Queensland, economically or environmentally.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The 300-kilometre rail line will connect the proposed Carmichael Coal mine and rail project, west of Moranbah, to the port of Abbot Point.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Public submissions on the $2.2 billion project's environmental impact statement closed earlier this week.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Economist Rod Campbell says the economic benefits of the rail line and related mining and port projects aren't great enough to offset huge environmental impacts.[/font][/size]

Floods and storm chaos in England as rail, road travel hit by ‘almost unparalleled natural crisis’

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][font=LiberationSerifBold, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]FLOODED communities in Britain have faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds, with hundreds more homes threatened by the advancing waters.[/font][/font][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=LiberationSerifRegular, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Road and rail links have been severely disrupted, and areas reliant on tourism are already worrying that wthey will miss out on vital trade during the upcoming school half-term break.[/font][/size][/color]

Myki 'main cause of complaints' to public transport watchdog

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Public Transport Ombudsman has received more than 8000 complaints in two years - with many about the myki ticketing system. ''Over the past two years, cases have remained at the highest level since the PTO began operations in 2004. Myki continued to be the main cause of inquiries and complaints, making up 33 per cent of case receipt in July to December 2013,'' the Public Transport Ombudsman's latest newsletter said. There were 1935 complaints to the ombudsman from July to December last year, including 637 related to myki, 352 about Metro and 104 about Yarra Trams.

Rain falling in Adelaide causes widespread flooding and commuter chaos

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b]THE 75.2mm of rain that fell on Adelaide in the 24 hours to 9am has caused traffic chaos — and heralded our wettest day in 45 years.[/b][/font][/size][/color]

NSW light rail shortlist announced

Posted Friday, 14 February, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#1b2024][size=2][font=HelveticaNeue-55-Roman, Helvetica, Arial, 'times new roman', serif]Three international consortia are in the running to build and run two Sydney light rail networks.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#1b2024][size=2][font=HelveticaNeue-55-Roman, Helvetica, Arial, 'times new roman', serif]The light rail project, set to start construction this year, will link Circular Quay and Central station with the SCG and Randwick Racecourse.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#1b2024][size=2][font=HelveticaNeue-55-Roman, Helvetica, Arial, 'times new roman', serif]The shortlisted bidders are SydneyConnect (Serco, John Holland and Plenary Group), iLinQ (Keolis Downer, Balfour Beatty, McConnell Dowell, Bombardier and Macquarie Capital) and Connecting Sydney (Transdev, Alstom Transport Australia and Capella Capital).[/font][/size][/color]

Mulder defends rail investment

Posted Saturday, 15 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]VICTORIAN Transport Minister Terry Mulder has defended the government’s record on maintaining the Mildura-Melbourne rail freight line.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The line is expected to be closed until Friday after a train derailment – the second in six months – at Emu, about 53km north of Maryborough, which occured on Wednesday.[/font][/size][/color]

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/2/2014.

Posted Sunday, 16 February, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 115 sightings for this week; this is the same number of sightings as last week. On day 46 last year we had recorded 752 sightings. This is 48 sightings more that at the same time last year.

High speed rail project shelved by planning board

Posted Sunday, 16 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government's much hyped high speed rail corridor project has been scrapped by the state planning board from the list of mega projects in the state. The state has already transferred Rs 17 crore to the DMRC for preparing the detailed project report.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#3f3f3f][size=2][font=georgia]According to sources, the DMRC is yet to submit the detailed project report that was supposed to be submitted before December 31. The planning board took out the project from the list of mega projects and subsequently the matter found no mention in the state budget for this year. This was replaced with the sub-urban rail corridor project, which the government found would be more suitable and viable for the state.[/font][/size][/color]

Man blocks NSW rail line for 3 hours

Posted Sunday, 16 February, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]A MAN'S car has blocked a railway line in NSW's Hunter Valley for three hours after he veered off the road and drove off a six-metre embankment.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The man and his female passenger found themselves stuck on the Northern Railway Line at Martins Creek just after midnight (AEDT) on Saturday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The 32-year-old man had allegedly failed to negotiate a sharp bend and had veered off the road.[/font][/size][/color]

V/LINE advocate to 'get rid of all the flak'

Posted Sunday, 16 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A DISABILITY advocate chosen to represent Wodonga on a V/Line customer group would like to “get rid of all the flak” surrounding the passenger train operator.[/font][/size][/color]

A fare cop: state loses $120m every year to passengers who don't pay

Posted Sunday, 16 February, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

Public transport fare evaders cost NSW about $120 million a year, according to the first detailed survey of Sydney's bus, rail and ferry passengers. The survey of almost 70,000 people found more than one in 10 on public transport in Sydney dodged fares - a much higher percentage than previously thought.

Government challenges costings in Labor's transport blueprint

Posted Sunday, 16 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Napthine government has claimed Labor's transport blueprint would rip a deep hole in the budget, revealing the metro rail link is expected to cost as much as $11.6 billion. In an attempt to redirect the blowtorch back at Labor over financial management, Treasurer Michael O'Brien has warned that Opposition Leader Daniel Andrew's transport promises are under-funded by nearly $19 billion.

Napthine rail plans are facing an overhaul

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[b]THE nation’s biggest urban rail infrastructure project is facing radical surgery as the Napthine government fights an electoral backlash over its stalled public transport agenda.[/b] The Australian can reveal that the government is examining sweeping changes to the $9 billion Metro Rail capacity project plans, including extending it to a new growth corridor in Melbourne’s inner west. The government has modelled several new options for delivering the inner-city rail-tunnel project within a reasonable budget, that could have it removing at least one of the stations from the original project.

Boy stabbed at Broadmeadows train station

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

A 14-year-old boy has been stabbed in a brazen daylight attack at a busy train station in Melbourne's north. Police believe the teenager was at the Broadmeadows train station about 3.20pm last Tuesday when he was stabbed in the leg, leaving him with serious injuries. He is being treated at the Royal Children's Hospital.

Sydney workers rail against gridlock

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]THE message from Sydney to Barry O’Farrell is blunt — the city is falling apart.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]From Penrith to Palm Beach, from Bondi to Baulkham Hills, Sydneysiders are fed up with the lack of vision from their political leaders, saying the city is buckling under the weight of neglect and is in danger of losing its world-class status.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A secret report to the federal government, shown exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, has revealed widespread and uniform frustration from commuters at ageing infrastructure, crippling congestion and the decay of the road and public transport networks.[/font][/size][/color]

Rail line job cuts `shattering'

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Aurizon

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]FEDERAL Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has labelled Aurizon job cuts on the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line   a ``shattering blow for rural Queensland''.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] ``These communities need these jobs  and this economic boost to alive,'' Mr Katter said.[/font][/size][/color]

Swanston Street rip-up for Melbourne Metro rail akin to Berlin Wall: Napthine

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Tearing up Swanston Street for at least two years to build the Melbourne Metro rail project would divide Melbourne worse than the Berlin Wall, Premier Denis Napthine says. Dr Napthine on Monday confirmed reports that the state government was looking at [url= docs/Melbourne-Metro/Metro-Rail-Capacity-Project-alignment.pdf]alternative options for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel[/url]. It had originally been planned to run from Kensington to Parkville, continue under Swanston Street with two CBD stations, then to the Domain Interchange and join at South Yarra station. The Premier said the government was still committed to building a rail project to increase capacity on the state's passenger and freight rail networks. "We have a lot of options on the table, the original Metro rail capacity poroject had raised some challenges, particularly the proposal in that project of having Swanston Street closed for two years plus, and completely dug up," he said.

Asian Development Bank report finds Cambodian rail repair project has left thousands of families worse off

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A scathing report into the Asian Development Bank has found a $143 million project to repair Cambodia's rail system has left hundreds of impoverished families worse off.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Over the decades it took for Cambodia's rail system to fall into disrepair thousands of people moved into ramshackle housing along its 600 or so kilometre length.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]They are described by the ADB's internal watchdog, the Compliance Review Panel as poor but extremely industrious people, working hard to make a living.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A project to repair the railroad, which was partly funded by AusAID, forced the relocation of more than 3,000 of them.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]David Pred, Managing Director of Inclusive Development International filed a complaint on behalf of the affected families which resulted in the Panel's 17 month investigation.[/font][/size]

ICAC to probe ex-RailCorp manager Joseph Camilleri and his sister Carmen Attard over $1.5m loan allegations

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

A New South Wales corruption inquiry is underway into allegations a former Sydney railway manager and his sister solicited loans worth more than $1.5 million. The Independent Commission Against Corruption's investigation is probing allegations of improper conduct by former RailCorp employee Joseph Camilleri and his sister Carmen Attard. Mr Camilleri was in charge of maintenance contracts for the rail agency while his sister, Ms Attard, worked for the state's Department of Family and Community Services. Both are accused of using their positions to corruptly solicit money from public officials and government contractors from early 2012.

Eight dead in Pakistan train bombing

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by 9034 in International Rail News

[b]A BOMB placed by an ethnic separatist group has derailed a train in southwest Pakistan, killing eight people, including three children.[/b] A further 20 people were wounded by the blast on Sunday in Kashmor district. The bombing caused several train cars to run off the track, said police official Mohammad Azeem. Kashmor is in Sindh province but adjoins insurgency-hit Baluchistan. One of several ethnic Baluch separatist groups operating in the resource-rich province, the Baluch Republican Army, claimed responsibility. Al-Qaeda-linked militants also have a presence there.

Shire seeks Premier's help to save rail depot jobs

Posted Monday, 17 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[b]A north Queensland mayor is calling on Premier Campbell Newman to stop a planned closure of a rail depot which could cut 80 jobs in the region.[/b] Aurizon plans to close its Charters Towers depot and reduce staff at Townsville, Hughenden, Cloncurry and Mount Isa. Flinders Mayor Greg Jones says there are about 12 Aurizon jobs in Hughenden at risk and losing them would be devastating. "We're going to get onto the Premier's Department on Monday," he said.

Record coal exports to China boost Aurizon's forecast

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by bevans in Aurizon

Aurizon chief executive Lance Hockridge signalled cost cutting by mining customers was paying off as the rail operator hauled record amounts of coal in the first half of the year and raised 2014 forecasts. The weakening Australian dollar and extensive cost cutting by key customers like the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance had improved local miners' competitiveness as they sold coal to China, Mr Hockridge said. ''Our Australian customers are very focused on retaining, indeed improving, their market share of the available demand, and that's all about a cost and efficiency game,'' he said. Aurizon has benefited from the higher exports, with the group's coal haulage volumes rising 13 per cent to 109.7 million tonnes in the six months to December.

Rail link shift might close Russell Street, not Swanston, for two years

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

The alignment of the Melbourne Metro rail link could be shifted one block east to Russell Street to avoid the nightmare scenario of shutting down Swanston Street for two or more years. Fairfax Media understands that influential voices within Public Transport Victoria are arguing that the disruption caused by building the multibillion-dollar rail link between South Kensington and South Yarra could be much reduced if Russell Street was dug up and shut down instead of Swanston Street. "There are some parties [within PTV] who have expressed the view that the alignment should go up Russell Street," a source who is close to the project said.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to transform railway bridge with Immersery pop-up

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#666666][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Not many new restaurants can expect 80,000 diners in their first three weeks, but the Immersery Festival Kitchen Bar and Raingarden, now taking shape on a disused railway bridge and a floating barge in the Yarra River, is no ordinary eatery.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#666666][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Seven of Victoria's top chefs will take turns in the kitchen, dishing up dumplings and share plates created especially for the festival, and 22 bartenders will be pouring cocktails in one-night-only collaborations.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#666666][size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Welcome to the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's signature site, the Immersery Festival Kitchen Bar and Raingarden.[/font][/size][/color]

Pacific National introduces new generation of safety messages

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by newsbot in Asciano

New initiatives, especially within large organisations such as [url=]Pacific National[/url], are usually driven by top-down actions.  Within this structure, what is the role of a Health and Safety representative and what was your drive to putting together the ‘Home Safely Everyday’ video?

Thieves target Murraylands' rail yard

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

Piggeries, waste depots and rail yards have been targeted in the Murraylands recently with several major robberies taking place.

Damage caused to TasRail train at Roseberry

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tasmanian Rail News

Rosebery Police have investigated the report of a TasRail tamper and ballast regulator being damaged while passing through the town on 6 February 2014.

No money for Martins Creek rail level crossing

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Dungog Council agrees an upgrade of the Martins Creek rail level crossing is urgently needed for the safety of road users, but says it cannot provide $500,000 towards the work.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Councillors will tonight discuss a report from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) regarding the rail level crossing work that will include the installation of boom gates.[/font][/size]

V/Line customer reference group to consider north-east issues

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A new V/Line customer reference group will meet for the first time next week to discuss the Melbourne to Albury passenger train service.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Transport Minister Terry Mulder has selected six representatives from locations including Albury, Violet Town and Seymour to share their views on public transport.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]V/Line spokesman Colin Tyrus says a former public transport official, John McMillan, has been appointed as the group's chairman.[/font][/size]

Major airport expansion to link Orlando to Miami by rail

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

Millions of dollars in funding are coming to the [url=]Orlando International Airport[/url] as part of a new rail project. Gov. Rick Scott and other dignitaries announced Monday the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority requested $213 million to be used towards an Intermodal Transportation Hub at the airport. It’s part of a larger picture of [url=]All Aboard Florida[/url], which would eventually take passengers from Orlando to Miami via train. It’s something Scott said is definitely needed. “We had 94.7 million tourists last year – record numbers,” Scott said. “Hopefully we will have 100 million this year.  We are spending your tax dollars to get more people and this will do it.”

Melbourne's most accident-prone tram stop is in Ascot Vale

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

Ascot Vale may well lay claim to having Melbourne's unluckiest tram stop. At least 14 cars have crashed into stop 30's guard rail and buffer on route 57 outside Flemington Racecourse on Epsom Road since 2008. Rail enthusiast and nearby resident [url=]Marcus Wong[/url] has documented seven of these accidents since 2012 on his blog [url=]Waking up in Geelong[/url]. "Every so often I'm heading to work past the stop and I'd noticed a piece of the fence missing or a car still stuck there after crashing into it," Mr Wong said.

Opal card to be extended to western Sydney

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

Western Sydney train commuters will be able to use the state's new electronic ticket within weeks, as the NSW government continues to roll out the system across public transport.

Asciano and Port Botany - An Update

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by newsbot in Asciano

Asciano Limited (ASX: AIO) (Asciano) today announces that it has been informed by the supplier of the AutoStradTM equipment for the Port Botany redevelopment project, that the majority of the AutoStradTM equipment manufactured for the project has sustained some damage during  transportation by sea to Australia from Europe, due to a significant storm encountered by the carrier enroute. The full extent of the damage is currently unknown and will be assessed by the supplier over the next few weeks following unloading in Brisbane.

Sydney Rail commuters to blame for mess

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

BROKEN glass, rubbish, strewn newspapers, the stench of urine and even a syringe disposal unit — this is the first impression visitors have of St Marys when they alight from the Queen Street side of the station. The Star has echoed resident Patricia Guy's calls for the community to clean up its act after seeing the problem for ourselves last week. Bins were only metres away from most of the litter and rubbish-filled garden beds at the station looked as though they hadn't been cleaned for weeks. "What if a small child fell over in the broken glass?" Mrs Guy said.

Bill’s on V/Line Traill

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A MORE reliable and quicker train service are the priorities for a Border rail supporter selected as a member of a V/Line consumer committee.[/font][/size][/color]

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

Posted Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

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. 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. 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. The NSW government has also opted for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for the new line that will have one of the bidders awarded a deal for the Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) component of the line in the second half of 2014.

Doco maker on the hunt for Melbourne’s Outer Circle Rail Line memories

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by bevans in Railway Stories

A GHOST of Victoria’s railway past will be brought back to life in a new documentary inspired by personal memories of a bygone era. Historian Ron Killeen and colleague Andrew McColm are producing a film tribute to the Outer Circle Rail Line, a now defunct railway that ran through Kew, Deepdene, Camberwell, Ashburton and Malvern East. It closed in 1943 due to a lack of traffic, but remnants of the railway can still be seen today as linear parks and urban forests. The Alamein Line is the sole surviving section of the original route. Mr Killeen said the researchers wanted photographs or personal anecdotes from people who could remember the railway in its heyday. “There are lots of wonderful personal insights into the rail line.

Hoping to return to a 60-minute rail journey

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

I WAS disheartened to read in The Courier on February 17 an opinion piece titled "Stark reality of Ballarat train times". I have been a Ballarat commuter for over seven years now after moving to Ballarat with the promise of a near-on 60-minute ride to work in Melbourne. I was extremely satisfied with the 64-minute journey presented at the time, having moved from outer-eastern Melbourne where my rail commute was well over 65 minutes then a further 30 minute bus ride to get exactly 54km from Melbourne's CBD.

Maine railway’s new owner plans to add jobs, regain lost rail traffic

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

The company in the process of buying Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway plans to hire more people and regain business the railroad lost after last summer’s disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, although it is unclear whether the company will return to transporting oil. The Central Maine and Quebec Railway, which is a subsidiary of New York investment firm Fortress Investment Group, made the revelations in documents filed on Feb. 14 with the federal Surface Transportation Board as part of the regulatory process to buy a railroad. Fortress [url=

New Seaford rail service from Sunday: Ready, regular, but no express services

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

After months of delays the Seaford rail line will open this Sunday, with an unusual twist to new timetables - peak hour services will offer no express services in preference to more frequent trains stopping at all stations.

Shifting Melbourne Metro rail tunnel west a 'catastrophe'

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

he proposed Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will still deliver passengers into the city centre, despite the Napthine government's recent decision to scrap plans to tunnel beneath Swanston Street. It was revealed this week that the government is considering realigning the $9-11 billion rail tunnel so that it runs through Fishermans Bend south-west of the CBD, radically rewriting the script for Victoria's biggest public transport project. Melbourne's lord mayor Robert Doyle said shifting Melbourne Metro west would be a "100-year catastrophe for the city" and urged the state government to recommit to the route that was originally proposed. "The Berlin Wall was a 30-year mistake but not building Metro One in the original way it was designed would be a 100-year catastrophe for our city," Cr Doyle told Jon Faine on 774 ABC on Wednesday.

Gold Coast light rail system involved in another traffic incident

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]THE Gold Coast’s new light rail system has been trialled for over two months but it appears motorists are still coming to grips with the new addition to their streets.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Another car came to grief with one of the trams at the corner of Queen St and Mick Veivers Way, Southport, just after 3pm today.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A white vehicle struck and “bounced off” the tram, according to Gold Coast resident Anthony Sherratt who posted a picture to Facebook.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The car was dented and the tram’s forward window was smashed, while the female driver was treated on the scene for sore ribs. No one else was injured.[/font][/size][/color]

Germany's Frankfurt-London high-speed rail link put on ice

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

[url=]Germany[/url]'s Deutsche Bahn has put on hold its high-speed Frankfurt-London rail project after delivery delays on Siemens' ICE trains and will focus now on routes to Brussels and Paris, a top manager at the state-owned firm said. Deutsche Bahn had hoped to open the route last year and said the 640 km (400 mile) journey would take five hours, but late in 2012 it put back that deadline to 2016 when its 500-million-euro (410 million pounds) order for 16 trains was delayed.

Inland rail to drive new opportunities in rural sector

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]THE significance of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project and its potential impact on the rural sector was in focus at Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise's workshop.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Agriculture and agribusiness representatives from Toowoomba and around the region joined Port of Brisbane CEO Russell Smith and John Anderson, chair of the implementation group put together to drive the project forward, at the event held in Toowoomba.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The outcome orientated workshop gave an update on the progress of phase one of the project to-date and sought industry feedback regarding the opportunities and challenges for rail to support the future needs of industry.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The project is set to deliver a rail line which will create a new future for freight movement in Australia's eastern states, from Melbourne to the Port of Brisbane through New South Wales.[/font][/size][/color]

Call for metropolitan rail tunnel as a jobs solution

Posted Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

The federal and state governments are being urged to provide funding for a metro rail tunnel to improve public transport services and boost employment in the wake of Toyota’s decision to close its Altona factory in 2017. Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) chief executive Emma King said that by investing in services and infrastructure, governments could ensure that communities hit by job losses weathered the current crisis and began to build a strong economic future.

End of line for rail jobs

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]TOWNS along the Flinders rail corridor fear recent job losses along the line could signal the end of the rail community in North West.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Cloncurry Mayor Andrew Daniels said two jobs were lost in Cloncurry during cuts made by Aurizon, the privatised arm of Queensland Rail National, and warned that if something wasn't done soon to address competition on the line, more jobs would go.[/font][/size][/color]

Dawlish rail line may not reopen before 'mid-April'

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif][b]Further damage to the railway line in Dawlish means it will not be repaired until mid-April, Network Rail has said.[/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif]It had originally hoped to complete the repairs by the middle of March but the line suffered more damage on Friday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif]Exeter Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said the delay was "another serious blow" to the South West economy.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif]Network Rail said it was "conscious of the importance" of the line which connects Cornwall and most of Devon to the rest of the UK.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=Arial, Helmet, Freesans, sans-serif]The line was wrecked at Dawlish by an earlier storm at the beginning of February.[/font][/size][/color]

Queensland Rail job search costs wildly off-track after Newman Government overrules board decision

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

FILLING the top job at Queensland Rail will cost taxpayers more than $300,000 after the Government overruled the board’s original choice, only to have their pick leave after six months. Figures provided to The Courier-Mail show last year’s global search to fill the $500,000 vacancy cost $209,155. A shortlist was drawn up by the Queensland Rail board, but the State Government insisted former chairman Glen Dawe be given the job, even though he was listed at No.4. He took up the position in August then stood down in January for personal reasons.

V/Line trains not the only ones arriving late

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE’S new customer reference group got off to a slow start yesterday, arriving more than an hour late to meet with passengers and community members at Benalla railway station. A big agenda and a flowing discussion at the group’s inaugural meeting was blamed for the tardiness of the six North East representatives who had met for the first time earlier that morning. The committee had been set up in response to community concerns about the North East line, which has been plagued by track problems in recent years.

Cargo Train Derails in New Milford

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by bevans in International Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif]Authorities are investigating after a cargo train derailed along the Housatonic River in New Milford around noon on Wednesday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif]Police said the train’s front engine came off the tracks and traveled 10 feet to the right before coming to a halt.[/font][/size][/color]

Residents fear losing homes to rail line

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[b]Residents in a small north Queensland community say they are worried a rail line for a major coal project will see them lose their homes.[/b] The State Government has released details of the temporary State Development Area for the Galilee Basin project, stretching from Alpha, through to Abbot Point near Bowen. Residents in Merinda and Euri Creek have received letters in the past month saying their homes are in the proposed area. Resident Paul Hunt says there is a feeling of uncertainty in the community. "Some of the people that I've spoken to are in fear that they're not going to get the money that their properties are valued at," he said.

Is Napthine about to stuff up Melbourne’s Metro?

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

It looks depressingly like the Victorian Government might be about to compromise the first major new electrified rail line in Melbourne in 40 years by addressing the wrong problem. It’s hard to fathom what’s going through the political brain of Victoria’s Premier, Denis Napthine. On the one hand he’s desperate to improve the Government’s credibility on public transport matters before the election due on 29 November this year. He’s already said publicly that the Government, like the Opposition, is committed to building the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel. Following a spate of headline firm closures in recent weeks, he’s equally desperate to show his Government has a plan for creating new jobs and stimulating economic activity.

Adelaide’s H-Type trams won’t be brought back into service despite a successful trial

Posted Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE state’s much-loved heritage red rattler trams will not return to the Glenelg to City route, despite a successful trial last year. The State Government last week ruled out operating a regular weekend service of its two H-Type trams. Thousands of people flocked to use the free [url=]Glenelg to Hindmarsh heritage trams service every Sunday[/url] during a trial last August.

BNSF to take bids to buy up to 5,000 safer oil rail cars

Posted Friday, 21 February, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Garuda, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]BNSF Railway Co. plans to buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest industry standards, the company, a unit of investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said on Thursday.[/font][/size][/color]

Historic rail line stalls development

Posted Friday, 21 February, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

THE former Morpeth railway line is at the centre of an inquiry into whether a development application in Morpeth can be approved.  Maitland City Council is searching for the path the rail line took along the river bank between 1862 and 1953 to determine whether a proposed two-storey office and shop-top living development on Swan Street near Queens Wharf Road would be built over it.

Not a state MP in sight, but Doncaster rail advocates have their debate anyway

Posted Friday, 21 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]MANNINGHAM residents went head-to-head in fierce debate over Melbourne’s eastern transport network at last night’s Doncaster Rail Community Forum, despite being snubbed by their State Government MPs.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]About 100 people filled the room at Manningham Function Centre, Doncaster to voice concerns and hear from Monash University public transport expert Professor Graham Currie and Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) president Tony Morton.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Professor Currie, who advised the Athens Olympic Committee and London Olympic Committee, said Melbourne’s existing train signalling and infrastructure was old and inadequate.[/font][/size][/color]

Governments oppose privately-funded rail freight bypass of Sydney

Posted Friday, 21 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Rail News

A privately-funded rail freight bypass of outer western Sydney is opposed by the NSW and Australian governments. Operating between Glenfield and Newcastle, the bypass line is commercially viable when used for railing containers between a container terminal at Newcastle and an intermodal terminal at Eastern Creek. Container trucks would be removed from Sydney’s roads. But both governments oppose a container terminal at Newcastle. A condition of the lease to the Port of Newcastle currently being sold by the NSW Government is that there will be no container terminal. A bypass line would remove the need to increase Sydney’s rail freight capacity, which is adequate until 2028. The Australian Government is considering a $4 billion request from the NSW Government to fund the capacity increase. The best economic use of Sydney’s limited rail infrastructure is more passengers, not more freight.

Alarm on Forestville rail crossing lowered after residents’ complaints

Posted Friday, 21 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

NOISE from a pedestrian alarm at a Forestville railway crossing has been lowered after residents’ complaints. More than 100 residents signed a petition asking the State Government to reduce the volume of an alarm at the Victoria St rail crossing. Sheralie Alekna, who lives about 30m from the crossing, said the alarm was unbearably loud. “The horrible screeching noise from it is worse than what we hear from road crossing,” Mrs Alekna said. “It’s the pitch of it that makes it so bad. “If they could turn the volume down so I can’t hear it from my house, that would be acceptable. “You only need to hear the bells when you’re in its vicinity.”

Freight trains may make their way through inner suburbs

Posted Friday, 21 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Freight trains could one day rumble through the heart of Brunswick and Coburg as part of a future expansion of Victoria's freight rail network. The Linking Melbourne Authority has revealed plans to build two extra railway tracks through Melbourne's north, directly alongside the Upfield railway line, which has in recent years experienced an apartment boom. The new tracks are planned to run directly to the west of the existing Upfield line, which runs to Campbellfield and passes through North Melbourne, Royal Park, Brunswick, Coburg and Fawkner. Several apartment buildings have gone up in recent years on land next to the railway line, and more housing is planned near stations including Jewell and Batman. It's not known how many railway properties along the railway line would have to be bought, as reserve exists on many stretches along the line.

John Snell: Devoted steam man salvaged UK's rail heritage

Posted Saturday, 22 February, 2014 by waynes in Rail Events

John Snell was a pioneer of railway preservation, firing the first train on the reborn Talyllyn Railway in 1951 and running the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch for 27 years. He was a mentor to many as vice-chairman of the Heritage Railway Association and also an accomplished railway photographer and author. Snell's passion for steam was born when, as a 15-year-old schoolboy, he visited the Talyllyn, a North Welsh narrow-gauge line that had been left out of the nationalised British Railways and was on its last legs.

Trams move further south as light rail tests continue

Posted Saturday, 22 February, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The consortium operating the Gold Coast light rail is continuing testing along the network in the lead-up to the start of passenger services later this year.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The CEO of GoldLinQ, Phil Mumford, says trams are gradually moving further south.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]He says they should reach Broadbeach towards the end of next month.[/font][/size]

Melbourne City Council to debate rail tunnel funding

Posted Saturday, 22 February, 2014 by waynes in Victorian Rail News

[b]BUSINESSES, local councils, universities and other organisations would help fund Melbourne’s $11 billion rail tunnel project under a proposal being seriously pushed around town.[/b] The issue will be debated by the city council next week and lobby group the Committee for Melbourne is strongly supportive. City of Melbourne environment portfolio chairman Cr Arron Wood said that people were frustrated by lack of funding for the Metro Rail Capacity project and action was needed. “This is a grand vision for our city and it will create much-needed construction jobs,” he said. “With all the bad employment news around at the moment, I think most Melburnians and Victorians would be saying, let’s get on with this.”

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/2/2014.

Posted Sunday, 23 February, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 116 sightings for this week; this is one sighting more than last week. On day 53 last year we had recorded 871 sightings. This is 45 sightings more that at the same time last year.

Rail biking his ticket to see the world

Posted Sunday, 23 February, 2014 by bevans in Railway Stories

He can recall in vivid detail his adventures on bicycles adapted to glide stealthily along deserted railways, including his final ride on Aug. 8, 2012. It was along the Payette River north of Boise, and Dick Smart was scouting for a group outing that was to include fellow rail bike enthusiasts from Sweden. “We waded like little kids in the river,” he said. The plans came to a sudden halt the following day when Smart suffered a seizure back home in Coeur d’Alene. The retired dentist soon would learn he had a brain tumor, and his attention turned to the battle to survive.

Meeting to decide on city’s light rail route

Posted Monday, 24 February, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

IT appears increasingly likely that a light rail system in Newcastle’s city centre will run down Hunter Street, leaving the old heavy-rail corridor for pedestrian paths and cycleways.

Invest in road and rail for a stronger economy

Posted Monday, 24 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

The growing list of manufacturing operations closing down in Australia is understandably fuelling widespread concern about the future of the economy. Following the recent high-profile decisions by Alcoa, Toyota, Ford and Holden to quit, many are asking where jobs might be generated in coming years. One of the most important elements of economics is also one of the most intangible - confidence. Without it, people are less inclined to invest, spend and employ. So, lest too many become unduly morose about our nation's prospects, The Age would like to put the situation in perspective

Consortium apointed for Canberra light rail project

Posted Monday, 24 February, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A consortium of nine engineering, infrastructure and design firms will provide technical advice to the ACT government for the Capital Metro light rail project. Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell will announce on Monday the successful tender for design, construction, operation and maintenance work, awarded to a consortium led by international design and engineering firm Arup.

Sydney rail staff grab alleged attacker

Posted Monday, 24 February, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

A man accused of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a railway station in Sydney's west was chased by staff and held until police arrived. Police say at about 1.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday the girl was walking up the stairs at Liverpool train station when a 35-year-old man allegedly indecently assaulted her.

Liberal Party deputy leader Vickie Chapman won’t reveal transport plans ahead of State Election

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

THE Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party has suggested it will not make any transport infrastructure announcements ahead of next month’s election. Deputy Leader and transport spokeswoman Vickie Chapman yesterday dodged questions about how much money her party would commit to public transport projects. She said her party’s key promise was to deliver a “safe, clean, reliable” system but would not detail how this would be achieved. She would not say if the Liberals would make any public transport infrastructure pledges between now and March 15, how much money the party might allocate or if it would match any of the Labor government’s promises, including electrification of rail lines.

Heritage rail plan building up steam

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tasmanian Rail News

HERITAGE trains could be running from Hobart’s waterfront to the northern suburbs, under a promise by Labor. Sustainable Transport Minister Craig Farrell and Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said yesterday the Government had committed $50,000 before they went into caretaker mode for the Tasmanian Transport Museum to develop a plan for heritage operators to use the railways track earmarked for the northern suburbs light rail, while the Riverline proposal waits to get off the ground.

ARTC Rail boss quizzed on dust

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

A REVIEW of a controversial study into coal train dust will be released this week, the Environment Protection Authority said yesterday. The review, by Professor Louise Ryan from the University of Technology, Sydney, was ordered by the EPA after concerns were raised about the original study by the Australian Rail Track Corporation. The corporation’s chief executive, John Fullerton, was questioned on coal train dust yesterday by a Senate standing committee on rural and regional affairs and transport. Committee member Senator Lee Rhiannon asked Mr Fullerton why the coal industry didn’t simply put covers on coal wagons if it wanted to ‘‘allay community concerns’’.

Albanese: “public transport is the low-hanging fruit”

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Rail News

[color=#333333][size=2][font=Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Guest writer Anthony Albanese says Melbourne Metro, Brisbane Cross-River Rail, Perth Airport rail link and Adelaide’s Tonsley Park public transport project all warrant funding from the Commonwealth[/font][/size][/color]

ARTC to investigate incorporating Queensland into the national rail network

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by newsbot in Rail News

The Federal Abbott Coalition Government and Queensland’s Newman Government have agreed to investigate incorporating Queensland into the national rail network. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson today met with the Federal Government’s Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in Canberra to kickstart an investigation into expanding the ARTC’s 8500km national network.

WICET rail line work closes the loop for coal transport

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by newsbot in Aurizon

THE final section of railway line comprising the Wiggins Island Balloon Loop has been laid as part of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal rail receival area. The 13km rail balloon loop is being been constructed by Aurizon to facilitate trains transporting coal to the project.

Downpour keeps outback rail line closed

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Queensland Rail (QR) says it will be the end of the week before the rail line to the state's central western region is open.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Massive rain and localised flooding around Alpha and Jericho cut the line last Thursday and there is still water over the tracks in some locations.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]QR's Martin Ryan says freight services have been cancelled and alternate arrangements put in place for both passengers and freight.[/font][/size]

Community to be consulted on light rail

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

Hunter residents are being asked to have their say on options for Newcastle's proposed light rail system. Urban Growth New South Wales will begin its community consultation this week with a series of forums in Newcastle and Maitland. The process will begin on Thursday with industry and business leaders, and from next month they will seek community input.

Top Gear star James May on his marks for the start of £5m steam locomotive project in Darlington

Posted Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

Top Gear presenter James May was in Darlington last week to manufacture the first component in the latest multi-million pound steam engine to be assembled in the town. Andy Walker went along to meet him. SELF-CONFESSED steam locomotive enthusiast James May is no stranger to a lathe and a pair of safety goggles. The TV presenter turned up at Darlington Locomotive Works on Thursday (February 20) and set about creating what will doubtless become a piece of railway history. Watched by engineers and enthusiasts, he produced the first piece of Prince of Wales, which will be the most powerful steam engine on Britain’s railways when it is completed in seven years at an estimated cost of £5m.

CFMEU organiser in trespass arrest at Regional Rail Link project

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by 9034 in Victorian Rail News

[b]A CFMEU organiser was arrested this morning for allegedly trespassing on the Regional Rail Link project. [/b] The Herald Sun understands that Joe Myles was taken away in a police van at 11am. It is claimed he had turned up on the site, which has mainly Australian Workers’ Union members, to make a complaint. Police were called when he allegedly refused to leave.

Central Petroleum awarded 25-year production licence for the Surprise Oil field in Central Australia.

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by 9034 in Northern Territory Rail News

[b]THE first Territory onshore oil licence has been granted in 32 years. [/b] Central Petroleum has been awarded the 25-year production licence for the Surprise Oil field in Central Australia. The deal has been estimated to create about 20 jobs, mostly local to the Kintore area, 461km west of Alice Springs. The 30ha Surprise site will be ready to produce by mid-March and it is expected to produce 400 barrels of oil a day for 300 days a year.

Newport rail museum will reopen next month

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[b]THIEVES, termites and graffiti vandals have hampered efforts to reopen Newport’s rail museum[/b] But volunteers have overcome obstacles to announce the museum will reopen after a four-year shutdown on March 29. The Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic) museum was forced to closed in ­February 2010 for essential maintenance after a VicTrack study found there were minor safety hazards at the Champion Rd site. Society vice-president Ian Jenkin said a working bee would be held on Saturday, March 15, and volunteer guides trained before the reopening.

Aurizon orders lockout in rail freight pay row

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by newsbot in Aurizon

[b]THE nation’s largest rail freight operator will lock NSW Hunter Valley train drivers out of their workplaces for 40 hours in response to strike action by the workers.[/b] In an escalation of a long-running bargaining dispute, Aurizon said that the drivers would be locked out from midday tomorrow to 4am on Saturday after the Rail, Tram and Bus Union refused to call off a strike yesterday. About 200 drivers embarked on a 24-hour strike yesterday and a further 24-hour stoppage was planned for tomorrow after the union rejected Aurizon’s offer of a 12 per cent pay rise over three years as well as a $2000 sign-on bonus. The union originally sought a 25 per cent pay rise over three years but has modified its claim. It is also seeking a reduction in hours from 42 to 38 hours a week. The company is offering a cut to 40 hours.

Dulwich Hill light rail extension to open in March, says Gladys Berejiklian

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

The tram extension to Dulwich Hill should open in March, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has said, as long as no problems emerge during track testing. But commuters using the new service may have to wait for service frequencies to increase, as the government awaits the delivery of another 10 trams in the next 18 months. Ms Berejiklian announced on Wednesday major construction of the nine new light rail stops between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill was now completed, and the tracks and infrastructure were ready. The only thing left to do is test the vehicles, on what will be the first major piece of public transport infrastructure opened under the O'Farrell government.

Heat on Napthine government to deliver Metro rail link

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne City Council is turning up the heat on the Napthine government to deliver the proposed Metro rail link, as councillors bristle over plans to reroute the tunnel around the CBD. On Tuesday night the council voted to help find a way to fund the planned $9-11 billion project, even if it meant asking the community and businesses to chip in some cash. Recent statements by Premier Denis Napthine have angered councillors, including the Premier's claims the need to close Swanston Street for two years to build the tunnel would divide Melbourne ''worse than the Berlin Wall''. The comments have been widely interpreted as the government distancing itself from the project. It has been since been revealed the government is considering aligning the tunnel through Fishermans Bend, bypassing the CBD.

Facebook site with photos of semi-naked women posing at Bald Hills railway station resurrected

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]A CONTROVERSIAL Facebook page featuring scantily clad models posing with rail infrastructure has been resurrected by its author even though he may face charges by police.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Photographer Mark Hollywood said he took down the page Bald Hills Train Station Photography after being contacted by police yesterday, who advised him the pictures were in breach of Queensland Rail safety regulations.[/font][/size][/color]

Union says hands off regional rail freight network

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) is calling on the State Government to stop talks about a possible takeover of Queensland's regional rail freight network. Transport Minister Scott Emerson has announced the Commonwealth-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is investigating whether Queensland should be incorporated into the national network. ETU spokesman Jason Young says he is concerned it is a step towards privatisation.

Asciano merges rail units as growth slows

Posted Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 by newsbot in Asciano

ANNOUNCING financial and operating results for the first half of its 2013-2014 financial year, Australian rail and port operator Asciano, the parent company of the PN Coal and PN Rail freight businesses, says it will undertake a major restructuring and reintegration of these two divisions from July 1. While the PN Coal division continued to show strong growth during the first half, this was offset by the performance of PN Rail, which has suffered from persistent weak demand in the domestic economy and the volatility of agricultural traffic.

Queensland’s rail sale plan may save millions

Posted Thursday, 27 February, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]QUEENSLAND’S rail freight network may be off-loaded to the Commonwealth in a move that could save the state more than $100 million a year in maintenance.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Transport Minister Scott Emerson on Tuesday joined his federal counterpart Warren Truss in Canberra to announce the Australian Rail Track Corporation would look at including Queensland in the national network.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Currently only 94km of track is managed by the ARTC following a deal done by the former state government.[/font][/size][/color]

Metro rail tunnel plan will include Melbourne airport link

Posted Thursday, 27 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The long-demanded rail link to Melbourne airport will be included in an expanded Metro rail tunnel plan that Premier Denis Napthine has promised will begin this decade. Speaking at a Property Council lunch in Melbourne on Wednesday, Dr Napthine said: ''Let me absolutely assure you, our government is committed to a rail capacity project, to enhance rail capacity through the centre of Melbourne, to boost rail capacity on the Dandenong line and the Gippsland line. We need it, it is essential.

Work start urged as rail talkfest rolls on, poll

Posted Thursday, 27 February, 2014 by newsbot in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE state government has been urged to kickstart urban renewal in inner Newcastle using the original $120million it promised more than a year ago to truncate the heavy rail, while it decides on a light rail route.[/font][/size][/color]

Pilbara rail plan makes sense: Curtis

Posted Thursday, 27 February, 2014 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

Nick Curtis has waved away any suggestion he's come too late to the Pilbara iron ore party, saying iron ore economics still make "unbelievable sense" and are strong enough to support his $2.2 billion upstart bid to build a new port and rail network in the Central Pilbara. Mr Curtis, the architect of the rise of Lynas and Sino Gold, wants to turn Rutila Resources - capitalised at $16.1 million at yesterday's close - into the Pilbara's next big infrastructure player.

NSW government set to pocket $1m a week from airport rail link

Posted Thursday, 27 February, 2014 by newsbot in Cityrail News

Within six months the state government will be making $1 million a week out of expensive train fares to Sydney Airport, but it continues to insist fares should not be lowered. A parliamentary committee is scheduled to report in coming days on proposals to lower the cost of catching a train to Sydney Airport. An ''access fee'' charged by the private operators of the stations adds $12.60 to the cost of an adult train ticket to the airport.

New Northgate rail hub to ship grain, oil from SK to U.S

Posted Friday, 28 February, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

Earlier this week Premier Brad Wall hinted that a possible answer to the ongoing issues with the rail back log would be to ship grain south to the U.S. In fact construction is well underway on the Northgate Commodity Logistics Hub in southeastern Saskatchewan which could ready to meet that demand within the year. Michael Detlefsen is the President and CEO of Ceres Ag Corp which broke ground on the $90 million rail terminal last summer. “We looked at the growing grain production, the growing potash production and the growing oil production in Saskatchewan and thought that the existing railway logistics system wasn’t going to be sufficient as the province grew,” he said.

Rail Tram and Bus Union urges public to oppose infrastructure sell-off

Posted Friday, 28 February, 2014 by newsbot in Cityrail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]REVELATIONS that the NSW Government will pocket $1 million a week out of fares on the private rail link to Sydney Airport is another example why the travelling public should oppose transport infrastructure outsourcing, the Rail Tram and Bus Union warned today.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Union state secretary Alex Claassens said the $12.60 “access fee” charged by the line’s private operators, which is added to the cost of a ticket, is evidence of the high cost of privatisation.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Airport Link Company has a revenue sharing agreement with the government which allows it to receive $4 million a month from the access fees.[/font][/size][/color]

Renowned explorer Matthew Flinders is lying in the path of London rail link — and could be exhumed

Posted Friday, 28 February, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

[b]THE skeleton of the man who gave Australia its name and was the first to circumnavigate the continent could be exhumed by rail workers on a new high-speed rail link from London to the Midlands.[/b] Rail bosses have expressed fear they may accidentally unearth the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders and hundreds of others as they prepare to build new facilities at the busy Euston Station in London’s north. News Corp has learnt Network Rail bosses have held “high level talks” to discuss what action would have to be taken if and when the Australian hero is found. The operators of Britain’s rail network yesterday declined to comment on the outcome of those meetings.

1950s diesel engine visit planned for Albury rail celebration

Posted Friday, 28 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

RAILWAY enthusiast and Albury councillor Ross Jackson hopes to bring a 1950s diesel rail motor to Albury to restore for the proposed Albury Rail Heritage Centre.

Rutila and Flinders Mines to build iron ore port and rail line in Pilbara

Posted Friday, 28 February, 2014 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

A new port and rail project would be built at the heart of Australia's iron ore industry under an ambitious plan for the Pilbara being hatched by former Lynas boss Nick Curtis. Shares in Mr Curtis' low-profile iron ore venture Rutila Resources soared 30 per cent on Thursday after it announced the port and rail joint venture with ASX-listed Flinders Mines and private New Zealand company Todd Minerals. The $3.3 billion plan would see a port built halfway between Port Hedland and Rio Tinto's port at Cape Lambert, close to where Rutila hopes to develop a magnetite project. The port would be connected to Flinders' stranded iron ore project by a 200-kilometre railway, in a link that would end Flinders' long search for a transport infrastructure partner.

White Night 'could be sabotaged' by public transport, claims Public Transport Users Association

Posted Friday, 28 February, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

White Night could become a victim of its own success, sabotaged by inadequate overnight public transport, a peak lobby group claims. The Public Transport Users Association has called for a doubling of public transport on White Night, saying it brought more than 500,0000 into the city — nearly as many people as a morning peak or New Year’s Eve.

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