Showing stories from March 2014

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Part of Metro light rail closed in downtown Phoenix after fatal shooting

Posted Wednesday, 19 March, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[color=#444444][size=2][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The Metro light rail line is shut down heading eastbound in downtown Phoenix after police shot and killed a carjacking suspect near 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#444444][size=2][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The light rail station at 1st Avenue and Washington Street is closed as police investigate the carjacking, police pursuit and shooting near the Cityscape development downtown. A police official said the station would be closed for several hours.[/font][/size][/color]

Dubai Tram: No mobiles, headphones nearby

Posted Wednesday, 19 March, 2014 by waynes in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]Do not use headphones or mobile phones in the area where Dubai Tram could pass.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]This was one of the messages sent out by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) during the ongoing Gulf Traffic week, when several authorities are organising safety related events.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]At first, the warning message may sound a bit surprising. After all, we are used to listening to whatever we like to when roaming or driving in a public area.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]However, it is all for the benefit of road users’ safety, said RTA.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#222222][size=2][font=Arial, sans-serif]"Did you know that Dubai Tram cares about your safety on the road?" tweeted the authority on Monday.[/font][/size][/color]

Green shoots for rail promise positive year ahead

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

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) CEO John Fullerton today said rail has its best ever opportunity to succeed on the corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and following new business wins in 2013 is expecting further growth in 2014. Fullerton said the Company would be targeting the competitive grocery, FMCG, bulk and retail sectors as the main areas for attracting containerised freight on the back of a 30 per cent reliability improvement along this North South corridor in 2013. “Over the last five years more than $3 billion in new infrastructure investment has been pumped into freight rail lines between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,” Mr Fullerton said. “It really is time for ARTC to capitalise on that investment and capture greater market share of the intermodal market.” In addition to the new rail infrastructure, Fullerton said freight owners will also be benefitting from an advanced rail fleet with above rail operators investing in and operating new locomotives and high productivity wagon designs along the North South corridor.

'Absolutely idiotic': police investigate train-jumping teen

Posted Thursday, 20 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police are investigating an incident in which a teenage boy was filmed jumping from a moving train for a prank and then bragged about it on Facebook hours later. Metro and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union have condemned the boy’s reckless act, saying it endangered other passengers as well as himself and distressed Metro staff. The boy, 17, was filmed by friends jumping onto the platform at Watergardens station while the train was still moving at about 40 km/h. He immediately lost his feet and crashed to the ground, narrowly avoiding hitting his head on the platform.

How well do you know Melbourne’s rails? Take our quiz to find out

Posted Thursday, 20 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]DO you find yourself predicting every stop on the way home?[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Do you make a point of reminding friends that there are also North and West Richmond stations?[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Do you know that places such as Keon Park, Merlynston, Aircraft and Collingwood actually have train stations?[/font][/size][/color]

Rail trail group off the tracks

Posted Thursday, 20 March, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[ltr]It’s sad that some people are saying TOOT (Trains On Our Tracks) are not supporting a rail trail. This could not be further from the truth.[/ltr] [ltr]TOOT has been supporting a Rail Trail beside the tracks, with a light rail commuter service. I live 3kms from the Mullum train station, so I’d love to be able to ride my bike to the station and jump on a train.[/ltr] [ltr]While some rail trail supporters are saying they are not ‘anti-trains’, one look at the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Group and Casino Murwillumbah Rail Trail Supporters Group Facebook pages paints a very different story indeed.[/ltr] [ltr]There are people who are anti-train for their own agendas. The creators of these pages are removing all comments that are pro-train, and not answering our questions about their intentions. This is creating tension and preventing a community discussion on the issue.[/ltr]

Opal active on Illawarra and East Hills rail lines from March 28

Posted Thursday, 20 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Rail commuters will be able to use the Opal card to travel on the Illawarra and East Hills rail lines from Friday, March 28.[/font][/size][/color]

South China rail line to boost economic cooperation with ASEAN

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

[color=#353434][size=3][font=Georgia, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Nanning – Wuzhou railway, a section of a south China’s high speed rail line, has been put into trial on March 19, 2014. This line will start operation on April 5.[/font][/size][/color]

Inland Rail Going Round In Circles

Posted Thursday, 20 March, 2014 by Trainplanner in Press Releases

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Calibri]As proposals for a Melbourne to Brisbane freight railcorridor creep back into the headlines once again, an interesting article has appeared in the newsletter of the Railway Technical Society of Australia’s (RTSA) Sydney chapter suggesting that all is not quite so clear cut when it comes to selecting the optimum route for the railway, Mark Carter writes.[/font][/size][/color] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Calibri]Behind the recent headlines has been the establishment latelast year by the Federal Government of an Inland Rail implementation group led by former transport minister John Anderson.[/font][/color][/size] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Calibri]According to deputy prime minister Warren Truss, the group’sfirst priority will be to finally settle the alignment and reserve land for the route. [/font][/color][/size]

Man jailed for racist bus tirade in Melbourne

Posted Thursday, 20 March, 2014 by bevans in Other Transport News

The tirade was unrelenting, misogynist, sexist, racist, and it sent a man to jail. As French tourist Fanny Desaintjores sat on a Melbourne bus singing with her friends in her native tongue in November 2012, David Robert Mathew Graham told her to "speak English or die" before unleashing a frightening, expletive-filled rant. He threatened to cut Ms Desaintjores' breasts off with a filleting knife, telling her he was a chef and he knew what he was doing. Graham also delivered a series of sexually degrading comments to her. Hayden Stirling Stewart, 26, joined in the attack, and also threatened to cut the French woman.

Dennington's old rail line wasted, say residents

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

FRUSTRATED Dennington residents say the town’s old railway line is growing weeds and gathering rubbish instead of being used as a walking and cycling route.

Sydney light rail extension to open soon

Posted Friday, 21 March, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][size=4][font=arial]Light rail services between central Sydney and Dulwich Hill in the inner west will begin next week, with services running every 10 minutes during peak times.[/font][/size][/color]

Re-opening of Tonsley rail line is delayed again, for the second time in two months

Posted Friday, 21 March, 2014 by JimYarin in South Australian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]THE reopening of the Tonsley rail line – which has been closed since February 2012 – has been delayed for the second time in as many months.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The line has been closed for so long that some students at the new $120 million Tonsley Park TAFE campus told the [i]Guardian Messenger [/i]they weren’t even aware there was a train set to service the site.[/font][/size][/color]

Metro Trains under fire over lift breakdown at Coolaroo Railway Station

Posted Saturday, 22 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]AN ELDERLY commuter has labelled Metro Trains “slack” for taking almost a month to fix a broken lift at Coolaroo Railway Station.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mill Park man Colin Henwood visits the station each weekend, using an elevator to get from one platform to another.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]When the lift broke on February 19, the 82-year-old was forced to climb almost 50 steps to a footbridge to change platforms.[/font][/size][/color]

Opal card smart ticketing system to work on all Sydney trains by end of month

Posted Saturday, 22 March, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Sydney's smart ticketing system for public transport, the Opal card, will work at every train station across the city by the end of the month.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]By April 4 it will also be extended to the South Coast and Southern Highland lines.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Blue Mountains and Hunter lines also need to be added to the network, before work starts to have all Sydney Buses services accepting the card by the end of the year.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Opal is already operating on all ferries, across much of Sydney's rail network and for trains up to the central coast.[/font][/size]

Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension to Open on 27 March

Posted Sunday, 23 March, 2014 by Alfred3333 in Tram and Light Rail News

Sydney's newest light rail extension will deliver turn up and go and reliable transport options through the a part of the Inner West which originally heavily relied on buses only. This is the first completion of a major transport project under Barry O'Farrell.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/3/2014

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

There were 128 sightings for this week; this is ten sightings less than last week making a total of 1413 sightings for this year to date On day 81 last year we had recorded 1349 sightings. This is 64 sightings more that at the same time last year.

Rail to raise options

Posted Sunday, 23 March, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

GRAIN farmers won’t be the only ones reaping the rewards of the proposed inland rail, with regional communities set to be hubs for warehousing and logistics. The $4.5 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Railway would see at least three regional hubs developed, depending on the route taken. In the State’s north, Moree is almost certain to have its own stop on the line, with the council looking to develop an intermodal terminal.

Rail Revival Alliance - Newstead Rally

Posted Sunday, 23 March, 2014 by newsbot in Press Releases

The campaign to restore the Bendigo – Castlemaine –Maryborough – Ballarat – Geelong rail link and the increasing the number of passenger services to Maryborough moves up a notch with the second of a number of rallies to be arranged this year in [url=]key locations[/url].

Int’l tenders to be invited for rail upgrades

Posted Monday, 24 March, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

[justify][color=#444444][font=Georgia][b]Myanmar government plans to invite international tenders to bid for railway upgrade projects including the Yangon-Mandalay railway line, said a ministry official at the recent Myanmar Infrastructure Summit.[/b][/font][/color][/justify] [justify][color=#444444][font=Georgia]“Foreign investments are required for our projects. In terms of international aid, JICA [Japan International Cooperation Agency] has contributed the largest. Nevertheless, we will put out [our projects] to international tenders. It’s not true that we will just give them to Japan,” said Kyaw Kyaw Myo, assistant general manager at the Ministry of Rail Transportation.[/font][/color][/justify]

Rail trail option could help boost local tourism

Posted Monday, 24 March, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A rail trail between Dubbo and Molong could be just the sort of attraction that would boost tourism for the region, according to Dubbo Mayor Mathew Dickerson.[/font][/size][/color][color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Cr Dickerson will be at Parliament House in Sydney next Wednesday where the group Rail Trails for NSW will be having its official launch.[/font][/size][/color]

Greens track commuters on light rail plan

Posted Monday, 24 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]REGIONAL residents will suffer most if the state government’s plan for light rail in Newcastle goes ahead, Greens transport spokeswoman Dr Mehreen Faruqi said yesterday.[/font][/size][/color]

Railroad to Nowhere: 10 Haunting Abandoned Railway Lines

Posted Monday, 24 March, 2014 by bevans in Railway Stories

Despite being little more than strips of rusty metal laid atop rotting wooden sleepers, there’s something strangely romantic about abandoned railway lines – especially when the tracks are still in situ.  Whether it’s their proud industrial history or the lonely sight of their rails disappearing into the undergrowth, these 10 abandoned railroad lines to nowhere have a haunting appeal.

Rail car shortage has strangulation hold on barley marketing

Posted Monday, 24 March, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

The vast backlog of rail cars has forced those grain handlers dealing in malting barley contracts to focus on moving their contracted bushels, and as a result pretty much suspended any open market malting barley action. “We are 1,700 cars behind on rail cars,” said Kayla Burkhart, a grain broker for Sun Prairie Grain in Minot, N.D. “We are concentrating so much on getting our contracted malt barley moved that we aren’t buying any open market barley at this time. Prices have been pretty stagnant, even with the slight upturn in the other grains. It’s been pretty quiet on the malt barley front.” Many of the elevators have turned to trucks to ship contracted malting barley, but aren’t able to move the volume needed to clean out the 2013 crop in an orderly fashion.

Napier-Gisborne railway back on track?

Posted Monday, 24 March, 2014 by JimYarin in New Zealand Rail News

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is considering investing more than $5 million to help reopen the Napier-Gisborne railway. The possibility is revealed in the Draft Annual Plan which will be put to the council on Wednesday before being released for public consultation. Submissions close on May 12. The proposal to lease the line if it is reopened by KiwiRail and to then run a rail freight service comes from the Napier Gisborne Rail Establishment Group (NGR), which estimates $10.7 million will be needed to finance capital and operating budgets, including $5.3 million to buy rolling stock, $2.4 million for working capital and a $3 million disaster contingency reserve.

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