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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.

“You have asked me to tell you ‘where’s my stuff’ as it relates to the short line railroad industry,” Baker said.

Yesterday, Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) shared the short line story with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during a hearing entitled “Where’s My Stuff?: Examining the Economic, Environmental, and Societal Impacts of Freight Transportation”.

The worst thing about the tube last week, as it returned to

work, was not the obvious stuff. Not the closure of the Piccadilly

line along the section that for much of the week entombed the

undiscovered dead.

Wellington Railway Station turned 75 today.

Passengers were greeted with band music and an early morning tea of cake and muffins to mark the occasion between 7am and 8.30am.

When the Wellington Railway Station opened in 1937, it was New Zealand's largest building and one of the first seismic proofed structures in the country.

It is now New Zealand's busiest railway station, with more than 40,000 people passing through on a weekday.

In the building's first year, 7,600 people passed through the station daily.

The building was designed by W. Gray Young from Wellington architectua; firm Gray Young, Morton & Young. The firm had recently finished designing several signficant Victoria University buildings including the Stout Building (1930) and Weir House (1930).

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