Posted in Aurizon on 2015-02-16 17:15:06
Posted in Cityrail News on 2015-02-11 21:25:35
A RENEWED campaign against plans to remove Newcastle’s heavy rail will be launched on Wednesday evening, in an effort to increase pressure on the government about the issue before the state election.
But the Hunter Concerned Citizens group says it won’t stand for politicking at its first meeting or others to be held before the March 28 poll.
‘‘We don’t want people bringing along Greens or Labor signs ... we want people to make up their own minds on how they vote but to find out about their preferred candidate’s policy on the rail before they do,’’ campaign spokesman David Blyth said.
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-02-11 19:51:05
Millions of Tube commuters face major disruption after train drivers today voted for strike action in protest over a colleague sacked for allegedly failing an alcohol breath test just before going on duty.
Tube bosses said lives could have been put in danger had he been allowed to take out his Northern line train. The RMT union disputes the test results.
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-02-11 19:49:32
FREIGHT trains are returning to the Port of Sunderland after a gap of more than two decades.
Network Rail has invested £600,000 to reinstate the line, and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin was there to see the first ceremonial use of the track by a DBS locomotive on 5 February.
He said: "As part of the government’s long term economic plan, we are investing record amounts in improving road and rail connections so that ports like Sunderland can realise their full potential and contribute to regional growth.
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-02-11 19:49:06
FIVE horses were killed early today by two trains at Dinton, between Darlington and Middlesborough.
Both trains were being operated by Northern Rail. Nobody on board was hurt, but neither train could continue without safety checks and so their passengers were transferred to buses. The line is open again now, and an investigation is under way into how the horses came to be there.
Posted in Cityrail News on 2015-02-10 17:49:58
CIVIC station could be demolished to make way for apartments and open space and Newcastle station converted to host markets, with new buildings nearby, under plans the government is considering for the city’s rail corridor land.
Planning Minister Pru Goward will visit on Friday to launch the government’s sales pitch for some development to go ahead near the stations as a trade-off for new public spaces and activity centres.
Posted in Yarra Trams on 2015-02-10 17:41:04
As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are proposing to construct a new accessible tram stop on Flinders Street at Russell Street.
Flinders Street is one of Melbourne's busiest tram corridors and a key route for passengers travelling to Melbourne's sport and entertainment precinct.
Posted in Yarra Trams on 2015-02-10 17:40:42
Yarra Trams delivered 83.73 per cent of trams on time, with a service delivery of 99.15 in January 2015.
While service delivery improved by 1.64 percentage points compared to the same period last year, we recorded a 0.55 percentage point decrease in punctuality.
Major events across the network in January affected services, including the closure of the intersection of Flinders and Spencer streets during the construction of the new platform stop at Batman Park, as part of the Premium Line 96 project.
We also operated to a summer timetable in January, that reflects changes to traffic conditions at this time of year.
Posted in Letters to the Editor on 2015-02-10 17:10:16
You can see an aerial view of this CSX freight passing over double diamonds!
This is a terrific action video from a birds eye view of the this CSX Q507 freight passing throughDeshler, Ohio.
More and more railfans are taking advantage of this new technology!
While the jury is still out whether or not they give the true experience of being next to a moving train, they give us a fascinating perspective of the trains that really was not available until now. We all look forward to more of these kind of videos!
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-02-10 17:10:06
Less than a month after a BC Supreme Court judge ruled the City of Vancouver has no claim to the Arbutus rail corridor, CP Rail has announced it will resume clearing it.
In a statement issued Sunday, CP Rail said brush clearing will resume Tuesday at West 70th Avenue and continue northward.
The railway says it expects the work to take about four weeks. After that it says it will proceed with any necessary track-related upgrades.
Before putting trains on the track, CP says it will ensure the appropriate regulatory approvals are in place.
Posted in New South Wales Rail News on 2015-02-10 17:06:45
A Sydney project compared to New York's famous High Line will not be ready for the grand opening of Frank Gehry's first Australian building after becoming mired in delays.
The Goods Line, a former freight railway track being converted into a pedestrian and cycling connection linking Darling Harbour and Central, was expected to open alongside the UTS business school designed by the renowned architect.
But the official unveiling of the university's Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will go ahead on Monday with most of the adjoining Goods Line yet to be finished, after the state government project missed the anticipated deadline.
Posted in Western Australian Rail News on 2015-01-30 18:37:49
Western Australia’s A$2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link has progressed to the expressions of interest (EoI) stage, with industry invited to lodge tenders for the design and construction of the project.
Transport minister Dean Nalder said the EoI period will close on March 12.
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-01-30 17:57:48
Workers on the £15billion Crossrail project have made their latest breakthrough after tunnelling under the City of London with a 1,000 tonne drill.
The colossal machine, named Elizabeth after the Queen, has broke into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station.
The breakthrough - 40 metres below the financial district - symbolises light at the end of the tunnel for the project which is around 60 per cent complete.
Elizabeth now has 750m to bore to reach the end of the line as part of Crossrail's longest tunnelling drive of 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon and is expected to be finished in the spring.
Posted in Cityrail News on 2015-01-23 23:40:57
Sydney commuters who found themselves stuck in Monday morning's bus chaos may have a new hero in British IT worker Tom Burridge.
The project manager raked in £1090 ($2064) for having been delayed more than 60 times over a year for his 50-minute commute.
He cheekily arranged his vouchers into a collage before lodging his claim.
Some United Kingdom train operators run a "delay repay" scheme designed to compensate commuters for delayed journeys. Typically a 30-minute delay will entitle a person to 50 per cent of the fare, and a delay over an hour 100 per cent.
Posted in New South Wales Rail News on 2015-01-23 13:21:30
Following a competitive tender, Sydney Trains has selected Voestalpine VAE Railway Systems to buy its Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre track component and rail welding plant.
‘A 2012 review of the BRFC found it to be a solid business that would benefit from the innovation and technology of private sector expertise to fully realise its growth potential’, said Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins on December 16. ‘Having a company of this calibre bring its international experience to the BFRC is a win for those who are employed at the facility, as well as for the region and for Sydney Trains.’ BRFC has 51 staff and generated revenue of €34m in 2013.
Posted in Railway Stories on 2015-01-22 16:20:15
It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?
The world famous but beleaguered tourist attraction has faced countless trials and tribulations since operations were disrupted for regulatory upgrades in June 2012.
The closure was meant to be maintained until safety issues identified by the Independent Transport Safety Regular were addressed. But mother nature had different ideas.
Floods, fires, and multiple insurance claims later, is there now light at the end of the tunnel?
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-01-22 16:12:20
The Cabinet Committee for Economic Policy has backed plans for the Finnish rail industry to stop using the current GSM-R network and switch over to VIRVE, a TETRA encrypted communications system launched in 2002 and used by the government, emergency services and military.
According to the Ministry of Transport & Communications, the current GSM-R network known as RAILI is due for replacement by the end of 2018. Interference from commercial networks has caused problems in the use of GSM-R telephones, while the GSM-R network weakens mobile reception on trains.
Posted in International Rail News on 2015-01-22 16:12:02
A series of meetings between Thai and Chinese government officials on January 20-21 is expected to pave the way for construction of Thailand’s planned 1 435 mm gauge main lines to begin by September.
Speaking in Bangkok on January 18, Thai Transport Minister Prajin Juntong set out a provisional timescale for construction of two conventional standard gauge lines totalling 873 route-km. The first of four civil works packages would be implemented from September with a view to the project being completed by March 2018.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2015-01-13 23:52:26
AFTER announcing last April that Ballarat commuters would receive free Wi-Fi on V/Line trains, the government is still conducting an analysis of potential solutions.
When The Courier asked when commuters would be able to use the service no timeframe was given.
“The government is investigating options to improve voice and data services for passengers travelling on the regional rail commuter lines through improved mobile coverage and potentially in-carriage Wi-Fi,” Victorian government spokesman Paul Robinson said.
Posted in Press Releases on 2015-01-13 19:57:42
On Track Models is pleased to announce our next Victorian model will be the Sprinter Railcar.
22 Sprinter Railcars were introduced into traffic between December 1993 and June 1995.
Cars 7001 - 7017 were introduced in the PTC Teal & Sunflower colour scheme, while cars 7018 - 7022 were released in the V/Line Red & Blue scheme.
Eventually all of the 22 cars were repainted to the V/Line Red & Blue scheme.
Sprinter 7019 was written off after an unfortunate incident in 1996.
Posted in Cityrail News on 2014-12-30 17:21:54
The New South Wales Transport Minister says her government is making hard decisions by removing heavy rail into Newcastle, and could have easily sat on its hands and done nothing.
The government is appealing against a Supreme Court injunction, granted on Christmas Eve, to stop the removal of the city's rail infrastructure.
But the Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that has not prevented the stopping of trains into the city, as well as the removal of two rail level crossings, and work on creating five new pedestrian crossings to link the city to the waterfront.
Posted in Cityrail News on 2014-12-30 13:14:46
WE LIVE in a cynical world. Companies tell us that they “put the customer first” and that “they really care” but thpppffft, who actually believes that?
But every now and then, you meet a special person who really does care. This is the story of one such man. His name is Steven Kalinski.
Steven, 43, is the “customer service attendant” at Banksia Station, a small, neat train station in Sydney’s south. (Translated into English, which is the language Steven prefers over bureaucratic doublespeak, that means he’s the guy who mans the train station office and ticket window.)
Posted in Cityrail News on 2014-12-27 18:30:44
The Save Our Rail protest group said it was chaotic. The state government, represented by the acting chief executive of NSW TrainLink, Kieron Ritchard, admitted to a handful of minor "teething problems".
Either way, trains stopped running to Newcastle on Friday, with crowds starting and finishing their rail journeys at Broadmeadow as the state government's plans to "truncate" the Newcastle branch line at Wickham began to take effect.
Posted in International Rail News on 2014-12-24 21:01:54
CAMBODIA: Australian logistics group Toll has divested its 55% stake in the Toll Royal Railway joint venture to its local partner Royal Group with effect from December 19.
Toll Royal Railway took over the dilapidated metre-gauge network in 2009 under a 30-year concession. The Asian Development Bank and Australian development agency AusAID have provided financial support for rehabilitation, and the 264 km Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville Southern line now carries containers, fuel, coal and cement. However there have been delays to the infrastructure upgrading programme, and disputes about compensating people affected by the railway rehabilitation.
Posted in Cityrail News on 2014-12-24 20:42:05
Sydney train delays have continued into the night after a man fell from a platform at a city station and became trapped.
Police say the man, aged in his 50s, had a medical episode and fell onto the tracks at Wynyard.
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