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ACT

102 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Man hit by Canberra light rail vehicle left in serious condition after witness saw 'body flying through the air'

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after he was hit by a light rail vehicle in Canberra, bringing some services to a halt, on the opening day of a light rail safety week campaign.

Public transport bodies call for increased penalties for assault on staff

Key bodies representing Australian public transport operators and employees are seeking increases in penalties for assaulting public transport staff so that the penalties are equal to the assault of emergency personnel.

Canberra light rail construction was 'reckless', non-compliant and in danger of flooding, explosion

Just months before the first stage of Canberra's light rail was due to open, the Government was delivered a grim conclusion by the electrical certifier: "most of the Canberra Metro site" was non-compliant.

City to Commonwealth Park light rail to be wire-free

There will be more wire-free running and up to 10 new bridges, including the crossing of Parkes Way and Lake Burley Griffin between the City and Woden as part of the light rail Stage 2 project, according to documents lodged with the Commonwealth by the ACT Government.

Canberra light rail: Car crashes into tram in Gungahlin

A car and a tram have crashed on Canberra's light rail network, causing delays across the network, Transport Canberra says.

Africa

185 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
First Tunis RFR trains revealed

Tunisian National Railways (SNTF) awarded Hyundai Rotem a Dinars 416m ($US 147m) contract in October 2018 to supply 28 of the four-car trains.

Côte d'Ivoire – Burkina Faso railway upgrade agreement

A bilateral agreement for the modernisation of the Abidjan – Ouagadougou – Kaya route and the construction of an extension to manganese deposits at Tambao near the borders of Niger and Mali was signed by the presents of Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso at  the Eight Summit Conference of the Treaty of Friendship & Co-operation on July 31.

Appenzeller Bahnen to Ouagadougou

Société de Transport Ivoiro-Burkinabe has acquired rolling stock formerly used by Appenzeller Bahnen in Switzerland.

Coast-to-coast cruise train crosses Africa

On August 2 a passenger train set out on the return leg of a coast-to-coast trip across Africa.

Official Map: Addis Ababa Light Rail, Ethiopia, 2019

A fairly bare bones effort, probably located at the Lem Hotel station as it gets called out with a “You Are Here” red dot and is also named on the map itself.

Arabian Rail News

117 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Saudi Railway Company signs digital transformation MoU with Huawei

The MoU was signed by SAR CEO, Dr Bashar Al Malik, and Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia CEO, Mr Dennis Zhang.

Cairo awards contract to supply and operation of two monorail lines in Egypt

On 5th August 2019, National Authority for Tunnels has signed an agreement with a consortium of Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction PLC and Arab Contractors in Cairo to design and build two new monorail lines in Egypt.

Plans for Iran – Azerbaijan line move forward

During the meeting on August 3, different modes of cooperation, financing and the required equipment were discussed.

Hyundai Rotem wins Cairo metro train contract

The contract was signed on August 7, during a meeting between al-Wazir, South Korean ambassador, Mr Yoon Yuechul, and a delegation of Hyundai Rotem headed by vice chairman, Mr Yoon Yeocheol.

Contract signed to construct Cairo monorails

The consortium, which was named as preferred bidder in May, will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of both lines for 30 years.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

The threat of court sanction would be enough to ensure the new owner of a key east coast freight facility did not exploit its powerful position to the detriment of competitors, the judge behind a landmark case has said.

Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Asian Rail News

1778 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Tender floated for setting up of new metro train depot of Kolkata Metro

The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), on  behalf of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, invites tenders for setting up of metro train depot at Kavi Subhas in connection with New Garia-Airport Metro Project of Kolkata Metro Rail project.

Madhya Pradesh signs MoU with Centre for Bhopal & Indore metro projects

To boost the speed of urban transportation infrastructure, an memorandum of undertaking (MoU) signed in New Delhi on Monday between Government of India, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation for Bhopal & Indore Metro Rail Project.

ADB finances Sri Lanka railway modernisation programme

The Asian Development Bank has approved its first loan to Sri Lanka’s railway sector, providing US$160m towards the US$192m Railway Efficiency Improvement Project.

KEC International bags two infra orders for RRTS and Kochi Metro projects

Mumbai based global infratstructure company KEC International Ltd.

Uttarakhand Metro project scrapped after spending over Rs.5 crores

In the year 2017, Doon saw a beautiful dream of metro rail in the hilly area and to fulfill that dream the state government had immediately formed the Uttarakhand Metro Rail Corporation (UkMRC).

Aurizon

229 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Loram to acquire Aurizon’s rail grinding business

Loram Maintenance of Way has agreed to purchase Aurizon’s rail grinding business, along with its contracts to serve four customers.

Down, down: rail freight operator Aurizon reports falls in profits and earnings

Australian bulk rail freight operator Aurizon (ASX: AZJ), which owns one of the world’s largest coal rail networks, reported a 15 percent decline in full year profits.

Loram Australian Subsidiary Acquiring Aurizon Grinding Assets

“Loram’s continued global expansion as a respected leader in railway maintenance contract service operations is based on the principle that technology is global and service is local,” said Loram President and CEO Phil Homan.

Loram acquires Aurizon’s Australian rail grinding business

The acquisition will add four new customers to Loram’s business, including all main line and turnout grinding for the Aurizon network.

Profit down for rail freight operator Aurizon, buyback announced

Rail freight operator Aurizon will undertake a share buyback of up to $300 million to reward investors, despite a 13 per cent slide in its statutory net profit, to $473 million.

Australian High Speed Rail

7 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Too good to be true? Australia's high-speed rail dream leaves a bitter taste

A would-be developer’s vision involves building eight cities between Melbourne and Sydney.

In-Depth Focus: High-Speed Rail

Though it is tempting to see setbacks in the development of high-speed rail around the world, Torkel Patterson – Vice- Chairman of the International High Speed Rail Association (IHRA) – believes we are entering a golden age of high-speed rail.

Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

Governments are looking to fast rail services to regional cities to relieve population pressures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Opening of Sydney’s new airport could put back high-speed rail by ‘decades’

It’s nothing much right now, but this land outside Sydney is due to undergo a transformation that could set back high-speed rail for 40 years.

Bus Transport News

341 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Timetable Tuesday #35: To the lake on the 673

On Fridays we talk about the Useful Network - that is routes with destinations and service good enough to meet a wide variety of peoples' travel needs.

India to procure 5595 Electric Buses under FAME-II scheme for 64 cities

The Department of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises under Government of India has accorded its approval for procurement of 5595 Electric Buses to 64 Cities under phase II of FAME India scheme.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network: Part 15 - La Trobe University Bundoora better buses

A recent Age report highlights the lack of public transport access to La Trobe University, Bundoora.

Timetable Tuesday #34: Somerset and back on the 538

One of Melbourne's shortest and least changed bus routes is the 538.

BMTC to hire a private transport management consultant

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will hire a private management consultant to change its bus services and will take some reforms such as strategic reforms in institutional, operations and management and financial performance.

Canada

400 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Canada invests over $100 million in rail-related infrastructure projects

Federal agency Transport Canada and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau have made a string of rail-related infrastructure funding announcements in recent weeks.

Canadian government funds rail capacity works

The government has announced C$12·4m of funding for two projects designed to enhance rail freight capacity, reduce bottlenecks and increase competition by offering shippers access to two railways.

2 short rail lines in Saskatchewan slated for upgrades

A railway association is applauding a move by the federal government to fund improvements to two short line railways in Saskatchewan.

UPDATED: Two freight train accidents during early hours of Aug. 12

Part of a BNSF freight train was knocked off the tracks north of Madras, Ore.

CSX and Canadian National to form new intermodal service

Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and eastern U.

Cityrail News

708 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Sydney Metro repairs spark delays hours after glitch halted trains

Commuters along the Sydney Metro route are facing evening delays, hours after a communications glitch halted trains on the line to the city's north-west suburbs for two hours on Tuesday morning.

Sydney Metro train services cancelled for two hours after 'communications issue'

Commuters using the Sydney Metro have been urged to delay their trip or use alternative transport for the second Tuesday morning in a row after a "communications issue" halted services between Tallawong and Chatswood for about two hours.

Sydney Trains: Ugly verbal attack against elderly captured on video

There's been another frightening incident on our trains, with young male attacking an elderly man - and all of it caught on camera.

Sydney Trains Won't Charge You Extra For Paying With Your Phone Now

Late on Sunday, the Commonwealth Bank announced a nice bonus: anyone using their credit card, debit card or mobile phone to pay for trains, ferries or the light rail around Sydney would get the same weekly travel rewards, travel caps and transfer discounts as Opal card users.

Man accused of indecently assaulting woman on Sydney trains network arrested

A 39-year-old man accused of indecently assaulting a 19-year-old woman on a train in Sydney last year has been arrested.

Europe

3075 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains.

Steelmaker orders broad gauge EffiShunter locos

ArcelorMittal has awarded Czech manufacturer CZ Loko a contract to supply four 1 520 mm gauge EffiShunter 1600 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives for heavy shunting at its Kryvyi Rih steelworks.

DB wins SBB coach refurbishment contract

The contract was awarded on August 19, but is subject to a 20-day stand-down period.

Filling the intermodal information gap

Intermodal freight company Kombiverkehr is piloting Train Monitor, which provides real-time information on the location and punctuality of its services operating within Germany and from Germany to Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Gunzelling Reports

966 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
NYMR Grosmont Visit – 2nd August 2018

It took me much longer than originally planned to edit it – 364 days 17hours 21minutes since I took the first still image of the trip through to when the finished video clip was done rendering and ready to upload, to be precise – but I finally did it.

Bristol – trains and ‘planes

It was 7:30am on a Sunday morning when I left my hotel near Paddington station.

Personal Story: The day I hopped a freight train

[center]I made my way to the yard on a sunny Monday in April and hid in some track-side bushes to await the Union Pacific train coming through at noon.

Trains Along the Mohawk, Part 3: Utica to Sunset

We got ready for some more Amtrak action, but there was more in store.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/8/2019

There were 76 sightings for this week; This is 16 sightings less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

271 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Government considering water trains as a better alternative to road tankers

Moving water to Armidale by train, as is being done elsewhere, is something the NSW Government will consider should this drought show no sign of breaking if this region is forced to face the prospect of a dry Malpas Dam towards the end of next year.

Resignation sparks fears for Inland Rail committee

A third resignation from an Inland Rail community committee has prompted residents’ fears they were being railroaded after a committee meeting in which doors to a hall were locked.

inland Rail Conference - August 2019

With just one week until the 

Inland Rail project enters new phase of consultation

The Inland Rail project is making progress with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) entering a new phase of consultation.

Region to become 'serious inter-nodal point' following study into inland rail

After years of shuffling the idea like locomotives in a shunting yard, the reopening of Central West rail lines may be one step closer after the announcement of a new study.

International Rail News

5198 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Mexico Wants to Run a Tourist Train Through its Maya Heartland — Should It?

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a dream for the Yucatan Peninsula.

Japanese take over Rio suburban network

A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn.

Bombardier sees ‘positive market outlook’ for rail

‘The positive market outlook for the rail industry remains unchanged’, said Bombardier when it presented its second quarter results on August 1.

It’s International Youth Day!

The theme this year is transforming education, highlighting efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all young people.

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2019 Finalists Announced

The finalists for Year in Infrastructure 2019 awards for digital advancements in infrastructure.

Letters to the Editor

243 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Multiple People Injured In CBD 'Machete' Stabbing

A man has been arrested after reports of multiple people being stabbed in Sydney's CBD in broad daylight.

See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

A new exhibition that is less James Bond and more Q looks at the history of how British spies kept their secrets safe from enemies.

Rolling bridge proposed for East London

A bridge that rolls over to allow boats to pass through, and then back for humans to cross could be built at Canning Town.

A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal

On a small side street can be found one of London’s few remaining cast iron pissoirs — or mens urinals.

Tickets Alert: Tours of a particle accelerator

A short trip outside London is a huge silver UFO shaped building, and in August will be a chance to go inside to see the particle accelerator it houses.

Model Railways

1038 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Another layout update…

Yesterday we had a warm, sunny day here, so I was able to get some more work done on the expansion.

Layout update…

Another warm weather stretch has allowed me to get some more work done on Allied Chemical.

The layout today…

Here are a series of photos showing the layout as it looks today, almost finished.

Norwich Model Boat Club to attend Middy’s Model Mania weekend

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway, in Suffolk, has announced that they have had a confirmation for a model club attendance for their Model Mania Weekend.

A TINY TRAIN DEPARTURE BOARD, JUST LIKE THE REAL THING

If you travel on the British rail system, you’ll be familiar with the ubiquitous orange dot-matrix departure display boards.

Narrow Gauge

85 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
99.9% Garratt

The day creeps ever closer when we can strike a match and light the pile of oily rags for the first time.

861 – Back on Track

Following a noticeable drop-off in performance during last years final FETs (Footplate Experience Trains), 861 was transferred to the locomotive workshops at Belgrave to try and ascertain what was causing this decline.

Have you seen a cane train yet?

The cane crushing season commenced at 2pm yesterday and and local rail operations have commenced from farms to sugar mills around the far north.

To the Letter etc..

As you would be aware, my narrow gauge layout has been based on a fictional railway on the far South Coast of New South Wales.

New South Wales Rail News

3569 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Sydney Metro breaks through under city centre

Sydney Metro has made a historic breakthrough with the first mega tunnel boring machine (TBM) tunnelling through to the new Pitt Street metro railway station.

Bring back our rail lines: regional communities sitting on disused rail line ‘goldmines’

Disused rail lines in regional areas throughout the state are a goldmine waiting to be used – particularly during times of drought, rail workers say.

We want to increase rail tourism in country NSW

We want to see more rail tourism connect cities and towns in country NSW.

Sydney Metro plagued by 32 incidents in 81 days of operation

The Sydney Metro has been open for just 81 days yet the $7.

Road, rail congestion to get ‘worse’ in Sydney by 2031

It’s a crushing forecast, but roads and trains across the Harbour City are set to get even more congested by 2031.

New Zealand Rail News

343 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Train conductor removes passenger who racially abused fellow passenger speaking Hindi

A train conductor in Wellington, New Zealand has been applauded by city’s mayor and New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission for standing up to a passenger who allegedly hurled abuse at a fellow passenger.

Wellington seeks funding for new bi-mode trains

Greater Wellington sustainable transport committee chair, Ms Barbara Donaldson, says the region is currently experiencing growing demand for capacity.

'Near miss': Video shows lucky escape of people crossing in front of train

Video of a number of near misses with trains has been captured on New Zealand’s rail network.

Celebrating the romance of rail

MOTAT and The Great Journeys of New Zealand celebrate the romance of rail

Link Alliance signs $1.12bn Auckland City Rail Link project contract

The Link Alliance consortium has signed an NZ$1.

Northern Territory Rail News

210 stories | Newest story posted last month
TNG inks rail deal for Mount Peake project

TNG has signed a binding contract with rail provider Genesee & Wyoming Australia to haul material from the Mount Peake mine more than 1100 kilometres to a processing facility in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

It’s Queenslander against Queenslander in the battle to stop a proposed multi-million-dollar Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail link.

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

WITH one week to go until nominations close, a big field is now likely to contest the Katherine Town Council elections.

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

ONE of the most well known if imponderable landmarks in the Northern Territory outback town of Katherine is a ancient piece of graffiti on the town’s famous railway bridge.

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

A salt mining company has signed an agreement with Indonesian business PT Damarco Internasional to supply 70 per cent of salt produced from its Central Australian mine.

Opinion

99 stories | Newest story posted last month
Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

In 1919 two small aircraft firms were set up in the UK and through many mergers became British Airways, which is now marking its centenary with a vision of flight in another century hence.

Australia is turning into a car park for dirty vehicles

Australia's most popular cars emit between 8 and 42 per cent more carbon dioxide than their UK counterparts, raising concerns that the country has become a parking lot for dirty vehicles.

5 factors to consider when creating an International Shipping strategy

No matter where you are in your business’s journey – whether you have been profitable for years with a committed global customer base or you are introducing the world to something new

Canon 77D - First Thoughts

The Canon 77D cameraI bought a new camera body a while ago - a Canon 77D.

Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

Right now, the writing’s on the wall for Australia’s major cities when it comes to liveability and transport connectivity.

Other Transport News

752 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Qantas pushes down regional airfares

Australians living in regional and remote towns will be offered discount airfares to capital cities under a plan by Qantas to start in some places immediately.

Chandrayaan-2 Headed for Lunar Orbit

India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is safely on its way to lunar orbit, the country's space agency 

Ride-hailing apps are worsening the developing world’s traffic problems

Ride hailing has revolutionized transport across the globe.

Zoomcar and Renault Kwid join hands for shared mobility platform

Self-driving rental platform Zoomcar has partnered with Renault India to supply the Kwid hatchback via its leasing programme.

Manly Fast Ferry cuts non-peak services by quarter as passengers drop

Fast-ferry services to Sydney's popular tourist destination of Manly have been cut by about a quarter due to a decline in passengers during off-peak periods of the day.

Pacific National News

27 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Australia’s major highway now a conveyor belt for big trucks

In a disturbing development, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Pacific National has declared rail freight is on its deathbed between Melbourne and Sydney.

PACIFIC NATIONAL IN RAIL FREIGHT DEATHBED CALL

Rail freight operator Pacific National is urging action on excessive government charges and red tape which it attributes to putting rail freight "on its deathbed" between Melbourne and Sydney.

Aurizon and Pacific National prepare for new ACCC court battle

Rail companies Aurizon and Pacific National have filed notices of cross appeal with the Federal Court as they prepare for hearings on the competition watchdog's attempts to block the $205 million sale of Aurizon's Acacia Ridge freight rail hub.

PN – Change of Entity for X Freightcorp employees – how will it affect you?

Pacific National Members previously employed by FREIGHTCORP will have recently been advised by their employer that the company intend transitioning you from your current entity “[color=#333333][font=raleway, Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif][size=3]Pacific National NSW Pty Ltd[/size]” to “[size=3]Pacific National Services Pty Ltd[/size]”.

PACIFIC NATIONAL WARNS NSW ON PORT BOTANY RAIL LINK

NSW ‘risks losing exports and jobs’ without focus on reform and infrastructure.

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted last month
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Special Heritage Train Tour from Southern Cross to Seymour, then travel to Mt Buller for a day in the snow or enjoy a Kelly Gang History Tour.

Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September.

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

There are few places left on earth that are as untouched and wild as the Australian outback, a landscape that has captivated imaginations and attracted thrill-seekers for millennia.

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on board a special Heritage Train  tour to Tocumwal travelling the “freight only”  railway line.

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

Southern Shorthaul Railroad has recently acquired two new GT46-ACe locomotives from the Downer Group to cater for continuing business growth.

Queensland Rail News

2366 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Jackie Trad met rail team day before husband bought house

Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, met with the Cross River Rail delivery authority the day before her husband bought an investment property along the route of the $5.

QR investigates text message warnings for late, cancelled trains

Frustrated commuters say they’re sick and tired of not being told about late or cancelled trains.

The new Cross River Rail line will travel under the Brisbane River

A Queensland Government animation of the path for the new Cross River Rail line through the Brisbane CBD.

Path of the new rail line

A Queensland Government animation of the path for the new Cross River Rail line through the Brisbane CBD.

Adani's ambitions challenged by rail snub and continued investor pressure

Adani's Queensland coal ambitions still face serious challenges, with a major rail company declining to service its Galilee Basin project and a big investor pressuring another one to do likewise.

Rail Events

398 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
NYMR Northern Lights Express information

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has released information on its 2019 Northern Lights Express services.

The RSI Education & Technical Training Conference—RTSA

The Railcar Technical Services Association (RTSA) is “dedicated to the freight car maintenance professional.

Last Chance to Save on Railway Interchange 2019 Registration

Nearly 9,000 rail industry professionals will gather in Minneapolis, Minn.

Luxury steam train running this Friday

Steam locomotive 35028 Clan Line will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in London and Shalford on Friday 16th August 2019.

London Transport Museum wins top visitor award

London Transport Museum has announced that it has been named as Visitor Experience Team of the Year at the Visitor Experience Forum Awards on 7 August 2019.

Rail News

4061 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Former Nationals leader and Deputy PM Tim Fischer is gravely ill in Albury Hospital

Sad to hear former Nationals leader and Deputy PM Tim Fischer is gravely ill in Albury Hospital.

Why our trains and roads are likely to remain congested, despite immigration freeze

The Government has responded to concerns about congestion in major cities by saying it has dropped immigration levels to ease pressure.

John Fullerton to retire as ARTC CEO

Mr John Fullerton has advised the Board of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) that he intends to retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ARTC mid next year, ARTC Chairman Warren Truss announced today.

'Plain stupid': Footage shows train jumpers putting lives at risk

Young people running across rail tracks directly in front of trains or jumping from moving carriages has led the NSW government to warn their "ludicrous" actions are placing lives at risk.

Sydney, Melbourne coming to a standstill as infrastructure struggles

The huge pipeline of road and rail projects across Sydney and Melbourne, both underway and planned, will not prevent the cities becoming paralysed with congestion by 2031, with the cost of lost productivity due to gridlock set to double over the next 12 years to $38.

Rail Travel

236 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
High Speed Rail from Hong Kong to Beijing

The train journey traverses eight cities in nine hours, and there are plenty of sights and grand luxury hotels to enjoy along the ride.

Yarmouth (no, the other one ...) and Chichester

I recently had an interesting conversation with an Australian lady at Yarmouth bus station on the Isle of Wight.

Birmingham and a Tiny Train

I was on a mission, a mission to catch the tiniest National Rail train in England (possibly the smallest heavy rail passenger train in the world), on England’s shortest branch line.

An Exciting Few Months

To come soon is our usual few days on the south coast of England, this year beginning with the west end of the Isle of Wight, and there are already two further firm dates in the diary for next couple of months.

My Cornwall and Norway holiday travels

A few days before I left work and Melbourne, I received a call from Royal Brunei (RB) whom I had originally booked my Business class flight with to London and Return to ask if I'd mind being bumped over to QANTAS as their Dreamliner for that day was defective and had to be replaced with a smaller capacity aircraft.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway Preservation

431 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Recent overhaul update on steam locomotive 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”

Staff and Volunteers at the Great Central Railway’s Loughborough Locomotive Deport have been busy striping down “Oliver Cromwell” to assess the work needed to get this legendary engine back in service.

Latest news on steam locomotive Holy War

The Bala Lake Railway has released an update on the progress on Holy War, which is undergoing its 10-year overhaul.

Update on steam locomotive No.2968 – August 2019

Work continues at the Severn Valley Railway on overhauling sole surviving London, Midland and Scottish Railway Stanier Class 5 2-6-0 No.

Diesel hybrid locomotives are coming to the Snowdon Mountain Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway has announced it has begun a programme of replacement for its existing diesel locomotives which began service in 1985.

An update on steam locomotive No.10 – Corris Update July 2019

The Corris Railway has released an update on their new build locomotive, Falcon No.

Railway Publications

52 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Bells & Whistles, Episode 5

What were the top news items RT&S was following the week ending Aug.

Bouches-du-Rhone and its Railways – Part 2 – Orgon to Barbentane

The line between Orgon, Chateaurenard and Barbentane is shown on the sketch-map below.

Google, Apple, Microsoft reportedly ignoring safety pleas to add rail crossings to maps

Hundreds of people die in collisions at rail crossings every year

Bells & Whistles—Episode 4

Episode 4 of Bells & Whistles features the top news stories in the railroad industry for the week ending Aug.

Historical Map: Proposal for Rapid Transit in Pittsburgh, October 1973

A map presented as part of an overview of future rapid transit prepared by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Railway Stories

71 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
High-capacity container wagons ordered

Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems has awarded United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant a contract to supply 400 Type 13-6903 container wagons by February 2020.

The lost children of Wollongong

The last two posts have been rather sombre affairs so I thought I would take it up a notch before the month is out.

A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around

XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

Last week I came across an old camera bag stashed in a cupboard in my garage, and in one of the pockets I found a tape that I had completely forgotten about.

Thomas the Tank Engine to get more female and multicultural friends as part of revamp

Children’s programme Thomas And Friends is to introduce an “inclusive” gender-balanced, multicultural set of characters as part of a revamp.

Russian Rail News

58 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
RZD expands China-Europe rail freight services with new routes

Another month, another new container rail service for Russian rail and logistics operator RZD, with a new connection between China and Germany.

Road-rail shunter delivered

A scrap metal processing company has taken delivery of a TMV-2 road-rail shunter developed by Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod.

Moscow Sheremetyevo airport rail link expansion underway

RZD has begun construction of a rail link to serve terminals B and C at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport’s northern terminal complex.

Work begins on Sheremetyevo Airport rail link extension

The project will be implemented in two stages, with stage 1 involving the construction of the Sheremetyevo-1 station in the STK with three tracks and two platforms, a 3km double track line and a single-track branch that will connect the new station with the existing Sheremetyevo-2 station located in the South terminal complex (UTK).

VTB Bank acquires majority stake in Rustranscom

RTC says the shareholders intend to continue to implement the company’s current development strategy, which is aimed at maintaining a leading position in specific transport segments such as grain transport using specialised equipment.

South Australian Rail News

714 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
SA rail lobby group push for return of a Barossa commuter tourist train

A rail lobby group has stepped forward this week 'cautiously welcoming' the state government's release of a tender expressing 'best use' alternatives of the dormant Barossa railway corridor.

Motorists want action on Adelaide traffic dramas, as car ownership grows faster than population

With vehicle ownership outstripping population growth by almost double, the RAA asked motorists to advise on popular traffic-busting options.

MIRA and PGGM to acquire all of Genesee & Wyoming Australia

Existing shareholders Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and PGGM have agreed to assume full ownership of the Genesee & Wyoming Australia business.

Man jailed for pushing partner near train

A man who was placed on a bond after trying to push his girlfriend in front of a moving train in Adelaide has now been jailed after breaching the conditions of his release.

State Government puts the call out for Barossa rail corridor future use ideas

A national rail freight company has indicated they would be prepared to surrender their lengthy 'ground lease' on Barossa's railway corridor should a suitable alternative use for the line be identified.

Tasmanian Rail News

384 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
North East Rail Trail funding extension sought

Member for Bass Bridget Archer confirmed she is seeking to have federal funding for the North East Rail Trail extended.

Legislative Council inquiry recommends heritage railway and rail trail compromise

A Legislative Council inquiry into the future of the North-East rail corridor has supported the establishment of both a heritage railway and a rail trail.

Heritage rail compromise not acceptable: North East Residents and Farmers Tasmania

A North East farmers and resident group will appeal the development application of a proposed heritage rail and bike trail compromise after the Legislative Council revealed its solution to the development stalemate.

Who’s The Boss? TasRail Implements Biarri Rail Software

TasRail chose Biarri Rail and Boss following a competitive bid in 2017.

Legislative Council inquiry into North-East Rail Corridor due soon

A Legislative Council Inquiry into the future of the disused North-East Rail Corridor is due to put forward its recommendations any day now.

Train Simulator News

67 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

Avoca’s sporting clubs have access to a brand-new minibus to ensure players and supporters can travel safely to and from matches and events thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program.

Metro Exodus

With 'Metro Exodus', there is now a computer game playing in a dystopian near-future railroad world.

Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

Hey everybody, I'd like to announce the start of bi-weekly Trainz Livestreams.

TS18: GP40-2 Coast-to-Coast Railroading!

Two new High Iron Simulations scenario mini-packs put the Electro-Motive GP40-2 to work coast-to-coast!

Train Simulator goes 64bit in 2019 update

Great news for fans of Dovetail Games' long running Train Simulator, the long-requested 64bit support for the game will be coming later this year in their annual update, Train Simulator 2019.

Tram and Light Rail News

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Colombo Light Rail: Project Information, Tenders, Routes and Updates

The Colombo Light Rail Transit network, is a proposed public transport project in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Bahrain Metro: Project Information, Tenders, Routes and News Updates

The Bahrain light rail transit network, also known as Bahrain Metro, is a proposed public transport project in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Colombo Light Rail Project First Phase Has Commenced

The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development commenced phase one construction works of the Malabe and Colombo Fort Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

Route 1 - Park St/Montague St

Saturday 31 August to Friday 6 September, first to last tram

Fact file: Is a hook turn a 'stupid way' to manage traffic?

Senator for Queensland Matt Canavan caused controversy in Melbourne when he said that hook turns are a "pretty stupid way to manage urban traffic flows".

UK

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Trespasser jailed for climbing on tunnel in London

Near St Pancras International Station, a man who climbed on top of a tunnel which overlooked railway lines, has been jailed.

Boy, 12, critical after railway power lines accident in Glasgow

A 12-year-old boy is critically ill after an accident involving overhead railway power lines in Glasgow.

Beamish included in top uk experiences

Featuring the top 500 unmissable experiences, the new Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist also contains the to sights across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

How we’re reducing delay minutes after engineering work

We know delays are frustrating and we do everything we can to get passengers moving as soon as possible.

Railway upgrade means faster journeys in Cheshire

Passengers travelling between Chester and Manchester via Altrincham are benefitting from faster and smoother journeys thanks to modernised railway tracks.

USA

2348 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
BNSF, Wabtec Advancing the Future of Motive Power

“We’ve got to look at alternative fuels for our locomotives.

Ohio-based Depot Systems bought by WiseTech Global

Ohio-based container yard/terminal management software system Depot Systems has been bought by Sydney, Australia-based WiseTech Global (ASX: WTC) for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today.

Book Half-Off Amtrak Train Tickets for September, Starting Today

If you’re considering traveling by train in the month of September, you’re going to want to book your tickets now.

Child found dead in hot vehicle at New Jersey train station

Authorities are investigating the death of a young child who was left in a vehicle parked at a commuter train station in New Jersey.

Rossendale rail link 'investment' backed but timescale 'tremendously disappointing'

Labour’s top transport chief has offered support to calls to progress a commuter rail link from Rossendale to Manchester.

Victorian Rail News

6460 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Massive Metro Tunnel Factory Creating Victorian Jobs

A huge, state-of-the-art concrete plant is helping build the Metro Tunnel and creating jobs in Melbourne’s west.

Reservoir Level Crossing Removal enters next phase

The Reservoir level crossing removal project has entered its next phase of work, with the closing of the High Street intersection.

Dud on the tracks: Traders' protest falls flat after police move in

Mernda line commuters have been spared a chaotic ride home after angry Reservoir traders trying to block trains in protest against level crossing works were moved on by police.

Rail strike cancelled as union, bosses edge closer to pay deal

Melbourne's trains will not be shut down for four hours next week, with the public transport union dropping plans to go on strike.

Metro Trains failure: More than 1800 services were cancelled or skipped stations last month

A promised government crackdown on train cancellations and station skipping appears to be failing, with over 60 trains a day affected last month.

Western Australian Rail News

1152 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Alstom to supply 252 multiple-unit cars to Western Australia

Public Transport Authority of Western Australia announced on August 19 that it had selected Alstom Transport Australia as preferred bidder to supply the next generation of electric multiple-units to operate on the Transperth network serving the state capital.

WA Police release graffiti footage from Mandurah Train Station as part of state crackdown

WA Police have released vision of two graffiti incidents at Mandurah Train Station, including a flare being fired at a security guard as he searched for offenders, as part of a government graffiti crack-down.

Naked man on train station roof puts Perth street in lockdown

A Perth street was placed in lockdown today as police tried to coax a naked man down from a train station roof.

Officer charged over train station assault

A PUBLIC Transport Authority officer has been charged for assaulting a man at a train station.

Yarra Trams

272 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Acland St Classic Car Show 2019

Sunday 1 September, 6.

Rally in the City - Saturday 17 August

Saturday 17 August, 10am to 12.

Rally in Brunswick

Saturday 17 August, 10am to 1.

Public transport chaos set to hit Melbourne as tram staff follow train operators into shutdown

Tram drivers have joined their Metro colleagues with both set to strike in August.

Tram delays loom after drivers step up pay fight with overtime ban

Trams could be hit with a wave of cancellations and delays later this month, with drivers who are seeking a better pay deal refusing to do voluntary overtime and cover shifts on their day off.

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