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Canberra Liberals' buses promise overshadowed by confusion over Woden light-rail extension

The Liberals have pledged to add more, and faster, bus routes across the ACT but the party says it may be better to extend light rail to Belconnen rather than Woden.

ACT faces third light rail election after Libs throw doubt on Stage 2

The ACT is on track to have more light rail elections than routes after the Canberra Liberals committed to conducting an independent inquiry into where the next route should be built – with Belconnen a likely option.

RISSB releases its 2020/2021 work plan

RISSB’s projects in the next year expand the organisation’s role.

Careers at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Working as “one team”, we have created an operational environment where our greatest resource – our people – will more effectively bring to bear their collective wealth of core skills and attributes to improve transport safety across the aviation, rail and marine transport sectors.

Canberra's Light rail to Woden could blow out to almost $2 billion

The cost of the second stage of Canberra's light rail network is expected to blow out by up to $300 million more than first predicted, new figures reveal.


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Ethiopian avocados exported by train

Avocados for export to Europe have been transported by rail for the first time, with a pilot refrigerated consignment of 24 tonnes of fruit travelling 750 km from Modjo Dry Port to Djibouti for onward delivery by sea.

Canyon Resources buoyed by extensive rail upgrade work in Cameroon

A project to upgrade 68 rail bridges and rail track will allow Canyon to support a low capex, low opex solution to deliver high-grade, seaborne bauxite from Minim Martap project.

Government told to appoint permanent Prasa board as ridership decline continues

Badisa Matshego was appointed as the de facto head of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the national finance ministry on September 1, joining the embattled passenger operator from airport management company ACSA.

10 research projects selected to help improve transport in low-income countries

The High Volume Transport Programme (HVT) has revealed that 10 research projects have been commissioned following the recent Open Call for co-created research.

Brazzaville-Kinshasa Road/Rail Bridge

The project includes the construction of a road and rail bridge between Brazzaville in Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.

Airline News

257 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Southwest Enforces Its Mask Policy Removing 2-Year-Old From Plane

Southwest has been vigilant with its mask policy, removing a young child from a plane for not wearing a mask.

Avalon Airport boss Justin Giddings says it has room for Qantas relocation

If Qantas wants to relocate its heavy maintenance and head office to Avalon Airport there’s room to do so, its boss says.

Why Delta Air Lines Ordered The Airbus A220

Delta has only been operating its Airbus A220 aircraft since 2019.

Tale of two airports: Doha and Dubai in the pandemic

The novel coronavirus has impacted aviation worldwide, and the Persian Gulf region has been no exception.

Why do airplanes dump fuel?

Earlier this week British Airways flight BA269 from London to Los Angeles had a problem with its flaps and the crew decided to return to London shortly after takeoff.

Arabian Rail News

223 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Jerusalem – Tel Aviv electrification completed

Israel Railways began test running of electric trains between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Hertzliya on September 6, following the completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the northern section of the Ayalon Corridor.

Newest edition of Dubai Railway Protection Code of Practice approved by RTA

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has approved the 8th edition of the Dubai Railway Protection Code of Practice.

Alstom Entry into Commercial Service of Cairo Metro Line 3 – Phase 4

Alstom has successfully supplied, tested and commissioned part of Cairo Metro line 3 - Ph4 with a total of 10 stations from Heliopolis to Adly Mansour.

Vossloh supplies rail fasteners for further sections of the new rail link of Etihad Rail

In the invitation to tender for Packages 2B and C as part of Stage 2 of the new railway construction project, Vossloh was again awarded the contract for the supply of rail fasteners.

Israel Railways reports net loss for first half of year

In addition, IR reported a 12% fall in revenues for the period to Shekels 1.


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'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

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Indonesia’s $6bn high-speed railway project delayed by two years

A $6bn high-speed railway project in Indonesia faces a delay of around two years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Makati Subway awards construction contract

Work on the project is expected to begin as soon as travel restrictions currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.

Cabinet approves Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor to decongest Delhi

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved proposals for the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor, a 122 km double-track line running around the west of Delhi from Palwal in the south to Harsana Kalan in the north.

20 including GMR show interest in redeveloping the New Delhi railway station

As many as 20 global and domestic companies including France-based Socié té Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF), Arabian Construction Company, Anchorage Infrastructure, GMR, Adani Group, JKB Infrastructure have evinced interest to redevelop and transform the New Delhi railway station.

India approves $764m Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project

The Indian Government has approved the Rs56.


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Aurizon prevails in Wiggins Island appeal case

The Queensland Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a group of miners over charges imposed by Aurizon for upgrades of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal at the Port of Gladstone.

Investigations begun and completed into freight rail incidents

Investigations into two freight rail incidents have begun and been completed this week.

Aurizon 2020 Full Year Financial Results

Aurizon today reported Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) of $909 million in its continuing operations for the year ended 30 June 2020.

Glencore shunts coal mines impacts Aurizon

Today's Australian is reporting Glencore's plans to shutdown its 17 Australian coal mines in September for "several weeks" due to depressed thermal and metallurgical export coal prices.

Latest recipients of Aurizon's Community Giving Fund announced

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with the local community, Aurizon provides much needed financial assistance to community organisations through its Community Giving Fund.

Australian High Speed Rail

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Connecting Australia’s cities and regions by rail

Infrastructure investment approaches and international lessons are on the agenda for the videoconference public hearing on Monday, 14 September for the inquiry into 

Fast rail and high speed rail solve different issues for Australia's regions

At the hearings of the parliamentary inquiry into financing of faster rail in June, Bob Bennett, co-convener of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, spoke of the "chilling effect" that the possibility of high speed rail has had, over years, on more modest upgrade proposals.

Financing faster rail networks

The federal government is mulling a value capture tax to recoup the costs of its ambitious program to build faster rail connections along the eastern seaboard.

Fast train worth another look

I basically support C Williams' call for a national high-speed rail network (Letters, June 1), despite a report from the Grattan Institute which concludes that such a network would not be cost effective.

Bus Transport News

583 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Building Melbourne's Useful Network: Part 62 - Every 15 minutes to everywhere or too good to be true? Inside RMIT's Squaresville

20 years ago the late Paul Mees described a public transport network topology he called Squaresville in his book A Very Public Solution.

Timetable Tuesday #91: The six or seven day 542 bus

Without public vigilance things tends towards entropy (or is it apathy?

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 61: Croydon and Mooroolbark

In terms of improvements to public transport there are few areas more static than Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs.

Service Changes from 25 October 2020

There will be changes to services across the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney from 25 October 2020.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 60: Metropolitan Bus Franchising - Doing it better this time

On Fridays we normally discuss planning ideas for better networks that deliver simpler, more frequent and more useful routes to more people.


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Commentary: Railway insight from New England

Rail business is often best understood right up close — along a Class I rail company’s branch lines or out along a much smaller regional rail carrier’s track or sometimes inside a port.

CP, Maersk ink deal to develop Vancouver transload and distribution facility

Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and Maersk have agreed to build a “world-class” transload and distribution facility at CP’s intermodal facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, that will be ready to serve customers in 2021.

Canadian National Railway orders 50 all-electric trucks for intermodal fleet

In April 2019, CN launched a pilot programme to test the use of custom-built electric trucks engineered by Quebec-based The Lion Electric Co.

2018 uncontrolled movement of coal train in Luscar, Alberta highlights risks of operating trains on steep mountain

On 10 January 2018, a Canadian National Railway Company (CN) freight train was proceeding southward on the Luscar Industrial Spur from a coal loading facility near Cadomin, Alberta.

Bombardier Transportation to cut Thunder Bay workforce

Bombardier Transportation has announced plans to reduce the workforce at its Thunder Bay plant in Ontario by 125 people by mid-October, and potentially by 75 more next March.

Cityrail News

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Social Media Clout Chasers Blamed for Spike in NSW Train Incidents

People chasing ‘likes’ on social media post are being blamed for a spike in train incidents in New South Wales, the state’s transport minister has said.

Build trains in NSW Labor says

The words from our Premier were so shocking - I couldn't believe my ears.

AI cameras to detect violence on Sydney trains

Software trial emerges from innovation challenge.

More Sydney bus and train routes linked to coronavirus cases

People with coronavirus caught a number of buses and trains around Sydney, NSW Health will announce this morning.

Coronavirus Transport News

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Protocol offers way to protect industry and communities

ALC CEO Kirk Coningham highlights how a united freight industry has achieved a common-sense protocol for border safety.

Coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab and released ‘intentionally’: Whistleblower virologist

A Chinese virologist whistleblower who fled the country after leaving her job at a Hong Kong university claims coronavirus was “man-made” in a lab – and the communist nation released the virus “intentionally”.

Value of rail construction contracts fall in 2020

While governments have trumpeted major stimulus spending projects in rail to spur the economy out of COVID-19, the value of contracts awarded in 2020 has fallen significantly, according to analysis from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA).

French government and Île-de-France Mobility agree Covid-19 subsidy

French prime minister, Mr Jean Castex, and president of the Île-de-France region and Île-de-France Mobility, Ms Valérie Pécresse, agreed the memorandum of understanding on September 9, which Île-de-France Mobility says breaks the deadlock on the issue.

Sensible social distancing solutions at transport hubs during COVID-19

In these times of COVID-19, social distancing has become the topic on everyone’s mind.


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[CH / Expert] BLS commissioning the extra long MUTZ trains [updated]

Since BLS signed an operating agreement with SBB for sharing long-distance traffic.

Zentralbahn to take over Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn

Metre-gauge operator Zentralbahn is to purchase the 5 km Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn from hydroelectric power company Kraftwerke Oberhasli, which has decided to pull out of rail operations because of growing regulatory requirements for what is not part of its core energy business.

NGOs propose five policies for climate-friendly European rail renaissance

A group of European climate NGOs has proposed five policies to encourage modal shift to rail in support of EU greenhouse gas reduction targets.

[RO] Smartronization continues: E-P Rail takes delivery of its last locomotive

Romanian operator E-P Rail, belonging to the CER Group, had three out of four of its Siemens Smartron locomotives delivered already.

Gunzelling Reports

1169 stories | Newest story posted 12 minutes ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/9/2020

There were 89 sightings for this week; This is 15 sightings more than last week.

Former CS Leasing Side Door

Class leader SLZU 170000-9 now painted in Caledonia Group bright red.

An Adventure to Maine, Part 2: Downeaster Operations in Wells and Portland

The next stop in our railfanning adventure was a quick stop at the Wells station for northbound Downeaster #681.

Chasing a CSX Local on the Massena Line

On the way to Syracuse, we passed over a CSX local near Philadelphia, NY.

Inland Rail Project

412 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
ARTC sponsorship keeps Kookaburras fit and healthy

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is helping kids kick goals across Central North NSW with their support of the Kookaburras junior rugby union team.

Australian rail spending dips

In 2019, infrastructure contracts to the value of $A 27.

Inland Rail first phase completed

Celebrations were held at Peak Hill in the central west of New South Wales on September 15 to mark completion of the first section of the 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.

First section of Australia’s Inland Rail project completed

The ceremony was attended by MP for Riverina, Mr Michael McCormack, and MP for Parkes, Mr Mark Coulton.

First section of Inland Rail complete

The first section of Inland Rail, linking Parkes and Narromine in the NSW Central West, has been completed.

International Rail News

5458 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Monterrey commuter rail study

The state of Nuevo León’s strategic projects agency FIDEPROES has awarded SENER Engineering a contract to undertake technical studies for a proposed commuter rail service linking Mariano Escobedo Airport and García in the Monterrey area.

Q&A: using satellite navigation to revolutionise Brazil’s railway network with Inmarsat

In the next few years, satellite navigation systems are set to become the norm in the world of railways.

13,000km of electrification required plus battery and hydrogen to decarbonise British network

In order to achieve the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions, the Department for Transport (DfT) asked the rail industry to explore whether it would be possible to remove all diesel-only trains from the network by 2040 in England and Wales.

Privatisation of Brasilia metro operation proposed

Services on Brasilia’s 42km network, which consists of the Green Line from Terminal Ceilândia to Águas Claras and Central, and the Orange Line from Terminal Samambaia to Águas Claras and Central, are currently operated by the publicly-owned Federal District Metropolitan Company.

Silver IRIS certification now available with Gold on test

The International Railway Industry Standard certification programme for the rail supply chain has been expanded, with companies now able to be obtain the Silver quality performance level during their next audit.

Letters to the Editor

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Virtual sterling? Bank of England ponders digital currency

The world of banking is poised for a step-change as many central banks ponder the introduction of a digital currency, and among those leading discussions is the Bank of England.

Sols 2829-2830: Come to My Arms My Breamish Boy!

Our weekend observations of the target Breamish showed some interesting chemistry results (which always make our scientists exclaim “O frabjous day!

UQ unveils new solar farm at Warwick

Australia's renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of The University of Queensland’s 64 megawatt solar farm at Warwick in the state’s south east.

Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin

Fancy a gin made from botanicals taken from Buckingham Palace’s own back garden?

Every Little Boy Loves Trains and TL153 from Hong Kong

Every little boy loves a train set.

Model Railways

1839 stories | Newest story posted 19 minutes ago

The practice on the Kettle Valley Railway regarding Station Mileboards will be treated here and a few suggestions as to their fabrication in miniature.

Paint failure = learning opportunity

I painted some of tank hopper models last weekend when it was nice and sunny.

The Great Tank Hopper Build

The CN aluminum tank hopper (and CP aluminum and steel cars as well) were one of those seemingly forgotten freight cars that everyone saw for years but never photographed.

South American Alcos

Continuing on my recent Alco theme

Narrow Gauge

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Miniature delight: Mudgee Miniature Trains' first appearance since March

In their first outing since March, Mudgee Miniature Railway had a fully booked-out event on Sunday, August 16.

Cane train crashes into harvester in Ingham

Wilmar Sugar has released shocking new footage of a crash between a cane train and a harvester as frustrations rise over the number of incidents in milling regions this season so far.

Behind Closed Doors…

Whilst the restrictions around COVID-19 mean we aren’t currently able to open to the public, behind the scenes Puffing Billy’s workshops are a hive of activity, so an update seems timely.

Ride on one of London’s minature steam trains

We all love a steam train and dotted around London are a number of miniature steam railways to ride on.

Ruislip Lido Railway confirms reopening date after Coronavirus closure

The Ruislip Lido Railway has confirmed their planned reopening date for passenger services following the Coronavirus closure.

New South Wales Rail News

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Safety in focus for Hunter Valley Coal Rail Network four-day shutdown.  

Maintenance work on level crossings will take place throughout ARTC’s rail network in the Hunter Valley next week from Newcastle to Ulan and Turrawan

Bathurst council: Visitors to 'exemplar' rail museum top 12,000 mark

VISITOR numbers at the new Bathurst Rail Museum have exceeded expectations, topping the 12,000 mark despite a 10-week closure due to COVID-19.

Aerotropolis Rail On Track as Stations Revealed

The NSW government has announced station locations and development precinct opportunities for the Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Aerotropolis train line.

Regional rail service passes first milestone

The second Bathurst Bullet is celebrating its one year anniversary.

Minister leaves door open for reinstatement of Cowra lines

NSW Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole has indicated that the reinstatement of the Cowra rail lines could still go ahead, despite a feasibility study finding now option achieved a positive cost-benefit ratio.

New Zealand Rail News

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Government funding supports up to 100 KiwiRail apprentices

KiwiRail will employ 100 new apprentices, thanks to government funding from the Regional Apprenticeship Initiative.

Pledge to support rail link

National has pledged $400,000 to support a commuter rail link between Mosgiel and Dunedin.

Masks allow for full capacity on New Zealand trains

Auckland and Wellington are removing caps on capacity levels designed to enable physical distancing on trains, buses, and ferries.

Extended shutdown period to allow for major repairs in Auckland

KiwiRail has extended a shutdown of the Eastern Line between Quay Park and Westfield for another two weeks to enable urgent upgrades to the Auckland railway network.

Northern Territory Rail News

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Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is constructing a new two-lane sealed road and a new 45 metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

The Northern Territory government has released a request for quotation for the development of a concept design for a rail passenger terminal as part of the Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub.

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

The Defence Department has ruled out building a rail line into the Tindal RAAF Base as part of its $1.

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

Train services across the NT were disrupted for four hours yesterday after two boys jumped from a moving train.

Documents reveal 'extreme and ill-advised' secret plan to take land along the Ghan line

Federal cabinet documents kept secret for 20 years reveal a radical legislative proposal to acquire Aboriginal land to ensure the construction of the 1,400 kilometre rail line from the Red Centre to Darwin.


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First post – what’s this all about?

WELL, this is the first post to my blog!

'Work from home': Albanese delivers vision for regional Australia

Labor leader Anthony Albanese is calling for a dramatic boost to infrastructure, education and manufacturing to help regional Australia recover from an economic slump he is calling the "Morrison recession".

How to craft a B2B marketing strategy for 2021: A guide on getting the most value for marketing dollars

Many B2B companies are now developing their marketing strategy and considering how to invest their marketing budgets for 2021.

The future of media: partnerships, not real estate

Prime Creative Media offers this latest resource for B2B marketing professionals, looking at the future of advertising.

NASA Openly Admits Alien Life Exists: Get Ready for Disclosure

Most people ‘in the know’ realize that NASA is just part of the military industrial complex, but a recent open admission on mainstream news that “there are indications of alien life” is likely the beginning of a bid to get your undivided attention before full-forced disclosure ensues.

Other Transport News

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Making eScooters succeed in Ballarat

The City of Ballarat has recently adopted its Integrated Transport Plan, which aims to present a cohesive vision for the transport future of the city, looking at all the different modes together rather than just each one in isolation.

Ermita Jeepneys

Ermita Jeepneys 2009Ever since I first set foot in the Philippines, I have had a thing for their local icon, the Jeepney.

ATS has wind energy at its back

Anderson Trucking Service (ATS) has spent more than 20 years investing tens of millions of dollars in acquiring specialized equipment and hiring drivers to become the nation’s largest over-the-road transporter of gigantic wind turbine components.

GTR opens rail’s largest EV charging hub to meet increasing consumer demand

On World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV charging hub at Hatfield Station, which features a total of 27 charging points.

Kilometre-long slick left by burning oil tanker off Sri Lanka

A stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka that has been on fire since last week has left a kilometre-long slick across the Indian Ocean, the country's navy said on Wednesday, sparking fears of an environmental disaster.

Pacific National News

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Fremantle port shuttle to move more freight via rail

A new port shuttle rail service between Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Terminal in Kewdale could take over 20,000 return truck trips off roads in Fremantle and Perth each year.

ACCC launches Pacific National High Court bid

The competition watchdog has asked for special leave to appear in the High Court to challenge Pacific National's $205 million acquisition of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal from rival Aurizon.

New construction and freight jobs for Western Sydney

Up to 80,000 truck trips will be taken off Sydney’s congested motorways each year, while 230 jobs will be created in Western Sydney, as part of a combined investment value of up to $100 million to shift freight off the city’s road network and onto rail.

Rapid adoption of ATMS key to freight rail competitiveness

Rail freight cannot afford to be left “in the age of steam” chair of the Freight on Rail Group (FORG) Dean Dalla Valle has said in the inaugural industry-led Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) oversight group.

Rail showcasing what’s possible in regional Australia

Smart thinking between Pacific National and Wagner Corporation highlights the many possibilities of rail freight.

Press Releases

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Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

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.

Qube Logistics

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Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

Qube has reported a net profit drop of over 50 per cent due to the impact of COVID-19, bushfires, and floods during the 2020 financial year.

Qube remains in a strong financial position

Despite the continued uncertainty and impact of Covid-19, Qube is in a strong financial position.


Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts


Market clouds gather after first half but acquisition pays out early on land sale

Qube blames virus for weaker profits forecast

Qube Holdings chief executive Maurice James has scaled back growth forecasts amid uncertainty over how badly the coronavirus will disrupt imports to Australia as the logistics group reported a 16 per cent drop in interim profits to $51.

Queensland Rail News

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Inland port near Emerald to save farmers thousands of dollars in freight

In one of the region's driest growing seasons ever, a new $18 million bulk-grain handling facility at an inland port is predicted to save Queensland farmers thousands of dollars in freight costs.

Running on empty: Passengers stay away from trains despite low coronavirus case numbers in Queensland

Trains are running empty in South-East Queensland despite low COVID-19 cases, as "socially responsible" commuters turn to cycling and their cars to avoid other people.

New carpark for Varsity Lakes station

The Queensland government has confirmed funding for a new commuter carpark at the Varsity Lakes train station.

Dual roadheaders excavating Cross River Rail tunnels

Two roadheaders are excavating tunnels underneath Brisbane to carve out the route of the future Cross River Rail.

A driver was met by law enforcement after trying to use a rail corridor to bypass road closures

An impatient driver was met by law enforcement after trying to use a rail corridor to

Rail Events

586 stories | Newest story posted 56 minutes ago

Howdee readers,    Last weekend I was treated to a Hunter railfan day for my 52nd birthday, organised by Mr Bradly Coulter of the 'Hunter Valley' Coulters.

IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: Strukton launches Wire Scan tool

Wire Scan provides infrastructure managers with a system to measure thickness, height, stagger and dynamics of the wires.

First of the Rail Automation Seminars on Thursday (September 17th)

Four major professional engineering institutions (IRSE, The PWI, IMechE and IET) have joined forces to deliver perhaps the most comprehensive in-depth seminar on rail automation to be held to date.

IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: Enabling real-time GPS tracking

Thanks to the use of secured cloud software to compute positions, any GPS chipset can have its life extended 10-fold without expensive increases in battery capacity, enabling cost-effective monitoring of assets once deemed too expensive to track.

Celebrating diversity key to unlocking talent

Recognising leadership and growth in the rail sector, the finalists for the 2020 Women in Industry Awards are celebrating the rail sector’s diversity.

Rail News

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First rail dedicated contractor joins Australian Owned Contractors

The Australian Owned Contractors (AOC) group has announced that Martinus Rail has joined the collection of mid-tier contractors.

Northern reminds customers of timetable change from today

Northern is reminding customers to plan carefully ahead of the introduction of new timetables from today.

A constantly changing threat: Thales’ approach to rail cyber security

Countering a dynamic threat such as a cyber-attack necessitates an approach that goes beyond technology.

'Hero' officer frees man from tracks less than five seconds before train arrives

A California police officer's body camera captures the moment she pulls a man to safety shortly before a train thunders over the spot where his wheelchair was stuck.

Bench Time #137: More of our Top / Favorites in Model Railroading

We’re back from the beach and Todd & Brett break down some more of our favs this week!

Rail Travel

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Tickets Alert: First ever wander around Highgate’s West Cemetery

Highgate’s West Cemetery is the famous half of the cemetery and for the first time since the 1970s, they are going to open it up to people – without going on a tour.

The Best Places for Extreme Sports in Europe

If the thought of relaxing on a tranquil, isolated beach with a good book sends shivers down your spine, then fear not.

Train Travel Tips

When traveling as a couple, consider reserving two roomettes across the hall from each other instead of one big bedroom.

From rail to sail, travel is waking up

The Ghan is back on track and Silversea's ready to leave port.

The team behind Golden Gully is opening up a new bar in Redfern

Old wisdom holds true on Redfern Street, where the doors of much-loved restaurant Redfern Continental have closed, only for those of newcomer, the Sunshine Inn, to open.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 years 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 History

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The Red Era

Over the years, the Philippine Railway Historical Society has aimed to collect and share railway information with interested peoples around the world.

Port Kembla Copper

During a recent visit to Port Kembla, Nips Cassidy and I decided to take it upon ourselves to go see if there was much in the way of rail relics on the old Port Kembla Copper site.

Under the Dome

It was the end of the largest war America had ever seen, and many service members were returning home.

Spotlight On Candy Livery

Candy, the livery everyone loves, and who can blame them.

The Coolest Place on the Train

With the summer heat still on the rise, it might be a scorcher out there today.

Railway Preservation

762 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Ffestiniog Railway informs staff of risk to jobs as coronavirus hits hard

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways have shared their plans for survival after the coronavirus crisis hit the narrow gauge railway hard.

Loco Maintenance

With the virus keeping many away for the depot of late, some things have slowed down.

Another Project

In our last blog posting we concluded the CLF project.

One project finished....

Since mid July we have been working on CLF1 for Southern Shorthaul Railroad.

Railway Publications

174 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
September issue of RT&S now online

The September issue of RT&S features a spotlight story on the 2020 RT&S Engineer of the Year, Ed Boyle, as well as our 2020 Product Innovation Showcase and an overview of safety apparel and equipment.

Locomotives of Australia

Published in Australia, but shipping by way of a bookstore in the UK, comes this book.

Note about book orders

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Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Travelling on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide - A Trip Report

Arrived as Southern Cross station at 0700, the ticket and website said to be there at least one hour before departure.

Why can’t normal train services run on snow and ice?

Preparing for winter is a crucial task at Network Rail.

Russian Rail News

145 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Wagons to reduce grain delivery costs

This month Eskom-Agro will take delivery of a batch of United Wagon Co Type 19-9549 hopper wagons which are being financed by RSHB Leasing.

Automated train operation tested in Moscow

Automatic operation could be introduced on the 54 km Moscow Central Ring line next year, Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov said following tests with an Lastochka electric multiple-unit.

RailSpetsTrans orders 300 wagons

RailSpetsTrans and State Transport Leasing Co have placed an order for United Wagon Co to supply 300 vans by the end of the first half of 2021.

Fully digitalised transit freight between Asia and Europe

Russian Railways, Belarusian Railway and FESCO have announced their first freight service between Asia and Europe to be mangaged using purely electronic transport documents, transit declarations and customs clearance.

Articulated light oil tank wagon certified

United Wagon Co has obtained operating certification for its Type 15-629 six-axle articulated tank car for carrying light oil products.

South Australian Rail News

813 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Keolis Downer awarded $2.14 billion contract to run Adelaide's trains

No jobs will be lost in the privatisation of Adelaide's trains, the South Australian Government says, after awarding the $2.

Tanunda owner loses railway line battle

The owner of Château Tanunda, John Geber, has lost a court battle to try and maintain a small railway line in Australia’s Barossa Valley on which he hoped to run a tourist train.

Running a rail line under Torrens Rd at Ovingham would require 109 properties be demolished and cost $61m

Building a rail line under Torrens Road – rather than elevating the road over existing train tracks at Ovingham – would mean an estimated 109 homes and businesses face the wrecking ball.

Rail, Tram, and Bus Union wins power to vote on strike action including 24-hour work stoppages as pay deal tensions escalate

A bitter fight between train drivers and Treasurer Rob Lucas could be coming to a stop near you, as the union considers strike action and scripted protest messages over the PA.

Man, 19, charged with child exploitation offences after arrest at Adelaide train station

Police say a tip-off from the FBI and a covert cyber-sting led them to arrest and charge a man they allege was waiting at an Adelaide train station yesterday, expecting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Tasmanian Rail News

416 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
'It will be appealed': North East Rail Trail dispute far from over

A group opposed to the North East Rail Trail has vowed to appeal the project should it be approved by Dorset and the City of Launceston councils, arguing against the removal and sale of rail infrastructure.

One-year run will show real demand once novelty wears off

Generally, people support public transport, such as light rail, cheaper bus fares and ferries, but when push comes to shove the demand fails to materialise

Tasmania's Derwent Valley Railway has been dormant for years, but volunteers hope the trains will run again

A dedicated group of train buffs wants to put the romance back in rail travel.

Passenger rail a pipe dream

It would be lovely to think of jumping on a train in Wynyard to get to your job in Burnie, or vice-versa.

Technology News

104 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks

As Australia’s rail sector has not been immune from the risk of cyber attacks, industry bodies are joining with government agencies to mitigate the ongoing threat.

Securing a digital railway

Siemens explains to Rail Express how digitalisation in rail requires a focus on cyber security.

IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: LEM voltage sensors bring versatility in a small package

The DVC 1000 is fully compliant with the International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS), and allows engineers to measure dc links, the output voltages of inverters, the input voltage of four quadrant converters, or LRV battery voltage.

ANDOR – Railway revolution: a competent partner in rail

Grinding Techniques, a well-known abrasive company and part of the Tyrolit group, has been supplying abrasive solutions to the railway market for years.

Unlocking Innovation: The Digital Railway

Following on from David Shirres’ article in issue 184 (May/June 2020), the Railway Industry Association staged a week-long webinar to explore how innovation can help the transition to a Digital Railway.

Train Simulator News

72 stories | Newest story posted last month
Train Sim World 2 arriving at platform PlayStation tomorrow

Become a driver on the London Underground, take control of high-speed services in Germany, and haul freight across an epic US mountain range.

REVIEW: Rivet Games’ Engadin Line for Train Simulator

Rivet Games has released their Engadin Line add on for Train Simulator, and have very kindly sent RailAdvent a copy to review.

You can drive a Bakerloo line train with Train Sim World 2

A train driver simulator is about to be upgraded and will include the Bakerloo line so you can pretend to be a tube train driver at home.

Dovetail Games announce Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games has just announced Train Sim World 2, the next game in the Train Sim World franchise.

Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

A REVIEW that NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said found safety risks to cyclists near Newcastle's light rail amounts to an "extraordinary admission", Labor contends.

Tram and Light Rail News

1849 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
LISBON 711 AT CROWLE ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 - Anthony Watt

At Crowle today, I took these photos of the tram.


The move from the dock site to the new building at the Solent Sky Museum should have happened just before lockdown, so has been in the planning for a few months.


The new WM livery on show in Birmingham and with no overhead to spoil the scenery.

How light rail has helped Gold Coast’s traffic problem

A stretch of road on the Gold Coast Hwy is defying traffic trends across the city – and the State Transport Minister has one definitive answer as the reason why.


4471 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
GB Railfreight Announce New Asset Director

GB Railfreight is delighted to announce the appointment of David Golding as Asset Director, who officially started his new role this week.

Community heroes to be celebrated with their names on Great Western Railway trains

Great Western Railway has revealed the names of the community heroes who will have their names added to the side of trains in the coming weeks.

East Coast Main Line increases power supply with £216.2m contract

The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade is to power forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network, bolstered by a £216.

London’s weekly railway news

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

Rail Electrification Alliance to upgrade ECML power infrastructure

The Rail Electrification Alliance has secured a £216.


4472 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Romayne C. Brown elected as Metra’s new chair

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously elected Romayne C.

Federal grants awarded to improve freight rail and multimodal traffic flows

Expanding local freight rail networks and facilitating multimodal access were among the goals of several projects that have been awarded competitive federal grants from the U.

Siemens wins contract to maintain NCTD’s Charger locomotive fleet

Siemens Mobility has secured a contract in the US to maintain the North County Transit District (NCTD)’s Siemens Charger locomotive fleet.

Siemens Mobility awarded US locomotive support contract

San Diego’s North County Transit District has awarded Siemens Mobility a 20-year contract covering technical support and material management services for up to nine Charger locomotives.

Victorian Rail News

7500 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Victoria orders 18 locally built Vlocity trains

The Victorian Government has ordered 18 VLocity trains to be built in Dandenong, an announcement that’s been welcomed by the rail industry.

Shepparton Line Upgrade - Train stabling facility

Work on the Shepparton Line Upgrade has already begun, with $356 million invested in the first two stages of the project – an unprecedented investment in this part of Victoria’s regional train network which has already delivered 10 extra services a week between Shepparton and Melbourne.

Victoria to procure 18 additional Bombardier VLocity trains

Australia’s Victoria Government has exercised an option to procure 18 additional Bombardier VLocity trains.

Victoria orders standard gauge VLocity DMUs

The government of Victoria has exercised an option for Bombardier Transportation to supply a further 18 three-car VLocity diesel multiple-units from its Dandenong factory.

East Swanson rail terminal agreed

Port of Melbourne has reached agreement with Patrick Terminals to develop a rail terminal at Swanson Dock East as part of plans to boost the proportion of the port’s throughput moving by rail.

Western Australian Rail News

1307 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Mandurah station carpark under construction

A new carpark at Mandurah station, south of Perth, is now under construction.

Local manufacture of Helix Dumper to take Macarthur Minerals’ iron ore on rail

Mining company Macarthur Minerals is looking to local manufacturing of Helix Dumper wagon technology to get its iron ore to market.

Level crossings to go and access improved on Armadale Line

The Western Australia government has unveiled a series of works for Perth’s Armadale Line to improve safety and increase access along the line through Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.

Teen stabbed at Perth train station

A 19-year-old boy was allegedly stabbed in the abdomen by a teen known to him at a Perth train station.

Yarra Trams

534 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Route 3a Disruption - Sunday 13 September

Route 3a trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Wet weather forecast - Saturday 12 September

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Saturday 12 September.

Route 57 and 58 Disruption - Sunday 13 September

Due to a police request in Victoria Street:

St Kilda light rail renewal works

First tram Monday 28 September to last tram Saturday 3 October

A local legend has turned Melbourne's tram and train seat designs into face masks

Combine your love of Melbourne public transport with your love for being Covid safe

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