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ACT

306 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Is Canberra Railway Station a relic in need of a makeover, or a new site altogether?

Canberra needs a new multi-modal public transport hub with connections to the Parliamentary Zone and the city and beyond to replace the ageing railway station in Kingston, the city’s public transport lobby says.

London Circuit will be closed and car parks reduced as Woden to City light rail construction begins

Utilities relocation works will start on London Circuit to prepare for the 

Supply chain blueprint sets rail reform agenda 

The Australasian Railway Association has released its Rail Supply Chain Blueprint, outlining a three-year plan to drive reform to support the industry’s growth.

Rail Freight Action Plan to boost investment and reforms

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has launched its Rail Freight Action Plan, outlining a program of work to promote investment in rail and increase rail freight’s modal share.

Rail Freight Action Plan to lead focus on reform

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has launched its Rail Freight Action Plan, confirming its advocacy agenda to support greater use of rail freight.

Africa

363 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Ghana Railway Development Authority board appointed

Deputy Minister for Railway Development Kwaku Asante-Boateng has inaugurated a newly board of directors at the Ghana Railway Development Authority.

Inside Cervest’s plan to map the world’s climate risk

It was five in the morning when Iggy Bassi got a phone call telling him that a $6m mill on his sustainable farm in Ghana, West Africa, had been flattened by strong winds.

Gabon railway concession extended as investors fund expansion

Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais’ concession to operate the 650 km railway linking Franceville with the capital Libreville and the port of Owendo has been extended, and a new investor has committed to providing finance and expertise to support a modernisation to increase capacity on the line

Angola links mining region to the world with Lobito Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia have 34 per cent of the world’s cobalt reserves and over 10 per cent of global copper reserves.

Russian company to export Elephants to Africa

Russian manufacturer Sinara Transport Machines has been awarded a contract to supply six TGM8 ‘Elephant’ shunting locomotives to the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia bauxite mining subsidiary of aluminium producer RUSAL.

Airline News

703 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Austin: A Unique Glimpse At The Future For American Airlines

One city that has received outsized attention from American Airlines in 2021 is Austin.

Allegiant Air To End Cleveland Hopkins Airport Services

American ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air will be ceasing services to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) by early next year.

75 Years And Counting: Looking Back On Cathay Pacific’s History

Established in 1946, Cathay Pacific has reached the impressive age of 75 years.

Newark Airport Moves Forward With New Terminal A Construction

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey is moving forward with construction on a new Terminal A.

LOT Polish Airlines May Not Take Two Delayed Boeing 787 Aircraft

LOT Polish Airlines will not be taking up its two Boeing 787 aircraft that are currently in the Mojave Desert in the United States.

Arabian Rail News

322 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Korea’s export bank to fund Luxor – Aswan line upgrade

KOREA’s export bank is to provide $US 312.

Egyptian’s president inaugurates first air-conditioned third class coaches delivered by TMH

THE first 14 third class air-conditioned coaches built by Transmashholding International for Egyptian National Railways (ENR) have been officially inaugurated by president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi during a visit to Alexandria.

Iran and Iraq leaders stress the need to complete cross-border line

LEADERS of Iran and Iraq have stressed the need to complete the cross-border rail line from Shalamcheh, Iran, to Basra.

Contract to build 660km Egyptian high-speed electric rail link awarded to Siemens Mobility 

Siemens Mobility have announced they have signed a contract with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), in witness of the Egyptian Prime Minister, which will see them construct a brand new rail nicknamed ‘Suez Canal on tracks’.

Keolis-MHI assumes charge of operating Dubai Metro and Tram

Keolis MHI Rail Management and Operation has assumed the responsibility of running and maintaining Dubai Metro, along with the operation of Dubai Tram from Serco Middle East.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 years 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

4236 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Gold and uranium producer takes delivery of track maintenance fleet

Gold and uranium producer Navoi Mining & Metallurgical Co has taken delivery of a range of track maintenance vehicles supplied by Russian company Sinara Transport Machines.

Great Northern Class 717 completes tests with in-cab signalling in London

Great news for Govia Thameslink Railway as one of its Great Northern Moorgate Class 717 trains has been successfully tested with digital in-cab signalling system ETCS

Namma Metro’s Phase-02 TBM achieve a breakthrough

On Wednesday, Bangalore Metro’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Urja, drilling between Cantonment station and Shivaji Nagar station, will achieve a breakthrough at 10:15 AM in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj Bommai.

BMRCL Phase-02 Project completion deadline is 2024

On Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj Bommai said that the BMRCL phase-02 project completion deadline is 2024 instead of 2025.

All priority section stations of the RRTS corridor will have dedicated driveways for commuters

On Tuesday, NCRTC announced that to reduce traffic congestion, the NCRTC is constructing dedicated 4 stations on its priority section and extending the facility to all the stations along the 82.

Aurizon

276 stories | Newest story posted last month
Aurizon considering merger with Qube, and a joint purchase of GrainCorp

The nation’s largest freight rail company, Aurizon, has had a busy year behind the scenes examining possible acquisition opportunities, and it is understood one of them is GrainCorp.

CBH chooses Aurizon as rail services provider

The CBH Group has announced Aurizon as its preferred provider of above rail operations following a request for proposal process.

Aurizon clinches minimum six-year CBH rail contract

THE contract to haul grain for CBH Group has been awarded to Aurizon, and will add three train sets to Western Australia’s already impressive grain fleet.

Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

The $205 million sale of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal (the Terminal) to Pacific National completed today, with all conditions satisfied and outstanding funds transferred to Aurizon.

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, is inviting community groups and charities located across the Company’s operations to apply for cash grants of up to $20,000 through the latest round of its Community Giving Fund.

Australian High Speed Rail

41 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Fast rail on the freeway: Another approach for the Canberra line

Hot Rails has previously looked at the Southern Highlands corridor, estimating the cost of a 200km/h corridor all the way from Goulburn into Central Station to be in the order of $3.

Foreign investment interest means fast rail in Australia could finally become a reality

Fast rail in Australia has been a long-held dream for many in the country and one expert believes conditions could finally be right for projects to move ahead.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pours cold water on east coast high speed rail ambition

It’s been labelled a “national disgrace” that needs fixing but Gladys Berejiklian has said COVID squabbles has shown it may never happen.

High-speed rail’s role in transforming travel recognised in industry report

The ‘International High Speed Rail Voices’ report published by High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) demonstrates the transformational role high-speed rail is playing in revolutionising travel across the globe, driving policy makers’ economic and environmental decisions, whilst creating international links that will become ever more important in our increasingly globalised world.

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

Brisbane has all but secured the Olympic victory it first tried for 29 years ago, but that goal will now trigger a debate about the infrastructure south-east Queensland needs to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

Bus Transport News

912 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Kingsbridge Running Day 2021

Ken Jones visited the 2021 Kingsbridge Running Day on 18th September and has kindly sent the following photos of the event.

Equipmake and Beulas Unveil State-of-the-art Double Decker Electric Bus With Up To 250 Miles of Zero Emission Range

Commercial vehicle electrification specialist, Equipmake, has launched a state-of-the-art electric bus, Jewel E, in partnership with Spanish coachbuilder Beulas, boasting up to 250 miles of range.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 106 - Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes network refresh

Melbourne has many local bus network that are just layers and layers of confusing routes and deviations.

ADL Delivers Six New ENVIRO200 Low Emission Buses to Atlantic Travel

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) has announced that it has delivered six new Enviro200 low emission 41 seater single deck buses to Bolton-based operator Atlantic Travel (GB) Ltd.

Canada

1162 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
No injuries after CN Rail car derails in Amherstview, Ont

OTTAWA -- Ontario Provincial Police say a CN Rail train has derailed west of Kingston.

SNC-Lavalin wins mandate to study feasibility of potential northern railway route in Quebec

SNC-Lavalin, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, is pleased to announce that its consortium with Norda Stelo has been awarded a two-year contract by the Quebec Railway Company Rail SEC (Qc Rail), to undertake pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to assess the technical and economic viability of the development of a possible 370-kilometer railway in northern Quebec.

RFQ Released for Toronto’s Scarborough Subway Extension Project

The RFQ covers design and delivery of the new subway stations as well as rail and systems work.

Canadian Class I Receives First TekTracking CTA System

TekTracking describes CTA as “a modern control and communication platform specifically designed to vastly reduce the support costs demanded by legacy radio control technology suppliers.

CN, Under Siege from TCI, ‘Redefining.’ Will it Work?

“Railroads cannot achieve long-term prosperity and remain viable businesses through massive cost-cutting—rather than cost controls—and providing shareholders instant gratification through share repurchases,”

Cityrail News

853 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
More emu EMUs ordered

Transport for NSW has awarded the RailConnect joint venture a contract to supply a further 56 Mariyung double-deck electric multiple-unit cars, increasing the New Intercity Fleet to a total of 610 vehicles.

Real time interchange data displayed during Sydney Harbour Bridge shutdown

During the 10-day Sydney Harbour Bridge shutdown in January, screens displaying real-time interchange information guided commuters arriving at Wynyard and North Sydney stations.

Alstom to provide long-term service support for Sydney Trains

Alstom has secured two contracts from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains to design, supply and provide long-term service support for European Train Control System Level 2 (ETCS) trackside signalling technology.

Renovation disruption at Central Station

Queensland Rail is boosting reliability of facilities at its busiest transport hub, with two 40-year-old escalators set to be replaced at Central Station’s outer concourse from October.

NSW orders more double-deck EMUs

TRANSPORT for New South Wales (TfNSW) has awarded the RailConnect NSW joint venture of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail a contract extension for a further 56 double-deck EMU cars for the Mariyung fleet.

Coronavirus Transport News

538 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Isle of Wight’s Island Line set to reopen in November after £26m upgrades

South Western Railway has revealed that the Isle of Wight’s Island Line could open on the 1st of November if train safety tests are successful

UK’s rail freight movement bounces back to pre-pandemic levels

Statistics published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in the UK has revealed that the amount of freight moving across the country’s railways has returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Enabling a safe return to rail travel: lessons from IRITS

Railway passenger numbers were hit globally as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and have not returned to pre-Covid levels.

Amtrak requires mandatory employee vaccinations

Aligning its health policies with newly established federal mandates, Amtrak is eliminating the ability for employees to opt for weekly COVID-19 testing in lieu of vaccinations, effective Nov.

Overtourism and sustainability in the post-Covid, COP26 era: Should travel be only for the rich?

The world may be ever so slowly reopening after Covid, but the familiar spectre of overtourism has come back to haunt the travel sector.

Europe

7365 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
[DE / NL] RailAdventure Luxon coming to the Netherlands: here’s the timetable

No InnoTrans, no transport logistic… What do you do when the big expos are cancelled, and you still want to meet your clients in person?

TMH’s Bayern depot topped out

Transmashholding has held a topping out ceremony for the €45m depot it is building at Langweid am Lech in Bayern to maintain EMUs for use by Go-Ahead.

[RO / Expert] Softronic: Green light for Green Cargo’s next Transmontana

After a brief summer pause, Softronic is ramping up its Transmontana production once again.

Inauguration of the Trinitat Nova Station in Barcelona

Our PSD platform doors have been installed on Barcelona line 11, Trinitat Nova station, which has been enlarged and equipped with automatic platform doors on both sides, synchronised with the train doors.

Hydrogen shunting locomotive unveiled

Pesa Bydgoszcz has unveiled its prototype SM42-6Dn hydrogen fuel cell shunting locomotive at the Trako 2021 trade fair in Gdańsk.

Gunzelling Reports

1455 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
(Video) Live Steam Action at the Fall Meet

Don’t forget to click the “Watch on YouTube” button to hit the like button and check out the links I have below the video.

The CP TEC Train Returns…

The CP TEC Train returned to the northend last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/9/2021

There were 71 sightings for this week; This is 4 sightings more than last week.

Photo Album: Adirondack Live Steamers Fall Meet

Below are my photos from the Saturday of the Fall Meet.

Green and Gold CMA CGM Box

Never seen this one before and was very lucky to get a shot of it between the shadows.

Inland Rail Project

709 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Inland Rail takes billion dollar step toward N2N construction

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has announced a joint venture to undertake the southern civil works along the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail, ahead of the green light.

That's a 'no' to bridge over Forbes Inland Rail crossing

An overpass over the Inland Rail crossing on the Newell Highway in Forbes is not part of the project scope, Forbes Shire Council has been told.

Acciona and Cimic team to build stretch of Australia’s 1,700km Inland Railway

Spanish firm Acciona and Cimic Group company CPB Contractors have formed a 50–50 joint venture to work with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) on a 306km works programme.

ARTC announces major Inland Rail collaborative agreement

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has secured a collaborative framework agreement with Freight Connect (a consortium including Laing O’Rourke and FKG Group) for the delivery of Inland Rail civil works in Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland.

ACACPB joint venture to execute Inland Rail south civil works

ACACPB Joint Venture (JV) has been selected by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver the Inland Rail’s southern civil works programme valued at around $869m (A$1.

International Rail News

5652 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
What Happened To Air Slovakia?

Air Slovakia was a small scheduled and charter airline based in Bratislava, the capital city of the country after which the carrier was named.

Direct Awards for Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains

TWO Abellio-led rail franchises, Greater Anglia (GA) and West Midlands Trains (WMT), have agreed National Rail Contracts (NRCs) with Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT).

Belo Horizonte Metro set for Reais 3.2bn investment

THE government of Brazil and the state of Minas Gerais have announced a Reais 3.

Cockerill to build locos in Brazil

Belgian locomotive manufacturer John Cockerill is to set up an assembly plant in the Novo Cavaleiros district in the city of Macaé in Rio de Janeiro state.

IRJ In-Brief – Fleet: Testing starts of Newag EMUs for Warsaw; ETR1000 reaches Spain for testing; Medway Italy orders new electr

Testing has started of the first of 21 Impuls 2 five-car EMUs being built by Newag for Warsaw commuter rail operator SKM.

Letters to the Editor

335 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

Anyone who has visited the area over the past few months can’t have missed the huge amount of street works going on, as part of plans to revamp the road layout around Aldwych and Strand.

The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

Early morning presentation

I was invited to do a Zoom presention to the St.

RISSB major projects update

RISSB is working with stakeholders to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing rail.

Model Railways

2532 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
One less siding, but better performance

If you want to find every place on your track that needs work, try running a brass steam locomotive over it.

A bit more landscaping

Serious landscaping has started with static grass I still have a long way to go with the installation of a few trees and bushes etc, I will assess the situation as I don’t want to overcrowd the module.

Lafayette County Coal Co on the ADK&LC

The reason I’ve been slacking off on catching up on posts is that the Massena Train show is less than a week away, and I still have a module needing work.

(Video) A Brief Tour of my HO Scale Module

I will be posting a much better video while I’m at Massena… –Harrison

Feed Storage Shed for Enosburg Falls

I built this model about a little more than year ago (I think!

Narrow Gauge

141 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show 2021

Ken Jones visited the Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show on 29th August and has sent us the following photographs.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway’s flagship steam locomotive returns to service!

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway has confirmed that their flagship steam locomotive, “The Earl”, is back in service hauling steam trains.

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway launches new Day Rover tickets

The Eastleigh Lakeside Railway in Hampshire, has announced that they are now offering Day Rover Tickets for passengers wanting more rides.

Steam locomotive Jurassic returns at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

Jurassic, a 118-year-old steam locomotive, has been back in steam at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway in Skegness.

Prototype Day at the Adirondack Live Steamers

Yesterday was prototype day at the Adirondack Live Steamers.

New South Wales Rail News

4416 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
EnergyAustralia to close NSW coal power plant early

Another Australian coal-fired power plant is set to shut its doors earlier than expected, as the national energy market’s shift away from fossil fuels towards cleaner generation gathers speed.

Western Sydney Airport metro secures final planning approval

The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has received its third and final planning approval from the federal government.

Alstom awarded Sydney ETCS contracts

Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Trains have awarded Alstom two contracts to design, supply and support ETCS Level 2 trackside equipment.

$20 million contract awarded for NSW rail centre

A $20 million contract has been awarded to deliver major electrical works at Dubbo’s Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in New South Wales.

$100m contract extension for UGL

CIMIC Group company UGL, as a member of the RailConnect NSW joint venture, has been awarded a contract extension by Transport for NSW to increase the size of the Mariyung Fleet, and install an additional transformer at the maintenance facility at Kangy Angy on the NSW Central Coast.

New Zealand Rail News

596 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
City Rail Link back to work

City Rail Link expects a rapid and successful return to work at its Auckland construction sites today, with strict health and safety protocols operating in line with the New Zealand Government’s COVID Alert Level 3 announcement.

Return to work for CRL

City Rail Link expects a rapid and successful return to work at its Auckland construction sites on Wednesday, with strict health and safety protocols operating in line with the New Zeraland Government’s Covid-19 Alert Level 3 announcement.

Auckland light rail won't start before 2024 according to Government transport plan

Construction of Auckland’s Light Rail network won’t start before 2024 according to the government’s just-released 

KiwiRail reports improved surplus following revenue growth

NEW Zealand national railway KiwiRail has reported an improved surplus of $NZ 63.

KiwiRail announces freight service ‘to keep New Zealand moving’

National railway KiwiRail is to launch a weekday freight service between Auckland and Christchurch from October, boosting capacity between the North and South islands in time for the peak season and while the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting other modes.

Northern Territory Rail News

225 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New rail terminal could turn dreams into reality

There is a window of opportunity needing to be seized following the release of a tender into the relocation of the Darwin Passenger Railway Terminal.

NT cattle's return to transport by rail could save producers $120 per head to SA, study finds

A study looking at the viability of transporting cattle on rail to Darwin and South Australia is being conducted by the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

Rail authorities are getting projects done while promoting cross-cultural awareness.

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

With the worsening situation with regard to Covid 19 and South Australia The Ghan passenger train has been stopped at Alice Springs.

Opinion

148 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Show us the money: Sustainable finance tech for COP26 to think about

COP26 is coming, with world leaders convening in Scotland to discuss the threat of the worsening climate crisis.

America’s Most Toxic Car Ads: Greenwashing Edition

This is the fourth bout in our competition to find America’s Most Toxic Car Ad.

America’s Most Toxic Car Ads: Child Endangerment Edition

This is the fifth bout in our competition to find America’s Most Toxic Car Ad.

OPINION: ‘Playable’ Cities Are the Next Public-Space Frontier

If any good has come out of the past year and a half of the pandemic, it is the recognition that cities must dedicate more public space for people to walk, exercise and simply breathe in order to promote public health and wellbeing.

OPINION: Pass the Bicycle Commuter Act — Now!

The Biden infrastructure package isn’t the only pending federal legislation that could have a big effect on the lives of New Yorkers.

Other Transport News

1293 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Hot Shots: Flash floods, summer snow, choppy landing and more

Every Friday, FreightWaves takes a look at the past week or so in social media, highlighting images in trucking, transportation and weather.

Op-Ed: Will States and Feds Let Cities Tame Urban Highways?

Urban highways are a fixture of city life in the U.

Talking Headways Podcast: The Community Knows What it Wants

This week we’re joined by Duncan Hwang, interim co-director of the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon, and Gauri Rajbaidya, architect and senior associate at SERA.

Who’s protecting and maintaining Chicago’s protected bike lanes?

It’s not uncommon for Streetsblog Chicago to be tagged in social media posts about a bike lane obstruction, whether it be a vehicle, a commercial sign, a construction project, snow, or trash.

Top Ten California Automated Vehicle Policy Strategies

Automated vehicle (AV) hype has soared in recent years.

Pacific National News

64 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Full capacity for Pacific National

Pacific National is increasing its services to keep Australia’s supply chain moving during the pandemic.

Prioritise freight worker vaccinations, says Scurrah

The vaccination of COVID-19 to essential freight workers should be accelerated says Pacific National chief executive Paul Scurrah.

Covid testing boost for freight rail workers

Pacific National Australia has thanked the New South Wales government for providing additional resources for COVID testing of essential freight workers at Taree.

Kiama incident report emphasises risk controls

A report into an incident at Kiama, on behalf of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, has emphasised risk controls measures to avoid a reoccurence.

Pacific National & ACFS Port Logistics committed to St Marys community

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3.

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.

Qube Logistics

16 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

Qube Holdings has revealed it will write down up to $215 million on a loss-making import-export rail terminal at its Moorebank freight hub as it signed off on a deal to sell land and warehouses to a consortium led by the Logos Property Group.

Qube cool on One Rail’s coal, watching brief on freight

ASX-listed Qube Holdings is not one to shy away from a deal in the Australian transport sector - however the coal exposure inside Macquarie’s One Rail Australia has given it pause for thought.

Inland Ports, Tricky Politics: Chris Corrigan’s Qube reels in $1.7bn public land sale

Chris Corrigan, golden boy of the Liberal Party, villain of Labor, has won a $1.

Fitting the signal to the system

There’s no doubt that the coming generation of intermodal terminals will take the next step forward in efficiency, backed by the latest in automation technology.

JobKeeper messages between Qube Holdings and Treasury shed light on how ports giant qualified for subsidies

The port and rail giant Qube Holdings had a good year in 2020: strong revenue, healthy profits, bonuses for executives and dividends for shareholders.

Queensland Rail News

2812 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
The last loaded train leaves Minerva coal mine

The Minerva Mine has reportedly loaded its last train today, with PN's MF16 leaving this afternoon with four 83 class working in Distributed Power.

Bowen Rail’s Queensland coal locomotives delivered

Adani Group’s Bowen Rail Co has taken delivery of the first of 10 locomotives ordered to haul coal from Bravus Mining & Resources’ Carmichael Mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, which is to begin operations this year.

Adani within months of first coal exports

Adani Australia chief executive 

State-of-the-art Bowen Rail locomotives arrive to transport Carmichael coal

Bowen Rail Company today celebrated the arrival of its first state-of-the-art locomotives arriving through the Port of Townsville, as the business ramps up to start transporting coal for its first customer – Bravus Mining & Resources Carmichael Mine.

Report details seconds leading up to fatal Queensland train crash

The collision in Westwood, central Queensland, claimed one life and left several others injured.

Rail Events

813 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
National Rail Awards 2021: Wakefield Westgate wins Best Large Station of the Year award

At this year’s National Rail Awards, Wakefield Westgate has won Best Large Station of the Year, rail operator London North Eastern Railway has confirmed.

Webinar: Delivering an Optimal on-Board Audio Experience

Careful planning and dimensioning of a high-quality on-board railway audio system is essential in order to ensure public address (PA) announcements are intelligible under all circumstances.

Rail Support Services helps transport crash-damaged Merseyrail Class 507 train to Newport docks

Rail Support Services has told RailAdvent that they have assisted in transporting a damaged Merseyrail Class 507 train to the docks ahead of being dismantled.

Huge success for ScotRail at National Rail Awards

ScotRail has been celebrating after winning awards at the annual National Rail Awards.

Southern named Operator of the Year at the National Rail Awards

Southern has confirmed that it was named Passenger Operator of the Year at this year’s National Rail Awards.

Rail News

4399 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
The Dining Car is Back!

ABOARD THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR.

AEO accreditation for Aldridge

Railway signal manufacturer Aldridge has achieved Authorised Engineering Organisation status, recognising its excellence in innovation and engineering.

Showcase: Digitising track renewal processes

NR’s Accelerated Innovation programme approached Intoware last year as information on its track renewals was not being fully captured and utilised efficiently across the network.

Showcase: Providing anticorrosion coating durability through primer application

Cortec’s VpCI-395 primer is a fast drying, two-component (2K) water-based epoxy one-coat system that can be applied directly to metal for use as a protective primer in harsh, unsheltered outdoor applications.

Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident: System Safety Comes of Age

PART 1, THE CASE FOR SYSTEM SAFETY: Industry 4.

Rail Travel

491 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Tavel Notes and Comments

I took and passed the Covid-19 test yesterday afternoon at a CVS pharmacy here in Alexandria.

Family Bedroom vs. Roomette

Bottom Line: It’s just hard to beat a Roomette.

More on Amtrak Food Service

First, let’s be clear that the opinions I share with you are based on just a few meals served under very different conditions.

Happy hour on the Indian Pacific: The joys of long distance rail travel

Australia is big and it has some great options when it comes to rail travel.

Back in the Saddle Again!

I stood it for as long as I could.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 3 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

396 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
A lot of moquette socks

The London Transport Museum has been selling transport moquette socks for a while, but now they’ve brought out a bumper pack of socks.

FreightWaves Classics/Leaders: Executive led Pennsylvania Railroad and much more

On this date in 1935, railroad executive William Wallace Atterbury died in Philadelphia at the age of 69.

Unique Rail Heritage Centre Officially Opened in Doncaster

Doncaster's Rail Heritage Centre which takes centre stage inside Danum Gallery, Library and Museum has been officially opened.

The Forest of Dean Tramways and Railways – An Addendum:

In this addendum to the articles already written about the Forest of Dean, we take a general look at the Forest through the eyes of Humphrey Household.

Throwback Thursday The War Department Bucketlist

Back in the midsts of time I always wanted a complete set of British Rail ‘Standards’.

Railway Preservation

1402 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Police urge locals to enjoy Flying Scotsman’s visit to Skegness safely

The British Transport Police are urging locals to enjoy the visit of Flying Scotsman today, 25th September, to Skegness safely.

Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to visit Skegness this Saturday on a tour from London

Steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in London, Peterborough and Skegness on Saturday 25th September 2021.

Mayor welcomes funding boost for tourism and rail heritage

Wollondilly Mayor Robert Khan has welcomed a major boost to the Shire’s tourism sector with the commitment of $9.

Curve 13

Well the low leg of Curve 13 is now all heavy rail, in long lengths and all fastened down.

Railway Publications

325 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
The camera doesn’t lie: Future Rail issue 92 is out now

This week marks the 40th anniversary of TGV operation in France, and hence 40 years of high-speed rail across the country.

Book of the Week: The Last Days of BR Steam in Wessex Vol 2. Southern Region

By the early 1960s, BR’s aim to eliminate steam traction was all too evident.

Bells & Whistles—Tracks unstable along California cliff

Century-old Norfolk Southern bridge set to be repaired in the coming months

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

“Everything I've done has prepared me for ice swimming.

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

Long-distance passenger services were hit particularly hard, falling by 42.

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.

Russian Rail News

213 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Moscow shuttle: Rotterdam’s new gateway to Russia

A new cross-border connection is in the pipeline for Rotterdam, organised by Smartcontainer B.

You can now find TransContainer on Alibaba.com

PSJC TransContainer, the Russian rail freight service provider has acquired an account on the Alibaba marketplace.

Hitachi Rail Debuts C&S Products, Services at RSSI

Hitachi Rail’s booth features

Siemens: Focus on Rail Digitalization at RSSI

With a focus on digitalization, Siemens has a display

FESCO enlarges reefer container fleet

Another batch of 300 reefer containers is added to FESCO’s fleet.

South Australian Rail News

897 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Gawler railway line commuters still without end date for long-awaited train electrification

Commuters in Adelaide's northern suburbs remain without an end date for the electrification of the Gawler rail line, seven weeks after it was revealed the project would continue into the new year.

Drug breaches, safety incidents hit Gawler rail line upgrade

Workers on Gawler’s rail line electrification project are failing drug tests, and there have been hundreds of safety incidents.

Adelaide’s trains move towards a greener future

South Australia’s public transport system is taking another step towards becoming greener and more energy efficient, with hybrid energy technologies being adopted for more than half of the existing fleet of diesel trains.

Adelaide public transport complaints reach record level as commuters return to system

The number of complaints per 100,000 journeys on Adelaide's public transport system rises again as people return to the city's buses, trains and trams.

Gawler rail line delays continue frustrating commuters again

Gawler rail line delays continue frustrating commuters again as the government gives no clear end date of the electrification upgrade.

Tasmanian Rail News

435 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
2,000 train trips later

Tom Pavic-Ryan reflects on 11 years of being a guide on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

This railway is synonymous with Tassie's west coast, and now there's a push to have it heritage listed

It's a remarkable feat of engineering, and now there's a push to have this west coast railway added to the national heritage list.

TasRail looks to Tasmanian firm to design and build new shiploader

TasRail is finalising negotiations with a Tasmanian business on the design and construction contract for its new shiploader at Burnie.

Kristie Johnston attacks parties’ ‘hollow’ promises as she pushes for fast track of passenger rail

The government is “backing away a million miles an hour” from its passenger rail commitment, an independent candidate says, as she calls for the project to be put on the fast track.

Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

The Port of Hobart will be the state’s international gateway to the Southern Ocean thanks to TasPorts’ planned multi-million-dollar redevelopment for Macquarie Wharfs.

Technology News

246 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Nozomi Networks and Cervello partner for rail cybersecurity solutions

Software company Nozomi Networks has teamed up with railway cybersecurity company Cervello to deliver end-to-end cybersecurity solutions to the rail industry.

System Safety, Part 3: Identifying Overlooked Practices

RAILWAY AGE, DECEMBER 2020 ISSUE: Industry 4.

Showcase: Smart and sustainable onboard waste systems

GARRANDALE, Britain, has developed Cleartrak, a sustainable train toilet waste treatment system that deals with waste on the train during operation, removing the maintenance of the Controlled Emission Tank (CET) from the depot work schedule.

Showcase: Modular condition monitoring

Various sensor platforms are installed on the bogie, which record acceleration and vibrations, as well as bumps in the wheel-rail contact during operation.

Train Simulator News

82 stories | Newest story posted last month
Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games has announced that Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2.

How to Install Rolling stock , loco sound and Cabview in msts openrails

This tutorial for installation of Diesel rolling stock, sound and cabviewI’m giving sound and cabview folder for Alco and Emd locos.

Cathcart Circle Line released for Dovetail Games’ Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games, makers of Train Sim World 2, has announced that the Cathcart Circle Line has been released for Train Sim World 2.

Vidarbha Route

MSTS Indian Railway Vidarbha Route Part 1.

Tram and Light Rail News

2157 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
RAIB to investigate collision between cyclist and tram near in Greater Manchester

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced that they will be investigating an incident between a cyclist and tram on the Manchester Metrolink.

Board approves massive light-rail project that will serve southeast L.A., low-income minorities

The approval came after review of the Metro Draft West Santa Ana Branch Environmental Impact Statement.

TriMet plans weekend construction along MAX Red Line to help keep trains running efficiently

Get ready for a smoother, more efficient ride on the MAX Red Line.

Public transport and active mobility must be at the heart of new EU Urban Mobility Framework

PUBLIC transport and active mobility must be the foundation on which changes to the urban mobility systems are made in order to counter the ongoing climate crisis, says a broad coalition of transport stakeholders in a statement released on September 23.

First tram track stretch deployed under Wolverhampton Metro extension

The Wolverhampton City Centre Metro extension project has reached a milestone, with the first section of tram tracks installed outside the city’s renovated railway station.

UK

7175 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
CCTV images released after man left with stab wounds at Hertfordshire station

CCTV images have been released by the British Transport Police as officers continue to investigate a serious assault at Waltham Cross station in Hertfordshire.

Supermarket shelves kept stocked thanks to growth in rail freight

This week, figures were released by the Office of Road and Rail which have showed a 36.

Transport for Wales begins upgrade work at Cardiff Central

Transport for Wales’ Station Improvement Vision has moved forward with upgrades for customer facilities at Cardiff Central Station starting this week.

Competition seeking best young rail photographers open

Entries are still being accepted for the Rail Camera Club’s free competition for railway photographers aged under 26 to showcase their work.

E³ Now Also for Robel Machines

E³ Now Also for Robel Machines E to the power of three stands for Economic – Ecologic – Ergonomic, for economic efficiency, pollution control and advanced ergonomics of Plasser & Theurer track maintenance machines.

USA

6641 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Amtrak Empire Builder Derails in Montana (Updated Sept. 27)

The New York Times reported that dozens on board were injured, and of those, five were still hospitalized as of Sept.

Amtrak Empire Builder Derails in Montana (Updated, 12:30 p.m. ET)

The New York Times reported that more than 50 of the approximately 141 passengers and 17 crew members on board were injured.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff Stepping Down in May 2022

Keel, who is also a Councilmember for University Place, Wash.

3 dead in Amtrak train derailment in Montana

The train was traveling from Chicago to Seattle.

Federal watchdog sues BNSF over alleged sexual harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of female employees alleging a sexually hostile work environment at BNSF’s rail yard in Alliance, Nebraska.

Victorian Rail News

8233 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
GrainCorp cautious about future MBRP investment

Grain accumulator and processor GrainCorp has expressed caution about continuing to invest in Victorian rail network sites, while the outcomes for the Murray Basin Rail Project remain unclear.

VLocity Trains A Step Closer For Warrnambool

Work will soon be underway to bring VLocity trains to Victoria’s south west for the first time, as construction progresses on the overhaul of the Warrnambool Line.

Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy

We are seeking input from the commercial ports sector to shape the development of the new Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy for the next 30 years.

X’trapolis 2·0 suburban trains ordered

Victoria’s Department of Transport has formally awarded Alstom a €300m contract to supply 25 six-car X’trapolis 2·0 electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Melbourne suburban network.

Western Australian Rail News

1427 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Perth network poised for AFL Final

Public transport preparations for this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium in Perth are well underway, with every bus and train to be out on the network.

Iron ore miner orders heavy–haul battery locomotive

Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive.

Iron ore miner orders heavy-haul battery locomotive

Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive.

Roy Hill orders battery locomotive from Wabtec

AUSTRALIAN heavy-haul rail and port operator Roy Hill has ordered a FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive from Wabtec for use on its 344km 1435mm-gauge iron-ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Rail trespass legislation reintroduced to Parliament 

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has reintroduced the Government Railways Amendment Bill to the State Parliament.

Yarra Trams

766 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
High Street, Kew renewal works

Works on High Street are temporarily stopping in line with public health directions.

Route 64 Disruption - Saturday 25 September

Due to a tram fault on Hawthorn Road:

AFL Grand Final Public Holiday

Friday 24 September, first to last tram

Route 6 Disruption - Saturday 25 September

Due to an incident in High Street

Route 6 Disruption - Friday 24 September

Route 6 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

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