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New Horizons for young rail professionals

Organisations involved in the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand are being invited to nominate an emerging leader to take part in RISSB’s Horizons 3.

Start to light rail Stage 2 looking unlikely in 2021

Construction of the next stage of light rail is looking like being pushed back until 2022 due to the impact of the pandemic and the complexity of the project and approvals processes.

The contribution of rail in Australia

The rail industry contributes $29.

Leadership in the rail industry

Mark Donaldson VC knows a thing or two about leadership and resilience.

The railroad out of recovery: Michael McCormack’s vision for rail

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack sets out how rail transport could lead Australia out of a COVID-19 recession.


285 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Egypt and Sudan to cooperate on international rail link

The signing was carried out following a virtual meeting between Egypt’s minister of transport, Mr Kamel Al-Wazir, and Mr Hashim Ibn Auf, the Sudanese minister for infrastructure and transport, on November 8.

Board appointed at ‘too big to fail’ Prasa

The government has appointed a permanent management board for national operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa for the first time since 2017.

Prasa formally opens Western Cape control complex

Prasa has formally inaugurated its R2∙8bn Rail Management & Train Control Centre at Bellevue in Cape Town, as part of its programme to modernise its signalling and infrastructure, including adoption of ETCS tailored to local conditions.

Traxtion targets open access opportunities

Rolling stock leasing and engineering company Traxtion Group has announced plans to invest in additional locomotives and wagons to support open access operations as the 22 500 km Transnet network is opened up to new entrants.

Airline News

274 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Another Airline Retires the Last of Their BAe146 / RJ85's + Reminiscences About the Dan-Air Fleet

Dublin, Ireland-headquartered CityJet has withdrawn its only remaining BAE Systems Avro RJ85 ending a 27-year association with the regional jet and its predecessor, the BAe146.

Another Airline Retires the Last of Their BAe146 / RJ85's

Dublin, Ireland-headquartered CityJet has withdrawn its only remaining BAE Systems Avro RJ85 ending a 27-year association with the regional jet and its predecessor, the BAe146.

A Visit to Tahiti

I’ve never written much about Tahiti and that’s really an oversight because I’ve been there five or six times and enjoyed it very much.

We’re Not So Damn Smart

Americans will drive to the airport, park the car for $25 a day, allow two hours to get through security, then catch a 45-minute flight to see relatives for a holiday weekend.

Farewell to Last Two BA 747's

British Airways said goodbye to its final two Heathrow-based B747 jumbo aircraft yesterday morning.

Arabian Rail News

227 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
LRTC Consortium completes Lusail LRT phase 1

The first phase includes 9.

Alstom Completes Phase 1 of Qatari Light Rail Project

Alstom has completed the first phase of the light rail project for the planned city of Lusail, which is currently being built near Doha in Qatar.

Desiro HC EMUs en route to Tel Aviv

The first two of 24 partly double-deck electric multiple-units being built for Israel Railways by Siemens Mobility have been shipped from Hamburg and are due to arrive in Israel towards the end of November.

First batch of graduates obtain Railways Diploma Programme and join Etihad Rail DB

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the national railway network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced the graduation of the first batch of Emirati nationals on the Railways Diploma Programme from the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) and their subsequent employment by Etihad Rail DB, the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of Stage One of the national railway network.

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.


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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

3547 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Bombardier Transportation wins contract for Chinese high-speed train cars

Bombardier Transportation has announced that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd.

BST to supply 250 km/h CR300AF trainsets

China Railway has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 1·6bn yuan contract to supply 14 eight-car CR300AF trainsets by January 2021.

Karachi Circular Railway section revived

The long-proposed resumption of services on part of the Karachi Circular Railway was celebrated with an inaugural train on November 19.

Car driver suvives train crash with minor injuries

A 36-year-old motorist escaped with minor injuries when his car was struck by a passenger train at an unguarded crossing in Muang district on Thursday night.

Gauge-changing train is no game changer for China

[center]The recently launched high-speed rail adaptable to different [/center][center]track widths is unlikely to jump the hurdles of the BRI.


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Aurizon to change toilets after Rail Tram and Bus Union complained to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Project Kenny is underway at the Aurizon Pring Depot after a crappy situation with toilets and sewerage on locomotives injured two workers.

Aurizon targets net zero operational emissions by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Aurizon targets net zero operations by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Aurizon releases Climate Strategy and Action Plan

Aurizon today released its inaugural Climate Strategy and Action Plan.

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.

Australian High Speed Rail

33 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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

621 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Shuttle bus trial between Lilli Pilli and Caringbah to end and be replaced by more frequent regular services

The frequency of regular bus services between Lilli Pilli Point and Caringbah will be greatly increased as a result of Opal data and feedback from passengers gathered during the trial of a Turn Up and Go minibus shuttle.

Timetable Tuesday #97: Frankston South's loopy 773

Nothing ever happens to buses in Frankston South.

New Manchester Trams Set to Boost Capacity and Social Distancing

The first of 27 new Metrolink trams is set to arrive this week, boosting capacity on the network and providing more space for social distancing.

Stagecoach West Cumbria ‘Poppy Bus’

Stagecoach has unveiled a special ‘poppy bus’ in West Cumbria.

Go North East Trials 6-cylinder StreetDeck as Part of £5 million Investment

Go North East has invested £5million into new, environmentally friendly buses from UK-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus.


762 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
‘Railroading’ a town: The people of Milton versus CN Rail

A 20-year fight between CN Rail and the people of Milton, Ont.

Alstom unveils new trains for Montreal REM

Alstom manufactured the trains as part of the Groupe PPM consortium, which also includes Montreal-based consultancy, SNC-Lavalin.

Social risk trumps financial risk for Canadian crude-by-rail

Shipments of Canadian heavy crude oil via rail in 2021 are likely to be below the volume peaks that occurred at the beginning of 2020, credit ratings firm Moody’s Investors Service said in a Monday note related to Canadian crude-by-rail.

Minister of Transport issues revised Order to improve rail safety in winter

Continued vigilance is absolutely necessary to ensure the safe transportation of dangerous goods by rail in colder weather, and to protect both railway workers and those living near Canada’s rail corridors.

Crude by rail poses higher social than financial risk – report

Shipments of crude oil by rail in Canada in 2021 are expected to remain below the peaks of the beginning of 2020, according to a new report by Moody’s Investor’s Service.

Cityrail News

795 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Man in court over sexual act on train – Strathfield

A man will appear in court next month after being charged over allegedly performing a sexual act on a train near Strathfield earlier this week.

Sydney’s most famous voice: The woman behind Sydney Trains announcements

Every day, from dawn to way past dusk, more than a million Australians listen intently to what Taylor Owynns has to say.

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.

Coronavirus Transport News

346 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Post-Pandemic Travel – the Things You Need to Know

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted almost every area of life – from the way we work to the way we shop, our daily routines are certainly looking very different from just a few months ago.

Useful Network Part 69: The temporary COVID tram change we should have kept

This is fruit so low it couldn't hang any lower.

Hull Trains to temporarily suspend all train services for second time in 2020

Following the announcement by the UK government regarding a second lockdown in England as a result of a severe increase in coronavirus cases, Hull Trains has announced that it will be temporarily suspending all of its train services for a second time in 2020 from 00:01 on 5 November 2020.

Call for EU freight transport crisis contingency plan

The Council of the EU, which brings together national ministers from each member state, has called on the European Commission to draw up ‘swiftly’ a pandemic and major crisis contingency plan for the freight sector.

How the rail industry is driving a post-COVID economy

by Mark Campbell, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Rail Track Corporation


5724 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
€10.5bn for rail in Portuguese 10-year investment plan

This includes a new Lisbon – Porto high-speed line, with a travel time of 1h 15min; a new cross-border Porto – Vigo line with a one hour travel time; the modernisation and complete electrification of the network by 2030; an increase in capacity in urban areas; and the replacement and purchase of new rolling stock.

Dutch alliance contributes €1bn to Amsterdam metro projects

The alliance includes the Amsterdam Transport Region, the municipal governments of Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer, the provincial government of North Holland, Netherlands Railways (NS), Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) and Schiphol Airport.

UIC annual report: safety continues to improve

UIC says that although a total of 4077 serious incidents were recorded in 2019 across all members of the index, the number of incidents has proportionally decreased.

Wagon workshop changes hands

Franz Kaminski Waggonbau has acquired GATX Rail Europe’s Jungenthal facility at Misburg, near Hannover, which it plans to reopen under the name Franz Kaminski Hanover.

ÖBB receives €80 million in financing for new electric multiple units

KfW IPEX-Bank has announced that it is providing €80 million towards the financing for new electric multiple units (EMUs) acquired by the passenger rail company, Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB).

Gunzelling Reports

1199 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/11/2020

There were 85 sightings for this week; This is 6 sightings more than last week.

Pasco Yard

Although my vacation focus this year was on the Great Northern branch between Wenatchee and Oroville in Washington, I took some time to look at the former Northern Pacific (now BNSF) in Pasco, WA.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/11/2020

There were 79 sightings for this week; This is 4 sightings more than last week.

W – O Trip 2020: Pt. 4

The plan for the day was to follow the W – O from Chelan north to Omak.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/11/2020

There were 75 sightings for this week; This is 9 sightings more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

435 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Millmerran Rail Group hopeful today’s Senate Inquiry will shed further light on rail project

Farmers have called for the Federal Government to await the outcome of the Senate Inquiry and the report of an independent panel of experts reviewing flood modelling before progressing with an Environmental Impact Statement for the Border to Gowrie section of the route.

ARTC awards $A 693.8m Inland Rail contract as bidders identified for next stage

Inland Rail is a $A 11bn project to develop a new 1700km line between Melbourne and Brisbane, which is split into 13 sections.

Deputy PM refuses to answer questions on alternate Inland Rail route review he asked for

The review of an alternate Inland Rail route came back being more expensive than the government’s preferred route.

ARTC signs contract worth more than $650 million with Trans4m Rail to deliver Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) Inland Rail project

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has signed a contract worth more than $650 million with joint-venture Trans4m Rail to construct the next section of Inland Rail between Narrabri and North Star (N2NS).

Three consortia shortlisted to submit Inland Rail proposals

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have invited three consortia to enter a Request for Proposal (RFP) phase for an Inland Rail section which includes a 6.

International Rail News

5489 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Pandrol’s AutoSeal eliminates the need for manual sealing when welding rails

Pandrol says up to 5 min per rail weld can be saved through the use of its newly-launched AutoSeal mould, which has a built-in insulation joint that expands during pre-heating to create a tight seal and eliminate the need for manual completion.

European policy: Fostering a positive safety culture

Learning from the experience of other high-risk industries, the EU Agency for Railways has developed a Safety Culture Model to support the embedding of safe practices within the European rail sector, as Programme Manager Grégory Rolina explains to Nick Kingsley.

In The News | 16th November 2020 | Latest Rail News

the latest rail news on Monday, 16th November

In The News | 13th November 2020 | Latest Rail News

The latest rail news on Friday, 13th November 2020

Siemens’ Ebitda falls but revenue stable in 2020 results

Despite the impact of Covid-19, revenue fell by only 2% year-on-year from €2.

Letters to the Editor

314 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Unique Virtual Events for Bloggers and Journalists in November

Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of what’s happening in the blog world.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging and How to Avoid Them

Being a serial writer is a demanding and mysterious craft.

Media Insider: Google to Pay Publishers $1B, Senator Introduces Bill to Help Local News, Bloomberg Creates Wealth Vertical

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

Putting out an A.P.B. (Archives Photo Bulletin!)

Perusing the above list, it's a checklist of things people don't photograph.

Have you seen our lost dog walking the tracks in NSW

We realise your always busy and you get out and about in the area which could be helpful to us , just spotting our lost dog , he has been travelling along side the rail track from Tahmoor to Colo Vale as staff have seen him and staff at the ARTC are looking out for him

Model Railways

1962 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Rapido Trains New Have EP-5 “Jet” in HO scale

HO scale – Rapido Trains shares a look at the working pantograph on its coming New Haven EP-5 “Jet” electric locomotive model.

Decaling tips for your lettering projects

Please check out my latest YouTube video with decal tips on your next lettering project.

Planning Out My New Layout Design

This morning I had some time to make a 3D model of my train area in Fusion 360.

New project ideas

Have you started your first big fall project?

Hornby: Model train maker steams ahead in lockdown

Model railway maker Hornby has seen its sales surge by 33% in the six months to the end of September, as more people took up hobbies in lockdown.

Narrow Gauge

121 stories | Newest story posted last month
Restoring a Devore kit, Part 2

Only the older readers of this blog will have personal memory of the kit line from Devore, which were cast metal kits of various kinds.

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.

New South Wales Rail News

4156 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Record-breaking day for GrainCorp as farmers rejoice over bumper winter harvest

GrainCorp has received the highest daily volume of grain in its history due to this year's bumper winter harvest.

First of bumper grain harvest heads to Vietnam bringing Newcastle terminal back to life

The first shipment of grain from this year's bumper New South Wales wheat harvest is set to leave the Port of Newcastle today.

Sydney Metro announces contract packages for West and Western Sydney Airport

During a Transport for NSW major project briefing in late October, Sydney Metro announced the restructure of a number of contract packages for both Sydney Metro West and Western Sydney Airport.

Man in court over sexual act on train at Blue Mountains

A man will appear in court today charged over allegedly performing a sexual act on a train in the Blue Mountains.

RTBU calls on NSW Premier to halt testing of $2b intercity train fleet after report flags safety concerns

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union wants the NSW Premier to stop the state's new intercity trains from entering service after a review of the $2 billion fleet's operating model flagged safety concerns.

New Zealand Rail News

469 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Link Alliance awarded two Auckland City Rail Link packages

Package 5 includes the construction of two grade-separated junctions and 2km of new track, to be constructed while maintaining traffic on the North Auckland Line.

TBM Is Delivered for $2.8B New Zealand Rail Project

A Chinese-built earth pressure balance tunnel boring machine recently arrived in New Zealand, destined for Auckland’s City Rail Link project.

Auckland rail disruption: Noisy grinder machine annoys locals with midnight work

A noisy grinder machine repairing Auckland’s railway tracks overnight is annoying residents.

Auckland awards P2P electrification contract

KiwiRail has awarded the eTRACS joint venture of John Holland and McConnell Dowell an early contractor involvement contract to develop the southern extension of Auckland’s suburban electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe.

Parties set out election transport plans for New Zealand

The New Zealand Green Party has set out its plan for major investment in rail ahead of the New Zealand general election.

Northern Territory Rail News

221 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
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.

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.


110 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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

982 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Work on the design and optimisation of the electric and hybrid powertrains for a 16-tonne road sweeper

£500,000 innovation grant awarded to CFCM and Quattro Group from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for an electric road sweeper

Analysts applaud XPO’s resilience as third-quarter results impress

The transport and logistics titan posted third-quarter results that was a considerable improvement on various fronts from a difficult second quarter.

News Alert: Truck transportation sector added another 9,600 jobs last month

Truck transportation jobs rose a solid 9,600 jobs in October from September, climbing to 1,463,700 jobs, up from 1,454,100 jobs, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pacific National News

46 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
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

243 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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

10 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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

2637 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Support for passenger services between Kuranda and Cairns gathers pace

The petition was started by Mercy Graham after she moved from Kuranda to Cairns for work due to the lack of public transport options.

Better market access hailed at Morven Rail Hub opening

The importance of the new rail hub at Morven to the economy of the small south west Queensland community belted by years of drought was emphasised at its official opening on Thursday.

Gold Coast light rail Stage 4: Planning continues on tram extension to airport

Planning continues on the light rail’s southern route as it is named one of the major projects set to lift the Gold Coast out of the COVID-19 downturn.

Toonpan bush fire burning near highway closes rail network

A grass fire burning between a rail line and busy highway has forced trains to stop

Covering their tracks? Secrecy raises concerns $5.2b project may be a dud

Queensland’s biggest public infrastructure project, the $5.

Rail Events

626 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
In case you missed it – European Silk Road Summit 2020

The European Silk Road Summit has been concluded and was a great success.

We’re Exhibiting at the WTCE 2021 in Hamburg!

Note to Self – Meet with Korita Aviation at WTCE 2021!

European Silk Road Summit 2020 – this is the live blog DAY II

Today is the second day of the European Silk Road Summit 2020.


The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has announced the appointment of Kylie Gallasch as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Local social events to be held as part of AusRAIL Live & On Demand

Four social events will be held in conjunction with AusRAIL in Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney.

Rail News

4304 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Automatic Success with Automatic Inspections. Keep Moving to Succeed

Automated inspection of rolling stock dramatically improves maintenance workflows.

Early costings on infrastructure projects leading to inaccuracy: Grattan report

Governments and project authorities need to improve costings on transport infrastructure, and megaprojects in particular, a new report highlights.

New rail system for Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam is about to see an upgrade in its rail system.

Unipart Rail Signs Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter

Unipart Rail becomes signatory to the RIA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter Building a representative workforce in rail Here at Unipart Rail we are thrilled to be signatories to the RIA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter, launched on 6th November 2020.

Thales building a local home for rail’s next generation

Thales is investing in the local workforce to enable rail’s next generation to fill the digital skills gap.

Rail Travel

347 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Bad Marketing = Bad Results

Ask any professional advertising or marketing person what is the single most effective and least expensive form of advertising and I’ll bet the answer will be, “Word of Mouth.

What the Hell is the Matter with Us?

I was going through a lot of my photographs yesterday—photos I’ve taken in my travels—and I came across this one.

Another Book Project

I’m really fed up with this damn pandemic!

First Frequency, now Capacity?

I’ll wager that a year or two from now, an objective analysis will show that what Amtrak is doing with the long-distance trains during this pandemic might possibly have made their bottom line look better, but would also have come at the expense of literally millions of Americans who live in less populated areas outside of the Northeast Corridor.

Induced travel: how quickly do people adapt?

INDUCED travel due to changes in the transport network is a well-known phenomenon.

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

135 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago

Builder - Comeng, Granville

The Forest of Dean – Milkwall Tramway at Dark Hill

In early September 2020, while staying in Bream in the Forest of Dean we walked around the Titanic Steel Works and the Dark Hill Ironworks of father and son David and Robert Mushet.

1992, A Watershed Year, For Many

1992 was also a watershed year for Kathryn M.

Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters: Pioneers in Civil Rights Movement

Two members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters carry luggage from a sleeping car in this 1946 photo.

This Week in Railroad History – The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers

November 6th, 1855: On this date in railroad history, 68 engineers from 13 states representing 45 railroads met in Baltimore, Maryland to organize the National Protective Association of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of the United States, say that three times fast, forming the nation’s first railroad union.

Railway Preservation

779 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
5910 - Cowan bank - November 1995

This month twenty five years ago on Sunday November 5th, 1995, I recorded 5910 hauling an end platform set up Cowan bank from a vantage point known as the "Grandstand".

Inaugural Golden West Rail Tour makes overnight stop in Kandos

For the first time in a good while, a train arrived at Kandos station and passengers stepped onto the platform at the small town, last Saturday afternoon.

Steam locomotive 45562 Alberta to pass through Settle this Thursday

45562 Alberta will be on the mainline this Thursday, 29th September 2020, as it hauls a special railtour.

No.5551 'The Unknown Warrior' Patriot Project Latest News

The Patriot Project is to build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design, capable of running on the main line and create the new National Memorial Engine, named 'The Unknown Warrior'.

*Flying Scotsman will visit Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) for the first time in October 2021.*

The visit was originally due to take place this October, but Flying Scotsman’s 2020 programme was cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Railway Publications

190 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Book review – Germany’s Railways: 30 years after reunification

The book documents how the network has changed and adapted in the past 30 years, and includes more than 130 images, some of which have never been published before.

Third edition of RailDirector being sent out this week

The third edition of RailDirector is heading to 2,000 rail industry leaders and subscribers this week, featuring stories of resilience and optimism as the rail industry faces up to the challenges of COVID-19.

Film: The railway at war – 1914-1918

In 1919, a special service commemorated the railway workers who had served and lost their lives during the First World War.

What to look for in a quality database in B2B Marketing

Not every database is created equal in B2B marketing.

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted 6 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

156 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Transmashholding delivers new passenger fleets

The coaches will be used to operate services on Sakhalin island, and offer improvements to accessibility including an exterior lifting device.

Russia set to move on €15bn rail plan

The Russian government is eyeing a plan for a RUB1.

Russian Railways open information and training centre in Belgrade

As of 10 November, a Russian Railways information and training centre will operate in the Serbian Railways Head Office at Belgrade.

Railgo to test tank wagons

Rolling stock owner Railgo has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type 15-9993 tank wagons for transporting petroleum products, which it will use to assess the design’s operational advantages before taking a decision on future purchases.

What Investors Want to Know: Russian Freight Rail Transportation During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic represents a significant challenge to the global economy and the Russian transportation sector.

South Australian Rail News

834 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
New details show how Adelaide’s new train operator will get rewarded and penalised

New train operators will get a cash bonus, on top of a lucrative $2.

Works paused on SA rail infrastructure projects

During South Australia’s six-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown, work on rail infrastructure projects will come to a halt.

New details show how Adelaide’s new train operator will get rewarded and penalised

More details have emerged about how Adelaide’s trains will be judged — and who will pay when the system doesn’t run smoothly.

‘Less than half’ of public train workers interested in working for Keolis Downer

Less than half of the 450 train workers Keolis Downer hopes to employ from the public sector have expressed an interest in working for the company, the rail union says.

Rail workers accept smaller 2 per cent pay rise, ending standoff

South Australian train drivers and other rail staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the a pay increase of 2 per cent per annum over the next three years.

Tasmanian Rail News

420 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
ITas to deliver $5 billion infrastructure program

The Tasmanian Government is launching a $5 billion intergenerational infrastructure program to be overseen by Infrastructure Tasmania (ITas), with an additional $7.

Passenger rail would put young people on right track

The Liberal Government’s lack of any progress on its promised passenger rail service for Hobart’s northern suburbs is letting down locals, particularly young people.

'Shame to demolish it': Bridgewater Bridge still facing troubled waters

The prominent 1940s lifting span on the Bridgewater Bridge north of Hobart will be no more if a new $570m design is adopted, but while some are keen for a sleek modern gateway to Hobart, others wants to see the bridge's heritage saved.

Tasmanian Transport Museum's M class steam train chugs towards former 'glory

Steam train enthusiasts are crazy about the M class locomotive, but when the machines arrived in Tasmania 70 years ago, no-one wanted to drive them.

'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.

Technology News

120 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Experts in Advanced Reliable Electrical Connections

Technical Experts for Advanced Reliable Electrical Connections Low-carbon journeys on public transportation, high-voltage power supplies, data collection to increase safe operations and radio systems to improve train performance guide the technology innovations in railway.

GEOWEB® Geocells Strengthen Soft Subgrades for Heavy Loads at Port Facilities

Presto Geosystems GEOWEB® 3D Soil Confinement System stabilises soft subgrade and reduces cross-section for heavy loads at port facility.

Get to Know Our Container Product Range – Korita Aviation

Airlines & Rail Industry Partners, How Well Do You Know Our Container Family?

Network Rail Grants Full Acceptance for CableGuardian®

Network Rail Grants Full Product Acceptance for CableGuardian

PALFINGER’s World Tour Is a Proven Success

Experience solutions at first hand, take part in discussions, ask questions, give ratings – all this and much more was possible on PALFINGER’s World Tour.

Train Simulator News

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Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

Train Simulator 2021 has now arrived on PC with a new collection of routes, improved Steam Workshop feature and a Deluxe Edition that includes a brand-new experience with the West Coast Main Line South.

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

Welcome to the primary metropolitan transportation choice for New Yorker's besides walking, the subway!

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

1893 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
NSW opposition says world’s slowest and most expensive light rail project ‘just got worse’

Sydney’s light rail has been slammed as the ‘slowest and most expensive’ in the world after new figures about its cost were revealed.

Nobbys could be 'important, central point' of Gold Coast light rail, but what of its chilled vibe?

Nobbys' "pretty chilled vibe" acts as an important counterbalance to other Gold Coast precincts, one local says, but that could change in 2024 when light rail arrives.

Councils look to light rail to connect south-west Perth

Councils in south-west Perth are pushing for a new rapid transit link between Murdoch and Fremantle.

First tracks laid for Parramatta Light Rail in Westmead

Tracklaying has begun on the Parramatta Light Rail project with the first tracks laid at Hawkesbury Road in Westmead.


4920 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Franchise termination negotiations in turmoil

Passenger franchise owning groups are reportedly considering legal options including judicial review over the process being followed by the Department for Transport for termination of their existing franchise agreements and the transition to directly awarded contracts.

Private Wagon Federation becomes the Rail Wagon Association

The Private Wagon Federation has rebranded and incorporated as Rail Wagon Association Ltd, in a move which the industry association said was intended to enable it to provide a stronger focus on facilitating the development and maintenance of wagons.

Laser and drone technology recreates Ribblehead viaduct like never before

Laser scanners and drones have been used to map every inch of the iconic Ribblehead viaduct as part of a major restoration project to secure its future for passengers and tourists.

Third RailDirector available to view online

The third instalment of RailDirector is now available to view online for free by clicking here.

Free train travel for almost a thousand fleeing domestic abuse as demand for help soars

Train companies are extending free train travel for survivors of domestic abuse until the end of March next year.


4666 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Amtrak welcomes FRA rule on passenger train performance

After a hotly contested process lasting more than a decade, the Federal Railroad Administration published a Final Rule on November 16 establishing metrics and minimum standards to measure the performance and service quality of inter-city passenger trains.

Pikes Peak rack railway coach ready for commissioning

The first of the coaches which Stadler’s Bussnang plant in Switzerland is building for the Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado has been handed over to the commissioning team.

DB joins U.S. association to support America’s high-speed rail development

With the new incoming Biden administration, the U.

Rocky Mountaineer announces ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ luxury train

Luxury train operator Rocky Mountaineer has announced plans to launch a two-day ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ rail journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah during 2021.

$US 160.8m in federal grants for Amtrak upgrade projects

The Amtrak-owned Connecticut River Bridge Replacement project will receive $US 65.

Victorian Rail News

7666 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Victoria's State Budget aims to solve two big problems, but could create one big headache too

Everyone looks set to get a prize in Treasurer Tim Pallas's State Budget.

Airport rail link leaves western suburbs, Geelong on slow track

Melbourne’s airport rail link route has drawn criticism for leaving fast-growing western suburbs with congested train networks and breaking state and federal promises of half-hour trips to Geelong.

Melbourne Airport Rail Line to include Sunshine link for Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong lines

A NEW $10 billion project is set to simplify how central Victorian's get to Tullamarine airport.

Adjournment – Maroona-Portland rail upgrade

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport, and the action I seek is the upgrade of the freight line between Maroona and Portland to bring it in line with the rest of the Murray Basin rail network.

State budget backs Melbourne ring line

Prequalification will start by the end of 2020 for work on Melbourne’s orbital Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews announced on November 16.

Western Australian Rail News

1341 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Rail maintenance work done in time for grain harvest

A 15km stretch of rail used to cart grain from the eastern Wheatbelt to Perth has had a $6 million upgrade just in time for harvest — with crews saving both a duckling and turtle in the process.

4 kilometres of track laid on Forrestfield-Airport Link

Work is rapidly progressing on the preparation of the Forrestfield-Airport Link to run trains by late 2021.

WA's deadliest train crash remembered 100 years on

A small rural community in Western Australia pauses to mark the 100th anniversary of the state's deadliest train crash, which killed nine people and injured two.

Perth's south unites in push for Murdoch-Fremantle rail link

Councils in Perth's south have united in a push to bring a trackless tram or light rail line to South Street connecting the Murdoch and Fremantle train stations.

$700 million METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line contract awarded

The highly anticipated $700 million main construction contract for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line has been awarded.

Yarra Trams

555 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Heavy rain forecast - Saturday 24 October

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted heavy rainfall Saturday 24 October.

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