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ACT

250 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Australian government grants $A 132.5m for Canberra light rail extension

AUSTRALIA’s federal government has committed $A 132.

Infrastructure Australia priority list welcomed

The Infrastructure Australia priority list has been released with implications for both freight rail and passenger rail

Funding announced for train management system

New signalling technology, paid for by the federal government, is expected to prove a boon for safety.

The 2021 Infrastructure Priority List has been released

Infrastructure Australia has released its 2021 Infrastructure Priority List which includes the addition of 44 new proposals and identifies a $59 billion project pipeline of nationally-significant investment opportunities.

Africa

310 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Traxtion supplies locomotives to Sénégal

Société des Nationale Chemins de Fer du Sénégal has awarded Traxtion Group a contract to supply five refurbished main line diesel locomotives and one shunting loco, in a two-year leasing deal which includes maintenance at the operator’s workshop.

Construction begins on Nigeria-Niger line

A ground breaking ceremony was held for the Kano – Katsina – Jibia – Maradi line on February 9 at the site of a proposed station in Katsina state, Nigeria.

Senegal receives three locomotives from Traxtion

SENEGAL National Railways (SN-CFS) has completed a virtual handover with Traxtion Group, South Africa (formerly Sheltam) of three type GL26MC or South African class 33-200 locomotives built by General Motors Electro Motive Division between October 1966 and May 1967, which are being delivered under a two-year full lease and maintenance contract.

South Africa’s Railroad Association rebrands as African Rail Industry Association

THE Railroad Association of South Africa (RRA) has rebranded itself as the African Rail Industry Association (Aria), as the group looks to play a greater role in revitalising the local and continental rail sector and to support the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which came into effect on January 1 2021.

South African thermal coal prices could rise on rail disruption: sources

South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) could experience delays should the recent force majeure at rail lines serving the terminal continue, sources said Feb.

Airline News

306 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
It’s raining engine parts

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss what we know so far about the engine failure aboard United Airlines flight UA328 and what investigators and regulators are doing now to ensure that the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine is safe to operate.

What the aircraft leasing world looks like after a year of pandemic

It’s well-known by now that airlines are losing lots of money due to the pandemic, and so far we haven’t seen that turn around.

First passenger flight performed using clean fuels. Sort of

On a freezing February morning, Europe’s aviation ‘bubble’ came together, virtually, to discuss the potential of sustainable advanced fuels (SAFs) for aircraft.

Aviation industry’s net zero plan over-reliant on future technologies

Europe’s airline industry launched a plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The complete list of grounded 777s and where they are

After the UA328 incident this past weekend (see here for the background and latest updates), attention has turned to Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 series engines.

Arabian Rail News

254 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Riyadh Metro – Building the World’s Largest Single-Phase Metro

The first lines of Riyadh’s six-line, 176-km metro network are due to commence operation in the final quarter of 2021.

CRRA wants feasibility study on Afghan rail projects in six months

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan has asked the Communication Division to conduct the feasibility study for building 145 kilometres Peshawar-Jalalabad Rail Link and 73.

Saudi Arabia approves merger of country’s two railways

THE Saudi Arabian government has approved the takeover of country’s original railway, Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO), by Saudi Railways (SAR).

Saudi Arabia approves merger of railway companies

The merger of Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company has been formally approved.

Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company merger approved

The merger of Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) and Saudi Railways Company (SAR) has been formally approved, with the combined entity using the Saudi Railways Company (SRA) name.

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

3688 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Naxçıvan railway reopening proposed as work starts on Baku link

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed proposals for the reopening of a rail link between Iran and its northwestern neighbour Azerbaijan.

Private sector bid sought for rail services

The Rail Department has asked the private sector to invest in passenger and freight services on the Bangkok-Khon Kaen and Laem Chabang-Tha Phra lines, in order to maximise use of the nation's railway infrastructure.

Not enough land, major new rail line work in limbo

The major new railway lines being developed by the South Western Railways (SWR) have been put on hold due to the lack of sufficient land.

JR East to introduce ATO on the Joban Line next month

EAST Japan Railway (JR East) has announced that it will launch automatic train operation (ATO) on an initial 30km section of Tokyo’s Joban commuter line between Ayase and Toride on March 13.

Singapore awards key Jurong Region Line station contract

SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a $S 477.

Aurizon

270 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
CBH Group adds locomotives, wagons, and drivers to move grain crop

Two locomotives, 48 wagons, and drivers are on loan from Aurizon to CBH Group to help the grain handler get a record braking harvest to port.

Aurizon reports half year results

The impact of the challenging trade environment has been a factor in lower coal volumes moved during the first half of the 2021 financial year

Aurizon 2021 Half Year Financial Results

Aurizon today reported Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) of $454 million in its continuing operations for the half year ended 31 December 2020.

Brennan IT wins $20 million, multi-year managed services contract with rail freight operator Aurizon

Brennan IT has won a $20 million managed services contract with rail freight operator Aurizon.

Aurizon announces latest recipients of its Community Giving Fund

23 regional charities to benefit from funding from Australia’s largest rail freight company

Australian High Speed Rail

37 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
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.

Report calls for investment in faster rail

A report calls for investment in faster rail services across Australia to connect CBDs to neighbouring regional centres, but says high speed rail isn’t the immediate answer.

Faster Rail

The ARA launched its Faster Rail Report in February 2021.

Cabinet papers show an opportunity lost on fast rail

Having been the bid manager for the under bidder in the Sydney - Canberra High Speed Rail Tender and, later, the consultant project director of the Commonwealth's East Coast Very High Speed Train Study, I found the recently released 2000 Cabinet papers of considerable interest.

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 

Bus Transport News

713 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Timetable Tuesday #107: By coincidence or by design? Ben Carroll's good luck with the 467 bus

State transport Minister Ben Carroll has at least twice this year tweeted about the connectivity between trains at Moonee Ponds and the 467 bus.

First Irizar Integral, Converted to Meet PSVAR Accessibility Standards, Arrives in UK

Irizar is responding to the changing demands of the coach industry by offering factory-conversions to meet the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) standard on new and used, Irizar i6 and i6S UK vehicles.

Photos – Farewell to Waverley Gas Buses

Waverley depot has a history of over 20 years of operation of buses powered by compressed natural gas, with Scania L113CRB Orana Mercedes Benz 0405NH Citaro and Mercedes Benz OC500LE CB60 EvoII models all operating from the depot.

Enforce and extend the bus/transit lanes

Two of the most important requirements to making public transport attractive to use is to make it reliable and for it to be somewhat time competitive with driving.

Short-wheelbase Option of BYD ADL Enviro400EV Electric Double Decker Announced

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK have jointly announced that their electric vehicle partnership, the UK’s leading electric bus producer, is introducing a shorter version of its successful BYD ADL Enviro400EV double decker.

Canada

838 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Canadian Auditor General: Transport Canada Safety Oversight Lacking

The Auditor General’s report comes close to eight years after the tragic July 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, runaway wreck of a crude oil unit train that killed 47 and destroyed most of the town’s downtown business district.

CN Updating ESG Strategy

Creating the CN Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC).

Peterborough County council urges federal transport minister to back Via Rail high-frequency project

Peterborough County council voted to send a letter calling on federal transport minister Omar Alghabra to back the $4.

Transport Canada approves changes to rail safety rules

Canadian railways are an important part of its national transportation network, which is why the Government of Canada is focused on the reliable transportation of dangerous goods by rail in colder weather, and the protection of both railway workers and those living near Canada’s rail corridors.

For Canada, Updated Winter Hazmat Transport Rules

The changes are the result of Ministerial Orders that were implemented in 2020 to address risk factors for derailments caused by rail infrastructure, especially during winter operations.

Cityrail News

813 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Sydney Metro awards Bankstown Line contract

SYDNEY Metro has awarded a $A 107m ($US 83m) contract to upgrade three more stations on a section of the T3 Bankstown Line to Downer EDI Works.

The $1 billion plan to increase Sydney’s peak-hour train capacity

Hundreds of extra train services will run through Sydney’s Inner West and T8 Airport lines every week under a $1 billion plan to increase peak-hour capacity by as much as 80 per cent on parts of the city’s transport network by 2024.

Sydney Metro awards contracts for upgrades on Bankstown Line

Two contracts together worth over $300 million have been awarded for upgrades to prepare the Bankstown line for the arrival of Metro services.

Sydney Metro’s Waterloo Station build progresses

Construction on the new Waterloo Station is continuing, following the completion of excavation and concrete lining.

Warning that Sydney’s biggest rail project risks costing $27b and opening late

The NSW government was warned last year that the cost of building its flagship rail line between central Sydney and Parramatta risked ballooning to almost $27 billion – nearly $3 billion more than earlier internal estimates – and opening three years late.

Coronavirus Transport News

404 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Antimicrobial Coating That Protects Surfaces From Spread of Coronavirus For Up to a Year, Applied to a Fleet of 24 Brand New MAN

VT-Arriva, the Hungarian arm of one Europe’s largest public transport companies, recently inked a fresh deal with Resysten, a company that manufactures an antimicrobial coating that protects surfaces from the spread of coronavirus for up to a year, to apply its product to a fleet of 24 brand new MAN buses.

For Trinity, Cautious Optimism in 2021 (Updated, Cowen)

Savage noted that “market uncertainty as it relates to COVID-19 remains the predominant story on the economic and rail industry outlook.

SEPTA wants to spend $40M in federal funds slated for Covid-19 relief on something else

They want to spend it on the engineering and design work for their new line to King of Prussia.

Rail reaps benefits of COVID-19 shopping boom

The move of people out of cities to regions and continued strong demand for household goods during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon for freight rail companies, which are seizing the moment to snatch what business they can away from trucks.

LEARN! Flash 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement, including lockdowns affecting most of the population and the closure of kindergartens and schools.

Europe

6127 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Hydrogen train trial to inform electrification thinking

Baden-Württemberg local operator Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs is to test an Alstom iLint hydrogen multiple-unit in regular service.

[US / Expert] The first CalMod Stadler KISS EMU leaves factory for testing

In 2020 Railcolor News provided factory insights about Stadler’s KISS electric multiple units for Caltrain’s CalMod project.

[PL / Expert] 4th call-off: More FLIRTs for Koleje Mazowieckie ordered

Not long ago, Railcolor News announced the delivery of 18 FLIRT EMUs to Koleje Mazowieckie (KM).

[DE] Mosolf and RTB Cargo share a TRAXX locomotive

The white arrow family grew considerably recently.

Alpha Trains to deliver final train to CAPTRAIN France by end of March 2021

CAPTRAIN France – a subsidiary of SNCF and one of the largest transport companies in Europe – is leasing nine new EURO4001 diesel-electric locomotives from Alpha Trains.

Gunzelling Reports

1254 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
More Details on the CSX/Pan Am Acquisition

For those of you who follow the New England railroading scene, this might be old news to you, but CSX has filed its merger application for acquiring Pan Am Railways.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/2/2021

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings more than last week.

(Video) TWO MEETS! A Monster 252 and More Action Around Bluff

On Tuesday, February 23rd, I heard that 252 was running a few hours late, and that D11 would be running up to the mill.

Random Recap #67

Wow, I’ve made 500 posts.

TWO MEETS, A Monster 252, and More Action at Bluff!

Today I heard that 252 was just getting into Rouses Point at 8:30, and that D11 would be heading up to the mill.

Inland Rail Project

512 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton CCC meeting chair summary 22 February 2021

The eighth meeting of the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Community Consultative Committee (the Committee) was held online on 22 February 2021.

Benalla Working Group update

In a new initiative, Benalla Working Group Chair Cath Botta shares her insights on the working group’s meetings, which will be published in the Benalla Ensign.

Euroa Working Group chair’s summary 2 February 2021

Chair's summary from the Euroa Working Group meeting held on 2 February 2021.

Benalla Working Group chair’s summary 18 January 2021

Chair's summary from the Benalla Working Group meeting held on 18 January 2021.

Euroa Working Group update

In a new initiative, Euroa Working Group Chair Michell Croker shares her insights on the working group’s meetings, which will be published in the Euroa Gazette.

International Rail News

5517 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Costa Rica commisisons feasbility study into Pacific railway revival

Railway agency INCOFER has awarded Korea National Railway, Dong Il Engineering and Soosung Engineering a contract to study the feasibility of reviving the 98·3 km line running west from the capital San Jose with Puntarenas on the Pacific coast.

IRJ In-Brief – Financial: SJ and DSB report 2020 loss; Siemens Q1 orders up

Sweden: Swedish national operator SJ has reported a loss for 2020 of SKr 1.

Bombardier Transportation revenue drops in 2020

BOMBARDIER has released the full 2020 annual results for its Transportation division, which it has since sold to Alstom under a $US 6bn deal, which closed on January 29.

Panama approves Line 3 contract and financing

PANAMA’s comptroller general, Mr Gerardo Solís, has approved a contract and financing for the construction of the Metro Line 3 monorail project, with work expected to proceed in the next few days.

Royal Dutch Shell announces that oil is on its way out – but gradually

The company said in a statement that “Shell today set out its strategy to accelerate its transformation into a provider of net-zero emissions energy products and services, powered by growth in its customer-facing businesses.

Letters to the Editor

325 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Avoiding the Cascading Technology Trap

This problem is not unique to the railroad industry.

US burger giant Five Guys will open its first Aussie store in Penrith

Sydney’s burgerphiles were rapt with drool-worthy anticipation last July, when American meat maestros Five Guys announced their intention to open the brand's first Down Under franchise in early 2021.

Sustainable Resolutions for a New Year

With such a difficult year behind us, it feels impossible to make resolutions fearing they may jinx an already chaotic 2021, or perhaps delay the desired ‘return to normalcy.

Media Insider: Facebook Creating News Tool, Local News Outlets Boost Digital Subscriptions, Tiny News Collective Launches

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

Media Insider: Wyndham Destinations Buys Travel + Leisure, NY Post Elects EIC, Digital Media Declined COVID-19 Relief

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

Model Railways

2185 stories | Newest story posted 54 minutes ago
RGBW

I’ve never been happy with the wash of lights on the backdrop.

Instagram deleted my model railroad account

For those of you who followed me on Instagram: Instagram permanently deleted my account without stating a reason.

Let the sunshine in

Ever since trying out my office puck lights above the layout, I’ve been on the lookout for a suitable product for the layout itself.

Trains and Ladders

I have enough #6 switches built to relay the Flin Flon yard throat.

New shelves for the paint shop

Getting the raised floor for the paint shop opened opportunities for more storage.

Narrow Gauge

125 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Never seen before photos uncovered after 50 years of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

A previously unseen collection of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway photos has been published after more than 50 years.

Bedfordshire’s Fancott Miniature Railway launches Track Improvement and Ticket Office appeal

The Fancott Miniature Railway, found at the Fancott Pub in Fancott, Bedfordshire has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds to improve track as well as build a ticket office for the railway.

Two national awards for Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway locomotive

The restoration of a small diesel locomotive at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, which has taken nearly 30 years, has been shortlisted for two national awards at the Heritage Railway Association Awards.

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.

New South Wales Rail News

4253 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
New Junee to Griffith Rail Loop at Coolamon Under Way

Design and planning work will begin on the intermediate passing loop (Junee to Griffith line) at Coolamon as part of Fixing Country Rail.

Rail revolution presses ahead

Sydney's busiest rail lines will benefit from extra weekly services thanks to an additional $1 billion investment from the NSW Government.

New Rail Maintenance Facility Officially Open

The new 24 hour rail maintenance facility at Kangy Angy is now officially open and will employ around 90 people.

Metro executive steps down after excellent service

Dr Jon Lamonte has notified the Board of Sydney Metro that he will be stepping down from the role of Chief Executive next month.

Freight train derailment northern New South Wales

A stretch of rail linking Sydney and Brisbane has been impacted by a derailment

New Zealand Rail News

493 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The Harbour Bridge is not falling down

On Thursday Waka Kotahi fronted up to parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee as part of their annual review.

Weekly Roundup 26-Feb-21

Here’s our roundup for the week.

Feb-21 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow is the first Auckland Transport board meeting for the year and so I’ve had a look through the reports to see what stands out.

KiwiRail result belies tough trading conditions

The coronavirus pandemic failed to dent progress with the New Zealand rail operator

HOP SHOP FLOP

Auckland Transport have some work before them to make buying HOP cards and topping them up easier.

Northern Territory Rail News

221 stories | Newest story posted 3 months 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.

Opinion

120 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Khapra beetle – the story so far

If khapra beetle was to establish in Australia, many trading partners would reject stored produce from Australia, causing huge losses and affecting the economy.

Australia leads the way with world first regeneration certification for producers

Australia is the first country in the world to have a certification scheme for regenerative and sustainable farmers, and their produce

Late-sown sorghum set for a stellar finish

In a dramatic turnaround from a run of drought-affected summers, sorghum crops in the eastern summer farming regions are on track for a promising finish as the main harvest approaches.

This Redfern bakery is making adorable, bee-topped doughnuts to support conservation efforts

It doesn't take much to convince us that a doughnut is a good idea – but if it's support of conservation efforts for the hardest-working insects around, well, we'll take a dozen.

What are you?

My niece asked me to explain what a "Train Goober" was after I used that phrase in a sentence.

Other Transport News

1081 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Government considering Point to Point Review

The NSW Government is considering the recommendations made in an independent review of the point to point transport industry.

Colorado charging infrastructure needs to reach electric vehicle goals

Analyzes the number, type, and distribution of chargers needed in Colorado to support statewide electric vehicle sales goals in 2030.

Spain increases section control by 50%

Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will install 45 new time-over-distance cameras throughout 2021, a 50% increase on the currently installed number.

US study says vehicle choice and crash differences help explain greater injury risks for women

Women are much more likely than men to suffer a serious injury when they are involved in a crash, but much of the heightened risk is related to the types of vehicles women drive and the circumstances of their crashes, rather than physical differences.

Is car no longer king in Berlin?

A new “pedestrian law” has been passed in Berlin, with the aim of shifting the priority away from cars, and further towards vulnerable road users.

Pacific National News

52 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Pacific National Goods Train 4BM4 derails north of Coffs Harbour

Pacific National 4BM4 lead by locos NR39/NR43/ANXx has derailed at Gana Glen, New South Wales just north of Coffs Harbour.

New construction and freight jobs in the heart of Western Sydney

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery.

Pacific National welcomes High Court of Australia decision

Acacia Ridge Terminal in Queensland to be added to company’s rail freight network.

First sod turned on Pacific National’s St Marys Freight Hub

Construction has begun on Pacific National’s St Marys intermodal terminal, which, when complete, will enable rail freight to reach a mode share of 25 per cent of all containers handled at Port Botany.

Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted one week 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

11 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Maurice James to depart Qube

Maurice James has spoken out in the past about the need for rail to play an increased role in the movement of freight RAIL and logistics operator Qube has announced its managing director Maurice James is to step down from his role on 30 June.

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.

CONTAINERS AND GENERAL FREIGHT CRIMP QUBE OUTLOOK

Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts

QUBE BOOKS CHALMERS WIN BUT BRACES FOR UNCERTAINTY

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

Queensland Rail News

2693 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
ETCS to the Sunshine Coast

Work has started on an A$43m project to install ETCS Level 1 automatic train protection on Queensland Rail’s Sunshine Coast line between Caboolture, Nambour and Gympie North.

Circus Train

Roll up!

Faster rail in SEQ would slash commute times, congestion, grow regional populations

The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba would be the biggest winners from a faster rail network, a survey has found.

Kuranda Scenic Railway service alterations

Lower patronage during the pandemic has forced a change to the Kuranda rail experience.

Kuranda Rail: Cairns tour operators shocked by service cut decision

Business owners are scrambling to deal with the fallout of a last-minute government decision to drastically reduce a Far North tourism service with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Rail Events

668 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Events planned to mark 20th anniversary of worst rail crash of 21st century

Final preparations are under way the mark the 20th anniversary of the Selby Rail Crash – the worst UK rail tragedy of the 21st century.

FreightWaves bringing F3: Future of Freight Festival to Chattanooga in November

FreightWaves in-person events quickly became known for their trendsetting experiences since their launch in 2018, but the COVID pandemic forced a change in 2020.

Report card for America’s infrastructure to be unveiled next week

The quadrennial assessment of the nation’s infrastructure analyzes 17 infrastructure categories pertinent to all Americans: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, parks and recreation, ports, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, stormwater, transit, and wastewater.

Submit your nomination for the CORE 2021 Young Professional Scholarship before 1st March 2021!

Submit your nomination for the CORE 2021 Young Professional Scholarship before the 1st March 2021!

Early Bird Registration now open for CORE 2021!

Registration is now open for CORE 2021 on the 21st-23rd June.

Rail News

4329 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
ALC chief executive resigns

The Australian Logistics Council will be looking for a new CEO after Kirk Coningham decided to call an end to his tenure

Partnership between ARTC and Lockheed Martin Australia delivers next generation technology to Australia’s rail freight network

A custom-engineered technology for Australian rail freight network conditions will deliver significant safety, operational and commercial benefits for above and below rail operators, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mark Campbell and Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Joe North said today.

Rising rail costs punish environmentally conscious commuters

German rail commuters are paying 16% more than they did in 2015, while car commuters are paying less in real terms, a study shows.

Korita Can Design AND Produce Your Rail Catering Trolleys!

Looking for a Manufacturer to Design and Produce Your Rail Catering Trolleys?

From Walt Disney to Harry Potter – What it takes to run King’s Cross

When looking for a career on the railway, one of the top jobs that people can aspire to is that of station master at one of the UK’s busiest stations.

Rail Travel

391 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Travels in Australia, Siberia and Canada

I really enjoy looking at photos I’ve taken on some very memorable rail journeys (especially when I’ve spent months under “house arrest”).

Revising The Plan!

The One Way Road Out of Lockdown?

Smart Campaigning Wins Elections

Hawaiian politics at the local level can produce some remarkable characters and, while I can’t prove it, I’ll bet that we have more than our fair share.

Sleeping on a Train

Since my early 20s, I have never gotten a lot of sleep.

Dining Out in Europe? It’s Different

One of the things I forget about here at home, but remember when I’m back in Europe, is how good, how professional, the service is in most of the restaurants.

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

189 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Harrowsmith, ON Part 3 - The Diesel Era

CN freights and CP wayfreights still passed through Harrowsmith in the 1970's.

Harrowsmith, ON Part 2 - The Steam Era

This wintry east-looking view shows the interlocking tower that governed the short joint section described in the first post in this series, shared by CN and CP trains in the steam era and thereafter (top photo - CNLines Yahoogroups files).

KEMIRA VALLEY LINE

G'day again, I returneth with another dreary post for the world too scoff at and make snide remarks about.

Why do we do the things we do?

Nearly ten years ago, Ron Keith collared me at the local train show.

Harrowsmith, ON Part 1 - The Early Years

Harrowsmith station, 1910Harrowsmith, Ontario is a village north of Kingston.

Railway Preservation

846 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Steam locomotive 72010 Hengist and project recognised with official Made in Sheffield mark

The Standard Steam Locomotive Company Limited has announced that they have been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark for their project to build steam locomotive 72010 Hengist.

Special G5 steam locomotive cake for project engineer’s 70th birthday

David Elliott, the G5 Project’s engineer, turns 70 today, and the group haven’t let the coronavirus pandemic put their plans on hold.

Surplus equipment from Tyne and Wear Metro depot upgrade donated to Tanfield Railway

Nexus, who operates the Tyne and Wear Metro, have announced that they are supporting their local heritage line, the Tanfield Railway, by supplying them with railway equipment.

Dereham’s Mid Norfolk Railway appoint Traction and Rolling Stock Manager

Mark Sexton has been appointed by the Mid Norfolk Railway Trust Council as the railway’s first full-time Traction and Rolling Stock Manager.

Class 33 and 40 locomotives join Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Bash allocations

Class 33, 33108, and Class 40, 40106, have been announced by the Severn Valley Railway this morning as joining in the action at the Spring Diesel Bash.

Railway Publications

210 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Scottish Highland Railways – a new book showing off the best of railways in Scotland

A new book has been released by The Crowood Press and author David Tucker recording rail journeys in Scotland.

Bells & Whistles—Calif. high-rail project digs deeper in trouble

Will New York receive a downpour of federal funding to serve the ‘subway desert’?

Revised book launched covering the story of railways in the Lake District

Staycations are set to be popular in 2021 as the UK recovers from its third national lockdown, so it may be an appropriate time for a book to be revised and updated.

Bring back Somerset & Dorset Railway!

Great praise should be given to Alan and Christine Hammond who wrote ten books chronicling the times and lives of the passengers and railway employees of the Somerset & Dorset railway (S&D) in its last years.

Railway Stories

84 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

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.

Russian Rail News

163 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Akhtuba bridge eliminates Caspian bottleneck

The last single-track section of the route to the Caspian Sea port of Astrakhan has been eliminated as part of an RZD programme to increase capacity in the region.

RZD tests heavier freight trains to China

RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) has conducted tests to determine the technical feasibility of increasing the weight of freight trains at the border-crossing point between Grodekovo, north of Vladivostok, and Suifenhe, China.

Sportswear from Japan to the UK by rail and sea

Operator Russian Railways and shipper Maersk have operated a first container train carrying Japanese goods bound for the UK along the Trans-Siberian route between Vostochny and St Petersburg.

Russia Reopens Railway Link With Neighboring Belarus

Russia will resume railway service with Belarus after a months-long halt imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Russian Railways to stop buying diesel-only locomotives by 2025

Only locomotives powered by electricity, natural gas or other alternative energy sources will be purchased by national railway RZD after 2025, according to Deputy General Director & Chief Engineer Sergey Kobzev.

South Australian Rail News

861 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Transport Department reveals 31 highest risk level crossing

These are the rail crossings the State Government says pose serious risks – and bring the most headaches – to motorists.

Holdfast Bay Council supports more costly ‘rail-under’ proposal for Hove level crossing

A council’s option for the multimillion-dollar Hove railway crossing is the most disruptive and expensive, the State Government says.

Opposition accuses SA Government of hiring a private investigator to find 'whistleblower'

The Labor Party says a whistleblower in the South Australian Transport Department is being hunted by a private investigator over a series of information leaks about its passenger rail network privatisation contract with Keolis Downer.

Keolis Downer assumes responsibility of Adelaide commuter rail network

Keolis Downer has begun operating and maintaining the Adelaide commuter rail network.

Rail Trail extended to Tollner Road

The latest extension of the Mount Gambier Rail Trail has recently been completed with the trail now covering the city from the east to west boundary and completing the conversion of the entire former railway line.

Tasmanian Rail News

430 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Northern suburbs light rail going nowhere on Ferguson’s broken promise

Premier Peter Gutwein and State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson need to tell Tasmanians this week when they will start work on Hobart’s crucially needed northern suburbs light rail or admit they have broken yet another promise.

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Dorset Council to make decision on rail trail DA

More than 1000 people have signed a petition asking the Dorset Council to cease and desist all activities leading to the destruction of the North East rail corridor between Lilydale Falls and Scottsdale.

'It needs to be more than a train trip': 150yo tourism icon's battle to survive

For more than 150 years, steam locomotives have travelled along the banks of the Don River in Tasmania, first transporting coal and eventually tourists — now, enthusiasts say without a major injection of funds, the "tourist icon" train line will cease operating.

First big Tasmanian EE (2118 / ZA6) enters formal preservation at TTMS

Although not the first Tasmanian 12CSVT to be set aside for preservation - that honour goes to 2144 (ex ZC19 ex 1318) - the most significant of the extant Tasmanian 12CSVT's, 2118 (ex ZA6), has been delivered, by road, to it new home - the Tasmanian Transport Museum in Glenorchy.

Technology News

139 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
HÜBNER: After Sales & Service for Railway Vehicles

From system start-up to life-long service support

New From KBC/NYAB: EE-26™, EP 60/26™

The EE-26 employs electronic closed-loop control “to provide higher reliability, real-time diagnostic capability and a platform for future advancements,” the companies—both of which are subsidiaries of Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse—said.

Shift2Rail cybersecurity project achieves mid-term objectives

4SECURail, a two-year Shift2Rail (S2R) initiative developing tools and processes to support a cooperative approach to cybersecurity in the European rail sector, has achieved its mid-term objectives.

THE POWER OF CONNECTED CONSTRUCTION DATA

As capital projects grow bigger and more complex, connected data is filling the need for better decision-making in real time.

Study provides a bearing towards greater efficiency

A study suggests remanufacturing bearings rather than making brand new ones is often the way to go

Train Simulator News

75 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Rivet Games’ Arosa Linie is coming to Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games and Rivet Games has announced that the Arosa Linie: Chur – Arosa is coming to Train Sim World 2.

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

1957 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Stantec acquires GTA Consultants

ENGINEERING and design firm Stantec, Canada, has completed its acquisition of Australia-based transport planning and engineering firm GTA Consultants.

Sound Transit Board approves transfer of surplus property to City of Seattle

“This action highlights how we are turning our effort to foster affordable housing near transit into real progress on the ground,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

Designers can’t stand the sight of proposed light-rail section, quit

According to a report from the Journal de Montreal, two firms have removed themselves from the $10 billion project because of, well, ugliness.

Panama Line 3 monorail starts construction

CONSTRUCTION of Panama Metro’s $US 2.

UK

5523 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Hull Trains announce return date for Hull Paragon to London Kings Cross trains

Managing Director of Hull Trains, Louise Cheeseman, has drawn up a strategy as the operator announces plans to resume services from 12th April 2021.

Rail fares increased across UK despite low demand for travel

Rail passengers in England and Wales have been hit by above inflation fare rises despite the collapse in demand.

NRC’s Australian subsidiary extends its System Integrator contract with TfNSW

Network Rail Consulting (NRC) has announced that its Australian subsidiary’s System Integrator contract for the Digital Systems Program with Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has been extended to 2024.

Department for Transport apply for Northern Trains Limited Direct Award

The Department for Transport is looking to obtain a Direct Award for the Northern franchise (Northern Trains Limited).

Llangollen Railway PLC invites bank to appoint receivers

The Llangollen Railway PLC directors have invited the bank to appoint receivers after accounts have shown losses in recent years.

USA

5079 stories | Newest story posted 49 minutes ago
People News: Sound Transit, Quandel, Railroad Consultants

Jonté Robinson, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Sound Transit

Pandemic Challenged BNSF in 2020; Railroad ‘In Good Hands’ for 2021

In the company’s recently released 2020 annual report, he credited BNSF CEO Carl Ice and “his number two,” Katie Farmer, for their “extraordinary job in controlling expenses while navigating a significant downturn in business.

Crews start work on eliminating final grade crossing of LIRR Expansion Project

It marks the final LIRR Expansion Project grade crossing that is being eliminated.

BNSF’s fourth-quarter 2020 net profit up 5%

A 6% decline in operating expenses contributed to a 5% increase in overall fourth-quarter net profit for BNSF (NYSE: BRK).

Caltrain’s first electric trainset shipped to Colo. for testing

This facility will test the Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) at high speeds under numerous conditions, as required by the Federal Railroad Administration as part of their safety standards.

Victorian Rail News

7895 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Tourist and heritage railway blueprint

We are supporting Victoria’s tourist and heritage (T&H) railways by implementing a strategy, 

Mildura passenger train could turn profit, claims MP

A PASSENGER train from Mildura to Maryborough would operate at a profit "almost immediately", according to Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty.

Bomb threat closes platforms at Flinders Street Station 1-3-2021

A man on a train claiming to have a bomb has forced the closure of platforms 6-9 at Flinders Street Railway Station.

ARTC and Lockheed Martin drive progress

A partnership between ARTC and Lockheed Martin Australia delivers “next generation” rail freight technology

‘Obsolete 19th-century rail’: Farmers fume over gaps in freight rail upgrade

Victoria has delivered a bumper grain harvest but farmers in the state’s north-west say an over-budget rail upgrade project has left behind an outdated freight system that is hampering the transport of goods and forcing thousands more trucks onto the roads.

Western Australian Rail News

1366 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
New WA feedmill targets pre-harvest start-up

Patmore Feeds is building its first pelletising plant at Cuballing in WA to help satisfy demand from the sheep and cattle sectors.

Level crossing incident investigated

Two members of the train crew sustained serious injuries after an incident where a road train and a freight train collided.

Elderly freight train drivers badly hurt in collision with road train

An investigation into the crash, which left one man in a critical condition, has been launched.

WA’s 2020 winter crop exceeds expectations at 16.6 million tonnes

Western Australia's 2020 grain growing season defied the pundits to produce 16.

Rail lines reopen following WA bushfire

The Wooroloo fire in WA took its toll on the rail sector, but a key rail freight network operator says the recovery occurred swiftly

Yarra Trams

588 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Route 78 Disruption - Saturday 27 February

Due to a burst water main in Chapel Street near Carlisle Street

Route 19 Disruption - Friday 26 February

Route 19 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Route 72 Disruption - Wednesday 24 February

Route 72 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Eastern Road renewal works

Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February, first to last tram

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