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ACT

164 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Man charged in light rail station attack on KSTP anchor Matt Belanger

The journalist suffered a serious wound to his left eye

ARA calls for tender changes to maximise benefit of rail

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has called for an update of tendering procedures around Australia to accelerate job-creating rail projects.

ARTC rail relief welcomed by Australian Government

The Australian Government has welcomed measures implemented by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to provide immediate financial relief to rail freight operators maintaining the supply of essential goods throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rail sector and Federal Government to develop train management system

The Federal Government has invested $50 million to support the rail sector to develop and implement an Advanced Train Management System (ATMS).

Look beyond a silver bullet train for stimulus

Amidst a global pandemic, some people are starting to dream big about infrastructure projects to help get Australia moving again.

Africa

256 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
South Africa is getting a train carriage hotel on top of a bridge

South Africa’s largest national park is about to be the home of a boutique, luxury hotel situated inside a series of converted 1950s train carriages on top of a bridge.

Resource Generation (ASX:RES) on track to secure rail link financing

Resource Generation (RES) has entered into non-binding term sheet agreements to finance a key rail link to its Boikarabelo Coal project in South Africa

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

MORE THAN A mile long and consisting of 200 freight cars, Mauritania’s Train du Desert is one of the 

Coronavirus: Kenya Railways moves to secure its services

Kenya Railways has issued a raft of measures to commuters and passengers using the Madaraka Express and Nairobi Commuter Rail services in the wake of Covid-19.

Court lifts warrant of arrest for acting Kenya Railways MD

Kisumu Environment and Land Court Judge Antony Ombwayo has lifted a warrant of arrest order issued against Acting Managing Director of Kenya Railways (KR) Phillip Mainga.

Airline News

153 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
United Airlines To Focus On Preserving Cash Vs Acquiring New Aircraft

United Airlines will prioritize building its balance sheet rather than turning over its planes as it looks to overcome the financial stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on.

The Simple Flying Podcast Episode 16: PIA Crash & Qatar’s New PPE Uniforms

Simple Flying’s latest podcast is live and ready for you to enjoy.

United Airlines Shuffles Senior Leadership Team

United Airlines newly installed CEO Scott Kirby today announced several changes in the airline’s senior leadership team.

Cyrus Capital Would Make Sure Virgin Australia Remains Full Service

Another potential owner of a rebooted Virgin Australia has stuck their head above the parapet and outlined their plans for the airline.

Why Did Deltas’ Low-Cost Carrier ‘Song’ Fail?

Delta Air Lines once operated a short-lived low-cost carrier.

Arabian Rail News

196 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Hyundai-Rotem ships first train for Cairo metro Line 3 extension

The fleet of eight-car trains was ordered by Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an agency of Egypt’s Ministry of Transport, under a Won 433.

30% Rise in Essential Goods Rail Transport

A total of 220,000 tons of essential goods have been transported via railroads since the beginning of the current Iranian year on March 20, registering a 30% rise compared with the similar period of last year, the director general of Commercial Services Coordination Bureau with the Government Trading Corporation said on Tuesday.

Esfahan – Ahvaz rail link memorandum signed

The Ministry of Roads & Urban Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mapna Group for construction of the long-planned rail link between Esfahan and Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province

Egypt, Russia and Hungary complete coach financing agreement

The €1bn multilateral agreement to finance Egyptian National Railways’ purchase of 1 300 Transmashholding coaches over five years has come into force, the Russian supplier announced on April 21.

Monthly rail freight transport of basic goods to ports up 200% yr/yr

Transit of basic goods to the ports via railway network in the first Iranian calendar month of Farvardin (March 20-April 19) was tripled (up 200 percent) compared to the figure for the same month last year, IRIB reported, quoting the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (known as RAI).

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted last year
'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

3070 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Austrian Airlines Will Finally Relaunch In Mid-June

Austrian Airlines has announced that it will finally return to the skies from June 15th, 2020.

DMRC begins development for the 1st Metrolite corridor

The Delhi Metro has started the preliminary developments for the 1st Metrolite corridor which is from Kirti Nagar-Bamnaoli village.

How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port

Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes.

Rail and road service to avoid border delays in Southeast Asia

CEVA Logistics has launched a ‘truck-rail-truck’ service to keep freight moving between China and Southeast Asia, where the Covid-19 crisis has led to fewer flights, capacity limits, operational restrictions and waits of up to four days for road traffic crossing the border between China and Vietnam.

China stresses efficient China-Europe rail freight transport in virus fight

Chinese authorities have called for efforts to ensure stable and smooth China-Europe rail freight transport to facilitate the fight against the novel coronavirus and help normalize the industrial chains.

Aurizon

250 stories | Newest story posted last month
Aurizon donates $250,000 to University of Queensland to fast-track development of COVID-19 vaccine

Australia’s largest rail transport company, Aurizon has provided a $250,000 donation towards the development of a 

Operators meeting strengthening demand for rail freight

Figures released by Aurizon show that there has been greater demand for rail freight services in the March quarter of 2020.

Aurizon Says No Material Impact To Coal Or Bulk Above Rail Volumes In Quarter From Covid-19

NO MATERIAL IMPACT TO COAL OR BULK ABOVE RAIL VOLUMES IN QUARTER FROM COVID-19

Linfox and Aurizon lift services by 20 per cent to stock supermarket shelves

Two of Australia’s leading transport companies, Linfox Logistics and Aurizon, are working hard to ensure the continued safe delivery of food and other essential goods for regional Queenslanders and thousands of other Australians as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

Aurizon purchases bulk transport and handling business

Aurizon has acquired Townsville Bulk Storage and Handling (TBSH) to grow its capacity to shift bulk freight in North Queensland.

Australian High Speed Rail

26 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
'Move on': Report pours cold water on renewed calls for high-speed east coast rail

Australia should abandon the idea of a bullet train and governments should stop wasting public money to study proposals, according to a new report by the Grattan Institute.

New report labels East Coast fast rail an “expensive folly”

The dream of a fast rail corridor between Canberra and Sydney has been dealt a major blow by a new report that claims bullet trains are unsuitable for Australia and rail renovations are “unlikely to fulfil the overblown claims made for them”.

Grattan Institute destroys high speed rail

Following Anthony Albanese’s pledge to build a High Speed Rail (HSR) line linking the east coast capitals if Labor wins the next election, the Grattan Institute has 

A fast train from Newcastle to Sydney could help the Hunter's economic transition

When Paul Keating speaks up, people usually listen.

Bus Transport News

551 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Timetable Tuesday #75: Mornington Peninsula's not quite public community bus services

What happens when an area doesn't have public transport?

Transport Minister considers additional services as picture of packed QLD bus emerges

Queensland’s Transport Minister is looking at implementing additional bus services during peak times, after pictures of a packed bus emerged online.

More Buses to allow for a COVID-Safe Trip

The NSW Government has confirmed that they will be adding extra bus services along key corridors from this week.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 45: 10 bus routes you could cut without anyone noticing

Last week I mentioned the Transport For Everyone (T4E) plan that would deliver new or upgraded SmartBuses running every ten minutes to major destinations including universities, shopping centres, employment hubs and train stations.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network 43: F/Line, Ferries and Frequent buses - Fixes for Fish Bend transport

Self preservation makes it wise to have several lines in the water, strings to your bow or pies on your fingers.

Canada

661 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Letter of the Day: Clear cutting along rail lines was wrong

The brutal approach taken by the rail company leaves much to be desired, writes John J.

Canadian National to offer new intermodal service between Moncton and Halifax

CN announced that, in collaboration with the Halifax Port Authority, stakeholders, ocean carriers and customers, it will offer integrated solutions through its Moncton yard aimed at reducing short-haul trucking in Halifax.

Rail News – Regulatory Round-Up

Last week, the Surface Transportation Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada took steps that could potentially lead to a modification of existing regulations.

A green light for the Green Line? Calgary expected to vote soon

By the start of summer the city of Calgary will know if it has warmed up enough to plans for a new Green Line light rail track.

Canadian Pacific to improve brake tests

On February 4, 2019, a Canadian Pacific grain train derailed while rolling through Kicking Horse Pass, which is close to Field, B.

Cityrail News

774 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Visually-impaired man and his guide dog allegedly assaulted on Sydney train

A vision-impaired man and his guide dog were allegedly assaulted by a 24-year-old man while sitting in the disabled seat on a train.

Sydney woman dragged by train at Chatswood Station after getting arm caught in closing door

A quick-thinking platform attendant is credited with saving the life of a woman whose arm got stuck in train doors as it pulled out of a station.

COVID-19 pushes Sydney Trains to build occupancy reporting app for staff

Ups real-time data flows to monitor passenger numbers, avoid crowding.

Alleged NSW train sex offender charged

A man has been charged with a string of sexual offences after allegedly harassing several women on trains in western Sydney.

Eerie 'ghost platforms' under Sydney's Central Station are uncovered breaks into the 'haunted' area

Construction for Sydney's new metro train line has uncovered two 'ghost platforms' hidden beneath Central Station, buried and abandoned for 40 years.

Coronavirus Transport News

224 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
TriMet’s budget adjustments due to COVID-19 pandemic focus on preserving service and jobs, ensuring safety

Editor’s Note:  TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon, metro area.

Coronavirus app as part of Turkey’s transport restart

To support the restart of inter-city public transport, a mobile phone app is being used to track passengers in case anyone should subsequently test positive for the coronavirus.

Infrabel to implement artificial intelligence solution in COVID-19 fight

In order to increase the safety of both its colleagues and its customers, Infrabel has taken advantage of its experience in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to introduce a new solution that works to enforce social distancing, which is essential in working to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on Bus Operations in India: UITP & World Bank Study

The UITP and the World Bank has recently released the study report on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on bus operations in India.

Social distancing squad armed with 11,000 cameras monitoring Sydney's trains

A new social distancing squad armed with thousands of CCTV cameras will be the eyes and ears of the NSW government, monitoring passengers across Sydney's rail network.

Europe

4817 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
SBB and ÖBB to resume near-normal timetable

SBB will reintroduce the majority of its normal timetable on June 8, including the operation of restaurant cars.

Eress welcomes Luxembourg’s CFL as its 9th EU partner

Eress is a non-profit, cost-sharing collaboration between railways in Europe, that are working together to standardise railway energy across Europe.

Alstom to test ATO on German regional trains

Alstom has won the ‘Innovation Prize for Regulatory Sandboxes’ from the German Federal Ministry of Economics to test automatic train operation (ATO) on regional trains.

Freight innovation funding applications invited

The Federal Ministry for Transport & Digital Infrastructure has invited applications for funding of projects designed to improve the economics and efficiency of rail freight.

Veidekke to construct underground station in Vestland, Norway

Veidekke has received an environmentally certified contract from Bybanen Utbygging for the construction of the first underground station in Vestland, Norway.

Gunzelling Reports

1111 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
SSR CLP12 Reactivation - Casper

CLP12 has been reactivated by SSR and is currently painted all white (it isn't primer).

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/5/2020

There were 88 sightings for this week; This is 1 sighting less than last week.

random Recap #54

The next station we’re visiting is the Tupper Lake, NY depot

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/5/2020

There were 89 sightings for this week; This is 1 sighting less than last week.

Random Recap #53

Continuing with depots, this week we take a look at the Lake Clear Junction depot.

Inland Rail Project

351 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Inland Rail Grants now available

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is inviting community groups and organisations to apply for round six of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

McCormack orders review of proposed inland rail route

AM can reveal the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has bowed to pressure and ordered a review of the proposed inland rail route across south-eastern Queensland.

Does Pacific National have a better plan than Aurizon to leverage the Inland Rail Network

Seeing a shift in the work and focus on PN to get closer to their customers and to begin a more accelerated move into industrial facility connections.

Inland Rail set to compulsorily acquire Qld farmland

LANDHOLDERS affected by the $10 billion Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail have been told to get ready for substantial compulsory resumptions of farmland.

Further consultation on the Inland Rail flood modelling design

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the proposed flood modelling and structural design of the Inland Rail construction.

International Rail News

5415 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Ferrogrão railway concession to be tendered in 2021

A concessionaire to build and operate the Ferrogrão railway will be sought during the first quarter of 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure has confirmed.

Urban Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges

The defining trait of urban areas is density: of people, activities, and structures.

Geotextile made from Australian recycled plastics now available

Australia’s first geotextile made from locally sourced recycled plastics is now on the market.

Mexico Awards US$425.48 million Mayan Train Section 3 Contract

The National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur) announced the name of winners of the international public tender for the construction of Section 3 of the Mayan Train Project.

Colombia annuls Pacific Railway concession

“The National Infrastructure Agency declared the serious breach by Pacífic Railway SAS (FDP) for breach of the obligations contained in the concession contract, in addition to forcing it to pay more than Pesos 97bn ($US 25m), corresponding to the damages caused to the entity,” says Mr Fernando Ramírez, legal vice-president of ANI.

Letters to the Editor

302 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Scientists create video game to unlock how flies navigate

Scientists have created a virtual reality video game to better understand how flying insects navigate the world.

Federal ICAC now

We call on the acting Government of Australia, currently the Liberal-National Coalition led by Scott Morrison, to implement a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption.

An advertiser exodus meant the writing was on the wall for Alan Jones

With a record-breaking 226 consecutive wins in the ratings and a string of scandals in his wake, Alan Jones will leave 2GB as the most successful, influential and controversial radio host Australia has ever known.

Lightboxes and Lettering: The importance of East London’s print industry

An exhibition that charts and celebrates the history of printing from the hand laid out letter presses to the modern computer aided design.

Camels in the City of London

A grand late Victorian building in the City of London is notable for having three camels on the front.

Model Railways

1605 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bachmann Spectrum On30 2-6-2T Class 10 Trench Engine

One of my favorite aspects of model railroading is the history lesson that accompanies the prototype piece of equipment I am interested in adding to my collection or layout.

A Layout Update While in Self-Isolation

My editor (dhfan5) reminded me that I hadn’t posted a layout update in a while, so here’s what I’ve been working on.

Sir Rod Stewart reveals his epic model railway city

He's one of rock's biggest stars, but Sir Rod Stewart has finally revealed the fruits of his other great passion - model railways.

A Quick Update

I haven’t been railfanning lately, and I also have not been working on my layout.

Ideas for peninsula wall; double deck

My layout will have a long peninsula wall that I will need to construct in my basement layout room.

Narrow Gauge

111 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway launch Coronavirus Appeal as director says ‘we simply can’t manage’

The Cleethorpes Coast Coast Railway has launched an appeal to help cover the costs while they are closed due to the coronavirus.

Cameras installed on cane trains in North Queensland

DRIVERS who fail to give way to cane trains in the Burdekin will be caught on camera and have their details passed on to police.

Miniature locomotive for Captain Tom Moore raises £140,000

GB Railfreight has teamed up with Hornby to make a miniature version of its Class 66 locomotive, which has been named after Captain Tom Moore, to raise money for the NHS.

Full steam ahead for railway once restrictions lifted

Commitment to the care and preservation of the steam and diesel locomotives in their care requires members of the Australian Sugar Cane Railway (

Hampton and Kempton Railway approach completion of Andrew Barclay steam locomotive

The Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway has confirmed that their Andrew Barclay built 0-4-0 ST (Saddle Tank) steam locomotive “Darent” is nearing the end of an overhaul.

New South Wales Rail News

3891 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Trackwork means a seat struggle for rail buses this weekend

"Weekend trackwork" are two words Illawarra commuters never want to hear - but this weekend it could be even worse.

Rail trail – Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek

A rail trail, walking and cycling track, has once again been backed by the NSW state government between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek today.

What your new train and bus commute may look like (assuming you'll even be allowed on board)

Heavier traffic, more cyclists and nervous Sydney commuters wary of riding trains and buses which may not even let them on board anyway.

Dora Creek 'near-hit' involving Newcastle to Sydney train under Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation

TRANSPORT authorities are investigating after a rail worker narrowly escaped being struck by a train between Newcastle and Sydney earlier this month.

Sydney capacity enhancement contracts awarded

The New South Wales government has awarded two infrastructure enhancement contracts totalling around A$600m for works on the southern section of the Sydney Trains suburban network as part of its A$4·3bn ‘More Trains, More Services’ investment programme.

New Zealand Rail News

418 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Commuter rail trial called off

A commuter rail trial in Dunedin has come to a halt, after Dunedin city councillors yesterday voted against funding a feasibility study this year.

Wellington regional train study funded

Greater Wellington and Horizons regional councils have been awarded funding from the NZ Transport Agency to develop the final business case for a fleet of hybrid multiple-units to replace ageing loco-hauled stock used on two regional commuter routes.

Wellington receives $NZ 5m to start procurement of new trains

The new trains, which will cost around $NZ 300m, are needed to increase the capacity and frequency of the New Zealand capital’s rail services.

KiwiRail orders lifting jacks

KiwiRail has ordered eight 30-tonne lifting jacks from Mechan for installation at its Wellington and Dunedin depots.

Waikato to Auckland rail work resumes after lockdown delays

The governance group of the project said the 

Northern Territory Rail News

219 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

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

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

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

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

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

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

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

NAIF appoints Chris Wade as CEO

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), a $5 billion lending organisation, has appointed senior investment official Chris Wade as its new chief executive officer.

Opinion

103 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
Write to Urban Transport Infrastructure Magazine – Guest Post Guidelines

Great to have you here; Urban Transport News is now welcoming submissions from Guest Writers!

The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

What You Need to Do About Define Electrolyte in Chemistry Before You Miss Your Chance

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

A successful business model in modern conditions is definitely characterized by mobility, openness, automation of numerous processes.

Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

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

Other Transport News

912 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Wunder Vehicles launched to provide Hardware for mobility companies

Wunder Mobility, a global mobility technology company, today announced the launch of its Wunder Vehicles product alongside an exclusive business-to-business partnership with Yadea, the world’s largest manufacturer of light electric vehicles based in China.

Scores more jobs axed on West Gate Tunnel project amid soil crisis

Nearly 100 jobs have been slashed from the $6.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 44: Better buses in Melton township

Average house prices are a rough measure of a suburb's desirability.

Timetable Tuesday #74: Flexible route buses - cure or curse?

Local bus services rarely rate a mention in debates about transport in Melbourne.

T4E's 5-point plan to boost buses and active transport

Key transport professionals have jointly written to the Victorian Premier urging the Government’s Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce to focus on upgrading bus services and active transport to improve mobility for Melbourne and build jobs as part of recovery from COVID-19.

Pacific National News

42 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Rail showcasing what’s possible in regional Australia

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

Pacific National ramps up mental health peer support

Pacific National has today announced it will be increasing the size and scope of its mental health support for employees.

PACIFIC NATIONAL WASHROOMS 'OFF LIMITS TO TRUCK DRIVERS'

Rail firm’s unwelcome first in ATA backlash to apparent amenities access ban

RAIL GIANT 'SEEKS AMENITIES SOLUTION WITH ATA'

Strategy for separate facilities for truck drivers and rail staff

Preliminary report into Jumperkine collision released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its preliminary report into a freight train collision at Jumperkine in Western Australia.

Press Releases

240 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

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

Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

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

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

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

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

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

Qube Logistics

9 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

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.

Qube purchases four Australian-made locomotives

Qube has awarded the contract to build four locomotives to UGL, part of the CIMIC Group.

Queensland Rail News

2509 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Mammoth $5.4 billion project drives hiring spree

Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project is hiring, with jobs and contracts available now.

Queensland Rail conducts $20m rail re-sleeping project at Richmond

Since the end of the wet season there's been noticeably more activity along the Flinders Hwy corridor with work crews carrying out road and rail upgrades particularly in the mid-west.

Cross River Rail critical for our economic recovery

EVERY day on my way to work, I pass the ever-growing demolition site at the old ­Brisbane Transit Centre.

No plan to limit patrons on Brisbane trains, buses and ferries

Queensland is not planning to limit the amount of passengers using public transport as coronavirus restrictions ease, instead hoping staggered clock-on times reduce the number of people aboard.

Pembroke's Olive Downs gets green light

The mine is expected to begin producing coal for steelmaking as early as next year with a projected mine life of 79 years.

Rail Events

546 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Skegness Classic Wheels Show postponed until 2021

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (LCLR) has unfortunately announced that the 2020 Skegness Classic Wheels Show has been postponed, but will return for 2021.

Rail Infra and Mobility Business Digital Awards 2020

With the aim to provide extreme recognition to the industry and leaders for their extraordinary contribution towards infrastructure development in the world through their innovative ideas, products and services.

New ARTC and SCT appointments make their mark

Public and private rail entities the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and SCT Logistics have both announced leadership changes.

UK Railtours boss passes away from coronavirus

We are sorry to hear that John Farrow, who was the owner of UK Railtours, has died following contracting COVID-19.

InnoTrans 2020 moved to new date

Organiser Messe Berlin has rescheduled the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair, the biggest event in the rail industry calendar.

Rail News

4247 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Procurement reform a vital step for economic recovery

ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie makes the case for procurement reform in rollingstock and signalling to assist infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy.

In a changed world, freight sector shows its agility

The Australian Logistics Council’s CEO, Kirk Coningham, explains how the industry has been on the front foot during a time of crisis.

Industry calls for improvements to Australian rail tendering processes

The Australasian Railway Association has made 21 recommendations for simplifying and reducing the cost and time required to tender rolling stock and signalling contracts.

US Class I railroads inch toward full positive train control implementation

One hundred percent of the tracks owned by the U.

Calls for new national tendering standards to assist COVID-19 recovery

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has released a framework for a new national standards for rail project tenders, aimed at expediting Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Rail Travel

295 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Travel Diaries: United Kingdom (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at the trip from Amsterdam to London, and I'd just departed from London Euston station.

Some trains recommence as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

The current COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on train travel across the globe with reduced service, suspensions and social distancing measures being undertaken by almost all railway companies outside Belarus.

Travel Diaries: United Kingdom (Part 1)

So I'd arrived in Amsterdam, settled in and begun my studies.

Most scenic train rides to enjoy from your couch

Those who enjoy traveling are probably itching to be somewhere else right now as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many countries to implement travel bans and lockdown policies.

FULLY ESCORTED RAIL HOLIDAYS IN AUSTRALIA AND AROUND THE WORLD

[table][tr][td]It was with a heavy heart that we saw the temporary suspension of our

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

95 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Random Recap #55

This Week we take a look at the backside of the old Chazy depot.

Standard gauge steam to Dimboola

Over the Easter and Anzac Day long weekend at the end of April 2000, the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum operated their special Millennium Aurora passenger train to Dimboola.

Remembering historic coastal rail link 50 years after closure

It was a rail link that served thousands of people each week in two coastal towns for more than 60 years.

From the Archives, 1908: Horror rail smash in Sunshine kills 43

The awful railway calamity that occurred at Sunshine (or Braybrook) late on Monday night has grown more appalling as time and investigation disclose the details of its tragic realised.

Role of the train gang on Wodonga-Cudgewa line was vital

Life wasn't easy for rail crews on the Wodonga to Cudgewa line, or the gangers who maintained the lines and bridges.

Railway Preservation

677 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Guide for museums, tourist railroads spells out challenges

Open-air cars are in demand; food service not recommended

Rail car a crucial piece for this $1M locomotive restoration project

A rail car that is a crucial piece to a volunteer-driven, multi-year 

Overhaul update on steam locomotive 928 “Stowe”

The V Class 928 ‘Stowe’ Facebook Page has posted an update on the recent work towards overhauling Maunsell Locomotive Society owned Southern Railway V ‘Schools Class No.

Share your memories of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is asking members of the public to share their stories and photos of the line during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nene Valley Railway Overton Station serving refreshments this weekend!

The Nene Valley Railway (NVR) has announced that Overton Station’s Refreshment Kiosk will be open this weekend serving food and drinks.

Railway Publications

143 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Sunday Cinema: Railroad videos and pics of the week

We will start off in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bells & Whistles—5/22/20

Railroad track construction starts at Pikes Peak.

A Toddler Was Playing on Train Tracks as a Train Approached

The engineer could never stop the 6,200-ton train in time.

Book Review: Kidderminster Diesel Depot: The Old Oak Common of Preservation

Kidderminster Diesel Depot: The Old Oak Common of Preservation is a new book from publishers Chime Whistle Publishing and is a pictorial guide through Kidderminster Diesel Depot on the Severn Valley Railway.

Best train movies of all time

Who doesn’t love an out of control locomotive coming at you on the screen?

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted one week 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

122 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
RZD Logistics tests northern route for transit of sanctioned goods

RZD Logistics has operated a trial service carrying EU goods subject to Russian sanctions in transit from Germany and Estonia to China via the northern route through the Zabaikalsk border crossing.

Russia the Rail Giant

Essential to the smooth running of the country in the past, Russia's railways are seeing continual growth and success.

Russian rail LPG exports to China surge in April

Russian LPG exports to China by rail are on course to surge this month as a result of growing consumption in the country, while demand from other importers slumps owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

Russia Looks for Inroads Into Central Africa (Part One)

The Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see 

Technically advanced nitric acid tank wagons in production

‘Tank cars for transporting concentrated nitric acid are among the most technically advanced products in our portfolio’, said Deputy CEO for Commerce & Marketing Boris Myagkov when United Wagon Co announced an order to supply fertiliser producer EuroChem with a batch of 14 Type 15-6901 concentrated nitric acid tank wagons.

South Australian Rail News

782 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Plans to demolish heritage causeway at Victor Harbor prompts protest petition

It has been a postcard feature for decades but Victor Harbor's heritage-listed causeway to Granite Island is set to be replaced with a "concrete deck" and it has left some locals fuming.

Four serious crashes on SA roads – three involving trucks – leave two people dead, several others injured, and a house in ruins

Four serious crashes on South Australia’s roads – three involving trucks – have left two people dead and several others injured, and smashed a house on the Fleurieu Peninsula into rubble.

Social distancing breaches continue on SA trains despite expanded peak-hour services

Overcrowding and a lack of social distancing remain a problem on Adelaide trains, despite the State Government saying increased peak-hour services have been rolled out.

Pedestrian hit and killed by truck in Adelaide

Major Crash investigators are also investigating a fatal incident on the Port River Expressway, in which a pedestrian was hit by a truck last night.

Driver in critical condition after head-on crash with road train in SA's Mid North

A driver has suffered critical injuries in a head-on collision with a road train in South Australia's Mid North early this morning, hours after a pedestrian was killed by a truck in Adelaide.

Tasmanian Rail News

397 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Opportunity for northern suburbs light rail would be squandered by new road through Macquarie Point

The latest development proposal at a key waterfront site has been labelled “desperate and shortsighted”, with a mayor set to take an unusual step to try to prevent its approval.

Railway enthusiasts want handover of historic Ida Bay Railway to fund its resurrection

James Shugg was a 12-year-old Hobart schoolboy when he first visited the Ida Bay Railway in Tasmania's far south in 1976.

Former driver says he would 'lay down as a sleeper' to restart railway

Trains stopped running on the historic Ida Bay Railway in 2018 after a derailment, but former driver Dave Collins says "it sucks you in" and he and other enthusiasts want to pay to get the attraction back on the rails.

Police charge youth over near-miss with Don River Railway tourist train

A 17 year old youth has been identified and will be proceeded against under the Youth Justice Act regarding a near-miss involving a trail bike and a Don River Railway tourist train on 9 February 2020.

Freight networks ensuring safe operations continue

Freight operators and network owners around Australia continue to serve businesses and communities, and Tasmania is no exception.

Technology News

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Focused Technology Solutions strikes a deal with Australia distributor

Focused Technology Solutions, a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway Company, President Peter Bartek announced May 27 that the company has entered into another international market sector by partnering with Freightquip, a distributor located in Australia.

Sponsored: Why use a commercially supported C/C++ toolchain?

AdaCore recently extended its support of C and C++toolchains and now supports not only native environments (such as Linux or Windows) but also cross ones such as VxWorks, embedded Linux, and even bare metal (C only at the time of this writing).

IoT asset tracking helps move RAIL industry forward

Euclideon’s advanced IoT real-time tracking capability is set to revolutionise the worldwide RAIL industry.

Computing around artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles for the rail industry

There have been significant advances in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicles in industry, with segments such as the mining sector pioneering the implementation of this technology – including autonomous trains – in Australia.

Lack of cybersecurity exposes rail freight to attacks, says startup CEO

Technology has led to the advent of connected vehicles intelligent enough to interact with the driver and link to the cloud.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 8 months ago
Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

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

New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

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

Metro Exodus

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

Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

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

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

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

Tram and Light Rail News

1767 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
City of Phoenix seeks virtual public input on light-rail project

The meeting might be virtual, but light-rail growth in the city of Phoenix is very real.

Will COVID-19 cripple chances of Austin’s Project Connect?

The future of Austin, Texas, is not going to change, it is just being delayed.

Victoria to start tram route upgrade works this week

Australi’s Victorian Government is set to start improvement works on tram route 58 to ensure a more comfortable journey for passengers.

Škoda Transtech delivers first ForCity Smart Artic tram to Finland

Škoda Transportation Group’s Finland-based subsidiary Škoda Transtech has delivered the first modern ForCity Smart Artic trams to the capital city of Tampere.

Parramatta's Royal Oaks Hotel demolished for light rail

Construction crews have commenced the demolition of a historic hotel to make way for the Parramatta Light Rail.

UK

3821 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central has message of thanks vinyls on concourse

Network Rail Scotland has installed floor vinyls on the concourse at Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central to show support for NHS workers.

GTR introduces COVID-19 virucide to protect trains for 30-day period

Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) entire fleet of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains – as well as all stations and staff areas – have been treated with a powerful new virucide that sticks to surfaces, killing the COVID-19 virus for up to 30 days.

Tyne and Wear Metro secures additional £7.6m governement grant

The Tyne and Wear Metro has had a further £7.

Andy Byford to become London’s next Transport Commissioner

The former President & Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority Andy Byford is to return to the UK as the next Commissioner of Transport for London, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on May 27.

USA

4083 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Crews to work on verticals of railroad bridges in Mich

A pair of railroad bridges in Jackson, Mich.

U.S. DOT to distribute cloth facial coverings to America’s transportation workforce

Today, the Trump Administration announced millions of cloth facial coverings will be sent to workers in critical sectors of America’s economy.

SMART to acquire freight operations

The board of California’s North Bay area commuter rail operator Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has approved plans to acquire 33 km of railway between Healdsburg and the Mendocino-Sonoma County line from the North Coast Rail Authority.

USDOT FRA provides $302m funding to 12 rail projects

The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced grant funds worth $302m for 12 railroad projects.

Victorian Rail News

7250 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Border Rail Action Group says 'no' to extra wheelchair spaces on trains

Border Action Group is not happy with the new train designs for the North East Line in Victoria.

Energy Storage Systems installed Diamond Creek

To be able to make improvements to the network and power train services along the Hurstbridge line, a new Energy Storage System will be installed near existing rail infrastructure on VicTrack land in Diamond Creek.

Your new Mooroolbark and Lilydale station precincts

Detailed station precinct maps for our Lilydale and Mooroolbark level crossing removal projects are now available online for the community to view.

Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP), Melbourne

Port of Melbourne (PoM) launched its new rail transformation project to reduce traffic congestion caused by trucks in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and across the region of Victoria in Australia.

Western Australian Rail News

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Early Yanchep rail works roll forward

MAJOR work on the Yanchep rail extension is expected to start in August, with early earthworks done on part of the track.

Bold bid to get Tier 3 back on track

A LOBBY group headed by a union representative is pushing for some Western Australian Tier 3 grain train lines closed since 2014 to be reopened.

Coronavirus social distancing 'not required' on WA public transport anymore, Minister says

Social distancing is being encouraged but is no longer required on public transport in Western Australia, but passengers are staying away despite the reopening of workplaces this week.

Miners back new Chinese iron ore inspection rules

Miners say China's changes to its inspection processes for iron ore imports is a positive development because it will streamline shipments, even though some analysts suggested it could be used to block Australia's most important export.

Two METRONET construction contracts awarded

Two major METRONET project contracts have been awarded for the Bayswater Station upgrade and the removal of the Denny Avenue level crossing.

Yarra Trams

487 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
St Kilda renewal works

Sunday 21 June to Thursday 25 June, 10pm to last tram each night

Third party disruption

Monday 1 June, 10pm to last tram

Tram route 58 gets track uplift

Tram route 58 is getting a major upgrade to improve services in Melbourne’s inner north, said Victorian Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne.

Route 109 disruption - Wednesday 20 May

Route 109 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

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