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ACT

319 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Transport decarbonisation partnership goal

A month after the COP26, three key transport peak bodies, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC), Roads Australia (RA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) have reconfirmed their commitment to work in partnership to help industry lead decarbonisation of the transport sector.

Heavy haul appointment for ARA board

Rio Tinto Managing Director Port, Rail and Core Services for Iron Ore, Richard Cohen, will join the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board to lead the creation of a new Heavy Haul Executive Committee.

The procurement reform needed for rail construction

The release of the ARA’s Rail Supply Chain Blueprint recently included a strong focus on procurement as one of its key themes.

Filler needed for Canberra Light Rail

The ACT Government is seeking 60,000 tonnes of clean fill for ­the next stage of the Canberra Light Rail project – two years after contractors trucked more than 70,000 tonnes of spoil over the border from the ACT into New South Wales.

Awards recognise innovative rail industry achievements

The rail industry has celebrated the 13 winners of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards in a virtual ceremony livestreamed across Australia and New Zealand.

Africa

385 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Wisconsin Talgo trains bound for Nigeria

The long-running saga of the two Talgo trains which were ordered for operation in the US state of Wisconsin but never entered service has taken another twist, with Talgo expected to sell them for use on the Red Line in Lagos.

Unused US Talgo trains to move to Nigeria

TRAINS built by Talgo for operation in the US Midwest more than a decade ago, but which never entered traffic, will move to Nigeria where they will be used for commuter services in Lagos.

Tanzania and Burundi agree on $900m rail link

The government of Tanzania has signed an agreement to extend its standard gauge railway (SGR) to Gitega, the capital of neighbouring Burundi.

Tanzania – Burundi rail link agreement

Plans to build a rail link between Tanzania and Burundi are expected to move forward following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two governments on January 16.

Total destruction — Photos of the horrific state of South Africa’s train system

South Africa’s passenger railway system is on the brink of total collapse, brought to its knees by thieves and vandals who have gutted many of its stations and railway tracks into a post-apocalyptic-like state.

Airline News

715 stories | Newest story posted last month
Final Airbus A380 Handed Over to Emirates

The final Airbus A380 ever to be built has been handed over to its new owners, the Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 1

On this very full episode of AvTalk, we recount our travels back from Stockholm, go through the vast amount of news that came out this week—including breaking news BEFORE we recorded—and John Pitts and Richard Whitwell from eJet join us in part one of a two part interview to help us understand how the jet fuel system works around the world.

Airbus delivers the final A380

Airbus delivered the final A380 this week to Emirates, marking the end of a 16 year production run of 252 superjumbo aircraft.

Final A380 superjumbo leaves factory

The final Airbus A380 ever to be built is being handed over to its new owners on Thursday, the Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

The Return of Flybe -- Dash 8-400 Lands at Birmingham Airport

The new Flybe Ltd’s first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft landed at Birmingham Airport.

Arabian Rail News

351 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Hitachi Rail to Operate and Maintain Riyadh Women’s University Metro

Hitachi Rail has won the contract to operate and maintain the autonomous metro at Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

RAILWAY LINES ONCE CONNECTED THE MIDDLE EAST

Now the tracks that joined continents lie in wreckage

The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train will keep running reassures Turkey

During the welcoming ceremony of the first Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train in Ankara, the Turkish transport minister Adil Karaismailoğlu reassured the attendees that the corridor would remain active with the possibility to extend towards Europe.

Second Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train on its way: the service might have a future

After commencing on 21 December, the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad corridor dispatched a second train on 29 December.

Iran – Iraq rail link agreement signed

An agreement has been signed to complete the 30 km Shalamcheh – Basra railway which would connect the national rail networks of Iran and Iraq.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 3 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

4397 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 2 to begin construction

CONSTRUCTION is set to commence on Ho Chi Minh City’s metro Line 2 in 2022, the city’s ministry of transport has announced as work on Line 1 nears completion.

Maersk sees rail in India as growth driver with boost in figures

Maersk in India has recorded a 43 percent increase in the movement of containerised export cargo on rail in 2021.

HDR’s Joanna “Asia” Alvord promoted to transportation project controls director

“Technology is ever-changing, and our clients often find they need to more flexibly integrate with new tools and adjust to ongoing changes, all while they feel the pressure to deliver projects on schedule and on budget,” Alvord said.

First of a VTG-COSCO series: China chemical train arrives in Duisburg

With the first chemical train arriving from China in Duisburg this week, the starting signal was given to the COSCO VTG China-EU chemical train business.

Fruits banned from entering China via port of Manzhouli

Fruits may no longer be shipped into China via the border of Manzhouli, as the city has announced a ban on imported fruits from Sunday 16 January.

Aurizon

298 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Rare opportunity for Aurizon

Australia’s largest rail freight business, Aurizon, is supporting the exciting growth trajectory of Lynas Rare Earths in WA with the announcement of a new five-year transport and logistics services contract through to 2026.

Qld University, Aurizon team up in green hydrogen trial

The University of Queensland has teamed up with Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, on a research project to help reduce the carbon emissions of the company’s locomotive fleet.

Aurizon continues charge for green rail with UQ

Aurizon has partnered with the University of Queensland (UQ) to strengthen its credentials in zero-emission rail freight technology, investigating ‘new-generation’ batteries and green hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

Green trains coming to power one of the world's mining centres

A global mining organisation and an Australian freight operator have teamed up to make one of the most resource-rich regions in the world a little greener.

Aurizon and Anglo American assess hydrogen for Queensland trains

AUSTRALIA’s largest rail freight company, Aurizon, and mining giant Anglo American are to work together on a feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight.

Australian High Speed Rail

46 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
End of the golden triangle? Labor’s new plan for high-speed rail

He said his government would initially prioritise a fast rail link between Sydney and Newcastle, before upgrading it to an even quicker service that would cut travel times to just 45 minutes.

High Speed Rail to kick off a revolution

A High Speed Rail link between Newcastle and Sydney will kick-start a rail revolution in Australia, and a better future for regional communities, according to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU).

High-speed rail dreaming is a fast track to nowhere

There’s no surer sign of an imminent federal election than a fast-train promise.

Impact of high-speed rail on road traffic and greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon emission reduction in the transportation sector is essential in the global mitigation effort, and a large-scale public transport system has the potential to be an effective instrument.

Why doesn't Australia have high speed rail?

Why doesn’t Australia have high speed rail?

Bus Transport News

1016 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
London's 'New Routemasters' Require £31m Mid-Life Refurbishment

London's 'New Routemasters', nicknamed 'Boris Buses' from when Boris Johnson was Mayor of London are approaching their midlife refurbishment

Cardiff Bus Has Launched 36 Electric Buses

The new fleet of 36 Yutong E12 12m full electric buses was unveiled at a launch event in Cardiff city centre on Friday, January 14.

Buses: Small vs big

Happy new year!

Colourful Stagecoach in Preston

Scania N250UD Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC 15305 in a livery celebrating Stagecoach and Ribble service

CaetanoBus Delivers The First of Ten H2.City Gold Hydrogen-Powered Buses to Wiesbaden

Following the contract signed between representatives of the public transport operator of Wiesbaden and CaetanoBus, at the beginning of last year here, CaetanoBus has just commenced deliveries of the 10 hydrogen buses to Wiesbaden (Germany).

Canada

1320 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
CP Earns Spot on Sustainable Corporation Index

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark tops the 2022 list, which was released on Jan.

Canadian National Seeks Line Divestiture as Part of the CP-KCS Merger

Canadian National, the railroad recently thwarted in its attempt to merge with Kansas City Southern (KCS), has submitted a notice of intent to file a responsive application with the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

Alstom’s Montreal Milestone

One unusual feature of the MPM-10 is its wooden brake shoes, used in conjunction with electromagnetic brakes.

OnTRAC programme develops lidar-based sensor system

A partnership of three companies has announced the successful completion of the two-and-a-half-year Ontario Train Autonomy Collaboration (OnTRAC) project to develop, prototype, and validate the feasibility and functionality of a state-of-the-art lidar-based sensor fusion system.

CN in new bid to undermine Kansas City Southern rail merger with rival CP

Rail company Canadian National (CN) has sought to scupper the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern tie-up by announcing it would ask the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a forced sale of KCS’s eastern line.

Cityrail News

883 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bushfire safety priority for Sydney Trains

As NSW enters the peak of its bushfire season, Sydney Trains has taken numerous steps to ensure its electricity network is safe and ready for the hot summer months.

Train Crew Christmas & NYE Claims & Entitlements 2021/2022

After consultation with Sydney Trains regarding claims and entitlements for train crew for the Xmas/NYE roster the below table  has been agreed by both parties.

Sydney set for standstill again

Sydney’s rail network will once again be disrupted by industrial action next week, with services running at a reduced frequency and taking longer to reach their destinations.

Sydney train strikes cause fresh chaos as platforms are packed with commuters

A train drivers’ strike has caused major chaos across Sydney.

Future Region 6 Industrial Action

Following two stoppages of two hours each last Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, RTBU & TWU members followed up with a 24-hour stoppage yesterday.

Coronavirus Transport News

609 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
TWU says transport drivers subjected to 'horrific conditions'

Transport Workers Union says transport drivers subjected to 'horrific conditions' like being pressured to return to work when unwell and light headed.

Southeastern restores full December train timetable

Following an improvement in staff availability, Southeastern reinstated some trains this week, and will restore services to its full December timetable by January 31.

Omicron Forces Amtrak Service Cuts

Amtrak has announced that the cuts will last through Sunday, March 27, a ten-week duration.

Avanti West Coast to introduce temporary timetable from 17 January

Avanti West Coast has announced changes to its timetable because the impact of the Omicron COVID-19 variant has led to an increase in staff absences.

c2c to cancel some services from Monday, 17 January

On Monday, 17 January, c2c will introduce a new weekday timetable because of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Europe

7925 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Bane Nor awards 23 suppliers contracts worth NKr 2.8bn

NORWEGIAN infrastructure manager Bane Nor has agreed three framework contracts with 23 suppliers for infrastructure work across the country’s 4067km railway network.

Order for 504 tram-trains is Stadler’s largest-ever contract

Stadler has been awarded the largest contract in the company’s history with an order for 504 tram-trains for a German-Austrian project consortium.

Belgian authorities approve merger of Antwerp and Zeebrugge ports

The Belgian Competition Authority (BMA) has officially approved the merger of the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge.

“MoselLux” cross-border regional tender launched

NORTHERN Rhineland-Palatinate regional rail authority SPNV-Nord and the German state of Saarland have published a tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for a contract to operate the so-called MoselLux regional network in western Germany and Luxembourg.

Dutch Intermodal Telematics offers digital solutions to Hitachi

Intermodal Telematics (IMT), a Netherlands based telematics company, entered a long-term agreement with Hitachi Rail.

Gunzelling Reports

1488 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/1/2022

There were 75 sightings for this week, [color=#000000]which is 7 sighting less than last week.

RFI issues €757m tender to replace level crossings

ITALIAN Rail Network (RFI) has issued a tender worth €757.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/1/2022

There were 82 sightings for this week, which is 72 sighting more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/1/2022

Total trains for 2021 was 4149 which is 318 trains less than 2020.

Cataraqui Spur Woods, December 2021

It was Monday, December 20, just a few days before Christmas.

Inland Rail Project

747 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Design contract for first tranche of Inland Rail Victoria

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has engaged McConnell Dowell to complete the first phase of designs and early delivery activities for Inland Rail in Victoria.

ARTC awards Inland Rail design and early delivery contract

THE Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded McConnell Dowell a contract to conduct the first phase designs and early delivery activities for the $A 10bn ($US 7.

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

It’s high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks.

More infrastructure funding for rail and road

The Federal Government is providing $2.

International Rail News

5704 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
CRCC awarded $US 2.6bn contract to renew Argentinean line

ARGENTINA’s minister of transport, Mr Alexis Guerrera, has met with mangers from China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) to advance the reopening of the San Martín Cargas line, after CRCC was awarded a $US 2.

Uruguay: Ferrocarril Central reconstruction gathers pace

Despite delays caused by the pandemic and late alterations to the scope of the programme, work to rehabilitate Uruguay’s strategically important north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros is on course for completion in 2023.

OnTRAC develops lidar-based sensor system for autonomous rail vehicles

A partnership of three companies has announced the successful completion of the two-and-a-half-year Ontario Train Autonomy Collaboration (OnTRAC) project to develop, prototype, and validate the feasibility and functionality of a state-of-the-art lidar-based sensor fusion system.

Guarapuava – Paranaguá agreement paves way for Nova Ferroeste completion

Agreement for construction of the final section of the R$25bn Nova Ferroeste project was reached between the Ministry of Infrastructure and the state government of Paraná at the end of December.

Work starts on three stations for Santiago’s second commuter rail line

CHILE’s transport and telecommunications minister, Ms Gloria Hutt, and Chilean State Railways (EFE) president, Mr Pedro Pablo Errázuriz, officiated at a ceremony on January 12 to mark the start of work on a new station at Tres Poniente and the renovation of Vespucio and Ciudad Satélite stations for the $US 1.

Letters to the Editor

340 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

Washington DC: US National Navy Museum and 16

Historic Photographs posted

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

FreightWaves Classics: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge celebrates 85th anniversary today!

On November 12, 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened.

The introduction of Long Distance Vlocity trains in Victoria falls short

The current standard for Long Haul passenger trains (with the odd exception) is a 4 carriage N set.

Model Railways

2726 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sandy Lane

Hello everyone, been a long time since I was on the forum so I hope you have all been keeping well in these times of late.

Heljan Metropilitan BoBo

Ordered a Heljan Metropolitan (Vickers?

Laying out N gauge Peco setrack

Can anyone save me some time working out the distance from outside sleeper edge to outside sleeper edge across a Peco Setrack Second radius curve oval track with 6 Standard Straights ( ST1)  inserted between the curves and across a similar oval with one ST1 straight inserted?

Rapido Trains announces all-new GP38 model for HO scale, plus M-420 variants, and Hudson steam

Rapido Trains wowed the hobby again this Christmas with announcements of several new projects.

Narrow Gauge

145 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bids invited to supply trains for narrow-gauge Centovalli railway

ITALIAN narrow gauge railway operator Subalpine Railway Company (SSIF), which operates the 52km, 1000mm-gauge Centovalli railway between Domodossola, Italy, and Locarno, Switzerland, in cooperation with Swiss operator Ticino Regional Railways Company (Fart), has invited manufacturers to submit bids to supply four four-car trains, with an option to supply another four trains.

Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows Railway puts steam locomotive up for sale

The Ferry Meadows Railway, in Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough, have advertised their 0-4-0 steam locomotive for sale.

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway welcomes the ‘bogie men’

After the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway ran its last trains of the season, the ‘bogie men’ appear.

Bure Valley Railway tests bio-coal under arduous working conditions

The Bure Valley Railway (BVR) has tested the use of bio-fuel under working conditions.

Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show 2021

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

New South Wales Rail News

4478 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Harnessing the power of the digital twin rail network

Fugro’s train-borne RILA (railway infrastructure alignment acquisition) data acquisition platform allows the creation of a digital twin of the entire rail corridor, giving rail managers accurate and up-to-date information to support robust decision-making, improved safety, optimised railway operations and reduced cost.

First custom tunnel boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West

The Sydney Metro West project has ordered two huge custom-built tunnel boring machines to help build the city’s next metro rail tunnels.

Changed traffic conditions on New England Highway rail bridge at Telarah

Motorists are advised of changed overnight traffic conditions from this weekend on the New England Highway at Telarah to carry out maintenance work on the Telarah Bridge over rail.

Contract awarded for Western Sydney Airport final steps

The final major contract has been awarded for construction of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, unlocking the future of air travel in the region.

New Zealand Rail News

625 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Auckland One Rail takes over from Transdev under integrated operating contract

The Auckland One Rail joint venture took over from Transdev Auckland on January 17 as operator of suburban passenger services around the country’s largest city.

New era begins for Auckland passenger rail

Auckland One Rail (AOR) has begun its partnership with Auckland Transport (AT) as the new passenger rail operator.

Final Issue RMTU NZ Activist Newsletter For 2021

The latest edition of the RMTU NZ newsletter for 2021 is now available.

Dame Whina breaks through for Christmas

City Rail Link’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), Dame Whina Cooper, broke through into the Aotea Station in central Auckland today, marking the end of its epic underground journey for the project and for the city.

Auckland's entire rail network to close for three weeks for summer upgrades

KiwiRail is unwrapping its Christmas gift early, in the form of upgrades and improvements to the Auckland railway networks.

Northern Territory Rail News

228 stories | Newest story posted last month
Desert Bloom Hydrogen: ground-breaking, commercial-scale green hydrogen project to proceed in NT outback

Technology company Aqua Aerem has announced that its breakthrough $US10.

Train takeover means access to more markets but no thanks to coal

The big Australian rail group Aurizon has bought some of the nation's biggest rail lines.

Aurizon buys One Rail freight group for $2.35b

Rail group Aurizon has capped off another huge week of mergers and acquisitions with a $2.

New rail terminal could turn dreams into reality

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

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

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

Opinion

160 stories | Newest story posted last month
Why Electric Vehicles are not a Climate Change Silver Bullet

The research is clear: without aggressively tackling rising global temperatures, there will be catastrophic global consequences within the coming decades.

Room for improvement in energy efficiency of Victorian rentals

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Victoria’s rental homes are typically less energy efficient than owner-occupied properties.

Detailed designs for Bridge Mall

Illustrative concept plan for reopening Bridge Mall (via City of Ballarat)

How Highways Wrecked America’s Cities

It is well-documented that America’s urban places have been designed and built for cars since the late 1920s.

After her fiancé was killed by a train, Maddie is determined to improve rail crossing safety

Maddie and Ethan were due to marry in March and looked forward to starting a family.

Other Transport News

1314 stories | Newest story posted last month
Prime Minister announces trucking apprenticeship program

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the establishment of a truck driving apprenticeship.

Linfox profits hit by Covid costs and cashless trend

Trucking giant Linfox reports a significant hit to its bottom line in the last financial year due to rising supply chain costs and a poorly performing Armaguard division.

Kings Ferry To Cease London Commuter Services

Kings Ferry has announced that its long standing commuter coach service between Kent and Medway and to London for nearly 40 years is to be axed from next Friday, Christmas Eve.

Canberra backs hydrogen-powered road trains in Townsville

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has conditionally approved $3.

Motorcyclist dies in horror Tonkin Highway crash with road train in Perth

A motorcyclist has died in Perth’s north east, in a crash involving a road train.

Pacific National News

79 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Call for RAT kits access to be prioritised

Leading Australian rail freight operator Pacific National says securing adequate numbers of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits for workers continues to be a major challenge for the national supply chain.

PN BULK EA – FIRST MEETING

Last week your Delegates and Officials were finally able to meet with Pacific National Management face to face to formally kick off the negotiations for a replacement Enterprise Agreement.

Pacific National to serve major new Australian freight terminal

AUSTRALIA’s largest private rail freight operator Pacific National (PN) has agreed a $A 110m ($US 79.

Toowoomba set to be freight and logistics powerhouse

Pacific National has reached an agreement with Wagner Corporation around the future development of a major rail freight terminal at Wellcamp Business Park, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Pacific National boosts services through peak season

Pacific National is offering increased capacity on its intermodal containerised services right throughout the festive season to help its customers with the Christmas rush.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 11 months ago
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

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

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

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

Three new members join Ports Australia

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

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

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

Qube Logistics

16 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

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

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

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

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

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

Fitting the signal to the system

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

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

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

Queensland Rail News

2883 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Specialist livestock rail company to expand from slaughter to feeder cattle

SPECIALIST livestock rail provider, Watco East West, has announced plans to carry feeder cattle to feedlots – expanding on its original focus on finished cattle for abattoirs.

The worst rail disaster in Queensland history

Talked about for many years after it occurred the Traveston Creek Rail Disaster of 9 June, 1925 had a profound effect on the citizens of Gympie.

Watco East West wins north west cattle rail tender

Four months after rail freight company Watco East West was announced as the new operator of Queensland's central west cattle rail service, the state government has selected the company to operate cattle rail services on the north west line from 2022, following a competitive procurement process.

More than 4000m of track repaired on south west Qld rail lines

Queensland's south western train lines have all been repaired and reopened after heavy rain caused severe flooding that damaged tracks, forcing parts of the rail network to close for weeks.

Queensland regional services reduced

Queensland Rail will temporarily reduce some regional services due to an increasing number of employees in COVID-enforced quarantine.

Rail Events

862 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
RailAdvent Feedback Competition – Your chance to win an Amazon tablet!

Over the last 18 months, a number of new features have been added to the RailAdvent website and has seen a positive growth in readership with over 10 million views in 2021.

Rail workers recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Rail workers from across the industry have been recognised in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List, published on 31 December.

Avanti West Coast Celebrates 175 Years of Lancaster and Carlisle Railway

Avanti West Coast has teamed up with local communities based around its Cumbrian stations to celebrate the opening of the Lancaster and Carlisle railway in 1846.

Rail News

4466 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
New From Blume Global: End-to-End Rail Freight Scheduler

Blume Global’s free-of-charge freight scheduler is “cloud-native digital platform” that allows intermodal users to better coordinate cross-country rail freight deliveries.

Market trends: Cautious builders eye slow recovery

While existing contracts have sustained the global rolling stock industry through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, future prospects will be determined by the pace of recovery in rail travel over the next few years.

World rail freight news round-up

News from the world rail freight market.

Sensor system for autonomous rail

A sensor system for Obstacle Detection, Classification and Tracking (ODCT) has been designed to help make autonomous rail transport more efficient, less costly to operate, and capable of 24/7 functionality while minimising accidents.

Greater Anglia’s timetable alterations from Monday the 17th of January

Greater Anglia initially introduced alterations with a new temporary revised weekday timetable on Monday the 10th of January due to a reduction in passenger numbers, which are currently only 40-50% of pre-pandemic levels.

Rail Travel

525 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Trains journey beyond to the US

Journey Beyond, operator of the Indian Pacific and The Ghan and owned by Quadrant Private Equity, has been sold to the US-based Hornblower Group for a reported $600 million.

On-Line Travel Agency? Be Wary

Today comes an email, passed along to me by my brother, from a classmate of his who was organizing a big gathering to honor the passing of his spouse.

Wise Words Most Often Ignored

Travel guru, Rick Steves, is one of my idols.

A Visit to Saipan

Somewhere back around 1980, my fledgling marketing agency had acquired the Office of Tourism for American Samoa as a client.

An Escape to the Temora Airshow and Southern & Central NSW

Spaces on our tour to the Temora Airshow are selling fast!

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 4 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

546 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Rail Innovation Timeline – 1800s

Rail Innovation Timeline – 1800s Viper Innovations’ CableGuardian system is one of the latest in a long line of achievements in railway technology targeted at improving the safety of the railway for the public and workforce.

FreightWaves Classics: Refrigeration helped railroads move fresh food nationwide (Part 1)

In the railroad industry, a refrigerator car (or “reefer”) is a refrigerated boxcar that is designed to carry perishable freight at specific temperatures.

FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: The Katy served the southcentral region of the nation

There are many people interested in former transportation companies, whether they were trucking companies, railroads, airlines or ocean lines.

South Wheeling, WV: 1852-2010 Wheeling/La Belle Cut Nail Plant

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Railway Preservation

1589 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Keighley and Worth Valley announces its first galas for 2022

The Keighley & Worth Valley has announced its first galas for 2022 with a Steam Gala in March and a Diesel Gala in June.

Regular steam trains with Tornado or Flying Scotsman between Stockton and Shildon part of anniversary plans

Plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) which opened on 27 September 1825 have been revealed.

Update on progress overhauling steam locomotive, Stroudley Terrier No. 72, Fenchurch

The Bluebell Railway has issued its latest on the progress with overhauling Stroudley Terrier No.

An update on steam locomotive 45596 Bahamas

The Bahamas Locomotive Society have released a short update on LMS Jubilee No.

Severn Valley Railway to carry out running in tests on steam locomotive 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley

The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust has announced that LNER A4 No.

Railway Publications

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People News: HOK, Transit Wireless

Luke Bridle, Director of Transportation, HOK

RT&S January 2022 issue now online

Read the digital issue now.

IRJ promotes Burroughs

IRJ is pleased to announce that David Burroughs has been promoted to News Editor.

The Railways of Telford (UK)

A recent gift (December 2021) from a valued colleague, to mark my pending retirement and my move to Telford, was 'Railways of Telford' by David Clarke

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 10 months ago
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

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

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

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

Experience: I was run over by a train

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

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Russian Rail News

231 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Moscow suburban EMUs delivered

Transmashholding’s Demikhovo plant has delivered seven 11-car EP2D electric multiple-units for use around Moscow by Central Suburban Passenger Co.

Sinara wins orders for high-power diesel shunters

SINARA Transport Machines (STM), Russia, has signed contracts worth Roubles 1.

Tunnelling complete on Moscow’s Big Circle Line

TUNNELLING on the final section of Moscow’s $US 6.

TransContainer buys second terminal in Zabaykalsk after record year

TransContainer acquired a second terminal to operate in the Zabaykalsk railway station on the Russian-Chinese border.

R&D co-operation starts with locomotive component life cycles

A five-year agreement covering strategic co-operation in research and development has been signed by TMH Perspective Technologies Centre and Emperor Alexander I St Petersburg State Transport University.

South Australian Rail News

912 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Overland still chugging on

Everyone is invited to celebrate 135 years of the Overland.

An elderly woman has escaped without injury after her car was hit by a train at Victor Harbor

An elderly woman has escaped without injury after her car was hit by a train at Victor Harbor.

Leigh Creek urea project passes capital raising milestone

LEIGH Creek Energy, a future key supplier of urea to the Australian agriculture sector through the $2.

Girders placed at Torrens Road crossing

Work to fix one of Adelaide’s most challenging traffic bottlenecks has reached a major milestone with the first two bridge girders for the $196 million Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project lifted into place.

Possible future with rail discussed in Port Lincoln

Advocates for the return of Eyre Peninsula's rail services put their case forward in a public meeting in Port Lincoln on Sunday, arguing it would bring economic and social benefits across the region.

Tasmanian Rail News

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TasRail opts for KLP hybrid polymer sleepers

With an upgraded, fit-for-purpose rail freight network, TasRail is one of the largest transport service providers in Tasmania, connecting industry and commerce to major shipping ports and freight hubs across the State.

Derwent Valley Railway to launch in June 2022 with plans to extend service

In a historic moment, a new lease for the Derwent Valley Railway will come into effect with plans to extend the tourist service to include trips to nearby tourist towns and national parks.

Tracker for Christmas Train

After a bumper year, TasRail has introduced some new ideas to support its much-loved Christmas Train, with an eye to the building a solid future for the staff-led initiative.

TasRail on the paper route

TasRail is currently providing 12 weekly services between Norske Skog’s Boyer paper mill in the Derwent Valley and the Port of Burnie.

2,000 train trips later

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

Technology News

268 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Autonomous battery-electric rail company closes series A funding round

Autonomous battery-electric rail vehicles company Parallel Systems has raised $49.

All-optical networks should be the foundation of a next-generation bearer network

The entire system consists of multiple subsystems such as access control systems, ticketing systems, visual real-time tracking dashboards (of trains, depots, and stations), emergency communication systems, anti-theft alarms, and perimeter alarm systems.

One step ahead with voestalpine

Global condition monitoring technology leader voestalpine Railway Systems uniquely provides both rolling stock and railway infrastructure monitoring systems, with proven solutions for metro, mixed traffic, heavy haul and high speed networks.

Pandrol launches new E+ product range

As well as being a landmark in Pandrol’s sustainability journey, the launch represents a major breakthrough in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly track construction and maintenance.

On the right track with CHK

Imagine if railway companies could monitor the health of the pneumatic and electric points along the tracks.

Train Simulator News

88 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Train Sim World 2 to see an American legend, the Horseshoe Curve route

A new route soon to be released by Dovetail for Train Sim World 2 (TSW 2) and is one of America’s most legendary and dramatic railroad landmarks, Norfolk Southern’s (NS) Horseshoe Curve route.

“Wild Mary” route scenario pack released for Train Simulator

High Iron Simulations has released a new scenario pack for Train Simulator’s B&O Mountain subdivision route.

Train Simulator set to re-release North Wales Coast Line: Crewe – Holyhead route

Dovetail Games has announced that it is releasing a new edition of the scenic North Wales Coast Line from Crewe to Holyhead with a version for Avanti West Coast and Transport for Wales.

Train Sim World 2: Tharandter Rampe: Dresden – Chemnitz route to be released

A new route for Train Sim World 2 (TSW) is being released on 13th January.

New Blast Pipe Productions Train Sim reskin to be released

We will be back on the RailAdvent Twitch channel (Thursday 13th January) alongside Sam from Blast Pipe Productions

Tram and Light Rail News

2273 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Balloon 700 on FTS Christmas Tour

700 exiting the turning circle at Little Bispham on the FTS Christmas TourBalloon 700 finally made its debut on a tram tour on 28th December, after having been repainted into wartime green and cream livery back in September.

Stadler awarded €4bn combined tram-train order

SEVEN German and Austrian partners awarded Stadler a contract worth around €4bn for up to 504 Citylink tram-trains on January 14, the largest order in the company’s history, as part of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) Tram-Train project.

Hurontario light rail transit project’s Cooksville section sees huge delivery of rail

The team behind the Hurontario (HuLRT) light rail transit project is going to great lengths lately to get the system on track.

New Catenary-free tramway opens in Lusail, Qatar

A new tramway has opened in Lusail, a new city 10 miles north of Doha in Qatar.

Wrocław orders 24 Pesa LRVs

MPK Wrocław, Poland, has awarded Pesa a Zlotys 204m ($US 50.

UK

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Network Rail to upgrade footbridge over railway in South Yorkshire

Network Rail has started a £60,000 project to upgrade a footbridge over the railway in Dodworth two miles west of Barnsley in Yorkshire to make sure it remains fit for purpose for years to come.

Free cycle health checks at railway stations in South West Surrey

Visitors to some South Western Railway stations will be able to get their bike checked over the next few weeks.

New DMU fleet for Wales authorised

BRITISH regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has authorised the passenger use of 30 two-car and 12 three-car class 197 DMUs built by CAF for Transport for Wales (TfW) Rail.

The legacy of Llangennech: global implications from UK derailment

The final report on a derailment in Wales in the summer of 2020 will have repercussions for the whole rail freight industry.

Ancient artefact found at HS2 works

Just north of London, an early Roman and extremely rare wooden carved figure has been discovered during work on Britain’s HS2 high-speed rail project.

USA

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MARTA to host two virtual meetings for track replacement project

MARTA will replace heavy rail between Buckhead and Medical Center stations beginning Friday, Feb.

U.S. Rail Traffic Continues Downward Trend in Week 2

Total carloads for week two (ending Jan.

MTA Construction & Development

DUE DATE: 2/11/22

BART single tracking through Lafayette for cable work (next Sunday single tracking 1/23/22)

BART has already been replacing traction power cables at different locations across the system.

Small-Road News: Watco, Pioneer Lines

Port 10 Watco Rail Logistics—a joint venture of transportation service and logistics company Watco, Pontikes Development, and McNair Interests—is adding a new SIT yard to the Baytown, Tex.

Victorian Rail News

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SRL projects back in full swing

SRL East Geotechnical investigations have kicked off again between Cheltenham and Box Hill, marking the start of a massive year for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop (SRL).

VLocity trains for Albury line passengers

The year has begun with Albury line passengers in Victoria able to travel on more comfortable, modern VLocity trains.

Fares 1992-2022

A fare rise took effect from 1st January.

Rail passengers are their own safety gear

A new campaign from Metro Trains in Melbourne is reminding passengers to use their ‘safety gears’ and take extra precautions on their journey to keep themselves and others safe.

New rail bridge for Narre Warren

A new design to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Webb Street has been announced with an elevated rail bridge to be built over the road in the Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren.

Western Australian Rail News

1476 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Mandurah line works completed

The Mandurah Line in Perth has re-opened following a successful 20-day shutdown to enable major works on the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

BHP Group Orders Battery-Electric Locomotives From Wabtec

BHP subsidiary Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) has ordered two FLXdrive battery-electric units from Wabtec, with delivery planned for 2023.

BHP Group orders battery locomotives from Wabtec

BHP subsidiary Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) has ordered two FLXdrive battery locomotives from Wabtec, with delivery planned for 2023.

BHP joins battery-electric push

BHP will add four battery-electric locomotives to its Western Australian rail network, becoming the fourth major miner to improve rail decarbonisation efforts in Australia since mid-December.

BHP joins the party on electric rail

BHP will add four battery-electric locomotives to its Western Australian rail network, becoming the fourth major miner to improve rail decarbonisation efforts in Australia since mid-December.

Yarra Trams

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Easier access to the Open

Yarra Trams and Traveller’s Aid Australia are working with Tennis Australia to support passengers travelling by tram to the Australian Open 2022.

Australian Open 2022

Monday 17 January to Sunday 30 January 2022

Route 12 & 109 Disruption - Sunday 16 January

Due to a fallen tree branch blocking tracks in Victoria Parade near Smith Street

Disruption to trams in the city - Saturday 15 January

Due to planned protest activity in the CBD starting at 12pm

Route 78 Disruption - Friday 14 January

Due to a police request in Chapel Street at High Street

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