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ACT

55 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Work stopped, three told to go to hospital after light rail incident

Three workers undertaking concreting works on the light rail track reported feeling a tingling sensation in their arms as they were jackhammering on January 31.

Light rail testing under way but start date is a slow tram coming

The ACT community is no closer to knowing when light rail will be operating from Gungahlin to the City, with Transport Canberra unable to provide a completion date and still saying the start date is ‘early in 2019’.

Day, night testing along light rail track starts next week

The consortium behind Canberra's light rail project will start testing the light rail vehicles at both day and night along the route from Gungahlin to the city from next Tuesday.

The first light rail vehicle has arrived on Northbourne Avenue

Light rail testing is poised to begin on the southern stretch of the Gungahlin to Civic track in coming weeks, with the arrival of one of vehicles onto Northbourne Avenue.

Final track laid in light rail line from Gungahlin to city

The ACT government expects the consortium building and operating Canberra's light rail will miss "the first few" availability payments because of delays in getting the trams operating.

Africa

139 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Stunning successes for Cape Town's 'rail enforcers' in first 100 days

The first 100 days of Cape Town's rail enforcement unit were a resounding success, its funders said on Thursday.

El-Qantas tunnel to cut east-west journey times

Trains have started running through the El-Qantas tunnel, which has been built as part of an ongoing programme to upgrade the Alger – Oran main line for faster speeds.

Tanzania revives rail

There’s exploding demand for new rail infrastructure in East Africa, but whose interests will ambitious — and very expensive — new projects serve?

Locos arrive in Cameroon

Bolloré Railways subsidiary Camrail took delivery of five 3 300 hp GE Transportation diesel locomotives at the Port of Douala on January 17.

[SN] Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent for Senegal: project update

In November 2018, Alstom shipped the first of 15 Coradia Polyvalent trainsets to Senegal.

Arabian Rail News

72 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Afghanistan approves fourth section of Khaf – Herat railway

Design and construction of the 43 km first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built from Iran to Herat was approved by the National Procurement Commission at its meeting on February 18.

A Head of Terms contract will allow UAE’s rail network to connect to the Khalifa Port

A Head of Terms contract between Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Ports, Fujairah Terminals and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), has been signed to connect Khalifa Port to the national railway network.

Aqaba railway feasibility study agreed

The Saudi Jordanian Investment Fund and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to undertake feasibility and technical studies for the development of a 195 km railway connecting a planned inland dry port at Ma’an with port facilities around Aqaba.

CAF wins fleet maintenance contracts in Spain and Saudi Arabia

Actren, a 51:49 CAF-Renfe joint venture, has been awarded a four-year contract to maintain class 446 and Civia EMUs as well as class 596 and 598 DMUs used by Renfe Operadora on services to and from Madrid.

SJIF and ASEZA to build $700m rail network in Jordan

The Saudi Jordanian Investment Fund (SJIF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) to invest more than $700m to build a rail network in Jordan.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
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.

Irwin to leave Pacific National

Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.

Asian Rail News

1195 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Philippines starts North-South Commuter Railway Project works

The Government of Philippines has started construction of the North-South Commuter Railway Project in Manila.

Feeder service soon in all metro stations

From April, commuters can board share autorickshaws or share taxis from any of the 32 metro stations operating across the two corridors of metro rail phase-1 to reach their destination.

ABB to supply traction equipment to Indian Railways

Switzerland-based ABB has secured a more than $42m contract to deliver traction equipment to Indian Railways to improve operational efficiency.

Subsea Rail Link between UAE and India Proposed

The National Advisor Bureau in the UAE has proposed a futuristic project to build a subsea rail connection to India.

Malaysia Nears Deal With China to Revive $20 Billion Rail

Malaysia is making progress in talks with China to revive a rail project that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government said it would cancel, according to Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Aurizon

209 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Profit and dividends slide for rail freight operator Aurizon

Aurizon shareholders will feel the pinch after the rail freight operator's net profit fell 19 per cent to $227 million for the December half.

Linfox shifts deeper into rail with Aurizon intermodal acquisition

Logistics group Linfox expects to make "a real go" of Aurizon's unprofitable Queensland intermodal operations and will use it to transport consumable goods into far north Queensland, executive chairman Peter Fox says.

Aurizon staff plan rolling stoppages to disrupt coal rail transport

Workers at Australia's largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, will walk off the job on Tuesday in the first of a series of 24-hour stoppages this week aimed at disrupting coal transport services.

Linfox acquires Aurizon’s Queensland Intermodal business

Aurizon completed the sale of its Queensland Intermodal business to logistics group Linfox on January 31, with the first train under the new management leaving Brisbane for Mackay on February 1.

Aurizon abandons its fight with regulator over coal freight prices

Aurizon has ended an acrimonious battle with Queensland’s competition regulator after deciding not to pursue a legal fight over a ruling that crimps its revenue.

Bus Transport News

210 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
See vintage tube trains and buses in London on Sunday

This coming Sunday (24th Feb 2019), a vintage tube train will be running through central London, and out at Epping, vintage buses will travel around the countryside alongside a steam train service.

Going Ahead in Manchester

Go-Ahead agrees terms with FirstGroup to purchase Manchester bus depot

10% Increase in Passenger Journeys for Stagecoach Since re-opening of Forth Road Bridge

Stagecoach have announced a 10% increase in passenger journeys since the re-opening of the bridge, meaning Stagecoach services now carry an average of 80k passengers per week on the Edinburgh corridor.

Lothian Buses

Routes for our new Enviro400XLB buses are revealed.

Cuts to bus routes

Thousands of bus routes 'at risk' of being scrapped, warn councils

Canada

285 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Alberta inks CBR deal with CN, CP

CBR (crude-by-rail) shipments of 20,000 barrels per day are expected to commence in July and grow to 120,000 barrels per day by mid-2020.

Alberta Expects $1.7 Billion Profit From Crude-by-Rail Plan

Alberta is preparing a giant crude-by-rail operation to help its oil-sands producers cope with a pipeline crunch, and it expects a big profit from the venture.

Rail expansion through Port of Vancouver aimed at hiking imports from Asia

The federal government, CN Rail and the body that oversees trade through Canada’s busiest port have signed an agreement allowing CN to twin part of an existing railway track to move more cargo and increase trade through Vancouver’s harbour.

Alberta's oil cuts backfire as crude-by-rail shipments collapse

Canadian heavy crude has become too expensive to ship by rail

Alberta tar just can’t get no satisfaction

Astonishingly, market theory kicked in, causing the prices for the now-constrained supply to jump closer to the North American benchmark price for crude oil.

Cityrail News

652 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
New Map for Sydney Trains

Sydney Trains is getting a new network map to coincide with the opening of Sydney Metro Northwest on May 5.

'Major' IT outage hits Sydney Trains network

The digital screens that show Sydney commuters real-time information about trains were hit by a "major" IT outage on Monday night, preventing passengers from receiving up-to-date timetable information.

Sydney facing 'major' train delays after car smashes into rail signalling box

The State Transport Minister has called on the driver who rammed into a south Sydney railway signal box this morning to turn themselves in, as officials warn the damage could take days to repair.

Sydney Trains fleet to grow

The New South Wales Government is to ‘fast-track’ the delivery of a further 17 Waratah Series 2 double-deck electric multiple-units to accommodate growing demand across the Sydney Trains network, Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance  announced on February 6.

Overhaul of decades-old Sydney passenger trains running late

A major upgrade to NSW's decades-old fleet of Tangara passenger trains – already running eight months' late – is unlikely to be finished until next year because of challenges installing new technology.

Europe

1921 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Škoda replaces Talgo after Latvian EMU appeal

Škoda Vagonka has replaced Talgo as the preferred bidder for a contract to supply 32 electric multiple-units, Rodžers Jānis Grigulis, CEO of national passenger operator Pasažieru Vilciens, announced on February 15.

[FR] RER NG: construction of the bodyshells has started

On the 19th February 2019, the first completed bodyshells of the first 

Catherine Trautmann receives the European Railway Award 2019

The 2019 European Railway Award has been given to Catherine Trautmann for her long-standing support of rail transport – including light rail in urban areas, high-speed passenger lines and expanding the rail network across Europe in the framework of the European Union’s TEN-T Programme.

Noah’s Train arrives in Brussels today

Noah’s Train arrives today at its final destination in Brussels after a two-month journey through Europe.

SNCF’s train of the future: Connected, driverless and emission-free

Today’s mobility industry is experiencing a genuine transformation as markets open up to competition, customer expectations rise, and new players appear in response to changing lifestyles.

Gunzelling Reports

812 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Canadian Tyre 60ft Container

I could only laugh when I read the blurb from Canadian Tyre and Canadian National on their 'World First' 60ft intermodal container.

Hard Life Containers - for the modellers

Below are a few examples I have shot recently of beaten, battered, faded, rusted, and patched shipping containers.

Jumbo Coils

I have always liked the jumbo coil loads primarily due to the variety of wagons they travel on.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/2/2019

There were 67 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less than last week.

Rare 25R1 Reefer

You don't see many 25R1 shipping reefers around, as most are the more common 22R1 8'6 type.

Inland Rail Project

222 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Inland rail project route becomes a hot election issue

The NSW Farmers Association calls for an inquiry into the route of the inland rail project, despite more than $400 million being spent so far including $100 million on track work.

NSW farmers call for inquiry into $10 billion inland rail line project

Farmers in NSW are blocking attempts by the Australian Rail Track Corporation to fast-track the $10 billion inland rail line.

Inland Rail to open third Queensland office

To assist successful delivery of the project, Inland Rail will create a third local project office in Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

ARTC accused of dirty coal train ‘secret’

A CAMPAIGN to stop coal trains running on a proposed inland freight line has been ramped up, after the federal government was attacked for withholding information.

Inland Rail project could improve freight access to Sydney ports

The Inland Rail project is set to revolutionise freight transit throughout regional Australia, and there is the potential for some favourable impacts on the Central West market.

International Rail News

5030 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Decoding the world’s most complex metro maps, in the latest Future Rail

Earlier this year, the UK’s Urban Transport Group published a new report assessing the benefits of greater devolution to local authorities for the country’s railway stations.

Siemens to upgrade railway signalling on Colombia metro

Siemens Mobility has received a €42m contract to deliver advanced rail signalling technology for Line A on the Medellin metro system in Colombia.

Trinity 4Q18: Orders, backlog grow

Trinity reported 4Q18 earnings from continuing operations per common diluted share of $0.

InterCity New Generation EMU prepared for testing

The first of the Coradia Stream electric multiple-units which national passenger operator NS has ordered from Alstom under the Intercity New Generation programme has been moved from the manufacturer’s factory at Katowice in Poland to its Salzgitter plant in Germany for static testing.

Artificial Intelligence In-Depth Focus 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already playing a positive role in the rail industry.

Letters to the Editor

231 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Your most read articles on IanVisits during 2018

I deem that it is time for a dose of omphaloskepsis, and to find out which of my miserable scrawlings captured your attention the most during the past year.

WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice

One of the many maps of bomb damaged London has gone on show in the City of London’s heritage gallery, alongside a declaration about the end of WW1.

Crossness Pumping Station saved — reopens in 2019

The magnificent Victorian pumping station at Crossness that had to close suddenly earlier this year has secured its future after raising nearly £500,000.

That hard to find gift

Here's the gift every train fan needs.

Our infrastructure projects can help build many things—including stronger institutions

Working to finance major infrastructure projects, World Bank teams have seen time and again that the sustainability of investments depends ultimately on the efficiency and capacity of the agencies that manage them.

Model Railways

612 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Long BNSF Intermodal with DPUs (Long Train Re-edit)

Today, by viewer demand, is the re-edit of the BNSF Intermodal video with minimal edits.

Pink Foam Era, UPDATE!!!

After Holidays this is my advance.

The Posh Seats

Now I've got 152 back from Himself it's time for me to fit the interior I made many months ago.

How I installed an Acme Engineering multi-cylinder diesel sound card in my HGLW loco

Last year, I constructed an HGLW diesel loco from a kit (see How I constructed an HGLW loco kit and How I detailed my HGLW loco).

Orange Lines

The lining on 143 is complete.

Narrow Gauge

72 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Matthews Park miniature trains to roll back years on Historical Society day

The miniature railway in Matthews Park will be reliving the grand old days of the railways on Saturday.

Miniature rail raises $2000 for R U Aware, We Care drought appeal

THE model engineers of Tamworth have pulled their weight to help with the drought.

Largs resident celebrates 103rd birthday with Walka Miniature Railway ride

Walka Miniature Railway might have had its oldest passenger on Sunday.

One Careful Owner

I've had a go at distressing the model of the Ford Puma to try to make it look like it's had an argument with a Garratt.

Harold The Second

We have a number of duplicates in our fleet, mostly this is because we've made an improved version as our techniques have improved, or because a better kit has come onto the market.

New South Wales Rail News

3279 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Bathurst businesses welcome second daily rail service to Sydney

A SECOND daily rail service to Sydney will be a boost for local businesses, says Bathurst Business Chamber president Angus Edwards.

CAF to replace New South Wales regional train fleet

The New South Wales government signed a contract for 117 multiple-unit cars to replace its entire regional train fleet on February 14.

'Explosion in growth': extra intercity trains purchased to cope with demand

The NSW government will buy an extra 42 carriages for the intercity rail fleet to help cope with a surge in demand on the South Coast line from Sydney to Wollongong and Kiama.

Rail freight bypass of Sydney would serve entire state

Seven years ago the NSW and Australian governments jointly studied a rail freight bypass of Sydney, between the Port of Newcastle and western Sydney.

Sydney Trains seek lease interest for St James Station tunnel redevelopment

Sydney Trains are seeking expressions of interest from experienced leisure operators to deliver a re-use project in the The Tunnels at St James Station.

New Zealand Rail News

315 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
KiwiRail shakes off earthquake impact

KiwiRail has announced a 12% year-on-year increase in revenue to NZ$328·8m for the six months to December 2018.

Govt 'lip service' to concerns about Chch commuter rail

A public transport group is disappointed that Labour's pre-election promise for commuter rail in Christchurch appears to be off the cards.

Interislander ferries to be replaced with rail ready fleet

KiwiRail has confirmed plans to replace its three ageing Cook Strait ferries with two new, larger, purpose-built rail ferries.

Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service business case to begin

The NZ Transport Agency Board has approved a business case for the next steps in a start-up trial Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced.

NZ approves funding for Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail trial

The NZ Transport Agency has approved funding for a trial of the Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail service.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

It’s Queenslander against Queenslander in the battle to stop a proposed multi-million-dollar Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail link.

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

WITH one week to go until nominations close, a big field is now likely to contest the Katherine Town Council elections.

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

ONE of the most well known if imponderable landmarks in the Northern Territory outback town of Katherine is a ancient piece of graffiti on the town’s famous railway bridge.

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

A salt mining company has signed an agreement with Indonesian business PT Damarco Internasional to supply 70 per cent of salt produced from its Central Australian mine.

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

A new rail project crossing the Northern Territory and Queensland border has taken another move forward after the governments agreed to progress the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway.

Opinion

96 stories | Newest story posted 9 months ago
Canon 77D - First Thoughts

The Canon 77D cameraI bought a new camera body a while ago - a Canon 77D.

Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

Right now, the writing’s on the wall for Australia’s major cities when it comes to liveability and transport connectivity.

Is the Mildura Standardisation Project doomed?

Poor management and penny pinching may ultimately result in it being found out very early in the piece that the standardised Murray Basin Railway will end up with inferior operational flexibility and capability compared to its existing broad gauge counterpart.

I was upskirted while sitting on a train with my boyfriend

The story I'm about to share isn't uncommon.

Burnley to Camberwell quadruplication

The PTV Network Development Plan from 2013 includes quadruplification between Burnley and Camberwell on the Belgrave/Lilydale/Alamein lines, as part of Stage 4.

Other Transport News

598 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Bangkok Airways: A Regional Airline for the Mekong Region

Bangkok Airways stands apart in Southeast Asia as a full-service carrier serving only regional routes.

SpaceX launches private Israeli moon mission, Indonesian satellite and Air Force test spacecraft

The second SpaceX launch of 2019 sent a hodgepodge trio of spacecraft into orbit, including an Israeli spacecraft that represents 

An Overview of the updated Flight Information Panel on Flightradar24.com

This week we released an update to the information panel visible when following flights on Flightradar24.

Airbus A380

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago.

Road train bound for western Queensland goes in flames

A road train carrying diesel and LPG into western Queensland burst into flames about 30 kilometres outside of Barcaldine on Monday morning.

Pacific National News

15 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
St Marys Freight Hub

The St Marys Freight Hub will drive more freight on to rail, taking between 70,000 and 80,000 trucks off NSW’s regional and state road networks, including primary freight routes travelling from Port Botany to Western Sydney.

PACIFIC NATIONAL EA BARGAINING

We have been in negotiations for some time now about a new Pacific National Enterprise Agreement for Terminal Operators.

PN Junee farewell

Pacific National Junee recently said goodbye to three Depot stalwarts as Bevan Hackett, Marc Canino and Geoff Crossman decided to call it a day after almost 150 years between them.

Pacific National Delegates

On Wednesday November 7, Loco Division PN Coal Delegates from across the state gathered to prepare to meet management and work through current workplace issues.

633 years among them – retirements around the tracks

During the recent Loco Around the Tracks tour, a number of retiring members were presented with their plaques and certificates as a show of thanks for their years of dedication to the industry and the […] Read More »

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 10 months ago
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.

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

Southern Shorthaul Railroad has recently acquired two new GT46-ACe locomotives from the Downer Group to cater for continuing business growth.

Logistics giants join forces for improved freight outcomes

To celebrate 10 years' operation in Parkes, SCT Logistics is focusing on delivering improved levels of freight services from the Parkes region to Port of Sydney by teaming up with DP World Australia to present a joint capabilities initiative.

Queensland Rail News

2249 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Hundreds call for pets to be let on Brisbane buses, trains and ferries

The RSPCA has backed calls for pets to be allowed to travel on buses, ferries and trains in Brisbane to boost the economy.

Queensland Rail update on recovery of the Mount Isa rail line

The Mount Isa rail line between Cloncurry and Hughenden continues to be impacted by flood waters which are yet to recede, however Queensland Rail’s CEO Nick Easy said they anticipate rectification of the line ahead of the 6 – 12 months being reported.

A derailed freight train spilled lead and zinc into floodwaters

The train has been stuck since floodwaters inundated the region near Julia Creek.

Flood impact in north-west Queensland revealed in dramatic time-lapse vision

Queensland Rail (QR) has revealed amazing pictures of train tracks engulfed by rising floodwaters at Corella Creek in the state's north-west.

Rail Events

230 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Fundraiser for Central Coast kids in need

Our Gosford Depot Organiser Colin Dick has been organising fundraisers over the last several years for 

InnoTrans 2020 already 80% booked

Approximately 80% of the floor space at InnoTrans 2020 has already been booked, more than 18 months before the event takes place on September 22 to 25 2020.

Steam locomotive 68067 to visit the Great Central Railway – Nottingham

The Great Central Railway – Nottingham has announced that Class J94 No.

Junee Gathers to Farewell Five Drivers

Friends, colleagues and comrades came from all over the state to see off the five who will take with them over 210 years of combined experience.

BSME Final run

The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers have made arrangements for a final run of the club's two 12x65 foot layouts this Sunday 1/20/2019 1 to 5 pm.

Rail News

3939 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Freightliner Coal EA – Time to read then vote

All members are now receiving a Draft copy of the Enterprise Agreement for your perusal over the next 8 days of Access period from 5.

Middleton Station

Started building the Middleton Station, kit offered by Railroad Kits.

Could high-speed rail be on the agenda this election?

High-speed rail is a tantalising pre-election option, but does it make any sense?

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

Once again, International Women’s Day is upon us and I’m sure in 2019 it will be just as festive and action packed as previous years!

LAING O’ROURKE EA 2019

The first EA for 2019 has been finalised with Laing O’Rourke varying their Enterprise Agreement and bringing it in-line with industry standards.

Rail Travel

200 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Riding the Quaint Beautiful Jiji railway in Taiwan

There is something magical for me, about train rides whether slow steam hauled locals  or super high speed expresses that criss cross parts of Asia and Europe.

Nature Photography on the Goldfields

The expression “taking photographs” is a curious and revealing usage.

Thailand Travel Tips: Explore The Kingdom Of Golden Temples

Thailand has remained the top travel destination within South East Asia for years for many reasons.

The Phenomenon of Begpackers: Backpackers, do not beg

As I turned the corner toward Ben Thanh Market, the Central Market in Saigon, Vietnam last Friday, I was stunned to see two European backpackers sitting by the side of the road with a sign written on cardboard.

2019 Plans

What are your travel plans for 2019?

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 months 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 Preservation

257 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Steam Department Mid-Winter Update

Despite the Polar Vortex, work in the steam shop has continued unabated.

The Railway Queen who met Stalin

Between the 1920s and early 1980s the likes of cotton mills, coal mines and railways crowned girls and young women Queens of their industries in a PR effort to distract from worker dissatisfaction and trade union disputes.

Rocket, Railtrack and a history of design

Our archive team are continually cataloguing our vast archive collections to make them accessible and discoverable (see our catalogue).

Double award for Broadway extension

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has announced that they have picked up two major awards at the Heritage Railway Association awards ceremony.

Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul – update 37

The vacuum reservoir cylinder that is mounted under the tender trailing dragbox has now received coats of paint.

Railway Publications

18 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Volume 6 of Diesel Diary HD is now available

Just letting those people who may be interested know that volume 6 of “Diesel Diary HD” is now available.

A Large Wonder

One of the joys of the festive season is receiving new books and having time to read them.

Tim Fischer book: Former deputy prime minister talks trains

TIM Fischer is known to most Australians as a former deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals in the Howard Government.

Railway Stories

69 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around

XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

Last week I came across an old camera bag stashed in a cupboard in my garage, and in one of the pockets I found a tape that I had completely forgotten about.

Thomas the Tank Engine to get more female and multicultural friends as part of revamp

Children’s programme Thomas And Friends is to introduce an “inclusive” gender-balanced, multicultural set of characters as part of a revamp.

Somewhere only we know: Morisset

I got on a train to Newcastle on a whim.

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

Russian Rail News

9 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Key railway line in southern Russia now open for freight trains

The new Kozyrki-Severo section of the Russian Krasnodar-Caucasus railway line has been opened for freight trains.

200 more railcars for UTLC on New Silk Road

United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Railway Alliance (UTLC ERA) has purchased 200 railcars fitting 80-foot containers from Osipovichsky Plant of Mechanical Engineering (OPME).

Over $4.5 billion investment pledged for new high-speed railway in Russia

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Siemens Mobility and the Economic Partnership Ural High-Speed Rail have agreed on a joint project to construct the Ural High-Speed Rail.

Chelyabinsk – Yekaterinburg high speed rail plan

A non-binding memorandum of understanding to plan a high speed railway between Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg was signed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund sovereign wealth fund, Siemens Mobility and the Economic Partnership Ural High-Speed Rail on February 15, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference 2019.

RDIF and Siemens sign deal for $4.5bn high-speed rail link in Russia

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has signed an agreement with Germany’s Siemens Mobility to develop the RUR300bn ($4.

South Australian Rail News

664 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Crystal Brook rail enthusiast Andrew Young set for new horizons

[color=#1d1d1d][size=3][font=merriweather, georgia, serif][size=3][font=merriweather, georgia, serif]Mr Young will leave Crystal Brook for railway heritage boom towns such as Dubbo, Junee and Wagga Wagga.

Limestone Coast road and rail study underway

The first stage of the Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast strategic transport infrastructure study is now underway.

Horse-drawn tram service cancelled again at historic SA pier

Australia's last horse-drawn trams, which connect coastal South Australia to Granite Island, are cancelled for the second time in weeks because of fears they are too heavy for the deteriorating local pier.

Lobby calls on reintroducing Spencer Gulf trains

South Australiaʼs peak regional rail lobby group has called on the state government to reintroduce rail transport services to the Spencer Gulf region ahead of the regionʼs expected growth in the years ahead.

ALL ADELAIDE TRAINS DELAYED FOLLOWING CONTROL CENTRE EVACUATION

Adelaide Metro is warning passengers of “residual delays” after all trains on the network momentarily ground to a halt.

Tasmanian Rail News

374 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
North-East corridor poll results favour heritage rail over cycleway

As the debate over the North-East Railway Corridor enters its third year, community opinions on its best use remain on both sides of the track.

TasRail expected to pay out $1.5 million for train derailment

TasRail will be required to fork out $1.

Four-year upgrade of TasRail’s freight rail network to start in July as improvements continue

A FOUR-year upgrade of the state’s freight rail network will start in July as improvements to the network continue.

What is Hobart missing? Your best answers

From a ferry service to more entertainment options, it seems many Hobartians think Hobart could do with more of .

'Flowers, pizza and texts' from rail boss fail to impress couple injured in freight derailment

A couple who were knocked unconscious by debris when an out-of-control train was forcibly derailed in Tasmania say the state rail operator offered them "blocks of chocolate", flowers, pizza and other items following the incident in September.

Train Simulator News

65 stories | Newest story posted last month
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!

Train Simulator goes 64bit in 2019 update

Great news for fans of Dovetail Games' long running Train Simulator, the long-requested 64bit support for the game will be coming later this year in their annual update, Train Simulator 2019.

TS19: The Dawn of a New Era

As perhaps the single biggest feature request for Train Simulator since it came to market all those years ago, we’re excited to announce that Train Simulator 2019 will include Train Simulator 64-bit.

DB BR 10 Steam Loco Add-On

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.

Tram and Light Rail News

1411 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
BIRMINGHAM PROGRESS ON 20 FEBRUARY 2019 - Martin Miller

I had a trip to Birmingham today anticipating more progress with the modest extension to Victoria Square but it does seem to be a long job!

Newcastle light-rail service in Australia begins operations

The Newcastle light-rail service in the Australian state of New South Wales has started commercial operations.

Edinburgh trams

Call for louder tram horns after pedestrian's death in Edinburgh.

Tweed light rail to connect to Coolangatta Airport

A LIGHT rail line which connects Tweed Heads to Coolangatta Airport and eventually the Gold Coast G-Link is being planned by the NSW Government.

Greens suggest looking at light rail as an option for West Dapto

Light rail should be considered for the growing West Dapto area, according to NSW Greens’ Cate Faehrmann.

UK

1324 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Network Rail completes rail upgrade works in Derbyshire, UK

The UK’s Network Rail has resumed services between Derby and Matlock after completing £13m of railway upgrade works in Derbyshire.

Demolition begins at HS2’s Washwood Heath depot site

Ahead of HS2 Limited beginning construction of a train maintenance depot in Washwood Heath, demolition of a former railway works in Birmingham has begun.

The Penydarren Tramroad, South Wales – Part 1

This post is prompted by reading a short set of notes about the Penydarren Tramroad carried in the Railway Magazine in March 1951.

Cross River Rail Fail - Another Year Closer!

Almost a year ago (March 2018), BrizCommuter wrote a blog post on the looming Cross River Rail Fail - #CRRrailfail.

The Kenneth Cantlie Archive

The National Railway Museum’s archive holds many undiscovered treasures.

USA

1206 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Did Newsom Create the Problem He Was Trying To Avoid?

I have an op-ed published in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the HSR project, titled Why California’s bullet train should not stall.

Tunnel life cycle design and cost analysis

In order to realize an optimal trade-off between investment and maintenance of tunnel projects, LCCA should be applied.

FRA to cancel $929m funding for California high-speed rail project

The US Department of Transportation has announced plans to cancel $929m of federal funding for the California high-speed rail project.

An interview with Tom Jackson, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, The Greenbrier Companies

How does Greenbrier ensure quality production and on-time delivery of the railcars it manufactures?

Metra to replace older locomotive fleet with remanufactured units

US Chicago metropolitan commuter railroad, Metra, has cleared a contract worth $70.

Victorian Rail News

5999 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Proposal for the Return of a Passenger Rail Service to Mildura

The N class diesels and N carriages will be withdrawn progressively from service as the long distance Vlocity sets come on stream.

Vehicle smash into railway bridge causes major delays on Glen Waverly line

Commuters on the Glen Waverley line face extensive delays after a truck smashed into a rail bridge, suspending some services.

Train commuters set for another long morning of delays

Ballarat's commuters can expect lengthy delays on the Ballarat line once again this morning.

Teen charged over alleged assault at train station that left man fighting for life

A teenager has been charged over an alleged assault at a Melbourne train station that left a man fighting for life.

(The Age) Southern Aurora train crash kills nine in 1969

Rescuers worked by floodlight through the night in a search for bodies trapped inside the shattered wreckage of the Southern Aurora.

Western Australian Rail News

1086 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Morley-Ellenbrook rail line listed as a longer term priority

THE Morley-Ellenbrook rail line has been listed as a longer term priority in the Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Priority Projects List for the first time, but the State Government wants the timeframe to be fast-tracked.

NRW locks in $62m rail contract with Fortescue

Fortescue Metals Group has officially awarded NRW Holdings a rail project contract first announced at the end of last year.

Transperth trains the best in the country, customer satisfaction survey says

Perth train users travel in comfort, endure few delays and enjoy the cleanest train stations in the country - but overtly rude and aggressive commuters remain a problem, a recent survey shows.

Yarra Trams

230 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Campervan becomes wedged under Montague Street bridge

The Montague Street bridge has claimed another victim.

Accessibility Rollout Continues On Tram Network

Work is underway to upgrade the RMIT Bundoora stop on Route 86, as the Andrews Labor Government’s latest improvement to safety and accessibility for the thousands of passengers using Melbourne’s tram network.

Extra Trams And Free Travel An Ace For Tennis Fans

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for fans to enjoy the Australian Open with free travel and more than 3000 extra tram services between the city and the tennis.

More Trams For La Trobe Street

Passengers will now have more tram services linking them to key destinations in Melbourne’s city centre, following the introduction of night and weekend services along tram Route 30, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Major Upgrade For Bundoora/RMIT Tram Interchange

Safety and accessibility will be improved for thousands of passengers following upgrades to the Bundoora RMIT stop on Route 86 over the next five weeks, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

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