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ACT

108 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Historic train carriage destroyed in fire just hours before Canberra Railway Museum reopening

A historic carriage has been destroyed in a suspicious fire at the Canberra Railway Museum, just hours before its reopening.

Canberra Railway Museum gains steam

THREE years after the Canberra Railway Museum spiralled into liquidation, the museum is now ready to re-open its doors.

Federal government failing us on infrastructure

A popular genre of computer game allows players to design and create civilisations from the ground up.

Time for Feds to include ACT light rail in infrastructure spending plans

No matter where one stands on the light rail issue, everyone agrees that the next stage to Commonwealth Park and beyond to Woden is going to cost a motza.

Extension of ACT light rail has been green-lit

The ACT light rail has been green-lit to expand after the ACT Government approved the business case for 2A from Alinga Street station to Commonwealth Park.

Africa

200 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
CRRC locomotives for Nigeria presented in China

The contract was awarded in January to CRRC Qishuyan by China Civil Engineering Group which is constructing new standard-gauge lines in Nigeria.

An interview with Roger Grossniklaus, Sales and Marketing Director, MATISA Materiel Industriel SA

To what extent has MATISA already taken big strides in utilising technology?

Modernised Alstom Ubunye factory inaugurated

The Alstom Ubunye joint venture’s modernised factory in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg was officially inaugurated on October 17, in the presence of Premier of Gauteng province David Makhura and the French Ambassador.

Kenyan president opens standard-gauge extension

A limited commuter service will start on October 17 between Nairobi, Rongai and Ngong.

US$1.5 billion China-funded rail line opens in Kenya amid criticism over its economic feasibility

The second phase of a multibillion-dollar railway in Kenya funded and built by China opened to passenger traffic on Thursday to little fanfare but amid growing concerns about its financial viability.

Airline News

27 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
The National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio

The United States Air Force is a branch of the United States Armed Forces that defends the skies of the United States of America, and they also provide air support of the Navy, the Army and the Marines.

Introducing the updated Flightradar24 blog

The Flightradar24 blog has a new look!

Swiss grounds A220 fleet for inspections

Swiss is grounding its A220 (née C Series) fleet for inspections after a series of issues with the aircraft’s Pratt and Whitney engines.

Qantas unveils special 100th anniversary livery on new 787 VH-ZNJ

The ‘Qantas 100’ 787 Dreamliner has rolled out of the paint shop wearing a special livery commemorating Qantas’ upcoming centenary.

KLM celebrates its 100th annivesary

KLM celebrates its 100th anniversary today, making it the oldest airline in the world still operating with its original name.

Arabian Rail News

136 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Saudi Railway Co and Russian Railways to co-operate

Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev and Saudi Railway Co CEO Dr Bashar Al Malik signed a co-operation agreement in Riyadh on October 14.

Etihad Rail awards Stage 2 systems & integration contract

Project promoter Etihad Rail has awarded Hitachi Rail STS the 1·6bn dirham railway systems & integration contract for Stage 2 of the national network

Etihad Rail awards $435.5m contract to Hitachi Rail

UAE-based Etihad Rail has awarded an AED1.

Systems and integration contract awarded for Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway network

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, approved the award during a board meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Etihad Rail.

Haramain HS services suspended for one month following Jeddah fire

The fire, which injured 11 people, broke out on the top floor of Jeddah station on September 29 and lasted for 15 hours.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 5 months 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

2149 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Container Truck Flipped Near Railway Line

A container truck flipped and stopped near Yangalmodara railway crossing early in the morning yesterday.

Thailand turns to China for high-speed rail boost

Europe, Japan and Russia often come to mind when people think of lengthy high-speed railways (HSR).

Yal Devi Train Derailed at Anuradhapura

Yal Devi Train heading to Kankesanthurai derailed today around 11:30 AM at Anuradhapura railway station.

EPCA wants the structure to run 15000 e-autos from Delhi metro stations to last-mile connectivity

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) recently announced that it will submit a report before the Supreme Court, seeking approval on behalf of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), for plying as many as 15,000 e-autos from Delhi Metro stations.

Class S13 969/970 Trial Run on Trincomalee Railway Line

Recently imported Class S13 969/970 went a trial run on Trincomalee railway line today.

Aurizon

235 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Aurizon haulage contracts with Adani a 'moot point'

It is unclear whether Indian conglomerate Adani will ask local companies to transport coal for its controversial Carmichael mine so it may be a "moot point" whether Aurizon ends up bidding for haulage contracts, chairman Tim Poole said.

Aurizon moves stored container wagons to Gympie

Aurizon locomotives 2491H and 2480H last night delivered a large number of PCUM wagons to the Mary Valley Rattler's yard at the old Gympie station.

Anti Adani Protesters Expect to Interrupt Aurizon AGM on October 17th 2019

We know Aurizon are checking this Facebook event, so invite all your friends so Aurizon can watch the ‘going’ number grow!

Aurizon launches legal challenge to Genesee & Wyoming Australia sale

Aurizon is claiming rights it says are contained in a 2006 Rights of First Refusal Agreement between Aurizon, GWI and their subsidiaries.

Aurizon claims GWA sale violates its first right of refusal

Aurizon is suing US railroad company Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) over the sale of G&W’s Australian assets to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM.

Australian High Speed Rail

8 stories | Newest story posted last month
Can high speed rail really solve our population problem?

The loss of 200,000 people would not much change Melbourne or Sydney, but those numbers moving to Geelong or Wollongong would create huge disruption

Too good to be true? Australia's high-speed rail dream leaves a bitter taste

A would-be developer’s vision involves building eight cities between Melbourne and Sydney.

In-Depth Focus: High-Speed Rail

Though it is tempting to see setbacks in the development of high-speed rail around the world, Torkel Patterson – Vice- Chairman of the International High Speed Rail Association (IHRA) – believes we are entering a golden age of high-speed rail.

Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

Governments are looking to fast rail services to regional cities to relieve population pressures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Opening of Sydney’s new airport could put back high-speed rail by ‘decades’

It’s nothing much right now, but this land outside Sydney is due to undergo a transformation that could set back high-speed rail for 40 years.

Bus Transport News

399 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Adventures by Bus

Stagecoach Gold bus.

ADL Launch European Interurban Enviro500 at Busworld Brussels

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has launched the European Class II interurban version of its three-axle Enviro500 double deck bus at Busworld exhibition in Brussels.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network: Part 24 - Footscray's 220 Megabus and potential Docklands tram

Generally in the Useful Network series we look at important but low service main road bus routes that could be upgraded to every 20 minutes.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network: Part 23 - Buses for people not paddocks around Greensborough

A consistent theme here on Melbourne on Transit is that our existing bus fleet should be carrying more people than it currently does.

Timetable Tuesday #44: Knox and north on the 664

There's few bus riders in Melbourne's outer east who haven't taken the 664 at least once.

Canada

428 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
G&W shuttering Huron Central

While recent funding has supported emergency repairs, GWC estimates that $C40 million of capital investment is required over the next five years to maintain safe operation on the Sudbury – Sault Ste.

Rail industry watches whether Alberta will encourage more crude-by-rail

The rail industry is watching whether Alberta’s government will allow for more crude oil volumes to travel via freight rail.

Confederation Line Opens in Ottawa

The project cost an estimated C$2.

What’s the 2020 Outlook for Railroad Capital Expenditures?

It is that time of the year when staff members in different major departments within each Class I railroad  lay out their expectations for next year’s budgets.

Canadian National unveils plan for winter operations

While extremely cold temperatures are usually a factor that Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) considers when drafting its operational plan for winters, in the 2019-2020 winter season the railway also had to grapple with forecasting volumes amid various trade uncertainties.

Cityrail News

723 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Shock video shows boy, 15, lighting bong on Sydney train

A 15-year-old boy has boasted how he doesn’t give a ‘f**k’ about police after a shocking video shows him smoking a bong on a crowded Sydney train as a grinning friend watches on

Sydney's Town Hall train station evacuated following reports of smoke

More than 500 peak hour commuters were evacuated from Sydney's Town Hall station on Monday morning.

Huge queues, crowding at Sydney train stations amid network meltdown

Commuters at Milson's Point station are told to "get out and walk over the Harbour Bridge" as two separate incidents on Sydney's rail network spark long delays and morning peak-hour chaos on several lines.

'Get out and walk': Signal failure, broken train spark Sydney rail chaos

Commuters at Milson's Point station are told to "get out and walk over the Harbour Bridge" as two separate incidents on Sydney's rail network spark long delays and peak-hour chaos on several lines.

‘Belligerent’ sacked Sydney Trains worker loses unfair dismissal claim

A 79-year-old man sacked as a Sydney Trains team leader after two serious safety incidents has been ordered to pay costs after prolonging an unsuccessful unfair dismissal claim.

Europe

3404 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Train carrying hundreds of football fans catches fire in Berlin

A privately owned train had been carrying fans back to Freiburg when it caught fire at a station in central Berlin.

Austrian Federal Railways to hire sleeping cars

A so-called market investigation has been announced in the official EU Journal, which calls for two options.

[IT] Sneak peek: The first Caravaggio EMU for Trenord

We already saw the mock-up in April.

PKP Cargo looks to acquire Romanian operators

Polish freight operator PKP Cargo announced on October 17 that it had started talks to acquire shares in three Romanian operators.

Škoda Transportation wins Warsaw metro train contract

“This is a breakthrough contract for urban rail vehicles – the tender in Warsaw was one of the largest in Europe, but we have been waiting for the decision for more than two years,” says Skoda president and chairman, Mr Petr Brzezina.

Gunzelling Reports

1018 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/10/2019

There were 77 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings more than last week.

Another Round of Colonial Crafts (and another Amtrak)

Today we headed to the station again to catch the 1949-built Pennsy buffet lounge Colonial Crafts going back to NYC.

Speeder in town

This is a speeder owned by a NARCOA (North American Railcar Operators Association) member who regularly operates it in NARCOA events.

Private Car Colonial Crafts on the Adirondack

Today’s Northbound Adirondack Consist included Pennsylvania Railroad buffet lounge Colonial Crafts.

Tahmoor Coalie

The Tahmoor coalies are pretty frequent these days.

Inland Rail Project

288 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Inland Rail seeking EOIs for two major contracts

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has called for two separate Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a construction and sleeper contracts on the Inland Rail project.

With connection comes opportunity: Federal Government fast tracks Inland Rail investigation

The Federal Government will fast-track investigation into opportunities for three communities in the Parkes electorate to access the benefits of the Inland Rail.

Inland Rail seeks consultation ahead of EIS submission

The Inland Rail project team is consulting the landowners and stakeholders for the border to Gowrie section of the railway alignment it will then take to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

State Government gives list of demands for the Inland Rail project

Amid concerns of residents in Brisbane’s south, the Queensland Government has given Prime Minister Scott Morrison a list of demands for the controversial inland rail project.

Farmers’ fears over impact of inland rail line

The proposed route of Australia’s ambitious inland rail project connecting NSW to Melbourne and Brisbane will be scrutinised in an inquiry following concerns from the state’s farmers.

International Rail News

5257 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Bioceanic railway studies funded

Latin American development bank CAF has signed a US$3m grant agreement to fund pre-investment studies for part of the Bolivian section of the proposed Bioceanic Railway Integration Corridor which would connect Ilo in Peru with Santos in Brazil.

Railway supply industry news round-up

Voith has commissioned a multi-functional transmission test bench at its Heidenheim site in Germany.

Negotiations started to promote the employment of women in the rail sector

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), which represents railway sector employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), which represents employees, are starting the negotiations of an EU level agreement aimed at promoting the employment of women in the sector.

Hitachi Rail unveils concepts for ‘train station of future’

Rolling stock manufacturer Hitachi Rail has published concepts for ‘train stations of the future’, which could use robots and digital technology to improve passenger experiences.

Letters to the Editor

261 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Visit the subterranean London Silver Vaults

Deep under a central London office block can be found a warren of shops — all selling silverware in small rooms behind a bank vault of an entrance.

​Richard Hope, OBE

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death on October 14 of Richard Hope, at the age of 85, following several years of ill health.

Morrison is 'kidding himself' on the economy

Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says Prime Minister Scott Morrison is "kidding himself" on the economy as the International Monetary Fund slashes its global growth outlook to the lowest level in a decade.

Transit-wash

Readers will know the term greenwashing – companies or governments promoting trivial or irrelevant environmental sentiments as a substitute for hard action to minimise the impact of their goods or services on the environment.

Beatles themed manhole cover for Abbey Road

To mark the 50th anniversary of that famous record cover, a manhole cover next to the zebra crossing has been revamped with an image of the event.

Model Railways

1144 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Fourteen more inches of track

A good friend built this extension for the left hand end of the layout.

Extension now ballasted…

Today I was able to get the track extension ballasted, using Arizona Rock & Mineral yard mix ballast to match the adjacent tracks.

Plattsburgh Track Change (and other stuff)

I have changed the track in Plattsburgh a bit, to kind of “un-spaghetti bowl” the 4×8 part of the layout.

Slightly off topic but does anyone know of some railroad related college scholarships?

I'm at the point in life where it's time to start looking at colleges and finding extra scholarships to put a dent in loans does anyone know of any for people that may be interested in the railroad field?

A Complete Tour of the ATSF Paradigm Division in Two Parts

The ATSF Paradigm Division is a freelance prototype N-Scale model railroad that depicts the Santa Fe railroad during the transition era in and around Kansas City Union Station

Narrow Gauge

93 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Bridge View Light Railway

Ken Jones has visited Bridge View narrow gauge railway in Coventry

Fire In The Hole!

That’s right, your eyes don’t deceive you!

Continental Puffing Billy?

No, sadly I’m not talking about a visiting engine from a quaint narrow gauge line in Europe!

NG/G16 – A Quick Update

As the design and manufacture stage of the project is virtually complete, and the workshop staff complete the finishing touches, here’s what we’ve been up to since last time.

All aboard for night time train rides at Illawarra Light Railway Museum

Night time train rides will be all the rage at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum this Saturday.

New South Wales Rail News

3633 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Sydney Metro breaks through at Martin Place

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Nancy has arrived at the new Martin Place Station, marking another major milestone for Sydney Metro.

Cumberland Line sees extra service from 6 January 2020

From Monday January 6 2020, there will be an extra northbound service on the T5 Cumberland line each weekday during the morning peak.

Sydney Metro approval clears way for exact locations of train stations

Homeowners and businesses will learn the precise locations of seven train stations for Sydney’s $20 billion-plus metro rail line from Parramatta to the central city as early as next week after state cabinet signed off on the final business case for the project.

Last regular steam-hauled passenger train ride remembered

Fifty years ago, on Saturday, October 11, 1969, regular steam-hauled passenger trains operated for the last time on the main southern line - and many locals gathered at stations in Macarthur to see them off.

Western Line services fail to meet on-time running targets

It’s been nearly two years since Transport Minister Andrew Constance introduced the “timetable that Sydney needed” but for western Sydney train commuters, the headache continues to worsen with poor on-time running, delays and growing frustrations.

New Zealand Rail News

356 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New daily rail service for logs to Port Taranaki

A daily log train from Whanganui to Port Taranaki is expected reduce traffic congestion and road repairs, and save costs for log exporters.

KiwiRail awards polymer sleeper contract

Lankhorst will supply its KLP hybrid polymer sleepers, which are manufactured using a high-grade ductile polymer made from 100% recycled plastic, which encases reinforcing steel bars.

KiwiRail selects polymer sleeper supplier

KiwiRail has selected Lankhorst Engineered Products as the winner of a contract to supply polymer sleepers over at least three years.

Rail trench saviour for New Lynn shopping centre

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey says a Government decision to spend $120 million sinking a double-tracked railway line through the heart of New Lynn has saved the town from destruction.

Northern Territory Rail News

211 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The 120-year journey to build Australia’s Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line

Australia would approach the task of building The Ghan, an almost 3000 km rail line stretching through the nation’s centre, very differently if construction began today.

TNG inks rail deal for Mount Peake project

TNG has signed a binding contract with rail provider Genesee & Wyoming Australia to haul material from the Mount Peake mine more than 1100 kilometres to a processing facility in Darwin, Northern Territory.

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.

Opinion

99 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
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.

Australia is turning into a car park for dirty vehicles

Australia's most popular cars emit between 8 and 42 per cent more carbon dioxide than their UK counterparts, raising concerns that the country has become a parking lot for dirty vehicles.

5 factors to consider when creating an International Shipping strategy

No matter where you are in your business’s journey – whether you have been profitable for years with a committed global customer base or you are introducing the world to something new

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.

Other Transport News

790 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
India issues revised guidelines for charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

The Ministry of Power, Government of India has issued revised standards and guidelines for charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles to be set up in various cities including highways.

How the ute went from innovation to Australian icon

Initially a way to provide rural churchgoers with a more dignified ride to town, the ute caused decades of challenges for automotive engineers.

Think tank calls for CBD driver levy within five years

A tax on motorists entering the city in peak hour would create travel time savings comparable with the construction of mega toll roads such as the West Gate Tunnel and the North East Link.

Engineering students are taking solar-powered cars on an epic cross-country road trip

Teams of engineering students from more than 20 countries will converge next week in Darwin to chase the future of solar-powered travel.

Netgraphs: a useful tool for planning ferry networks

A commonly used tool in European countries for planning periodic rail networks is the netgraph.

Pacific National News

29 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Amsted unveils bogie-mounted brake system

The Ibex braking system is set to enter service on two new CRRC wagons ordered by Pacific National in Australia for a year-long trial later this month.

PN slams

Australia's biggest rail freight operator, Pacific National, has issued a scathing report on the troubled $440million Murray Basin Rail project.

Australia’s major highway now a conveyor belt for big trucks

In a disturbing development, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Pacific National has declared rail freight is on its deathbed between Melbourne and Sydney.

PACIFIC NATIONAL IN RAIL FREIGHT DEATHBED CALL

Rail freight operator Pacific National is urging action on excessive government charges and red tape which it attributes to putting rail freight "on its deathbed" between Melbourne and Sydney.

Aurizon and Pacific National prepare for new ACCC court battle

Rail companies Aurizon and Pacific National have filed notices of cross appeal with the Federal Court as they prepare for hearings on the competition watchdog's attempts to block the $205 million sale of Aurizon's Acacia Ridge freight rail hub.

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted 3 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.

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.

Queensland Rail News

2402 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Adani awards $100m rail contract after Malaysians buy into local firm

Indian energy giant Adani Group has awarded a $100 million rail contract for its controversial 

Adani's mine gets a coal freight breakthrough, but it's no speeding locomotive

One of Australia's leading rail freight companies says it is willing to service Adani's Carmichael mine, despite an intense campaign by environmentalists aimed at dissuading companies from dealing with Adani.

North Queensland's coal mining heartland turns 100

One of the original mining towns in the famous Bowen Basin, Collinsville, marks 100 years of coal dominating the local economy.

Queensland Rail cuts heritage volunteer program over safety

A group of ageing heritage railway volunteers say Queensland Rail and Townsville City Council are giving them a “raw deal” over long-held plans for a railway museum.

Gladstone to Iveragh

This page cover the section on the North Coast Line from Parana to Iveragh the line is owned and operated by Queensland Rail.

Rail Events

457 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Maximising the benefits of your friction management programme: Selecting the right solution to fit your operational needs

This Webinar will take an in-depth look at the make-up of a successful friction management programme including on-board and trackside application equipment, high performance consumables, remote monitoring technology, as well as maintenance and filling activities.

Save the Trees Community Rally and March October 20

100+ trees will be chopped down at Moreland Station and This elevated rail won’t improve much for cycling and walking unless we fight!

Ogden’s Golden Spike events brought 100K visitors, packed hotels, bolstered spending

The number of visitors during the Heritage Festival in May, marking the sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike, wasn’t quite as high as boosters here had been bracing for.

Matrix will be participating in the INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY EQUIPMENT EXHIBITION (IREE) 2019 to be held in New Delhi from 22nd to

Matrix will be participating in the INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY EQUIPMENT EXHIBITION (IREE) 2019 to be held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th October 2019.

SRHC Spirit of Progress Tour to Albury

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a very special North East Standard Gauge train tour to Albury on Saturday 23rd November, 2019.

Rail News

4090 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Winners of the Infrastructure Sustainability Awards announced

The winners of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) annual sustainability awards have been crowned, with major road and rail projects in Victoria and WA among the winners.

LMRC MD bags ”Construction World – Person of the Year 2019” award

Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) managing director Kumar Keshav on Wednesday was awarded by the ”Construction World – Person of the Year” 2019 for his remarkable achievements and exemplary contribution in the infrastructure sector.

Macquarie's G&W rail purchase 'conflicted,' US investor says

Aurizon's efforts to block the sale of US rail group Genesee & Wyoming's Australian business to Macquarie Infrastructure have been welcomed by a shareholder of the American company, who says the local operations are being offloaded at a "fire sale" price.

Germany’s FlixTrain unveils plans to expand long-distance rail services

German open-access rail operator FlixTrain has revealed plans to add new routes and additional stops to its long-distance rail services.

What does ‘safe’ mean in materials developed for tunnels, trains and transport?

Traditional insulation and non-combustibility are easily glossed-over topics.

Rail Travel

238 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Exciting Trip for Next Summer

EdinburghScotland again, but by a very special train this timeI have just taken the plunge and booked a trip through the Scottish Highlands on Belmond's Royal Scotsman, a very special trip to celebrate a special wedding anniversary next summer.

Passengers fall ill after sustained gastro outbreak on Indian Pacific train

A sustained gastro outbreak on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Perth has left more than 100 passengers sick, including two who had to be hospitalised.

High Speed Rail from Hong Kong to Beijing

The train journey traverses eight cities in nine hours, and there are plenty of sights and grand luxury hotels to enjoy along the ride.

Yarmouth (no, the other one ...) and Chichester

I recently had an interesting conversation with an Australian lady at Yarmouth bus station on the Isle of Wight.

Birmingham and a Tiny Train

I was on a mission, a mission to catch the tiniest National Rail train in England (possibly the smallest heavy rail passenger train in the world), on England’s shortest branch line.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 10 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

479 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Turnout part 2

After another long day and lots of hard work, we’ve almost completed the turnout.

All aboard rail history at Tarana station

A SPECIAL train will be stopping at Tarana later this month.

Turnout construction

Today saw the start of construction of the first new turnouts in Castlemaine.

Pads and to the side

All 430 (is he) sleepers from yesterday had their pads installed before being placed to the side of the track.

Concrete Sleepers

To stand on Sawmill Rd and look either way, it’s just concrete sleepers as far as the eye can see.

Railway Publications

69 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
FreightWaves Radio preview: a roundtable on precision railroading

A wide-ranging roundtable discussion on the implementation of precision railroading will highlight FreightWaves Radio on SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking the weekend of Oct.

Bells & Whistles — Episode 11

What were the top news stories RT&S was following the week ending Oct.

Official Map: Copenhagen Railways Map, 2019

Having just reviewed Kristoffer Bæk and Pasha Omelekhin’s superb new rail map for Copenhagen (October 2019, 4.

Global Railway Review welcomes new Editorial Advisory Board members

Craig Waters, Editor, said: “Global Railway Review is committed to keeping our readers informed of current and future rail industry developments.

Historical Map: Denver RTD Bus Network, 1977

A great example of late 1970s American transit map design from Denver’s  Regional Transportation District (RTD) with thick, chunky route lines, minimalist design sensibilities and tightly letter-spaced sans serif headings.

Railway Stories

74 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

The Star Barn in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is one spectacular barn to see.

Leaf-busting trains prepare for autumn

Did you know we have a dedicated fleet for tackling the thousands of tonnes of leaves that fall on the railway each autumn?

The Richmond Railroad Museum, Richmond, Virginia

Is there anything worth seeing in Richmond, Virginia?

High-capacity container wagons ordered

Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems has awarded United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant a contract to supply 400 Type 13-6903 container wagons by February 2020.

The lost children of Wollongong

The last two posts have been rather sombre affairs so I thought I would take it up a notch before the month is out.

Russian Rail News

69 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Russian Railways’ reveal their digital transformation strategy

The key document defining the digital transformation of the Russian railways by 2025 is its ‘Digital Transformation Strategy’

VTG orders timber wagons

Leasing company VTG Rail Russia has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 150 flat wagons for carrying timber products.

PhosAgro orders technically sophisticated sulphur wagons

Fertiliser producer PhosAgro Group has ordered a further 56 molten sulphur tank wagons from United Wagon Co.

Production of high-capacity container wagons begins

RM Rail has begun mass production of Type 13-1284 high-capacity container flat wagons, following work to modernise its Ruzkhimmash factory in Saransk.

RZD demonstrates electronic freight processing system

A train with containers from Japan was dispatched from the port of Vladivostok to Moscow using only electronic documents, which RZD says reduced the time it takes to process documents at the port by four days.

South Australian Rail News

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Transport company offers up 'fake news' to help SA Government's rail privatisation push

A transport company seeking lucrative contracts to run Adelaide's public transport networks has shared fake quotes of former Labor ministers in an apparent bid to assist the South Australian Liberal Government press its case for rail privatisation.

Hundreds rally against SA rail sale

South Australian tram and train drivers fear their jobs will become insecure when the state's rail network is privatised.

Labor pledges to reverse Adelaide public transport privatisation

South Australia's Opposition says it will reverse the State Government's plan to privatise Adelaide's train and tram services if elected in 2022.

Adelaide train fire leads to audit of entire rail fleet

The entire Adelaide train fleet will be checked after an engine on the Grange line caught alight last month.

QUBE LIFTS LID ON ADELAIDE WAREHOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Qube Logistics has offered an insight into its warehousing development in Adleaide, comprising a new 10,000 square metre insulated facility at Outer Harbor in South Australia.

Tasmanian Rail News

387 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Don River Railway general manager Niels Brun dies

A leading light in Tasmanian heritage railway and tourism tragically passed away Saturday morning.

Hobart rail action group urges Gov to get on with reopening the northern suburbs rail line

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has urged the Government to get on with reopening the rail line, saying its by far the “safest bet” when it comes an effective transport option.

North-East Rail Trail legislation expected in 2019

The next step towards the North-East Rail Trail, and adjoining heritage train, is expected before the end of the parliamentary year.

North East Rail Trail funding extension sought

Member for Bass Bridget Archer confirmed she is seeking to have federal funding for the North East Rail Trail extended.

Legislative Council inquiry recommends heritage railway and rail trail compromise

A Legislative Council inquiry into the future of the North-East rail corridor has supported the establishment of both a heritage railway and a rail trail.

Technology News

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Help colour in London’s buildings

A new app and website have been launched and is encouraging people to record details of all the buildings around them.

Visualize, Allocate, Execute, Report

These huge volumes of data cannot be processed effectively with most planning or operational software that exist in the rail industry today.

Huawei may launch next flagship smartphone without Google

In May, Trump added Huawei to the Entity List by executive order, forbidding US companies from working with Huawei without a government-issued license.

Microsoft investigated over remote data collection, says Dutch DPA

While the DPA said that the technology giant is in compliance with the agreements made following an investigation concluded at the beginning of the year, but the firm's remote collection of data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro may violate rules.

State AGs partner with Justice Department to investigate anticompetitive tech mergers

The collaboration was confirmed by Makan Delrahim, head of antitrust at the Department of Justice.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks 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

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Awareness Program of Light Rail Transit Project for School Children

A Public Awareness Program about Light Rail Transit Project for School Children was held at Rahula Balika Vidyalaya, Malabe.

Thousands Download New 'Game Changer' NET Tram App

More than 3,000 people have already downloaded a new app for tram users in Nottingham.

LUXEMBOURG 2 OCT5OBER 2019

Interior of Luxembourg tram, note lights round seat backs.

MANNHEIM ON 1 OCTOBER 2019

Arbeitswagen near Wasswerturm.

LUDWIGSHAFEN ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

Tram stop showing interesting fencing

UK

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Class 720 trains for Greater Anglia well into Production

The production of new class 720 commuter trains for Greater Anglia is well underway at the Bombardier factory in Derby, with the 20th train now in production.

Rail staff raise £13,000 for charity

Railway staff have surpassed their fundraising target for a youth charity after a series of events, including a team taking part in a 90-mile cycle ride.

Second New Speed Record for GWR

Train operator Great Western Railway has recorded its second modern speed record within a fortnight as it celebrates the release of its new timetable, which comes into effect on 15 December.

Railway bridge overhaul between Southport and Wigan set to take place

Passengers in the North West are being warned by Network Rail about a five-day closure of the railway in November to renew a bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

USA

2769 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
KCS Reports Record Revenue for 3Q19

Revenue growth for 3Q19 was led by a 21% increase in Chemicals and Petroleum due primarily to increased refined fuel products and liquid petroleum gas shipments to Mexico, KCS noted.

Construction of Southern California – Las Vegas high-speed line to start next year

The approximately 270km line will have a maximum speed of 290km/h, Mr Bob O’Malley, Virgin Trains’ vice-president of corporate development, told the Clark County Commission earlier this week, and will run from a station on Las Vegas Boulevard, between Warm Springs and Blue Diamond roads, to Victorville, about 137km northeast of Los Angeles.

Port Report: Long Beach moves record number of containers in September

In a reversal of a downward trend this year, the Port of Long Beach said that its terminals handled 706,956 TEU of containers in September, a slight 0.

DOT rolls out “freedom gas” rail plan

The Trump Administration is moving forward to allow railroads to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) in tank cars through a plan that was immediately rejected by Congressional Democrats.

Victorian Rail News

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Future of Overland train service in doubt

The South Australian Liberal government has dug its heels in on a decision to not provide financial help to the Adelaide to Melbourne Overland train service.

Herd of hungry goats hired to eat weeds at Melbourne train stations

A herd of hungry goats will be deployed along Melbourne's train network to eat tough-to-reach weeds, berries and foliage ahead of the bushfire season.

Media Release: Coburg community rallies to save 113 trees

What: Community Rally at Gandolfo Gardens  When: Sunday October 20th 2pm

MTR experts share passenger experience knowhow at Metro Melbourne

Metro Trains Melbourne has hosted a group of passenger experience experts from MTR operators in London and Stockholm for a week of network insights and experiences.

Rail Duplication project already funded: Henderson

There are claims a local MP is asking the wrong people for Federal funds to be fast-tracked so work can start on the duplication of the Geelong to Waurn Ponds rail line.

Western Australian Rail News

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METRONET railcar manufacturing facility tender released

The tender to build the METRONET railcar assembly and maintenance facility has been released.

WA HAILS FREMANTLE RAIL FREIGHT PERFORMANCE

Leading national port-rail position confirmed in April

WA expands scope of Armadale line crossing removals

The WA government has expanded its level crossing removal program to as many as six crossings on the Armadale line, in addition to the Denny Avenue crossing slated for removal later this year.

WiFi a prospect for Kalgoorlie-Perth train service

The State Government is working on plans to boost phone coverage and install WiFi services on the Prospector.

WA submits Byford extension business case

The McGowan Government has submitted its business case for the Byford rail extension to Infrastructure Australia, and aims to start work on the project in 2021.

Yarra Trams

312 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Camberwell Junction Disruption

Thursday 17 October, 10.

Thousands of St Kilda Road tram commuters forced onto buses for two weeks

Thousands of commuters on some of Melbourne's busiest tram lines will be forced onto replacement buses for two weeks as the Metro Tunnel enters a new phase of construction.

Saturday 12 October - Flinders Street and Route 58 Disruption

Route 58, 70, 75 and City Circle trams have resumed along normal lines following the earlier disruption.

Melbourne Marathon 2019

Sunday 13 October, from 4.

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