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ACT

94 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
True cost of light rail party revealed

The true cost of Canberra's light rail launch activities has been revealed - and at almost half a million dollars, it's significantly higher than we first thought.

Tram speeds development, property prices in Northbourne corridor

The Gungahlin tram line is speeding development in the Northbourne corridor, the government says, pointing to about 2500 extra apartments already in train since 2016.

Don't blame the weather for drop in light rail patronage

The weather would not be a major deterrent to public transport use if far more adequate and appealing forms of protection from our harsh seasonal extremes and the growing impacts of climate change were provided

Heavy metal: Fyshwick anger at yet another recycling proposal

Another recycling proposal for Fyshwick is causing sparks to fly with community and business concerns about air pollution, noise and heavy industry creep in the inner south.

Fyshwick rail plan gets the green light, despite community opposition

A recycling firm has won approval to build a controversial rail freight terminal in Fyshwick, signaling the end of a long-running saga marked by a bureaucratic bungle, legal fight and community opposition.

Africa

174 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
TAZARA seeks opportunities with the private sector

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board is seeking to develop open access operations to increase traffic on its network, ‘in view of the good performance by the private operator so far’.

Dodoma commuter rail study commissioned

Tanzania Railways Corp has awarded an international consortium a €2·5m nine-month contract to undertake feasibility and preliminary design studies for a commuter rail network in the capital Dodoma.

Tambo Springs terminal ‘will change the face of Gauteng’

The Southern Palace Joint Venture Consortium has won a 20-year concession to design, finance, build and operate a major intermodal terminal serving Gauteng province.

EAIF to invest US$40 million in development of rail and ports in Guinea

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), is supporting investment in a large-scale project that will see expanded rail and port facilities in Guinea, driving economic growth in one of Africa’s poorest countries.

Ghana Railway Authority signs $500m agreement with CRWG

The Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) and China Railway Wuju Group Corporation (CRWG) have signed a $500m agreement for the continuation of the development of a Standard Gauge Western line.

Arabian Rail News

97 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Etihad Rail approves Dubai-Abu Dhabi train contracts

The UAE has paved the way for the first Dubai to Abu Dhabi train line by awarding contracts to build hundreds of kilometres of track.

New passenger rail service connects Turkey and Iran

Train from Tehran will arrive in eastern Turkish city of Van Tuesday morning, after stopping at Tabriz

RTA Dubai signs MoU with SkyTran for ‘suspended’ transport systems

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is making relentless efforts to improve and expand public transport network in Dubai to keep pace with the sustained growth of the city, which is shaping into a premier business and service hub worldwide.

Bahrain Rail Congress 2019: Opportunity to network with rail experts

The Bahrain Rail Congress 2019 will be held under the theme “Designing & Developing a Well Connected World Class National Rail Network in the Kingdom of Bahrain” which is going to take place on 7th and 8th August 2019 in Hotel Sofitel, Zallaq- Bahrain.

Bombardier to build Cairo monorail system

Bombardier Transportation has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver a multibillion-euro monorail system in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted last month
'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

1475 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Union wants rail bill scrapped

The Railway Workers' Confederation (RWC) has slammed a draft rail transport bill which it says could make it possible for the privatisation of state rail services and infrastructure.

Train derails over canal in Bangladesh

A passenger train derailed in Bangladesh has killed at least five people and injured more than 100, and there could be more casualties inside two carriages that fell into a canal, a police officer said.

Phuket light-rail budget B34.8bn for Phase 1 only, expected to jump 10%

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has revealed that the budget for Phase 1 of the Phuket light-rail project is likely to require a 10% increase.

Aurizon

219 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Ongoing disputes with Aurizon

Aurizon are continuing to treat your agreement with contempt.

Aurizon Coal EA Update

As you know, the RTBU Locomotive Division, on behalf of members lodged an application with Fair Work Commission for assistance to resolve the following ongoing disputes.

Aurizon set for smoother rail ride

Aurizon is back on track.

'We’ve got a problem': Sims questions laws after rail go-ahead

Australians will pay more for groceries and other products and the nation's takeovers regime needs to be reconsidered, competition tsar Rod Sims has warned, after a "stunning" Federal Court decision over a vital transport terminal sale.

Federal Court decision on sale of Acacia Ridge Terminal

Aurizon welcomes today’s decision by the Federal Court of Australia that rejects allegations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Australian High Speed Rail

4 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
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.

Labor commits to High Speed Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane

In a late-stage election bid, the Federal Opposition has promised to invest over $1 billion for planning works on a High Speed Rail Link along Australia’s east coast, as well as $300 million for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

The tweak that could make high speed rail to Sydney a reality

Federal Labor’s election promise to use $1 billion to protect a corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane for a future bullet train has put high-speed rail firmly back on the political agenda.

Bus Transport News

299 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
When buses get priority, riders prioritize the bus

As part of the northern segment closure of the Blue Line — which is being modernized — Metro is running bus shuttles to carry riders that would usually take the train.

Edinburgh Airport Service

FIRST Bus have stepped up their service to Edinburgh Airport as the “bus wars” with Lothian Buses continues to rage.

First Of Ballarat-Built Buses Rolls Off Production Line

The first of 50 new buses being assembled in Ballarat thanks to the Andrews Labor Government rolled out of the OzPress Industries factory today ready for service on Melbourne’s public transport network.

Service Changes from 30 June 2019

From 30 June, there will be changes to bus services in Newcastle and Sydney’s western, north-western and eastern suburbs.

Canada

352 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Canada’s crude by rail traffic jumps 40 percent

Canadian crude by rail activity is on the upswing again, according to new data from the National Energy Board.

Operation Lifesaver Canada Launches New Rail-safety Resources for Indigenous Communities

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Operation Lifesaver (OL) — a national not-for-profit dedicated to reducing serious injuries and deaths on rail lines in Canada — today unveiled 

Via gets $71M in federal money toward faster service in Ontario, Quebec

Funds will be put toward making more seamless transitions between Montreal and Toronto

ION Light Rail Transit launched in Ontario, Canada

The first of the two phases of the ION Light Rail Transit (LRT), the region of Waterloo’s new rapid transit system in Ontario, Canada, was launched June 21 at Kitchener’s Fairway station.

Transport Canada: Normalized steel TIH requirement, consistent with U.S

The interim TIH tank standard (HM-246 in the U.

Cityrail News

692 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Man sought over sex acts on Sydney trains

Police have released footage of a man they believe might be connected to reports of several indecent acts on Sydney trains.

Sydney trains ‘pandemonium’ after death at Pennant Hills station

A death at Pennant Hills train station this morning caused “chaos” and “pandemonium” for commuters.

Sydney’s New Metro Had An Absolutely Chaotic First Day

Sydney’s new Metro train line was unveiled on Sunday and fell into a rather predictable amount of chaos – but its first test under peak hour conditions today seems to be going OK.

Sydney's driverless Metro train line opens, but the doors don't

Australia's first driverless train network took off in Sydney today, but cheers turned to frowns as the doors failed to open at one point and the driverless train overshot the platform a couple of times, causing delays.

Opening day for Sydney's new metro trains to be free for passengers

Thousands are expected to converge on Sydney's first metro line on Sunday after the state government decided to make the opening day free for passengers.

Europe

2752 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Five major rail routes in France could soon be run by German firm

Five train routes in France could soon be run by a German transport company as part of the government's plans to open up the country's major lines to competition, it has been revealed.

European rail operators call for end to tax-free status of aviation fuel

EUROPEAN rail operators have called on the European Union’s (EU) finance ministers to end the tax-free exemption of aviation fuel, which they say contributes to the price imbalance between transport modes resulting in an uneven playing field.

Shift2Rail proposals increase

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking’s 2019 call for proposals to receive European Union co-funding for research and innovation received 50 bids covering projects worth a total of €193·9m.

Grant for new Turkey Rail Line

The European Union is to grant Turkey 275 million euros (£250 million) to fund a section of a 155-kilometre (96 mile) railway line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian border under an agreement signed last week.

Snow blower ready for winter

Austrian Federal Railways has taken delivery of a Aebi Schmidt Beilhack HB1100S heavy duty snow blower, which can move up to 10 000 tonnes of snow per hour with a clearing width of up to 6 m.

Gunzelling Reports

934 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/6/2019

There were 63 sightings for this week; This is 6 sightings less than last week.

Random Recap #32

A Southern Pacific boxcar flies through Fonda on a CSX Manifest.

Trekking to Detroit, Part 1: Bayview Junction, and the DPM

On Tuesday, April 23rd, we set out for Detroit, MI, and the railfanning is told

Photos – Melbourne and Perth

Recently, Transport NSW Blog visited Melbourne and Perth.

2 Amtraks in 2 days

Yesterday we just caught the northbound Adirondack at Margaret St.

Inland Rail Project

254 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
63km of existing rail gone and sent to the new Pacific National Terminal at Parkes

In a latest update from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) on the Inland Rail construction at Parkes, so far 63.

Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance praises success of 2019 Inland Rail Symposium

The Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance (MBIRA) has congratulated Rail Freight Alliance on the success of the 2019 Inland Rail Symposium, held in Melbourne last month.

ALC urges no delays to Inland Rail despite promised inquiry

The Australian Logistics Council has urged Labor to ensure a planned inquiry into route selection and financing arrangements does not delay construction of the Inland Rail project.

Angry farmers vow to fight $10b inland rail project

A group of farmers from Millmerran in Queensland's Darling Downs have vowed to fight the Morrison government's 

International Rail News

5150 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
International Women in Engineering Day: Just Like Me

“If you can dream it, you can do it.

World rail infrastructure market - June 2019

Australia: Arc Infrastructure has awarded Dixon Construction a A$2m contract for the development of a depot in Kalgoorlie, including offices, a maintenance shed and a washing plant.

More must be done to promote women in rail says MP

Onwurah has long been vocal about the need for diversity in the sector, serving as Chair of a cross party group of MPs on Diversity & Inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines

LNG railways, AI and cybersecurity: the latest issue of Future Rail

Future Rail is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis.

Digitalisation and rail’s future: Q&A with Siemens Mobility’s Gerhard Kreß

Do you think there are areas of the rail industry that lack a deep understanding of how technology and digital solutions can ultimately benefit how railways operate?

Letters to the Editor

239 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Tickets Alert: Tours of a particle accelerator

A short trip outside London is a huge silver UFO shaped building, and in August will be a chance to go inside to see the particle accelerator it houses.

Museum of London wants the Trump Baby Blimp

A satirical image of the President who is famed for lacking a sense of humour could end up in a museum.

Brian Johnson will “absolutely” tour again with AC/DC

The news comes after the frontman was forced to quit the band in 2016 after suffering hearing loss.

Cold war bunker open days announced

If you fancy a nice summer’s day trip to the picturesque town of Cuckfield to see a relic of nuclear war, then some open days have been announced.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Model Railways

939 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Theoretical benchwork design store a 10.5

After sharing my other benchwork design while brainstorming I have come up with that should, in theory, allow me to store a 10' long layout in a very compact space excluding buildings which would have to be removable and stored elsewhere which is an issue I can accept.

Dismantling and rebuilding ebb and flow (Siskiyou Line 1 teardown, TOMA build)

I'm continuing to dismantle my old Siskiyou Line 1 and exploring how to build the new Siskiyou Line 2 TOMA modules.

Learning from my mistakes - or downsizing from 10X14 to 8X10

With the impending move coming up, I've made the observation that most bedrooms are 10X10 or smaller.

Embellishments

Himself has been doing some lovely detailing work on our Robex Gelert.

Murray River Bridge Model Railway Layout Changes

I decided to make some changes to board number 1, modify the tunnel and add the Pub.

Narrow Gauge

82 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Have you seen a cane train yet?

The cane crushing season commenced at 2pm yesterday and and local rail operations have commenced from farms to sugar mills around the far north.

To the Letter etc..

As you would be aware, my narrow gauge layout has been based on a fictional railway on the far South Coast of New South Wales.

14th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention

Held every two years in Australia the recent Easter convention held at Erina on the central Coast north of Sydney was my first one I attended.

Campbelltown Council elected members vote against miniature railway in Thorndon Park

Hopes by a group of hobbyists to put a miniature railway into a popular park have been derailed by councillors.

Isis Mill to build $14.3m cane railway extension

THE Isis Central Sugar Mill will spend $14.

New South Wales Rail News

3487 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Gannons Road Caringbah rail bridge to be removed in one piece

The original rail bridge over Gannons Road, Caringbah will be removed in one piece during the July school holiday.

Man arrested following spate of sex acts on trains

A man has been charged over a spate of alleged indecent acts on Sydney rail services, all performed while sitting next to female passengers.

Business case for Northern Rivers Rail Trail released

Richmond Valley and Lismore City councils have released a business case for the much-debated Northern Rivers Rail Trail from Casino to Eltham, and asked for $33.

ATSB investigating after NSW TrainLink passenger train passes red light in Gunnedah

THE safety regulator is investigating after a passenger train went through a stop signal enroute to Gunnedah.

Man's 'disturbing' acts on Sydney trains

Police are asking for public assistance in identifying a man believed to have information about a spate of indecent assaults on Sydney trains.

New Zealand Rail News

335 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Rail is essential to our East coast region

Tony Robinson covered the Gisborne loss of rail issue very well is his 22nd June 2019 Gisborne herald article; - “Rail is essential to our region”

Widow of one of the two men killed in Pongakawa rail crash pregnant

The two men killed when their car collided with a train in Pongakawa were both fathers, with one leaving behind his pregnant wife.

Ready for rail already!

Forgive my complete cynicism when I heard Shane Jones disclose recently his prerequisite for getting the Gisborne end of the rail line restored: “Show me a business case” he declared, thus exposing his failure to distinguish between commercial and environmental criteria for public expenditure.

Train delays between Papakura and Pukekohe after truck hits Auckland rail bridge

Trains between Papakura and Pukekohe in south Auckland are up and running again after delays caused by a truck crashing into a rail bridge.

100 million trips, how does it compare?

Earlier this month Auckland hit a major milestone, passing 

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

97 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
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.

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.

Other Transport News

720 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
SpaceX rocket to carry Australian satellites that will improve nation's weather forecasting

Australian satellites that will improve the nation's weather forecasting will shoot into space on the world's most powerful operational rocket today, with the help of a small team of experts in the Northern Territory.

Scania designs new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle

A major Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles Scania Group has designed a new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night.

AvTalk Episode 60: A Paris Surprise

On this episode of AvTalk, aviation journalist John Walton joins us from the Paris Air Show to discuss Airbus’ launch of the A321XLR and the importance of IAG’s order of 200 737 MAX aircraft.

FAA prohibits US carriers from operating in Tehran FIR over Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

Amid heightened tensions following the 19 June downing of a US Navy unmanned aircraft system by the Iranian military over the Persian Gulf,

eMobility: After 2030, you will not be able to use fuel based vehicles

To boost electric mobility and reduce carbon footprints in the country, the NITI Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold after 2030.

Pacific National News

23 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
PACIFIC NATIONAL WARNS NSW ON PORT BOTANY RAIL LINK

NSW ‘risks losing exports and jobs’ without focus on reform and infrastructure.

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle calls for NSW freight upgrade

Major producers in NSW’s agricultural sector will find it cheaper and easier to send their product to export markets through Melbourne or Brisbane than Sydney within the next four years, according to Australia’s biggest rail hauler.

Three Hunter coal trains sped more than 40km/h over the speed limit before a derailing, a report says

THREE coal trains sped at more than 40km/h over the speed limit through a known defective section of Denman rail track only days before a coal train derailment in 2016, a report has found.

More momentum for Memphis Down Under

Australia’s largest rail freight operator Pacific National today congratulated Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for moving ahead with construction to connect the north-south Inland Rail and east-west Transcontinental Railway via the company’s Parkes Logistics Terminal.

PN 92 AND 93 CLASS LOCO’S – FUMES IN CAB – Progress at last!

After a spike in fume events on 92 and 93 class locomotives going through the Ardglen Tunnel, Your Gunnedah, Port Warath and Greta HSR’s asked for RTBU Locomotive Division assistance to represent this matter on your behalf.

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted 3 days 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

2335 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Ferny Grove line commuters will soon get 44 more train services each week

Commuters on Brisbane’s north side will soon get 44 more train services each week as part of Queensland Rail’s plan to add hundreds of extra services a week across the city network.

Queensland government reveals 'rail fail' end date

Almost 1000 days since "rail fail" began and waves of cancellations struck, Brisbane commuters will finally have their full train timetable restored.

An extra 430 weekly train services and 200,000 seats for SEQ

Queensland Rail will implement an extra 430 services and upgrade 59 existing services from three-carriages to six-carriages, in a move that will add 200,000 seats across South East Queensland each week from Monday, 29 July 2019.

New train services hit the track running

Thirty-two new train services will start this week, adding 14,000 seats to south east Queensland's rail network.

Train and car collide at Charters Towers

A driver was dragged almost 100m down a railway track in his car following a collision with a train outside of Charters Towers this morning.

Rail Events

353 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Last Chance to Ride on a Steam Train on London Underground

London Transport Museum is giving the public their last chance to travel on a heritage steam train through central London to celebrate 150 years of the District line.

AFLAS: CP the Best Logistics Service Provider – Rail

The customer-nominated award recognizes “CP’s leadership in service quality, innovation, customer-relationship management and reliability.

Bombardier presents fastest interlocking

Bombardier Transportation presented what it says is the fastest computer-based interlocking at UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019.

Elaine Chao: Chinese workers helped build this country, let’s make them part of our folklore

It’s rare that life hands us the opportunity to add a positive narrative to the history books.

The stories they told: How the Chinese railroad workers live on

A century and a half after the Golden Spike was hammered in at Promontory Summit, Utah, people from all over the Bay crowded into Tressider Oak Lounge with standing room only.

Rail News

4028 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
City Ice at Union Station

The first portion of the video reveals the new City Ice building & icing platforms at Union Station.

Railtrain Update

RTBU Members may have been made aware that Railtrain PTY LTD will cease as a legal entity and become Railtrain Services PTY LTD (RTS).

New South Wales allocates $4.4bn for Sydney Metro West

The Government of New South Wales in Australia has confirmed A$6.

The risks and rewards of stakeholder management

Stakeholder management is widely considered to be integral to the successful delivery of infrastructure projects, but it is not without its challenges.

The latest from the Centre for Future Work

Read below for some of the recent updates from the Centre for Future Work.

Rail Travel

224 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Another Royal Visit

Apart from our holidays and a few work trips (and these latter have been very few this year)

Alice Springs Surrounds- a Central Australia Journey

Entering the Centre of Australia is like entering a whole new world.

Travel Guide to the Cambodian Coast

The Cambodian Coast is turning into one of the most popular seaside destinations for tourists as many of the islands and islets along the 280-km of coasts along the Gulf of Thailand still offer a tranquil, laid-back lifestyle.

To Chichester via Portsmouth

On a lovely afternoon we boarded a train at the charming little station in Shanklin, bound back to the mainland for the rest of our summer holiday.

Southern Summer Sunshine; Solent and Sussex

A rail tour of the south coast of England

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 6 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

390 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Repaint for steam locomotive 925 Cheltenham

The Mid Hants Railway has announced that 925 Cheltenham will be receiving a new livery this year.

Recent Update on steam locomotive Black 5 No.5025

Good progress is being made at the Strathspey Steam Railway’s Aviemore Works and Riley & Son E Ltd on overhauling the oldest preserved London, Midland and Scottish Railway “Black 5” No.

Steam Department June Update

Sorry for the extended radio silence: things have been busy in the real world and in the steam shop.

Castlemaine again

Nothing too exciting today, just more cleanup of old sleepers and timber and lots of digging.

The West Clare Railway – Part 3 – Lahinch to Miltown-Malbay

The Line of the West Clare Railway from Lahinch to Miltown-Malbay

Railway Publications

42 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
The West Clare Railway – Part 4 – Miltown-Malbay to Quilty

The Line of the West Clare Railway from Miltown-Malbay to Quilty

FreightWaves Freight Intel Group researches “everything freight and logistics”

As another service of FreightWaves SONAR, the Freightwaves Freight Intel Group was launched recently and is publishing in-depth research on “everything freight and logistics,” as Senior Research Analyst and team member Seth Holm described the Group’s mission.

Railways of Herault – Route B – Beziers to Pezenas Line

This post covers the first part of the line leaving Beziers Nord Station and heading for Montpellier.

Global Railway Review: Celebrating our 25th anniversary

Originally a quarterly publication, we increased our frequency to six issues per year in 2006 and introduced our website and digital platform that same year.

Railway Stories

71 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

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.

Russian Rail News

40 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Molasses wagons delivered

GATX Rail Vostok has taken delivery of 26 molasses wagons of a new design developed by United Wagon Co.

Hybrid shunting locomotive agreement

An agreement for the development of diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives has been signed by Russian Railways, Transmashholding and lithium-ion battery manufacturer Rusnano.

Methanol wagon order

United Wagon Co’s TikhvinChemMash is to supply 100 Type 15-6880 methanol tank wagons to chemical company Shchekinoazot by the end of July.

Chernobyl nuclear disaster site tourism: Visitor numbers surge after hit HBO TV series

Ukraine's Chernobyl might be on track to become 2019's surprise hit tourism destination.

Russian rolling stock innovation centre planned

An agreement to establish a rolling stock engineering innovation centre was signed by Russian Railways, Sinara Group and technology partner Siemens Mobility at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

South Australian Rail News

691 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
Lower Eyre Council calls for DPTI to review rail crossings signs in Cummins

The Lower Eyre Peninsula Council is asking the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to considering replacing stop signs with give way signs at town rail crossings in the district to reduce driver "frustration" in light of the end to rail freight.

Rail extension to heart of Port Adelaide in doubt due to cost blowout

The State Government has shelved a planned rail extension to the heart of Port Adelaide after a study found it would go significantly over budget.

Traffic fix coming to Torrens and Brighton roads rail crossings with $201m from State Government

The annoying wait for trains at Torrens and Brighton roads will soon be a thing of the past, with upgrades coming to both level crossings.

Tonsley train station closure will force commuters with disabilities to stay home

For Ms Pearce, who uses a wheelchair to get around, the station offers a vital means of transport into the CBD, about 12 kilometres away.

Granite Island causeway gets $20m repair plan — and the horse-drawn tram will return

Victor Harbor’s crumbling Granite Island causeway is getting a $20 million cash injection, which the State Government says will deliver a “permanent solution” for the tourist drawcard.

Tasmanian Rail News

380 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Legislative Council inquiry into North-East Rail Corridor due soon

A Legislative Council Inquiry into the future of the disused North-East Rail Corridor is due to put forward its recommendations any day now.

$16 million upgrade to Tasmanian Railway

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget includes a substantial investment of $16 million over four years to support the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Rail-trail development an opportunity for tourism influx, committee hears

A heritage train and cycleway combination would be an effective pairing, the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor has heard.

North-East Rail Corridor Inquiry report expected by early June

The findings of the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor should come in May or early June, the inquiry chairwoman says.

North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry resumes

The astonishing story of the Yarra Valley Railway was the focus of the first day of the resumed North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry.

Train Simulator News

66 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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!

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

1484 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
'A fantastic milestone' as first tram in 60 years rolls along George Street

Sydney has marked a milestone after a tram glided along George Street for the first time in more than 60 years.

Probe into rail official’s relationship

NSW’s transport department has notified ICAC and conducted its own investigation after a senior official left his wife for a woman who owns the contracting company that won a tender to build the $72 million enabling works for the Parramatta Light Rail project.

BLACKPOOL TOTALLY MODELS WEEKEND 22/23 JUNE 2019 - Frank Bagshaw

It's been the Totally Models weekend in Blackpool.

CRICH ON JUNE 20 2019 - Frank Bagshaw

LUT 159 on it’s first day in service during 2019 stands on the rebuilt Glory Mine stub.

WOLVERHAMPTON UPDATE ON19 JUNE 2109 - Martin Miller

Trust you are now settled in Poole and benefiting from the sea air!

UK

1937 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Railway scoops award at business awards

Management staff at the Meirionnydd railway received the prestigious Regional Business Award for the railway’s contribution to tourism in the north Wales area at an awards ceremony in Bangor on 23 May.

Drug addict who pushed 91-year-old onto Tube tracks jailed for life

A crack cocaine addict who pushed a 91-year-old man onto the tracks of London’s Tube moments after attempting to kill another traveller has been jailed for life.

Rail bosses let the plane take the strain as trains are too expensive for business travel

Railway bosses and their staff are being ordered to fly around Britain for some journeys — because it is cheaper than taking the train.

USA

1881 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Rutland will feel effect of $71 million Middlebury rail project

Local residents are concerned that rail cars filled with fuel will be stored near their homes as two dangerously deteriorated downtown bridges in Middlebury will be replaced by a tunnel during the summer of 2020 for a cost close to $71 million.

Barre-Montpelier commuter rail to get a look

Williston-based AllEarth Rail, which is hoping to launch the nation's only privately operated commuter rail service, failed this spring in its push for the state to perform a technical analysis of how self-propelled rail cars of the type AllEarth owns could provide such a service.

US spy fears threaten China rail group

In its 19th century heyday, the city of Springfield in Massachusetts produced the first industrial assembly line, the first petrol-powered automobile and the first railway sleeping car.

Local warehouse company receives grant to expand rail transportation

A grant for a warehouse company in Rockingham County could help alleviate congestion on interstates across the state.

What's The Outlook For Rail-Hauled Fracking Sand And The Rail Construction Aggregate Markets?

Everything we plow, harvest or mine started as rock and evolved in time.

Victorian Rail News

6325 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
It's every parent's nightmare, and it's more likely to happen on a Melbourne train

It’s a nightmare moment: being separated from your child on a city train network.

Million dollar plans to make Bellarine Rail Trail safer

A “dangerous” section of the Bellarine Rail Trail are set to undergo a $1 million revamp pending a vote before the Borough of Queenscliffe on Thursday night.

Push to make dangerous Grenville St rail crossing safer continues

Public Transport Victoria has been asked to ensure a dangerous Hampton pedestrian railway crossing is made safer as Leader’s campaign to install gates and sound gathers steam in the community.

Steve Bracks says time is ripe to explore Ballarat rail expansion

Former Premier Steve Bracks marked 10 years of Wendouree Station today.

'Bus way' badly planned, will stop future Doncaster rail: transport group

A new “bus way” to be built along the expanded Eastern Freeway is a poorly planned afterthought that will also stop a future rail line to Doncaster, a group of transport experts say.

Western Australian Rail News

1126 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Rio Tinto rolls out AutoHaul rail technology program

Rio Tinto has rolled out its $940 million AutoHaul rail technology program, with the world-first automated rail network having travelled more than three million kilometres autonomously.

Successful rollout of AutoHaul™ is celebrated by Rio Tinto

AutoHaul trains, which deliver safety and productivity benefits for Rio Tinto’s iron ore business, have also positioned Western Australia (WA) and its heavy-haul rail industry as a global leader in the joint development and application of rail technology.

RIO LAUNCHES, THEN RE-LAUNCHES ROBOTIC TRAINS (ACCORDING TO THE MEDIA)

If you can have more farewells than Melba, then can you have more inaugurations that Rio Tinto?

Rio Tinto’s $1.37b Autohaul train robots get to work on Pilbara tracks

Rio Tinto is turning its leading minds to new advances for its iron ore trains after completing the rollout of driverless technology across its sprawling Pilbara rail network.

Trains cancelled nightly between Whitfords and Butler stations

TRAINS on the Joondalup Line will be cancelled nightly between Whitfords and Butler stations next week.

Yarra Trams

241 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
The free tram zone is a gimmick that needs to go

The idea of freebies is always thought to be attractive to the public.

Safety Upgrades For Nicholson Street Tram Stops

Three tram stops on Nicholson Street will be upgraded over the next week, making it safer and easier for passengers to get on and off trams on one of Melbourne’s busiest routes.

Hum from Brunswick West electrical tram substation infuriating residents

Residents living near a noisy Yarra Trams substation have been “driven up the wall” by loud humming, with the operator fined thousands over the disruption.

PTV to build substation close to home after Moreland Council rejects park offer

A family set to have an electronic substation built 20cm from their bedrooms is begging Moreland Council to step in.

Yarra approves accessible tram stops for Nicholson Street

Yarra Council has approved plans for accessible tram stops to be installed along Nicholson Street, between Kerr and Holden streets.

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