Senior industry leaders from railways in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia gathered in Rabat on May 15 for an 11-day training summit hosted by Moroccan national railway ONCF.
President Filipe Nyusi joined celebrations at the deepwater port of Nacala-a-Velha on May 12 to mark the formal completion of the project to develop a 912 km ‘integrated logistics corridor’ serving northern Mozambique, southern Malawi and the Moatize coalfield.
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 of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.
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.
Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.
A train derailed at the Raglan Station Road Railway Crossing at 4pm Tuesday.
The cabinet will be asked to approve the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project, linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, next month, kickstarting its construction as soon as August this year.
Construction work started on May 21 on a Passenger-Dedicated Line linking Beijing with Bazhou, 80 km to the south.
A trade union has demanded a delay in a bill to establish a rail track transport department, claiming the proposal lacks public input and supports privatisation of rail transport that could lead to job losses and fare increases.
Kochi Metro Rail is hiring 23 transgender women as part of a new initiative to improve diversity.
A pair of environmental protesters who allegedly broke into the rail corridor in Brisbane on Tuesday morning to chain themselves to an Aurizon train have been condemned as “dangerous and reckless” by the rail operator.
Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, supports the Federal Government’s decision to provide an additional $8.
THE union representing rail workers has blasted BMA and Aurizon after it claimed up to 180 workers from Mackay and Sarina would be forced to take leave without pay due to several lines being out of service.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]Portions of the Central Queensland Coal Network will be out of action for five weeks, after Cyclone Debbie ripped through the region at the end of last week.
Rail freight operator Aurizon says the temporary closure of the coal haul lines in Queensland due to flooding from cyclone Debbie will hurt volumes shifted and annual earnings.
When Shelley Simonian began catching city-bound trains from Green Square six years ago she often waited with only a handful of other passengers on the platform.
An Asian Australian woman has been racially abused on a Sydney train after asking a passenger to stop littering.
Inadequate inspections and maintenance of rail tracks have been "systemic" across the Sydney Trains network, transport safety investigators have warned.
The NSW government has announced 200 extra train services each week during non-peak times on the Sydney Airport line as demand continues to grow.
A man has been charged following investigations into an alleged act of indecency on a train in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs earlier this year, NSW Police say.
RATP President Elisabeth Borne has been appointed as Transport Minister in the new French government formed by President Emmanuel Macron.
Infrastructure manager CFR SA signed contracts for a 78 km route modernisation project with a consortium of Astaldi, FCC, SALCEF and Thales on May 23.
Alstom announced on May 24 that it had received an order worth €50m from Hohenzollerische Landesbahn for the supply of 10 Coradia Lint 54 diesel multiple-units.
Ile-de-France transport authority STIF announced on May 23 that it will be providing 100% of the funding for an order for 83 Bombardier Régio2N double-deck EMUs, worth €1∙1bn.
The weekend of May 20-21 saw two bridges replaced on the Bologna – Rimini line at Prati and Sabbioso as part of infrastructure manager RFI’s ongoing route modernisation programme on the Adriatic Corridor.
There were 108 sightings for this week; this is 14 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1908 sightings for this year to date.
There were 94 sightings for this week; this is 17 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1800 sightings for this year to date.
This week saw industrial problems at Pacific National which resulted in most of the PN grain train not running.
An unfortunate accident for everyone involved, as a freight train pummeled into a tractor trailer that was stuck at a crossing in Mer Rouge, Lousiana!
There were 99 sightings for this week; this is 1 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1629 sightings for this year to date.
The announcement the Australian Government will allocate $8.
AN ALTERNATIVE inland rail route through Shepparton was considered but rejected early on because the costs did not stack up.
The nation's top infrastructure chief has admitted the Commonwealth's $10 billion rail-building plan - which is money that will need to be borrowed - will mainly be handed to states as cash grants, undermining the Turnbull government's strategy of avoiding "bad debt" that threatens the AAA rating.
The final cost for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail project could rise above the original $10 billion price tag, a Senate Estimates hearing was told on Monday.
Australians just have to look at the booming Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in America to see what a major railway connection can do for regional towns, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says.
On May 24 Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich joined Ezequiel Lemos, President of state-owned freight operator Trenes Argentinos Cargas, to welcome the latest shipment of 156 wagons to arrive in the Port of Buenos Aires from China.
Late May saw the launch of an interactive forum on the Near 2050 project website aimed at enabling rail users, operators and specifying organisations to comment on their experience of the sector and predict how the rail mode might evolve over the next 35 years.
Russia's state-owned railway monopoly is refusing most requests to take cargo from Russia to ports in Latvia, industry executives said, a serious blow to the Baltic state which depends on the transit trade.
The Federal Transit Administration confirmed on May 22 that it would execute a Full Funding Grant Agreement worth $647m for electrification of the Caltrain commuter rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, wrote to President Donald Trump on May 21 requesting that the federal government treat the ongoing infrastructure and operational difficulties at New York Penn Station ‘as an emergency situation’ and provide funding for short- and long-term enhancements of the station.
AUTUMN rain has given Wimmera growers one of the best seasonal starts in years.
WHILE the NorthWest Rail Alliance (NWRA) does applaud the ongoing investment in passenger rail and the Murray Basin Rail Project, here are some facts about the so-called “rail revival”.
The economics of electrification is an issue which has interested me for some time.
It is my understanding that your government will order new VLocity trains from Bombardier in Dandenong.
In the hands of the Andrews Government the $1.
One of the more interesting locos that operated on the NSW rail ,if only for a very short time came about from the tragic accident that occurred west of Parkes at Mellelea on the 26th October 1974.
AN 20,000 piece model train collection which took a lifetime to curate is now calling Ipswich home.
The pound's recent devaluation after June's Brexit vote has already led to some price rises, and model railways are one business feeling the effects.
After what seems an eternity,
The continuing production run of the 48 Class and 830 Class is proceeding smoothly with the next delivery expected in the first quarter of 2016.
As Christmas 2016 approached, and Puffing Billy's 6 train running began in order to accommodate the annual summer rush, G42 was taken out of traffic and rolled into the workshops for a 'B' exam.
Quite a range of jobs have been carried out or are now under way, and there is plenty of work to do, as the photographs demonstrate.
The air box has been modified somewhat from the original concept, in order to increase clearances around the rear pony truck.
Whilst attempting to better cater for massive patronage growth, the need for us to call into service every available item of rolling stock is becoming more the norm than the exception.
One of the benefits of working with Puffing Billy locomotives is the chance to discover the rich industrial heritage that come with them, such as the eccentric strap (above and below) which currently resides on 6A, and yet is clearly marked '5'.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has opened an investigation into an incident late last month involving an out-of-control Qube freight train that was headed for Port Kembla along the Moss Vale-Unanderra line.
Planning for a rail line through Badgerys Creek airport is emerging as the focus of tension between federal and state governments over land use and transport policy in Sydney.
Development has formally begun at Moorebank Logistics Park, the largest intermodal logistics precinct in Australia.
The slow speed of the train trip between Wollongong and Sydney is mentioned in a federal government report of plans to invest billions in the rail network.
A man has been charged after a number of thefts from bicycle storage facilities at train stations throughout Sydney, NSW Police say.
The government has allocated almost NZ$1bn for rail investment as part of its annual budget unveiled by Finance Minister Steven Joyce on May 25, including support for national operator KiwiRail and a first tranche of capital investment for construction of Auckland's City Rail Link.
Budget 2017 will invest $548 million of new capital funding to maintain and upgrade New Zealand’s rail network, supporting freight movement, exporters, tourism and public transport, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
Leaked documents throw into question a controversial decision to dump electric trains for diesel locomotives between Hamilton and Palmerston North.
Transport networks across Auckland have been affected by severe weather, but the brunt of Cyclone Cook has yet to arrive.
Comments on the opinion page about Gisborne rail not being viable.
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.
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.
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.
China's influential National Development and Reform Commission has asked the federal government for a shortlist of priority projects – including rail infrastructure – as part of a big investment push into Northern Australia.
A feasibility study to investigate the construction of a railway between the town of Katherine, in the Northern Territory, and Kununurra, in Western Australia, will be commissioned by the NT government.
Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has publicly stated her support of rail trails and highlighted the cycle tourism potential in the electorate, creating a policy division with the Greens-led council over the disused railway line.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]The Australasian Railway Association and the Australian Logistics Council have both praised Treasurer Scott Morrison’s Budget announcement, saying a $20 billion rail investment would be a major boost for Australia.
SABRA LANE: The Federal Government has set aside billions in the budget for infrastructure spending, with money set aside for the Snowy 2.
IF YOU’VE got it, flaunt it.
Last year was not one of the best for the rail industry, with freight volumes down across the board, especially in the minerals sector, combined with a general lack of direction.
A planned strike that would see 1200 bus drivers walk off the job all day on Thursday may not go ahead, after the NSW government applied for an emergency hearing in the Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday night.
A $10 MILLION nature trust and a cash splurge on bike paths are included in Darebin Council’s environment-focused draft Budget and four-year plan.
Twenty-seven passengers have been injured, some breaking bones, after an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok experienced violent and unexpected turbulence.
Today Earthlings came one very giant step closer to finding life elsewhere in our solar system.
In a win for commuters and residents alike, the Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promise to build a new bus interchange at the revamped Ballarat Station Precinct.
Pacific National has announced the appointment of Dean Dalla Valle as Chief Executive Officer.
A project of High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) public-private partnership (PPP) in Melbourne, Australia worth AU$2 billion ($1.
Premier Andrews announcement of the increase to passenger rail services to Bendigo and Ballarat comes after years of public dissent about the appalling lack of reliability and overcrowding on the regional rail network.
The Victorian Government is investing $435 million to upgrade the Gippsland line which will deliver critical enabling works for more frequent and reliable services.
Qube has bought national rail freight forwarder Austrans Container Service for an undisclosed sum.
QUEENSLAND Rail should be privatised to pay for building the long-delayed Cross River Rail project, an government report has proposed.
Protecting key freight corridors is important to ensure Australia is able to meet future infrastructure demands, the Australian Logistics Council states.
QUEENSLAND has long prided itself as a frontier state.
Senior Queensland Government members were in meetings on Monday night, discussing how to urgently convince Indian company Adani to proceed with a board meeting to fund the proposed Carmichael coal mine.
Infrastructure Australia has not been consulted on the rail line proposed to connect central Queensland's Adani coalmine to the Abbot Point port.
The final cost of the 1,682 km long railway was £6,667,360 compared with Dean’s figure of approximately £4 million.
[size=3][color=#000000][font=Calibri]Six retired NSWGR locomotives were used to haul construction and supply trains.
The Turnbull-Joyce Government is delivering a $20 billion investment in rail that will cut congestion in cities, grow the regions and create thousands of new jobs.
On 22 April 2017 the crew of 8960 alerted ARTC train control to their train running away on the approach to Dombarton.
It’s a no-brainer that among the shortlist in the hospitality section of the
Former Atkins CEO David Tonkin has succeeded Siemens Mobility UK Managing Director Gordon Wakeford as Chairman of the UK’s Railway Industry Association.
The Victorian Government is expected to announce funding in its next state budget to improve passenger train services and rail infrastructure in Gippsland.
David Knowles becomes Managing Director of Swedish freight operator Hector Rail.
Men who test positive for an inclination to splay their legs widely on trains would be required to wear a 'Manspreader' button at all times, or risk hefty fines, Ben Pobjie writes.
IN SPITE of the high profile problems in moving grain by train this year, GrainCorp managing director Mark Palmquist believes the rail freight situation is better than it was a year ago.
Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.
[left]Steamrail Victoria invites you to celebrate the completion of the 30 year restoration and the return to service of the former Victorian Railways steam engine A² 986.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]The Victorian Labor government has just announced improvements to the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.
[left]The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Heritage Train tour to the beautiful country town of Echuca.
Due to V/Line track works on the Echuca Line, Steamrail's planned tour to Echuca on the 6th May is no longer able to reach Echuca, since this tour begins at Castlemaine using carriages from the Victorian Goldfields Railway, after consulting with booked passengers Steamrail have decided to run the train to Swan Hill instead on the same day.
Preparations for Maitland's annual celebration of steam are on the boil.
A Melbourne man ensured an unforgettable proposal for his girlfriend by recreating the moment they had first met on a crowded commuter train.
A clerk sorted mail on a Railway Post Office car in Kansas City in 1932.
It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?
I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills.
Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive
PEDESTRIANS will get safer passage across key railway crossings as part of a project to prevent accidents and near-misses on the Seaford line.
MORE than 1000 drivers have been caught dicing with death by running red lights at rail crossings over a nine-month period, alarming new figures show.
Crowned as the state’s best commuter serviced line, Gawler railway will not receive any federal funding to progress it to stage two of its multi-million dollar electrification upgrade.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has slammed the Federal Budget’s $70 billion infrastructure plan, saying no new funding has been set aside for his state.
The South Australian government should focus on trying to get part of a new $10 billion national rail fund instead of "just whingeing" about infrastructure spending in the federal budget, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says.
Community consensus is what Dorset mayor Greg Howard hopes will be the result of an independent third party assessment of a heritage rail service on the North-East rail trail corridor.
Victorian railway engineer Bob Vanselow has labelled the North-East railway line all but fit for purpose, saying it would be a ‘crime’ to remove the track.
BICYCLE Network Tasmania says it supports the Derwent Valley Railway’s plans for the region’s railway line but would like to see a project deadline put in place to make sure the asset does not get left unused.
THE Derwent Valley Council will consider leasing disused railway tracks in an effort to resurrect a tourist train in the region.
A transport safety authority's report into a freight train derailment in Tasmania is questioned by the rail operator's CEO, who admits he has not read the report "completely".
The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.
Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 challenging and enjoyable scenarios for the Three Country Corner route on Steam, covering freight and passenger operations in this scenic cross-border region of Western Europe.
The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972.
Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.
Seattle already has the world’s longest floating bridge, and next month, it’s going one step further: building the world’s first floating light rail line.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in partnership with Yarra Trams, will be installing two new poles to feed the enhanced power supply into the tram network at the intersection of Collins and Queen Street.
The second stage of light rail could detour into the Parliamentary Zone on its way to Woden, according to a map of the proposed route published for consultation on Monday.
The ACT government has signed a series of contracts with consultants to design its second stage of light rail from the city to Woden, using many of the consultants it used on the first leg.
With the rezoning proposal for the rail corridor going on public exhibition soon and council retaining control over zoning, there is an opportunity for the community, government and council to avoid the very serious adverse impacts of trams in Hunter Street, by having the rezoning proposal amended so as to require light rail to run in the rail corridor to Newcastle Station underneath buildings.
Freight operator DB Cargo UK has introduced an internet-based route learning programme developed with Track Access Services Ltd to familiarise drivers with the physical characteristics of the routes over which they operate.
Series production of the Class 802 electro-diesel trainsets for Great Western Railway’s West of England inter-city services between London, Devon and Cornwall is now getting underway at the Hitachi Rail Italy plant at Pistoia.
The future of the rail line that cuts across London and carves up city hall plans — bus rapid transit being the latest — needs to be clarified.
Regular passenger trains will reconnect a Dorset seaside resort with the mainline for the first time in four decades in June, a heritage railway has announced.
Iarnród Éireann has deployed a Sqills S3 Passenger sales, distribution and revenue management software platform to replace legacy systems and introduce dynamic pricing capabilities.
RUSHWORTH Rail Reserve will soon get a natural makeover courtesy of some new landscaping with the installation of 500 indigenous plant species.
VICTORIA’S key rail freight lines from Maryborough to Mildura and Murrayville will be closed for five months from August as workers narrow the track from broad to standard gauge.
GUARDIANS of St Pauls’ Cathedral have been assured the landmark building won’t become the Leaning Tower of Pisa due to the Metro Rail tunnel.
Peak-hour commuters on three of Melbourne’s most overcrowded railway lines will get a handful of extra services when a new Metro timetable starts in August.
The Victorian Government has defended the 0.
CBH Group has announced that it broke Western Australia’s shipping record for the month of April, a feat made possible by record rail movements across the state in March.
Malcolm Turnbull has written to the West Australian government seeking its interest in a "city deal" for Perth.
WATCH: The first of two $20 million tunnel boring machines has arrived in Perth, to help build the $1.
Construction on the A$1.
The West Australian Labor government has announced it will walk away from the state’s biggest road project for no more than $50 million in kill fees and other costs, instead brokering a deal with the Turnbull government for $1.
Service changes are affecting Route 58 trams due to a collision in Royal Park.
As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks on Victoria Parade, between Gisborne Street and Brunswick Street, East Melbourne.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in partnership with Yarra Trams will be installing underground cables to feed the enhanced power supply into the tram network on Wattletree Road in Armadale.
MELBOURNE’S hectic major events calendar has been blamed for slowing down tram services.
Yarra Trams delivered 98.