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ACT

126 stories | Newest story posted 35 minutes ago
Train derailment kills two people at Wallan, north of Melbourne

Investigators have begun sifting through the wreckage of a Sydney-to-Melbourne XPT train that derailed last night, killing two people and injuring 12 others.

Government chooses wire-free light rail plan despite cost blowout fears

The government is pushing ahead with wire-free light rail in Canberra's city centre, despite Chief Minister Andrew Barr previously saying he did not think it was necessary while flagging concerns about the cost.

More people travelling between Canberra and Sydney by train

The number of passengers travelling between Canberra and Sydney by train has increased more than a third in the last five years.

Making way for a new ticketing system for Canberra’s light rail

The current MyWay ticketing system will be replaced by a new and advanced ticketing system for Canberra’s public transport network.

Canberra-Sydney high-speed rail bid was always too expensive

When John Howard told hundreds of people in the Great Hall of Parliament House that Speedrail's fast train from Canberra to Sydney marked the revival of rail, he already knew that the project had failed the first test.

Africa

230 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
South Africa suspends long-distance passenger service after accident

This follows the completion of RSR’s preliminary investigation into a collision between a Prasa train and a freight train at Horison to the west of Johannesburg on February 12, which resulted in one death and several injuries.

SPENO International SA and MATISA Materiel Industriel SA: Over 20 years of successful partnership

Common needs and interests lead to alliances aiming at attaining common objectives.

Zimbabwe: The long wait goes on

An agreement for Russia’s United Wagon Company to supply 100 wagons offers fresh hope for investment in National Railways of Zimbabwe.

TAZARA urged to seek freight traffic ‘aggressively’

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board chaired by Tanzania and Zambia’s permanent secretaries responsible for transport has directed the railway’s management to ‘aggressively seek additional freight traffic in order to capture more business’.

TAZARA and CBU Zambia sign Business Partnership Agreement

Following the signing of an Academic Business Partnership Agreement between the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and Copperbelt University (CBU) of Zambia, the CBU-TAZARA Mpika Campus at the TAZARA Training Centre has been made officially operational.

Airline News

81 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Qantas slashes flights as coronavirus costs top $100m

Qantas will cut capacity across its international and domestic network in response to the coronavirus crisis, which the airline now expects will deliver a blow of up to $150 million to its profit this year.

AIRBUS Reveals Futuristic Aircraft Design

AIRBUS has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator.

Airline forced to train employees on dealing with inflight porn viewers

Whether it’s taking off your shoes when you perhaps shouldn’t, invading someone else’s armrest space or overindulging in the free alcoholic beverage service.

BA 747 Breaks Record for Fastest Subsonic New York to London Flight

Experts are hailing a British Airways flight as the fastest subsonic New York to London journey.

MH370 mystery: New search to be launched for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

The mystery of doomed flight MH370, which disappeared with 239 people on board, including six Australians, could finally be solved, with the world’s leading experts narrowing down the plane’s location for a new search within months.

Arabian Rail News

173 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
European Investment Bank to support two Egyptian rail projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will support the rehabilitation of Cairo Metro Line 2 and the Tanta–El Mansoura–Damietta project, both in Egypt.

Tanta–El Mansoura–Damietta rail project in Egypt supported by EIB

A cooperation agreement has been signed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC).

Etihad Rail freight facilities contract awarded

Etihad Rail has awarded a joint venture of L&T Construction and Power China International a 1·876bn dirham contract to design, build and commission seven freight handling facilities on Stage 2 of the national rail network.

XRAIL secures funding from HSBC UK for expansion into Saudi Arabia

UK-based railway engineering company, XRAIL Group, has secured a major funding package from HSBC UK to help expand its business further into Saudi Arabia.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 9 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

2785 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
The proposal for doubling of the track between Kurunegala and Maho

As a result of the congestion between Kurunegala and the Maho section in the Northern railway line, a delay of over one hour of office trains in the mornings and evenings is a very common occurrence.

Full-Lifecycle BIM, Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR: Bentley

The $749 million, 108-mile-long railway will become the world’s first high-speed rail line with a design speed of 217 mph (350 kph).

Long Weekend Special Train Schedule – February 2020

Sri Lanka Railways will operate special trains between Colombo Fort and Badulla during the upcoming long weekend (20th and 23rd of February).

ADB Mission Meetings for Sri Lanka Railway Efficiency Improvement Project

The ADB Mission for Sri Lanka Railway Efficiency Improvement Project was held from 11 – 14, February 2020.

Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit railway works in full swing

The government of Uttar Pradesh has allocated Rs9bn for construction of the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut regional express route in the state budget presented on February 18.

Aurizon

243 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon’s revenue rises to $1.53bn

Aurizon Holdings Limited revenue has increased by $73.

Aurizon reports solid half year results

The company credits the result from improved Ebit performance.

Aurizon sharpens up for G&W's arrival in Queensland

Aurizon is cutting costs and lengthening contract terms as it prepares for competition from US railways giant Genesee & Wyoming in Queensland, and weaker coal haulage volumes.

Rail operator Aurizon lifts H1 profit

Rail freight operator Aurizon says it is on track to meet its full-year earnings guidance after its bulk business powered to a strong first half.

Coal train derails in central Queensland

Coal trains have been disrupted in central Queensland, near the town of Middlemount.

Australian High Speed Rail

14 stories | Newest story posted last month
Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast...ish' trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast..ish trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

Start Sydney to Canberra high speed rail now: chief executives

The chief executive of Australia's largest property developer, Stockland's Mark Steinert, has joined calls for the federal government to commit to  funding a Sydney to Canberra high-speed train and other rail projects

Nothing moves slower in Australia than fast rail

Despite piles of reports, oodles of analysis and a substantial application of common sense, the federal government is proceeding at a glacial pace with plans for fast rail at scale.

A Tale of Two Cities…and Four Coastal Plains

This blog has discussed at length the fate of High Speed Rail in Australia.

Bus Transport News

511 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Timetable Tuesday #62: Frankston's loopy 770 and 771

Certain pockets of Melbourne have concentrations of confusing bus routes.

Stagecoach Electrics for Cambridge

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe jointly announced today that their electric vehicle partnership, has supplied two electric double deck buses that Stagecoach will operate in Cambridge in the first use of the zero-emission BYD ADL Enviro400EV in the UK outside London.

A TALE OF TWO OPERATORS AND ONE BUS ROUTE by Oliver Foreman

For as long as I am aware the Nottingham - Mansfield - Chesterfield corridor has been in the hands of East Midland Motor Services (now Stagecoach East Midlands) and the Trent Motor Traction Company (now trentbarton), though I recall just after deregulation tendered journeys operated by Gash's of Newark.

First Eastern Counties to Launch Excel

First Norfolk & Suffolk are set to launch their new Excel service  using a new fleet of stylish ADL Enviro400 vehicles built on a Scania Euro VI diesel chassis.

More Pictures of New Stagecoach Livery & News that Stagecoach Offers Lowest Fares

Stagecoach have released more pictures of their new livery, as shown

Canada

575 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Police investigate after truck drives through protester blockade in Canada

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating after a semi-truck drove through a temporary roadblock in Manitoba and possibly struck a demonstrator as tensions and supply chain disruptions intensified in Canada from protests over a proposed gas pipeline.

Canadian Transit Update: Edmonton and Ontario

In Edmonton, it has been necessary to revise the opening date from December 2020, to a point later in 2021.

Canada’s supply chain and leaders grapple with rail blockades

Protesters’ efforts to block freight rail traffic in Canada in support of a First Nations group’s objections over a proposed natural gas pipeline have caused ripples throughout the Commonwealth’s supply chain, including temporary layoffs at Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and increased congestion at some ports.

Today’s Pickup: Canadian trucking industry group warns of pipeline protest impact

The anti-pipeline protests that have disrupted key Canadian National (CN) rail lines in Canada aren’t a good thing for the trucking industry even if some carriers see a temporary spike in volumes.

Speed limits for crude oil trains increased by Transport Canada

Freightwaves is reporting that government speed restrictions on crude oil trains, imposed on Feb.

Cityrail News

738 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Selfish train passenger saves seat while elderly woman forced to stand

Ray Hadley has been sent a photo of a selfish train passenger saving a seat for a friend while everyone else, including an elderly woman, is forced to stand.

Sydney Trains seeks suppliers for UPS network

Sydney Trains is searching for suppliers to replace its network of uninterruptible power systems (UPS).

Blue Mountains train line, landslide: Passenger praises Sydney Trains staff

Crews are working fast to re-open the Blue Mountains Line after the weekend landslip at Leura but it is likely to take weeks rather than days.

Sydney Trains suffers lengthy delays as wild weather wreaks havoc across the network

Sydney’s train network has been plunged into chaos on Monday morning - setting the scene for a lengthy commute into work.

Europe

4281 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Passenger services return to Hamburg line after 50 years

Locals are being encouraged to use the experimental service, which will operate until February 25 to build the case for permanent reinstatement.

Brittany Ferries to launch Cherbourg – Spain rail motorway service

Brittany Ferries has announced plans to launch its first rail motorway service in 2021, a 980 km landbridge carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the Channel port of Cherbourg and Mouguerre close to the Spanish border near Bayonne.

[Creativity] Showcase: Italdesign’s DNA design for Transmashholding

Italdesign’s Industrial Design Division has created a new DNA design concept for Transmashholding (TMH).

Croatian connecting line feasibility study

HŽ Infrastruktura has commissioned a feasibility study for the proposed 19 km Lepoglava connecting line which would run from Lepoglava on the Varaždin – Golubovec branch to Krapina or Sveti Križ Začretje on the Zabok – Đurmanec line.

Integrated rail network planned in Riga

Latvia is keen to increase rail’s share of passenger transport by encouraging a shift from road.

Gunzelling Reports

1080 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/2/2020

There were 96 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings more than last week.

Rylstone Railway Station, NSW

Today is Sunday the 19th of January, 2020.

Kootingal Railway Station, NSW

Today is Monday the 20th of January, 2019.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/2/2020

There were 93 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings more than last week.

Photos from ten years ago: February 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is February 2010.

Inland Rail Project

322 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Farmers protest flood risk of $10b Melbourne-Brisbane rail project

A $10 billion rail project from Melbourne to Brisbane will devastate Queensland communities if it is built on a notorious flood plain, farmers say.

Rail freight environment standards: NSW Farmers say Boree Creek line at risk from emissions and noise rules

NSW Farmers has teamed up with the freight and grain industry to protest against new environmental rail rules it says will will force the grain harvest onto the road.

Nats must revoke Condamine floodplain Inland Rail route say farmers

FARMERS are calling on federal National Party to immediately revoke plans to route the Inland Rail over the agriculturally important Condamine River floodplain.

Desperate farmers to protest in Brisbane on Inland Rail Issues

MORE than 200 farmers and other community members are expected to gather in Brisbane today to protest what they say is a flawed Inland Rail route across the Condamine River floodplain.

Inland Rail steams ahead with boost to Parkes businesses and first section to open mid-2020

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is powering ahead with the first 103.

International Rail News

5352 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Train vs plane: Is rail the more appealing option?

Transport emissions account for one quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, and their levels are still rising.

Alstom agrees terms to acquire Bombardier Transportation

Alstom will acquire 100% of Bombardier Transportation’s shares at between €5.

SJ plans Gothenburg/Malmö – Duved night train

This follows the recent decision by Trafikverket to award SJ a contract to operate only the Stockholm – Duved portion of the service which currently originates in Gothenburg.

In-Depth Focus: Winter Operations

Battling winter weather and managing passenger expectations

Alstom and Bombardier Transportation confirm acquisition discussions

Discussion are underway for the possible acquisition of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom SA, both companies have confirmed.

Letters to the Editor

286 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Recycling and resource recovery podcast: jurisdictions around the world

As part of Infrastructure Victoria’s research in preparing advice to government on recycling and resource recovery, we have identified six countries around the world with strong recycling performance.

Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

For three generations, Syd’s coffee stall has been serving up hot drinks and food in Shoreditch, but tomorrow it closes for the last time.

Economic powerhouse: Melbourne is driving Australia’s economic growth

Melbourne’s economy is booming, with the city set to overtake Sydney to become Australia’s largest economy in 10 to 15 years.

Watch a power station demolition

This coming Sunday morning (15th Dec) will see the UK’s second highest chimney demolished – right next to the Dartford Crossing.

London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

In genteel Pimlico can be found a statue of the Greek god, Priapus, protector of gardens, fruit plants, livestock… and male genitals.

Model Railways

1450 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
JAM 2.0 rev4

Well 4 revisions later and I think I finally have a plan that will work.

12’ x 2’ HO Switching Layout

Just finished laying track on my 12’ x 2’ switching layout and getting ready to wire, weather and ballast the track.

Back On The Straight And Narrow

For the moment the flirtation with standard gauge is over and Himself has scaled up to resume work on Gwyrfai

Striped Sharks on the Prowl: New York Central Baldwin RF-16 in HO Scale by Broadway Limited

If you enjoy modeling the early diesel era, I can’t think of a better railroad to keep your interest piqued than New York Central (NYC).

Early Santa Fe Automobile Boxcar Kits from Westerfield Models

Westerfield Models now offers an early prototype automobile boxcar, which served Santa Fe.

Narrow Gauge

103 stories | Newest story posted last month
Help get steam locomotive Peter back on track at the Amberley Museum

The Amberley Museum is looking for donations towards oiler repairs and an overhaul of resident 101-year-old steam locomotive, Peter.

Isis Mill cane rail expansion on track

The construction of a 39km cane rail extension from Cordalba to Wallaville by Isis Central Sugar Mill is on track for completion by the 2020 crushing start.

Testing An NG/G16!

For those that don’t subscribe to social media, you might have missed the multitude of excellent photos and videos over recent weeks, showing the Garratt undergoing testing by the railway’s Workshop team.

Help complete a narrow gauge railway for South London

A few years ago a dream was announced, to create a narrow gauge railway in South London for visitors to the Victorian steam engines at Crossness.

The life and times of two very different mountain railways

Steeped in history, literally and metaphorically, the Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) has been carrying sight-seeing tourists and locals to the summit of the UK’s second-largest peak for more than 123 years.

New South Wales Rail News

3771 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Government confirms $3b budget blowout to Sydney's Metro City and Southwest

Sydney’s much-hyped City and Southwest Metro is to blow out by as much as $3 billion and could cost up to $15.

Live: NSW Now: Buses in place following train derailment, protests over Western Harbour Tunnel

MORNING BRIEFING: Transport NSW urges travellers to check for updates on train services to Victoria, and warning for Sydney residents to monitor for damage caused by construction of the Western Harbour Tunnel.

Train driver and rail worker dead after interstate train derails north of Melbourne

Investigators are sifting through the wreckage of a Sydney-to-Melbourne train that derailed last night, killing two people and injuring 12 others.

Digital rail key to future of rail

As Transport for NSW (TfNSW) begins work on its new digital systems facility in Chullora, delegates at the Train Control Management Systems conference heard how the installation of digital systems can lead to a rail system fit for the future.

Digitalisation key to future of rail

As Transport for NSW (TfNSW) begins work on its new digital systems facility in Chullora, delegates at the Train Control Management Systems conference heard how the installation of digital systems can lead to a rail system fit for the future.

New Zealand Rail News

379 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Auckland City Rail Link tunnelling launched

The ceremony clears the way for work to begin to drive 66 concrete piles between 8m and 38m-long into the ground to support a 127m-long, 25m-high curved retaining wall for the portal

First sod turned on Mt Eden site for Auckland CRL

A supplier has been chosen for the tunnel boring machine for New Zealand’s City Rail Link project, as a ground-breaking ceremony begins construction at the southern tunnel portal.

Auckland invites expressions of Interest to operate network

“The current rail operating contract for Auckland metropolitan services has been in place since 2004,” says Mr Mark Lambert, executive general manager of Integrated Networks.

New Zealand government announces investment in commuter capacity and freight

Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding announced by the government on January 29.

Northern Territory Rail News

217 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

Train services across the NT were disrupted for four hours yesterday after two boys jumped from a moving train.

Documents reveal 'extreme and ill-advised' secret plan to take land along the Ghan line

Federal cabinet documents kept secret for 20 years reveal a radical legislative proposal to acquire Aboriginal land to ensure the construction of the 1,400 kilometre rail line from the Red Centre to Darwin.

NAIF appoints Chris Wade as CEO

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), a $5 billion lending organisation, has appointed senior investment official Chris Wade as its new chief executive officer.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility appoints new CEO

The Board of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, commencing 20 January 2020.

Northern Australia infrastructure growth soaring

The Federal Government has delivered 85 per cent of the measures outlined in its 20-year Northern Australia White Paper – Our North, Our Future – since its publication in 2015.

Opinion

103 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Write to Urban Transport Infrastructure Magazine – Guest Post Guidelines

Great to have you here; Urban Transport News is now welcoming submissions from Guest Writers!

The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

What You Need to Do About Define Electrolyte in Chemistry Before You Miss Your Chance

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

A successful business model in modern conditions is definitely characterized by mobility, openness, automation of numerous processes.

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.

Other Transport News

850 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Finally, the Sturt Street path proceeds

The bike path down the centre of Sturt Street is in many ways the crown jewel of Ballarat's future cycling network.

The case for a 30km/h speed limit in cities

As urban populations grow, city streets will overtake rural roads as the major scene of fatal traffic crashes in many countries.

'Like approving a planning application without plans': Councils launch North East Link legal challenge

The full environmental and community impacts of the North East Link remain unknown because approval was based on a draft plan, not the final design, the councils launching legal action against the approval say.

Transurban half profit rises as traffic increases

Transurban’s half-year profit rose by 11 per cent amid higher traffic on its toll roads in Australia, with the toll road operator working with contractors to resolve an impasse over the troubled $6.

New Multi-million Pound Windermere Vessel Nears Completion

Windermere Lake Cruises’ brand-new 300-seat passenger boat MV ‘Swift’ has  taken to the water for the first time.

Pacific National News

31 stories | Newest story posted last month
PHOTOS: Pacific National releases images of Parkes Logistics Terminal construction

Pacific National has released images showing the construction process for its Parkes Logistics Terminal.

‘Historic day’: PN opens Parkes Logistics Terminal

Pacific National has formally opened its new Parkes Logistics Terminal at the intersection of Australia’s east-west railway and the future Inland Rail route.

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.

Press Releases

240 stories | Newest story posted 2 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.

Qube Logistics

4 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Headwinds see QUBE take annual profit growth breather

Just two weeks after swallowing port logistics firm Chalmers, Qube has seen a slight fall in net profits on a much larger rise in revenues and profits before non-recurring items.

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.

Road to rail becoming reality at Moorebank Logistics Park

Qube Managing Director Maurice James tells Rail Express about the flagship project at Moorebank Logistics Park, what’s next for the site, and his thoughts on the road to rail freight shift.

Queensland Rail News

2462 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Man wanted over Brisbane train masturbation identified as Italian tourist

An Italian tourist who has since fled the country and returned home is wanted for questioning after 

Metro works start in south Brisbane 

The Brisbane Metro public transport system has reached another milestone with early works starting in South Brisbane.

Councils join push for Brisbane-Toowoomba passenger rail

Multiple levels of government are now working to get travellers on trains between Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Demolition for Roma Street station begins

The Hotel Jen building is now being demolished to make way for the Cross River Rail in Brisbane.

Trains using Mount Isa-Townsville rail line again after flooding

A fortnight after flash flooding damaged sections of the track near Prairie, the Mount Isa-Townsville rail line has re-opened to traffic.

Rail Events

529 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Rail Baltica Brussels Forum

Rail Baltica project team invites to take part in the Rail Baltica Forum “Connected Baltics in a Connected Europe”, which will take place in Brussels on 5 March 2020.

Bentley Opens Nominations for Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards

The Year in Infrastructure Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference.

SmartRail Europe attracts global rail professionals

A cross-section of Europe’s most senior rail professionals will come together in Roma in May at SmartRail Europe.

Six new appointments to ARA’s Young Leaders Advisory Board

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has appointed four new members to its Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB), alongside two reserve members.

Refugee and asylum seeker engineer cadetship underway

The Engineering Pathways Industry Cadetship (EPIC) for refugee and asylum seeker engineers will begin in February 2020.

Rail News

4176 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Training the next generation of rail professionals

With the huge pipeline of rail projects around Australia showing no sign of slowing, the sector must act fast if it is to build its workforce and meet growing demand.

Trinity Industries’ quarterly profit falls but revenues rise

Trinity Industries’ (NYSE: TRN) net profit in the fourth quarter of 2019 fell amid higher expenses, although quarterly revenues grew nearly 16% year-over-year.

Seven surefire tricks for estimating with confidence

Estimators, are you ready to work smarter and not harder?

Fast-charge battery development funded

The development of fast-charge lithium-ion batteries to power catenary-free trams is among the projects which have been awarded A$11m of government funding under a programme to develop the national minerals sector.

India’s Chennai Metro phase two cost estimate reduced by $976.6m

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) of India has reportedly reduced its estimate for Chennai Metro phase two by Rs70bn ($976.

Rail Travel

270 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
First Class from Lincoln

I do not travel to Lincoln as often as I used to do before I retired, but I have kept some interests there and occasionally have to attend meetings in the city.

Two Tickets to Pittsburgh—And Back

Improving rail passenger service in Western Pennsylvania has been the subject of multiple studies since 2005.

Tasmania by Rail, Road and River

Tasmania has natural and cultural treasures like no other state in Australia It has a wild and magical natural beauty, a quirky and stimulating art scene, a living industrial and colonial heritage and a small collection of extraordinary railway journeys.

How to get to Ninh Binh by train, bus and flight

Are you looking for the next destination to discover in Vietnam?

Travel Guide: How to get to Ninh Binh by train, bus and flight

Are you looking for the next destination to discover in Vietnam?

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway History

32 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Special feature-Special Railway Station

This is an update on a Railway Station in the North West of the State of NSW.

The Garstang and Knott End Railway – Part 2

The featured image for this article is a Garstang & Knot End Railway cast iron Trespass Sign dated December 1899.

Strathalbyn Railway Station, SA

This is a write up for the Strathalbyn Railway Station, in South Australia.

15th February 2020

Today is Saturday the 15th of February, 2020.

21-01-2020 Update

How are we all today?

Railway Preservation

609 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Turntable part 3

After a long day in much nicer, but still a little wet and windy weather, we have one end more or less installed.

The Carillon

Hello and welcome to another blog post from the Maldon Workshop at the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Turntable part 2

Another day at Newport (well half day,  thanks to the torrential rain!

Newport

We’re down playing Turntables at Newport.

February 2nd 2020

Today is Friday the 7th of February, 2020.

Railway Publications

112 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
In-Depth Focus: Additive Manufacturing

Trenitalia’s approach to introducing Additive Manufacturing to accelerate spare parts availability

Bells & Whistles—2/14/20

Missouri lawmakers want to Hyperloop rail passengers.

10th Newsletter Complete

Finally the News letter is complete.

Podcast: Interview with 2020 Railroader of the Year Pat Ottensmeyer, KCS

The post Podcast: Interview with 2020 Railroader of the Year Pat Ottensmeyer, KCS appeared first on Railway Track and Structures.

Bells & Whistles—2/7/20

DART gives city of Dallas rail bridge.

Railway Stories

82 stories | Newest story posted last month
New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Travelling on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide - A Trip Report

Arrived as Southern Cross station at 0700, the ticket and website said to be there at least one hour before departure.

Why can’t normal train services run on snow and ice?

Preparing for winter is a crucial task at Network Rail.

The Glasson Dock Branch

Glasson Dock sits at the mouth of the Lune Estuary to the Southwest of the City of Lancaster.

Russian Rail News

98 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Articulated hopper wagons certified

United Wagon Co has obtained certification for two designs of six-axle articulated hopper car with 25 tonne axleload bogies.

UWC receives RC FRT certification for two articulated hopper cars

The United Wagon Company (UWC), which is the largest producer of freight cars in Russia, has announced that it has received RC FRT certification for two models of six-axle articulated hopper cars running on 25 tonne axle load bogies.

RM Rail to begin series production of covered van design

Wagon manufacturer RM Rail has obtained certification for its Type 11-1268 van design, and expects to begin series production in March.

Train services suspended between Russia and North Korea

The trains cross the border via a bridge over the River Tumen between Tumangang in North Korea and Hassan in Russia, which is south of Vladivostok.

Arkhbum signs contract with UWC for delivery of timber transportation cars

United Wagon Company (UWC), Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars, has announced that it has signed a contract with Arkhbum to supply 25 flat cars on bogies with a 25 tonne axle load for the transportation of timber.

South Australian Rail News

751 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
New name for Genesee & Wyoming Australia

Having completed the sale of Genesee & Wyoming Australia, the freight rail operator is now known as One Rail Australia.

3D modelling of headstocks for elevated Flinders Link Project

A complex headstock design has been brought to life with InfraBuild’s 3D modelling software.

Genesee & Wyoming Australia renamed One Rail Australia following acquisition

The deal was originally due to have been settled at the same time as the sale of US-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc (GWI) to Brookfield on December 31 2019.

Review of the South Australian Rail Access Regime 2020

The Commission has released the 

Adelaide’s public trains on time more often than Melbourne’s privatised trains

Adelaide public transport ran more efficiently than Melbourne’s did last year – data the Opposition says shows the risks of privatising the network as the Victorians did.

Tasmanian Rail News

392 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Tourist train scare with a trail bike on the track

Two people on a motorbike are lucky to be alive after a near miss with a tourist train in Devonport on Sunday.

The fight for passenger rail in Hobart

A community-based action group is advocating for a passenger rail solution in Hobart, where the only public transport option is the bus.

TasRail awards track maintenance deal

TasRail has awarded a track maintenance contract incorporating project management, site management and supervision for a range of below rail infrastructure components.

Stephen Cantwell named TasRail chair

Samantha Hogg will leave TasRail as chair and Stephen Cantwell will take over from 1 January 2020.

Technology News

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Waterfall and Cylus partner to deliver cybersecurity solution

Waterfall Security Solutions and Cylus have partnered to deliver a joint solution to protect critical rail systems from cyber attacks.

Swinburne Uni tries to make blockchain practical for trade

By overcoming efficiency, scalability issues

Siemens Mobility reveals plans for research and innovation centre

Siemens Mobility has revealed plans for a UK rail industry-leading research hub, set to open in Goole, East Yorkshire.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 4 months 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

1695 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
New developments for Woden light rail project

ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel has announced new details about the Woden light rail, including the addition of 1.

Bombardier maintains keen local focus during light rail boom

Bombardier Transportation’s Todd Garvey sat down with Rail Express to discuss the mobility solutions provider’s approach to the booming local light rail market.

New milestones for Sydney Light Rail

The L2 Randwick Line, the newest tram route for Sydney Light Rail, has achieved more than two million trips.

Adelaide tram network acquires Australia’s first Mobiturn 2

Providing turning capability in a tram depot comes with a unique set of challenges compared to that of a train depot.

Stadler begins trial run of ATO in Groningen in the Netherlands

Stadler has conducted a trial run of an ATO (Automatic Train Operation) train for 50 VIPs on a trip in Groningen, the Netherlands.

UK

3335 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Happy birthday Glasgow Queen Street: seven things you didn’t know

Glasgow Queen Street station – currently the site one of our biggest improvement projects – is 178 years old this week.

Grand Central leases fleet for Blackpool – London service

Grand Central is leasing four six-car sets of Mk4 coaches from Eversholt Rail until December 2026, which will be maintained at Alstom’s Wembley depot in London and serviced overnight at Arriva North’s Blackpool depot.

HS2 unveils updated designs for Old Oak Common Station

High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd in the UK has unveiled revised designs for the Old Oak Common station in West London in its Schedule 17 submission.

Grand Central invests £21 million in trains to serve its new North West route

UK rail operating company, Grand Central, has announced that it will invest over £21 million into new trains set to operate on its new route from the North West to London.

HS2 Old Oak Common station construction plans submitted

Moving one step closer to the beginning of construction for the London super-hub, High-Speed Two (HS2) has submitted part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

USA

3552 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Trinity ‘right-sizing’ production capacity with market demand

Trinity Industries’ (NYSE: TRN) is working on “right-sizing” its production capacity in 2020 to better align production levels with market demand, company executives said on Feb.

February Cover Story: 2020 CapEx forecast

The Pacific Ocean comes with a high tide and a low tide.

Hampton Roads Transit looking at two ways to attack Naval Station Norfolk

If you are going to attack Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Victorian Rail News

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Statement from RTBU Secretary Mark Diamond over XPT derailment in Wallan

We are deeply saddened by the loss of two of our comrades.

Pictures from the new Carrum Sation

The new Carrum Station entered passenger service on Monday.

Navis to Acquire Biarri Rail Assets

The acquisition, combined with Navis’ N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) for intermodal operations, aims to support the company’s expansion into inland solutions, providing freight operators around the world with planning software designed to improve the quality and efficiency of rail operations, including train services, locomotives, yards, railcars, crews and train paths.

Australian Rail Track Corporation media statement – Wallan

Wallan Incident Advice 20 February 2020, 11:30pm (AEDT)

Wallan Incident Advice #2 – updated 21/02/20 12:45pm

Wallan Incident Advice #2 – updated 21/02/20 12:45pm (AEDT)

Western Australian Rail News

1221 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
New parliament bill to authorise rail construction

A Railway Amendment Bill put forward last year has been passed by the Western Australian government on Tuesday evening.

Preferred proponent chosen for METRONET level crossing removal road component

The preferred proponent to deliver the road component of the Denny Avenue METRONET level crossing removal project has been selected.

Breakthrough on longest rail tunnel in WA

After two and a half years, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) called Grace has reached the end of its eight-kilometre tunneling journey in Perth.

Milestone for METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link

Tunnel-boring machine (TBM) Grace has broken through the Bayswater dive structure, marking a significant milestone for METRONET’s Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

Contractor selected for Denny Avenue level crossing works

Downer EDI has been selected as the preferred component to deliver the entire Denny Avenue level crossing removal project, part of the Western Australia Metronet project.

Yarra Trams

406 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Glenferrie Road Festival

Sunday 1 March, first tram to 7.

Sydney Road Street Party

Sunday 1 March, 12.

Statement On Yarra Trams Industrial Action

The Andrews Labor Government will lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission to terminate or suspend the Rail, Tram and Bus Union’s (RTBU) protected industrial action, in a bid to protect the Grand Prix.

Route 11 disruption - Wednesday 19 February

Route 11 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Strike action planned by the public transport union during the Grand Prix could be stopped

The Andrews Government will take the state’s public transport union to court over its plan to strike during the weekend of the Australian Grand Prix.

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