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Asciano

38 stories | Newest story posted last month
US players eye Asciano freight rail business

AS ASCIANO'S talks with Chinese conglomerate China Merchants over the potential sale of a stake in its Patrick ports business drag on, it's understood some American groups are eyeing parts of the company's freight rail business.

Derailment at 'The Rock' on Southern NSW

It has been reported on Railpage it appears that an 81 class operated by Pacific National has dipped forward in The Rock Railway Yard and is off the rails while attaching to a branch line grain consist (4x 48 class) from the Boree Creek Branch.

Delivery of seven N-ViroMotive locomotives to Australian rail operator Pacific National

Rocky Condello, Director, Australian Operations for the US based locomotive manufacturer and supplier, National Railway Equipment Company (NRE), is pleased to announce that he has commenced delivery of seven N-ViroMotive locomotives to Australian rail operator Pacific National, an operating division of Asciano Limited, for operation in the BlueScope Port Kembla Steelworks.

Rail's reopening is a boost for Bathurst

THE first train load of local logs bound for China pulled out of Asciano’s Kelso rail terminal yesterday afternoon.

Jobs will flow as timber brings life to rail terminal

Australia’s leading forestry and logistics service providers are working together on a three-year deal for the export of approximately 175,000 tonnes of timber per annum from the Bathurst region.

Aurizon

47 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Aurizon – December 2014 Quarterly Above Rail Volumes

Aurizon have today announced their quarterly volumes together with notes and some guidance as to the up coming period.

Rail upgrade work planned to connect to Wiggins

AURIZON will begin work on its North Coast Line rail upgrade this month.

Aurizon raises questions over government plan to use dredge spoil for rail works at Abbot Point

Freight rail company Aurizon has raised concerns about the Queensland Government's proposal to use dredge spoil for railway embankments at the Abbot Point expansion project.

Maintenance staff strike at Aurizon rail yard

Rail and locomotive maintenance workers at Mackay have taken a 24 hour protected strike action over the weekend, in protest against an enterprise bargaining agreement proposal by employer Aurizon.

Adani group's Galilee Basin Carmichael mine project 'not viable', Indian opposition says

Indian opposition MPs have raised concerns about using state funds to bankroll the Adani Group's Carmichael mine project in western Queensland, which they say is not viable.

Cityrail News

154 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Early openings for rail crossings on track

THE state government has confirmed that five temporary pedestrian crossings over the now-vacant Newcastle rail line will be opened much sooner than expected, and long before the March 28 state election.

Man claims $2000 from train company over delays

Sydney commuters who found themselves stuck in Monday morning's bus chaos may have a new hero in British IT worker Tom Burridge.

Save Our Rail tent embassy established

AN anti-rail truncation tent embassy has been erected at the temporary transport interchange at Hamilton train station.

The sky’s the limit as the North West Rail Link lifts its game

LIKE a giant Meccano set, two vast frameworks of white steel beams are being bolted together in readiness to build the most eye-catching element of Sydney’s North West Rail Link.

Five new pedestrian crossings for Newcastle to Wickham rail corridor

THE NSW government is planning to install five new pedestrian crossings across closed off sections of the Newcastle heavy rail corridor, despite a court order preventing it from removing the line.

Gunzelling Reports

519 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/1/2015

There were 96 sightings for this week; this is 12 sightings more than last week, making a total of 275 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/1/2015

There were 84 sightings for this week; this is seven sightings more than last week, making a total of 179 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/1/2015

There were 77 sightings for this week; this is 34 sightings more than last week, making a total of 95 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/1/2015

There were 18 sightings for the first three days of this year 2015.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/12/2014

There were 55 sightings for this week; this is 28 sightings less than last week, making a total of 5068 sightings for this year to date.

International Rail News

1766 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Four consortia prequalify for Tampere tramway contract

FINLAND: Four consortia have prequalifed to bid for a contract to build the planned 23·5 km two-line light rail network in Tampere, the city council announced on January 19.

Rail maintenance services framework agreed

CROATIA: National rail infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura and Vossloh Rail Services have signed a €4·5m framework agreement covering rail measurement, testing, data analysis and machining services.

Aqaba Railway awards wagon repair contract

JORDAN: Aqaba Railway Corp has signed a 10-month contract for King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau and Jordan Advanced Machining Co to rebuild 35 accident-damaged wagons at a cost of 665 000 dinars.

Bombardier and Alstom selected for SNCB double-deck order

BELGIUM: A consortium of Bombardier and Alstom has been selected as the sole shortlisted bidder for a framework contract to supply up to 1 000 double-deck coaches at an estimated cost of €1bn, federal Minister of Mobility & Transport Jacqueline Galant told parliament on January 23.

Hong Kong awards CBTC contract

CHINA: MTR Corp has awarded a consortium led by Thales and including Alstom a €330m contract for signalling upgrades on seven metro lines.

Letters to the Editor

82 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
An Increase in the Fares on the Bendigo Line Cannot be Justified

On Wednesday, 7 January I caught a Velocity from Melbourne to Bendigo, 2.

Train Makes A Tsunami Wave Dangerously Close To People!

Unbelievable shot of this commuter train BLASTING through standing water in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Where has all the freight rail gone?

Q:  WHERE HAS ALL THE RAIL FREIGHT GONE?

Rail rules: Slow or fast, train travel is the best

This week, I'm writing my column on the fast train from Paris to Lyon.

New South Wales Rail News

2100 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Luke Foley derails second harbour rail tunnel

LABOR leader Luke Foley has said he will dump the second harbour rail tunnel to connect the North West Rail line to the Bankstown line if he wins the March state election.

Rail trail tourism incentive

COMPETITION is heating up between councils to secure the first stage of the rail trail - with one mayor anxious that his area might miss out.

Worker hit by 40kg falling boulder at North West Rail Link site

A Sydney construction worker has been hit by a falling boulder while working near the entrance to the North West Rail Link tunnel.

Voestalpine acquires Sydney Trains' track component business

Following a competitive tender, Sydney Trains has selected Voestalpine VAE Railway Systems to buy its Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre track component and rail welding plant.

Northwest rail link under budget and ahead of time as first tunnel sees light

The first tunnel-boring machine on Sydney's massive North West Rail link has reached the other side.

New Zealand Rail News

179 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Plan B for Napier-Gisborne rail

Hawke's Bay Regional Council will consider alternatives to leasing the Napier-Gisborne railway line, such as re-opening the line's Wairoa-Napier section in a joint venture between KiwiRail and Napier Port.

Waikato youths playing a deadly game of rail roulette

Kids jumping off a rail bridge are grinding trains to a halt and risking life and limb.

Keolis Downer and KiwiRail - world-class rail for Wellington

World-leading passenger transport operator, Keolis Downer, and New Zealand’s premium rail operator, KiwiRail, have announced a partnership for the tender to operate and maintain Wellington’s Regional passenger rail services from 2016.

Short-list finalised for Wellington’s rail contract

Greater Wellington Regional Council hasfinalised a short-list for the tendering of its new rail contract.

New journey as tram comes full circle

AT YOUR SERVICE, AGAIN: Staff negotiate the tight galley as Christchurch's restaurant tram gets back on track.

Northern Territory Rail News

200 stories | Newest story posted last month
Vision unveiled for Alice Springs railway redevelopment

A BOLD vision has been unveiled to build a new railway station and tourism precinct in the heart of Alice Springs.

'Idiotic' Katherine rail crash could cost $300,000

THE “idiotic” annihilation of a four-wheel drive that became stuck on a railway track in Katherine on Sunday morning provides a graphic safety reminder for motorists, according to the boss of the freight company whose 7100-tonne manganese train caused the damage.

'Young idiot' writes off 4WD after becoming stuck on Adelaide to Darwin rail track

A young man has had his new four-wheel drive dragged more than a kilometre by a freight train after trying to cross a track in the Northern Territory.

Darwin and Adelaide likely export hubs for Queensland uranium

The resurgence of uranium mining in Queensland is gaining momentum, and talk is growing about the economic opportunity that could provide for ports in neighbouring states and territories.

Adelaide-Darwin train derailment affects supermarket supplies through Top End

Supermarket chains are trucking food 1,500 kilometres from Adelaide to Alice Springs after a train derailment caused a shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables in supermarkets across the Northern Territory.

Opinion

17 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Building more roads is not 21st century thinking

The trend is clear and it's been that way for a while.

Cyclists love rail trails

Cycling Times.

A special levy on land values would fund the Melbourne Metro Rail

The new Victorian Andrews government has lost no time putting its stamp on the future shape of Melbourne, funding the planning stage of the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel – while fretting about the $9 billion cost.

Toll motorists to pay for rail tunnel, expert says

Labor should put tolls on the level crossings they remove and use the money to help pay for projects such as the metro rail tunnel, one of the state's leading transport thinkers says

The east-west link is dead - a victory for 21st-century thinking

Labor’s state election victory in Victoria has fatally undermined Melbourne’s most controversial tunnel, the now-doomed 

Other Transport News

328 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
DEA is tracking millions of cars in real-time across the US

The United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency is spying on millions of Americans and keeping constant tabs on them as they travel around the country.

East West Link: Prime Minister will consider allowing State Government to re-allocate funding

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will consider allowing the Victorian Government to use money allocated for the East West Link for other major projects.

Hockey hopes Vic East West Link proceeds

Digging has stopped on Melbourne's controversial East West Link, but Treasurer Joe Hockey still holds out hope Victoria will build the tunnel project.

Authority behind East West Link ditched

The authority that was responsible for the former Napthine government's dumped East West Link road project is to be disbanded.

Linking Melbourne Authority to be kept despite having no roads to build

The Linking Melbourne Authority, the agency that was to oversee the East West Link, has virtually no work to do after the Andrews government dumped the $6.

Press Releases

191 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
On Track Models Announces the Victorian Sprinter Railcar

On Track Models is pleased to announce our next Victorian model will be the Sprinter Railcar.

Southern NSW Rail Demand

From the agricultural food producers are increasing their lobbying and advocacy to extend the broad gauge into NSW and to reopen lines that have ben closed to export their agricultural commodities to Asia via Melbourne Port and Geelong as it is more cost effective and time efficient to send their produce to Melbourne and Geelong than Sydney.

Rail Revival Alliance - It Pays to Research

The Napthine Government has granted the Mt Alexander Shire $822,000 towards the Walking and Cycling Strategy Implementation (Castlemaine to Newstead Trial) and the Vic Track spokesperson assured that the rest of the rail line between Castlemaine and Newstead wasn't going to be ripped up in the Castlemaine Express.

Ryan's Deceptive Platitudes

Peter Ryan the Minister for Regional Development, lacks any credibility with his response to Jacinta Allan’s criticism of the Napthine Government’s changes to zone 1 and 2 in  Melbourne.

NBNCo to deliver future Ultra Fast Broadband to passenger trains wirelessly

NBN Chairman Ziggy Switkowski during a media announcement covering new NBN services today.

Queensland Rail News

1362 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Threat of Rail Privatisation: Queensland Rail

A document taken from the LNP Government’s website indicating their preference to privatise Queensland Rail through a tendering process.

Steam train chugs in for Qld Rail's 150th

MORE than 200 people, some in period costumes turned up, at Maryborough West station to welcome the Queensland Rail's heritage steam train as part of Queensland Rail's 150th birthday celebrations.

Neuendorf calls for an extension of rail line to Withcott

THE need for an electric passenger rail line to service the region west of Rosewood is a major issue that Lockyer candidate David Neuendorf is pushing hard.

Cannon fired at steam train

Cannon fired at steam train as it passes through Caboolture to mark 150 years of rail in Queensland

Labor to dump funding for coal mine rail

CONSERVATION groups have welcomed Labor's announcement it will end taxpayer support for the controversial Carmichael coal mine and Abbot Point port project.

Rail Events

49 stories | Newest story posted November 2014
VGR to celebrate 10 years of operations from Maldon to Castlemaine on December 13th 2014

For the 10 year celebrations a special train will depart Maldon at 2.

Garratt coming to Southern States in 2015

From the end of June and the whole of July, 6029 AD60 Garratt will make the southern states home.

Historic trains take to the Hunter rail network

Historic trains will be running on parts of the Hunter rail network over the weekend, giving travellers the opportunity to enjoy a nostalgic transport experience.

On the Rails to the Shepparton Pride Festival

Be a part of History on board Australia’s first ever LGBTI Train departing Melbourne on the morning of Saturday 15th November.

Shine the light on country rail in Victoria

The Shine the Light on Country Rail was an enormous success with groups being represented from Rail Revival Alliance, Leongatha, North 

Rail News

2651 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Products & Technology in Brief

DB Netz has installed novel noise barriers on the Möhrenbrücke bridge near Treuchtlingen.

SNCF appoints supervisory board chief

The French government has selected industrialist Frédéric Saint-Geours, formerly head of brands at PSA Peugeot Citroën, to lead SNCF’s new supervisory board.

Mastermind of high speed steps down

François Lacôte retired last year after an exceptional career in France’s rail industry.

All change at the top

No fewer than 11 senior management appointments were announced by Indian Railways on December 31, including eight to the position of General Manager.

High-speed regional rail link realistic says Indi MP Cathy McGowan

The federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, says she has no doubt a high-speed rail network linking rural towns to major cities will become a reality.

Railpage Australia News

69 stories | Newest story posted August 2014
TRAINS and Polar Bears on webcam

Polar bears and passenger trains on the same web cam.

Updates to Gheringhap Loop Camera Network

Railpage wishes to advise

Vandals attack the Hitachi Farewell Train Tour near Rushall in Melbourne

What was expected to be a fond farewell of the Hitachi  Electric Train was today marred by an attack on the train by vandals near Rushall Railway Station in Melbourne’s inner Northern Suburbs.

Essendon Model Railway Group - launches mini Buncam/Model Railcam

Essendon Model Railway Group has launched a model railway webcam which is now online at Railpage.

Railway Stories

47 stories | Newest story posted 1 weeks ago
Zig Zag Railway battling adversity to finally get itself back on track

It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?

Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!

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

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Art That Makes You Wish You Were There

“Some travel posters show you what you’ll see,” said Nicholas D.

Is This The Most Amazing Model Railway Ever Made? All 9 MILES of it!

Model trains have come a long way since your Dad bought you that Hornby ’00’ gauge set for Christmas way back in 1972.

South Australian Rail News

465 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Will vandals be hindered?

COMMUNITY pride will hopefully prevent vandals from attacking the Bordertown Railway Station after extensive restoration work is complete.

Arrium to mothball Southern Iron operations that include Peculiar Knob mine in SA

WHYALLA-based miner Arrium’s decision to halve its mining operations in South Australia will lead to the loss of more than 500 jobs, including contractor positions.

Multitrip tickets for Adelaide public transport to be invalid soon

The cardboard tickets used for Adelaide public transport will become invalid from the end of this month

Train passes through Mount Compass

A Goolwa resident questioned the presence of two trains spotted on Victor Harbor-Adelaide Road in October.

Australia’s public transport is a shambles —and we’'ve had enough

PASSENGERS on Australia’s trains, buses and trams are sick to death of terrible public transport.

Tasmanian Rail News

259 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Train derailed in Tasmania North-West

AN overnight train derailment in the state's North-West sent 10 wagons crashing from the tracks.

TasRail implements $11m digital train tracking system

A new digital control system to track Tasmania's freight trains to improve safety has been rolled out across the state.

Train at Colebrook was travelling at almost double advised speed before derailment: investigators

Transport accident investigators have found a train that derailed in the state's south in November was travelling at almost double the advised speed.

Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway resumes full run after contract issues

Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway will resume its full run from Strahan to Queenstown today for the first time in nearly two years.

Mayors refire light rail push

TWO southern mayors have banded together to reignite the Northern Suburbs Light Rail proposal.

Tram and Light Rail News

729 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Tram derailed, beer kegs strewn across Melbourne road after truck collision at Parkville

A truck carrying beer kegs has collided with a tram at Parkville, in Melbourne's inner north, pushing it off the tracks.

Free Melbourne tram ride may lead to overcrowding warns transport group

Free tram travel in Melbourne's city centre could encourage so many people to jump on board it will lead to serious overcrowding issues, a transport users group and the Greens have warned.

Light to heavy rail extension vital before 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

MORE than 10,000 people signed a petition to connect the Gold Coast's $1.

Free CBD tram rides delight tourists, students

Melbourne's new free tram zone delighted passengers on Friday with tourists saying they could see more of the city in one day and locals using the trams to get around quickly in the summer heat.

Road closures at Flinders, Spencer streets hit commuters, traders

Road closures and tram disruptions are continuing to cause headaches for commuters, workers and tourists in Melbourne's CBD.

Victorian Rail News

3319 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Former Victorian rail official hit with more child sex charges

A former Victorian railways official and prominent historian has been charged with 12 further child sex offences.

Trolley on train tracks causes delays on Sandringham line

A wayward shopping trolley caused delays in both directions on the Sandringham line on Thursday afternoon.

Nurse appalled after commuters fail to help distressed teenager at Caulfield train station

A woman who helped talk down a distressed teenager threatening to jump in front of a train at Caulfield railway station is appalled that dozens of commuters failed to intervene.

Werribee and Williamstown lines worst in Melbourne for fare evaders

COMMUTERS on the Werribee and Williamstown train lines try to get a free ride more than travellers on any other metropolitan train line in Melbourne.

Gisborne train travellers call for fare deal on prices

Gisborne train travellers are calling for a review of public transport costs after the latest price hike hit the line.

Western Australian Rail News

684 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Co-operation will get rail result: Brookfield

TIER 3 rail lines can be reopened, but only if Brookfield Rail, CBH and the State Government agree to invest in the infrastructure, says Brookfield Rail's chief executive officer Paul Larsen.

Man injured after train hits car near Waroona

A man had to be cut from wreckage after his car was struck by a train in the Western Australian town of Waroona, about 110km south of Perth, in the early hours of this morning.

West Australian rail network operator says state government investment needed to reopen Tier 3 rail freight lines

After a three-month halt on negotiations, rail freight operator Brookfield Rail and Cooperative Bulk Handling, will return to the task of trying to lock in a 10-year rail access agreement.

Government review of West Australian rail freight inquiry postponed until Parliament resumes

The state government has delayed its response to an inquiry into the WA rail freight network until parliament resumes next month.

Expert disputes rail lines outlook

Transport expert and Curtin University professor Peter Newman has rejected the claim that all future Perth rail lines will need to be built underground because there is not enough land.

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