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ACT

11 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Parliament House light rail bottleneck would be 'disaster': Seselja

ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja says closing lanes on Commonwealth Avenue for light rail would cause "commuter hell", as the prospect of building another bridge for the tram to cross Lake Burley Griffin grows more likely.

National Capital Authority concerned over light rail stage two route

Canberra's iconic Parliament House vista could become a giant bottleneck if two lanes of traffic are permanently closed for light rail, the National Capital Authority has warned.

ACT government announces preferred stage two light rail route

The ACT government says its preferred route for stage two of the territory’s light rail network will travel to Woden through Parkes and Barton.

Sky rail one of the options put forward by Moreland Council for level crossing removals on Upfield line

A TOWERING sky rail could loom over the streets of Brunswick and Coburg if an ambitious proposal prepared by Moreland Council for the Upfield line is accepted by the State Government.

Business owners count the costs of light rail construction delays

Business owners say they have been “financially and mentally gutted” by delays in Sydney’s multi-billion dollar light rail construction, with some calling on Malcolm Turnbull to intervene over the “growing debacle” and others describing it as “like a war”.

Africa

60 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Mozambique's rail sector sees major boost as passengers outstrip available trains

Mozambique’s rail sector is witnessing a major boost as private sector firms have begun renovations and further developments of new lines to help transport people and goods.

Mozambique has a role to play in Africa’s second railway revolution

Mozambique may have a role to play in the second wave of railroad construction in Africa, according to an article just published in the 

TRC returns as vertical separation ends

A new Tanzania Railways Corp has been established to bring together railway infrastructure and operations, following a decade of vertical separation, Minister of Construction, Transport & Communications.

Isaka – Kigali electrification proposed

The governments of Tanzania and Rwanda have commissioned a feasibility study into electrification of the long-planned 521 km cross-border rail link between Isaka and Kigali.

Angola and DRC resume rail links

Lubumbashi - Rail traffic between the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbour Angola has resumed after a 34-year break, providing a vital boost for DRC's mining exports, officials said.

Arabian Rail News

7 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Qatar Rail signs major agreements at Cityscape 2018

Qatar Rail CEO Abdulaziz Turki al-Subaie and QNB Group CEO Ali al-Kuwari (right) at the signing as HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti looks on.

Thales wins Egyptian contract

Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a contract to modernise signalling and safety equipment on the 48 km Cairo – Benha section of the main line from Cairo to Alexandria.

Haramain High Speed Rail market study commissioned

Haramain High Speed Rail project concessionaire Al-Shoula Consortium has appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to carry out a detailed market study for the line.

Lebanon railway revival discussed

Long-standing proposals to rehabilitate the out-of-use railway which once ran 80 km along the coast from Beirut to Tripoli were discussed at a meeting of the EuroMed Transport Rail project in Beirut on March 22.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 8 months ago
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.

Irwin to leave Pacific National

Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.

Asian Rail News

619 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Possible M’sia-S'pore ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train excites world rail body

The possibility of Japan’s world-famous Shinkansen bullet train system making its debut in Malaysia and Singapore has created some excitement within the International High Speed Rail Association (IHRA) with a senior official making a strong pitch for its adoption.

Uzbekistan backs Afghan rail proposal

Uzbekistan has pledged to provide US$500m to part-fund the construction of a 657 km railway from Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance said following an international conference on Afghanistan held in Toshkent on March 26-27.

Chinese giant recommits to Aspire coal rail plan

Aspire Mining’s ambitious plan for a Mongolian railway line to unlock value in the globally significant Ovoot coking coal deposit in that country has taken another step forward, with the company entering a new memorandum of understanding with its giant Chinese engineering partner.

Sleeper train cars to be launched on Idul Fitri

PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) announced the availability of sleeper cars to serve the coming exodus season of Idul Fitri in June.

Train derailment leaves three dead, dozens injured in Bangladesh

At least three people were killed when four compartments of a train were derailed on an overpass in Tongi on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Sunday.

Aurizon

164 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Rail giant ramps up recruitment in Mackay

AS ACTIVITY in the mining sector ramps up, Aurizon have increased their intake of graduates across Central Queensland.

New wagons delivered to Aurizon

Bulk operator Aurizon says the arrival of a new batch of wagons at the Port of Newcastle represents the continuing growth of the Hunter Valley’s coal industry.

Aurizon claims Mackay jobs at risk if sale blocked

AURIZON has threatened 35 Mackay jobs and 350 across Queensland will be lost if the part sale of the company is blocked after the Australian competition watchdog raised concerns about the proposed takeover.

ACCC Stymies Aurizon Rail Sale

Trouble for rail group Aurizon’s planned sale of its Queensland intermodal business with the competition regulator revealing severe reservations about the plan to sell it to Pacific National.

Drivers stuck at rail crossing for over an hour

The bars were down, the bells were ringing and the lights were flashing, but there was no train in sight for over an hour at the Ross Avenue rail crossing Friday morning.

Bus Transport News

3 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
New Melbourne Bus Contracts Put Passengers First

The Andrews Labor Government has begun overhauling the contracts for Melbourne’s bus network to improve services and put passengers first.

Epping to Chatswood rail buses plan at Macquarie Park

TWO road improvements designed to help traffic before the Epping to Chatswood rail line closes later this year will not be done in time.

Saturday Buses Proposed For Heathcote And Junortoun

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting Heathcote, Axedale, Knowsley and Junortoun residents to have their say on proposed changes to the Heathcote-Junortoun-Bendigo bus service, including a brand-new Saturday bus.

Canada

32 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Keltbray eyes Canada as UK electrification doubtful

Construction company Aecon and British engineering and construction firm Keltbray Group have signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to developing a joint venture to bid for rail electrification contracts in Canada.

VIA Rail begins procurement of new Québecp-Windsor

National passenger operator VIA Rail formally launched the process to procure a new fleet of trainsets for the Québec City – Windsor corridor when it issued a request for qualifications on April 16.

Changing train schedules deprive local of sleep

District of Squamish is crunching numbers on how much whistle cessation could cost

Cityrail News

579 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Secret report warned top bureaucrats to delay new rail timetable

The state's top transport officials were warned to delay the recent timetable changes for Sydney's stretched rail network until early this year after independent experts found “simply too many underlying issues which have not been fixed”, a high-level report reveals.

Station link connects customers for Metro upgrade

Customers travelling between Epping and Chatswood will get more than 110 bus services an hour during the busiest parts of the day from 30 September 2018, as the rail line is upgraded to the world-class Sydney Metro system.

Mayor fears 'chaos' when Sydney train line shuts

The roads are not ready to handle the onslaught of traffic to Sydney's second biggest business hub when the train line is closed between Epping and Chatswood in September, the local Mayor says.

Sydney Trains employee convicted of exposing himself

A Sydney Trains employee who pleaded guilty to obscene exposure after he was allegedly spotted with his hand down his pants on a western Sydney train has been convicted and slapped with a good behaviour bond.

Europe

546 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Football fans damage trains; some 40 arrested around cup final

At least 37 people were arrested around the KNVB cup final between Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar in Rotterdam's De Kuip stadium on Sunday.

Praha – Harrachov direct service launched

A weekends-only direct service between Praha and the resort of Harrachov close to the Polish border in the Krkonoše mountains was introduced by national operator ČD on April 14.

Euskotren planning high speed commuter services

Basque regional operator Euskotren is planning to launch high speed commuter trains over the 1 435 mm gauge ‘Basque Y’ high speed network linking San Sebastián, Gasteiz-Vitoría and Bilbao.

SNCB inaugurates Kinkempois workshop

Celebrations were held in Liège on April 19 to mark the opening of SNCB’s new rolling stock maintenance workshops at Kinkempois.

First Amber Train links the Baltic States

The first [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Amber Train branded intermodal freight service left the Šeštokai transhipment facility in Lithuania for Riga in Latvia and the Paldiski terminal in Estonia on April 19, carrying 43 containers which had originated in France.

Gunzelling Reports

688 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/4/2018

There were 95 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/4/2018

There were 98 sightings for this week; This is 18 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/4/2018

There were 80 sightings for this week; This is 23 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 31/3/2018

There were 103 sightings for this week; This is 5 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/3/2018

There were 108 sightings for this week; This is 18 sightings more that last week.

Inland Rail Project

132 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Warren Truss lands plum Australian Rail Track Corporation role

Former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has been appointed chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation, replacing Dr Helen Nugent.

Inland Rail gets PPP director

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has appointed a director to help steer a key section of the massive Inland Rail project through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Goondiwindi throws its support behind Inland Rail freight feasibility study

A major part of the Inland Rail jig-saw puzzle is about be investigated.

Growers and Industry information sets inland rail future direction

THE views of grain handlers and growers are being sought to help in planning the future conditions of the Inland Rail for Moree Plains.

Inland Rail link to Brisbane Port under microscope

A critical freight link through suburbia to Brisbane Port will be the subject of a $1.

International Rail News

4604 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
World rail market - April 2018

Chile: SICE and software partner GMV are supplying 80 standard and 150 compact customised ticket vending machines for the Santiago metro.

InnoTrans 2018 welcomes 23 trade associations

A total of 23 national and international trade associations from countries including Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Romania, Sweden, the UK and USA will be presenting their members’ capabilities at InnoTrans 2018.

Panama studies building train to Costa Rica with China

Panama is considering building a passenger train to Costa Rica with China, a project that would require an initial investment of $5 billion, Panama’s President told Reuters in an interview, a sign of the Asian country’s growing interest in Latin America.

Hundreds of Migrants Board Freight Train in Mexico Bound for US Border

Hundreds of migrants from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras boarded a freight train near Mexico City on Saturday, April 14, to travel towards the US border, where they plan to request asylum, according to La Jornada En Linea.

Donchak electric locomotives delivered to Transoil

Transmashholding’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant has supplied petrochemical transport company Transoil Transport & Logistics with a further eight 2ES4K Donchak 3 kV DC twin-section 6·4 MW electric locomotives.

Letters to the Editor

183 stories | Newest story posted last month
Better Bus Services in Lincoln

An intending passenger consults the large information screen to discover from which bay her bus departs.

Statement from Darren Chester

I got into politics to make a difference and to do my bit for the community of Gippsland and Australia.

Red Star Train Graveyard - where trains went to die

Holding their ground like true war heroes and completely frozen for the last 40 years, these relics of time tell a story which deserves to be heard.

All rail systems are not equal

FOLLOWING my letter (Daily, September 2) I would like to thank all those who contacted me regarding the railway between Beerwah and Maroochydore.

Rail needs fall on deaf ears

ON JULY 29, the Sunshine Coast Daily published my letter asking for all levels of government to fast track the CAMCOS Railway between Beerwah and Maroochydore.

Model Railways

31 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Model trains group opens its newly-extended signal box in Matthews Park

The signal box at the site of the Orange model trains in Matthews Park has been extended.

Model train display day is just around the bend

WHO needs "big boys' toys” when you can scale down and have just as much fun at the Caloundra and District Model Railway Club display and sale day.

Back to the Grindstone

Despite the stinking hot weather we have recently endured, there has been no more sighting of Monty.

On track with local trains in Crystal Brook

Railways have forever been an integral part of South Australia’s history, playing the vital role in expanding mining, farming and pastoralism back in the early 1800s.

Model Trains attract crowd to Lakeland Community College

Like many of those who had model trains on display March 17-18 at 

Narrow Gauge

65 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Heidi the steam train in big need of donations

Katanning Miniature Railway Club’s steam locomotive Heidi is in need of a new boiler, and the club is calling on the community to help put Heidi back together again.

NG/G News For Febuary

Over the past few months, we have been progressing a lot of different tasks, in order to keep the project moving along at a good pace:

Rising From The Mud

The more eagle-eyed reader of Puffing Billy's in-house magazine, 'Narrow Gauge', might have noticed a dramatically photo-shopped representation of Belgrave yard plateau lurking in the centre spread of last September's edition.

It's All backwards, What's With That?

The discovery of a broken side control spring on G42's hind engine unit was soon followed by the dawning realisation that with the engine facing the 'Down' direction - towards Gembrook, as all our engines do - the workshop wasn't long enough to get the pony truck in question over the drop-pit in the workshop.

Carriage Project Part I - Calculations & Concepts

I think it’s safe to say we can skip the why’s and wherefores’!

New South Wales Rail News

2888 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
NSW boy hit by train had a 'zest for life'

A Sydney charity for families of children with special needs is mourning the loss of an 11-year-old boy who was hit by a train after escaping from his carer.

Sydney's Metro Northwest rail line to be completed $500m under budget

For a state government under siege over public transport - headed by the troubled light rail - it was a piece of good news.

Police seek two men after Opal machines damaged in Sydney’s west

POLICE are seeking two men after several Opal card machines were broken in Sydney’s west.

Autistic boy struck by train at Oatley station

An autistic boy who ran away from his carer while at the shops in Sydney south has been found dead after being struck by a train.

Sydney train delays for morning commuters after wiring issue at Flemington

Some trains have been cancelled and stopping patterns for others have changed due to urgent wiring repairs at Flemington on Thursday morning.

New Zealand Rail News

277 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Improved pedestrian safety at rail crossings

Auckland Transport (AT) and KiwiRail have begun to install automatic safety swing gates to keep pedestrians safe at rail crossings across the city.

A rail Government vs a motorway Opposition

Watching a popular Government making a politically dangerous and large policy decision is never a comfortable experience.

Double hit for Auckland in Govt's fuel tax plans

Aucklanders face a double whammy of fuel tax hikes of about 20 cents a litre if central government fuel levy increases and a regional fuel tax are brought in, but Transport Minister Phil Twyford says he believes Aucklanders understand the need for it.

Rail hub needs support

THE SUCCESS of a proposed rail hub in Wairoa depends on support from forestry groups and KiwiRail’s commitment to increased service.

KiwiRail announces passenger trains through Kaikōura on track for summer return

Passenger trains along the east coast of the South Island are expected to be up and running before the end of the year.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

It’s Queenslander against Queenslander in the battle to stop a proposed multi-million-dollar Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail link.

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

WITH one week to go until nominations close, a big field is now likely to contest the Katherine Town Council elections.

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

ONE of the most well known if imponderable landmarks in the Northern Territory outback town of Katherine is a ancient piece of graffiti on the town’s famous railway bridge.

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

A salt mining company has signed an agreement with Indonesian business PT Damarco Internasional to supply 70 per cent of salt produced from its Central Australian mine.

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

A new rail project crossing the Northern Territory and Queensland border has taken another move forward after the governments agreed to progress the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway.

Opinion

95 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

Right now, the writing’s on the wall for Australia’s major cities when it comes to liveability and transport connectivity.

Is the Mildura Standardisation Project doomed?

Poor management and penny pinching may ultimately result in it being found out very early in the piece that the standardised Murray Basin Railway will end up with inferior operational flexibility and capability compared to its existing broad gauge counterpart.

I was upskirted while sitting on a train with my boyfriend

The story I'm about to share isn't uncommon.

Burnley to Camberwell quadruplication

The PTV Network Development Plan from 2013 includes quadruplification between Burnley and Camberwell on the Belgrave/Lilydale/Alamein lines, as part of Stage 4.

Sexual harassment is rife on public transport

Survey results from the Australian Human Rights Commission reveal concerning statistics about the numbers of university students being sexual harassed and sexual assaulted on Australian public transport.

Other Transport News

418 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Getting Things Done – Building The Mordialloc Freeway

People in Melbourne’s south-east will get home faster and spend less time stuck in traffic, with the Andrews Labor Government to build the Mordialloc Freeway.

New Chandler Highway Bridge Takes Shape

Work is ramping up on the new Chandler Highway Bridge, with a two-week blitz of overnight closures kicking off on Sunday.

Work To Start On Monash Stage Two This Year

The Andrews Labor Government will fast track early works on a massive new $711 million Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2, which will add 36 kilometres of new lanes to the Monash Freeway.

Work On West Gate Tunnel To Resume Today

Work on the West Gate Tunnel project will restart today, despite the Liberal-Green coalition’s attempts to stop the urgently needed alternative to the West Gate Bridge and sack hundreds of workers.

Liberal-Green Coalition Cancels Jobs For The West

The Liberals and the Greens have today suspended construction on the West Gate Tunnel, throwing the jobs of 800 Victorians in to limbo in an unprecedented act of economic vandalism.

Pacific National News

8 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Pacific National boss rails against road lobby dominance

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle is on a mission to boost rail’s public and policy presence, saying an industry voice has been sorely lacking in a nation facing a surge in population and associated infrastructure challenges.

Pacific National and Aurizon trains collision near Cloncurry

On Tuesday, February 27 a collision between two freight trains at Oonoomurra, near Cloncurry on the Mount Isa line occured.

7MW2 Steel Train breaks apart at Goulburn Station

Last night at 1910, 7MW2 northbound steel train, headed by four NR class locomotives with 100 vehicles, with about fifteen loaded container wagons ahead of 85 empty steel coil wagons broke apart as the train was passing through Goulburn Station.

Pacific National coal, grain train drivers on strike across much of NSW

COAL rail services to the Port of Newcastle will be disrupted until noon on Monday with a 48-hour strike by hundreds of Pacific National train crew.

Pacific National response to Federal Government's committment Inland Rail

Leading rail freight operator Pacific National has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to fund the Inland Rail project.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September.

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

There are few places left on earth that are as untouched and wild as the Australian outback, a landscape that has captivated imaginations and attracted thrill-seekers for millennia.

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on board a special Heritage Train  tour to Tocumwal travelling the “freight only”  railway line.

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

Southern Shorthaul Railroad has recently acquired two new GT46-ACe locomotives from the Downer Group to cater for continuing business growth.

Logistics giants join forces for improved freight outcomes

To celebrate 10 years' operation in Parkes, SCT Logistics is focusing on delivering improved levels of freight services from the Parkes region to Port of Sydney by teaming up with DP World Australia to present a joint capabilities initiative.

Queensland Rail News

2067 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Big ticket road and rail coming your way

GET ready for a whole lot of roads to be dug up and people in hard hats to descend across Australia with the Federal Government said to be gearing up for an infrastructure budget.

Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane

TWO recent developments have improved prospects of more efficient refrigerated container rail freight to the Port of Brisbane – easily the largest departure point for beef exports from Australia.

Trains delayed after vehicle hits rail bridge in Brisbane's south-west

Rail commuters on the Ipswich, Rosewood and Springwood lines were delayed after a vehicle struck a rail bridge on Monday morning.

Why were the Gold Coast's old train lines ripped up?

On the Gold Coast, transport, and particularly how you get to Brisbane, is one of the city’s biggest frustrations and constant talking points.

Port track plan goes off the rails

DEVELOPMENT of a vital North Queensland rail corridor has been shelved by the State Government until demand for the multimillion-dollar project increases.

Rail Events

130 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
SRHC Echuca Steam Rally Trip

[justify]Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Heritage Train tour to Echuca for the annual “Echuca Steam Rally” with FREE breakfast in Seymour Station’s Historic Dining Room prior to departure.

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation

The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry.

Squire appointed to Australian Railway Association board

Anna Squire, principal at engineering consultancy Arup, has gained a seat on the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) board.

Steam Rail Echuca Overlander - Saturday 19th May 2018

Travel with Steamrail Victoria and the Victorian Goldfields Railway in utmost style in two superb first class lounge cars, Tambo & Macedon on the Echuca Overlander.

Diesel Diary HD - Volume 5 now available

“Diesel Diary HD” volume 5 contains  90 minutes of high definition footage recorded from 2005 through to 2015 illustrating a huge variety of diesel locomotives operating throughout NSW.

Rail News

3621 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Budget to announce rail projects to head off Labor attacks

The federal budget is expected to splash out on a series of passenger and freight rail projects around the nation to shore up marginal seats and counter a frontal attack by Labor claiming the Coalition has cut spending on infrastructure.

Australian Women Are Tweeting About All The Times They’ve Been Groped On Public Transport

Australian women are tweeting about all the times they’ve been sexually harassed on public transport in this country, in a grim flood of responses to some idiot claiming it just doesn’t happen.

Only 16 extra drivers working since QRs 'rail fail'

Queensland Rail is aiming to have 200 new drivers on the tracks by the end of next year, but the operator's boss admits they have only had a small net increase in staff since mass cancellations and disruptions that brought the network to a halt in late 2016.

Mobile Coverage For Regional Train Passengers

Passengers on Victoria’s five busiest regional rail lines will start to experience better mobile coverage on their journeys as the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Rail Connectivity Project (RRCP) gathers pace.

Railpage Australia News

141 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

Voting open for July 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Submissions open for July 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

63 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
A bit of action

Maybe it is the pleasant autumn days, or was it the pep talk from management (ha ha), or is the stars aligning.

Early April

As we enter the second week of April work continues on a number of fronts.

Track, Bits & Mirrors

Since the last blog, things have moved along somewhat to the extent that another posting is called for.

A Cut and a Shunt, a Shunt, two Strips, and rock

This time no explanations in the introduction.

Steam, Carriages, Diesel Locomotives and Track

A range of things to talk about this time.

Railway Stories

54 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Railway enthusiast has spent five years and £500,000 building a replica station in his yard

A railway fanatic who is so enthused by trains has gone to the extreme length of building a station in his back garden, complete with three carriages which has now been transformed into a vintage restaurant.

Recalling the railway pay buses

For nearly 50 years, railway pay buses were used to move cash around the railway network to pay station staff and permanent way workers stationed along the tracks.

Why isn't Canberra's train station in the CBD?

Most capital cities have a train station in the middle of town — that was almost the case for the nation's capital.

Brisbane rail enthusiast Neil MacKenzie receives Queen's Birthday honour for steam train displays

When Neil MacKenzie first began building miniature locomotives in the 1980s, he says he wanted to see if he could win a trophy.

Tasmanian Railway Stories - Episode 1

One night sitting in front of the fire at WJ there was a blood curdling scream from the signal office.

South Australian Rail News

616 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Adelaide Metro promises more trains but Seacliff, Marino and Marino get fewer

PEOPLE living in Marino Rocks, Marino and Seacliff are calling for more train services to be added to the Seaford line in peak periods after stops were significantly cut under a new timetable released last week.

Delays on Metro trains after death at Belair station

TRAINS between Belair and Blackwood railway stations have been replaced by buses following the death of a male at Belair station.

Adelaide Metro clarifies promise to provide trains every 30 minutes

THE State Government has clarified claims of a “maximum 30 minute wait” for Adelaide trains after readers of The Advertiser reported anomalies.

Adelaide rail and road projects overlooked by feds

The Federal Government has been accused of short-changing Adelaide on infrastructure funding after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised $5 billion to a Melbourne rail project without a completed business case.

Four major train lines to have extra services within weeks

NEW train timetables will provide services every 30 minutes on the Belair, Gawler, Outer Harbor and Seaford lines — but Tonsley and Grange line passengers will miss out on the $22 million funding injection over four years.

Tasmanian Rail News

344 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Train misses school bus at crossing by seconds

TasRail accuses a school bus driver of being "stupid and reckless" after crossing just seconds ahead of a train at Brighton, in a near-miss that "could have been a huge tragedy".

Heritage rail a challenge in Tasmania

Fuso has scored two permanent tickets on the West Coast Wilderness Railway — one of the world’s last remaining tourist steam train journeys — but it’s not all sitting and watching the scenery go by.

Glimmer of hope for tourist rail activities in Tasmania

THE Tasmanian election is done and dusted.

Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group releases transport policy scorecard

THE main drivers of the push to introduce a light trail system for Hobart commuters have delivered their rating of the major parties’ transport policies ahead of the March 3 poll.

Locals want decision on fate of North East Rail Trail

Locals in the north-east Tasmanian town of Scottsdale do not agree on everything, but the general consensus is the place is booming.

Train Simulator News

61 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
DB BR 10 Steam Loco Add-On

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01

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.

NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B Loco Add-On

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.

Atlantic High Speed Route & TGV Atlantique

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

1154 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Syd pubs 'crushed' by light rail delays

Publicans along Sydney's George Street have been left furious and dismayed after the city's light rail project was delayed for another year.

Light rail should do more of the heavy lifting

The State’s peak motoring body has called for the widespread expansion of Gold Coast light rail following the success of the network during the Commonwealth Games.

Sydney's light rail one year behind schedule

The NSW Transport Minister accuses contractors of being on a "go slow" as the Government is told its marquee transport project, which is causing major disruption to businesses, will not be complete until 2020.

More Services For The World’s Most Popular Tram Corridor

St Kilda Road users will have more travel options and greater flexibility during Metro Tunnel works thanks to more off-peak tram services.

Light Rail extension a step closer after Games success

Planning has now begun for the proposed extension of the Gold Coast light rail to Burleigh Heads following the success of the trams during the Commonwealth Games.

UK

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Two wins for Network Rail at the Women In Rail Awards

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne and Rajinder Pryor, business manager for the Digital Railway Programme at Network Rail, were both among the winners at the Women in Rail Awards on Thursday 19 April.

GWR to lease Class 769 Flex 'trimode' trainsets

Great Western Railway has announced an agreement to lease 19 Class 769 Flex electro-diesel multiple-units from Porterbrook Leasing.

Nova 1 trainset for TransPennine Express from Japan

The first of 19 five-car AT300 electric-diesel trainsets which Angel Trains has ordered from Hitachi Rail Europe for use by TransPennine Express has set sail from Japan, the manufacturer confirmed on April 20.

Switches and crossings installation in the Lee Valley

On Saturday 14 April we installed new switches and crossings north of Lea Bridge station in the Lee Valley, north London.

USA

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Inland ports boosting rail cargo to Charleston as trucking costs soar

The [color=#444444][font=Open Sans, sans-serif][size=3]Port of Charleston[/size] has nearly doubled its share of the containerized cargo moving to and from East Coast ports by rail, an analysis by the [size=3]Journal of Commerce[/size]shows.

Alabama finally pushes out NYC poop trains

The 10 million pounds of putrid 

Taller trains, higher bridges, testy neighbors

It’s like a game of chicken on the railroad tracks, with neither North Siders nor the Norfolk Southern close to giving way.

Amtrak Working to Continue New River Train

Officials say Amtrak is working to keep the New River Train service in southern West 

The ‘Lady Engineer’ Who Took the Pain Out of the Train

Olive Wetzel Dennis spent years test-riding railways, improving everything from climate control to dining-car china along the way.

Victorian Rail News

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Taking rail seriously at last

We are just more than six months out from the state election and rail is shaping up to be a key battleground in the three-cornered contest for the marginal seat of Shepparton.

Opposition pledges eight daily return train services for Shepparton

The Victorian Opposition is pledging to bring the Shepparton line up to eight return daily services to Melbourne with a $77 million upgrade to the line, if elected in November.

Feds seek airport rail through Highpoint shopping centre

An airport rail link would run through Highpoint shopping centre and connect with the Maribyrnong Defence site under the federal government’s preferred route for the long-awaited project.

Getting On With The Ballarat Line Upgrade

Train passengers are urged to plan ahead later this month as critical works on the Ballarat Line Upgrade continue and maintenance on the Ararat line is carried out.

Greens release $5 billion plan to fix 'inadequate' train network

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel will be "inadequate" on the day that it opens if key sections of track are not expanded and services not increased, the Victorian Greens have argued in their state election pitch.

Western Australian Rail News

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State Government announces tender for 41 trains over next decade

THE State Government will release a tender this week to build 246 new railcars for Perth over the next decade as part of a $1.

Ellenbrook train debate follows eerily similar track to Mandurah railway line

When the WA Labor Government of the early 2000s started building a passenger railway through large stretches of undeveloped land all the way from Perth to Mandurah, plenty of opponents questioned why.

Train freight up, truck movements down after three months of rail subsidy

A PUSH to cut truck congestion has led to a 2.

Rio Tinto's JS Jacques keeps the trains running on time

As he swoops around his mining globe in his office in the sky, Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques doubtless keeps a weather eye on the delayed but still relentless progress on the release the most important bottleneck in his business.

New regional freight strategy to be developed for WA

The McGowan government has started its development of a new freight strategy, with a focus on creating an up-to-date multi-modal system that can boost the productivity of Western Australia’s regional agricultural industry.

Yarra Trams

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2018 community partners share in $1 million of advertising

Yarra Trams has today announced the 2018 recipients of its inaugural Community Partnerships Program, which will see eight

March 2018 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 98.

Carlisle Street tram track and overhead renewal

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are replacing tram tracks on Carlisle Street and Balaclava Road between Westbury Street and Chaddesley Avenue .

Maribyrnong Road and Raleigh Road track repair and points

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are are repairing tram tracks at Maribyrnong Road and Raleigh Road and installing new automatic signal points at two intersections.

Be a part of the autonomous transport future

Victorians are being offered the chance to be among the first in the State to experience a journey in an autonomous vehicle

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