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Africa

14 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Benguela railway handover

Construction company China Railway 20 Bureau Group has formally handed over further sections of the 1 301 km Benguela Railway to the government of Angola.

Termination of Rift Valley Railways concession agreed

The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession to operate the Kenyan section of the metre gauge Kenya – Uganda railway network has been agreed ‘by joint consent’ after the high court in Nairobi backed Kenya Railways’ attempts to end the contract.

Councils argue new toll road will create more traffic

MELBOURNE councils have lined up to slam the proposed West Gate Tunnel project, warning it will funnel more traffic congestion throughout the city.

Rail bike company to start trips this weekend

The picturesque rail line north of North Creek will come alive this weekend as a new “rail bike” company begins operation.

Final Brazilian-built EMU for PRASA completed

Alstom Brazil’s Lapa factory has completed the last of 20 X'Ttrapolis Mega electric multiple-units for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks 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

352 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
HIMA signs Indonesia signalling technology contract

HIMA has signed a €1·74m contract to provide signalling equipment supplier PT Len with SIL4-certified commercial-off-the-shelf HiMatrix and HiMax safety controllers.

Thailand Rail and Post to use IoT, blockchain

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Thailand Post will apply the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology to improve their logistics services.

Rail link snapped with North East as floods paralyse life; 41 deaths in Bihar

Heavy rains in the last three days triggered flash floods in parts of Bihar, where 41 people have died so far and 65.

Hongkongers are ‘calm’ about joint checkpoint plan for high-speed rail terminal

A top mainland official has expressed confidence that most Hongkongers will accept a controversial plan to have national laws enforced at the Hong Kong end of the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou, and no interpretation of the city’s mini-constitution is necessary to enable it.

GE reveals Indian Railways Evolution locomotive livery

The livery of the Evolution Series diesel locomotives which GE Transportation is building for Indian Railways was unveiled on August 3 when the first painted locomotive was rolled out of the Erie plant’s paint shop.

Aurizon

143 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Aurizon to quit intermodal freight

Aurizon Holdings Ltd has announced its intention to withdraw from the intermodal market, with the closure or sale of its activities in the sector.

Rail freight operator Aurizon posts full-year loss of $188 million

RAIL giant Aurizon will offload its general freight business, including a Brisbane terminal, after announcing a $188 million loss for the past year.

Decision on Aurizon intermodal business announced today

This morning we have released our FY2017 results to the market including an announcement on the future of our Intermodal business.

Aurizon explains renewed foreign work agreement

RAIL giant Aurizon has explained why an agreement to bring in foreign workers is in place with the Federal Government.

Aurizon executives urged to go regional to keep close to rail businesses

The head of Aurizon's bulk business has moved to Perth to sort out the troubled division, as more of the rail group's executives are relocated away from Brisbane.

Cityrail News

468 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Opal figures show skyrocketing passenger demand on Sydney train lines

Passenger demand for trains in Sydney has risen by almost 20 per cent on some lines in just a year, new figures show, underscoring the strain on the city's rail network.

South Coast line, Airport trains back to normal

Evening peak services on the South Coast line and trips to Sydney Airport will not be affected by Sunday’s crane collapse at Wolli Creek.

Campbelltown trains like a ‘crowded oven’

If train commuters wondered why they were drenched in sweat earlier this year, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren says he has the answer.

All Those Phones And Laptops Lost On Sydney Trains Are Going To Be Auctioned Off

If you've ever left an iPhone, laptop or bag of shopping behind on one of Sydney's trains then you might be surprised to discover that someone actually collects all that lost property - and if you don't claim it, eventually they auction it off!

Sydney Airport travel warning after crane collapse in Wolli Creek

Commuters have been warned to prepare for extensive delays during the Monday morning peak hour rush, with fears the train line to Sydney Airport could remain closed after a crane crashed into a block of Wolli Creek apartments on Sunday morning.

Europe

183 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
LEO Express to relaunch Locomore service

Czech operator LEO Express is to relaunch the Berlin – Stuttgart open access service which was suspended when Locomore began insolvency proceedings, the companies confirmed on August 16.

Electro-diesel units ordered for Benidorm – Dénia line

Regional operator Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana has awarded Stadler Rail Valencia a €35·8m contract to supply six electro-diesel multiple-units for the metre gauge railway between Benidorm and Dénia.

Elron rolls out Ridango ticket sales system

This month passenger operator Elron will begin its transition to a ticketing system developed by Tallinn-based Ridango to replace the current system dating from 2010.

NSK receives first bearing order from SNCF

NSK has received its first order for wheelset bearings as a qualified supplier to SNCF, following a five-year process to obtain approval for their use on TGV trainsets.

Sweco to plan Stockholm Central station modernisation

Trafikverket has appointed Sweco to provide planning, design and support services for the modernisation of Stockholm Central station.

Gunzelling Reports

652 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 19/8/2017

There were 103 sightings for this week; this is 2 sightings more than last week, making a total of 3223 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/8/2017

There were 101 sightings for this week; this is 12 sightings more than last week, making a total of 3120 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/8/2017

There were 89 sightings for this week; this is 10 sightings less than last week, making a total of 3019 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 29/7/2017

There were 99 sightings for this week; this is one sighting less than last week, making a total of 2930 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/7/2017

There were 100 sightings for this week; this is the same number of sightings as last week, making a total of 2831 sightings for this year to date.

Inland Rail Project

38 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Major Inland Rail decision expected

JOHN McVeigh has vowed to take up the Inland Rail route decision with his political colleagues after a lack of movement on the decision in recent weeks.

Inland Rail information sessions kick off in Parkes

The first official discussions on the Inland Rail project took place in Parkes on Wednesday, with a steady turnout of curious residents.

Freight line through Logan raises council concerns

PLANS to add an extra 40 trains a day to the Inland Rail network, which runs through southern parts of Logan, has raised the ire of Logan City Council.

ARTC chief John Fullerton welcomes Burlison to the new role

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has appointed Neil Burlison as the general manager finance of the new Inland Rail division.

Will Inland Rail bring migration boom to Toowoomba?

TWO of Toowoomba's biggest ever construction projects have not brought a population boom to Toowoomba, but the proposed Inland Rail might.

International Rail News

4467 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Kishon Port rail link inaugurated

A rail connection to the Kishon area at the eastern end of Haifa Port was inaugurated on August 17, enabling freight trains to run directly to destinations across the Israel Railways network.

Ferrocarril Central PPP project launched

President Tabaré Vázquez joined Minister of Transport & Public Works Victor Rossi on August 15 to officially launch the Ferrocarril Central project, a public-private partnership to upgrade the 273 km Montevideo — Paso de los Toros route.

Northern Ontario First Nation sues CN Rail over derailments that led to oil spills

The Mattagami First Nation alleges in its statement of claim that the spills near Gogama, Ont.

Egypt train crash kills 37, injures more than 120 outside coastal city of Alexandria

Two passenger trains have collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, killing 37 people and injuring 123, a health ministry spokesman said.

Pacific concession could revert to state

During the course of a public hearing held on August 3, national infrastructure agency ANI declared the concession held by Ferrocarril del Pacífico SAS to have lapsed.

Letters to the Editor

178 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
How to launch a new passenger train operator

Despite more than two decades of European legislation aimed at opening up the rail market to facilitate access for new entrants, the hurdles remain formidable, as Sven Gossel of prospective German open access player Trans Metropolitan Railway explains.

A regional rail fantasy map

Here's master mapmaker Adam Mattinson's vision of what a high quality regional rail network could look like in Victoria.

Amazon is thinking about building mobile drone stations on trains, vans, and boats

Amazon is heavily investing in drones, and one day hopes to use the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to revolutionise deliveries.

Subterranean Sydney: Eerie underground world right beneath the CBD

LOCKED away under the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s major train stations lies an extensive network of train platforms, tunnels and tracks that were completed in the 1920s but have never been operational.

Wimmera April rain boosts soil moisutre

AUTUMN rain has given Wimmera growers one of the best seasonal starts in years.

Model Railways

16 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
A NSW 44 B end double ended model

One of the more interesting locos that operated on the NSW rail ,if only for a very short time came about from the tragic accident  that occurred west of Parkes at Mellelea on the 26th October 1974.

'Secret' model train collection set to be made public

AN 20,000 piece model train collection which took a lifetime to curate is now calling Ipswich home.

Model train prices are rising because of pound's devaluation

The pound's recent devaluation after June's Brexit vote has already led to some price rises, and model railways are one business feeling the effects.

Trainorama 830 class 847 review

After what seems an eternity, 

Just arrived, 830 class, 849 at a special price of $285

The continuing production run of the 48 Class and 830 Class is proceeding smoothly with the next delivery expected in the first quarter of 2016.

Narrow Gauge

55 stories | Newest story posted last month
A Neat Space Saving Feature

One of the things we have an eternal struggle with at Puffing Billy is a lack of space, whether that be offices, workshops or just undercover storage in general.

216 NQR; The Finishing Touches

Hugh Markwick and the workshop volunteer team have now completed work on the restoration of 216 NQR.

Scavenging The Last Remaining..

Mention has been made previously of the need to manufacture more bogies for our rolling stock.

Emergency Surgery For Thomas

During 2016, the decision was taken to trial moving the Day Out with Thomas event to Gembrook, starting with the spring season, thus inaugurating Gembrook as the railways new centre of special events.

Latest News From The NG/G Corner

With 4 fitters now employed full time on the restoration of NG/G16 129, momentum is gathering and what has, until recently, resembled a large kit of parts, is slowly coming together as this latest progress report shows.

New South Wales Rail News

2551 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Kempsey celebrates a Centenary of Rail

KEMPSEY’S celebrations for its Centenary of Rail in November have received a $3000 boost from their southern friends.

Sydney weather: City, eastern NSW warned to brace for 'vigorous' winds as flights hit

Cyclonic-strength wind gusts have hammered Sydney and most of eastern NSW, disrupting air travel and stranding trains on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Farmers oppose rail trail path

Farmers fear biosecurity and privacy breaches from rail trails, but some residents love them.

Backing roads over rail leaves NSW commuters in fourth place

If the State Government wants to encourage people to use the new wider M4, not Parramatta Road, why not place a toll on Parramatta Road, and use the proceeds to pay for the M4?

Gladys Berejiklian makes us uncomfortable

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian in early August commented that the sight of Sydney’s homeless camping out in Martin Place made her feel “completely uncomfortable”.

New Zealand Rail News

247 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Winston Peters wants heavy rail to Auckland Airport

Aucklanders are being offered the choice of driving, catching a bus, modern trams and going by train to the city's airport by the political parties at the elections.

Kaikōura back on track: Southern rail lines restored

The rail network between Picton and Christchurch has been restored for the first time since November's devastating Kaikōura earthquake.

Labour promises light rail to Auckland Airport

The Labour Party has promised to build light rail from Auckland's CBD to the airport within a decade - three times quicker than National.

Residents on alternate highway hail return of rail freight

KiwiRail container terminal team leader Lucan Orchard oversees the loading of freight at the Spring Creek depot in preparation for the reopening of the Main North Line.

Electric-battery multiple-units planned for Auckland

An order for 17 electric multiple-units equipped with batteries for off-wire operation between Papakura and Pukekohe has been approved in principle by Auckland Council’s Finance & Performance Committee.

Northern Territory Rail News

208 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Chinese eye Top End rail investment

China's influential National Development and Reform Commission has asked the federal government for a shortlist of priority projects – including rail infrastructure – as part of a big investment push into Northern Australia.

Opinion

91 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Thermal coal to trade at four-year high

A key negotiation towards the market price of thermal coal over the next 12 months has turned out nicely for miners, with the price set 38% higher than a year ago.

Rail trail/light rail splits Greens

Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has publicly stated her support of rail trails and highlighted the cycle tourism potential in the electorate, creating a policy division with the Greens-led council over the disused railway line.

Industry likes infrastructure-heavy Budget

[font=Calibri",sans-serif]The Australasian Railway Association and the Australian Logistics Council have both praised Treasurer Scott Morrison’s Budget announcement, saying a $20 billion rail investment would be a major boost for Australia.

National rail program to support Australian cities as they grow: Urban Infrastructure Minister

SABRA LANE: The Federal Government has set aside billions in the budget for infrastructure spending, with money set aside for the Snowy 2.

Other Transport News

389 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Plane misses approach at airport due to fog

Melbourne's  morning pea-soup fog is so thick a pilot had to pull out of their descent on a flight into Melbourne Airport.

Freight focus group supports road-pricing change

On a panel of logistics industry experts at the Future of Freight event held by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) in Melbourne on 17 July, John Fullerton, CEO of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) voiced his support for an increase in use-based charging for Australia’s road networks.

Rear-end collision after new speed rule introduced

It took just one day after Victoria's new 40km/h speed limit when passing emergency vehicles was introduced before a big truck slammed into the rear of a small sedan in Bacchus Marsh.

Man arrested after Virgin flight evacuated on landing at Albury airport in NSW

PASSENGERS on a Virgin Australia flight from Sydney to Albury jumped 1.

Uber posts $US708m loss

Uber Technologies said its head of finance is leaving as the ride-hailing company reported continued big losses despite growing revenue, adding to an exodus of top officials and setting the stage for a second major executive search.

Pacific National News

1 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Pacific National appoints new CEO

Pacific National has announced the appointment of Dean Dalla Valle as Chief Executive Officer.

Press Releases

236 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Contract for Melbourne Suburban Trains

A project of High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) public-private partnership (PPP) in Melbourne, Australia worth AU$2 billion ($1.

Increased services for Bendigo and Ballarat

Premier Andrews announcement of the increase to passenger rail services to Bendigo and Ballarat comes after years of public dissent about the appalling lack of reliability and overcrowding on the regional rail network.

Queensland Rail News

1834 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Road re-opened after collision at busy Cairns rail crossing

UPDATE: THE rail crossing where a car collided with the Kuranda train at Cairns North is back open.

Fatal rail incident, Mooloolah

Police are investigating a fatal rail incident which occurred last night near a Mooloolah Railway Station.

Flashing red light about railway issue

TRUCKS carrying mineral product along the highways between Mount Isa and Townsville were “a flashing red light” that there was something wrong with the rail line connecting the two cities.

Adani $900m rail line loan should be ruled out after fraud allegations, opponents say

The government should immediately suspend any consideration of a federal loan to Adani or an any associated entity, environmental groups have said in response to the 

Fallen tree cuts Sunshine Coast rail link

A fallen tree is causing major disruptions for rail commuters on the Sunshine Coast.

Rail Events

113 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Railway Historian and Author John Evans to host a 2 Day Trans-Australian Railway Tour

Prominent Railway Historian and Author John Evans, has teamed up with Rail Tours Australia for a celebration of the Centenary of the Trans-Australian Railway with accepting the request to lead a 2 day tour following a portion of the original route of the old East-West Railway.

Tamworth Miniature Train running days

IT WAS a family affair at Victoria Park at the weekend as children and parents enjoyed a special outing.

On World Wi-Fi Day, Google and Railways connect millions of rail users

The Station Wi-fi For All project run by Google for the Railways currently connects millions of passengers with internet for free.

The First Passenger Trains and locomotive power

[size=3][color=#000000][font=Calibri]Although G21 had the honour of hauling the first passenger train to leave Port Augusta for Kalgoorlie it only lasted until Pimba where a hot axle box forced its retirement.

Railway Adventures groups take over Queensland in June

Mike Condon and his band of travellers are currently on a roll through the Queensland Outback on our wonderful Steam Safari tour.

Rail News

3526 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Australia’s high-speed rail plan is a blow to housing affordability

Australia has wasted decades, millions of dollars and countless man-hours pointlessly trying to replace air travel between Sydney and Melbourne with trains, when the only current goal of high-speed rail should be to connect cities with regional hubs.

Switch cabinet LED lamp

Lütze Transportation has launched a space-saving LED lighting element for use in switch cabinets, which it says are often in difficult to reach locations.

DP World launches intermodal business

Major stevedoring company DP World has established DP World Logistics, to deliver intermodal port and rail services, in a move it described as creating “a new force in Australia’s transport network”.

Andy Mellors

FirstGroup and MTR have appointed Andy Mellors as Managing Director of the replacement UK South Western passenger franchise, due to start on August 20.

Railpage Australia News

139 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

June 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to tasrail2100 who has won the June 2017 photo competition with 7 votes.

Voting open for June 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

46 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Save CLP10 (Formally CL17) Last EMD Streamliner Built in the World

45 years young this month, please contribute to this 45 day campaign to save the very last of the great EMD Streamliners.

ACT locomotive history on sale: What happened at the Canberra Railway Museum auction?

A controversial auction was held at the Canberra Railway Museum at Kingston on Wednesday to sell items such as old fashioned carriages and train memorabilia.

Auction of Canberra Railway Museum goes ahead

Auctioneers begun to liquidate the former Canberra Railway Museum during heated scenes on Wednesday 

Bid to save historic ACT rail museum rejected ahead of auction

A last-ditch bid to save Canberra's historic rail museum was rejected 24 hours ahead of an auction to sell off its assets.

Railway Stories

52 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
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.

Man proposes on crowded metro train recreating couple's first meeting

A Melbourne man ensured an unforgettable proposal for his girlfriend by recreating the moment they had first met on a crowded commuter train.

Moving mail by rail made for fond memories

A clerk sorted mail on a Railway Post Office car in Kansas City in 1932.

South Australian Rail News

576 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Mitcham Council pledges $10,000 for another study into removing freight trains from Adelaide Hills

A FRESH push to have freight trains removed from the hills is gaining speed, with Mitcham Council pledging $10,000 to a new investigation into the longstanding issue.

SA infrastructure owner Flinders ventures north

South Australian bulk and container firm Flinders Logistics has ventured interstate, acquiring North Queensland stevedore Townsville Bulk Storage and Handling.

Bureau to look into minor SA derailment

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has opened an investigation into the derailment of a Bowmans Rail freight train last week.

Idiots force five more Adelaide train pedestrian crossings to be closed

HUNDREDS of idiots risking their lives near trains have caused the loss of five more pedestrian crossings that cannot be made safe.

Pedestrian hit by train at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills

Public Transport Safety Bureau (PTSB) investigators are on the scene after a pedestrian was hit by a train at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.

Tasmanian Rail News

320 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Penguin specialist supports rail infrastructure project

TasRail has appointed a penguin specialist from BirdLife Tasmania to provide advice on the protection of habitats during coastal erosion and landslip prevention works which are expected to get underway in November.

Tasmania Railway Tales - The Scream

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

TasRail launches crackdown on vandals and reckless behaviour around rail lines

TASRAIL and Tasmania Police will today launch a crackdown on “record levels” of vandalism at railways.

Coastal Pathway to Link Wynyard and Burnie

Tasmania's tourism sector is booming but my Government is determined to do more to encourage more visitors to our regions.

Independence vital to heritage rail study in North East Tasmania

Community consensus is what Dorset mayor Greg Howard hopes will be the result of an independent third party assessment of a heritage rail service on the North-East rail trail corridor.

Train Simulator News

61 stories | Newest story posted 8 months 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

1066 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Ratepayers on track for light rail levy

There’s been a mixed reaction to news that Parramatta property owners could be slugged an annual $110 levy for almost 30 years to help fund Parramatta light rail.

Crew restores iconic Melbourne tram

Crew at Bendigo Tramways have completed restoration on their sixth City Circle tram for Yarra Trams.

Light rail work on track to face class action suit

The NSW government is facing mounting pressure to provide compensation to businesses and residents affected by work on Sydney’s $2.

Development Plan Park Street, South Melbourne

As part of the Metro Tunnel works, Yarra Trams, on behalf of MMRA, is proposing to build new tram infrastructure on Park Street, South Melbourne, as an important step in keeping Melburnians moving during construction of the Metro Tunnel and Domain Train Station.

Sydney's light rail secret wrapped in white plastic

It sits like an early Christmas present for trainspotters.

UK

75 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Rail passengers face second day of delays after Waterloo derailment

A second day of rush-hour problems on Britain’s rail network has compounded the disruption caused by large-scale upgrade works – 24 hours after commuters learned of the biggest 

Atkins awarded £29m Norwich – Lowestoft contract

Infrastructure manager Network Rail has awarded Atkins a £29m contract to resignal the Norwich – Great Yarmouth – Lowestoft route by spring 2019.

Specialist doors supplied for Doncaster maintenance depot

Jewers Doors has installed five of its latest Swift SEW automated sliding bifolding doors at the £80m depot in Doncaster where Hitachi Rail Europe will maintain Virgin Trains East Coast Class 800/801 and TransPennine Express Class 802 AT300 trainsets.

Trenitalia drops South Eastern bid in UK

The Trenitalia UK subsidiary of Italian’s national railway group has dropped its bid for the South Eastern passenger franchise to focus on the West Coast Partnership competition, the company confirmed on August 10.

East JR enters UK market with West Midlands win

The West Midlands Trains Ltd consortium led by the Abellio subsidiary of Dutch national operator NS (70·1%) and the JREM Train 50:50 joint venture of East Japan Railway and Mitsui & Co (29·9%) was named preferred bidder for the West Midlands franchise by the Department for Transport on August 10.

USA

22 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
High-speed rail feasibility study between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland underway

The vision of traveling from Vancouver to Seattle on a ultra high-speed train in just one hour is one tiny step closer towards becoming a reality after Washington State officially launched a study to examine the feasibility of such a rail link.

High speed rail promoter Texas Central selects contractors

Privately-financed high speed line project promoter Texas Central has appointed Fluor Enterprises and The Lane Construction Corp to refine the construction planning, scheduling and cost estimates for the project, and to support procurement.

Penn Station co-ordination review

Amtrak announced on August 9 that it had commissioned an independent review of the way in which the three railroads serving New York’s Penn Station work together.

CSX layoffs hit Chicago switching yard

Railroad giant CSX, which is under fire from regulators for operating changes that have disrupted its freight service nationwide, laid off more than 6o employees this week at its primary Chicago switching yard, according to the workers' union.

Victorian Rail News

4679 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Port-rail shuttle back on table to remove 3500 trucks off roads

A project to get 3500 container trucks off the roads each day has been revived following a three-year freeze on the cash while the state government negotiated leasing the Port of Melbourne.

Commuters expected to suffer at Narre Warren rail station as parking spots close

COMMUTERS will be even more squeezed for parking spots than usual while works are done at the Narre Warren station, with PTV suggesting they park 22km away at another station.

Shepparton to receive four more weekend trains

An extra four weekend V/line train services will run between Seymour and Melbourne, starting on August 27.

Waurn Ponds rail depot: $115 million stabling facility in limbo more than two years after announcement

RAIL experts have urged the State Government to get on with building the Waurn Ponds stabling and maintenance yards — a project announced more than two years ago with the potential to create 130 jobs.

Regional Rail Link strains services

The popularity of the Regional Rail Link has put a strain on the V/Line network, a Victorian Auditors General report has revealed.

Western Australian Rail News

881 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Rail station precinct to transform South Perth

South Perth could be a very different place in 2029 with a revitalised river foreshore, a train station and more homes to accommodate about 55,000 residents.

CBH, Arc near Tier 3 deal

Speculation is mounting CBH and Arc Infrastructure (formerly Brookfield Rail) are close to reaching a deal on reopening most of the Wheatbelt’s Tier 3 railway lines.

Scott Morrison turns off $339m in funding for WA

Calls for Western Australia to be given more than $300 million in federal funding set aside for the failed Oakajee port and rail project almost a decade ago are rejected by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who says the money is "not transferable".

CBH and Arc Infrastructure fail to make agreement

AN arbitration process to give CBH Group long-term access to the State’s freight rail network for its grain trains is dragging on after more than 15 months.

Yarra Trams

165 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Shelter Construction - Victoria Street Stop 19 Richmond

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are building a tram shelter at 261 Victoria Street in Richmond.

July 2017 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 98.

Brunswick Road and Lygon Street power connection

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram infrastructure at the junction of Brunswick Road and Lygon Street.

Up to 30 of Melbourne’s retired trams could be restored, audit reveals

An audit of Melbourne’s retired fleet of W-class trams has found up to 30 of the city icons could be restored and returned to the rails.

Fishermans precinct Stop 125a and Southbank Entrances

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are improving the 125a tram stop and entrances to Southbank Depot.

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