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ACT

27 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Cost of Canberra's light rail stage two revealed

Early estimates have placed the cost of the second stage of Canberra's light rail network at between $1.

Vehicle rolled out on to track as light rail testing set to start

Live testing of the first Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) between the Mitchell Depot and Gungahlin Town Centre is about to begin with an LRV last week pulled out on to the track in readiness.

Canberra light rail misses milestone targets by months

Despite all but one of the major targets for Canberra's light rail being missed, the ACT Government is still adamant it will be up and running at some point this year.

In dead of night, Canberra's light rail vehicle emerges for testing

People driving down Flemington Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning caught a glimpse of the first light rail vehicle to hit the tracks, ahead of testing with energised wires.

Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities released

The Australian Government has released the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities Report and commenced discussions with State Governments on priority actions.

Africa

73 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
African supply chain partnership

Unipart Rail and Gear Rail signed a partnership agreement at the Africa Rail event in Johannesburg on June 13.

Transnet looks abroad

State-owned transport group Transnet officially launched its international subsidiary Transnet International Holdings on May 30.

Investor to provide $10bn for Nigeria speed rail projects

A United States-based investor, Ameri Metro Incorporation, on Monday declared its readiness to provide $10bn for the construction of speed rails in Nigeria.

Lagos – Kano standard gauge contract signed

China Civil Engineering Construction Corp is to complete the long-planned 1 435 mm gauge railway linking Lagos and Kano, under a U$6·68bn contract signed in Abuja on May 15.

By Coradia to Batna

National operator SNTF has introduced a direct passenger service between Alger and the eastern part of the High Plateau line, with the launch of a daily Alger – M’Sila – Batna round trip.

Arabian Rail News

18 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Netanyahu Gives Green Light for Rail Network to Connect Israel With Saudi Arabia

Israel's prime minister has greenlighted work to begin on planned railroad network that will connect the Jewish state to Saudi Arabia, Israeli state-run TV reported on Saturday.

CRCC tests Saudi rail project

China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) started on Wednesday the testing of the Mecca Light Rail in Saudi Arabia, in preparation for Hajj pilgrimage in August when millions of pilgrims will head to the holiest city in Islam

Turkey, Iran to start passenger rail service soon

A new passenger rail service between Turkey and Iran will begin operations on June 18, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan said Wednesday.

Dubai to present ‘intelligent, futuristic’ plans

Participating in InnoTrans 2018 will provide Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority with a great opportunity to meet with railway suppliers and to share know-how regarding rail and other transport systems, believes Mattar Al Tayer, Director General & Chairman of the RTA board.

Etihad Rail awards Stage 2/3 consultancy contract

Etihad Rail has selected Egis to provide project management consultancy services for the ongoing development of the country’s rail network and connections to neighbouring GCC states.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted 11 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

716 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Bids Sought for $5.5 Billion Thailand to China High-Speed Rail

Thailand will seek bids in the fourth-quarter for a 180 billion baht ($5.

Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line to be highest in the world

Surveys are underway for four lines that would cost a humongous Rs 2 trn, with the defence ministry footing the bill.

Man jumps to death on Prachuap Khiri Khan rail line

A 54-year-old man leapt to certain death on a Prachuap Khiri Khan railway track early Monday as the Bangkok-Yala train approached.

Bus, rail ticketing plan falls into chaos

The Transport Ministry's efforts to integrate a common ticketing system into 2,600 public buses in Bangkok will be delayed for a month, the ministry says.

Aurizon

171 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon rail dispute a potential $2bn threat to QLD state coffers

Rail operator Aurizon’s dispute with the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) over the latter’s draft ruling is threatening up to $2 billion in lost royalties for Queensland over the next four years, according to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

Aurizon applicants likely had personal data stolen

Rail operator Aurizon says people who have used its online careers portal since 2009 may have had their personal data accessed by an unknown entity.

Anglo American coal chief Tyler Mitchelson rails at Aurizon

The new head of Anglo American’s coal division has attacked the conduct of rail group Aurizon, warning that the monopoly provider’s threat to curb capacity on its crucial Queensland coal rail network would hurt not just the industry but the nation.

The battle with Aurizon over coal freight is likely cost Queensland dearly on several levels

THE current schism between monopoly coal freight operator 

Aurizon win lands with a punchline

Aurizon would do well to put an apparent concession on cost recovery by the Queensland competition regulator in an in-tray labelled "careful what you wish for".

Bus Transport News

45 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
New Enviro 200's for Blackpool

On June 25th Blackpool Transport will be launching 18 brand new Palladium buses on routes 3 & 4.

The non-Inner West bus routes to be privatised

Despite Constance assurances from the State government that only Region 6 Inner West Bus routes are being sold off to Transit Systems and that all other current STA routes will remain in government hands, it now seems that isn’t the case.

East Yorkshire Motor Services

Go-Ahead welcomes East Yorkshire Motor Services

TfL Trial on Bus Passenger Counting

TfL is beginning a three-month trial to identify how best to automatically count passengers on buses.

When Island Buses Go Green

Bus travel is one of the attributes that makes Fiji so unique, with its well-mannered passengers, vibrant colors, festive island music, and windows open wide to let the breeze in.

Canada

89 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Four shortlisted to supply Québec – Windsor trainsets

Four companies have prequalified to submit proposals for the supply of trainsets to replace the fleet which national passenger operator VIA Rail currently uses on the Québec city – Windsor corridor.

Port of Tacoma Offloads Luxury Rail Car

Stevedores at the Port of Tacoma recently offloaded an unusual piece of high-and-heavy cargo from the Wallenius Wilhelmsen ro/ro Tiger - a 75-ton, double-decker sightseeing train car for the Rocky Mountaineer rail line.

Omnitrax appealing federal ruling to fix Churchill rail line

The company that owns a broken rail line into 

Company appeals Churchill rail ruling in year-long attempt to restore service

The company that owns a broken rail line into Churchill, Man.

CN to invest $160m into Quebec’s rail infrastructure

Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is set to invest C$210m ($160m) this year to expand and bolster rail infrastructure in the Quebec province.

Cityrail News

592 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Commuter chaos as an accident cancels services on three major lines across Sydney

Commuters on the way home this evening should expect chaos after a incident at Weastmead station this afternoon.

If you think Sydney's trains are bad, try New York's

The infrastructure has barely been updated since 1904, delays have soared by 200 per cent since 2012, the rats are reaching bubonic levels, only one in five stations is wheelchair accessible and, after a spate of derailments, tunnel fires and breakdowns, New York's governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the system to be in a "state of emergency".

Passenger crowding on Sydney trains worsens as demand soars

Crowding on Sydney's trains has worsened significantly in just a year, new figures show, frustrating passengers and placing greater pressure on an aged rail network struggling to cope with a booming population.

Sydney train user allegedly filmed up skirts with his smart phone

HITTING Sydney’s bustling train stations at peak hour can be an overwhelming experience at the best of times, but one man is alleged to have taken advantage of the situation using a creepy “upskirting” technique.

Overcrowded trains to be a thing of the past

Commuters frustrated by overcrowded trains would be able to find out whether they could secure a seat before boarding their train, following the launch of a new app.

Europe

656 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Newag Impuls II EMU unveiled

Newag unveiled the first of its next-generation of Impuls electric multiple-units at its factory in Nowy Sącz on June 18.

Open access operator SagaRail suspends services

Private open access passenger operator SagaRail announced on June 20 that it had suspended the Stockholm – Linköping service which it had launched in February.

Irish DMU transmission replacement expected to save fuel

Iarnród Éireann has awarded Rolls-Royce a contract to rebuild the three MTU PowerPacks fitted to a Class 22000 diesel multiple-unit with ZF’s EcoWorld transmissions, which are designed to be more efficient and quieter in operation.

HŽ Infra awards electrification contract

A contract for the modernisation and electrification of the 23·8 km Zaprešić – Zabok line which is to be incorporated into the Zagreb suburban network was signed by HŽ Infra and Swietelsky on June 12.

Trenitalia signs Puglia operating contract

Trenitalia signed a 15-year passenger operating contract with the region of Puglia on June 12.

Gunzelling Reports

697 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/6/2018

There were 83 sightings for this week; This is 9 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/6/2018

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/6/2018

There were 90 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/6/2018

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 10 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/5/2018

There were 102 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings more that last week.

Inland Rail Project

157 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Algester, Acacia Ridge, Parkinson, Logan residents fight Inland Rail

THE GROUNDSWELL of community concern over the Inland Rail alignment is growing — and here’s the proof.

Inland rail tool on right track

REGIONAL towns will be better prepared to reap the benefits of inland rail, with a new online tool to help communities take advantage once the line is running.

Cuts to farmers costs boosted by Inland Rail

Cuts to farmers’ supply chain costs as a result of the NSW Government’s investment in 11 major freight rail improvements will only be boosted by Inland Rail, ARTC CEO John Fullerton said today.

Narromine Rail Action Group make a statement to government officials in Narromine

Members of the Narromine Rail Action Group held a protest rally to capture the ears of politicians visiting the region last week.

Inland Rail’s concrete sleepers heading to Peak Hill over next six months

The first of 200,000 sleepers have been delivered to Peak Hill in preparation for the first stage of the Inland Rail project in NSW.

International Rail News

4628 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Lithuanian Railways restructuring approved

National railway LG is to be restructured with effect from September 1, following government approval last month of proposals drawn up by the Ministry of Transport & Communications.

GE brings EdgeLINC™ to the cutting edge

The new capabilities include cloud support to complement its on-premise offering, software development kits (SDK) to drive device integration for non-native IIoT devices and Android-based devices, and device collaboration and support for Kontron America and MEN Micro USA devices.

Hyperloop signs agreement for commercial system in Ukraine

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has announced the signing of an agreement with Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure to begin the process towards a planned commercial Hyperloop system.

Jerusalem express train takes test drive

Israel to inaugurate its first express electric train line this coming March, running from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; 'A major upgrade to public transportation,' boasted Transportation Minister Katz during test drive; despite festivities, many challenges remain to meet deadline.

Trains between Modi'in and Ben Gurion Airport to cease operating from midnight until Thursday

Trains will cease all operations between Modi’in and Ben Gurion Airport from midnight until Thursday to enable infrastructural work.

Letters to the Editor

205 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
The splendour of the East arrives at the Queen’s Gallery

Two very different exhibitions, both celebrating the splendours of the Indian subcontinent — from Mughal paintings, to jewellery and elaborate weaponry — both at The Queen’s Gallery.

Walking at night? Be one of the good guys

Lots of people usually alight at my station, even late at night.

London’s Alleys: Hat and Mitre Court, EC1

One of the joys of London are the alleys with wonderful names, and this is perfect example of one that can be found near Clerkenwell.

Oliver Cromwell’s funeral banner goes on sale

One of only four surviving banners that formed part of the Royal Regalia used at the funeral of Oliver Cromwell in November 1658, is to be put up for sale next week.

Modern art decorates Regent Street

You might have noticed, if you are in the area, that a large number of banners looking rather odd have gone up in the West End.

Model Railways

62 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Join The Cavalcade

Never let it be said that we are unafraid to jump on a bandwagon at Bron Hebog.

Dark Side Of The Van

I've hit a snag in my effort to complete the transfers on the WHHR / VofR brake van - I don't know what the other side looks like!

Boiler Shop

Himself is going through one of his odd job phases, and this is one of those tasks that he's been meaning to get around to for years.

Reverse Engineering

One of the things we understood would be crucial when we began building Bron Hebog was that on such a large layout, with a sinuous trackplan with many board joints - both end to end and side to side - was to make sure they were always perfectly aligned.

Erics

I've been wondering what to build next now that the big effort for getting ready for Bressingham is out of the way.

Narrow Gauge

67 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
80-year-old Washington Twp. man still a kid at Carillon’s Rail Fest

Each June, the sounds of trains and family fun emanate from Carillon Park’s Rail Festival.

The NG/G16 Countdown Begins!

With a projected completion date of mid-2019, the race is on to get our re-gauged South African NG/G16 class Garratt assembled and tested.

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.

New South Wales Rail News

2976 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
New South Wales transport budget

The New South Wales government has allocated A$14·4bn towards public transport in its state budget for 2018.

Sydney’s Transport History – Electrification

This time in Sydney’s Transport History we are taking a deeper look into the electrification of Sydney’s Railways.

Heron Resources opts for rail over road for Woodlawn Mine

A large mining operator is following the lead of some district quarries by opting for rail over road.

NSW still spending big on roads and rail

The NSW government's whopping infrastructure spend is set to reach $87 billion over the next four years, according to the state budget.

Major $880m digital systems investment for Sydney rail network

The New South Wales (NSW) government has announced an investment of around A$880 million in start-of-the-art signalling and control systems for two of Sydney’s commuter rail lines.

New Zealand Rail News

289 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Auckland rail goes Te Reo

Main safety announcements on Auckland train services will, from Monday, be read in both English and Te Reo.

Auckland tunnel waste may be used to double-track Waikato rail line

The single rail track through the Whangamarino section of the Hamilton to Auckland rail network can be seen on the left, with Meremere and the Waikato River on the right.

First train marks return of mothballed Napier to Wairoa rail line

Brass fanfare and a tikanga Māori welcome saw Shane Jones descend on Napier on Wednesday via train.

Hutt Line’s aging overhead wires to be replaced

KiwiRail has signed a $49 million contract with JV Rail (a partnership between Fulton Hogan and John Holland Australia) to replace the overhead line system that supplies power to Metlink trains on Wellington’s Hutt Line, which sees five million commuter journeys every year.

The Limitations of Rail Freight

The Government has been talking about getting freight off the country’s roads and onto alternative sea freight and particularly rail freight.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 7 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

96 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Canon 77D - First Thoughts

The Canon 77D cameraI bought a new camera body a while ago - a Canon 77D.

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.

Other Transport News

448 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Emirates Introduces Virtual Windows

Emirates has introduced virtual windows for first class passengers on board its latest aircraft.

Tickets Alert: Steam boat trips on the Thames

Next month will offer a chance to take a trip down the Thames in a steam powered tug.

Making the ferry network more useful and efficient

Time and distance graph for a possible new timetable for Watsons Bay ferryI gave a presentation at the Australian Ferry Society this month on ways to make the Sydney ferry network better connected, load passengers faster and reduce berthing congestion.

Onward, Upward and Homeward

Approaching a lock.

Boost set for Yorke freight productivity

Following the completion of the ‘missing link’ on the Yorke and Copper Coast Highways, it is hoped to see a boost in freight productivity.

Pacific National News

8 stories | Newest story posted 2 months 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 months 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

2112 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Land still owned by inventor of house block resumed for rail project

A quirk in Queensland's title deeds system means a former Brisbane alderman, property developer and auctioneer who died 116 years ago remains the owner of a block of land in Mary Street being resumed for a new underground train station in Brisbane.

Cross River Rail needs 50 more trains in order to function as planned, insider says

CROSS River Rail cannot deliver the promised improvements to Brisbane’s public transport system unless the State Government immediately orders another 50 new trains.

Tweed council staff try out Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The Tweed team takes a short break to listen to some design and construction advice from Council’s Senior Design Engineer Warren Boyd.

Rider takes on challenge on our rail trial

Lachlan Davis set out to become the first person to ride end to end and back again on the South Burnett Rail Trail.

Rockhampton CBD Rail line cause for concern

A FEW things have surprised me since I arrived in the Beef Capital late last month.

Rail Events

136 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Book Review: Trains and Grains (Volumes 1 and 2)

Trains and Grains, at the La Salle, Manitoba grain elevator.

Ideenzug concept aims to inspire at InnoTrans 2018

Deutsche Bahn will be presenting its Ideenzug train interior design concepts at InnoTrans 2018.

Pride in our people: our LGBT community

June is National Pride Month, recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world

Stonnington: Tuesday 31 July, Functions on Chapel

Presented by the Metropolitan Transport Forum and Leader Newspapers.

SSR train 3444 tackles the hills at Beecroft in Sydney

[color=#000000][size=3][font=Calibri]Despite the wet and greasy conditions at Beecroft, with six big engines on the job SSR’s 5208 tonne grain train no.

Rail News

3730 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Railway supply industry news round-up

US wagon leasing company RGCX announced on June 21 that it had been acquired by Corrum Capital.

Record 1.8km train departs Crystal Brook

The longest grain train in the history of the Australian Rail Track Corporation network was loaded at Crystal Brook this week, the wheat bound for the drought-stricken north-east.

Inspiring women in engineering

From Girlguiding groups to graduates, Network Rail is working with future engineers to encourage more women in the industry.

World rail market - June 2018

Europe: Rail Baltica promoter RB Rail has awarded Atkins a €389 496 contract to identify the ‘optimum’ infrastructure management model.

Rail Travel

13 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
When a WW2 tunnel full of salads meets modern art

What happens when an abandoned WW2 under Clapham is used to grow salads, and then gives over some of the space to modern art?

London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Garden

This, as so many of the City of London gardens is the site of former religious worship, but unlike most other gardens, this isn’t the graveyard, but the remains of the church itself.

Making posh Grosvenor Square more welcoming to visitors

Following the recent departure of the US Embassy, plans are afoot to revamp the neighbouring Grosvenor Square now that the security paranoia has moved away.

Mobility constraints undermine potential of Haitian cities

At about 3:30am most weekday mornings, Lovelie is by the roadside near her home in Kenscoff, Haiti, waiting for a vehicle with her produce of carrots and broccoli.

Slow train to Saigon: Vietnam by rail

A journey through history on a thousand-mile journey from Vietnam's north to south

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted last month
New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

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

Calling for software testing volunteers

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

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

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

Voting open for July 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

75 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
The Continuing of Three Restorations Projects, Part I

The small band of volunteers are working on three ongoing projects in the Coach Department.

Board dismissal earmarked in ‘distressing’ Puffing Billy report

It’s believed board and staff members of the organisation that governs Puffing Billy have been encouraged to hand in their notice or face termination ahead of the release of an Ombudsman’s report.

NSL 1003 Caboose Follow-up

As promised, this is a follow-up post on the North Shore 1003 caboose display.

Streamliners Australia rally to save unique Goulburn loco

It once proudly hauled the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth but for the past five years has sat in disrepair at Goulburn.

Last chance to Save CLP10 Last EMD Streamliner Built in Australia

It is with great sadness to report that CLP10 will be leaving Australian rails for Mozambique to be stripped for parts and scrapped unless we act now to save this railway icon.

Railway Stories

63 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Making Pictures

I like to think about the craft of photography more than the mechanics of it.

Making Lemonade

#GOJETSGOYou know the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?

Four Days in April, Part 4

Meet me at LoretteIn a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

Four Days in April, Part 3

Prairie sunsetIn a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

Four Days in April, Part 2

CN 2315 meeting CN 2666In a span of about a week in April, I made a point of getting out and photographing trains.

South Australian Rail News

624 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Steam trains and emus in Peterborough

Throughout his travels in regional South Australia, Michael X Savvas finds plenty of good country.

Severe overcrowding on the Gawler rail line making travel too dangerous for children, people with disabilities

TRAVELLING on peak-hour trains to Adelaide’s north is too dangerous for children and people with disabilities because of severe overcrowding, commuters and a public transport advocacy group warn.

SCT Logistics reveals Monarto intermodal plans

Potatoes, onions, wheat, meat – all the Murraylands' agricultural produce – will be easier to ship interstate and overseas if plans for a freight transfer facility at Monarto come to fruition.

Adelaide to Tarcoola: old rail track made new

Major re-railing works are now underway in South Australia as part of the $252 million Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project with the first Whyalla-made steel rail tracks installed on the route.

SA rail, roads net millions from the feds

Road upgrades and rail projects in South Australia have received $1.

Tasmanian Rail News

349 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Tasmania police attend two incidents in the North in 24 hours

TasRail are urging Tasmanians to be safe around trains after Tasmania Police attended two incidents.

Bridgewater man, 26, charged over ‘risky’ behaviour near rail line in Hobart’s northern suburbs

A BRIDGEWATER man who allegedly spray painted graffiti in a rail tunnel north of Hobart at the weekend has been charged.

Funding package to boost TasRail infrastructure

The federal government has allocated A$59·8m for the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation ProgrammeAs part of its latest budget, matching a similar commitment from the state.

TasRail to clean up rail corridors after a spike in trespassers dumping rubbish

TASRAIL says it is becoming increasingly concerned by the idiotic acts of trespassers which have the potential to cause derailments and seriously injure or kill freight train drivers.

Tassie roads and rail tipped for Budget largesse aimed at lost seats

THE  Turnbull Government will pledge $461 million to build a new Bridgewater Bridge as part of a massive package for Tasmanian roads and rail in tomorrow’s Budget.

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

1226 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Škoda to deliver 80 trams to Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr

Škoda Transportation has agreed to deliver 80 modern trams to German transport company Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (rnv) for more than €250m.

Alstom to supply 38 Citadis trams to Frankfurt

Alstom has secured a contract worth about €100m with transport operator Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF), to supply 38 of its Citadis trains to the city of Frankfurt, Germany.

East Anglia Transport Museum

The million-pound development at the East Anglia Transport  Museum, based in Carlton Colville, will see the attraction’s current  premises almost double in size.

Gold Coast light rail services suspended as car drives along tracks

GOLD Coast light rail users are facing their second interruption to services in less than 24 hours, with yet another car straying on to the tracks.

ROTHERHAM ON 11 MAY 2018 - Martin Miller

Tried another visit to Rotherham but very little to see other than the shelters beginning to take shape.

UK

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UK railway test circuit proposed

Proposals for the development of a ‘world-leading’ railway testing facility in Wales are to be set out by Welsh government Transport Secretary Ken Skates on June 25.

UK East coast main line returns to public ownership after 'total failure' of privatisation

Passengers and staff on Britain’s flagship rail line are waking up to trains run by yet another operator.

Competition to design a railway footbridge

Network Rail has opened a competition to design a new footbridge that can be used to improve accessibility at stations and level crossings.

In the news this week

Network Rail is always in the news.

365 Trains to Enter Temporary Service in Scotland

ScotRail has confirmed that its temporary class 365 trains will begin to enter service from late evening on Saturday, 23 June.

USA

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Union Pacific to spend $550 million on massive new rail yard in Texas

Union Pacific is building a new $550 million rail yard in Texas to help sort the growing number of freight cars it is hauling into trains.

KCS to serve Tex-Mex business park

An event marking the groundbreaking of the new center in El Campo, Texas, was held June 19, despite heavy rains forcing the event inside.

SC Ports sets biggest-ever capex plans

The South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors adopted a 2019 fiscal year financial plan that includes 5% pier container growth, $280.

UTLX expanding Kansas tank car center

Union Tank Car Company this summer will begin to expand its railcar repair facility in El Dorado, Kansas.

Does the emperor wear no clothes?

How can the timing of this sale be explained, since it comes when the prime summer travel season is already in full swing?

Victorian Rail News

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'Game-changer': Melbourne's proposed airport rail line could transform city's west

Melbourne's proposed airport rail line would be a "game-changer" for the city's west, sparking the creation of a jobs and tourism-led transformation of the suburb of Sunshine, according to the municipality's mayor.

Metro Tunnel HQ Opens In The Heart Of The City

A new high-tech visitor centre in the heart of the CBD will help Victorians learn about the progress and benefits from the Andrews Labor Government’s $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.

Whitehead victims came 2nd: Vic Ombudsman

The victims of a convicted child sex offender came second to protecting the reputation of a heritage steam train tourist attraction, the Victorian Ombudsman says.

Ballarat could become maintenance hub if western rail returns

Ballarat could become the home of single gauge rail maintenance in Western Victoria if passenger services were returned to Horsham and Hamilton, according to a leading train lobby group.

Pollies put it all on the line over Murray Basin rail project

THE Victorian Government says it is committed to deliver the Murray Basin rail project despite claims the venture is in an “absolute mess”.

Western Australian Rail News

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Premier defends Chinese telco’s bid for WA rail contract

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has defended his government’s dealings with controversial Chinese telco Huawei, which was barred from the National Broadband Network and is facing resistance in its push to supply equipment to Australia’s 5G wireless network.

Greens call for reopening of Greenbushes rail

South West MLC Diane Evers is urging the State Government to consider re-opening the Bunbury-Greenbushes rail line as the State prepares for an anticipated lithium boom.

BHP approves $4.5bn Pilbara expansion

The board of mining giant BHP has approved the $4.

Acquisition Of Cliffs' Yilgarn Iron Ore Assets

Mineral Resources Limited (ASX: MIN, MRL, the Company) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Kalgoorlie rail line could be uprooted to allow Super Pit expansion

A 20-kilometre stretch of the Kalgoorlie railway line may be uprooted in order to make room for an expansion of the Super Pit mine.

Yarra Trams

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Stop 19 Tram stop upgrade Sydney-Brunswick Road

Preliminary site works will begin 2 weeks prior to the major works.

May 2018 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 98.

Tram, truck collision shuts down Sydney Road

A tram has been derailed in a collision with a truck at Coburg this morning.

Moreland Road track renewal works

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks at Moreland Road between Nicholson Street / Holmes Street and Cameron Street.

Balaclava community benefit from new accessible tram stop

An accessible tram stop is now open at Balaclava station in Carlisle Street, with the project improving safety and accessibility and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

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