EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.
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.
Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.
A train derailed at the Raglan Station Road Railway Crossing at 4pm Tuesday.
121 full-time train crew jobs made redundant across a handful of depots, mostly Pt Waratah and Port Kembla, but some at Greta and other places too.
The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$80m loan towards a US$177m project to electrify 145·1 km of single track line linking Pap, Namangan and Andijon in the Ferghana Valley.
China Railway Corp’s Nanning Railway Bureau has placed an order for 40 CRH1A-A high speed train cars with Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd.
Construction has started on a 13·5 km rail link to serve Adi Soemarmo International Airport in the central Java state of Boyolali, following a groundbreaking ceremony on April 8 attended by President Joko Widodo.
The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese contractors to regauge and double-track the Dhaka – Chittagong main line via Akhaura and Comilla.
Tobu Express put eight Series 500 electric multiple-units into traffic on limited express services with its timetable change on April 21.
THE union representing rail workers has blasted BMA and Aurizon after it claimed up to 180 workers from Mackay and Sarina would be forced to take leave without pay due to several lines being out of service.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]Portions of the Central Queensland Coal Network will be out of action for five weeks, after Cyclone Debbie ripped through the region at the end of last week.
Rail freight operator Aurizon says the temporary closure of the coal haul lines in Queensland due to flooding from cyclone Debbie will hurt volumes shifted and annual earnings.
Aurizon has begun assessing damage to its Queensland rail tracks from Cyclone Debbie after closing four rail systems that haul coal from the Bowen Basin due to flooding.
AURIZON is seeking the green light for a rail link to the Galilee Basin’s huge coal reserves that will be up to $1 billion cheaper than the one planned by Indian mining giant Adani.
It's the fowl incident which has ruffled a few feathers.
Trains were cancelled between St Marys and Blacktown for almost two hours following a fatality at Rooty Hill station.
A man has been injured after falling onto railway tracks and getting stuck between a train and a platform in Sydney's southwest.
A report the New South Wales State Government of Australia wanted to keep secret was revealed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday, indicating a number of Sydney train stations will be at risk of overcrowding to the point of being dangerous.
GRAFFITI idiots on our public transport system are costing taxpayers $75,000 in clean-up costs every day.
Pesa officially handed over the first of a batch of Link diesel multiple-units to national local passenger operator PolRegio in Warszawa on April 27.
Czech open access operator RegioJet is to enter the Austrian passenger market with the launch of four daily Wien – Břeclav – Brno – Praha return services from the December 2017 timetable change.
A SFr232m contract for Stadler to supply Stockholm transport authority SL with 22 custom-designed three-car electric multiple-units for the 891 mm gauge Roslagbanan suburban line has been signed.
Bombardier Transportation has placed the first contract for ABB’s Effilight roof-mounted traction transformer design, ordering 42 transformers for installation on 21 Talent 3 electric multiple-units which it is to supply to Austrian Federal Railways for use in the Vorarlberg region.
RUSSIA: RM Rail has obtained certification for two designs of flat wagon designed for heavy loads and a service life of 32 years.
There were 98 sightings for this week; this is 8 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1530 sightings for this year to date.
There were 90 sightings for this week; this is 1 sighting more than last week, making a total of 1432 sightings for this year to date.
There were 89 sightings for this week; this is 11 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1342 sightings for this year to date.
There were 78 sightings for this week; this is 16 sightings less than last week, making a total of 1253 sightings for this year to date.
There were 94 sightings for this week; this is 1 sightings less than last week, making a total of 1175 sightings for this year to date.
A California judge allowed the state's bullet train project to go forward Wednesday but delayed a final ruling on a legal challenge asserting the state is not keeping its promises to voters.
Siemens is using 3D printing to reduce its lead times for the supply of customised tram components from weeks to days while eliminating the cost of specialised tooling and the need to keep parts in stock.
The first of six Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotives for northern California’s Capitol Corridor inter-city route from Sacramento to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley was unveiled on April 18.
Siemens has formed a Digital Rail Services business to improve rail operations by creating an ‘internet of trains’ making intelligent use of data generated by sensors on infrastructure and vehicles.
Construction of a 207 km standard gauge line linking Dar es Salaam with Morogoro is set to get underway on May 5, following the ceremonial launch of work by President John Magufuli in Pogo on April 12.
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I've been meaning to create a thread dedicated to the 46 class along the lines of the U-boat thread.
Andrew Martin is not easily discouraged.
Railpage has received reports Iluka are looking to suspend operations at their Hamilton plant in October, with 60 staff redundancies.
I am writing to you regarding the ongoing problems being experienced with VLine trains.
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.
AN 20,000 piece model train collection which took a lifetime to curate is now calling Ipswich home.
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.
After what seems an eternity,
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.
As Christmas 2016 approached, and Puffing Billy's 6 train running began in order to accommodate the annual summer rush, G42 was taken out of traffic and rolled into the workshops for a 'B' exam.
Quite a range of jobs have been carried out or are now under way, and there is plenty of work to do, as the photographs demonstrate.
The air box has been modified somewhat from the original concept, in order to increase clearances around the rear pony truck.
Whilst attempting to better cater for massive patronage growth, the need for us to call into service every available item of rolling stock is becoming more the norm than the exception.
One of the benefits of working with Puffing Billy locomotives is the chance to discover the rich industrial heritage that come with them, such as the eccentric strap (above and below) which currently resides on 6A, and yet is clearly marked '5'.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten promised a working rail link to the Western Sydney Airport from the day it opens during his second visit to the Macarthur region in a week.
Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has called for a daily commuter rail service between Griffith and Albury – saying it would boost Riverina tourism while helping students and pensioners.
The owner of the runaway train at the centre of a multi-agency investigation says the driver struggled to slow the fully-loaded vehicle as it approached Unanderra at the weekend.
THE fairness of a proposed Commonwealth loan of nearly $1 billion to fund a rail link to the giant Adani coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin has been called into question by economic modelling showing it could cost NSW hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
A quick-thinking Sydney Trains worker averted disaster on Saturday when a 40-wagon freight train lost its ability to brake as it hurtled towards Unanderra, near Wollongong.
Transport networks across Auckland have been affected by severe weather, but the brunt of Cyclone Cook has yet to arrive.
Comments on the opinion page about Gisborne rail not being viable.
A train driver had to apply the emergency brakes on a service at Mount Eden station this morning after a woman crossed in front of the train.
THE Gisborne Rail Co-op (GRC) has not given up the fight to retain the Gisborne-Napier line.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Hamilton Mayor Andrew King opened the multi-million dollar Western Rail Trail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A feasibility study to investigate the construction of a railway between the town of Katherine, in the Northern Territory, and Kununurra, in Western Australia, will be commissioned by the NT government.
Last year was not one of the best for the rail industry, with freight volumes down across the board, especially in the minerals sector, combined with a general lack of direction.
For most Americans, public transit basically has three virtues.
The trucking industry has always had a problematic relationship with the railway industry, or more specifically, the rail freight industry as road versus rail tensions continue.
University of Wollongong research could improve the reliability of the South Coast rail line – especially in rainy weather.
The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has encouraged state and federal governments to borrow to finance infrastructure.
The "missing link" in Melbourne's ring road, the North East Link, will be kickstarted with $100 million planning funding in next week's state budget.
If you think Melbourne's trams and trains are unreliable, spare a thought for bus passengers.
Shipping technology that uses real-time weather information to enable ships to carry more cargo is being employed in Victoria.
Almost 1500 kilometres of Victoria's regional roads are in a "distressed" state, increasing the risk of crashes and putting lives at risk, the RACV warns.
Qube has bought national rail freight forwarder Austrans Container Service for an undisclosed sum.
On Win News on Thursday, 19 January, the Transport Minister's response to the issue of heat stress in the rails causing reduced speed for rail freight and passenger services was disingenuous, contrived, lame and lacking in any capacity to take action on the issue.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation board has two new members after the Government appointed David Saxelby and Jennifer Seabrook to the body.
Inland rail is a once in a generation project and the Coalition government is committed to engaging communities along the proposed route as the alignment is finalised.
THE trouble shooter paraded as the “Mr Fix It” of
COMMUTERS are being put at risk by train drivers who run red lights while chatting, speeding, eating snacks or daydreaming, as the rate of close-calls climbs.
IF PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk is to have any hope of retaining government at the looming state election, the ongoing shambles that is Queensland Rail must be fixed.
RAIL employees stood down after Cyclone Debbie could soon return to work as damaged lines are fixed earlier than expected.
EXPERIENCED train drivers are being forced to solve maths puzzles difficult enough to stump even university-level mathematics students to qualify for a job at Queensland Rail.
On 22 April 2017 the crew of 8960 alerted ARTC train control to their train running away on the approach to Dombarton.
It’s a no-brainer that among the shortlist in the hospitality section of the
The debate in the Friday Five about the dilapidated state of the memorials marking the joining of the Trans Australian Railway Line has been going on for a few years now with many and varied solutions put forward.
Transcal has launched its Aerolite train seat, which is intended to be ‘lighter, slimmer and more comfortable’ than other options.
SCT Logistics has documented its first train between Melbourne and Brisbane via Wodonga in a short documentary, which it hopes will help boost the reputation of rail on Australia’s East Coast.
WAGGA and Albury will reap the rewards of the long-awaited inland rail freight line between Melbourne and Brisbane – but Griffith is set to be snubbed.
The long-awaited direct inland rail freight line between Melbourne and Brisbane – aimed at getting farm produce to ports faster – is set to bypass our main farm producing areas.
There was good news for the Prime Minister from recent Newspoll surveys that resulted from his strong leadership on the iconic Snowy Mountains Project.
The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA) has welcomed news of the building of two new bridges on the Inland Rail route.
The boards of WS Atkins plc and SNC-Lavalin Group Inc of Canada announced on April 20 that they had agreed terms for SNC-Lavalin to acquire the entire issued share capital of Atkins.
Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.
[font=Calibri",sans-serif]The Victorian Labor government has just announced improvements to the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.
[left]The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Heritage Train tour to the beautiful country town of Echuca.
Due to V/Line track works on the Echuca Line, Steamrail's planned tour to Echuca on the 6th May is no longer able to reach Echuca, since this tour begins at Castlemaine using carriages from the Victorian Goldfields Railway, after consulting with booked passengers Steamrail have decided to run the train to Swan Hill instead on the same day.
Preparations for Maitland's annual celebration of steam are on the boil.
In a capacious brick warehouse in the historic Eveleigh railway precinct, hundreds of tonnes of heritage railway carriages and equipment is sitting idle after the NSW government terminated a tour company's access to the site and changed the locks.
A Melbourne man ensured an unforgettable proposal for his girlfriend by recreating the moment they had first met on a crowded commuter train.
A clerk sorted mail on a Railway Post Office car in Kansas City in 1932.
It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?
I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills.
Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive
WORRYING footage of people climbing between idling freight trains is evidence of “incredibly unsafe” behaviour that should lead to the closure of a Mile End pedestrian crossing, authorities say.
EYRE Peninsula’s rail system is in urgent need of investment to stop grain transport moving from rail to road, according to Member for Flinders Peter Treloar.
AN UPGRADE to a rail line that links the interior of South Australia with Adelaide is to make the movement of freight faster and more efficient.
IF the Weatherill Labor government and South Australian Freight Council want to fight the Marshall Liberal team on our GlobeLink plan at the next state election, I say bring it on.
Railpage believe's the Trans Australia Railway (TAR) has been cut in Western Australia for several days now by flooding due to the recent heavy rains.
BICYCLE Network Tasmania says it supports the Derwent Valley Railway’s plans for the region’s railway line but would like to see a project deadline put in place to make sure the asset does not get left unused.
THE Derwent Valley Council will consider leasing disused railway tracks in an effort to resurrect a tourist train in the region.
A transport safety authority's report into a freight train derailment in Tasmania is questioned by the rail operator's CEO, who admits he has not read the report "completely".
TasRail's CEO vows an unexpected $5.
A NEW West Coast Wilderness Railway trip called Footplate Experience is set to excite enthusiasts far and wide.
The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.
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.
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.
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.
With the rezoning proposal for the rail corridor going on public exhibition soon and council retaining control over zoning, there is an opportunity for the community, government and council to avoid the very serious adverse impacts of trams in Hunter Street, by having the rezoning proposal amended so as to require light rail to run in the rail corridor to Newcastle Station underneath buildings.
SYDNEY Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s giant $3.
NEWCASTLE’S light rail system will come with no strings attached, after the NSW government announced the Hunter Street system will be the only one in Australia with a majority wire free line.
HERE is the first exclusive look at the Gold Coast’s planned $200 million light rail extension to The Spit.
They are bright red with a dynamite N shape representing Newcastle.
Freight operator DB Cargo UK has confirmed that it is to launch its ‘future business model’ on July 2, having reached an agreement on the changes with the unions which represent the majority of its workforce.
On April 24 a consortium led by Stagecoach Group with SNCF and Virgin Holdings as minority partners submitted a formal expression of interest in bidding for the Department for Transport’s upcoming West Coast Partnership franchise.
UK: The competition for a £2·75bn contract to design, build and maintain trainsets for High Speed 2 was formally launched by project promoter HS2 Ltd on April 20, with the despatch of an OJEU tender notice.
Commuters across the country are facing major disruption after a fire closed one of London's busiest transport terminals.
Construction has officially commenced on the brand new rail line that will carry train services to the heart of one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas.
V/LINE has succumbed to industry pressure and begun an independent review of the unprecedented heat restrictions applied to its rail network last summer.
A message to all supporters, the South and West Gippsland Transport Group will be holding a meeting on Tuesday the 2nd of May, 2017 at the Brian Hess Community House 40 Lomagnos Rd Outtrim VIC 3951 between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
On behalf of the Victorian Government, we are revitalising the Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations to provide the first major upgrade to these transport hubs in decades.
Five years ago
Aubin Grove station on Perth’s suburban Mandurah Line opened on April 23.
THE McGowan Labor Government expects the $1.
A new $72-million train station has opened at Aubin Grove, south of Perth.
The Federal Government is under pressure to use next month’s Budget to inject hundreds of millions of dollars into a string of big infrastructure projects, led by a key part of the new WA Government’s Metronet plan.
TRAFFIC is banking up in West Perth after a truck became wedged under a rail overpass.
From 1 May, we're introducing Route 58 from West Coburg to Toorak and extending Route 6 from Moreland to Glen Iris via Melbourne University.
Emergency services have freed a woman whose leg became trapped between a tram and a platform on Wednesday morning.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams are building a new tram power substation at St Kilda Junction, St Kilda.
Yarra Trams delivered 98.
Melbourne is growing, and so are we.