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Asciano

40 stories | Newest story posted last month
Downer EDI and Pacific National sign billion dollar rail deal

Hunter engineering firm Downer EDI has signed a billion dollar rail maintenance contract at a time when union officials are questioning job cuts at some of its Newcastle sites.

US players eye Asciano freight rail business

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

Derailment at 'The Rock' on Southern NSW

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

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

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

Letters to the Editor

85 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Fantastic CSX Freight Train Footage From A High-Def Drone!

You can see an aerial view of this CSX freight passing over double diamonds!

An Increase in the Fares on the Bendigo Line Cannot be Justified

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

Train Makes A Tsunami Wave Dangerously Close To People!

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

New Zealand Rail News

181 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Plan B for Napier-Gisborne rail

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

Waikato youths playing a deadly game of rail roulette

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

Keolis Downer and KiwiRail - world-class rail for Wellington

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

Northern Territory Rail News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darwin and Adelaide likely export hubs for Queensland uranium

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

Opinion

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

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

Cyclists love rail trails

Cycling Times.

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

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

Toll motorists to pay for rail tunnel, expert says

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

Other Transport News

331 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
East West Link: Consortium takes Victorian Government to VCAT over contracts

The companies contracted to build Melbourne's East West Link road project are taking legal action to force the new Victorian Government to sign off on the construction plan.

DEA is tracking millions of cars in real-time across the US

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

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

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

Rail Events

50 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
VGR to celebrate 10 years of operations from Maldon to Castlemaine on December 13th 2014

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

Garratt coming to Southern States in 2015

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

Historic trains take to the Hunter rail network

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

On the Rails to the Shepparton Pride Festival

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

Railpage Australia News

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

Polar bears and passenger trains on the same web cam.

Updates to Gheringhap Loop Camera Network

Railpage wishes to advise

Vandals attack the Hitachi Farewell Train Tour near Rushall in Melbourne

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

Essendon Model Railway Group - launches mini Buncam/Model Railcam

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

Railway Stories

47 stories | Newest story posted January 2015
Zig Zag Railway battling adversity to finally get itself back on track

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

Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!

I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills.

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Art That Makes You Wish You Were There

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

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

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

South Australian Rail News

471 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
OZ minerals eyes rail connection to BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam mine in South Australia

BHP Billiton could yet play a role in the development of OZ Minerals' Carrapateena mine in South Australia, with OZ suggesting the economics of a crucial rail link to the project would be helped if BHP's Olympic Dam mine were tied in.

Tasmanian Rail News

269 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Rail announced as preferred transport provider for new mine

TasRail has been selected by Australian Bauxite Limited as the preferred provider of land transport services for the proposed Bald Hill project.

Low speed derailment near Kimberley

TasRail confirms a low speed derailment of a south bound train caused a total of 10 wagons to come off the tracks last night.

Major Announcement: Work on the Burnie Port Optimisation Project set to commence

Work to redevelop crucial rail and freight transport facilities at the Port of Burnie is set to commence within weeks.

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