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Asciano

80 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
QR warns passengers about ignoring train station safety

Queensland Rail is pleading with people not to take risks near railways, releasing a video showing the blatant disregard for safety around trains.

Asciano pays over $8m million to CEO John Mullen

Asciano’s executive remuneration 2016 report revealed that CEO John Mullen will have been paid just over $8.

Pacific National's turn at ACCC for Glencore Rail

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has kicked off its investigation into Pacific National's bid for Glencore's Hunter Valley coal haulage business.

Asciano in terrible financial results shocker

Asciano, the ports-rail group that was the subject of fevered takeover bids, hasn’t done too well in this last financial year.

10kg train shrapnel flies through pedestrian crossing

Train malfunctions at Narangba with a 10kg chunk of shrapnel punching through both sides of a crossing.

Asian Rail News

123 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Another Klang Valley SSP Line contract awarded

MALAYSIA: Mass Rapid Transit Corp has awarded the contract for trackwork and maintenance vehicles on the Klang Valley MRT Line 2 project, also known as the SSP Line.

CRRC launches Indian joint venture

Chinese rolling stock and components conglomerate CRRC Corp has opened its first joint venture manufacturing plant in India, the group announced on August 20.

Beijing welcomes first Line 16 train

A ceremony in Beijing on August 22 unveiled the first Line 16 metro train.

Regional link inaugurated

South Central Railway’s 123 km broad-gauge line between Nandyal and Yerraguntla in Andhra Pradesh has opened for revenue operation, following a formal inauguration by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 23.

Kuala Lumpur LRT3 civil works to begin in 2017

Prime Minister Najib Razak officially launched the Kuala Lumpur LRT3 metro construction project on August 24 at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam.

Aurizon

107 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon secures new contract with K&S Freighters

[center]Aurizon has secured a new five year contract with K&S Freighters, one of the nation’s leading freight forwarders, worth approximately $20 - $25 million in revenue per annum.

Aurizon profits slides amid falling coal volumes cancels share buy back

Rail and logistics company Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail-freight operator, has seen its profit tank following a string of writedowns, as the downturn in the resources sector impacts haulage across the country.

Aurizon secures coal contract with Wollongong Coal

[center]Aurizon has secured its first coal haulage contract in the Southern Coalfields of NSW for the railing of 800,000 tonnes per annum for Wollongong Coal’s Wongawilli Colliery to Port Kembla Coal Terminal.

Qube buys Aurizon out of Moorebank for $99m

Logistics firm Qube has acquired full control of the in-development Moorebank Intermodal Hub after it agreed to buy out joint venture partner Aurizon.

Cityrail News

353 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
People who masturbate on trains are jerks

I write about trains simply because they are my primary mode of transportation.

Opal data gives insight into Sydney's busiest buses

Sydney's busiest bus route is the 400 from Burwood in the west to Bondi Junction via Sydney Airport, data from NSW's Opal electronic ticketing system shows.

Woman unleashes foul-mouthed tirade on Sydney train

A woman has been filmed unleashing a barrage of abuse at commuters on a Lidcombe-bound train, before assaulting a man who tried to stand up to her.

Shocking moment man lights a cigarette and smokes it on a Sydney train

A man has been caught on camera puffing away on a cigarette while sitting in a train carriage.

Gunzelling Reports

603 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/8/2016

There were 80 sightings for this week; this is seven sightings less than last week, making a total of 2528 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/8/2016

There were 87 sightings for this week; this is two sightings more than last week, making a total of 2448 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/8/2016

There were 85 sightings for this week; this is five sightings more than last week, making a total of 2361 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/7/2016

There were 80 sightings for this week; this is one sightings less than last week, making a total of 2276 sightings for this year to date.

SSR showcases C Class power through Sydney last evening

SSR have finally put four of their recently acquired c class locos together on the one train.

International Rail News

3727 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Next phase of London Night Tube to begin in October

UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on August 26 that weekend all-night service on London Underground’s Jubilee Line would begin on October 7.

Amtrak awards Northeast Corridor high speed train contract

A fleet of 28 new high speed trains will enter service on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor in 2021-22, the national passenger operator announced on August 25.

Talgo 250 reaches Bukhara

A Talgo 250 [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Afrosiyob trainset ran to Bukhara for the first time on August 25, marking the completion of a project to modernise and electrify the 256 km route from Samarkand to permit higher speeds.

Bombardier awarded long-term fleet maintenance deal

Niedersachsen transport agency LNVG has appointed Bombardier Transportation as registered keeper and entity in charge of maintenance of its fleet of 220 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches

Bombardier opens South African factory

Bombardier Transportation inaugurated a new production site and future South African headquarters at Isando in Johannesburg on August 25, in a ceremony attended by Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama.

Letters to the Editor

136 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
A look at the now gone Cunningham Pier Line in Geelong

The branch to Cunningham Pier was one of the first sections of the Geelong - Melbourne railway to be built.

Daniel Andrews in election-losing position

DANIEL Andrews would lose his majority if the results of last month’s federal poll were matched at a state election.

The Tumut Holiday

The summer of 1976 brought the usual bush fire problems and the country between Gundagai and Gilmore was ravaged on 13 February 1976.

Derailed in the desert

Time stands still at the site of the 2015 Rawlinna train derailment as investigations into the cause of the crash continue.

Major construction on Southland Railway Station have commenced

In the past two weeks the house that PTV bought on Tulip Grove (west side) has been demolished and is being prepared as an access area to the construction site, and I believe will become station access.

Model Railways

13 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
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.

Response to Austrains' announcement of a C30 tank and C30T

Austrains' principal John Eassie has announced on the Austrains website that he intends to produce HO scale models of the NSWGR 30 Class 4-6-4 tank loco

Statement from Ixion Model Railways Ltd

Ixion Model Railways Ltd recently announced the acquisition of the rights, design and tools to the Shrike Models HO scale NSWGR C30T 4-6-0 model locomotive from the new owner of those rights.

Hornby boss quits after third profit warning in five months

Hornby’s chief executive, Richard Ames, has quit less than a week after the model railway maker issued a third profit warning in five months and said it risked breaching a lending agreement with its bank.

Narrow Gauge

45 stories | Newest story posted last month
D21 - The Return Journey

When D21, the trusty Belgrave yard shunter, came in for its last exam,  it was deemed time to re-tyre the wheelsets based on the level of wear  and how close they were to the condemning limit.

Ashpans & Exams

Sparks!

216 NQR - Part 2

The restoration of 216 NQR, being run by our Tuesday volunteer team, is progressing well.

Bogie in Brief

What, you may wonder, is the next step in the development of the new Fox bogie?

Garratt Goings-on

The boiler was recently removed from the boiler cradle, in order for work on the piping and brake rigging to continue.

New South Wales Rail News

2317 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Rail museum to mark Bathurst's historic role as industrial powerhouse in NSW economy

Plans for a rail museum at Bathurst in central-west New South Wales are being touted as an important step to cement the city's status as a major cultural and education hub.

NSW Government to release land acquisition report findings

The NSW Opposition presents a letter from the Finance Minister to Premier Mike Baird as it accuses the Government of deliberately sitting on a report on how to make compulsory land acquisitions fairer.

John Holland country rail network tells 30-year tidy volunteer to keep out

FOR 30 years Kerry Hawkins has cleaned up the disused Crookwell Railway land next to her house on Taralga Rd.

RailConnect sign New South Wales inter-city train contract

A A$2·3bn contract for the supply and maintenance of ‘more than 500’ double-deck electric multiple-unit cars for use on NSW TrainLink Intercity services was signed on August 18 by New South Wales Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance and the RailConnect joint venture of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council explores Bombala-Eden rail link

The Snowy Monaro Regional Council is considering the viability of rebuilding the defunct railway line from Queanbeyan to Bombala - with the possibility of continuing the line through to the Port of Eden.

New Zealand Rail News

212 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Electric vehicles likely to supersede light rail

“Renewed talk about the need for investment in light rail for Wellington comes as a surprise and would cost a huge amount of money and be a white elephant within a very few years,” Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan said today.

Rail group to hold candidates forum

THE Gisborne Rail Action Group will hold a public forum on August 19 where election candidates will be invited to state their position on the Gisborne-Napier rail line.

Petition grows for rail to east Auckland

An online petition for a rail system linking Auckland's CBD to its southeastern suburbs has garnered almost 3000 signatures.

KiwiRail orders more CRRC Dalian locomotives

An agreement for CRRC Dalian to supply a further 15 DL Class diesel locomotives was signed by KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy in Dalian on August 2.

KiwiRail to order more Chinese locomotives

THE board of KiwiRail has approved the acquisition of 15 additional DL class locomotives from CRRC Corporation subsidiary Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock for delivery in 2018, despite ongoing issues with asbestos contamination with the fleet of 48 units already delivered to New Zealand.

Northern Territory Rail News

206 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
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.

NT Govt to look at rail between Katherine and Kununurra

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.

Northern Territory Government to spend $1m exploring feasibility of Tennant Creek to Mt Isa rail project

The Northern Territory Government has committed $1 million to investigate the feasibility of building a rail line from Tennant Creek (NT) to Mt Isa (Qld).

Opinion

59 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Sydney Airport passengers shift to train use

Record numbers of people are travelling by rail to Sydney's domestic and international airports to escape road congestion, with one in five travellers now taking the train, says Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather.

Inland Rail: Only ‘red tape and political gutlessness’ stopping simple project

IT’S a bit like our own infrastructure version of the “Yowie’’ – plenty have seen visions of it, but no-one has been able to capture this magnificent, mythical 1700km rail corridor holding the key to untold economic riches.

Metro Rail Complaints very Victorian

Victorians have known for years that the building of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project would be incredibly disruptive to city life.

Victorian experience shows rail trails work

Regarding the calls by NNRAG for t

Other Transport News

357 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New York's JFK airport in chaos amid reports of possible shooting

Travellers have been evacuated from two terminals at John F Kennedy International airport in 

Speeding trucks to be grounded on the spot in push for tough new road safety law

Any large heavy vehicle caught driving 15km/h or more above the speed limit would be forced off the road on the spot under tough new laws proposed to take on rogue trucking operators who purposely speed to stay in business.

Is Rosanna Road Melbourne's most dangerous?

Almost 2000 trucks a day use Rosanna Road - and the road's nature strip is littered with their wing mirrors.

EgyptAir flight MS804 disappears from radar on flight from Paris to Cairo

A distress signal was issued "in the vicinity" of where the missing EgyptAir flight MS 804 disappeared while travelling from Paris to Cairo above the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday.

Roads to nowhere: record infrastructure spending wasted on pork barrelling

A decade-long roads building binge has squandered much of the money on pork-barrelling in Australia's marginal regional electorates while cities have been a secondary priority.

Press Releases

221 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
South & West Gippsland Transport Meeting with the Rail, Tram & Bus Union

The South & West Gippsland Transport Group will be meeting with the Rail, Tram & Bus Union on Monday the 15th of August.

Candidates urged to back rail's return to South Gippsland

'Candidates urged to back rail's return', The Great Southern Star, Wednesday the 15th of June 2016, Page 14

Intelligence and Competence Eludes Infrastructure Victoria

Infrastructure Australia's Inland Rail Link from Melbourne through NSW to Brisbane is going to be declared an economic zone from border to border to benefit Regional Centres and Country towns along the rail corridor.

Response to the Victoria's Regional Network Plan

The State Transport Minister has failed to listen to regional communities in the formulation of the Regional Network Development Plan according to the Rail Revival Alliance.

Queensland Rail News

1553 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Youths cling to pylon to avoid crocs, cane train

TWO juveniles walking on a railway bridge were forced to cling to a pylon and dangle over crocodile-infested waters to avoid being hit by a cane train at Macknade.

Party games delay Townsville’s eastern access rail corridor project

POLITICAL point scoring is all that is preventing work beginning on Townsville’s eastern access rail corridor project.

Work begins on rail upgrades for Oakey Beef

It has taken years of lobbying to achieve but a new rail upgrade that will give western Queensland cattle producers direct rail access to the Oakey Beef Exports plant at Oakey is now just months from being a reality.

Mixed signals over track project

TRANSPORT Minister Stirling Hinchliffe was still insisting the troubled Moreton Bay Rail Link project was “progressing well” in March, despite initial pre-commissioning works having already been postponed multiple times.

Plan to extend heavy rail to border was just $190m

THE Brisbane-Gold Coast rail link was to be extended to Coolangatta at a predicted cost of about $190 million.

Rail Events

88 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Sydney's vintage electric train

Take a ride aboard Sydney's vintage electric train for a non-stop journey from North Sydney, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge through the City Underground and onto the Sutherland Shire.

DU student who jumped before Metro train dies

The DU student, Anuradha, who had sustained a head injury in an attempt to suicide at Indraprastha Metro station last week, succumbed at L.

Big Boy No. 4014 Restoration Begins

With the successful restoration of locomotive No.

Redwood Rattler train to Maryborough

Maryborough's flagship event is the Redwood All Trotting Carnival, the most unique, popular and successful harness racing event on Victoria's provincial calendar.

Looking back on a key south-east Queensland rail project

One of the key milestones of the 1980s Bjelke-Petersen Government's south-east Queensland's public transport infrastructure program marks 30 years today.

Rail News

3251 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
World rail infrastucture market August 2016

Africa: Vale has awarded Mota-Engil two five-year contracts totalling US$1282m to maintain the 920 km Nacala Corridor in Malawi and Mozambique, assisted by EMEF.

Smartphone brake testing app

InnoTrans 2016 will see the unveiling of Prose’s BrakePASS system for the automation of brake tests and the storage of associated documentation.

IntelliDesk on show at InnoTrans

The highlight of Schaltbau’s stand at InnoTrans 2016 will be the IntelliDesk, a new design concept for driver consoles which is intended to minimise the wiring requirements.

Better data to build better gangways

HÜBNER: To ensure its train gangways meet customers’ requirements, Hübner has developed a track geometry recording system which provides real-world data which can be used by its design engineers.

Oleo to launch coupler range

OLEO: The Sentry range of rail couplers is to be launched by Oleo International at InnoTrans 2016.

Railpage Australia News

103 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Voting open for August 2016 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Submissions open for August 2016 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2016 photo comp

Congratulations to speedemon08 who has won the July 2016 photo competition with 20 votes.

Voting open for July 2016 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Submissions open for July 2016 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

16 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Victorian Colonial Express

After many years in storage, authentic 1890s passenger carriages are now back on the rails on the Victorian Goldfields Railway

Heritage rail society is back on track

Thousands of Canberrans are expected to converge on the ACT's heritage railway museum from this Friday for one of the most ambitious 

Volunteers returning rail to the Yarra Valley

ONE of Australia’s largest volunteer projects is bringing rail back to the Yarra Ranges.

Heritage railway steams ahead in WA's Wheatbelt after years of delay

A rail project to revive the old days of steam engines and diesel locomotives is underway in Western Australia's Wheatbelt.

Kaniva welcomes vintage rail enthusiasts

KANIVA welcomed 150 rail enthusiasts to the town on Saturday.

Railway Stories

47 stories | Newest story posted last year
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

532 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Rail union strike timed to hit Adelaide Crows match against West Coast

CROWS fans have criticised authorities for running trains from Port Adelaide into the city for the club’s match on Friday night, instead of areas where they say more Adelaide supporters live.

SA rail workers ready to keep striking

Train workers in South Australia will keep striking over the coming weeks to get a better deal, a lawyer representing most of the workers says.

Adelaide's Seaford railway line reopens after strong wind causes electrical problem

Passengers travelling on Adelaide's Seaford and Tonsley train lines have been told to expect delays as services resume after an electrical problem.

Wine district's historic railway to be reborn as bike track to boost tourism

It would be easy to drive past the famous vineyards of Coonawarra without noticing one of the region's most historic monuments.

State Government to consider station closer to Westfield Marion

ELDER MP Annabel Digance says a rail spur line to Westfield Marion should be considered as part of plans to upgrade Oaklands crossing.

Tasmanian Rail News

301 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Rail safety is everyone’s responsibility

The public is being urged to take care around railway lines and level crossings for National Rail Safety Week.

Crackdown on near misses at state’s railway crossing

THE number of Tasmanian drivers and pedestrians courting danger on the state’s rail network has risen sharply.

Rail Bill may open land to tourism

RECREATION groups have welcomed a Rail Bill that allows new tourism opportunities to open up across regional Tasmania.

Driver blamed for freight train derailment

Speed and mishandling are blamed for a freight train derailment north of Hobart in 2014 in a new report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

TasRail repairs complete: all lines reopened

TasRail has completed its flood track maintenance and repair backlog, with trains returning to the Western Line and the bridge at Kimberley returning to service.

Train Simulator News

58 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

BR 7MT Advanced Released for TS2016

This collection includes highly detailed BR 7MT locomotives in six variants, with black and green liveries in clean, intermediate and heavily weathered conditions.

BNSF Mainline Power Now Available

Dekosoft Trains announces its latest release: BNSF Mainline Power.

1960s Diesel Super Power!

Born of the 1960s, Union Pacific’s “35 Trio” – the Electro-Motive GP35, DD35, and DD35A – are now ready for Train Simulator service

Tram and Light Rail News

960 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Montréal light metro agreement

CDPQ Infra announced on August 24 that it had reached agreement with CN over the acquisition of land and structures for the proposed Réseau Électrique Métropolitain automated metro project.

Izmir receives first tram

The first of 38 trams that Eurotem is supplying for the two lines under construction in Izmir has arrived in the city.

St Petersburg light rail preliminary design contracts

The St Petersburg city authorities have awarded preliminary design contracts for two planned light rail lines in the city’s suburbs.

Bergen trams reach Birkelandsskiftet

Bergen Mayor Marte Mjøs Persen and Hordaland County Mayor Anne Gine Hestetun inaugurated an extension of Bergen’s Bybanen tram route on August 15.

Rail Safety Week 15 – 21 August

Rail Safety Week is an annual initiative from TrackSAFE to engage the community in rail safety practices and the importance of rail safety.

Victorian Rail News

4082 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sky rail construction works leaves families sleepless on Dandenong-Cranbourne line

THREE dozen households have been moved to escape the noise from major construction works on the controversial sky rail project.

Ararat freight rail hub gets council support

Ararat Rural City Council has welcomed news the proposed freight train hub is one step closer to being established.

Traffic chaos in Coburg as boomgates shut down due to a Metro signal fault

TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill across multiple sites in Coburg as boomgates shut down after a Metro signal power fault.

Bellarine rail plan was no secret to return train

A Victorian MP is denying claims that a feasibility study into a potential train line on the Bellarine Peninsula was held in secret.

Man dead following crash with V/Line crash at Bairnsdale

A man who was left fighting for his life after his car crashed into a train has died.

Western Australian Rail News

810 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
WA Treasurer confirms Morley line 'years away'

Research to assess the route and cost of a proposed heavy rail link to Morley will take "years" to complete, Dean Nalder tells State Parliament.

Record number of containers moved by rail in Perth

A RECORD number of shipping containers on trains is touted as signalling more Fremantle Port trade can go by rail even if the $1.

Rio Tinto: driverless train problems delay Rio iron ore expansion

Rio Tinto’s much-vaunted iron ore expansion could be delayed by another two years due to ongoing issues with its driverless train network and could ultimately force the miner to develop more rail infrastructure, chief financial officer Chris Lynch has warned investors and analysts.

Brookfield Rail takes track maintenance in-house

Western Australia freight network concessionaire Brookfield Rail brought its track and civil maintenance activities in-house with effect from August 15.

Brookfield rail sources truck maintenance work

Brookfield Rail has announced it will undertake all regular track maintenance activities for Western Australia’s regional 5,500km multi-user freight rail network.

Yarra Trams

109 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Tram Network Upgrade - West Preston substation

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams would like to thank you for your patience with the delay to the commencement of works to construct the substation on Regent Street in J.

Celebrity tram announcements add to game day experience

Footy fans travelling by tram to the MCG will hear some of the game's most recognisable voices making on-board passenger announcements for the rest of the 2016 season.

July 2016 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 99.

Carlisle and Chapel Street, Balaclava civil works

Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are upgrading the tram power supply located near Carlisle Street and Chapel Street, Balaclava.

Accessibility update - Q2 2016

Stop upgrades planned for the network.

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