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Asciano

86 stories | Newest story posted last month
More than 100 passengers affected by train derailment

A train derailed at the Raglan Station Road Railway Crossing at 4pm Tuesday.

Pacific National sheds further jobs in Hunter Valley

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.

Queensland Rail train derailed east of Julia Creek

A TRAIN believed to belong to Pacific National derailed five kilometres east of Julia Creek on Wednesday morning.

The sad passing of termite a great contributor to our hobby

It with a sad heart that I wish to inform the Railpage community of the passing of one of our members, Tim Gray, @Termite who was well known through the railway community as a top bloke who loved all things railway.

Pacific National cuts 120-plus rail jobs: union

THE Hunter Region is wearing the brunt of big job cuts announced by freight rail company Pacific National.

Asian Rail News

236 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Station work starts at Global Gateway Shinagawa

JAPAN: East Japan Railway and the Urban Renaissance Agency marked the start of construction of a new station on the Yamanote Line with a Shinto-style ceremony in Tokyo on February 10.

SRT considers electric rail to Malaysia

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has been asked to consider an electric train project linking Hat Yai to Padang Besar in Songkhla, said the Transport Ministry.

China counting on high speed rail to drive domestic tourism to about 10% of GDP

Faster trains with efficient services can expand and improve the Chinese tourism industry, which saw a year-on-year growth of 15.

Metro train services disrupted as woman commits suicide

Kolkata, Feb 18 (PTI) Metro train services was disrupted for a brief period tonight as a woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Netaji Bhawan station here, police said.

Singapore HSR joint development partner appointed

Project promoters MyHSR Corp of Malaysia and Land Transport Authority of Singapore have awarded the joint development partner contract for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project to a consortium of WSP Engineering Malaysia, Mott MacDonald Malaysia and Ernst & Young Advisory Services.

Aurizon

119 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon swings to half-year profit

Aurizon has swung to a first-half net profit of $54 million from a $108 million loss a year ago, backed by cost cuts from its ongoing restructuring program.

Aurizon takes $321m hit, Iluka books $141m impairment

Australia's largest rail freight operator Aurizon says it will take a $321 million hit to its accounts when it reports its half-yearly earnings, while Iluka takes a non-cash impairment of $141 million.

K&S deal sees Aurizon intermodal volumes soar

A new, 20,000 TEU per annum deal has helped east coast rail operator Aurizon announce a 10% rise in intermodal volumes in the first half of FY17, balancing out slight declines in bulk and freight.

Pam Bains

Aurizon Vice-President Network Finance Pam Bains has been promoted to Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, replacing Keith Neate.

Longreach Regional Council exploring lease of saleyards

Expressions of interest for proposals to lease and upgrade the cattle selling and spelling facility at Longreach have been called by the Longreach Regional Council.

Cityrail News

406 stories | Newest story posted 31 minutes ago
Man 32 charged with indecent assault of a woman 21 at Sydney’s Central Railway Station

A man has been charged after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at Sydney’s Central Railway Station.

Police hunt for angry commuter who ripped apart chairs on train

AN ANGRY commuter ripped apart the chairs in a Sydney train and stacked them and blocked off the stairwell.

Longer, more crowded train journeys for commuters from parts of Sydney's south

Commuters from southern parts of Sydney will face greater crowding on trains and slower journey times to work during peak hours because some services will need to stop at inner-city stations left off the map for a new $20 billion metro line.

Heavy rainfall causes flash flooding, transport chaos across Sydney

MORE than a month’s worth of rain drenched parts of Sydney this morning, damaging homes, threatening an apartment building with collapse and causing transport chaos.

'Bad passenger' blitz on Sydney trains

Sydney train passengers who litter, get drunk, swear and jump ticket barriers will be targeted in a month-long blitz.

Gunzelling Reports

625 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/2/2017

There were only 75 sightings for this week; this is 32 sightings less than last week, making a total of 661 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/2/2017

There were 107 sightings for this week; this is four sightings less than last week, making a total of 586 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/2/2017

There were 111 sightings for this week; this is 15 sightings more than last week, making a total of 479 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/1/2017

There were 96 sightings for this week; this is one sightings less than last week, making a total of 368 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/1/2017

There were 97 sightings for this week; this is six sightings more than last week, making a total of 272 sightings for this year to date.

International Rail News

4220 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Environmentalists Are At Odds With Kenya's Government Over Rail Line

Kenya's government wants to run a rail line across Nairobi National Park.

New locos planned as Mercitalia targets European corridors

ITALY: ‘Radical changes’ to the rail freight and logistics market were unveiled on February 20, when FS Italiane launched its restructured Mercitalia freight business in Milano.

Siemens forms UK Mobility Digitalisation unit

UK: Siemens Rail Automation announced a restructuring of its signalling and train control activities on February 20, with the formation of a Mobility Digitalisation unit.

Brewery takes delivery of battery shunter

GERMANY: The Warsteiner brewery in Nordrhein-Westfalen has taken delivery of a TeleTrac RW60AEM battery-powered shunting vehicle supplied by Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik.

Plans to increase capacity at Warszawa Zachodnia unveiled

Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has unveiled the design concept for an extensive modernisation of Warszawa Zachodnia station planned for 2019-21.

Letters to the Editor

159 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
George Cunningham's train home in Rand real deal

IT’S a good thing George Cunningham was a butcher in a former life because “you need a cut lunch” to get from one end of his house to the other.

Bluetooth-enabled ticket gates demonstrated

Railway Gazette attended a demonstration of Bluetooth Low Energy fare validation technology at Thales UK’s Crawley offices on February 9.

We’re loco if we accept these standards on trains

The time has come for all our politicians to stop flying expensively around the country and go back to catching trains.

A 100-mile rail trip through the Himalayas – for just 42p

You really can’t complain about the ticket prices.

Model Railways

15 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
'Secret' model train collection set to be made public

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

Model train prices are rising because of pound's devaluation

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

Trainorama 830 class 847 review

After what seems an eternity, 

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

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

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

Narrow Gauge

50 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
The Case of The Missing Rivet

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.

NG/G Update; Rounding out 2016

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.

Ashpan Part II

The air box has been modified somewhat from the original concept, in order to increase clearances around the rear pony truck.

NQR Revised

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.

Rich In History

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'.

New South Wales Rail News

2365 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sydenham to Bankstown formal planning process starts

Customers will get more trains, faster travel times and easier access to stations when the Bankstown Line is upgraded to Sydney Metro standards.

NSW Trains CEO steps down

Rob Mason, Chief Executive of NSW Trains, will step down from the organisation after a long career in the rail sector, including the last three-and-a-half years as the first CEO of NSW Trains.

Fast rail offers boost

Investing in high speed rail would “turbocharge” regional Australia, according to Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese.

Reliance Rail owners prepare new syndicate ahead of refi deal

It's equity owners, lenders, the NSW government and bankers at 10 paces as a $2 billion refinance for the once-troubled Reliance Rail heats up.

Affordable housing to run along light rail after Randwick included in plan

Randwick Council will become just the fourth local government in Sydney able to levy developers for affordable housing contributions across the council area.

New Zealand Rail News

223 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
300 hectare fire damages, closes Christchurch-Greymouth line

KiwiRail has announced the Christchurch-Greymouth line between Cass and Springfield will be closed for as long as six weeks after it was damaged in a major bushfire.

Major CRL tender talks begin

Tender documents have been distributed for candidates looking to design, procure, install and commission all tunnel track work and rail systems for the City Rail Link project in Auckland.

First train runs from Blenheim since NZ earthquake

For the first time since New Zealand was hit by a magnitude 7.

KiwiRail to end electric freight haulage

Following two years of studies, national railway KiwiRail announced on December 21 that it had decided to cease electric haulage of freight trains on the North Island Main Trunk line in favour of using diesel locomotives.

KiwiRail criticised for backward step

KiwiRail has announced it will replace its electric train fleet on the North Island main trunk line with diesel locomotives, a decision criticised as a big backwards step by the Green Party and Labour.

Northern Territory Rail News

207 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

ONE of the most well known if imponderable landmarks in the Northern Territory outback town of Katherine is a ancient piece of graffiti on the town’s famous railway bridge.

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

A salt mining company has signed an agreement with Indonesian business PT Damarco Internasional to supply 70 per cent of salt produced from its Central Australian mine.

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

A new rail project crossing the Northern Territory and Queensland border has taken another move forward after the governments agreed to progress the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway.

Chinese eye Top End rail investment

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

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.

Opinion

81 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Getting the Country Back on Tracks

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has encouraged state and federal governments to borrow to finance infrastructure.

The appointment of Gladys Berejiklian to the office of the Premier of New South Wales

The appointment of Gladys Berejiklian to the office of the Premier of New South Wales must be treated with shear contempt.

Pedestrians hit, gunshots heard in Melbourne CBD

Shots have reportedly been fired and pedestrians have been run down during a police chase in Bourke Street in the middle of Melbourne's CBD.

There’s still life in the High Speed Rail dog

Back in July 2016, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) Pty Ltd – an Australian private group – 

Other Transport News

371 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Five-passenger plane crashes near Melbourne's Essendon Airport

A plane with five people on board has crashed into the side of a shopping centre near Essendon Airport, in Melbourne's north, sparking a blaze at a nearby retail outlet centre.

Commuters will need to contribute more to fund transport

Cost-recovery for public transport has reached unsustainable levels and must be overhauled to support sustainable transport services in Australia’s capital cities according to a new report released by the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).

Bus catches fire on George Street

A bus has caught fire on George Street in the Sydney CBD, impacting traffic as firefighters work to extinguish it.

Qantas will now fly you to Bali all year

QANTAS has had so much success with its summer-holiday flights to Bali, it’s decided to keep the spirit of the summer holidays happening all year round.

Qantas confirms direct flights from Perth to London

Qantas will operate non-stop flights on its new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft between Perth and London from March 2018.

Press Releases

228 stories | Newest story posted last month
Transport Minister's response to heat rail stress on Win News Thursday, 19 January 2017

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.

Two added to ARTC board

The Australian Rail Track Corporation board has two new members after the Government appointed David Saxelby and Jennifer Seabrook to the body.

Qld Adviser appointed to lead Inland Rail consultation

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.

Infrastructure Australia 15 Yr Plan to guide Infra Policy

The Australian Government has committed to five key initiatives in its response to the IA 15 Year Plan, released today.

Protecting And Improving V/Line

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening public ownership of V/Line, to protect it from any future attempts by the Liberal and National Party to privatise it and run it in to the ground.

Queensland Rail News

1672 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
$400 million rail maintenance contract gives Maryborough confidence for future

THE railworks is the heart of Maryborough, AMWU delegate Peter Killeen says.

Rail line a must to the Ipswich boom valley

That is what Ipswich civic leaders and public transport advocate Robert Dow said the State Government must be when it comes to providing infrastructure to cater for the population explosion set to occur in Ripley Valley.

Ipswich getting shafted again with rail timetable

THE call has gone out from public transport advocate Robert Dow for Queensland Rail to bring back the 3.

Mother shelves train travel after being unable to access platform with her son who is in a pram

Salisbury mother Clare Alexander used to commute from her local train station every day.

Andy Byford likely to be named new QR Boss

Queensland may have poached a Pom who does not own a car and who has re-shaped Toronto's rail network over the past five years, to reinvigorate Queensland Rail as its new chief executive officer.

Rail Events

99 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Rio sells Australian coal mines to Yancoal

Rio Tinto has announced a deal to sell its Australian coal assets to Chinese state-owned mining firm Yancoal for more than $3 billion.

Australian train journeys: Melbourne to Sydney to Adelaide by rail

Catching a train from platform one of Melbourne's Southern Cross Station is like boarding a flight from gate one of an international airport – rarely done, and all the more special for that.

Granville Disaster: Dodgy wheel was 'covered up'

The locomotive that hauled 83 passengers to their death in the Granville Rail Disaster had a defective wheel that the NSW government knew about and later covered up, according to the author of a book on Australia's deadliest train crash.

Puffing Billy paedophile Robert Whitehead: the secret he took to the grave

When Victorian railway sex predator Robert Whitehead died in jail last year, he took a big secret with him.

ACCC green-lights Qube’s AAT acquisition

Court-enforceable undertakings from transport and logistics group Qube have satisfied the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that the full takeover of Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) should proceed.

Rail News

3411 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
World rail infrastructure market February 2017

Bulgaria: NKZI has awarded contracts for construction of bridges over the Septemvri - Plovdiv line to Strabag (7·8m leva) Gigastroy (3·2m leva) and Porr (4·1m leva).

McVeigh concerned at lack of awareness of Inland Rail

IF YOU have thoughts, ideas or complaints about the upcoming Inland Rail project, make your voice heard.

Bombardier says turnaround is ‘in full motion’

Announcing Bombardier Inc’s annual results for the year to December 31 2016, President & CEO Alain Bellemare said on February 16 that the company’s turnaround plan was ‘in full motion’.

Record highs for winter crop

A new report from the Department of Agriculture suggests mainland states could be set to achieve record highs in this season’s winter crop harvest.

Inland rail: Get it done, National Farmers’ Federation says

BREAKING ground on inland rail is vital to agriculture’s competitiveness and must take precedence over its route through Victoria, the National Farmers’ Federation says.

Railpage Australia News

123 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
December 2016 photo comp

Congratulations to michaelgreenhill who has won the December 2016 photo competition with 10 votes.

Voting open for February 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Submissions open for February 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

January 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to speedemon08 who has won the January 2017 photo competition with 12 votes.

Voting open for January 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

26 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Cyclist shot while riding on north east Vic rail trail

Police believe at least six shots were fired at a bike rider at Everton on Saturday, with at least one bullet hitting him in the head and multiple rounds hitting his chest.

Cockatoo Run rail journey taken off the tracks by Transport for NSW lockdown

The historic Cockatoo Run train journey is out of action after the volunteer group that runs it was locked out of their base in the railway sheds at Redfern.

Lachlan Valley Railway on track to make home at east fork

LACHLAN Valley Railway Society has had a presence at Cowra Locomotive Depot since 1978 and took over control there when the depot closed in 1985.

SRHC Heritage Trian to Tocumwal

Seymour Railway Heritage Centres  “Santa’s Express” Tour to the Tocumwal Foreshore Markets this December will be hauled by Blue and Gold B74 and freshly painted T357.

It's back to the future for Flinders Street Station

Mustard must have seemed the perfect colour for Flinders Street Station in 1980.

Railway Stories

48 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
Moving mail by rail made for fond memories

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

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.

South Australian Rail News

551 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Trans Australia Rail Line cut due to flooding

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.

Railway worker sacked over bullying co-worker

A rail union delegate fired after allegedly bullying her co-workers by revving up her motorbike outside their house and posting Facebook posts belittling one as a "wanker" has lost her unfair dismissal case.

Grange train line to close during Women’s Australian Open golf

THE Women’s Australian Open golf tournament will force the closure of the Grange rail line after Seaton Park station this month because of fears spectators might be hit by passing trains.

Gawler rail services resume after woman suffers injury

A WOMAN has been seriously injured by a train at Islington Station at Dudley Park.

New 24-hour airport included in SA freight overhaul

SA's Opposition wants to overhaul Adelaide's freight network by creating a new road and rail bypass of the city and building a 24-hour airport at Monarto.

Tasmanian Rail News

312 stories | Newest story posted last month
Tasmanian rail operator at odds over derailment

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 bottom line 'hit by floods, mining closures'

TasRail's CEO vows an unexpected $5.

Rail enthusiasts urged to jump on board new Footplate Experience on West Coast Wilderness Railway

A NEW West Coast Wilderness Railway trip called Footplate Experience is set to excite enthusiasts far and wide.

Partitioning TasRail an option

A parliamentary committee has recommended the Tasmanian government consider splitting TasRail into two.

North-West rail corridor funding miss

THE rail corridor at the centre of the stoush between Police and Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding and independent MLC Ruth Forrest has failed to get funding.

Train Simulator News

61 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
DB BR 10 Steam Loco Add-On

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 challenging and enjoyable scenarios for the Three Country Corner route on Steam, covering freight and passenger operations in this scenic cross-border region of Western Europe.

NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B Loco Add-On

The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972.

Atlantic High Speed Route & TGV Atlantique

Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.

Tram and Light Rail News

1029 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Positive view of Newcastle light rail roadworks

HAVING moved to the Hunter from Sydney’s northern beaches, businesswoman Jan Lay says Newcastle is a wonderful city that will be even better once the light rail is up and running.

$200 million twin city vision to transform Hobart to Glenorchy rail corridor

A $200 million blueprint to transform urban development along Hobart’s northern suburbs rail corridor includes new public spaces, modern housing and shopping and restaurant strips linked by a light rail system.

Keolis Downer's $450 million to run Newcastle public transport for a decade

By one calculation, the $450-million contract that Keolis Downer has with the state government to run Newcastle’s buses, ferries and light rail could be worth as much as $800 million over 10 years.

MyWay data from light rail will be able to be used in criminal investigations

The Australian Federal Police will be able to track the movement of suspects on Canberra's light rail system without a warrant in the same way investigators currently do with ACT buses.

Broadbeach monorail closes after almost three decades

After almost 30 years in operation the Gold Coast's iconic Broadbeach monorail runs its last circuit.

Victorian Rail News

4298 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Napier St rail bridge to close overnight for upgrade works

MELBOURNE most struck railbridge underpass will be closed to truck traffic overnight to allow long-awaited protection beams to be replaced.

CEVA opens Truganina hub

Intermodal freight operator CEVA Logistics has formally opened its new hub at Truganina, west of Melbourne.

V/Line says trespassing on tracks dangerous and illegal following Bendigo train and car collision

People trespassing on and around railways not only risk prosecution, but also endanger their lives and the lives of commuters, Victoria’s regional train operator has said.

Homes, businesses to be demolished for Frankston line rail crossings

The owners of 32 homes and businesses in Melbourne's south-east have been told their properties will be demolished as part of the State Government's level crossing removal program.

V/Line Geelong and the “good old days”

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Western Australian Rail News

840 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
East-west rail line reopens as farmers count cost

The Western Australian section of the main east-west rail corridor has reopened after floods.

Freight firms bank on rail reopening after WA floods

Rail-reliant freight firms are on tenterhooks awaiting the reopening of the flood hit east-west rail line but the exact timing remains unclear.

Extensive Flooding across WA Freight Rail Network

Following heavy rainfall over the last week, Brookfield Rail has experienced significant flooding and damage to a number of sections of the freight rail network throughout the Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields regions.

Labor rail plan down to dollars

It has been touted as costing anything from $2.

Ellenbrook rail line could halve city commute times

A new line to Ellenbrook could reduce city commuting times for residents in Perth's north-eastern corridor by up to 30 minutes, WA Labor says while spruiking its Metronet rail system.

Yarra Trams

134 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
January 2017 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 98.

World first: solar to power Melbourne tram network

Melbourne's tram network will be powered by a new large scale solar plant to be built in regional Victoria.

Elizabeth Street tram works - 25 Feb to 1 March 2017

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks at the Elizabeth Street Tram Terminus.

December 2016 performance results

Yarra Trams delivered 98.

Track maintenance - Swanston Street Monday 9 January 2017

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks on Swanston Street in the CBD between A'Beckett Street and Victoria Street.

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