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.
THE Hunter Region is wearing the brunt of big job cuts announced by freight rail company Pacific National.
Recently a pair of wagons, former National Rail wagons, of which 50 were built by China Northern at Qiqihar appear to have been placed in a siding.
Queensland Rail is pleading with people not to take risks near railways, releasing a video showing the blatant disregard for safety around trains.
Asciano’s executive remuneration 2016 report revealed that CEO John Mullen will have been paid just over $8.
The 247 km Chongqing – Wanzhou Passenger-Dedicated Line serving the Three Gorges area and the Yangtze River Economic Belt was opened for revenue operation on November 28.
First cargo train departs from south-western Yunnan province’s capital Kunming for Karachi.
In a bid to encourage better design and attract young talent into the rail sector, Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Qingdao Sifang Corp sponsored an international design competition alongside the second International Workshop on Rail Vehicle Industrial Design which it hosted in the Chinese port city on November 16-18.
At least 40 people have been killed and 100 injured when two Iranian passenger trains collided at a station about 250 kilometres east of the capital Tehran.
With the 20-km rail stretch between Kanjikode in Palakkad and Madukkarai in Coimbatore turning into a death trap for wild elephants, the demand for a rail line outside the forests parallel to the Coimbatore-Palakkad national highway is gaining momentum.
ABC Townsville is reporting Aurizon has lost Glencore's Mt Isa freight contract to PN yesterday, resulting in major job losses the length of the Mt Isa line.
[center]Aurizon’s new Managing Director & CEO Andrew Harding commenced today.
Rail operator Aurizon has announced an 8.
Aurizon has reported volume declines across coal, iron ore and freight in the first quarter of the new financial year, after enduring a tough FY16.
Freight operator Aurizon has appointed Andrew Harding to succeed Lance Hockridge as Managing Director & CEO, with effect from December 1.
Lightning strikes have damaged train equipment in western Sydney and thrown peak hour services off track.
A further build of double-deck EMUs for the Sydney Trains suburban network forms the centrepiece of an A$1·5bn capital investment programme announced by New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance on December 1.
The New South Wales Government announces $1.
Sydneysiders may take some small comfort in the fact that it is not just their train route that is overcrowded during the morning peak, almost all of them are, new data has revealed.
Sydneysiders may take some small comfort in the fact that it is not just their train route that is overcrowded during the morning peak, almost all of them are, new data reveals.
There were 100 sightings for this week; this is 12 sightings more than last week, making a total of 3675 sightings for this year to date.
There were 88 sightings for this week; this is 11 sightings more than last week, making a total of 3575 sightings for this year to date.
There were 77 sightings for this week; this is one sighting more than last week, making a total of 3487 sightings for this year to date.
There were 76 sightings for this week; this is seven sightings more than last week, making a total of 3410 sightings for this year to date.
At last, after a lot of time and effort all my website sightings for 2016 are now up to date after my trip to the UK and Canada.
On December 6 Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced a series of measures that aim to provide ‘a better service for the passenger’ through closer working between train operators and infrastructure manager Network Rail.
A "very specific" threat has been called in from a foreign country against Los Angeles' Red Line commuter rail system, US police say.
The Remtrak rolling stock maintenance business of passenger operator PKP Intercity held a ceremony on November 29 to mark the completion of a 10m złoty upgrade programme at its Idzikowice works, including the construction of a new paint shop and the extension of the existing maintenance building.
As part of a strategy to strengthen its core rail infrastructure business, Vossloh has acquired North American concrete sleeper manufacturer Rocla Concrete Tie, at an estimated cost of US$117m.
A new 14∙3 km alignment between Holm and Nykirke on the Vestfold line entered service on November 28.
“Rail was something for old fat people, and with the Silk Road it's becoming sexy and trendy again,” Karl Gheysen succinctly summed up the revolution that the rail freight transport industry is currently going through in Europe and Asia.
“By the time you leave the house in the morning, you’ve engaged with 20 different textiles without even thinking about it”.
San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computerized fare systems were apparently hacked.
‘The wheelset is not a component like any other; it is at the centre of the railway system, its safety and its performance’, writes former SNCF Rolling Stock Director Alain Bullot in his foreword to this treatise on wheelset maintenance.
America’s system of rail freight is the world’s best.
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.
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
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.
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'.
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.
The restoration of 216 NQR, being run by our Tuesday volunteer team, is progressing well.
GrainCorp has done a deal with the New South Wales Government to deliver a $4.
FOR western Sydney rail commuters, the next stops will be Rossmore, Bringelly, North Bringelly and Badgerys Creek.
Limits are being imposed on freight trains running over the rail bridge connecting Sydney with the Central Coast and Newcastle, after engineering reports found cracking in the bridge's concrete and "consistent defects" in its steel frame.
Australian farmers are hiring their own trains to freight grain and other harvested crops direct to port or to contract buyers to avoid what they say are excessive transport, logistics and marketing costs charged by the big grain companies.
COULD this be the answer to the lower north shore’s traffic woes?
KiwiRail’s ferries the Kaitaki and Kaiarahi are now back to over 75% capacity on the Cook Strait and hope to be running full operations by the end of the week.
KiwiRail suspended services on Monday after New Zealand was hit by a powerful earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks, with the operator warning customers there could be “extensive damage” to parts of the rail network.
MOVES are afoot to create a local consortium to run a short-haul rail line between Gisborne and Wairoa, as the future of the 90km line looks like being the main issue East Coast candidates will be fighting over in next year’s general election.
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has a new ‘inland port’ called MidlandPort, located in Rolleston, about 30 kilometres west of Lyttelton.
The report which spurred Auckland Transport's decision to rule out heavy rail between the city centre and Auckland Airport is "deeply flawed" advocates say.
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.
The far-west Victorian city of Portland is in shock after a catastrophic power failure plunged the future of its biggest employer, Alcoa, into jeopardy.
About 200,000 South Australian homes and businesses lost power overnight due to an outage affecting the interconnector from Victoria.
Bear with me but a little bit of history might be worthwhile here some of which a number of Railpagers are already across.
A few months ago, coal seemed to be on the nose – it still is – but with the recent jump in global prices and mothballed mines re-opening, the champagne corks appear to be popping once again in boardrooms around the world, Mark Carter writes.
In the strategic rivalry between Japan and China, high-speed rail contracts are one of the best ways to project power.
CATCHING a coach to Sydney or Brisbane from Tamworth has become a thing of the past after a major company pulled the pin on its New England Highway route.
Every few minutes a giant freight truck, a bus or a car swerves – often across double lines – to avoid smashing its wheels into cracked-up sections of highway or large potholes jagged enough to shatter rims.
A total ban on the heaviest trucks crossing the West Gate Bridge will start on November 1, forcing more hulking B-Doubles to mix with inner city traffic.
A proposed $5.
IT’S no secret Apple has been trying to get into the electric self-driving car business.
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 Australian Government has committed to five key initiatives in its response to the IA 15 Year Plan, released today.
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.
Join us on our next Heritage tour to the Tocumwal Foreshore Markets.
The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a special vintage diesel haul heritage railway tour to Geelong on Saturday 8th October, with an option to travel on to Queenscliff by Coach.
The $22-billion Carmichael coal and rail project has secured approval for a permanent rail line and a temporary construction camp as hundreds protested against the mine in Melbourne.
A rail line that will link Adani's $21 billion Carmichael coal mine to the Abbot Point port is one step closer, after passing its first assessment hurdle for a Federal Government loan.
Queensland's rail crisis has hit motorists hard, with morning commutes on major motorways in the southeast slowing significantly in October.
QUEENSLAND Rail has shunned a lifeline cast by Melbourne’s rail operator to ease its driver shortage calamity by helping speed up the training of hundreds of new recruits.
UPDATE: Trains have now resumed on the Sunshine Coast after a freight train crashed into a car parked on the line, cancelling peak hour services.
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.
Victims of a rail crash that killed at least 79 people in Cameroon have filed a lawsuit against train operator Camrail and its French owner Bollore Group, accusing them of negligence and involuntary manslaughter, their lawyer said.
Kid arrested by thuggish ticket inspectors at Flinders st station in Melbourne.
A NEW chapter in Wodonga’s railway history has unfolded with the first freight train departing the city’s Logic industrial estate.
Organiser Messe Berlin reports that the 11th InnoTrans trade show held in the German capital on September 20-23 had enjoyed ‘the best set of results in its history’, with record attendances by exhibitors and trade visitors, 149 products making their international debuts and 127 vehicles on display.
Privately funded proposals for a new high-speed rail line on Australia’s east coast should be assessed by the government to fast-track the long-stalled project, a bipartisan parliamentary committee has found.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation says it has executed its first ‘direct from farm’ mainline train loading event at Milguy in northern New South Wales’ grain belt, thanks to an innovative loading solution.
Huber+Suhner has extended its portfolio of roof-top antennas with the five port Sencity Rail Multiple Input Multiple Output, which is designed to enable rolling stock manufacturers to upgrade vehicles to provide 4G/LTE and wi-fi with minimal effort.
Íñigo de la Serna Hernáiz has been named Minister of Development in the new government announced by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on November 3.
Sepura Group business Teltronic has announced the successful completion of integration of its TETRA technology with Siemens’ ETCS Level 2.
Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.
Australia has an idea database online allowing users to request a feature they would like to see developed on Railpage.
Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.
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.
Mustard must have seemed the perfect colour for Flinders Street Station in 1980.
IT has been a train lover's feast at the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre over the October long weekend.
THE historic Zig Zag Railway is on its way to reliving its former glory with the first train in more than four years travelling the iconic tracks.
We are very sorry to report that we have had to cancel the Wollongong Shuttles planned for this weekend and the Nowra Shuttles planned for the 8th and 9th October.
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
“Some travel posters show you what you’ll see,” said Nicholas D.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on December 1 that its subsidiary Genesee & Wyoming Australia had completed the acquisition of Glencore Rail for A$1·14bn.
The South Australian Government has awarded a $200,000 grant for Bowmans Rail to establish an intermodal terminal just outside of Leigh Creek in central eastern South Australia.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on October 20 that it had entered into agreements to acquire mining company Glencore’s Hunter Valley coal haulage business for A$1·14bn.
COMMUTERS will face lengthy traffic disruptions when a crucial part of the $896 million Torrens Rd to Torrens River project is installed in January.
South Australia ran to Canberra for subsidies to protect Arium Steel - which has now been shut down in part because of the state's ruinously juvenile obsession with green power.
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.
A parliamentary committee has recommended the Tasmanian government consider splitting TasRail into two.
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.
THE toot-toot of the West Coast Wilderness Railway’s steam trains is a familiar sound on Tasmania’s West Coast, with trains departing Queenstown and Strahan on half and full-day trips through rugged mountain terrain and dense rainforest year round.
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.
This collection includes highly detailed BR 7MT locomotives in six variants, with black and green liveries in clean, intermediate and heavily weathered conditions.
Dekosoft Trains announces its latest release: BNSF Mainline Power.
Born of the 1960s, Union Pacific’s “35 Trio” – the Electro-Motive GP35, DD35, and DD35A – are now ready for Train Simulator service
TREASURER Gladys Berejiklian has been accused of misleading taxpayers by claiming a $500 million light rail cost blowout was the result of “huge wins” rather than a botched business case when she was transport minister.
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organisers urge people to use public transport to ease traffic during the event.
PEOPLE power may be the only way to take a light rail passenger project for Hobart from a popular concept to a concrete, funded proposal, say those supporting the push.
As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks on Swanston Street between Bourke Street and Collins Street.
At least seven people have been killed and more than 50 taken to hospital after a tram, believed to have been going too fast, crashed in south
PERVERTED young graffiti vandals have shot an amateur pornographic film on a public bench at a Geelong train station.
A long-awaited rail link to Australia's second busiest airport isn't "an unworthy project" but Victoria's premier is in no rush to build it.
Commuters were left bemused after their V/Line train service to Bendigo was cancelled due to a fuel issue on Monday night.
Motorists will face "untenable" delays on the Tullamarine Freeway in the next 10 years and there must be an urgent plan for an airport rail link to prevent gridlock, the Andrews government has been warned.
PUBLIC transport users will be slugged an extra $80 for an annual adult myki pass from January 1, while daily tickets will cost more than $8 for the first time.
A West Australian think tank says traffic congestion in Perth will worsen unless both major political parties commit to more public transport in key parts of the city.
WA's former transport minister ignored the advice of his own department about releasing MAX light rail documents, says the auditor-general.
PERTH commuters are abandoning buses and trains at an unprecedented rate, which is bad news for motorists already frustrated with congestion on the roads.
Rio Tinto has signalled that development of its driverless train system is back on track, moving responsibility for completing the AutoHaul project out of its technology division to iron ore boss Chris Salisbury.
After patronage dropped to a four-year low in 2015-16, new figures reveal an even more dramatic fall in the first three months of 2016-17.
To coincide with the International Day of People with Disability on Saturday, 3 December, this week is Yarra Trams'
As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks on Melville Road, Brunswick West.
Melbourne's busiest tram corridor has come to a complete standstill, after a powerline failure at a major CBD intersection forced the suspension of all services along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road.
The first revitalisation of the Acland Street Precinct in over two decades is now finished, delivered in partnership with Public Transport Victoria, Yarra Trams, and the City of Port Phillip.
As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks on Lygon Street, Brunswick East, between Brunswick Road and Weston Street.