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Asciano

48 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Asciano releases new positions including Locomotive Drivers and Trainee Locomotive Assistants across multiple locations

At Asciano we're committed to building a workplace that enables diversity of thought, fresh perspectives, different decision making and ultimately, better business outcomes.

Asciano board recommends acceptance of Brookfield offer

The board of Asciano has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Brookfield Infrastructure’s offer to acquire its entire issued capital, in a deal which gives the rail and port group an implied enterprise value of A$12bn.

Asciano board agrees to $8.9b offer from Brookfield

International infrastructure investment giant Brookfield is paying just over $8.

Pacific National is storing grain wagons at Murtoa to have them cut up

It has been reported that Pacific National is storing grain wagons at Murtoa to have them cut up to stop their competitors using them.

Aurizon

71 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Aurizon delivers 15% increase in underlying NPAT and 64% increase in final dividend

Aurizon today reported a 14% increase in Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to $970 million for the full year ended 30 June 2015, compared to the prior year (FY14: $851m), on flat revenue of $3.

Aurizon posts 139pc profit increase on cost cutting

Queensland-based rail freight company Aurizon has posted a 139 per cent increase in its full-year profit after heavy cost-cutting last year.

Aurizon boosts dividend as rail group warns of flat coal outlook

Aurizon has forecast flat coal haulage volumes for 2016 and lower iron ore volumes as the rail operator delivered a 15 percent rise in underlying net profits to $604 million and raised its dividend payout ratio.

Aurizon boosts super for primary caregivers

Australia’s largest rail-based transport business, Aurizon, is helping tackle the superannuation gap caused by unpaid parental leave by announcing its new ‘Super Booster’ initiative.

Aurizon welcomes positive vote on Queensland Train Crew and Transport Operations Enterprise Agreement

Employees have voted in favour of Aurizon's Queensland Train Crew and Transport Operations Enterprise Agreement.

Cityrail News

218 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Government reveals Newcastle light rail details

The New South Wales Government has revealed Newcastle's new light rail carriages will carry up to 120 people, but there will only be 40 seats.

Newcastle Rail Line: State coy on link between revitalisation and corridor sale

THE state government won’t say whether the revitalisation of Newcastle hinges on land sales from the former heavy rail corridor.

Teen's Newcastle rail survey causes social media backlash

A survey by a Newcastle teenager on the cutting of the city's rail line has outraged a public figure on social media, who has labelled the school project "appalling".

Sydney suburban fleet modernisation contract awarded

Transport for New South Wales has awarded the UGL Unipart Rail joint venture an A$131m contract to modernise Sydney Trains’ fleet of 446 Tangara suburban electric multiple-unit cars by July 2018.

Government changes plan on rail line (Prevents any railed vehicle from using rail line)

THE state government can’t legally run trains on Newcastle’s ‘‘truncated’’ heavy rail line or maintain the tracks even if it wanted to, after it changed its own environmental protection licence for the rail network.

Gunzelling Reports

550 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 29/8/2015

There were 87 sightings for this week; this is three sighting more than last week, making a total of 2950 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/8/2015

There were 84 sightings for this week; this is five sighting more than last week, making a total of 2863 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/8/2015

There were 79 sightings for this week; this is five sighting more than last week, making a total of 2779 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/8/2015

There were 74 sightings for this week; this is one sighting more than last week, making a total of 2700 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/8/2015

There were 73 sightings for this week; this is three sightings less than last week, making a total of 2626 sightings for this year to date.

International Rail News

2424 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Farnworth Tunnel enlargement delayed by poor ground conditions

‘Exceptionally poor’ ground conditions have delayed the project to enlarge Farnworth Tunnel to enable electric trains to run between Bolton and Manchester, Network Rail announced on September 4.

Parsons awarded Chicago PTC contract

Chicago commuter rail operator Metra has appointed Parsons as prime contractor for the installation of Positive Train Control.

BNSF Network Operations Centre

BNSF runs an average of 1,600 trains a day.

Desperate refugees dragged off rail tracks

Sky News has witnessed desperate scenes in Hungary as hundreds of refugees clashed with riot police who tried to force them off a train and into a migrant camp.

Letters to the Editor

93 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Who Is That Man?

An engineer was, for a short time, engaged in train testing on the New York Subway.

Adani Group - Tony Abbott's favoured son

The infrastructure Prime Minister, Tony Abbott can generously offer Adani, Australian taxpayer funds to build their railway line for their Galilee basin coal mine to Abbott point.

Competition boss warns port sale could cost the economy

Australia's competition watchdog has warned the Andrews government that attempts to maximise the upfront cash price for the Port of Melbourne could come at a long-term cost to the state economy.

Public Transport Victoria Regional Network Development Plan Leongatha Workshop Conversation

Thanks to every supporter so far as we have already passed the 1,500 signature mark.

The Coonabarabran line - August 2005

It was about this time ten years ago when word trickled through that “something was up” with the mothballed Coonabarabran line.

Narrow Gauge

30 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
The Fox Bogie Revisited

First patented by Englishman Samson Fox in 1893, the Fox style bogie carried virtually all the rolling stock on the Victorian Railways 4 narrow gauge lines from construction to demolition.

A New Smokebox Door Seal For 6A

One of the many constant challenges for the workshop staff at Belgrave is being able to create and maintain an air tight seal around the smokebox door.

Re-Wheeling An NG/G16

August 2015.

Sustaining The Operation

One of the biggest issues facing a tourist railway such as Puffing Bilły, is keeping in reliable operating condition a fleet of steam locomotives designed over 125 years ago; the youngest of which has been in traffic now for over 100.

Meanwhile..

Aside from the distraction of all the recent exciting deliveries, a multitude of work carries on in the background.

New South Wales Rail News

2199 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Electronic Authority functionality a success on CRN

4Tel’s recent work installing Electronic Authority functionality on a NSW rail network is just one example of where digital technology can help the industry, managing director Derel Wust says.

Minister denies plan to transfer rail corridor for $10 to avoid parliament

TRANSPORT minister Andrew Constance has denied the government tried to avoid putting the proposed closure of Newcastle’s heavy rail line to Parliament by devising elaborate plans to transfer its ownership from one agency to another for $10.

State government to investigate health concerns sparked by outback train cuts

Barwon MP Kevin Humphries says he's asked the state health minister to look into the potential impact of cuts to economy seating on Broken Hill's only rail link to Adelaide.

Skytrain to Sydney's north-west has led to jobs boom, NSW Government says

The New South Wales Government is describing the $387 million Skytrain it is building in Sydney’s north-west as a "terrific innovation" that has led to a jobs boom.

New Zealand Rail News

195 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Council keen to investigate commuter rail for northern Christchurch

The Christchurch City Council wants to investigate the possibility of a rail link to ease traffic congestion in the north of the city.

Motorists reminded about rail safety

Motorists and pedestrians are being reminded to expect trains at any time and from any direction when they're at level crossings, as part of rail safety week.

Silver Fern rail service going well

The first three of Dunedin Railways' new monthly passenger train trips to Oamaru almost sold out and the service is set to be increased to weekly this summer.

Mainfreight 'appalled' by Government’s rail madness

The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

Big day as rail goes electric

Auckland Transport is warning passengers of potential bedding-in glitches after it replaces diesel trains this morning with electrics on all lines from Papakura and Swanson to Britomart.

Northern Territory Rail News

202 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
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).

Ute wasn’t using crossing in Katherine collision

The crew of a Genessee & Wyoming manganese ore train which collided with a ute at 70km/h feared the train would derail into the Katherine River, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has reported.

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.

Opinion

26 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Photography and Videography For The Future

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the future photography and videography.

Please save your fleet of A class locomotives from scrap

A class locomotives have graced the railways of the Mornington Peninsula for over 25 years, even before rail services were privatised in 1999.

The Port of Melbourne has paid total lip service to both the current Government and previous Governments

Each one of the Government administrations showed a commitment to rail and the former Coalition Government to their credit actually went to Sydney and had a look at Port Botany and Moorebank and were impressed with what they saw.

The Future Of Rail Travel -- And Why It Doesn't Look Like Hyperloop

Railways, with their greater capacity for carrying more people, quickly and with greater energy efficiency, are the best bet to become our mobility backbone.

Newcastle Rail Judgement In July says the Rail Revivial Alliance

The pictures of a proud Newcastle Railway Station that has provided the people of Newcastle with a central railway station and with ease of access for train for a considerable time.

Other Transport News

343 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Melbourne Airport Drive extension opened

It is a new $100 million road linking Melbourne Airport to the Western Ring Road, and it will take up to 15,000 cars a day off Tullamarine Freeway.

Melbourne's first double-decker bus ready to rumble when Regional Rail Link opens

Double-decker buses: London has them, Hong Kong has them and next month Melbourne will get them too.

Atlas 5 sets sail to orbit

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A windowless, robotic space shuttle with stubby wings, two tail fins, its belly covered with black thermal tiles, clam-shell doors that swing open to reveal a small payload bay and a solar array that unfurls for powering ultralong-duration missions rode back into orbit Wednesday on the fourth mission of the Air Force’s reusable X-37B spaceplane project.

East West Link battle justifies need for non-partisan body on infrastructure

No matter what you think of the East West Link, taxpayer funds should never again be so blatantly wasted on such an appalling display of political brinkmanship.

Press Releases

199 stories | Newest story posted last month
The Portuguese Decide to Silence Rail Traffic

The leading company in the field of wear out and noise reduction on source ELPA d.

Zonegreen Points Shunter Safety in Right Direction

Zonegreen is expanding its product range to improve efficiency and working conditions for drivers and shunters operating freight and train vehicles.

Vinelander Tour of 2016

We are a group of dedicated members seeing if a Southern Cross to Mildura Heritage tour in 2016 is possible.

Nine Level Crossing Removals And 37 New Trains To Transform Melbourne’s Busiest Line

The Andrews Labor Government will transform Melbourne’s busiest train line, removing every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong and purchasing 37 new high capacity trains to run more services, it stated in a press release today.

Maryborough train service should be at similar levels to comparable cities

The Rail Revival Alliance has called on the new Andrew's Labor government to  increase the level of  passenger rail services on the Maryborough line.

Queensland Rail News

1425 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Is this Australia’s weirdest railroad crossing?

This drawbridge style cane train crossing over the QR main line near Bundaberg is a site to behold.

Adani rail link a focus for fed, Qld govts

The federal and Queensland governments are doing everything they can to ensure Adani's $16.

Queensland Rail releases shocking footage of empty pram rolling into path of moving freight train

QUEENSLAND Rail has released shocking footage of a pram rolling into the path of a moving freight train at an inner-Brisbane station.

Cattle producer Shontae Moran and GVK Hancock spokesman Josh Euler discuss GVK Hancock's proposed rail line

A cattle producer whose property would be traversed by a coal rail line out of the Galilee Basin, says landholders have not heard from the proponent since early this year, causing uncertainty about what their future holds.

Breathing life into Brisbane's underground rail

Brisbane's future underground rail project under George Street must mesh with a stand-alone "driverless mini-metro" system in the city's CBD to give the project "more bang for its buck", an experienced tunnelling expert said.

Rail Events

58 stories | Newest story posted last month
Steamrail Weekender to Maldon Victoria (July 31st to August 2nd)

Steamrail Victoria invite you to join us for this exciting event of overnight travel in beautifully restored sleeping carriages, as we travel to the goldfields town of Maldon.

Vietnam Tour - Travelling by private train on the legendary Reunification Express

Of all the fascinating holiday destinations the orient has to offer, nothing is as unforgettable as the vast and vibrant Vietnam by rail.

Stunning views on a retro rail trip

Despite the flurry of camera phones furiously snapping photos as the train pulled into the station, I felt like I'd drifted back in time.

Rail Revival Alliance to meet with Louise Staley Member for Ripon

The President of the Rail Revival Alliance, Mr Noel Laidlaw will be meeting with the member for Ripon, Louise Staley at the Carisbrook Railway Station to discuss the next stage of the restoration of the railway station.

QPSR Troop Train

QUEENSLAND Pioneer Steam Railway is partnering with the Joint Ipswich Region Commemorative Committee - Centenary of Anzac to offer locals a chance to experience what it was like for Ipswich soldiers when they left for war.

Rail News

2818 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Inland rail project must be cheap and frugal: Fed Gov

THE only private sector proponent for the proposed inland rail freight line has welcomed news the Federal Government is considering other options for the Melbourne to Brisbane link.

Scomi and Škoda Transportation sign partnership

Czech company Škoda Transportation and Malaysian monorail and bus supplier Scomi Engineering have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of mass rapid transit and light rail vehicles.

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter has been named Managing Director & Head of Projects for Bombardier UK, replacing interim MD Noel Travers.

Victorian Farmers Federation's call for $416 million rail upgrade

A CALL to upgrade the Murray Basin rail line to 23 tonnes has been backed by Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) grains president Brett Hosking.

Fujitsu buys Applied Card Technologies

Fujitsu announced its ‘multi-million pound’ acquisition of Applied Card Technologies on August 27.

Railpage Australia News

70 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Reporting SPAM

[b]BREAKING NEWS!

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.

Railway Stories

47 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
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

488 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
First Railed Ore From Iron Knob This Century

Arrium Mining has reached yet another milestone in its Iron Knob project, with the first ore railed out of the area since the operations were closed in the late 1990s.

SA govt to fund Overland trains

THE South Australian government will provide more than $1 million over the next three years to keep the Overland train service between Adelaide and Melbourne running.

Rail cuts not expected to impact Ghan Coober Pedy stopover

Cuts to services by Great Southern Rail are not expected to affect The Ghan's new stop at Coober Pedy in northern South Australia.

Seaford rail track poor, forcing trains to slow, SA Opposition says

Speed restrictions are being imposed on at least 10 parts of the Seaford rail line due to poor track, the South Australian Opposition says.

Viterra secures rail services with Genesee and Wyoming Australia for movement of grain across South Australia

Grain company Viterra has signed a multi-year, multi-million-dollar deal with Genesee and Wyoming Australia, which will see rail services secured for at least five years.

Tasmanian Rail News

274 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
TFGA seeks rail advice

A NEW study into the economic benefits of rail transport has been welcomed by Tasmania's peak agricultural body.

Don River Railway runs on greased-up volunteers and time-worn steel

Niels Brun states that everything about trains is either very heavy or very dirty.

TasRail touts $160m in savings moving freight from road to rail

Moving freight from road to rail in Tasmania could save as much as $160 million over four years, a study has found.

Tunnel vision: Tasmania's historic 'Idiotic Railway' up for sale

A unique and rare piece of Tasmania's railway history has been put on the market in Cambridge.

Animal carcasses found dumped on disused rail line in Tasmania

About 50 animal carcasses have been found on a disused rail corridor in northern Tasmania.

Train Simulator News

14 stories | Newest story posted last month
MSTS New South Wales – North West Route – Version 3.0

Way back in 2005 Chris Nelson laid down the foundations for this very large MSTS route.

Amtrak P30CH

The General Electric P30CH, affectionately nicknamed the “Pooch,” was among the first all-new diesel-electric locomotives built for Amtrak, and is now available for Train Simulator.

CSX AC6000CW

One of the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotives in the World comes to Train Simulator, the General Electric AC6000CW.

The iconic Class 180 ‘Adelante’ speeds into Train Simulator in distinctive Grand Central Trains livery

The five-car sets were built by Alstom at their Washwood Heath plant between 2000 and 2001 for First Great Western, who wanted to increase the frequency of their express services between London Paddington and South Wales, and became part of the Coradia 1000 family, alongside the popular Class 175.

Dovetail games to partner with Microsoft at egx rezzed

Dovetail Games, the multi award-winning developer and publisher of a range of simulation games today announced that its upcoming fishing simulation, Dovetail Games Fishing would feature in Microsoft’s ID@Xbox lineup at the upcoming EGX Rezzed video games event, taking place in London from 12th – 14th March 2015.

Tram and Light Rail News

769 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Tram cafe plan for Casey fields highlight shortage of rail links in southeast

A CONVERTED tram cafe at Casey Fields could be serving up the ultimate irony, the Public Transport Users Association says.

Alternative services for northern suburbs

Alternative travel options for northern suburbs

Planned industrial action on 27 August 2015

Due to planned industrial action on Thursday 27 August, between 10am and 2pm, trams will not operate.

Alternative services for south-eastern suburbs

Alternative travel options for south-eastern suburbs

Interest sought in Gold Coast light rail stage two

The Queensland government is inviting expressions of interest from August 10 until August 28 for construction of the second phase of the Gold Coast light rail line.

Victorian Rail News

3631 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Melbourne train strike: Rail chaos to spread to roads, schools and businesses

The transport chaos that will grip Melbourne on Friday threatens to be repeated in days and weeks ahead, with both protagonists in the industrial dispute giving no hint that they will compromise on their positions.

Station precinct plan is go for Frankston

THE plan to revitalise the Frankston train station precinct will include a demolition and rebuild of the station itself and the long-awaited electrification of the Baxter train line.

V/Line services will run during Metro industrial action

During the industrial dispute affecting the Metro network tomorrow, V/Line trains will run.

Concrete mix to be pumped beneath Yarra to stabilise ground for Melbourne Metro

Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, 

Western Australian Rail News

739 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Perth desperate for better public transport

Almost 90 per cent of Perth residents think an efficient public transport network is critical to the future, but just 17 per cent think the city is equipped with one.

CBH prepares for rail access arbitration

AS CBH prepares to take rail access proceedings to arbitration, a WA Liberal MP is moving to ensure future rail access negotiations have set timelines to avoid being drawn out again.

WA Labor pledges rail link to Byford if elected

A rail extension to the southern Perth suburb of Byford would be a priority project under Labor's proposed Metronet rail network, but Opposition Leader Mark McGowan cannot say when it would be built or how it would be funded.

Mark McGowan commits to priority rail lines via $2.5 billion Perth Metronet

Opposition leader Mark McGowan has again pledged to start building 

Timing of 'complex, expensive' Perth freight link still unclear, WA Premier says

Continuing uncertainty over the timing of the Perth Freight Link to Fremantle will not be resolved until construction contracts are signed, WA Premier Colin Barnett has told Parliament.

Yarra Trams

49 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
St Kilda Road/Nepean Highway track maintenance

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria will be performing maintenance and repair work on tram tracks on St Kilda Road/Nepean Highway in St Kilda.

Melbourne tram strike: How to get around the CBD and suburbs

Commuters are being encouraged to car-pool on Thursday, with a planned four-hour tram strike set to badly affect Melbourne's roadways.

Trams to run on Friday as Rail, Tram and Bus Union cancels strike action

All trams will run on Friday, after the Rail, Tram and Bus Union called off its planned four-hour stoppage at the end of a closed-door negotiation session inside the Fair Work Commission.

Yarra Trams statements about proposed industrial action

Yarra Trams is actively planning to ensure that we continue to offers our passengers the best service we can in light of the proposed industrial action.

Statement about proposed industrial action

Yarra Trams remains committed to reaching a fair and balanced agreement and keeping trams moving so that people in the community can continue their lives as normal - we don't believe industrial action is necessary.

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