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Asciano

42 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Asciano flags storm rail hit

Rail hauler Asciano has warned its fourth quarter results will be impacted after severe storms in NSW and Queensland damaged rail tracks and disrupted the Hunter Valley coal supply chain.

Pacific National's freight rail coal haulage down

THE Hunter's biggest freight rail company, Pacific National, is only hauling about 85 per cent of the coal it has contracts to carry, its latest quarterly volume update has revealed.

PN Coal derailment Kankool

Updated 17:00 - A Pacific National Coal train has derailed around Kankool near Willow Tree in New South Wales.

Downer EDI and Pacific National sign billion dollar rail deal

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

US players eye Asciano freight rail business

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

Aurizon

58 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Aurizon chief Lance Hockridge not done shaking up rail giant

HE has been called a “toe cutter” because of his unflaggingly tough approach to restructuring troubled businesses.

Aurizon unveils new high-tech track machine

AURIZON is investing $180 million in 40 high-tech track machines and specialised wagons that will underpin the delivery of increasing export coal tonnages for Queensland miners.

Queensland Enterprise Agreement Update: Federal Court Hearing and Termination of expire Enterprise Agreements

Today Aurizon is giving effect to the decision and order of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (on 22 April 2015) terminating the 12 existing expired Enterprise Agreements in Queensland.

Aurizon invests $180 million in Central Queensland fleet upgrade

A $180 million investment in 40 high-tech track machines and specialised wagons by Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon will underpin the delivery of ever-increasing export coal tonnages for Queensland miners.

Aurizon agrees to suspend termination of Enterprise Agreements

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission recently agreed to Aurizon's application to terminate 12 existing agreements in Queensland effective May 18, 2015.

Cityrail News

199 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Newcastle MP questions timing of rail line drilling

The New South Wales government is being urged to release more information about its plans for Newcastle's rail corridor, after geological drilling work began yesterday.

North West Rail Link breaks new ground

Work on Sydney's North West Rail link is powering ahead, with the NSW government ticking off another milestone on the $8.

Rail officials sound warning over increasing vandal attacks on trains

A state rail official says vandals are increasingly targeting trains trains travelling on the Newcastle-Central Coast line.

Hunter's parliamentary secretary not interested in rail protests

The Hunter’s new representative in state Parliament says he only wants to hear from people who have something positive to say about the region.

Epping to Chatswood rail disruption to last about a year

Train services in Sydney's northern suburbs would be disrupted for almost a year before the opening of the north-west rail link, under proposals recently approved by the state government.

Gunzelling Reports

537 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/5/2015

There were 107 sightings for this week; this is 19 sightings more than last week, making a total of 1926 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/5/2015

There were 88 sightings for this week; this is two sightings more than last week, making a total of 1819 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/5/2015

There were 86 sightings for this week; this is five sightings less than last week, making a total of 1731 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/5/2015

There were 91 sightings for this week; this is two sightings less than last week, making a total of 1645 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/5/2015

There were 93 sightings for this week; this is five sightings more than last week, making a total of 1554 sightings for this year to date.

International Rail News

2031 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Locomotive delivered for Uruguayan upgrade

URUGUAY: Infrastructure company Corporación Ferroviaria del Uruguay has taken delivery of a refurbished ČKD Class 740 diesel-electric locomotive supplied by rolling stock repair and freight transport company Loko Trans Slovakia.

CN rail line back in service after bridge fire

Canadian National Railway crews have restored service to a railroad line that was disrupted when a timber bridge burned and collapsed near International Falls on May 27.

Chinese rolling stock manufacturers merge to form CRRC Corp

CHINA: CRRC Corp Ltd was officially launched on June 1 with the completion of the merger of rolling stock manufacturers China CNR Corp and CSR Corp.

De Lijn orders more Albatros trams

BELGIUM: Flemish public transport operator De Lijn has placed a €97m firm order for a further 40 Bombardier Flexity 2 low-floor trams to replace older vehicles in Gent and Antwerpen.

Class 321 EMUs to be born again

UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded Wabtec a £60m contract to refurbish its fleet of Class 321 outer-suburban electric multiple-units, under a programme which is designed to provide ‘maintainability, cost effectiveness and the look and feel of a new train’.

Letters to the Editor

87 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
The LRRSA now has a membership option which provides Light Railways magazine as a downloadable pdf

The LRRSA now has a membership option which provides Light Railways magazine as a downloadable pdf.

Antique Diesel Engine Starts For First Time In 30 Years!

This is a great clip capturing the first start of this antique Enterprise DSG-36 diesel engine in more than 30 years!

Watch as locomotive crashes to Gabon wharf

A 2012 video, which has resurfaced this week on social media, shows a locomotive falling an estimated 20 feet to the wharf below it, upon delivery in Gabon, Africa.

Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution

Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.

Fantastic CSX Freight Train Footage From A High-Def Drone!

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

Narrow Gauge

26 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Meanwhile..

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

Machining Na Cylinders

In the workshops of one of Puffing Billys engineering contractors, Jack Thompson Engineering, the first of the new Na Locomotive cylinder castings has been set up on one of their machines, and some prelimenary machining carried out.

Welcome Back!

Puffing Billys locomotive 12A returned to traffic on the 1st October, after a protracted overhaul.

Cowcatchers Arrive

The latest parts of NG/G16 129 to arrive at Belgrave are these Cowcatchers, expertly restored by Brad Treadwell.

Looking Inside 6A

With 6A in for attention to the Chimney, Blast pipe and Regulator, we get the oportunity to see some parts of the engine most often hidden from view.

New South Wales Rail News

2153 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Cootamundra MP calls for government funding for Cowra Lines re-opening

The Member for Cootamundra has called on the New South Wales Government to use funds from its proposed electricity privatisation to re-open local rail branch lines.

Plans on track to convert Bungendore and Goulburn rail lines to cycle trails

Momentum is gathering for the conversion of disused railway lines near Bungendore and Goulburn into smooth, straight trails with gentle gradients for cyclists, who will ride without the worry of cars and trucks.

Keeping railway and rail trail may be costly, group warns

KEEPING the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line entirely intact next to the proposed rail trail along the same route might be cost prohibitive, according to rail trail supporters.

Rail repairs bring Hunter train network to a standstill

A month after the Hunter super storm closed the Hunter Valley rail network trains are at a standstill again for further maintenance work on the tracks.

New Zealand Rail News

186 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Six-day West Coast rail excursion announced

Dunedin Railways hopes a new five-night West Coast excursion will help promote a ''revival'' of South Island rail travel.

Funeral Service Mourns Demise of Nor-West Rail

The Public Transport Users Association is holding a funeral service to mark the demise of Nor-West rail options, with the closure of Waitakere station as currently planned by Auckland Transport.

Rail Costs Need Challenging

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) agrees with the report in today’s New Zealand Herald that Auckland rail operating costs are far too high (see ‘Subsidy Four Times More than Wellington’)After reviewing Auckland and Wellington rail operation costs comparison data PTUA is seriously concerned that the costs of operating Auckland rail services is disproportionately higher than the Wellington rail operations.

Short-list for Auckland’s passenger rail contract

Short-list for Aucklands passenger rail contract Auckland Transport has short-listed three companies that will be invited to tender to operate passenger rail services from 1 July 2016.

Group wants rail action

Supporters of the Napier-Gisborne railway line's re-opening rallied together for a "save the rail" march in Gisborne at the weekend.

Northern Territory Rail News

202 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

20 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Here's what a real infrastructure plan looks like - Everald Compton

One does not have to be a genius to come to the considered view that it is time to revive the fine traditions of the grand pioneers after 65 dormant years of fostering the good life in preference to investing in the future of a great nation.

Brisbane Valley rail trail group reboots funding campaign

Supporters of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail are re-booting their campaign to get funding for the under-developed tourist attraction.

McCloy lays property interests on the table

FORMER Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy will not rule out another tilt at politics, saying he is regularly urged to run again.

Building more roads is not 21st century thinking

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

Cyclists love rail trails

Cycling Times.

Other Transport News

342 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
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

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.

Billion-dollar public bus contracts not value for money: auditor-general

It costs Victorians $1 billion a year to run Melbourne's public buses, yet there is no guarantee that bus operators give value for money and little incentive for them to work harder to provide punctual and reliable services, a scathing auditor-general's report has found.

Press Releases

196 stories | Newest story posted March 2015
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.

Garratt Victoria/South Australia Trip – June/July 2015

A lot has been going on with organising this massive tour since it’s early inception in the last quarter of 2014.

Steamrail Victoria Press Release - Fire at Newport Workshops February 2015

Steamrail Victoria (and particularly its ElecRail Division) would like to thank everyone for their condolences and well wishes following the devastating fire at Newport Workshops that destroyed four swing door suburban electric carriages.

Kankool derailment - update 4

The forecast to return services at Kankool has been revised forward to late afternoon, Thursday 19 February, an Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) spokesman said today.

Queensland Rail News

1399 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Petition urges reinstatement of sleeper carriages on Inlander rail service in north Queensland

A parliamentary petition to reinstate sleeper carriages on a north Queensland train service has gained more than 1,300 signatures.

Wellington Q and A dispels Queensland Rail project rumours

DISPLACEMENT of sports clubs, endangerment of local wildlife, and a lack of transparency are all false accusations, according to Nicklin MP Peter Wellington.

Local train enthusiasts want rail to go full steam ahead in Toowoomba

When the steam train Queensland Rail brought to Toowoomba to celebrate 150 years of rail in the state chugged out of the Toowoomba railway station Robert was all smiles.

Toowoomba looks back on 150 years of rich rail history

QUEENSLAND Rail guard Mick Saffioti has been around the tracks long enough for customers to know him everywhere and is as keen to keep the history of the region's rail alive as he is to keep his signature moustache.

Rail enthusiasts will welcome steam engine in Toowoomba

QUEENSLAND Rail is set to steam up the Darling Downs next week as part of its 150th birthday celebrations.

Rail Events

55 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
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.

The Outer Circle Line comes to ACMI Melbourne

The Outer Circle was built during the Melbourne land boom of the 1880s.

Wauchope Centenary of Rail

The Honourable Tim Fischer, former Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister from 1996-1999, will be at the Wauchope Centenary of Rail Celebratory Dinner at the Wauchope RSL tonight.

Cyclists are tougher than trains!

Roubaix (France) (AFP) - Several riders had a near miss crossing a railway line after the safety barriers had come down during Sunday's Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycle race.

Rail News

2722 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Wilfredo Rodriguez

Wilfredo Rodriguez has been appointed President of Uruguay's state-owned railway operator AFE in succession to María del Carmen Melo.

Feature articles in the June 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries.

Urban rail news in brief

The first Kyiv metro Line 1 cars arrived at KVSZ’s workshops for modernisation  last month.

Michael Finger

Supercapacitor and battery supplier Maxwell Technologies has named Michael Finger as Senior Vice-President of Global Sales.

Suzanne Tarplee

London-based legal practice Stephenson Harwood has seconded partner Suzanne Tarplee to high speed delivery company HS2 Ltd where she will serve as interim General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Railpage Australia News

70 stories | Newest story posted last month
Reporting SPAM

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 January 2015
Zig Zag Railway battling adversity to finally get itself back on track

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

Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!

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

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Art That Makes You Wish You Were There

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

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

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

South Australian Rail News

477 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Seaford rail line: Section of faulty cable to be replaced after wires snap a second time

A section of cable on the Seaford rail line in Adelaide's south will be replaced after parts of the electric wire snapped in two separate incidents, cutting power to the train.

Report finds inadequate railway works led to 2013 derailment in outback SA

The transport safety authority says poor oversight on railway works near Yunta ultimately led to the derailment of a freight train in 2013.

Old Ghan rail line find excites ghost town restoration volunteers at Farina in outback SA

Volunteers restoring parts of an outback ghost town in South Australia are excited to have found a section of the old Ghan rail route.

Viterra announces an end to rail freight in the Riverland leaving grain growers with no train transport

Grain handling group Viterra has announced it will no longer be using rail freight in the South Australian Mallee region.

Fire damages $3 million dining car of The Ghan in Adelaide

Fire has damaged a $3 million dining car of The Ghan at the main Adelaide interstate rail terminal at Keswick.

Tasmanian Rail News

270 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

Tasmanian train drivers post clips of motorists taking risks at level crossings

Tasmanian train drivers are posting dashcam footage of near misses onto Facebook in a bid to stop motorists trying to beat trains at level crossings.

Tresspass on Tasrail locomotive - Sulphur Creek

At about 0900hrs on the 23 February 2015, TASRAIL Control were advised by a member of the public that, two or three persons were observed riding the last two carriages of a TASRAIL locomotive in Sulphur Creek area.

Rail announced as preferred transport provider for new mine

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

Low speed derailment near Kimberley

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

Train Simulator News

13 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

Virtual Railroads BR323 Shunter and Lbms wagons

This package includes the classic small German BR323 shunter and eight types of the Lbms freight wagons with different loads.

Tram and Light Rail News

752 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Renewable energy group bids to turn Melbourne's trams solar

Melbourne's entire tram network could be powered by solar if the state government gave a bold renewable energy proposal the green light.

Local tram managers face the feedback

Tram passengers have welcomed the opportunity to speak directly to the team running their local tram line, as part of Yarra Trams' Local Meet the Managers sessions.

Gold Coast light rail 'absolutely critical' for federal budget: tourism boss

Gold Coast's tourism boss says it is absolutely critical that the federal government help kickstart stage two of the booming Light Rail project in Tuesday's budget.

Movement at the station - light rail for Byron Bay?

Plans to start preparatory work for a local light-rail service are now before the Byron Shire Council .

Melbourne 'connies' celebrate Kew tram depot centenary

Los Angeles  is "the city of angels".

Victorian Rail News

3462 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Sunbury and Pakenham commuters barred from Melbourne V/Line train services

COMMUTERS from Sunbury and Pakenham will be barred from boarding V/Line trains to and from Melbourne when a new timetable begins later this month.

Melbourne Metro rail project: Drilling begins on Swanston St for new tunnel

Drilling work has begun in Melbourne's CBD as part of the multi-billion-dollar Melbourne Metro rail project to add five new train stations and upgrade the City Loop.

MPs heading near you for community consultation on Mernda rail extension project

COMMUNITY consultation regarding the Mernda rail extension is due to start within weeks.

Planning needed now to meet future demand for rail travel

THE introduction of new train services for Ballarat will be welcome news for commuters.

Deputy Premier commits to June 2019 for Mernda train arrival - community consultation imminent

RESIDENTS will be able to board a train in Mernda in four years time.

Western Australian Rail News

709 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Growers fear rail chaos repeat

Giant farming co-operative CBH fears the State Government sell-off of Fremantle Port could have disastrous implications for its 4200 grain-growing members in WA and their multibillion-dollar a year export industry.

GM1 made a small but important move last Thursday 21/5/2015, being towed from Dry Creek to Islington

GM1 made a small but important move last Thursday 21/5/2015, being towed from Dry Creek to Islington.

Perth gridlock to top nation

Perth's roads will become Australia's most congested and its key rail lines approach "crush capacity", an audit of Australia's infrastructure needs reveals.

300 new rail cars by 2019

A curious promise to spend $1.

Yarra Trams

26 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Moonee Ponds tram upgrade project

Taking you to the heart of the Junction.

Third restored W-Class tram back in Melbourne

Above: Jacinta Allan, Minister for Public Transport, in

Older trams make way for next generation

Some of Melbourne's oldest trams are being retired after close to 40 years of service as more next generation E-Class trams

New platform stops in Southbank top list of upcoming major tram upgrades

Two new tram platform stops will be built on Queensbridge Street as part of a busy period of network upgrades being delivered by Yarra Trams on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.

April 2015 performance results

Yarra Trams has returned to its recent record of strong performance, achieving close to its best April performance result ever.

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