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Rail tracks removed near Maryborough for Mildura Line

[left]The Victorian Government has confirmed railway tracks being pulled up near Maryborough, in the central Goldfields, could be used to repair a damaged section of the Mildura line.

Qube consortium makes proposal to acquire Asciano

Further to the announcement by Asciano Limited, Qube Holdings Limited today announces that, together with Global Infrastructure Management, LLC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPPIB"), it has submitted a non-binding indicative proposal to acquire all of the issued share capital of Asciano not already owned by the Consortium for an aggregate implied value of A$9.

Qube looks to scupper Asciano takeover

A logistics company chaired by former Patrick boss Chris Corrigan is trying to block the $12 billion foreign takeover of port and rail operator Asciano.

Concerned ACCC delays Asciano decision

Australia’s competition watchdog is concerned Brookfield’s proposed $8.

Asciano to shift container traffic from road to rail

Asciano has moved to head off the challenge from the proposed Moorebank intermodal facility, with a $100 million upgrade of land at St Marys in Sydney’s west ­designed to shift more container traffic from trucks to rail.


80 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Aurizon awarded for climate performance score

Australia’s largest rail-based transport business Aurizon has received the award for best year-on-year improvement in climate performance score at the CDP 2015 Australian Climate Leadership Awards.

Aurizon calls for level playing field for rail vs road

QUEENSLAND rail giant Aurizon wants to expand its intermodal freight operations to reduce reliance on coal and iron ore but wants a more level playing field against road transport.

Queensland North Coast Line closed north of Ayr

The NCL was closed last night at 20.

Aurizon job cuts spark rail workers protest in Rockhampton

Rail workers are holding an early morning protest in Rockhampton against job losses announced by Aurizon last week.

Rail giant Aurizon set to slash 800 jobs as resources downturn forces cost cuts by $310 million

AURIZON will slash up to 800 jobs over the next three years as the resources downturn forces it to cut costs by at least $310 million.

Cityrail News

265 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Thirroul rail hub is not working

Government figures show using Thirroul as a “hub” station is not working, according to Keira MP Ryan Park.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins covers plenty of kms

Fresh from his hour-long commute, squeezed in with thousands of Sydneysiders, Howard Collins plonks himself down at his desk, pulls out a diary heaving with appointments, and finds a little space to write down a number.

Tiffany & Co Martin Place make way for new rail line

HIGH-end jeweller Tiffany & Co will be forced to find new premises with the building it leases on Martin Place one of 19 in the CBD facing demolition for the new Sydney metro line under the city.

Quarter of all Opal trips were free

The New South Wales Government gave away almost $200 million in free trips through the Opal card in the last financial year, a report shows.

Newcastle’s transport plans under wraps

BUSINESS cases for the Baird government’s $510 million Newcastle transport overhaul have been completed and submitted to cabinet.

Gunzelling Reports

562 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/11/2015

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/11/2015.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/11/2015

There were 74 sightings for this week; this is one sighting more than last week, making a total of 3755 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/11/2015

There were 73 sightings for this week; this is four sightings more than last week, making a total of 3681 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 31/10/2015

There were 69 sightings for this week; this is one sighting more than last week, making a total of 3608 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/10/2015

There were 68 sightings for this week; this is one sighting less than last week, making a total of 3539 sightings for this year to date.

International Rail News

2748 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
RENFE seeks 30 high speed trains

National operator RENFE has invited expressions of interest in a contract to supply up to 30 high speed trainsets, setting a budget of €2⋅64bn including maintenance over 40 years.

Transnet signs R12bn loan to fund loco programme

State-owned freight operator Transnet signed a R12bn club loan with five financial institutions on November 23, saying the agreements confirmed 'buoyant investor appetite'.

Chicago underground 4G progresses

Chicago Transit Authority has completed the installation of 4G wireless coverage on the underground sections of its Blue Line.

Prasarana develops its international portfolio

Kuala Lumpur transport agency Prasarana is to provide technical support to the Purple Line metro project in Bangkok by sending six drivers and five controllers from operating subsidiary Rapid Rail to Bangkok for four months.

Can Ethiopia’s railway bring peace to Somalia?

"We decided to open the railway early because of the drought, the worst in decades," says Getachew Betru, chief executive of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC).

Letters to the Editor

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A baboon was employed as a railroad signalman

During the late 1800s, travellers to Cape Town in South Africa witnessed a very odd sight at the Uitenhage train station: the signalman, operating the levers in the control tower, was a baboon named Jack.

Please include the Mornington Peninsula in your Network Development Plan

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has been travelling around Victoria doing consultation sessions with locals all over the state for their Network Development Plan for regional rail.

Flying foxes force Toowoomba Live Steamers rail attraction to move from Kearneys Spring Park

A popular Toowoomba tourist attraction will be moved to a new park because of a bat problem.

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.

Model Railways

6 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Serpa Station – Making the Station Building

Today in ruins, the «Apeadeiro de Guadiana» station near the Serpa Bridge is of typical CP (Portuguese Railways) style.

Connecting loco and tender - Hornby Top Tips

[left]I'm sure you've got plenty of Hornby tender locomotives that have the miniature plug and socket to supply power from the tender pick-ups and to the DCC decoder in the tender.

Under the Portuguese Sun - Tree planting

One aspect of this diorama which seemed quite important was making the olive trees, which, as said in the previous episode have a rather peculiar shape typical of century old trees.

Graham Farish Mk.1 Sleeper reviewed

A pleasing addition to the Graham Farish range is a pair of sleeper coaches - the first class SLF and second class SLSTP

Bachmann new GWR Earl Class review

The Great Western Earl class was introduced in 1936, primarily to replace the aging Duke of Cornwall class on the lightly laid main lines of the former Cambrian, Didcot Newbury & Southampton and Midland & South Western Junction Railways

Narrow Gauge

33 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Garratt 129 Progress

All the suspension components are now complete, and most have now been trial assembled on the engine units (above and below).

Norm's Engine

The workshops at Puffing Billy have carried out all kinds of jobs over the years, on a variety of scales, but 'Tywyn' probably rates as one of the smallest locomotives.

Trial Fitting A Garratt Boiler

Another milestone for the restoration of Puffing Billy's NG/G16 Garratt was reached early in November when the new boiler was lowered into the boiler cradle for the first time.

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.

New South Wales Rail News

2222 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Hawkesbury Rail Bridge deemed safe for now

The New South Wales Office of Transport Safety maintains the Hawkesbury River rail bridge on the Central Coast poses no immediate risk to the public.

NSW rail CBD buyouts to cost $100m

The NSW government is set to compulsorily acquire about 20 commercial buildings in Sydney as part of its plans to roll out six new train stations across the city.

Design of Sydney metro trains unveiled

NEW South Wales minister for transport Mr Andrew Constance unveiled on November 6 a life-size model of the 22 Metropolis metro trains being built by Alstom for Sydney's first metro line.

More white elephants in the west without rail

Western Sydney abandoned as bank moves out.

Sydney’s West to be the winner in airport railway boom

OPTION plans for major new rail links between Western Sydney, the CBD and the second airport at Badgerys Creek will be launched today by the federal and state governments.

New Zealand Rail News

196 stories | Newest story posted last month
Nash talks up reopening of rail link

Napier MP Stuart Nash is keeping the possibility of the Napier-Gisborne rail reopening on track, having recently had talks with KiwiRail.

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.

Northern Territory Rail News

204 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Chinese eye Top End rail investment

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

NT Govt to look at rail between Katherine and Kununurra

A feasibility study to investigate the construction of a railway between the town of Katherine, in the Northern Territory, and Kununurra, in Western Australia, will be commissioned by the NT government.

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

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

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.


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U.S. is far behind on high-speed rail

The United States used to have one of the finest railroad systems in the world.

Train service could take pressure off roads

WELL, it appears we have a good chance of seeing the rail from Mildura to Melbourne upgraded and let’s hope that will be to the 23 tonne load which will mean that both passenger rail and freight will be able to travel faster.

Lettering Melbourne's Railway Lines

I have always known that Melbourne’s rail system is a bit confusing to new users due to the irregularity between line names and the ultimate destination of the train.

Nazi Gold Train - Real Images of the Train not Unearthed

Well we know it isn’t April 1st – April Fools Day.

Why Dan Andrews' port plan is a fraud

Michael Dowling served the state of Victoria (including governments of both persuasions) over 12 years, as deputy chairman of the Victorian Channels Authority and initial chairman of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

Other Transport News

347 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Ships moored at Melbourne's Station Pier evacuated

A cruise ship and a passenger ferry docked at Station Pier have been evacuated and the bomb response squad called in after a police sniffer dog detected something suspicious.

Myki set to be the ticket to ride on airport SkyBus

Getting to the airport by public transport will soon become a touch easier for travellers, with moves under way to connect the 25-minute SkyBus service to myki.

Short-term solution lifts Melbourne Airport parking by 67%

Parking prices at Melbourne Airport have been lifted again in another hit to the hip pocket of travellers, and their family and friends.

Man urinates on passengers aboard JetBlue flight

MAN faces charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon.

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.

Press Releases

202 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
South West Coast by-election: rail transport

The Rail Revival Alliance has surveyed the eleven candidates for the South West Coast By-Election on the attitudes to passenger rail services in both Warrnambool and Portland in the run up to the election on this coming Saturday.

Rally for additional Vline passenger services at Marybrough

Don't forget  the rally in support of additional passenger rail services on the Maryborough line.

Jeff McCloy loses High Court appeal

FORMER Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy has lost his High Court challenge to political donations laws and will pay costs estimated at about $2 million.

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.

Queensland Rail News

1448 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
5000 new CCTV cameras for rail network

The government has announced "safety enhancements" on the Queensland Rail city network, with "an increase of more than 5000 CCTV cameras", along with "improved technology" and extra officers for the police railway squad.

Queensland rail strikes to disrupt holiday plans

UNIONS are threatening to disrupt the holiday plans of countless Queenslanders, with the state facing massive disruptions to train services because of industrial action that could stretch over months.

Unions seek permission for Qld Rail strike

Queensland Rail workers are set to strike over poor job security and a prolonged pay freeze.

Qld Rail to fix 'piecemeal' passenger comms

Queensland’s rail operator is working to improve the inconsistent way it delivers information to passengers about delays and disruptions on the state’s train network.

Rail lobbyists take tough stance

RAIL lobbyists are happy with bridge protection work which has begun in Nambour, but say it isn't enough.

Rail Events

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South & West Gippsland transport group meeting 24-11-15

A message to all supporters, the South & West Gippsland Transport Group will be holding a meeting on Tuesday the 24th of November, 2015 at the Austral Hotel, 34 Bridge St, Korumburra VIC 3950 upstairs between 7pm and 9pm.

CFMEU fined for disrupting work on Mitcham rail crossing

THE militant CFMEU and one of its key players have been fined more than $50,000 for disrupting work on the $140 million Mitcham rail crossing upgrade.

Steam Tour to Seymour and the Tastes of the Goulburn Festival

Travel in comfort and style on our Vintage Steam-Hauled Train & experience the finest food & wine from one of Victoria's best kept secrets.

PTV Regional Network Development Plan Victoria 2nd Leongatha Community Forum: 22/10/2015

[color=#363135][size=3][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma, sans-serif]The South and West Gippsland Transport Group can confirm that there will be another Public Transport Victoria Community Forum at the South Gippsland Shire Council Chambers in Leongatha on Thursday the 22nd of October, 2015 from 5pm until 7pm.

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.

Rail News

2910 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Heritage tour a huge blast on the Border

ALBURY railway station was packed almost from end-to-end on Saturday as train enthusiasts and interested onlookers waited for a special arrival.

Link from Melbourne CBD to Fishermans Bend underway

WORKS have begun for a new east-west rail link under the CBD to Fishermans Bend.

Release funding and let’s get rail happening

The Hon Luke Donnellan, Victorian Minister for Ports, outlined details of the Port of Melbourne privatisation.

Giant container island plan for Port Phillip Bay

A giant industrial island could be built in Port Phillip Bay as part of a secret plan commissioned by government insiders to extract maximum value from the privatisation of Melbourne's port.

World rail market November 2015

France: RATP has awarded Faiveley Transport and Eiffage Energie Ferroviaire a €15m contract to supply platform screen doors for the four stations on the Paris metro Line 14 northern extension to Mairie de Saint-Ouen.

Railpage Australia News

74 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Submissions now open for November 2015 Photo Competition

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

October 2015 photo comp

Congratulations to danpickard who has won the October 2015 photo competition with 14 votes.

Submissions now open for our Railpage October 2015 Photo Competition with winning cash prize

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Submissions now open for our Railpage September 2015 Photo Competition

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Reporting SPAM


Railway Preservation

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Rare Arnott's biscuit van restored

A custom-made railway carriage for Arnott's biscuits has been painstakingly restored for over three years and is now displayed at the Train Works rail museum in Thirlmere.

Push Gathers Steam to Restore a Historic Loco

ONE of Maryborough's iconic first steam trains could be restored to its former glory if the Maryborough Model Engineers and Live Steamers Association has its way.

J515 Updates from the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre

[left]It was a massive day at the depot last Monday with 2 cranes arriving in order to perform the very rare event of lifting J515 off the tracks for maintenance.

Railway Stories

47 stories | Newest story posted 10 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

496 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Leigh Creek coal mine future

THE closure of the Leigh Creek coal mine will be a blessing for a South Australian resource company.

One Steel's Whyalla works will lose another 250 jobs

News today that One Steel's Whyalla works will lose another 250 jobs - just what South Australia needs, more unemployed people

Australian Rail Track Corporation closes popular walking path

A POPULAR walking path along the train line at Millswood, used by the community for at least four decades, has been closed because of safety concerns.

SA freight train derailment causes delays

The weekly Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin has been cancelled after a freight train derailment.

Adelaide freight train workers discover joy-riding koala

A koala has been caught trying his hand at hitchhiking this morning, after being spotted clinging onto a train in Adelaide.

Tasmanian Rail News

276 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Tasmanian rail freight lines get upgrade green light

Track works on the Melba and Western lines will be carried out by VEC Civil Engineering after it was awarded the biggest tender of the $119.

Swire Shipping announces new freight service for Hobart with links to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

A direct freight shipping service to Hobart is to begin operating for the first time in eight years, as Swire Shipping expands its coverage in Tasmania.

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.

Train Simulator News

26 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Electro-Motive’s F40PH line of diesel locomotives

Electro-Motive’s F40PH line of diesel locomotives represented the face of North American passenger railroading for more than a generation.

North Jersey Coast Line

The bustling and historic North Jersey Coast Line of NJ Transit links the New York City metropolitan area with the northern portion of America’s famed “Jersey Shore,” and does so in captivating fashion.

New to Train Simulator this week is the NJT ALP-46

With a 1,000-mile route system, much of which is electrified with overhead A.

New to Train Simulator is the BR Class 24

New to Train Simulator is the BR Class 24, with scenarios for the Weardale and Teesdale Railway


New to Train Simulator this week is the NJT ALP-46 locomotive.

Tram and Light Rail News

802 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Lyon orders more Citadis trams

Lyon transport authority Sytral has ordered seven additional Citadis trams from Alstom.

Edinburgh tram to get extension to Leith

Councillors have agreed to extend Edinburgh’s controversial tram line by three miles at a cost of £162 million.

Tacoma Link Expansion alignment selected

Sound Transit announced on November 19 that it had selected the alignment for the Tacoma Link Expansion light rail project.

Nürnberg orders trains for Line U1

Nürnberg metro operator VAG has awarded Siemens a €164m contract to supply 21 four-car trainsets for Line U1.

Gera seeks tram operator

The city of Gera has invited expressions of interest in a contract to operate tram and bus services, and intends to award an operating contract on October 1 2016.

Victorian Rail News

3723 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Millions blown on bungled freeway-port link that would worsen gridlock

Melbourne faces "localised gridlock" on the West Gate Freeway after new roads to the Port of Melbourne are built, with average peak-hour speeds forecast to slow to a glacial 11km/h on some inner-city stretches of the city's busiest road.

Vline train failures cause two cancelled services on the Albury line

Vline Albury services on the North East Line suffered another series of setbacks today with the cancellation of two services before 11am.

Update on Newport Railway Workshops fire recovery

The rail sheds where the fire was located are leased to Steamrail Victoria.

Man arrested over concerning comments at Merinda Park

A MAN has been arrested after making “comments of concern” to commuters at a train station this morning.

Fears of public transport fare rise

PUBLIC transport users fear fares will be raised to help cover the cost of the $9 billion-$11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail project after the Andrews Government revealed more funding details.

Western Australian Rail News

770 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Cuts to WA train services ruled out

Senior West Australian Cabinet ministers have ruled out cutting train services as the Government tightens the fiscal screws on its budget ahead of next month's mid-year review.

Fremantle container rail leads the pack

One of Australia’s oldest trucking families is now also into rail freight in a big way, out of a port which leads the nation in moving containers by train

Extension for grain rail access signed

BROOKFIELD Rail and CBH have agreed to a 12-month extension of the current interim rail access agreement, with a cost increase on access in line with CPI.

WA railway photos trend risks life and limb

AUTHORITIES are outraged West Australians are risking their lives by posing for photos on train tracks, including selfies and wedding pictures.

From rail cargo to art gallery

An old, run-down rail shed in the heart of Claremont is set to be transformed into a lively cultural hub under a plan by not-for-profit arts organisation Form.

Yarra Trams

70 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Accessibility Update - Q3 2015

Tram stop upgrades.

Toorak Road terminus upgrade

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria will be performing infrastructure safety upgrades on Toorak Road between Glenferrie Road and Power Avenue.

Toorak Road, Toorak - Infrastructure safety upgrade

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria will be performing infrastructure safety upgrades on Toorak Road between Glenferrie Road and Power Avenue.

Toorak Road - Infrastructure safety upgrade

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria will be performing infrastructure safety upgrades on Toorak Road between Glenferrie Road and Power Avenue.

Planned CEO transition

Yarra Trams has appointed Nicolas Gindt as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 2016.

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