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Asciano

42 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

63 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Update on Queensland Enterprise Agreements

Bargaining between Aurizon and rail unions on the remaining outstanding Queensland enterprise agreement, the Construction and Maintenance Enterprise Agreement, has now concluded.

Aurizon announces new executive appointment

Aurizon today announced that Dr Jennifer Purdie had been appointed as the new Executive Vice President Enterprise Services.

Aurizon Appoints Tim Poole Chairman-Elect

Aurizon Limited today announced that the Board has agreed to appoint Mr Tim Poole as a new independent non-executive director and Chairman-elect of the Company.

Aurizon reaches in principle agreement with unions on train crew EA

Aurizon and rail unions have reached in principle agreement on the terms of a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) for train crew and transport operators in Queensland.

Aurizon welcomes SIMTA and MIC Moorebank agreement

Aurizon Holdings welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government to approve an agreement between Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC) and the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) for the development and operation of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in South Western Sydney.

Cityrail News

205 stories | Newest story posted 1 weeks ago
Metro fast-rail fail: Illawarra line may have slower journey

KOGARAH and Rockdale rail commuters, who are still seething over the loss of peak-period express services, may be in for even slower journeys in the future.

NSW Govt ignores planning inquiry recommendation to keep Newcastle rail line

The New South Wales Government's response to a Newcastle planning inquiry confirms the local council will only have a final say on limited developments on the old rail rail corridor and in the city's east.

Man caught by hair on Central railway station escalator

A MAN screamed in pain as emergency services worked to free his hair that had become stuck in an escalator at Central Station early this morning.

Mystery remains over who leaked Newcastle rail cabinet document

A confidential cabinet document that embarrassed the NSW government over its plans for light rail in Newcastle when found in a local electorate office emanated from Premier Mike Baird's own department.

New metro train stations in Sydney could be built in Crows Nest or St Leonards and Artarmon by 2024

A NEW train station in the ­Artarmon industrial area emerged as a possibility last week under the State Government’s $10 to $11 billion extension of the North West Rail Link across Sydney ­Harbour to Bankstown.

Gunzelling Reports

541 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/6/2015

There were 80 sightings for this week; this is eight sightings more than last week, making a total of 2241 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/6/2015

There were 72 sightings for this week; this is the same number of sightings as last last week, making a total of 2161 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/6/2015

There were 72 sightings for this week; this is 19 sightings less than last week, making a total of 2089 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/6/2015

There were 91 sightings for this week; this is 16 sightings less than last week, making a total of 2017 sightings for this year to date.

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.

International Rail News

2145 stories | Newest story posted 1 hour ago
Reykjavík light rail proposal

ICELAND: Outline proposals for a light rail network in Reykjavík are included in a long-term development strategy for the area around the capital which has been produced by the Samtök Sveitarfélaga á Höfuðborgarsvæðinu group of municipalities.

Train derailment creates toxic plume, forces 5000 to evacuate in Tennessee

About 5000 people were evacuated from a town in eastern Tennessee after a train car carrying a flammable toxic substance derailed and burst into flames late on Wednesday evening US time.

PKP Cargo and Greenbrier agree to produce wagons in Szczecin

POLAND: A letter of intent for the joint production of wagons in Szczecin was signed by freight operator PKP Cargo and rolling stock manufacturer Greenbrier Europe Wagony Świdnica on July 1.

San Diego receives transport funding

USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced on July 1 that it is to purchase eight more Siemens S70US light rail vehicles and build a new stop to serve the San Diego Central Courthouse being built on C Street between State and Union streets.

Rhenus Group to take 50% stake in LTE

International logistics group Rhenus announced on July 2 that it had signed an agreement to acquire a 50% stake in LTE Logistik- und Transport from Graz-Köflacher Bahn & Busbetrieb, subject to European regulatory approval.

Letters to the Editor

88 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Why we need light rail in Canberra

It bothers me that in a city full of supposedly educated people, there could be such a display of anti-intellectualism as has been witnessed in these pages since Professor Peter Newman's article on light rail ("Light rail will change city, be good economic policy", Times2, June 3, p5).

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.

Narrow Gauge

26 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

2166 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Seeing sense in re-instating rail

THE NORTHERN Rivers Railway Action Group is overjoyed at recent news that the State Govt will not be proceeding with the current EOI process for a Rail Trail on the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line.

$100 million for Newcastle rail: 2015 state budget will remember the Hunter, says Scot MacDonald

THE state government is determined to push ahead with its plan to truncate Newcastle’s heavy rail line and install light rail through the city – and is expected to set aside more than $100 million in Tuesday’s state budget to make a major dent in the controversial project.

Northern Rivers rail trail runs out of puff

Efforts to create a tourist rail trail along the former Casino to Murwillumbah train line have failed at the second hurdle.

Budget boost for grain rail upgrade

MORE than $70 million lies in store for grain rail network upgrades and repairs in the 2015-16 State Budget.

South-west Sydney residents and developers shocked by proposed rail link corridor

Hundreds of current residents and landowners in Sydney's south-west have been told their recently-purchased properties will need to be acquired to build a long-proposed railway line.

New Zealand Rail News

186 stories | Newest story posted last month
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 April 2015
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 5 weeks 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

343 stories | Newest story posted 4 days 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

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

197 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

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.

Queensland Rail News

1409 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Major upgrades to rail line forces track closures

QUEENSLAND Rail is replacing three timber rail bridges on the main line west of Laidley.

Moreton Bay Rail Link will have toilets on all stations — 24 hour access to be decided

PUBLIC transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track has welcomed news each and every station on the new Moreton Bay Rail Link will have public toilets.

Lawyers argue for buyback of homes near Brisbane after claims rail line construction led to flooding

A law firm acting for residents who were flooded when a super-storm dumped torrential rain north of Brisbane in May says it will be talking to the Queensland Government about buying back flood-affected houses.

Coast's rail is like third world country

SUNSHINE Coast's rail upgrade has been set back to square one.

Rail Events

55 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

2749 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Brookfield submits proposal for Asciano acquisition

Port and logistics company Asciano, owner of rail freight operator Pacific National, confirmed on July 1 that Canadian utility, transport and energy asset investor Brookfield Infrastructure Group had made an indicative non-binding proposal to acquire 100% of its shares.

Morris Cheung

Morris Cheung has taken up the new role of European Business Director at MTR Corp, where he will be responsible for managing the growth of the business in Europe and the Middle East.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in $9bn bid for Asciano

Port operator Asciano has received a $9 billion takeover offer from Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.

Chinese high speed rail should confine the XPT to history

I was back riding China's railways on Saturday at the same time as my sister was making a similar journey by train in Australia.

Railpage Australia News

70 stories | Newest story posted April 2015
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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

484 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
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.

Adelaide trains disrupted between Woodville and city after death on rail track at Brompton

Some Adelaide train services have been disrupted after a death on the rail track at the inner-northern suburb of Brompton.

Jobs to go as power stations, mine close, railway suspended

More than 400 jobs will be lost with the closure of two power stations and the Leigh Creek coal mine in South Australia.

South Australian Government called upon to remove freight from roads

THE State Government needs to listen to the patrons of the Belair railway and their call to build a freight train bypass (The Advertiser, 8/6/15).

Alinta Energy to close power stations at Port Augusta and coal mine at Leigh Creek

Coal-fired power stations at Port Augusta in South Australia, and the outback mine which supplies them, will close from early 2018 or possibly sooner, Alinta Energy says.

Tasmanian Rail News

270 stories | Newest story posted April 2015
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 May 2015
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

760 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Infrastructure Tasmania boss Allan Garcia considers new bridge and light rail projects

The stalled Bridgewater Bridge project and a plan for light rail through Hobart and Glenorchy are among a handful of projects being considered by Tasmania's new independent infrastructure boss.

New East Brunswick tram terminus being built in second phase of Route 96 upgrade

Work begins this weekend on a new tram terminus at Blyth Street, East Brunswick, as the Route 96 Upgrade to create Melbourne's first fully accessible tram line continues.

E-Class trams on Route 11 & new passenger info displays - all part of improving Melbourne’s tram network

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that E-Class trams have begun operating on Route 11, and new passenger information displays are being installed on 130 B-Class trams.

Man injured while working on light rail network in Sydney's CBD

A man has been seriously injured while working on the light rail network in Sydney's CBD overnight.

Fuel cell tram framework agreement

CHINA:  Canadian fuel cell technology company Ballard Power Systems and Tangshan Railway Vehicle have signed a framework agreement for the development of a fuel cell module for tram or other ground transport applications.

Victorian Rail News

3516 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Amended Rail Revival Alliance Response to V/Line Board Appointments

The Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan has announced the new board for V/Line from Bendigo, Ms Jenny Dawson former director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and current director of Sandhurst Trustees is to chair the board.

Metro Trains commuters face disruption over unions pay battle

MELBOURNE’S train passengers should buckle up for commuter chaos with the Victoria’s transport union lodging for industrial action.

Passengers left out of the Loop as Metro cuts corners to run trains on time

The number of trains skipping the City Loop has soared this year, new figures show, as Metro resorts to bypassing Melbourne's underground stations at near record levels to avoid running late.

Victoria begins High Capacity Metro Train procurement

AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has invited expressions of interested by August 14 in the High Capacity Metro Train PPP contract to finance, design, supply and maintain a fleet of 37 suburban electric multiple-units for Melbourne’s Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

Taskforce gets more time to make recommendations on proposed Bendigo Metro rail service

A community taskforce has been given an extra month to report back to the Victorian Government on the proposed Bendigo Metro rail service.

Western Australian Rail News

716 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
West Australian rail lobby group says umpire needed in Brookfield Rail and Cooperative Bulk Handling rail access negotiations

A West Australian rail lobby group has called for an independent umpire to resolve a long running dispute between the state's main grain handler, Cooperative Bulk Handling, and Brookfield Rail.

Fremantle rail line out of action early Monday

TRAINS have restarted on the Perth to Fremantle line after weekend maintenance work caused problems ahead of the Monday peak hour.

MP wants new rail to Thornlie

Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz wants the Government to commit to construction of a rail line linking Cockburn and Thornlie within five years.

Brookfield Rail says grain handler CBH Group has decided an arbitrator should settle long running rail access dispute

Brookfield Rail says CBH's decision to publish a full page open letter to WA grain growers in rural newspapers is a clear indication the grain handler wants an arbitrator to resolve rail access negotiations.

Rail access deal on arbitration track

WITH time running out, CBH Group and Brookfield Rail are not close to agreeing on a price acceptable to both for a 10-year grain train rail access deal.

Yarra Trams

33 stories | Newest story posted Yesterday
Toorak Terminus tram upgrade project

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are proposing to construct a new terminus and level-access platform stop on Toorak Road.

Priority areas on low-floor trams

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has allocated funds to fit floor markings on all C and D-Class trams, to identify two priority areas for customers who use mobility aids.

Closure of Dandenong Rd & Hornby St median strip opening - 1 August 2015

The u-turn opening in the median of Dandenong Road at Hornby Street, Windsor has been identified as having a very poor safety record and a high potential for tram-to-vehicle collisions.

New dates to Meet the Managers

Tram passengers again have the chance to speak directly to the team running their local tram line, with the release of dates for the next Yarra Trams' Meet the Managers sessions.

Closure of Dandenong Rd & Hornby St median strip opening

The u-turn opening in the median of Dandenong Road at Hornby Street, Windsor has been identified as having a very poor safety record and a high potential for tram-to-vehicle collisions.

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