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.
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.
Updated 17:00 - A Pacific National Coal train has derailed around Kankool near Willow Tree in New South Wales.
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.
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.
HE has been called a “toe cutter” because of his unflaggingly tough approach to restructuring troubled businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work on Sydney's North West Rail link is powering ahead, with the NSW government ticking off another milestone on the $8.
A state rail official says vandals are increasingly targeting trains trains travelling on the Newcastle-Central Coast line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
The LRRSA now has a membership option which provides Light Railways magazine as a downloadable pdf.
This is a great clip capturing the first start of this antique Enterprise DSG-36 diesel engine in more than 30 years!
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, 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.
You can see an aerial view of this CSX freight passing over double diamonds!
Aside from the distraction of all the recent exciting deliveries, a multitude of work carries on in the background.
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.
Puffing Billys locomotive 12A returned to traffic on the 1st October, after a protracted overhaul.
The latest parts of NG/G16 129 to arrive at Belgrave are these Cowcatchers, expertly restored by Brad Treadwell.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Cowra Lines tender completed
Dunedin Railways hopes a new five-night West Coast excursion will help promote a ''revival'' of South Island rail travel.
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.
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 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.
Supporters of the Napier-Gisborne railway line's re-opening rallied together for a "save the rail" march in Gisborne at the weekend.
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).
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.
A BOLD vision has been unveiled to build a new railway station and tourism precinct in the heart of Alice Springs.
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.
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.
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.
Supporters of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail are re-booting their campaign to get funding for the under-developed tourist attraction.
FORMER Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy will not rule out another tilt at politics, saying he is regularly urged to run again.
The trend is clear and it's been that way for a while.
Double-decker buses: London has them, Hong Kong has them and next month Melbourne will get them too.
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.
Victoria would get to keep $1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot has been going on with organising this massive tour since it’s early inception in the last quarter of 2014.
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.
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.
A parliamentary petition to reinstate sleeper carriages on a north Queensland train service has gained more than 1,300 signatures.
DISPLACEMENT of sports clubs, endangerment of local wildlife, and a lack of transparency are all false accusations, according to Nicklin MP Peter Wellington.
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.
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.
QUEENSLAND Rail is set to steam up the Darling Downs next week as part of its 150th birthday celebrations.
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.
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 was built during the Melbourne land boom of the 1880s.
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.
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.
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 latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries.
The first Kyiv metro Line 1 cars arrived at KVSZ’s workshops for modernisation last month.
Supercapacitor and battery supplier Maxwell Technologies has named Michael Finger as Senior Vice-President of Global Sales.
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.
Polar bears and passenger trains on the same web cam.
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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.
It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?
I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills.
Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive
“Some travel posters show you what you’ll see,” said Nicholas D.
Model trains have come a long way since your Dad bought you that Hornby ’00’ gauge set for Christmas way back in 1972.
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.
The transport safety authority says poor oversight on railway works near Yunta ultimately led to the derailment of a freight train in 2013.
Volunteers restoring parts of an outback ghost town in South Australia are excited to have found a section of the old Ghan rail route.
Grain handling group Viterra has announced it will no longer be using rail freight in the South Australian Mallee region.
Fire has damaged a $3 million dining car of The Ghan at the main Adelaide interstate rail terminal at Keswick.
About 50 animal carcasses have been found on a disused rail corridor in northern Tasmania.
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.
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.
TasRail has been selected by Australian Bauxite Limited as the preferred provider of land transport services for the proposed Bald Hill project.
TasRail confirms a low speed derailment of a south bound train caused a total of 10 wagons to come off the tracks last night.
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.
One of the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotives in the World comes to Train Simulator, the General Electric AC6000CW.
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, 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.
This package includes the classic small German BR323 shunter and eight types of the Lbms freight wagons with different loads.
Melbourne's entire tram network could be powered by solar if the state government gave a bold renewable energy proposal the green light.
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'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.
Plans to start preparatory work for a local light-rail service are now before the Byron Shire Council .
Los Angeles is "the city of angels".
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.
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.
COMMUNITY consultation regarding the Mernda rail extension is due to start within weeks.
THE introduction of new train services for Ballarat will be welcome news for commuters.
RESIDENTS will be able to board a train in Mernda in four years time.
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.
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.
The Liberal National Government will spend $15.
A curious promise to spend $1.
Taking you to the heart of the Junction.
Above: Jacinta Allan, Minister for Public Transport, in
Some of Melbourne's oldest trams are being retired after close to 40 years of service as more next generation E-Class trams
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.
Yarra Trams has returned to its recent record of strong performance, achieving close to its best April performance result ever.