Special steam locomotive visitor for South Devon Railway gala

The South Devon Railway has announced that GWR Small Prairie No. 4555 will be visiting them in 2020.
UK

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UP Sets Quarterly OR Record, On Declining Revenues—Again

USA
The railroad kept up the good work on the heels of a similar record-setting 3Q, as its 59.7% operating ratio represented a 4Q record and the third consecutive quarter below 60%, improving 1.9 points compared to 4Q18.

Rail Group on Air Podcast: Virgin’s Orlando Extension; new NRC Chairman Hansen

Railway Publications
Wilson discusses Virgin Trains USA’s Orlando Extension, and chats with new NRC Chairman Jim Hansen.

National Audit Office makes HS2 recommendations

UK
The High Speed 2 programme is over budget and behind schedule because the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government underestimated the complexity and risks, according to the National Audit Office’s High Speed Two: A Progress Update report published on January 24.

QLD Government still deciding on next route for Gold Coast Light Rail

Tram and Light Rail News
The Queensland Government has confirmed the Department of Transport and Main Roads have not decided on a route for Stage 3B of the Gold Coast light rail that could potentially pass through Palm Beach.

Strike Action hits Geelong trains

Victorian Rail News
V/Line workers will walk off the job on the Geelong and Warrnambool lines next Wednesday as they continue their year-long fight for better pay.

China Cargo Train Routes Face Backlash in Finland

Europe
A Finnish state media documentary raises questions about the Kouvola-Xi’an train connection – and, implicitly, the wider China-Finland relationship.

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