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ACT

319 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Transport decarbonisation partnership goal

A month after the COP26, three key transport peak bodies, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC), Roads Australia (RA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) have reconfirmed their commitment to work in partnership to help industry lead decarbonisation of the transport sector.

Heavy haul appointment for ARA board

Rio Tinto Managing Director Port, Rail and Core Services for Iron Ore, Richard Cohen, will join the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board to lead the creation of a new Heavy Haul Executive Committee.

The procurement reform needed for rail construction

The release of the ARA’s Rail Supply Chain Blueprint recently included a strong focus on procurement as one of its key themes.

Filler needed for Canberra Light Rail

The ACT Government is seeking 60,000 tonnes of clean fill for ­the next stage of the Canberra Light Rail project – two years after contractors trucked more than 70,000 tonnes of spoil over the border from the ACT into New South Wales.

Awards recognise innovative rail industry achievements

The rail industry has celebrated the 13 winners of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards in a virtual ceremony livestreamed across Australia and New Zealand.

Africa

380 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Ethiopia-Djibouti railway records 37.5% increase in revenue

THE Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, which runs from Addis Ababa to the port in Djibouti City, recorded $US 86.

Tanzania awards $US 1.9bn contract for 358km SGR section

THE director general of Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC), Mr Masanja Kadogosa, and the acting chairman of Turkish contractor Yapi Merkezi, Mr Erdem Arioglu, have signed a $US 1.

Sudan Railways locomotive rolled out

The first SDD1 mainline diesel locomotive for Sudan Railways Corp has been rolled out.

President opens Dakar TER at last

The first phase of the Dakar TER project was finally inaugurated by President Macky Sall on December 27 with a ceremony at Damniadio.

SA rail is shockingly underused: How 60m tons of cargo could be moved off the road instantly

Plans to allow private operators to use Transnet’s rail network are expected to instantly move some 58 million tons of cargo off South Africa’s battered roads.

Airline News

715 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Final Airbus A380 Handed Over to Emirates

The final Airbus A380 ever to be built has been handed over to its new owners, the Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 1

On this very full episode of AvTalk, we recount our travels back from Stockholm, go through the vast amount of news that came out this week—including breaking news BEFORE we recorded—and John Pitts and Richard Whitwell from eJet join us in part one of a two part interview to help us understand how the jet fuel system works around the world.

Airbus delivers the final A380

Airbus delivered the final A380 this week to Emirates, marking the end of a 16 year production run of 252 superjumbo aircraft.

Final A380 superjumbo leaves factory

The final Airbus A380 ever to be built is being handed over to its new owners on Thursday, the Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

The Return of Flybe -- Dash 8-400 Lands at Birmingham Airport

The new Flybe Ltd’s first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft landed at Birmingham Airport.

Arabian Rail News

349 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train will keep running reassures Turkey

During the welcoming ceremony of the first Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train in Ankara, the Turkish transport minister Adil Karaismailoğlu reassured the attendees that the corridor would remain active with the possibility to extend towards Europe.

Second Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train on its way: the service might have a future

After commencing on 21 December, the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad corridor dispatched a second train on 29 December.

Iran – Iraq rail link agreement signed

An agreement has been signed to complete the 30 km Shalamcheh – Basra railway which would connect the national rail networks of Iran and Iraq.

Trains run on reconstructed part of North-South corridor

The Sumqayit-Yalama railway line in Azerbaijan saw the first trains running after its reconstruction.

Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train departed. Is it real this time?

The Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) railway train finally departed in western direction on Tuesday 21 December.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 3 years ago
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

The threat of court sanction would be enough to ensure the new owner of a key east coast freight facility did not exploit its powerful position to the detriment of competitors, the judge behind a landmark case has said.

Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Asian Rail News

4387 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
The 2021 Silk Road numbers are there: what do they tell us?

The traffic volumes on the train between Europe and China continued to grow, also in the challenging year of 2021.

State of emergency: Kazakhstan exempts shippers from fees and fines

NC KTZ JSC (Kazakhstan Railways) decided to cancel all fees, fines and charges related to rail freight transport through the country for the period of the state emergency due to the riots.

Work begins on new line to connect North and South Korea

KOREAN president, Mr Moon Jae-in, has attended a ground breaking ceremony for the 110.

India approves location survey for Myanmar line

INDIAN Railways (IR) has sanctioned the final location survey (FLS) to construct a strategic 111km broad-gauge line from Imphal, the state capital of Manipur, to Moreh, located on the Indian-Myanmar border, as part of the initiative to improve international rail connections in South Asia.

Rail freight in Kazakhstan has ‘nothing to worry about’

Riots in Kazakhstan have come to an end and the situation is stable, just as it is on the railways.

Aurizon

297 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Qld University, Aurizon team up in green hydrogen trial

The University of Queensland has teamed up with Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, on a research project to help reduce the carbon emissions of the company’s locomotive fleet.

Aurizon continues charge for green rail with UQ

Aurizon has partnered with the University of Queensland (UQ) to strengthen its credentials in zero-emission rail freight technology, investigating ‘new-generation’ batteries and green hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

Green trains coming to power one of the world's mining centres

A global mining organisation and an Australian freight operator have teamed up to make one of the most resource-rich regions in the world a little greener.

Aurizon and Anglo American assess hydrogen for Queensland trains

AUSTRALIA’s largest rail freight company, Aurizon, and mining giant Anglo American are to work together on a feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight.

Anglo American looks to leverage hydrogen power tech on Aurizon’s Moura rail corridor

Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, and Anglo American have agreed to work together on a feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight.

Australian High Speed Rail

45 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
High Speed Rail to kick off a revolution

A High Speed Rail link between Newcastle and Sydney will kick-start a rail revolution in Australia, and a better future for regional communities, according to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU).

High-speed rail dreaming is a fast track to nowhere

There’s no surer sign of an imminent federal election than a fast-train promise.

Impact of high-speed rail on road traffic and greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon emission reduction in the transportation sector is essential in the global mitigation effort, and a large-scale public transport system has the potential to be an effective instrument.

Why doesn't Australia have high speed rail?

Why doesn’t Australia have high speed rail?

Fast rail on the freeway: Another approach for the Canberra line

Hot Rails has previously looked at the Southern Highlands corridor, estimating the cost of a 200km/h corridor all the way from Goulburn into Central Station to be in the order of $3.

Bus Transport News

1009 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
ADL Restarts Plaxton Coach Production With New Leopard Stock Available In Spring

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has announced that it is restarting production of Plaxton coaches at its Scarborough factory, which had been temporarily paused after the coronavirus pandemic caused demand to slow.

TT #148: Planning & scheduling efficient bus networks

I often talk about networks and timetables as finished products but not enough about the structures, processes and cultures that lead to the creation of good ones.

ADL Begins Delivery of Enviro 500s Double-deckers to Berlin

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) has announced that it has delivered the first series-production Enviro500 buses for Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (“BVG”) of Berlin at the start of volume deliveries which will eventually take the German capital’s fleet of ADL double deckers to 200.

40 Years Since The End of Midland Red

Forty years ago Midland Red ceased to exist when the Midlands based company was split into smaller companies.

Ebusco Provides 100% Electric Buses to Two Major Cities in Europe

Ebusco has delivered multiple electrically powered buses to Transdev in Frankfurt as well as to Nobina in Copenhagen, meaning a great success for Ebusco as well as a giant step towards sustainable transport in Europe.

Canada

1315 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
CN wants Kansas City Southern’s Springfield Line after CP-KCS merger

Canadian railway CN wants Canadian Pacific to divest the Springfield Line in Missouri and Illinois as a condition for obtaining federal regulatory approval of the proposed merger of CP and Kansas City Southern — an idea CP quickly panned.

Canadian National calls for divestment of line as part of CP-KCS merger

NORTH American Class 1 Canadian National (CN) says it will ask the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to divest Kansas City Southern (KCS) lines from Kansas City to Springfield and East St Louis (known as the Springfield line) as part of its response to the planned Canadian Pacific (CP) and KCS merger.

2022 Railroaders of the Year: Keith Creel and Pat Ottensmeyer, ‘Transnational Team’

CPKC is a landmark combination that will enable seamless, single-line freight rail service linking Canada, the United States and Mexico, opening up new opportunities for rail market share growth and vastly improved customer service.

CN to STB: We Want the Springfield Line

The request will be made in CN’s responsive application, which the Class I railroad said it would file on Feb.

‘Safety Integration Plan’ Proposed for CPKC

Developed in accordance with FRA and STB regulations, the 164-page plan (download below) describes how CP and KCS would safely implement their combination, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC).

Cityrail News

883 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Bushfire safety priority for Sydney Trains

As NSW enters the peak of its bushfire season, Sydney Trains has taken numerous steps to ensure its electricity network is safe and ready for the hot summer months.

Train Crew Christmas & NYE Claims & Entitlements 2021/2022

After consultation with Sydney Trains regarding claims and entitlements for train crew for the Xmas/NYE roster the below table  has been agreed by both parties.

Sydney set for standstill again

Sydney’s rail network will once again be disrupted by industrial action next week, with services running at a reduced frequency and taking longer to reach their destinations.

Sydney train strikes cause fresh chaos as platforms are packed with commuters

A train drivers’ strike has caused major chaos across Sydney.

Future Region 6 Industrial Action

Following two stoppages of two hours each last Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, RTBU & TWU members followed up with a 24-hour stoppage yesterday.

Coronavirus Transport News

602 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
U.S. DOT announces more federal grants to transit agencies

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States and hold much of the world in its grip, the U.

The NRC is resilient, relevant, and well-positioned for the future

The onset of the COVID pandemic meant many of our best-laid plans were suddenly disrupted.

Queensland Rail temporary regional service changes amid COVID-19 impacts

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Queensland Rail has continued to deliver regional rail services, connecting communities across Queensland, with minimal disruption.

4% reduction in East Midlands Railway services from next week

East Midlands Railway are to introduce a 4% reduction in their timetable from Monday the 17th of January 2022

CTDOT, LACMTA, NJT, NYMTA: $9.4B in Grants for COVID-19 Response

The grants for CTDOT, LACMTA, NJT and NYMTA, totaling $9.

Europe

7890 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Belarus: “We will not prevent the transit of China-Europe trains”

Belarus will not prevent the transit of Chinese trains and will supply China with products previously supplied by Lithuania based on the development of its agricultural sector.

Paris metro Line 4 extended to Bagneux

PASSENGER operations began on a 1.

Nuremberg-Rotterdam link in Kombiverkehr’s 2022 timetable

A new connection offered by German company Kombiverkehr in collaboration with TFG Transfracht will link Nuremberg in Germany and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

New tracks at Klaipeda port bring oil products on rail

The port of Klaipeda, the Lithuanian gateway to the Baltic Sea, will acquire a new railway track.

Alstom wins contract to deliver up to 200 trains to Norway

Alstom has signed a framework contract with Norske Tog of Norway to supply up to 200 Coradia Nordic regional trains.

Gunzelling Reports

1487 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
RFI issues €757m tender to replace level crossings

ITALIAN Rail Network (RFI) has issued a tender worth €757.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/1/2022

There were 82 sightings for this week, which is 72 sighting more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/1/2022

Total trains for 2021 was 4149 which is 318 trains less than 2020.

Cataraqui Spur Woods, December 2021

It was Monday, December 20, just a few days before Christmas.

The Great Southern appears at Gheringhap Loop

The Great Southern is an Australian experiential tourism train operated by Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions between Adelaide and Brisbane both ways.

Inland Rail Project

747 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Design contract for first tranche of Inland Rail Victoria

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has engaged McConnell Dowell to complete the first phase of designs and early delivery activities for Inland Rail in Victoria.

ARTC awards Inland Rail design and early delivery contract

THE Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded McConnell Dowell a contract to conduct the first phase designs and early delivery activities for the $A 10bn ($US 7.

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

It’s high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks.

More infrastructure funding for rail and road

The Federal Government is providing $2.

International Rail News

5697 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Rail opportunities in UK-India trade negotiations

The UK’s Railway Industry Association has welcomed the start of negotiations for a free trade agreement with India on January 13, when Britain’s International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan met with India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal, who was Minister of Railways in 2017-21.

Brazilian authorities approve 405km freight line

CONSTRUCTION of the 405km Guarapuava – Paranaguá freight line has been approved, the final project from a list of 10 submitted to the Brazilian Ministry of Infrastructure last September.

Santiago Metro awards Line 7 fleet and CBTC contract

SANTIAGO Metro has awarded Alstom a $US 365m contract to supply 37 five-car driverless metro trains and supply and equip CBTC on Line 7, which is under construction in the Chilean capital.

Is cybercrime the pandemic for rail in 2022?

A German logistics company is still counting the cost of a breach of its digital archives earlier this month.

Vale orders autonomous track inspection technology

Vale has awarded ENSCO Rail a contract to provide a suite of track inspection systems and analysis software over the next 12 months for use on its 2 000 km rail network.

Letters to the Editor

340 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

Washington DC: US National Navy Museum and 16

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Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

FreightWaves Classics: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge celebrates 85th anniversary today!

On November 12, 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened.

The introduction of Long Distance Vlocity trains in Victoria falls short

The current standard for Long Haul passenger trains (with the odd exception) is a 4 carriage N set.

Model Railways

2716 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Two preservation societies to benefit from the sale of model railway wagons

The model railway rolling stock builder Dapol Ltd.

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Rivarossi 2022

The Rivarossi new items are out.

Peco PT61 lok Cradles

Hi Everyone I know it is not quite international but I have just ordered some of the New Peco lok Cradles saw them before Christmas so I have ordered 4 doubles let see how they work out.

DCC Block Detection with Ecos Detector and Bachmann EZ Track

I am running a Ecos system with block detection (or trying to) on nickel silver Bachmann EZ track.

Narrow Gauge

145 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Bids invited to supply trains for narrow-gauge Centovalli railway

ITALIAN narrow gauge railway operator Subalpine Railway Company (SSIF), which operates the 52km, 1000mm-gauge Centovalli railway between Domodossola, Italy, and Locarno, Switzerland, in cooperation with Swiss operator Ticino Regional Railways Company (Fart), has invited manufacturers to submit bids to supply four four-car trains, with an option to supply another four trains.

Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows Railway puts steam locomotive up for sale

The Ferry Meadows Railway, in Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough, have advertised their 0-4-0 steam locomotive for sale.

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway welcomes the ‘bogie men’

After the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway ran its last trains of the season, the ‘bogie men’ appear.

Bure Valley Railway tests bio-coal under arduous working conditions

The Bure Valley Railway (BVR) has tested the use of bio-fuel under working conditions.

Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show 2021

Ken Jones visited the Apedale Valley Light Railway Transport Show on 29th August and has sent us the following photographs.

New South Wales Rail News

4477 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
First custom tunnel boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West

The Sydney Metro West project has ordered two huge custom-built tunnel boring machines to help build the city’s next metro rail tunnels.

Changed traffic conditions on New England Highway rail bridge at Telarah

Motorists are advised of changed overnight traffic conditions from this weekend on the New England Highway at Telarah to carry out maintenance work on the Telarah Bridge over rail.

Contract awarded for Western Sydney Airport final steps

The final major contract has been awarded for construction of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, unlocking the future of air travel in the region.

Tamworth intermodal rail line reactivated

Work to reactivate five kilometres of non-operational rail line between West Tamworth and Westdale has crossed the finish line, supporting the development of an intermodal rail facility to deliver more efficient freight journeys to the state’s major port.

New Zealand Rail News

623 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Final Issue RMTU NZ Activist Newsletter For 2021

The latest edition of the RMTU NZ newsletter for 2021 is now available.

Dame Whina breaks through for Christmas

City Rail Link’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), Dame Whina Cooper, broke through into the Aotea Station in central Auckland today, marking the end of its epic underground journey for the project and for the city.

Auckland's entire rail network to close for three weeks for summer upgrades

KiwiRail is unwrapping its Christmas gift early, in the form of upgrades and improvements to the Auckland railway networks.

Track switching works at Mt Eden

Accelerated work that began at City Rail Link’s (CRL)  busy Mt Eden site in Auckland last month will step up a further gear during the summer holidays.

Pukehohe preserved at precinct

A new home has been found for New Zealand’s historic Pukekohe Railway Station building, as a passionate historian and businessman is set to move the station to Matangi, near Hamilton, and restore it there.

Northern Territory Rail News

228 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Desert Bloom Hydrogen: ground-breaking, commercial-scale green hydrogen project to proceed in NT outback

Technology company Aqua Aerem has announced that its breakthrough $US10.

Train takeover means access to more markets but no thanks to coal

The big Australian rail group Aurizon has bought some of the nation's biggest rail lines.

Aurizon buys One Rail freight group for $2.35b

Rail group Aurizon has capped off another huge week of mergers and acquisitions with a $2.

New rail terminal could turn dreams into reality

There is a window of opportunity needing to be seized following the release of a tender into the relocation of the Darwin Passenger Railway Terminal.

NT cattle's return to transport by rail could save producers $120 per head to SA, study finds

A study looking at the viability of transporting cattle on rail to Darwin and South Australia is being conducted by the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

Opinion

160 stories | Newest story posted last month
Why Electric Vehicles are not a Climate Change Silver Bullet

The research is clear: without aggressively tackling rising global temperatures, there will be catastrophic global consequences within the coming decades.

Room for improvement in energy efficiency of Victorian rentals

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Victoria’s rental homes are typically less energy efficient than owner-occupied properties.

Detailed designs for Bridge Mall

Illustrative concept plan for reopening Bridge Mall (via City of Ballarat)

How Highways Wrecked America’s Cities

It is well-documented that America’s urban places have been designed and built for cars since the late 1920s.

After her fiancé was killed by a train, Maddie is determined to improve rail crossing safety

Maddie and Ethan were due to marry in March and looked forward to starting a family.

Other Transport News

1314 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Prime Minister announces trucking apprenticeship program

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the establishment of a truck driving apprenticeship.

Linfox profits hit by Covid costs and cashless trend

Trucking giant Linfox reports a significant hit to its bottom line in the last financial year due to rising supply chain costs and a poorly performing Armaguard division.

Kings Ferry To Cease London Commuter Services

Kings Ferry has announced that its long standing commuter coach service between Kent and Medway and to London for nearly 40 years is to be axed from next Friday, Christmas Eve.

Canberra backs hydrogen-powered road trains in Townsville

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has conditionally approved $3.

Motorcyclist dies in horror Tonkin Highway crash with road train in Perth

A motorcyclist has died in Perth’s north east, in a crash involving a road train.

Pacific National News

79 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Call for RAT kits access to be prioritised

Leading Australian rail freight operator Pacific National says securing adequate numbers of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits for workers continues to be a major challenge for the national supply chain.

PN BULK EA – FIRST MEETING

Last week your Delegates and Officials were finally able to meet with Pacific National Management face to face to formally kick off the negotiations for a replacement Enterprise Agreement.

Pacific National to serve major new Australian freight terminal

AUSTRALIA’s largest private rail freight operator Pacific National (PN) has agreed a $A 110m ($US 79.

Toowoomba set to be freight and logistics powerhouse

Pacific National has reached an agreement with Wagner Corporation around the future development of a major rail freight terminal at Wellcamp Business Park, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Pacific National boosts services through peak season

Pacific National is offering increased capacity on its intermodal containerised services right throughout the festive season to help its customers with the Christmas rush.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 11 months ago
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3.

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

Qube Logistics

16 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

Qube Holdings has revealed it will write down up to $215 million on a loss-making import-export rail terminal at its Moorebank freight hub as it signed off on a deal to sell land and warehouses to a consortium led by the Logos Property Group.

Qube cool on One Rail’s coal, watching brief on freight

ASX-listed Qube Holdings is not one to shy away from a deal in the Australian transport sector - however the coal exposure inside Macquarie’s One Rail Australia has given it pause for thought.

Inland Ports, Tricky Politics: Chris Corrigan’s Qube reels in $1.7bn public land sale

Chris Corrigan, golden boy of the Liberal Party, villain of Labor, has won a $1.

Fitting the signal to the system

There’s no doubt that the coming generation of intermodal terminals will take the next step forward in efficiency, backed by the latest in automation technology.

JobKeeper messages between Qube Holdings and Treasury shed light on how ports giant qualified for subsidies

The port and rail giant Qube Holdings had a good year in 2020: strong revenue, healthy profits, bonuses for executives and dividends for shareholders.

Queensland Rail News

2877 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Western rail lines restored after floodwaters damaged tracks

Queensland’s Western and South Western train lines have all been repaired and reopened after heavy rain caused severe flooding which damaged tracks, forcing parts of the rail network to close for weeks.

Queensland NCL and Maryborough branch flooded

Major flooding in the Mary River between Gympie and Maryborough from rainfalls in excess of 600m during Friday night has resulted in the North Coast Line and Bruce Highway being cut in several places over the weekend.

Huge milestone for Cross River Rail reached

Cross River Rail’s huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) has broken ground at the Northern Portal near the ICB, signalling the end of tunnelling for Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project.

Further details emerge for proposed $1.5 billion Valeria coal mine in central Queensland

Conservation groups have slammed plans for Glencore's proposed $1.

Cross River Rail tunnelling completed

Queensland’s biggest ever infrastructure project has reached a massive milestone with the final mega machine breaking through at the Northern Portal near the Inner City Bypass, marking the end of tunnelling for the project.

Rail Events

861 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
RailAdvent Feedback Competition – Your chance to win an Amazon tablet!

Over the last 18 months, a number of new features have been added to the RailAdvent website and has seen a positive growth in readership with over 10 million views in 2021.

Rail workers recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Rail workers from across the industry have been recognised in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List, published on 31 December.

Avanti West Coast Celebrates 175 Years of Lancaster and Carlisle Railway

Avanti West Coast has teamed up with local communities based around its Cumbrian stations to celebrate the opening of the Lancaster and Carlisle railway in 1846.

Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton celebrates record-breaking Christmas

The Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton is celebrating a successful Christmas season with many records broken.

Rail News

4460 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Interview: ‘We have the tools – it is in our hands to deliver’

The next decade will be crucial for the global fight against irreversible climate change, and rail is the only mode that is well placed to deliver significant decarbonisation in the transport sector, UIC Director-General François Davenne  explains to Chris Jackson.

Comment: The politics of infrastructure

Rising geopolitical complexity around the world raises a challenge that policymakers and railway planners will have to overcome if ambitions for modal shift to rail are to be realised in the years ahead, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

Timeout for Tech: Metal Fatigue

Welcome to “Timeout for Tech with Gary T.

Key industry bodies commit to transport decarbonisation

Three major transport industry associations have partnered to reaffirm decarbonisation efforts in the transport sector.

For Your Holiday Reading & Viewing Pleasure… from the Centre for Future Work!

We all have mixed feelings about heading into another holiday season with so much hardship and uncertainty around us – and feeling so much anger (understandably) at the failures of governments and employers to do what was needed to better control this pandemic.

Rail Travel

518 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Ghan owner Journey Beyond changes hands for $600m

Journey Beyond, owner of “experiential” attractions from 

World-first road/rail-traveling bus to enter use on Christmas Day

Why bother transferring between a bus and a train, if you could just stay in one vehicle that travels on both roads and tracks?

Story of an Attempted Rip-Off

A few weeks ago, I flew over to Honolulu to participate in a Friday luncheon meeting where the topic of the day was to be “train travel” in general and long-distance train travel in particular.

Completing My Ride on the Ghan

Rolling along steadily, heading almost due south, it isn’t long before we’re in the Outback again: hot and dry, but with more actual terrain than we saw from the Indian Pacific.

It’s not the Heat, It’s Darwin!

Five seconds after stepping out of the Darwin airport terminal’s air conditioning and into the open air, the sweat began to drip from every pore.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 4 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway History

544 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
FreightWaves Classics: Refrigeration helped railroads move fresh food nationwide (Part 1)

In the railroad industry, a refrigerator car (or “reefer”) is a refrigerated boxcar that is designed to carry perishable freight at specific temperatures.

FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: The Katy served the southcentral region of the nation

There are many people interested in former transportation companies, whether they were trucking companies, railroads, airlines or ocean lines.

South Wheeling, WV: 1852-2010 Wheeling/La Belle Cut Nail Plant

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Chicago, IL Depot: C&WI 55th Street Station

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Baltimore, MD: CSX/B&O Curtis Bay Coal Dock and Railyard

I knew that US still exported coal from Newport News, VA.

Railway Preservation

1575 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Booking open for North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Pullman dining experiences

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has some great ideas to start filling up that new 2022 diary.

Steam locomotive 46100 Royal Scot set for East Lancashire Railway visit

The East Lancashire Railway has announced that LMS Scot No.

Lappa Valley opens “The Engine Shed”

The Lappa Valley visitor attraction in Cornwall has added to its range of facilities.

Class 47 locomotive loaded ahead of move to North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group has confirmed to RailAdvent that BR Class 47 No.

LMS Patriot Project release their latest update

The December Monthly Members Bulletin for The LMS Patriot Project reports a successful Christmas period with good progress made.

Railway Publications

368 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
People News: HOK, Transit Wireless

Luke Bridle, Director of Transportation, HOK

RT&S January 2022 issue now online

Read the digital issue now.

IRJ promotes Burroughs

IRJ is pleased to announce that David Burroughs has been promoted to News Editor.

The Railways of Telford (UK)

A recent gift (December 2021) from a valued colleague, to mark my pending retirement and my move to Telford, was 'Railways of Telford' by David Clarke

Book Review: English Electric Diesel Locomotives by George Woods

English Electric Diesel Locomotives DEALS

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 10 months ago
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

“Everything I've done has prepared me for ice swimming.

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

Long-distance passenger services were hit particularly hard, falling by 42.

Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Russian Rail News

231 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Moscow suburban EMUs delivered

Transmashholding’s Demikhovo plant has delivered seven 11-car EP2D electric multiple-units for use around Moscow by Central Suburban Passenger Co.

Sinara wins orders for high-power diesel shunters

SINARA Transport Machines (STM), Russia, has signed contracts worth Roubles 1.

Tunnelling complete on Moscow’s Big Circle Line

TUNNELLING on the final section of Moscow’s $US 6.

TransContainer buys second terminal in Zabaykalsk after record year

TransContainer acquired a second terminal to operate in the Zabaykalsk railway station on the Russian-Chinese border.

R&D co-operation starts with locomotive component life cycles

A five-year agreement covering strategic co-operation in research and development has been signed by TMH Perspective Technologies Centre and Emperor Alexander I St Petersburg State Transport University.

South Australian Rail News

911 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
An elderly woman has escaped without injury after her car was hit by a train at Victor Harbor

An elderly woman has escaped without injury after her car was hit by a train at Victor Harbor.

Leigh Creek urea project passes capital raising milestone

LEIGH Creek Energy, a future key supplier of urea to the Australian agriculture sector through the $2.

Girders placed at Torrens Road crossing

Work to fix one of Adelaide’s most challenging traffic bottlenecks has reached a major milestone with the first two bridge girders for the $196 million Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project lifted into place.

Possible future with rail discussed in Port Lincoln

Advocates for the return of Eyre Peninsula's rail services put their case forward in a public meeting in Port Lincoln on Sunday, arguing it would bring economic and social benefits across the region.

Powering ahead at Gawler

The electrification of the rail network through Adelaide from the suburbs of Gawler to Seaford is the biggest rolling stock project in South Australia for years.

Tasmanian Rail News

439 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
TasRail opts for KLP hybrid polymer sleepers

With an upgraded, fit-for-purpose rail freight network, TasRail is one of the largest transport service providers in Tasmania, connecting industry and commerce to major shipping ports and freight hubs across the State.

Derwent Valley Railway to launch in June 2022 with plans to extend service

In a historic moment, a new lease for the Derwent Valley Railway will come into effect with plans to extend the tourist service to include trips to nearby tourist towns and national parks.

Tracker for Christmas Train

After a bumper year, TasRail has introduced some new ideas to support its much-loved Christmas Train, with an eye to the building a solid future for the staff-led initiative.

TasRail on the paper route

TasRail is currently providing 12 weekly services between Norske Skog’s Boyer paper mill in the Derwent Valley and the Port of Burnie.

2,000 train trips later

Tom Pavic-Ryan reflects on 11 years of being a guide on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Technology News

267 stories | Newest story posted last month
All-optical networks should be the foundation of a next-generation bearer network

The entire system consists of multiple subsystems such as access control systems, ticketing systems, visual real-time tracking dashboards (of trains, depots, and stations), emergency communication systems, anti-theft alarms, and perimeter alarm systems.

One step ahead with voestalpine

Global condition monitoring technology leader voestalpine Railway Systems uniquely provides both rolling stock and railway infrastructure monitoring systems, with proven solutions for metro, mixed traffic, heavy haul and high speed networks.

Pandrol launches new E+ product range

As well as being a landmark in Pandrol’s sustainability journey, the launch represents a major breakthrough in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly track construction and maintenance.

On the right track with CHK

Imagine if railway companies could monitor the health of the pneumatic and electric points along the tracks.

The Best of the Best: Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Review

We have reviewed both the Jackery Solar Generator 240 and the Jackery Solar Generator 500, and both have been superb – but both miss a vital Type C PD port.

Train Simulator News

85 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Train Sim World 2: Tharandter Rampe: Dresden – Chemnitz route to be released

A new route for Train Sim World 2 (TSW) is being released on 13th January.

New Blast Pipe Productions Train Sim reskin to be released

We will be back on the RailAdvent Twitch channel (Thursday 13th January) alongside Sam from Blast Pipe Productions

New Blast Pipe Productions Train Sim reskin to be released tomorrow

We will be back on the RailAdvent Twitch Stream tomorrow (Thursday 13th January) alongside Sam from Blast Pipe Productions

Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games has announced that Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2.

Tram and Light Rail News

2271 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Hurontario light rail transit project’s Cooksville section sees huge delivery of rail

The team behind the Hurontario (HuLRT) light rail transit project is going to great lengths lately to get the system on track.

New Catenary-free tramway opens in Lusail, Qatar

A new tramway has opened in Lusail, a new city 10 miles north of Doha in Qatar.

Wrocław orders 24 Pesa LRVs

MPK Wrocław, Poland, has awarded Pesa a Zlotys 204m ($US 50.

First Look: Valley Metro’s Newest Siemens LRVs

The three LRVs, plus four more currently being tested at Valley Metro, are part of an 11-car order the agency placed with Siemens in 2017.

UK

8138 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Rail freight development back on the agenda in Yorkshire

A former industrial site, which planning authorities have previously rejected for development, is back in the market as a potential rail freight terminal.

New set down options for Intercity’s London to Inverness tour in February

New set down options have been added to Intercity’s The Clansman tour, which is set to run on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th February 2022.

Friday Reads – 14 January 2022

• Crossrail pushing hard for a March opening date (IanVisits)

RIA backs East Coast Digital Programme as model future for British rail schemes

A report published by Britain’s Railway Industry Association (RIA) says the East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) should lead the way for a national ETCS programme and other major schemes in Britain.

Charity Railtours’ hopes dashed as new power unit needed for D1015 Western Champion

Hopes that Charity Railtours’ “The Magnificent Severn” rail tour would soon be running from London to South Wales behind Class 52 D1015 Western Champion have been put on hold.

USA

7370 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Amit Bose confirmed as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

Nominated by President Biden on April 22, 2021, Mr.

Los Angeles Metro to receive $1.24 billion federal grant

American Rescue Plan transit funds are intended to help transit agencies around the country maintain service and keep workers on the payroll as communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

January editorial: Garden City, N.Y., needs to stop barking

A few years ago we welcomed a rescue dog into our home.

Thieves raiding rail cargo containers in Los Angeles

Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded packages

Unveiled: Amtrak P-42 Honoring OLI’s 50th Anniversary

The diesel locomotive, unveiled during a ceremony at Washington (D.

Victorian Rail News

8387 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
No Mildura Train Pain

A MAN who was left in “intolerable” pain after taking a bus from Mildura to Melbourne is frustrated more isn’t being done to restore passenger train services to the state’s northwest.

Major upgrade complete for Waurn Ponds station

Waurn Ponds station in Geelong will increase the frequency and the number of train services available following the completion of a major upgrade.

Major upgrades completed at Waurn Ponds

Passengers will soon benefit from more frequent and reliable train services with the completion of major works on the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade in Victoria.

Contract signed for removal of more level crossings on Pakenham Line

Melbourne’s south-east suburbs are set to have three more dangerous level crossings removed, a new rail bridge built and two new stations erected, with a contract now signed to deliver the $844 million in congestion-busting works.

Western Australian Rail News

1471 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Cutting down on SPADs

WA train operator Arc Infrastructure has launched an initiative to raise awareness of SPAD (Signal Passed At Danger) incidents.

Rio Tinto will buy 4 battery-electric locomotives from Wabtec

Mining company Rio Tinto will be purchasing four FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives from rail technology provider Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) as part of its wider efforts to reduce scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

Fortescue orders EMD Joule battery locomotives

Fortescue Metals Group has ordered two EMD Joule battery locomotives from Progress Rail for use on its iron ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Western Australia to open its border on February 5 as the state hits vaccination milestone

On the other side of the country, friends and family members were reunited today as people entered Queensland, following the lifting of the state's border restrictions.

More Wabtec FLXdrives for Pilbara

Mining company Rio Tinto has bought four FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives from Wabtec Corporation to support sustainable operations of its rail network in the Pilbara region of WA.

Yarra Trams

862 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Route 78 Disruption - Friday 14 January

Due to a police request in Chapel Street at High Street

Route 19/59 Disruption - Thursday 13 January

Due to damaged overhead wires in Sydney Road

Docklands Disruption - Thursday 13 January

Due to an equipment fault in Docklands

Extreme weather warning: Wednesday 12 January - Friday 14 January

Wednesday 12 January to Friday 14 January 2022

Route 57 Disruption - Wednesday 12 January

Due to a tram and truck collision on Epsom Road near Flemington Racecourse

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