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ACT

350 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Australia’s new rail safety reporting scheme

The new National Rail Safety Data Strategy has been officially launched by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to support collaborative safety decisions.

New dawn for national rail safety data

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) are celebrating a major milestone following the official launch of Australia’s new rail safety data reporting scheme.

ARA welcomes NSW faster rail funding

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s $500 million commitment to support the delivery of faster rail from Sydney to the Central Coast in the upcoming State Budget.

ARA warns delaying key rail projects creates uncertainty for workers

The Australiasian Railway Association (ARA) has warned delaying key rail projects for New South Wales could mean the state may not have the skills needed to deliver megaprojects, as workers demand certainty in the industry.

LeadMind leads way in safer light rail travel

CAF Digital Services’ LeadMind platform will enable safer rides on the 12-kilometre 14-stop Canberra light rail line linking the suburb of Gungahlin to the city centre.

Africa

431 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Prasa awards five rolling stock refurbishment contracts

THE Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has awarded five contracts worth a total of Rs 7.

CRRC completes Angolan DMU deliveries

CRRC has delivered the final three of 10 four-car diesel multiple-units ordered by INCFA for use on services between Luanda and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport.

Vossloh to supply rail fastenings for Egypt’s first high-speed line

VOSSLOH has announced that it has been awarded a contract worth over €40m to supply rail fastening systems for Egypt’s first high-speed line.

Locomotives for Gabon under construction

CRRC’s Ziyang factory is manufacturing six diesel locomotives which railway concessionaire Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais will use to haul 10 000 tonne manganese ore trains.

Airline News

719 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Qantas ‘a farce and a joke’ as travellers rage at Alan Joyce over holiday chaos

The national airline's CEO has copped a barrage of highly uncomplimentary messages from Crikey readers.

The Airbus A380 Is Making a Comeback

The death of the superjumbo jet may have been greatly exaggerated, as more A380s return to service.

The First Airbus A321XLR Flight Could Take Place Within a Week

The A321XLR is designed to give more value for the airlines by bringing 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previous-generation competitor aircraft.

Korita Aviation Enables You to Add an Additional Padlock/Seal to Trolleys!

Our Solution Enables You to Add an Additional Padlock/Seal to Your Trolleys!

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.

Arabian Rail News

408 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Afghanistan and Iran plan completion of Khaf - Herat line

MR Miad Salehi, the head of Iran Railways (RAI), has met with Mr Bakht-ur-Rehman Sharafat, head of Afghanistan Railways, in Tehran to discuss ways to complete a 225km line between Khaf, Iran, and Herat, in Afghanistan.

Etihad Rail awards UAE passenger train contract

National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed a 1·2bn dirham contract for Spanish company CAF to design, supply and maintain fleet of push-pull passenger trainsets designed to European standards and equipped with ‘the latest cutting-edge technologies’ that suit the UAE’s topography and climate.

Etihad Rail orders passenger fleet as construction continues north of Dubai

ETIHAD Rail has awarded CAF, Spain, a Dirhams 1.

Tunnelling contracts awarded for Saudi Arabia’s new city

TWO contracts have been awarded by the company developing a new city in the Neom economic zone in Saudi Arabia, for the construction by drilling and blasting of 28km of tunnels through rock to accommodate high-speed passenger services and freight trains.

Thales to equip Cairo Metro Line 4

EGYPT’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed a turnkey contract with Thales, Orascom Construction and Colas Rail to design, install, commission and maintain for two years communications, centralised control and ticketing systems for Phase 1 of Cairo Metro Line 4.

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

4649 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Hitachi Rail completes acquisition of Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the ETR 1000 high-speed train platform from Al

Hitachi Rail today confirmed that it has successfully closed the acquisition from Alstom of intellectual property rights and business activities related to Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the ETR 1000 high-speed trains operating in Italy, France and Spain.

Uzbek metal fabricator to enter wagon market

ORIENT Metal, a subsidiary of Orient Group, Uzbekistan, has announced it plans to enter the rail market and will begin production of container wagons.

Alstom completes sale of V300 Zefiro high-speed train to Hitachi Rail

ALSTOM has concluded the transfer of business activities related to Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the V300 Zefiro very high-speed train to Hitachi Rail.

Japan funds Dhaka MRT Line 5 North through $US 984.6m loan

THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has signed a loan agreement with the government of Bangladesh to provide Yen 133.

Tetra communications deployed on Gobi desert railway

Teltronic has deployed a Tetra communications network for the 240 route-km heavy haul railway which is under construction to link the Tavan Tolgoi coking coal mines with Gashuun Sukhait on the border with China.

Aurizon

314 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
ACCC seeks feedback on Aurizon ORA acquisition

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking market feedback on Aurizon’s proposed acquisition of One Rail Australia (ORA) and the divestment of ORA’s east coast rail haulage business.

Aurizon’s $2.3b One Rail bid presents risks says ACCC

The competition watchdog has raised concerns about Aurizon’s proposed $2.

Further delay to $US 1.69bn sale of One Rail Australia

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has again postponed handing down its decision on the proposed sale of the One Rail Australia (ORA) freight business to Queensland-based operator Aurizon.

Heavy haul locomotive investment to support commodities

Ten new heavy-haul locomotives are hitting the tracks in New South Wales and Western Australia as the nation’s largest rail freight business Aurizon meets customer growth in high-demand Australian commodities such as copper, lead, zinc and grain.

Queensland Government snaps up Rockhampton railyards

The Queensland Government has completed the purchase of the Rockhampton railyards from Aurizon in a major step towards creating more rail supply chain manufacturing jobs in Central Queensland.

Australian High Speed Rail

48 stories | Newest story posted last month
Parramatta at centre of NSW’s high-speed rail future

Greater Parramatta has been singled out as the location for a major hub for dedicated fast rail lines connecting Sydney to Newcastle, Wollongong and the state’s west as part of long-term plans to boost public transport links.

Land value growth could offset high-speed rail costs

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has revealed new research that shows land value growth could be used to fund a proposed high-speed rail (HSR) network on Australia’s East coast, offsetting its costs.

End of the golden triangle? Labor’s new plan for high-speed rail

He said his government would initially prioritise a fast rail link between Sydney and Newcastle, before upgrading it to an even quicker service that would cut travel times to just 45 minutes.

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.

Bus Transport News

1155 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
My Heroic Little Brother Dan

Love has no pride, when I call out your nameLove has no pride, when there's only myself to blameBut I'd give anything, to see you again.

Stotts Tours Takes Delivery of Three New Enviro200's

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) has announced that it has supplied three new Enviro200 buses to Stotts Tours (Oldham) Ltd, after the operator bought directly from ADL for the first time.

Go North East’s Gateshead Depot Open Day Raises Over £3,500 For Ukraine

Two Sundays on from Go North East throwing open the doors at its Gateshead Riverside bus depot for a jubilee-themed community open day, and the total amount raised thanks to the generosity of those who came along has now been confirmed as an amazing £3,696.

Iveco Electrics With Pantograph Charging

Iveco Bus has delivered two 12-metre E-WAY to the public company Marprom for the city of Maribor (Slovenia).

ADL Supplies New Plaxton Panther Coach to Scottish Operator Hunters Executive Coaches

Alexander Dennis (Alexander Dennis Limited, “ADL”) has announced that it has delivered a brand new Plaxton Panther coach to Scottish operator Hunters Executive Coaches.

Canada

1417 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
CN announces spending in British Columbia and Quebec

NORTH American Class 1 Canadian National (CN) has announced its 2022 spending plans for the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, which will see a total of $C 725m ($US 561.

Jeff Willsie, Founder of Ontario Southland, Dies at 70

Jeff Willsie, the founder and former president of the Ontario Southland Railway, died June 21.

CN plans capital investments in Illinois, Tennessee, 2 Canada provinces

Canadian railway CN has announced another $355 million in capital investments in two provinces and two U.

CN to invest more than $130M in Manitoba and Nova Scotia

Canadian railway CN has announced CA$175 million (US$136 million) in capital investments for its railways in Manitoba and Nova Scotia on top of $1.

FMC commissioners want rail regulators to reject CP-KCS merger

Three commissioners with the Federal Maritime Commission want the Surface Transportation Board to reject Canadian Pacific’s plan to merge with Kansas City Southern, saying the merger could divert intermodal traffic from U.

Cityrail News

933 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Landslip closes Blue Mountains rail line between Katoomba and Mount Victoria

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway has warned rail travel in the Blue Mountains will be affected for the "next few weeks" following a landslip near Mt Victoria.

Shark makes visit to Sydney Railway Station during flooding

A shark has made a surprise visit to a Sydney Railway Station over the weekend during persistent and heavy rain causing flooding across the Sydney Rail Network.

'Everyone just crammed in': Train nightmare for Sydney commuters as industrial action continues

A war of words continues between the rail union and the NSW government over safety concerns about the New Intercity Fleet trains, despite the government's offer to modify the fleet.

Access made easier at Tuggerah station

Access to the Tuggerah railway station in Sydney will soon become a lot easier for all customers, with early work now underway on $34 million accessibility upgrades.

Coronavirus Transport News

642 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
EC approves €374m Covid-19 support for Italian freight operators

THE European Commission (EC) has approved under EU state aid rules an Italian government initiative to provide up to €374m to compensate freight operators for revenue lost due to lockdown measures imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The number of rail journeys made last year post-pandemic doubles previous year figures

Rail journeys made between April 2021 and March 2022 are more than double that of those made during the pandemic the year previous.

UK: Rail Journeys Double Post-Pandemic

More people are returning to rail travel post-pandemic according to the latest figures from the UK’s Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Rhine-Alpine rail freight normalises in 2021, back to pre-COVID levels

Rail freight traffic in the Rhine-Alpine corridor rose sharply in 2021, after major slowdown the previous year.

GWR team who led COVID-19 response recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Four long-serving Great Western Railway employees have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Europe

9047 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Coradia Stream Intercity Next Generation Train revealed by Alstom and NS

Rotterdam Central Station hosted the innovative energy-efficient new train to the Dutch public over the weekend of 2nd July 2022

SüdLeasing orders 20 Vectron locomotives for SBB Cargo

SBB Cargo International in cooperation with SüdLeasing, has ordered 20 Vectron multi-system locomotives equipped with the XLoad package from Siemens Mobility.

NS unveils its Intercity Next Generation trainset

The Intercity Next Generation trainset was officially unveiled by Acting President of national passenger operator NS Bert Groenewegen and Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge at Rotterdam Centraal station on July 2, ahead of entry into service later this year.

EC seeks passenger pilots to identify cross-border obstacles

THE European Commission (EC) has invited operators, infrastructure managers and competent authorities to propose new or enhanced cross-border passenger services that would test and implement measures to remove obstacles to the introduction of international services.

Switzerland revises Rail 2050 strategy to help meet climate objectives

THE Swiss government is re-orientating its Rail 2050 long-term strategy in favour of improving short and medium-distance rail services by, for example, offering additional S-Bahn services in the major cities.

Gunzelling Reports

1544 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/7/2022

There were 89 sightings for this week, which is 17 sightings more than last week.

Rare SCFU Curtain Sider

Despite being 8 years old, I have never seen this SCF 48ft curtain sider.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/6/2022

There were 72 sightings for this week, which is 7 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/6/2022

There were 79 sightings for this week, which is 9 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/6/2022

There were 88 sightings for this week, which is 2 sightings more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

804 stories | Newest story posted last month
How to increase rail freight’s modal share

As a means to move freight, rail works.

Hydrogen should fuel Inland Rail, says Arcadis

ENGINEERING design and consultancy company Arcadis is urging the Australian federal government to ensure that the design of the Inland Rail project to link Melbourne with Brisbane can accommodate hydrogen-powered trains, which it says have the potential save 763,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Rail industry welcomes King and Cabinet

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has congratulated Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the announcement of his new Ministry and the appointment of Catherine King as Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Inland Rail koala genetics study

Inland Rail is studying koala populations along eight sections of the Inland Rail program, aiming to capture data about existing levels of gene flow and current health of the marsupials along the alignment.

ALP to review Inland Rail, investigate Gladstone line

ANOTHER review into the Inland Rail as well as another study into the proposed Gladstone line looks likely if the new Australian Labor Party (ALP) follows through with its pre-election commitment to re-examine the $15-billion project.

International Rail News

5787 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
MRS Logística to invest R$10bn after early concession renewal

The Federal Audit Court has approved the early renewal of MRS Logística’s concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network serving the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo.

Peru’s ‘Señor Tren’ joins Railroad Development Corp

Railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp has appointed Dr Juan de Dios Olaechea as Managing Director, International Business Development, with initial target markets of Latin America and worldwide mining-related opportunities.

Connecting the dots to make modal shift happen

Freight shipment visibility specialists Everysens and Shippeo have partnered to provide their customers with improved end-to-end information on multimodal deliveries by rail, sea and road.

Consultation launched for Brazil’s Nova Ferroeste project

THE governor of the Brazilian state of Paraná, Mr Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior, has launched the public consultation process for the Nova Ferroeste project which aims to build 1567km of new freight railway at a cost of Reais 35.

Ricardo and MxV Rail form rail technology and testing alliance

Ricardo and MxV Rail have signed a strategic alliance agreement to bring together their rail engineering and testing capabilities to serve the global market.

Letters to the Editor

346 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Sacom and Inligo Networks conclude meetings with Timor Leste President Ramos-Horta

The owner of Sacom Timor-Leste company, Abílio Araújo, has committed to bringing a subsea fibre optic cable from Singapore to Timor-Leste.

Inligo Networks signs major agreement with Equinix Data Centres Asia

Inligo Networks has signed a global master agreement with Equinix out of the Asia Pacific Region.

Victoria and the federation, is it time for a Vexit?

At what point does Victoria say to the Commonwealth of Australia, enough is enough?

How Green Is Satellite Monitoring? Let’s Do the Math

How Green Is Satellite Monitoring?

Model Railways

2967 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Corris Railway’s Model Railway Exhibition planned for August

The Corris Railway Society is holding its annual Model Railway Exhibition in Machynlleth over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Container depot

With all the track now laid on the layout it was time to re examine to see how it all works together.

Ballarat Model Railway Exhibition 2022

Last weekend I visited two model railway exhibitions in Victoria.

Waverley Model Railway Club's Exhibition 2022

OK folks - time now for the overview of the Waverley Model Railway Club's 2022 Exhibition in Melbourne held over the weekend of 11-13 June.

Second series of Hornby model railway programme will head behind the scenes in Kent

UKTV has commissioned a second series of Hornby: A Model World for its leading factual TV channel, Yesterday.

Narrow Gauge

185 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Porthmadog-based Ffestiniog Railway reveals plans for the Summer

Paul Lewin, General Manager at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, has set out plans for services in the Summer.

Climax Steam on the Locust Heights & Western Railroad

For many railfans, the love of trains is a family affair that spreads across several generations.

Evesham Vale Light Railway to celebrate their 20th anniversary with steam gala

The Evesham Vale Light Railway (EVLR) in Worcestershire is holding its Annual Railway Gala on the weekend of Saturday, 9th and Sunday, 10th July.

Trago Mills to hold steam gala in August

The Bickington Steam Railway at Trago Mills Shopping Park near Newton Abbot in Devon is holding a summer steam gala event on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st August.

21st birthday celebrations for Exbury Gardens Steam Railway 

Exbury Gardens Steam Railway is situated in the delightful Summer Lane Garden in the 200-acre New Forest visitor attractions and this year is celebrating its 21st birthday!

New South Wales Rail News

4581 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Upper Lachlan councillor Nathan McDonald defends rail trail decision

An Upper Lachlan councillor has stood behind his decision to pull support for the Goulburn to Crookwell rail trail proposal.

Improvements to the Main West Rail Line

The Main West Rail Line Capability Enhancement program has allocated $66.

Platform doors in place across Sydney Metro

Platform screen doors have been installed along the platforms of Martin Place, Central, Waterloo and Sydenham, as Sydney Metro City & Southwest takes shape.

Region 6 backpay Victory!

This week Transit Systems began paying what will be more than 3 million dollars in backpay owed to ex-STA employees who worked for TSA between 2019 and 2021, past and present.

Operators reminded to be aware of braking systems

A Safety Advisory Notice has been issued to all rolling stock operators as part of an ongoing investigation by the Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) into the derailment of a grain train near Wollongong.

New Zealand Rail News

654 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Transport service changes as Pukekohe heads towards electrification

KiwiRail and Auckland Transport are working together to build a modern train station suitable for future needs as the town of Pukekohe grows.

Train hits unoccupied van on train tracks in Gore

A train hit an unoccupied van on railway tracks in Gore on Tuesday morning.

Road deaths reinforce the need to reduce our dependency on trucking

Richard Worrall is a former journalist who specialised in transport and transport policy issues.

No man's land - Ōtaki seeks better public transport to enable mode shift

Greater Wellington Regional Council chairperson Daran Ponter and Kāpiti representative Penny Gaylor, pictured at Ōtaki Railway Station, are miffed rail investment was turned down by the Government.

Comfort, carbon and convenience: People want more from Manawatū public transport plan

People in charge of improving public transport in Manawatū and surrounding areas have been given a clear message: do more.

Northern Territory Rail News

239 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Ammaroo ready to help feed the world

One of the northern territory’s most exciting exploration projects has evolved into a $2 billion investment opportunity to manufacture and supply ammonium phosphate fertilisers produced from one of the nt’s most significant mineral resources

Government announces new NT logistics hubs

The Federal government is committing to investing in new logistics hubs in the Northern Territory that will benefit miners, farmers and developers of new industries.

Cattle station looking for solutions to deadly rail track quandary

A Central Australian cattle station claims it is losing more than 20 head of cattle a year to train collisions.

Barnaby Joyce announces $1.5bn new Darwin port and gas hub

A new port in Darwin is expected to boost jobs and help industry export more gas and critical minerals.

First trains from Adelaide to the NT after rail repairs

The first trains travelling on the newly repaired railway after severe damage from floods in South Australia's north.

Opinion

162 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Victorians are turning towards independents with more to offer than a political background and a party membership

It’s no wonder voters are turning away from Labor in droves after Daniel Andrews and his ministers abused us and locked us up for months on end.

Carnage expected for Victoria’s two major parties at November poll

Minority parties are tipped to win several key seats and shake up the November state election.

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)

Other Transport News

1339 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Woman killed, boy injured in crash at Wye, south of Mount Gambier

A woman has been killed and a young boy is in a critical condition after a horror crash at Wye in the Limestone Coast on Friday afternoon.

Steamship Waverely Back in Action from Glasgow

In just over two weeks the iconic steamship Waverley will celebrate the 75th anniversary of her maiden voyage.

Ombudsman criticises EPA over West Gate Tunnel toxic soil dumping

The Victorian ombudsman has criticised the environmental watchdog over the dumping of toxic soil from the 

Snap border closure not a factor in fatal truck crash that killed Steven Lawrie, coroner rules

A coroner says the death of a man whose truck hurtled into traffic at a South Australia and Victoria border checkpoint shouldn’t be blamed on the snap closure.

FreightWaves Classics/Infrastructure: I&M Canal was successful until it wasn’t…

The first canal built in the United States was constructed during 1792-1796.

Pacific National News

95 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Pacific National Bulk NSW EA Member Update-18

You may have seen correspondence from Pacific National regarding your protected industrial action (PIA), particularly about Pacific National deducting 30 minutes pay from members that stop work for a 30-minute break.

Pacific National Bulk Rail EA tour

Locomotive Division Organiser Kevin Pryor will be visiting the NSW Metropolitan, South Coast and Southwest regions to discuss all aspects of the Pacific National Bulk Rail Enterprise Agreement negotiations.

PN BULK EA UPDATE -13

BALLOT FOR PROTECTED ACTION LODGED

Retirement of Geoffrey Stewart

Pacific National Locomotive Driver Geoffrey Stewart is retiring on the 27th May 2022 after 40 years membership and service.

PN Bulk EA Update 14

BALLOT FOR PROTECTED ACTION APPROVED

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted last year
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

23 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
QUBE Enterprise Agreement Update Meeting No. 2

Yesterday Thursday 16th June 2022, your Locomotive Division Enterprise Agreement Committee met with QUBE Management to continue bargaining for your replacement Enterprise Agreement.

QUBE EA Update

Yesterday, Wednesday 1st June 2022, your Locomotive Division Enterprise Agreement Committee met with QUBE Management to commence bargaining for your replacement Enterprise Agreement.

QUBE EA Negotiations

QUBE members’ Enterprise Agreement negotiations will start on Wednesday 1 June 2022.

New Qube Jumbo Coil Containers QJAU

Qube have just taken delivery of a stack of new QJAU 20ft jumbo coil containers.

Freight group issues election priorities

The industry group representing Australia’s largest rail freight operators and infrastructure owners has released its policy priorities for the forthcoming Federal election.

Queensland Rail News

2972 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Rail tracks laid for Cross River project

Rail tracks are lying deep underneath Brisbane for the first time in the city’s history, after the first section of rail was installed in Cross River Rail’s twin tunnels.

Facelifts planned for Cairns and Townville stations

The Townsville and Cairns train stations have been identified as priority sites for a Queensland Government overhaul, as part of a budget commitment to improve accessibility and the customer experience at regional stations.

CQ Inland Port takes shape at Yamala

CONTAINERISED grain and cotton grown in Central Queensland (CQ) is expected to be flowing to the Port of Brisbane on regular, and direct, rail services when the CQ Inland Port (CQIP) opens in September.

Toowoomba to host Inland Rail summit

The inaugural Inland Rail Summit will be held in Toowoomba in September this year, officially hosted by the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE).

Queensland to spend $US 2.4bn on rail projects

THE Queensland state budget for 2022-23 makes provision for $A 3.

Rail Events

979 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
RailFreight Summit Poland open for registration

It is only a summer holiday away until the RailFreight Summit Poland takes place and the lustrum event is now open for registration.

What happened at Railtex and Infrarail 2022

Over three days in mid-May, more than 3,700 industry professionals and 130 exhibiting companies came together under the ornate glass roof of Olympia London for Railtex / Infrarail 2022.

RIA’s Innovation Conference: Keynotes and Clients

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) held its 13th innovation conference in Nottingham at the end of April.

ARA hosts sustainability conference

The inaugural Australasian Railways Association Rail Sustainability Conference kicks off Tuesday, June 28, bringing together all elements of the rail industry with an interest in sustainability.

RailTech Europe 2022 starts tomorrow, here is what you can do

On Tuesday, RailTech Europe 2022 will kickoff in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Rail News

4553 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Comment: No time to delay

The rail industry is emerging from the pandemic facing an urgent need to prioritise investment and ensure tangible operational, productivity and technological benefits are delivered within the next five years, argues our Executive Editor Nick Kingsley.

Mitsui takes major share in Position Partners

Mitsui & Co, through its Australian and Japanese entities, has increased its investment in site automation solutions company, Position Partners, to become the majority shareholder.

Unicard and Amdocs announce account-based ticketing platform

Unicard and Amdocs are co-operating to use their account-based ticketing and cloud-based payment platforms to offer a multi-mode and multi-operator ‘tap-in, tap-out’ ticketing system for rail, tram, bus and micromobility services.

Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill timetable changes

From Sunday 17 July 2022, there will be changes to train and coach timetables on the Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill lines.

Rail Travel

583 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
American Freedom Train, Patriotic Railroad Tours

Due to its ties to the mining and manufacturing industries, the railroad industry played a huge role in the development of America.

High Speed Train Stalled in Texas

Could this be a sign that the U.

Tough Job: Freight Engineer

Over the past several months, I’ve been spending much of my days working on a fifth edition of my book on train travel.

An Invitation to Dine

I was asked a fascinating question recently: If I could have a nice leisurely dinner with anyone I chose, living or dead, who would it be?

Travel Memories

The Austrian Waiter.

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

721 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
The Freedom Train brought Freedom

The years right after World War 2 were heady years for the United States.

The American Freedom Train, Patriot on Rails

With its ties to mining and manufacturing, the railroad industry played a huge role in the development of America.

The American Freedom Train, A Patriot on the Rails

With its ties to mining and manufacturing, the railroad industry played a huge role in the development of America.

McCloud River #19, Chugging Towards a Return to Steam

Although locomotive manufacturers were known to celebrate production milestones, larger companies quickly scaled them back and reserved them for larger milestones.

FreightWaves Classics: Drayage is first-mile logistics (Part 1)

While the drayage function has been around for thousands of years, its importance has grown significantly in the past 70 years, following the introduction of the shipping container by Malcom McLean and his Sea-Land Corporation.

Railway Preservation

2003 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
£30,000 worth of parts for steam locomotive 34039 Boscastle stolen from Loughborough’s Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway has released an urgent appeal after parts of a steam locomotive were stolen.

Red, White and Blue 4449, Patriotic Steam in the Pacific Northwest

Southern Pacific 4449 is one of the most famous steam locomotives in the country – and has been for nearly a half century.

WATCH: Class 91 locomotive No. 91110 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight unveiled after maintenance

As part of the LNER repaint and rebrand of its Intercity 225 fleet, locomotive 91110 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has been unveiled.

Railway Publications

406 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Book Review: Whitland to Pembroke Dock by John Hodge

Newly published on 22nd April this year, Whitland to Pembroke Dock is the latest book in the West Wales Railways series from publishers Pen and Sword.

Rail Engineer May / June 2022 – Making electrification affordable, affordable tram tracks & EDI

The post Rail Engineer May / June 2022 – Making electrification affordable, affordable tram tracks & EDI appeared first on Rail Engineer.

Book Review: The East Kent Railway by John-Scott-Morgan

The East Kent Railway – The Line that ran to nowhere DEALS

Steaming this June on RailAdvent Plus

We are pleased to announce that later this month, our 3 Disc Set of the Ffestiniog Railway Victorian Weekend will be available to stream for RailAdvent Plus members.

Win a copy of The Deltics & Baby Deltic locomotives book

Our next competition is live and is free to enter.

Railway Stories

86 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Pictorial – An Afternoon at Cringila

Having not visited Cringila at Port Kembla since the heady days of Pacific National operating a full fleet of English Electric locomotives with BHP heritage, the recent handover of the steelworks contract to Watco gave me the motivation to drop in and check what had changed since my last visit.

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!

Russian Rail News

270 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Russian Railways reduces transit to Poland due to sanctions

Russian Railways will partially suspend the transit of specific products through Belarus on the way to Poland.

Lithuania scrutinises Kaliningrad’s transit slowdown after Moscow’s reaction

The Lithuanian government is again consulting with the EU Commission on implementing the fourth EU Sanctions package that includes a slow down of transit trains and goods on their way to Kaliningrad.

TMH and PTK to produce high-performance track maintenance machines

RUSSIAN rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) and track maintenance machinery supplier PTK have signed an agreement to cooperate in the development and production of high-performance track machinery and the introduction of new domestic infrastructure maintenance technology.

Russian container rail transport seems unshakable despite sanctions

The Eurasian Union of Rail Freight Traffic Participants (ESP) firmly believes that the performance of the rail container transport market in Russia will reach 2021 levels despite hurdles from sanctions imposed on the country.

Double-deck trains considered for Moscow Central Ring

The use of double-deck trains on the 54 km Moscow Central Ring line is being studied, as ridership has reached 550 000 passengers/day and the infrastructure is now at maximum capacity.

South Australian Rail News

949 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Gawler rail line closed for three hours after cyclist struck by train at North Adelaide

A cyclist has been struck by a train near the North Adelaide railway station.

Up and Ovingham! Torrens Road Bridge opens to traffic

Adelaide motorists have started to travel on the newly constructed Torrens Road Bridge as work on the Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project continues to surge ahead.

SA preserves land for rail corridor

The State Government will preserve a corridor of land for a potential future extension of the Seaford rail line to Aldinga, ensuring there are long-term options for expanding public transport in South Australia.

South Australia to tear up Keolis Downer contract following election

THE South Australian state government has allocated $A 1m ($US 697,549) in the 2022-23 state budget announced on June 2 to commission an inquiry to determine the most cost-effective way to exit its 12-year contract with Keolis Downer to run Adelaide’s suburban rail network.

Spanish firm Talgo approved for Hills-Adelaide rail technoloy trial

A Spanish company has been given the go ahead to test its railcar technology on a 55km stretch into Adelaide.

Tasmanian Rail News

440 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
Don River Railway calls for $17.2 million in funding for redevelopment

Constructing a new experience for visitors at the Don River Railway could create 40 jobs and generate about $8 million of economic benefit for the region each year.

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.

Technology News

304 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Great Western Railway high speed trains to monitor wheel performance in real time

Wireless technology that monitors the full suite of wheelset and bogie parts is being installed on all of Great Western Railway’s high-speed trains.

HyperloopTT takes crucial step to reality with world-leading digital signalling and traffic management system, co-developed with

Hitachi Rail and HyperloopTT have achieved an important milestone towards the commercial running of the innovative system – that will be able to run at speeds of up to 1,200km/h – with the completion of proof of concept for a cloud-based ERTMS signalling system for HyperloopTT’s capsules.

Wanted: Future Interlocking Technology

How do you tender a technology that you do not even know yet?

Telegraph CEO: How technology can bring about freight rail renaissance

Harris Ligon has great hopes for freight rail, and he thinks you should have great hopes too.

Linsinger hydrogen milling machine takes to the IAF tracks

IRJ at IAF 2022: Linsinger has unveiled the MG11 Hydrogen, the world’s first hydrogen-powered track milling machine, at this year’s event ahead of the start of trials with two European metros later this summer.

Train Simulator News

100 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Steam Sounds Supreme open pre-orders for WD 2-10-0 Steam Locomotive Pack

Steam Sounds Supreme has announced that pre-orders have opened for their upcoming release of the WD Austerity 2-10-0 Locomotive Pack.

TRS19 Service Pack 5 Official Release

Service Pack 5 is the latest update for Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019, and is now available for all TRS19 owners.

TRS22 - Official Release

Trainz has been delivering the unique combination of easy to use world building tools and realistic train driving simulators for over 20 years.

SimSig has gone back down under specifically to New South Wales for our next two releases

SimSig has gone back down under, specifically to New South Wales for our next two releases - Penrith & St.

Severn Valley Railway’s Purple steam locomotive arrives for Train Simulator

Bossman Games and Dovetail Games have released a free update to the BR Rebuilt West Country Steam Locomotive Pack for Train Simulator Classic.

Tram and Light Rail News

2402 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Systra to design AlUla tram system

THE Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) in Saudi Arabia has appointed Systra to act as lead design consultant for a new light rail system connecting the historic city of AlUla with the Unesco World Heritage site of Hegra.

The second week of North Station testing

Flexity 010 waiting for the traffic lights on Talbot Road at the junction with Abingdon StreetThe first day of the second week of test running on the North Station tramway extension saw Flexity trams 005, 010 & 013 in use on the Talbot Road line.

Region 8 Pay Issues

After 8 months of pay issues, members at Keolis Downer voted this week on directing the union to push for an independent payroll audit.

Newcastle EA – In-principle agreement reached

The Newcastle EA was taken to members to vote on after we reached an in-principle agreement with KDH last Wednesday.

North Station route testing using two trams

Flexity 001 crossing over Dickson Road as it approaches the North Station terminus

UK

9675 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
How HS2’s Euston plans went from ‘world class’ to ‘functional’

It was one of the first names jotted down on the HS2 wishlist back when Labour was in government and fresh from the financial crisis it looked for an inspiring infrastructure project to bring Britain back from a recession.

Rail team of the year

One of the most loosely defined categories at the RailStaff Awards, Rail Team of the Year gives nominators broad scope.

Young Rail Professionals – securing the future of the industry

The end of June sees my first quarter as chair of the Young Rail Professionals (YRP) come to a close, and how time has flown!

Second entrance opened at Hackney Central station

A second entrance has been opened at Hackney Central station to ease congestion, and provide better access to Hackney town centre and Hackney Downs station.

Severn Tunnel railway upgrade begins

Network Rail engineers have begun upgrading the railway which runs through the Severn Tunnel.

USA

7954 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Freight at a speed of 700km per hour? By 2050 says Hardt Hyperloop

Same-day delivery on a continental scale.

Rail Roundup: Congressmen press STB to address rail service

Congressional leaders support shippers’ calls to improve freight rail service

Rail union urges senators to revise common carrier obligation

The Transportation Trades Department is asking Congressional senators to consider revising the common carrier obligation so its meaning is more clear and enforceable.

New York Penn Station renewal design contract awarded

A contract to produce preliminary design options for the railway infrastructure elements of the planned redevelopment of New York Penn Station has been awarded to a team led by Arup and including Grimshaw, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Hatch LTK and Lendlease.

Boy Scouts Stepped Up to Aid Passengers Injured in Deadly Amtrak Wreck

Among those rendering aid to the victims of the deadly Amtrak Southwest Chief derailment this week in Missouri, were two groups of Boy Scouts returning from a week-long trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico.

Victorian Rail News

8698 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Career long rail signalling mates set to retire

Rail signalling engineers Ron and Selva have worked alongside each other for the past 25 years on some of Melbourne’s most iconic rail projects.

Mayors demand rethink on Suburban Rail Loop plans

Mayors have told the Andrews government to redesign parts of its flagship Suburban Rail Loop project amid concern poor connections to existing Metro train lines and other public transport could undermine the 

Mayors demand rethink on Suburban Rail Loop plans

Mayors have told the Andrews government to redesign parts of its flagship Suburban Rail Loop project amid concern poor connections to existing Metro train lines and other public transport could undermine the 

Apprenticeship fund helps women get on track

A new Victorian Government initiative is helping more women enter the rail industry, with the chance to earn and learn while working on Melbourne’s rolling stock.

Level crossing works wrap up in Williamstown

Major works to remove a dangerous level crossing and build a new North Williamstown Station in Melbourne have wrapped up, marking the end of the Ferguson Street Level Crossing Removal Project.

Western Australian Rail News

1537 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Planning for potential future Bunbury faster rail continues

Planning to investigate a potential faster rail link between Bunbury and Perth is progressing, with consultants now on board to develop the project's strategic business case.

John Holland to design rail signalling training centre

John Holland Rail & Transport has won a significant contract with the Western Australian Government to design and build a multi-use training facility which will, for the first time, allow students in WA to study a Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling.

New rail access code ready for consultation

Following a review and extensive consultation with stakeholders, the State Government is now implementing significant changes to Western Australia’s Rail Access Regime, which provides a regulated pathway for parties to gain access to pre-determined privately-owned railways.

Stage 2 of METRONET training facility under construction

Works to complete Stage 2 of the $5.

Yarra Trams

1047 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Route 12 - Special event services

Saturday 2 July to Sunday 24 July

Route 3a/16 Disruption - Saturday 2 July

Due to a track fault in Carlisle Street near Luna Park.

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