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Supply chain blueprint sets rail reform agenda 

The Australasian Railway Association has released its Rail Supply Chain Blueprint, outlining a three-year plan to drive reform to support the industry’s growth.

Rail Freight Action Plan to boost investment and reforms

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has launched its Rail Freight Action Plan, outlining a program of work to promote investment in rail and increase rail freight’s modal share.

Rail Freight Action Plan to lead focus on reform

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has launched its Rail Freight Action Plan, confirming its advocacy agenda to support greater use of rail freight.

Infrastructure Australia urges investment in passenger rail

INFRASTRUCTURE Australia wants the federal and state governments to prioritise faster rail, fast rail, and high-speed rail investments to help cope with an exodus of people from the major cities to regional centres as outlined in its 2021 Infrastructure Plan.

Major infrastructure bodies unite over zero-emissions target

Roads Australia (RA), the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council have announced an industry-first partnership to reduce the environmental impact of new and existing transport infrastructure.


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Gabon railway concession extended as investors fund expansion

Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais’ concession to operate the 650 km railway linking Franceville with the capital Libreville and the port of Owendo has been extended, and a new investor has committed to providing finance and expertise to support a modernisation to increase capacity on the line

Angola links mining region to the world with Lobito Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia have 34 per cent of the world’s cobalt reserves and over 10 per cent of global copper reserves.

Russian company to export Elephants to Africa

Russian manufacturer Sinara Transport Machines has been awarded a contract to supply six TGM8 ‘Elephant’ shunting locomotives to the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia bauxite mining subsidiary of aluminium producer RUSAL.

Angola to launch concession for Benguela Railway

ANGOLA’s Ministry of Transport is preparing to launch a tender to operate, maintain and improve the 1067mm-gauge Benguela Railway that connects the landlocked countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia to the Atlantic coast.

Africa: Mixed fortunes in Tunis

While the first passengers are due to travel over a newly built section of the Tunisian capital’s RFR suburban network later this month, the government and its contractors are struggling to complete future phases of the programme.

Airline News

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What Was East African Airways?

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda are all prominent members of the East African Community today.

Air NZ Flights Canceled As Quarantine-Free Travel Pause Extended

The New Zealand Government has confirmed the inevitable – suspending quarantine-free travel from Australia for a further eight weeks.

Fleet Snapshot: Qantas In 2021

Since Australia closed its borders in March 2020, Qantas has faced significant headwinds.

Air France Latest Carrier To Debut Larger Overhead Bins

In October 2019, Air France announced that it had chosen new, spacious baggage compartments for its Airbus A320 fleet.

(Video) Pan Am Dash 8 on the D&H and More Railfanning Around Whitehall

This video covers my most successful trip to Whitehall yet- featuring a chase, four railroads, and three trains total.

Arabian Rail News

321 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Egyptian’s president inaugurates first air-conditioned third class coaches delivered by TMH

THE first 14 third class air-conditioned coaches built by Transmashholding International for Egyptian National Railways (ENR) have been officially inaugurated by president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi during a visit to Alexandria.

Iran and Iraq leaders stress the need to complete cross-border line

LEADERS of Iran and Iraq have stressed the need to complete the cross-border rail line from Shalamcheh, Iran, to Basra.

Contract to build 660km Egyptian high-speed electric rail link awarded to Siemens Mobility 

Siemens Mobility have announced they have signed a contract with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), in witness of the Egyptian Prime Minister, which will see them construct a brand new rail nicknamed ‘Suez Canal on tracks’.

Keolis-MHI assumes charge of operating Dubai Metro and Tram

Keolis MHI Rail Management and Operation has assumed the responsibility of running and maintaining Dubai Metro, along with the operation of Dubai Tram from Serco Middle East.

First British-built monorail trains arrive in Cairo

THE first two four-car Alstom Innovia 300 monorail trains built in Britain have arrived in the Egyptian capital.


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'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

4229 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Harbin Metro Line 2 opens

SERVICES have launched on Harbin Metro Line 2, the third metro line in the Chinese city to open following the 26.

China’s underwater train: Pipe dream or reality?

Technological developments have seen the transport industry introduce many new, impressive fuel types, touchless technology, robot helpers and autonomous vehicles.

China-Laos railway set for 2 December opening after last rail welded

China Railway Group has laid the final 500m-long section of “seamless rails” on the 471km-long China-Laos railway in time for the project to meet its target opening on 2 December, the country’s national day.

MoU signed for study into Colombo LRT line

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between KCI Metro Link Korea and the GBK Consortium, Korea, to undertake a feasibility study for a proposed LRT line from Negombo to Colombo via Bandaranaike International Airport as well as a mixed development project.

Children’s railway under construction in Mongolia

National operator Ulaanbaatar Railway has begun developing its first children’s railway, where school pupils will be able to gain experience of railway operations.


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Aurizon considering merger with Qube, and a joint purchase of GrainCorp

The nation’s largest freight rail company, Aurizon, has had a busy year behind the scenes examining possible acquisition opportunities, and it is understood one of them is GrainCorp.

CBH chooses Aurizon as rail services provider

The CBH Group has announced Aurizon as its preferred provider of above rail operations following a request for proposal process.

Aurizon clinches minimum six-year CBH rail contract

THE contract to haul grain for CBH Group has been awarded to Aurizon, and will add three train sets to Western Australia’s already impressive grain fleet.

Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

The $205 million sale of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal (the Terminal) to Pacific National completed today, with all conditions satisfied and outstanding funds transferred to Aurizon.

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, is inviting community groups and charities located across the Company’s operations to apply for cash grants of up to $20,000 through the latest round of its Community Giving Fund.

Australian High Speed Rail

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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.

Foreign investment interest means fast rail in Australia could finally become a reality

Fast rail in Australia has been a long-held dream for many in the country and one expert believes conditions could finally be right for projects to move ahead.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pours cold water on east coast high speed rail ambition

It’s been labelled a “national disgrace” that needs fixing but Gladys Berejiklian has said COVID squabbles has shown it may never happen.

High-speed rail’s role in transforming travel recognised in industry report

The ‘International High Speed Rail Voices’ report published by High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) demonstrates the transformational role high-speed rail is playing in revolutionising travel across the globe, driving policy makers’ economic and environmental decisions, whilst creating international links that will become ever more important in our increasingly globalised world.

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

Brisbane has all but secured the Olympic victory it first tried for 29 years ago, but that goal will now trigger a debate about the infrastructure south-east Queensland needs to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

Bus Transport News

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ADL Delivers Six New ENVIRO200 Low Emission Buses to Atlantic Travel

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) has announced that it has delivered six new Enviro200 low emission 41 seater single deck buses to Bolton-based operator Atlantic Travel (GB) Ltd.

Scottish Bus Support Extended Until March 2022

The Scottish Government has approved funding of up to £42 million between 4 October 2021 and 31 March 2022 to enable bus operators to maintain services while patronage recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

Flashback Friday: 70 years since 1951's bus crisis

70 years ago newspapers reported on a crisis that was the start of three or four decades of bus patronage falls and service cuts.

Timetable Tuesday #134: 10 bus route upgrades that would make our train network more robust

The announcement came out on Sunday that all V/Line train services that day would be cancelled.


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SNC-Lavalin wins mandate to study feasibility of potential northern railway route in Quebec

SNC-Lavalin, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, is pleased to announce that its consortium with Norda Stelo has been awarded a two-year contract by the Quebec Railway Company Rail SEC (Qc Rail), to undertake pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to assess the technical and economic viability of the development of a possible 370-kilometer railway in northern Quebec.

RFQ Released for Toronto’s Scarborough Subway Extension Project

The RFQ covers design and delivery of the new subway stations as well as rail and systems work.

Canadian Class I Receives First TekTracking CTA System

TekTracking describes CTA as “a modern control and communication platform specifically designed to vastly reduce the support costs demanded by legacy radio control technology suppliers.

CN, Under Siege from TCI, ‘Redefining.’ Will it Work?

“Railroads cannot achieve long-term prosperity and remain viable businesses through massive cost-cutting—rather than cost controls—and providing shareholders instant gratification through share repurchases,”

Canadian National outlines strategic vision following failed KCS merger

NORTH American Class 1 Canadian National (CN) has released its new strategic and financial value creation plan, “Full Speed Ahead – Redefining Railroading,” after its counteroffer to acquire fellow Class 1 Kansas City Southern (KCS) was unsuccessful.

Cityrail News

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More emu EMUs ordered

Transport for NSW has awarded the RailConnect joint venture a contract to supply a further 56 Mariyung double-deck electric multiple-unit cars, increasing the New Intercity Fleet to a total of 610 vehicles.

Real time interchange data displayed during Sydney Harbour Bridge shutdown

During the 10-day Sydney Harbour Bridge shutdown in January, screens displaying real-time interchange information guided commuters arriving at Wynyard and North Sydney stations.

Alstom to provide long-term service support for Sydney Trains

Alstom has secured two contracts from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains to design, supply and provide long-term service support for European Train Control System Level 2 (ETCS) trackside signalling technology.

Renovation disruption at Central Station

Queensland Rail is boosting reliability of facilities at its busiest transport hub, with two 40-year-old escalators set to be replaced at Central Station’s outer concourse from October.

NSW orders more double-deck EMUs

TRANSPORT for New South Wales (TfNSW) has awarded the RailConnect NSW joint venture of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail a contract extension for a further 56 double-deck EMU cars for the Mariyung fleet.

Coronavirus Transport News

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Overtourism and sustainability in the post-Covid, COP26 era: Should travel be only for the rich?

The world may be ever so slowly reopening after Covid, but the familiar spectre of overtourism has come back to haunt the travel sector.

Violence against transport workers worse during pandemic – rail union warns

Three out of five transport workers have been verbally or physically attacked since the start of the pandemic, new research suggests.

Latest figures show the UK rail sector was booming before pandemic losses

According to researchers Oxford Economics, UK rail was helping to drive growth, investment and jobs right across the UK in 2019, the last year for which full data is available.

TTC to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

“Getting vaccinated remains one of the most important ways we can protect each other and our community.

London’s Tube network sees busiest morning since start of pandemic

The London Underground has seen its busiest rush hour morning since March 2020, according to Transport for London (TfL) data.


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Macron puts high speed projects back on track in ‘decade of the TGV’

In a speech at Paris Gare de Lyon during an event held on September 17 to mark 40 years since the launch of TGV services, President Emmanuel Macron announced the revival of plans to expand the TGV network, describing the 2020s as ‘the decade of the TGV’.

More Ludwigshafen-Barcelona roundtrips for Kombiverkehr

Kombiverkehr started operating one more weekly train between Ludwigshafen and Barcelona Morrot terminal.

Does Ukraine have the key to more rail freight flows?

Are rail freight possibilities in Ukraine higher than most people expect?

Madrid – Barcelona high-speed line surpasses pre-Covid performance in August

PASSENGER numbers on the Madrid – Barcelona high-speed line were higher during August than they were during the same month in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic says Spanish infrastructure manager Adif AV.

Alstom hands over first new locomotive in Turkey

Alstom has announced that it has handed over the 1st of 26 locomotives to Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları (TCDD).

Gunzelling Reports

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Thursday Railfanning: Pan Am, Amtrak Heritage, and CSX Q004

On Thursday, September 9th, we headed south to my grandparents in the Hudson Valley.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/9/2021

There were 67 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/9/2021

There were 74 sightings for this week; This is 5 sightings less than last week.

Friday Afternoon at the Adirondack Live Steamers

On Friday afternoon we made our way up to the Adirondack Live Steamers.

The Longest 252 I’ve Ever Seen

One week ago I heard that 252 had broken apart just north of Plattsburgh- with over 200 cars!

Inland Rail Project

704 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Update: Victorian earthquake – ARTC rail corridors

An extensive safety review of the ARTC rail corridors occurred today following an earthquake of approximately 6.

Civil works for Inland Rail ‘missing link’

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has harnessed the skills of multi-national construction firm Laing O’Rourke for the delivery of civil works for Inland Rail sections in Northern NSW and Southern Queensland.

ARTC to unite New South Wales and Queensland through Inland Rail border project

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has harnessed the skills of multi-national construction firm Laing O’Rourke for the delivery of civil works for Inland Rail sections in Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland.

ARTC takes billion-dollar step towards Inland Rail construction in New South Wales

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has engaged global leaders in sustainable solutions for infrastructure to deliver the Inland Rail Southern Civil Works Program valued at more than $1.

Business case for Inland Rail extension 

The Government will fund a business case for the extension of the Inland Rail line from Toowoomba to the Port of Gladstone.

International Rail News

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Belo Horizonte Metro set for Reais 3.2bn investment

THE government of Brazil and the state of Minas Gerais have announced a Reais 3.

Cockerill to build locos in Brazil

Belgian locomotive manufacturer John Cockerill is to set up an assembly plant in the Novo Cavaleiros district in the city of Macaé in Rio de Janeiro state.

IRJ In-Brief – Fleet: Testing starts of Newag EMUs for Warsaw; ETR1000 reaches Spain for testing; Medway Italy orders new electr

Testing has started of the first of 21 Impuls 2 five-car EMUs being built by Newag for Warsaw commuter rail operator SKM.

Brazil plans 3300km of new lines worth $US 10.16bn

BRAZIL’s Ministry of Infrastructure is assessing applications by four companies to build 10 new lines totalling 3300km, representing an investment of Reais 53.

Pro Trilhos programme kickstarts 10 rail projects worth R$53∙5bn

Designating this month as ‘Railway September’, the government has introduced legislation to simplify the process of authorising the construction of new rail projects.

Letters to the Editor

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Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

Anyone who has visited the area over the past few months can’t have missed the huge amount of street works going on, as part of plans to revamp the road layout around Aldwych and Strand.

The (B)ins and outs of recycling

How well do you understand recycling?

Early morning presentation

I was invited to do a Zoom presention to the St.

RISSB major projects update

RISSB is working with stakeholders to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing rail.

Model Railways

2528 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Feed Storage Shed for Enosburg Falls

I built this model about a little more than year ago (I think!

Module Work: Nothing Like a Deadline to Speed Things Up…

I’ve been getting quite a lot of work done on the module, thanks to the upcoming Massena train show.

Wollar Triple Bracket Home Signal Control

Two posts ago I installed a triple bracket signal to act as the Home for Wollar station and yard.

Back Home for Now

Back to the model railway!

Lost in the Fleet

As part of my "Finishing Stuff" campaign that I started back in March of last year, I recently painted a 3-bay covered hopper car, two woodchip cars, and a 2-bay covered hopper to be used in sand service.

Narrow Gauge

141 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway’s flagship steam locomotive returns to service!

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway has confirmed that their flagship steam locomotive, “The Earl”, is back in service hauling steam trains.

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway launches new Day Rover tickets

The Eastleigh Lakeside Railway in Hampshire, has announced that they are now offering Day Rover Tickets for passengers wanting more rides.

Steam locomotive Jurassic returns at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

Jurassic, a 118-year-old steam locomotive, has been back in steam at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway in Skegness.

Prototype Day at the Adirondack Live Steamers

Yesterday was prototype day at the Adirondack Live Steamers.

New South Wales Rail News

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Alstom awarded Sydney ETCS contracts

Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Trains have awarded Alstom two contracts to design, supply and support ETCS Level 2 trackside equipment.

$20 million contract awarded for NSW rail centre

A $20 million contract has been awarded to deliver major electrical works at Dubbo’s Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in New South Wales.

$100m contract extension for UGL

CIMIC Group company UGL, as a member of the RailConnect NSW joint venture, has been awarded a contract extension by Transport for NSW to increase the size of the Mariyung Fleet, and install an additional transformer at the maintenance facility at Kangy Angy on the NSW Central Coast.

ACFS Port Logistics expands intermodal footprint

Container logistics operator, ACFS Port Logistics, has expanded its NSW intermodal container yard by 2,000 TEU.

Diesel leaking from locomotive at bottom of Picton harbour

Divers are trying to block a slow leak in the diesel tank of a 50-tonne locomotive at the bottom of Picton harbour, as specialist airbags are prepared to float and recover the rail shunter on Friday.

New Zealand Rail News

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City Rail Link back to work

City Rail Link expects a rapid and successful return to work at its Auckland construction sites today, with strict health and safety protocols operating in line with the New Zealand Government’s COVID Alert Level 3 announcement.

Return to work for CRL

City Rail Link expects a rapid and successful return to work at its Auckland construction sites on Wednesday, with strict health and safety protocols operating in line with the New Zeraland Government’s Covid-19 Alert Level 3 announcement.

Auckland light rail won't start before 2024 according to Government transport plan

Construction of Auckland’s Light Rail network won’t start before 2024 according to the government’s just-released 

KiwiRail reports improved surplus following revenue growth

NEW Zealand national railway KiwiRail has reported an improved surplus of $NZ 63.

KiwiRail announces freight service ‘to keep New Zealand moving’

National railway KiwiRail is to launch a weekday freight service between Auckland and Christchurch from October, boosting capacity between the North and South islands in time for the peak season and while the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting other modes.

Northern Territory Rail News

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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.

Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

Rail authorities are getting projects done while promoting cross-cultural awareness.

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

With the worsening situation with regard to Covid 19 and South Australia The Ghan passenger train has been stopped at Alice Springs.


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SEE IT! Montreal Offers Lessons for All Cities That Want Safer, Better, More Livable Streets

Last month, I journeyed to Montréal, a city I have visited many times in the last three decades, to see how much progress it has made in reining in the car culture, creating more livable communities, encouraging cycling, making roadways safer and, most important, bringing back freedom to inhabitants long oppressed by car drivers.

Study: How We Talk About Racism in Transportation — And Why it Matters

For far too long, the rhetoric around mobility in the active transportation field has been deeply rooted in White supremacy, classism, and other intersecting oppressions that violate our fundamental and collective human rights.

Reconciliation Looking Good For Sustainable Transportation (So Far)

Skillful new House legislation that will be folded into the Democrat’s reconciliation package could help restore some of what sustainable transportation advocates lost during the negotiations over the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill — without technically breaking President Biden’s promises to the GOP that many thought would shut the door on further money for transit and equity.

Opinion: How to Win Over Opponents of Street Safety

David Shorr serves as an alderperson on the city council in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and was at the center of a rancorous battle over a road diet on Stanley Street for his first two years in office.

Follow up Q&A: A Life Taken by Hayward’s Unsafe Designs

Note: GJEL Accident Attorneys regularly sponsors coverage on Streetsblog San Francisco and Streetsblog California.

Other Transport News

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Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Path Threatened Again

Note: GJEL Accident Attorneys regularly sponsors coverage on Streetsblog San Francisco and Streetsblog California.

Biden’s ‘Heat Island’ Strategy Ignores Cars

President Biden says he’s taking action to cool deadly urban heat islands — which are located disproportionately in communities of color — but advocates say he isn’t doing enough to address one of the phenomenon’s biggest root causes: America’s overbuilt, auto-centric road network.

Sup. Chan’s Plan for a ‘Car-Free’ JFK Has a Hole You Can Drive Cars Through

Two weeks ago, the fight over cars in Golden Gate Park seemed to come to a compromise.

Marin County Bike Coalition Wants Your Help

With the recall behind him, Bay Area advocates are hoping Governor Gavin Newsom will spend his new-found political capital by signing legislation near and dear to them (which it seems he’s already started to do).

Consultation seeks to improve cycling and walking in the Royal Docks

A study into how to improve walking and cycling around the Royal Docks in east London has opened, and there will be public investigative tours over the next couple of weeks.

Pacific National News

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Full capacity for Pacific National

Pacific National is increasing its services to keep Australia’s supply chain moving during the pandemic.

Prioritise freight worker vaccinations, says Scurrah

The vaccination of COVID-19 to essential freight workers should be accelerated says Pacific National chief executive Paul Scurrah.

Covid testing boost for freight rail workers

Pacific National Australia has thanked the New South Wales government for providing additional resources for COVID testing of essential freight workers at Taree.

Kiama incident report emphasises risk controls

A report into an incident at Kiama, on behalf of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, has emphasised risk controls measures to avoid a reoccurence.

Pacific National & ACFS Port Logistics committed to St Marys community

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 7 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

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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

2808 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Report details seconds leading up to fatal Queensland train crash

The collision in Westwood, central Queensland, claimed one life and left several others injured.

Qld regional railway crossing safety reminder

An increase in near miss incidents at regional railway crossings has sparked a serious safety reminder for the school holidays, as well as a $500,000 investment in new CCTV technology in Northern Queensland.

Rail romance heads out west

Gympie man and rail enthusiast John Hermann shares more of his recollections, and his dreams for the future of a new tourist railway to the north.

Vanadium mine a new era for Queensland resource sector

The Queensland government has given the go-ahead for a $250 million vanadium mine near Julia Creek that it says will pioneer production of a globally sought-after new economy mineral, and support up to 400 regional jobs.

Truck stuck under inner-Brisbane rail bridge

A truck has become stuck under a railway bridge in Brisbane’s inner-south, causing delays on both road and rail.

Rail Events

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Huge success for ScotRail at National Rail Awards

ScotRail has been celebrating after winning awards at the annual National Rail Awards.

Southern named Operator of the Year at the National Rail Awards

Southern has confirmed that it was named Passenger Operator of the Year at this year’s National Rail Awards.

This week in RailFreight Live: foldable containers and e-fueled locs

Although the rail freight industry is known to be traditional and old-fashioned, there are many innovative ideas being presented every year.

Rail News

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The Dining Car is Back!


AEO accreditation for Aldridge

Railway signal manufacturer Aldridge has achieved Authorised Engineering Organisation status, recognising its excellence in innovation and engineering.

Showcase: Digitising track renewal processes

NR’s Accelerated Innovation programme approached Intoware last year as information on its track renewals was not being fully captured and utilised efficiently across the network.

Showcase: Providing anticorrosion coating durability through primer application

Cortec’s VpCI-395 primer is a fast drying, two-component (2K) water-based epoxy one-coat system that can be applied directly to metal for use as a protective primer in harsh, unsheltered outdoor applications.

Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident: System Safety Comes of Age


Rail Travel

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Family Bedroom vs. Roomette

Bottom Line: It’s just hard to beat a Roomette.

More on Amtrak Food Service

First, let’s be clear that the opinions I share with you are based on just a few meals served under very different conditions.

Happy hour on the Indian Pacific: The joys of long distance rail travel

Australia is big and it has some great options when it comes to rail travel.

Back in the Saddle Again!

I stood it for as long as I could.

Q: What’s Better than a Big Bedroom? A: Two Little Roomettes!

There are five bedrooms on the upper level of an Amtrak Superliner sleeping car.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 3 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

396 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
A lot of moquette socks

The London Transport Museum has been selling transport moquette socks for a while, but now they’ve brought out a bumper pack of socks.

FreightWaves Classics/Leaders: Executive led Pennsylvania Railroad and much more

On this date in 1935, railroad executive William Wallace Atterbury died in Philadelphia at the age of 69.

Unique Rail Heritage Centre Officially Opened in Doncaster

Doncaster's Rail Heritage Centre which takes centre stage inside Danum Gallery, Library and Museum has been officially opened.

The Forest of Dean Tramways and Railways – An Addendum:

In this addendum to the articles already written about the Forest of Dean, we take a general look at the Forest through the eyes of Humphrey Household.

Throwback Thursday The War Department Bucketlist

Back in the midsts of time I always wanted a complete set of British Rail ‘Standards’.

Railway Preservation

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West Somerset Railway trade ‘better than expected’

West Somerset Railway (WSR) plc chairman Jonathan Jones-Pratt said that the line’s financial fortunes during the peak summer period were better than expected.

Reborn Llangollen Railway runs first steam services

Steam services returned to the Llangollen Railway on Saturday, August 21.

Steam locomotive to haul York to Carlisle tour through Ribblehead this Thursday

A West Coast Railways steam locomotive will be heading to Carlisle this Thursday (23rd September 2021) as it heads a section of The Dalesman.

Re-railing Preparations

The low leg of Curve 13 (just on the Castlemaine side of Muckleford) will be our next re-railing victim.

First milestone reached for Taff Vale steam locomotive No. 28

The Gwili Vintage Carriage Group has announced that it has reached its first fundraising milestone to allow Taff Vale No.

Railway Publications

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Book of the Week: The Last Days of BR Steam in Wessex Vol 2. Southern Region

By the early 1960s, BR’s aim to eliminate steam traction was all too evident.

Bells & Whistles—Tracks unstable along California cliff

Century-old Norfolk Southern bridge set to be repaired in the coming months

PREVIEW: October issue of Steam Days magazine

Steam nostalgia and railway history at its best, Steam Days is the monthly magazine dedicated to all steam railway enthusiasts.

Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident, Part 2: Rail Group On Air Podcast

Editor’s Note: September is Safety Month in the North American railway industry.

Talking Headways Podcast: The Rules Require Death

This week, we’re joined by Dr.

Railway Stories

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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

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Three and four section electric locomotives approved

Ural Locomotives has obtained Customs Union approval for its 3 kV DC 3ES6 and 4ES6 locomotives, which are based on the 2ES6 twin-section design with one or two intermediate sections added to provide additional power.

Testing begins on 17.5km section of Moscow Big Circle Line

TESTING on part of the Moscow Big Circle Line (BCL) began on September 14, following the completion of three new stations on the 17.

Sakhalin hydrogen project takes key step forward

RUSSIAN Railways (RZD), the government of Sakhalin Oblast, Rosatom and Transmashholding (TMH) have signed a protocol declaring the Sakhalin hydrogen railway project feasible.

Autonomous hydrogen trains planned in Sakhalin

Two multilateral agreements have been signed to explore the potential for autonomous operation of hydrogen-powered trains in Sakhalin oblast.

Five-train platoons to operate with virtual coupling

Russian Railways is planning to use platooning technology to operate flights of up to five freight trains next year using radio data exchange between locomotives to create a virtual coupling.

South Australian Rail News

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Drug breaches, safety incidents hit Gawler rail line upgrade

Workers on Gawler’s rail line electrification project are failing drug tests, and there have been hundreds of safety incidents.

Adelaide’s trains move towards a greener future

South Australia’s public transport system is taking another step towards becoming greener and more energy efficient, with hybrid energy technologies being adopted for more than half of the existing fleet of diesel trains.

Adelaide public transport complaints reach record level as commuters return to system

The number of complaints per 100,000 journeys on Adelaide's public transport system rises again as people return to the city's buses, trains and trams.

Gawler rail line delays continue frustrating commuters again

Gawler rail line delays continue frustrating commuters again as the government gives no clear end date of the electrification upgrade.

COVID blamed for delay to Adelaide train line upgrade, commuters say substitute buses are not working for them

The completion of the long-delayed electrification of Adelaide's Gawler train line has now been shunted off until 2022, angering commuters who have been forced onto substitute buses since last year.

Tasmanian Rail News

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2,000 train trips later

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

This railway is synonymous with Tassie's west coast, and now there's a push to have it heritage listed

It's a remarkable feat of engineering, and now there's a push to have this west coast railway added to the national heritage list.

TasRail looks to Tasmanian firm to design and build new shiploader

TasRail is finalising negotiations with a Tasmanian business on the design and construction contract for its new shiploader at Burnie.

Kristie Johnston attacks parties’ ‘hollow’ promises as she pushes for fast track of passenger rail

The government is “backing away a million miles an hour” from its passenger rail commitment, an independent candidate says, as she calls for the project to be put on the fast track.

Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

The Port of Hobart will be the state’s international gateway to the Southern Ocean thanks to TasPorts’ planned multi-million-dollar redevelopment for Macquarie Wharfs.

Technology News

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System Safety, Part 3: Identifying Overlooked Practices


Showcase: Smart and sustainable onboard waste systems

GARRANDALE, Britain, has developed Cleartrak, a sustainable train toilet waste treatment system that deals with waste on the train during operation, removing the maintenance of the Controlled Emission Tank (CET) from the depot work schedule.

Showcase: Modular condition monitoring

Various sensor platforms are installed on the bogie, which record acceleration and vibrations, as well as bumps in the wheel-rail contact during operation.

BIM: a source of project intelligence

Though it actually started in the 1980s, building information modeling, or “BIM,” only began making real headway into construction around the turn of the millennium.

Showcase: RailWatch takes freight into digital era

THE technology is housed in a space-saving and robust casing installed directly next to the track.

Train Simulator News

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Xbox Game Pass now includes Train Sim World 2

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

How to Install Rolling stock , loco sound and Cabview in msts openrails

This tutorial for installation of Diesel rolling stock, sound and cabviewI’m giving sound and cabview folder for Alco and Emd locos.

Cathcart Circle Line released for Dovetail Games’ Train Sim World 2

Dovetail Games, makers of Train Sim World 2, has announced that the Cathcart Circle Line has been released for Train Sim World 2.

Vidarbha Route

MSTS Indian Railway Vidarbha Route Part 1.

Tram and Light Rail News

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First tram track stretch deployed under Wolverhampton Metro extension

The Wolverhampton City Centre Metro extension project has reached a milestone, with the first section of tram tracks installed outside the city’s renovated railway station.

Jabree Limited's light rail process sparks concern amongst some in Indigenous community

Concerns have been raised that some families in the Gold Coast Indigenous community have not been adequately included in parts of the light rail consultation process by a local cultural heritage group.

Sound Transit: $3.84B in TIFIA Loans for Project Advancement

The USDOT estimates that the loans will save Sound Transit—the regional transit system serving the Seattle and Central Puget Sound area in Washington state—more than $630 million over their term and help move the agency projects forward.

Hamilton light rail project back on the agenda

THE city council of Hamilton, Ontario, has ratified a decision made during the city council meeting on September 8 to reinitiate the project to build a 14km light rail line in the city.

Money starts to move on Austin’s Project Connect light-rail project

The Austin Transit Partnership unanimously passed the amount on Sept.


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EMR reprimanded for cancelling competition over ‘poor quality of entries’

East Midlands Railway has been reprimanded by the advertising watchdog after it failed to award a promised £5,000 prize in a competition due to the “poor quality of entries”.

We Mean Green

National Rail double arrow logo goes green in new campaign ahead of COP26.

New Climate Hero Visits Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central has showcased a major step forward in the reduction of carbon in rail freight.

Rail operator unveils new recycling initiative to make Brighton Britain’s greenest train station

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has launched a new green initiative in Brighton to mark National Recycling Week.

Stratford station upgrade takes a small step forward

Plans to improve Stratford station in East London have taken a step forward after funding for initial studies was secured.


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High Profile: TTX, L.B. Foster

At TTX, Bagato succeeds Patrick B.

Indiana Rail Road kicks off 3-year intermodal expansion project

Short line Indiana Rail Road (INRD) is planning a multiyear expansion of intermodal facilities for customers that want service to and from the Indianapolis market and Canadian and U.

Calif. high-speed rail project preserved, restored over 2,300 acres of habitat over last year

Electrified high-speed rail, serving as the backbone of the state rail system, will meet the state’s mobility and development goals by providing a system that connects communities, enhances economic opportunity, reduces emissions, and creates the most sustainable travel option for future generations.

Taking no heat: Rail underpass in Springfield, Ill., finishes early

That is because the contractor finished the job, which replaces an at-grade rail crossing, two months early.

BNSF Testing Lab: Choosing the Right (and Safe) Materials

Central to BNSF’s pivot was our Technical Research & Development (TR&D) group, which went from reviewing the safety and effectiveness of a few cleaning and disinfecting products each month to reviewing more than 500 in the span of three months.

Victorian Rail News

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Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy

We are seeking input from the commercial ports sector to shape the development of the new Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy for the next 30 years.

X’trapolis 2·0 suburban trains ordered

Victoria’s Department of Transport has formally awarded Alstom a €300m contract to supply 25 six-car X’trapolis 2·0 electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Melbourne suburban network.

V/Line has a new Vlocity train on the rails between Melbourne and Albury

V/Line has recently taken delivery of its newest and first on Standard Gauge Vlocity set.

VLocity trains a step closer for Warrnambool 

Work will soon be underway to bring VLocity trains to Victoria’s south-west for the first time, as construction progresses on the overhaul of the Warrnambool line.

Western Australian Rail News

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Perth network poised for AFL Final

Public transport preparations for this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium in Perth are well underway, with every bus and train to be out on the network.

Iron ore miner orders heavy–haul battery locomotive

Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive.

Iron ore miner orders heavy-haul battery locomotive

Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive.

Roy Hill orders battery locomotive from Wabtec

AUSTRALIAN heavy-haul rail and port operator Roy Hill has ordered a FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive from Wabtec for use on its 344km 1435mm-gauge iron-ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Rail trespass legislation reintroduced to Parliament 

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has reintroduced the Government Railways Amendment Bill to the State Parliament.

Yarra Trams

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Route 78 Disruption - Wednesday 22 September - Thursday 23 September

Due to earthquake damage in Chapel Street near Duke Street

Route 78 Disruption - Wednesday 22 September

Due to earthquake damage in Chapel Street near Duke Street

Major disruptions on trams

Critical infrastructure projects will continue during current COVID restrictions.

Disruption to Elizabeth St trams - Tuesday 21 September

Elizabeth Street trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

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