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ACT

116 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
It's time to act on fast rail

Chief Minister Andrew Barr's statement that "the immediate focus should be on making the train faster and not on developing a high speed network" in reference to the future of the Canberra-Sydney rail link.

Shadow transport minister calls for workforce research body

Federal shadow transport minister, Catherine King, reiterated her party’s promise to create a body to conduct research on the future of the industry workforce, in her address to the Rail, Tram and Bus union on Wednesday.

Calls increase for Sydney to Canberra high-speed train

Pressure is increasing on the federal government to commit to a Sydney to Canberra high-speed train, with Stockland’s Mark Steinert pitching in via the Financial Review this week.

Bid to move Kingston railway station a 'retrograde step'?

The bid from the Fyshwick Business Association to have the Kingston railway station relocated to its own back yard ("Calls for capital train station move to Fyshwick", November 5) is understandable, but to my mind would be a retrograde step.

Fyshwick Business Association lobbies government to move Canberra passenger train station

Fyshwick's newly incorporated business association is calling on the ACT government to consider moving Canberra's passenger railway station from Kingston to Fyshwick.

Africa

217 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Africa’s first high speed line covers its costs

Speaking at a press conference on November 20, Moroccan National Railways Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie told media representatives that the high speed Al Boraq service launched by King Mohamed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron.

NRZ orders 100 freight cars from United Wagon Company

National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has awarded a contract to Russia’s United Wagon Company (UWC) to supply 100 freight cars.

National Railways of Zimbabwe orders Russian wagons

National Railways of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement for United Wagon Co to supply 100 open wagons.

Construction of Nigerian rolling stock factory begins

The construction of a rolling stock assembly plant at Kajola in Ogun state was launched when Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo attended a groundbreaking ceremony on November 9.

Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park intermodal terminal MoU signed

A memorandum of understanding for the development of a multi-modal dry-port within the future Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park at Musina near the border with Zimbabwe was signed by project promoter Eco-Industrial Solutions and Transnet Freight Rail on October 23.

Airline News

54 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
AvTalk Episode 72: United’s Single Aisle Surprise

On this episode of AvTalk, our reaction to United Airlines’ surprise order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs, an escape slide escapes mid-air, and the list of airlines to not survive 2019 grows longer.

New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in November 2019

Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts.

Scoot TR251: Palembang to Singapore by Airbus A320-200

After exploring the Palembang LRT here, here, here and here, it was time to head back to Singapore after just a night’s stay in Palembang.

A Closer Look at the Weather: New High Resolution North American and Australian Radar

High resolution North American and Australian radar is now available on Flightradar24.

SAS takes delivery of its first Airbus A350

SAS is bringing home its first Airbus A350 today from Toulouse.

Arabian Rail News

144 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Wabtec delivers locomotives to Egypt

Wabtec has delivered 10 Evolution Series diesel locomotives to Egyptian National Railways and the Ministry of Transportation.

Qatar to launch Doha Metro Green Line on December 10

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announces that the test operation of the Doha Metro Green Line will start this Tuesday, i.

Mianeh – Bostanabad line inaugurated

Revenue services have started operating on the first section of RAI’s cut-off which is intended to shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route serving the northwest of the country.

Qatar Rail opens Doha Metro Gold Line preview service

Qatar Rail has opened the preview service for the Doha Metro’s Gold Line that runs from Ras Bu Abboud in the east to Al Aziziyah in the west.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 6 months 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

2461 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Knorr-Bremse signs 25-year service agreement for Kazakhstan locomotives

The agreement was signed in Berlin during Kazakhstan president Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s visit to the German capital.

Bullet Train Tenders Given To Firms Who Donated To BJP

At least four of the major tenders under the Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway Project (MAHSR) were given to firms who had donated to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the past.

To ease traffic woes on Satara rd Maha-Metro recommends ₹783 cr/km route

The Maha-Metro’s final detailed project report (DPR) or the techno-economic feasibility report, on the stretch between Katraj-Swargate, has been submitted to the civic body in October with a proposed cost of underground metro rail for 5.

Metro Rail construction to boost steel supplies by Rs 600 crore in FY20: JSW

JSW Steel, India’s leading steel company & flagship business of US$ 14 billion JSW Group, during the months of October & November supplied more than 30,000 metric tonnes high-quality JSW Neosteel TMT Rebars towards the construction of Metro projects in various Indian cities.

NCRTC to prepare DPR to link IGI and Jewar Airports with multi-modal transport

After selecting swiss firm Flughafen Zürich AG to develop the first phase of Jewar Greenfield International Airport in Greater Noida, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is now planning to connect Jewar Airport with Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

Aurizon

237 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Aurizon was offered G&W rail assets for $627m

Genesee & Wyoming provided better terms and conditions for the sale of its Australian rail business to Macquarie Group than it did to Aurizon after putting the rail assets on the block for $627 million, the Queensland rail company has alleged.

Loram Completes Aurizon Acquisition Down Under

“This acquisition is a step-change in Loram’s continued expansion as a respected leader in railway maintenance contract service operations globally,” said Loram President and CEO Phil Homan.

Aurizon haulage contracts with Adani a 'moot point'

It is unclear whether Indian conglomerate Adani will ask local companies to transport coal for its controversial Carmichael mine so it may be a "moot point" whether Aurizon ends up bidding for haulage contracts, chairman Tim Poole said.

Aurizon moves stored container wagons to Gympie

Aurizon locomotives 2491H and 2480H last night delivered a large number of PCUM wagons to the Mary Valley Rattler's yard at the old Gympie station.

Anti Adani Protesters Expect to Interrupt Aurizon AGM on October 17th 2019

We know Aurizon are checking this Facebook event, so invite all your friends so Aurizon can watch the ‘going’ number grow!

Australian High Speed Rail

13 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast..ish trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

Start Sydney to Canberra high speed rail now: chief executives

The chief executive of Australia's largest property developer, Stockland's Mark Steinert, has joined calls for the federal government to commit to  funding a Sydney to Canberra high-speed train and other rail projects

Nothing moves slower in Australia than fast rail

Despite piles of reports, oodles of analysis and a substantial application of common sense, the federal government is proceeding at a glacial pace with plans for fast rail at scale.

A Tale of Two Cities…and Four Coastal Plains

This blog has discussed at length the fate of High Speed Rail in Australia.

New committee to consider options for financing faster rail

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has commenced a new inquiry into options for financing faster rail to connect major cities across Australia.

Bus Transport News

457 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Front Boarding Only for 'New Routemasters'

Following a Freedom of Information request to Transport for London, it has been disclosed that all New Routemasters are to be modified to allow the driver to open the front doors only forcing passengers to board through the front entrance door.

Photos – Final Trip Aboard the 14.5s

This morning, Thursday 5 December 2019, the editor of Transport NSW Blog was lucky enough to be one of the passengers aboard the final journey of a Scania L113TRB, aka the “14.

New Reading Buses Route to Heathrow

Reading buses are operating a new route between Iver, Colnbrook and Heathrow Airport.

Changes to Bus Services in Tweed Heads

Surfside Buslines Tweed Heads will operate over 450 new additional weekly bus services as part of a regional growth bus program to improve bus services in regional areas, with more services to popular locations like Kingscliff TAFE and longer operating hours on key routes.

Featured Bus Route – December 2019

The featured bus route for December 2019 is Route 202.

Canada

494 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
CP, KCS, USD, Gibson Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada Forge Diluent Recovery Deal

USD and Gibson are currently in commercial discussions with other potential producer and refiner customers to secure long-term, take-or-pay agreements for an additional 50,000 barrels per day at the proposed DRU.

FreightWaves oil report: trying to get more Canadian crude on to the rails

A coalition of companies has come together in a creative new way to push more Canadian crude out into the market via rail, even as a long-term threat to Canadian crude-by-rail shipments is starting to see the first steps toward reality.

VIA Rail Canada reports Q3 ridership and passenger revenue increases

Between July and September, VIA Rail saw an increase of 6.

A Teck Shift in Canada

The CN agreement, terms of which are confidential, “will enable Teck to significantly increase shipment volumes through an expanded Neptune Terminals,” CN said.

Canadian Pacific locomotive engineer killed on the job

Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference are reporting that a Canadian Pacific locomotive engineer died in an accident at the company’s Port Coquitlam yard in British Columbia.

Cityrail News

727 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Sydney Trains jumps on board new technology

Sydney’s bustling rail network and the associated train stations service thousands of commuters each day, who rely on clear, timely, up-to-date and regular audio announcements to get from A to B as efficiently as possible.

Dozens of top roles spilled in shake-up of NSW transport bureaucracy

NSW's main transport agency has begun a major reshuffle of its senior ranks by spilling dozens of positions as it enters the final stages of folding Roads and Maritime Services into its new divisions and dissolving the standalone roads agency.

Sydney trains delayed after 'act of vandalism' damages level crossing

Sydney train passengers travelling on numerous lines this morning experienced delays, changes and stopped services after a crossing was damaged.

New facility announced for digital innovation on Sydney trains network

Transport for NSW is establishing a new Digital Systems Facility in Chullora to support the integration of future technologies across the Sydney train network.

Shock video shows boy, 15, lighting bong on Sydney train

A 15-year-old boy has boasted how he doesn’t give a ‘f**k’ about police after a shocking video shows him smoking a bong on a crowded Sydney train as a grinning friend watches on

Europe

3795 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Westbahn says proposed EU reforms favour incumbents, not passengers

“The proposal by the transport ministers on rail passenger rights is equivalent to a declaration of bankruptcy,” says Westbahn.

NS CEO calls for comprehensive high speed network

‘Something is really wrong’ when airlines can offer flights ‘at ridiculous prices’ in Europe, said Roger Van Boxtel, CEO of Dutch national passenger operator NS in the keynote opening session at the World Rail Festival in Amsterdam on December 4.

Leo Express to operate trains to Wrocław

Czech open access operator Leo Express signed an agreement with Polish regional operator Koleje Dolnośląskie on December 5 to run services between Praha and Wrocław, starting on December 20.

Investing in modern maintenance technology to deliver an improved railway

Professional diagnostics and effective track maintenance in Poland

Components turn to foam to provide fire protection

Hübner Group has developed HFP 34, a semi-rigid polyurethane-based material which can be used to make weather-resistant moulded parts for rolling stock which will turn to foam in the event of a fire, protecting passengers from smoke and flames until they can be evacuated.

Gunzelling Reports

1045 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Some More Railfanning in Buffalo

Today I dug out some photos from a trip to Buffalo a few months ago.

Southern Shorthaul Railroad hauling grain train no.3444 from Temora to Port Waratah

Southern Shorthaul Railroad locomotives C505, C504, BRM001& BRM002, with 44206 & 44204 banking at the rear.

RASP Double Stack

I do love seeing this arrangement on the RASP concentrate containers.

Kitchens on the Run

Mobile kitchen containers are a pretty funky idea.

Tasmanian Furniture Transport

An interesting logo on this removalist container.

Inland Rail Project

300 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Queensland signs onto Inland Rail

The Queensland and federal governments have reached an understanding regarding the $9.

Inland Rail Skills Academy to create opportunities for regional Australia

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has launched an Inland Rail Skills Academy aimed at creating opportunities for communities along the alignment throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Inland Rail project water conservation efforts in Narromine

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has hit back at criticisms after it was revealed the Inland Rail project was souring non-portable water from a number of local farms.

Queensland bags Brisbane port link business case, light rail funding in Inland Rail deal

The Queensland government has secured more federal money for light rail on the Gold Coast, and $20 million to fund business cases for a Port of Brisbane Connection and the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail line, as part of an Inland Rail deal with the federal government.

Pacific National opens inland hub at Parkes

PN owns 365 hectares of land at Parkes within the 600 hectare national logistics hub alongside other terminals established by freight companies SCT Logistics and Linfox.

International Rail News

5309 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
November’s top news stories

Siemens and Bane Nor launch signalling simulation centre in Norway

Grupo Mexico Transportes chooses Wi-Tronix® for fuel savings, productivity and safety enhancements

In 2016, GMXT start deploying Wi-Tronix IoT platforms across their mainline freight locomotive fleet in two of its subsidiaries (Ferromex and Ferrsosur).

Canadian National wins coal contract from Canadian Pacific

Vancouver-headquartered Teck Resources (NYSE: TECK) will start using Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) to haul its coal to West Coast ports in 2021.

Power supplies overcome hiccup problems

PULS Power has obtained Network Rail certification for five of its PULS QS Series DIN-Rail power supplies to be used in signalling equipment in environments not exceeding 95% relative humidity.

Nomad Digital launches private Trackside Radio technology

Nomad Digital has launched its new Trackside Radio Networks solutions, available for mainland rail and metro.

Letters to the Editor

282 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

In genteel Pimlico can be found a statue of the Greek god, Priapus, protector of gardens, fruit plants, livestock… and male genitals.

The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the earliest known reference to a Christmas tree.

The first Christmas card goes on show in London

1843 was an important year in the history of Christmas, and a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum is bringing them together for the first time.

Earth Science Explained

After the movie a concise panel will occur.

The Clash: Museum of London Calling

It’s 40 years since The Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was released, and an exhibition has pulled together a host of memorabilia for that iconic album.

Model Railways

1284 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
IAIS's West End - Atlantic yard office - DONE

Atlantic, Iowa is the home of a very modest Iowa Interstate yard, and in my May 2005 era, that yard played host to an even more modest yard office.

First Run - N Scale Broadway Limited (BLI) NW2 Switcher (ATSF)

This is the first run of my new N Scale Broadway Limited NW2 Switcher.

Scratch Building an O Scale Trolley Plow

Early this week, a Pittman Freight Motor in O scale, that I had bought online, arrived in the mail.

Updated locomotive roster…

Here is my current locomotive roster as of the end of 2019.

Barcoola up and coming projects

Another year is almost over, and here is where my head is at.

Narrow Gauge

98 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
'We shamefully diverted our gaze': Apology issued to Puffing Billy victims

Premier Daniel Andrews today apologised in the Victorian parliament to people abused by now-dead sex offender Robert Whitehead, saying the community let the victims down.

Lister locomotive up for sale at the Perrygrove Railway

The Perrygrove Railway has announced that Lister locomotive is up for sale.

Harcourt Miniature Railway making tracks to be Australia's largest miniature railway

A network of rail lines is gradually spreading across a 65 acre Harcourt block, the first shoots of a mammoth plan.

Bishop takes to the rails in Wales

The Talyllyn Railway played host to a distinguished visitor this Autumn in the person of the Right Reverend Cleophas Lunga, the Bishop of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe.

A New Whistle In The Hills!

Testing continues on the NG/G16, with work currently focused on testing and proving of boiler fittings and pipework; injectors, pressure gauge and water gauges, blower, safety valves and whistle have all been tested.

New South Wales Rail News

3691 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sydney light rail service L2 set to start operations

The Government of New South Wales has announced that the Sydney light rail service L2 will begin service on 14 December.

The latest in next gen communications solutions

In the era of exponential population growth increasing congestion, railway emergency management systems and overall rail communication networks need to work smarter to enable on-time train services.

Hyundai Rotem ships its first inter-city trains to New South Wales

Hyundai Rotem has shipped the first 20 of 554 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to New South Wales for use on NSW TrainLink inter-city services.

Hyundai unveils first New South Wales inter-city EMU

The new trains are part of a $A 2.

New Zealand Rail News

364 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Auckland smooths out kinks in metro network

Auckland’s metro network is being smoothed down by a rail grinder which will, ultimately, extend the lifespan of the track.

Freight hub master plan unveiled

A master plan for a rail and road freight hub near Palmerston North was unveiled by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones on November 26.

A new thread in rail automation

New Zealand-based Manco Rail is delivering a better bet for rail threading and sleeper laying with a new design that combines the best of both worlds.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving, underway

The Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) project, last week, went out to tender for work towards two projects of a $6.

West Coast rail could reopen this week after slip site opened to one lane

A stretch of West Coast highway has reopened after more than a month, providing relief for businesses that have lost thousands of dollars during the closure.

Northern Territory Rail News

213 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Northern Australia infrastructure growth soaring

The Federal Government has delivered 85 per cent of the measures outlined in its 20-year Northern Australia White Paper – Our North, Our Future – since its publication in 2015.

Review of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility announced

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, has announced a review of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to assess its ability to meet the Government’s development objectives in Northern Australia.

The 120-year journey to build Australia’s Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line

Australia would approach the task of building The Ghan, an almost 3000 km rail line stretching through the nation’s centre, very differently if construction began today.

TNG inks rail deal for Mount Peake project

TNG has signed a binding contract with rail provider Genesee & Wyoming Australia to haul material from the Mount Peake mine more than 1100 kilometres to a processing facility in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

It’s Queenslander against Queenslander in the battle to stop a proposed multi-million-dollar Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail link.

Opinion

102 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

What You Need to Do About Define Electrolyte in Chemistry Before You Miss Your Chance

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

A successful business model in modern conditions is definitely characterized by mobility, openness, automation of numerous processes.

Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

In 1919 two small aircraft firms were set up in the UK and through many mergers became British Airways, which is now marking its centenary with a vision of flight in another century hence.

Australia is turning into a car park for dirty vehicles

Australia's most popular cars emit between 8 and 42 per cent more carbon dioxide than their UK counterparts, raising concerns that the country has become a parking lot for dirty vehicles.

Other Transport News

817 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
'Nobody wants a tunnel boring machine at their doorstep'

Residents in Melbourne's north-east who are set to lose their homes because a giant tunnel boring machine will be launched at their doorstep say they were kept in the dark about the true impacts of the $15.

Holo becomes first company to operate autonomous vehicles in Denmark

Holo has now been authorized to operate autonomous vehicles in five countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Denmark.

Urban Air Mobility: Skyports raises £5.35 million in Series A funding

Skyports, the urban air mobility infrastructure provider and drone delivery operator, has raised £5.

Virginia’s port upgrade aims for quickest truck trips possible

The Port of Virginia is citing the increased efficiency of its trucking operations as it vies with other ports for more container volumes.

Bristol Clean Air Zone to Ban All Diesels in the Centre

Bristol could be the first city in the country to introduce a Clean Air Zone which bans all diesel vehicles in the centre and sees a wider charge zone for non-compliant commercial vehicles.

Pacific National News

30 stories | Newest story posted last month
‘Historic day’: PN opens Parkes Logistics Terminal

Pacific National has formally opened its new Parkes Logistics Terminal at the intersection of Australia’s east-west railway and the future Inland Rail route.

Amsted unveils bogie-mounted brake system

The Ibex braking system is set to enter service on two new CRRC wagons ordered by Pacific National in Australia for a year-long trial later this month.

PN slams

Australia's biggest rail freight operator, Pacific National, has issued a scathing report on the troubled $440million Murray Basin Rail project.

Australia’s major highway now a conveyor belt for big trucks

In a disturbing development, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Pacific National has declared rail freight is on its deathbed between Melbourne and Sydney.

PACIFIC NATIONAL IN RAIL FREIGHT DEATHBED CALL

Rail freight operator Pacific National is urging action on excessive government charges and red tape which it attributes to putting rail freight "on its deathbed" between Melbourne and Sydney.

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Special Heritage Train Tour from Southern Cross to Seymour, then travel to Mt Buller for a day in the snow or enjoy a Kelly Gang History Tour.

Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September.

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

There are few places left on earth that are as untouched and wild as the Australian outback, a landscape that has captivated imaginations and attracted thrill-seekers for millennia.

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on board a special Heritage Train  tour to Tocumwal travelling the “freight only”  railway line.

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

Southern Shorthaul Railroad has recently acquired two new GT46-ACe locomotives from the Downer Group to cater for continuing business growth.

Qube Logistics

4 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Headwinds see QUBE take annual profit growth breather

Just two weeks after swallowing port logistics firm Chalmers, Qube has seen a slight fall in net profits on a much larger rise in revenues and profits before non-recurring items.

Qube lifts lid on adelaide warehousing development

Qube Logistics has offered an insight into its warehousing development in Adleaide, comprising a new 10,000 square metre insulated facility at Outer Harbor in South Australia.

Road to rail becoming reality at Moorebank Logistics Park

Qube Managing Director Maurice James tells Rail Express about the flagship project at Moorebank Logistics Park, what’s next for the site, and his thoughts on the road to rail freight shift.

Queensland Rail News

2430 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Palaszczuk joins Downer to celebrate 150 years at Maryborough

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk joined Downer employees, industry leaders and government representatives on December 6 to celebrate 150 years of manufacturing at Maryborough.

Historic celebration for Maryborough as Downer marks 150 years

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has paid tribute to the staying power of Maryborough’s Downer over its 150 year rail history, with her government today signing an agreement that commits to a $300 million pipeline of local rail manufacturing over the next decade.

Cross River Rail’s transformational legacy

By 2036, the population of South East Queensland (SEQ) is predicted to hit five million people.

East End Branch and Fisherman's Landing Branch

The East End Branch and Fisherman’s Landing Branch were constructed to transport limestone from the Cement Australia East End quarry near Mt Larcom to its Fisherman’s Landing processing plant and port facility about twenty kilometers north of Gladstone.

Federal funds to boost Queensland projects

The federal government has committed to increase funding for several railway projects in Queensland, as part of an A$3·8bn package of infrastructure spending announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 21.

Rail Events

506 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
AusRAIL: Hitachi committed to sustainability

Hitachi is a fully integrated global provider of rail solutions across rollingstock, signalling, services and turnkey projects.

AusRAIL: McCormack highlights rail spending, King calls for skills focus

Minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development Michael McCormack and shadow minister Catherine King have highlighted their parties’ distinct transport commitments at AusRAIL Plus 2019.

AusRAIL: New Australian tech on show

Australian-owned rail equipment manufacturer, Melvelle Equipment is debuting two new technologies alongside its well-established range of portable rail maintenance and construction equipment solutions at AusRAIL PLUS.

AusRAIL: The new era of rail depots

Andrew Engineering’s Chris Parish tells Rail Express how the trend towards digital integration has impacted the fit out of rail depots.

AusRAIL: Guiding rail’s digital transformation

Siemens Mobility’s Chris Whiteside talks about the potential savings new digital methods can provide a rail project from the design phase right through to operation.

Rail News

4123 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Four appointed to Infrastructure Australia Board

Four new members have been appointed to the Infrastructure Australia Board, the Government’s independent infrastructure adviser, the minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development Michael McCormack announced on Tuesday.

2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award finalists announced

Six projects have been selected as finalists in the 2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and Engineers Australia.

Enhancing delivery in the age of the mega-project

Australia’s $100 billion infrastructure spending spree is seeing more companies tackling rail projects collaboratively.

‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.

ARTC Board reappointments to keep leadership strong

Two board members of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have been reappointed by the Australian Government.

Rail Travel

252 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Book your train tickets in Taiwan

Continuing with our mission to facilitate travel planning for railway transportation in Asia, we are integrating online booking for train tickets and rail passes in Taiwan in cooperation with Taiwan.

Travel the Scenic Rails of North America

Take a one-of-a-kind trip through North America on WITF with Great Scenic Railway Journeys: 150 Years on the Right Track, hosted by Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt.

Birmingham with Friends

A visit by train to the historic Jewellery QuarterProbably NOT real diamonds in this shop window display in the Jewellery Quarter, but the shop does sell real diamonds

2019 End of Year RTW Trip- lets go!

This is my Christmas-New Year Round the World trip.

A field of glowing roses comes to London

This weekend, a field of glowing roses will come to central London, and it’s a charity fund raiser for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 11 months 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

6 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Tin hares, part 9

I have been trying to improve my use of the 'labels' feature of this blog, which makes searching easier for me if not for my readers.

The Warrenton Greenway, Warrenton, Virginia

Warrenton, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.

How railway’s past can help develop its future

The National Railway Museum is, of course, home to some iconic railway and engineering marvels of the past, but what do you consider to be the future of rail?

The Plymouth or South Duffryn Colliery in the Taff Valley

South Duffryn or ‘Plymouth’ Colliery, situated to the south of Pentrebach and just north of Troedyrhiw, was opened by the Hills Plymouth Company in 1862.

Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway – Part 2

This short series of posts was prompted by encountering a piece about the line on a facebook group.

Railway Preservation

533 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa fails near Kings Langley

It has been confirmed that Ex-LNER ‘A4’ No.

Steam locomotive update from the Bala Lake Railway

The Bala Lake Railway has released an update on two of its resident steam locomotives, which are either undergoing or about to undergo a significant overhaul.

Works Train

Well to round out our odd job week, we ran a very odd looking works train to Castlemaine.

Intercity 125 train restored to original British Rail livery

One of the last InterCity 125 High Speed Trains to run on the East Coast is being restored to its original British Rail colours ahead of a special set of commemorative trips.

Railway Publications

82 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
eBook: Better Rail Networks Begin with OpenRail Designer

Better rail networks begin with OpenRail Designer, a new, comprehensive 3D modeling environment for streamlined project delivery of rail network infrastructure from Bentley Systems.

In-Depth Focus: Rail Traffic Management Systems

It is no secret that Norway’s signalling system is in desperate need of revitalisation.

Global Railway Review Issue 6 2019

Hull Trains’ new hi-tech fleet by Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director, Hull Trains

A new frontier: the latest issue of Future Rail is out now

Future Rail is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis.

Bombardier Transportation uses additive manufacturing

With specific goals to support digital inventory and produce large certified interior train components for the Germany speaking countries, Bombardier Transportation’s Hennigsdorf site has invested in industrial-grade 3D printing.

Railway Stories

78 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Glasson Dock Branch

Glasson Dock sits at the mouth of the Lune Estuary to the Southwest of the City of Lancaster.

Partnering to create a safe, efficient and effective rail industry: The RISSB story

In this exclusive message, the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board outlines its purpose, its approach, and plans for the future.

Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania: The Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production

Have you ever heard of the town of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania?

We Will Remember Them

About 20,000 railway workers from Britain lost their lives during WWI, after more than 100,000 enlisted when war broke out.

The Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

The Star Barn in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is one spectacular barn to see.

Russian Rail News

81 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
RZD sells its stake in Transcontainer

State railway group RZD has sold its majority stake in intermodal operator Transcontainer to private freight and logistics company Delo Group, which runs intermodal terminals and port facilities across the Russian Federation.

RZD sells majority stake in Transcontainer for $US 943m

Delo Group paid a premium of 4% on Transcontainer’s share price and expects to complete the deal by the end the year.

RZD International to help build rail line to one of the world’s largest coal deposits

Under the agreement, RZD International – a special purpose engineering company established within the Russian Railways Holding, in partnership with a Russian design institutes, will provide technical consulting services on the implementation of the Tavantolgoi–Dzunbayan railway construction project, as well as recommendations on the organisation of construction and the organisation of train movement along the 414km-long line.

Platskartny coach mock-up on show

RZD’s Federal Passenger Co and Transmashholding have unveiled a mock-up of the design concept for the next generation of platskartny dormitory-style third class coaches for long-distance services.

Novosibirsk suburban operator orders EMUs

Novosibirsk suburban operator Express Prigorod has ordered two eight-car EP2D electric multiple-units for delivery from Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory by the end of the year.

South Australian Rail News

735 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
ATSB to probe SA runaway

Federal investigators will look into the runaway of a rake of loaded freight wagons near the Victoria-South Australia border on November 23.

Extra funding to get Flinders Link over the line

A $415 million funding package to boost the South Australian economy will accelerate the delivery of some of the federal government’s $100 billion infrastructure pipeline, including the Flinders Link rail project.

SA Government seeks EOIs for Adelaide Metro operation

The South Australian Government has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the operation of Adelaide Metro train services.

Construction begins on SA rail line electrification

Construction works have commenced on a multi-million-dollar project to electrify and modernise the Gawler Rail Line in South Australia.

GlobeLink freight plan needs more work, says Knoll

Taxpayers are on the hook for $20 million to investigate whether the GlobeLink freight plan stacks up

Tasmanian Rail News

389 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Stephen Cantwell named TasRail chair

Samantha Hogg will leave TasRail as chair and Stephen Cantwell will take over from 1 January 2020.

Don River Railway general manager Niels Brun dies

A leading light in Tasmanian heritage railway and tourism tragically passed away Saturday morning.

Hobart rail action group urges Gov to get on with reopening the northern suburbs rail line

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has urged the Government to get on with reopening the rail line, saying its by far the “safest bet” when it comes an effective transport option.

North-East Rail Trail legislation expected in 2019

The next step towards the North-East Rail Trail, and adjoining heritage train, is expected before the end of the parliamentary year.

Technology News

21 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The New Fuss About Ballistic Pendulum Lab Report

A sample lab report is supplied in the downloads.

Choosing Computer Science Major

The Secret to Computer Science Major.

The Number One Article on Buy Essay

For example an academician you’ve got to write one or maybe the four kinds of documents.

Starship to expand robot delivery to college campuses

Starship was established by Skype co-founders Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla in 2014.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

A REVIEW that NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said found safety risks to cyclists near Newcastle's light rail amounts to an "extraordinary admission", Labor contends.

New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

Avoca’s sporting clubs have access to a brand-new minibus to ensure players and supporters can travel safely to and from matches and events thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program.

Metro Exodus

With 'Metro Exodus', there is now a computer game playing in a dystopian near-future railroad world.

Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

Hey everybody, I'd like to announce the start of bi-weekly Trainz Livestreams.

TS18: GP40-2 Coast-to-Coast Railroading!

Two new High Iron Simulations scenario mini-packs put the Electro-Motive GP40-2 to work coast-to-coast!

Tram and Light Rail News

1619 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sydney light rail L2 to start operations this month

The government of New South Wales has announced that the Sydney light rail service L2 will begin service on 14 December 2019.

Sydney Light Rail open date announced

Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail is set to open on the 14th December, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and transport minister Andrew Constance have announced.

Company appointed to lead construction tender on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A

The Federal Government has appointed a company to lead the construction tender process of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A.

Île-de-France Mobilités inaugurates first Citadis X05 tram

Île-de-France Mobilités has inaugurated the first Citadis X05 tram sent by Alstom.

UK

2885 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Northern to launch trains for Lincoln, East Midlands and South Yorkshire

Arriva UK train subsidiary and rail operator Northern has announced plans to introduce new trains for various cities and routes.

Network Rail wins top award for South Esk viaduct work

Network Rail has announced that it has been awarded a National Railway Heritage Award for its work on the refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose.

Volunteers join railway signaller for Blackpool ‘sleep out’

Over 40 people joined a Network Rail signaller to sleep out at Blackpool North station to raise money for charity.

Hitachi signs £350m with Avanti West Coast for brand new trains

First Trenitalia has announced that they have awarded a new contract worth £350m to Hitachi Rail to maintain 23 new trains, which are to be built at its County Durham factory.

Bodmin General Station to mark end of Cornwall stage of the Tour of Britain 2020

Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain for the first time in September 2020, with the Grand Depart of the 2020 race seeing riders travel 170km through the county’s stunning countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin.

USA

3088 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
STB: Heed Seriously the Yak Fat Ghost

Woe be those regulators who failed to perform due diligence beyond artlessly reading—and who took at face value—a self-serving written submission from railroads.

E-commerce poised to influence next surface transportation bill

As members of Congress considers how to fund surface transportation projects over the next several years, they must consider the ways that e-commerce is transforming supply chain logistics, leaders and witnesses told a U.

Maryland secures funding for double stacking at Baltimore tunnel

The state of Maryland has secured funding to reconstruct Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel to allow for double stacking, but the details are still forthcoming.

Amtrak worker dies in electrical accident

The New York Daily News is reporting that an Amtrak employee was electrocuted and two people sustained minor injuries when an explosion occurred at a New York City power substation in Van Nest Yard, which is shared by Amtrak and Con Ed.

Baker to Congress: Short Lines Have “The Right Stuff”

“You have asked me to tell you ‘where’s my stuff’ as it relates to the short line railroad industry,” Baker said.

Victorian Rail News

6762 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Final Works Taking Place On Geelong Freight Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government is carrying out final improvements to important rail freight infrastructure to ensure this year’s grain harvest can make its way to the Port of Geelong quickly and efficiently.

Victoria’s Ultima Terminal will generate millions in new exports

Victoria’s minister for ports and freight Melissa Horne officially opened a rail freight terminal in Ultima, northern Victorian, for exporting to the Asian market.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 31: The 'second 12' missing links and how to fix them

Back in August (Part 18 of the Useful Network) I proposed 12 improved links that could transform the public transport network in Melbourne.

Mernda Line: Buses replacing trains on sections of the line at various times in December 2019

Buses replace trains on sections of the Mernda Line at various times in December 2019 while works take place.

Timetable Tuesday #51: A staggering mess - How 456's new timetable shortchanged Ballarat Road

You wouldn't think that routes mentioned in this PTV news item about Melton area buses would affect the Melbourne Public Transport frequent network maps.

Western Australian Rail News

1187 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Breakthrough after 10-year rail standoff unlikely to address hopes for fewer trucks on roads

Australia's biggest grain handler and a global infrastructure giant reach agreement on the use of WA's rail freight network, but farmers' hopes this will lead to fewer trucks transporting grain may be dashed.

Work starts on Perth suburban rail extension

The NEWest Alliance of CPB Contractors and Downer has been named preferred bidder to undertake the Yanchep Rail Extension and the Thornlie–Cockburn Link projects in Perth.

Local content focus of Morley-Ellenbrook briefing

The WA government aims to highlight opportunities for local businesses to help deliver the Morley-Ellenbrook Line at an upcoming Metronet briefing in Perth.

Contract awarded for two WA METRONET projects

An alliance to build the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link has been announced at an event to mark the works beginning.

NEWest Alliance chosen for Yanchep Rail Extension

The government of Western Australia has chosen the NEWest Alliance as the preferred contractor for the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

Yarra Trams

339 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Preferred bidder announced for Perth’s Metronet projects

The alliance, formed between CPB Contractors and Downer, will work closely with Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority to progress the designs and construction schedule once the contract is signed in December.

Disruption to City trams - Friday 29 November

Friday 29 November, from 12pm to 4pm.

Major Works To Keep Route 11 Trams On Track

The Andrews Labor Government is carrying out major works on Route 11 at the St.

Planned Industrial Action - Thursday 28 November and Thursday 5 December

Due to planned industrial action, no trams will run between 10am and 2pm.

Extra Trams - December

We’ve organised extra trams for the below events during December.

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