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ACT

256 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Minister talks up Australian transport infrastructure investment

The federal government is talking up transport infrastructure spending as a way out of the pandemic.

Wheels turn on Rail Trail construction

Work is about to start on a 3.

Calls for rail reform to meet predicted boom

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is calling for swift policy reforms to ensure Australia can capitalise on the imminent rail construction boom and has recommended nine areas of action to drive growth across the rail supply chain.

“Urgent reform” crucial to making the most of next infrastructure construction boom

Australia has a rare opportunity to drive innovation and build export potential, according to a key industry group.

Infrastructure Australia concludes evaluation of key rail projects

Two major rail concepts require more “development” to prove their credentials, Infrastructure Australia maintains

Africa

319 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Ethiopia releases first National Transport Policy

ETHIOPIA has released its first National Transport Policy, which has been developed to address the ever-increasing demand for transport infrastructure and services across the country.

South Africa courts third-party operators to support rail redevelopment

SOUTH Africa is looking to open the core railway network to third-party freight operators and grow the railway sector as a means of stimulating economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

ARIA’s CEO says rail lies at the heart of reviving South Africa’s economy

The CEO of the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) – Mesela Nhlapo – has said in an interview that the South African government’s move to introduce third-party access to the country’s railway network is one of the most significant policy developments in recent years.

Ghana to spend $US 2bn on rail network

THE Ghanaian government will spend at least $US 2bn on ongoing and approved railway projects, according to president, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo.

SGR operating contract to be terminated

The government has given notice that it intend to transfer control of operations on the country’s standard-gauge railway to Kenya Railway Corp from May 2022.

Airline News

361 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Checking in on air traffic in China

After slamming on the brakes for the New Year holiday, China’s air traffic recovery has resumed, with traffic from the country’s 25 busiest airports practically recovered to pre-pandemic levels and 133% above where it was at the beginning of April last year.

New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in March 2021

Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts to help increase flight tracking all around the world.

Air traffic continues its recovery in March

March 2021 looked very different than March 2020 for commercial air traffic.

Amapola: all about Sweden’s little-known Fokker 50 airline

If you’re following us on Instagram (and if you’re not, please do!

Biggest airline polluters received the biggest bailouts, new data shows

Figures released by T&E show that the most polluting airlines were among the biggest beneficiaries of public bailouts following the pandemic.

Arabian Rail News

274 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
AfDB approves €145m loan for rail upgrade works in Egypt

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a €145m loan to finance key railway upgrade works in Egypt.

Etihad Rail secures first customer for Stage 2 of UAE network

ETIHAD Rail and Ras Al Khaimah’s Stevin Rock, one of the largest quarrying companies in the world, have signed an agreement under which Etihad Rail will transport raw materials from Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Abu Dhabi.

Egypt and Sudan to connect rail networks with new line

EGYPT and Sudan have agreed to construct a line from Aswan, Egypt, to Halfa, Sudan, to connect the two countries’ rail networks.

Etihad Rail to operate 500 trains per year for quarry company

An agreement for the transport of construction materials from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi was signed by Etihad Rail and quarrying company Stevin Rock on April 1.

Dozens of passengers killed as two trains collide in southern Egypt

Two trains collided about 365 kilometres south of Cairo, after someone reportedly activated the emergency brakes, killing at least 32 people and leaving 108 injured, according to Egyptian authorities.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

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

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

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

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

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

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

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

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

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

Asian Rail News

3786 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Singapore awards Jurong Region Line station contracts

SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded two civil contracts worth $S 526m ($US 392.

Indian Railways closes arch on world’s highest railway bridge

INDIAN Railways (IR) completed construction of the arch to support the world’s highest railway bridge on the 326km Udhampur – Srinagar – Baramulla Rail Line (USBRL) on April 5, 17 years after the first tender for the project was floated.

New Hyundai Rotem EMUs enter service in Taiwan

TAIWAN Railway Authority held an event on April 1 at Kiryung station in northern Taiwan to mark the entry into service of new 10-car EMUs built by Hyundai Rotem ahead of the train’s debut on the line between Keelung and Miaoli on April 6.

India completes construction of arch closure of Chenab Bridge

Indian Railways has completed the construction of the arch of Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge located in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Smart self-driving bullet trains operate more routes in China before July 1

Smart self-driving bullet trains will start to run between Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Harbin, Beijing-Guangzhou, Chengdu-Chongqing routes before July 1, further entrenching the advantage of China's high-speed railway in the world, said China State Railway Group Corp on Wednesday.

Aurizon

273 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Aurizon prepares to resume grain haulage in Queensland

Aurizon transferred a previously stored grain set from Acacia Ridge to Willowburn (Toowoomba) yesterday in apparent preparations to haul grain off the South Western Line.

CBH Group adds locomotives, wagons, and drivers to move grain crop

Two locomotives, 48 wagons, and drivers are on loan from Aurizon to CBH Group to help the grain handler get a record braking harvest to port.

Aurizon reports half year results

The impact of the challenging trade environment has been a factor in lower coal volumes moved during the first half of the 2021 financial year

Australian High Speed Rail

38 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

Report calls for investment in faster rail

A report calls for investment in faster rail services across Australia to connect CBDs to neighbouring regional centres, but says high speed rail isn’t the immediate answer.

Faster Rail

The ARA launched its Faster Rail Report in February 2021.

Cabinet papers show an opportunity lost on fast rail

Having been the bid manager for the under bidder in the Sydney - Canberra High Speed Rail Tender and, later, the consultant project director of the Commonwealth's East Coast Very High Speed Train Study, I found the recently released 2000 Cabinet papers of considerable interest.

Bus Transport News

756 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
BVG Confirms Order for 198 ADL Enviro500 Double Deck Buses

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) has announced that Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (“BVG”) has exercised options for 198 Enviro500 double deck buses, to be delivered to the German capital by the end of 2022.

Korean electric bus tested in Johor

A Korean left-hand-drive electric bus was spotted undergoing testing in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.

Solaris Delivers Urbino Electric Buses to Bonn

Solaris has delivered three 'Urbino 18' electric buses to Stadtwerke Bonn Bus und Bahn (SWB).

Timetable Tuesday #112: Little change since Hamer - the 753 bus in Melbourne's east

A return to normal fare this week with a look at individual bus routes and their timetables.

WrightBus to Receive £11.2 million Government Funding Towards Hydrogen Buses

The British government is investing a total of £54 million in H2 technology development, including the amount meant for the Wrightbus hydrogen buses.

Canada

884 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
From automatic to autonomous

To meet the demand for safer, more efficient and increasingly sustainable mobility, railways are taking the next step forward towards autonomy.

Canadian construction firm picked for $1B Mexico-Canada rail link project

Engage Construction Management and Consulting Inc.

More shippers voice support of CP-KCS merger

More shippers and other stakeholders have lent their support to the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU).

March another record grain volumes month for CN

Canadian railway CN (NYSE: CNI) moved 2.

Cityrail News

826 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Gap buffers to be installed at station platforms on the Sydney Trains network to prevent falls

In an average week, five people fall into the gap between the train and the platform on the Sydney Trains network.

Sydney rail line moved in 48-hour operation

A crew of 250 workers has relocated 900m of a major railway line in Sydney, Australia, in an operation that took just 48 hours.

Fresh faces: Talgo and Metro Trains Sydney appoint new CEOs; Keolis appoints new executive director

TALGO has appointed Mr Gonzalo Urquijo Fernández de Araoz as the company’s new CEO, effective immediately.

Siemens secures $147.26m worth contracts to upgrade Sydney rail network

Siemens Mobility has won two contracts from Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government to upgrade the rail network in Sydney.

New technology helps

Rubber gap filler technology is being trialed at Circular Quay, to improve safety and accessibility across the Sydney Trains network.

Coronavirus Transport News

429 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Highways and Zoning: Tools of Racist Policy

2020 was a pivotal year because of the pandemic, the abysmal federal governmental response, and the amplified call for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the state.

Rail Transit and COVID-19, One Year Later

The nation and the world are entering their second year of living with the COVID-19 virus.

RENFE sees Covid-19 recovery

Passenger traffic on the national rail network has recovered to around 50% of pre-pandemic levels, RENFE Present Isaías Táboas has reported, adding that RENFE is anticipating that the figure would reach 70% by the end of 2021.

Together – the railway reflects on a year since lockdown

Today (23 March) the railway has come together to mark a year since the UK entered its first lockdown.

Get the Message Out: ‘Mask Up,’ Says USDOT

The toolkit includes downloadable and sharable background materials, talking points, posters, social media graphics and messages, and other resources.

Europe

6405 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Cross-border Irish rail review to study sustainable expansion

A Strategic Rail Review is to be commissioned to examine the potential for enhancing and expanding the island of Ireland’s rail networks, the republic’s Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon have announced.

VR FleetCare to renew Vy couchette cars

VR FleetCare, Finland, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Vy Tog for the extensive modernisation and commercial upgrade of eight BDcmz 874.

SNCF places orders for more hydrogen trainsets

SNCF Voyageurs has placed orders totalling €190m for Alstom to supply 12 hydrogen-electric multiple-units for use in four regions, with options for a further two trainsets.

Rosental line electrification gets underway

Work has formally begun on a €50m scheme to modernise and electrify the 12·1 km line between Klagenfurt and Weizelsdorf, with completion planned by 2023.

German freight forwarders and rail operators launch expansion programme

GERMAN state-owned rail freight company DB Cargo and leading intermodal operator Kombiverkehr, which is owned by 230 freight forwarding companies, plus DB Cargo, have agreed an expansion programme to move more freight by rail rather than road.

Gunzelling Reports

1288 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Random Recap #73

NS Intermodal 22K (running as 934 on CP tracks) blasts through CPF 477 with three SD60E’s as power in January 2021.

(Video) HAMMERHEAD ATTACK! LHF Light Power on 930, a RACE at Bluff, and 252 in a Blizzard!

In one of my most action-packed videos ever, we catch a very strange 930, a race at Cliff Haven, a chase with D11, and 252 in an April snowstorm.

Railfanning NY, NJ, and PA

This past week, I had the chance to do some railfanning in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

“Let the Blue Shine Through”, and the Batten Kill Railroad

A railroad I haven’t talked about before on my blog is the Batten Kill.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 3/4/2021

There were 68 sightings for this week; This is 12 sightings less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

584 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Sailing forward to support members of all abilities

Wangaratta’s North East Windsport Club will soon welcome new members with disabilities thanks to a change room facilities upgrade made possible by a donation from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

Gil Gil Creek Bridge Rail bridge replacement

Trans4m Rail will conduct rail bridge demolition and replacement works near Gil Gil Creek and Crooble Road, south of Crooble, between April and September 2021.

Thanks for your feedback on our draft UDF

We ran a series of information sessions in March across our North East communities to take locals through our draft Urban Design Framework and get their feedback.

Narrabri to North Star SP1 Site Establishment Management Plan

This Site Establishment Management Plan details the strategy for managing all potential environmental impacts for all site establishment works associated with Trans4m Rail’s Construction Ancillary Facilities, intersections and access road.

Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan

This Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan details the key mitigation measures that will be implemented by Trans4m Rail in order to minimise and manage the noise and vibration impacts during construction.

International Rail News

5540 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Alstom acquires brake linings manufacturer Flertex

French multinational rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has announced the acquisition of local brake linings manufacturer Flertex as part of a strategic plan.

Muni subway gets green light

New wayfinding signs and art projects are in place at Castro and West Portal stations, and – drumroll, please – Wi-Fi availability, thanks to routers being installed in stations and cellular antennas being installed in the tunnels.

Brazil's Campinas kicks off process to build airport rail link

Campinas, one of the largest cities in Brazil’s São Paulo state, launched a process to contract companies to carry out studies to build an 18km passenger rail link connecting to the airport.

T’Trans wins wagon order

Manufacturer T’Trans has resumed wagon production with an order for MRS Logística.

São Paulo lines 8 and 9 operation concession auction date confirmed

AN auction for a 30-year concession to operate São Paulo Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) suburban Line 8 Diamond (Júlio Prestes – Amador Bueno) and Line 9 Emerald (Osasco – Grajaú) will be held on April 20, the São Paulo secretary of metropolitan transport, Mr Alexandre Baldy, has announced via social media.

Letters to the Editor

328 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Housing Donut

Yesterday, the government announced an ambitious new plan, a grabbag of housing policies ranging from okay to highly laudable designed to lower the price of housing.

Rapido Trains announces definitive HO-scale Northeastern Design Caboose

Reading is credited with heling make the well-known Northeastern Design Caboose a reality.

Australians with rooftop solar panels could soon be charged for exporting power into the grid, under proposed changes

Australians with rooftop solar panels could soon be charged for exporting electricity to the grid, under new rules being recommended by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC).

Avoiding the Cascading Technology Trap

This problem is not unique to the railroad industry.

US burger giant Five Guys will open its first Aussie store in Penrith

Sydney’s burgerphiles were rapt with drool-worthy anticipation last July, when American meat maestros Five Guys announced their intention to open the brand's first Down Under franchise in early 2021.

Model Railways

2297 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
A New “Horizon” in HO scale Rapido Trains’ Amtrak Horizon passenger cars

Supplying high quality cars long requested by Amtrak modelers, Rapido Trains has expanded its HO-scale passenger rolling stock with Bombardier-built “Horizon” models.

Motorman from Iowa Scaled Engineering

Iowa Scaled Engineering’s Motorman is an automatic reversing train shuttle controller for use with standard DC and Digital Command Control (DCC)-equipped locomotives.

White River Productions Acquires Diesel Era Magazine

White River Productions has acquired Diesel Era, North America’s premier publication about diesel locomotives.

Tangent Scale Models’ all-new HO-scale combination door boxcar is first in a new series

Tangent Scale Models kicks off a new freight car series with its all-new combination door boxcar replica.

Narrow Gauge

127 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Skegness’ Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway awarded £5,000 grant after zero steam trains in 2020

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway has received a grant worth £5,000 from the Lincolnshire County Council’s Business Recovery Fund.

Ruislip Lido Railway announce Mid-April reopening date

The Ruislip Lido Railway has announced that their railway will be opening it’s doors again from Monday 12th of April 2021.

Never seen before photos uncovered after 50 years of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

A previously unseen collection of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway photos has been published after more than 50 years.

Bedfordshire’s Fancott Miniature Railway launches Track Improvement and Ticket Office appeal

The Fancott Miniature Railway, found at the Fancott Pub in Fancott, Bedfordshire has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds to improve track as well as build a ticket office for the railway.

New South Wales Rail News

4298 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Lighting the spark

With a local subsidiary now established in Australia, Holland, L.

Minister 'joking' over NSW trains: union

The NSW transport minister says the state's new intercity train fleet will be operational within weeks, but the railway workers' union says that's an "April Fools' Day joke".

MAJOR MAKEOVERS FOR INNER WEST TRAIN STATIONS

St Peters and Erskineville train stations will receive major makeovers, worth about $40 million, as part of the integration of Sydney Metro City & Southwest.

Network Update 4: NSW Extreme Weather

“The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has resumed full rail operations on the Hunter Valley Network between Newcastle and Moree following a closure due to localised flooding.

Newcastle, Moree rail connection restored

The ARTC has thanked the community for its patience while the Hunter Valley rail line was impacted from wild weather.

New Zealand Rail News

519 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Hamilton – Auckland commuter service launches

NEW Zealand national railway KiwiRail launched the Te Huia commuter rail service from Hamilton to Auckland on April 6.

New unit launched to revitalise Auckland light rail project

NEW Zealand transport minister, Mr Michael Wood, has announced the formation of an Establishment Unit to progress the stalled Auckland light rail project.

Easter weekend chance for work on Auckland’s rail lines  

Important works should ensure the Auckland rail network is kept to a high standard.

Kiwi train highlights “skill and innovation”

The Prime Minister, Maori King and leaders of local government were among those to attend the first service of the Waikato – Auckland commuter train.

Light Rail Trade-offs

The release of the latest Auckland Transport Alignment Project two weeks ago included this comment about light rail.

Northern Territory Rail News

222 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is constructing a new two-lane sealed road and a new 45 metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

The Northern Territory government has released a request for quotation for the development of a concept design for a rail passenger terminal as part of the Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub.

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

The Defence Department has ruled out building a rail line into the Tindal RAAF Base as part of its $1.

Opinion

121 stories | Newest story posted last month
TransLink Expands Pilot to Test Copper Coating on Transit

The first phase of the pilot project found the copper killed up to 99.

Khapra beetle – the story so far

If khapra beetle was to establish in Australia, many trading partners would reject stored produce from Australia, causing huge losses and affecting the economy.

Australia leads the way with world first regeneration certification for producers

Australia is the first country in the world to have a certification scheme for regenerative and sustainable farmers, and their produce

Late-sown sorghum set for a stellar finish

In a dramatic turnaround from a run of drought-affected summers, sorghum crops in the eastern summer farming regions are on track for a promising finish as the main harvest approaches.

This Redfern bakery is making adorable, bee-topped doughnuts to support conservation efforts

It doesn't take much to convince us that a doughnut is a good idea – but if it's support of conservation efforts for the hardest-working insects around, well, we'll take a dozen.

Other Transport News

1127 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
NASA Invites Public to Take Flight With Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.

The Next Pandemic Surge: Traffic

This year has begun with more uncertainty than 2020.

Leapfrogging Past the Urban Highway

Urban highways are obsolete technology.

Trucking job numbers: Stronger but tempered

In the midst of one of the strongest freight markets in years, there are still fewer workers employed in the truck transportation sector than a year ago.

Truck transport jobs rise in March, February figures revised upward too

After a few months of relatively weak employment growth in truck transportation, the industry added jobs in March and posted stronger revised numbers for February, according to figures released Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pacific National News

55 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Scurrah and Cory to lead Pacific National

Paul Scurrah has been selected as the next Managing Director & CEO of freight operator Pacific National, succeeding Dean Dalla Valle who had announced his intention to step down earlier this year.

Paul Scurrah appointed managing director of Pacific National

Paul Scurrah is the new MD and CEO, while Mike Cory has been appointed as chief operating officer.

Pacific National Executive Appointments

Paul Scurrah appointed as Managing Director and CEO

Pacific National Goods Train 4BM4 derails north of Coffs Harbour

Pacific National 4BM4 lead by locos NR39/NR43/ANXx has derailed at Gana Glen, New South Wales just north of Coffs Harbour.

New construction and freight jobs in the heart of Western Sydney

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

13 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Maurice James to depart Qube

Maurice James has spoken out in the past about the need for rail to play an increased role in the movement of freight RAIL and logistics operator Qube has announced its managing director Maurice James is to step down from his role on 30 June.

Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

Qube has reported a net profit drop of over 50 per cent due to the impact of COVID-19, bushfires, and floods during the 2020 financial year.

Qube remains in a strong financial position

Despite the continued uncertainty and impact of Covid-19, Qube is in a strong financial position.

Queensland Rail News

2714 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Drive-by shooting at Brisbane train station, man injured

Police are investigating a drive-by shooting outside a Brisbane train station that left a man with leg injuries.

A group of healthcare workers have started a protest at the Carmichael rail site

The group says the health effects of coal and climate change mean the controversial Carmichael mine must be stopped.

State walks back on Cross River Rail commuter savings

Commuters may not see the claimed benefits of Brisbane’s multi-billion dollar Cross River Rail when it opens in 2025 with authorities walking back on a previous pledge to cut travel times and refusing to reveal timetable details.

Tunnel boring machine update

Proponents of Brisbane’s Cross River Rail say tunnel boring machines are set to reach the Roma Street cavern mid-year.

Fast rail needed to expand SEQ ahead of Olympics boom

A leading Queensland developer said while securing the 2032 Olympics would transform southeast Queensland, the state needs to get on track with fast rail plans to handle population growth.

Rail Events

695 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Webinar: Optimising rail maintenance strategies via rapidly deployed tactics

A webinar on May 6 is set to reveal how to unlock the potential of your organisation’s data with predictive maintenance strategies.

Final preparations underway for Women in Rail lunch, Heavy Haul Conference

Michelle Cowan from West Coast Eagles AFLW will deliver the keynote address at the Women in Rail lunch.

WEBINAR: Leveraging Digital Twins: From concept to operations for transport infrastructure

An industry webinar on 22 April is to discuss rail trends and challenges, strategies for planning and the role of Digital Twins.

New Railway Art Unveiled in Darlington

A new art installation has been unveiled in Darlington to help celebrate the town’s rich railway heritage.

Light Rail 2021: Nuria Fernandez Tops Line-up

Developed for transportation professionals in planning, operations, civil engineering, signaling and vehicle engineering, Light Rail 2021 will feature a comprehensive review of the specialized engineering and operational issues associated with LRT—the fastest-growing passenger rail mode.

Rail News

4342 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Cars, trains and ships: Albanese pledges $15bn fund for Australian manufacturing jobs

With number of workers in the sector at an all-time low, Labor leader says pandemic has shown the country must return to its sovereign capabilities

Ports Australia welcomes new Deputy Chair

Ports Australia has welcomed a new Deputy Chair, following the retirement of outgoing Deputy Chair, Chris Leatt-Hayter, from his role as CEO at Fremantle Ports in late 2020.

Rail systems integration management in our capital cities

Creating certainty in the delivery of rail projects

RISSB’s Safety List

RISSB is driving harmonisation of the Australian rail industry, and enhancing safety, productivity and efficiency.

Getting smart on skills

In the last five years, 20,000 jobs have been created in the rail industry.

Rail Travel

393 stories | Newest story posted last month
Next Time, Try Power-Touring

Several years ago, I interrupted a cross-country ride on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to hop off for a 24-hour look at Dodge City, Kansas.

Questions from Folks Sick of this Damn Pandemic

I’m getting my second vaccine shot in ten days.

Travels in Australia, Siberia and Canada

I really enjoy looking at photos I’ve taken on some very memorable rail journeys (especially when I’ve spent months under “house arrest”).

Revising The Plan!

The One Way Road Out of Lockdown?

Smart Campaigning Wins Elections

Hawaiian politics at the local level can produce some remarkable characters and, while I can’t prove it, I’ll bet that we have more than our fair share.

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

225 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
FreightWaves Classics: Central of Georgia Railway persevered (Part 1)

As a corporate entity, the Central of Georgia Railway “lived” for nearly 150 years.

The Box Tunnel – Brunel builds the impossible

The Box Tunnel in Wiltshire is one of our finest Victorian structures.

Railroad Mergers: Hits and Misses

Almost since the dawn of the iron horse, there has been an urge to merge railroad companies.

RANDOM KETTLE GUFF - AGAIN

Another selection of the steamiest photographs to ever grace the interwebs.

What’s a Main Line? Rail history explained

We talk a lot about Main Line railways but what are they and how do they differ from other lines?

Railway Preservation

944 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sofas amongst items removed from the East Lancashire Railway as reopening preparations continue

Preparations to reopen the East Lancashire Railway have been hampered by flytipping and vandalism, according to the railway.

Leighton Buzzard Railway awarded £37,000 grant to help recover from lockdown closure

The Leighton Buzzard Railway Museum has announced that it is one of 2,700 organisations to receive financial help as part of the second round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Component orders placed for steam locomotive 72010 Hengist – bogie appeal complete!

The Clan Project, constructing steam locomotive 72010 Hengist, has released an update on their appeals, orders made, and new additions to the management team.

Restored locomotive 3801 begins regional NSW tour

Rail enthusiasts have had the chance to take a step back in time, with the iconic steam locomotive 3801 making its return to the train tracks in regional NSW.

Railway Publications

244 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
The best railway shows you need to watch on Prime Video!

Fancy watching a new railway film or series?

Shift5, With Josh Lospinoso, Michael Weigand and Gil Lamphere: RAIL GROUP ON AIR

Shift5’s mission is to make the world’s fleets smarter and safer.

Rail Group On Air: Direct Chassis Link, Inc.’s Ryan Houtek and Mike O’Malley

DCLI Chief Commercial Officer Ryan Houfek and Senior Vice President Government and Public Relations Mike O’Malley discuss the intermodal market, focusing on rail’s critical role in the transportation supply chain and logistics, with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C.

Easter Special – The Railway Magazine March digital issue for 99p!

The March digital issue of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, is on offer this Easter weekend for just 99p!

Railway Age’s April 2021 Digital Edition On Line

Inside, you’ll find more feature stories.

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted last month
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

170 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
RZD completes Zabaikalsk electrification

Russian Railways has completed the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of its 365 km line from a junction with the Trans-Siberian Railway at Karymskaya to Zabaikalsk on the Chinese border.

Interlocking lab opens

Transmashholding company LocoTech-Signal has opened a research laboratory in Moscow where it will test the HMR9 computer based interlocking developed by Progress Rail’s Italian subsidiary ECM and adapt it to suit conditions in the 1 520 mm gauge region.

South Caucasus Railway orders rolling stock

SOUTH Caucasus Railway (SCR), a Russian Railways (RZD) subsidiary which has a 30-year concession to operate the railway in Armenia, has signed contracts with Transmashholding (TMH) for the supply of 27 passenger coaches and two two-car EP2D dc EMUs as part of its rolling stock renewal programme.

Sinara chooses production site for 2TE35A locomotives

SINARA Transport Machines (STM) has announced that it will produce its new 2TE35A asynchronous traction diesel freight locomotives at the Ural Locomotives facility in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region.

Moscow Metro outlines 2020 achievements

MOSCOW Metro received 551 new metro cars in 2020, including 335 new-generation Moskva-2020 cars that are now in service on lines 5 and 6, the deputy mayor for transport, Mr Maxim Liksutov, announced during an update to the Moscow Government Presidium on Moscow Transport’s work over the last year.

South Australian Rail News

867 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Rolling train stoppages hit multiple Adelaide lines, including Gawler line from April 25 to end of November

A series of unfortunate events will close the Gawler line from April 25 to the end of November.

'Just fantastic': Mount Gambier community stoked about plans to light up the Rail Trail

Mount Gambier locals welcome extensions and lighting installations to the Rail Trail that runs through the city along the former railway line.

Indoor city stadium worth $700 million promised for Adelaide's rail yard precinct

A new $700 million indoor stadium has been promised by South Australia's Liberal State Government, 

Senator calls for PM intervention

An Independent Senator has called for the Prime Minister to make it clear the federal government is willing to do "whatever it takes" to ensure the Whyalla Steelworks survives its latest challenge.

Tasmanian Rail News

431 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Northern suburbs light rail going nowhere on Ferguson’s broken promise

Premier Peter Gutwein and State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson need to tell Tasmanians this week when they will start work on Hobart’s crucially needed northern suburbs light rail or admit they have broken yet another promise.

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Dorset Council to make decision on rail trail DA

More than 1000 people have signed a petition asking the Dorset Council to cease and desist all activities leading to the destruction of the North East rail corridor between Lilydale Falls and Scottsdale.

'It needs to be more than a train trip': 150yo tourism icon's battle to survive

For more than 150 years, steam locomotives have travelled along the banks of the Don River in Tasmania, first transporting coal and eventually tourists — now, enthusiasts say without a major injection of funds, the "tourist icon" train line will cease operating.

Technology News

154 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
RoleSpot, the rail talent app

Stefan Heaton talks about how technology is speeding up the process of filling talent gaps in rail businesses.

Alstom enhances its expertise in hydrogen with the acquisition of Helion Hydrogen Power

Hydrogen power for rail is one of the options aimed at driving sustainability and ‘intelligent mobility’.

Building on common ground

The backbone to the next generation of rail infrastructure projects will be a common data platform.

Digitalising railway maintenance in Mallorca

Software for managing railway infrastructure maintenance activities in Mallorca and generating information to support a move towards predictive maintenance has been developed and deployed by contractor Azvi, technology start up MainRail Solutions, the CEIT technology institute and software specialist Inycom.

On-train cameras to spot third rail faults

One Big Circle has been awarded a contract to detect conductor rail and electrical cables faults on third rail electrified routes by combining its Automated Intelligent Video Review on-train technology with thermal cameras to detect hot spots of more than 80ºC.

Train Simulator News

76 stories | Newest story posted last month
Game Look: Train Station 2

Recently I discovered a new online game called Train Station 2.

Rivet Games’ Arosa Linie is coming to Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games and Rivet Games has announced that the Arosa Linie: Chur – Arosa is coming to Train Sim World 2.

Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

Train Simulator 2021 has now arrived on PC with a new collection of routes, improved Steam Workshop feature and a Deluxe Edition that includes a brand-new experience with the West Coast Main Line South.

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

Welcome to the primary metropolitan transportation choice for New Yorker's besides walking, the subway!

Train Sim World 2 arriving at platform PlayStation tomorrow

Become a driver on the London Underground, take control of high-speed services in Germany, and haul freight across an epic US mountain range.

Tram and Light Rail News

1979 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Gold Coast light rail: 20 years since Gold Coast Airport tram extension first unveiled

Stepping off a plane and on to a sun-yellow Gold Coast tram will be a reality within the decade, with funding for the light rail extension set to be fast-tracked in support of the 2032 Olympic Games bid.

GW Train Regio to operate Šumava mountain routes

The Plzeň regional authority has awarded GW Train Regio a contract for the operation of local passenger services on two lines in the Šumava mountains totalling 99 route-km.

GW Train Regio wins West Bohemian tender

THE Council of the Pilsen Region, Czech Republic, has selected Czech railway operator GW Train Regio to operate regional passenger services on the Southwest part 1 Pošumavi network under a 10-year contract, which will commence in December 2023.

TriMet’s MAX Blue Line improvements project is underway

Multiple improvements are happening throughout our oldest light rail line.

UK

5817 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
22 Class 195/331 trains withdrawn by Northern as fault detected

Northern has announced that they have temporarily withdrawn 22 of their 101 Class 195/331 trains, built by CAF, as a fault has been detected.

Refurbished Lifts at Derby Station are back in service

Network Rail has announced that the lifts at Derby station are back in use following a revamp.

Train operator c2c train wants your help to improve Train Travel app

Train operator c2c is looking for feedback to help improve their Train Travel app.

Rail services ramped up ahead of next easing of lockdown rules

Industry body the Rail Delivery Group said more than 1,000 daily weekday services have been added to timetables since mid-February.

USA

5334 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Next-Gen Freight Rail Sets Agenda for the 2020s

One can only wonder what messages Creel and Ottensmeyer were sending to each other in the private chat of the conference platform: “How cool would it be if we could announce it right now?

STB Adopts Final Rule Establishing Class I Demurrage Invoice Minimum Information Requirements (Updated)

The minimum information adopted in the final rule “represents what the Board has determined will have the greatest impact on the ability of rail users to review and verify the accuracy of demurrage charges and facilitate the resolution of disputes between railroads and their customers,” STB said.

TRRA: Switching Up Crew Management

Terminal and switching facility operator TRRA, Railway Age’s 2020 Short Line of the Year, will now use CrewPro software to handle crew scheduling and hours-of-service (HOS) requirements.

‘A Fancy Way to Get to a Twins Game’? Really?

A visit to the state legislature’s website reveals that this self-appointed transit grim reaper introduced an amendment in the  Transportation Finance and Policy Committee on March 23 that would “end the NorthStar (sic) Commuter Rail line and direct operational savings from NorthStar into a redevelopment fund to aid businesses damaged from civil unrest last summer.

Victorian Rail News

7952 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 88: Network information comparisons with Hobart

There was a long period, about 20 years ago, between the demise of The Met and the commencement of Metlink, when passenger information in Melbourne was terrible, especially for buses.

SSR Piloting ZTR KickStart Down Under

SSR is a privately owned and accredited freight rail operator that hauls grain and coal, provides intermodal service and offers equipment maintenance service and repairs.

Glenroy Level Crossing works start from Tuesday until April 16 with train and traffic disruptions

Major works are about to stay with a ‘big dig’ at one of Melbourne’s busiest level crossings and there will be delays and street closures in the area.

Buses replacing trains on Craigieburn line

Buses will replace trains on the Craigieburn line for the next nine days as part of the Glenroy level crossing removal.

Trains and trams empty but operators given millions in bonuses during COVID

The two companies operating Melbourne’s train and tram services pocketed $16 million in taxpayer-funded bonuses for exceeding their performance targets during the pandemic – despite there being almost no passengers.

Western Australian Rail News

1370 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Fremantle Ports signs ten-year container terminal leases

Patrick and DP World have signed ten-year leases with Fremantle Ports for two existing container terminals in Fremantle.

CBH not overcharged: rail review

THE CBH Group was not charged more than 'ceiling costs' of more than $486.

Perth project creates the Thornlie-Cockburn Link

Works are underway to prepare for the new east-west railway in Perth.

Prospector, MerredinLink and AvonLink disruptions

Due to a freight train derailment near the Avon Yard in Northam, Prospector, MerredinLink and AvonLink services have been affected until further notice.

New WA feedmill targets pre-harvest start-up

Patmore Feeds is building its first pelletising plant at Cuballing in WA to help satisfy demand from the sheep and cattle sectors.

Yarra Trams

615 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
City Disruption - Tuesday 6 April

Route 86a and 96 trams have resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption.

Route 59 Disruption - Tuesday 6 April

Due to a tram fault near Stop 27 Essendon Tram Depot

Route 57/82 Disruption - Tuesday 6 April

Due to a collision in Raleigh Road near Rosamond Road

Route 57 Disruption - Monday 5 April

Due to a car accident on Abbotsford Street

Disruption to trams in the city - Saturday 3 April and Sunday 4 April

Saturday 3 April, from 12m and Sunday 4 April, from 1pm

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