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ACT

236 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Public transport vital but must meet community needs: ACTCOSS

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has reaffirmed the importance of public transport while calling upon the ACT government to maximises accessibility and connectivity in the next stage of Canberra Light Rail.

Limited real-time freight data causing delays

The findings of a freight data sharing study, which involved trials with companies including Woolworths, Nestle and Toll Group, has outlined the opportunities for improvement in the sector, as well as identifying why supply chains are suffering.

Man to face court for allegedly defacing police cars and light rail vehicles

A 39-year-old O’Connor man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (11 January) charged with a string of graffiti incidents.

EPIC to Gungahlin light rail service to stop for two weeks

The ACT's light rail network will be partially shut down between the EPIC & Racecourse and Gungahlin Place stops from Sunday for two weeks.

Canberra light rail: Decision in hands of Environment Minister, Sussan Ley

The federal government is set to make a decision on whether to approve Canberra's first stage of light rail to Woden by the end of January.

Africa

305 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Nigeria’s Chinese rail, Biden’s Africa promise, Ethiopia’s garment factories

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Nigeria’s ambitious Chinese-built rail project is keen to avoid a familiar problem

Railways in Nigeria dates back to the 19th century when the first railroad was constructed in 1898 under British colonial rule before the modern country was created in 1914.

Partnership to supply ‘world class’ wagons for African railways

Russian rolling stock manufacturers Tranmsmashholding and United Wagon Co have agreed to work together to supply ‘world class’ wagons and components to customers across Africa.

Mota-Engil to build Niger – Nigeria link

Construction of a long-planned rail link to landlocked Niger is set to go ahead, after Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Transportation signed a memorandum of understanding with Portuguese company Mota-Engil to build a cross-border rail link from northern Nigeria.

Namibian rail operator suspends passenger services following heavy rains

Namibia's railway operator TransNamib confirmed Tuesday that it had suspended passenger railway services due to the heavy rainfall being experienced countrywide.

Airline News

281 stories | Newest story posted 24 minutes ago
Thailand’s first low-cost airline founder dies

Thailand’s first low-cost airline founder has died at the age of 66.

Pretty fly for a PM guy

How much does it cost to fix a sideboard?

Fly to Hawaii Safely

I’m starting to plan my next trip and—no surprise—there’s a fair amount of train travel involved onceI I get to the Mainland.

All aboard – book premium rail travel with Qantas points

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now earn and use points on premium train trips around Australia including The Ghan, Indian Pacific and the Great Southern – marking the first time Classic Reward Seats have been offered on the ground.

Schiphol’s cargo community readies for vaccines storm

As pharmaceutical manufacturers push to complete their trials of Covid-19 vaccines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is at the centre of a race to make sure the transport of vaccines by air and road will go as smoothly as possible.

Arabian Rail News

245 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Egypt’s new monorail trains to be built in Derby

The trains for two new monorail systems in Egypt will be built in Derby, with the help of £1.

Bombardier to carry out Israel Railways coach overhaul

The renovation will include the overhaul and modernisation of internal and external doors, including toilet doors, the modernisation of passenger information systems, and the replacement of 400V jumper cables.

Afghanistan’s Aqina – Andkhoy extension inaugurated

The section, which includes 6km of sidings at Andkhoy, is an extension of the 88km line which runs from Atamyrat to the Ymamnazar border crossing point and Aqina, which opened in November 2016.

Egypt signs MoU with Siemens for new 250km/h rail network

The projects require an estimated investment of £E 360bn ($US 23bn) and will commence with the 460km line from Ain Sokhna on the Gulf of Suez coast to the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo and El-Alamein on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, with a branch to Alexandria.

Siemens Mobility to design, install and commission first high-speed rail network in Egypt

Siemens Mobility has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Authority for Tunnels.

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

3644 stories | Newest story posted 22 minutes ago
BTS Skytrain’s Green Line maximum fare to rise, Rail Transport Department disagrees with the move

After the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration agreed to raise the maximum fare on the BTS Skytrain’s Green Line from 59 baht to 158 baht, the Rail Transport Department is calling on city officials to suspend the maximum fare ceiling, saying it would put an unfair burden on passengers.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS to get ETCS Hybrid Level 3

The 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System will be the country’s first railway to be equipped with ETCS Hybrid Level 3, which adds short virtual sections on top of a Level 2 installation to allow operation at closer headways.

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Kalka-Shimla trains demand up, wait list grows

The long weekend has packed the Kalka-Shimla Himalayan Queen and Vistadome Him Darshan Express till January 27, leading to a waiting list of 30.

Indian Railways finally awards propulsion contract for 160km/h trains

The new contract is expected to delay the introduction of the 160km/h trains by around five years.

Aurizon

267 stories | Newest story posted last month
Brennan IT wins $20 million, multi-year managed services contract with rail freight operator Aurizon

Brennan IT has won a $20 million managed services contract with rail freight operator Aurizon.

Aurizon announces latest recipients of its Community Giving Fund

23 regional charities to benefit from funding from Australia’s largest rail freight company

High Court puts end to Acacia Ridge litigation

The High Court of Australia has dismissed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) application for special leave to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the sale of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal.

Aurizon to change toilets after Rail Tram and Bus Union complained to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Project Kenny is underway at the Aurizon Pring Depot after a crappy situation with toilets and sewerage on locomotives injured two workers.

Aurizon targets net zero operational emissions by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Australian High Speed Rail

34 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Connecting Australia’s cities and regions by rail

Infrastructure investment approaches and international lessons are on the agenda for the videoconference public hearing on Monday, 14 September for the inquiry into 

Fast rail and high speed rail solve different issues for Australia's regions

At the hearings of the parliamentary inquiry into financing of faster rail in June, Bob Bennett, co-convener of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, spoke of the "chilling effect" that the possibility of high speed rail has had, over years, on more modest upgrade proposals.

Financing faster rail networks

The federal government is mulling a value capture tax to recoup the costs of its ambitious program to build faster rail connections along the eastern seaboard.

Bus Transport News

676 stories | Newest story posted 5 minutes ago
Ten Caetano Fuel Cell buses for ESWE Wiesbaden & Caetano Success in London for New Electric Fleet

Caetano has reported its first major order from a major German city.

Premium Bus Service 587

Premium 587 is a Premium service operated by BT&Tan from Fernvale Road to the Central Business District.

SMRT puts up Expression of Interest Notice for Sale of OC500LE and Citaro buses

SMRT Corporation has recently sought Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the sale of its Mercedes-Benz OC500LE and Citaro buses, due for retirement in several years’ time.

3-Door Buses compared: ADL Enviro500 and MAN A95

3-door double-deck buses will enter service this year with the introduction of two new bus models: the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door) and the MAN A95 (Euro 6) – 3-Door.

First Bus Shows Commitment to Environment with Milestone Retrofit Achievement and New Appointment

First Bus, has announced that it has reached a significant milestone in its air quality retrofit programme, completing the refit of 1,000 buses across its UK network with new exhaust systems and e-Fans to comply with Euro VI emission requirements.

Canada

800 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Cape Breton rail issue requires action

The Grant Thornton Viability Study (July 2019) makes a specific strategic recommendation for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) in order for it to rise above its dire financial circumstance.

GO replacing trains with buses along Stouffville line, January 22 evening

Friday, **January 22**, [GO Transit](http://www.

Cityrail News

806 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Parking made easier for rail passengers

Extra parking and improved technology is making it easier for commuters to catch the train.

Man charged after allegedly failing to wear a mask on a NSW train and biting a police officer

A police officer needed hospital treatment after a train rider allegedly bit him on the stomach after being confronted for not wearing a mask.

Train chaos continues as commuters unable to socially distance on packed platforms

Sydney rail commuters experienced major delays last night with crowds stuck at two stations unable to socially distance following a fatality that stopped trains on several major routes for four hours.

Hundreds of stranded passengers wait outside Strathfield Station

A fatality at Lidcombe train station this afternoon forced trains to be suspended between Central and Strathfield, creating a huge backlog of services.

Police plan helps youth get back on track after paying Sydney Trains fines

NSW Police in partnership with PCYC are collaborating with NSW Legal Aid, State Revenue and Sydney Trains to help young people get back on track and pay off their transport fines.

Coronavirus Transport News

382 stories | Newest story posted 25 minutes ago
TfL to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to face masks

Although the majority of people comply with the law regarding wearing a face cover on public transport, TfL is stepping up its enforcement against people who still refuse to wear one without good reason.

Is Covid-19 a Threat to Public Transit? Only in the US

Jake Blumgart has a must-read in CityMonitor pointing out that in most wealthy countries, Covid-19 has raised few doubts about the future of public transit, nor have there been significant threats to funding.

All aboard: Restructuring firm called in on Queensland airport rail service

Insolvency, advisory and restructuring firm McGrathNicol is understood to have been called in to provide advice on Airtrain — the Queensland rail service that transports passengers between the Gold Coast and Brisbane Airport — in a further sign of the pressure facing tourism-related companies linked to the global pandemic.

Eurostar Rail Service Facing Financial Woes Due to COVID-19

Ridership has fallen about 95% of what it was in March 2020.

Europe

5946 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Railcoop plans freight launch this year ahead of passenger market entry

Start-up open access operator Railcoop aims to launch its first freight services later this year.

Multimodal booking platform FromAtoB closes

Berlin-based multimodal travel booking platform FromAtoB closed at the end of December.

Refurbished Pendolino arrives in Greece

The first of five ETR470 Pendolino trainsets being refurbished for use on Trainose’s flagship Athens – Thessaloniki route has been delivered to Thessaloniki and is expected to enter service in March.

[IT / Expert] GTS Rail expands further its TRAXX DC3 fleet

More direct current electrics in black and orange on the horizon!

[DE / Expert] It is alive! Euro9000 running at Wegberg-Wildenrath [updated]

There you go, the first images ever of a Euro9000 running under its own power in Germany, as seen today at test and validation center Wegberg-Wildenrath.

Gunzelling Reports

1215 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/1/2021

There were 113 sightings for this week; This is 8 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/1/2021

There were 105 sightings for this week; This is 22 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/1/2021

There were 83 sightings for this week; This is 70 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/1/2021

The last five days of 2020 produced 31 sightings, making a total of 4467 sightings for 2020, this is 519 sightings more than the same time last year, but 2020 had one extra day.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/12/2020

There were 62 sightings for this week; This is 36 sightings less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

468 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Vossloh Cogifer Australia awarded $80m Inland Rail turnout manufacture contract

A CASTLEMAINE manufacturer will make more than 200 turnouts for the 1700-kilometre freight rail line being built between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Inland Rail manufacturing contract a win for regional Victoria

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has signed an $80 million contract for Inland Rail turnouts to be locally manufactured in regional Victoria.

Teams shortlisted for over $1bn of Australia rail projects

Contractors including Laing O’Rourke and Hochtief subsidiary CPB are among the shortlisted bidders for three rail projects being tendered in Western Australia.

Inland Rail contracts turnout big for Aussie made

Regional Victoria will reap ongoing benefits after the Australian Rail Track Corporation signed an $80 million contract for the local manufacture of Inland Rail turnouts by Vossloh Cogifer’s Australian facilities.

Victorian manufacturer awarded contract for Inland Rail turnouts

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has selected a Castlemaine-based manufacturer to supply turnouts for the Inland Rail project.

International Rail News

5507 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Disability inclusion priorities for Alstom

Alstom has joined The Valuable 500 not-for-profit network of CEOs committed to ensuring that disability inclusion features prominently in their leadership agendas.

‘Modern, efficient and sustainable’ trains arrive in Costa Rica

National railway Incofer has taken delivery of eight diesel multiple-units for use on commuter services around the capital San José.

MRS and FCA concessions next in extensions queue

Proposals for a 30-year extension of MRS Logística’s concession to operate freight services on a 1 674 km network serving the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo are due to be submitted to the Federal Audit Court in April.

What’s on rail operator KCSM's Mexico agenda?

After investing US$167mn in its Mexican network last year, railway operator Kansas City Southern 

Chilean operator orders electro-diesel multiple-units

National operator EFE has awarded CRRC Sifang a contract to supply six four-car electro-diesel multiple-units for use from mid-2023 on the partially electrified Santiago – Chillán line.

Letters to the Editor

324 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
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.

Sustainable Resolutions for a New Year

With such a difficult year behind us, it feels impossible to make resolutions fearing they may jinx an already chaotic 2021, or perhaps delay the desired ‘return to normalcy.

Media Insider: Facebook Creating News Tool, Local News Outlets Boost Digital Subscriptions, Tiny News Collective Launches

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

Media Insider: Wyndham Destinations Buys Travel + Leisure, NY Post Elects EIC, Digital Media Declined COVID-19 Relief

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

The Empires Return – London and New York City Part 2

The rise of London and New York City as major global cities can be traced in part to investment in high quality transport networks, as we described in Part 1, which helped enable each city and its region to grow both organically, and in its competitive position compared to other city regions.

Model Railways

2048 stories | Newest story posted 19 minutes ago
Hornby R3711 BR, Princess Royal, 4-6-2, 46206 ‘Princess Marie Louise’ – Era 4

Hornby R3711 BR, Princess Royal, 4-6-2, 46206 ‘Princess Marie Louise’ – Era 4

GP20s arrive in N scale from Atlas

Atlas introduces a Master edition N-scale GP20 diesel locomotive with the arrival of six road names in the first production of this four-axle model for the company’s line.

Featured projects for 1-22-21

Finishing up or getting started, what models are you working on this weekend?

Testing Adhesive for Eating SPS Foam

This morning I've been testing a variety of adhesives on SPS foam to discover if any of these would eat the foam.

Hornby R4943 Virgin Trains, Mk2F Standard Open, 5945 – Era 9

Hornby R4943 Virgin Trains, Mk2F Standard Open, 5945 – Era 9

Narrow Gauge

123 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Two national awards for Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway locomotive

The restoration of a small diesel locomotive at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, which has taken nearly 30 years, has been shortlisted for two national awards at the Heritage Railway Association Awards.

Restoring a Devore kit, Part 2

Only the older readers of this blog will have personal memory of the kit line from Devore, which were cast metal kits of various kinds.

Miniature delight: Mudgee Miniature Trains' first appearance since March

In their first outing since March, Mudgee Miniature Railway had a fully booked-out event on Sunday, August 16.

Cane train crashes into harvester in Ingham

Wilmar Sugar has released shocking new footage of a crash between a cane train and a harvester as frustrations rise over the number of incidents in milling regions this season so far.

New South Wales Rail News

4212 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Blayney to Demondrille railway reactivation planning is underway

The next step in investigating the potential reactivation of the Blayney to Demondrille railway is under way, with tenders open to develop a concept design that will examine the condition of the line and associated infrastructure.

Kembla grain line returns to normal after derailment

THE rail path connecting Port Kembla to southern and central New South Wales grain sites fully reopened yesterday following last month’s 

High level design to determine whether Blayney to Demondrille rail line is reactivated

The next step in investigating the potential reactivation of the Blayney to Demondrille railway is under way, with tenders open to develop a concept design that will examine the condition of the line and associated infrastructure.

Billionaire family avoids acquisition after U-turn on airport rail plans

The billionaire Perich family are among about a dozen landowners near Sydney’s second airport to have avoided the state government acquiring their land for an $11 billion metro rail line after a decision was made last year to tunnel under farmland instead of crossing it.

Site Works Commence on multi-million dollar Riverina Intermodal Freight Logistics Hub

Construction of the next stage of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) hub is now under way, which will enable the 60-hectare Bomen Industrial Precinct in Wagga Wagga to export freight across Australia and the globe.

New Zealand Rail News

483 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
PT Changes and AT bringing forward Electric Buses

From Sunday, Auckland Transport are making a large number of changes to many public transport services around Auckland.

Weekly Roundup – 22-Jan-21

Here’s our roundup of the smaller things you may not have seen for the week.

Reopened Northland line already shifting freight onto rail

Work to improve the Northland line to allow containers to be hauled by rail from Northport to Auckland are already bearing fruit.

Northland rail line back in action after upgrades completed

The running of a test train last week means the rail line between Whangārei and Swanson in West Auckland is back in action after an upgrade funded by the Provincial Growth Fund.

Containers from Whangārei being taken to Auckland on rail

Containers loaded onto a train in KiwiRail's Whangārei yard ready to go to Auckland.

Northern Territory Rail News

221 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

Train services across the NT were disrupted for four hours yesterday after two boys jumped from a moving train.

Opinion

114 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Victoria’s circular, zero-waste future explained

We’re sure you’ve heard the term ‘Circular Economy’ a few times this year.

NASA considering commercial Mars data relay satellites

A constellation of commercial satellites could serve as a communications relay system for future NASA missions, such as an orbiter later this decade to search for subsurface ice on Mars.

First post – what’s this all about?

WELL, this is the first post to my blog!

Other Transport News

1020 stories | Newest story posted 5 minutes ago
‘Ferocious’ truck fire forces closure of the Eastern Freeway

A truck fire has forced the closure of the Eastern Freeway in both directions.

How cycling to work could wheely help our city

Encouraging more people to travel around inner Melbourne by bike or on foot is a key driver in getting the city moving again…pardon the pun.

Two air ambulances called after Separation Creek crash

Two teenagers have been flown to hospital with serious injuries after a V/Line bus and a car collided along the Great Ocean Road near Separation Creek.

Empty container parks truck queues prompt NSW Ports action

Following months of facing high demand in the empty container parks (ECPs) in Sydney by carriers and customers for empty container de-hire, NSW Ports has introduced temporary dedicated truck queuing areas.

Successful conclusion to Greek autonomous transport trial

A trial of autonomous public transport has been successfully concluded after two months of running on the streets of the municipality of Lamia, Greece.

Pacific National News

51 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New construction and freight jobs in the heart of Western Sydney

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery.

Pacific National welcomes High Court of Australia decision

Acacia Ridge Terminal in Queensland to be added to company’s rail freight network.

First sod turned on Pacific National’s St Marys Freight Hub

Construction has begun on Pacific National’s St Marys intermodal terminal, which, when complete, will enable rail freight to reach a mode share of 25 per cent of all containers handled at Port Botany.

Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Pacific National ready to haul one million tonnes of grain a month

Pacific National is geared up for this year's bumper harvest, quite literally.

Press Releases

243 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
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.

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.

Qube Logistics

10 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
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.

CONTAINERS AND GENERAL FREIGHT CRIMP QUBE OUTLOOK

Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts

QUBE BOOKS CHALMERS WIN BUT BRACES FOR UNCERTAINTY

Market clouds gather after first half but acquisition pays out early on land sale

Qube blames virus for weaker profits forecast

Qube Holdings chief executive Maurice James has scaled back growth forecasts amid uncertainty over how badly the coronavirus will disrupt imports to Australia as the logistics group reported a 16 per cent drop in interim profits to $51.

Queensland Rail News

2672 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Clive Palmer coal mine poses 'significant risks' to Great Barrier Reef, scientists say

Businessman Clive Palmer's plan to mine coal near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area has been condemned by Commonwealth-appointed experts who say they see no way to remove the proposal's threat to the reef.

Work starts on three new rail stations which will change northern Gold Coast

Work is to begin on the ground this week on building the Gold Coast’s three new railway stations with the State Government under pressure to change the name at one northern stop.

ATSB report into platform damage caused by freight train released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released the report into an incident where a train travelling from Brisbane to Port Kembla damaged a number of stations along its route.

New designs show upgrade of Gold Coast rail station

ONE of the Gold Coast’s busiest railway stations will see an extra 500 car parking spaces provided under plans being prepared by the State Government.

TBM Else moved into position to begin tunnelling on CRR

The first of the tunnel boring machines (TBM) that will carve out Cross River Rail’s underground section is now underground.

Rail Events

643 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
East Midlands Railway to introduce new temporary timetable

In line with the new national lockdown and the Stay at Home guidance, East Midlands Railway has announced that they are going to introduce a new temporary timetable.

Samaritans Brew Monday supported by Train Operating Companies

Train operator Northern along with others have joined Samaritans in encouraging people to connect up with a virtual cuppa for ‘Brew Monday’

Order placed for front bogie tyres for steam locomotive 72010 Hengist

The Standard Steam Locomotive Company Limited has announced that it has placed an order for some of the components for the locomotive.

RailTech Europe: registrations are open and first speakers revealed

ProMedia Group opened registration for RailTech Europe 2021 Thursday morning and launched the new website.

Emerge’s Leto, marketing expert Pulizzi to keynote Sales & Marketing Summit

In a work world that quickly became remote in 2020, organizations faced pressure on a number of fronts – technology, communications and a rapid digitization of the supply chain to name just a few.

Rail News

4316 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
ZF Services UK wins RISAS approval

Nottingham-based ZF Services UK has successfully gained RISAS recertification for a further three years for both rail final drives and bogie overhaul at its Rail Centre of Competence.

Masks now the new normal on more rail systems

Face masks and coverings are becoming an increasingly common feature on transportation networks across Australia.

Christmas work complete between London Wiltshire – including major work at Clapham Junction

Engineering staff worked between Christmas and New Year to improve the railway for passengers in a number of projects in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Amtrak’s on-time performance metric needs tweaks: AAR

Although the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has finalized the rule that defines on-time performance metrics for Amtrak, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is hoping some outstanding issues will be addressed following the rule’s implementation.

Rail Travel

375 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Grumble, Grumble, Grumble

I spent the summer of 1954 in Germany on an American Field Service program, living with the Handschuh family in Schweinfurt.

A Ride on the Skeena

Seven or eight years ago, my wife and I took the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff.

How Do You Say “Homework” in Tagalog?

Some years back, I spent an hour each week with a class of 8th graders in one of Hawaii’s public high schools.

About the Future of the Dining Car

This is a time of uncertainty, isn’t it.

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

149 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Beavis Bros, a buggy and a train tragedy

THIS is part one in a series of three on this fatal rail accident near Tarana where eight died and nine were injured.

Altrincham Gas Works Tramway

An item about the Altrincham Gas Works Tramway appeared on the Industrial Railway Society (IRS) email discussion group to which I belong.

The Uganda Railway in the first 5 years after World War 1

I recently picked up a copy of each of the two volumes of ‘Permanent Way‘ written by M.

Horncastle station model goes missing – can you help?

A railway station isn’t the kind of thing you expect us to report on being misplaced – whether it is full size or just a model.

The Uganda Railway at the beginning of 20th century

I recently picked up a copy of each of the two volumes of ‘Permanent Way‘ written by M.

Railway Preservation

804 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Return of steam engines on the rail getting closer

A gigantic steam engine could soon run on the railroad tracks in Nashville once again.

Union Pacific Challenger: Big Boy’s ‘Little’ Brother

The Big Boy is by far Union Pacific Railroad’s most notorious steam locomotive.

Steam locomotive update from the Bala Lake Railway

The Bala Lake Railway has released a short update on three of their steam locomotives, which are all having work completed at the railway’s Llanuwchllyn Works.

Ins and Outs along with more Ups and Downs

Although we are in the holiday or silly season depending on your point of view, there has been a bit on.

Severn Valley Railway welcomes 4930 Hagley Hall boiler home

The Severn Valley Railway has welcomed back the overhauled boiler of its flagship locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall, following extensive works at Northern Steam Engineering.

Railway Publications

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PREVIEW: January issue of The Railway Magazine

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present.

BOOK COMPETITION: British Industrial Steam Locomotives – A Pictorial Survey

We are giving you the chance to win our review copy of the British Industrial Steam Locomotives – A Pictorial Survey by David Mather.

COMPETITION: Main Line Operations Around Manchester Book Giveaway

We are giving you the chance to win our review copy of the Main Line Operations Around Manchester and The MSW Electrification Book by Bob Pixton.

PREVIEW: Issue 275 of Heritage Railway magazine

We explore the Christmas trains we thought we’d never see again in Issue 275 of Heritage Railway magazine.

Railway Stories

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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.

Travelling on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide - A Trip Report

Arrived as Southern Cross station at 0700, the ticket and website said to be there at least one hour before departure.

Russian Rail News

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Ukraine needs government support to reach full transport potential

Ukraine has been through many difficulties during the past few years.

Transmashholding delivers new passenger fleets

The coaches will be used to operate services on Sakhalin island, and offer improvements to accessibility including an exterior lifting device.

Russia set to move on €15bn rail plan

The Russian government is eyeing a plan for a RUB1.

Russian Railways open information and training centre in Belgrade

As of 10 November, a Russian Railways information and training centre will operate in the Serbian Railways Head Office at Belgrade.

Railgo to test tank wagons

Rolling stock owner Railgo has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type 15-9993 tank wagons for transporting petroleum products, which it will use to assess the design’s operational advantages before taking a decision on future purchases.

South Australian Rail News

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SA Government approves new port facility

The South Australian Government has approved Port Augusta Operations’ (PAO) Development Application, which will allow a new port facility to be built on the Upper Spencer Gulf.

Private operator to run Adelaide’s rail network

The South Australian Government has appointed a private operator to take over the running of Adelaide’s rail network from 31 January 2020.

Private operator to take over the running of Adelaide’s rail network

The South Australian Government has appointed a private operator to take over the running of Adelaide’s rail network from 31 January 2020.

Concerns about Adelaide train privatisation ahead of takeover

South Australia's Opposition says the company set to run Adelaide's train network still has not attracted enough staff from the public service to run the system.

Staff arrangements mark next step in Adelaide rail hand-over

The South Australian government has confirmed that 83 staff drivers will take up an employment offer from Keolis Downer to drive trains once Keolis Downer begins operating the Adelaide passenger network at the end of January.

Tasmanian Rail News

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'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.

First big Tasmanian EE (2118 / ZA6) enters formal preservation at TTMS

Although not the first Tasmanian 12CSVT to be set aside for preservation - that honour goes to 2144 (ex ZC19 ex 1318) - the most significant of the extant Tasmanian 12CSVT's, 2118 (ex ZA6), has been delivered, by road, to it new home - the Tasmanian Transport Museum in Glenorchy.

What is next for North East rail trail?

With a development application lodged, the next hurdles the Dorset Council faces in getting its North East rail trail shovel-ready is opposition groups and its neighbouring municipality.

Dorset Council lodges DA for North-East Rail Trail section

The North East rail corridor has sat dormant since freight stopped in 2005, but a decision on its future use has been met by differing views.

Wooden sleepers stolen from North-East rail corridor

The theft of about 176 sleepers from an unused rail corridor in the North-East has caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage.

Technology News

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Grant for grommets

US company Device Technologies Inc has been awarded a State Trade Expansion Programme grant to help market its Spring-Fast SL-FST grommet edging to the European rolling stock market.

Pantonium Launches Largest On-demand Transit Pilot in Sioux Falls using Full-sized Buses

Pantonium Launches Largest On-demand Transit Pilot in Sioux Falls using Full-sized Buses

Traction: Rail can lead the way with hydrogen deployment

The rail sector is at the forefront of the commercialisation of hydrogen technology, with trains running in Germany attracting interest from around the world, says Amy Adams, Vice-President of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins

PantoInspect launches new digital twin platform for pantograph condition monitoring

PantoInspect, the market-leading manufacturer and supplier of 3D automated and real-time wayside pantograph monitoring systems, has launched its new digital twin platform for pantograph condition monitoring.

From the ground up: Monitor Lifts introduces the RR14 Boomlift to the Australian market

Monitor Lifts’ RR14 EVO Rail-Road Boomlift is providing fast and safe aerial access to the rail industry.

Train Simulator News

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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.

REVIEW: Rivet Games’ Engadin Line for Train Simulator

Rivet Games has released their Engadin Line add on for Train Simulator, and have very kindly sent RailAdvent a copy to review.

You can drive a Bakerloo line train with Train Sim World 2

A train driver simulator is about to be upgraded and will include the Bakerloo line so you can pretend to be a tube train driver at home.

Tram and Light Rail News

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Alstom Citadis X05 trams arrive in Taiwan

Alstom has announced that the Citadis X05 trams have entered into service in Kaohsiung City in Taiwan, on the South Circular Light Rail line.

Hungary arrival for first Stadler Citylink tram after journey from Valencia to Szentes

The first Citylink tram-train from Stadler has made its way from Valencia, in Spain, to Szentes, in Hungary, where it is currently at the Hungarian Railway Company MÁV maintenance depot.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Southwest LRT Project Faces Delays

Project staff and contractor Lunda-McCrossan Joint Venture encountered “unforeseen conditions” during construction last year on the Minneapolis segment of the alignment.

Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub launched

A Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub has been launched by Network Rail, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram.

UK

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Touch-enabled displays launched as station poster replacements

Infotec and Kadfire have launched the TP series of ultra-slim touch-enabled wall-mounted poster displays, which are designed to provide an intuitive, resilient and cost-effective way of providing passenger information and interactive multimedia content in all areas of a station.

Fully functional jacks for tiny spaces

To help a short on space freight operator keep tanker wagons in service, design engineers at rail depot equipment specialist Mechan have gone back to the drawing board.

Leeds Platform 0 is Open and Ready for Business

Network Rail has completed a brand-new platform, Platform 0, at Leeds station.

DB Cargo UK creates digital Transformation Team

DB Cargo UK has appointed Marie Hill to the new role of Chief Transformation & Digitalisation Officer, heading a Transformation Team which has been formed to work across the business to develop and implement plans for a ‘step change’ in the use of technology to improve operational effectiveness and .

A fresh approach to depot safety

FirstClass Safety & Control, the Essex-based safety control system specialist, which was created following a management buyout of the safety control division of Beck & Pollitzer back in 2017, has been supplying safety control systems for over 20 years.

USA

4880 stories | Newest story posted 18 minutes ago
Oberman to Chair STB (Updated)

Democrat Oberman is serving in his first, five-year term, which expires Jan.

7 train cars derail on Cincinnati railroad bridge, leak fuel

Authorities say seven train cars derailed on a railroad bridge in Cincinnati, leaking fuel and bringing down power lines.

Rail Labor Says No Carrier Proposals ‘Worthy of Consideration’

The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA).

Fuel Cells and Batteries: The Future of Mobility?

The Hydrogen Council’s aim is to accelerate the adoption of clean energy.

Coronavirus challenges CSX’s fourth quarter

CSX (NASDAQ: CSX) is not only eyeing a volume recovery in 2021 but also a recovery from the coronavirus among its workforce.

Victorian Rail News

7814 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Lydiard Street North railway gates | residents have their say

Almost eight months on from the railway crash that closed Lydiard Street North, Ballarat is still waiting to have one of its most important north-south arterials opened.

Greater off-peak travel needed in COVID normal: Infrastructure Victoria

For Melbourne to return to a safe COVID normal on transport, the Victorian government will need to encourage more commuters to travel in off-peak periods, a report from Infrastructure Victoria has found.

Senior bureaucrats heading up ­Victoria’s major projects earning eye-watering amounts

As many businesses across the state struggle to stay afloat, a suite of infrastructure bosses will pocket mega annual packages.

Three dead in 1884 Little River train smash: How teenage girl caused mayhem

The reasons behind a fatal train collision on the Geelong line on a rainy night in 1884 came down to two factors – an inexplicable mistake by a teenage girl forced by her father’s dereliction of duty.

Western Australian Rail News

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Labor hopes lower fares will get Transperth back on the rails

WA Labor’s commitment to reduce train fares is hoped to increase patronage on the Transperth rail network by more than 2.

Contractors shortlisted for Perth’s Metronet projects

Two consortia have been shortlisted to construct the 8km Byford Rail Extension to the Armadale line and a new station at Byford.

New contracts and construction shortlists see METRONET progressing

METRONET is forging ahead in 2021, with millions of dollars worth of contracts awarded and three projects now moving into the major construction procurement shortlist phase.

WA Government pledges to cut public transport fares if re-elected in March

The West Australian Government has pledged to cut public transport fares to the outer suburbs of Perth if re-elected at the March poll, with fees to be capped at the price of a Zone 2 ticket.

Preferred tenderer announced for WA’s Spoilbank Marina project

The Western Australian Government has announced the preferred tenderer for the bulk earthworks package of its Spoilbank Marina project, meaning major works could kick off as early as February 2021.

Yarra Trams

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Melbourne's 2021 Art Trams will be designed entirely by First Nations artists

The six trams will be unveiled during the inaugural Rising festival

Woman under Melbourne tram stop as it collapses

Calls for safety checks across 

Australia Day Public Holiday 2021

Tuesday 26 January, first to last tram

Australian Open 2021

Monday 8 February to Sunday 21 February 2021

Bridge Road renewal works

11pm Sunday 3 January to 5am Saturday 16 January

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