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Election results could spell long delays for Canberra's light rail extension, Andrew Barr warns

Canberra's newly-christened light rail system could be stuck north of the lake a lot longer than expected, after the Coalition's shock federal election win upset ACT Government plans to get the project's extension to Woden fast-tracked.

Passenger collapses on light rail

A passenger has collapsed onboard a tram during Friday morning's peak on the new Canberra light rail.

Canberra's light rail bill arrives at $675 million

The final bill for construction of stage one of Canberra's light rail has come in at $675 million - $32 million under budget.

Labor promises $1 billion for high-speed rail corridor between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne

Labor will attempt again to revive a long-held ambition to build a high-speed rail network linking Canberra to the east coast capitals, by committing $1 billion to secure land for a corridor to make it happen if elected on May 18.

Car seen driving on Canberra light rail tracks during peak hour

A car has been photographed driving on Canberra's light rail tracks during peak hour on Wednesday night.


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Standard gauge plans on hold in Kenya

Little more than a year after the opening of the Chinese-built 1 435 mm gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi, there are signs that East Africa’s love affair with China’s Belt & Road Initiative may be waning.

Despite seeming reforms, Nigeria still does not have a functional railway ticketing system

In March 2019, a video of Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi surfaced online.

10 arrested for allegedly stealing 166 metres of train tracks

Ten suspects were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly removing 166 metres of metro rail lines and 83 slipper beams.

Kenya Plans $210 Million Rail Upgrade as SGR Phases Delayed

Kenya will spend $210 million on linking and upgrading older tracks with its new standard-gauge railway as it abandons a plan to extend the Chinese-funded project to Uganda’s border that would have created a faster export route to the Indian Ocean for landlocked neighbors.

Chinese rail engineer made chief in Nigeria

For helping to build infrastructure over nearly a decade, a Chinese rail engineer has been made a tribal chief in the capital of Nigeria.

Arabian Rail News

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Qatar Rail opens first section of Doha Metro Red Line

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has opened the first section of Doha Metro’s Red Line between Al Qassar in the north and Al Wakrah in the south.

Haramain high-speed services increased for Ramadan

The line is now served by a total of 56 trips a week, including late night and early morning departures.

Etihad Rail and Abu Dhabi Customs to develop freight transport solutions

His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Etihad Rail; and H.

Yapı Merkezı enters signalling market

Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing signalling equipment developed by Yapı Merkezı Idis, the industrial controls and communications subsidiary of construction group Yapı Merkezı.

Railway linking Iran to Syria through Iraq

Plans to link the railway networks of Iran, Iraq and Syria have been revealed by a source at the Syrian Ministry of Transport.


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'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

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

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

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

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

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

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

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

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

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

Asian Rail News

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Chayathan set to take over rail department

Chayathan Promsorn, deputy director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP), is likely to be named as chief of the new Rail Department, a source at the Transport Ministry said.

Woman jumps before Metro, dies

A 25-year-old woman was killed after she allegedly jumped before a moving Metro rail near the Ajronda station here on Saturday.

Lucknow Metro: LMRC witnesses over 40% fall in daily ridership

The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) witnessed over 40% fall in ridership since the launch of its entire corridor between CCS Airport and Munshi Pulia on March 8, 2019.

Gr. Noida Authority plans to link Aqua line metro with Magenta Line

It is good news for the residents of Greater Noida area that the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is planning to propose linking of two new Metro links to connect Greater Noida with the Delhi.

Indian Railways adopts push-pull technology to achieve higher speeds

After the successful introduction of first engineless semi high-speed train Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) between New Delhi and Varanasi, Indian Railways is continues thinking on gearing up the speed of other semi high-speed trains.


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Aurizon set for smoother rail ride

Aurizon is back on track.

'We’ve got a problem': Sims questions laws after rail go-ahead

Australians will pay more for groceries and other products and the nation's takeovers regime needs to be reconsidered, competition tsar Rod Sims has warned, after a "stunning" Federal Court decision over a vital transport terminal sale.

Federal Court decision on sale of Acacia Ridge Terminal

Aurizon welcomes today’s decision by the Federal Court of Australia that rejects allegations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Aurizon Pacifies Coal Miners With Rail Deal

There is a modest financial benefit in the agreement struck between Aurizon and its coal haulage customers.

Aurizon reaches CQCN access deal with miners

Operator Aurizon looks to have ended its long-running stoush with key mining customers over revenue on the Central Queensland Coal Network, announcing an agreement towards a revised access deal on May 3.

Australian High Speed Rail

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Labor commits to High Speed Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane

In a late-stage election bid, the Federal Opposition has promised to invest over $1 billion for planning works on a High Speed Rail Link along Australia’s east coast, as well as $300 million for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

The tweak that could make high speed rail to Sydney a reality

Federal Labor’s election promise to use $1 billion to protect a corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane for a future bullet train has put high-speed rail firmly back on the political agenda.

Bus Transport News

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KMRL writes UMTC to prepare revised bus route rationalisation study

Four years ago Gurugram based consultancy firm Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) had prepared route rationalization study of buses that operate in the Greater Kochi area to bring about the optimal utility of the 1,500-odd private and Kochi State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses that operate in the region.

New Stagecoach open-top route for Hastings

The all new open top ‘route 66’ bus will be hitting the streets of Hastings on Saturday 25th May - for the first time ever!

Go North East Launches X-Lines

Go North East is launching a new standard of express buses on a reinvigorated X20 route from Monday 20 May, giving customers a fast and direct service between Durham and Sunderland under a new ‘X-lines’ brand, which is around 25% faster than the normal bus service.

Latest London Bus contract awards and news of double deck hydrogen powered double deck vehicles

C10  (Victoria & Canada Water bus station) LBSL contract re-awarded to Abellio London with new electric single-decks, currently with ADL E20D single-decks (Contract start date 21st March 2020)

First Glasgow Low Emission Buses

First Glasgow has reached a milestone after investing over £30m in 150 new Alexander Dennis low emission buses in the last six months, with more investment to come.


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Dorval releases study findings in push for REM connector

The city of Dorval released study findings in the latest push for a tunnel connecting the city's intermodal station to the REM station under construction there.

OL Canada’s determination to prevent rail-related deaths and injuries

Picture this: Your vehicle is stuck on the tracks in the middle of a railway crossing.

In pictures: tracing metros from above

Constantly running underneath the foundations of a city, metro systems are intriguing yet disorienting worlds that have existed since the mid-19th century.

Italian operator, FSE has ordered six more EMUs from NEWAG

An executive agreement has been signed by NEWAG SA and FERROVIE DEL SUD EST E SERVIZI AUTOMOBILISTICI srl (FSE) at the headquarters of FSE in Bari, Italy.

CN: RTM growth in 2019

So said CN CEO JJ Ruest at the company’s annual general meeting, which was held last week in its Montreal headquarters to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Cityrail News

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Sydney On Demand Public Transport pilots enter new phase

Ongoing Transport for NSW trials of On Demand Public Transport across urban areas are entering a new stage, with four of the pilots extended for further evaluation and two to be discontinued.

Disgusting act on Sydney train infuriates commuters

A group of women with their feet resting on the seats of a Sydney train has drawn a sharp response on social media.

Sydney man shot by police at Campbelltown Train Station undergoing emergency surgery

A man who was shot by police officers after allegedly threatening them with a knife at a Sydney train station is tonight undergoing emergency surgery.

Sydney Metro Northwest ushers in new era of train travel for commuters

THE Sydney Metro Northwest will be one of the most advanced Metro systems in the world when it opens in less than two weeks on May 26.

Sydney train crowding worsens

Sydney trains have added roughly 8,000 extra passengers to the average morning peak hour for two years in a row, according to recently published data.


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CRRC locomotive on test in North Macedonia

National operator MŽ Transport is testing the first of four CRRC Zhuzhou electric locomotives it has ordered to haul freight on the north–south corridor between the Serbian and Greek borders.

[AT / Expert] Sold: Vectron 247 902 is officially back with RTS

Rail Transport Service GmbH (RTS) has acquired Vectron DE 247 902.

[EU / Expert] TX Logistik’s Vectron 193 278 ‘Says Yes To Europe’

It was only yesterday when DB Cargo presented its white European Vectron.

[DE] ‘Der kleine ICE’ just got a little bigger [edit]

One end car of Deutsche Bahn’s ICE3 no.

Gunzelling Reports

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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/5/2019

There were 68 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less than last week.

Railfanning Spellman Rd

Today we stopped at the Spellman Rd.

Evergreen 45G1 Containers

Evergreen containers are starting to become a little more prominent lately, and some brand new 45G1 boxes have been noticed.

Orange was the new black

I have just been digging through the family archives to find a small bunch of photos that I think I may have skipped over previously

K&S Flatrack Loads

Another couple of interesting loads from April.

Inland Rail Project

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Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance praises success of 2019 Inland Rail Symposium

The Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance (MBIRA) has congratulated Rail Freight Alliance on the success of the 2019 Inland Rail Symposium, held in Melbourne last month.

ALC urges no delays to Inland Rail despite promised inquiry

The Australian Logistics Council has urged Labor to ensure a planned inquiry into route selection and financing arrangements does not delay construction of the Inland Rail project.

Angry farmers vow to fight $10b inland rail project

A group of farmers from Millmerran in Queensland's Darling Downs have vowed to fight the Morrison government's 

Inland rail sparks angst in Nats heartland

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has met with farmers concerned about the route of the federal government's inland rail project.

International Rail News

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Boosting bogie performance

Anti-vibration specialist Trelleborg and Bombardier Transportation have  developed a hydraulic axle guide element  for Bomabardier’s Flexx family of bogies which provides frequency-dependent longitudinal stiffness.

Arriving to meet the digital travellers’ needs: The hyper-connected train

People today expect to take their digital lives with them when they travel.

Secure Data Infrastructure for Critical Railway Operations

With new digital technologies, modern railway companies can increase asset reliability and improve on-time performance.

PPF sells minority stake in Škoda Transportation

Petr Kellner’s investment business PPF Group announced on May 7 that it had sold a 10% stake in Škoda Transportation to an entity controlled by Michal Korecký.

Urban Transport Infrastructure Journal May 2019 | MMT Special

The post Urban Transport Infrastructure Journal May 2019
MMT Special appeared first on Urban Transport News.

Letters to the Editor

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Cold war bunker open days announced

If you fancy a nice summer’s day trip to the picturesque town of Cuckfield to see a relic of nuclear war, then some open days have been announced.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Cost overruns in transport infrastructure

Australian governments spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend.

Why we need High Speed Rail between Sydney and Melbourne

Last night (March 8th 2019) I was booked on a 5.

Find the Woodford Stones

In the 1950s, a set of stone reliefs were added to a building so high up that hardly anyone could see them.

Model Railways

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Vandals trash Stamford model railway exhibition

Thousands of pounds worth of model railway exhibits have been destroyed in an act of "total wanton destruction".

The P&MVS, Part 2

Continuing east, we enter Jamestown yard, where the Pembina & Missouri Valley Southern branches off to the north.

Lots of updates - depot build, layout lights / flooring / phones, op sessions

Lots of blog updates, finally - it's been quite a while.

Revisiting Fred Gemmill’s P&MVS, Part 1

Today the gang and I had a tour of Fred Gemmill’s BN+P&MVS Railroad.

Hudson Healthcheck

Himself has been doing some last minute maintenance on the stock ahead of the exhibition in Troon which starts tomorrow (Saturday)

Narrow Gauge

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14th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention

Held every two years in Australia the recent Easter convention held at Erina on the central Coast north of Sydney was my first one I attended.

Campbelltown Council elected members vote against miniature railway in Thorndon Park

Hopes by a group of hobbyists to put a miniature railway into a popular park have been derailed by councillors.

Isis Mill to build $14.3m cane railway extension

THE Isis Central Sugar Mill will spend $14.

Map of London’s miniature steam train rides

We all love a steam train, and while the big beasts make occasional weekend trips though the city, there are a surprisingly large number of miniature steam trains chugging along little railways around parts of London as well.

Race to the Finish Line

It has been some time since we have had time to update you, and there has been a lot of action on our South African Garratt since last time, so without further ado, here’s the latest progress.

New South Wales Rail News

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What to expect when catching the Sydney Metro northwest from May 26

Planners are anticipating every “train geek” and public transport-deprived Hills resident will flock to use the Sydney Metro northwest from Sunday, May 26.

New technology alerts commuters which carriages have spare seats

Finding a seat on jam-packed trains has been promised to get a little easier from today with the introduction of carriage capacity indicators.

Southern Shorthaul Railway – EA Update

After numerous meetings and teleconferences regarding the SSR Enterprise Agreement, SSR have sent through a finalised draft version of the EA for review.

$20 million investment in new rail tech tafe

The Labor Party has promised to invest $20 million towards a purpose-built Rail Technology Campus (RTC) at the Chullora rail precinct to train sector employees.

North Region Railway Club retirement Club

The North Region Railway Retirement Club is having a send off for a number of retiring members:G.

New Zealand Rail News

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Case to upgrade Northland rail line 'marginal'

A major upgrade of the rail line between Auckland and Northland would cost $1.

Shifting the Ports of Auckland would be disguised attempt to promote rail, National says

The National Party says a report into shifting the Ports of Auckland to Whangārei or Tauranga is a thinly disguised attempt to promote rail.

Costs rise as Auckland City Rail Link contract awarded

Project promoter CRL Ltd has selected the Link Alliance as preferred bidder for the main works package to construct the City Rail Link loop line under central Auckland.

Auckland, New Zealand, has figured out how to get more people to use transit

Cities across the world are struggling to tempt people out of their cars and onto transit.

Auckland's $6 billion light rail programme could be scaled back

The Government may have to scale back its $6 billion light rail programme for Auckland by scrapping a line from the city centre to west Auckland, says Transport Minister Phil Twyford.

Northern Territory Rail News

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Battle to stop Tennant Creek to Mount Isa railway project

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

Council candidate floats tourist sky rail plan

WITH one week to go until nominations close, a big field is now likely to contest the Katherine Town Council elections.

'Jesus loves nachos' graffiti now an icon

ONE of the most well known if imponderable landmarks in the Northern Territory outback town of Katherine is a ancient piece of graffiti on the town’s famous railway bridge.

Red Centre salt mine progresses on back of major supply agreement

A salt mining company has signed an agreement with Indonesian business PT Damarco Internasional to supply 70 per cent of salt produced from its Central Australian mine.

Northern Australia rail project takes important step

A new rail project crossing the Northern Territory and Queensland border has taken another move forward after the governments agreed to progress the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek railway.


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Canon 77D - First Thoughts

The Canon 77D cameraI bought a new camera body a while ago - a Canon 77D.

Toll roads aren't the solution to our transport woes

Right now, the writing’s on the wall for Australia’s major cities when it comes to liveability and transport connectivity.

Is the Mildura Standardisation Project doomed?

Poor management and penny pinching may ultimately result in it being found out very early in the piece that the standardised Murray Basin Railway will end up with inferior operational flexibility and capability compared to its existing broad gauge counterpart.

I was upskirted while sitting on a train with my boyfriend

The story I'm about to share isn't uncommon.

Burnley to Camberwell quadruplication

The PTV Network Development Plan from 2013 includes quadruplification between Burnley and Camberwell on the Belgrave/Lilydale/Alamein lines, as part of Stage 4.

Other Transport News

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AvTalk Special Episode: A 737 MAX Update

On this special episode of AvTalk, we welcome The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower as we discuss the status of the Boeing 737 MAX and the compendium of reporting that’s come out in the last few weeks.

An Overview of the Updated Airport Information Panel on

Since we redesigned the flight information panel and added additional data for each flight, we thought it only fair to give the airport information panels a refresh as well.

Govt of India plans to create 10 million jobs for Electric Mobility industry

It is good news for the Indian jobseekers that Government of India is now making a blueprint to create specialised workforce for the electric mobility industry.

Second Ave. Sagas Podcast, Ep. 4: MTA reform with Rachael Fauss of Reinvent Albany

Reinvent Albany’s call to reform MTA governance is the topic of this week’s podcast.

$4.2 billion for roads in WA Budget

The Western Australian State Budget includes a record $4.

Pacific National News

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Three Hunter coal trains sped more than 40km/h over the speed limit before a derailing, a report says

THREE coal trains sped at more than 40km/h over the speed limit through a known defective section of Denman rail track only days before a coal train derailment in 2016, a report has found.

More momentum for Memphis Down Under

Australia’s largest rail freight operator Pacific National today congratulated Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for moving ahead with construction to connect the north-south Inland Rail and east-west Transcontinental Railway via the company’s Parkes Logistics Terminal.

PN 92 AND 93 CLASS LOCO’S – FUMES IN CAB – Progress at last!

After a spike in fume events on 92 and 93 class locomotives going through the Ardglen Tunnel, Your Gunnedah, Port Warath and Greta HSR’s asked for RTBU Locomotive Division assistance to represent this matter on your behalf.


Members would have recently been advised by management that elections are under way for your Health and Safety Representatives.

Fume Events Pacific National Coal & Freight

Members have recently reported a marked increase of fume incidents on 92 and 93 class locomotives when traversing tunnels.

Press Releases

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Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

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

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

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

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

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

SSR Acquires GT46-ACe Locomotives

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

Logistics giants join forces for improved freight outcomes

To celebrate 10 years' operation in Parkes, SCT Logistics is focusing on delivering improved levels of freight services from the Parkes region to Port of Sydney by teaming up with DP World Australia to present a joint capabilities initiative.

Queensland Rail News

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Councillor Paul Jacob calls for feasibility study

TOWNSVILLE councillor Paul Jacob wants the State Government to conduct a feasibility study into starting passenger rail services in the city.

32 new trains, an extra 14,000 seats added to rail network this week

Thirty-two new peak-hour trains are set to start on south-east Queensland's rail network this week, with an extra 14,000 commuter seats made available.

Extra train services = Restored train services

After 956 days of Rail Fail, Queensland Rail (QR) managed to today (Monday 13th May 2019) restore the grand total of 32 out of the 330 weekly train services that were axed due to lack of train drivers.

Adani's proposed rail corridor and 2 kilometre-long trains through Collinsville has residents concerned again

Concerned Collinsville locals say rail realignment is needed to lessen the impact of millions more tonnes of coal being hauled through their town if the Galilee Basin is opened to mining.

Freight recommences on Mount Isa rail line

The twelve-week operation to repair the Mount Isa rail line after unprecedented flood damage has drawn to a close, with the first freight trains running again on Monday 29 April.

Rail Events

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‘Once in a lifetime’: BRHS band, McKinley Elementary choir make most of Golden Spike experience

Live entertainment was a big part of the festivities at last Friday’s big event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory

Salt Lake Bees to commemorate Transcontinental Railroad

From 1863 to 1869, three private companies built 1,912 miles of continuous rail, creating the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States.

Rail industry in need of more digital skills and diversity

Mr Jones made these comments whilst delivering a keynote speech at the RIA Future Focus Conference, at Railtex 2019.

Commentary: Who are the Chinese immigrants of today?

On May 10, Utah made up for 150 years of historic neglect by honoring the Chinese, Irish and others who actually built the Transcontinental Railroad.

Registration open, theme revealed for MARS Summer Meeting

The Summer Meeting, to be held July 15-16 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Rail News

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Ricardo acquires Australian consultancy under diversification strategy

Ricardo plc has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire rolling stock life cycle management and technical services consultancy Transport Engineering Pty Ltd.

CAGTC turns 18; adds to Board

Elected to the CAGTC Board were Darin Chidsey, Chief Operating Officer, Southern California Association of Governments; and Captain John Murray, Chief Executive Officer & Port Director, Port Canaveral Port Authority.

Where are the federal plans for freight?

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has argued that neither the Federal Government nor Opposition have announced enough policy on Australia’s supply chain in the lead-up to the May 18 election.

50 years on, Clarrie O’Shea’s legacy rings loud

Fifty years ago today, a Victorian union leader was sent to prison for standing up against tyranny.

Rail workers backing Labor’s National rail manufacturing plan

Nick Champion MP, shadow assistant minister for manufacturing and Steve Murphy, AMWU NSW Secretary, with rail workers.

Rail Travel

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To Chichester via Portsmouth

On a lovely afternoon we boarded a train at the charming little station in Shanklin, bound back to the mainland for the rest of our summer holiday.

Southern Summer Sunshine; Solent and Sussex

A rail tour of the south coast of England

Another Walk to the Pub .

Train rides and country walkRegular readers will be familiar with my occasional outings with my local church, starting with Ely, then York, Oakham (for the Grainstore Brewery) and Spalding.

A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around New Street Station.

Such a Pretty City!

When I was growing up it was hard to imagine that I would ever be able to visit eastern Europe, or if I did I would be constantly under suspicion and in danger.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 4 months ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway Preservation

362 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Mid-May Update on steam locomotives 9351

Great Western Railway Small Mogul No.

SETS 8649 To Be Reactivated To Join 8606

[justify]SETS and Pacific National have agreed to reactivate a second 86 class electric locomotive - 8649 - with the project to commence at the end of May 2019.


The UP leg of tangent 20-21 was our victim today, with 19 lengths of 80lb rail installed.

An update on steam locomotive 6233 Duchess of Sutherland

The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust has released an update on 6233 Duchess of Sutherland, which has been having some work done at WCRC Carnforth.

West Somerset Railway supporters donate over £1000 to repair vandal damage

West Somerset Railway has announced that their supporters have donated over £1,000 to repair the damage in less than 24 hours.

Railway Publications

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The Penydarren Tramroad, South Wales – Part 2

This post follows the route of the Penydarren Tramroad from Abercynon to Merthyr Tydfil as shown on the adjacent sketch map which is taken from The Railway Magazine’ March 1951 edition.

Uganda Railways – Part 30 – The Railway Magazine 1950 – June 1950

Reading through old copies of The Railway Magazine, I came across this article in the June 1950 copy.

Japanese Narrow Gauge -762mm Lines – Part 2 – The Kiso Railway – Part A

Railways for the transport of timber from Japanese State and Crown forest locations were first used at around the beginning of the 20th Century.

The Ballachulish Railway Line – Part 3

Part 3 of our study of the Ballachulish line will include material from ‘The Railway Magazine’, some present day pictures from along the National Cycleway which follows the line together with parts of a description of that journey from another website, the completion of the journey along the line from Kentallen to Ballachulish Station, and a study of the slate mining at Ballachuish which probably was the main justification for the construction of the branch-line.

Railway Stories

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High-capacity container wagons ordered

Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems has awarded United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant a contract to supply 400 Type 13-6903 container wagons by February 2020.

The lost children of Wollongong

The last two posts have been rather sombre affairs so I thought I would take it up a notch before the month is out.

A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around

XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

Last week I came across an old camera bag stashed in a cupboard in my garage, and in one of the pockets I found a tape that I had completely forgotten about.

Thomas the Tank Engine to get more female and multicultural friends as part of revamp

Children’s programme Thomas And Friends is to introduce an “inclusive” gender-balanced, multicultural set of characters as part of a revamp.

Russian Rail News

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Russian Railways invests in electrification to reduce carbon emissions

Russian Railways (RZD) has announced plans to increase its capacity of electrified rolling stock, as part of its wider programme of electrification and reduction of emissions in Russia.

Russian Railways to increase electric operation

Plans to increase the use of electric traction were announced by Russian Railways on May 14, with the national operator saying this would offer environmental benefits compared to the use of diesel or road and air transport.

The threat of flooding on rail networks: Preparation and planning are key

Exceeding 85,000km, the Russian railway network is one of the largest transportation systems in the world, covering almost all of Russia, a country located in different time zones and with varying climates.

BaltTransService loco deliveries begin

The BaltTransService oil transport subsidiary of the Globaltrans group has taken delivery of the first of 10 2TE25KM twin-section diesel locomotives ordered from Tramsmashholding’s Bryansk factory.

Tipping wagons expand UWC range

United Wagon Co is expanding its range with the development of two side tipping wagons for the transport and automated discharge of aggregates and ore.

South Australian Rail News

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Beware the pitfalls of privatising Adelaide's trains and trams

Privatising Adelaide’s public bus services worked well – for a time – but what about the trains and trams?

Unions rail against privatisation as Libs leave doors open

Privatising the state’s rail fleet could usher in higher fares, service cuts and government subsidies, the sector’s union claims, as Premier Steven Marshall today confirmed “all options” were on the table.

Transport Minister refuses to rule out privatising Adelaide trains and trams

Stephan Knoll says he does not want to play the "rule in, rule out" game as he aims to make the state's public transport system more customer-focused to improve patronage.

Government accused of suburban train cuts: ‘less seats for patrons’

South Australia’s Transport Minister has confirmed his department has cut back the number of carriages being used on some suburban train lines.

Tonsley rail line extension to Flinders to be complete next year, price tag blows out to $125m

An extension of the Tonsley rail line to Flinders University and Medical Centre is set for completion in the middle of next year, but at a much higher cost than first predicted.

Tasmanian Rail News

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Rail-trail development an opportunity for tourism influx, committee hears

A heritage train and cycleway combination would be an effective pairing, the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor has heard.

North-East Rail Corridor Inquiry report expected by early June

The findings of the Legislative Council Inquiry into the North-East Rail Corridor should come in May or early June, the inquiry chairwoman says.

North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry resumes

The astonishing story of the Yarra Valley Railway was the focus of the first day of the resumed North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry.

Ownership of Coastal Pathway rail bridge settled

The Forth River Rail Bridge will soon be owned by the ratepayers of the Central Coast Council.

North-East corridor poll results favour heritage rail over cycleway

As the debate over the North-East Railway Corridor enters its third year, community opinions on its best use remain on both sides of the track.

Train Simulator News

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Metro Exodus

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

Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

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

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

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

Train Simulator goes 64bit in 2019 update

Great news for fans of Dovetail Games' long running Train Simulator, the long-requested 64bit support for the game will be coming later this year in their annual update, Train Simulator 2019.

TS19: The Dawn of a New Era

As perhaps the single biggest feature request for Train Simulator since it came to market all those years ago, we’re excited to announce that Train Simulator 2019 will include Train Simulator 64-bit.

Tram and Light Rail News

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CRICH - OPORTO 273 ON 15 MAY 2019 - FrankBagshaw

Oporto 273 at Town End in service


Some of tghe 15 cars in this year's parade


Route 15 at Praca Figueira - Electricork Tour Tram


Never ending queue at InfanteTrams passing the signboards showing the history of the street which have some very nice tram pictures


As a preliminary to the Brusels 150 event, a flying visit to Ostende, Gent and Antwerp was a taster.


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Halton Curve: Rail line links north Wales and Liverpool

The first rail services directly linking north Wales, Cheshire and Liverpool have started running for the first time in more than 40 years.

Eurostar & Deutsche Bahn Trying to Resolve Ticketing Issue

Eurostar is working with Deutsche Bahn to resolve a ticketing system compatibility issue which will prevent the German national operator from selling through tickets between Germany and the UK.

Steam locomotive 45231 The Sherwood Forester in Preston this Friday

45231 The Sherwood Forester is on the mainline this Friday, as it heads to Carlisle.

Funding secured for new entrance at Stratford tube station

A planned additional entrance to Stratford tube station next to the Jubilee line has secured additional funding from Newham council.

Steam locomotive 7029 Clun Castle heading for Oxford

Steam locomotive 7029 Clun Castle will be back in steam on the mainline on Saturday 18th May 2019.


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NTSB aims to determine probable cause of fatal Amtrak accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to hold a board meeting May 21 at 1 p.

Part 3 of 6: Is This Tunnel Really Necessary?

There has been a considerable change in circumstances recently, especially during the month of April 2019, and attitudes about the solution to problems caused by flooding from Sandy may be changing rapidly and dramatically.

Trump administration withdraws funding from California’s high-speed rail

The President Trump administration has decided to withdraw nearly $1 billion from the development of the Californian high-speed rail.

Westside Central Service Council changes meeting time

After witnessing the large public turnout at the NextGen Bus Study workshops earlier this year, the Council had discussions to consider whether a later start time would allow people to more easily attend their meetings.

Victorian Rail News

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Sandringham trains down for 19 days

Commuters on the Sandringham train line will face 60 minute delays during the next 19 days as the Andrews government shuts the rail to build the $11 billion Metro Tunnel.

Next Stage Of Staff Safety Campaign

The next phase of V/Line’s ‘We wear your words’ campaign has been launched today, reminding regional train passengers to treat its staff with respect when travelling across Victoria.

Millions of dollars earmarked for Bendigo projects up in air, including airport, showgrounds

PROMISES for the Bendigo Airport expansion and the showgrounds have come to naught in the aftermath of Labor's election defeat.

Council car crackdown to slash commuter parking near train stations

Commuters in Melbourne's inner north could face a tougher time finding parking near a train station as another council launches a crackdown on cars.

Liberal candidate needs to be real about rail

I wish to highlight the ‘great Mallee rail election myth’ being knowingly espoused by some of the federal election candidates including Liberal candidate, Serge Petrovich.

Western Australian Rail News

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Fallen slurry pipes stop work on Forrestfield-Airport rail link

The collapse of more than 500 metres of heavy piping in the airport tunnel early today had been predicted.

Major Rio Tinto rail contract awarded

A civil works contract for Rio Tinto’s new iron ore mine in Western Australia, Koodaideri, has been awarded to two local companies.

Rail collision apology bid

A Withers man who is planning to defend allegations that he drove around boom gates to evade police before colliding with the Australind Train says he wants to apologise to the community.

Food on rail – WA Railway Museum

Celebrate their Dining Car’s 100th Birthday through a ‘Food on Rail’ guided tour at the Railway Museum.

Kemerton rail line is critical, says Cr Cook

A Bunbury city councillor says it is “critical” for public safety that a railway between Kemerton and Greenbushes becomes a reality.

Yarra Trams

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Safety Upgrades For Nicholson Street Tram Stops

Three tram stops on Nicholson Street will be upgraded over the next week, making it safer and easier for passengers to get on and off trams on one of Melbourne’s busiest routes.

Hum from Brunswick West electrical tram substation infuriating residents

Residents living near a noisy Yarra Trams substation have been “driven up the wall” by loud humming, with the operator fined thousands over the disruption.

PTV to build substation close to home after Moreland Council rejects park offer

A family set to have an electronic substation built 20cm from their bedrooms is begging Moreland Council to step in.

Yarra approves accessible tram stops for Nicholson Street

Yarra Council has approved plans for accessible tram stops to be installed along Nicholson Street, between Kerr and Holden streets.

Spencer St closed near Southern Cross station at peak hour after gas leak

A major street in Melbourne’s CBD has partially reopened after a gas leak during this morning’s peak hour shut down the road for trams and motorists.

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