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ACT

275 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Light rail services return to normal after earlier incident

Light rail services have returned to normal operation.

Two rail projects face uncertainty

Two major railway expansion projects have plunged into uncertainty as China has decided not to finance one of those and the Chinese contractors for both the projects have refused to work following downward revision of the contract prices.

Light rail and Woden interchange procurement underway

The ACT Government is moving ahead with its flagship public transport projects, releasing the first tender for physical works for light rail Stage 2A to Commonwealth Park and awarding a multi-million dollar contract for works associated with the new Woden interchange and CIT project.

Calls for consultation on new critical infrastructure rules

Further consultation is required with industry to define what is critical infrastructure, according to the Australian Logistics Council.

Tenders open for light rail to Woden

Light rail to Woden procurement has begun.

Africa

330 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Nigerian government steps in to fund standard gauge railway project

THE Nigerian government is set to retake the initiative with its standard gauge railway (SGR) project by allocating funds to cover the cost of the Kano – Kaduna section following delays by the Export-Import Bank (Exim) of China to approve a $US 5.

Kenya to spend $US 297.2m on rail network in 2021-22

KENYA plans to spend Shillings 32bn ($US 297.

Initial services begin on Guinea’s Dasheng Railway

THE first freight service on Guinea’s Dasheng Railway operated from Shengtu mining area on May 26, ahead of the full opening of the line next month.

Repairs to vandalised South African rail networks to cost Rand 1.9bn

THE South African government intends to spend Rand 1.

Electrical testing begins on Tanzania’s new standard gauge railway

TANZANIA has begun testing the electrical systems on the first section of its standard gauge railway (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, the first electrified line in east Africa, following the construction of a transmission line.

Airline News

468 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Is Boom all noise?

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome aerospace journalists John Walton and Jon Ostrower to discuss United Airlines’ order for Boom’s Supersonic Overture jet, and the likelihood of the aircraft ever entering service.

Keeping the Fokker flying: an exclusive look

If you’ve been checking in with the blog over the past couple of months you’ll know we’re big fans of the Fokker 50.

Shootin’ the Breeze

On this episode of AvTalk, we try to fit in as many Breeze Airways puns as we can as Jason fills us in on the airline’s inaugural flight.

New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in May 2021

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

Vande Bharat Mission 2.0 Kicks Off With Flight To Vijayawada

India has officially begun ‘Vande Bharat Mission Phase 2.

Arabian Rail News

285 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Etihad Rail and Transportr agree to streamline digital logistics services

UAE’s Etihad Rail and digital freight service provider Transportr have signed an agreement to streamline service provision in the logistics sector.

The Daunting Challenge of Saving Lebanon’s Storied Rail Network

Can rusting locomotives and crumbling stations become a vibrant transportation network again?

Egypt and Hyundai Rotem sign localisation agreement

EGYPT’s National Company for Railroad Industries (NIRC) and Hyundai Rotem have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share expertise and knowledge, and increase the localisation of production in Egypt.

Hyundai Rotem awarded Egyptian signalling modernisation contract

EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has awarded Hyundai Rotem a Won 122.

Annual rail transit up 29% despite pandemic

“In the past year, the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran took significant positive steps to develop cooperation with the railways of the neighboring counties and regional railways, and to continue cooperating with international railway organizations, despite the pandemic and the intensification of sanctions.

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

3926 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Japanese rail operator commissions gas-fired power unit

Japanese rail firm JR East has upgraded a kerosine-fired generation unit to use gas at its Kawasaki in-house power complex to work towards its net-zero emissions target by 2050.

Two trains collide in southern Pakistan, killing at least 40

An express train barreled into another that had derailed in 

First rail project on Indonesia's Sulawesi island picks up steam

A long-delayed project to construct the first railway on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is gaining traction, with contractors securing 693.

China will soon open a new stretch of rail across Tibet

As birthday presents go, a 435km railway line that is expected to open this month in Tibet will be among the most lavish.

€231 million signalling upgrade for Taiwan

TAIWAN Railways Administration has awarded a €231m contract to install electronic interlockings at 68 stations and covering 450km of Taiwan 1100km network to Siemens Mobility.

Aurizon

273 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Acacia Ridge Terminal sale finalises

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

Aurizon to provide cash grants for community programs

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

Aurizon prepares to resume grain haulage in Queensland

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

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

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

Aurizon reports half year results

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

Australian High Speed Rail

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

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

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

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

Now the Olympic fast-rail Games begin

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

Report calls for investment in faster rail

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

Faster Rail

The ARA launched its Faster Rail Report in February 2021.

Bus Transport News

804 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Stagecoach City Sightseeing Returns to Cambridge

Sightseeing buses have returned to Cambridge for the first time in over a year, Stagecoach has announced.

Go North East Celebrate English Tourism Week With Commencement of Seasonal Services and Vintage Bus Journeys During Bank Holiday

Last month, Go North East launched a series of seasonal services to help give the staycation market a boost, and the company has now gone one step further and has celebrated the final few days of English Tourism Week over the bank holiday weekend.

RANDOM BUS GUFF PT7

Yeah, another lot of bus shots!

Leicester Yutong E12's Enter Park & Ride Service

11 fully electric buses, powered by 100% renewable energy, entered service in Leicester on 11th May to bring zero-emission public transport to Leicester for the first time.

New Plaxton Panther for Sanders Coaches Ltd

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has announced that it has delivered a new, fully accessible Plaxton Panther coach to Norfolk-based Sanders Coaches Ltd.

Canada

1004 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Timetable for CN and KCS merger review revealed

NORTH American Class 1s Canadian National (CN) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have welcomed the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) decision to issue a timetable for reviewing the voting trust in connection with the companies’ merger agreement.

Metrolinx President and CEO on court appeal: ‘Contracts defines new approach to pandemic risk’

Crosslinx wanted to renegotiate its contract with Metrolinx due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government of Canada approves changes to improve railway track safety

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that changes to the Rules Respecting Track Safety have been approved by Transport Canada.

Support Grows for CN-KCS Combination

The total number letters from stakeholders supporting the CN-KCS combination, the proposed voting trust, or both, since CN announced its proposal on April 20, has now reached more than 1,400, including one from Gov.

CP Speaks Out: More Stakeholder ‘Concern’ Over CN-KCS Proposal

This brings the total letters submitted to 960-plus, CP said.

Cityrail News

834 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bridging the safety gap

How an Australian business is ensuring a safer boarding experience for rail passengers.

Sydney Metro confirms two new stations

Australia’s Sydney Metro has confirmed two new metro stations at Pyrmont and Hunter Street in the central business district (CBD).

Two metro stations in Sydney's CBD to be built at Pyrmont and Hunter Street

The stations for the Sydney Metro West line which will link Parramatta and the city will be built at Pyrmont and Hunter Street.

Millions of Sydney commuters to have travel times slashed by two new CBD rail stations

More than a dozen buildings will be acquired by the NSW government to build two new CBD rail stations as part of the Sydney Metro West line, catering for 3 million people.

Sydney's 'third city' a train blackspot

Liverpool's burgeoning population lives just 26 kilometres from Sydney's CBD, and on a good day a train trip can take just under an hour, but experts say it could be faster.

Coronavirus Transport News

468 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Coronavirus: ORR stats show UK rail travel is lowest since 1872

Passenger journeys in the UK fell to their lowest levels since 1872, when records began, due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to official statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road today.

Britain’s annual rail passenger figures lowest since 1872

PASSENGER levels in Britain for the 12 months from April 2020 to March 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic were only 22% of the previous year’s figures according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Namma Metro’s employee get Covid-19 vaccination at Metro Stations

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has started Covid-19 vaccination for its workers from Thursday.

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority says money available for unfunded capital projects

Federal dollars allocated to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in response to COVID-19 made up for a loss of $20 million dollars in operating expenses in 2020, said Rajan Gautam, Secretary Treasurer/Deputy General Manager of Finance, [this week] at a meeting of the RTA Board of Trustees.

ALC encourages adherence to the National Freight Movement protocol

With Victoria experiencing a COVID outbreak, what implications are there for freight.

Europe

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France: Report presages night train renaissance

A detailed report on the revival of domestic and international overnight passenger services on the French network indicates a potential market of 5∙7 million trips a year.

Swedish prosecutor charges ex-Bombardier employee over rail deal

An ex-employee of a unit of Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier, now owned by French firm Alstom, has been charged in Sweden on suspicion of bribing an Azerbaijani official to secure a rail equipment contract worth around $340 million.

€85bn for sustainable transport included in EU recovery plans

THE president of the European Commission, Ms Ursula von der Leyen, has announced that member states have collectively allocated €85bn to sustainable transport as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans being developed to support the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

European Sleeper share offering fully subscribed

PRIVATE operator European Sleeper says all shares offered to prospective investors on May 27 were reserved within 15 minutes by more than 350 investors.

A new tender for the construction of the Rail Baltica bridge across the Neris river is announced

LTG Infra, the company responsible for the implementation of the Rail Baltica project in Lithuania, after consultations with the market, clarified the requirements and announced a renewed tender for the construction of a railway bridge across the Neris river.

Gunzelling Reports

1358 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
MSC Shipping Containers

A few new MSC shipping containers on the Visy train the other day.

A Quick CN Power Catch, and Freight Train Timing

To ease in the photo upload process, posts from my recent trip to Syracuse will be posted at a later time.

Bosch Container

Snapped this cool 22G1 shipping container repaint on the weekend heading north on MB4.

A Bit of Color on 931

Only a couple of days after arriving home from our trip, I heard that 931 had a CN ET44AC trailing.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/6/2021

There were 72 sightings for this week; This is 5 sightings less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

660 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Inland Rail and the “missing link”

Martinus Rail CEO and founder Treaven Martinus recently addressed the Inland Rail conference in Albury about bringing real benefits to regional centres.

Early CSIRO results back economic case for Inland Rail

Early unpublished results from a CSIRO analysis suggest that shifting freight from road to an Inland Rail could save around $170 million in transport costs a year.

Major road and rail projects to face skills shortage

Roads Australia (RA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) are calling on the Federal Government to update the Priority Skilled Occupations List to include specialist skills that are critical to the delivery of major road and rail construction projects, as these sectors will be impacted by the lack of access to skilled overseas workers.

Rail’s big push to take more trucks off the roads

The ability of the Inland Rail project – a 1700km freight rail line connecting Melbourne and Brisbane via reigonal Victoria, NSW and Queensland – to dramatically reduce truck movements was a hot topic of discussion at this week’s Inland Rail Conference in Albury-Wodonga.

Inland Rail set to transform the movement of goods, conference hears

The 2021 Inland Rail Conference has highlighted the likely benefits of the project.

International Rail News

5590 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
ICTSI Rio adds rail connection

ICTSI Rio Brasil 1 operates the Container Terminal 1 at the Port of Rio de Janeiro and serves the import, export, and industrial oil and gas hubs in the largest economic region of Brazil.

Brazil's Minas Gerais hoping to line up US$5.3bn in rail investments

The government of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state is adopting a new regulation to facilitate procedures for companies to operate short-distance rail networks, a measure that could attract significant investments to the rail sector in the state.

Flushed with pride at latest acquisition

Knorr-Bremse has acquired on-train sanitary system supplier Evac, which has supplied more than 100 000 toilets to customers in more than 40 countries in Europe, the USA and China.

Norse Atlantic Airways Set To Hire 700 US Flight Attendants

Transatlantic startup carrier Norse Atlantic Airways and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) have agreed to a pre-hire agreement for US-based flight attendants.

Tren Maya rolling stock supplier selected

National tourism promotion fund Fonatur has selected a consortium led by Alstom’s Bombardier Transportation México subsidiary as preferred bidder for a contract to supply rolling stock, communications systems and depots for the Tren Maya project,

Letters to the Editor

332 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Early morning presentation

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

RISSB major projects update

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

Holistic approach to bridge asset management

There are many and varied standards and documents used by road asset owners and managers.

Stronger partnerships building better housing and communities in NSW

The NSW Government welcomes NSW social housing’s addition to Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 list of national infrastructure priorities; viewing it as another positive step forward and opportunity to work in another strong, strategic partnership, to help solve common problems.

The Housing Donut

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

Model Railways

2354 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Corey Ward’s “Littleville on the Little D&H”, and why size doesn’t matter

After running trains on Corey’s O gauge layout for a while, we shifted focus to his HO scale layout, which he calls “Littleville on the Little D&H”.

Visiting the Amazing O Gauge Layout of Corey Ward!

After our short burst of CSX trains on National Train Day, we headed to get my HO scale RS11 from Corey Ward, a fellow D&H fan who lives in the Capital/Saratoga area.

(Video) Strasburg Model Railroad Club- A Very Cool Layout I Found on YouTube

I was recently sent this video of the Strasburgh Model Railroad Club, and I thought it was worth sharing as my trip to Strasburg was not long ago.

More 3D doodling - CN rebuilt 8 hatch reefer Part 1

Mark Perry shot a string of CN 222600 series mechanical reefers in Thompson Manitoba in 1982.

Glazing 622’s windows

Somehow I’ve been convinced that true modellers glaze windows with real glass.

Narrow Gauge

134 stories | Newest story posted last month
Late May Reopening date for Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Leighton Buzzard Railway has announced that their line will welcome passengers from Saturday 22nd of May 2021.

Volunteering in a pandemic

For my starting point we have to go back to 2011 when I retired from full time employment.

Steam locomotive driver vacancy at Newby Hall in Yorkshire

An opportunity to drive miniature trains all day has become available at Newby Hall near Ripon, in North Yorkshire.

Steam locomotive 34028 Eddystone arrives at Norden on the Swanage Railway

SR Bulleid Pacific has returned to the Swanage Railway after a £350,000 overhaul by Southern Locomotives Ltd, the locomotive’s owners.

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway receives £210,000 grant

The Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have announced that they have received £210,000 thanks to the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

New South Wales Rail News

4353 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Canadian business set to build Sydney Metro – Sydney Airport project stations

The Australian market is an important growth area for SNC-Lavalin.

Canadian business set to build railway station at Western Sydney Airport

The Australian market is an important growth area for SNC-Lavalin.

Heavy lift contract awarded for Sydney Metro Crows Nest Station

An engineering team took on the challenge of developing a craneage plan for Crows Nest station, after consultation with Sydney Metro.

New Zealand Rail News

562 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Flood-damaged Timaru to Ashburton rail link remains closed for repairs

Rail links north from Timaru remain severed over a week after 

KiwiRail to assemble wagons at redeveloped workshops

The redevelopment of KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops to create a wagon assembly facility is to begin this year, following the confirmation of NZ$85m of government funding from the national budget.

Auckland metro closes for long weekend works

Kiwi authorities are ramping up efforts to create an improved rail network in New Zealand’s largest city.

Tunnel bypassed in earthquake recovery project

KiwiRail has completed a two-year project to realign a section of its Christchurch – Picton main line on South Island to bypass the line’s oldest tunnel which had been damaged by an earthquake.

Trains clear Tauranga “container mountain”

Significant progress has been reported towards clearing a backlog of containers at the Port of Tauranga.

Northern Territory Rail News

222 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Aboriginal “cultural toolbox” at Claremont station

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

The Ghan from Adealide to Darwin has been cancelled

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

Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

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

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

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

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

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

Opinion

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Getting to the root of Victoria’s tree canopy struggle

Our tree canopies are struggling for space with small lots, renovated homes, new townhouses and apartment blocks, all of which are accommodating Victoria’s growing population.

Viewpoint: CP-KCS merger makes sense; CN takeover does not

Making an exception is different than changing one’s mind.

Designs for the new Bridge Mall

The City of Ballarat's chosen design firm, Hassell, has come back with a preferred design option for the Bridge Mall.

Instead of taxing electric vehicles, heavy vehicles should pay more for the damage they cause

But this would upset powerful industries, so don’t hold your breath

Basics: Access, or the Wall Around Your Life

What if we planned public transit with the goal of freedom?

Other Transport News

1174 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Freight boom barrels through May, Cass reports

Data released Friday from Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ: CASS) shows the freight industry advanced at a blistering pace during May.

Pete lives on buses and boats so he can fund his life's passion

Not everyone is as clear-sighted about what they want in life as Pete, who pours almost all his income into saving heritage vehicles.

Public to help shape new Road Safety Plan

The new five-year Road Safety Action Plan, is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to driving the road toll down towards zero.

News alert: Truck jobs down seasonally in May but up on nonseasonal basis

Truck transportation jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis fell in May from April, another sign that despite higher pay and a bevy of incentives like signing bonuses, getting drivers into the seats remains a challenge.

Pacific National News

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Pacific National & ACFS Port Logistics committed to St Marys community

Significant investment and job generator during COVID economic recovery

Inland Rail and the “Memphis Down Under”

Pacific National CEO has addressed the ARA/ALC Inland Rail conference in Albury, talking of the role of Parkes in the movement of freight.

Pacific National welcomes federal minister

Paul Fletcher got a closer look at the South Dynon freight terminal, an operation crucial for the movement of interstate freight.

Rail co backs kid’s playground in Sydney

Pacific National says giving back to the community is a key part of its St Marys Freight Hub plans.

Former Pacific National executive accepts stevedoring promotion

Andrew Adam is stepping up from being COO to full CEO at DP World Australia.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3.

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

Qube Logistics

14 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Inland Ports, Tricky Politics: Chris Corrigan’s Qube reels in $1.7bn public land sale

Chris Corrigan, golden boy of the Liberal Party, villain of Labor, has won a $1.

Fitting the signal to the system

There’s no doubt that the coming generation of intermodal terminals will take the next step forward in efficiency, backed by the latest in automation technology.

JobKeeper messages between Qube Holdings and Treasury shed light on how ports giant qualified for subsidies

The port and rail giant Qube Holdings had a good year in 2020: strong revenue, healthy profits, bonuses for executives and dividends for shareholders.

Maurice James to depart Qube

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

Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

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

Queensland Rail News

2746 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Can Adani Carmichael mine and rail project chart the future of coal mining in Australia?

Adani rail project is all set to connect Adani Carmichael Mine to the North Queensland Export Terminal, opening the potential of future projects in the coming time.

Morven rail livestock hub attracting northwestern cattle

A LARGE consignment of slaughter cattle out of the Julia Creek district destined for processing on the Darling Downs is underlining the value of the new Morven livestock rail hub in the efficient and flexible delivery of northwestern Queensland slaughter cattle.

Commuters at risk as train drivers increasingly run red lights

Train drivers are increasingly running red lights and putting commuters’ lives in danger.

Unions lodge against rail companies over Phosphate Hill incidents

The Australian Federation Union of Locomotive Employees has taken Queensland Rail and Aurizon to the Industrial Relations Commission over a workplace safety matter.

Queensland Rail cuts staff surplus targets to save cash

Queensland Rail has cut a key target to hire extra drivers to ensure trains turn up on time because it costs too much money.

Rail Events

751 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Less than THREE days to nominate for RT&S’s first-ever Women in Railroad Engineering

Those who represent the “best of the best” in the railroad engineering field will be featured in the Railway Track & Structures July 2021 issue.

STB to CSX: Complete Your Homework and Get Back to Us

The most recent example of this is STB’s decision rejecting as “incomplete” the merger application filed by CSX Transportation, Inc.

OLI, FRA Award Rail Safety Awareness Grants

The grants will fund a variety of crossing safety and trespass prevention public education projects—many of which will be conducted in conjunction with OLI’s observance of Rail Safety Week.

Inland Rail and the ‘Memphis Down Under’

Pacific National CEO has addressed the ARA/ALC Inland Rail conference in Albury, talking of the role of Parkes in the movement of freight.

ISSS To Hold Virtual Event With Railway Age Contributors

The one-hour event features Sonia Bot, Chief Executive of The BOT Consulting Group Inc.

Rail News

4360 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Can you get to work within 30 minutes?

How long is your commute to work?

Sustainability – more than just a credo

A business with a focus on biodegradable lubricants looks to leverage a greener future.

Unleashing the power of PPPs

Director of infrastructure at Donald Cant Watts Corke, Andrew Loh, discusses the benefits and complexities of public private partnerships.

Towards smoother tracking

How innovations in overcoming track fouling are set to optimise rail performance.

Track Worker Safety Options report released

Sue McCarrey from the ONSR says a new report will provide a valuable resource for operators of all kinds, right around the country.

Rail Travel

418 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Tour the Country by Train for $299 With Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass

If you’re ready to plan an epic cross-country train trip, Amtrak has got you covered.

My Kingdom for a Timetable!

excursion train.

CSX vs. the US and us!

This is the kind of stuff that drives you crazy: Huge private corporations giving a giant middle finger to our government.

Who’s Making These Decisions?

OK, I’ll admit that a few of the knives in my drawer could use sharpening.

What Have We Come To?

From time to time over the years, I’ve thought about running for Congress.

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

266 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Coalport Incline – Ironbridge – Addendum 2021

The Hay Inclined Plane at Coalport, Shropshire – a 2021 addendum.

Mexico - Veracruz July 1998

The beach in Veracruz that formed the eastern boundary of the mining property I was looking at.

DELEC LOCOMOTIVE DEPOT PT9

Welcome to the second last posting in the Delec series.

VIA 1405 Derails at Illecillewaet

This dramatic derailment has been a mystery to me for quite awhile.

Kingston-Portage aboard VIA, 1982 - Part 2

Portage railfanning that year did not include the one-two of the westbound Canadian and Super Continental each afternoon as in the year before.

Railway Preservation

1074 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Can You Help? West Somerset Railway launch emergency £1 Million appeal

After two formal appeals were turned down after the rejection of its second-round bid as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, the West Somerset Railway has launched an Emergency SOS Funding Appeal for £1 million to see it through till May 2022.

All aboard the Severn Valley Railway’s Pioneer diesel locomotive service

This June and July, a range of Pioneer services on the Severn Valley Railway will operate between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster with a range of diesel locomotives.

Open Days resume at Darlington Locomotive Works to see P2 steam locomotive

The P2 Steam Locomotive Company has confirmed regular open days at Darlington Locomotive Works will be taking place again shortly.

New £500,000 volunteer building at Toddington station complete

Volunteers have taken occupation of a new welfare building at Toddington station thanks to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust.

New Board Appointments for the West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway has announced that the board have welcomed two new appointments.

Railway Publications

275 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
PREVIEW: June issue of Steam Days magazine

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

Old photos from April 2011

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago: April 2011.

Rail Group On Air: Merger talk with MidRail LLC Chairman Gil Lamphere

Lamphere has nearly 40 years of experience as a principal investor and financier in rail industry and other private equity transactions.

Railway Stories

85 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

“Everything I've done has prepared me for ice swimming.

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

Long-distance passenger services were hit particularly hard, falling by 42.

Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

Russian Rail News

181 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Moscow’s Vostochniy passenger hub opens in the east of the city

A hub station has been opened on the eastern side side of Moscow for use by long-distance trains passing through the capital and as an interchange for passengers who do not need to access the city centre.

Moscow’s first new long-distance station for 100 years opens

A new station has opened at Vostochny in eastern Moscow, the first new long-distance station in the Russian capital for a century.

Russian Railways orders EMUs

Russian Railways has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovo plant a contract to supply a further four six-car and four four-car EP3D electric multiple-units by the end of the year.

Taganrog signs Russia’s first tram modernisation concession

THE City of Taganrog, Russia, has signed a concession agreement to modernise the city’s tram network and acquire LRVs with Sinara City Transport Solutions Taganrog (Sinara GTR Taganrog), a joint venture of Sinara Transport Machines and Regional Concession Companies.

TMH sets up hydrogen fuel cell joint venture

RUSSIAN manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) subsidiary TMH-Energy Solutions and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) subsidiary Rusatom Overseas have created a joint venture (JV) to produce hydrogen fuel cells for transport applications.

South Australian Rail News

881 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Railway stations across Adelaide in line for much-needed makeovers

Railway stations right across metropolitan Adelaide are set to receive much-needed makeovers as part of a $111 million commitment (over 10 years) from the Marshall Liberal Government in the 2021-22 State Budget ($66.

Victorian passengers kicked off iconic train amid Covid fears

Dozens of passengers have been booted off a train in outback South Australia after the Northern Territory 

MS Infra Partners takes early look at One Rail Australia

The tyrekickers are slowly coming out to play at the country’s No.

Adelaide Hills Council backs calls for feasibility study into passenger rail between Mount Barker and the CBD

Despite the Transport Minister saying it’s not financially viable, the Adelaide Hills Council is pushing for a study into a CBD-Hills rail link.

Adelaide public transport complaints up amid changes to train system

Public transport complaints spike in the first three months of the year as commuters returned to trains, trams and buses in much lower numbers than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Tasmanian Rail News

432 stories | Newest story posted last month
Kristie Johnston attacks parties’ ‘hollow’ promises as she pushes for fast track of passenger rail

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

Redevelopment plans for Port of Hobart

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

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

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

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Dorset Council to make decision on rail trail DA

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

Technology News

180 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
I, robot: automating construction with robotic technology

With a $664,580 grant in hand from the Australian Research Council, Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering is undertaking a ground-breaking research initiative using robotic technology to improve the quality and productivity of construction – research that is expected to transform current labour-intensive methods.

Precision sensors and automation solutions

How one company is helping keep rail networks operating and overcoming the maintenance gap.

Chatbots: AI tech can be useful in real-world business applications right now

Chatbots are one of the main real-world business implementations of artificial intelligence (AI) software today, with companies all over the world using them to reduce the need for expensive human interaction with customers.

Planning a rail project? Ensure project i-trace compliance

The Australian rail industry is moving towards digitalisation.

Poll on technology replacing human jobs invokes mixed response

The pace of automation and technology deployment is only expected to increase over the next few years as businesses aim to digitalise their operations.

Train Simulator News

77 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Game Look: Train Station 2

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

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

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

Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

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

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

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

Tram and Light Rail News

2033 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
USDOT: $250MM to Advance Transit Projects

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021—signed into law on March 11 by President Biden—specified that $250 million in pandemic-relief funding could be distributed to Small Starts projects in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) CIG program.

GC light rail milestone celebrated

GOLD Coast Light Rail developer GoldlinQ has celebrated 10 years of “successful delivery and operations” of Gold Coast light rail having been awarded the contract to design, build, operate and maintain Stage 1 of the Gold Coast light rail in June 2011.

Finch West LRT project moving at a smooth pace

Crews toiling away on the Finch West light-rail transit (LRT) project have reason to boast, as they have completed some important milestones, especially around the maintenance and storage facility.

Alstom to supply 60 Flexity LRVs to Toronto

TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) has confirmed a $C 568m ($US 471.

New light rail bridge lifted into place

More than 200 workers have been involved in building and moving the 64-metre long and 16-metre-wide bridge across James Ruse Drive in Rosehill.

UK

6240 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Merseyrail wins Best Performing Operator at this years Golden Whistle Awards

Merseyrail has announced that it has been named Best Performing Regional Rail Operator at 2021’s Golden Whistle Awards.

Future of Britain’s railways Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

Today (20 May 2021), we are announcing our plan for the transformation of Britain’s railways.

Oxford to Cambridge East-West Rail link consultation ends

Three months of heated public debate comes to a head as the latest consultation for the East-West rail project closes.

Network Rail warning after Horsham girl lay on track

A picture showing a girl lying on a rail track where trains pass at up to 85mph has prompted a safety appeal by Network Rail.

Love the railway – Heart of England Community Rail Partnership

The Heart of England Community Rail Partnership helps improve the railway across areas including some of Britain’s most picturesque areas and best-loved tourist attractions.

USA

5785 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
For MARTA, $1.3B FY22 Budget

This includes $557.

Sabotage caused Washington oil-train disaster, rail union says

The oil train came apart on the snowy tracks north of Bellingham shortly after the locomotive engineer got the mile-long chain of petroleum tanks on wheels under way.

Former rail regulator recommends approval of CN-KCS voting trust

Former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Vice Chairman William Clyburn Jr.

Chemical shippers cite widespread rail service problems, particularly on CSX

Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern also named in letter to Surface Transportation Board

Victorian Rail News

8076 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Wild weather affects Melbourne trains

Bad weather overnight made rail travel to the CBD difficult for those living in parts of Melbourne’s north-east.

Safety actions planned following train tragedy at Wallan, Victoria

A report has recommended safety actions following a train accident in regional Victoria last year that claimed two lives and led to a number of injuries.

Planning under way, with third phase of Shepparton rail upgrade a work in progress

Detailed planning and design work is under way for Shepparton’s Regional Rail Revival project, but budget papers indicate the stage three works that will deliver nine daily services and speeds of 130 km/h won’t be completed until mid-2024.

Geelong's fast rail project gains local interest

More than 70 local, national and international businesses have expressed interest in the project.

Better Regional Connections From School To The Train

Regional students will have more options to get to or from school with train services to better align with school bell times under a timetable change from the start of Term 3.

Western Australian Rail News

1394 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Perth Metro marks National Reconciliation Week

A shared painting exercise titled the ‘Sea of Hands’ to represent the Aboriginal Flag for National Reconciliation Week was featured by Perth train operator METRONET.

Sand screen plan for Yanchep rail works

Yanchep Rail Extension contractors hope to use land near the future Alkimos station to screen sand.

Mandurah train line set for month-long shutdown for Metronet construction works

Commuters on Perth’s busiest train line have been warned they will have to find another way into the CBD during an unprecedented month-long shutdown.

Western Australia freezes commuter fares

WESTERN Australia has frozen public transport fares for 12 months while introducing a two-tier ticketing system which will see commuters in Perth’s outer suburbs pay significantly less to travel from January 1 2022.

Ministerial Tour

The Intermodal Group had the pleasure of hosting Transport Minister the Hon Rita Safioti, MLA, and members of her staff at the North Quay Rail Terminal this week.

Yarra Trams

667 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Route 70 Disruption - Thursday 10 June

Route 70 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Route 58 Disruption - Saturday 12 June

Due to an overhead incident on Melville Road

Public Holiday: Queen's Birthday 2021

Monday 14th of June, first to last tram

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