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ACT

52 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
The first light rail vehicle has arrived on Northbourne Avenue

Light rail testing is poised to begin on the southern stretch of the Gungahlin to Civic track in coming weeks, with the arrival of one of vehicles onto Northbourne Avenue.

Final track laid in light rail line from Gungahlin to city

The ACT government expects the consortium building and operating Canberra's light rail will miss "the first few" availability payments because of delays in getting the trams operating.

Barr calls on Feds to boost NSW fast rail commitment

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has called on both sides of federal politics to commit funding to the Canberra-Sydney rail corridor to speed up the development of a faster service between the two capitals after the NSW Government made regional rail a priority for its $4.

Railway language: Is it light rail or a tram being built in Canberra?

What is the correct term for the new track being built between Gungahlin and Civic in Canberra's north.

Government accused of delaying high speed rail investment

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese says it’s time for the Morrison Government to get behind high speed rail, suggesting it's been delayed for political purposes.

Africa

116 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Wegh Group invests in Mozambique sleeper plant

Italian company Wegh Group has increased its stake in concrete sleeper manufacturer Travessas Do Norte, which was already 52% owned by Wegh Mocambique.

Nigeria plans railway northwards to Niger

Alongside the many projects to develop new 1 435 mm gauge railways to augment and gradually replace Nigeria’s 1 067 mm gauge network, the government has unveiled plans for a line running north into the neighbouring Niger Republic.

[SN] Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent for Senegal: shipment begins

Alstom has started shipping the 15 Coradia Polyvalent trainsets which are to be used by APIX in Senegal.

TMH Africa completes purchase of DCD Rolling Stock factory

Transmashholding completed its previously-announced acquisition of the DCD Rolling Stock plant in Boksburg from DCD Group on October 29.

Rail security unit makes its first arrest

The first arrest has been made by the new Rail Enforcement Unit during its short trip to Salt River station.

Arabian Rail News

49 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Iraq rail service back on track after war with Islamic State

At Baghdad's grand but half-empty railway station, a single train is sputtering to life.

Transport chief to visit Oman to push rail link plan between Israel and Gulf

Israel Katz to attend international transportation conference in Muscat as Jerusalem’s ties to the region flourish; fourth Israeli minister in region in a week.

PEACE TRAIN TO OMAN? HOW A RAIL COULD LINK TEL AVIV TO OMAN

The Ottomans were the first great railway builders in the Middle East.

Saudi Railway Co and Greenbrier announce joint venture

The Greenbrier Companies and Saudi Railway Co have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to invest in the Saudi rail freight market and potentially the wider Gulf Co-operation Council region.

Greenbrier and Saudi Railway Company to form Joint Venture

Greenbrier and Saudi Railway Company (SAR) announced on October 26 an agreement to form a joint venture to “execute railway projects and supply railcars for profitable growth of the Saudi freight rail market,” with a projected investment of $266.

Asciano

91 stories | Newest story posted last year
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.

Irwin to leave Pacific National

Pacific National is reportedly on the hunt for its next CEO after David Irwin resigned last week.

Asian Rail News

1028 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Will an ambitious Chinese-built rail line through the Himalayas lead to a debt trap for Nepal

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has ambitions to reshape the global economy by connecting more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa through trade and infrastructure projects.

Is China's Belt and Road working?

The idea of transforming the ancient fishing village of Gwadar into a bustling port city has been around since at least 1954, when Pakistan commissioned the U.

CP consortium submits bid for high-speed rail project in Thailand

Adiruth Thothaveesansuk, Vice Chairman, Special Projects Development Office of Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) has revealed that CP Group and its business alliance have formed a consortium and are prepared to bid for the High-Speed Rail Linked 3 Airports Project in Thailand.

CP Group and BSR JV bids for $6.8bn Thai high-speed rail project

Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) consortium and BSR Joint Venture (JV) have submitted bids for a $6.

No lesson learnt, people stand on rail tracks during Chhath Puja in Bathinda

It seems the district administration has learnt no lesson from the Amritsar rail tragedy as devotees on Tuesday were seen standing on the railway tracks over the Sirhind Canal during Chhath Puja.

Aurizon

195 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Aurizon Newsflash: Over the speed hump

Today, your Enterprise Agreement negotiation committee attending a meeting with Aurizon team to discuss a way forward with the EA.

Sagarmala invests Rs 1.25 bn in Krishnapatnam rail freight corridor

The corridor will connect Krishnapatnam port on the east coast with Indian Railways' network at Venkatachalam and Obulavaraipalli.

Aurizon leaders’ judgment questioned after court finds against the rail operator

AURIZON has lost its Supreme Court case against the Queensland Competition Authority and will have to pay costs of the high-powered legal battle that alleged bias by former QCA boss Roy Green.

Linfox secures strategic purchase of Aurizon Queensland Intermodal business

Linfox has reached an agreement with Aurizon Holdings Limited (AZJ) to purchase the company’s Queensland Intermodal business (QIB).

Rail operator Aurizon’s IoT push helps save $380m in 3 years

Monitoring everything from doors to drivers.

Bus Transport News

149 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Order for 276 Citaro's for Madrid

Madrid Transport operator EMT has placed an order for another 276 Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT urban buses.

First Glasgow launches new buses

First Glasgow unveiled the first of 75 new buses recently with a unique bus-in-a-box event in the city's George Square.

Buses on Parade

Two of the last surviving London buses to serve during the First World War took part in A Nation’s Thank You - The People’s Procession to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

Armistice Day

We will remember them.

Leeds Considering Hydrogen Powered Buses

Hydrogen-powered buses could one day take to the streets of Leeds, according to a new report.

Canada

217 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Montréal places $340m order to procure 17 AZUR trainsets

Public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in Canada has ordered 153 metro cars configured into 17 nine-car trainsets.

An 18 Year Old Mystery Solved

Back in May 2000, I was driving across half of Canada with my girlfriend (and future wife).

CP cooking with grain

Through 14 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year, CP shipped more than 7.

Rail line between Sudbury and the Sault safe, for now

The Ontario government has committed almost $1 million that will keep a critical Sault Ste.

Cityrail News

631 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
TorchMedia Retains Sydney Trains Advertising Contract

TorchMedia has successfully resecured its rights to external advertising on Sydney Trains.

Sydney train delays: Car crashes onto train line at Westmead

Commuters are being warned to expect train delays after a car has crashed onto train tracks in Sydney’s west.

The Hot Weather Is Messing With Sydney Trains

Trains are struggling in the Sydney heat this afternoon, with services disrupted across the network.

Sydney Trains ill equipped to handle emergencies, report warns

Sydney Trains' ability to handle emergencies on its network needs "significant improvement", according to an internal report commissioned after a series of meltdowns on its network earlier this year.

Sydney Trains internal report reveals inadequate systems in place for major emergencies and disruptions

Sydney Trains' ability to handle emergencies on its network needs "significant improvement", according to an internal report.

Europe

1394 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Construction Rail Baltica starts in 2020, Vilnius to be included

A time frame has been set for the completion of Rail Baltica, linking Poland and the Baltic states by rail.

Moldova taps GE for new power

GE will produce the locomotives in the U.

Indra-Siemens JV to develop Sitra+ system for Spanish rail network

A joint venture (JV) of Indra and Siemens has received a contract from Spanish railway infrastructure manager Adif to develop a traffic control and management system (Sitra+) for the entire rail network.

Alstom announces 'excellent' first half results

Chairman & CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom ‘achieved excellent results in this first half with breakthrough commercial successes’, when he presented on November 14 the company’s results for the financial period from April 1 to September 30.

Gunzelling Reports

736 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
New SCF Curtain Sider

Scored this brand new SCF 40ft curtain sider the other day.

SCT Bits

Inline fuel tank CXTU 116205 has recently been given a bath.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/11/2018

There were 60 sightings for this week; This is 8 sighting less than last week.

PS7 Goulburn

A couple of shots of PS7 at Goulburn earlier this month.

North Country Trains Index by Topic 2017

As my blog passed the year mark, I decided that it would be a good idea to create an index of my posts by topic for easy reference.

Inland Rail Project

205 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Inland Rail: the controversial talking points

August 2018 marked the inauguration of the first Inland Rail Conference, held in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia.

Wealthy Queensland family lobbied for inland rail line to run past their airport

Wagners made strong pitch for railway’s diversion, and affected landowners say the consultation was ‘farcical’

Our North East rail upgrade a hot topic

THE North East rail upgrade was the dominant topic of conversation for locals at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) information sessions held at the Wangaratta Railway Station last week.

Inland rail route and issues still causing concern among many farmers in NSW

Inland rail concerns were raised in the Senate committees this week.

NSW Farmers furious at Inland Rail land acquirement

NSW Farmers, after months of protracted negotiations with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, has laid the $10 billion Inland Rail project’s shortcomings squarely at the feet of the Coalition Government.

International Rail News

4852 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Ukrainian Railway to purchase 6,500 open wagons with EBRD loan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan of 133 million Euros to Ukrainian Railway for purchasing 6,500 open wagons.

New TEN-T maps for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The maps of the TEN-T network in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine have been presented.

Multiple-units ordered under Chile’s rail modernisation strategy

National operator EFE has awarded Chinese company CRRC Sifang a US$77m contract to supply 13 multiple-units for use on the Biotren, Corto Laja and Victoria – Temuco services operated by its Fesur subsidiary.

EBRD backs Ukrainian Railways wagon tender

The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Ukrainian Railways with a US$150m senior loan to finance the acquisition of up to 6 500 open wagons through an international tender.

Ukraine Railways to acquire up to 6,500 new gondola-type railcars

Ukraine Railways’ (UZ) investment programme will receive a senior loan of $150 million from the EBRD to acquire up to 6,500 general purpose open freight gondola-type wagons.

Letters to the Editor

224 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
London Public Art: The Whitechapel Threads

In the middle of a wide avenue by Shoreditch station stands three ropes threaded and frozen in space.

London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1

This insignificant little alley nonetheless has on its corner a relic of Spitalfields Jewish past.

The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

A majestic lion lays bestride a war memorial in a post-war housing estate, a memory of those who worked nearby and died far away.

Glass elevator for one of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys

A glass elevator has been announced that will take people to the top of one of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys for views across central London.

The memorial to a failed North-East Passage

As motorists journey through the Rotherhithe tunnel, little do they know that there’s a memorial to another greater journey above their heads.

Model Railways

250 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
gearing up for the barre train show

We are getting packing up for the Barre, VT train show this week.

Fixtures And Fittings

It can be a bit of a bore casting lots of repeat parts like tables and chairs, but it doesn't half make it quicker when you come to fit them.

N&W Pocahontas District: Scenery Phase III

My last blog about the scenery on my layout grew to over 20 pages, so I figured it was time to start another post.

Middle School Model Railroad: Scale Speed

Yesterday I asked students to first estimate, then calculate, the speed in miles per hour that this train was traveling with respect to the HO scale figure walking along the tracks (this "scene" runs along the whiteboard on the north wall of the classroom)

Narrow Gauge

72 stories | Newest story posted last month
Matthews Park miniature trains to roll back years on Historical Society day

The miniature railway in Matthews Park will be reliving the grand old days of the railways on Saturday.

Miniature rail raises $2000 for R U Aware, We Care drought appeal

THE model engineers of Tamworth have pulled their weight to help with the drought.

Largs resident celebrates 103rd birthday with Walka Miniature Railway ride

Walka Miniature Railway might have had its oldest passenger on Sunday.

One Careful Owner

I've had a go at distressing the model of the Ford Puma to try to make it look like it's had an argument with a Garratt.

Harold The Second

We have a number of duplicates in our fleet, mostly this is because we've made an improved version as our techniques have improved, or because a better kit has come onto the market.

New South Wales Rail News

3174 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Goward signals more developments on rail

Goulburn MP Pru Goward has flagged an announcement on greater rail investment by the end of this year.

T8 Line reopens after freight train derails at Minto

Sydney commuters on the T8 Airport & South line are being urged to allow more travel time after a train partially left its tracks this morning.

Berejiklian crusades against Auburn and Bankstown

Transport for NSW data show removal of Liverpool via Regents Park trains caused most significant increase in travel times across Sydney.

‘Lack of rail capacity’ blamed for 220 extra trucks from Dunmore quarry

Boral is blaming a lack of rail infrastructure for a push to dump road transport limits from its Dunmore quarry, for an extra 220 truck movements per day.

Gladys Berejiklian says NSW ‘should be talking bullet trains’ within next 50 years

A HIGH-speed bullet train connecting Sydney to ­regional NSW could be a reality within 50 years, as the government extends its massive infrastructure plan that Premier Gladys Berejiklian described as “Bradfield on steroids”.

New Zealand Rail News

307 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
RMTU New Zealand: The Activist Newsletter

Download the latest news from the Rail & Maritime Transport Union New Zealand here.

KiwiRail defends decision to purchase new diesel trains

KiwiRail is sticking by its decision to purchase 15 new diesel locomotives 

New Zealand Government invests in electric locomotives for KiwiRail

The New Zealand Government has committed to funding the refurbishment of KiwiRail’s ageing electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk line, providing additional capacity for rail freight growth.

Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service takes another step closer

Hamiltonians could be commuting by train to Auckland by March 2020 as the most detailed view of the potential service yet is revealed ahead of a crucial vote on its future.

KiwiRail to receive government funding to upgrade electric trains

KiwiRail is set to receive NZD$35m ($23m) of funding from the Government of New Zealand to modernise 15 of its electric trains that operate between Hamilton and Palmerston North.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted last year
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.

Opinion

96 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
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

517 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Flightradar24 data regarding Air Astana E190 KC1388 loss-of-control incident near Lisbon

On 11 November, an Air Astana Embraer E190 (registration P4-KCJ), departed Alverca Airport following a heavy maintenance C-check at Oficinas Gerais de Material Aeronáutico.

AvTalk Episode 44: The crash of Lion Air flight 610

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason heads to South Africa, we discuss the crash of Lion Air flight 610, Brandon Buz, senior social media analyst with the Greater Orlando Airport Authority joins us to discuss social media use by airports and the fun conversation that is “Airport Twitter”.

Police urge public to avoid Melbourne CBD after reported car fire in Bourke St

Firefighters have responded to reports of a car fire at Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD, where a significant amount of smoke can be seen.

New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in October 2018

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

Malaysia Airlines MH602: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (for Yangon) by Boeing 737-800

MH602 is Malaysia Airlines‘ first daily morning flight from Singapore.

Pacific National News

12 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Pacific National Delegates

On Wednesday November 7, Loco Division PN Coal Delegates from across the state gathered to prepare to meet management and work through current workplace issues.

633 years among them – retirements around the tracks

During the recent Loco Around the Tracks tour, a number of retiring members were presented with their plaques and certificates as a show of thanks for their years of dedication to the industry and the […] Read More »

ACCC takes action against Pacific National and Aurizon

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Pacific National and Aurizon (ASX: AZJ), and their related entities, for allegedly reaching an understanding in relation to Aurizon’s intermodal business that had the purpose and/or would be likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in the supply of intermodal and steel rail linehaul services.

PN puts bigger wagons on rail for sugar season haul

[font=Calibri",sans-serif]Pacific National is utilising new high-capacity wagons to more efficiently transport sugar and molasses, with the major rail freight operator hoping to reap the benefits of this year’s harvest in North Queensland.

Pacific National boss rails against road lobby dominance

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle is on a mission to boost rail’s public and policy presence, saying an industry voice has been sorely lacking in a nation facing a surge in population and associated infrastructure challenges.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
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

2204 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
HOW MIGHT A FREIGHT TRAIN OVERCOME AN ACTIVIST RAIL BLOCKAGE?

This flimsy structure and the 18-year-old suspended within it somehow stopped rail deliveries to Queensland’s Abbot Point coal port for several hours this morning.

Push for new rail trail gains momentum

THE South Burnett Rail trail has become a hit with locals and tourists alike, with the possibility of extending Queensland's longest sealed rail trail looking likely.

Road closed after Rocky crash on rail lines

FIRE crews have closed a Rockhampton road after a two-car crash over rail lines.

Queensland Rail is not living up to its punctuality targets

EIGHT out of 12 passenger train lines failed to meet Queensland Rail’s strict peak-hour punctuality targets last month, triggering criticism of claims the network had “stabilised”.

Rail Events

211 stories | Newest story posted last month
[FR] InnoTrans 2018: Avelia Horizon animated

The new generation of high speed trains Alstom is now developing for, initially, the French railways, is named ‘

Railway Interchange 2019 open for business

“Railway Interchange 2019  showcases the latest technology, services, and research by members and supporters of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI)

Strawberry & Cherry Festival Heritage Train Tour - 17/11

[left]Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a special diesel haul heritage train tour to Bacchus Marsh for their annual Strawberry & Cherry Festival.

PT Len and Teltronic to integrate ETCS and CBTC over Tetra

PT Len Industri and Teltronic signed a memorandum of understanding to explore interfacing the Indonesian state-owned electronics company’s ETCS and CBTC signalling systems and the Spanish telecoms technology company’s TETRA and LTE during InnoTrans 2018.

Record-breaking InnoTrans proves rail sector is booming

The four-day event closed on 21 September 2018 leaving behind very satisfied exhibitors and trade visitors.

Rail News

3888 stories | Newest story posted 23 hours ago
Future Rail – Australia Issue

In this special issue, we focus on some of Australia’s biggest rail projects currently in the pipeline, as well as looking towards the sector’s future in the years to come.

What does the future hold for Australia’s railway stations? 

Australia is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing urban environments.

Railway Accidents and War Service: Armistice Day 2018

On 10 January 1919, the First World War claimed another victim: 22-year-old Sapper Raymond Towers.

GWA – FLACH EA Round one!

On Tuesday the 6th of November Your RTBU Locomotive Division Negotiating Team exchanged log of claims with GWA.

Honouring Bob Thiel

It is with great sadness that the RTBU Locomotive Division reports the passing of retired enfield driver, Bob Thiel, aged 93.

Rail Travel

169 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
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.

Chasing the Great Dome Car: an Adirondack Legacy

Yesterday I finally was able to railfan the Great Dome Car.

Refugees as art in Spitalfields

A wooden boat that once raced across the waves stands frozen in time carrying passengers who never arrive.

See the Barbican in a golden glow

A new film by the guy behind the award winning documentary about the last days of the Robin Hood Gardens estate in east London, has turned his gaze upon the Barbican itself and how sunset transforms the buildings.

Rail Plus taking agents on a grand train tour of Italy

Rail Plus has launched its Grand Train Tour of Italy campaign with free trips to Italy, an indulgent foodie itinerary, free pizzas and an informative webinar on Trenitalia.

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
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.

Voting open for July 2017 photo comp

Voting is now open for our monthly international photo competition.

Railway Preservation

171 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Preparations

With another big re-railing effort planned for later this week, today saw lots of material distributed and rails bolted together in preparation.

Illinois Central 3345

About a month and a half ago I took a big step towards finishing the exterior of the IC 3345 coach.

T & N O 2-10-2 #975

Yes, the 975 is receiving more paint from its painting friend, Gregg Wolfersheim.

Pennsylvania bobber cabin update

Here is the latest news regarding the Pennsy bobber cabin restoration.

Trains and tracks

A couple of early morning runs to Melbourne for the Cruise Express people.

Railway Publications

12 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Book Review: Canadian Pacific Railway

Continuing my trend of reading old railway books, I recently read “Canadian Pacific Railway” by Patrick C.

Holding the line: wartime memories from women railway workers

It was around five years ago that I first discovered the collection of interviews with railway workers carried out by the Friends of the National Railway Museum some ten years earlier.

Book Review: British Columbia Railway

British Columbia Railway, by J.

Feature articles in the September 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries.

Book Review: Canadian National Steam Power

Canadian National Steam Power book I recently read the book "Canadian National Steam Power", written by Anthony Clegg and Ray Corley.

Railway Stories

68 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
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.

Somewhere only we know: Morisset

I got on a train to Newcastle on a whim.

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

Sydney’s Transport History – Double Decker Trains

Sydney has a long history with double deckers trains.

South Australian Rail News

650 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Rail future still in doubt

A former farmer and truck driver has raised concerns about the number of trucks which will travel through town and city centres on the Eyre Peninsula if rail network contractual negotiations fail.

Stormy weather sparks scrub fire and damages homes across SA

Wild weather eases across South Australia but thousands of homes remain without power after wind gusts bring down trees and power lines.

Level crossing upgrades on the SteamRanger Heritage Railway

Works to upgrade two level crossings on the Mount Barker to Victor Harbor railway line at Currency Creek, operated by SteamRanger, will commence this week.

Lack of rail line foresight?

The Gawler railway electrification project could be dug up within a few years of it being built, if a Concordia development goes ahead, Light MP Tony Piccolo says.

Rail Trail findings reveal opportunity

A presentation was given to the District Council of Mount Remarkable on Tuesday advising them of the research and findings of their Rail Trail development research study.

Tasmanian Rail News

369 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Hobart rail lines to remain intact with Mac Point cycleway extension construction

RAIL lines will remain intact at Macquarie Point despite northern suburbs light rail supporters fearing work on a bike track at the site could damage the infrastructure.

Inquiry into tourism opportunities for Tasmania's North-East rail corridor

A Legislative Council committee examining potential tourism opportunities for the North-East rail corridor has called for public input into the inquiry.

New route recommended for heritage railway and rail trail

A change in route to the North-East’s heritage railway and bike rail trail is on the cards.

State government's rail plan has ‘right balance’

A state government plan for the North-East’s rail trail and heritage railway already has the ‘right balance’, says Treasurer Peter Gutwein.

North-East rail line on City of Launceston Council agenda

An alternative route for the North-East rail trail will be discussed at the City of Launceston council’s Monday meeting.

Train Simulator News

64 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

DB BR 10 Steam Loco Add-On

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master.

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01

Three Country Corner Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 challenging and enjoyable scenarios for the Three Country Corner route on Steam, covering freight and passenger operations in this scenic cross-border region of Western Europe.

Tram and Light Rail News

1344 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Sydney Light Rail to encroach on heritage-listed Strawberry Hills Hotel

The owners of an historic Surry Hills pub have piled on Sydney's troubled light rail project, describing plans to modify their heritage-listed watering hole as a "final insult".

SEVILLE 5 NOVEMBER 2018

At San Bernardo terminus,recharging the batteries

GRANADA 7/8 NOVEMBER 2018

Pantograph going up at Albolote terminus

HONG KONG NOVEMBER 2018 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank is on his annual HK tram riding holiday!

UK

964 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Farmers dicing with death at level crossings

Agricultural vehicles are involved in an average of one reported incident at a level crossing each week in Britain.

Wide-ranging proposals published to make the railway more accessible for all

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published proposals that significantly revise guidance for train and station operators to make the railway more accessible for all.

Improving diversity in rail recruitment

Working with a multi-faceted approach, and in partnership with a range of organisations, MTR Crossrail has succeeded in sourcing new staff from many previously under-utilised talent pools and, as a result, achieved recognition within the HR industry and rail sector, receiving Winner of the Best Approach to Recruitment Award at the HR Excellence Awards 2018.

The 80 year old tube train that could run on the Underground again

A train that hasn’t been seen on the London Underground since 1971 could make a return if plans to restore a collection of Q-Stock carriages can be completed.

A brief history of when trains ran on air

The flash in the pan alternative to steam.

USA

852 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
New York MTA to acquire Grand Central Terminal

New York state public transport agency Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is set to acquire certain rail assets, including Grand Central Terminal, for $35m.

Who will protect the French Fries?

Burning propane is not harmful (explosive but not air-quality-hazardous).

New York MTA’s $35 million “no-brainer”

The MTA’s purchase will terminate a 280-year lease that gives the agency a one-time window of opportunity to buy the assets; the window closes in 11 months.

Amtrak’s Anderson not a random choice

For an hour, the governor waited patiently in a conference room.

Victorian Rail News

5834 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
Fresh rail promises miss Mildura

HUNDREDS of millions of dollars have been committed for rail upgrades by the major parties less than two weeks before the Vitctorian election.

Commuter pain as major train lines grind to a halt

Major train delays for lines travelling to the city's north and south-east have left commuters stranded on Monday night.

New trains, another big cash splash promised for Ballarat line

Congestion on the Ballarat train line could be eased after a government promise to build an extra 54 V/Line carriages if it wins the election.

Vic Premier slams Greens 'culture problem'

The Greens' hopes of forming government with Labor have hit an all-time low in Victoria, with Premier Daniel Andrews slamming the minor party's culture.

Mobile phone chargers coming to CBD stations, Labor promises

Victorian Labor has promised to to alleviate a major irritation of modern life - the depleted mobile phone battery.

Western Australian Rail News

1046 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
BHP restarts ore trains after wreckage cleared

BHP says it has resumed rail operations between its Pilbara iron ore mines and Port Hedland after the company had to derail a runaway train that severed the critical transport link last week.

MinRes train derails

MinRes and Arc Infrastructure said the train derailed at around 7:30am AWST yesterday morning, south of Norseman as it was returning to the mine from Esperance.

Mineral Resources loses wagons in return run from Esperance to Koolyanobbing iron ore mine

LESS than a week after BHP was forced to derail a runaway iron ore train with no driver in the Pilbara, fellow iron ore miner Mineral Resources has revealed details of wagons going off the rails in the Goldfields.

BHP iron ore train services recommence in WA as a second train derails

A second iron ore train has derailed in WA's outback within a week.

A Mineral Resources iron ore train rolls into Esperance port

The first Mineral resources train rolls into Esperance port

Yarra Trams

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Tram-stop sneaks will be in the picture

MOTORISTS who speed past stationary trams will be caught on camera — and could eventually receive fines and demerit points for it.

Final W-Class trams to be restored

The final six unrestored W-Class trams are being removed from Melbourne’s City Circle so they can be stripped back and rebuilt for re-entry into service by 2020.

Yarra Trams rebrands Christmas

YARRA Trams is altering its Christmas celebrations for staff this year — after a 2017 event featured an indecently clad “fat-o-gram”.

Melbourne Art Trams return for 2018

Artist Hayley Millar-Baker with her artwork on a Melbourne Art TramThe first 2018 Melbourne Art Tram has entered service, one of eight trams that will be seen on Melbourne’s tram network over the next six months.

Community organisations to share $1 million of tram network advertising value

Some of 2018 partner City in the Community's young leaders with their wrapped tramNot-for-profit organisations have the chance to share their message with hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne through the 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program.

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