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ACT

180 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Fare hike waived in ACT as light rail frequency increased

Public transport fares have remained frozen in Canberra, to help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Closure of Rail Manufacturing CRC leaves room for R&D investment

The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) held its last event on June 25 and officially closed on July 1 leaving a gap in the Australian rail industry’s research and development landscape.

Rail Manufacturing CRC to close

The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will close this month, and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is calling for new rail research funding to fill the void it will leave in the industry.

Another light rail election on track after Libs slam contract delays

The Canberra Liberals have thrown the future of Light Rail Stage 2 into doubt by refusing to commit fully to the project ahead of the October election and questioning the government’s approach.

Australasian Railway Association outlines two-year plan for rail freight

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has launched its 2020-2022 strategic plan for rail freight to support an increased modal share for the industry as the nation’s freight task grows.

Africa

263 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Ghana orders new standard gauge rail equipment

The new equipment will be supplied by a consortium of Chinese companies led by Dongfang Electrical, in partnership with CRRC Dalian and the CRRC Qiqihar Rolling Stock Company (QRRS), in a deal agreed on June 23.

Vandalised freight line reopened after six years

Transnet has re-opened the freight route between Pretoria North and Hercules, which has been closed since August 2014 owing to cable theft and sabotage.

Rail link to South African coal export port restored

The rail line to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) will resume full capacity this evening following six days of disruption caused by a derailed train.

Kenya court rejects China's multi-billion dollar BRI rail project

Kenya's appeals court has ruled that the contract between the Kenyan government and China Road Bridge Corporation(CRBC) failed to comply with its laws.

Sabotage derails train carrying coal to Richards Bay

South Africa’s rail, port and pipeline company, Transnet, confirmed the incident, noting that no injuries or fatalities had been reported.

Airline News

196 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
LATAM Brazil Joins Sister Airlines In Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

LATAM Airlines Brazil announced today that it began reorganization as part of Chapter 11 protection in the United States.

United States Becomes Latest To Ban PIA Over License Scandal

The fallout over the fake license scandal at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is growing.

Emirates Sees No 777X Deliveries Before 2022

Emirates is not expecting to fly the Boeing 777X until at least 2022.

Qantas to farewell final Boeing 747 jumbo jet

Qantas has announced a program of events to farewell its last remaining Boeing 747 and provide Australians the opportunity to say goodbye to the “Queen of the Skies” ahead of its retirement from the national carrier’s fleet.

SA Express Puts Up Bombardier CRJ200s For Auction

At the end of May, we reported that provisional liquidators of SA Express were requesting more powers from the South African government to allow them to sell assets for cash.

Arabian Rail News

203 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Dubai inaugurates $2.9bn Metro Route 2020

UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has inaugurated Route 2020 of the Dubai Metro.

Dubai metro inaugurates extension to Red line

The line, built under the name Metro Route 2020, is scheduled to open to the public from September, following operational trials and tests by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

Iran begins track laying on Chabahar – Zahedan railway

The 628km railway will cross the south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan and will link the provincial capital of Zahedan with Chabahar, Iran’s only oceanic port in the Gulf of Oman.

TMH Begins Delivery of 1300 Passenger Coaches to Egypt

Transmashholding has started delivering on the order of 1,300 passenger coaches for Egyptian National Railways (ENR).

Specialist cables developed for Egyptian resignalling project

Nexans has supplied 1 700 km of cables specially developed to an Egyptian National Railways and Alstom specification for use on the project to upgrade signalling systems on the 240 km Beni Suef – Asyut section of ENR’s main line along the River Nile south of Cairo.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted last year
'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

3250 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
First underground tunneling tender launched for Kanpur Metro Rail project

The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (UPMRC) today issued tender notice and invited online bids for the construction of the first underground section of Kanpur Metro’s priority corridor.

India-Japan logjam over Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed

The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), which is overseeing the project, claims to have made reasonable progress despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in recent months.

60% land acquired and 68% civil work tender out for bullet train project

Govt two ambitious projects the first one is Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and the second one is Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project that will transform the railway services in India will not be delayed despite the coronavirus crisis, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Wednesday.

Indian Railways invites bids to run private passenger trains

Confirming its intention to work with private operators to address a shortfall in passenger capacity, the Indian Railway Board issued requests for qualification on July 1 for 35-year concessions to operate private trains on the national network from 2023.

Maersk to double frequency of sea-rail AE19 service for capacity-hit shippers

Maersk is to double the frequency of its AE19 rail-sea service between South Korea and Northern Europe, as shippers and forwarders on the trade continue to struggle to secure ocean and air freight capacity.

Aurizon

255 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Monitoring processes improved following rail flood incident

An out of service water level sensor led an Aurizon freight train to plough through flood waters that had inundated a rail bridge near Tully, Queensland, in 2018.

ACCC's Sims refuses to back down on rail freight sale decision

Competition watchdog boss Rod Sims will not back down in his fight to challenge the sale of a key Queensland rail freight terminal saying the deal, between Pacific National and ASX-listed rail freight operator Aurizon, warrants a second look at the High Court.

ACCC seeks to take Acacia Ridge sale to High Court

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has sought leave to appeal to the High Court Pacific National’s purchase of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal.

Aurizon announces appointment of new CFO

Aurizon announced today that George Lippiatt had been appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive Strategy.

Achieving sustainability

Australia’s largest rail infrastructure project, Inland Rail and Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, share how they’re meeting sustainability targets.

Australian High Speed Rail

30 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Financing faster rail networks

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

Fast train worth another look

I basically support C Williams' call for a national high-speed rail network (Letters, June 1), despite a report from the Grattan Institute which concludes that such a network would not be cost effective.

Australia must ‘move on’ from freeway fantasy, not High Speed Rail

In response to the Grattan Institute’s calls for Australia to ‘move on’ from High Speed Rail, the Public Transport Users Association notes the limitations of their analysis, and calls for urban megaroads projects to receive the same level of scrutiny.

Why a bullet train is a bad idea

A bullet train won’t work in Australia, nor will it be the climate saver many policy makers believe it will be, according to the authors of a report by a public policy think tank.

'Move on': Report pours cold water on renewed calls for high-speed east coast rail

Australia should abandon the idea of a bullet train and governments should stop wasting public money to study proposals, according to a new report by the Grattan Institute.

Bus Transport News

568 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
How significant is 78 million more bus trips each year?

Buses in Melbourne are usually thought of as public transport's small fry.

Timetable Tuesday #79: Route 740 - Going the same way for decades

The last time anything significant happened to Route 740 was when Henry Bolte was premier.

Timetable Tuesday #80: The seven ages of Melbourne buses since 1950

Normally on Tuesdays we discuss the quirks of one particular bus, train or tram route's timetable.

How Perth makes bus reform work: its frequent route 915 and how we can do it here (Timetable Tuesday #81)

Last Friday I wrote about the collapse of bus network reform in Adelaide.

Canada

687 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Watco to acquire rail assets at six Dow sites

Chemical producer Dow has signed a definitive agreement to sell the rail infrastructure assets and related equipment at six of its US and Canadian sites to shortline group Watco.

Canadian National breaks multiple grain records

Canadian National announced [Tuesday] that it has achieved another monthly record in June moving 2.

Via Rail temporarily lays off 1000 staff

The operator says that while there have been recent positive developments in resuming services cut in March, many routes are still interrupted.

High speed rail talks move ahead

For three years, a coalition of public and private groups has explored the 

Canadian National makes strong investment in New Brunswick

Canadian National announced July 6 it plans to invest approximately $20 million (CAD) across New Brunswick in 2020.

Cityrail News

775 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Visually-impaired man and his guide dog allegedly assaulted on Sydney train

A vision-impaired man and his guide dog were allegedly assaulted by a 24-year-old man while sitting in the disabled seat on a train.

Sydney woman dragged by train at Chatswood Station after getting arm caught in closing door

A quick-thinking platform attendant is credited with saving the life of a woman whose arm got stuck in train doors as it pulled out of a station.

COVID-19 pushes Sydney Trains to build occupancy reporting app for staff

Ups real-time data flows to monitor passenger numbers, avoid crowding.

Alleged NSW train sex offender charged

A man has been charged with a string of sexual offences after allegedly harassing several women on trains in western Sydney.

Coronavirus Transport News

278 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Reimagining the future of Mumbai’s mobility post-COVID-19

The post-COVID-19 world is the proverbial Schrodinger’s cat at the moment.

REMSA webinar on navigating a post-COVID world

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association will hold a webinar on July 21, 2000 entitled “Navigating All Things Talent Acquisition In A Post-COVID World.

Kiwis stranded as Air New Zealand cancels flights from Australia

New Zealanders have been left stranded in Australia after the New Zealand government asked airlines to manage bookings for flights entering the country in the next three weeks to ensure quarantine facilities were not overwhelmed.

Three ways rail operators can support safe travel

Keeping trains running, while protecting the health of passengers and staff, will require sweeping adjustments by operators on the front line.

Major coronavirus breach at Sydney Airport as entire flight from Melbourne not screened despite travel ban

Passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney last night disembarked without being screened by NSW Health officials, in a major breach of the state's coronavirus protocols.

Europe

5123 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Lithuanian freight operator launches Polish business

The Lithuanian state railway group’s freight business LTG Cargo has established a Polish subsidiary to support its international expansion plans and is negotiating a joint venture with PKP Cargo to operate cross-border intermodal services.

[CH / Expert] Testing, testing: BLS Re 465 011 out and about

Earlier in May, Railcolor News informed you about the upcoming “R3” modernization of BLS’s Re 465 fleet.

[RO] In the picture: The first Smartrons for Romania have arrived [updated]

Soon there will be a total of six Siemens Smartron locomotives driving trains in Romania for E-P Rail and Unicom Tranzit.

Alstom to divest rail factories ahead of Bombardier acquisition

Alstom has announced plans to carry out divestments of products and factories ahead of its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working

Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has led to an .

Gunzelling Reports

1132 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
First LDPs on the Tahmoor Coalie

LDP003 led TM81/82 yesterday with sister unit LDP002 on the rear.

Sunday Cinema: Diversion work on MBTA’s Red Line

We have a triple feature this week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/7/2020

There were 100 sightings for this week; This is 12 sightings more than last week.

Sadleirs Van Repaint

Great to see another repaint of an RLSY since there hasn't been any in a long time!

Breaking News. 29-06-2020

Breaking News,

Inland Rail Project

370 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Australia: The hard truth about interstate freight

High levels of taxation and track access charges are making rail freight uncompetitive with other modes, even on long hauls where speed and volume should give rail a natural advantage.

Expert panel to assess Inland Rail flood modelling

An independent panel of five experts has been appointed to assess flood modelling developed for Inland Rail in Queensland.

Victorian government to pay for service for next three years

The last passenger train to the Wimmera will run until at least 2023, following an announcement by the state government on Tuesday.

ARA launches three-year strategic plan for Australian freight

The Australian Railway Association (ARA)’s 2020-2022 strategic plan lays out reforms required to support increased modal share for the nation’s growing freight task.

New reference panel to deliver Supply Chain Strategy

A new Freight Industry Reference Panel has been formed to oversee the implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

International Rail News

5434 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Electroputere VFU unveils first DMU

Production began in 2014, with more than 180 specialists from Electroputere VFU involved in the project.

Safety at level crossings: Evaluate, engage and enforce

Causes of collisions and near misses.

ProRail: Motivated to reduce risk at level crossings

The presence of level crossings has a major impact on the safety, availability and flow of rail and road traffic alike.

Alstom using AI solution to manage social distancing in Panama

Alstom is using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to manage passenger flow and maintain social distancing.

Letters to the Editor

303 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
A gin for a good cause

The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the lockdown, and likely to struggle for months to come, so there’s a campaign raising money for people laid off by the industry.

Scientists create video game to unlock how flies navigate

Scientists have created a virtual reality video game to better understand how flying insects navigate the world.

Federal ICAC now

We call on the acting Government of Australia, currently the Liberal-National Coalition led by Scott Morrison, to implement a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption.

An advertiser exodus meant the writing was on the wall for Alan Jones

With a record-breaking 226 consecutive wins in the ratings and a string of scandals in his wake, Alan Jones will leave 2GB as the most successful, influential and controversial radio host Australia has ever known.

Lightboxes and Lettering: The importance of East London’s print industry

An exhibition that charts and celebrates the history of printing from the hand laid out letter presses to the modern computer aided design.

Model Railways

1690 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Timetable Storage???

Google has not been my friend this evening, and the worst of the results was that "timetable collection" took me to collection times for trash.

27 || Running Trains and Digitrax DT602D Review

In today’s video we are going to run some trains and I am going to do an informal review of the new Digitrax Throttle, the DT602D.

Kadee Magnet for uncoupling

Installing Kadee Code 100 magnets in Code 83 Track on the the Grande Pacific Railroad.

My Ambulance in N Scale

During 37 years as a frontline #Paramedic, model building and model railroading was my destresser from the difficult calls of the profession.

Narrow Gauge

118 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Behind Closed Doors…

Whilst the restrictions around COVID-19 mean we aren’t currently able to open to the public, behind the scenes Puffing Billy’s workshops are a hive of activity, so an update seems timely.

Ride on one of London’s minature steam trains

We all love a steam train and dotted around London are a number of miniature steam railways to ride on.

Ruislip Lido Railway confirms reopening date after Coronavirus closure

The Ruislip Lido Railway has confirmed their planned reopening date for passenger services following the Coronavirus closure.

Keep an eye out for cane trains this sugar season

Locals in the Bundaberg Region are advised to keep an eye out for cane trains from Monday, 22 June in the lead up to the cane harvesting season.

Mackay Sugar Snapshot 2020

The 2020 crush is now underway for Mackay Sugar Limited - Australia's second largest sugar milling company behind Wilmar.

New South Wales Rail News

3971 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
TfW to commence work on South Wales Metro transformation

Transport for Wales (TfW) in the UK has announced that it will commence the railway line transformational works on the South Wales Metro from 3 August.

Sydneysiders urged to take caution around light rail after terrifying near misses

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in Sydney have been caught on video flirting with death around trams.

South Wales Metro project moves forward with railway transformational works

The South Wales Metro will also open up a range of job, business, education and other opportunities for the people and businesses of South Wales.

Passenger train arrivals demonstrate unique direct-to-rail capability at Port of Newcastle

The first shipment of new passenger trains for the Sydney network arrived at Port of Newcastle this week, immediately taking advantage of the port’s direct connections to the New South Wales heavy freight and passenger rail networks.

First two Waratah Series 2 trains arrive at Port of Newcastle

Australia’s Transport for NSW has announced that the first two of the 17 Waratah Series 2 trains for Sydney have arrived at Port of Newcastle.

New Zealand Rail News

439 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
KiwiRail to boost West Coast rail connections

The New Zealand Government has provided an investment of NZD13m ($8.

Support for resilient rail connection to West Coast

A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say.

Heritage steam train turns in direction of domestic tourism

A tourism company facing a downturn in cruise ship passengers has shifted its focus to heritage rail journeys for New Zealanders.

KiwiRail selects site for Palmerston North freight hub

KiwiRail have announced the preferred location for the Regional Freight Hub near Palmerston North.

Contract awarded for Puhinui station interchange main works

A joint venture has been selected to complete the NZ$46.

Northern Territory Rail News

219 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
RFQ released for concept design of passenger terminal in Katherine, NT

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

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

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

NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

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

Documents reveal 'extreme and ill-advised' secret plan to take land along the Ghan line

Federal cabinet documents kept secret for 20 years reveal a radical legislative proposal to acquire Aboriginal land to ensure the construction of the 1,400 kilometre rail line from the Red Centre to Darwin.

NAIF appoints Chris Wade as CEO

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), a $5 billion lending organisation, has appointed senior investment official Chris Wade as its new chief executive officer.

Opinion

104 stories | Newest story posted last month
The eccentric engineer: endless railway wheels that crawled like a caterpillar

In a time when it seems none of us are going anywhere, it might be interesting to look back on a time when travel horizons were just opening, but the ‘going’ remained decidedly ‘soft’.

Write to Urban Transport Infrastructure Magazine – Guest Post Guidelines

Great to have you here; Urban Transport News is now welcoming submissions from Guest Writers!

The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

What You Need to Do About Define Electrolyte in Chemistry Before You Miss Your Chance

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

A successful business model in modern conditions is definitely characterized by mobility, openness, automation of numerous processes.

Other Transport News

934 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Active Transport is usually better

This is a great message from UK Health workers who LOVE bikes!

Can Electric Bikes Be Our Future Cars?

Statistics have shown that more and more people are ditching their cars for electric bikes.

VolkerFitzpatrick aims to reduce carbon emissions with GreenD+

VolkerFitzpatrick has partnered with Green Biofuels to reduce the carbon emissions of its UK rail enterprise with GreenD+.

Bypass Opening Returns Local Roads To Drysdale

The Bellarine Peninsula’s biggest road infrastructure project, the Drysdale Bypass opens to traffic today.

€2.4-billion for cycling!!!

Germany’s first major national climate law has allocated a staggering €2.

Pacific National News

45 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
ACCC launches Pacific National High Court bid

The competition watchdog has asked for special leave to appear in the High Court to challenge Pacific National's $205 million acquisition of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal from rival Aurizon.

New construction and freight jobs for Western Sydney

Up to 80,000 truck trips will be taken off Sydney’s congested motorways each year, while 230 jobs will be created in Western Sydney, as part of a combined investment value of up to $100 million to shift freight off the city’s road network and onto rail.

Rapid adoption of ATMS key to freight rail competitiveness

Rail freight cannot afford to be left “in the age of steam” chair of the Freight on Rail Group (FORG) Dean Dalla Valle has said in the inaugural industry-led Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) oversight group.

Rail showcasing what’s possible in regional Australia

Smart thinking between Pacific National and Wagner Corporation highlights the many possibilities of rail freight.

Pacific National ramps up mental health peer support

Pacific National has today announced it will be increasing the size and scope of its mental health support for employees.

Press Releases

240 stories | Newest story posted 7 months ago
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a Special Heritage Train Tour from Southern Cross to Seymour, then travel to Mt Buller for a day in the snow or enjoy a Kelly Gang History Tour.

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.

Qube Logistics

9 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Qube remains in a strong financial position

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

CONTAINERS AND GENERAL FREIGHT CRIMP QUBE OUTLOOK

Company optimistic amid guidance withdrawal and executive pay cuts

QUBE BOOKS CHALMERS WIN BUT BRACES FOR UNCERTAINTY

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

Qube blames virus for weaker profits forecast

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

Qube purchases four Australian-made locomotives

Qube has awarded the contract to build four locomotives to UGL, part of the CIMIC Group.

Queensland Rail News

2527 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Not enough trains for South Bank in underground plan, rail group fears

A rail lobby group fears not enough trains will run through South Bank and South Brisbane stations as many services are sent underground for the Cross River Rail project.

'A very determined ride:' First woman to tackle rail trail 'double' hopes to inspire others

Just before 2:00am on a near-freezing Saturday morning, while most people were still tucked in bed, Bundaberg mountain biker Mandy Cook was preparing for a record-setting ride.

LNP pledges free off-peak SEQ train travel

There will be free off-peak train travel for senior citizens and students across southeast Queensland if the LNP wins government in October.

Livestock interchange takes shape at Morven

The grand scale of the freight hub at Morven has been revealed after two months of yard-building onsite on the eastern side of the town.

Fix power and rail costs in the North West, say Townsville Enterprise

Fixing the railway line and getting access to cheap power were the major lessons learned from the Townsville Enterprise road trip from Townsville to Mount Isa.

Rail Events

551 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Year in Infrastructure conference goes digital

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2020 conference will be held digitally in October.

Incidents highlight need for effective track and infrastructure monitoring

Recent investigations by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have highlighted the importance of ensuring effective track monitoring and infrastructure maintenance.

Training & Development: Are Your Railroaders Rebound-Ready?

As it has for generations, the Railway Educational Bureau (REB) stands ready with the training and employee development tools railroads need to maintain essential training for their essential employees.

Filling the gap

Bombardier is helping rail operators achieve zero emissions on unelectrified track with its battery electric units while slashing lifecycle costs.

Addressing the rail industry’s engineering deficit

The Australian rail industry has experienced a shortage in key engineering skills for many years now, in part due to the ageing workforce.

Rail News

4266 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
TriMet rail bridge project most extensive since 1986

Yes, the bridge of steel has a kryptonite.

Tube should be driverless – says Prime Minister

At a visit to a tube train factory, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has called for future tube trains to be driverless to beat the unions.

Prime Creative Media surveys business leaders across 15 industries on effects of COVID restrictions and prospects for recovery 

From 28 May to 5 June 2020, Prime Creative Media conducted a survey of more than 2200 business leaders across 15 industries, to capture sentiment as the country began to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

Rail Manufacturing CRC closes

The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is closing after six years of industry-leading research and the delivery of 65 projects.

‘No threat’ to ELR posed by study into reopening Bury railway line

A NEW study into restoring a defunct section of the Bury to Rochdale train line will have 'no impact' on the East Lancashire Railway's (ELR) services, the heritage attraction has said.

Rail Travel

299 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Six times Round the World- My 2019 Travel Highlights

Last year’s travel adventures took me to 26 countries- including two new ones: Estonia and Russia.

Time warps and Thai curry: taking the 11-hour train trip from Melbourne to Sydney

Maybe unfairly, the train has a grim reputation of being slow, uncomfortable and dull.

The Growing Importance of Door-to-Turnstile Sports Travel

Over the last few years, increasing numbers of global sporting organisations have sought to enhance accessibility regarding supporter travel.

Travel Diaries: United Kingdom (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at the trip from Amsterdam to London, and I'd just departed from London Euston station.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 2 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

97 stories | Newest story posted last month
Random Recap #56

Photos of the plattsburgh station from 1992.

Boat used to maintain railroad trestle over 120 years ago reappears on Great Salt Lake

A recent storm in Utah has uncovered some railroad history.

Random Recap #55

This Week we take a look at the backside of the old Chazy depot.

Standard gauge steam to Dimboola

Over the Easter and Anzac Day long weekend at the end of April 2000, the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum operated their special Millennium Aurora passenger train to Dimboola.

Remembering historic coastal rail link 50 years after closure

It was a rail link that served thousands of people each week in two coastal towns for more than 60 years.

Railway Preservation

713 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Big George breaks cover and Casper hides away

On Thursday 9th July, Big George, also known as C501 finally came out of the turntable shed and relocated up to the depot.

Steam trains to return to the Worth Valley this August

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that they can begin running trains again on Wednesday 19th August 2020.

Heritage railway hit by spate of vandalism

Vandals have attacked a heritage railway which was already suffering financially because of the enforced Covid closure.

Middleton Railway’s 60-year milestone … with just four people there

IT should have been a big celebration to mark its 60th anniversary, with 70 paying passengers on board.

Watch a steam locomotive fired up for the first time 80 years

Tomorrow (Saturday 27th June) there will be a chance to see a steam locomotive fired up for the first time in 80 years following restoration works.

Railway Publications

153 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bells & Whistles—Homeowner gives a railroad company some trouble

Georgia lawmakers pass bill prohibiting crosstie burning in two counties.

BOOK REVIEW: An Encylopedia Of British Bridges

An Encylopedia of British Bridges is a book from publishers Pen and Sword and is full of details covering the many bridges around the UK.

Sunday Cinema—Sections of concrete tie placement

Came across the video below on LinkedIn last week.

eBook: Better Outcomes Begin with Better Collaboration

That’s why designers and engineers turn to OpenRail Designer.

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted last month
Experience: I was run over by a train

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

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Marathon du Medoc & other 2020 Plans

Thinking through my year’s travel plans.

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

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

Why can’t normal train services run on snow and ice?

Preparing for winter is a crucial task at Network Rail.

Russian Rail News

135 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Russian government provides $US 953m to support rail transport

Russian Railways (RZD) is among the companies listed as a “backbone enterprise” by the government, alongside Transcontainer and Federal Passenger Company (FPK).

Sinara acquires controlling stake in Vagonmash

Vagonmash is a joint venture of Kirovsky Zavod and Skoda Transportation that was formed in 2013.

Trans-Servis orders food product tank wagons

Trans-Servis has awarded United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash plant a contract to supply a batch of 15-6900-04 tank wagons designed for transporting food products such as molasses and vegetable oils.

UWC Delivers 36 Tank Cars to Khimprom

United Wagon Company (UWC) has shipped 36 tanks cars to industrial chemicals specialist Khimprom, who will use them to transport sodium hydroxide and other chemical freight.

Knorr-Bremse Partners with RZD on High-Speed Trains for Russia

Knorr-Bremse, Russian Railways (RZD) and the Russian Engineering Center for Railway Transport (ECRT) have signed a strategic partnership agreement for the construction of the next-generation high-seed trains.

South Australian Rail News

794 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
State Heritage listing on right track

Good to see this article on the heritage listing of the Port Lincoln locomotive depot, including the roundhouse and workshops, and thank you for the lovely colour photo of Fageol rail bus 109.

Transport union says Adelaide tram and train privatisation could be reversed, as the bus reforms were

Adelaide trains and trams are scheduled to be run by a private company from next year.

Broken Hill's beloved Picnic Train to be relocated as part of park upgrade featuring railway-themed playground

Volunteers of Broken Hill's beloved Penrose Park Picnic Train hope the community will get behind plans that will see the train relocated to the park.

Lifeline for iconic train

The service has been running between Melbourne and Adelaide for more than 130 years, but its future was in doubt after the South Australian government stopped its funding in 2018.

Tasmanian Rail News

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West Coast Wilderness Railway's future built on recycled plastics

For more than 100 years, timber sleepers have carried locomotives along the West Coast but that will soon change thanks to modern approach to railway renewal.

Opportunity for northern suburbs light rail would be squandered by new road through Macquarie Point

The latest development proposal at a key waterfront site has been labelled “desperate and shortsighted”, with a mayor set to take an unusual step to try to prevent its approval.

Railway enthusiasts want handover of historic Ida Bay Railway to fund its resurrection

James Shugg was a 12-year-old Hobart schoolboy when he first visited the Ida Bay Railway in Tasmania's far south in 1976.

Former driver says he would 'lay down as a sleeper' to restart railway

Trains stopped running on the historic Ida Bay Railway in 2018 after a derailment, but former driver Dave Collins says "it sucks you in" and he and other enthusiasts want to pay to get the attraction back on the rails.

Technology News

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The importance of aerosol extinguishing systems for the rail sector

Please provide a brief overview of Aero-X® and why is the rail sector of importance for you?

High-flexible rail cable SAB RailLine 560 for outdoor applications

With the help of latest materials the cable manufacturer succeeded to combine technical characteristics in order to create completely new application fields for products acc.

Transforming trackside electrical fault-finding with innovative cloud-hosted solutions

How can Viper Innovations’ experience and knowledge of other industries be applied to the rail sector?

Delivering technological innovation in Australia

Omada Rail Systems is bringing exciting and innovative technology to the Australian rail industry.

Handheld Announces Major Upgrades to Its Popular Nautiz X2

Handheld Announces Major Upgrades to Its Popular Nautiz X2 All-In-One Android Rugged Computer Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced major upgrades to its Nautiz X2 enterprise rugged handheld.

Train Simulator News

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REVIEW: Rivet Games’ Engadin Line for Train Simulator

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

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

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

Dovetail Games announce Train Sim World 2!

Dovetail Games has just announced Train Sim World 2, the next game in the Train Sim World franchise.

Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

A REVIEW that NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said found safety risks to cyclists near Newcastle's light rail amounts to an "extraordinary admission", Labor contends.

New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

Avoca’s sporting clubs have access to a brand-new minibus to ensure players and supporters can travel safely to and from matches and events thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program.

Tram and Light Rail News

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'Tram tracks are for trams': Caution urged around CBD light rail after near-misses

Cars driving into light rail tunnels, cyclists speeding through intersections and pedestrians stepping in front of moving trams are among hundreds of near-miss accidents along the new light rail in recent months.

Berlin Senate approves €19bn, 15-year contract with BVG

The contract, which comes into effect on September 1, will run until 2035 and has already been approved by BVG’s supervisory board.

Gdansk opens tram extension

The line runs from the previous terminus at Migowo to Lawendowe Wzgórze with six stops.

Electro-diesel tram-train order expanded to support service increase

National passenger operator MÁV-Start has exercised an option for Stadler’s Valencia plant to supply a further four Citylink electro-diesel tram-trains for the route being developed to link Hódmezővásárhely with Szeged.

UK

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Jeremy Acklam appointed as TfN’s new Integrated and Smart Travel Programme Director

Transport for the North (TfN) has appointed Jeremy Acklam as the new Director for its Integrated and Smart Travel (IST) programme.

South Wales Metro infrastructure work to begin!

Transport for Wales will start work on the 3rd August 2020 to move forward plans to open the South Wales Metro.

A strategic approach to deliver rail decarbonisation

Although already one of the most sustainable modes of transportation, the rail sector is being called on to further improve its environmental impact and reach net zero targets.

Network Rail to aid 11 FOAK programme winners

UK infrastructure manager Network Rail has announced that it will support 11 projects out of the 25 winners of the First of a Kind (FOAK) Programme.

Telford Steam Railway welcome ‘Pacer’ No. 144013 – milestone in ambition to extend to Ironbridge

The Telford Steam Railway has announced that this week, a milestone was reached in the history of the railway with the arrival of a Pacer.

USA

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MBTA Green Line Extension project to coordinate series of major crane lifts this weekend at Lechmere Viaduct in East Cambridge

The MBTA announced [yesterday] it will begin a series of major crane lifts this weekend at the new Lechmere Viaduct now under construction between the Gilmore Bridge and Lechmere Station along Monsignor O’Brien Highway.

Metrolink introduces tool to help passengers social distance

With the pandemic and social distancing on the minds of everyone today, transit riders have been particularly wary of returning to rail transit and commuter rail.

Watch: California high-speed rail construction update

Four-thousand workers have now been dispatched for the California high-speed rail project, covering 32 active sites along 119 miles.

George Stephenson's links to Hetton rail engine proved false

One of the "longest standing early railway mysteries" has been solved with the pedigree of a locomotive proven to be false, researchers have claimed.

Victorian Rail News

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Country Victorians fear public transport could bring coronavirus to the regions

Regional Victoria remains largely untouched by coronavirus and locals want to keep it that way, but fear crowded coaches could spread COVID-19 beyond Melbourne.

Two level crossing removals fast tracked in the west

Two dangerous and congested level crossings at Fitzgerald Road, Ardeer and Robinsons Road, Deer Park, have been fast tracked for removal by 2023.

Building Melbourne's Useful Network Part 52: New deal for Melbourne north buses can save families thousands

Melbourne's northern suburbs have examples of many things wrong with buses in Melbourne.

V/Line buses to replace trains and not cross border from Wodonga into Albury

Buses will replace trains between Wodonga and Melbourne.

More Services To Keep Victorians Safe On Public Transport

The Victorian Government is adding hundreds of new train and tram services to the state’s busiest lines every week to give passengers more choice on when they travel and help maintain physical distancing across the network.

Western Australian Rail News

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Western Australia rail investment targets agriculture sector

A package of infrastructure enhancements has been put forward by the Western Australia state government in a bid to attract more agricultural traffic onto rail.

Fortescue engages John Holland for rail work at Eliwana iron ore project

Australia-based infrastructure and rail company, John Holland, has secured a A$130 million ($90 million) contract with Fortescue Metals Group to construct 143 km of railway tracks and signalling at its Eliwana iron ore project in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

Timetable Tuesday 81: How Perth makes bus reform work - its frequent route 915 and how we can do it here

Last Friday I wrote about the collapse of bus network reform in Adelaide.

WA grain growers to support rail freight

Grain growers cooperative CBH Group has welcomed the Western Australian government’s Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight (RARF) Strategy and committed to work on business cases to fund improvements to rail lines.

Fortescue selects contractor for Pilbara line

John Holland will also design, manufacture and install the line’s signalling equipment and train control systems, which will be manufactured at its Canning Vale fabrication site.

Yarra Trams

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Elizabeth St Disruption - Monday 6 July

Route 19/57/59 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Metro Tunnel Works - Flinders Street

4am Sunday 5 July to 4am Sunday 12 July

Hanging out on Route 3

Hanging out on Route 3 was all the rage last week.

Route 75 Disruption - Thursday 25 June

Route 75 trams have resumed along their normal lines following an earlier disruption.

Disruption to city trams - Rally Saturday 20 June

Saturday 20 June, from 2pm to 4pm

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