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ACT

40 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Driving light rail to give former teacher a new lease on life

Anthony Reid taught high school maths for 21 years, but will swap the classroom for the cab when Canberra's light rail begins running.

If a tree falls on Northbourne and no-one's around, does it make a playground?

Canberra's main drag was a leafy-green festival of foliage before being turned into a barren stretch of cement and construction detritus to make way for the light rail.

Authorities revoke approval for recycling plant's rail siding

ACT planning authorities have made the "unprecedented" decision to revoke a development application approval they gave more than a year ago, after an internal review found it should never have been given the green light in the first place.

Historic rail car arrives in Landrum

Landrum will dedicate its historic Pullman rail car Friday shortly after its arrival.

Canberra light rail misses milestone targets by months, but ACT Government confident of 2018 finish

The consortium building Canberra's billion-dollar light-rail project has failed to meet all but one of its delivery targets this year.

Africa

91 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Kenyan government officials charged with fraud over $3bn railway

A Kenyan court has charged two senior government officials with fraud over land allocation for a new rail line worth $3bn linking Nairobi with Mombasa, East Africa’s biggest port.

Kenyan rail operator sold its own land to itself for SGR rail scheme, prosecutors say

The chairman of Kenya’s National Lands Commission (NLC) and the managing director of the country’s rail operator, Kenya Railways, were among 14 officials to 

The Digital Transformation Of Africa’s Rail System

Few modes of transport evoke such a sense of history and romanticism as rail.

Kenya: Officials accused of corruption in flagship rail project

Officials, business people and companies charged with misdealing during China-funded flagship railway's construction.

Arabian Rail News

33 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
EBRD to provide €205m loan to revamp Cairo Metro Line 1

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to provide a €205m loan to support the partial refurbishment of Cairo Metro Line 1, one of the main transport systems in the Egyptian capital.

Hot and dusty, with rain in the forecast for the UAE

Highest temperate recorded in the country on Monday was 51.

Emirates signs codeshare deal with Italy's national rail firm

Emirates and Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, on Wednesday announced a new codeshare agreement which will enable passengers to discover new destinations across Italy.

A tour through Iran as a rail freight transit country

Iran is strategically located to serve as a transit country on a variety of international rail freight corridors.

New agriculture railway line Kazakhstan-Afghanstan

A new route has been established between Kostanay in Kazakhstan and Herat in Afghanistan.

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

845 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Melaka Monorail – Monorail Themepark & Studios (MTS): A Round Around the Monorail Loop from Tun Ali Station to Tun Ali Station b

The Melaka Monorail is Melaka’s only rail-based transportation system which ferries people leisurely around the Melaka River near Kampung Morten.

Expert team to review MTR Corp project management

Following the discovery of problems with construction methods and documentation on the Shatin – Central Link project, Hong Kong’s Transport & Housing Bureau has appointed three retired senior government officers to review MTR Corp’s project management system and recommend additional management and monitoring measures.

China’s NDRC gives consent to urban railway project in Suzhou

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has given its approval to the second significant urban railway project this year, which comes as the world’s second-largest economy aims to improve slowing growth.

China to fight growing smog threat by boosting rail freight by 30%

China is planning to increase its rail freight capacity by raising the volume of goods delivered by train by 30%, an environment minister has announced.

First high-speed railway in Southeast Asia ready for construction

The high-speed railway connecting the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Bandung is ready for construction, Chinese railway operator China Railway Corp (CRC) has announced.

Aurizon

180 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Australian Aurizon's coal volumes via rail rise 7% on year in fiscal 2017-18 to 212.4 mil mt

Australia's largest rail freight operator Aurizon carried 7% more coal by rail year on year in fiscal 2017-2018 (July-June) at 212.

Aurizon prevented from closing Queensland intermodal business

The Federal Court has ordered that Aurizon (ASX: AZJ) must continue operating its Queensland intermodal business while the ACCC’s case against Pacific National and Aurizon is heard and determined.

Aurizon Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Aurizon today reported a 6% increase in Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to $941 million for the year ended 30 June 2018 (FY2017 $884 million), reflecting increased coal volumes and transformation outcomes achieved during the year.

Train drivers continue to experience alarming rates of level crossing incidents

Australia’s largest rail-based transport company - is urging the community to stop taking risks at level crossings as it continues to see a high number of incidents across its operations.

Aurizon sale may not be possible, beer prices increase

Aurizon may be prevented from selling its terminal at Acacia Ridge to Pacific National due to concerns over a lack of competition.

Bus Transport News

85 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Massive BYD Order

The Chinese Bus Market is booming, with production of around 300.

E-Paper Comes to Sydney Airport

Following a successful trail of E-Paper real time timetables at two bus stops in the CBD earlier this year, the government has decided to proceed with the rollout of the technology.

ADL Careers Roadshow

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), is to hold a series of four Careers Roadshow events at key UK locations this September to highlight available job opportunities.

Buses, not trains or trams, are the key to keeping Melbourne moving, experts say

Transport experts have suggested that investing billions in bus services, not trains or trams, is the key to keeping Melbourne moving.

Sunbury plea for more buses

Sunbury residents are calling for the town’s bus services to be extended to the Sunbury Fields and Rosenthal estates.

Canada

149 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Ruest appoints CN senior team to focus on efficiency and customer service

“Amid solid market demand, we aim to grow faster than the broader economy,” Ruest said.

CN: Ruest rounds out senior management team

Veteran CN executives Doug MacDonald and Keith Reardon will head CN’s sales and marketing initiatives and all non-rail supply chain operations, such as intermodal container terminals and transload facilities, “to produce solid supply chain services that will compete across various markets,” CN said.

Australian man loses limbs after falling from train in Canada

An Australian man has undergone full and partial limb amputations after falling from a train in Canada, local media is reporting

Canadian National Railway and Vossloh sign multi-year tie and turnout agreements

The realisation of the framework contract for the delivery of concrete ties is with Vossloh’s Tie Technologies business unit (Division Core Components), which was acquired at the beginning of 2017.

Canada and Quebec to fund rail bridge project over Mistassini River

The Government of Quebec in Canada and the federal government have agreed to invest more than C$36.

Cityrail News

606 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Passengers face chaos as 'open-heart surgery' cripples Sydney train network

Thousands of Sydney train passengers face delays of up to three hours as work to replace an old analogue signalling box takes longer than expected, with fears the disruption could have a knock-on effect for Monday's commuters.

Indecent assault on Sydney train

A man is alleged to have indecently assaulted a woman on a city-bound train from Hurstville before other passengers stepped in.

Sydney train network faces delay backlash

CHAOS is expected on Sydney’s rail network this morning after massive delays and a major customer backlash over the weekend.

Sydney train network hit by chaos as 39yo signalling box replaced with digital system

Thousands of Sydney train passengers have faced delays of up to three hours after the scheduled replacement of an old signalling box took longer than expected.

Waratah Series 2 trains to roll out on Macarthur lines

The days of Macarthur region commuters toughing it out on the old silver tin rattlers are numbered.

Europe

926 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Siemens to present Velaro Novo high-speed train at InnoTrans 2018 fair

Siemens has revealed plans to present its latest concept for high-speed trains at the InnoTrans 2018 trade fair for rail technology to be held in Germany in September.

Bombardier Transportation inaugurates new assembly hall in Germany

Bombardier Transportation has inaugurated a new €8m assembly hall in Bautzen, Germany.

A new assembly hall improves Bombardier’s capacity and efficiency

Bombardier Transportation has inaugurated a new final assembly hall in Bautzen, Germany, which has the capacity to produce 600 cars per year.

Next generation interlocking development programme launched

Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has launched the Argos ‘innovation partnership’ project to design its next generation of computer-controlled interlockings.

EU audit condemns ‘ineffective patchwork’ of high speed lines

A lack of cross-border co-ordination between member states has reduced the effectiveness of European Union investment in high speed rail, according to a report published by the European Court of Auditors on June 26.

Gunzelling Reports

704 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/8/2018

There were 85 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/8/2018

There were 92 sightings for this week; This is 1 sightings more that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 28/7/2018

There were 91 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/7/2018

There were 94 sightings for this week; This is 2 sightings less that last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/7/2018

There were 96 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings less that last week.

Inland Rail Project

183 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Moree Plains Shire Council shares Inland Rail vision with Federal Minister Dr John McVeigh

Moree Plains Shire Council’s plans for leveraging and capitalising on the Inland Rail inched a step closer to reality last week as the shire’s bold visions were shared with visiting Federal Minister for Regional Development, The Hon.

Community outrage over Inland Rail in Brisbane

THE Brisbane section of the Inland Rail realignment has become a hot potato, with no-one in either state or federal politics willing to take responsibility for triggering stronger environmental measures being demanded by affected communities.

Locals to get seat on Inland Rail group

RESIDENTS living along the route of the proposed Inland Rail Track have had a small victory after the federal government promised to set up a community consultative committee.

Inland Rail to host briefings and community drop-in sessions

With construction for Inland Rail due to begin in the coming months, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is ramping up its presence in the Central West with a series of local industry briefings and community drop-in sessions throughout August and September.

Inland rail creates grand challenges

RAIL is the most economical and safest way for Woolworths to transport from distribution centres to stores.

International Rail News

4705 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Strukton to show track defect recognition technology at InnoTrans 2018

Strukton Rail is to use InnoTrans 2018 to unveil automatic video recognition technology which can identify potential tracks defects before they occur.

UIC, the Worldwide Railway Organisation, confirms partnership with Intelligent Transport and Global Railway Review

The breadth of this exciting agreement offers a platform for both parties to deliver collaborative, industry-led events as well as insightful multi-media cooperation in print and online.

Strategic development plan launched to improve Ireland’s rail network

Translink and Irish national operator, Iarnród Éireann, have launched an ambitious new strategic development plan for the cross-border enterprise rail service between Belfast and Dublin: ‘Better Connecting Dublin and Belfast’

Advanced and uncompromising railway safety: an innovative tool suite

The webinar will show how SBB is investing in innovative, forward-looking railway technology products and services to meet even the toughest WTMS requirements.

Three ways governments can create the conditions for successful PPPs

A healthy Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has several defining features: strong competition, bankability with low financial costs, lower risk of renegotiations, secure value for money, and efficiency gains.

Letters to the Editor

210 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Melbourne loses world’s most liveable city status after seven years at the top

MELBOURNE has lost its prized mantle as world’s most liveable city, after seven years at the top.

Road trauma is breaking the nation

There are few Australians that have not felt the grief, the loss, the hopelessness, of the ongoing tragedy of the consequences of road trauma.

Delivering For Those Who Deliver To Us

The Andrews Labor Government is making work fairer and safer for workers who are owner drivers or forestry contractors – including drivers using digital freight and delivery platforms.

Last chance to see the FATBERG!

This week marks the final chance to see the Museum of London’s infamous chunk of Fatberg, before it goes off of display on Sunday 1st July.

London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1

A fairly steep little passageway that’s wide enough to be a road, was originally an extension of Saffron Hill to the south.

Model Railways

91 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Ready To Run Revisions

As soon as we received our Bachmann Baldwin 590 he was pulling it apart - as much as he dared!

Happy Couplings

Himself is on a mission at the moment to standardise, as far as possible, all our couplings.

Black Spot

I'm ready to make the first casts of the Mk2 BZ wagon.

Bogie Maintenance

More felting of the stock has been going on this week over at Himself's place.

Looky Likey

Over the last few days I've been getting on well with the second of the BZ wagon sides.

Narrow Gauge

67 stories | Newest story posted last month
80-year-old Washington Twp. man still a kid at Carillon’s Rail Fest

Each June, the sounds of trains and family fun emanate from Carillon Park’s Rail Festival.

The NG/G16 Countdown Begins!

With a projected completion date of mid-2019, the race is on to get our re-gauged South African NG/G16 class Garratt assembled and tested.

Heidi the steam train in big need of donations

Katanning Miniature Railway Club’s steam locomotive Heidi is in need of a new boiler, and the club is calling on the community to help put Heidi back together again.

NG/G News For Febuary

Over the past few months, we have been progressing a lot of different tasks, in order to keep the project moving along at a good pace:

Rising From The Mud

The more eagle-eyed reader of Puffing Billy's in-house magazine, 'Narrow Gauge', might have noticed a dramatically photo-shopped representation of Belgrave yard plateau lurking in the centre spread of last September's edition.

New South Wales Rail News

3046 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Orange Rail Action Group says rail services upgrade petition gaining momentum

A petition seeking an early morning express passenger train direct from Orange to Sydney’s Central Station and its return in the afternoon has garnered plenty of support.

Teenagers charged after Wolli Creek train station assault

THREE teenagers allegedly assaulted two Sydney Trains employees and the good Samaritans who came to their aid during the random attack in Sydney’s south.

'Dangerous and stupid': Videos reveal Sydney's train surfing spike

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance is furious as dramatic new footage shows young people "playing Russian roulette" with the Harbour City's rail network.

Moree Plains Shire Council encourages Moree residents to be rail safe during National Rail Safety Week

During the National Rail Safety Week this week, Moree Plains Shire Council is promoting safety around rail corridors and urging members of the public to take responsibility for their actions at rail stations, pedestrian and level crossings.

Rail Maintenance Facility promised jobs could go to Koreans

An independent research report about the new intercity train fleet, published in 2016, raised questions about whether the promise of jobs for Central Coast locals at the Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance Facility would be delivered.

New Zealand Rail News

294 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Look Right, Look Left as rail lines get busier

Close encounters with trains are on the rise and as train frequencies increase, KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ are encouraging everyone to take a simple action that could save their lives.

Coastal Pacific service to restart in December

KiwiRail’s tourist-focused [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Coastal Pacific service from Christchurch to Picton is to restart on December 1, two years after being suspended as a result of damage to the line caused by the 7·8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake of November 14 2016.

Auckland Council plans to expand City Rail Link scope

The Auckland Council has revealed plans to expand the scope of the City Rail Link, a 3.

Auckland City Rail Link to be bigger and more expensive

The City Rail Link is going to be bigger, and cost more, because the original projections for use now look inadequate.

Tararua tourism benefits from rail riders

Tararua's iconic tourist hot spot, Tui Brewery, continues to attract visitors to our region, most recently on Sunday last week when 209 visitors made the steam-train journey from Wellington and the Kapiti Coast for a real taste of Tararua Country at Mangatainoka.

Northern Territory Rail News

209 stories | Newest story posted 9 months ago
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 2 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

470 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Details released for RAF’s 100th birthday flypast over Central London

A huge flypast will take place over central London on Tuesday 10th July to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and the flight details have now been released.

Air Mauritius MK646: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by Airbus A330-200

Mauritius is probably best known as a luxurious tropical island destination with hotels on white sandy beaches with mountainous backdrops in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Sydney Ferry Opal journeys up 2.5% in 2017-18 Financial Year

Opal journeys for the Sydney Ferries franchise in the financial year ending June 2018 totalled 15.

How you can show Transurban they are not welcome in your neighbourhood

Last week we discovered Transurban, the mega tolling company responsible for the West Gate Toll Road, is extracting $2 million a day from commuters on CityLink alone.

Air Mauritius MK647: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by Airbus A330-200

Mauritius is probably best known as a luxurious tropical island destination with hotels on white sandy beaches with mountainous backdrops in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Pacific National News

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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.

Pacific National and Aurizon trains collision near Cloncurry

On Tuesday, February 27 a collision between two freight trains at Oonoomurra, near Cloncurry on the Mount Isa line occured.

7MW2 Steel Train breaks apart at Goulburn Station

Last night at 1910, 7MW2 northbound steel train, headed by four NR class locomotives with 100 vehicles, with about fifteen loaded container wagons ahead of 85 empty steel coil wagons broke apart as the train was passing through Goulburn Station.

Press Releases

238 stories | Newest story posted 4 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

2141 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Boyne Valley Rail Trail could attract 30,000 tourists a year

POTENTIALLY up to 30,000 people a year will visit the Boyne Valley to walk, cycle or horseride sections of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail once it is built.

'Deplorable' $140m spent to fix south-east Queensland's rail network

More than $140 million of taxpayers' money has been spent by the Queensland Government to bring the rail network under control over the last two years, the Opposition says, calling Labor's handling of the beleaguered network "deplorable".

Train inquiry to examine why NGR carriages don't comply with disability laws

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a retired judge will conduct an inquiry into the procurement of the problem-plagued New Generation Rollingstock and their failure to comply with disability laws.

Queensland Rail's overtime bill hits $41 million since 'rail fail'

Queensland Rail forks out nearly $1 million a fortnight for crew overtime during an 18-month period, a figure the State Opposition describes as "obscene".

Borthwicks Bakers Creek cattle trains resume

After a few sporadic runs to Borthwicks' Bakers Creek Meatworks since the siding south of Mackay was re-commissioned by QR in 2016, it appears more regular services may have started.

Rail Events

141 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
3D printing demonstration at InnoTrans 2018

A Fortus 450mc Production 3D printer will be running live on the Stratasys stand, demonstrating how the use of additive manufacturing to produce high-performance replacement parts on demand can accelerate product development cycles and overcome the limitations of traditional manufacturing for low-volume production.

Wabtec highlights three core themes at InnoTrans 2018

The multinational component specialist Wabtec has three core areas of focus at this year’s InnoTrans.

InnoTrans 2018 will offer copious services, in and around the event

InnoTrans 2018 is offering numerous services to ensure visits to the trade fair are both efficient and enjoyable.

5910 - Heritage Pullman cars - Cowan - June 1998

On this day twenty years ago 5910 was recorded hauling the heritage Pullman cars up Cowan bank.

Rail News

3818 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Government ministers and rail officials discuss Australia’s rail safety issues

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA), the TrackSAFE Foundation, the National Rail Safety Regulator and the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, The Hon.

Smart technology has preserved the UK railway’s safety record

Recently released figures have confirmed train travel to be one of the safest forms of transport, with the car being 21 times as risky, the bicycle nearly 350 times and motorcycle nearly 1,400 times more dangerous than travelling by train.

Huber+Suhner communicates about connectivity

The electrical and optical component manufacturer Huber+Suhner will be on hand to talk all things connectivity at InnoTrans 2018.

Ready for the cold?

HOTSTART, a supplier to the railroad industry since 1965, is expanding its efforts to serve the market.

Rescar names Schaffer to senior management

During Schaffer’s 40-year career in the railcar repair industry, which started at Rescar, “he has demonstrated leadership in all facets of plant design, operations, technical and regulatory consulting, and customer service management in the railcar repair industry,” The company said.

Rail Travel

98 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
A Brit lost in a haze of American landscapes – Thomas Cole at the National Gallery

The National Gallery has given over space to a British born artist, who is best known for his sweeping, somewhat chocolate box landscapes of rural America.

SkyPark Link 2802up: Terminal SkyPark (Subang Airport/SkyPark Terminal/LTSAAS) to KL Sentral by Train

The SkyPark Link is Malaysia’s second airport rail link, providing an express service between Subang SkyPark and KL Sentral through the new Terminal SkyPark station.

Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station Shower Room

Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station is a convenient rail hub with sufficient amenities for the comfort of all travellers.

Sublime Sprague Subdivision Sunset Sightings

My youngest son and I went out railfanning on the evening of May 26, 2018 along the CN Sprague subdivision.

SkyPark Link 2805dn: KL Sentral to Terminal SkyPark (Subang Airport/SkyPark Terminal/LTSAAS) by Train

The SkyPark Link is Malaysia’s second airport rail link, providing an express service between KL Sentral and Subang SkyPark through the new Terminal SkyPark station.

Railpage Australia News

142 stories | Newest story posted 3 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

104 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
Getting ready for standard gauge

The principle focus for the last couple of months has been on preparing for operating on standard gauge.

Zig Zag tunnel work: Helicopters to be used in tree removal operation

Helicopters will be buzzing between September 3-5 in conjunction with tree removal around the Zig Zag railway tunnels.

Tocumwal Markets Heritage Train - 29/9

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

Ashton to Tetonia rail trail offers bikers world class scenery

I was about 15 miles into riding the Ashton-Tetonia Rail Trail on Saturday when I came upon a guy who didn’t seem to want me to pass.

Walhalla night rail to run

Stringer’s Gorge at Walhalla will be illuminated on Saturday nights in August as the railway continues to raise funds for its rail motor project to extend the railway operation to seven days a week.

Railway Publications

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Crossrail: The Art of the Build

As Crossrail was being constructed, along with a couple of TV shows, there’s been a number of books published — and the latest is Crossrail: The Art of the Build.

Feature articles in the August 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of [color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries.

Book Review: VIA Rail - A History of Canada's National Passenger Rail Service

I've been meaning to read this book for some time.

Book Review: EHH, a lean, mean street fighter

Say “Hunter,” and contemporary railroaders know precisely of whom you speak—a most complex disrupter of the status quo, equally identifiable in his bold pinstriped suits and excessive displays of rock-star-like bling conceivably masking a personal insecurity or simply an extension of his childhood infatuation with sequin-festooned showman Elvis Presley.

Book Review: Heckman's Canadian Pacific

This is a review of the book "Heckman's Canadian Pacific: A Photographic Journey" by Ralph Beaumont.

Railway Stories

66 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
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.

Making Pictures

I like to think about the craft of photography more than the mechanics of it.

Making Lemonade

#GOJETSGOYou know the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?

South Australian Rail News

634 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Gawler train upgrade by 2020

After years of uncertainty, the electrification of the entire Gawler Train Line has now been confirmed as the Federal Government last month announced a $220m grant to complete stage two of the project.

Gawler line services cancelled after pedestrian hit by train at Elizabeth

[justify]SERVICES have returned to normal on the Gawler train line after a pedestrian was struck by a train at Elizabeth causing delays this morning.

Excavation works begin for Oaklands rail crossing removal

The effort to build a rail underpass and enable grade separation at the Oaklands rail crossing on Adelaide’s Seaford Line is now well underway, with the beginning of major excavation works in the area.

New Adelaide Metro fares from 1 July 2018

From Sunday 1 July 2018 new fares will apply for all Adelaide Metro bus, train and tram services.

Special tram celebrates Kaurna community's living culture

You'll find this colourful tram hard to miss - it's decorated with contemporary Aboriginal art to mark and support National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks.

Tasmanian Rail News

360 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Family's near miss at rail crossing prompts renewed call for caution

A woman and her two children are lucky to be alive after their car is nearly crushed by a freight train in Tasmania, prompting a call for caution from TasRail as a former train driver says collisions play on the mind of train drivers.

Renewed plea for motorists to take extra care at train crossings as part of Rail Safety Week

A TRAIN driver has spoken of the trauma associated with collisions with cars as two recent crashes prompt TasRail to issue yet another stern warning to motorists.

Expert urges light rail fix to solve traffic and housing woes

A LIGHT rail system is the key to solving not just Hobart’s traffic congestion issues but its housing woes too, says a leading voice on developing sustainable cities.

Rail enthusiasts mark 40 years since Tasman Limited was stopped in its tracks

TODAY marks 40 years since Tasmania’s express passenger train, Tasman Limited, stopped its run through the state.

North East Railway Line compromise fails to please rail advocates who vow to fight on

Proponents of a heritage train project say the Tasmanian Government's decision on what to do with the disused North East Railway Line is a cop-out.

Train Simulator News

61 stories | Newest story posted 2 years ago
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.

NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B Loco Add-On

The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972.

Atlantic High Speed Route & TGV Atlantique

Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.

Tram and Light Rail News

1276 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
VTA to launch pilot project to improve safety near light rail

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is to launch a pilot project aimed at increasing safety near the light rail in downtown San Jose, California, by the end of the year.

Transport for West Midlands to purchase 50 new battery-powered trams

UK public transport company Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has unveiled plans to expand its battery-powered tram network by adding up to 50 new trams.

NEWCASTLE 102 AND GATESHEAD 5 IN THE mid-1970's - Keith Chadbourne

Looking through some old fotos Keith found this blast from the past at Crich.

Unhappy Newcastle traders pack out light rail class action meeting

The state government appears to have a class action on its hands over the impact of Newcastle’s light rail works after unhappy traders packed out a meeting with lawyers on Saturday.

First Flexity low-floor in Edmonton

The Flexity has been moved to the new Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance facility on the Valley Line for examination and static testing.

UK

632 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
London Underground places £1.5 billion order for new Piccadilly line tube trains

TfL has announced that it’s awarding Siemens a contract of around £1.

Network Rail technology supplier qualification system launched

Network Rail has launched a technology supplier qualification system as its primary sourcing platform for IT goods and services.

TfL to award £1.5bn contract to Siemens Mobility for 94 Tube trains

TfL has announced its intention to award a contract worth around £1.

New Bank tube station entrance in final stages ahead of opening

The exceptionally delayed new entrance to Bank tube station looks increasingly close to be opened at last.

Tender launched for Network Rail’s £5 billion railway track contracts

Network Rail has invited suppliers to bid for the next generation of track work contracts, the largest of its kind being undertaken for the upcoming funding period.

USA

547 stories | Newest story posted 43 minutes ago
Amtrak and BNSF Railway to implement PTC train protection system

Amtrak is partnering with BNSF Railway Co to deploy its Positive Train Control (PTC) system on several BNSF-owned subdivisions, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.

Brightline’s new executive leadership team has been appointed

The new additions to Brightline’s executive leadership team are Jeff Swiatek as Chief Financial Officer, Ravneet Bhandari as Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Cegelis as Executive Vice President of Infrastructure Development and Jeff Schappert as Senior Vice President of Technology.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company to develop Chicago Express Loop link

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has secured a contract with the city of Chicago, US, to develop a transportation link to the city’s airport.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company wins bid for Chicago O’Hare Express Loop

The Boring Company, owned by Elon Musk, has won the rights to design, build and operate a high-speed express line from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International.

FDOT seeks private investment for Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun the process to allow for private investment in a new high-speed rail connection from Orlando to Tampa.

Victorian Rail News

5520 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Moriac rail crossings get safety upgrades

Work is currently underway on the upgrading several country level crossings south-west of Geelong.

More Services For Geelong’s Growing Suburbs

Geelong locals will spend less time stuck at boom gates and have more services and a more comfortable commute with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to continue its massive upgrade of the Geelong line.

Why Melbourne will continue to fall in world city rankings

The inevitable has finally happened, Melbourne has been found out.

Invest in fast efficient regional rail

Under the headline Ballarat is Booming a recent media story revealed that Ballarat is the place to live and invest in affordable residential property.

Western Australian Rail News

1005 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Western Australia reveals Denny Avenue level crossing removal design

The Government of Western Australia (WA) has unveiled the design of its level crossing removal project at the Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott.

Huawei secures $100m digital radio system deal in Australia

Huawei Australia has secured a contract valued at A$136m ($100m) from Western Australia’s (WA) Public Transport Authority to develop and maintain digital radio systems across Perth’s rail network.

Western Australia rail network to receive digital radio systems from Huawei

It has been announced that the radio systems that deliver voice and data services across Perth’s rail network will be built and maintained by Huawei Australia and UGL.

Warning 'good rosters, good rates' will be needed to lure workers to build Metronet

Premier Mark McGowan is confident WA has the right skilled workers to deliver on the state's Metronet public transport masterplan, despite industry concerns about competition for talent.

Driverless heavy haul train completes first iron ore delivery

Rio Tinto completed its first iron ore delivery using a driverless train on July 10.

Yarra Trams

215 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
'I can’t unsee it or un-feel those emotions': women tell of tram attack

Two women who were assaulted by a man on a tram on their way to work on Wednesday have told of how the attack left them “unsafe, violated, confused and angry”.

Stop before you cross tram tracks - Rail Safety Week

Yarra Trams is calling on pedestrians to cross tram tracks safely during Rail Safety Week.

Flagship project to refurbish trams and improve reliability and passenger experience

More than 90 per cent of Melbourne's trams are being refurbished in a program that has generated over 100 jobs, and will see the availability, reliability and passenger amenity of trams improved.

Lasers and infrared cameras explore Melbourne's tram network like never before

A tram fitted with infrared cameras, laser scanners and vibration sensors has been used to undertake the most comprehensive analysis of Melbourne's tram network infrastructure ever conducted.

Moreland Road track renewal between Nicholson Street-Holmes Street and Cameron Street

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are repairing tram tracks at Moreland Road between Nicholson Street / Holmes Street and Cameron Street.

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