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ACT

97 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
The next stage of Canberra’s Light Rail

The Australian Capital Territory Government has launched the formal approval process for the next stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will link the city to Woden.

Transport Canberra apologises after student removed from light rail vehicle in 'unfortunate event'

A teenager is left at a Canberra light rail stop after failing to produce a concession card, prompting an apology from Transport Canberra.

Man, 48, arrested after alleged assault on board Canberra light rail

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a Canberra Metro staff member on-board a tram last week.

True cost of light rail party revealed

The true cost of Canberra's light rail launch activities has been revealed - and at almost half a million dollars, it's significantly higher than we first thought.

Tram speeds development, property prices in Northbourne corridor

The Gungahlin tram line is speeding development in the Northbourne corridor, the government says, pointing to about 2500 extra apartments already in train since 2016.

Africa

175 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
TAZARA seeks opportunities with the private sector

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board is seeking to develop open access operations to increase traffic on its network, ‘in view of the good performance by the private operator so far’.

Dodoma commuter rail study commissioned

Tanzania Railways Corp has awarded an international consortium a €2·5m nine-month contract to undertake feasibility and preliminary design studies for a commuter rail network in the capital Dodoma.

Tambo Springs terminal ‘will change the face of Gauteng’

The Southern Palace Joint Venture Consortium has won a 20-year concession to design, finance, build and operate a major intermodal terminal serving Gauteng province.

EAIF to invest US$40 million in development of rail and ports in Guinea

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), is supporting investment in a large-scale project that will see expanded rail and port facilities in Guinea, driving economic growth in one of Africa’s poorest countries.

Arabian Rail News

102 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bombardier Wins Cairo Monorail Order

Bombardier in Derby to build monorail trains for Cairo Monorail trains for the Egyptian capital Cairo will be built in Derby.

Iran to connect freight hubs by rail

Iran wants to link its major freight hubs by railway.

Bahrain shortlist KPMG, PwC and Al Zayani to advise on metro project

Bahrain has shortlisted three firms for a contract encompassing transaction advisory services for the metro rail project.

Etihad Rail awards Abu Dhabi-Dubai rail line contracts

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) railway developer and operator Etihad Rail has awarded contracts to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai with a rail line.

Etihad Rail signs $1.2bn deal with China Railways

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, has awarded $1.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted last month
'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

1570 stories | Newest story posted 5 hours ago
Does Vizag monorail deter the Metro

The budget announcement of setting up a 

China produces new diesel trains for Sri Lanka

China's rolling-stock maker CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co.

Land acquisition for Surat Metro Rail to be initiated soon

Surat Municipal Commissioner M Thennarasan was appointed Executive Director of 

Bengaluru may get a circular metro line

Bengaluru may get an inner ring metro in the coming years as officials are set to study the best way to beat the rising congestion in the core area.

Aurizon

223 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Kalgoorlie to become Western Australia regional training hub

Kalgoorlie is set to become Western Australia’s regional training hub for Australia’s largest rail freight company Aurizon, with new investment and leading-edge technology being rolled out for the next generation of WA rail recruits.

Rail operator Aurizon tipped to get a revenue boost after court win

A recent court victory is tipped to generate a healthy revenue boost for rail freight operator Aurizon, with a one-off "catch-up" payment of about $60 million forecast, followed by higher ongoing payments from customers.

Fair Work Commission rejects Linfox bid to suspend Aurizon industrial action

As members may be aware, The RTBU Queensland branch has been fighting hard against Aurizon to get the working conditions members deserve.

Crucial': ACCC appeals $200m rail deal decision

The competition regulator will appeal a controversial federal court decision governing access to Queensland's rail network, saying it placed too much faith in undertakings by the companies involved.

Ongoing disputes with Aurizon

Aurizon are continuing to treat your agreement with contempt.

Australian High Speed Rail

4 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Opening of Sydney’s new airport could put back high-speed rail by ‘decades’

It’s nothing much right now, but this land outside Sydney is due to undergo a transformation that could set back high-speed rail for 40 years.

Labor commits to High Speed Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane

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

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

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

Bus Transport News

314 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
B11R Jonckheere JHV2 for Birmingham International Coaches

Long-established family owned operator, Birmingham International Coaches, has returned to Volvo for another high specification Volvo B11R to join its fleet of more than 30 vehicles, a repeat order from exactly one year ago.

New ADL Enviro200's for Stagecoach in Hull

Now being delivered to Hull are 21 11.

Truck trailer believed to have led to crash north of Horsham

A coach driver has died and at least eight people are injured after a bus carrying 60 passengers crashed into the dislodged trailers of a B-double truck on the Western Highway near Horsham.

Featured Bus Route – July 2019

EDITORS NOTE – We are moving the “Featured Bus Route” series from the end of the month to the beginning of the month from this month.

NEW ENVIRO400EV ELECTRIC DOUBLE DECK BUSES ENTER SERVICE IN LONDON

The first batch from a total fleet of 37 new zero-emission, fully electric BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deck buses have been delivered to London bus operator, Metroline.

Canada

364 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Bombardier plans to cut 550 jobs at Thunder Bay plant in Canada

Canadian transportation equipment manufacturer Bombardier plans to lay off up to 50% of the workforce at its Thunder Bay rail-car plant in Ontario, where it manufactured streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission.

Canada to invest $1bn to extend Montréal Metro’s Blue line

The Government of Canada is set to invest C$1.

Canadian National Railway announces record grain movement in June

Canadian National Railway announced today that western Canadian grain movement during June exceeded 2.

Canadian National sees “record pace” for grain and announces investment in export network

Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) announced that its western Canadian grain shipments exceeded 2.

Alberta looks to dump multi-billion-dollar tar sands trains

The contracts were hastily negotiated in the dying days of Alberta’s New Democratic administration as a Hail Mary attempt to make Alberta bitumen competitively priced in a global market swimming in high-grade oil.

Cityrail News

701 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
'Let my accident be a warning': Blind train accident victim weighs in on safety concerns

A man who fell between a train and a platform wants the accident that cost him an arm, a leg and part of his ear to serve as a warning to the NSW government.

Sydney Trains awards $630 million maintenance contract

Sydney Trains has awarded a five-year extension to the contractor currently delivering maintenance and logistics services for part of its metropolitan passenger rail fleet.

CIMIC signs $630m deal with Sydney Trains

CIMIC Group subsidiary UGL has extended its maintenance contract with Sydney Trains by three years in an agreement that could pocket the company an extra $353 million in revenue.

The moment child falls between train and platform

CCTV captured the heart-stopping moment a four-year-old boy slipped between the train and platform at a busy Sydney station.

Sydney set for 'profound' shift in spending on mass transit

The billions of dollars invested in Sydney's transport will increasingly be spent on mass transit systems over the coming decades rather than motorways, the head of the state's transport agency says.

Europe

2873 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Discover Turkey with overnight trains

Turkey is a vast country and the best and possibly the most entertaining way to travel around the country is on its famed overnight trains

New S-Bahn Trains for Berlin*

The first of the 106 train-sets which a consortium of Stadler Pankow and Siemens Mobility is building for the Berlin S-Bahn have been shown.

[DE] Shiny metallic: Smartron 192 005 for EVB [updated]

A new challenge for you; the is Smartron 192 005 in a new design by Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser or EVB Logistik to be more precise.

Prima H4 pre-series locos on test with SBB

A pre-series batch of five Prima H4 shunting locomotives has now been delivered to SBB for a year of in-service trials.

DB Cargo launches direct freight shuttle service in Romania

From now on, a new rail freight shuttle will allow faster deliveries to Romania.

Gunzelling Reports

949 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
SCFU 21ft+ Reefer

Pretty unusual to see these, so was happy to grab a couple of shots of this 21ft+ reefer, SCFU 812327-7.

Toll TFAS Repaint

Delivered as TCML 48467 around 15 years ago, many of these 48ft Toll boxes were recoded TFAS a few years back (including this one).

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/7/2019

There were 71 sightings for this week; This is 1 sighting less than last week.

Pacific National Training Module

Grabbed this interesting side door container on a south bound steel train earlier this month.

Back to Burlington Yard

Today I was in VT so I headed over to Burlington Yard.

Inland Rail Project

262 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Inland Rail and east-west Transcontinental Railway lines at Parkes will soon connect

Where the east-west rail line (Sydney to Perth) and the Inland Rail line (Melbourne to Brisbane) will soon meet, there is Parkes.

Inland Rail to provide transport savings for farmers

A CSIRO pilot study has determined that farmers and manufacturers could receive significant transport savings if they utilise the Inland Rail.

ARTC springs noise meter surprise on community

Residents living along a stretch of the proposed Inland Rail line have been asked to house noise meters to monitor sound levels from passing trains.

Inland Rail steel and sleepers en route to Moree

Moree district residents are being warned to be extra vigilant around level crossings, with increased rail activity as trainloads of steel rail and concrete sleepers make their way to the area to prepare for construction of the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail.

State dithering risks stopping inland rail line

Construction of the $10 billion inland rail line could be delayed because of the Queensland govern­ment’s reluctance to sign off on a crucial agreement.

International Rail News

5169 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Trac Rail Transposer machines delivered

The first four of 10 Trac Rail Transposer rail handling machines have been delivered to McCulloch Rail by Unipart Rail, seven months after the order.

Cuba debuts modern Chinese train as rail overhaul begins

The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometer (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to overhaul the country's aging and decrepit rail system.

Technological developments drive the demand for railway connectors

Railway connectors are devices used for data transmission along tracks and rolling stock equipment which include signalling systems and power transmission on trains.

Wheel boots approved

Protective boots designed to protect wheel treads and flanges while bogies and wheelsets are in transport or storage have been officially endorsed by UIC and included in its latest shipping guidelines.

CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service.

Letters to the Editor

242 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

A new exhibition that is less James Bond and more Q looks at the history of how British spies kept their secrets safe from enemies.

Rolling bridge proposed for East London

A bridge that rolls over to allow boats to pass through, and then back for humans to cross could be built at Canning Town.

A cast iron Victorian men’s urinal

On a small side street can be found one of London’s few remaining cast iron pissoirs — or mens urinals.

Tickets Alert: Tours of a particle accelerator

A short trip outside London is a huge silver UFO shaped building, and in August will be a chance to go inside to see the particle accelerator it houses.

Museum of London wants the Trump Baby Blimp

A satirical image of the President who is famed for lacking a sense of humour could end up in a museum.

Model Railways

999 stories | Newest story posted 35 minutes ago
Summer Modeling

Just a little note on what i have been doing  with modeling this summer.

Train Turning at Maldon Vic Australia

Just visiting Castlemaine and we took a trip on 100 year old carriage but after 1 hour came to Maldon where I asked to check how they turned the train around and  is what I filmed.

2019 National Train Show - Day 2 - Getting behind..

I have sort of a tradition at these events.

Lifetime Guarantee

I've had one of my oldest models returned for repairs.

Recent scenes

A few recent scenes of Alco 9106 working from Nitro to Spring Street yard:

Narrow Gauge

84 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
99.9% Garratt

The day creeps ever closer when we can strike a match and light the pile of oily rags for the first time.

861 – Back on Track

Following a noticeable drop-off in performance during last years final FETs (Footplate Experience Trains), 861 was transferred to the locomotive workshops at Belgrave to try and ascertain what was causing this decline.

Have you seen a cane train yet?

The cane crushing season commenced at 2pm yesterday and and local rail operations have commenced from farms to sugar mills around the far north.

To the Letter etc..

As you would be aware, my narrow gauge layout has been based on a fictional railway on the far South Coast of New South Wales.

14th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention

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

New South Wales Rail News

3511 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Commuter warns NSW govt about new trains

Martin Stewart almost lost his life when he fell between a train and platform in Melbourne and is now worried it could happen to anyone when Sydney's new intercity trains arrive.

Pacific National says it's 'now or never' to upgrade NSW rail freight infrastructure

Pacific National, Australia's largest rail freight operator, has warned the NSW Government it risks losing future export container volumes to the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane if critical rail freight infrastructure is not upgraded or built within the next four years.

The Guardian: Rail worker killed by train was fatigued and on zero-hours contract

According to an article in the Guardian, a rail worker in London was killed by a passenger train after having a zero hours contract, being extremely fatigued and having a fellow worker supposed to look out for him not turn up for work.

Port Report: State government sticks with decision to cripple the Port of Newcastle

An end to growth-stopping financial penalties on the Port of Newcastle is definitely not on the agenda after the New South Wales state government re-committed to its existing policy to keep the port in a crippled state.

NSW transport minister floats facial recognition as Opal alternative

Despite commuters being highly satisfied with Opal cards, according to agency's own figures

New Zealand Rail News

336 stories | Newest story posted 5 days ago
KiwiRail suggest that extended log trains will take more trucks off roads

KiwiRail has increased the number of wagons on its daily trains transporting logs from Masterton to CentrePort.

Rail is essential to our East coast region

Tony Robinson covered the Gisborne loss of rail issue very well is his 22nd June 2019 Gisborne herald article; - “Rail is essential to our region”

Widow of one of the two men killed in Pongakawa rail crash pregnant

The two men killed when their car collided with a train in Pongakawa were both fathers, with one leaving behind his pregnant wife.

Ready for rail already!

Forgive my complete cynicism when I heard Shane Jones disclose recently his prerequisite for getting the Gisborne end of the rail line restored: “Show me a business case” he declared, thus exposing his failure to distinguish between commercial and environmental criteria for public expenditure.

Train delays between Papakura and Pukekohe after truck hits Auckland rail bridge

Trains between Papakura and Pukekohe in south Auckland are up and running again after delays caused by a truck crashing into a rail bridge.

Northern Territory Rail News

210 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
TNG inks rail deal for Mount Peake project

TNG has signed a binding contract with rail provider Genesee & Wyoming Australia to haul material from the Mount Peake mine more than 1100 kilometres to a processing facility in Darwin, Northern Territory.

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.

Opinion

98 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Australia is turning into a car park for dirty vehicles

Australia's most popular cars emit between 8 and 42 per cent more carbon dioxide than their UK counterparts, raising concerns that the country has become a parking lot for dirty vehicles.

5 factors to consider when creating an International Shipping strategy

No matter where you are in your business’s journey – whether you have been profitable for years with a committed global customer base or you are introducing the world to something new

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.

Other Transport News

736 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
National truck laws have failed to boost industry: ATA

National regulatory reforms are required to boost productivity for the road transport industry according to Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chief of Staff Bill McKinley.

E-bike: The future of personal and public transportation

In the early 2000s, the idea of using e-bike or a would have been borderline absurd for most of the people around the globe.

Virgin Orbit Completes First Drop Test of LauncherOne Rocket

Virgin Orbit completed the first drop test of its LauncherOne rocket this week.

One More Orbit Attempts World Circumnavigation Speed Record

One More Orbit is attempting a world circumnavigation speed record in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER by flying around the world over both poles in less than 48 hours.

Today’s Pickup: Get to work, judges tell Atlas Air pilots

Work slowdowns and strikes as part of negotiating tactics deployed by the Teamsters against Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide have been ordered to stop by the U.

Pacific National News

23 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
PACIFIC NATIONAL WARNS NSW ON PORT BOTANY RAIL LINK

NSW ‘risks losing exports and jobs’ without focus on reform and infrastructure.

Pacific National boss Dean Dalla Valle calls for NSW freight upgrade

Major producers in NSW’s agricultural sector will find it cheaper and easier to send their product to export markets through Melbourne or Brisbane than Sydney within the next four years, according to Australia’s biggest rail hauler.

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

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

More momentum for Memphis Down Under

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

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

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

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks 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.

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.

Queensland Rail News

2343 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Vandalism of rail carriages, Ormeau

Police are investigating after train carriages were damaged at a railway line at Ormeau last night.

Historical footage of Rockhampton's Purrey steam tram

The Rockhampton Council ran Purrey steam trams as municipal transport from 1909 to 1939.

Contract finalised with Pulse consortium to build Cross River Rail

The contract to build Cross River Rail’s 5.

Cross River Rail PPP package finalised

The Queensland Government has signed the contracts to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development PPP package for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail Project.

Queensland finalises $3.8bn contract with Pulse consortium

The Government of Queensland in Australia has signed construction contracts with Pulse to deliver the A$5.

Rail Events

363 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Franklin railroad exhibit chronicles “Mormon” builders of the Transcontinental railroad

The Franklin Relic Hall has a unique railroad exhibit that documents with early artifacts, photographs, and personal accounts the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint workers who helped build the Union Pacific, Central Pacific and Utah Railroads, all with a connection to the Idaho border town and Cache Valley.

Steam locomotive heading for Carlisle this Saturday

Steam locomotive 45690 Leander will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in Carlisle and Blackburn on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Officials say rare locomotive restoration signifies renewed redevelopment push at Ogden’s Union Station

Union Station officials say the soon-to-be completed restoration of a rare locomotive located there is part of a renewed push to revitalize the 95-year-old historic train depot.

Mobility+ brings the last mile to InnoTrans 2020

A new addition to the Public Transport section of the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair in Berlin will be Mobility+,  an area of the exhibition focusing on the increasingly important ‘last mile’ of passengers’ journeys.

New 50 cent coin pays tribute to 90 years of The Ghan

The Royal Australian Mint is releasing a new coloured 50 cent coin to celebrate one of the nation's most iconic railway journeys.

Rail News

4042 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Road and rail sectors to show most growth: new report

Growth across the country's transport sector will be driven by the road and rail sectors according to a new report by Fitch Solutions.

Winners of the Australasian Rail Industry Awards announced

The Australasian Rail Industry Awards Gala Dinner celebrated the outstanding achievements and innovations within the industry, with over 500 representatives attending.

New Technology Keeps Tram Passengers Moving

New technology upgrades to the Yarra Trams Operations Centre will minimise the impact of disruptions and incidents on the tram network, helping reduce delays and cancellations for Melbourne passengers.

Constraints on more road and rail projects

A senior economist says a call for the federal government to spend more on infrastructure could stall because the sector is already over-stuffed with projects.

Macquarie, Brookfield waste no time with $1b rail deal

There's few more efficient and experienced dealmakers globally than Canada's Brookfield and Australia's Macquarie.

Rail Travel

228 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
So we meet again, Mr Bond

Another train trip to London, with a secret mission!

Take a Ride on The Wine & Cheese Train

Our popular Wine & Cheese Train is a great way to spend the evening enjoying the company of your friends, that special someone for date night, or just treating yourself to a relaxing steam train ride through Lancaster County.

Exciting travel times ahead!

We are now half way through the year!

Express 67: From Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani by Comfortable Second Class Sleeper Train

The Express 67, operated by the State Railway of Thailand, is a popular sleeper train running the Northeastern Line from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, one of the four major cities.

Another Royal Visit

Apart from our holidays and a few work trips (and these latter have been very few this year)

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 6 months ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

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

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

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

Calling for software testing volunteers

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

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

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

Railway Preservation

405 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Maldon Yard

Due to the predicted rain for today we chose to stay close to shelter in Maldon yard.

3801 Update - July 2019

The 3801 project has reached a significant milestone – the boiler has been completed and passed its hydrostatic test.

Railway Age, October 4, 1941: UP’s ”Big Boy” debuts

She’s “Big Boy” 4014, built in 1941 by the American Locomotive Co.

Contract Awarded for Completion of Patriot 'Unknown Warrior'

The LMS-Patriot Company Board has announced that it has reached a decision on the award as to the contractor who will complete 'The Unknown Warrior' .

Beloved Cockatoo Run rail journey to track through St George and the shire

The festive season will come early for vintage train buffs when the famous Cockatoo Run holds its Christmas in July excursion later this month.

Railway Publications

43 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
eBook: OpenRail for Asset Performance

Gain better insights and make informed business decisions about your rail asset data with OpenRail for Asset Performance from Bentley Systems.

The West Clare Railway – Part 4 – Miltown-Malbay to Quilty

The Line of the West Clare Railway from Miltown-Malbay to Quilty

FreightWaves Freight Intel Group researches “everything freight and logistics”

As another service of FreightWaves SONAR, the Freightwaves Freight Intel Group was launched recently and is publishing in-depth research on “everything freight and logistics,” as Senior Research Analyst and team member Seth Holm described the Group’s mission.

Railways of Herault – Route B – Beziers to Pezenas Line

This post covers the first part of the line leaving Beziers Nord Station and heading for Montpellier.

Global Railway Review: Celebrating our 25th anniversary

Originally a quarterly publication, we increased our frequency to six issues per year in 2006 and introduced our website and digital platform that same year.

Railway Stories

71 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
High-capacity container wagons ordered

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

The lost children of Wollongong

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

A Transport Heritage Holiday

Reflections of a wet city in the shiny valance around

XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

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

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

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

Russian Rail News

46 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Fertiliser producer orders stainless steel tank wagons

United Wagon Co’s TikhvinChemMash plant is supplying fertiliser producer PhosAgro’s Apatit business with 87 chemical wagons with stainless steel tanks.

Rail traffic through Kaliningrad region could reach 1 million TEU

Based on current demand and future developments, the transit traffic of freight trains through the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad could reach a million TEU in the future, joint stock company UTLC ERA believes.

Russia lifts ban on transit of sanctioned EU products by rail

Russia has lifted the ban on transit traffic for a range of European products per train and truck.

New connection on Silk Road to Russia launched

A new railway service has been launched on the New Silk Road, carrying containers from Yantai on the east coast of China to Moscow region in Russia.

Timber wagons ordered

UniCredit Leasing has awarded United Wagon Co subsidiary TikhvinSpetsMash a contract to supply 50 timber wagons for use by Luzales, one of the largest logging companies in the Komi Republic.

South Australian Rail News

700 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
National Railway Museum to still be compensated despite Port Adelaide rail spur shelving

The National Railway Museum will receive compensation from the State Government after it ripped out tracks in anticipation of the now shelved Port Dock Railway Station project.

New tenders for the outsourced operation of Adelaide Metro trams and trains

The South Australian Government will release tenders for the operation of Adelaide Metro tram and train services, in a measure to deliver better and more customer focused services.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA EOFY SALE

The South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, has announced that the government is outsourcing the state's metropolitan train and tram network.

Back-office staff to go in train, tram privatisation, Transport Minister says

The first likely victims of the State Government’s train and tram privatisation plan are becoming clearer, with the Transport Minister saying duplicated office staff would be removed.

Adelaide A-City fleet expansion

The government of South Australia has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply a further 12 three-car A-City electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Adelaide suburban network.

Tasmanian Rail News

380 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Legislative Council inquiry into North-East Rail Corridor due soon

A Legislative Council Inquiry into the future of the disused North-East Rail Corridor is due to put forward its recommendations any day now.

$16 million upgrade to Tasmanian Railway

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget includes a substantial investment of $16 million over four years to support the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

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

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

North-East Rail Corridor Inquiry report expected by early June

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

North-East Railway Corridor Legislative Council Inquiry resumes

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

Train Simulator News

66 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Metro Exodus

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

Trainz YouTube Livestream!!!

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

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

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

Train Simulator goes 64bit in 2019 update

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

TS19: The Dawn of a New Era

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

Tram and Light Rail News

1498 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Father dies in freak accident after bike wheel gets stuck in light rail track

A cyclist is being remembered as a “champion” after he died in a freak accident on Newcastle’s new light rail track.

Kitchener-Waterloo LRT: An in-depth look

Opening ceremonies were held at Fairway Station, the southern terminus, located in the parking lot of Fairview Park Mall in southern Kitchener.

How a country town's steam trams were on the right track in the early 1900s

The Queensland provincial city of Rockhampton was ahead of the game when it operated a network of steam trams from 1909 to 1939.

Extra Trams June

We’ve organised extra trams for the below events during June.

Daytime tram testing in Sydney's CBD poses new risk for pedestrians

With daytime testing of trams along Sydney’s CBD spine just weeks away, the tens of thousands of pedestrians who cross George Street every day are being warned they will need to take extra care.

UK

2029 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
School children poetry on display at Dovercourt railway station

Thanks to a community project involving local school children, rail passengers at Dovercourt station can now read poetry as they wait for trains.

Steam locomotive heading to Carlisle this Tuesday

Steam locomotive 48151 will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in and around Carlisle on Tuesday 16th July 2019.

Deansgate Railway Bridge to be Restored

Passengers, motorists and residents are being now informed about work which will carefully restore a railway bridge that is next to Deansgate station in Manchester city centre.

August bank holiday upgrades for a better railway

This August bank holiday weekend a huge workforce will deliver vital upgrades to enable better journeys for passengers.

Welshpool and Llanfair Railway to bring Austrian steam locomotive to the UK

The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway has announced that they have signed a contract with the Zillertalbahn in Austria.

USA

2043 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Port of New Orleans reopens following Barry

The Port of New Orleans has reopened after Tropical Storm Barry swept through the region, although officials still stress dangerous flooding conditions for area residents.

Flooded roads, rail and port disruptions as Hurricane Barry comes ashore in Louisiana

Hurricane Barry made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday, July 13, and immediately weakened Hurricane Barry made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday, July 13, and immediately weakened into a tropical storm with 70 mile per hour winds.

Four upcoming community meetings for Sepulveda Transit Corridor project

Metro is currently conducting a feasibility study to evaluate a number of high-capacity transit alternatives between the San Fernando Valley and Westside.

Lake State Railway hosts Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-5)

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-5) was a guest of the Lake State Railway (LSRC) on June 28, 2019.

UP ITR aligned with PSR

In August, UP aims to unveil its new Intermodal Terminal Reservation System (ITR) to replace its Gate Reservation System (GRS), allowing for better planning of drays and in-gates.

Victorian Rail News

6380 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Melbourne train smashes into cars on Officer railway tracks

A train has hit two cars after one was rear-ended by the other at a level crossing in Melbourne, leaving the cars wrecked but their drivers unharmed.

Metro trains compensating passengers for June travel

Melbourne trains will compensate passengers the expense of one ticket if they were caught up in travel chaos over the month of June.

Sunbury line services suspended after pedestrian struck and killed

Services on the Sunbury line have been suspended after a pedestrian was struck by a train and killed this morning.

MHR seeks update on Gld rail line works

GIPPSLAND MHR Darren Chester is seeking an "urgent update" regarding timelines to upgrade Gippsland train services.

Western Australian Rail News

1135 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Timetable Tuesday #30: Learning from Perth's train timetable revolution

Today we'll go outside Melbourne to look at significant timetable and service reforms Transperth will be introducing later this month.

Australian first rail steel sleeper system undergoes trials

Arc Infrastructure is the first rail network in Australia to trial a new steel sleeper system, with the system being implemented on the Leonora to Kalgoorlie line.

Eliwana mine and railway project launched

Fortescue Metals Group held a ceremony on July 5 to officially launch construction of its Eliwana mine and railway in Western Australia.

Replacement call on off-track train

The Australind train was again off the tracks this week prompting renewed calls for a replacement train for the Bunbury to Perth service to be fast tracked.

Yarra Trams

255 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Stop 10 Royal Melbourne Hospital - Temporary stop closure

Route 19 trams will not service Stop 10 Royal Melbourne Hospital towards North Coburg

New technology implemented to minimise tram network disruptions

Melbourne’s Yarra Trams Operations Centre has received technology upgrades to help minimise disruptions and incidents on its tram network.

Crowded roads blamed for increasing number of tram crashes

The number of trams crashing into pedestrians and cars is the highest it has been in the past five years - and growing congestion on our roads is to blame.

Route 70 - Stop 50 Wattle Valley Road

No Route 70 trams run between Stop 50 Wattle Valley Rd and Wattle Park.

Route 86 - Queens Parade

Due to track renewal works in Queens Parade and High Street in Northcote.

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