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ACT

210 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
National Rail Manufacturing Plan welcomed by Australasian Railway Association

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the Federal Opposition’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan in its budget reply.

Budget grows rail projects, jobs pipeline

In the 2020-2021 budget unveiled by federal Treasurer Josh Frydenburg, the total infrastructure pipeline for the next 10 years grew to $110 billion, with a $14 billion increase this year.

Roads, infrastructure get regional Federal Budget boost with further decentralisation push

States, local councils, and regional areas will benefit from major infrastructure spending in this year's Federal Budget with a significant boost to roads, bridges, rail, and community works.

Big Federal Budget spend on small towns with further decentralisation push

States, local councils, and regional areas will benefit from major infrastructure spending in this year's Federal Budget with a significant boost to roads, bridges, rail, and community works.

Federal Budget Breakdown‌– $7.5 billion for transport infrastructure around the country

The highly anticipated 2020-21 Federal Budget has been released and features significant funding for Australia’s infrastructure industry, with a $7.

Africa

278 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Nigerian standard gauge network takes shape

The 1 435 mm gauge north-south railway linking Itakpe, Ajaokuta and Warri has been formally opened for commercial operation, following an inauguration ceremony at Agbor in Delta state.

Renewal of Nigeria’s Port Harcourt – Maiduguri line approved

The project includes the construction of new branch lines from Port Harcourt to Bonny and Owerri, and from Gombe to Damaturu and Gashua, minister of transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, announced on October 7.

Ghana’s GRDA signs deal to develop rail line in Ashanti Region

The Ghana Railways Development Authority (GRDA) has signed an agreement for the construction of a standard gauge railway line in the Ashanti Region.

Extensive cable thefts and looting halts South African rail services

Hundreds of kilometres of overhead cables, signalling wires and catenary masts have been stolen, affecting every Metrorail route in the province of Gauteng, South Africa’s economic heartland.

Legal dispute over aborted NRZ investment plan

National Railways of Zimbabwe’s decision to terminate a US$400m recapitalisation agreement is being challenged in court by the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group, which is seeking damages worth US$236m.

Airline News

269 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Flight 1 round 2: which other routes get top billing?

Last week we covered some of the more high-profile routes that carry (or once carried) the flight number 1.

Lawsuit Over Refunds In Canada Can Continue Court Rules

There has been another development in the months-long battle against Canadian carriers and their issuance of vouchers in place of cash refunds.

Air France Is Now The Only European Airline Flying To India

Air France is maintaining flights to India as Lufthansa temporarily pulls the plug on its services to the subcontinent.

Qantas, Qatar And More Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Arabian Rail News

223 stories | Newest story posted last month
Jerusalem – Tel Aviv electrification completed

Israel Railways began test running of electric trains between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Hertzliya on September 6, following the completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the northern section of the Ayalon Corridor.

Newest edition of Dubai Railway Protection Code of Practice approved by RTA

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has approved the 8th edition of the Dubai Railway Protection Code of Practice.

Alstom Entry into Commercial Service of Cairo Metro Line 3 – Phase 4

Alstom has successfully supplied, tested and commissioned part of Cairo Metro line 3 - Ph4 with a total of 10 stations from Heliopolis to Adly Mansour.

Vossloh supplies rail fasteners for further sections of the new rail link of Etihad Rail

In the invitation to tender for Packages 2B and C as part of Stage 2 of the new railway construction project, Vossloh was again awarded the contract for the supply of rail fasteners.

Israel Railways reports net loss for first half of year

In addition, IR reported a 12% fall in revenues for the period to Shekels 1.

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

3509 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
L&T low-bidder to build Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line

Larsen & Toubro has been confirmed as low-bidder for the largest civil works contract on the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line, the National High-Speed Rail Corp announced on October 19.

Nippon Express Doubles China-Europe Rail Cargo as Virus Hits Flights

(Nikkei Asia) — Nippon Express, Japan’s top logistics company, will double the freight trains it operates between China and Europe next year, eager to capture rising customer interest in shifting from air to rail.

China rail traffic lifts Duisburg container volumes

China-Europe intermodal rail traffic over the port of Duisburg, Europe’s biggest inland port, almost doubled in the first nine months of 2020, year-on-year

Sri Lanka Railway is Currently Expanding it’s Optical Fiber Network

Sri Lanka Railway is currently expanding it’s optical fiber network from Maradana Train control center to Maharagama for better control communication, expanding centralized train control and data communication.

Aurizon

263 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Aurizon targets net zero operational emissions by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Aurizon targets net zero operations by 2050

Aurizon will invest $50m in low carbon locomotives such as battery and hydrogen-powered trains to meet a net zero goal by 2050.

Aurizon releases Climate Strategy and Action Plan

Aurizon today released its inaugural Climate Strategy and Action Plan.

Aurizon prevails in Wiggins Island appeal case

The Queensland Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a group of miners over charges imposed by Aurizon for upgrades of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal at the Port of Gladstone.

Investigations begun and completed into freight rail incidents

Investigations into two freight rail incidents have begun and been completed this week.

Australian High Speed Rail

33 stories | Newest story posted last month
Connecting Australia’s cities and regions by rail

Infrastructure investment approaches and international lessons are on the agenda for the videoconference public hearing on Monday, 14 September for the inquiry into 

Fast rail and high speed rail solve different issues for Australia's regions

At the hearings of the parliamentary inquiry into financing of faster rail in June, Bob Bennett, co-convener of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, spoke of the "chilling effect" that the possibility of high speed rail has had, over years, on more modest upgrade proposals.

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.

Bus Transport News

598 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Urbino 15 LE Electric Launched for Intercity & Municipal Routes

Yesterday, the online premiere of a 15m battery bus from Solaris – took place.

Stagecoach Services 3, 4 and 14 in Hull

Like most routes, services 3, 4 and 14 were impacted by Stagecoach's changes in Hull on Sunday 30th August.

National Express 'Driving Design' Winner

National Express had an amazing range of entries in their 'Driving Design' Competition It’s not easy getting a foot in the door as an artist, especially when it comes to finding a platform to showcase your work on.

LT Buses Reach Potters Bar

Our posting today covers the use of LT type buses, that have been introduced ontoa route that ends 13 miles north of London, in the county of Hertfordshire.

Timetable Tuesday #95: Kilmore and Wallan bus changes starting next week

Like Melton and Bacchus Marsh, the townsites of Kilmore and Wallan are not ideal for public transport.

Canada

747 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
CP to acquire full ownership of Detroit River rail tunnel

Canadian Pacific has entered into an agreement to acquire full ownership of the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, which owns the 2·6 km immersed tube tunnel that has linked Windsor in Canada with Detroit in the USA since 1910.

Lower volumes, revenue dampen CN’s third-quarter profit

Lower volumes in the third quarter as a result of the coronavirus pandemic put pressure on Canadian railway CN’s (NYSE: CNI) third-quarter profit.

CP announces strategic, multi-year rail agreement with A.P. Moller - Maersk

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: 

$1 billion Mexico-Canada rail link proposed

Mexico-based Caxxor Group is seeking investors for a proposed North American trade corridor aimed at connecting the Mexican Pacific Coast with the United States and Canada through a new rail corridor.

CP to own Detroit River Rail Tunnel in $312M deal

Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE: CP) has inked a $312 million deal to acquire full ownership of the cross-border Detroit River Rail Tunnel from an Ontario pension fund affiliate, the company announced on Friday.

Cityrail News

794 stories | Newest story posted 4 weeks ago
Sydney’s most famous voice: The woman behind Sydney Trains announcements

Every day, from dawn to way past dusk, more than a million Australians listen intently to what Taylor Owynns has to say.

Social Media Clout Chasers Blamed for Spike in NSW Train Incidents

People chasing ‘likes’ on social media post are being blamed for a spike in train incidents in New South Wales, the state’s transport minister has said.

Build trains in NSW Labor says

The words from our Premier were so shocking - I couldn't believe my ears.

AI cameras to detect violence on Sydney trains

Software trial emerges from innovation challenge.

More Sydney bus and train routes linked to coronavirus cases

People with coronavirus caught a number of buses and trains around Sydney, NSW Health will announce this morning.

Coronavirus Transport News

339 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Oxford Tube upgrade WILL now go ahead say Stagecoach

A £13m upgrade of the Oxford Tube service is now going ahead after being postponed due  to coronavirus.

COVID ‘reset’ for trains in the North

Mayors, Council Leaders and senior representatives from across the North’s local authorities will be told on Wednesday that there is an opportunity to build on ‘reset’ train services in the North and support the rail industry in regaining confidence and trust.

Nokia unveils automated coronavirus scanner

The Nokia Automated Analytics Solution (NAAS) for Access Control is capable of simultaneously scanning up to six people per second per camera, at an accuracy rate of 95% when scans are conducted under a light source of around 300 lumens.

Reframing the megaproject in the age of COVID-19

Infrastructure leaders are calling for a rethink in the way that megaprojects are planned and delivered in a post COVID-19 world.

Optimism in infrastructure sector on post-COVID future

There is broad optimism in the infrastructure sector that the pipeline of work will continue and the shocks felt during COVID will not be long lasting.

Europe

5602 stories | Newest story posted 57 minutes ago
ETCS onboard testing begins

Trial running has started with the first diesel locomotive to be equipped with Alstom’s latest ETCS onboard equipment as part of the national ERTMS programme.

SWEG unveils DMU ahead of timetable revision

One of 18 Alstom Lint 54 diesel multiple-units ordered by the Land of Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock body SFBW for use on Hohenzollerische Landesbahn services was unveiled by locally-owned operator SWEG on October 15.

Väylä to test synthetic sleepers

Transport infrastructure agency Väylä has started testing FFU synthetic sleepers from Sekisui on the 1 524 mm gauge national network, to assess their suitability for use in very low temperatures.

Full electrification in record infrastructure spend

‘More than €17bn is being spent on railway projects across the whole country’, said Federal Minister for Climate Protection Leonore Gewessler on October 16, announcing with Austrian Federal Railways CEO Andreas Matthä ‘the biggest railway investment package that the Republic has ever seen’.

Ouigo adds digital infotainment portal

Passengers travelling on Ouigo low-cost high speed services between Paris and Lyon are now able to access a wide range of information and entertainment options thanks to a partnership between the operator and digital services company Moment.

Gunzelling Reports

1189 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
W – O Trip 2020: Pt. 3

After looking around Wenatchee, I headed West on US 2.

The Champlain Division, Part 2: PARC (Video)

In part 2 of 3, I railfan the entire PARC line (all two miles of it!

Another Coregas 40ft Tube Skid

Following on from my last sighting in June 2020  I snapped this different 40ft tube skid.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/10/2020

There were 86 sightings for this week; This is 15 sightings more than last week.

Railway Stations and Tourism

Good morning,Today it is Wednesday the 7th of October, 2020.

Inland Rail Project

420 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Final approvals passed for Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail

The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Narrabri to North Star leg of Inland Rail has been approved, paving the way for construction to begin before the end of 2020.

A new look at rail construction: Martinus’ plant department

Martinus’ in-house approach is de-risking rail construction.

Freight rail project an ‘engineering marvel’ connecting capital cities

Australia’s largest freight rail infrastructure project has been described as an “engineering marvel” as the first stage of the huge project has been completed.

Ports Australia pioneers world-first sustainability strategy guide

In a world-first, Ports Australia has published the Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide to provide Australian ports with a systematic and robust approach to sustainability.

New procurement process for Inland Rail contracts

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will speed up and de-risk the procurement process for Inland Rail in a new procurement and packaging plan.

International Rail News

5472 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Expedia sells SilverRail rail ticketing business

Expedia Group has sold rail ticket retailing and distribution platform developer SilverRail Technologies to its management.

Uruguayan freight operating contract awarded

Finnish paper group UPM has awarded a consortium of Christophersen Group, Cointer Concesiones and Deutsche Bahn International Operations a 22-year contract to move up to 3 million tonnes/year of wood pulp, chemicals and fuel between its future pulp mill at Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo.

Tax deal helps pulp supplier source transport fleet

Wood pulp and cellulose production company Bracell has qualified for an incentive scheme offering tax benefits towards the acquisition of rolling stock needed to move pulp between Pederneiras and the port of Santos in São Paulo state on the Atlantic coast, a distance of around 400 km.

First wagon produced at Mexican factory as US site closure agreed

Wagon manufacturer FreightCar America has reached an agreement for the early termination of the lease on its Shoals factory in Cherokee, Alabama, with effect from February 28 2021, and has completed Association of American Railroads certification audits for the plant at Castaños in Mexico to which wagon production .

Bombardier Transportation to sell Mexican wiring activities

Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement to sell the electrical wiring interconnection systems activities at its Huehuetoca site to the Motherson Rolling Stocks subsidiary of Motherson Sumi Systems.

Letters to the Editor

311 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Putting out an A.P.B. (Archives Photo Bulletin!)

Perusing the above list, it's a checklist of things people don't photograph.

Have you seen our lost dog walking the tracks in NSW

We realise your always busy and you get out and about in the area which could be helpful to us , just spotting our lost dog , he has been travelling along side the rail track from Tahmoor to Colo Vale as staff have seen him and staff at the ARTC are looking out for him

Tate Britain’s Turner exhibition to feature the £20 bank note

The painting that started appearing on £20 banknotes earlier this year will be one of the highlights of a new Turner exhibition, tickets for which are now on sale.

Virtual sterling? Bank of England ponders digital currency

The world of banking is poised for a step-change as many central banks ponder the introduction of a digital currency, and among those leading discussions is the Bank of England.

Sols 2829-2830: Come to My Arms My Breamish Boy!

Our weekend observations of the target Breamish showed some interesting chemistry results (which always make our scientists exclaim “O frabjous day!

Model Railways

1936 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Crepe Myrtle Foreground Tree 2: Building up the armature

I should start this by saying that although I'm using Crepe Myrtle "tips" as the basis for these foreground trees, those of you north of southern New Jersey are going to have a hard time finding Crepe Myrtles.

Ice refrigerator models: a correction

A recent post of  mine was on the topic of ice refrigerator cars, and how ice service was handled, at least in the case of Pacific Fruit Express, with which I’m familiar.

Scratch Building a Locomotive

I am finally able to sit at my computer and get some work done.

Prototype Fidelity Versus Practical Reality

The current issue of O Scale Resource magazine contains an article which will be the first of a series on scratch building locomotives in O Scale.

Ice Service refrigerator cars

Most modelers are familiar with the concept of refrigerator cars being used in ice service, that is, used to deliver ice to icing stations.

Narrow Gauge

121 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Restoring a Devore kit, Part 2

Only the older readers of this blog will have personal memory of the kit line from Devore, which were cast metal kits of various kinds.

Miniature delight: Mudgee Miniature Trains' first appearance since March

In their first outing since March, Mudgee Miniature Railway had a fully booked-out event on Sunday, August 16.

Cane train crashes into harvester in Ingham

Wilmar Sugar has released shocking new footage of a crash between a cane train and a harvester as frustrations rise over the number of incidents in milling regions this season so far.

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.

New South Wales Rail News

4120 stories | Newest story posted 50 minutes ago
Giant train tunnels under Sydney's CBD completed, people will have 'no need to own a car'

Six months ahead of schedule, the caverns for Sydney's Martin Place metro station are officially complete and most people are "completely clueless" they are even 23 metres below their feet.

Homes make way for $8b Western Sydney Airport metro rail line

Twenty-eight properties along the multibillion-dollar metro rail line to Sydney's new international airport will be compulsorily acquired and another 33 are earmarked for partial purchase.

Bathurst Rail Action Network herald Bullet's success eight years on

With the first Bathurst Bullet set to celebrate its eight birthday on Wednesday, the Bathurst Rail Action Group is anticipating a bright future for transport to and from the region via train.

Path to redemption for old regional rail network

These days, it seems there’s not much exciting about railway lines unless they’re turned into bicycle trails.

NSW Government Ignores Parliamentary Inquiry Recommendations

Sydenham to Bankstown will be removed from the Sydney Trains Network with stations west of Bankstown still awaiting direct services to City Circle, Inner West, and Liverpool.

New Zealand Rail News

467 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Auckland rail disruption: Noisy grinder machine annoys locals with midnight work

A noisy grinder machine repairing Auckland’s railway tracks overnight is annoying residents.

Auckland awards P2P electrification contract

KiwiRail has awarded the eTRACS joint venture of John Holland and McConnell Dowell an early contractor involvement contract to develop the southern extension of Auckland’s suburban electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe.

Parties set out election transport plans for New Zealand

The New Zealand Green Party has set out its plan for major investment in rail ahead of the New Zealand general election.

KiwiRail shuts down Auckland’s Southern Line for four weeks of repairs

A four-week shutdown of the Southern Line between Newmarket and Penrose will allow for major upgrades of the Auckland network.

Wellington to investigate Snapper smart card on trains

Wellington will investigate allowing rail commuters to use Snapper cards to pay for their journeys.

Northern Territory Rail News

220 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

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

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

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

Rail link to Tindal shot down by Defence

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

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.

Opinion

110 stories | Newest story posted last month
First post – what’s this all about?

WELL, this is the first post to my blog!

'Work from home': Albanese delivers vision for regional Australia

Labor leader Anthony Albanese is calling for a dramatic boost to infrastructure, education and manufacturing to help regional Australia recover from an economic slump he is calling the "Morrison recession".

How to craft a B2B marketing strategy for 2021: A guide on getting the most value for marketing dollars

Many B2B companies are now developing their marketing strategy and considering how to invest their marketing budgets for 2021.

The future of media: partnerships, not real estate

Prime Creative Media offers this latest resource for B2B marketing professionals, looking at the future of advertising.

NASA Openly Admits Alien Life Exists: Get Ready for Disclosure

Most people ‘in the know’ realize that NASA is just part of the military industrial complex, but a recent open admission on mainstream news that “there are indications of alien life” is likely the beginning of a bid to get your undivided attention before full-forced disclosure ensues.

Other Transport News

974 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
North East Link has become a serious dilemma to Morrison

Politics wasn’t expected to be a problem with the North East Link.

Active Transport News

Active Whitehorse News – September/October 2020 is now online to read with loads of interesting articles.

How shipping can help to avoid pandemics

Diseases like Covid-19 are passed from animals to humans.

Do you know where your chassis are?

Container chassis may be simple assets, but there is nothing simple about tracking their location throughout the U.

Transurban admits it may face further costs on $6.7b West Gate Tunnel

Tolling giant Transurban admits it could be forced to fork out more cash for the $6.

Pacific National News

46 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Fremantle port shuttle to move more freight via rail

A new port shuttle rail service between Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Terminal in Kewdale could take over 20,000 return truck trips off roads in Fremantle and Perth each year.

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.

Press Releases

243 stories | Newest story posted last month
Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

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

Three new members join Ports Australia

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

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

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

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.

Qube Logistics

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Qube invests in rail despite COVID hit to profits in 2020

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

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.

Queensland Rail News

2619 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
20 Cross River Rail trains to be locally built under new commitment

The Queensland Government has committed to having the first 20 trains of Brisbane’s Cross River Rail built in Maryborough, Queensland, to support the local rail manufacturing sector.

Queensland Labor promises $1bn pipeline of local train manufacturing

The Queensland Labor government has promised that if returned at the upcoming state election it would create a $1 billion rail manufacturing pipeline in Maryborough.

Burdekin SunRice mill expansion on cards

THE North Queensland rice industry has the potential to triple its output if SunRice's Brandon Mill is expanded.

Anger as locals find out historic 'connection to the world' set to be demolished

Residents in the Central Queensland town of Theodore say if there's money to spend on a historic rail bridge in the area, there should be enough to save it.

Rail Events

607 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Rail Wellbeing Live: Inspiring healthy lives across the railway

The launch of Rail Wellbeing Live, on 4th and 5th November, which is set to be the biggest free wellbeing event in the history of the industry.

Year in Infrastructure finalists revealed

The finalists for the Year in Infrastructure Awards have been announced.

Q&A with Janet Salem: Keynote speaker at ASCI2021

Janet Salem has over 13 years of experience working in circular economy and sustainability at the United Nations.

Fair Move: Better Public Transport Fares for Melbourne webinar

Earlier this week Infrastructure Victoria held a webinar to discuss findings of its latest report, Fair Move, Better Public Transport Fares for Melbourne which looks at how to make Victoria’s public transport system cheaper, safer and fairer in the short to medium term and supports our ongoing research into the benefits of transport network pricing.

Rail News

4295 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
RTBU criticises fatigue management guidelines

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) is pushing back against a draft fatigue management guideline that it argues undermines regulated maximum shift hours, which apply in Queensland and NSW.

ARA Board Call for Nominations for Position of General Director – Manufacturer or Supplier of Rail Related Products and Services

The ARA Board currently has one vacancy; the position of General Director – Manufacturer or Supplier of Rail Related Products and Services.

CAT purpose-built M323F RR now in Australia

Caterpillar’s purpose-built M323F road-rail (RR) excavators are now at work in Australia, providing access to the first true AS7502 Type 1: Self-powered rail wheeled excavator designed specifically for on-rail work in Australasia while delivering a new level of safety and performance for the industry.

Albanese launches Labor’s Rail Manufacturing Plan

A National Rail Manufacturing Plan would be formed to ensure that federal money spent on rail projects in Australia leads to local manufacturing of rollingstock if Labor was elected federally.

Network Rail to roll out machine learning technology on 40 rail projects

Network Rail in the UK has collaborated with technology start up nPlan to deploy machine learning technology on 40 rail projects initially and all projects by mid-2021.

Rail Travel

340 stories | Newest story posted 7 hours ago
Journey Beyond’s Great Southern to divert around Victoria in 2020/21

Journey Beyond’s Great Southern - a luxury train which explores Australia's southeastern states operating bespoke itineraries between Adelaide and Brisbane (and v.

A Guide to Riding The Scenic Flåm Railway in Norway

Undoubtedly one of Europe’s most spectacular train journeys, the Flåm Railway is one of Norway‘s highlights.

10 day winter trip in Andalusia

When Amsterdam and London get too grey and rainy, sunlight in Scandinavia becomes a rare sight, and the weather in the Swiss Alps becomes too cold for anything bar skiing with 4 layers of clothes on, it’s probably time to admit to yourself that it’s time to take a vacation in warm and sunny Spain.

Response to a Response

A post of some months ago recently drew the following comment.

Good News from Canada

Regular readers here know that I am a big fan of VIA Rail’s long distance service.

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

121 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Apache Railway - June 30 2005

Southbound out of Holbrook Arizona - C420-C424-C420-C424: What a great sound it wasWork took me to Arizona in June 2005.

Military Traffic on Northern Railroads

Over the last several years I have been trying to determine how much military traffic was carried by the northern railroads during the civil war.

Year in Review 1861 American Railroad Journal

I was reading some past issues of the America Railroad Journal during the time period of the civil war on the Linda Hall library online archive.

Kingston-Winnipeg aboard VIA, 1984 - Part 3

In Part 2 of this 1984 trip, I travelled from Winnipeg to Toronto on VIA's Canadian.

80s Rail Cars on the Coast

Time to stick a few more up from the lens of Phil Clarke, who passed away about 18 months ago.

Railway Preservation

776 stories | Newest story posted 37 minutes ago
No.5551 'The Unknown Warrior' Patriot Project Latest News

The Patriot Project is to build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design, capable of running on the main line and create the new National Memorial Engine, named 'The Unknown Warrior'.

*Flying Scotsman will visit Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) for the first time in October 2021.*

The visit was originally due to take place this October, but Flying Scotsman’s 2020 programme was cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

New life for old track at a leading Midlands heritage railway

Track from a disused railway line that was removed as part of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension has been given a new home after being donated to the Severn Valley Railway by Transport for West Midlands and the Midland Metro Alliance.

Class 40 locomotives and LMS steam locomotive to pass Stafford this Thursday

Not one, but two Class 40 locomotives and an LMS Scot steam locomotive will be on the mainline tomorrow, 15th October, and will be passing through Stafford.

Steam locomotive update from Leaky Finders Ltd – October 2020

Leaky Finders Ltd has posted another monthly update, detailing progress on a number of locomotives, including 6024 King Edward I and 35011 General Steam Navigation.

Railway Publications

180 stories | Newest story posted 16 hours ago
An appreciation: Linda Niemann

I have made mention of Linda Niemann’s books in previous posts, and will provide links in a moment.

Bells & Whistles—Light-rail contractor tries to prove COVID-19 caused delays, cost overruns

Four of eight and six of seven—LIRR Expansion Project burns through summer

Third Volume in Narrow Gauge Album Series

BOOK – A third volume in the Narrow Gauge Album series of books is available: Narrow Gauge in the Americas.

Bells & Whistles—Metro’s Silver Line extension faces safety issue

Transportation Safety Board of Canada reports on 2019 derailment

Rail Broadcast Week reaches a global audience

Around 1 700 registered viewers across the globe participated in Railway Gazette Group’s inaugural Rail Broadcast Week from September 21 to 25 2020.

Railway Stories

83 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
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

150 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
RZD exceeds 2019 China – Europe freight figures

RZD says that between January and September, intermodal traffic between China and Europe amounted to 387,900 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), more than 1.

RZD completes replacement Kola bridge

Trains have started using a replacement bridge across the River Kola near Murmansk, following an opening ceremony attended by RZD Chairman & CEO Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Transport Minister Vladimir Tokarev and the Governor of Murmansk region Andrey Chibis.

Moscow Metro unveils new train

The train travelled from Krasnaya Prenya depot along Line 5/Koltsevaya to Belorusskaya station.

Wheel production line ordered

The Allegro joint venture of EVRAZ and Rail Service Industrial Group has awarded Austrian industrial equipment manufacturer Andritz a contract to supply a full-cycle railway wheel production line for a US$200m factory which is to be built in the Titanium Valley Special Economic Zone in the Sverdlovsk oblast.

Russia October 2001

In October 2001 I went to northern Russia to look at a platinum and palladium (and chromite) project near the city of Petrozavodsk.

South Australian Rail News

823 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
Alleged freight train stowaway caught in Adelaide in breach of coronavirus restrictions

A man accused of stowing away on a freight train has been arrested in Adelaide, after allegedly crossing into SA from Victoria in breach of travel restrictions.

Train driver strike action evaporates as fear of private employer looms

Train workers have rejected strike action in their long running pay dispute and will now vote on a pay deal this week.

Outback ghost town gets a $50k grant to green

The town that formerly served as the head of the old Ghan railway line in South Australia's far north in the 1880s is set to receive a makeover.

Federal Budget delivers $625m more to SA road upgrades from Hahndorf to Goodwood and state’s north, securing 2600 local jobs

City and country road upgrades across SA will get a $625m cash injection from Tuesday Federal Budget, in abid to secure 2600 local jobsfrom the COVID recession.

Govt launched multiple probes on rail privatisation ahead of contract

The Marshall Government commissioned multiple investigations into the leaking of “confidential information” about its $2.

Tasmanian Rail News

418 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
'Shame to demolish it': Bridgewater Bridge still facing troubled waters

The prominent 1940s lifting span on the Bridgewater Bridge north of Hobart will be no more if a new $570m design is adopted, but while some are keen for a sleek modern gateway to Hobart, others wants to see the bridge's heritage saved.

Tasmanian Transport Museum's M class steam train chugs towards former 'glory

Steam train enthusiasts are crazy about the M class locomotive, but when the machines arrived in Tasmania 70 years ago, no-one wanted to drive them.

'It will be appealed': North East Rail Trail dispute far from over

A group opposed to the North East Rail Trail has vowed to appeal the project should it be approved by Dorset and the City of Launceston councils, arguing against the removal and sale of rail infrastructure.

One-year run will show real demand once novelty wears off

Generally, people support public transport, such as light rail, cheaper bus fares and ferries, but when push comes to shove the demand fails to materialise

Technology News

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Built to last: Speno’s locally built rail grinding equipment

Through accuracy and local expertise, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia is delivering the rail profile that’s right for the job.

Realising growth through consistency

Since establishing the company in 2016, directors Luke Craven, Mark Hadfield, and Christopher Miller have grown Omada Rail Systems into one of the top railway signalling engineering companies in Australia; providing high quality professional management and engineering services from project inception and feasibility, through to the testing, operations, and maintenance phases.

Exceeding the standard in hi-rail vehicles

Aries Rail have made a name for themselves by providing the Australian market with unique solutions, backed up by engineering expertise.

Reduced maintenance with KLP Hybrid Polymer Sleepers

In the same way that the inflexible old oak trees get uprooted in a strong storm in Aesop’s fable, a track support with too high track stiffness will cause premature failure and result in higher maintenance costs than anticipated.

Next generation height and slew limiters ensure safety in the rail corridor

The new Sentinel Safety product range from PRM Engineering Services includes the latest generation Height and Slew Limiters to allow safe operation around powerlines and within confined spaces.

Train Simulator News

74 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Train Simulator 2021 Out Now

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

Review: World Of Subways Vol. 4

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

Train Sim World 2 arriving at platform PlayStation tomorrow

Become a driver on the London Underground, take control of high-speed services in Germany, and haul freight across an epic US mountain range.

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.

Tram and Light Rail News

1870 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Costs continue to rise on Honolulu’s much-delayed metro project

During a meeting of the Hart board last week, it was revealed that construction costs have increased by more than $US 830m while the Covid-19 pandemic has created a $US 450m funding hole.

€4bn tender for 504 LRVs re-launched

The tender, launched by Albtal Transport Company (AVG), Karlsruhe Transport Authority (VBK), Saarbahn, the State of Salzburg, the Neckar-Alb tram-train association, and Upper Austria infrastructure manager, Schiene OÖ, is intended to offer savings up to €1m on each vehicle.

Oslo unveils new LRVs

The vehicles, which are designated SL18 by operator Sporveien, were ordered from Spanish manufacturer CAF under a €200m contract awarded in June 2018.

Novosibirsk begins negotiations for light rail modernisation

Under the agreement, the contract winner will replace up to 88% of the city’s LRV fleets, some of which dates from 1987, as well as carrying out a comprehensive modernisation plan of light rail infrastructure on the right bank of the Ob river.

Moscow LRV contract awarded

The first five vehicles are due to be delivered in June 2021.

UK

4698 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Last chance for Passengers to Have Their Say on Interior Design of New £362m Metro Fleet

Tyne & Wear Metro passengers are running out of time to have their say on what they would like to see in the new Metro trains.

New CrossCountry contract includes capacity, accessibility and environmental improvements

The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent Arriva a new contract to operate CrossCountry services for a further three years.

Northern launches new campaign to improve workforce diversity

Northern has launched a new recruitment campaign, ‘Be Northern’, striving to improve diversity levels within its workforce.

Next Caledonian Sleeper Managing Director appointed

Serco has named Kathryn Darbandi as the next Managing Director of Scotland to London overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper.

Scientific study to improve understanding of Covid-19 transmission on trains and buses

A study has been launched to develop a better understanding of the risks of Covid-19 transmission on public transport and to identify the best control measures.

USA

4574 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Boston commuter operator hit by ransomware attack

Boston commuter rail operator Keolis Commuter Services was subjected to a ransomware attack on its computer systems on the morning of October 10.

North Dakota officials celebrate new intermodal service

The first containers that are part of a new intermodal service out of North Dakota arrived Tuesday and will be making their way to the Port of Seattle soon.

IRJ launches all-in-one digital subscription

Users of the IRJ website will still be able to access up to eight news stories per calendar month free of charge.

Shuttles replace Link north of SODO Station this weekend

Link Light Rail service will be partially disrupted this weekend, per an annoucement from Sound Transit:

Victorian Rail News

7580 stories | Newest story posted 40 minutes ago
Rainbow railway line upgrade continues

Work on the next stage of the upgrade of the Dimboola to Rainbow railway line will ramp up this week.

Farmers derailed by updated Victorian rail plan

The Victorian Government will ask the Commonwealth for nearly 200 million dollars for the Murray Basin Rail Project.

Funding row erupts over plans to finish troubled Murray Basin Rail Project

The state government has revealed the new cost of its Murray Basin Rail Project, but expects the federal government to foot the new bill.

Rainbow railway line upgrade continues

The line was booked out of service mid-last year due to its condition, and it received a 

Political blame game continues to derail key project

IT'S the game of political football that is driving farmers mad.

Western Australian Rail News

1330 stories | Newest story posted 54 minutes ago
Morley – Ellenbrook line construction contract awarded

The MELconnx Consortium has been awarded the contract to design and build the 21 km Morley – Ellenbrook line to serve the northeast suburbs of Perth.

Multi-storey carpark not in Lakelands train station plans

A CITY of Mandurah councillor who once went on a hunger strike to push for the Lakelands train station says planning needs to start now to avoid a parking crisis at that station.

Contract signed for Morley-Ellenbrook Line construction

The contract for the construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook line has been signed, with the project coming in at $700 million, with contingency, escalation and ancillary costs taking the total project budget to $1.

Western Australia’s $27 billion transport infrastructure budget

The Western Australian Government has released a suite of investments under its 2020-21 State Budget which includes an overall $27 billion investment in infrastructure over the next four years.

Spearwood residents rally over freight rail crossing safety

SPEARWOOD residents want more safety measures at a notorious freight rail crossing along a major arterial road, despite the rail line operator claiming it already has “the highest level of protection possible”.

Yarra Trams

548 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
AFL Grand Final/ Thank You Day Public Holiday

Friday 23 October, first to last tram

Swanston Street Disruption - Tuesday 20 October

Swanston Street trams have resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption.

Royal Park renewal works

Stage 1 – Sunday 1 November to Thursday 5 November, 9pm to last tram each night

Audit finds accessibility lacking on Melbourne tram network

The Victorian Auditor General has found that the Department of Transport and Yarra Trams are at risk of breaching disability legislation due to the lack of accessibility on Melbourne’s tram network.

Suspended night services

All Night Network services, which run on Friday and Saturday nights, have been suspended this weekend.

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