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ACT

108 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Historic train carriage destroyed in fire just hours before Canberra Railway Museum reopening

A historic carriage has been destroyed in a suspicious fire at the Canberra Railway Museum, just hours before its reopening.

Canberra Railway Museum gains steam

THREE years after the Canberra Railway Museum spiralled into liquidation, the museum is now ready to re-open its doors.

Federal government failing us on infrastructure

A popular genre of computer game allows players to design and create civilisations from the ground up.

Time for Feds to include ACT light rail in infrastructure spending plans

No matter where one stands on the light rail issue, everyone agrees that the next stage to Commonwealth Park and beyond to Woden is going to cost a motza.

Extension of ACT light rail has been green-lit

The ACT light rail has been green-lit to expand after the ACT Government approved the business case for 2A from Alinga Street station to Commonwealth Park.

Africa

194 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Kenyatta inaugurates SGR Phase 2A

The next 120 km section of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway was formally inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 16.

Nigeria awards $3.9bn Abuja-Lokoja rail line contract to CRCC

The Nigerian Federal Government has awarded a $3.

Final handover of Benguela Railway ‘renews people’s hope’

A ceremony at Lobito’s main station on October 3 marked the final handover of the Benguela Railway to the government from construction company China Railway 20 Bureau Group.

Prototype Egyptian coaches unveiled by TMH

Two prototype third class coaches for Egyptian National Railways were unveiled when Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works in Russia on October 4.

Airline News

26 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Introducing the updated Flightradar24 blog

The Flightradar24 blog has a new look!

Swiss grounds A220 fleet for inspections

Swiss is grounding its A220 (née C Series) fleet for inspections after a series of issues with the aircraft’s Pratt and Whitney engines.

Qantas unveils special 100th anniversary livery on new 787 VH-ZNJ

The ‘Qantas 100’ 787 Dreamliner has rolled out of the paint shop wearing a special livery commemorating Qantas’ upcoming centenary.

KLM celebrates its 100th annivesary

KLM celebrates its 100th anniversary today, making it the oldest airline in the world still operating with its original name.

Porsche and Boeing join hands to develop new urban air mobility ecosystem

German automobile manufacturer Porsche AG and American multinational corporation Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace.

Arabian Rail News

136 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Saudi Railway Co and Russian Railways to co-operate

Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev and Saudi Railway Co CEO Dr Bashar Al Malik signed a co-operation agreement in Riyadh on October 14.

Etihad Rail awards Stage 2 systems & integration contract

Project promoter Etihad Rail has awarded Hitachi Rail STS the 1·6bn dirham railway systems & integration contract for Stage 2 of the national network

Etihad Rail awards $435.5m contract to Hitachi Rail

UAE-based Etihad Rail has awarded an AED1.

Systems and integration contract awarded for Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway network

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, approved the award during a board meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Etihad Rail.

Haramain HS services suspended for one month following Jeddah fire

The fire, which injured 11 people, broke out on the top floor of Jeddah station on September 29 and lasted for 15 hours.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
'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

2130 stories | Newest story posted 47 minutes ago
Central to soon announce concession in Delhi Metro fares for senior citizens and students

The Central government to soon announce discounts in Delhi Metro fares for senior citizens & students as a technology-based solution has been found to implement the same.

Aerial view of upcoming CST metro station on the Metro 3 line

Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has released a video capturing the Aerial view of the upcoming CST metro station on the Metro 3 line.

Jakarta – Surabaya route modernisation agreement

A summary record agreement for the Java North Line Upgrading Project to provide ‘medium-speed’ operation on the 720 km Jakarta – Surabaya route on the island of Java has been signed by the Ministry of Transportation and Japan International Co-operation Agency following two years of negotiations.

BMRCL Net-Loss calculated from ₹352 crores to ₹498.41 crores

In the second year of full-fledged operations of phase I of Namma Metro, the farebox revenue of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has increased from ₹281 crores in 2017- 18 to ₹ 355 crores in 2018-19, registering a growth of 26.

Ardanuy Ingeniería bags power supply & SCADA systems Design Contract from Namma Metro

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), has awarded Ardanuy Ingeniería a contract to design 750 V DC third-rail power supply and SCADA systems for two lines to be developed under its network expansion program.

Aurizon

234 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Aurizon moves stored container wagons to Gympie

Aurizon locomotives 2491H and 2480H last night delivered a large number of PCUM wagons to the Mary Valley Rattler's yard at the old Gympie station.

Anti Adani Protesters Expect to Interrupt Aurizon AGM on October 17th 2019

We know Aurizon are checking this Facebook event, so invite all your friends so Aurizon can watch the ‘going’ number grow!

Aurizon launches legal challenge to Genesee & Wyoming Australia sale

Aurizon is claiming rights it says are contained in a 2006 Rights of First Refusal Agreement between Aurizon, GWI and their subsidiaries.

Aurizon claims GWA sale violates its first right of refusal

Aurizon is suing US railroad company Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) over the sale of G&W’s Australian assets to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM.

Changing lives in our communities

Charities providing important work in the communities where Aurizon operates have been granted much needed funding from the Company’s Community Giving Fund

Australian High Speed Rail

8 stories | Newest story posted last month
Can high speed rail really solve our population problem?

The loss of 200,000 people would not much change Melbourne or Sydney, but those numbers moving to Geelong or Wollongong would create huge disruption

Too good to be true? Australia's high-speed rail dream leaves a bitter taste

A would-be developer’s vision involves building eight cities between Melbourne and Sydney.

In-Depth Focus: High-Speed Rail

Though it is tempting to see setbacks in the development of high-speed rail around the world, Torkel Patterson – Vice- Chairman of the International High Speed Rail Association (IHRA) – believes we are entering a golden age of high-speed rail.

Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

Governments are looking to fast rail services to regional cities to relieve population pressures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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.

Bus Transport News

394 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
DMRC floats tender for AC e-feeder buses

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) floats tender to run AC e-feeder buses service.

First York Services Upgraded

First York passengers on bus services 11 & 12 are set to benefit this month with a bus upgrade providing improved travelling comfort together with lower engine emissions.

BYD ADL Enviro200EV's for Glasgow Airport Service

Glasgow Airport introduced a fleet of zero-emission electric buses to its car park operation on October 8.

Southampton Anniversaries Weekend

The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust recently held a weekend of events to celebrate a number of Transport related anniversaries pertaining to the City.

Canada

428 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
G&W shuttering Huron Central

While recent funding has supported emergency repairs, GWC estimates that $C40 million of capital investment is required over the next five years to maintain safe operation on the Sudbury – Sault Ste.

Rail industry watches whether Alberta will encourage more crude-by-rail

The rail industry is watching whether Alberta’s government will allow for more crude oil volumes to travel via freight rail.

Confederation Line Opens in Ottawa

The project cost an estimated C$2.

What’s the 2020 Outlook for Railroad Capital Expenditures?

It is that time of the year when staff members in different major departments within each Class I railroad  lay out their expectations for next year’s budgets.

Canadian National unveils plan for winter operations

While extremely cold temperatures are usually a factor that Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) considers when drafting its operational plan for winters, in the 2019-2020 winter season the railway also had to grapple with forecasting volumes amid various trade uncertainties.

Cityrail News

722 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Sydney's Town Hall train station evacuated following reports of smoke

More than 500 peak hour commuters were evacuated from Sydney's Town Hall station on Monday morning.

Huge queues, crowding at Sydney train stations amid network meltdown

Commuters at Milson's Point station are told to "get out and walk over the Harbour Bridge" as two separate incidents on Sydney's rail network spark long delays and morning peak-hour chaos on several lines.

'Get out and walk': Signal failure, broken train spark Sydney rail chaos

Commuters at Milson's Point station are told to "get out and walk over the Harbour Bridge" as two separate incidents on Sydney's rail network spark long delays and peak-hour chaos on several lines.

‘Belligerent’ sacked Sydney Trains worker loses unfair dismissal claim

A 79-year-old man sacked as a Sydney Trains team leader after two serious safety incidents has been ordered to pay costs after prolonging an unsuccessful unfair dismissal claim.

Vehicle Stuck On Train Line Delaying Services In Sydney's North

Services on the North Shore line are experiencing delays due to a car on the tracks at Waitara.

Europe

3375 stories | Newest story posted 8 hours ago
New Rail Baltica board appointed

A new supervisory board for Rail Baltica project promotor RB Rail AS was approved by the national shareholders from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on October 15.

[FR / Expert] Omneo Premium Rémi Express: a look inside

Although production hasn’t started yet, we can already show you a preview of the interior of the 32 new Omneo Premium electric multiple units (EMU) that SNCF Mobilités and the French Centre-Val de Loire region have ordered from Bombardier.

Bane NOR and Adif sign ‘exchange of experience’ cooperation agreement

The agreement will cover mutual training within specific fields, joint workshops, study visits and technical assistance.

South Tirol infrastructure contract extended

The South Tirol regional government has extended transport authority STA’s contract to manage local transport infrastructure until 2030.

[SK] ZSSK Class 840 DMUs get a new design [updated]

Back in 2003, a consortium of Stadler, Bombardier Transportation, and ŽOS Vrútky assembled six diesel multiple units based on Stadler’s GTW 2/6 concept.

Gunzelling Reports

1017 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Another Round of Colonial Crafts (and another Amtrak)

Today we headed to the station again to catch the 1949-built Pennsy buffet lounge Colonial Crafts going back to NYC.

Speeder in town

This is a speeder owned by a NARCOA (North American Railcar Operators Association) member who regularly operates it in NARCOA events.

Private Car Colonial Crafts on the Adirondack

Today’s Northbound Adirondack Consist included Pennsylvania Railroad buffet lounge Colonial Crafts.

Tahmoor Coalie

The Tahmoor coalies are pretty frequent these days.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/10/2019

There were 74 sightings for this week; This is 10 sightings less than last week.

Inland Rail Project

287 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
With connection comes opportunity: Federal Government fast tracks Inland Rail investigation

The Federal Government will fast-track investigation into opportunities for three communities in the Parkes electorate to access the benefits of the Inland Rail.

Inland Rail seeks consultation ahead of EIS submission

The Inland Rail project team is consulting the landowners and stakeholders for the border to Gowrie section of the railway alignment it will then take to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

State Government gives list of demands for the Inland Rail project

Amid concerns of residents in Brisbane’s south, the Queensland Government has given Prime Minister Scott Morrison a list of demands for the controversial inland rail project.

Farmers’ fears over impact of inland rail line

The proposed route of Australia’s ambitious inland rail project connecting NSW to Melbourne and Brisbane will be scrutinised in an inquiry following concerns from the state’s farmers.

International Rail News

5254 stories | Newest story posted 9 hours ago
Negotiations started to promote the employment of women in the rail sector

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), which represents railway sector employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), which represents employees, are starting the negotiations of an EU level agreement aimed at promoting the employment of women in the sector.

Hitachi Rail unveils concepts for ‘train station of future’

Rolling stock manufacturer Hitachi Rail has published concepts for ‘train stations of the future’, which could use robots and digital technology to improve passenger experiences.

Product Showcase: Rail milling as part of an integrated rail maintenance strategy

The rail – one of the most valuable track assets.

Innovative technology at the centre of rail freight’s digital revolution

Do you think the rail freight industry still lacks a deep understanding of how innovative technology can add value to network activity?

Letters to the Editor

261 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Visit the subterranean London Silver Vaults

Deep under a central London office block can be found a warren of shops — all selling silverware in small rooms behind a bank vault of an entrance.

​Richard Hope, OBE

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death on October 14 of Richard Hope, at the age of 85, following several years of ill health.

Morrison is 'kidding himself' on the economy

Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says Prime Minister Scott Morrison is "kidding himself" on the economy as the International Monetary Fund slashes its global growth outlook to the lowest level in a decade.

Transit-wash

Readers will know the term greenwashing – companies or governments promoting trivial or irrelevant environmental sentiments as a substitute for hard action to minimise the impact of their goods or services on the environment.

Beatles themed manhole cover for Abbey Road

To mark the 50th anniversary of that famous record cover, a manhole cover next to the zebra crossing has been revamped with an image of the event.

Model Railways

1132 stories | Newest story posted 3 hours ago
Murray River Bridge, Post the Sydney Exhibition its time for a blog de brief

Post the Sydney Exhibition its time for a blog de brief.

[Creativity] This is Cardkits: build your miniature railway world – last chance!

As the Cardkits campaign was successful, the maker decided to extend the project, with extra products: supermarket, ambulance, heli.

Dee See See

I spent a happy couple of hours at the weekend helping to operate on one of the Greenock club's layouts at a local exhibition in Renfrewshire and renewing my acquaintance with all things standard gauge.

Another Natural Product

After a long summer it is good to be back to the layout.

This week on the Hitop…

This week has found me getting things set up for our first real operating session coming up.

Narrow Gauge

93 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Bridge View Light Railway

Ken Jones has visited Bridge View narrow gauge railway in Coventry

Fire In The Hole!

That’s right, your eyes don’t deceive you!

Continental Puffing Billy?

No, sadly I’m not talking about a visiting engine from a quaint narrow gauge line in Europe!

NG/G16 – A Quick Update

As the design and manufacture stage of the project is virtually complete, and the workshop staff complete the finishing touches, here’s what we’ve been up to since last time.

All aboard for night time train rides at Illawarra Light Railway Museum

Night time train rides will be all the rage at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum this Saturday.

New South Wales Rail News

3630 stories | Newest story posted 18 hours ago
Last regular steam-hauled passenger train ride remembered

Fifty years ago, on Saturday, October 11, 1969, regular steam-hauled passenger trains operated for the last time on the main southern line - and many locals gathered at stations in Macarthur to see them off.

Western Line services fail to meet on-time running targets

It’s been nearly two years since Transport Minister Andrew Constance introduced the “timetable that Sydney needed” but for western Sydney train commuters, the headache continues to worsen with poor on-time running, delays and growing frustrations.

Labor could vote to close Great Northern rail line

NSW Shadow Cabinet is deciding whether to vote to close the Great Northern rail line to make way for a rail trail.

Transport Minister under fire for not announcing rail line closure

The NSW Labor leader has accused Transport Minister Andrew Constance of trying to ‘smuggle’ out news of the planned Carlingford Rail Line closure.

North Coast rail line reopens after repairs to fix track infrastructure damaged in bushfires

The North Coast rail line has reopened after a week of around-the-clock repairs to fix infrastructure damaged in ravaging bushfires.

New Zealand Rail News

356 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
New daily rail service for logs to Port Taranaki

A daily log train from Whanganui to Port Taranaki is expected reduce traffic congestion and road repairs, and save costs for log exporters.

KiwiRail awards polymer sleeper contract

Lankhorst will supply its KLP hybrid polymer sleepers, which are manufactured using a high-grade ductile polymer made from 100% recycled plastic, which encases reinforcing steel bars.

KiwiRail selects polymer sleeper supplier

KiwiRail has selected Lankhorst Engineered Products as the winner of a contract to supply polymer sleepers over at least three years.

Rail trench saviour for New Lynn shopping centre

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey says a Government decision to spend $120 million sinking a double-tracked railway line through the heart of New Lynn has saved the town from destruction.

Northern Territory Rail News

211 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The 120-year journey to build Australia’s Adelaide-to-Darwin rail line

Australia would approach the task of building The Ghan, an almost 3000 km rail line stretching through the nation’s centre, very differently if construction began today.

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.

Opinion

99 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Tickets Alert: A virtual flight though the history of flight

In 1919 two small aircraft firms were set up in the UK and through many mergers became British Airways, which is now marking its centenary with a vision of flight in another century hence.

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.

Other Transport News

790 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
India issues revised guidelines for charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

The Ministry of Power, Government of India has issued revised standards and guidelines for charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles to be set up in various cities including highways.

How the ute went from innovation to Australian icon

Initially a way to provide rural churchgoers with a more dignified ride to town, the ute caused decades of challenges for automotive engineers.

Think tank calls for CBD driver levy within five years

A tax on motorists entering the city in peak hour would create travel time savings comparable with the construction of mega toll roads such as the West Gate Tunnel and the North East Link.

Engineering students are taking solar-powered cars on an epic cross-country road trip

Teams of engineering students from more than 20 countries will converge next week in Darwin to chase the future of solar-powered travel.

Netgraphs: a useful tool for planning ferry networks

A commonly used tool in European countries for planning periodic rail networks is the netgraph.

Pacific National News

29 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Amsted unveils bogie-mounted brake system

The Ibex braking system is set to enter service on two new CRRC wagons ordered by Pacific National in Australia for a year-long trial later this month.

PN slams

Australia's biggest rail freight operator, Pacific National, has issued a scathing report on the troubled $440million Murray Basin Rail project.

Australia’s major highway now a conveyor belt for big trucks

In a disturbing development, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Pacific National has declared rail freight is on its deathbed between Melbourne and Sydney.

PACIFIC NATIONAL IN RAIL FREIGHT DEATHBED CALL

Rail freight operator Pacific National is urging action on excessive government charges and red tape which it attributes to putting rail freight "on its deathbed" between Melbourne and Sydney.

Aurizon and Pacific National prepare for new ACCC court battle

Rail companies Aurizon and Pacific National have filed notices of cross appeal with the Federal Court as they prepare for hearings on the competition watchdog's attempts to block the $205 million sale of Aurizon's Acacia Ridge freight rail hub.

Press Releases

239 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

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

Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September.

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

There are few places left on earth that are as untouched and wild as the Australian outback, a landscape that has captivated imaginations and attracted thrill-seekers for millennia.

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

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

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

2401 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
Adani's mine gets a coal freight breakthrough, but it's no speeding locomotive

One of Australia's leading rail freight companies says it is willing to service Adani's Carmichael mine, despite an intense campaign by environmentalists aimed at dissuading companies from dealing with Adani.

North Queensland's coal mining heartland turns 100

One of the original mining towns in the famous Bowen Basin, Collinsville, marks 100 years of coal dominating the local economy.

Queensland Rail cuts heritage volunteer program over safety

A group of ageing heritage railway volunteers say Queensland Rail and Townsville City Council are giving them a “raw deal” over long-held plans for a railway museum.

Gladstone to Iveragh

This page cover the section on the North Coast Line from Parana to Iveragh the line is owned and operated by Queensland Rail.

Rio in Andoom rail fail

A TRAIN driver was injured when his empty ore train collided with four rail wagons at Rio Tinto’s Andoom mine near Weipa in Far-North Queensland on September 22.

Rail Events

454 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
Matrix will be participating in the INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY EQUIPMENT EXHIBITION (IREE) 2019 to be held in New Delhi from 22nd to

Matrix will be participating in the INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY EQUIPMENT EXHIBITION (IREE) 2019 to be held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th October 2019.

SRHC Spirit of Progress Tour to Albury

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a very special North East Standard Gauge train tour to Albury on Saturday 23rd November, 2019.

Robert Stephenson’s birthday

On this day 216 years ago, Robert Stephenson was born – the only son of Father of the Railways.

Women Inspiring Rail: A Q&A with Heidi Hendrix, Punctuality Manager, Infrabel

How did your career in rail begin and what does your current job involve?

InnoTrans 2020 exhibition space booked up

Floor space at the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair is now booked up, a year before the 13th InnoTrans event opens its doors on September 22 2020.

Rail News

4087 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Germany’s FlixTrain unveils plans to expand long-distance rail services

German open-access rail operator FlixTrain has revealed plans to add new routes and additional stops to its long-distance rail services.

What does ‘safe’ mean in materials developed for tunnels, trains and transport?

Traditional insulation and non-combustibility are easily glossed-over topics.

All aboard the grain train: Re-built locomotives journey to Australia

A fleet of locomotives built in the US by the National Railway Equipment Company has a role many, many miles away

Boiler Bits

A few more bits are appearing on 130.

Gamuda buys into Australian rail market

Malaysian civil engineering group Gamuda Bhd has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Australian contractor Martinus Rail Pty Ltd, citing potential opportunities in the country’s pipeline of current and future railway projects.

Rail Travel

238 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Exciting Trip for Next Summer

EdinburghScotland again, but by a very special train this timeI have just taken the plunge and booked a trip through the Scottish Highlands on Belmond's Royal Scotsman, a very special trip to celebrate a special wedding anniversary next summer.

Passengers fall ill after sustained gastro outbreak on Indian Pacific train

A sustained gastro outbreak on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Perth has left more than 100 passengers sick, including two who had to be hospitalised.

High Speed Rail from Hong Kong to Beijing

The train journey traverses eight cities in nine hours, and there are plenty of sights and grand luxury hotels to enjoy along the ride.

Yarmouth (no, the other one ...) and Chichester

I recently had an interesting conversation with an Australian lady at Yarmouth bus station on the Isle of Wight.

Birmingham and a Tiny Train

I was on a mission, a mission to catch the tiniest National Rail train in England (possibly the smallest heavy rail passenger train in the world), on England’s shortest branch line.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 9 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

476 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Pads and to the side

All 430 (is he) sleepers from yesterday had their pads installed before being placed to the side of the track.

Concrete Sleepers

To stand on Sawmill Rd and look either way, it’s just concrete sleepers as far as the eye can see.

Turning the first sod

Well today was a very big day for the VGR with the official “Turning of the first sod” for the Service Re-orientation Project.

Man, Those PRR Pinstripes Look Awesome!

NJT is a state-run public agency, with all the associated “challenges” (problems, in un-politically correct terms) such an organization faces: Meddling politicians, funding shortfalls—you know what I’m talking about, no need to expand here!

Tidying Up & Bridge Straightening

The day started with heads down, bums up.

Railway Publications

68 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Bells & Whistles — Episode 11

What were the top news stories RT&S was following the week ending Oct.

Official Map: Copenhagen Railways Map, 2019

Having just reviewed Kristoffer Bæk and Pasha Omelekhin’s superb new rail map for Copenhagen (October 2019, 4.

Global Railway Review welcomes new Editorial Advisory Board members

Craig Waters, Editor, said: “Global Railway Review is committed to keeping our readers informed of current and future rail industry developments.

Historical Map: Denver RTD Bus Network, 1977

A great example of late 1970s American transit map design from Denver’s  Regional Transportation District (RTD) with thick, chunky route lines, minimalist design sensibilities and tightly letter-spaced sans serif headings.

Railway Stories

74 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
The Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

The Star Barn in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is one spectacular barn to see.

Leaf-busting trains prepare for autumn

Did you know we have a dedicated fleet for tackling the thousands of tonnes of leaves that fall on the railway each autumn?

The Richmond Railroad Museum, Richmond, Virginia

Is there anything worth seeing in Richmond, Virginia?

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.

Russian Rail News

69 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Russian Railways’ reveal their digital transformation strategy

The key document defining the digital transformation of the Russian railways by 2025 is its ‘Digital Transformation Strategy’

VTG orders timber wagons

Leasing company VTG Rail Russia has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 150 flat wagons for carrying timber products.

PhosAgro orders technically sophisticated sulphur wagons

Fertiliser producer PhosAgro Group has ordered a further 56 molten sulphur tank wagons from United Wagon Co.

Production of high-capacity container wagons begins

RM Rail has begun mass production of Type 13-1284 high-capacity container flat wagons, following work to modernise its Ruzkhimmash factory in Saransk.

RZD demonstrates electronic freight processing system

A train with containers from Japan was dispatched from the port of Vladivostok to Moscow using only electronic documents, which RZD says reduced the time it takes to process documents at the port by four days.

South Australian Rail News

725 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Transport company offers up 'fake news' to help SA Government's rail privatisation push

A transport company seeking lucrative contracts to run Adelaide's public transport networks has shared fake quotes of former Labor ministers in an apparent bid to assist the South Australian Liberal Government press its case for rail privatisation.

Hundreds rally against SA rail sale

South Australian tram and train drivers fear their jobs will become insecure when the state's rail network is privatised.

Labor pledges to reverse Adelaide public transport privatisation

South Australia's Opposition says it will reverse the State Government's plan to privatise Adelaide's train and tram services if elected in 2022.

Adelaide train fire leads to audit of entire rail fleet

The entire Adelaide train fleet will be checked after an engine on the Grange line caught alight last month.

QUBE LIFTS LID ON ADELAIDE WAREHOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Qube Logistics has offered an insight into its warehousing development in Adleaide, comprising a new 10,000 square metre insulated facility at Outer Harbor in South Australia.

Tasmanian Rail News

387 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Don River Railway general manager Niels Brun dies

A leading light in Tasmanian heritage railway and tourism tragically passed away Saturday morning.

Hobart rail action group urges Gov to get on with reopening the northern suburbs rail line

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has urged the Government to get on with reopening the rail line, saying its by far the “safest bet” when it comes an effective transport option.

North-East Rail Trail legislation expected in 2019

The next step towards the North-East Rail Trail, and adjoining heritage train, is expected before the end of the parliamentary year.

North East Rail Trail funding extension sought

Member for Bass Bridget Archer confirmed she is seeking to have federal funding for the North East Rail Trail extended.

Legislative Council inquiry recommends heritage railway and rail trail compromise

A Legislative Council inquiry into the future of the North-East rail corridor has supported the establishment of both a heritage railway and a rail trail.

Technology News

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Help colour in London’s buildings

A new app and website have been launched and is encouraging people to record details of all the buildings around them.

Visualize, Allocate, Execute, Report

These huge volumes of data cannot be processed effectively with most planning or operational software that exist in the rail industry today.

Huawei may launch next flagship smartphone without Google

In May, Trump added Huawei to the Entity List by executive order, forbidding US companies from working with Huawei without a government-issued license.

Microsoft investigated over remote data collection, says Dutch DPA

While the DPA said that the technology giant is in compliance with the agreements made following an investigation concluded at the beginning of the year, but the firm's remote collection of data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro may violate rules.

State AGs partner with Justice Department to investigate anticompetitive tech mergers

The collaboration was confirmed by Makan Delrahim, head of antitrust at the Department of Justice.

Train Simulator News

68 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Andrew Constances Newcastle light rail review cycling safety review an 'admission', Labor contends

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

New Bus To Help Avoca Sporting Clubs Hit The Road Safely

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

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!

Tram and Light Rail News

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STUTTGART MUSEUM ON 28 SEPTEMBER 2019

Underframe of Stuttgart horse tram as seen in picture on wall

VALENCIENNE 3 OCTOBER 2019

Valencienne trams don't seem to have the usual French panache.

AUTUMN TOUR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019O

This year's tour was mainly based in Mannheim, but o the was there we had 2 nights in De Panne for the coastal tramway.

Cyclists banned from using mixed running section of Newcastle’s light rail

The chief recommendation of a Transport NSW review into cyclist safety in Newcastle has excluded cyclists from using the mixed running section of the light rail.

DMRC approved Kirti Nagar-Dwarka Metrolite

The Union Urban Affairs Ministry & Delhi Metro rail corporation (DMRC) board approved Corridor Kirti Nagar-Dwarka, DMRC approving Metrolite 20-Km line from Kirti Nagar to Dwarka sector 25 currently.

UK

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West Hampstead Overground goes step-free

The ongoing works at West Hampstead Overground station have seen lifts come into operation several weeks after the new footbridge opened.

DfT publishes network enhancement project pipeline

The Department for Transport published its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline on October 16, listing projects to increase to the capabilities of the rail network in England & Wales where development is being funded through the enhancements budget for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

More tower blocks planned for Bankside

A cluster of towers planned for the bankside area is likely to go ahead after one of the developers committed to the plans.

A review urges the North and Midlands to ‘take control’ of HS2 and NPR

Created to inform the Government-commissioned Oakervee Review of HS2, which will soon report to the Department for Transport (DfT) on the future of the high-speed rail project.

Stations Day celebrates the efforts of rail workforce and volunteers

The dedication, hard-work and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers responsible for keeping Britain’s railways running are at the heart of Stations Day celebrations today (15 October).

USA

2744 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Happy 150th! Wabtec Celebrates Anniversary, New HQ

A high-tech supplier for the freight and transit rail industries, Wabtec’s origins began in Western Pennsylvania with founder George Westinghouse Jr.

A&R Logistics Anchor Tenant at OmniTRAX’s SGIH

OmniTRAX is SGIH’s master developer.

Shareholder Value, or Public Safety?

There are many previous examples, but let’s just look at three reported on that single day, Sept.

Second Ave. Sagas Podcast, Episode 7: Board member Sarah Feinberg on the state of the MTA

Former FRA Administrator and current MTA Board Sarah Feinberg spoke with me at length about all things transit.

Regulations prompt freight rail sector to address cybersecurity (updated)

Updated to include comment from the Association of American Railroads

Victorian Rail News

6624 stories | Newest story posted 21 hours ago
AVALON AIRPORT needs a rail link according to G21

Avalon Airport has commenced international operations, having received tremendous support from both the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Melbourne rail rage soars as passengers feel squeeze

More than 150 etiquette complaints have already been lodged by Melbourne public transport users this year, as train commuters get fed up with the poor train behaviour of other passengers.

Andrews government told to go west and build Melbourne's next port - in 2055

Melbourne's second major container port should be built near Werribee, the Andrews government's infrastructure adviser says, but not for another 40 years or so.

Why a rail tunnel could make a world of difference

For the residents of Ballarat and the region more broadly, there is apparently an end in sight for the 'long-suffering rail commuters'.

Politicians continue debate over airport rail tunnel

Political manoeuvring aside, an airport rail link that includes a stop at Sunshine will benefit regional passengers.

Western Australian Rail News

1164 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
METRONET railcar manufacturing facility tender released

The tender to build the METRONET railcar assembly and maintenance facility has been released.

WA HAILS FREMANTLE RAIL FREIGHT PERFORMANCE

Leading national port-rail position confirmed in April

WA expands scope of Armadale line crossing removals

The WA government has expanded its level crossing removal program to as many as six crossings on the Armadale line, in addition to the Denny Avenue crossing slated for removal later this year.

WiFi a prospect for Kalgoorlie-Perth train service

The State Government is working on plans to boost phone coverage and install WiFi services on the Prospector.

WA submits Byford extension business case

The McGowan Government has submitted its business case for the Byford rail extension to Infrastructure Australia, and aims to start work on the project in 2021.

Yarra Trams

311 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Camberwell Junction Disruption

Thursday 17 October, 10.

Thousands of St Kilda Road tram commuters forced onto buses for two weeks

Thousands of commuters on some of Melbourne's busiest tram lines will be forced onto replacement buses for two weeks as the Metro Tunnel enters a new phase of construction.

Saturday 12 October - Flinders Street and Route 58 Disruption

Route 58, 70, 75 and City Circle trams have resumed along normal lines following the earlier disruption.

Melbourne Marathon 2019

Sunday 13 October, from 4.

Planned Industrial Action on Thursday 10 October has been withdrawn

Update: Planned Industrial Action withdrawn

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