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ACT

133 stories | Newest story posted 20 hours ago
Infrastructure Australia focuses on resilience in $58 billion Priority List

Infrastructure Australia has released its 2020 Infrastructure Priority List, highlighting a pipeline of 147 critical initiatives worth more than $58 billion.

Faster Sydney to Canberra rail line an urgent priority: Infrastructure Australia

Australia's independent infrastructure adviser has warned the rail link between Sydney and Canberra must be improved in the next five years, strengthening longstanding calls from the ACT and NSW governments for serious investment in the corridor.

Infrastructure Priority List – 2020 Priority List update

Infrastructure Australia is seeking submissions for the next update of the Infrastructure Priority List (IPL), which will be published in February 2020.

Track duplication is long overdue

Some months ago I observed the Melbourne-bound XPT service stopped north of Wagga.

Iconic Indian Pacific train marks 50 years

The 50th anniversary of Australia's longest rail journey, the Indian Pacific coast-to-coast crossing, is being marked with special surprises along the way for about 230 travellers.

Africa

231 stories | Newest story posted 2 days ago
Zambia Railways to benefit from telecoms firm’s digitalisation expertise

National telecoms company Zamtel has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide Zambia Railways Ltd with voice and data communications as well as digitalisation technology.

South Africa suspends long-distance passenger service after accident

This follows the completion of RSR’s preliminary investigation into a collision between a Prasa train and a freight train at Horison to the west of Johannesburg on February 12, which resulted in one death and several injuries.

SPENO International SA and MATISA Materiel Industriel SA: Over 20 years of successful partnership

Common needs and interests lead to alliances aiming at attaining common objectives.

Zimbabwe: The long wait goes on

An agreement for Russia’s United Wagon Company to supply 100 wagons offers fresh hope for investment in National Railways of Zimbabwe.

TAZARA urged to seek freight traffic ‘aggressively’

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board chaired by Tanzania and Zambia’s permanent secretaries responsible for transport has directed the railway’s management to ‘aggressively seek additional freight traffic in order to capture more business’.

Airline News

82 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Latest on Boeing 777X

Following the recent successful first flight of the world's largest twin-engine jetliner, Boeing are moving forward to prepare the plane for public service in 2021.

Qantas slashes flights as coronavirus costs top $100m

Qantas will cut capacity across its international and domestic network in response to the coronavirus crisis, which the airline now expects will deliver a blow of up to $150 million to its profit this year.

AIRBUS Reveals Futuristic Aircraft Design

AIRBUS has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator.

Airline forced to train employees on dealing with inflight porn viewers

Whether it’s taking off your shoes when you perhaps shouldn’t, invading someone else’s armrest space or overindulging in the free alcoholic beverage service.

BA 747 Breaks Record for Fastest Subsonic New York to London Flight

Experts are hailing a British Airways flight as the fastest subsonic New York to London journey.

Arabian Rail News

173 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
European Investment Bank to support two Egyptian rail projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will support the rehabilitation of Cairo Metro Line 2 and the Tanta–El Mansoura–Damietta project, both in Egypt.

Tanta–El Mansoura–Damietta rail project in Egypt supported by EIB

A cooperation agreement has been signed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC).

Etihad Rail freight facilities contract awarded

Etihad Rail has awarded a joint venture of L&T Construction and Power China International a 1·876bn dirham contract to design, build and commission seven freight handling facilities on Stage 2 of the national rail network.

XRAIL secures funding from HSBC UK for expansion into Saudi Arabia

UK-based railway engineering company, XRAIL Group, has secured a major funding package from HSBC UK to help expand its business further into Saudi Arabia.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 9 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

2797 stories | Newest story posted 19 hours ago
Singapore LTA to establish simulation facilities for all rail lines

The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) is to build simulation facilities for all railway lines.

Indian wagon concept presented by Russian defence supplier

Russian armoured vehicle and rolling stock manufacturer Uralvagonzavod highlighted its railway products at a defence sector show for the first time during the DefExpo 2020 event in Lucknow.

Odakyu Electric Railway tests AI-based level crossing monitoring

Odakyu Electric Railway is testing the use of Nokia’s SpaceTime scene analytics to provide real-time warnings of obstructions at level crossings.

ATO tested on JR West’s Osaka Loop Line

West Japan Railway has successfully tested automated train operation on a section of the Osaka Loop Line, as a precursor to introducing ATO on its busiest routes in the Osaka region.

Head-on train collision injures at least 30 in Ratchaburi

At least 30 people were injured as two trains collided head-on at Pak Tho station in Ratchaburi on Monday.

Aurizon

243 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Aurizon’s revenue rises to $1.53bn

Aurizon Holdings Limited revenue has increased by $73.

Aurizon reports solid half year results

The company credits the result from improved Ebit performance.

Aurizon sharpens up for G&W's arrival in Queensland

Aurizon is cutting costs and lengthening contract terms as it prepares for competition from US railways giant Genesee & Wyoming in Queensland, and weaker coal haulage volumes.

Rail operator Aurizon lifts H1 profit

Rail freight operator Aurizon says it is on track to meet its full-year earnings guidance after its bulk business powered to a strong first half.

Coal train derails in central Queensland

Coal trains have been disrupted in central Queensland, near the town of Middlemount.

Australian High Speed Rail

14 stories | Newest story posted last month
Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast...ish' trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

Is it time Australia drops fast rail for 'fast..ish trains? This expert thinks so

A rail expert says a true fast train — which can reach up to 250kph — is unrealistic in Australia and expectations should be downgraded for an easier-to-build, 'fast.

Start Sydney to Canberra high speed rail now: chief executives

The chief executive of Australia's largest property developer, Stockland's Mark Steinert, has joined calls for the federal government to commit to  funding a Sydney to Canberra high-speed train and other rail projects

Nothing moves slower in Australia than fast rail

Despite piles of reports, oodles of analysis and a substantial application of common sense, the federal government is proceeding at a glacial pace with plans for fast rail at scale.

A Tale of Two Cities…and Four Coastal Plains

This blog has discussed at length the fate of High Speed Rail in Australia.

Bus Transport News

517 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Timetable Tuesday #63: 706 the little shopper route that survived

One of Melbourne’s shortest bus routes is the 706 between Chelsea and Mordialloc.

BYD / ADL Electrics for London Route 94

BYD Europe and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) have jointly announced that one of West London’s best-known bus services, route 94, is going fully electric with the delivery of 29 pure electric, 100% emissions-free BYD ADL Enviro400EV double decks.

Translink Financial Pressures

Millions in additional funding is needed to avoid the "imminent and serious collapse" of Northern Ireland's public transport network, it has been warned.

[FOI request] Inside Transdev's 302 and 304 bus upgrade business case

Last September I wrote about bus routes 302 and 304 from Doncaster/Box Hill to the City via the Eastern Freeway.

Blackpool Transport Saves £300,000 per year With ADL Fleet Renewal

Blackpool Transport is approaching the fifth year of its fleet renewal partnership with Alexander Dennis and has reported that annual savings resulting from the programme have increased to £300,000.

Canada

590 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
Canadian rail interests fear issues surrounding blockades are not over

Although police have cleared a two-week protest blocking a segment of Canadian National’s NYSE: CNI) rail line near Belleville, Ontario, it’s still unknown when operations along Canada’s rail supply chain will return to normal.

Off the Rails: Bitumen Trains Hold No Hope for Alberta Tar Sands

The mining giant—Canada’s biggest rail shipper—noted in its cancellation statement Feb.

Intermodal executive hails Trudeau’s ‘badass’ end-run around rail blockades

Something strange happened over the weekend to Transport DSquare in Montreal.

Siemens to Provide Calgary Transit With 15 S200 LRVs

This long-standing partnership has resulted in custom-designed vehicles for Calgary’s unique operating environment.

Canadian National ‘pleased’ as rail blockade ends

Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) expressed relief Monday that a rail blockade that had prevented freight trains from moving between Toronto and Montreal is over.

Cityrail News

746 stories | Newest story posted 23 minutes ago
‘Rude’ train passenger’s brazen act

We've all been guilty of saving a seat for a friend at a cinema or pub but it's a truth universally acknowledged that you shouldn't do it on public transport.

Major peak hour train delays for Sydney commuters

Commuters heading into the city from multiple directions are facing major delays on Tuesday due to urgent overhead wiring repairs at Hornsby, a train with mechanical issues at Lidcombe, and a medical emergency on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line.

NSW Now: Major delays on train lines north of Sydney

Passengers travelling on the north shore, northern and western train lines are facing delays due to urgent overhead wiring repairs at Hornsby.

Live: NSW Now: 'Major delays' on Sydney's north and western train lines

Urgent wiring repairs at Hornsby see delays for the T1 and T9 lines, while the NSW building commissioner warns owners of defective buildings won't be bailed out by the government.

Three men jump off Sydney platform to rescue toddler trapped underneath train

Courageous and quick-acting passengers are praised after jumping underneath a train to rescue a young girl who fell through the gap as her distressed mother watched on.

Europe

4340 stories | Newest story posted 13 minutes ago
Lotos Kolej expands fleet in EU-backed intermodal freight programme

Freight operator Lotos Kolej has placed orders for an electric locomotive and flat wagons with co-financing from an EU programme which aims to increase the use of intermodal freight and move containerised traffic from road to rail.

[CH / Expert] The new BLS FLIRT en route from assembly to commissioning

We have been patiently waiting for that one to appear on our radars.

[CH / Expert] BLS FLIRT en route from assembly to commissioning

We have been patiently waiting for that one to appear on our radars.

Hessische Landesbahn retains Wetterau West-Ost contract

Following a European tender, Rhein-Main transport authority RMV has awarded incumbent Hessische Landesbahn the next contract to operate Wetterau West-Ost passenger services in the area north of Frankfurt.

United Wagon Company flat cars for European track gauge pass testing

The test results grant the Russian group of railcar companies the right to start with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) the official certification procedure and fulfil its contract to supply 270 rolling stock units to the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe.

Gunzelling Reports

1081 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 22/2/2020

There were 100 sightings for this week; This is 4 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 15/2/2020

There were 96 sightings for this week; This is 3 sightings more than last week.

Rylstone Railway Station, NSW

Today is Sunday the 19th of January, 2020.

Kootingal Railway Station, NSW

Today is Monday the 20th of January, 2019.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/2/2020

There were 93 sightings for this week; This is 7 sightings more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

322 stories | Newest story posted 6 days ago
Farmers protest flood risk of $10b Melbourne-Brisbane rail project

A $10 billion rail project from Melbourne to Brisbane will devastate Queensland communities if it is built on a notorious flood plain, farmers say.

Rail freight environment standards: NSW Farmers say Boree Creek line at risk from emissions and noise rules

NSW Farmers has teamed up with the freight and grain industry to protest against new environmental rail rules it says will will force the grain harvest onto the road.

Nats must revoke Condamine floodplain Inland Rail route say farmers

FARMERS are calling on federal National Party to immediately revoke plans to route the Inland Rail over the agriculturally important Condamine River floodplain.

Desperate farmers to protest in Brisbane on Inland Rail Issues

MORE than 200 farmers and other community members are expected to gather in Brisbane today to protest what they say is a flawed Inland Rail route across the Condamine River floodplain.

Inland Rail steams ahead with boost to Parkes businesses and first section to open mid-2020

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is powering ahead with the first 103.

International Rail News

5354 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Coronavirus crisis worsens: FreightWaves coverage timeline (with video)

This is a pivotal moment for the coronavirus and global supply chains — and all indications are that the situation is headed downhill.

Is the railway sufficiently prepared for a cyber-attack?

In the lifespan of Britain’s railways, cyber-attacks are a very new risk for the rail industry to consider as part of its risk assessments.

Train vs plane: Is rail the more appealing option?

Transport emissions account for one quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, and their levels are still rising.

Alstom agrees terms to acquire Bombardier Transportation

Alstom will acquire 100% of Bombardier Transportation’s shares at between €5.

SJ plans Gothenburg/Malmö – Duved night train

This follows the recent decision by Trafikverket to award SJ a contract to operate only the Stockholm – Duved portion of the service which currently originates in Gothenburg.

Letters to the Editor

286 stories | Newest story posted last month
Recycling and resource recovery podcast: jurisdictions around the world

As part of Infrastructure Victoria’s research in preparing advice to government on recycling and resource recovery, we have identified six countries around the world with strong recycling performance.

Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

For three generations, Syd’s coffee stall has been serving up hot drinks and food in Shoreditch, but tomorrow it closes for the last time.

Economic powerhouse: Melbourne is driving Australia’s economic growth

Melbourne’s economy is booming, with the city set to overtake Sydney to become Australia’s largest economy in 10 to 15 years.

Watch a power station demolition

This coming Sunday morning (15th Dec) will see the UK’s second highest chimney demolished – right next to the Dartford Crossing.

London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

In genteel Pimlico can be found a statue of the Greek god, Priapus, protector of gardens, fruit plants, livestock… and male genitals.

Model Railways

1464 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Non-Prairie Primed

Himself has begun painting the 3mm 2-8-0 tank, which means stripping the whole chassis down again so it can be sprayed black.

Listen Up

He’s leaving it a bit late for a mid-life crisis, but it might be a plausible explanation for Himself’s latest purchase.

Matchbox models

I had a discussion with Damon at The Credit Valley Railroad Company, our local Railroad shop in the suburbs in the Toronto, Canada area.

CSX HO Shelf Layout Update 24 Feb 2020

I have completed researching a prototype industry to model after.

Best One Yet

I spent a very enjoyable few hours in the company of Himself at the Model Rail Scotland show at the SEC in Glasgow this weekend and I have to say I think its been the best one yet.

Narrow Gauge

103 stories | Newest story posted last month
Help get steam locomotive Peter back on track at the Amberley Museum

The Amberley Museum is looking for donations towards oiler repairs and an overhaul of resident 101-year-old steam locomotive, Peter.

Isis Mill cane rail expansion on track

The construction of a 39km cane rail extension from Cordalba to Wallaville by Isis Central Sugar Mill is on track for completion by the 2020 crushing start.

Testing An NG/G16!

For those that don’t subscribe to social media, you might have missed the multitude of excellent photos and videos over recent weeks, showing the Garratt undergoing testing by the railway’s Workshop team.

Help complete a narrow gauge railway for South London

A few years ago a dream was announced, to create a narrow gauge railway in South London for visitors to the Victorian steam engines at Crossness.

The life and times of two very different mountain railways

Steeped in history, literally and metaphorically, the Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) has been carrying sight-seeing tourists and locals to the summit of the UK’s second-largest peak for more than 123 years.

New South Wales Rail News

3781 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Sydney tunnel boring works completed and TBMs being removed

Four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in Sydney’s CBD and inner suburbs are being removed, following the successful completion of twin 30km metro railway tunnels.

Rail freight group meet with Environment Minister to resolve grain concerns

To resolve a standoff on noise and CO2 emissions from grain haulage, an alliance of grain freight businesses have held a roundtable with NSW Environment Minister Matthew Kean.

New England Rail Trail up for debate

New England Rail Trail is on Armidale Regional Council's agenda for Wednesday's meeting with a recommendation council endorse the establishment of a governance structure to commence the design, scoping and planning of the project.

NSW Now: Buses in place following train derailment, protests over Western Harbour Tunnel

MORNING BRIEFING: Transport NSW urges travellers to check for updates on train services to Victoria, and warning for Sydney residents to monitor for damage caused by construction of the Western Harbour Tunnel.

Intermodal Rail hub just months away

Construction could start on Tamworth's long-delayed intermodal rail hub as early as March, according to General Manager Paul Bennett.

New Zealand Rail News

380 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Auckland train services suspended after person killed by train

Train services on Auckland's Onehunga and Southern lines are suspended after a person was hit and killed by a train.

Auckland City Rail Link tunnelling launched

The ceremony clears the way for work to begin to drive 66 concrete piles between 8m and 38m-long into the ground to support a 127m-long, 25m-high curved retaining wall for the portal

First sod turned on Mt Eden site for Auckland CRL

A supplier has been chosen for the tunnel boring machine for New Zealand’s City Rail Link project, as a ground-breaking ceremony begins construction at the southern tunnel portal.

Auckland invites expressions of Interest to operate network

“The current rail operating contract for Auckland metropolitan services has been in place since 2004,” says Mr Mark Lambert, executive general manager of Integrated Networks.

Northern Territory Rail News

217 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
NT trains shut down for four hours after boys injured

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

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

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

NAIF appoints Chris Wade as CEO

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

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility appoints new CEO

The Board of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, commencing 20 January 2020.

Northern Australia infrastructure growth soaring

The Federal Government has delivered 85 per cent of the measures outlined in its 20-year Northern Australia White Paper – Our North, Our Future – since its publication in 2015.

Opinion

103 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Write to Urban Transport Infrastructure Magazine – Guest Post Guidelines

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

The Number One Article on Define Electrolyte in Chemistry

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

How does a modern successful enterprise work?

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

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.

Other Transport News

851 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Paris: Managing the Shared Mobility Révolution

In Paris, the shared mobility revolution is well underway.

Finally, the Sturt Street path proceeds

The bike path down the centre of Sturt Street is in many ways the crown jewel of Ballarat's future cycling network.

The case for a 30km/h speed limit in cities

As urban populations grow, city streets will overtake rural roads as the major scene of fatal traffic crashes in many countries.

'Like approving a planning application without plans': Councils launch North East Link legal challenge

The full environmental and community impacts of the North East Link remain unknown because approval was based on a draft plan, not the final design, the councils launching legal action against the approval say.

Transurban half profit rises as traffic increases

Transurban’s half-year profit rose by 11 per cent amid higher traffic on its toll roads in Australia, with the toll road operator working with contractors to resolve an impasse over the troubled $6.

Pacific National News

33 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Freight train hits car at Mallala, north of Adelaide

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Close call in flood water for Pacific National train at Prairie

An eastbound fully loaded Pacific National freight train has narrowly missed being derailed at the Prairie Creek rail bridge.

PHOTOS: Pacific National releases images of Parkes Logistics Terminal construction

Pacific National has released images showing the construction process for its Parkes Logistics Terminal.

‘Historic day’: PN opens Parkes Logistics Terminal

Pacific National has formally opened its new Parkes Logistics Terminal at the intersection of Australia’s east-west railway and the future Inland Rail route.

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.

Press Releases

240 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
SRHC Mt Buller Rail & Road Tour

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

Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

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

An Epic, Adventurous Train Ride Across the Australian Outback

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

Heritage Train with Breakfast in Historic Station Dining Room

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

Qube Logistics

4 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Headwinds see QUBE take annual profit growth breather

Just two weeks after swallowing port logistics firm Chalmers, Qube has seen a slight fall in net profits on a much larger rise in revenues and profits before non-recurring items.

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.

Road to rail becoming reality at Moorebank Logistics Park

Qube Managing Director Maurice James tells Rail Express about the flagship project at Moorebank Logistics Park, what’s next for the site, and his thoughts on the road to rail freight shift.

Queensland Rail News

2466 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Major compliance reforms for Cross River Rail contractors and board dismissed

Minister for Cross River Rail, Kate Jones, has announced a major reform package for the project including establishing a compliance unit to hold contractors to account, and dismissing the board overseeing the project once their current term expires in April.

Shock move as Cross River Rail may turn multibillion fail

The minister responsible for Queensland’s biggest public transport project has taken drastic action amid fears it has run off the rails and is heading towards a multibillion dollar blowout.

Linfox attracts ADF loading

The Australian Defense Force has been a major traffic source for QR's North Coast Line, transporting armoured vehicles and equipment on purpose built QFX/QFC container wagons into the 1990s.

Making ticketing tech smarter

Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government is outlaying $371 million to invest in Smart Ticketing – to design, develop and implement one of the most advanced ticketing solutions in the world.

Man wanted over Brisbane train masturbation identified as Italian tourist

An Italian tourist who has since fled the country and returned home is wanted for questioning after 

Rail Events

530 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
RTSA NSW/ACT Chapter – Digital Systems Presentation from November 2019

Thank you to everybody who made it to the Digital Systems Presentation by Stephen Lemon in November 2019.

Rail Baltica Brussels Forum

Rail Baltica project team invites to take part in the Rail Baltica Forum “Connected Baltics in a Connected Europe”, which will take place in Brussels on 5 March 2020.

Bentley Opens Nominations for Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards

The Year in Infrastructure Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference.

SmartRail Europe attracts global rail professionals

A cross-section of Europe’s most senior rail professionals will come together in Roma in May at SmartRail Europe.

Six new appointments to ARA’s Young Leaders Advisory Board

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has appointed four new members to its Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB), alongside two reserve members.

Rail News

4180 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Engineering success for OSDs and ISDs

By John Merrick, Senior Technical Director, Arcadis

Gippsland Explorer Heritage Train

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a special diesel hauled heritage train tour trip to the Gippsland region.

Nominations for 3 RTSA Awards are open until June 28

Nomination for the following 3 RTSA awards are open until June 28

Building human and customer focused digital rail systems

As rail organisations around Australia move towards their digital future, ways of working and approaches to implementation will vary, as has been the case of Australia’s distinct rail network since its foundation.

Training the next generation of rail professionals

With the huge pipeline of rail projects around Australia showing no sign of slowing, the sector must act fast if it is to build its workforce and meet growing demand.

Rail Travel

271 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Hop on board Michael Portillo’s adventure Down Under in ‘Great Australian Railway Journeys’

The former politician and acclaimed journalist brings his colourful ensembles and passion for rail travel to Australia.

First Class from Lincoln

I do not travel to Lincoln as often as I used to do before I retired, but I have kept some interests there and occasionally have to attend meetings in the city.

Two Tickets to Pittsburgh—And Back

Improving rail passenger service in Western Pennsylvania has been the subject of multiple studies since 2005.

Tasmania by Rail, Road and River

Tasmania has natural and cultural treasures like no other state in Australia It has a wild and magical natural beauty, a quirky and stimulating art scene, a living industrial and colonial heritage and a small collection of extraordinary railway journeys.

How to get to Ninh Binh by train, bus and flight

Are you looking for the next destination to discover in Vietnam?

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

43 stories | Newest story posted 22 hours ago
Bulk Apples on QR

Coal hoppers have been converted to convey many bulk products on the QR network, grain, sugar, lime, fertilizer etc.

P2 2-8-2 Roadshows

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust have announced that they will be holding a series of roadshows across Great Britain in 2020, to promote the building of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, LNER P2 No 2007 Prince of Wales.

Queanbeyan Railway Station, NSW

This Write up is about the Queanbeyan Railway Station.

Special Feature-Railway Photographer

This Special feature is about a Newcastle/Hunter based Railway Photographer.

Gawler Central Railway Station, SA

This is a write up about the Gawler Central Railway Station.

Railway Preservation

612 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Turntable – Complete

It looks a million dollars… And it works perfectly!

T392 locomotive Number Plates stolen from South Dynon

We’re feeling a bit annoyed that someone decided to pilfer the aluminium reproduction number plates from loco T 392

Q Train's historic steam engine hits the... err.. road

An historic steam engine making its way to the Bellarine Peninsula will add a new dimension to the region's popular mobile dining experience, the Q train.

Turntable part 3

After a long day in much nicer, but still a little wet and windy weather, we have one end more or less installed.

The Carillon

Hello and welcome to another blog post from the Maldon Workshop at the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Railway Publications

113 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Bells & Whistles—2/21/20

Blockades continue to be a problem for many on Canadian rail.

In-Depth Focus: Additive Manufacturing

Trenitalia’s approach to introducing Additive Manufacturing to accelerate spare parts availability

Bells & Whistles—2/14/20

Missouri lawmakers want to Hyperloop rail passengers.

10th Newsletter Complete

Finally the News letter is complete.

Podcast: Interview with 2020 Railroader of the Year Pat Ottensmeyer, KCS

The post Podcast: Interview with 2020 Railroader of the Year Pat Ottensmeyer, KCS appeared first on Railway Track and Structures.

Railway Stories

82 stories | Newest story posted last month
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.

The Glasson Dock Branch

Glasson Dock sits at the mouth of the Lune Estuary to the Southwest of the City of Lancaster.

Russian Rail News

98 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Articulated hopper wagons certified

United Wagon Co has obtained certification for two designs of six-axle articulated hopper car with 25 tonne axleload bogies.

UWC receives RC FRT certification for two articulated hopper cars

The United Wagon Company (UWC), which is the largest producer of freight cars in Russia, has announced that it has received RC FRT certification for two models of six-axle articulated hopper cars running on 25 tonne axle load bogies.

RM Rail to begin series production of covered van design

Wagon manufacturer RM Rail has obtained certification for its Type 11-1268 van design, and expects to begin series production in March.

Train services suspended between Russia and North Korea

The trains cross the border via a bridge over the River Tumen between Tumangang in North Korea and Hassan in Russia, which is south of Vladivostok.

Arkhbum signs contract with UWC for delivery of timber transportation cars

United Wagon Company (UWC), Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars, has announced that it has signed a contract with Arkhbum to supply 25 flat cars on bogies with a 25 tonne axle load for the transportation of timber.

South Australian Rail News

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Save The Overland petition

Steven Marshall and the Liberal Government have cut funding to the Overland Train Service.

Adelaide rail privatisation plan rolls on

Three consortia shortlisted to bid for the Marshall Government’s privatisation of Adelaide’s rail services have been invited to tender, including a group that was last year accused of trying to help Transport Minister Stephan Knoll “spin” the sale.

New name for Genesee & Wyoming Australia

Having completed the sale of Genesee & Wyoming Australia, the freight rail operator is now known as One Rail Australia.

3D modelling of headstocks for elevated Flinders Link Project

A complex headstock design has been brought to life with InfraBuild’s 3D modelling software.

Genesee & Wyoming Australia renamed One Rail Australia following acquisition

The deal was originally due to have been settled at the same time as the sale of US-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc (GWI) to Brookfield on December 31 2019.

Tasmanian Rail News

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Tourist train scare with a trail bike on the track

Two people on a motorbike are lucky to be alive after a near miss with a tourist train in Devonport on Sunday.

The fight for passenger rail in Hobart

A community-based action group is advocating for a passenger rail solution in Hobart, where the only public transport option is the bus.

TasRail awards track maintenance deal

TasRail has awarded a track maintenance contract incorporating project management, site management and supervision for a range of below rail infrastructure components.

Stephen Cantwell named TasRail chair

Samantha Hogg will leave TasRail as chair and Stephen Cantwell will take over from 1 January 2020.

Technology News

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Waterfall and Cylus partner to deliver cybersecurity solution

Waterfall Security Solutions and Cylus have partnered to deliver a joint solution to protect critical rail systems from cyber attacks.

Swinburne Uni tries to make blockchain practical for trade

By overcoming efficiency, scalability issues

Siemens Mobility reveals plans for research and innovation centre

Siemens Mobility has revealed plans for a UK rail industry-leading research hub, set to open in Goole, East Yorkshire.

Train Simulator News

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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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Giving back with track to Werribee Zoo

It’s not very often that you can donate something to a new home, which will in fact build a new home.

One-stop-shop for LRV operations

Tehnika’s Matt Burey explains the benefits of a single supervisory interface for light rail vehicle operations.

Newcastle light rail passes major milestone

Newcastle light rail has passed its one year anniversary, with over a million trips in its first 12 months of operating.

Tram Style Buses for Walsall, Solihull, Great Barr & Birmingham Airport

New tram-style buses will hit the roads in the Black Country after the £88 million scheme was finally signed off by transport bosses.

New developments for Woden light rail project

ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel has announced new details about the Woden light rail, including the addition of 1.

UK

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Interview Spotlight: Railroad Product Manager, ThermOmegaTech

What are the core challenges that rolling stock operators face during winter?

Keeping trains moving in snow and ice

We work hard to predict and plan for any potential problems caused by snow and ice on the railway, and have measures to address them quickly.

CAF’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility officially opened by Prince of Wales

The Spanish-based global manufacturer of specialist railway products, components and systems opened the Newport factory in September 2018 to build suburban and metro trains, high-speed trains and trams.

UK announces £20m for improving accessibility in 124 stations

The UK Government has announced £20m in funding to provide accessibility improvements in the country’s 124 stations.

Specialist partners sought to deliver Britain’s proposed East West Rail line

The Prior Information Notice (PIN) follows the announcement by the UK government of the Preferred Route Option for the section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge, and its approval of a transport works order for the section between Oxford, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, paving the way for construction to begin on this section.

USA

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Safety is a Shared Responsibility

Railway Age’s Feb.

Andersons Rail Group Tabs Knapton as Director of Rail Sales

Knapton holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College and an MBA from Chapman University in California.

Commentary: Why heavy axle loading freight matters

There is a great deal of confidence in the North American railway freight business model.

CHSRA Releases Draft Environmental Document for LA Project

The Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section aims to provide a connection from the Central Valley to the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County

Feinberg Named Interim NYCT President

Feinberg, MTA said, “brings a wealth of experience to the position, having previously served in a number of high-ranking leadership posts under President Obama.

Victorian Rail News

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Wallan Incident Advice #8 – Track repairs nearing completion – updated 27/2/20 5:00pm (AEDT) 

Wallan Incident Advice #8 – Track repairs nearing completion – updated 27/2/20 5:00pm (AEDT)

Upfield Line extension needed for northern suburbs transport corridor capacity issue

Northern Suburbs Transport capacity – Infrastructure Australia

Department of Transport reviewing troubled rail upgrade

The State government will conduct a thorough review of the troubled $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project upgrade.

Wallan Incident Advice #7 – Repair and Recovery – updated 26/02/20 10:15am (AEDT) 

Wallan Incident Advice #7 – Repair and Recovery – updated 26/02/20 10:15am (AEDT)

Government-industry group formed for rail freight in Victoria

A joint government and industry group will advocate for the Victorian rail freight sector.

Western Australian Rail News

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'Absolute disappointment': Churchlands students charged over train station assault suspended

Churchlands Senior High School principal Neil Hunt has spoken of his “absolute disappointment” in a group of his students who allegedly assaulted and robbed a man at a northern suburbs train station.

Funding for Karnup train station switched to Lakelands leaves residents 'stuck in limbo'

Promises by politicians to build public transport infrastructure can often tick a lot of voters' boxes at election time — boosting property values, reducing traffic congestion, easing the commute burden.

Residents left 'stuck in limbo' amid fallout from Perth train station switch

When there is demand for two train stations in the community, but they sit in electorates held by two different parties, residents can find themselves stuck in a political power play.

METRONET railway construction bill passed by parliament in WA

The Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2019 has been passed by both houses of state parliament in Western Australia.

New parliament bill to authorise rail construction

A Railway Amendment Bill put forward last year has been passed by the Western Australian government on Tuesday evening.

Yarra Trams

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Tram pay deal: Yarra Trams and union finally reach agreement

The bitter pay dispute between Yarra Trams and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union has finally come to an end.

Yarra Trams urged government not to widen free tram zone, citing issues created by current scheme

The light rail operator has become the latest voice to hit out at Melbourne’s free tram zone, urging against any push to expand the scheme.

State government intervenes to prevent Grand Prix tram strikes

Tram strikes that were set to disrupt the Australian Grand Prix have been cancelled, with Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne staging a surprise intervention into negotiations.

Melbourne tram terminus upgrade complete

A newly upgraded tram terminus has reopened in the north of Melbourne.

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