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Steam 'killed three in train smash'

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

THREE people travelling home from a wedding were killed by steam when an historic train collided with a truck at a level crossing, a court was told today

Ararat's proud rail history

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by DavidB in Railway Stories

Ararat's past is steeped in the history of the railways. Almost 130 years ago, on April 6 1875, people made their way to Ararat in coaches, carriages and on foot for the opening of the new railway.

Toll, Patrick wait for approval

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

TOLL Holdings and Patrick Corp will have to wait at least another week to find out if their joint venture rail business, Pacific National, will be allowed to acquire Freight Australia.

WA: Newsletter from the Mandurah line project

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by Riccardo in Rail News

Discusses: city demolitions, Nowergup depot, Clarkson station, railcar testing, Thornlie line, Mt Henry bridge, Alice-Darwin contractors and more

Road train's brakes cut

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A Territory road train's brake lines were deliberately cut in a brazen act of sabotage, it was learned last night.

Talks aim to avert bus strike

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

SYDNEY bus drivers are threatening more industrial action this week unless a pay offer is increased and productivity improvements linked to the wage rise are taken off the table.

National Trust's big bill for tram appeal

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

The cash-strapped National Trust has spent about $50,000 trying to stop Hobart's Sullivans Cove tramway. And the embattled body could face even more legal bills, adding to its $750,000 debt.

Spain probe of Madrid train bombings gets under way

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

Parliament's investigation of the Madrid train bombings opened yesterday with a witness account of three young men wearing wool caps on a warm spring day, and with handkerchiefs covering their faces, at the station that was the starting point of the attacks.

Toowoomba-Gladstone rail link on track

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Toowoomba and Gladstone will be linked by rail for the first time in less than three years.

Man falls off train in tunnel

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

A MAN fell from a peak-hour train this afternoon, forcing the closure of a railway line in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Whistle preceded crash: Witnesses tell court of steam trains blasts

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

A steam train whistled “heaps” of times before it collided with the trailer of a B-double truck, a former Benalla man told Wangaratta Court yesterday.

PacNat threatens to derail deal

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Pacific National has threatened to withdraw from the $285 million deal to buy Victorian rail operator Freight Australia if the State Government tries to buy back the rail track.

First inland rail link by 2006

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

THE first link in the ambitious Melbourne to Darwin railway is expected to be completed by the end of 2006.

Police contradict claims over Madrid train blasts

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Two senior Spanish police officers have contradicted claims soon after the Madrid train bombings made by the government then in power that there was evidence to show Basque separatists were responsible.

Victorian rail terminal operators fear PN monopoly

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Operators of Victorian country rail terminals want the State Government to ensure their businesses are not destroyed and a monopoly created if Pacific National takes over Freight Australia.

Mixed reactions to Indian rail budget

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Railways Minister Laloo today surprised everyone, with no hikes in fares and freight charges, and touched the hearts of the youth by making second class travel free for those attending interviews for government jobs.

Community unhappy with Rankin Springs line closure

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The decision to close a railway branch line near West Wyalong has upset the local community.

VIC: New fines for fare dodgers start

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

FARE evaders face stiff fine increases from next week, with even bigger fines for repeat offenders.

Rail back on track

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by aussiebbq in Rail News

RAIL services will return to Ballarat today following a $130,000 upgrade of the Ballarat-Melbourne line.

Britomart first birthday: Huge increase in passengers over previous station

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

Dwindling foreign student numbers and extra trains have reduced passenger loads on Auckland buses, casting doubt on the future of some services.

Tram horror girl's parents' thanks

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2004 by James Holt in Tram and Light Rail News

TEENAGER Maria Sokolova has smiled for the first time since her arm was severed 11 days ago as she was hit by a Melbourne tram.

Fortescue Metals launches fresh bid for Pilbara rail accres

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has moved a step nearer to becoming the "new force in iron ore" with Worley Group Ltd's appointment to manage detailed studies on its planned $1.85 billion Pilbara project.

Virgin drops bid for East Coast Main Line

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Sir Richard Branson’s bid to add a main London to Scotland route to his rail empire ended today. Sir Richard’s Virgin Group was part of a consortium bidding with three other companies for the East Coast Main Line franchise.

Exporters have no faith in Auckland rail

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rail has to make giant leaps to persuade companies to take goods off Auckland roads, industry insiders say. Getting more containers on to trains would cut back congestion but exporters such as Auckland Farmers Freezing Company have turned their back on rail.

Work begins on Cardiff International Airport rail link

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Work has begun on a new rail link to Cardiff International Airport. The £6m scheme will enable people from as far as Birmingham and Swindon to use the airport in Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan.

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