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Showing stories from July 2004

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Olympic rail link running late

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

Greece has missed another critical deadline for the Athens Olympics because of a two-week delay in completing a rail link from the airport to the city centre.

India bans railway bookshop that sounds "too English"

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

A chain of booksellers that has been synonymous with Indian rail travel for 125 years is facing the axe because it sounds too English.

Truckie awaits level crossing crash committal hearing

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

A Wodonga truck driver accused of causing a steam train smash that killed three passengers, will have to wait more than two months before he finds out if he will have to stand trial.

Sydney train running times a disgrace: opposition

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

On-time running figures for NSW trains were a disgrace, with just under a quarter running on time during last Friday's afternoon peak, the state opposition said today.

Heritage nod for Pt Fairy railway shed

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

In just a few months the Port Fairy railway goods shed has gone from near demolition to being labelled of state cultural heritage significance.

French state rail finances slammed

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

French taxpayers urgently need to learn the real cost of their love affair with the lavishly funded state railway monopoly, a parliamentary report into the train operator SNCF said yesterday.

PacNat's bid for Freight Aust may go off the rails

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Within the next week or so Toll Holdings' Paul Little and Patrick Corp's Chris Corrigan will know whether their $285 million bid for Victoria's country rail freight operator, Freight Australia, has succeeded. If it doesn't, it could get ugly.

Ararat sleepers awake to new sound

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

Train services will return to Ararat and Beaufort this weekend, more than 10 years after the line was closed.

Lithgow to Darwin rail link

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

An important new role for Lithgow in international tourism opens next month when the first Ozback Explorer Railcruising Experience train pulls out of this city to follow a meandering route across much of Australia.

Rail service off track: Napthine

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

WARRNAMBOOL'S rail system is unreliable and unsafe, member for South West Coast Denis Napthine says. Dr Napthine is calling for the State Government to take over the service from West Coast Rail immediately, after timetable confusions and passengers have been frightened with fights.

V/Line service costs criticised

Posted Saturday, 10 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The first V/Line passenger train in 10 years from Melbourne to Ararat will run this morning.

Rural residents welcome train

Posted Sunday, 11 July, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

RESIDENTS of the western Victorian township of Ararat and surrounding communities have welcomed the return of passenger rail services with the first passenger train in more than a decade rolling into town today.

Solid Energy to ship more

Posted Sunday, 11 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Solid Energy is to bring on an extra coal train each day, which will boost its West Coast distribution capacity from 2.1 million tonnes to 2.4 million tonnes a year and create several new jobs.

France: Mother, baby attacked on train

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in International Rail News

A YOUNG woman and her baby have been attacked in a suburban train near Paris by unidentified men who drew swastikas on the mother's stomach. Police today said it was an anti-Semitic assault. The six attackers who were armed with knives clipped the 23-year-old woman's hair, and cut her tee-shirt and trousers before drawing three swastikas on her body.

3526 Re-Launch This Saturday

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by 3642 in Rail Events

The RTMs newly restored 3526 is to be officially relaunched this weekend at Central Station in Sydney.

Ghan to transport Army to NT exercise

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Press Releases

The Australian Army’s use of the newly completed Adelaide to Darwin rail link demonstrates the strategic value of the railway for the Australian Defence Force, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today.

NSW train workers threaten action

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

NSW train maintenance workers are threatening to stop doing repairs on some trains in protest over government moves to increase private contractors in the sector.

Rail return seen as tourism winner

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Victorian Government is hailing the return of passenger rail services to Ararat after 10 years as a bonus for tourism in the region.

NSW: Rail job losses to cost $5.7m

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Rail job losses will be felt across the board in the Goulburn area from September 4 when the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) starts a 60-year lease agreement to control the NSW interstate rail network.

Vic: Big day in the west as they ride the rails again

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The west is back on track. About 4000 people crowded platforms at Ararat and Beaufort stations at the weekend as passenger trains returned for the first time in a decade.

VIC: Ararat sleepers awake to new sound - the train

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Train services will return to Ararat and Beaufort this weekend, more than 10 years after the line was closed.

VIC: Support for more rail competition push

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Labor Member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins, is backing his Government's decision for more competition on the state's rail network.

SA: Ghan to help move military equipment

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Ghan will be a lot longer than usual when it travels through regional South Australia today.

NSW: Talks may halt bus strikes

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

BUS strikes in Sydney may be averted, with the State Transit Authority (STA) expected to put a firm pay offer to drivers this afternoon.

NSW: Minister blasts rail staff workrate

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

RAILWAY workers threatening strike action over government moves to increase private contractors were not doing their jobs well enough, New South Wales Transport Minister Michael Costa said today.

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