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UK: Rail line to link London and Manchester in 90 minutes

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

A high-speed rail link that could take passengers from London to Manchester in less than 90 minutes - a reduction of at least 50 minutes - was in prospect after the Government revealed it is to undertake a feasibility study of the project.

WA: East-west rail line back on track

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The east-west railway line between Merredin and Kalgoorlie has reopened. The line has been closed since Sunday when two freight trains were derailed in separate incidents.

Death toll in Indian train crash jumps to 52

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Fifty-two people, mostly women and children, were killed when a passenger train collided with a tractor carrying people back from a wedding in central India, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said on Friday.

UK: QC attacks rail privatisation

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2005 by DavidB in Gunzelling Reports

The Conservatives' privatisation of the railways left Railtrack unable to police maintenance work on its lines adequately, according to a barrister defending the company against charges relating to the Hatfield train crash.

Rail lines, roads and power cut with snow and gales

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The wild weather uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and flooded coastal caravan parks. Mt Sabine in the Otway Ranges, north of Apollo Bay, recorded the state's highest rainfall -- a staggering 190mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.

Vic: Wodonga Council says rail CBD agreement looms

Posted Friday, 4 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Wodonga City Council believes an agreement to move the railway line out of the central city area is only months away.

Qld: Cheap airfares drop rail customers

Posted Saturday, 5 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Australia's ongoing discount airfare war is being felt on the ground, with long distance passenger numbers falling dramatically on Queensland Rail (QR) regional services.

Vic: Man hit by tram

Posted Saturday, 5 February, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A 29-year-old man, seriously injured when he was hit by a tram in Melbourne, may have been on his mobile phone at the time of the accident, police said today.

Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan to discuss railroad connection

Posted Saturday, 5 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Transport ministers from Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan will hold talks on connection of their railroads next month.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 5/2/2005

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

NSW: Diamonds stolen in train robbery

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Police are hunting a female thief who stole a cache of diamonds and other valuables from sleeping passengers on a Brisbane-bound train.

UK: East coast rail franchise bids go into extra time

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The bid deadline for the Edinburgh to London rail franchise looks certain to be extended after an 11th-hour intervention by the Treasury.

Vorsprung durch Technik? Not on Germany's railways it isn't

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

It was meant to be the embodiment of Teutonic design prowess, "Vorsprung durch Technik" on rails, yet Germany's latest high-speed train has instead proved a costly embarrassment.

NZ: Manawatu loses historian and rail enthusiast

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Manawatu has lost one of its most respected historians with the death of Kenneth Ross Cassells on Wednesday at the age of 80.

NZ: Lights, bells, barriers - but it's go anyway

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Cars, trucks and even a school bus ignored flashing lights and lowered barrier arms yesterday when a Te Kowhai Rd railway crossing developed a fault.

Man killed after struck by train

Posted Sunday, 6 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A man has died after being hit by a train in Melbourne's south-west.

Vic: Olympian killed by train

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Jack Webster, 87, was struck by the train as he crossed the tracks at Hoppers Crossing station.

Vic: Interest in railway lease

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Six entrepreneurs and organisations have expressed interest in redeveloping fire-ravaged sections of the Ballarat Railway Station.

Saudi railroad link plan unveiled

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Plans to build a railroad linking the Arabian Gulf to the Red Sea were revealed at a Saudi Railways Organisation investors briefing yesterday.

NSW: State Rail sued over son's death

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Chinese mother today sobbed in court as she recalled how she was informed by fax that her only son, an aspiring doctor, was killed after being hit by a Sydney train.

NT: Woman survives train ordeal

Posted Monday, 7 February, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

A 38-year-old woman is expected to remain in Alice Springs Hospital for up to two weeks after she was hit by a freight train near Alice Springs on the weekend.

NSW: Minister braced for fallout

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

New Transport Minister John Watkins will visit the Illawarra today to listen to the frustrated voices of the South Coast rail service.

German Railways on track in move to Linux

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Deutsche Bahn is switching to Linux step by step and expects the process to be finished by the end of 2005 when such critical systems as databases, application servers, Web servers, mail servers and network infrastructure will be running on Linux.

Canada teams up with U.S. group to build Russian railway for weapons disposal

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Canada is providing US$25 million and teaming up with a U.S. group to pay for a short railway in central Russia that will carry nearly two million chemical weapons to a U.S.-built destruction facility.

NSW: Train driver 'no time to react'

Posted Tuesday, 8 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Sydney train driver had no time to react before hitting a 21-year-old man walking beside the tracks, a court was told today.

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