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NZ: Tranz Rail cost Solid Energy $200m

Posted Friday, 11 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

State coal miner Solid Energy has lost $200 million in coal exports through Tranz Rail's running down of the rail networks.

Vic: State growth prompts call for second rail loop

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

A leading Victorian business group has urged the State Government to start planning for a second underground rail loop, between Melbourne University and St Kilda.

The phat controller

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2005 by bevans in Other Transport News

THE digital revolution has reached model trains and an increasing number of the mini locomotives have sound modules that imitate original sounds.

UK: Rail chiefs eye satellite navigation

Posted Saturday, 12 February, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

The rail industry is investigating the use of satellite navigation technology to improve Britain's rail safety.

SA: Quick-thinking averts train disaster

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Drivers on the Overland train avoided a major accident by urgently stopping before hitting a steel pipe placed on railway tracks in northern SA, the Sunday Mail reports.

Vic: Tram trap horror

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The incident happened as the woman tried to cross in front of the tram at the corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets about 3pm. Yarra Trams spokeswoman Naomi Helleren said the woman was trapped under a bar at the front of the tram.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 12/2/2005

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

UK: Crossing signs 'can be ignored'

Posted Sunday, 13 February, 2005 by crivens in International Rail News

The public should ignore a ban on access to private level crossings, according to an official from a leading Scottish heritage body.

NSW: Road train access to Parkes rail hub

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Business interest in utilising the Parkes rail hub is expected to increase considerably, following the announcement of unrestricted roadtrain access from Condobolin to the Parkes rail terminal.

NSW: A wet and hungry wait for stranded rail travellers

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A carefully planned outing to Sydney ended dismally for a Bowral family recently when the late arrival of their train left them stranded late at night at Campbelltown Railway Station.

Qld: Train drivers meet to discus speed-limiting plan

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Bundaberg train drivers will meet today to discuss their response to an agreement about a back-up speed-limiting device.

UK: Crossrail link 'to get go-ahead'

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

The £10bn Crossrail transport plan, backed by business groups, is to get the go-ahead this month, according to The Mail on Sunday.

Qld: Coal train drivers walk out

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Coal trains have been brought to a halt in central Queensland by a train drivers' strike.

Qld: Tilt tain drivers call off strike

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Bundaberg train drivers have called off a strike planned for Wednesday.

US: Police help teach drivers to respect rail crossings

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and others routinely try to beat trains. From January to November last year, 19 people were injured and one person died in 55 accidents at grade crossings across Virginia, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety analysis office.

NZ: Funding approved for study of Auckland passenger rail

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by DavidB in Gunzelling Reports

Land Transport New Zealand has agreed to contribute over $760,000 to fund an evaluation of different power modes for Auckland passenger rail services.

Propaganda in SMH Business Section about London Congestion Charging

Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by Riccardo in Other Transport News

Australian listed property trust developers and retailers Westfield and Multiplex - which have increasing exposure to the London market - are keeping a close watch on reports that nine out of 10 retailers in London's controversial congestion zone view the introduction of the congestion charge as having an adverse affect on their business.

TGV Méditerranée continues to beat air travel

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 by DavidB in Press Releases

Build high-speed trains right, and they will come. And the trains will quickly win leading market share over airlines on trips of 3 hours or less.

NZ: Safety appeal as rail services expand

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Extra trains which started running in Auckland yesterday have brought an appeal for greater public safety awareness to curb a growing death toll at crossings and stations.

UK: End of the line for railway food trolleys

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Travellers on the new C3K trains being planned for the Northern Ireland's main rail routes could find themselves going hungry well before they reach their destination.

BE: Railways and post offices join forces

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Customers in Belgium can look forward to buying stamps at the train station and rail tickets in their post offices, it was announced on Monday.

US: Passenger rail needs help, Transport Secretary says

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Amtrak "is dying and everyone knows it," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Monday, but President Bush is committed to reforming the nation's passenger rail system.

US: Metra should compete with Amtrak

Posted Tuesday, 15 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Metra and other railroads would compete with Amtrak to run long-distance passenger trains under a concept the nation's top transportation official announced today in Chicago to replace the "fundamentally irrational" intercity rail system

Opposition questions Qld rail project

Posted Wednesday, 16 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

The Federal Government is again under fire over its regional grants program, with the Opposition raising concerns in Parliament about a $600,000 offer to a bankrupt rail project in the Queensland seat of Forde.

PM defends govt role in rail project

Posted Wednesday, 16 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Prime Minister John Howard will write to Labor leader Kim Beazley, defending the government's involvement in a bankrupt rail project.

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