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China: Bidding starts on high-speed railway

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

International rail engineering companies are expected to bid next week on the planned Beijing-Tianjin high-speed railway project, a well-placed source from the Ministry of Railways said yesterday.

UK: Tram network prepares to spread its wings across southern region

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

In its first year of operation more than 13million passengers used Croydon's trams. Five years on and the tram link now carries 22million passengers a year

India: Plant becomes world’s longest rail maker

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

Bhilai Steel Plant, the world’s largest rail-maker, has now become the only unit in the world capable of despatching 260m long rails.

US: Amtrak says budget cuts would derail business

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2005 by DavidB in International Rail News

assenger train service through Central Texas could come to a screeching halt if Congress passes President Bush's budget cuts. In an effort to cut the deficit, the President wants to cut all of Amtrak's federal funding for 2006.

Vic: Decision looms on rail line move

Posted Thursday, 24 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A decision on whether to move the railway line out of Wodonga's central business district is expected by the end of next month.

Vic: Rail safe but sloppy: Auditor-General

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Victoria's Auditor-General has issued a damning report on the State Government's regulation of rail safety, leading to claims from the Opposition that the Government has been sloppy in its running of the rail safety system.

Qld: Break-in at controversial railway

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Queensland police are investigating a break-in at the offices of a bankrupt heritage railway project the federal opposition has used as an example of alleged government rorting of a regional grants scheme.

Vic: Marshall on track

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Marshall Railway Station is expected to finally open next month.

NSW: Rail protestors hold up bus system

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

About nine buses were held up for 15 minutes outside Newcastle railway station on Wednesday as Maitland and Newcastle Save Our Rail (SOR) members protested against the State Government's plan to cut the rail line.

Vic: Tram stop anger

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

City businesses have joined commuters in opposing the closure of tram stops.

NT: Darwin rail operator loses freight to road

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

One of the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway's largest customers will return some of its freight to road, in a major blow for the $1.3 billion project and its struggling operator.

Inquiry told of suspected sabotage in Beaudesert rail project

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A Senate inquiry into the Federal Government's regional grants program has heard a tourist train project in south-east Queensland was suspected of being sabotaged.

Qld: Mayor plays down council role in tourist train failure

Posted Friday, 25 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The mayor of Beaudesert Shire, south of Brisbane, says the local council is not to blame for the failure of an historic tourist train venture.

National unification needed in rail reform

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

Mr Stephen O'Donnell, speaking at the National Press Club, has called on the Prime Minister and all Premiers to launch a full scale reform agenda for the rail industry.

Trams in strife

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A SERIES of setbacks and the recent dumping of the tram extension project at Lake Weeroona has cost jobs.

NSW: Grinding to a halt

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2005 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Sydney is in the unenviable position of being a major city in a First World country with no transport plan. The city creaks under the weight of decaying and inefficient public transport and still it has no plan. It is surprising, then, that the Premier, Bob Carr, feels able to simply dismiss the City of Sydney's light rail study while offering no alternative solutions. And the city clearly needs solutions. Buses are the backbone of our public transport and they are close to breaking point.

NT: Old Ghan back on track

Posted Saturday, 26 February, 2005 by Lizzie in Press Releases

The Old Ghan Train Museum in Alice Springs is in the hands of a new and vibrant management committee and plans are well underway to get the museum and the railway fully operational again after many years of sitting in the doldrums.

NT operator defends rail-link performance

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

The operator of the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway has defended its trade performance saying it is still in "ramp up mode".

NT: Darwin rail still in 'ramp-up mode'

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

HE operator of the $1.3billion Adelaide-Darwin railway has defended its trade performance, saying it was "still in ramp-up mode" after revelations that only 989 containers had crossed the Port of Darwin since the rail link opened for business.

Vic: Spend on roads, rail: Pratt

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Victoria's richest man, business leader Richard Pratt, is urging the Bracks Government to use this year's state budget to greatly increase spending on roads, railways and other "nation-building" infrastructure.

Vic: Trams cannot afford to fail

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

On October 11, 1972, The Advertiser published an editorial discussing the merits of a proposed tourist tram in Bendigo.

NT: Chief Minister defends freight line

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by DavidB in Northern Territory Rail News

Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin says a portrayal of the Adelaide-to-Darwin freight line as a white elephant is a slanted interpretation of the facts.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/2/2005

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Vic: Association of Tourist Railways reports mixed half year

Posted Monday, 28 February, 2005 by chairman in Rail News

The Association of Tourist Railways Inc (Victoria) reported a very mixed half-year (sept 2004 - Feb 2006) to the delegates heading towards the six-monthly meeting of Association of Tourist & Heritage Rail Australia (ATHRA). Whilst there were notable sucesses with 15oth anniversary celebrations and the Castlemaine line re-opening, there were significant difficulties on the reulatory front.

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