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NSW: Revealed: the harbour tunnel to ease rail crisis

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

A secret report reveals the State Government is planning to build a rail tunnel under Sydney Harbour and a new line under the city to ease congestion on the increasingly gridlocked CityRail network.

NSW: Metro line shifting to the North Shore

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Government rail planners have been forced to rethink the vital new rail line through Sydney's CBD, moving it further east than was originally planned.

NSW: Railing against the trucks that eat Sydney

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It is not our worsening addiction to cars that will further clog already packed bitumen arteries. The truck industry - obliged to take greater volumes of freight - will be responsible for most of the problem. Freight haulers have no other option at the moment than to go by road because of the poor rail network.

NSW: Freight plan is off the rails

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

It's not actually that hard, freight. A little complicated, sure, but nothing as difficult as, say, moving molecules around the human body. Not even close.

Qld: Rail trip to mark victory in the Pacific

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Queensland Rail News

World War II veterans from around Queensland will make an historic rail journey to Townsville to mark the 60th anniversary of the allied victory in the Pacific (VP).

NSW: Carr announces rail expansion plan

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

New South Wales Premier Bob Carr says the State Government is embarking on the biggest expansion of the rail network in 30 years by building a new rail line from Sydney's north-west to south-west.

NSW: $8bn spend on city rail line

Posted Thursday, 9 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

The New South Wales Government would spend $8 billion on a new train line through Sydney in the biggest expansion of the rail network in 30 years, Premier Bob Carr said today.

Patrick-FCL deal riles regulator

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp's plan to buy freight-forwarding company FCL Interstate Transport Services might allow it to put competing freight firms out of business, the competition regulator warned yesterday.

Boy 'tram driver' denied bail

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

A teenager charged with joy-riding in buses, trams and trains was denied bail yesterday.

VIC - First Tram to Vermont South

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by 627zl in Tram and Light Rail News

B2 2095 ran the first trip to Vermont South extension on a test run on the evening of Wednesday 8th June 2005.

Patrick rubbishes ACCC concerns

Posted Friday, 10 June, 2005 by DavidB in Rail News

Patrick Corp has responded to the ACCC's statement of issues regarding its proposed acquisition of FCL. The company says it is not in Patrick's or FCL's interests to discriminate against other freight forwarders, which could force containers onto road or to another rail operator.

Vic: Fast trains are off to slow start

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The V'Locity trains, worth $525 million, were supposed to begin passenger service earlier this year.

NSW: Rail motor ride to Boree Creek

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by Loco in Rail News

TRAIN lovers stopped over in Albury yesterday as part of a tour from Sydney to Boree Creek on a restored rail motor.

Vic: Long, slow, wait for a faster train

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by Loco in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government has spent almost $13 million on consultants to help it manage its $750 million regional fast rail project. It has hired management experts, surveyors, lawyers and contract advisers to help it complete the over-budget and behind-schedule upgrade of rail links to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Latrobe Valley.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/6/2005

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

Hi Guys
There were 101 sightings for the week which is four sighting more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2173* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 162 last year was 2822).

Fast train safety called 'B-class'

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

Safety experts have called the State Government's new safety system for the $750 million regional fast train project a "B-class" stopgap solution.

Bad blood of The VIC RFR rears it's ugly head: 'Farce rail' angers rural voters

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by dalts 1985 in Victorian Rail News

'Farce rail' angers rural voters

February 16 last year was supposed to be a seminal day for Victoria's regional fast rail project and Peter Batchelor wasn't going to miss out.

Vic: Rail trail school link backed

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in Rail News

TOWONG council has backed a suggestion to make the former Colac Colac primary school an indirect link to the High Country Rail Trail.

Corryong College controls the old school and in April its principal, Robert Lappin, wrote to the council seeking to explore the possibility of using the site to “celebrate and promote the past history of education in the Corryong District”.

The rail trail under development travels from Wodonga to Cudgewa.

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Vic: Wind fear may slow rail: MLC

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE fast train will be slowed to just 40kmh on the Millbrook bridge amid fears it could be blown off the rails at 160kmh, Ballarat Province MLC Dianne Hadden has claimed.

Ms Hadden yesterday said there were grave fears strong winds could derail the fast rail project's express service on the towering bridge, across the Moorabool River, on the Ballarat to Melbourne line.

"Trains are at risk of blowing off the rails. It's a safety risk," she said.

'Bomb blast' derails Chechnya-Moscow train

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in International Rail News

A suspected terrorist bomb blast derailed a train travelling from Chechnya to Moscow on Sunday morning, injuring at least 12 people, officials said.

QLD (Breaking): Rail strike called off

Posted Monday, 13 June, 2005 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A BRISBANE train strike planned for Wednesday has been called off after a sitting of the Industrial Relations Commission today.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) threatened last week to strike over an incident in which a guard was assaulted by a co-worker at Nambour station in December last year.

The assailant was dismissed from his job but the victim was threatened with the same punishment.

The union was concerned workers could be sacked for trying to defend themselves, under a code of conduct introduced recently.

RTBU state secretary Owen Doogan said the union and Queensland Rail today had reached a mutual agreement, but part of that agreement was that its details remained confidential.

"I can only say we came to an agreement that we and Queensland Rail are both satisfied with," Mr Doogan said.

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SA:Trains to halt after talks stalemate

Posted Tuesday, 14 June, 2005 by TA 2000 in South Australian Rail News

SUBURBAN trains will be out of service for four hours tomorrow while rail employees hold a stop-work meeting.

WA: Are our railways safe?

Posted Tuesday, 14 June, 2005 by DavidB in Western Australian Rail News

The revelation this week that two freight trains on the Kalgoorlie to Esperance line had a 'near miss' should raise concerns in the mind of anyone that uses, or has family or friends that use any part of the current rail system for travel.

Vic: Fast train budget runs off the rails

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in Victorian Rail News

Who is accountable for the huge costs of what now looks like small benefits?

SA: Rail services to be disrupted as workers to discuss new EBA

Posted Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 by DavidB in South Australian Rail News

TransAdelaide says it will try to ensure train services get back to normal by peak hour tonight after a stopwork meeting today.

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