A freight train exporting cotton from Moree to Port Botany to an overseas destination was cancelled recently because the Mudgee rail line could not accommodate an emergency route during maintenance on the Sydney to Newcastle Line.
KREFELD, Germany - Even more high-speed trains? Europe must be kidding.
In one vast hall, workers in blue overalls are putting the finishing touches on what would, on an old-fashioned train, be a locomotive, except that it houses a spacious conference room with a large table and seven comfortable armchairs.
In an adjacent hall, others are attaching what look like ordinary wheel trucks to a rail car, except that these contain electric motors that will essentially do the locomotive's job of pulling the train.
OVERCROWDING on Melbourne's trains has worsened dramatically, resulting in contraventions of load limits and raising questions about how the State Government can achieve its goal of increasing public transport use.
Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss has expressed his frustration at the length of time it is taking for rail freight carrier Pacific National to accept a government rescue package for its Tasmanian operations.
THE Ballarat train line — reopened with pomp and ceremony by Premier Steve Bracks less than a fortnight ago — was shut down yesterday due to a signalling fault that was described by the Government as "teething problems".
"AN ICONIC project that would make Adelaide more accessible for visitors, workers and residents . . ."
That was how Premier Mike Rann first described Adelaide's transport upgrade and the purchase of 11 "super trams" to replace the city's much-loved, but less than comfortable, H-type stock. The announcement was heralded at the time, helping to fill the good news quota of the Government, and in particular the Premier.
Fast forward several months - and the headlines and talkback callers are singing a different tune. "$21m can be better spent elsewhere." "Not enough seats for Adelaide's commuters." "Trams will put us on a road to ruin" and "City tram line plan is crazy".
As expected for the Christmas period, the sightings took a dive this week with only 89 sightings for the week which is 48 less than last week. Making a total for the year of 2005 to 5275* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March)
POLICE are yet to identify a man struck by a train at a level crossing in Maddington on Friday night. Insp George Putland said the Aboriginal man, thought to be in his 20s, jumped at cars on Albany Highway before walking into the path of a Perth-bound train at 11pm. He died instantly. Passengers waited in the train for an hour while emergency services cleared the scene. (Sunday Times)
Stories of rail's past and present in the hit television series Off The Rails connected so well with viewers they have been rescreened this summer. But finding anyone to talk about rail's future is hard, as it remains subject to finalising an acceptable tie-up between the Government and the private sector.
The South Australian grain industry has signed a new five-year contract with the Australian Railroad Group to upgrade rail haulage in the state.
A south-west Liberal MP says the Western Australian Government should encourage more industries to use the Greenbushes to Bunbury rail line as an alternative to transporting goods by heavy haulage trucks on the South-Western Highway.
Two train passengers were able to break into an inactive driver's cab during a peak-hour train service last week and broadcast lewd messages over the PA system because of a security flaw in the trains, Connex confirmed today.
There were 91 sightings for the first week of 2006 which is not a bad start, as on day 7 last year we had seen only 63 sightings. The 91 sightings were two sightings more than last week, Christmas week.
A train passenger has told how a carriage full of people burst into laughter on a peak-hour train last week when lewd messages were broadcast over the PA system by a passenger who broke into an empty driver's cabin.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says it is encouraged by the NSW Government's moves to boost security on buses and reduce the level of violence against transport workers.
Trams on the right routes can free buses for better service.
AFTER months of delays and multi-million-dollar cost blow-outs, rail services will return to Bendigo before autumn.
The construction workers union will meet with workers on the billion-dollar Perth to Mandurah rail project this morning to recommend they use disposable cameras to photograph any safety breaches.
TRAIN commuters have given the thumbs up to the new V/Locity trains. Passengers are warming to the sleek modern trains, almost four weeks after the state's first V/Locity train was introduced on the Ballarat line.
Sydney already has the right combination of heavy rail and buses, so why change, asks John Lee.
United Group Limited today announced contracts worth over $90 million awarded to its rail and infrastructure businesses. The contracts involve rolling stock and track and signaling works for various groups including Queensland Rail, BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Freightlink.
Toll Holdings is widely expected to increase its takeover bid for Patrick if the competition regulator agrees to allow the hostile merger to proceed, with a decision expected imminently.
Transport group Toll Holdings Ltd's $4.6 billion takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp Ltd received what could be a fatal blow when the competition watchdog opposed the bid because the combined group would have too much power.
Father Les Campion blessed the roses, representing the victims of the Granville rail disaster 29 years ago, and remembered again how he went down into the carriages to help the survivors.
The future of passenger rail travel to the Barossa, including any plans to re-launch the Bluebird wine train, is in doubt as the owners of the line north of Gawler have banned passenger transport indefinitely.
The Workshops Rail Museum (Ipswich, Queensland) is seeking objects and photos associated with the Great pioneer and tourist railways of Australia for possible inclusion in a major new touring exhibition with the working title Great Railway Journeys of Australia.
AUTHORITIES sent in armed police to help control some 100,000 passengers stranded at Beijing train stations after snowfalls in central China paralysed a key section of the nation's railway grid, media reported today.
THE Toll-Patrick takeover dispute is a particularly vituperative and personal affair where personalities as much as business or economic realities have been at the forefront in the armoury deployed in the $4 billion-plus battle.
The Tasmanian Government says it has been contacted by other companies interested in operating the state's rail system should current operators Pacific National pull out.
TOLL Holdings shares continued their free fall, losing another 4.6 per cent, as Toll paraded further possible amendments to its $4 billion-plus bid for Patrick Corp before the competition watchdog in the hope of winning approval.
Transport company Toll Holdings Ltd today said it would discontinue talks with the competition watchdog over its $4.6 billion hostile takeover bid for stevedore Patrick Corp and contest the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's opposition to the bid.
There would not be many who would say that organisations such as Steam Ranger, Pitchi Ritchi or the National Rail Museum in Port Adelaide, were a wasted effort in keeping a very important part of South Australia, and its rail heritage, alive for all to enjoy, experience, and help us to understand how South Australia was built, and survived in its early years.
Silverton Rail employees, told they would not get a job with their new employer unless they signed an Australia Workplace Agreement (AWA), have won their fight to keep their jobs and conditions.
Shareholders in logisitics giants Toll and Patrick are facing six months or more of uncertainty, after Toll boss Paul Little stuck by his $4 billion-plus takeover bid for Patrick, forcing the competition watchdog to take him to court in an attempt to enforce its veto.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says statistics showing a marked improvement in the number of passenger trains running on time between Perth and Kalgoorlie are "an illusion".
PUSHING a dedicated rail corridor through the suburbs of Melbourne taking the new V/Locity trains and their passengers even more quickly into and out of Southern Cross Station is a legitimate and worthwhile project.
US railroad operators are forecasting another year of strong growth in 2006, after surging freight volumes and rising prices helped the industry achieve record profits last year.
THE ongoing saga of the fate of Merredin's Railway Institute Hall continued last week, when Merredin Shire Council resolved to investigate the cost of incorporating the hall in the proposed expansion of the medical centre.
Three people were killed when a Pakistani passenger train derailed on Sunday and one carriage plunged into a ravine, but all other passengers were rescued, military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan said.
By Bernie Carolan
SUCCESSFUL modern cities need to grapple with very complex debates about the levels of accessibility and mobility by which they wish to be characterised.
There were 146 sightings for this week, which is 15 sightings more than last week, which is a very good week for sightings which also included the Australia Day holiday. Making a total of 503 sightings for this year to date.
SCT Logistics revealed plans on Friday to set up a freight centre to the west of Parkes (on land formerly owned by Austop) which will employ between 30 to 40 people by the end of the year.