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Level crossing near miss sparks safety warning

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) says it is stunned by a recent incident at a level crossing near Moranbah, where a car and a fully loaded coal train almost collided.

The incident happened near the Isaac River crossing on Monday afternoon - it is believed the utility crossed the lines with a coal train less than 100 metres away from the intersection.

Most grain rail freight lines should stay open: report

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A federal report into grain rail freight in New South Wales has recommended most lines remain open.

The first of 18 recommendations is that conditions on nine rail freight lines be stabilised at a level that meets the minimum requirements of industry.

Queensland Derailment: Train derailment blocks line

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A COAL train derailment has forced Translink to cancel train services on the Rosewood line this afternoon.

The derailment occurred at Ebenezer, west of Ipswich, about 2.20pm.

Power problems delay Richmond line

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by Sydney_Gunzel in New South Wales Rail News

Major delays are expected for rail commuters in Sydney's northwest after overhead wiring came down on the Richmond branch line.

The cables came down at Schofields about 2.10pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, affecting services between Quakers Hill and Mulgrave, NSW's Transport Coordination Group says.

Myki users overcharged

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MYKI smartcard users in regional Victoria have been overcharged by $5 almost 50 times in the past week, the Government admitted yesterday.

Regional bus travellers using myki have already been overcharged $1.15 a total of 10,800 times earlier this year.

Commuters urged not to force train doors after man killed in city loop fall

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters have been urged not to force the doors on trains after a man fell to his death from a moving train inside Melbourne’s city loop.

Police believe the man and his companion, a woman, forced the doors to get off the Frankston-bound train as it left Melbourne Central station shortly before midnight last night.

Woman tells of 'miracle' pram baby rescue

Posted Thursday, 22 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A woman who helped rescue a baby from underneath a train after his pram rolled off a railway station has described the "miracle" of finding him alive.

Amanda said a teenager was the first to rush to the aid of the six-month-old baby, who incredibly survived after being hit by a train and pushed about 30 metres while strapped into his pram last Thursday.

$10b up for grabs in transport sell-off

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

THE state's public transport agencies should get into the property development business, selling or renting land around key transport hubs at a premium price, a key tourism and transport lobby group has urged.

In a submission to the Rees Government's 2031 Blueprint, the Transport and Tourism Forum estimates the Government could fund more than $10 billion worth of mass transit projects, including heavy rail extensions and a metro network, by becoming developers or landlords.

QR signs Hunter Valley Energy Coal deal

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Transport and logistics company QR Ltd announced a long-term coal haulage contract with BHP Billiton Ltd subsidiary Hunter Valley Energy Coal Pty Ltd (HVEC).

Under the contract, QR's coal business, QRNational Coal, will transport from HVEC's Mount Arthur thermal coal mine in NSW (near Muswellbrook) to the Port of Newcastle, in line with the expansion of the mine.

Teen stabbed in rail underpass

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A 16-year-old youth sustained multiple stab wounds when a group of males attacked him under a railway underpass this afternoon.

Police said the youth was with another boy when the offenders surrounded them.

Kingoonya - a seriously outback trainspotting town

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by outbackjack in Press Releases

Kingoonya a town that once was, was not and now is! I have recently joined the Kingoonya and Areas Progress Association and wanted to tell all Gunzellers about what the town is up to.

Report urges more western branch line investment

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A Commonwealth report has recommended more investment is needed in the western New South Wales region's grain branch lines, which are facing closure.

The Grain Freight Review Task Force has found nine tracks, including Walgett to Burren Junction, Warren to Nevertire and Coonamble to Troy Junction, should be upgraded over the next three years.

Plans for coal trains to return to mid-west

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Coal trains could be set to roll through the New South Wales mid-western region again.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has signalled it wants to use the Kandos to Gulgong route for transporting cargo from a proposed mine in the Cobbora district near Dunedoo, to power stations in the Hunter Valley.

Maldon rail station blaze 'devastating'

Posted Friday, 23 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Mayor of the Mount Alexander Shire says the community is devastated by the loss of the historic Maldon Railway Station.

Support for rail freight report findings

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A grain producer and former senior vice-president of the New South Wales Farmers Association has welcomed the findings of a federal report into rail freight in NSW.

Wimmera-Mallee forum to discuss rail projects

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Wimmera-Mallee local government leaders are meeting the Victorian Transport Minister in Ouyen today for an update on progress on the region's rail projects.

Rail group spruiks Bathurst-Sydney link

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government is being urged to investigate the central west's transport needs as part of a bid to get a daily rail link from Bathurst to Sydney.

CountryLink and RailCorp executives have discussed a commuter service with local campaigners at a meeting last night and are vowing to take their requests to the Transport Minister.

Coal companies sign on for $1b rail link

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A billion-dollar rail project in central and north Queensland is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Grain freight review welcomed by farmers

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A federal review of grain freight rail lines across New South Wales has recommended the state government consider closing two lines but upgrade nine others.

The New South Wales Grain Freight Review was funded by the Federal Government and looked at road and rail infrastructure used by the state's grain industry.

Today the report has made 18 recommendations including closing two of the lines if funding cannot be found.

Bridges next step in rail bypass project

Posted Saturday, 24 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE Wodonga rail bypass project is on track for its opening next year with the bulk of earthworks nearly completed.

Australian Rail Track Corporation spokesman Brian Dale said the next stage would be the erection of about 240 beams across the project’s seven bridges.

“The job is progressing well and we’re still on line for completion in the second half of 2010,” Mr Dale said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/10/2009.

Posted Sunday, 25 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 94 sightings for this week. This is six sighting more than last week, making a total of 3584 sightings for this year to date. On day 297 last year we had recorded 4223 sightings.

We have seen only three sightings on the B/G this week, which is one less that last week.

Train route 'risking lives'

Posted Sunday, 25 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A SECTION of the Melbourne to Sydney rail freight route has become so unsafe it is putting lives at risk, the train drivers' union has warned.

The number of trains breaking apart on the stretch of track between Melbourne and Seymour has jumped 200 per cent since 2007, figures compiled by Public Transport Safety Victoria show, with 17 incidents this year.

At least 20 killed in train collision

Posted Monday, 26 October, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

A collision between two passenger trains in Egypt has killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more.

Emergency services have been working in the dark to complete their rescue operation, pulling bodies and the injured from the wreckage and taking them to nearby hospitals.

New rail service could be even worse

Posted Monday, 26 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

NEW Melbourne rail operator MTM could deliver a worse service than current operator Connex and still meet its contractual obligations to improve the network.

MTM's deal with the State Government, signed off last month, means it must cut cancellations by 24 per cent and improve punctuality by 10 per cent in its first year.

Bus driver bashed by road rage cyclist

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

A union has called for urgent action to protect bus drivers after a cyclist allegedly attacked a driver in a bus-only lane in Sydney's north west.

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