News index

 

ACT

341 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Canberra light rail service disruptions cause delays

Canberra light rail services have returned to normal after disruptions on Monday morning, although some passengers were delayed.

Australian government commits billions to rail in annual budget

THE Australian Government has committed billions of dollars to rail as part of an $A 17.

Scott Morrison’s damascus conversion on rail just doesn’t wash

The Federal Government’s newfound interest in passenger rail doesn’t stack up, and is too little too late for urban commuters being smashed by skyrocketing fuel costs.

$17.9 billion Budget boost for Australian infrastructure

The Federal Government has pledged $17.

Analysis reveals Morrison government funnelling billions into must-win marginal seats

Just one-third of Coalition’s $16bn spending spree has been endorsed by Infrastructure Australia

Africa

422 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Government sets out ambitions to make rail South Africa’s ‘transport backbone’

Radical structural reform, open access operations, the development of a standard gauge network of high speed lines and measures to address security problems are included in a White Paper on National Rail Policy which sets out the Department of Transport’s ambitions to make rail the backbone.

EU to provide €123m for Cameroon line upgrade

THE European Union has agreed to provide €123m to support the upgrade of Cameroon’s 330km Belabo - Ngaoundere line.

CMA CGM accelerates global rail freight integration

French container transport and shipping firm CMA CGM integrated its rail freight and ocean forwarding services, offering new onward connections in Brazil and Zimbabwe last month.

Tazara to recommence Zambian services following bridge repair

THE Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) has announced that services will resume between Kasama and New Kapiri-Mposhi in Zambia on July 22 following the repair of the Chambeshi River Railway Bridge, which was damaged by a freight train accident on May 13 2021.

Airline News

716 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Korita Aviation Enables You to Add an Additional Padlock/Seal to Trolleys!

Our Solution Enables You to Add an Additional Padlock/Seal to Your Trolleys!

Final Airbus A380 Handed Over to Emirates

The final Airbus A380 ever to be built has been handed over to its new owners, the Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 1

On this very full episode of AvTalk, we recount our travels back from Stockholm, go through the vast amount of news that came out this week—including breaking news BEFORE we recorded—and John Pitts and Richard Whitwell from eJet join us in part one of a two part interview to help us understand how the jet fuel system works around the world.

Airbus delivers the final A380

Airbus delivered the final A380 this week to Emirates, marking the end of a 16 year production run of 252 superjumbo aircraft.

Final A380 superjumbo leaves factory

The final Airbus A380 ever to be built is being handed over to its new owners on Thursday, the Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

Arabian Rail News

392 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Cabinet approves Egyptian railway financing agreements

The cabinet has approved two railway financing packages, including an agreement for Export-Import Bank of Korea to provide a loan for signalling modernisation on the 224 km Luxor – Aswan High Dam railway.

Upgrade of Tel Aviv Savidor station to be completed by 2025

ISRAEL Railways (IR) has released details of the reconstruction of Tel Aviv Savidor station, which is being upgraded to cope with rising passenger numbers and to provide an interchange with the Red Line light rail line

Haifa - Nazareth tram-train line finance, design, build, operate tender issued

ISRAEL’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, through the project management company Trans Israel, has published a finance, design, build, operate tender for the “Nofit” Haifa - Nazareth tram-train line.

Korean loan to finance signalling upgrade on Egyptian line

EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has signed an agreement with the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) for a $US 251.

Iran’s missing North-South corridor rail link proceeds with construction

About one-third of the railway line connecting Rasht and Astara in Iran has been constructed.

Asciano

92 stories | Newest story posted 3 years ago
'Air of unreality': Court explains ACCC's defeat in rail case

The threat of court sanction would be enough to ensure the new owner of a key east coast freight facility did not exploit its powerful position to the detriment of competitors, the judge behind a landmark case has said.

Freight train was travelling at 90km per hour when it derailed on the Nullarbor

An investigation into a train derailment on the Nullarbor last year has found the tracks failed to restore to the normal position after an east-bound train departed the line two hours prior.

New PN boss sets up old mining rivalry

Former BHP Billiton coal boss Dean Dalla Valle will replace David Irwin as chief executive officer of Pacific National, the bulk and intermodal operator announced on Monday.

Exports face disruption as union battles with network operators

EXPORTS of agricultural, mineral and timber products through Victorian ports face big disruptions from two rail industry battles over wage and work conditions.

PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.

Asian Rail News

4594 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
Hong Kong’s East Rail Line Extension Commences Passenger Services

Mass Transit Railway’s (MTR) East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension has begun operating passenger services in Hong Kong.

China’s annual December Metro openings bonanza

It has become a popular pastime among Chinese railfans to get really excited at around the end of December, as that is the period of a slew of metro openings across the country.

Guangxi launches sugar train between China-Kazakhstan

The New Silk Road recently acquired a new train service.

Maersk revamps Middle Corridor service and calls customers to use open capacity

Maersk has also joined the Middle Corridor game with a new, improved rail freight service.

Sotetsu progresses railway investment programme

Sotetsu Holdings is making progress with a ¥16·4bn programme of investment in its Sagami Railway network west of Yokohama and is investing ¥600m in its bus operations.

Aurizon

306 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Arc and Aurizon in Tronox task

WA’s freight rail manager Arc Infrastructure welcomed the first new task on its rail network in five years when Tronox, a producer of titanium dioxide, shifted from coastal shipping to rail in February.

The Mt Isa Line Intergrated (MILI) Freighter is Aurizon’s new freight solution between Townsville and Mt Isa

If you’re a small, medium, or large enterprise in North Queensland looking for an efficient and affordable rail service between Mt Isa and Townsville — choose the MILI Freighter.

Freight on Rail Group Federal election policy priorities

The industry group representing Australia’s largest rail freight operators and infrastructure owners today released their policy priorities for the forthcoming Federal election.

Distracted truck driver cause of collision

The driver of a road-train truck in WA had been distracted by reaffixing their mobile phone mount to their vehicle’s windscreen before the truck entered an active level crossing and collided with a freight train.

ACCC delays decision on Aurizon’s One Rail acquisition

Aurizon’s plans for a swift acquisition of haulage group One Rail Australia have stalled after the competition watchdog delayed a decision on the proposed $2.

Australian High Speed Rail

47 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Land value growth could offset high-speed rail costs

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has revealed new research that shows land value growth could be used to fund a proposed high-speed rail (HSR) network on Australia’s East coast, offsetting its costs.

End of the golden triangle? Labor’s new plan for high-speed rail

He said his government would initially prioritise a fast rail link between Sydney and Newcastle, before upgrading it to an even quicker service that would cut travel times to just 45 minutes.

High Speed Rail to kick off a revolution

A High Speed Rail link between Newcastle and Sydney will kick-start a rail revolution in Australia, and a better future for regional communities, according to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU).

High-speed rail dreaming is a fast track to nowhere

There’s no surer sign of an imminent federal election than a fast-train promise.

Impact of high-speed rail on road traffic and greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon emission reduction in the transportation sector is essential in the global mitigation effort, and a large-scale public transport system has the potential to be an effective instrument.

Bus Transport News

1120 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Zenobē Announces Partnership with Airsym for Yutong TCe12 Electric Coach

Zenobē announces a partnership with Airsym to launch into service a brand-new Yutong TCe12 electric coach.

Winchester King Alfred Buses Running Day 2022

Winchester-based Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) held their Original King Alfred Buses Running Day which took place in and around the city on Monday 2nd May 2022.

Archway Travel's new 83 seater School Buses

Recently repainted ex-Lothian SN09CVD returning from an afternoon school run on 13th MayArchway Travel of Fleetwood took delivery of four ex-Lothian (Edinburgh) Volvo B9TLs with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork in February.

The Times Are NOT a-Changin'

It would be wonderful if management heeded its' own words, "woven" into our

McGill's Order a Further 41 Yutong Emission Free Vehicles

Pelican Bus & Coach have confirmed that McGill's have ordered a further 41 vehicles, comprising ten E10 10.

Canada

1395 stories | Newest story posted 4 days ago
Montreal takes on REM Eastern Leg

THE city of Montreal and the government of the province of Quebec have stepped in to take forward the eastern branch of the Metropolitan Electric Network (REM) project after project developer CDPQ Infra abandoned plans for the elevated route in the face of public opposition.

Transport Canada wants freight rail data rules 

Transport Canada is proposing a regulation that would make changes to collection of freight rail traffic and service data permanent.

Ontario Northland to overhaul GO Transit coaches

Greater Toronto area transport authority Metrolinx has awarded Ontario Northland a C$109m contract to refurbish 56 of GO Transit’s BiLevel commuter rail coaches at its Remanufacturing & Repair Centre in North Bay.

Canadian Pacific eyes early 2023 federal approval of KCS acquisition

Canadian Pacific still expects federal approval of its planned acquisition of Kansas City Southern to occur sometime within the next 12 months, despite a recent pause in the proceeding.

CN working to get its groove back after income slide

Canadian railway CN is reassessing its operating plan to see where there are opportunities to take on more business while also striving to maintain network fluidity and increase velocity, executives said during the railway’s earnings call late Tuesday to discuss first-quarter 2022 financial results.

Cityrail News

918 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Systems almost go for Sydenham Station

Sydenham Station in Sydney’s north-west is one step closer to being ready for metro services, with a new station entrance and a new pedestrian concourse opening to the public in the coming weeks as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

Camera on at light rail crossing

Road safety in Surry Hills, Sydney, will receive a boost with the installation of a new red light speed camera where the light rail crosses South Dowling Street (between the Mort Street and Nobbs Street intersections) in Surry Hills.

Rail Train – Rail Shuttle Services Members at St Mary’s Depot

Negotiations for an RSS Enterprise Agreement have been ongoing since May last year.

Sydney & NSW Trains – EA Tour – Train Crew Protected Industrial Action

On Thursday 17 March 2022, RTBU Officials meet with the Transport Minister, the  Employee Relations Minister, and the Transport Secretary regarding the upcoming  period of Protected Industrial Action.

Facelifts for Central Station

The metro platforms and new Central Walk in Sydney are taking shape 27 metres below the feet of the many customers who pass through Australia’s busiest train station every day.

Coronavirus Transport News

634 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Night services on London’s Jubilee Line to return this week

Transport for London is bringing back the regular Night Tube services for the Jubilee Line in a bid to boost the capital’s recovery following the pandemic

Rail passengers continue to increase nationally during Q1 2022 

According to statistics released by the Australiasian Rail Network (ARA), due to some states’ increased relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, over five million more passengers used the rail networks across Australia in the first quarter of 2022.

Continued pandemic support to reach 2030 goals, will that work?

Pandemic support for the railway industry in the form of adjusted track access charges could be a longer-term measure to support the modal shift to rail.

No clear timeline for delivery of rapid antigen tests despite soaring demand

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan says the public will have to wait for the Health Minister and Health Department to clarify when more rapid antigen tests will become available in the state.

Face value for RISSB courses

With the lifting of COVID-enforced travel restrictions in the country, the Railway Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is relaunching its face-to-face training courses.

Europe

8768 stories | Newest story posted 4 hours ago
In Ukraine all eyes are on rail, but rail is not ready

A humanitarian corridor through Belarus for the export of grains from Ukraine to Baltic seaports as Klapeida is a realistic option that is currently being discussed, according to Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Marius Skuodis.

Izy low-cost train services to end

The Izy-branded low cost train service between Paris Nord and Brussels Midi is to end on July 10, Thalys has announced.

From Ukraine to the world through Belarus: a realistic option

A humanitarian corridor through Belarus for the export of grains from Ukraine to Baltic seaports as Klapeida is a realistic option that is currently being discussed, according to Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Marius Skuodis.

Fit for 55: EU Parliament proposes ETS revision also benefiting rail

The European Parliament voted in favour of a report to reform the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to incentivise industries, including road transport, to cut down on their emissions.

Łódz orders multiple-units

Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna has awarded Newag a contract for the supply and maintaince of three electro-diesel multiple units for stage four of the Łódź Agglomeration Railway programme, with an option for a further two.

Gunzelling Reports

1528 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/5/2022

There were 90 sightings for this week, which is 8 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/5/2022

There were 82 sightings for this week, which is 10 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 30/4/2022

There were 92 sightings for this week, which is 26 sightings more than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/4/2022

There were 66 sightings for this week, which is 18 sightings less than last week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/4/2022

There were 84 sightings for this week, which is 7 sightings more than last week.

Inland Rail Project

794 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
All aboard Inland Rail push

Campbell Newman has held many roles in his lifetime.

Joyce quietly appointed Liberal fundraiser to plum board job in final days

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce quietly appointed the head of a Liberal Party fundraising body to a plum job on a taxpayer-funded board in the 46th parliament’s final days amid a flurry of other government gigs handed out before Scott Morrison called the election.

Farmers release giant inland rail hub idea

Two Victorian farmers have spoken about a plan to build a 300-acre inland rail network at Bridgewater on Loddon to revolutionise the freight industry.

Rail precincts take shape

LOCAL residents will be provided an interactive visualisation of planned rail upgrades at Glenrowan and Wangaratta, following the release of 3D diagrams of the new proposed precincts by the Australian Rail Track Commission (ARTC).

Victorian farmers rail for major inland freight hub that could service dozens of industries

Colleen Condliffe and Carly Noble say the $120m project could service dozens of industries and facilitate domestic and international trade.

International Rail News

5770 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Battery trains ordered for tourist services in Argentina

Governor of Jujuy province Gerardo Morales has signed a contract for CRRC Tangshan to supply battery-powered ‘new-energy light rail’ trainsets for use on a tourist service between Volcán and Tilcara.

Free trade is dead, welcome to ‘Freedom Trade’ 

American enterprises and consumers should move away from Chinese dependency and demand that supply chains are orientated toward what I call the “Freedom Trade,” a system built on the idea that the rule of law, domestic free markets, human rights, and environmental standards are necessary for global prosperity and peace.

CRRC to provide battery train for revamped Argentinian tourist line

ARGENTINA’s Jujuy province has signed a contract with CRRC Tangshan to supply new battery-powered trains for the 1000mm-gauge Volcán - Tilcara section of the Belgrano Railway through the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Thales launches TPWS Mk4 Single Cab Control Unit

Thales has launched the Mk4 version of its Train Protection & Warning System control unit, which is designed to offer additional features through a simple upgrade from previous versions.

Santos port rail network to be tendered

Bids for a concession to operate the 100 km internal rail network in the port of Santos are to be called in July if the Federal Audit Court agrees to the proposals.

Letters to the Editor

345 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Inligo Networks signs major agreement with Equinix Data Centres Asia

Inligo Networks has signed a global master agreement with Equinix out of the Asia Pacific Region.

Victoria and the federation, is it time for a Vexit?

At what point does Victoria say to the Commonwealth of Australia, enough is enough?

How Green Is Satellite Monitoring? Let’s Do the Math

How Green Is Satellite Monitoring?

Virtual Events for Bloggers and Journalists in January 2021

Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of what’s happening in the blog world.

Model Railways

2918 stories | Newest story posted 11 hours ago
New Hornby class 91

The reports from the first owners are building up to 'one to avoid' if you want to operate the model on a layout

Granby Junction 1948 N. Wales

GWR/LMS OO Gauge DCC RR&Co

Bachmann On30 2-6-0 DC to DCC Sound

On30 narrow gauge set in the Appalachian Plateau circa 1912

Kent Coast Railway (formerly Faversham Creek)

OO Gauge, end to end, Museum line, Broadly based on the Kent Coast line

South African Railways

If anyone is interested in modern SAR loco's, rollingstock etc id be happy to provide pics etc.

Narrow Gauge

171 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway welcomes overseas visitors

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Britain’s narrowest gauge railway, is looking to welcome more global visitors than ever before once international travel fully reopens.

Sittingbourne steam locomotive to retire soon

The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway is to bid farewell soon to Kerr Stuart ‘Leader’

e-coal on Trial at The Apedale Valley Railway

The Apedale Valley Light Railway is a 2’0″ gauge railway operated by the the Moseley Railway Trust, located next to the Apedale Heritage Centre, which is located just north of Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent.

RailAdvent Plus members get a discount at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

We are pleased to announce that RailAdvent Plus members can now get a discount at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.

Mixed results for Staffordshire railway’s steam locomotive e-coal trial

The Apedale Valley Light Railway has tested e-coal on one of their steam locomotives.

New South Wales Rail News

4547 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
New train fleet could be on the tracks within months after NSW government and rail unions talks

The NSW government will consider making modifications to its new intercity fleet, in what would be a significant backdown from a long standoff with rail unions over safety concerns with the multibillion-dollar trains.

Blue Mountains to get Australia's longest road tunnel, promises of reduced travel times

The NSW government has committed to building Australia's longest road tunnel in the Blue Mountains.

New freight body for NSW

Fifteen members have been appointed to the new NSW Freight Transport Advisory Council (FTAC), to be chaired by Duncan Gay.

Sydenham metro station upgrades almost complete

Upgrades to Sydenham Station have neared completion with a new station entrance and pedestrian concourse opening to the public in the coming weeks.

Comfort and convenience for NSW regional rail

The NSW Government is replacing the ageing NSW regional rail fleet of XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains with 29 safer, comfortable and more accessible trains for customers travelling across NSW and between, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

New Zealand Rail News

646 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
Tender process for Auckland light rail project launched

THE New Zealand Transport Agency has opened a registration of interest tender for a professional services contract for the Auckland Light Rail project in conjunction with the Additional Waitematā Harbour Connections project, launching the tendering process for the two projects.

Luxon sticks by criticism of Te Huia train despite record numbers

National leader Christopher Luxon has stuck by his criticism of the Te Huia train between Hamilton and Auckland, despite record patronage.

Peter Reidy reappointed as KiwiRail CEO following four-year hiatus

FORMER KiwiRail CEO, Mr Peter Reidy, has been reappointed after nearly four years as CEO at Fletcher Construction, following the sudden resignation of Mr Greg Miller in November.

Sydney metro track laying almost complete

Track laying through Sydney is more than 95 per cent complete in the 15.

Reidy back at KiwiRail helm

Former KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy will return to the role to take the company forward after nearly four years as CEO at Fletcher Construction.

Northern Territory Rail News

239 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
Ammaroo ready to help feed the world

One of the northern territory’s most exciting exploration projects has evolved into a $2 billion investment opportunity to manufacture and supply ammonium phosphate fertilisers produced from one of the nt’s most significant mineral resources

Government announces new NT logistics hubs

The Federal government is committing to investing in new logistics hubs in the Northern Territory that will benefit miners, farmers and developers of new industries.

Cattle station looking for solutions to deadly rail track quandary

A Central Australian cattle station claims it is losing more than 20 head of cattle a year to train collisions.

Barnaby Joyce announces $1.5bn new Darwin port and gas hub

A new port in Darwin is expected to boost jobs and help industry export more gas and critical minerals.

First trains from Adelaide to the NT after rail repairs

The first trains travelling on the newly repaired railway after severe damage from floods in South Australia's north.

Opinion

160 stories | Newest story posted 5 months ago
Why Electric Vehicles are not a Climate Change Silver Bullet

The research is clear: without aggressively tackling rising global temperatures, there will be catastrophic global consequences within the coming decades.

Room for improvement in energy efficiency of Victorian rentals

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Victoria’s rental homes are typically less energy efficient than owner-occupied properties.

Detailed designs for Bridge Mall

Illustrative concept plan for reopening Bridge Mall (via City of Ballarat)

How Highways Wrecked America’s Cities

It is well-documented that America’s urban places have been designed and built for cars since the late 1920s.

After her fiancé was killed by a train, Maddie is determined to improve rail crossing safety

Maddie and Ethan were due to marry in March and looked forward to starting a family.

Other Transport News

1335 stories | Newest story posted 17 hours ago
FreightWaves Classics/Infrastructure: I&M Canal was successful until it wasn’t…

The first canal built in the United States was constructed during 1792-1796.

Sustainable glass bars for Pound Road West Upgrade

As part of the Pound Road West Upgrade, crews will install new sustainable glass fibre bars on the newly constructed bridge over the Cranbourne railway.

Push to remove Melbourne’s bike lanes to return city to ‘its former glory’

Pop-up bike lanes on major CBD routes including Exhibition Street are negatively impacting the city and should be removed, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) chief executive Paul Guerra says.

Xi’s lockdowns will pull the rug out from under US truckers this summer

Whenever the trucking market slows, truck drivers look for someone to blame.

Pacific National News

89 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Pacnat to conduct level crossing safety trials

Australian freight rail operators Pacific National (PN) and Aurizon are conducting lighting trials to improve safety across Australia’s level crossings.

Pacific National, Australia’s Largest Private Rail Freight Operator, Partners With Avetta to Support Its Procurement and ESG Str

Pacific National, Australia’s largest private rail freight operator, has partnered with Avetta to support its Procurement and 

 PN NSW BULK EA 2022 – UPDATE 11 

Delegates met with management last Thursday and Friday at North Sydney to progress your EA.

Safety changes after Newcastle coal train incident

An investigation has found that a loaded coal train collided with the rear of a stationary train in low-light conditions at the Port of Newcastle, NSW, after network control was not advised that the second train was disabled.

Additional intermodal capacity for Pacific National

Pacific National has launched two additional weekly containerised freight services on east-west routes to give customers greater access to linehaul capacity.

Press Releases

244 stories | Newest story posted last year
Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3.

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud.

Three new members join Ports Australia

Ports Australia has welcomed three new members from both local and international corporations.

Ports Australia pioneers trade statistics resource

In an industry-first, Ports Australia has launched a detailed trade statistics resource, which collates and exhibits the ports sector’s trade data.

Qube Logistics

20 stories | Newest story posted 2 weeks ago
New Qube Jumbo Coil Containers QJAU

Qube have just taken delivery of a stack of new QJAU 20ft jumbo coil containers.

Freight group issues election priorities

The industry group representing Australia’s largest rail freight operators and infrastructure owners has released its policy priorities for the forthcoming Federal election.

NSW QUBE EA Update

Last Wednesday, the Locomotive Division met with QUBE Management via Video.

Rail terminal speeds $4b Moorebank logistics estate

Work has begun on building an interstate rail connection at the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in Sydney’s west, a key piece of infrastructure that will drive the estate’s transformation into a $4.

Qube writes down Moorebank rail hub

Qube Holdings has revealed it will write down up to $215 million on a loss-making import-export rail terminal at its Moorebank freight hub as it signed off on a deal to sell land and warehouses to a consortium led by the Logos Property Group.

Queensland Rail News

2951 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Upgrades make Mt Isa line more resilient

A $25 million investment in the Mount Isa line will see two years’ worth of important track upgrades completed in just 20 days.

Chance to walk through Cross River tunnels

If you’ve ever wanted to explore Cross River Rail’s tunnels deep beneath Brisbane, now is your chance.

'Surviving or thriving': Frustrated restaurateurs desperate for light rail information

Southern Gold Coast business owners say they have no information about how the project will affect their restaurants but the Queensland government says support is on offer.

Mega park’n’ride at Springfield Central

The new multi-storey park ‘n’ ride at Brisbane’s Springfield Central Station is open for business.

Works increase reliability of West Moreton line in wet weather

More than $24 million in track upgrades are pushing ahead to bolster the reliability of Queensland’s western rail system, making it more durable and resilient to weather impacts, while supporting more than 220 local jobs.

Rail Events

958 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
RTAA field days showcase best of rail equipment

The wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of attendees at this year’s Rail Track Association of Australia field day.

Highlights from the 2022 Critical Infrastructure Summit

Infrastructure magazine’s Critical Infrastructure Summit, held on 6-8 April, brought together the biggest names in infrastructure for three days of thought-provoking discussion.

Class 142 to feature in the DMU Gala at Midland Railway – Butterley

This year’s DMU Gala at the Midland Railway – Butterley in Derbyshire will take place over the weekend of Saturday, 18th, and Sunday, 19th June.

Full potential of the railway industry showcased at Railtex / Infrarail 2022

Last week, from 10-12 May 2022, Railtex / Infrarail brought together a total of 3,707 industry professionals, mainly from the UK.

Mixed Traction Gala now streaming for RailAdvent Plus members

Another month and another new addition to the RailAdvent Plus streaming library.

Rail News

4530 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Tim Runnacles

It is with sadness that we report that Timothy Vernon Runnacles died at the end of April.

Track Maintenance: Rail Health Strategy pays off

By aligning its inspection, maintenance and renewal regimes using a holistic systems approach, Translink NI Railways’ permanent way department has delivered a significant reduction in rail defects, improved track quality and extended asset life.

Software as a service makes digitalisation for everyone

Digitalisation is the future for rail freight, but how much of it is already here?

Turn graduates into efficient engineering professionals

Engineering Education Australia (EEA) has partnered with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to create the Engineers Australia’s Graduate Learning Program – Rail, a professional development program for engineering graduates in the rail industry.

More passengers using rail

Rail patronage rose again in the first quarter of 2022 as people continued to return to the network following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Rail Travel

576 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
A Bit of Amtrak History

The following is from my book, All Aboard–The Complete North American Train Travel Guide.

A Dream Dies in Iowa

A dozen or so years ago, I got off the California Zephyr in Burlington, Iowa, rented a car, and drove to the town of Dyersville, site of the 1989 film Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner.

Clean Windows are Important!

Before each trip, most long-distance trains are taken through an automatic car wash (a supersized version of the one around the corner where you take the family car).

Human Traffic in Union Station

During the Golden Age of train travel, Chicago was America’s most important rail hub, with passengers from almost everywhere connecting with trains going to just about anywhere.

Travel Diaries: Adelaide

After two years of going basically nowhere, I recently took an interstate trip to Adelaide for a friend's wedding - so a few thoughts on the transport and urbanism I encountered on the trip.

Railpage Australia News

143 stories | Newest story posted 4 years ago
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Railpage

From Railpage to all our loyal users, moderators and administrators, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year.

New version of the All Australian Tracks Google Earth overlay

Railpage has available for download the new 2018 version of the All Australia Tracks Google Earth overlay.

Calling for software testing volunteers

Railpage is calling for 6 or so volunteers to become core team members of the RP testing team for the new developer software releases.

Submissions open for September 2017 photo comp

Submissions are now open for our monthly international photo competition.

July 2017 photo comp

Congratulations to L-1172 who has won the July 2017 photo competition with 9 votes.

Railway History

674 stories | Newest story posted yesterday
FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: A&CR provided Astoria a transportation link  

In 1811, the town of Astoria, Oregon Territory was founded at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Kansas City Southern: The Clock is Ticking

When a potential merger gets announced, there is almost always a bit of panic among us railroad photographers as we reflect on what we’ve covered on a railroad and what we’ve missed.

Ghosts of the Pacific Electric

Tuesday morning the radio scanner crackles in downtown Los Angeles — “El Segundo Local calling San Gabriel Sub DS” — as the Union Pacific LOW20 job requests permission to enter Metrolink-controlled trackage.

Robert Earl Bryant, Buckingham Branch Founder, Dies at 87

The founder of Virginia’s Buckingham Branch Railroad, Robert Earl Bryant, died at his home in New Canton, Va.

Denver History Still Lives ...If You Know Where To Look

Baseball fans, especially Colorado Rockies fans, already know Coors Field is special.

Railway Preservation

1878 stories | Newest story posted 10 hours ago
Steam locomotive to travel over Ribblehead Viaduct this Saturday

A Carnforth-based steam locomotive will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in Carlisle and Blackburn on Saturday 21st May 2022

Louisville & Indiana Buys Southern Indiana Assets

Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC), an affiliate of Chicago-based Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, has acquired the assets and operating rights of the former Southern Indiana Railway (SIND), a short line located in the Louisville area.

Class 47 joins Churnet Valley Railway for summer services

The Churnet Valley Railway has announced its summer programme of services, which includes a new guest locomotive in the guise of a Class 47 diesel locomotive.

Tickets go on sale for NYMR’s Annual Steam Gala, with visiting loco LNER A4 Sir Nigel Gresley

Twelve locomotives will be appearing at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Annual Steam Gala, including guest locomotive LNER A4 Sir Nigel Gresley.

Railway Publications

398 stories | Newest story posted 6 hours ago
Former IRJ editor-in-chief Mike Knutton dies

IT is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Mike Knutton, a former editor-in-chief of IRJ, following a short illness.

Book Review: The Deltics and Baby Deltics: A Tale of Success and Failure by Andrew Fowler

The Deltics and Baby Deltics: A Tale of Success and Failure DEALS

BOOK REVIEW: The Great Central Railway What Really Happened by John Palmer

The Great Central Railway What Really Happened DEALS

Publisher Promedia takes over Mobility Media

ProMedia, publisher of among others RailFreight, RailTech, Nieuwsblad Transport and Automobiel Management,has acquired Mobility Media BV from MM Holding.

Nudging public transport – Transport for Humans Book Review

Behavioural sciences, more commonly known as ‘nudges’, have only recently been applied to public transport.

Railway Stories

86 stories | Newest story posted 3 months ago
Pictorial – An Afternoon at Cringila

Having not visited Cringila at Port Kembla since the heady days of Pacific National operating a full fleet of English Electric locomotives with BHP heritage, the recent handover of the steelworks contract to Watco gave me the motivation to drop in and check what had changed since my last visit.

Film – Everyday Heroes: Ice Swimmer

“Everything I've done has prepared me for ice swimming.

RZD reports 27.4% decline in passenger numbers in 2020

Long-distance passenger services were hit particularly hard, falling by 42.

Experience: I was run over by a train

I had spent my life – 44 years – in Tegucigalpa, the capital of 

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

New Elkhart Location Featured in the News!

Russian Rail News

261 stories | Newest story posted 3 days ago
Siemens to wind down Russian business

SIEMENS has announced it will exit the Russian market as a result of the Ukraine war, with the company starting proceedings to wind down its industrial operations and all industrial business activities.

Moscow’s Big Circle Line heads for 2023 completion

MOSCOW Metro reports that construction work on the $US 6.

This railway bridge brings China and Russia closer together

Rail freight traffic between China and Russia will soon have another border crossing to choose from.

Russia strikes rail, fuel centres as troop losses estimated at 15,000

Russia has unleashed a string of attacks against rail and fuel installations deep inside 

Number of freight trains between China and Russia set to rise

RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) and Chinese Railways have agreed to increase the number of freight trains operating between the two countries according to reports in Russia.

South Australian Rail News

938 stories | Newest story posted 3 weeks ago
Rail privatisation contract may be terminated

South Australia Premier-elect Peter Malinauskas is yet to confirm if he will move to end the $2.

'Visitors and locals are in dismay': 147yo historical railway station to get an overhaul

A dilapidated historic railway station nested in a small rural town in South Australia will be upgraded amid 'dismay' over its condition.

Free substitute buses for Gawler rail commuters

In lieu of delays due to the temporary closure of the rail line, the Malinauskas Labor Government will provide substitute buses for the Gawler rail line commuters free from Monday until the rail line re-opens.

Mount Barker has a railway station, but no passenger trains to Adelaide — could that change?

The Adelaide Hills town of Mount Barker is undergoing a population explosion, and that's on track to continue over the next decade.

Port Adelaide rail line back on agenda

The newly-elected South Australian Labor Government is set to rebuild the Port Dock railway line and station linking Port Adelaide to the CBD.

Tasmanian Rail News

440 stories | Newest story posted 2 months ago
Don River Railway calls for $17.2 million in funding for redevelopment

Constructing a new experience for visitors at the Don River Railway could create 40 jobs and generate about $8 million of economic benefit for the region each year.

TasRail opts for KLP hybrid polymer sleepers

With an upgraded, fit-for-purpose rail freight network, TasRail is one of the largest transport service providers in Tasmania, connecting industry and commerce to major shipping ports and freight hubs across the State.

Derwent Valley Railway to launch in June 2022 with plans to extend service

In a historic moment, a new lease for the Derwent Valley Railway will come into effect with plans to extend the tourist service to include trips to nearby tourist towns and national parks.

Tracker for Christmas Train

After a bumper year, TasRail has introduced some new ideas to support its much-loved Christmas Train, with an eye to the building a solid future for the staff-led initiative.

TasRail on the paper route

TasRail is currently providing 12 weekly services between Norske Skog’s Boyer paper mill in the Derwent Valley and the Port of Burnie.

Technology News

297 stories | Newest story posted last month
Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison of Indonesia to partner with Inligo networks on trans pacific cable

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Inligo Networks announce both parties have agreed to build a high-capacity fibre-optic telecommunication submarine cable system, Inligo Networks Asia Connect Cable System or ACC-1.

Inligo Networks to underpin Digital Revolution strategy for Northern Territory

Economists say the Territory’s close proximity to South-East Asia offers Darwin an unparalleled opportunity to close the gap between the Australian and booming Asian digital economies.

Cybersecurity: Intrusion detection to protect the digital railway

Increasing reliance on digital technologies has made railways more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

How IoT-Based Solutions Address Rail System Monitoring Challenges

Safety is the number one priority for any rail operator.

Can this tracking device make the difference in uncertain times?

A much promising tracking device developed by Nexxiot claims to revolutionise real-time cargo monitoring.

Train Simulator News

95 stories | Newest story posted one week ago
Siemens and Mitsubishi Electric to cooperate in SiC traction technology

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in silicon carbide (SiC) traction power technology has been signed by Siemens Mobility and Mitsubishi Electric Europe.

SBB’s RABe 523 EMU on the Luzern to Sursee route coming soon to Train Sim World 2

Rivet Games’ S-Bahn Zentralschweiz: Luzern to Sursee route featuring SBB’s RABe 523 EMU will soon be available for Train Sim World 2.

Dovetail release DLC pack for classic Electro-Motive F3 locomotive

Dovetail has released a DLC pack for Train Simulator 2022 that features Electro-Motive’s classic F3 streamlined diesel in the liveries of nine railroads.

Rail Route train dispatch simulator releases tutorial

Recently, Rail Route, a train dispatch simulator, launched a new tutorial in a recent update and has been met with huge praise from its Discord community.

Alan Thomson Sim releases Ballast Tamper Scenario pack

In association with Richard Fletcher, Alan Thomson Simulation has released seven detailed and engaging scenarios for the GOLD STAR TRAINS Plasser & Theurer 09 Series Ballast Tamper Pack.

Tram and Light Rail News

2363 stories | Newest story posted an hour ago
Alstom Wins Contract for Tel Aviv’s Green Line LRT

Alstom and its partners Electra Ltd.

Cologne launches tender for high-floor articulated LRVs

COLOGNE Transport Authority (KVB) has launched a tender to purchase up to 132 LRVs along with 34 intermediate sections.

Ricardo Appointed as Independent Safety Assessor for skyTran PRT System

Ricardo Appointed as Independent Safety Assessor for skyTran Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Technology Safety experts to appraise visionary system that utilises maglev technology to provide on-demand, high-speed urban transit skyTran.

Karen Andrews seeks to block funding for Gold Coast light rail that would run past her property

The home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, has sought to block federal funding for a 

RTBU calls for Gold Coast light rail support

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to guarantee that a Coalition Government will support the planned extension of the Gold Coast light rail to the Gold Coast Airport.

UK

9230 stories | Newest story posted 2 hours ago
RAIB report into near miss with track workers and collision with a tree near Weston-Super-Mare

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued its report into an incident in which a passenger train narrowly missed two track workers and struck a tree near Weston-super-Mare.

NR and VolkerRail fined for safety breaches

Network Rail and VolkerRail have together been fined almost £2 million for health and safety breaches

111 Extra car parking spaces created as Radcliffe Metrolink Park & Ride re-opens

Radcliffe Metrolink Park & Ride is now open once again following the completion of work which saw the installation of a new parking deck at the site and has taken the number of parking spaces from 369 up to 480.

New rail service between Saltburn and Manchester Airport

TransPennine Express (TPE) has introduced a new service between Saltburn and Manchester Airport, providing direct travel between cities including York, Leeds, and Manchester.

ScotRail to introduce temporary timetable

ScotRail is to introduce a temporary timetable from Monday, 23rd May, because a significant number of drivers are not working overtime or rest days as the drivers’ unions are balloting for industrial action over pay.

USA

7861 stories | Newest story posted 15 hours ago
Bob Dylan’s ‘Rail Car’ rolls into Provence

Often hailed as one of America’s greatest songwriters of all time, folk music legend Bob Dylan has always shown himself to be a master of simplicity, social consciousness, and storytelling.

Georgia’s ports had one of their busiest months ever in April

April was the third-busiest month in the history of the Georgia Ports Authority, with the Port of Savannah handling 495,782 twenty-foot equivalent container units.

CSX rejects blame from Tampa Electric for low coal supplies

Tampa Electric has had to curtail operations at its Big Bend power station in Florida, and the utility blames the curtailment on “severe rail service shortages” and a reduction of coal deliveries.

Vivarail Sends Second Class 230 Battery Train to The US

Vivarail has sent a second set of battery train stock across the Atlantic, as the US looks set to break new ground with the “Pop-Up Metro” concept.

Amtrak launches apprenticeship pilot programme

Amtrak has announced an apprenticeship pilot programme providing new recruits and existing employees with opportunities for professional development.

Victorian Rail News

8605 stories | Newest story posted 13 hours ago
Mildura passenger train critical to reduce 'transport isolation' in Victoria's north-west

A one-year study has found that reintroducing passenger rail between Mildura and Melbourne is the region's most critical transport need.

Opposition on board for rail loop project

THE federal opposition will spend $2.

Funds for Friends’ rail trail restoration

FRIENDS of Canadian Corridor have reached the next milestone in their project to reconnect a missing link of the Buninyong rail trail in Mount Clear.

Are PT services keeping up with population?

The State Budget was last week, and included some good investments in public transport.

Keeping more of Melbourne’s freight moving

Major works are under way to move more freight by rail from Melbourne’s west to the Port of Melbourne.

Western Australian Rail News

1523 stories | Newest story posted 14 hours ago
Rail is part of the grain freight solution

As members of the agricultural industry, WAFarmers acknowledge the Federal and State Governments’ allocation of $72m to begin to rebuild our old Tier 3 rail network.

METRONET forges ahead with $6 billion boost

The Western Australian Government’s METRONET program is continuing to transform Perth as a number of job creating projects reach peak construction, with $6 billion allocated over the next four years in the 2022-23 State Budget.

2022-23 WA State Budget: port and rail project funding

The 2022-23 Western Australia State Budget has allocated millions to various state ports and rails in need of enhancement, including Bunbury and Esperance Ports, the Australian Rail Corridor and Westport project.

$3 million for upgrades to Australind Line

The Western Australian Government has allocated $3 million to upgrade and improve safety at 11 railway crossings along the Australind Line.

$200 million boost for WA regional rail freight

Western Australia’s key agricultural areas will receive a funding boost for freight infrastructure, following a joint Commonwealth and State funding commitment of $200 million for the first package of the Agricultural Supply Chain Improvement (ASCI) program.

Yarra Trams

993 stories | Newest story posted 12 hours ago
Community Partner tram hits the tracks

Introducing the latest Yarra Trams Community Partnership tram!

Route 58 Disruption - Tuesday 17 May

Due to a track fault on Melville Road

Route 12, 96, 109 Disruption - Tuesday 17 May

Due to a track fault on Spencer Street

Yarra Trams serve coffee for a cause

For Change Co has partnered with Yarra Trams to open a new social enterprise cafe aimed at tackling youth homelessness in Melbourne’s Bayside.

Disruption to city trams - Sunday 15 May

Sunday 15 May, from 12pm

Sponsored advertisement