Australasia

  • Kiwirail Loco
    Rail Business UK

    FirstClass opportunity to target the global market at InnoTrans

    2022-09-21T05:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: FirstClass Safety & Control is at InnoTrans for the first time as part of what director Mark Meyrick says is its strategy ‘to become the world leader in rail depot safety control systems’. The UK company was formed through a management buy-out of the control ...

  • Rail First
    News

    Investors acquire Australian rolling stock leasing company

    2022-09-16T12:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A 50:50 consortium of DIF Capital Partners and Amber Infrastructure Group has agreed to acquire locomotive and wagon leasing and maintenance company Rail First from Anchorage Capital Partners. The transaction announced on September 5 is expected to close by the end of October, subject to ...

  • KiwiRail has awarded Alstom of a ‘once-in-a-generation’ contract to deploy an integrated traffic management system for the national rail network.
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    KiwiRail awards national traffic management system contract

    2022-09-15T11:14:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has awarded Alstom a ‘once-in-a-generation’ contract to deploy an integrated traffic management system for the national rail network. Replacing the existing traffic control technology with the ‘state-of-the-art’ Iconis integrated system will bring a ‘step-change in the way Kiwi Rail will operate its network’, ...

  • Alstom VLocity DMU (Photo Alstom)
    News

    Victoria orders more DMUs

    2022-09-12T11:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Department of Transport has exercised an option to purchase a further 12 three-car Alstom VLocity diesel multiple-units. These will be used on V/Line services on the 1 600 mm gauge routes from Melbourne to Shepparton and Warrnambool. The firm order announced by Alstom on ...

  • au-melbourne-srl-TBM
    News

    Three consortia shortlisted to build Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop

    2022-09-08T09:25:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Suburban Rail Loop Authority has shortlisted three international consortia for tunnelling work on the eastern section of Melbourne’s orbital rail project. The SRL East package covers 26 km of twin bore tunnels between Cheltenham and Box Hill serving six underground ...

  • Inland Rail students
    News

    First students complete Inland Rail Skills Academy Foundation Course

    2022-08-27T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first students has successfully completed the Inland Rail Skills Academy Foundation Course in Boggabilla, New South Wales. This covered construction skills, literacy, numeracy, financial and digital literacy and career preparation skills. The students can now apply for positions with contractors such as Freight Connect, ...

  • Rio Tinto AutoHaul driverless iron ore train in Pilbara
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    Driverless heavy haul railway expanded to serve automated iron ore mine

    2022-08-15T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A 166 km branch has been built to connect Rio Tinto’s new Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in the Pilbara to its 1 700 km heavy haul network, which is operated using AutoHaul driverless trains. The first loaded train ran in June, with production scheduled to ...

  • Light rail line in Canberra.
    Metro Report International

    Canberra battery tram order

    2022-08-11T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: CAF has been awarded a contract supply five battery-equipped light rail vehicles to Canberra from 2024. It will also retrofit the city’s 14 existing five-section Urbos 100 vehicles with batteries, so that the entire fleet will be able to operate on the catenary-free extension to ...

  • Inland Rail signalling solar panels
    News

    Solar powered signalling installed

    2022-08-09T08:27:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Solar powered signalling has been installed on a passing loop at Coolleearlee in New South Wales on the Narromine to North Star section of the Inland Rail project. A battery back-up can provide for 10 days of operation. Australian Rail Track Corp said solar power ...

  • Several of the Bombardier-built NGR EMUs are currently being tested on the Queensland Rail network around Brisbane. (Photo: John Kirk)
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    Queensland unveils Brisbane rail expansion strategy

    2022-08-04T14:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A pipeline of investment valued at more than A$20bn will support the long-term expansion of the southeast Queensland rail network under proposals published by the state government on August 2.

  • Bosch collision warning system
    Metro Report International

    Parramatta tram collision warning system

    2022-08-02T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A collision warning system developed by Bosch is to be installed on the 13 seven-section trams that CAF is to supply for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail network in western Sydney. The 12 km, 16-stop Stage 1 connecting Westmead to the Parramatta CBD, ...

  • Aurizon has completed the acquisition of One Rail Australia for A$2·35bn.
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    Aurizon completes ‘transformative’ acquisition of One Rail Australia

    2022-07-29T14:32:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon announced on July 29 that it had completed the acquisition of One Rail Australia for A$2·35bn. The acquisition includes two distinct businesses. One Rail’s bulk haulage and general freight assets in South Australia and the Northern Territory, including the 2 200 km Tarcoola – ...

  • Yarra Trams Chief Executive Julien Dehornoy and solar panels
    Metro Report International

    Solar panels installed on Yarra Trams depot

    2022-07-26T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Melbourne’s Yarra Trams has commissioned 100 kW of solar panels installed on the roof of its Southbank depot, the first of seven depots to be equipped with a total of 200 solar panels to produce over 550 MWh/year. Installed with funding support from the Victorian ...

  • One Rail train
    News

    Aurizon cleared to acquire One Rail

    2022-07-14T12:33:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon expects to complete its acquisition of One Rail by the end of July, following a qualified approval of the deal by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

  • Wellington cityscape
    Metro Report International

    Light rail plan to get Wellington moving

    2022-07-04T10:14:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The government has backed the further development of plans for a light rail line from Wellington railway station to the Regional Hospital and Island Bay under the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme. A study of four potential public transport options had concluded that light ...

  • au-gawler-electrification-1stTrainArrives-JK
    News

    Adelaide – Gawler electrification finally inaugurated

    2022-06-14T12:03:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Electric suburban services between Adelaide and Gawler were launched in June 12, following the completion of a long-delayed electrification programme.

  • Queensland ticket gate (Photo Cubic Transportation Systems )
    Metro Report International

    State-wide contactless ticketing deployment gets underway in Queensland

    2022-06-13T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Contactless payment is now available on Brisbane’s Ferny Grove suburban rail line, as a trial ahead of a large-scale deployment across Queensland’s rail, bus and ferry services under transport agency Translink’s A$371m Smart Ticketing project.

  • Parramatta Light Rail impression Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
    Metro Report International

    NSW commits to Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2

    2022-06-10T09:41:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has confirmed A$602·4m of funding to enable the start of detailed planning and preliminary works for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail project in western Sydney. Tracklaying was recently completed for the 12 km, 16-stop Stage 1 connecting Westmead ...

  • FMG locomotive modernised by Wabtec
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    US locomotives rebuilt for Australia

    2022-06-08T09:02:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec is supplying a fleet of modernised diesel locomotives to an Australian customer for the first time, with a contract to rebuild 28 second-hand diesel locomotives for delivery to Fortescue Metals Group over two years. The locos are being rebuilt to the AC44C6M specification at ...

  • Auckland light rail village centre impression
    Metro Report International

    Auckland Light Rail board appointed

    2022-06-03T05:00:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Dame Fran Wilde has been appointed as Chair of the board being established to oversee the Auckland Light Rail project. Due to begin work on June 1, the board will succeed the Establishment Unit Board which guided development of the Indicative Business Case. ‘Dame ...