Australasia

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    Rio Tinto battery locomotive

    2022-01-11T14:33:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Rio Tinto has ordered four Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotives for use in the Pilbara region of Western Australia from 2023. The locos will be used for multiple purposes, initially focused on yard shunting and then main line service. Rio Tinto currently uses three ...

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    Bendigo regional upgrading makes progress

    2022-01-06T09:56:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first of three new stations being built on the lines from Bendigo to Echuca and Swan Hill as part of Victoria’s A$4bn Regional Rail Revival programme has opened for revenue service. The stations at Goornong and Huntley on the Echuca line and Raywood on ...

  • Aurizon and Anglo American hydrogen study
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    Hydrogen freight train study

    2021-12-15T15:53:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The feasibility of using hydrogen fuel cell locomotives to haul bulk freight trains is to be investigated by operator Aurizon and mining company Anglo American. Anglo American has developed proprietary hydrogen fuel cell and battery hybrid power units for heavy mining vehicles with a view ...

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    Inland Rail trackwork contractor selected

    2021-12-09T11:40:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has selected Martinus for the Rail Corridor Programme contract, which covers tracklaying and level crossing works on 574∙5 km of the Inland Rail corridor in New South Wales and southern Queensland. The agreement announced on December 7 covers the route between ...

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    Australia: ARA targets modal shift

    2021-12-01T09:20:00Z

    The Australasian Railway Association has launched a new strategy that it hopes will bring a greater share of Australia’s expanding freight market on to the country’s railway network.

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    Western Australia studies faster Perth – Bunbury link

    2021-11-29T11:27:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on the development of a strategic business case for a ‘Fast Rail’ link between Perth and Bunbury.

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    KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller resigns

    2021-11-24T12:06:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Greg Miller resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail with immediate effect on November 24, saying that recent media allegations — which he rejects — had become a distraction and it was in the best interest of him, his family and the company to ...

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    Melbourne tenders airport station package

    2021-11-18T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has invited expressions of interest in construction of a station at Tullamarine international airport as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail project. The national and state governments have each committed A$5bn to fund the airport rail link, as part of ...

  • Sydney Inner West Light Rail Line tram (Photo: CAF)
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    Cracking sidelines Sydney’s Inner West trams

    2021-11-12T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Services on Sydney’s Inner West light rail line have been suspended following the discovery of cracks on the low-floor tram fleet. A temporary bus service has been put in place to carry around 5 000 passengers/day. Cracks were discovered on all 12 of the route’s ...

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    New Zealand: Funding boost drives rail revitalisation

    2021-11-03T08:51:00Z

    Climate change concerns and a desire to encourage modal shift have unlocked government funding for rail, enabling KiwiRail to address a legacy of under-investment and build a stronger future.

  • Western Sydney Airport terminal station impression
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    Western Sydney Airport metro line shortlist announced

    2021-11-02T10:54:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Three consortia have been shortlisted for the Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations & Maintenance contract package for the Western Sydney Airport automated metro project. This is the third major contract for the project, and includes the construction of the six stations and their surroundings, the stabling ...

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    Cross River Rail train contract tendered

    2021-11-02T10:12:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government has called tenders for the supply of 65 electric multiple-units to expand Brisbane’s suburban fleet and operate the Cross River Rail link which is now under construction for opening in 2025. Bids are due by early 2022, with the winning bidder expected ...

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    QR awards concrete sleeper contract

    2021-10-31T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Queensland Rail has awarded Vossloh’s Austrak subsidiary a framework contract for the supply of concrete sleepers worth around A$25m over three years. Sleepers will be supplied from the Austrak plant in Rockhampton for use in modernisation and renewal works across the state’s 6 600 route-km ...

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    Aurizon agrees to buy OneRail Australia

    2021-10-22T11:05:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Queensland based rail freight operator Aurizon has reached agreement to acquire One Rail Australia from funds managed by Macquarie Asset Management.

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    Pacific National orders UGL Evolution diesel locomotives

    2021-10-14T09:05:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Pacific National has awarded UGL a framework contract to design, manufacture and supply up to 123 C44 Evolution diesel locomotives, with a firm order for 50 in the first tranche.

  • Imprerssion of Stadler diesel locomotive for KiwiRail
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    KiwiRail orders 57 Stadler diesel locomotives

    2021-10-12T09:17:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has selected Stadler to supply its next generation of main-line diesel locomotives, placing a framework contract with an NZ$403m firm order for an initial 57 to be deployed on freight and passenger services on the South Island’s ‘challenging’ routes. Announcing the order on ...

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    ARTC awards Inland Rail missing link contract

    2021-10-04T10:57:00Z

     AUSTRALIA: Contracts have been awarded for a further section of the Inland Rail corridor, with project promoter ARTC selecting a Laing O’Rourke-led consortium to deliver civil works on the so-called ‘missing link’ between northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.

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    Western Sydney airport metro clears final planning hurdle

    2021-09-28T04:53:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The national government has given final planning approval for the 23 km Western Sydney Airport automated metro scheme, following a similar decision by the state of New South Wales in July.

  • Bowen Rail’s Queensland coal locomotives delivered
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    Bowen Rail’s Queensland coal locomotives delivered

    2021-09-24T10:50:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Adani Group’s Bowen Rail Co has taken delivery of the first of 10 locomotives ordered to haul coal from Bravus Mining & Resources’ Carmichael Mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, which is to begin operations this year. ‘We launched the Bowen Rail Company in August 2020 ...

  • Impression of Transport for NSW Mariyung New Intercity Fleet train
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    More emu EMUs ordered

    2021-09-22T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for NSW has awarded the RailConnect joint venture a contract to supply a further 56 Mariyung double-deck electric multiple-unit cars, increasing the New Intercity Fleet to a total of 610 vehicles. The RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail was ...