All Australasia articles – Page 10

  • The New South Wales government has previously released an image of a Bombardier Twindexx EMU ordered by Swiss Federal Railways as an example of the type of rolling stock it has in mind.

    International interest in NSW train contract


    AUSTRALIA: Seven companies or groups have expressed interest in a A$2·8bn contract to supply and maintain a fleet of electric multiple-units for NSW TrainLink Intercity services, New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced. They are: Alstom Transport Australia; Bombardier Transportation Australia; CAF; Downer EDI Rail and CNR ...

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    Butler extension opens in Perth


    AUSTRALIA: The first scheduled service on the 7 ∙ 5 km extension of the Transperth network from Clarkson to Butler departed from Butler station at 11.51 on September 21. Built at a cost of A$221m, the Butler extension has opened ‘several months early and A$20m under budget’, according to the ...

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    Wabtec acquires signalling design company C2CE


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec Corp announced its acquisition of Perth-based C2CE on September 3. C2CE provides signalling design, project management and installation services, and is active in the industrial power distribution and communications sectors. It has 200 employees at offices in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hong Kong, with annual sales of about ...

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    Challenging and frustrating year hits KiwiRail


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has had a ‘challenging’ and ‘frustrating’ financial year, the national railway announced on August 29, adding that it is ‘cautious about the outlook for 2015’, particularly in the commodities sector. KiwiRail warned that it ‘cannot rely on revenue growth alone to get us to a sustainable position’. ...

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    More Transperth multiple-units wanted


    AUSTRALIA: Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority is to issue a request for information to gauge manufacturers’ interest in supplying at least 50 six-car electric multiple-units to double the size of the Transperth fleet. The additional EMUs would support anticipated ridership growth on the 1 067 mm gauge network, as well ...

  • V/Line has installed its first solar powered level crossing.

    Solar powered level crossing for remote locations


    AUSTRALIA: V/Line has installed its first solar powered level crossing, at Huntly on the Bendigo – Echuca line in northern Victoria. The site is 1·2 km from the nearest power source, and digging trenches for underground power cables would be expensive and risk disturbing local flora. The 18 solar ...

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    Two interested in Cowra Lines revival


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has received submissions from Australian Rail Partners and Cowra Rail Co in response to its call for private sector proposals to reopen the 200 km Cowra Lines on a commercially-sustainable basis under a fixed-term licence. Operations between Blayney and Demondrille and Koorawatha and ...

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    Perth airport rail link approved


    AUSTRALIA: Detailed proposals for an 8·5 km rail link to serve Perth Airport and the city’s ‘eastern foothills’ suburbs were announced by the Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett on August 11, following the endorsement of the A$2·2bn scheme by the state cabinet. The line would will diverge from Transperth’s ...

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    Improving regional passenger rail services


    Book review.

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    Pacific National takes delivery of locomotives


    AUSTRALIA: Pacific National has taken delivery of the first two of seven N-ViroMotive genset locomotives ordered from National Railway Equipment Co, and has begun testing five heavy haul locomotives supplied by CSR Qishuyan earlier this year. The NRE locomotives with Cummins QSK19 engines were custom designed for use at the ...

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    Progress buys Australian track business


    AUSTRALIA: The Progress Rail Services subsidiary of Caterpillar finalised the purchase of Pacific Rail Engineering’s track business on June 17. ‘The acquisition of PRE is another step in expanding our global footprint to meet our customers’ needs,’ said Billy Ainsworth, Progress Rail President & CEO. ‘With nearly 25 years of ...

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    ILCAD 2014 targets professional drivers


    INTERNATIONAL: Railway operators in more than 45 countries across the world are participating in the sixth International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 3. The campaign is intended to raise public awareness of the safety risks surrounding level crossings, in order to change the behaviour of road users, including vehicle ...

  • Rio Tinto is to test the automatic operation of heavy haul freight trains.

    Rio Tinto ready to test automated operation


    AUSTRALIA: Rio Tinto Iron Ore has confirmed its intention to ‘soft launch’ its AutoHaul project before the end of May, to test the automatic operation of heavy haul freight trains. The initial run on the Hamersley line between Tom Price and the port at Dampier is described by an ...

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    Queensland backs Carmichael heavy haul coal railway


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s government has approved Adani Mining’s proposed A$16·5bn Carmichael coal mine and rail project, subject to environmental and social conditions. ‘This project has the potential to be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world’, said Deputy Premier and Minister for State ...

  • The New South Wales government released an image of a Bombardier Twindexx EMU ordered by Swiss Federal Railways as an example of the type of rolling stock it has in mind for Intercity services in the state.

    New South Wales to order 'off-the-shelf' Intercity fleet


    AUSTRALIA: Plans to order around 65 trainsets totalling 520 cars for NSW TrainLink Intercity services between Sydney and the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and Illawarra were announced by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian on May 8. The government is to begin ...

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    Melbourne Rail Link in A$14·5bn rail funding announcement


    AUSTRALIA: 'The largest investment in transport infrastructure in Victoria's history' was announced by the state's coalition government in its 2014-15 budget on May 6. The A$24bn of planned road and rail infrastructure spending includes A$14·5bn for rail, with the biggest rail projects being the Melbourne Rail Link and the Cranbourne ...

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    Bombardier expands Rail Control Solutions business


    BOMBARDIER: Bombardier Transportation announced its acquisition of Australian company Rail Signalling Services on May 1, saying the deal would strengthen its Rail Control Solutions business in a market where large investments are planned. Formed in 2003 when GE sold its Australian interests, RSS has more than a decade of ...

  • Auckland launches electric suburban electric train service.

    Auckland launches electric suburban services


    NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Transport’s first electric trains began revenue operation on April 28, when operating concessionaire Trandev Auckland switched its half-hourly Southern Line service between Britomart and Onehunga from DMUs to EMUs. The electrification was formally launched by Auckland Mayor Len Brown on April 27 with a ceremony at Britomart ...

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    Melbourne Airport link endorsed


    AUSTRALIA: A programme for construction of the long-planned rail link to Melbourne Airport will be included in Victoria’s state budget to be published on May 6, the state Premier Denis Napthine announced on April 13. Identified as one of several major expansion projects in Public Transport Victoria’s Metropolitan Rail Network ...

  • The last of 209 wagons ordered by TasRail is ceremonially handed over by CNR.

    TasRail completes wagon fleet renewal


    AUSTRALIA: The last of 18 cement, 54 bulk ore, 17 coal and 120 intermodal wagons built by CNR Shenyang in China under a contract placed in late 2012 was ceremonially handed over to TasRail on March 31. The 1 067 mm gauge wagons have Wabtec brakes and SKF bearings. ‘Once ...