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  • Aurizon has sold its Queensland Intermodal business to logistics group Linfox.
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    Linfox acquires Aurizon’s Queensland Intermodal business

    2019-02-01T12:35:49Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon completed the sale of its Queensland Intermodal business to logistics group Linfox on January 31, with the first train under the new management leaving Brisbane for Mackay on February 1. ‘The acquisition is the culmination of two decades of effort by Linfox to expand its rail network in ...

  • Rio Tinto has announced the successful deployment of its AutoHaul technology for the autonomous operation of iron ore trains.
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    Rio Tinto completes AutoHaul autonomous train project

    2019-01-04T14:23:27Z

    AUSTRALIA: Rio Tinto has announced the successful deployment of its AutoHaul technology for the autonomous operation of iron ore trains in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, creating what the mining company said was ‘the world’s largest robot and first automated heavy-haul, long-distance rail network’. Deployment of the ATO over ...

  • Construction of the 1 700 km Melbourne – Brisbane Inland Rail freight corridor was officially launched on December 13.
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    Sod-turning launches construction of 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor

    2018-12-14T15:50:17Z

    AUSTRALIA: Construction of the 1 700 km Melbourne – Brisbane Inland Rail freight corridor was officially launched on December 13 when Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack turned a ceremonial first sod in Parkes, NSW. Scheduled to be completed in 2025, the Inland Rail project includes the construction of 600 km ...

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    Victoria to fund The Overland in 2019

    2018-12-11T15:49:24Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria is to increase its financial support for The Overland passenger service between Melbourne and Adelaide to ensure that it can continue to run until the end of 2019. Operator Great Southern Rail is also to undertake a full review of the service in ...

  • The New South Wales government has awarded Network Rail Consulting the A$16m System Integrator contract within its Digital Systems programme.
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    NSW appoints Digital Systems programme systems integrator

    2018-12-11T10:56:32Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded Network Rail Consulting the A$16m System Integrator contract within its Digital Systems programme, which forms part of a A$880m package of planned investment in the Sydney Trains network. The Digital Systems programme contains three main elements: replacing trackside signalling equipment with ...

  • Vossloh Australia has completed its acquisition of Austrak from Laing O'Rourke.
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2018-12-07T08:00:00Z

    Vossloh AG announced on November 30 that it had successfully completed the acquisition of Australian concrete sleeper manufacturer Austrak Pty Ltd from Laing O'Rourke through its Vossloh Australia subsidiary. In future, Austrak will form part of Vossloh’s Tie Technologies business unit, within the Core Components division. Releasing its ...

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    NSW to study regional high speed rail options

    2018-12-04T12:11:18Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales state government has commissioned a study of four preferred corridors for high speed rail services, which it believes could transform travel patterns on regional routes radiating up to 300 km from Sydney. Announcing the study on December 3, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said ‘we know ...

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    Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains on test

    2018-11-05T11:17:14Z

    AUSTRALIA: Testing has started of the High Capacity Metro Trains that Evolution Rail is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. The Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer Group has a PPP contract to supply 65 electric multiple-units for use on the 1 600 mm ...

  • KiwiRail is to retain electric haulage of freight trains on the North Island Main Trunk line (Photo: Cody Cooper/CC BY-SA 3.0).
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    KiwiRail electric haulage reprieved

    2018-10-30T17:03:40Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The government has agreed to fund the refurbishment of 15 locomotives to enable electric haulage of freight trains on the North Island Main Trunk line to continue. The Brush Class EF electric locomotives dating from 1986-88 have become increasingly unreliable, and in December 2016 KiwiRail announced its intention ...

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    Aurizon agrees revised terms for intermodal sale

    2018-10-12T13:50:18Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon Holdings Ltd has reached a revised agreement to sell its Queensland intermodal freight business to the Linfox logistics group for A$7·3m, the freight railway operator reported to the Australian stock exchange on October 12 Aurizon had announced its intention in August 2017 to withdraw from the intermodal market, ...

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    Wellington infrastructure spending funded

    2018-10-09T13:17:57Z

    NEW ZEALAND: A NZ$196m package of improvements to the Wellington regional rail network was announced by Transport Minister Phil Twyford on October 9. NZ Transport Agency funding of NZ$193m is being provided through the National Land Transport Fund to support infrastructure renewals and capacity enhancement under two business cases put ...

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    Polymer sleeper research partnership

    2018-10-08T09:40:28Z

    AUSTRALIA: The University of Southern Queensland has formed a partnership with Austrak and Laing O’Rourke to develop and deploy fibre-reinforced polymer composite materials as an alternative to timber in sleepers and bridge transoms. The A$10m project has been backed by an A$3m grant from the government’s Co-operative Research Centre – ...

  • Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller was joined for the announcement by Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack (left) and local MP John McVeigh (right) who serves as Minister for Regional Development. (Photo: ARTC)
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    Inland Rail PPP concession launched

    2018-10-05T10:02:07Z

    AUSTRALIA: The public-private partnership to build and maintain a key section of the Inland Rail corridor through southern Queensland was launched on October 4, at an event in Toowoomba attended by federal Infrastructure Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. Australian Rail Track Corp has invited registrations of interest in ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-10-01T07:00:00Z

    Belgian rail freight operator Lineas has opened an operations centre in Mainz to monitor the approximately 200 trains per week that it operates in Germany. According to Business Development Director Jan Elfenhorst, this will support the expansion of the Green Xpress enhanced wagonload network. The company is also planning ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-09-24T10:20:06Z

    Germany's Kreisbahn Siegen-Wittgenstein opened the Südwestfalen container terminal in Kreuztal in Nordrhein-Westfalen on September 14. The 18 500 m² facility has two 225 m tracks and a 191 m long siding. The UK Rail Freight Group has called on the government to ensure that freight growth is at ...

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    Rail market still growing, confirms UNIFE

    2018-09-18T14:30:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Steady growth in the demand for railway products and services can be expected for the next six years, according to the 2018 World Rail Market Study compiled for UNIFE by Roland Berger and launched by UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan at InnoTrans on September 18. The seventh biennial study ...

  • The first of the Waratah Series 2 double-deck suburban electric multiple-units has entered passenger service with Sydney Trains.
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    Waratah Series 2 EMUs enter service in Sydney

    2018-09-14T10:55:11Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first of the Waratah Series 2 double-deck suburban electric multiple-units entered passenger service with Sydney Trains on September 6. All 24 of the eight-car units are scheduled to be progressively introduced by early 2019. Transport for New South Wales ordered the EMUs from Downer EDI in December ...

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    Adani scales back Carmichael rail link plans

    2018-09-14T09:23:43Z

    AUSTRALIA: In a bid to reduce the capital cost of its controversial Carmichael opencast coal mining project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, Adani Mining announced on September 12 that it had dropped plans to develop an independent standard-gauge railway in favour of a 1 067 mm gauge connection to Aurizon’s existing ...

  • The long-planned Melbourne Airport Rail Link would run from the city centre to the airport via Footscray.
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    Melbourne Airport Rail Link market engagement begins

    2018-09-13T09:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The state of Victoria began market engagement for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project on September 12, when Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan invited investors, construction companies and potential operators to register interest in participating in the project. A full business case is currently ...

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    Three bidders prequalify for Perth EMU order

    2018-08-31T10:45:43Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of Western Australia has prequalified three bidders for a contract to supply up to 41 six-car electric multiple-units for the Transperth network serving Perth: Alstom Transport Australia; the Momentum West consortium of CAF and UGL; a consortium of EDI Rail and Bombardier Transportation. The government expects ...