All Australasia articles – Page 4

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    Mernda extension completed

    2018-08-21T09:31:56Z

    AUSTRALIA: A public open day on August 19 marked the official completion of an 8 km extension of Melbourne’s South Morang Line to Mernda, with around 6 000 local residents invited to sample a shuttle service on the route. Regular services are due to begin running with the introduction of ...

  • Trans-Trading is handling Siemens Vectron locomotives which are being shipped to Finnish operator VR through the German port of Lübeck.
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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-08-13T06:00:00Z

    Nurminen Logistics plans to launch a regular container train service from the port of Helsinki to China via Russia and Kazakhstan in the final quarter of this year. The company reports that demand for Finnish railway transport services grew considerably in H1 2018, boosted by container transport from Finland ...

  • KiwiRail’s tourist-focused Coastal Pacific service from Christchurch to Picton is to restart on December 1.
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    Coastal Pacific service to restart in December

    2018-08-01T06:00:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail’s tourist-focused Coastal Pacific service from Christchurch to Picton is to restart on December 1, two years after being suspended as a result of damage to the line caused by the 7·8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake of November 14 2016. Infrastructure repairs allowed the Main North Line to ...

  • Transport for Victoria has awarded Alstom a €60m contract to supply a further five X’Trapolis electric multiple-units.
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    Victoria orders more Alstom EMUs

    2018-07-25T09:18:52Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for Victoria has awarded Alstom a €60m contract to supply a further five X’Trapolis electric multiple-units to increase capacity on Melbourne’s 1 600 mm gauge suburban network. Each of the 145 m long six-car 1·5 kV DC EMUs will have a capacity of 1 238 passengers, with ‘enhanced’ ...

  • Rio Tinto has completed its first iron ore delivery using a driverless train.
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    Driverless heavy haul train completes first iron ore delivery

    2018-07-13T10:42:11Z

    AUSTRALIA: Rio Tinto completed its first iron ore delivery using a driverless train on July 10. The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator had granted approval on May 16, and full commercial operation is planned for late 2018. The fully-loaded autonomous train with three locomotives carried 28 000 ...

  • Venture capital investor Octopus Ventures has led a £4·5m Series A funding round at Seatfrog.
    Rail Business UK

    Investor sees 'interesting opportunity' in rail revenue technology

    2018-07-11T12:14:03Z

    SEATFROG: Venture capital investor Octopus Ventures has led a £4·5m Series A funding round at Seatfrog, which has developed mobile auction technology enabling passengers to upgrade train and airline seats until the time of departure. Existing investors including Howzat Partners also participated. Octopus Ventures partner Luke Hakes will join the ...

  • ProRail and DB Cargo are to test the operation of 740 m trains this summer.
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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-07-02T07:00:00Z

    A part of government proposals to provide a more level playing field for rail freight, Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail and DB Cargo are to test the operation of 740 m trains on the Brabant line between Sloe and Dillingen in August. Increasing train length from the current maximum of ...

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    Queensland invests in Maryborough upgrade

    2018-06-28T09:42:56Z

    AUSTRALIA: Visiting the Downer Rail rolling stock plant at Maryborough on June 26, Queensland’s Minister for Transport & Main Roads Mark Bailey announced that the state government is providing a A$10m grant for infrastructure improvements to support work on a range of refurbishment projects for Queensland Rail. The grant is ...

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    New South Wales transport budget

    2018-06-22T09:17:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has allocated A$14·4bn towards public transport in its state budget for 2018. Maintenance of the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity networks has been allocated A$1·5bn, and signalling and train control upgrades are in line for A$880m. Fleet procurement funding includes A$496m for the ...

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    Fortescue plans rail link to fourth mine

    2018-05-29T12:55:42Z

    AUSTRALIA: Around 143 km of new railway is to be built in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as part of a A$1·7bn development programme announced by Fortescue Metals Group Chief Executive Elizabeth Gaines on May 28. The extension from the Solomon Hub will connect the group’s planned Western Hub ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-05-28T07:17:00Z

    From June 1, Russia's FESCO Transportation Group is to offer a transit time of 15 days between Busan and Moscow, an improvement on the 21-23 days currently offered. The acceleration has largely been achieved by reducing transhipment time at the port of Vladivostok and by faster transit times on the ...

  • Federal Minister for Education & Training Simon Birmingham was joined at ITTC Rail launch by University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Prof Paul Wellings.
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    Wollongong training centre inaugurated

    2018-05-24T09:47:03Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure at the University of Wollongong was officially opened by federal Minister for Education & Training Simon Birmingham on May 23. Intended to develop the next generation of track and infrastructure engineers, ITTC Rail will ...

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    Rio Tinto’s automated trains approved

    2018-05-18T13:51:25Z

    AUSTRALIA: Rio Tinto has been granted accreditation by Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, approving the autonomous operation of iron ore trains in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the group announced on May 18. Confirming that the AutoHaul project is ‘on schedule to be completed by the ...

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    Funding package to boost TasRail infrastructure

    2018-05-14T11:36:45Z

    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has allocated A$59·8m for the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation ProgrammeAs part of its latest budget, matching a similar commitment from the state. The A$119·6m Tranche Two of TasRail’s Infrastructure Investment Fund is intended to support infrastructure rehabilitation and enhancement works over a four-year period from June ...

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    Rail boost in Auckland transport plan

    2018-04-26T11:21:12Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Further investment in suburban and light rail is to be funded under the NZ$28bn Auckland Transport Alignment Programme unveiled by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff on April 26. Described as the country's largest ever civil construction programme, ATAP 2018 is intended to ‘create a 21st ...

  • The Queensland and federal governments have agreed to jointly fund a A$1·5m independent study into improving rail freight connections to the Port of Brisbane (Photo: Port of Brisbane).
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    Port of Brisbane rail link study announced

    2018-04-05T11:20:35Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland and federal governments have agreed to jointly fund a A$1·5m independent study into improving rail freight connections between Acacia Ridge and the Port of Brisbane. This could include the construction of a dedicated freight line. To be completed in the next 12 months, the study will take ...

  • The first of 24 eight-car Waratah Series 2 double-deck suburban electric multiple-units has been delivered.
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    Waratah Series 2 EMU delivered

    2018-03-27T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first of 24 eight-car Waratah Series 2 double-deck suburban electric multiple-units has been delivered to Sydney. The new fleet is expected to be in service by early 2019. Ordered from Downer EDI in December 2016 under the New South Wales government’s A$1·5bn ‘More Trains, More Services’ programme, the ...

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    Regional corridor studies to go ahead

    2018-03-19T11:59:46Z

    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has selected three projects for development under the Faster Rail Prospectus announced as part of the 2017 budget. The aim of the programme is to develop proposals for faster rail services between major cities and their surrounding regions, to support ‘continued economic success’. The budget allocates ...

  • KiwiRail Freight already deploys its DL class locomotives on timber trains. (Photo: KiwiRail/Steve McElney)
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    Napier – Wairoa reopening to handle ‘Wall of Wood’

    2018-03-06T07:00:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Timber trains are expected to resume running by the end of this year on part of KiwiRail’s mothballed Napier – Gisborne line in the east of North Island, the operator announced on February 26. The line has been out of use for the past six years, but KiwiRail ...

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    Sydney to get second airport rail link

    2018-03-05T10:58:46Z

    AUSTRALIA: The federal and New South Wales state governments have agreed to build a rail link to serve the planned Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, which is expected to open in 2026. Launching the Western Sydney City Deal on March 4, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys ...