All Australasia articles – Page 8

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    Australia runs 1 250 m long grain train


    AUSTRALIA: Southern Shorthaul Railroad and the Australian Rail Track Corp have co-operated to run what they say is the longest export grain train in the country’s history. At 1 250 m long, the five-loco, 73-wagon train is more than twice the length of regular grain trains on the line. ...

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    Bromelton freight terminal to receive federal funding


    AUSTRALIA: The federal government is to provide A$9·6m for the construction of the Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct west of the Gold Coast under the second round of its National Stronger Regions Fund, which was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on December 7. This includes a total of ...

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    Aurizon to develop second Sydney terminal


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has signed a heads of agreement with NSW Ports for a new intermodal terminal at Enfield in western Sydney, the company announced on December 7. The agreement is non-binding at this stage, but a binding lease and terminal operator agreement should be signed in the first quarter of ...

  • Stadler Rail's Bussnang factory.

    Stadler Rail targets Asia-Pacific markets


    AUSTRALIA: Stadler Rail has established an Australian subsidiary to support its planned expansion into Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Stadler Australia has opened an office in Sydney, and intends to form a joint venture in Australia which would undertake final assembly using rolling stock components supplied from Europe ...

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    Brookfield Rail reaches interim grain deal


    AUSTRALIA: Infrastructure manager Brookfield Rail has signed a new track access agreement with Western Australia’s grain handling company CBH Group covering grain train operations in 2016. The contract will replace the current interim agreement which is due to expire at the end of this year, midway through the main shipping ...

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    Three shortlisted for Melbourne’s High Capacity Metro Trains contract


    AUSTRALIA: Three consortia have been shortlisted for the High Capacity Metro Trains public-private partnership contract to supply and maintain 37 electric multiple-units for Melbourne suburban services, Victoria’s Minister for Public Transport & Employment Jacinta Allan announced on November 9. The shortlisted bidders are: Bombardier (Bombardier Transportation Australia, Macquarie Bank, ITOCHU ...

  • Map of the proposed Melbourne – Brisbane Inland Rail project.

    Inland Rail technical services tender called


    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has called tenders for a contract to provide major technical advisory and engineering services for the proposed Melbourne – Brisbane Inland Rail project, and a briefing session is to be held in Brisbane on November 13. In parallel, Infrastructure Australia is considering the business case to ...

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    Wabtec acquires lineside sensor supplier Track IQ


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec Corp announced its acquisition of lineside sensor manufacturer Track IQ on October 12. Track IQ products use acoustic sensors to monitor the condition of bearings and wheels on passing rolling stock. They are installed at more than 150 locations in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Brasil, USA, ...

  • Inland Rail would carry 1 800 m long double-stack container trains (Photo: ARTC).

    Inland Rail delivery plan released


    AUSTRALIA: The final report of the Inland Rail implementation group was delivered to the federal government on September 11, along with a business case developed by Australian Rail Track Corp. The delivery plan outlines a 10-year timeframe for developing the proposed 1 700km corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane via Wagga ...

  • Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Telstra a 10-year contract to provide telecoms services through the National Train Communications System.

    ARTC awards National Train Communications System contract


    AUSTRALIA: Inter-state network manager Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Telstra a ‘multi-million dollar’, 10-year contract to provide telecoms services through the National Train Communications System. NTCS was developed as a cost-effective and interoperable voice and data communications network for the 8 500 km inter-state and Hunter Valley networks, using ...

  • The board of Asciano has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Brookfield Infrastructure’s offer.

    Asciano board recommends acceptance of Brookfield offer


    AUSTRALIA: The board of Asciano has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Brookfield Infrastructure’s offer to acquire its entire issued capital, in a deal which gives the rail and port group an implied enterprise value of A$12bn. ‘After careful consideration of all the options available to the company, the Asciano ...

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    Sydney suburban fleet modernisation contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded the UGL Unipart Rail joint venture an A$131m contract to modernise Sydney Trains’ fleet of 446 Tangara suburban electric multiple-unit cars by July 2018. The aim is to extend their service life and undertake ‘customer experience enhancements’ on the EMUs which ...

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    KiwiRail seeks interest in Napier – Gisborne line


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has invited proposals from freight or tourist train operators interested in a non-exclusive licence to run services on the 210 km Napier – Gisborne line on North Island. Tenders are due by September 10, with the final decision scheduled to be announced by mid-October. ‘A number ...

  • 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.

    Four shortlisted for New South Wales train contract


    AUSTRALIA: On July 9 New South Wales Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the shortlist for a contract to supply and maintain a fleet of around 65 electric multiple-units totalling 520 cars for used on NSW TrainLink Intercity services: Alstom Transport Australia; Downer-CNRCRC Consortium (Downer EDI Rail ...

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    Brookfield submits proposal for Asciano acquisition


    AUSTRALIA: Port and logistics company Asciano, owner of rail freight operator Pacific National, confirmed on July 1 that Canadian utility, transport and energy asset investor Brookfield Infrastructure Group had made an indicative non-binding proposal to acquire 100% of its shares. Brookfield manages a 5 100 km freight network in ...

  • Melbourne suburban train.

    Victoria begins High Capacity Metro Train procurement


    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has invited expressions of interested by August 14 in the High Capacity Metro Train PPP contract to finance, design, supply and maintain a fleet of 37 suburban electric multiple-units for Melbourne’s Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. At 160 m, HCMT would be longer than existing trainsets, ...

  • Local, regional and national politicians joined Victoria's Minister of Public Transport Jacinta Allan on the special train to mark the opening of the Regional Rail Link on June 14.

    Regional Rail Link inaugurated


    AUSTRALIA: The A$3·65bn Regional Rail Link project in Melbourne was formally inaugurated on June 14, when Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development Warren Truss joined the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews and the state’s Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan on a special train to mark ...

  • Moorebank will be the largest integrated warehouse rail terminal precinct in Australia.

    Sydney intermodal terminal agreement


    ​ AUSTRALIA: An agreement for the development and operation of a major intermodal freight terminal in southwest Sydney was signed by the federal government’s Moorebank Intermodal Co and the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance of Qube Holdings (67%) and Aurizon (33%) on June 4. The development would be on federal ...

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    New Zealand increases rail funding


    NEW ZEALAND: Additional funding for KiwiRail was announced in the budget presented by Finance Minister Bill English on May 21, although he also called for savings to be identified. The national railway is to get NZ$210m from the Future Investment Fund in 2015-16, and a further NZ$190m was announced as ...

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    More Melbourne crossings to go


    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government announced on May 19 that it had awarded a A$524m contract for the elimination of four level crossings in southeast Melbourne, as part of a commitment to remove 50 of the city’s busiest and most dangerous level crossings over eight years. A consortium of John ...