All Australasia articles – Page 9

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    Cowra Lines tender fails to find private operator


    AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales has been unsuccessful in its attempt to find a private operator to revive the dormant Cowra Lines for freight services, New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight Duncan Gay has announced. The 200 km Cowra Lines running from Blayney to Harden ...

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    Brookfield Rail rolls out radio network


    AUSTRALIA: The A$16·5m installation of a radio communications network covering the 385 track-km Kalgoorlie – Esperance route has been completed by Brookfield Rail, which manages Western Australia’s 5 500 km open access, multi-user freight network. Maintenance staff and train crew had previously relied on fixed landline telephones and mobile or ...

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    Victoria budget kicks off 10-year rolling stock spend


    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has allocated more than A$6bn for rail investment in its 2015-16 budget, announced by Treasurer Tim Pallas on May 5. The headline element is A$2bn for rolling stock investment as the first tranche of a 10-year programme to strengthen local public transport and revitalise the ...

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    Tennant Creek – Mount Isa railway study


    AUSTRALIA: The Northern Territory government has committed A$1m to undertake a feasibility study for the construction of a 600 km line from Tennant Creek, NT, to Mount Isa in Queensland. The study is expected to take two years to complete. The east-west link connecting the Alice Springs – Darwin ...

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    Cross Track TV in Brisbane


    AUSTRALIA: XTD says its Cross Track TV is the ‘first designed for rail, cross-track digital video system’. It uses billboard-size LED screens and high-definition sound to broadcast information and advertising to passengers waiting at stations. Following installations in Sydney and Melbourne, Cross Track TV is being installed in at four ...

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    Serco to sell Great Southern Rail


    AUSTRALIA: Serco Group plc has agreed to sell its Great Southern Rail business to Sydney-based private equity firm Allegro Funds for an enterprise value and cash consideration of £2·5m. GSR operates tourist-focused passenger services including The Ghan , Indian Pacific and Overland , and Serco said a review ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming completes Freightliner acquisition


    INTERNATIONAL: Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on March 25 that it had completed the acquisition of 94% of Freightliner Group Ltd for £492m, plus the assumption of £19m of net debt and capitalised leases. Freightliner’s management team has retained a 6% interest which G&W expects to acquire by mid-2020. In ...

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    First Roy Hill locomotives arrive in the Pilbara


    AUSTRALIA: The first of 21 GE Evolution Series locomotives ordered for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project was named ‘Ginny’ by Roy Hill Holdings Chair Gina Rinehart in a ceremony at Port Hedland on March 23. GE and its local partner UGL Ltd have delivered 14 of the 21 locomotives ...

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    Victoria orders more X’Trapolis EMUs


    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria announced an order for a further five six-car Alstom X’Trapolis electric multiple-units on March 3. The first is expected to enter service by the end of 2016. The government said the order would plug a critical short-term gap in train availability in Melbourne and also ...

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    Metro Trains Melbourne to test vibration harvesters


    AUSTRALIA: Metro Trains Melbourne is to test bearing and wheelset monitoring sensors supplied by Perpetuum which are powered by the train’s vibrations. Electrical energy is generated by using an oscillating magnet which induces a voltage in the coil. This powers the vibration and temperature sensors, which ...

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    G&W agrees to buy Freightliner Group


    INTERNATIONAL: US short line holding group Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced an agreement to buy approximately 95% of the shares of Freightliner Group from Arcapita and other shareholders on February 25. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015. G&W will pay £490m in cash ...

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    Melbourne Metro authority to develop cross-city link


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced on February 16 that a new authority is being established to plan Melbourne’s long-proposed cross-city rail tunnel. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has been allocated an initial budget of A$40m to develop proposals for the 9 km link, ...

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    Sydney opens South West Rail Link


    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian officially opened the South West Rail Link on February 8, adding a further 11·4 km to the Sydney Trains suburban network. Under construction since 2011, the line diverges from the Sydney – Melbourne main line at Glenfield ...

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    Downer wins Pacific National loco maintenance deal


    AUSTRALIA: Downer Rail is to provide locomotive maintenance and fleet management services to interstate rail freight operator Pacific National under an A$1bn contract announced on February 4. Covering more than 300 locomotives, the Locomotive Maintenance Agreement will run for 10 years. According to Downer EDI Ltd Chief Executive Officer Grant ...

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    Voestalpine acquires Sydney Trains' track component business


    AUSTRALIA: Following a competitive tender, Sydney Trains has selected Voestalpine VAE Railway Systems to buy its Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre track component and rail welding plant. ‘A 2012 review of the BRFC found it to be a solid business that would benefit from the innovation and technology of private ...

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    Railway Directory 2015


    INTERNATIONAL: Marking its 120th year of publication, the latest edition of Railway Directory includes extensively-updated listings and contact details for almost 5 000 companies and organisations around the world. Covering every sector of the railway industry, it includes details of around 22 000 senior executives. Separate sections cover government and ...

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    Wellington rail operating contract shortlist announced


    NEW ZEALAND: Greater Wellington Regional Council announced the shortlisted bidders for a contract to operate the capital’s suburban rail services on December 22. The tender forms part of a programme to procure ‘performance-based partnering contracts’ for all of Wellington’s public transport services The shortlisted bidders are: A joint venture of ...

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    Advanced Train Management System trial contract signed


    AUSTRALIA: Live testing of the Advanced Train Management System is set to begin shortly, following the signing of a contract between infrastructure manager Australian Rail Track Corp and Lockheed Martin Australia. The two-year trial is to be undertaken between Whyalla and Port Augusta in South Australia. ATMA uses GPS ...

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    Queensland port and rail lease


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government has announced plans to award a long-term lease to operate state-owned assets including the 1000 km Mount Isa line and the associated port of Port Townsville. The 1067 mm gauge single track line is a critical link between inland mining areas and the coast. The ...

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    North Galilee Basin Rail project management consultant appointed


    AUSTRALIA: The Adani Mining subsidiary of Indian power and infrastructure group Adani has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff as project management consultant for its A$16·5bn Carmichael integrated mine, port and railway project in Queensland. The coal development includes the construction of the North Galilee Basin Rail line, a privately-owned multi-user 388 km ...