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    Adelaide – Gawler electrification finally inaugurated


    AUSTRALIA: Electric suburban services between Adelaide and Gawler were launched in June 12, following the completion of a long-delayed electrification programme.

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    Metro Report International

    State-wide contactless ticketing deployment gets underway in Queensland


    AUSTRALIA: Contactless payment is now available on Brisbane’s Ferny Grove suburban rail line, as a trial ahead of a large-scale deployment across Queensland’s rail, bus and ferry services under transport agency Translink’s A$371m Smart Ticketing project.

  • Parramatta Light Rail impression Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
    Metro Report International

    NSW commits to Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has confirmed A$602·4m of funding to enable the start of detailed planning and preliminary works for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail project in western Sydney. Tracklaying was recently completed for the 12 km, 16-stop Stage 1 connecting Westmead ...

  • FMG locomotive modernised by Wabtec

    US locomotives rebuilt for Australia


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec is supplying a fleet of modernised diesel locomotives to an Australian customer for the first time, with a contract to rebuild 28 second-hand diesel locomotives for delivery to Fortescue Metals Group over two years. The locos are being rebuilt to the AC44C6M specification at ...

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    Aurizon bulk freight locos enter service


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has taken delivery of the first four of 10 diesel locomotives which UGL’s Newcastle factory is supplying for hauling copper, lead, zinc and grain trains in New South Wales and Western Australia. The first four locos are being used to haul minerals at Cobar ...

  • Inland Rail construction

    Australian government’s plans are positive for the rail industry, says ARA


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association says the newly-elected federal government ‘is likely to be positive for the Australian rail industry’, given commitments which were announced in the lead-up to the election. The incoming Labor government’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan and National Reconstruction Fund would support ...

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    ARA to lead delegation from down under at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: The Australasian Railway Association is to lead an Australian rail industry delegation to InnoTrans 2022. As at previous InnoTrans events, the ARA will have a stand at the exhibition and will host social events, with participation and use of the general section of the stand ...

  • Melbourne Alstom NGT G Class tram impression
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    Energy storage, accessibility and local content in Melbourne’s Next Generation Trams contract


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Department of Transport has awarded Alstom a €700m framework contract to supply 100 G Class customised Flexity 2 trams to Melbourne from 2025. The agreement announced on April 21 includes 15 years of maintenance, which Alstom said would make it ’the biggest tram contract ...

  • Inland Rail Gowrie to Kagaru section proposed viaduct

    Regionerate Rail selected to build Gowrie – Kagaru section of Inland Rail corridor


    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has selected the Regionerate Rail consortium as preferred bidder for a PPP contract to build and maintain the 128 km Gowrie – Kagaru section of the 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor. Regionerate Rail comprises Clough, GS Engineering & Construction, Webuild, ...

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    Australasian Railway Association warns of skills shortages


    AUSTRALIA: The local rail sector faces a shortfall of up to 70 000 skilled workers by 2023, according to a report published by the Australasian Railway Association in conjunction with the AusRail Plus conference in Sydney. ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie said attracting and retaining talent was ...

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    Australian report recommends measures to promote rail freight


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association has released a report which states how government and industry can support greater use of rail freight.

  • Sydney Trains Waratah EMU in new livery at Auburn

    Green refinancing for Sydney rolling stock contract


    AUSTRALIA: Sydney suburban rolling stock PPP concessionaire Reliance Rail has refinanced its bank debt facilities with a A$1·8bn 21-year Green Sustainability-Linked Loan. Reliance Rail’s 2006 contract with the New South Wales government covers the supply and maintenance of 78 Waratah EMUs, which account for about a ...

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    Metro Report International

    Sydney airport metro surface works contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Metro has awarded the second main construction contract for the 23 km Western Sydney Airport automated metro line.

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    Metro Report International

    Sydney Metro awards Western tunnelling contract


    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Metro has selected a joint venture of Gamuda Australia and Laing O’Rourke for the second of the three main construction contracts for the 24 km Sydney Metro West line linking the city centre with Paramatta and Westmead. The A$2·16bn Western Tunnelling Package was tendered ...

  • Fortescue's Infinity Train would capture regenerated energy from loaded downhill runs and store it to power the returning empty trains.

    Fortescue looks to Infinity and beyond with gravity-powered battery train


    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Fortescue and its recently acquired Williams Advanced Engineering business have announced plans for the Infinity Train, which is intended to capture regenerated energy from loaded downhill runs and store it to power the returning empty trip. ‘The Infinity Train has the capacity to ...

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    Metro Report International

    Three shortlisted for Sydney Metro West eastern tunnels


    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Metro has shortlisted three consortia for the third of three main construction contracts for the 24 km Sydney Metro West line linking the city centre with Paramatta and Westmead. The Eastern Tunnelling package covers 3·5 km of twin-bore tunnels from the intermediate station site ...

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    ​Work starts on Perth’s Ellenbrook interchange


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on the terminus of Perth’s northeastern suburban line, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the rail-bus interchange at Ellenbrook attended by Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Being built as part of the state’s Metronet ...

  • Vossloh Inland Rail sleeper contract

    Inland Rail sleeper contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Vossloh’s Austrak subsidiary a A$143m contract to supply a further 1·3 million concrete sleepers for the 1 700 km Inland Rail freight corridor linking Melbourne with Brisbane. The sleepers are to be produced at Austrak’s sites in Rockhampton and ...

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    Comment: Rail freight’s big battery booster


    A string of recent orders for battery-electric locomotives from railways in North America and Australia offers hope of decarbonising the heavy haul freight sector, as well as the promise of innovations which railways elsewhere could adopt in the future.

  • CRRC Delivers Four Additional Second-Generation SDA1 Locomotives to SCT Logistics in Australia.

    Second-generation ‘Pandaroo’ locomotives delivered


    AUSTRALIA: China’s CRRC Ziyang has shipped a batch of second-generation SDA1 diesel locomotives ordered by SCT Logistics. SCT ordered an initial six first-generation SDA1 ‘Pandaroo’ locomotives in September 2010 for delivery in 2011, and a further four in March 2011. It ordered 12 of the second-generation ...