All Australia articles – Page 2

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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 ...

  • BHP loco
    In depth

    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 ...

  • Watco cattle train Queensland

    Cattle train contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Following a competitive tender, the government of Queensland has awarded Watco East West the North West contract to operate trains transporting herds of cattle from regional hubs to processing facilities on the east coast. This follows from the Central West contract awarded to Watco last ...

  • Fortescue Metals Group’s green technology division Fortescue Future Industries is developing what it says is a ‘world leading’ battery electric train concept.

    Formula 1 technology company to support development of battery train


    AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group’s green technology division Fortescue Future Industries is developing what it says is a ‘world leading’ battery electric train concept. The project was disclosed on January 24 when Fortescue announced it had agreed to acquire UK-based motorsports technology company Williams Advanced Engineering, saying ...

  • BHP loco

    BHP to trial battery locos on Pilbara iron ore network


    AUSTRALIA: Mining company BHP has awarded Progress Rail and Wabtec contracts to supply four battery locomotives for trials on its Western Australia Iron Ore network from late 2023. Progress Rail is to supply two EMD Joule eight-axle locomotives with a battery capacity of 14·5 MWh, while ...

  • Wabtec FLXdrive

    Rio Tinto battery locomotive


    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Rio Tinto has ordered four Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotives for use in the Pilbara region of Western Australia from 2023. The locos will be used for multiple purposes, initially focused on yard shunting and then main line service. Rio Tinto currently uses three ...

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    Bendigo regional upgrading makes progress


    AUSTRALIA: The first of three new stations being built on the lines from Bendigo to Echuca and Swan Hill as part of Victoria’s A$4bn Regional Rail Revival programme has opened for revenue service. The stations at Goornong and Huntley on the Echuca line and Raywood on ...

  • Aurizon and Anglo American hydrogen study

    Hydrogen freight train study


    AUSTRALIA: The feasibility of using hydrogen fuel cell locomotives to haul bulk freight trains is to be investigated by operator Aurizon and mining company Anglo American. Anglo American has developed proprietary hydrogen fuel cell and battery hybrid power units for heavy mining vehicles with a view ...

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    Inland Rail trackwork contractor selected


    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has selected Martinus for the Rail Corridor Programme contract, which covers tracklaying and level crossing works on 574∙5 km of the Inland Rail corridor in New South Wales and southern Queensland. The agreement announced on December 7 covers the route between ...

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    In depth

    Australia: ARA targets modal shift


    The Australasian Railway Association has launched a new strategy that it hopes will bring a greater share of Australia’s expanding freight market on to the country’s railway network.

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    Western Australia studies faster Perth – Bunbury link


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on the development of a strategic business case for a ‘Fast Rail’ link between Perth and Bunbury.

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    Melbourne tenders airport station package


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has invited expressions of interest in construction of a station at Tullamarine international airport as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail project. The national and state governments have each committed A$5bn to fund the airport rail link, as part of ...

  • Sydney Inner West Light Rail Line tram (Photo: CAF)
    Metro Report International

    Cracking sidelines Sydney’s Inner West trams


    AUSTRALIA: Services on Sydney’s Inner West light rail line have been suspended following the discovery of cracks on the low-floor tram fleet. A temporary bus service has been put in place to carry around 5 000 passengers/day. Cracks were discovered on all 12 of the route’s ...

  • Western Sydney Airport terminal station impression
    Metro Report International

    Western Sydney Airport metro line shortlist announced


    AUSTRALIA: Three consortia have been shortlisted for the Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations & Maintenance contract package for the Western Sydney Airport automated metro project. This is the third major contract for the project, and includes the construction of the six stations and their surroundings, the stabling ...