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Old December 12th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #581
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AUSTRALIA | Railways

Went to Tarro (160km North of Sydney) to film some of Australias Fastest Trains. Tarro in the Hunter Valley region is considered to be a railfanning Mecca. Its easily accessible from Sydney by regular train services or the F3 Freeway. It has a wide variety of trains including coal trains, intermodal freighters, Local commuter services, XPT and Xplorer trains and the occasional tour train.
Trains typicaly come every 5 minutes on one of the 4 tracks at this location.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crR_4...eature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykoB6...eature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7NHq...eature=channel

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Old July 18th, 2010, 12:59 AM   #582
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where are the photos ???
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Old August 12th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #583
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AUSTRALIA | Railways

Here's a freight train from Melbourne to kick off this topic:

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Old August 13th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #584
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Cool pic.

How often are the locomotives like that one on front still used? It looks like a classic E or F unit of the 1950s and 60s in the US.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #585
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there are not many good trains in Australia
well in Sydney anyway
except for the M sets which don't run on my Line and the H sets which do intercity services on some of my line
a sets comming up
pictures are on
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CityRail_fleet
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Old August 15th, 2010, 10:21 AM   #586
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i don't know the answer to that
i think no
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Old August 26th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #587
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Wow, spambots are getting smarter!
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Old August 26th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #588
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I was just wondering, are there plans to link Melbourne with Sydney through Canberra with a TGV-like railway? considering the number of passengers going from one city to the other by plane it could make much sense to build it... just as the Barcelona-Madrid railway line or Paris-London, or are there environmental issues such as the possibility of killing too many kangaroos with those trains? plus it could help to develop the countryside and therefore avoid having so much people concentrated on few cities
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I was just wondering, are there plans to link Melbourne with Sydney through Canberra with a TGV-like railway? considering the number of passengers going from one city to the other by plane it could make much sense to build it... just as the Barcelona-Madrid railway line or Paris-London, or are there environmental issues such as the possibility of killing too many kangaroos with those trains? plus it could help to develop the countryside and therefore avoid having so much people concentrated on few cities
#1. Kangaroos need to die a bit, there are too many of them.

#2. There are cities in the centre of Australia, but they are small because of the difficulties with infrastructure for inland cities. Australia is a very, very dry place with vast distances between settlements on the whole.

#3. No there is no concrete plan for HSR between the cities of the east coast. There have been musings about a plan but it appears that political will depends on the weather on that day...
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 01:48 AM   #590
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Birth of the Railway in Queensland




QLD Gov't unveils $123 billion transport plan

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Premier Anna Bligh can't say how a $123 billion, 20-year transport plan for southeast Queensland would be funded.

But she says such a strategy is vital for the state's future.

New rail stations, 207km of additional lines and high-speed, European-style trains are part of the draft Connecting SEQ 2031 plan released on Tuesday.

It aims to double the share of public transport, cycle and walking trips taken by commuters and significantly reduce reliance on cars.

But the plan was immediately condemned by the opposition as unfunded pie-in-the-sky and a distraction from internal Labor tension.

"Commuters in Queensland don't just want an unfunded vision; they actually want a plan that is going to deliver something," Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said.

Mr Langbroek pointed to the draft plan itself as proof the government was all talk and no action.

It states many of the projects are "conceptual and have not been the subject of detailed cost estimates".

"The draft Connecting SEQ 2031 is not intended to be fully funded," the document says.

"It is a vision to inspire action and guard against complacency."

Ms Bligh said the "bold and visionary plan" laid out the priorities for future budgets as they were drawn up.

It would be funded by state, local and commonwealth governments, as well as by public-private partnerships, she said.

The premier said long-term planning was what good governments did and all projects could be delivered by 2031.

"No government has a 20-year budget but governments should have 10 and 20-year plans," she told reporters.

"You simply cannot finance these types of projects unless you plan for them."

Ms Bligh said all the projects were critical to the future livability of the growing region.

Under the plan, passenger rail capacity would nearly triple by 2031 thanks to new infrastructure that would cost $123 billion in today's terms.

At the centre of it is the Cross River Rail project, which will see a new rail crossing of the Brisbane River and new stations, including an underground city station, to boost capacity into town.

That project could see 240,000 people travelling into the inner city during the two-hour morning peak compared with 54,000 now - almost five times the current capacity.

The plan includes bigger, faster and express trains to outlying areas and high-speed, European-style trains to cut travel to the Gold Coast by 30 minutes.

There's also line extensions in Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine coasts, a 3000km network of cycleways, more busways, toll roads and a "ring road" system around Brisbane to take trucks off suburban roads.

The Tourism and Transport Forum welcomed the plan for a region that will exceed the state's current population by 2026.

"This kind of forward planning is crucial to ensuring the future mobility and sustainability of southeast Queensland," TTF managing director Christopher Brown said.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news...831-14a8v.html
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Old September 10th, 2010, 01:03 PM   #591
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Australia has got great distances and so few inhabitants...you must wait 50 years for the maglev vactrain 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 kph.
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If there's anywhere that maglev would get a good test-run, Australia is it. The stretch from the east out to Perth is nicely level and the weather doesn't change much so climate and geography won't be factors. It's the perfect place to hit the highest speeds possible.
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If there's anywhere that maglev would get a good test-run, Australia is it. The stretch from the east out to Perth is nicely level and the weather doesn't change much so climate and geography won't be factors. It's the perfect place to hit the highest speeds possible.
You realize the closest city to Perth is Adelaide at a distance of over 2,000km, and it's almost 4,000km away from Sydney, right?
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If there's anywhere that maglev would get a good test-run, Australia is it. The stretch from the east out to Perth is nicely level and the weather doesn't change much so climate and geography won't be factors. It's the perfect place to hit the highest speeds possible.
Hey, if Japan wants to build and trial a maglev from East to West at their own cost, go for it! . Though as Cinnamon said, from east to west is about 4,000km and climate does change quite drastically (some parts it's desert, others you're in mountains, etc).
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Old September 21st, 2010, 09:44 AM   #595
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Some news updates for Australian Railways

High Speed Rail
Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours? With a Bullet
High-speed rail link gathers pace

Cross River Rail (Brisbane)
Yeerongpilly added to Cross River Rail Project
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Old October 16th, 2010, 12:53 AM   #596
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XPT's and Xplorers at Speed

A complication of various XPT and Xplorer sets at Speed which I have filmed at Tarro in recent weeks.
This is my first time sewing all the clips together as one. Video editing isnt my area of expertise.
One of them is at Warnervale.

Enjoy

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Old October 16th, 2010, 07:34 AM   #597
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it is really embarrasing that your showing our intercity trains on this forum when other countries are showing off there trains that go twice as fast as ours,its a bout time we got high speed rail in australia
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 08:54 AM   #598
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Here's some pics of trains from around Australia


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Old October 23rd, 2010, 09:42 AM   #599
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Wow, your trains are monsters, just like here in the Americas
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 09:13 PM   #600
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Wow, your trains are monsters, just like here in the Americas
Most of Australia's railroads operate on the same technical standards (track gauge, coupling, braking, loading gauge, etc) as those in North America. Note that many of the locomotives shown in those images are USA designs.

Remember that standard European railroad couplings have only about one eighth of the rated strength as those used in North America and Australia (also China).

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