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Old July 14th, 2013, 02:01 AM   #681
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One of the newest Sydney Waratah sets arrives at the newest station on the Sydney network - the relocated Schofields station on the North-Western line:

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Old July 18th, 2013, 04:25 PM   #682
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Train departing Parramatta

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Sydney Tram

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Old July 21st, 2013, 03:26 AM   #683
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Intercity train - from Blue Mountain Line

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Old July 29th, 2013, 03:23 AM   #684
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CountryLink Train departing to Dubbo

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Old July 31st, 2013, 05:04 PM   #685
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Train to Epping

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Old July 31st, 2013, 05:04 PM   #686
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Train to Richmond

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Old July 31st, 2013, 05:06 PM   #687
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Walking to Central Station

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 01:23 PM   #688
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Intercity Train Trip : Stratfield - Redfern

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Old August 9th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #689
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Intercity Train - Blue Mountains Line

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CityRail Train departing Central

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Old August 19th, 2013, 09:25 AM   #690
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City Circle Train departing Central Station

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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #691
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Old September 8th, 2013, 01:34 AM   #692
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Will australia ever get a national passenger rail company i.e. combine queensland rail, sydney trains and v line regional services, bit like amtrack? Funded by the federal govt
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Old September 10th, 2013, 03:23 PM   #693
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Will australia ever get a national passenger rail company i.e. combine queensland rail, sydney trains and v line regional services, bit like amtrack? Funded by the federal govt
In the 1970s (I believe it was mid 70s) Commonwealth Railways was funded, which operated all interstate freight services, and the two long distance interstate rail services, The Ghan (which operated Adelaide to Alice Springs, now goes to Darwin) and the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth.

South Australia also surrender it's regional rail services to the federal body.

Commonwealth Railways became Australian National in the 1980s.

AN's passenger operations were sold off in the mid-late 90s, by which time SA's rail services had shutdown.

AN would morph to become National Rail, which is now the privately owned Pacific National.

There's little need for the Federal Government to operate rail services.
In Victoria, intrastate passenger rail is thriving. The Victorian state government owns the operator, VLine which is growing at an unprecedented rate.

The story isn't as strong in other states, but that largely comes down to geography and density.

Queensland is huge and spread along the coast. It's quicker to fly in many cases.

Western Australia is even bigger, with even fewer people, but I believe the three non-suburban lines do reasonably ok.

NSW is a mixed bag, the state funded operator, NSW Trainlink, operates most long distance services, including interstate trains to Brisbane and Melbourne. The Victorian government subsidises services between the Vic/NSW border and Melbourne as they make several stops at small towns/cities along the 300km journey in Victoria.

The only way I can see the federal government getting involved is if high speed rail ever gets up, they will contract out the right to operate the line.

I'd like to see more federal involvement in building infrastructure, but the newly elected conservative government has indicated it is not willing to do so, as it argues, it's constitutionally not their responsibility.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #694
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Just thought we are oneof the few that dont have such an entity. Would save money on rollingstock etc, however due to distances, low population and different guages may not prove to be worthwile. Shame as i dont think passenger rail will ever be able to compete with the road lobby, being broken into 6 different passenger entities around the country.

When you look at the cost of each state buying its own passenger rollingstock all of them are paying nearly double per carriage compared to europ where you have national entities. Makes it hard then to buy new rollingstock because of the cost which then also leads to low patronage.
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Old September 14th, 2013, 03:05 AM   #695
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Just thought we are oneof the few that dont have such an entity. Would save money on rollingstock etc, however due to distances, low population and different guages may not prove to be worthwile. Shame as i dont think passenger rail will ever be able to compete with the road lobby, being broken into 6 different passenger entities around the country.

When you look at the cost of each state buying its own passenger rollingstock all of them are paying nearly double per carriage compared to europ where you have national entities. Makes it hard then to buy new rollingstock because of the cost which then also leads to low patronage.
Cost in Europe and elsewhere is lower due to the sheer number of carriages ordered. We only have 5 relatively busy suburban networks with various needs etc. There's hundreds in Europe, and many of them have similar requirements etc. I think the state-based operation we have is better than any federally administered body to run urban services, but I believe Canberra has to help fund infrastructure.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 07:08 AM   #696
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Train arriving at Central Station

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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:58 AM   #697
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Two Seater - InterCity Train

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V-Set Train - purple seating

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Blue Mountains line: Travelling in Quiet carriage on intercity train

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Old December 2nd, 2013, 01:21 PM   #698
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Short Clip : Melbourne Metro Train

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Train at Domestic Terminal, Sydney

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Old December 2nd, 2013, 01:26 PM   #699
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Could we avoid CityRail and Metro Melbourne videos in here. These are urban networks, not really in the remit of the "national" railway network. You can post these videos in the Urban Transportation section of the forum where Melbourne and Sydney have threads.
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Cost in Europe and elsewhere is lower due to the sheer number of carriages ordered. We only have 5 relatively busy suburban networks with various needs etc. There's hundreds in Europe, and many of them have similar requirements etc. I think the state-based operation we have is better than any federally administered body to run urban services, but I believe Canberra has to help fund infrastructure.
One solution to help bring down rolling stock and infrastructure costs, whilst allowing states control of their services could be to have a joint co-ordination agency administered by the states collectively that sets federal standards for urban rail operations in terms of rolling stock and infrastructure. State transportation bodies could then schedule fleet renewal/expansion together, and place joint orders for a single type of rolling stock (and perhaps other infrastructure too) for multiple fleets.

Canberra does need to do more, perhaps with guaranteed/automatic match funding for projects that meet a standised set of criteria. It would make states much more confident about planning and investing if the process for accessing federal funding were depoliticized and not so random. A part of thee criteria should definitely be on encouraging a better mix of traditional heavy commuter rail with LRT and MRT systems. The neglect of LRT in Australia has definitely cost the smaller cities dearly. Places like Canberra, Darwin-Palmerston and Cairns could make a convincing case for tram systems.

Another big thing is shifting funding for urban/suburban transport from MOAR HIGHWAYS to public transport initiatives. Federal money for road building should be confined to discretionary grants to states for improving access in remote areas.
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