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Old January 27th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #701
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Another way would be buy foreign made emu's they are alot cheaper made in other countries per set. Australian city's seem to pay way more than in europe and asia for the same characteristics.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 10:26 PM   #702
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Well, someone has to pay for shipping them around half the globe. And a manufacturer with the advantage of having a plant in Australia certainly will add a price premium for the fact that it doesn't have to do so.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 04:29 AM   #703
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The experience with Melbourne's newest trains and the Gold Coast's trams doesn't indicate that it is necessarily cheaper to import rollingstock.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 07:13 AM   #704
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How often do Australians refrain from wishing goodbye to each other?


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Old January 28th, 2014, 12:12 PM   #705
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I was comparing the price paid in europe for emus compared to australia. There was a large difference for basically the same product. Not sure if the manufacturers are adding a premium to ship them to austrlia or like most things they know they can get away with it?
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Old January 29th, 2014, 03:06 AM   #706
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I was comparing the price paid in europe for emus compared to australia. There was a large difference for basically the same product. Not sure if the manufacturers are adding a premium to ship them to austrlia or like most things they know they can get away with it?
The biggest factor is probably the relatively small orders Australian operators make. Even for basically the same model, localisations have to be made to each batch, as well as compliance/compatibility testing etc. If you are doing this for a batch of 20 units you are obviously looking at a much higher per unit cost than if you are ordering 200.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #707
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Old January 30th, 2014, 02:34 AM   #708
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Hmm, I suppose you must've watched a video descriptive format of the recording ..
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Old April 17th, 2014, 03:35 PM   #709
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Epsom railway station construction contract awarded to Ducon
15 April 2014

The Victoria government in Australia has awarded a design and construction contract to Ducon for a new railway station in Epsom.

The government has invested around $7.76m to build a new station at Epsom and make improvements to infrastructure at Eaglehawk to facilitate an increase in services to the station.

The rail services from Epsom will also improve travel times to and from Melbourne and Bendigo.

The infrastructure improvements to be made at Eaglehawk Station include the construction of a new Disability Discrimination Act compliant ramp to access the pedestrian crossing.

VicTrack will deliver Epsom and Eaglehawk Rail improvements on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.

Works under the projects will commence in mid-2014 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said that work to finalise the preliminary design and signalling design prior to the tendering process has helped to ensure the station site is ready for construction.

"Following last year's site investigations, the project team completed additional preliminary design work to increase the amount of car parking spaces to 100, therefore providing an additional 40 spaces for Epsom Station users," added Mulder.

The new Epsom station will be located on the Echuca line, south of Howard Street, between the railway line and Station Street.

Epsom station will operate four trains every weekday, following its opening.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 12:51 PM   #710
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Queensland backs Carmichael heavy haul coal railway
15 May 2014

AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s government has approved Adani Mining’s proposed A$16·5bn Carmichael coal mine and rail project, subject to environmental and social conditions.

‘This project has the potential to be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world’, said Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure & Planning Jeff Seeney on May 8.

The state’s environmental report will now go to the federal government for consideration.

The proposed mine in the north Galilee Basin 160 km northwest of Clermont would produce 60 mtpa of thermal coal, predominantly for the Indian market. This would be exported through the ports of Abbot Point and Hay Point via a new 189 km privately-owned railway linking the mine to Aurizon’s 1 067 mm gauge Goonyella Rail System near Moranbah.

Traffic is estimated at 12 trains each way per day, formed of four locomotives and 164 wagons
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:41 PM   #711
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Rio Tinto ready to test automated operation
22 May 2014


Rio Tinto is to test the automatic operation of heavy haul freight trains

AUSTRALIA: Rio Tinto Iron Ore has confirmed its intention to ‘soft launch’ its AutoHaul project before the end of May, to test the automatic operation of heavy haul freight trains.

The initial run on the Hamersley line between Tom Price and the port at Dampier is described by an RTIO spokesperson as ‘a manned trial to test core functionality in an enhanced mode’.

The company says that level crossings and wayside systems along the route ‘have now been upgraded and enhanced to support the AutoHaul system’, which is due to be fully operational in 2015.

A key part of the company’s Mine of the Future programme, AutoHaul will create ‘the world’s first fully-autonomous heavy haul, long-distance railway’. The introduction of unattended train operation is expected to improve the safety of RTIO’s rail operations, and enhance capacity, as well as eliminating the requirement for driver changeovers along the route. The company says it will reduce the overall number of trains required to reach its expansion targets.

On May 13 RTIO Chief Executive Andrew Harding announced a ‘significant milestone’ for its integrated iron ore mining project, when its Pilbara mines, railway and ports reached a run rate of 290 million tonnes a year, two months ahead of schedule. The next phase of the expansion towards 360 mtpa ‘is on schedule for completion in a little over 12 months’, he said, adding that this included the integration of AutoHaul.

As well as improving efficiency and throughput, the company says AutoHaul will bring ‘significant benefits to the safety and wellbeing of our people and the community, through the implementation of safer systems, new processes and by reducing or removing hazards and high-risk work factors.’

It emphasised that ‘people are at the centre of AutoHaul’, developing, testing and eventually operating this new technology. The automation of rail operations ‘provides opportunities’ for some staff ‘to be trained in new roles and obtain new skills that will be at the forefront of mining in the future’.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 12:55 PM   #712
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Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Government is investing in a hybrid, light rail route in Newcastle, which will include the rail corridor and Hunter Street.

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Old May 28th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #713
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Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Government is investing in a hybrid, light rail route in Newcastle, which will include the rail corridor and Hunter Street.

Light rail is public transport, for Australian public transport, see here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1084777
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Old June 4th, 2014, 06:07 PM   #714
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Queensland to privatise Townsville - Mount Isa line
Wednesday, June 04, 2014



THE government of the Australian state of Queensland has announced plans to privatise the 1000km, 1067mm-gauge Townsville – Mount Isa line in Central Queensland as part of its 2014-15 budget strategy.

The government says it will offer a combined long-term lease to the private sector on both the Port of Townsville and the Mount Isa line, although it has not yet specified the duration of the lease or when it will begin.

The lease forms part of a number of asset disposals which the government anticipates will raise up to $A 25bn ($US 23bn) to pay down the state debt. However, the government says the proposed transactions will not take place until it has secured a mandate at the March 2015 state election.

The private sector would be responsible for all upgrades and maintenance of the line and the successful bidder would be expected to pay a substantial upfront lease premium.

The Mount Isa line is currently owned by the state and is managed and maintained by state-owned Queensland Rail (QR) with freight services provided by private rail operators Aurizon and Pacific National.

The region served by the line produces around 75% of Queensland's non-coal mineral output and around 5 million tonnes of mainly bulk freight is carried over the line annually
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Old June 9th, 2014, 04:49 AM   #715
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This is the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns. Also included is the Skyrail Ranforest Cableway.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 05:24 PM   #716
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Queensland is only selling all its assets because the government cant manage the budget.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:42 PM   #717
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Two interested in Cowra Lines revival
14 Aug 2014


Cowra station

AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has received submissions from Australian Rail Partners and Cowra Rail Co in response to its call for private sector proposals to reopen the 200 km Cowra Lines on a commercially-sustainable basis under a fixed-term licence.

Operations between Blayney and Demondrille and Koorawatha and Greenthorpe were suspended in 2007-09 owing to safety concerns and low freight volumes. TfNSW says reopening could provide additional capacity for the Central West region and provide a boost to local industries.

‘This response is an indication there are private sector organisations which see sustainable demand for freight on these lines and could be willing to invest in having them reopened’, said Rachel Johnson, Deputy Director General of TfNSW Freight & Regional Development.

The NSW government will now review the responses to determine if they have addressed its tender requirements.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 02:36 PM   #718
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hi guys!

i have been meaning to post this in here for a little while now, and after a slightly embarrassing mix up between the name of this country and that of a small european nation, i am please to say i finally have the right thread in the forum to share with you my ever so tragic little blog filled with lots of photos of railways stations on the queensland rail network, and a few stories about the journeys themselves. its not going to be the best english you would have ever come across, but hopefully you can put that aside and get a few laughs at my expense while you enjoy seeing some of the stations on the brisbane network.

hope you enjoy it as much as the austrians did!

http://darthcaligula.blogspot.com.au/
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Old October 14th, 2014, 08:07 PM   #719
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NSW announces inter-city train supplier shortlist
Monday, October 13, 2014



THE state government of New South Wales says a number of local and international companies have responded to an Expression of Interest (EOI) called earlier this year for a $A 2.8bn ($US 2.43bn) contract to deliver and maintain a new fleet of inter-city trains

The respondents are:
  • Alstom Australia
  • Bombardier Australia
  • CAF
  • Downer EDI Rail and CNR Changchun
  • Hyundai Rotem
  • Stadler Bussnang, and
  • UGL Rail Services, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and CSR Corporation
Transport for NSW will now review the responses, and later this year will invite a shortlist of the respondents to submit detailed tenders.

The 65 eight-car trains will be configured specifically for inter-city customers travelling longer distances on the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle routes. They will allow the withdrawal of V-Set trains and redeployment of the more modern Oscar EMUs on the Sydney Trains suburban network, replacing other life-expired rolling stock. The new trains are expected to be delivered over a five-year period commencing in 2019.
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Old November 15th, 2014, 05:45 AM   #720
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VLine Train at Southern Cross Station

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