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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:53 AM   #781
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How does the signaling system work in Australia ? Very inspired from the US standard (as
might be indicated by the stacks of round shaped signals in the picture above) or something different ?
Differs in every state.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:33 PM   #782
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Western Australia's only () 3 regional train services.

Transwa Australind to Bunbury

https://youtu.be/GvbrWoqvJ50

Transwa Prospector to Kalgoorlie

https://youtu.be/STBSu22nNKw

And the Transwa Avonlink to Northam

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Old June 1st, 2016, 07:50 AM   #783
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Old August 18th, 2016, 03:47 PM   #784
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RailConnect joint venture wins NSW intercity contract
Thursday, August 18, 2016





THE New South Wales (NSW) state government has signed a $A 2.3bn ($US 1.8bn) contract with the RailConnect joint venture for the supply of 65 eight-car double deck EMUs for inter-city services from Sydney to Newcastle, the Central Coast, South Coast and the Blue Mountains

The RailConnect joint venture comprises Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail and was one of four consortia shortlisted to tender for the contract in July 2015

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Old August 26th, 2016, 02:03 PM   #787
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Old September 7th, 2016, 03:55 PM   #788
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Rethinking regional inter-city services in Victoria
07 Sep 2016



AUSTRALIA: An ambitious transport blueprint designed to secure Melbourne’s position as one of the world’s most liveable cities in the face of rapid population growth was launched at the RMIT Centre for Urban Research on September 5.

Launched by former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Tim Fischer, the report entitled Intercity: How regional rail can rebalance population growth and create a ‘State of Cities’ in Victoria has been prepared by the Rail Futures Institute, a transport think tank established in 2013

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NSW fleet replacement accelerated
31 Oct 2016



AUSTRALIA: The procurement of new trainsets to replace the XPT passenger fleet is to begin the first half of 2017, two years earlier than planned, New South Wales Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance confirmed on October 28. An additional A$50m has been committed to accelerate the programme.

The XPT fleet is up to 35 years old, with 19 power cars based on the British HST and 60 coaches. It operates around 3·5 million train-km a year, carrying one million passengers on the NSW TrainLink network serving destinations including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

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First six new regional carriages ordered by Australia's Victoria Government have entered service on the Ballarat line.These six extra carriages will add more than 220 seats to four of the busiest services on the regional network, reducing crowding and making the daily commute more comfortable

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Speaking of the Ballarat line, disaster was narrowly avoided by fools riding trailbikes on the rail reserve near Ballan.

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A trail bike rider has been caught on camera jumping for his life from rail lines in Victoria seconds before a train sped past.

The dramatic video from the driver's cab of a train operated by V/Line — Victoria's regional operator — was taken last month on the Ballarat line near Ballan, a town north-west of Melbourne.

It shows a man, who is pushing his bike across the railway, narrowly avoiding an approaching high-speed train sounding its whistle.

V/Line driver Colin Sharp said the train was travelling about 160 kilometres per hour when he spotted the man on the tracks about 400 metres away.

"As soon as I saw him, [I had to apply] the emergency brake … and still went past him doing 147 [kph] at that stage," he told 3AW radio.

"He was pushing the bike across the bridge, which was a pretty silly thing to do.
"He's seen me [and] fumbled the bike trying to get the bike off [the tracks] and finally got some sense and decided to get himself off the track and leave the bike right where it was."

Almost 300 near-hits on V/Line network in past year

V/Line chief executive James Pinder said there were almost 300 near hits on the network in the psat year where drivers have been forced to apply emergency brakes or sound their whistle after sighting people near the tracks.

"Trains approaching at high speed are quieter than expected — and it can take nearly a kilometre for a train to stop once the driver applies the brakes," he said.
"The possible effects can be traumatic for staff, customers and members of the community, and cause disruption to services on the rail network."

Mr Pinder called on the public to stay safe near rail lines, warning that trespassing on railway property can be fatal.

"I'd encourage people to only cross railway lines at marked crossings, respect all warning signs and always look both ways as trains can come from either direction," he said.

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Old February 17th, 2017, 01:22 PM   #792
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this looks like a good idea to build high speed rail on the east coast.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/4795...e-Maglev-Train

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this looks like a good idea to build high speed rail on the east coast.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/4795...e-Maglev-Train

It has as much merit as most of the other high speed proposals, but it is too far from an election, so we will not hear anymore of any of them until then when another promise is needed.
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It has as much merit as most of the other high speed proposals, but it is too far from an election, so we will not hear anymore of any of them until then when another promise is needed.
agreed. it looks impressive but nobody will lift a finger on any high speed rail. its just more right wing populism to get votes.
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Australian rail safety regulator completes national jurisdiction
Wednesday, March 01, 2017



AUSTRALIA’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) will take over full jurisdiction for railway safety in Queensland on June 30 following the passing of legislation by the state government on February 28 for it to cede responsibility to ONRSR

“With the addition of Queensland, ONRSR now has jurisdiction in all Australian states and territories,” ONRSR says. “It is the culmination of a comprehensive process to establish ONRSR’s regulatory responsibility, currently held by Transport and Main Roads’ Rail Regulation Unit, and follows the Queensland Government’s announcement in December 2015 of its intention to join the national scheme”

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Well, now. That looks familiar.

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Talgo trains

Andrew Leigh urges NSW government to support Canberra to Sydney high-speed train.The Canberra Times
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The proposal, put forward by Spanish manufacturing company Talgo, could slash the rail travel time between the two cities from four hours to just two and a half.
Talgo has offered to lend Australia one of its trains free to test the feasibility of the project.
Its trains would run on the existing tracks between the two cities with little to no modification needed to railway infrastructure.
"[Talgo] are confident that with their system, the journey time could be reduced from 4 hours to 2.5 hours," Dr Leigh wrote to Mr Constance.
The full proposal would cost less than $100 million and could be completed in 12 months or less, Talgo commercial director Guillermo Martinez told The Canberra Times.

The Indian government is running trials of Talgo trains between the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, where they have shaved four hours off the typical journey time of 16 hours.

Talgo project manager Salvador Flores said the primary reason the trains travelled so fast was because they used a "tilting" system that allowed them to maintain speed on corners.

"Mainly it's the passive tilting system that allows the train to run faster. It's a difference in technology," he said.

Mr Martinez said it was too soon to tell exactly how quickly the units could travel on Australian tracks, although Talgo trains are capable of 200 km/h.

They would have a similar passenger capacity to the trains now running on the Sydney to Canberra line, Mr Martinez added.

Last Thursday ANU professor Clive Williams, who has no commercial interest in the initiative, organised a community meeting to discuss the proposal.

"We had about 100 people show up to the meeting, it went very well," he said.

"The attendance was a mix of people who were just interested in the proposal, and those who were ex-railway employees.

"There was a lot of support for it. Now it's just a matter of building up momentum."
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Talgo negocia la venta de trenes articulados a Australia. El País

Talgo negotiates sale of articulated trains to Australia


Talgo, has a good chance of selling between 6 and 18 units of that train to the State Rail Authority of New South Wales (Australia).
For the representative of the Talgo Patents: the railway line of this State is bad, there are many curves and slopes and also have the problem that the neighboring States, Queensland and Victoria, have a different gauge.
Our train is ideal because its tilting system would allow it to move more easily by this route and the system of automatic change of gauge would allow the connection with the neighboring States.

Yesterday the Australian ambassador in Spain visited the factory of Las Matas:
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Victoria budgets for regional rail upgrades
Tuesday, May 02, 2017



THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has announced that its forthcoming state budget for 2017-18 will include current and forward investment of $A 1.45bn ($US 1.1bn) for a Regional Rail Revival package of upgrades on every regional passenger line across Victoria

The centrepiece of the package is a $A 435m upgrade of the Gippsland Line to run more frequent, safe and reliable services with track-doubling between Moe and Traralgon, upgrading of 20 level crossings, modernisation of signalling systems and station improvements including additional platforms at several locations

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